Imbibe those summer vibes

Time is strange. We as gardeners have been waiting patiently throughout the spring, holding back sowing those seeds just in case it’s “too early”, checking if they’ll be late frosts and hardening off seedlings and before you know it, it’s the summer. 

Big shout to our good friends Dr Strangedub and DJ Baby Swiss for getting us off to a good start with some sunny tunes on this week’s Echo Chamber on KFAI here featuring Gingermon, Omar Perry, Sandra Cross & Vibronics and lots lots more!

This week there was also a rebroadcast of (part of) “In The Garden Of Dub”, a mix from a few years ago by Dr Strangedub featuring Singers & Players (ft. Prince Far I), Madtone, Leroy Sibbles, Jah Wobble, Lee Perry and lots more which goes out to all dub gardeners everywhere!

Big shout to another friend “across the pond” Justin Moore (who has a great piece on the strange world of Fred Judd here) for letting us know of some gardening zen dub in the form of Memotone with Sidewise dub, heavy and on the out there tip!

And to finish off another horticultural related track by Errol Grandson with Jah Garden. May the weather be with you as old Eric Robson used to say.

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!

The temperature a fall

Blue King Brown featuring The Congo’s – Babylon a Fall

Thanks to our good mate from across the pond Doctor Strangedub (and DJ Baby Swiss) for playing this one on this week’s The Echo Chamber on KFAI (a show well worth listening to live or on play again, and on a great radio station which has all sorts of music shows represented on it.)

This is a lovely roots tune featuring the talents of Melbourne’s Blue King Brown with The mighty Congo‘s, it’s one with a wide range of vocals and is a grower. Give it time, give it time…

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)!