Earl Zero’s “Go to Zion” / Mam “Zion’s Blood” 12″!

Make sure to check Earl Zero’s “Go to Zion” / Mam “Zion’s Blood” which is available now on a Roots Vibes 12″.  From the same studio who gave us Tetrack’s “That Day Will Come” 12″, my pick for the best vinyl release and best dub mix of 2014!

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Midnight Dread’s Reggae MD, Good for You Global Listening Party

This signal never ends. Tune in now. My now monthly interactive world-wide, your guide, massive & mighty Reggae Music Listening Party occupied all time zones May 17th from Noon-3pm Hawaiian Time, 3-6pm Pacific, 4-7pm Mountain, 5-8pm Central & 6-9pm Eastern Time, & that’s just inside the USA, sponsored in part by Reggae On The River. Lots of new tunes added since April with ’nuff crucial new pix now showing up in the Reggae MD player as seen here.

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Please join the Reggae MD Listening Party page now to check in, post comments, photos, or just plain listen quietly together to the healing sounds. I spent over 300 hours selecting the channel’s entire playlist of songs based on those exhibiting the most ‘magical’ properties & that lickle something extra based on a lifetime of curation, sharing & audience response. Its wealth of material created by so many great artists make for a truly magnificent collection of powerful sounds. And please remember as Roy Shirley alludes to in one of our best public service announcements disguised as music “Don’t text & drive!”

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Stroll & scroll this recent Listening Party Page now for some cool pix & props from April’s natty affair. Please “Like Up” the regular Midnight Dread page for other ongoing cool runnings. Please contact me if you’re interested in considering Reggae MD’s special summer rates to promote your music, festival or business directly to reggae lovers who actually still buy lots of music, before the few slots remaining are gone.

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Reggae MD, full-time full-up upfull reggae radio 24 hours every day since March 3rd, 2014. Also dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 21st Century Midnight Dread programs airing daily on World One Radio at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

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Two Bad Duppies Want Blood as Ghetto-ology Dreams of New Civilization Midnight Dread #59A Feb. 22-23, 1981

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The disastrous end to 1980 lingers. Duppies Maggie & Ronnie are busy jump starting their new era of state-help for the rich, self-help for the poor, the privatization of profits, the socialization of losses with austerity and blame reserved especially for the have-nots, the haves-most unaccountable, untouchable. John Lennon is dead and Bob Marley is fighting for his life. Don and the late Phil Everly, brothers in roots rock genius, provide relief that Rita Marley covers and backbeats as Esete with her opening “Gee Whiz”, a wicked version of “All I Have To Do Is Dream”. You may call us dreamers but I and I are not the only ones in oneness.

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The announcements of live reggae shows and events in this radio program mark a special turning point as live roots music kicks into high gear all over the San Francisco Bay Area, while the Savoy Tivoli regular reggae presentations in North Beach, home of the original Beatniks, come to an end yet The Stone, just down the street on Broadway, begins ongoing Wednesday night roots with The Caribbean Reggae All Stars, Midnight Dread’s Rockers Live Sound System and Reggae Jackson in the following mid-week slot. Jimmy Cliff postponed his show but Joe Higgs is finally coming for sure March 20th & 21st at The Stone in SF and its sister Keystone in Berkeley. Other live attractions that week and into March include Messiah, Ras Kiddus & Phone Bill, and Earl Zero & The Soul Syndicate all at the American Indian Center in the Mission. Zef & The Ravers from L.A. and Mighty High from Santa Cruz also play there while Session mashes up Discs, Wheels & Sports in Oakland.

The Fabulous Titans are everywhere like the New Oasis in Burlingame, Ashkenaz in Berkeley and helping close out the Savoy where Earl Zero & Soul Syndicate play its next to last show ever in ‘don’t call it’ Frisco. Jerry Stein’s Word Sound & Power film gets a special Friday screening at La Pena in Berkeley, Toots & The Maytals are playing the beautiful Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz, the Reggae Sunsplash film of the 1979 affair debuts & begins a 7 day run at The York in The City, Leroy Smart and Steel Pulse soon come. All kinds of great new vinyl sevens and footlongs first see the light of midnight in their debuts contained herein from Sugar’s “Ghetto-ology” and Gregory’s extended “Poor & Clean” to The Beat’s “Too Nice To Talk To (Dubweiser)” and the astounding earth temblor inducing Barnabas/Radics masterpiece riddim, wrung out to raise the dread, Eastwood & Saint’s epic “Two Bad D.J.”

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Freddie McGregor’s beautiful production of “Natural Collie” for High Times also premieres. Burning Spear invokes a “New Civilization” after a lot of dreaming. Madness lights up “One Step Beyond” live. Winston Jarrett, Bunny Wailer, Pablo Moses, Jimmy Riley fire their best shots and that’s just in Part One of this scorched radio policy musical heat wave. ‘Only trouble is, gee whiz, I’m dreaming my life away.’ Roman Stewart unveils green vinyl “Herbalist” before niyabinghi wonders Light of Saba heartbeat up the foundational “Lambs Bread Collie”. Accept no substitutes. This is real music. It’s still ahead of this time.

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Last time’s 33 years ahead program. Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

Mighty Diamonds & Phone Bill live plus Kuumba & Raskiddus interviews inna Midnight Dread #40 Oct. 12, 1980

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Nor Cal legends Phone Bill appear in this 33 years ahead complete Midnight Dread program and play twelve top ranking/scorching and scarce live tracks, including three when they backed The Mighty Diamonds in their local debut June 5th 1980 at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz. The bulk of the Phone Bill selections are from an amazing live show in Monterey, California August 2nd 1980 when they presented their massive ‘review style’ production in full flower. Two of Phone Bill’s principals, leader Kuumba Rhymer from Ghana and yardie vocalist John Cornelius (aka Raskidu or Ras Kiddus) are interviewed and speak on the history of roots reggae & Jamaican musicians living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. Highlighted are a mighty version of Bob Marley’s “Happiness (Hurting Inside)” and “Battles Never Done” both featuring the top flight vocals of ‘Phone Bill’s Daughters’. The week’s Reggae Calendar includes a double bill of Burning Spear & The Titans live at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco, The English Beat & Talking Heads at Zellerbach Auditorium across the bay on the campus at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, as well as Earl Zero’s ‘final repeat command performance’ at Berkeley Square (with KTIM DJs Doug Wendt and David Bassin) before Z leaves on tour. M Al’s reggae sound studio in Oakland unveils their first album, Session’s SEE UP AZEEM at the end of the show. Hear these and many more outstanding ripples of reggaemylitis infecting the bay music scene. Here’s a 1985 photo taken in Japan of The Mighty Diamonds (Tabby, Bunny, & Judge) with their manager Turk Arsenault of Strictly Rockers International, who was determined to break the group world-wide:

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Ras Kiddus (above) does some spontaneous voice-overs on a couple tracks. Other members of his then backing group Phone Bill besides founder Kuumba include Tanya Cotton, Kim, Brett & Bruce Harmon, Larry Batiste, Clay Tovan, Ihinza, Del on git, Chris on trumpet and Maxi Bowman on keyboards. Joe Higgs also gets a couple plays as he’s scheduled to appear with Phone Bill the next month. Behind the scenes Midnight Dread and others are reeling from the news parlayed by Roger Steffens that week that Bob Marley has taken ill and may only have days to live so “Redemption Song” is played in hopes such rumors prove false. There is some problem with the KTIM MD 120 minute aircheck master as the studio cassette recorder gets all jiggy on part of side one with some spooky slip slackin’ random take-up distortion on a couple tracks (intermittent mainly between the 30 and 44 minute or so marks) that kinds of adds to the approaching October pre-Halloween flavor. Don Weir’s Music City has a weird ad mentioning Iran’s Ayatollah reminding us of the looming Reagan/Carter Presidential election just weeks away. Here’s a couple very rare Bay Area posters from the era including an African-American produced ‘Olufunmi Presents’ poster illustrating the strong 1980 live show connection between punk and reggae in a series of legendary presentations at the American Indian Center in San Francisco:

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plus this historic flyer for Phone Bill’s ground-breaking appearance at S.F.’s Mission High School which really forwarded the reggae vibe to the teenage youth of the day:

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Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

“CAUTION-EXPLOSIVE 1-Lay Flat On Turntable 2-Turn Up Volume 3-Stand Back” when Midnight Dread #37 drops the Mo/Trench/Town bomb “MasterBlaster Jammin” the day Bob collapsed 9/21/80

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Like A Tale of Two Cities opens ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. On the day Stevie Wonder’s brilliant new single from his upcoming album HOTTER THAN JULY was breaking all over the radio & dance clubs Bob Marley fell ill while jogging in NYC. It was September 21st 1980. Unbeknownst to everyone but Marley’s close inner circle at first within a couple weeks many more were hearing the rumors Bob may be dead within days. No one wanted to believe it but to those who were there it was ultra real. The hoped for Wonder/Marley tour with encores of both “Masterblaster” & “Jammin” mashed-up inna duet style remains the stuff of dreams. Six weeks later Ronald Wilson Reagan (666 = the # of letters in each of his names) would be elected President and soon preside over the greatest u-turn in working man politricks in many generations. A month after that John Lennon lay slain in the streets of New York. Marley stayed alive for just five months after that. Midnight Dread begins with the prescient dread of Big Youth portending more mayhem with madness in the Caribbean spreadin’ world-wide fever stylee. Repression & reactionary days loomin’, doomin’ progress & love among the people:

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Later in this 33 years ahead radio show, after the Masterblaster debut seemingly helps knock the transmitter silly, Earl Zero performs two killer tracks live in San Francisco at The Back Door followed by two deep dubs from Scientist & King Tubby. Along the way Desi Roots re-does “Greenfields” herbalistically in a massive foot-long forty-five, Nina Hagen sparks an “African Reggae” ten inch ep with her transcendent yo-dels, The Cimarons remind that the idle days of free spending are gone like the sand upon the wind while “Rooting For A Cause”, Joe Higgs thinks of “The Moment” as do many others including Don Drummond, The Bases, The Dub Specialist, & Prince Fari. The I-Threes infer “Many Are Called” & some ask ‘chosen for what?’, so Bob Marley insists “in this oh sweet life, It’s life, It’s life, It’s life! Why do you look so sad & forsaken?” If only we could freeze time & stop these things dread in their tracks. As Master Wonder sings so heartily, “Marley’s hot on the box”:

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Dreadcasting over the air and online daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

Natty Dread Uptown Love Fire Cancelled? Midnight Dread #32 Fights Back Uncorked

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33 years ahead Midnight Dread has just learned its station KTIM is being sold. What to do? Produce the finest program ever as if it’s the last. Hit the airwaves hard and ask for calls where truth can be told more privately, where freedom of speech still resides. Management has made clear there’s no show next week so The Pioneers blast MD off with a scarce and smokin’ stepper “Allright On The Night”, still alive Bob Marley and recently gone-a-Zion Jacob Miller wait in the wings with their best live performances, Twinkle Bros offer the upwardly mobile uptempo 1975 rocker “Natty Dread Up Town”, Princess Buster lays down the law to her Prince, Rita Marley makes known the perfection of “The Beauty Of God’s Plan”, Bunny Wailer’s got a burnin’ “Love Fire” goin’ brighter with Culture, Tony Tuff does the opening number from the unreleased soundtrack to WORD SOUND AND POWER, and The Iranian Students hoist “Khomeni Skank” high with Ken Boothe as President Carter tries to free the U.S. hostages. The behind-the-scenes drama unfolds like a Ray Gun just nominated for Prez or a commercial radio regular reggae show, both popular and sponsored, but that ain’t the way they play the game inna Babylon. Mental slavery infects the owners as much as the owned. Hate needs oxygen. Love’s on fire! On August 11th 1980 it’s Bunny to the rescue:

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In reality Midnight Dread survives the changeover and is back broadcasting in two weeks. In big news a lot is going on. Ronald Reagan’s fresh Republican campaign is out there striving for votes following his late July 1980 GOP Convention acceptance speech. On the air I’m ignoring the whole phenom as did many who knew Gov. Reagan very well, not believing for a moment that the country would possibly elect such a man to become its leader. Many boomers enjoyed the actor when he hosted the dramatic GE THEATRE TV show in the 1950s with the sponsor’s slogan “Progress Is Our Most Important Product” but he’d changed a lot since then. I personally witnessed when the “if it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with” helicopter he ordered flew over UC Berkeley spraying tear gas that wafted uphill into old folks’ homes causing major health issues and death. Later I saw his troops surround scores of random peaceful folks on Berkeley’s University Ave. just going about their business who were then loaded onto buses and imprisoned for days in Santa Rita without charges. Reagan made his bloodbath comment three weeks before unarmed students were ceremoniously gunned down at Kent State and then Jackson State in May 1970 effectively using the intimidation of violence to stop progress. The former liberal head of the Screen Actor’s union now primes the reactionary pump. When the full truth about Alzheimer’s comes out we’ll probably learn the damage starts a lot earlier than imagined. Mental slavery may also be a physical condition. Listen to the antidote from the love perspective Princess:

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So outside the joy of hearing this program’s great Jamaican music singing with flair and passion to many chronic conditions and issues, in another real world it’s the precious middle class that’s about to be cancelled. To be poor is not a crime but to make a decent living is on the way out. “Voodoo economics”, George H. Bush’s 1980 portrayal of Reagan’s policies, will soon run things for decades. In August of 1980 Ronald’s ‘handlers’ are about to make a secret deal outside proper channels with Iranian officials over the long festering US embassy hostages. President Jimmy Carter, who’d have continued to make alternate energy a major program and may have quasi-legalized herb in his second term, was being sabotaged. The GOP promise to foreign government reps to wait until their guy is U.S. President to get a better deal is a replay of how they undermined the already completed 1968 Paris Vietnam/U.S. Peace Agreement to get Nixon in. Subsequently the carnage of that undeclared war needlessly lasted 5 more years. Meanwhile commercial radio’s another rough business where cash dictates desires. Government’s neither a business or a family despite Reagan’s proclivities. Its job is to provide justice, defense, and promote the well-being of all. Dollars can distort motives. Elect those who want to re-define Public Service as Profit Service and you’ll get similar leaders who don’t even know what government is for. People Power needs to take flight. As Sugar Minott sings so beautifully here in “Dreader Than Dread”, “People dem a worship material things, some of them don’t even want to let Jah in… back weh this here mood with your ism”, Rita Marley later echoes with her well-charged love analogy “she is a bird, he is the sky, he loves the space, she loves to fly”. Stop cheating, launch freedom, let it uplift:

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Dreadcasting & streaming steamin’ musical hotcakes with daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including replays often heard in Wendt’s Best of All Worlds high noon slot. Become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising curated by Doug everyday (all Pacific Times). Explore more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here.

Cramp & Paralyze All Weak Heart Conception in Midnight Dread #31

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This week’s 33 years ahead Midnight Dread begins with the superior Matumbi version of “Brother Louie”, an unusual interracial love song that went number one in 1973 both by its UK originator Hot Chocolate and as covered by Stories in the states. It’s followed by the Monday morning five-days-to-go of “Work” from the just released Bob Marley album UPRISING and later a fresh lp title selection from Black Uhuru chanting “Stalk of Sinsemilla” premieres. Keith Hudson gets red, Slim Smith converses melodic unity, Andy Capp pops his top, Niney The Observer lets it burn before Lincoln Thompson impresses his wild stylee as Joe Jackson taps keys, and soon Joseph Hill reminds us The Arawak Indians got here first. Listen up as Pipecock Jackxon unleashes a vital untitled riddim, LKJ frees George Lindo, an innocent man, and Freddie McKay frees himself on behalf of all of us. Got Gladiators, Soul Syndicate, G.T.Moore, Ethiopians, English Beat, Creation Rebel… another chock full night of chunes & dread delight with music ringing in the new day, August 4th 1980.

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Dreadcasting & streaming smokin’ audio selections with daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including repeat plays often heard in Wendt’s Best of All Worlds slot when noon is high. Wake up with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising curated by Doug everyday at 6am (all Pacific Times). Explore more Midnight Dreadness here and with MD on Raver.

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Shot after Shot! UPRISING Released! Twenty One Top Ranking Reggae Rockers of the Week all in Midnight Dread #30

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“At the crack of midnight the past is eclipsed” wrote Michael Fairchild of the Jimi Hendrix song “Midnight” in his 1995 liner notes for the Jimi simulated THE FIRST RAY OF THE NEW RISING SUN release VOODOO SOUP, the supposed follow-up to ELECTRIC LADYLAND some 25 years later. Meanwhile 33 years ahead on July 28th, 1980 Midnight Dread begins the sun shadow by providing the burning daylight of new Bob Marley tracks by starting the radio program the week UPRISING was first issued with the brand skankin’ new Jamaican single version of “Bad Card:

Propaganda spreading over my name;
Say you wanna bring another life to shame.
Oh, man, you just a-playing a game
And then you draw bad card…

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I want to disturb my neighbour,
‘Cause I’m feelin’ so right;
I want to turn up my disco,
Blow them to full watts tonight, eh! –
In a rub-a-dub style!

In a matter of weeks Bob would collapse in New York City. The game was about to get colted big time and UPRISING was filled with many lyrical premonitions. “The road of life is rocky and you may stumble too… Stay alive! Eh! Could you be love and be loved?” However in late July 1980 classic progressive roots rock reggae was still in top form & full force, sleng teng & shame t’ing just a distant foreboding. So I & I count up the vital 21 KTIM Reggae Rockers picks of the week, tunes that were getting play all week long when ‘the last freeform’ classic progressive commercial rock station waved reggae’s freedom flag high 24/7 365. Jah Jah power endureth for-Iver:

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Dreadcasting & streaming smokin’ audio selections with daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including repeat plays often heard in Wendt’s Best of All Worlds slot when noon is high. Wake up with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising curated by Doug everyday at 6am (all Pacific Times). Explore more Midnight Dreadness here and with MD on Raver.

Whether New Sheriff or Pope In Town, Un Paso Adelante, Roots Reggae Pounding inna Midnight Dread #29 July 21st 1980

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Read it in the news. Lee Perry’s brand new foot long forty five “Bafflin’ Smoke Signal” is the latest Midnight Dread on KTIM Reggae Rocker of the week 33 years ahead this twilight when all-time radio ‘Kay-Tea-I-Am’ fills the sky with MD reggae waves still rippling. Bob Marley’s UPRISING is one week away so The Sheriff of Trenchtown draws down The Deputy one more time to start the show. Carlos Malcolm giddy-ups “Bonanza Ska” as Duppy’s ghost town sound shows early inklings. Maytones elevate “Madness” to new levels of sanity so Madness must go one step beyond in Spanish. The Maytals celebrate that elating end of work-day feeling, Matumbi & I Roy easy squeeze out a lickle more loving, Sheena Spirit & The Third Eyes boisterously boost JA sounds, while Pulse, Spear, Dennis, Gladiators, Selecter & many others chime in. Just another Sunday night on San Francisco bay area radio when public service programming dominated the dial as Midnight Dread, one of the only musical offerings in that time slot, was actually delivering the service folks needed most. Marley may be the new Sheriff in town but Lee Scratch Perry dons his spectacles & hard-earned Popehat while brandishing his holy staff rodly correcting the powers-that-be right in front of a Swiss Bank as he declares The Vatican City of Inequity bankrupt & Reggae the New World Order:

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Dreadcasting & streaming smokin’ audio selections with daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including repeat plays often heard in Wendt’s Best of All Worlds slot when noon is high. Wake up with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising curated by Doug everyday at 6am (all Pacific Times). Explore more Midnight Dreadness here and with MD on Raver.