Tag: King Tubby

  • 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 […]

  • Jamrock Revisited

    Chalk one up for the old farts mourning the days when riddims were slow- pumping and juicy, lyrics tough and high-minded. Freshly minted reissues of Alcapone’s impeccably timed toasts on 1971’s Forever Version, the Lone Ranger’s equally keen rhythmic sensibilities throughout 1981’s On the Other Side of Dub, and Culture’s thundering reggae gospel on 1977’s […]

  • 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 […]