One for the weekend

Here’s a great tune by MbongwanaStar – Malukayi (feat. Konono No.1) as played by Tom Ravenscroft over the last few weeks and also on this weeks Echo Chamber on KFAI hosted by Dr Strangedub/DJ Baby Swiss. Let’s hope the weathers good this weekend for some tipping around with a hoe.


Around the world for free

A big shout to Doctor Strangedub and DJ Baby Swiss from KFAI’s Echo Chamber and everybody at Dan Dada records for including the track African Bass, a collaboration from our goodselves here at weeds Madtone, Audiovert our good mate Paul G from Melbourne (whose garden was featured last year here) on the excellent compilation Echo Chamber –  Around The World In Dub Vol 7 & 8 out now.

Around the world

It’s a free download which includes 26 tracks from around the dub globe including Ancient Astronauts, Tony Freebird ft Lee Scratch Perry, Trevor The Technician McKenzie, Secret Archives of the Vatican, DU3normal, Spectral Dub, Dusza, Bandulu Dub, Dubby Doo and The Mutant Frogs and a whole lot more dub. One for a Saturday night download!

A big ta to our good mate Will J for telling us about The Echo Chamber in the first place many moons ago!

I’ve had years of being on the wire

A massive birthday shout out to Steve Barker, Fenny and Jim for Thirty years of the excellent On The Wire on BBC Radio Lancashire. Well worth tuning into Live on a Saturday night from Midnight to 2am on Sunday or on Listen again here. Cheers for the One Deck & Popular and Madtone radio plays in the past, it’s appreciated!

On last week’s show Fenny replayed his first record he ever spun on the show, one that I’ve never heard before by the ace Mark Perry (I’m very partial to Mark’s delivery of Reggae, ATV’s Life after Life is one of my favourite ever tunes!) with a cover of a BB Seaton/Ken Boothe’s “Whole world’s down on me.” I didn’t even know of that one either. Cheers to On The Wire for passing on their musical knowledge yet again!

While we’re on the subject of great radio shows, a big shout goes out to our good friend Dr Strangedub for playing a track off Hayereyah’s new CD on this week’s (September 10th) Echo Chamber on KFAI available on listen again here. Big up the radio!

Come into the strange (dub) garden

Thanks to our good friend Dr Strangedub from The Echo Chamber on KFAI in Minneapolis for sending us an update of his garden this year and it’s looking well healthy!Strangedub_garden_collage2The good doctor writes: The collage above features my vegetable garden. In the top left is some type of chilli pepper; the bottom right is a bit of herb (oregano and thyme) in a planter; the other two photos are of tomatoes and peppers (and my drip hose.)strangedub_garden_collage1Above is my perennial shade garden. The largest image shows a couple of hostas, a bit of ornamental grass, raspberries in the foreground and some tiger lillies (no flowers as yet) near the upper left corner. The two smaller photos, some ostrich ferns and some hemp.

The shade garden is low maintenance as all the plants are perennials, so there’s no planting in the spring unless I’m adding something new. In the spring I clear out any leaves that have fallen from my big oak tree the previous fall and I do a bit of weeding as and when if needed and that’s about all.
As for climate, in Minneapolis, winter can be pretty brutal, and some years (like this past winter) can be damn long. This winter we got our first substantial snowfall (nearly 1 foot) just before Christmas and it stayed until late April. There was no mid-winter warm spell so my backyard had at least a foot of snow covering it for about four months!
Our summers can vary widely, one day could be 20 odd degrees different than the previous day and our hottest days can be 90+ degrees or even hit 100 (or near 40 C)!