Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I-Roy- Jah Come Here

Only silence now.

Microphone Attack fills me with joy. The insanely wonderful collection of reggae toasting from the '70s has been my personal soundtrack for the past several weeks. It's an essential document for anyone remotely interested in roots reggae and for crate-diggers investigating the various musical strands that contributed to the origin of rap. But mostly, it's perfect for anyone looking to have a good time. Several kind souls keep the memory of I-Roy alive at YouTube.

Sons of a Hoofer is a new documentary about the McFadden Brothers, a Kansas City jazz and dance institution. Here's the trailer.

I'm thrilled with the concept of Record Store Day. Grimey's in Nashville just added an Elvis Costello signing to a live lineup that includes Tim O'Brien, Dan Wilson and Kansas City-area band Drakkar Sauna. St. Louis' Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records boast several in-stores. So far, Kansas City's stores list no special events at their sites. Guys?

Kansas City Click: Luciano anchors tonight's reggae bill at the Beaumont.

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