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Options August 25, 2016: Set the Mantrols for the Heart of the Sun (Cosmic Themes in Dub and Reggae)

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Col. Frank Erhardt & Cast  Moon Crash   Options Adventures in Sound and Space  1958    0:01:31 (Pop‑up)
Tradition  The Creepy Crawl   Options Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol  1980    0:07:00 (Pop‑up)
Jackie Mittoo  Russian Satelite   Options Stepping Tiger  1979    0:10:55 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Dub Fire   Options A New Chapter of Dub    Followed by Tangerine Dream, "Oszillator Planet Concert"  0:15:05 (Pop‑up)
Tradition  Planet Play   Options Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol  1980    0:24:11 (Pop‑up)
Tradition  Alien Circus   Options Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol  1980    0:27:53 (Pop‑up)
Creation Rebel  Space Movement Section 1 & 2   Options Starship Africa  1980    0:31:36 (Pop‑up)
Aswad  Shining Dub   Options A New Chapter of Dub  1982  prod. by Michael "Reuben" Campbell (aka Mikey Dread)  0:44:23 (Pop‑up)
Aswad  Ghetto in the Sky   Options A New Chapter of Dub  1982    0:47:26 (Pop‑up)
Creation Rebel  Space Movement Section 4   Options Starship Africa  1980    0:53:46 (Pop‑up)
Tradition  Morning on Mars   Options Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol      0:58:12 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tangerine Dream 
Fly and Collision of Comas Sola   Options Alpha Centauri      1:01:41 (Pop‑up)
Prince Jammy  Saturn Bombardment   Options Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders...  1982    1:10:18 (Pop‑up)
Prince Jammy  Attack on Ganymede   Options Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders...  1982    1:13:35 (Pop‑up)
Vulcans  Journey into Space   Options Star Trek  1972    1:18:17 (Pop‑up)
Vulcans  Dark Shadows   Options Star Trek  1972    1:22:27 (Pop‑up)
Col. Elliott & The Lunatics  Plutonian Pogo Stick   Options Interstellar Reggae Drive  1973    1:23:42 (Pop‑up)
Vulcans  Dr. Spock   Options Star Trek  1972    1:26:48 (Pop‑up)
Scientist  Vulcan   Options Dub Landing  1981    1:29:21 (Pop‑up)
Scientist  Laser Attack   Options Scientist Meets the Space Invaders  1981    1:32:04 (Pop‑up)
Scientist & Prince Jammy  Buck Rogers in the Black Hole   Options Scientist And Jammy Strike Back!  1982    1:35:54 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
        1:38:33 (Pop‑up)
Phil Pratt  Star Wars   Options Star Wars Dub  1978    1:45:04 (Pop‑up)
Phil Pratt  African Communication   Options Star Wars Dub  1978    1:48:31 (Pop‑up)
Creation Rebel  African Space   Options Psychotic Jonkanoo  1981    1:51:47 (Pop‑up)
Creation Rebel  Starship Africa Section 5   Options Starship Africa  1980    1:57:11 (Pop‑up)
Blackbeard   Electrocharge   Options I Wah Dub  1980    1:58:40 (Pop‑up)
Prince Far I & the Arabs  Plant Up   Options Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3  1980  prod. by an uncredited Adrian Sherwood  2:02:23 (Pop‑up)
Blackbeard  'Nough   Options I Wah Dub  1980    2:09:43 (Pop‑up)
Prince Far I & the Arabs  The Conquest   Options Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3  1980    2:12:51 (Pop‑up)
Prince Far I & the Arabs  Low Gravity   Options Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3  1980    2:16:51 (Pop‑up)
Blackbeard  Reflections   Options I Wah Dub  1980    2:21:17 (Pop‑up)
Blackbeard  Oohkno   Options I Wah Dub  1980    2:23:51 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  Constellations      2:27:13 (Pop‑up)
The Pyramids  Telstar   Options Telstar / Feel All Right 7"  1970    2:34:01 (Pop‑up)
Don Drummond  Rocket Ship   Options Jazz Ska Attack 1964      2:35:58 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Moon Walk   Options Greater Jamaica – Moonwalk Reggae  1970    2:38:25 (Pop‑up)
The Sound Dimension  Moon Hop   Options Reggaematic Sounds  1970    2:40:44 (Pop‑up)
The Skatalites Meet King Tubby  Starlight Version   Options The Legendary Skatalites in Dub  1975?    2:43:42 (Pop‑up)
Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby  Planet Dub   Options In Dub Conference Vol. 2  1977    2:47:30 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics 
Moonlight Groover   Options Greater Jamaica – Moonwalk Reggae  1970    2:50:03 (Pop‑up)
I Roy & The Upsetters  Doctor Who   Options Wizdom 1971-1975    Lee Scratch Perry  2:55:41 (Pop‑up)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Moon Invader   Options Greater Jamaica – Moonwalk Reggae  1970    2:58:09 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:55pm Flash Strap:

Good evening explorers! Time now to set out for adventures in sound and space
Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

What you hear now are Voyager recordings of Jupiter
Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Welcome Bob!
  7:10pm Ed:

Evening Evan and Bob!
Avatar 7:10pm hyde:

hmmm, i'm having an Old Overholt on the rocks but i feel like maybe i should have gone and scored some ganja for this one. i'll make do.
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

Ed! Hyde! Welcome friends!

One should always have something tucked away for times like these. And other times, unlike these. Overholt will do though
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

Such a good late Mittoo track
Avatar 7:15pm hyde:

in theory, it's possible my tuckaway is in Mass. and i'm in NY. In theory.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, Evan and all! Those covers are outstanding.
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

i love the theme of this show. though i'll admit, i've missed all the talk about afro-futurism lately!
Avatar 7:25pm northguineahills:

Hey, I have the Scientist meets the Space Invaders. I love the cover!
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

Evening James!

Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

It has seemed to me to be popping up all over the place, not only as a subject of critical and historical discussion, but also as a living notion which contemporary artists have been aspiring to add to
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

it was also one of the showcased themes of Moogfest this year, though it was hard to tell how serious they were about it
Avatar 7:29pm quinn:

Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

Welcome Quinn!
Avatar 7:31pm hyde:

heh, that is cool. i'm all for afro-futurism cropping up all over. i am probably just too square to notice!
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

The group that is "Creation Rebel" at this time is the original backing group for the Great Prince Far I
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

didn't mean to capitalize "great" there. It's not a part of his name obviously. He's just capital-G GREAT I guess
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

great ping pong echoes on this one
Avatar 7:46pm hyde:

the cool things that i watched recently that has been deemed sort of afro-futurist were Terence Nance's shorts MOONRISING and SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN. (free to watch on Vimeo: Moon vimeo.com..., Swimming vimeo.com...) Though i know when prompted, he said he thought he was more an afrosurrealist than afrofuturist, for whatever these labels are worth. i hear he worked on LEMONADE, though i haven't yet watched LEMONADE.
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

I love dub with electric guitar
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

That is all totally unknown to me Hyde, and I am just HUNGRY to explore it. The notion of afrosurrealism seems really important.
Avatar 7:55pm hyde:

he made another short too, called NATIVE SUN (vimeo.com...) that i didn't like as much as the other two but is ok. he also made a feature (AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY), which i think felt like a kind of overlong student film though it isn't without its charms.
Avatar 7:55pm Flash Strap:

Oh yeah, I remember when that last one came out! I was intrigued but I never saw it. I got that impression of it as well
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan! - catch the rest later
Avatar 7:59pm northguineahills:

Damn, Somehow missed this Creation Rebel album. gneiss!
Avatar 8:06pm northguineahills:

Prince Fari, King Tubby, and Lee Perry are definitely Avant Garde. They got me to see Jamaican music for what it was, and not just what dumb stoner frat boys listen to while smoking weed (usually Bob Marley, but I found to like him eventually too).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm melinda:

hi Evan & explorers!
Avatar 8:08pm hyde:

hi melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm melinda:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm coelacanth:

Hello Evan and Explorers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm melinda:

@ngh: I feel the same way about dub, though there is much for me to learn.
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

Melinda! Coelacanth! welcome friends!
Avatar 8:12pm hyde:

@ngh yeah, King Tubby. i bought Rockers Meets King Tubby in a Firehouse in the early 80's when i was a clueless young college student, and it blew my mind. still maybe my fave dub album ever.
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Right with ya NGH. I still struggle with Marley to this day for that reason (among others)

Damn have bros fucked up reggae. I feel like I'm on an endless journey to undo that damage
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm coelacanth:

hyde that was one of my first too!...then garvey's ghost blew my mind.
i had (& still have) a friend in high school that turned me on to dub.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm melinda:

"I struggle with Marley"....this statement makes me laugh because I totally relate.
Avatar 8:17pm hyde:

@coel i love garvey's ghost too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm coelacanth:

...when Bob Marley died someone (who knew i liked reggae) said "that must hit you pretty hard" (or something) and i had to say i wasn't that into him.... i did ultimately grow to Love Bob Marley's music, but it was never my favorite.
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

As a kid, I loved Jimmy Cliff and the Harder they Come soundtrack, but through my teens mostly resisted reggae... when I was 18 or so a friend of mine went to Jamaica on a family trip and a couple of pals got to go along, including me. We met a guy at our bourgie vacation spot who took us up into the mountains and showed us his very rural, humble life. It was my first real brush with the "3rd world" I think, and I was so eye-opened. He played us some Burning Spear, or something... anyway, it radically altered my context for Jamaican music in general. Made it real, not tourist sounds but the true sounds of an existing people.

I met Spear once, briefly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm coelacanth:

hyde - one thing i'm Thankful for is that i heard garvey's ghost out of context. i'd never heard Burning Spear and didn't know it was based upon an earlier album, so it totally cracked me up!...the bits of phrases and the background vox that seemed to be just silliness to me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm melinda:

Cool story, Evan. I think The Harder They Come was my intro, too. I like the variety.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm coelacanth:

yes, great story Evan.
Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:

It's still a huge favorite of mine. That Slickers track is as perfect as it gets, really
Avatar 8:26pm Hams:

whoa, never heard of a plutonian pogo stick before.
Avatar 8:26pm Flash Strap:

HAMS is here! hello hambone
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

"Vulcans" and "Col. Elliott & The Lunatics " are, you may have suspected already, the same group
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm melinda:

This Dr. Spock rules.
Avatar 8:33pm quinn:

non stop hits-hits-hits
Avatar 8:35pm hyde:

The Harder They Come was a massive gateway drug for this stuff when i was a punk. when i was in high school (so maybe 1979? 1980?) me and my friends drove from the burbs to the old Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge to see it, that was a big deal.

And Burning Spear? I bought those records sometime after that at Strawberries (anyone remeber Strawberries? that was a fairly cool chain record store!). Winston Rodney's voice is just so amazing, it's irresistable. The other record i bought then (also at Strawberries!) that remains with me to this day is Culture's Two Sevens Clash. That's another record I'd shoot to the stars for aliens to find so they'd know about what human beings are all about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm coelacanth:

early culture was incredible! they (he) never got bad either; just a bit redundant.
that same friend turned me on to them with "international herb", which is still my favorite.
Avatar 8:40pm Hams:

Avatar 8:41pm hyde:

@coel yeah, love that one too. their harmonies are amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm coelacanth:

Peter Tosh's lyrics grabbed me before my friend came and busted my world open.
when i started exploring on my own that first burning spear album blew my mind! my favorite 'spear album...also discovered Linton Kwesi Johnson, who is still among my favorites.
Avatar 8:47pm Flash Strap:

Linton Kwesi Johnson is never more crucial than now. Fite Dem Back, man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm coelacanth:

Avatar 8:50pm northguineahills:

Faved this set. Gotta leave soon, thanks Flash!
Avatar 8:51pm Ham:

maybe there'll be some star wars dub in the upcoming STAR WARS movie.
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

Been great havin ya with us, NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm coelacanth:

ha! i wont be seeing that movie, but i hope so!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm coelacanth:

ciao ngh
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

this track is savage
Avatar 8:55pm hyde:

@Ham haha, i probably will see that movie (though the star wars thing is vastly overrated) but it could sure be improved with some dub
Avatar 8:55pm Little Danny:

Scrambling as usual and just now tuned in, Flash - Mind-bending playlist thusfar!
Avatar 8:56pm northguineahills:

Moving to FL for a job. Gone through 6 boxes of CDs and only got to George Gershwin. I got a lot of packing to do! (haven't touched the records, yet).
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Danny! Great to see ya pal!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm coelacanth:

the whole set is savage Flash!
Avatar 8:59pm hyde:

@ngh hoo boy. good luck. i may need to pack up a whole house (and two record collections) over the next couple weeks. not looking forward to it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm coelacanth:

ngh when's your departure?
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Speaking of LKJ, C., this guy produced a lot of that stuff
Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

Holy moly NGH there's a task! Where you headed in sunny old Florida?
Avatar 9:02pm northguineahills:

Jacksonville for a temp job, and then hopefully to Orlando or Gainesville for a real fun job. Not even thinking about the divorce proceedings yet.
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

Damn, brother. Sounds like a road with some stones in it. May the destination be happy and prosperous
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm coelacanth:

(@8:59) Evan, Prince Far I did?
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

no, Blackbeard, aka Dennis Bovell
Avatar 9:07pm northguineahills:

Laterz, gotta dance! thankssss!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm coelacanth:

ahh, whew! that i can accept not knowing! (or maybe remembering)
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

adois NGH
Avatar 9:09pm hyde:

later, ngh. good luck.
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

uh, which is French for "adios NGH"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm Ike:

Love it! If anybody ever again accuses me of not liking reggae, I know which archive to point to!
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

Hi Ike!
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

is that a frequent accusation in your life?
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

also on these Far I tracks are David Toop and Steve Beresford!!!!

pretty cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm coelacanth:

that's interesting. (...i had to look up Steve Beresford)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Ike:

Nah, not really. Only when discussing a certain FMU broadcast program (definitely not a fave of mine) which shall go unnamed. But it's been a while since I said anything about that. I try to stay more positive now.
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

For some reason, Beresford is totally legendary to me, but mostly based on a Tzadik label release of his soundtrack work called Cue Sheets
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm coelacanth:

i have 2 Prince Far I albums, and as i recall it was "the usual" ja session guys.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30pm coelacanth:

i have to check that out, Evan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm Doug Schulkind:

I dub you very much, Flash Strap.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm coelacanth:

Dub Schulkind is getting all mushy.
Avatar 9:35pm hyde:

Mushy Dub Schulkind is the best
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

I dub thee most of all, Doug
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm Doug Schulkind:

My baseline is mushy, coelacanth. Call me liquified.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm coelacanth:

...easy to digest.
Avatar 9:40pm Flash Strap:

like a Brundlefly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm Doug Schulkind:

And some wheat germ to me, and you have yourself a healthful beverage.
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

man this sort of thing is so relaxing.
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

imagining drinking Doug like a beverage, I mean
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm coelacanth:

i'm singing along. i can't help it!
Avatar 9:45pm hyde:

all in all, this show is totally relaxing, my life has been a stressfest lately, but i haven't really worried about it since 7 o' clock or so. thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47pm coelacanth:

yes, what the doctor ordered.
Thank you Doctor.
Avatar 9:50pm Flash Strap:

So glad to help, my friends. thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm coelacanth:

-so many of us having a big change right now.
...i, myself change residents by september, and i very much doubt that the contents of my present apartment will fit in my new one; however if the couple that i still don't know if they're moving in with me or not doesn't, i'll have plenty of room... just double the rent.
( -and only 1-1/2 days to use a borrowed "small suv")
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm melinda:

Thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:56pm hyde:

@coel ack. moving in any case is a pita. hopefully your stuff will fit, somehow.

Flash, thanks for the dub show. it was a much needed balm for my soul.
Avatar 9:57pm Little Danny:

Hi all - plop yerselves over here next! wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

Thank YOU melinda!

and good luck with those changes C. Having just moved myself, I know the pain and don't envy you having it on your horizon
Avatar 9:58pm Flash Strap:

My Great Pleasure, Hyde
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm coelacanth:

Thanks Evan. Brilliant program!
...Thanks hyde - to you too, if you end up having to.

tchau peeps
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