Tag: Augustus Pablo

  • Augustus Pablo’s Sonic Fetish, Remembered

    Born Herbert Swaby in 1954, Augustus Pablo was an orientalist before orientalism was uncool. The minor-chordal “Far East” sound the reggae auteur favored as a composer, producer, and no-frills melodica master may have been inspired by the Skatalites’ Don Drummond, but it didn’t take long for prolific Pablo to spread his sonic fetish far and […]

  • Augustus Pablo’s Sonic Fetish, Remembered

    Born Herbert Swaby in 1954, Augustus Pablo was an orientalist before orientalism was uncool. The minor-chordal “Far East” sound the reggae auteur favored as a composer, producer, and no-frills melodica master may have been inspired by the Skatalites’ Don Drummond, but it didn’t take long for prolific Pablo to spread his sonic fetish far and […]

  • Who Needs Boxes?

    Pick Hit DE LA SOUL Timeless: The Singles Collection Tommy Boy/Rhino Right, their albums are worth owning, so if you’ve collected them all, rip the track sequence off Amazon and burn yourself a present. But the explanations and booklet pix will soften up the rap haters on your list, who’ll thank you for proving once […]

  • Dub for Dummies

    It started with Music Club’s Augustus Pablo, and though I wasn’t quite enlightened enough to go all the way with the King Tubby, Select Cuts From Blood & Fire clinched it. Twenty years after my first try, I just spent a few weeks actively enjoying dub. Pass the pipe. AT THE DRIVE-IN Relationship of Command […]