Details have yet to emerge, but it’s been reported that reggae pioneer Junior Murvin died early this morning at his home in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He was believed to be approximately 64 years old (his birthdate is unclear), and word is that he was suffering from advanced diabetes.
Best known for his 1976 song “Police & Thieves,” Murvin worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry, among other big names in reggae, and helped the genre enter the popular mainstream in the ’70s. That song was covered the next year by The Clash on their self-titled LP, cementing Murvin as an influential reggae star, though he never achieved the same level of success with subsequent releases (and apparently was not a fan of the cover version).
“Tell my fans I wish the best for them and love them,” he said in one of his final interviews, “and I will always sing until my eyes are closed.”
It’s that time of the year again: gearing up for the inevitable onslaught that is the South by Southwest schedule. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. To make it a little easier to pick through the massive amount of events going on, we’ve highlighted the five best music-related films for you to check out, along with a handy “when to watch” guide to enhance your viewing experience.
It’s a two-for-one deal for Green Day this year, so we’re grouping the dual documentaries on the band into a single punktastic category. Broadway Idiot focuses on Billie Joe Armstrong’s transition to the Broadway stage for the theatrical rendition of the band’s 2004 rock opus American Idiot, while ¡Cuatro! focuses on the making of the band’s recent trilogy of albums.
Watch it after: Missing your favorite punk band’s set in favor of that “awesome new shoegaze, EDM meets post-punk” act that your friend misguidedly recommended. (more…)
After a busy run on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer, OurStage’s very own Ballyhoo! have released a brand new video for their song, “Walk Away.” True to their well meshed reggae stylings, and blended with a little punk and pop for good measure, Ballyhoo!’s latest song is as catchy as it is lighthearted, turning the heavy subject of breakups into a lighthearted, party filled affair. Check out the video, which aired on Fuse, below.
If you like Ballyhoo! check out Ourstage artist Deadfish.
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This past Friday, No Doubt released a music video for their newest single “Looking Hot” off their latest album Push And Shove, but it was immediately removed after being criticized for offending the Native American community.
According to Billboard, the video features Gwen Stefani in a “Halloween-ready Native American costume, while bassist Tony Kanal is [a] tribesman who helps the singer escape from her cowboy captors, played by Adrian Young and Tom Dumont.” Due to a large negative response from YouTube users, the band decided to pull the video, releasing an apology on their website. Whether or not a remake is in store has yet to be determined.
If you like No Doubt, then you might also like OurStage’s own The Worsties.
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Take a look back at the original Warped Tour lineup from 1995 and you’ll see bands like No Doubt, Sublime, and Supernova. With the festival’s rapid expansion and desire to include more diverse artists, today’s lineup is a far cry from the original punk-centric focus of the tour. Luckily, Ballyhoo! frontman Howi Spangler has a plan to bring back the nostalgic sounds of ’90s ska punk with the band’s new material. The Aberdeen, Md. four-piece just recently completed the entire run of the Vans Warped Tour and are already back on tour until the end of September.
We had the chance to chat with Howi about life on Warped Tour, sharing the stage with reggae legends, and what the band hopes to accomplish with their next record.
OS: You’ve had a busy summer already! Tell us about the performances you’ve done so far.
HS: It has been busy! We started the [Warped ]Tour in Salt Lake City, and we’re doing the whole thing. Every day’s been awesome, the kids have been really great. We’re getting a lot of new listeners that come up every day, so that’s awesome. We have a guy in a sombrero that’s out there selling CDs in the morning to the line, turning new heads. We hooked up this thing called the “Ghetto Blaster,” it’s basically our handtruck and we have a speaker, a generator and a mixer, and our set time on it, and it just blasts our songs. So he takes that out in the morning and it just puts it right in their face, like, “This is Ballyhoo! Listen up!”
OS: What has been your favorite stop/state on Warped so far?
HS: Chicago was awesome, Chicago was really good. That’s the first one that comes to mind. We had a really great crowd. San Francisco was amazing as well, we had a really good time there. We had five or six hundred people out there. Boston was really great today, too!
OS: What other bands have you most enjoyed seeing at Warped Tour?
HS: Motionless in White, those guys are sick. Just heavy screaming, heavy guitars, they paint themselves black and white…the crowd was nuts, it was really cool to see that. New Found Glory’s killing it, Yellowcard’s killing it every day. Tonight Alive, We Are The In Crowd, A Loss For Words…there’s just so many good bands.
The Doggfather, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. is changing things up a bit with his 11th album, Reincarnated, to be released through Vice and Mad Decent some time later this year. The album title is fitting: Pitchfork is reporting that Reincarnated will consist entirely of reggae music, a first for the rapper. Broadus is even going under a different moniker for the occasion as he is recording, releasing, and performing his reggae material as Snoop Lion. Finally, stereotypical stoners everywhere will no longer be forced to choose between listening to their beloved reggae music or their beloved Snoop.
It’s unclear what inspired the rapper to wade into the world of reggae. The move is reminiscent of Nas and Damien Marley’s 2010 collaborative effort Distant Relatives. The first single to emerge from the album, “La La La,” sees Snoop acclimating himself admirably to the stylistic conventions of reggae, delivering his verses with a Jamaican inflection. One assumes that the rest of the record will be as bouncy and insistent as this first cut here, given the deft hand that producer Diplo (credited with his Major Lazer moniker here) almost certainly lent to the proceedings. While a tour has not yet been formally announced, the likelihood that you’ll be able to see Snoop Lion in action is high (snicker). The rapper cum reggae-ist will be performing with backing band The Jungle at Caribana 2012 in Toronto on Friday, August 3rd and it’s safe to assume that a full tour is in the works. A formal release date for the record has not yet been set.
Also, did you see the album art? That image is guaranteed to hang in the common areas of countless college dorms for years to come.
Check out “La La La” below.
Summer is a little ways down the road, but we can still pretend. This funky playlist is just what we needed to feel the sand between our toes and the ocean breeze on our skin. OurStage artists Caracas Sunset from Venezuela and Zebulun from New Jersey bring their beats to the table, sharing the playlist with Slightly Stoopid from California and French group Dub Incorporation. Spread the love with this mix, and there’s sure to be good vibes all around.
Diplo is quickly emerging as the go-to producer in the industry by making a name for himself as a constant chameleon, and more importantly, a tastemaker. He discovered MIA, he helped bring Azelia Banks to popularity just last week, his label Mad Decent was the first to champion the growing moombahton sound (which could easily become the next dubstep), and he just recently revealed on Facebook that he and Snoop Dogg are working on an album – and, according to MTV, a reggae album, at that. Diplo is no stranger to the reggae style, as his side project Major Lazer incorporates dancehall and dub elements into American-style EDM. And while it may come as a surprise to some that Snoop, the everlasting hip-hop icon has chosen such a drastically different style of music, his newfound Soundclound explosion hints at his eagerness to explore new genres.
Diplo opened up to MTV:
“Snoop Dogg is an icon, man; he’s bigger than the music…What we’re doing is a reggae record. It’s like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer together. It’s all reggae and he’s singing and he’s doing a f—ing awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song…We’re going to get back into the production of it next month, and I’m really proud of that record. It’s the first record I’ve ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing.”
We really have no clue what to expect from this album, but with the talent and creativity the two of these guys bring to the table, there’s no doubt we’ll give it a couple of listens. Heck, we might need to give it more than a couple just to cut through all the haze that is bound to be associated with this heavy-lidded album.
Last month’s Ernie Ball punk champions The Bastard Suns labeled themselves the “heralds and protectors of southern punk rock.” With an attitude like that, you know they’re not messing around, and their OurStage profile serves as testament. With multiple Top 10 and Top 40 wins, national touring, their own record label and now the Ernie Ball Grand Prize under their belt, the Alpharetta, GA quintet is poised for big things. The guys recently received their Ernie Ball strings, ensuring their distinct blend of reggae, punk, folk and ska will continue for the next 365 days”and we’re pumped. Check out the band and their prize in the pics below.