Sly and Robbie, Lenky, Chico and the Taxi Gang – El Cumbanchero – Taxi
Two tunes to brighten up this Saturday night on the run up to xmas. It’s tipping it down outside and cold as hell. Two to whack on full blast while perusing those seed catalogues and supping a double Baileys!
Tessela – Hackney Parrot Special Request – Houndstooth
Here’s a great podcast that’s been on rotation all this week at Weeds HQ. Test Pressing Radio Show 4 featuring Apiento and our old mate (the balearic bailiff/toothgrinder/facepainter) Phil Mison which is available here.
Some top tunes on here including these two killers! One to play while cleaning soil off those Dahlia Tubers!
Popped out in the back garden for an hour and a bit this afternoon while the sun made a suprise appearance. I mainly tidied up and “tipped around” with a hoe (as my good mate Leo used to say at the council, and I tell you a lot of “tipping around” was done on a friday afternoon!) I also made up the levels on the raised beds with some top compost now ready from one of my bins. You always could be doing with more of the stuff when you see how good it is and there is never enough! I still haven’t perfected the recipe yet as there still a lot of unrotted eggshells and slivers of potato shoots but that isn’t much to complain about as the stuff is well rich and will do the garden well!
I also made my first batch of “One Deck special” a combination of comfrey liquid and the muddy stuff that comes out of the bottom of the wormery (essentially worm wee!) It has a dubious look and I wouldn’t advise you to smell the stuff as it’s well putrid and I’m sure mine has maggots in it too (nice!) but I’ll be feeding me plants a watered down version of it next year and I’ll let you know how I get on.
Earlier this week I found a great site called “How Jamaica conquered the world” which has some great podcasts featuring how the Island has influenced the world from sport to music and more. Click here for the list of the episodes which range from Arthur Wint (Jamaica’s first gold medalist), The fair city of Birmingham, The birth of Hip Hop, Easy All Stars, Toronto, Lover Rock and much more. Well interesting stuff from Roifield Brown delivered in a different style!
Luciano featuring U-Roy & Ziggi Recado – Organize – AL.TA.FA.AN
Another tune on the AL.TA.FA.AN label. It’s by Luciano, Big Daddy U-Roy and Ziggy Recardo in a 2013 style with what sounds like (shock, horror) live musicians! Thanks to the great man Roddy!
Mr Scruff – Band on the wall, Manchester – 2.11.2013
Here’s a lovely one that’s been on play again all week at the Weeds HQ, a great 5 hour mr scruff mix from earlier this month with a nice reggae interlude (from 1.03.00 featuring Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and Al Campbell) amongst loads of other good stuff. It’s even downloadable for nowt for a limited period too! One to play full blast in the greenhouse while cleaning the mould off the windows!
The above classic is featured on it too. I only know this one through it being sampled on 80/90’tunes so it was great to hear the original, bonkers. Big up the scruffy one!
And while we’re there, here’s an extended mix of the Gregory tune Mr Scruff played, with the Christine vocal. A tune! Thank you one John Lydon for playing it on BRMB Radio in the late 1970’s for this one.
Leo Graham & The Upsetters – Newsflash/Flashing Echo Heard on this week’s David Rodigan show. A classic from the early 1970’s with a lovely bass and drum version from the great Upsetter himself!
Yesterday I popped into Dig This Nursery which is just opposite the station in New Cross. Their record shop (spotty vinyl records) has now grown since the last time I was there, then it was just a couple of record boxes now it’s housed in a back room with lots more rows of vinyl and a nice little Reggae section and definitely worth having a look at if you are around the SE14 area (reminds me of a mini Rat Records.) A garden centre with a second-hand record shop, why hasn’t anyone thought of this concept before?
I saw an LP in there by the Calypsonian Mighty Sparrow which had a track on it called No Future, sadly not a Calypso cover of the Sex Pistol’s classic God Save the Queen but one about the evils of “hard drugs” which the lyric encourages the listener to “see a movie or take a hunting trip” instead of “taking a fix.” Cruel sports or hard drugs, that’s not much of a choice is it?
I was chatting to Mihaly one of the nice chaps there and he mentioned that when it came to plant feeding, they use well-rotted Horse manure. They use this method on their Tomato plants (they have an annual Tomato festival where they grow 72, yes 72 different types!) and it works like a treat. If all goes well I will be getting a bag off them in the spring to try and will do a weeds up to me knees plant trial (“this one has had the horse dung, this side hasn’t, can you see the difference?” etc). Also their seed range for kids has taken off too. Great stuff!