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Review: Raging Fyah – Everlasting

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Raging Fyah – Everlasting
Raging FyahTrack Listing:
1.) Everlasting
2.) Justice
3.) Live Your Life (feat. J Boog Busy Signal)
4.) Dash Wata
5.) Ready For Love
6.) Humble (feat. Jesse Royal)
7.) Raggamuffin
8.) Try Again
9.) Get Up
10.) Would You Love Me (feat. Busy Signal)
11.) Happiness
12.) Wondering
13.) Getting Dread

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Release Date: May 27th, 2016
Record Label: Dub Rockers
Official Website: Raging Fyah Website

Artist Background:
Raging Fyah is a 5-piece modern roots band out of Kingston, Jamaica. The band is formed by Kumar Bent (lead vocals), Courtland White (guitar), Anthony Watson (drums), Demar Gayle (keys), and Delroy “Pele” Hamilton (bass). Raging Fyah came together in 2006, serving primarily as a backing band in their early days. They began writing original material after bringing on Bent in 2010. Prior to Everlasting, Raging Fyah self-released Judgement Day (2011) and Destiny (2015). Raging Fyah has performed for audiences around the world, recently joining Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth for their first U.S. tour.

Album Review:
For the last couple years we’ve been witnessing the reggae revival taking place in Jamaica. Up until now, that movement has been largely spearheaded by solo artists, including vocalists like Chronixx, Protoje, and Kabaka Pyramid. However, Everlasting, the third studio album from the Jamaican 5-piece Raging Fyah, breaks that mold, elevating the group into that same conversation of promising, young reggae revivalists from the Caribbean island that gave birth to the genre.

The 13-track album is fun and light-hearted at its core, but contains a number of powerful, introspective songs about pushing through struggles, learning to brush off adversity, and simply embracing life. Everlasting is anchored by the captivating vocals from lead singer Kumar Bent, and enlivened at every step by the interjecting instrumental fills provided by the rest of the band. The percussion on this album really stands out, especially on the title track “Everlasting” and “Raggamuffin.”

Raging Fyah idle through the first three songs on Everlasting, but really kick it into high gear beginning on the fourth track, “Dash Wata.” It’s a relaxed, practically euphoric song that could easily be used by the Jamaican Tourist Board for one of those enticing “Visit Jamaica” type of commercials. “Humble” is an impressive track featuring the rising reggae star Jesse Royal. “Raggamuffin” is the premier song on the album — The drums and guitar ring out beautifully, wrapping around Bent’s powerful vocals. The single was also a major highlight on Dub Rockers spring compilation Reggae Dubs And Dabs.

There aren’t any unlistenable songs on the album, but a few that are somewhat overshadowed by the overall strength of the entire album. Select tracks nailed the chorus, but missed on the verses and instrumentation, or vice versa. For instance, the backing keys on “Justice” felt a bit too much like background music for an early Nintendo video game, but the harmonized chorus fit together nicely. “Happiness” is cheerful with its Christmas music melody, but the kids singing in the chorus is certainly curious.

However, the few weaker songs on Everlasting are easily outweighed by the overwhelming number of hits. Other noteworthy songs on Everlasting include “Get Up” and “Getting Dread.” The violin intro on “Get Up” is like the beginning of an emotional movie. Raging Fyah slows the music while Bent painfully cries out, “I was born a sufferah!” adding, “so many years after slavery I still don’t know my identity.” Everlasting culminates with the ghostly synthesizer on “Getting Dread.” It’s a classic case of last but not least, leaving you with a craving to replay the whole thing from the top.

Everlasting is an album that any lover of roots reggae will thoroughly enjoy. The vocals and instruments shine throughout, and the production level is top of the line. Implementing esteemed producer Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, and recording at Jamaica’s historic Tuff Gong Studios, clearly took Raging Fyah’s sound to the next level on this album. The first-class, modern roots sound exhibited on Everlasting is the band’s defiant claim to be recognized as one of those elite, young reggae revivalists from Jamaica. Although they might not have the fashion sense of Protoje, or the superstar aura that Chronixx has gained, musically Raging Fyah is easily on par with the rest of that class.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Winters

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Watch: Raging Fyah – Nah Look Back | Official Music Video

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Buffett preforms in Frisco TX

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “I Don’t Know” tour last night with a show at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “Stars On The Water” (last played May 28, 2015 in Houston), “Ringling, Ringling” (last played June 29, 2013 in Chicago), “Another Saturday Night” (last played August 16, 2014 in Bristow), and “Railroad Lady” for the final encore.

Jerry Jeff Walker was the opening act for the show. He performed 12 songs including “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother”, “Mr Bojangles”, and “Sangria Wine”. Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally joined in on the song “Something About a Boat”.

Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/29/25827/

Big Mountain Returns with a New Record!

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Internationally renowned reggae act Big Mountain released their new album Perfect Summer on May 27th, 2016. Perfect Summer is the band’s first studio album in well over a decade. Big Mountain collaborated with VPAL, the distribution arm of VP Records, in order to launch their latest project.

Big Mountain is a 5-piece performing out of San Diego, CA. The band’s lineup currently consists of Joaquin “Quino” McWhinney (lead vocals), Michael Hyde (keys), Danny Lopilato BigMountain2016(guitar/vocals), Paul Kastick (drums), and Mike Ortiz (bass). More than 25 years deep, Big Mountain are seasoned veterans of reggae music, having played to enthusiastic crowds around the world, and with a lengthy collection of studio albums.

Over the years, Big Mountain has put forth a selection of hits, a number of which have climbed international reggae charts. However, most notable is the band’s 1994 reggae cover of Peter Frampton’s classic “Baby I Love Your Way.” The track reached as high as No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on Mainstream Top 40, and No. 2 in the UK. More than two decades later the song remains relevant globally. The single continues to amass over 600,000 streams via Spotify each month.

Big Mountain’s new album features an array of new material that manages to be fresh, while retaining their vintage feel-good vibe. Perfect Summer also contains another reggaefied cover, this time taking on The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun.” The album is now available worldwide and you can pick it up on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Though dates are still being determined, Big Mountain is preparing for a world tour this summer in support of the new release, Perfect Summer. Check back soon for updates!

Big Mountain – Perfect Summer Tracklist:
coverImage1.) All the Praise Due
2.) Seven More Days
3.) Here Comes the Sun
4.) Vision
5.) I’m Calling You Out
6.) Perfect Summer
7.) Gimme the Kushumpeng
8.) It’s All Good Today
9.) Reggae Got Soul
10.) Here Comes That Feeling
11.) Here Comes the Sun (Top 40)
12.) Here Comes the Sun (Radio)

Big Mountain Tour Dates

Related Links:
Big Mountain Website
Big Mountain Facebook
VP Records Website

Article By: Brian Winters

Watch: Big Mountain – “Here Comes The Sun” (Official Video)

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LIVE: California Roots Music & Arts Festival 2016

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Here is the live video stream for Cali Roots 2016 brought to you by Bulldog Media. Now enjoy watching the festival from the comfort of your own home this weekend via LiveList on ThePier.org. LiveList is the #1 guide for watching and discovering live streamed concerts and festivals online. LiveList and California Roots have partnered to offer an enhanced viewing experience of the 2016 festival. Keep an eye out for bands such as Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Damian Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Atmosphere, and many more all weekend long — May 27-29, 2016!

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Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” Tour kicks off in Nashville

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the “I Don’t Know” tour last night with a show at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN.

Alan Jackson joined Buffett and the band for the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes from the Austin show included “The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful” (last played 08/18/2015 in Wantagh, NY), “Rancho Deluxe (last played 08/27/1983 in Telluride, CO), “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)”, “Everybody’s on the Phone”, and “He Went To Paris”.

The tour continues on Saturday May 28th with a show at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/27/25822/

Buffett appears in Bloodline Season 2

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Jimmy Buffett makes an appearance in season two of the Netflix series “Bloodline” which comes out on Friday May 27th.

Buffett also has a role in the movie “Sully” starring Tom Hanks which comes out in September 2016. The movie is about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, the hero pilot who landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009.

Buffett recently mentioned he will appear in the AMC series “Better Call Saul”.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/26/25818/

Sublime Releases Limited Vinyl Box Set

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June 24th, 2016 will be marked as the day Sublime released a Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set with Exclusive Bonus Content! In other-words, all of the studio live albums that Sublime has put out from 1991 to 1998 will be available to listen to on vinyl!

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This vinyl box set collection includes Sublime’s three main studio albums in 180-gram 2-LP gatefold plus 3D lenticular cover art editions, in addition to 1997’s release of Second-Hand Smoke, 1998’s Acoustic: Bradley Nowell Friends and Stand By Your Van: Live in 180-gram pressings. The latter will include five bonus live tracks featured on the previously released CD and an etched image of Lou Dog on Side 4 — This is all exclusive to the limited edition box-set!

The Sublime Vinyl Box Set includes the following remastered 180g LPs and exclusive bonus content:

  • 40 Oz. To Freedom [gatefold 2-LP with removable 3D lenticular cover art print]
  • Robbin’ The Hood [gatefold 2-LP with removable 3D lenticular cover art print]
  • Sublime [gatefold 2-LP with removable 3D lenticular cover art print]
  • Second-Hand Smoke [gatefold 2-LP]
  • Acoustic: Bradley Nowell Friends [1-LP]
  • Stand By Your Van: Live [expanded gatefold 2-LP, exclusive to the box set]
  • Jah Won’t Pay The Bills [expanded gatefold 2-LP, exclusive to the box set]
  • Exclusive turntable mat designed by Opie Ortiz and two exclusive art lithographs by Sublime fans/artists
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    For those of you that missed out on the Record Store Day exclusive release of Sublime’s first-ever Skunk Records release of 1991’s Jah Won’t Pay The Bills, then this box set makes up for it with it’s vinyl inclusion. As the press release reads, the set’s expanded 2-LP gate-fold edition of Jah Won’t Pay The Bills includes 10 additional tracks from the album’s studio sessions and expanded artwork. The box set also includes an exclusive Sublime-inspired turntable mat designed by Opie Ortiz and two lithographs of artwork created by Sublime fans/artists, recently showcased at the Sublime 20 Year Anniversary exhibit presented by the Sullen Art Collective.

    My Take:
    The demand for Sublimes music paired with the increased demand for vinyl makes this a great marriage for fans. This is probably the biggest Sublime news and release since 2006’s Everything Under the Sun CD box-set. I always scratched my head as to why most of Sublime’s music wasn’t readily available on Vinyl. 40oz to Freedom would come and go in limited edition Hot Topic pressings, but the fact that I could only pick up self-titled on Vinyl at any given time left me puzzled. I’m most excited to own Second Hand Smoke on vinyl and I feel most fans will enjoy re-exploring the bands music through this box set release. I was fortunate enough to attend the Sullen Art Collective and I think it’s fantastic some of the artwork that was unveiled during that exhibit is making its way into this box set.

    [Related: How I Discovered Sublime…]

    Before it’s too late and this box set sells out, pick up all 13-LP’s, newly remastered from the original master tapes by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner and Scott Sedillo, supervised by Michael “Miguel” Happoldt for just $349.98 by clicking HERE!

    Related Links:
    Exclusive Sublime Blog
    Sublime Website
    Sublime Facebook
    Record Store Day Website

    Article By: Mike Patti

    Watch: Sublime – “STP”

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    Vote for Songs You Haven’t Heard in Over 10 Years

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    Jimmy Buffett is including some rare songs on his 2016 tour and letting his fans help select them with a “rare song” voting page at Margaritaville.com

    SURPRISE JIMMY WITH SONGS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD IN A WHILE!
    Do you have a favorite Jimmy Buffett song that you haven’t heard him perform live in years? Now is your chance to tell him! We’ve compiled a list of songs that Jimmy has not played in over 10 years. Simply select your favorite 5, and we will randomly choose one of the top-voted songs for Jimmy to play each night on tour! Vote Now!

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    Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/25/25814/

    Review of the Austin City Limits show

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    The Austin Chronicle has a review of last nights show: “Monday Comes to Austin for Jimmy Buffett

    Medicine’s Rod of Asclepius stamped each shoulder, giving way to hemp leaves cascading down the front, back, and sleeves, which at the elbows came stitched with the scales of justice. Legalize medicinal marijuana? Five consecutive years of summer tour warm-ups in Austin during May yielded a first at the Moody Theater Monday: Jimmy Buffett wore a blazer.

    “Manuel’s [American Designs] in Nashville,” announced the cult leader two tunes into a nearly two-hour, 21-song set last night at the home of Austin City Limits, while stroking a lapel. “This was on a mannequin.”

    Buffett, 70 this Christmas, later pointed out that Manuel Cuevas’ world famous designs included “Prince’s butt pants,” the first (and slightest) of three musician tributes the Mississippi-born, Austin Studios-rehearsing singer paid in his second appearance at the venue.

    For starters, the bandleader of 11 group members began the show with an extended rap about some eight years of tour fine-tuning in the capital city. (Wait, and only five shows!?) Paying tribute to his local mentor Jerry Jeff Walker, who opens his Frisco show on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Willie Nelson’s statue out front (“Since he’s still alive, I wonder how Willie feels about that”), and Austin itself, Buffett uncharacteristically went on at length before ever playing a note.

    In fact, the fiesta got off to a slow start. The frontman explained that this year’s I Don’t Know tour sought to revive songs the traveling tiki carnival hadn’t performed in a decade or more. “Presents to Send You,” “Migration,” “Cowboy in the Jungle”? No such luck. Instead, nostalgia only went back as far as 2009 and 1996 respectively on the one-two of openers “Summerzcool” and “Only Time Will Tell.”

    Before long, however, the band was functioning at 80-proof, Floridays’ “Meet Me in Memphis” cruising its namesake’s Beale Street, and tour moniker “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)” reviving 1982 teen film yuks Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Who recalls that the first name of Sean Penn’s titular stoner was Jeff? For “Margaritaville,” the host welcomed Hollywood mega-producer Frank Marshall onstage to play guitar and sing harmonies with second lieutenant Mac McAnally.

    “Barometer Soup” proved a late-set surprise, Buffett’s meticulous vocal melodies imbuing one of his standard three-minute Nashville song sprites with typically seafaring fun and a touch of melancholy. “A Pirate Looks at 40” reminded once again why when Bob Dylan and Joan Baez reunited in 1982 they performed a duet of the song. Dedicated to Guy Clark and Merle Haggard, the sole encore and Buffett’s standard solo acoustic walk-off slot saved the very best for the very last: Jerry Jeff Walker co-write “Railroad Lady” (“South Station on Boston to the stockyards of Austin”) from his 1973 reinvention into future resort magnate, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean.

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    Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/24/25809/

    Buffett opens new tour in Austin TX

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    Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the 2016 “I Don’t Know Tour” last night with a show at Austin City Limits Live Moody Theater.

    The set list from the show is now available. Some surprises included “SummerZcool”, “Only Time Will Tell”, Meet Me In Memphis (Buffett said he was going to do a song at each show he had not done for 10 years), “I Don’t Know And I Don’t Care”, “Delaney Talks To Statues”, “Taking it Easy (acoustic dedicated to Glen Frey), “Barometer Soup”, and “Railroad Lady”.

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    Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/05/24/25805/