VP Records ‘Strictly The Best’ After 35 Years

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Marking 35 years of business in the US, VP Records is celebrating this huge milestone with the return of Strictly The Best (Vol. 50 51), the album series that has brought the best in the world of Caribbean reggae!

This special edition version of Strictly The Best Volumes 50 and 51 will be released November 25 with 4 CDs and album artwork illustrated by legendary artist Michael Thompson. Each volume has double discs – one filled with the latest trendsetting hits plus a bonus disc highlighting the series’ “top vintage selections over the years.” 1526721_10153344940223327_2668371492210568673_n

Opening a record store in New York, back in the mid-1970s, both Vincent “Randy” Chin and his wife Patricia Chin found opportunity in VP Records retail store after moving from Kingston, Jamaica. Randy went from maintaining jukeboxes to recording the cream of the reggae scene after years of success from their Jamaica, Queens location. Ever since 1993, VP Records Label has literally produced many of the top performers in the reggae industry, including Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, Alborosie, Gregory Isaacs, and Shaggy. They continue to bring the hottest artists and compilations to the fore-front of the genre.

“Roots and lover’s rock” collection, Volume 50′s first disc includes new hits from rising stars Toian, Ikaya, Christopher Martin, Duane Stephenson, and Romain Virgo and the best of today’s leading singers Etana, Jah Cure, J Boog, and Gyptian. Check out the classic bonus disc from reggae icons including Jacob Miller, Half Pint, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, and Tarrus Riley.

The best in the dancehall arena, Volume 51 features the newest hits from Busy Signal, Spice, Major Lazer, Mavado and Elephant Man. Don’t miss the bonus disc with legendary dancehall tunes spanning the entire era, including Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Ini Kamoze, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Sean Paul.

This album series sticks to VP’s slogan “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music” and really is a unique compilation that is strictly the best in the world of music. You can tream select songs on Soundcloud by clicking HERE!

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Phoenix Margaritaville to Close

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From BizJournals.com: “Wastin’ away: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Westgate to close

It’s last call at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The casual restaurant chain is closing down its Glendale location at the Westgate Entertainment District, which originally opened there in 2007.

Westgate officials confirmed the restaurant will close by the end of the year.

“We anticipated and have been planning for the closure of Margaritaville,” Jeff Teetsel, development manager for Westgate, said in an email. “As we’ve successfully implemented elsewhere in the center, we will repurpose the space with tenants that are in line with current market and entertainment trends as the exciting evolution of Westgate Entertainment District continues.”

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The weather

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Like most of the country the big story in Destin this week was the weather. We didn’t get anything severe, just some cold temps. Destin got down to the low 30’s but north of the bay the temps were down into the mid 20’s. I know for someplace like Buffalo that had some areas get up to 8 feet of snow, a little cold weather with sunshine is perfect winter weather but here in Destin we had to actually put on long pants and socks! Oh no…..

This has been a quiet week for Sunshine Cindy and me. We stayed in each evening. I did some Crab Island Mambo work but I mostly just relaxed.

Things are kind of quiet around town too. There was an announcement that Goodyear is opening a service center store on an empty lot in front of Home Depot. I have used Goodyear for tires so it will be nice to have a place closer to the house.

I want to remind everyone about our Crab Island Mambo “Holiday CHAOS” party on Saturday November 29th. We will party down at KC’s Tapworks Bar (or out at the Sandbar if the weather cooperates) from 3-7 pm. Music will be provided by Stevie Hall. We will have food to munch on and you will receive a wrist band to get 20% off your entire tab during the show. We will have a 50/50 raffle and some special surprises. No cover charge either.  Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate the holiday season. https://www.facebook.com/events/652545271528596/?ref=2ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Short and sweet today. Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Runaway” (Lyrical Video)

Watch: Katastro – “Counting Stars” (One Republic Cover)

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Runaway” (Lyrical Video)

Watch: Katastro – “Counting Stars” (One Republic Cover)

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Artist Radar: Katastro

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This week, we would like to re-introduce Katastro, who made our Artist Radar feature a few years ago. Since then, the 4 piece alternative outfit from Tempe, AZ has been making waves in the music scene, forcing us to spotlight them once again.

Katastro formed in 2007 with vocalist Any Chaves, drummer Andrew Stravers, and guitarist Tanner Riccio, with bassist Ryan Weddle joining a little later on. They have released 5 EPs to date, including their latest entitled No Mud No Lotus, which was released on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

[Related: Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP]

With a brand new EP that has charted as high as #24 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, as well as their single “Runaway” reaching #1 on SoundCloud’s Trending Alternative Chart while notching almost 80,000 streams, this release is already poised to be the band’s most successful yet.

Following up on the release, Katastro will be hitting the road in January with The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, and Fortunate Youth for the 2015 Winter Blackout Tour, spanning almost 40 dates across the country.

I was able to speak with drummer Andrew Stravers to get caught up on the new album, some history of the band, and an epic show with the Dirty Heads over the summer – Enjoy!

Artist Radar: Katastro

The Pier: So we actually featured you guys a few years ago…
Andrew: Yeah man, that was our last album release, it’s been too long. We’re finally putting out a new record, which is good.

The Pier: That’s what I heard, and the new record is No Mud No Lotus? What can you tell me about it?
Andrew: So we moved home from California back to Tempe, Arizona in May. Right when we got home we went directly into the studio for a month to this place called Red Mountain Studios in Tempe. We worked with a producer named Curtis Douglas. We had a lot of songs written and a lot of ideas and riffs written. It was our first time really working with a producer to help us piece things together and make the songs sound a lot better. We worked really hard in pre-production for about two weeks before we started tracking everything, and literally in the studio every single day for 8 or 9 hours for like a month. We ended up with about 8 solid songs that we loved, and we’re adding an intro. It’s been a long process, and it’s something we’ve been waiting a while to do.

The Pier: The name, No Mud No Lotus, where does that come from?
Andrew: I actually got the name from a friend that I made in Huntington Beach that told me about this saying. It means “without suffering you can’t have happiness”. They go hand in hand. The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers, Katastrobut it can only grow in mud. So I brought the name up to the band and everyone liked it and thought it had a cool meaning for us because we’ve all been through a lot in the last 6 or 7 years. We’ve worked really hard on this record and think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, so the whole name and a lot of Andy’s lyrics to the record, just work and everyone really liked it.

The Pier: Any other artists that you guys have been listening to that helped feed the inspiration for the record?
Andrew: Everyone in the band is always listening to different stuff. I don’t know. I mean maybe subconsciously it has something to do with our inspiration towards writing, but I don’t think we ever sit down and write a song ‘like this band’ or ‘lets do this’. I think we’re still kind of finding out our sound as a band, and I think more and more that’s starting to happen. I mean there’s definitely bands that we’ve all been into. I know we all really like Alt-J, and Tanner showed me this dude, recently, named Chet Faker whose really cool. I mean that’s all way different from our music, so I don’t know.

The Pier: So you guys have been a band for what, like 7 years?
Andrew: Yeah, I think it’s almost 7 years. We started the band the summer before our senior year of high school, so the summer of 2007. So yeah it’s been a while.

The Pier: I know you said you’ve gone through a lot, personally and as a band, but is there anything since the last release in particular that influenced this record?
Andrew: Yeah, we all moved out to California and lived together for two years. We toured a lot, just played a ton of shows, and worked really really hard, and this record is something we can show for it. We opened up that Dirty Heads and Pepper Tour, which was the largest show that we’ve ever done. It was like 28 shows in 25 days all across the U.S.

The Pier: Wow that’s a lot! How was playing Red Rocks with both of those bands and Aer? It must have been awesome.
Andrew: Yeah man, it was a pretty surreal thing for all of us. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d play at Red Rocks. We’ve all like watched live videos on YouTube or whatever of our favorite bands playing there, and I think it was actually the coolest “building” I’ve ever been in, like in my life (laughs). Technically it’s not even a building, just a really cool structure carved out of rock. But that was amazing and I think Dirty Heads sold it out. There was probably over 9,000 people by the end of the night. It was nutty man, like really fun.

The Pier: Yeah man we actually had some of our staff at that show.
Andrew: Yeah, there was huge storm that rolled in right before we were about to go on stage, and we were afraid that our set was going to get cut. Like one of the Dirty Heads’ keyboards fell over and broke and the crew was running around like crazy. But luckily it stopped raining, like five minutes before we were supposed to play, so we went on a few minutes late, but we still got to get in the whole set. It did start raining during our set, but the crowd was just amazing. People out in Colorado are just awesome fans. They were super into it and they just made it a super fun and enjoyable experience.

The Pier: That’s rad. I actually got to see you guys for the first time out in Cali, at Cali-Roots. And even though you’ve played with bands like Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub and some of these, “reggae-rock” bands, but you guys aren’t really reggae-rock at all.
Andrew: Yeah, really, not at all (laughs) which is funny cause kids call it that and stuff because we’re associated with all these bands, which is cool. Honestly, we owe Katastroso much gratitude to the reggae-rock scene and we’re so grateful to be part of such an awesome community of bands and people. Everyone at the shows are awesome and nice. But we’ve never really played any reggae stuff, I think we would consider ourselves more alternative rock, with funk and elements of hip-hop and different stuff we all grew up listening too. It’s cool that people dig it, eventhough it’s not reggae. If people like it, then that’s awesome.

The Pier: What did you think the crowd was like in Cali-Roots, having that early set?
Andrew: It’s awesome. There was still way more people than we thought, considering we were the first band of the day. We were stoked. We had a great time out there this year.

The Pier: Any other festivals you guys are looking to try and get on?
Andrew: Oh man, there’s a bunch we’d love to play at. I’m definitely hoping to play South By Southwest. I don’t know off the top of my head, but once we hit January and February, we’ll be looking to book some cool stuff in the new year.

The Pier: Hopefully you guys make it out to the east coast and I can catch you out in Philly, I think I missed you the last time you guys were here.
Andrew: (Laughs) You know what man, that’s actually the only show we missed on the tour. It was our first time driving on the east coast and we had a van and a trailer and everything and we actually took the wrong route and ended up driving right to the fucking Bronx, during rush hour (laughs). We ended up missing the show and still had all these van issues and it was literally the worst day ever. We ended up getting to the venue like 30 minutes after our set time ended. We barely missed it, but yeah it was bad.

The Pier: Damn (laughs) that’s funny. Where were you guys coming from?
Andrew: I wanna say we we’re coming from like Chicago or something, but honestly I forget we were super bummed dude.

The Pier: Well good thing I missed that show, or I would have ripped in to you guys for missing it! (Laughs)
Andrew: Yeah man, we were definitely bummed, but nothing we could do about it.

The Pier: Yeah it’s cool man, well hopefully I’ll catch you next time around, but if not, good luck with the record and rest of the year!
Andrew: Awesome. Thanks dude. Looking forward to it.

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Bob Marley family launches “first world cannabis brand” #MarleyNatural

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The family of the late Jamaican reggae artist, Bob Marley has launched what they describe as the world’s first global cannabis brand.

It will be called Marley Natural and be used to sell cannabis-infused lotions, creams and various accessories.

The new brand is being developed with Privateer Holdings based in Washington state, stressing the life and legacy of Jamaica’s greatest cultural export.

It is intended to be sold in the US and possibly worldwide from next year.

Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, said her father would welcome the move.

“My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb,” she said.

Privateer’s chief executive Brendan Kennedy said a Marley was “someone who, in many ways, helped start the movement to end cannabis prohibition 50 years ago.

“It was just a natural fit between Bob Marley and this product. You know if you were to look for the most famous human being who ever walked the face of the earth related to cannabis, it would be Bob Marley.”

Bob Marley died of cancer in May 1981. He embraced cannabis as a key part of his Rastafarian faith and supported its legalisation.

Cannabis use for recreational purposes is legal in the US states of Colorado and Washington.

Several other states may follow suit and others are permitting the sale of marijuana for prescribed medical purposes.

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New Book by Chip Bell: One Particular Harbour

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One Particular Harbour“, the fifth novel in the Jake Sullivan series by Chip Bell is available from Amazon.com on November 20th, 2014.

A working vacation in the Virgin Islands… what could be better? But when you are Jake Sullivan, things are never as they seem, and a mysterious nighttime meeting leads to a nightmare of a morning. Arrested for the murder of a prominent businessman, Jake finds himself the object of a conspiracy to take away everything he has as one piece after another builds the case against him. Jake’s best friend, Mike Lang, comes to his aid and his investigation reveals that Jake is to be transferred to an island prison from which there will be no return and arranges an escape with the help of some island characters found only in the southern latitudes. Now fugitives, Jake and Mike follow clues from island to island pursued by corrupt police and politicians and an international oil cabal and its team of hit-men, as they race to find answers as to who is framing Jake and why.

This fifth novel by Chip Bell takes the reader on a whirlwind voyage through this island paradise, always heading toward that one particular harbor where Jake’s past and present come together to seal his fate.

The Trilogy“, a collection of the first three books in the series is now available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook only. Since June of 2011, Jake Sullivan has taken readers on adventers from Miami to Key West, from Havana to the Middle East, and most recenly sailing through the Virgin Islands. The Trilogy is a chance fro new readers to obtain the first three adventures in this series at a great price … to meet Jake Sullivan, Mike Lang, and a great cast of ever-changing characters … and to become part of the legion of fans who find thrills, suspense, humor, and the tropics an unbeatable combination.

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Rebelution Announces Annual Winter Greens Tour

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Rebelution has announced that this January they will be heading back out on their annual Winter Greens Tour, set for 2 month long runs supported by none other than Katchafire and Gondwana.

Earlier this year Rebelution, via their own 87 Music in partnership with Easy Star Records, released their fourth studio album, Count Me In . Soon after, the band supported the record with a tour of the same name, traveling with US-Reggae-Rock favorites Iration, The Green, Stick Figure. Then, this past fall, the band took the show across the Atlantic for a run across Europe with Groundation. After a performance at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam on November 27th Rebelution will continue to support the new record, touring early into the new year.
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Recently, the band has announced that this January they will be heading back out on their annual Winter Greens Tour. Scheduled to kick off January 14th in Lawrence, Kansas the first run plays around the Southeast, through the end of the month. The tour picks back up for the second run on February 26th in Park City, Utah. Paying up to Vancouver then down through California with 2 nights in Santa Cruz at The Catalyst on March 11th 12th and 2 nights in Hollywood at the Hollywood Palladium on March 13th 14th.

For tours in the recent past Rebelution has brought along an array of US headlining and regionally touring Reggae-Rock acts. Over the years it seems the band has played with almost every act in the scene. Set for a 2 month long run, this year’s Winter Greens Tour will be supported by veteran Reggae outfits, Katchafire, from New Zealand and Gondwana from Chile.

“The CampFire is pretty excited about our new year tour with Rebulution, it’s an
opportunity we just can’t miss,”
says Katchafire Lead Vocalist, Logan Bell. “I think both bands compliment eachother’s art for Katchafire, it’s a chance to win a whole new audience that love reggae music, but may not have heard of us before… After the show if they don’t know they will know!”

Katchafire has also been working on new music, even releasing a single off their 5th studio album on Hawaiian radio. Be sure to listen for new Katchafire tunes on tour this winter.

It has also been announced that Rebelution has been booked as one of the many acts at the big Byron Bay Bluesfest, Austrailia’s premier Blues and Roots music festival. Logan also explained to The Pier that after Katchafire supports Reblution in the US, but Rebelution will support Katchafre on their next Australian tour in 2015. Stay tuned for news on additional tour dates from these bands.

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Limited Sublime Shoes Released by Vans

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More than 20 years ago, Sublime released one of today’s most iconic albums w/ 40oz to Freedom. The best visual representation of Sublime is the album’s cover with whats referred to as the Sublime Sun. Now, Sublime has teamed up with Vans, putting the Sublime Sun on a limited run of Sk8-Hi shoes!

These are the first ever Sublime shoes, limited to 240 pair at $80 a piece and all signed by the artist, Opie Ortiz. Unfortunately, these shoes sold out before the news of their existence could really hit the mainstream. It’s our hope that this is the first run of many more to come from Vans Sublime.
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The sun was placed on Vans’ original high-top with the sun across the canvas quarter panels along with the Sublime logo on the tongue. They were sold exclusively at Vans.com and SublimeLBC.com.

I had the chance to speak with artist, Opie Ortiz, about the Sublime Sun and he explained it’s origin as: “..it’s just imagination. I had Mexican Aztec images in my mind when I was doing that, but I had to put it in a modern day twist. So it’s just like, life death! You look at the flames and they’re kind of like black white they look like sperm almost, you know what I’m saying? Inside is death life rebirth all that. It’s just a combination of images to form a central image”.

When I asked where the concept of the sun came from for the cover, Opie continues that “You have your homies do it instead of going out and having someone else do it, who doesn’t know you. I feel like they were comfortable with me relaying an image that represented them, you know? Miguel Brad saw that in me.” Opie goes on by explaining: “I was airbrushing t-shirts and if you look in the 40oz to Freedom (booklet), you see the picture of Sublime standing in the street Brad is wearing an air-brushed t-shirt that I did a long time ago, around that era – And that’s the image where we got the idea for the sun for 40oz.”

[Related: Sublime’s Robbin’ The Hood 20th Anniversary]

That idea has now become a symbolic image among Sublime fans enthusiasts. It’s on stickers, patches, lighters, jackets, hoodies, t-shirts among every other imaginable accessory and for what’s being boasted as the first time ever, it’s now on officially on Shoes.

No official word if these will be re-released. My guess, or hope, is the first 240 pair were the initial run that included Opie’s signature. Being that these shoes sold out as fast as the double platinum album the sun hails from, we’re betting these shoes will hit the shelves again, but don’t be surprised or bummed if the price goes up due to the demand.

Now if only the powers that be, behind Sublime, officially re-release 40oz to Freedom on vinyl!

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