CD/LP/digital downloadBredda Records2017(Review by Steve Shafer) I knew I probably was going to like Smiley and the Underclass’ LP when my mail ordered copy arrived in NYC from the UK with the following request on the back of the mailer: “Dear Mailman, if you pass Trump Tower, stick a middle finger up for me.” (Hopefully, he or she complied!)London’s Smiley and the Underclass occupy the same fantastic punk ‘n’ reggae space as The Clash, The Ruts, and Citizen Fish–and are equally as outspoken in the face of injustice as those aforementioned bands.
Heavyweight LP, CD, digital download (the album is also being released as a series of four singles via Record Kicks)Happy People Records2017(Review by Steve Shafer)I’ve been listening to Pama International’s ninth album for weeks now, ruminating about whether or not this is a political concept record of sorts
The August 2017 issue of MOJO magazine (which is taking longer and longer to find its way over to the USA each month; my newsagent told me that he heard that the distributor might start bringing the bulk of each month’s issues over by boat and only have some copies airmailed–and the consumer would pay more for the airmailed copies if they want to receive them more quickly!) features a fantastic warts-and-all four-page history of The Selecter by Lois Wilson, as well as an obit for The Beat’s late and truly amazing saxophonist, Saxa