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Posts made in July 23rd, 2007


I recently got a nice e-mail from someone asking me to upload a live Damian concert I posted a year and a half ago. I don’t usually do requests (or reposts), but this one was from a long time ago so I figgered I’d honor it. Unfortunately, I don’t have that boot anymore. But I do have this one. Hope you like it. Damian’s “Welcome to Jamrock” was my pick for best album of the year in 2005, on my old, defunct and deleted Berkeley Place. And on reflection, I should have rated it higher. It is one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. You won’t go wrong if you buy it. So go do that.

Okay. A few tastes and a zip.

Damian Marley-San Francisco, Feb. 10, 2006

Roots, Rock, Reggae
More Justice
Hey Girl
Where is the Love
There for You
Love and Innity
Me Name Jr. Gong/Crazy Baldheads
War/No More Trouble
Move! (Exodus)
In 2 Deep
Khaki Suit
It Was Written
Could You Be Loved?
Stand a Chance
Forever Loving Jah
For the Babies
Road to Zion
Welcome to Jamrock




Today, we’re going to discuss a little band called Two Hours Traffic, on a label I’ve never heard of before now, Bumstead Records. Little Jabs is the band’s second album, a joyful collection of pop rocks that burst open in your mouth with delicious hooks and melodies. There’s some cool power chord pop on song like “Heatseeker” and “Nighthawks,” as well as some ’70s style folk pop like “Heroes of the Sidewalk,” with it’s catchy chorus (“You’re my idea of a lady, hold on to my bootstraps baby, and drag me around by your pony tail”). Lyrically, all of the songs are simply written — which is the only weakness on the album. The words can become simple to the point of being trite. But that’s not a problem on every song, for sure, and the music more than makes up for it. It’s got that distinctive Canada indie rock sound (particularly “Whenever We Finish”), marked by other bands like Detective Kalita. Very little bass, gentle harmonies. . . Really excellent stuff. I’ve been enjoying listening to this album over and over again. In fact, it’s so good I’m loathe to finish writing this review because I don’t want to turn it off.

Heroes of the Sidewalk

Whenever We Finish

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