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Video: Macka B – Never Played A 45

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Macka B, who grew up Christopher MacFarlane, is a British reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He dropped his latest album “Never Played A 45″ back on Oct. 9th via Peckings Records / VPAL Music. Here is a music video for the album titled track. You can purchase the album on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Aloha Radio

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Aloha Radio is touting their latest single “Break the Ceiling” as they close out 2015 talking up the production of a 3rd studio album to drop in 2016. The 4-piece Orange County, Cali natives are giving away the new song for FREE this week as they press play on the songs music video…

You can download the new Aloha Radio track “Break the Ceiling” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Aloha Radio – “Break the Ceiling” – Download HERE
“Break the Ceiling” Background:
Aloha Radio’s new single, “Break the Ceiling”, is what the group describes as an upbeat and inspiring mantra about overcoming adversity and self doubt. The four piece Orange County, CA natives will unquestionably draw comparisons to their old neighbors in No Doubt and much like No Doubt, they bring a poppy, bubble-gum style of reggae-rock lead by female vocalist Lauren Mulderrig.

“We wrote this song to empower those who have doubts about what they can or can’t achieve,” Mulderrig explains. “I wrestle with my own insecurities on a day to day basis and I know I’m not alone… I wanted ‘Break the Ceiling’ to serve as a reminder, that as long as you keep pushing and don’t ever give up, anything is possible.”

The production on the new single is modern and catchy as the group brings the bright visual fashion that Orange County is known for. Paired with a happy, positive message, the song makes me feel like it would be better enjoyed while consuming candy and wearing bright colored clothes. It’s a good listen while being in a good mood and has enough pop element that it escapes any annoyance that typically accompanies pop music, giving us just enough Aloha. Grab a stick of your favorite gum, perhaps a blow-pop or some jolly ranchers and press play on the music video below.

While you can download “Break the Ceiling” for FREE on the homepage for the week, you can pick up their back catalog of music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Watch: Aloha Radio – “Break the Ceiling”


Aloha Radio Background:
Over the past year Aloha Radio has evolved into one of Southern California’s most promising up and coming acts. Finding a home in the local reggae scene, Aloha Radio has created an alluring blend of indie-rock and reggae that encompasses all things West Coast. Aloha Radio’s latest single, “Break the Ceiling”, is an undeniably contagious anthem that foreshadows what is to come in the progression of their sound.

Formed in Orange County, CA by singer/ukulele player Lauren Mulderrig, the four piece’s latest achievements include sold out shows with Tribal Seeds and Shwayze, multiple San Diego TV appearences and releasing two full length albums (Stoked Broke / California Scheming) this past July. Aloha Radio ended 2015 feeling the love from their hometown with “California Scheming” being named one of OC Weekly’s Top 20 OC Albums of 2015.

As the band wraps up the recording of what will be their third album in a year, Aloha Radio continues to push the boundaries of their sound and inspiration. “This next album will be our party album,” states lead singer Lauren Mulderrig, “our party with a message album.”

Aloha Radio Tour Dates

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Aloha Radio Website
Aloha Radio Facebook
Aloha Radio Twitter

Huge thanks again to Aloha Radio for allowing us to share “Break the Ceiling” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

Article By: Mike Patti

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Download Mac McAnally’s “AKA Nobody” for free

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Coral Reefer McAnally is offering his latest album “AKA Nobody” as a free download through January 4th!

Says McAnally: This is my 12th Studio album and I am especially proud of the work my friends (Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton, Sonny Landreth, The Coral Reefers and the McAnally Daughters ) and I did …. From writing to recording and performing I think it represents the best efforts of my God Given Limitations.

And since I don’t have it in me to ask anyone to buy it.. and since I spend (by choice) the bulk of my working life in the service of artists other than myself….

Read the rest of Mac’s letter, then download or stream the album online!


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Jimmy Buffett Musical to Debut in 2017

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From the Hollywood Reporter: “Jimmy Buffett Musical in the Works

Directed by Christopher Ashley, the untitled production is eyeing a 2017 debut.

From a Jurassic World collaboration to … a new musical?

Indeed. A production featuring the music and lifestyle of “Margaritaville” musician Jimmy Buffett is in the works, producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced Thursday.

Marshall featured his good friend Buffett in Jurassic World with a cameo as a Margaritaville restaurant bartender and included a new song by the musician on the film’s soundtrack. Buffett also performed at the blockbuster’s buzzy premiere party with the film’s star, Chris Pratt.

The as-yet-untitled Buffett show will include an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (creator of My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope and Yes, Dear) and Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear and Glee), with Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Xanadu) on board to direct.

The idea of turning ‘Margaritaville’ into a musical has been percolating for quite a while, but finding the right people to tell the right kind of story to go with the right songs from my catalog took some time,” Buffett said in a statement. “Now we have found our crew and I am happy to sail with them to ‘Margaritaville.’ It’s going to be a fun voyage.”

Garcia added: “Buffett’s music means so much to so many people. It’s a lifestyle. A way of looking at the world. We hope to tap into what Jimmy has created and help bring that fun to the stage.” Added Ashley: “Not only is his song catalog a treasure trove, but we also have his unique spirit to draw upon for inspiration.”

While no indication has been given whether the show is aiming for Broadway or a regional tryout, details are expected to be announced for a 2017 world premiere. Ashley serves as artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse, making that seem a likely first destination for the project.


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58th Grammy Awards – Reggae Album Nominees

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And the GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album goes to… well we’ll find out Feb. 15th, 2016 when it airs on CBS at 8:00pm (EST). However, the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards nominees have been announced and out of all the great Reggae albums that were released in 2015, this year’s nominees are:

58th Grammy Awards – The Reggae Album Nominees Are:

Rocky Dawuni – Branches Of The Same Tree
Release Date: March 31st, 2015
Label: Cumbancha


Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni is not only an international music star but also a renowned humanitarian and activist. He’s performed in some of the world’s most popular venues alongside many music icons, and has even had his music featured in FIFA 2010, as well as popular TV shows like ER, Dexter and Weeds. Before the release of Branches Of The Same Tree, Dawuni’s album Hymns For The Rebel Soul was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding World Music Album” and won many other awards. Dawuni uses his music as a rallying point on clean water, HIV/AIDS, poverty eradication, and education among other things, and has become the epitome of a global ambassador.

Purchase album HERE!

Watch: Rocky Dawuni – “African Thriller”


Jah Cure – The Cure
Release Date: July 10th
Label: VP Records
jahcure Born Siccature Alcock in Hanover, Jamaica, Jah Cure is a Jamaican reggae musician, who was raised in Kingston. Jah Cure hasn’t enjoyed the typical path to success, having found fame while serving an eight-year prison sentence for a crime he was not justly prosecuted for. His first three albums were released during his time at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston, Jamaica, which has a digital recording studio for inmates to use. Since being released in 2007, Jah Cure has continued working with his mentor Beres Hammond, and has become a married man. With his incarceration now behind him, Jah Cure has been able to devote his full attention to his music. The Cure is entirely co-produced by Jah Cure, along with acclaimed reggae producers Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llmar “Riff Raff” Brown, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation and Trevor “Baby G” Washington James.

Purchase album HERE!

Watch: Jah Cure – “Made in California”


Barrington Levy – Acousticalevy
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Label: Doctor Dread Presents

One of the great success stories of the 80’s, the iconic Barrington Levy arrived on the dancehall scene as a teenager and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJ’s and vocalist would rise and fall during this decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continues to release hits today as he has more than 25 albums under his belt. Levy has collaborated with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, and Slightly Stoopid. Battling everything from old record labels to a recent bout with Dengue Fever, Barrington Levy has stood the test of time and has become an international superstar with major fan bases is the U.S, the U.K, and Jamaica, and now has himself a new GRAMMY nomination to show for it.

Purchase album HERE!

Watch: Barrington Levy – “Under Mi Sensi”


Luciano – Zion Awake
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Label: Vpal Music
61s29UZnl0L._SL500_AA280_ Born Jepther McClymont, Luciano is a Jamaican Roots-Reggae artist. He is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He began recording in 1992 with his debut single “Ebony Ivory” on the Aquarius Record label and followed with his debut album Moving Up for RAS records in 1993. Luciano rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, at the height of the “Rasta Renaissance” in Dancehall music and continues to be a prominent figure in the reggae scene today.

Purchase album HERE!

Watch: Luciano – “Thanking You God”


Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots
Release Date: April 21st
Label: CTBC Music Group

The legacy of reggae vocalist Denroy Morgan has been passed on to his sons, who have performed as Morgan Heritage since 1991. While its mellow, RB-influenced vocals and Rastafarian lyrics have been compared to Garnett Silk, the group has continued to pave its own musical path. The band’s many hits include “Let’s Make Up,” “Tell Me How Come,” “Set Yourself Free,” “Mama and Papa,” and “Protect Us Jah.” Initially an octet featuring eight of Morgan’s 29 children, Morgan Heritage began recording in the early ’90s and has recorded over 15 albums to date.

Purchase album HERE!

Watch: Morgan Heritage – “Perform and Done”


Related Links:
Grammy Official Website
57th Grammy Reggae Album Nominees
56th Grammy Reggae Album Nominees

Article By: Andrew Aroche

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What Is Trop Rock Music

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Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!

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Video: New Kingston – “Honorable”

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Here is the new music video for New Kingston’s single “Honorable”. The song is off their Easy Star Records release of their latest album Kingston City that you can pick up on iTunes by clicking HERE. The video was shot while the group was on tour in Eugene, Oregon, by video director Ife Adeniji. The group will be joining Rebelution for a winter tour to kick off the new year before joining Pepper and Iration in February. You can view the dates HERE. Enjoy the song and video…

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Christmas season in Destin

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Christmas time in Destin is one of best times of the year. This is small town living at its best. We have snowbirds in town and but it’s mostly locals that are now out and about. This past weekend was the Destin Christmas parade. The entire town turns out for this fun event.

The parade runs from the parking lot at Old Time Pottery west down Hwy. 98 to Stalman Ave. by Whataburger. It’s a long route running almost two miles. The sheriff’s office does a good job moving traffic to the east bound lanes of 98 with the parade going down the west bound lanes. With almost 100 different groups in the parade it takes almost two hours to complete.

Sunshine Cindy and I took Chaos and went to Landshark Pizza to watch the parade. We sat on the front patio giving Chaos a front row seat. One of the funny things that happened was early in the parade. There was a big gap between groups. We could see up the road it looked like a vehicle was having a problem. It turned out it was our friends with the Parrot Head club. They had Jan playing music but there was a problem with the inverter they used for power from the vehicle. So Jan ended up walking along with everyone else. He even took a seat with some of the folks watching the parade at one point. Jan knows how to work a crowd.

When the Parrot Heads went by Landshark, Bobby and Mike ran across the street dodging cars to give us beads. That was funny as everyone at Landshark got a kick out of it. The rest of the parade was a typical small town parade with marching bands, politicians, local businesses and of course Santa coming up the rear in a fire truck.

Sunday was the Destin Boat parade. Each December in the harbor dozens of decorated boats run along the harbor for crowds along the boardwalk and in the restaurants. This year they added a fireworks display at the end of the boat parade. This type of parade honors our waterfront location. It was a fun evening on the harbor.

After the Saturday parade Sunshine Cindy and I stayed at Landshark. Some of our Parrot Head friends came and joined us. Chaos was like a princess holding court on the patio. The weather was perfect. It was in the 70’s and the sun was shining. In fact, it was warm for many days. We actually turned our air conditioner on at home. I loved it.

Friday night we had a Parrot Head meeting at LuLu’s. The club announced the volunteer of the year award will now be dedicated to and called the Capt. John Gardner award. Debbie and Ron were this year’s winners. We lost Capt. John this year but his big heart and generosity will live on with this yearly award.

Yes, I went to watch the Browns again on Sunday at Landshark. But this week they actually won. Johnny Football is looking like a real quarterback now. We might have some light at the end of this tunnel yet. LOL  While I was there Brian and Glen joined me for a while. Glen had some smoked venison he let me try that was really good. A big crowd was there watching all the various games.

The rest of our week was spent with Chaos. She is growing so fast. It seems like almost every day we can see her get bigger. She is a sweet puppy that likes to play like most puppy’s do. Hard to believe we have only had her for a couple of weeks. It seems like she has been a part of our family forever.

There’s not much else new happening in Destin right now. This is a slow time where the locals can come out and play. Have a great week. See ya next Monday.

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December 2015 Album Releases

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December has to be the slowest month of every year to report on new albums. This is the time of year that the scene almost shuts down to make way for New Year resolutions. With that said, we have 2 new releases in the month of December to report on and on Dec. 28th, 2015, we’ll publish The Pier’s 2016 Most Anticipated Albums

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2015 Album Releases
  • February 2015 Album Releases
  • March 2015 Album Releases
  • April 2015 Album Releases
  • May 2015 Album Releases
  • June 2015 Album Releases
  • July 2015 Album Releases
  • August 2015 Album Releases
  • September 2015 Album Releases
  • October 2015 Album Releases
  • November 2015 Album Releases
  • December 2015 Album Releases

    Special C – Downtime
    Release Date: Dec. 11th
    Lionize On December 11th a new album was released by South Bay residents, the 3-piece reggae-punk rock group known as Special C. Downtime is the new 11 track album and the groups second release to date since officially forming in 2008. Downtime is the follow up to the Dec 26th, 2013 release of their first self-titled album that came in at 14 tracks. This new record was recorded at Screaming Leopard Studios in Hermosa Beach, CA. The album was self-produced in addition to Jenaration Records. The album featuring Michael Belk From The Originalites on Sax, Miguel Happoldt from Perro Bravo and Sublime mixed 2 songs and also sings background on the Miguel mix version of “Downtime” in addition to Dog Boy from Too Rude and Capital Vices LTD.

    Read more about the release by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Downtime on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Lionize – The Alpha EP
    Release Date: December 20th

    Out of Maryland comes the 4-piece rock group, Lionize, who is set to release their Alpha EP on December 20th. This Alpha EP marks the bands first self-produced and recorded album on their own imprint Wheatons Finest Music. It’s 6 total tracks and while the EP is available digitally world-wide on December 20th, the physical release of the EP is January 6th, 2016. The EP is actually more rock than it is Reggae, but fans of both rock reggae will recognize some underlying reggae riffs in one of the EP’s tracks with “Meltdown (In The Valley of the Kings)”.

    You can read more about this release by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up The Alpha on Lionize own website by clicking HERE!


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    Buffett to headline Bal Masque in January

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    Jimmy will headline Bal Masque in January benefiting the youth of New Orleans. Help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans and join in to celebrate the spirit of Creole Carnival at the first annual Bal Masque on January 9, 2016! Enjoy food from world renowned chefs and dance the night away with music from headliner Jimmy Buffett, and special guests the Preservation Hall Horns! Get more information and tickets here!

    Join us for a celebration of New Orleans’ Creole carnival roots, capturing the spirit of a classic Bal Masqué. Enjoy food from the country’s top chefs, internationally acclaimed musicians and special New Orleans themed entertainment. Featured chefs include Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Mike Lata, Donald Link, Nancy Oakes, Richard Reddington, Andrea Reusing, Frank Stitt, Stephen Stryjewski and pastry chef Maggie Scales with musical headliner Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with special guests The Preservation Hall Horns and performances by the Roots of Music and ChaWa Indians.


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