Reggae Legend Peter Tosh Wants You To Get Up, Stand Up For His Hits

Peter Tosh / The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience / Shanachie Entertainment / BUY

I tried, but just couldn’t: it’s impossible not to talk about the mystical Peter Tosh without mentioning the omnipresent Bob Marley. They both honed their singing skills together in Kingston, Jamaica, both helped form one of Reggae’s finest and most well known groups, The Wailers, and both lived tragically short lives. However, Tosh was an animal of an altogether different form. He wrote songs far more politically charged than his ganja smoking counterpart, something that is highlighted with this exceptional best-of compilation, titled The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience. Instead of the typical 15 song rundown of radio hits, Shanachie organized an offering of fan favorites, rarities, unreleased jams and alternate mixes. Notables include an unreleased version of “Legalize It,” the early single “Arise Black Man,” an alternate mix of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and the classic Rasta rights anthem, “Get Up Stand Up”.

Despite the musical barriers we might set up of what we consider good, bad or distasteful, Reggae is one of a select few genres that transcends these lines. Who doesn’t enjoy hearing uplifting, pro-active, inspirational songs deeply rooted in culture and a tradition of upheaval and social responsibility? The impact of Tosh’s music is prevalent even in North America, where it has literally paved the way for the Ska/Punk movement. The Ultimate Perter Tosh Experience offers an even keeled view into the mind of one of Reggae’s most passionate and outspoken stars. Mixing the popular with the rare, the early with the unreleased, this set has something to offer even the most devout of fans. Ya mon.

Coachella 2009’s Mind Boggling Line-Up Revealed, Doggin’ It On Tour With Dr. Dog

This year’s annual Coachella music festival will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet of rock, hip-hop and dance’s biggest and best, along with a number of under-the-radar gems and a few of our very own favorites. Coachella organizers recently unleashed the festival’s full line up, boasting headlining spots in the form of Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. Besides these ridiculously huge artists, several Rind regulars made the cut. This fusion between old rock legends, modern giants and the next generation of popular sound is what sets Coachella apart from your typical, run of the mill music festival.

Day one (Friday, April 17th), is populated by a number of solo artists, but also includes Brooklyn’s indie rock storytelling darlings The Hold Steady. Electro-pop Portuguese Buraka Som Sistema will also be lighting the stage up, treating listeners to their unique offering of “progressive kuduro” tunes.

On day two (Saturday, April 18th), Canuk Club/Electro duo MSTRKRFT will be ripping it up on stage and will most likely feature cuts from their mesmerizing new release Fist of God, due out March 17th via Dim Mak. We here at the Rind can’t get enough of it. That very same day, you can expect to get a heavy dosage of psychedelic pop-rock via Dr. Dog, the Philadelphia-based group whose latest effort, 2008’s Fate, garnered them much in the way of hubbub. The Bloody Beetroots (also on Dim Mak) round out the very Rind day, bringing their collection of club-heavy dance beats to California audiences all the way from glorious Italia. Day 3, and 2009 Dr. Dog dates after the jump.

MP3Dr. Dog – Alaska

MP3MSTRKRFT – Bounce ft. N.O.R.E (Felix Cartal Remix)

MP3The Bloody Beetroots – Butter


RZA Gets Down With The Rind, Surprises Us With His Valentine’s Day Favorites

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Appreciation Day), our favorite samurai is here to give us a little taste of his favorite tracks for gettin’ busy and celebrating the one(s) you love. RZA is fresh off the release of season two of his acclaimed animated series, Afro Samurai, and its captivating soundtrack; Afro Samurai Resurrection: The Soundtrack. Helmed by the RZA himself, it features a slew of guest appearances by the likes of Sly Stone, Ghostface Killah and Kool G Rap, among others. RZA sat down with us to share his top 16 V-Day tracks, giving us a little background on each choice along the way. RZA pointed out that many of these favorites date back to his formative years and have been sampled heavily in the hip hop industry. Just look at the diversity in this list!

1. Al Green – Strong As Death, Sweet As Love
The title says it all.


Pegasuses-XL Bring The Keys, Bring The Agitation On New Release

This week on the Rind, we bring you an Athens, Georgia group who specialize in creating messy musical stews. Self confessed “local smart asses”, Pegasuses-XL are a greasy gang of synth-pop ruffians that are ready to take the snob-pop world by storm with their brand new release, Electro Agitators. Taking a gander at their myspace page will show you just how proud these boys are of not only their positive reviews, but especially of the more laughable, negative commentary:

And it does hurt my brain. My temples flare from the over-stimulation. “Run the Gauntlet”, the second track of 17, is an introduction to the overload and a smorgasbord of synth-types. “Pixilated Flowers” rumbles in with a WWII radio sample and a deep metallic organ flavor. Overtop, Rosenstock spits and raps.

Sounds enticing to us! Joking aside, PXL command a sound that may be unfamiliar to most, but one that needs to be heard first hand. A thick layer of keys and synth form the backbone of their long playing, extended jams, accented by lead and rhythm guitar along with a stiff, driving drumline. The gargantuan new LP, just released January 27th on Ernest Jenning, sports an impressive 17 tracks which flash between short, digital blurbs and extended animals. Electro Agitators just may be the perfect way to describe these pesky synth-pop degenerates, who have been on many a critic’s radar since their showcase at CMJ 2008. Featuring vocal duties from Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock and members of Disband, We Versus the Shark and Cinemechanica, this gang will soon be infiltrating your ears.

Soul Makossa Master Has His Revenge! Dibango Sues Rihanna, Micheal Jackson

The king of Afro-Funk jam music, Manu Dibango continues his quest against the king of pop, Michael Jackson. The trouble all started when the Camaroonian saxophonist belted out the soon-to-be-classic line: “mama-koo mama-sa maku ma-ku-sa”. After the clip was lifted by NYC DJ’s at the outset of the disco move, Michael Jackson sampled it a decade later on his smash funk pop hit  “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”, in the process turning the line into “mama-say mama-sa mama ma-ku-sa.” Dibango had previously sued Jackson and settled out of court, but has been roused again by an unauthorized sampling from one superstar female vocalist in Rihanna. The Guardian has this to say about the matter:

Dibango actually already sued Jackson back in the day, and the two settled out of court. But when Rihanna’s people cleared the Michael Jackson sample, they didn’t get Dibango’s permission, and now he wants his. Dibango is now suing Sony BMG, Warner Music, and EMI over the use of that chant.

Manu Dibango has an extensive back catalogue, including 1982’s Waka Juju , a breakthrough in Jazz/African Soul fusion, Afrijazzy and the recently released compliation The Very Best of Manu Dibango: Afro Soul Jazz From The Original Makossa Man . All Music Guide proclaims “Dibango is Cameroon’s, and perhaps Africa’s, best-known jazz saxophonist” and boasts that “Dibango’s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Fela Kuti , Sly Dunbar , Robbie Shakespeare , Don Cherry , and the Fania All-Stars .” Read up on the drama at Pitchfork and do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with the Makossa Man’s work by hitting up his official site here !