Dub it Doctor Strangedub!

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Big shout to Dr Strangedub for featuring Jazz’min and Madtone Versus The Gaytones version of NZAM Fang Creation Myth on this week’s Echo Chamber on KFAI downloadable here at 19.27 mins in. There’s also a cracking Ras Takura horticultural related dubplate just after it. Big thanks to our musical collaborator Jazzmin for the voice and the vibes and for playing it on Dub Kali Rootz on Radio Dreyeckland this week!

Cork it Kojak, cork it

mc-demijohnToday a chap collected some demijohns that were finally put on ebay last weekend after throwing in the wine-making towel a few years ago. There were more failures than successes making vino, including once ending up going to bed early one Saturday evening feeling “well woozy” after a bottle of white wine made from a Boot’s kit. The attempt at making mead using cheap honey procured off a man who sold unfridgerated ham, cheese and european varieties of sweets you’ve never heard of in a market in Farringdon ended up “displaying a intense battery acid type flavour” and was duly tipped down the sink cleaning the U-bend out in the process. Sometimes you have to let go of things.hidden-chitting-and-propagatorOn a happier note it’s mid-way through February and there’s a little bit of gardening action at Weeds HQ. More seeds have been procured from Shannon’s today (sweet pea and night scented stock) and there’s spuds chitting underneath a table. The plastic plant propagator in the back room has a few pots with peppers and tomatoes in them and after listening to a tip from Christine Walkden on Gardeners Question Time the other week some foil was stuck on the back of the propagator to reflect any light so the seedlings don’t automatically lean towards the window and hopefully don’t grow on the leggy side. Roll on spring!

 

An OCD seed selection without objection

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It’s not the end of January and it’s already started. I bought some seed potatoes (maris piper of course) from Shannon’s a fortnight ago and the week previous some onions and garlic. The other day on ebay I won “25 varieties of veg and herb seeds” for the grand sum of £2.24 including p+p.

I love the way someone has gone to the effort of typing and cutting up little labels and sorting the seeds into lots of little “dealer” type bags. It’s a right mix up as it contains all sorts: celery, sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and two varieties of tomato but there isn’t many bags that the seeds go into double figures. Anyone fancy doing a swap on 9 cress seeds?

Hurray, hurray, it’s potato day

Roots and ShootsSeed Potato andVegetable seed dayThanks to Linda P from Roots and Shoots (Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11 6DN) for getting in touch and sending us more info on their Potato Day on Sunday 12th February from 11am-2pmAdmission is £5, concessions £2 with all funds going to Roots and Shoots.

There’s lots of good stuff going on with 60+ varieties of seed spuds for sale, onions and shallot sets, garlic, soft fruit, posies of flowers for Valentine’s Day at reasonable prices made by the students at Roots and Shoots and more.  

Sadly there won’t be a seed swap at this event as it’s the first time they have done something like this but they’re are going to see how well it goes this year and then if all goes well do the seed swap next year.

It’s looks like a great event for a good cause and at a brilliant venue not far from The Imperial War Museum. After you’ve been at the venue for a short while you’ll forget you’re even in London. Hopefully see you there!

You bring me joy in the morning

A few tunes for this cold, dark night. The first was heard on Monday morning at 7.15 while  on the way to work feeling very cold and miserable. Out of the blue comes the familiar bassline of Coco Tea’s Lonesome Side blasting out of the pushbike soundsytem of the guy who rides on the pavement on his way to and from work in Brockley who pumps out a varied selection of tunes (Disco, Funk and Reggae). Big up the Brockley pavement-riding pushbike soundsystem bloke!

The second, Ranking Joe‘s Natty General as heard on last week’s David Rodigan show when he did a history of the “General” Rhythm. There’s a lovely dub on this cut with some serious filtering/knob twiddling around the 4.20 mark and some heavy baseline business. Tune!

The last and no means least is from The Heptones – You Can’t Hide from Jah featuring a nice keyboard  hook as heard earlier today on the sound tape Soul to Soul, Lovebird club, Jamaica 1979 on the excellent Who Cork The Dance website.

Keep warm and as Terry C. on the Echo Beach radio show says “Stay Irie my friends.”

Charity shop classic of the week

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A super tune obtained this afternoon for the bargain price of £2.04 (with plastic bag) from Oxfam on Drury Lane, Covent Garden.

Bought on a whim, the only reason being, it was on a label called Better Days (the name of the New York club where Tee Scott would play and Steve Proctor’s musical project) and the mention of Frank De Wulf on the A side.

It’s a cracker of a tune from the New Composers out of Saint Petersburg called The Sirens of Titan. It’s a great chilled out piano-led piece which features some operatic vocal samples and even a bit of morse code, a tune that’s well up our street. Who said you can’t find a decent record in a charity shop anymore?

Cutting straight to dub, are we Frank?

David Rodigan has told a story on this week’s show about the (late, great) UK mastering engineer John Hassell. Years ago when in a studio in America, he heard that the session before him featured one Frank Sinatra. He asked the production team how it went, and they said it was okay but they were amazed that the record company went for the take where Frank forgot the lyrics. Turns out the tune was called Strangers In The Night (and we all know that “dooby dooby doo” bit at the end.) Brilliant story and I’d love to believe it’s true.

His mention of John Hassell reminded me of a brilliant TV programme from many moons ago where it shows him at the controls (and his wife Felicity giving it a “reeeeewind”) and even has some nice petrol lawn mower and edging shear action at the start of it. What more do you want out of a TV clip? Dub it Mr Hassell!