2014 Tour Ends in Las Vegas

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The set list from the show is now available. Some additions to the set list included the debut of the song “Sailboat For Sail”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

On Thursday night Buffett performed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley CA, the set list from the show is available.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/26/14184/

Buffett politely declines class reunion

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From Gulflive: “Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett politely declines class reunion invite, but sends video

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946, but moved away with his family to Mobile before starting school.

If the world renowned singer/author/entreprenuer/actor would have remained in Jackson County however, he may well have been celebrating his 50th reunion with his former classmates this weekend.

And his relocation at such a young age didn’t stop one member of the Pascagoula High Class of 1964 from reaching out with an invitation.

Danny “Toad” Smith, one of the committee members for the reunion, sent Buffett a message earlier this year through mutual friends to gauge his interest in attending the event, even though Buffett never attended school in Jackson County.

Smith got a bit of a surprise as a response.

“He sent us a 45-second DVD, recorded on his boat while he was tuna-fishing in Nantucket Sound,” Smith, who like Buffett was born in 1946 at the old Jackson County Hospital, said. “I had no illusions about the probability of his attending, but figured, what the heck, what if he happens to be in the area?

“Along with his regrets that he couldn’t attend he sent his best wishes and mused that had his father had not decided to move to Mobile when Jimmy was five, he might well have graduated with us in 1964 at PHS rather than McGill lnstitute in Mobile.”

Smith, through the help of a friend that works behind the scenes at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, was able to get a Pascagoula High School Class of 1964 T-shirt to Buffett after his show at the Acura Stage in 2012. Normally reluctant to take such gifts from fans, he accepted the shirt since it came from Pascagoula.

Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula on Parsley St., “free of the grasp of the Mobile parochial school system.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/26/14182/

Black Caesar – Pirate

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Black Caesar, according to traditional accounts, was a prominent African tribal war chieftain. Widely known for his “huge size, immense strength, and keen intelligence”, he evaded capture from many different slave traders. Caesar was finally captured when he and twenty of his warriors were lured onto a ship by a slave trader. Showing him a watch, the trader promised to show him and his warriors more objects which were “too heavy and too numerous to bring on shore” if they came aboard his ship. He enticed them to stay with food, musical instruments, silk scarves and jewels, however he had his men raise anchor and slowly sail away. When Caesar discovered what was happening, he and his men attempted to charge their captors but were driven back by the well-armed sailors using swords and pistols. Although it took a considerable length of time for him and his warriors to accept their captivity, he was eventually befriended by a sailor who was the only man Black Caesar would accept food and water from.

As they neared the coast of Florida, the sudden appearance of a hurricane threatened to destroy the ship on the Florida Reefs. Recognizing the ship’s imminent destruction, the sailor snuck below decks and freed Caesar. The two then forced the captain and crew into a corner, most likely at gunpoint, and boarded one of the longboats with ammunition and other supplies. The wind and waves pushed them to shore where they waited out the storm, apparently the only survivors of the doomed ship.

They soon began using the lifeboat to lure passing ships which stopped to give assistance. While posing as shipwrecked sailors, they would sail out to the vessel offering to take them aboard. Once they were close to the vessel, they brought out their guns and demanded supplies and ammunition, threatening to sink the ship if they were refused. He and the sailor continued this ploy for a number of years and amassed a sizable amount of treasure which was buried on Elliott Key. However, he and the sailor had a falling out over a young woman the mate had brought back from one of the ships they had looted. Fighting over her, Caesar killed his longtime friend in a duel and took the woman for his own.

He began taking on more pirates over time and soon was able to attack ships on the open sea. He and his crew were often able to avoid capture by running into Caesar Creek and other inlets between Elliot and Old Rhodes Key and onto the mangrove islands. Using a metal ring embedded in a rock, they ran a strong rope through the ring, heel the boat over, and hide their boat in the water until the patrol ship or some other danger went away. They might also lower the mast and sink the ship in shallow water, later cutting the rope or pumping out the water to raise the boat and continue raiding. It is thought that he and his men buried 26 bars of silver on the island, although no treasure has ever been recovered from the island.

He apparently had a harem on his island, having at least 100 women seized from passing ships, as well as a prison camp which he kept prisoners in stone huts hoping to ransom them. When leaving the island to go on raids, he left no provisions for these prisoners and many eventually starved to death. A few children reportedly escaped captivity, subsisting on berries and shellfish, and formed their own language and customs. This society of lost children give rise to native superstition that the island is haunted.

During the early 18th century, Caesar left Biscayne Bay to join Blackbeard in raiding American shipping in the Mid-Atlantic serving as a lieutenant on his flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge. In 1718, after Blackbeard’s death battling with Lieutenant Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Island, he attempted to set off the powder magazine as per Blackbeard’s instructions. However, Caesar was stopped by one of the captives who tackled him as prepared to light a trail of gunpowder leading to the magazine. He struggled with the man below decks until several of Maynard’s sailors were able to restrain him. Taken prisoner by Virginian colonial authorities, he was convicted of piracy and hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Short and Sweet today

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Sunshine Cindy and I are getting ready for our trip to Key West so this will be short today.

We got out Wednesday evening for a stop at Chan’s Craft Bar. The place was not as busy as we have seen it in the past but they still had a decent crowd with many folks sitting on the outside patio. I had three different craft beers. Each one was good. One was a Founder’s IPA, one was a Cigar City brew and the last one was a Sweat Head Big Nose or something like that. I enjoyed each of them even if I can’t remember their names.

Sunshine Cindy and I also split a burger. Their burgers are fantastic. It’s a half pound of grain fed beef. We asked for it to be cooked “medium” and it came out perfectly cooked. That is unusual for a burger especially one that was as thick as this one was. They have made The Craft Bar a nice relaxing place.

We are close to being ready for the trip. This is always a fun vacation for us. It’s like a giant family reunion when we get to Key West. Once again Crab Island Mambo will be sponsoring a “Welcome to the Island Party” on Wednesday October 29th at Dante’s from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for this free Trop Rock party. Here are all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo’s-Key-West-4th-Annual-Welcome-to-the-Island-party.html

I will try to send out the next couple of blogs with updates on our adventure but you never know how things will go. Have a great weekend. If you can, get over to KC’s Sandbar in downtown Fort Walton Beach on Sunday. Michael Allman, son of legendary rocker Gregg Allman will be playing with his band. Gunner opens at 1 pm and Michael goes on about 4 pm. I think there is a $5 cover charge. We are sorry we will miss this show.

See ya down the road!

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Video: Kevin Kinsella – Riding Higher Still

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Kevin Kinsella, the founder original singer of both John Brown’s Body 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, released his 4th studio album on Oct 21st 2014. This is the latest music video to his new song “Riding Higher Still” which happens to be the title to his new solo album. Enjoy the song video below pick up the new album on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Buffett performs at the Moda Center in Portland

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the The Moda Center in Portland OR. The set list from the show is now available.

From Oregonlive.com: “Jimmy Buffett entertains the Parrotheads at the Moda Center” (some photos are available)

Curious where the term Parrothead came from?

According to Buffett lore, the term was hatched in 1985 after Buffett compared his followers to the Deadheads — the legendary followers of the Grateful Dead. Buffett recalls the moment (via fan site BuffetNews.com):

“Timothy B. Schmidt (the Eagles bass player) was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called King’s Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said “Look at that!” Then Schmidt says to me, “They look like Deadheads in tropical suits. They’re like Parrot Heads!” He yelled to me in the middle of a song. So I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone – the people identified themselves with the term from the get-go.”

A couple of things I learned from security folks at the Moda Center on Tuesday:

They had a few people on laser patrol. I guess it’s a thing to bring those small laser pointers to concerts and Jimmy Buffett really hates them. Portland doesn’t seem like a laser town to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.
Jimmy Buffett is cool with beach balls in the crowd, but don’t dare get one near the stage. Security was instructed to pop ‘em if they got too close.

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Artist Radar: Mike Love

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We have another artist from the amazing state of Hawaii, named Mike Love. With a very rootsy sound amplified by the use of looping pedals and human sounds, Mike Love brings to life his story through impressive live performances!

[Related: Live – J Boog, Mike Love (9-3-14)]

In April, Mike released his latest album entitled Jah Will Never Leave I Alone, in a collaboration with Jah Gumby of Father Psalms Studio. Over the summer, Mike toured with Kimie and Tubby Love, as well as some dates with Tribal Seeds, and J Boog, before heading out with Trevor Hall on his Small Is Beautiful Tour.

[Related: Artist Radar – Kimie]

In 2015, Mike will be releasing his new solo album entitled Love Will Find a Way. After checking out The Pier’s interview with Mike Love, below, be sure to go download two MP3’s he’s graciously giving away for FREE. The songs we received are “Jahwakening” and “Movin’ On” off of the album The Change I’m Seeking. So without further ado, I give you The Pier’s latest Artist Radar with none other than the very talented Mike Love.

Artist Radar: Mike Love

The Pier: Mike, I’m a new fan and it’s a pleasure to finally meet you. The first song I ever heard by you was “Permanent Holiday” (from the HiSessions) which absolutely blew me away. Where did you learn to loop like that? How did you get into that and is it an integral part of your shows?
Mike: When I started doing it I was playing solo shows to sometimes nobody, before I built a name for myself. I started doing the looping thing as a way to break up the monotony of a singer and a guitar at shows where I was playing for 3 or 4 hours. I sort of just learned to do it at gigs. By the time people started taking notice of my music I had gotten decent at doing it. DavidNorrisMikeLoveBellyUp9-3-14 (8)
The Pier: I know you play with some word fragmentation and a rebuilding of sentence structure, is that something you can do live? Did you learn that from someone or is that an original part of your music?
Mike: That was just kind of a weird idea that popped into my head when I was hiking in the mountains. I didn’t know if it would work or not, but the first time I tried it was met with a hugely positive response and I’ve been doing it ever since.

The Pier: Can you tell me a little bit about your musical background, like what bands you played with in the past, and what made you decide to go solo?
Mike: Well, I’ve played in a bunch of different bands. The main band I played with before my solo career was a ten piece band called Dubkonscious. It was a great band, but sometimes the logistics of bringing ten people together for rehearsal and gigs and recording and everything can be a full time job in and of itself. I think the freedom of not having to deal with that was part of my motivation for creating a solo act. I still love collaborating with other musicians more than anything, but there is a certain freedom to playing solo, in terms of improvisation. Also, I think in a way, it connects me to the crowd more. If I make a mistake, or do something really cool, I can’t turn to another band member to react to it, I have to look to the audience.

The Pier: What would be your take on the current state of reggae music? Any artists in particular that turn your head?
Mike: Reggae music has been around for so long, its a completely different thing now than it was in its origins. Its gone through so many different incarnations over the years. Even now there are many different sub-genres within the overall genre. If anything, I try not to categorize myself as a strictly reggae artist, because that’s not really what I am. Some of the reggae music that’s out there right now I really Love and some of it is just not to my taste. I don’t really want to name any names because I don’t want to hurt anyones feelings or discourage anybody. I think if you are making music that’s true to yourself, that’s the only thing that really matters, and it shouldn’t affect you if people criticize you, because you know you’re doing the right thing. I listen to all different kinds of music, just whatever is true and speaks truth to my heart. I encourage all musicians, whether their music speaks to me or not, to keep moving forward, because maybe their music is healing to someone else, you know. Not everything is for everyone.

The Pier: I know your last album was released in April and was a collaborative effort with Jah Gumby and Father Psalms Studio. Do you plan on more collabs with the Jah and Father Psalms in the future?
Mike: Of course. I Love working with Gumby, he brings out a different style in me and I like it. He has so much music to share and is constantly at work in the studio. I hope to get time to get back with him and work on some new material soon. We play in a band together, The Father Psalms Band, in which Kali Navales and I are both singers. Its a really great band with stellar musicians. We get the chance to work on new material, here and there with that band, its really a fun project.
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The Pier: Love Will Find a Way is the new record. When are you looking to release the album? What is going to be the biggest difference between this record and your last record Jah Will Never Leave I Alone?
Mike: I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m spending the rest of 2014 finishing it up and it’ll be released sometime in 2015. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I have a date set. It’s another solo record, so it’ll have more in common with my first album, The Change I’m Seeking, with a more diverse selection of tunes in terms of genres. The musicians on the album are incredible, top notch players. I’m really excited with how its turning out. There will be some special guests that I’ll announce as the release date gets closer. I’m really excited to feature many musicians that I Love and look up to. I’m also really happy about the tonality of everything that’s been laid down so far, I think its gonna be a really good album. A lot of the songs are tunes I’ve been performing over the past year or so, and there are a few tunes that I’m saving and not playing live until the album release.

The Pier: What were you looking forward to the most with your recent tour with Trevor Hall, and how did that go?
Mike: The tour with Trevor was incredible! We shared many magical moments together on stage and off. Trevor and his band and crew were just an absolute pleasure to tour and work with and I really look forward to doing it again. The fans were intense and so grateful, such an awesome energy at every show.

The Pier: What does 2015 have in store for Mike Love?
Mike: Well, I guess that remains to be seen, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will only be better and more amazing than the last, at least that’s been the trend so far. I know we’ve already booked some festivals I’m really excited to play, and of course with the release of my new album I know we’ll have a lot to do to promote that. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some international touring in, we’ve been getting some major pressure from fans in South America, Europe, Australia, etc. Other than that, I’m just gonna focus on being the best daddy and husband I can, and bring the musical healing to as many that need it as possible!

The Pier: Thanks Mike really appreciate it. Good luck on tour and in any and all future endeavors.
Mike: Thanks for all you guys do and a huge Mahalo for all your support. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Aloha, ~ Mike Love ~

Mike Love Tour Dates

Mike Love Links:
Mike Love MP3 Massive (2 FREE MP3s)
Mike Love Website
Mike Love Facebook

Article By: Andrew McClatchy
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: Mike – “No Regrets”

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Artist Radar: Mike Love

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We have another artist from the amazing state of Hawaii, named Mike Love. With a very rootsy sound amplified by the use of looping pedals and human sounds, Mike Love brings to life his story through impressive live performances!

[Related: Live – J Boog, Mike Love (9-3-14)]

In April, Mike released his latest album entitled Jah Will Never Leave I Alone, in a collaboration with Jah Gumby of Father Psalms Studio. Over the summer, Mike toured with Kimie and Tubby Love, as well as some dates with Tribal Seeds, and J Boog, before heading out with Trevor Hall on his Small Is Beautiful Tour.

[Related: Artist Radar – Kimie]

In 2015, Mike will be releasing his new solo album entitled Love Will Find a Way. After checking out The Pier’s interview with Mike Love, below, be sure to go download two MP3’s he’s graciously giving away for FREE. The songs we received are “Jahwakening” and “Movin’ On” off of the album The Change I’m Seeking. So without further ado, I give you The Pier’s latest Artist Radar with none other than the very talented Mike Love.

Artist Radar: Mike Love

The Pier: Mike, I’m a new fan and it’s a pleasure to finally meet you. The first song I ever heard by you was “Permanent Holiday” (from the HiSessions) which absolutely blew me away. Where did you learn to loop like that? How did you get into that and is it an integral part of your shows?
Mike: When I started doing it I was playing solo shows to sometimes nobody, before I built a name for myself. I started doing the looping thing as a way to break up the monotony of a singer and a guitar at shows where I was playing for 3 or 4 hours. I sort of just learned to do it at gigs. By the time people started taking notice of my music I had gotten decent at doing it. DavidNorrisMikeLoveBellyUp9-3-14 (8)
The Pier: I know you play with some word fragmentation and a rebuilding of sentence structure, is that something you can do live? Did you learn that from someone or is that an original part of your music?
Mike: That was just kind of a weird idea that popped into my head when I was hiking in the mountains. I didn’t know if it would work or not, but the first time I tried it was met with a hugely positive response and I’ve been doing it ever since.

The Pier: Can you tell me a little bit about your musical background, like what bands you played with in the past, and what made you decide to go solo?
Mike: Well, I’ve played in a bunch of different bands. The main band I played with before my solo career was a ten piece band called Dubkonscious. It was a great band, but sometimes the logistics of bringing ten people together for rehearsal and gigs and recording and everything can be a full time job in and of itself. I think the freedom of not having to deal with that was part of my motivation for creating a solo act. I still love collaborating with other musicians more than anything, but there is a certain freedom to playing solo, in terms of improvisation. Also, I think in a way, it connects me to the crowd more. If I make a mistake, or do something really cool, I can’t turn to another band member to react to it, I have to look to the audience.

The Pier: What would be your take on the current state of reggae music? Any artists in particular that turn your head?
Mike: Reggae music has been around for so long, its a completely different thing now than it was in its origins. Its gone through so many different incarnations over the years. Even now there are many different sub-genres within the overall genre. If anything, I try not to categorize myself as a strictly reggae artist, because that’s not really what I am. Some of the reggae music that’s out there right now I really Love and some of it is just not to my taste. I don’t really want to name any names because I don’t want to hurt anyones feelings or discourage anybody. I think if you are making music that’s true to yourself, that’s the only thing that really matters, and it shouldn’t affect you if people criticize you, because you know you’re doing the right thing. I listen to all different kinds of music, just whatever is true and speaks truth to my heart. I encourage all musicians, whether their music speaks to me or not, to keep moving forward, because maybe their music is healing to someone else, you know. Not everything is for everyone.

The Pier: I know your last album was released in April and was a collaborative effort with Jah Gumby and Father Psalms Studio. Do you plan on more collabs with the Jah and Father Psalms in the future?
Mike: Of course. I Love working with Gumby, he brings out a different style in me and I like it. He has so much music to share and is constantly at work in the studio. I hope to get time to get back with him and work on some new material soon. We play in a band together, The Father Psalms Band, in which Kali Navales and I are both singers. Its a really great band with stellar musicians. We get the chance to work on new material, here and there with that band, its really a fun project.

The Pier: Love Will Find a Way is the new record. When are you looking to release the album? What is going to be the biggest difference between this record and your last record Jah Will Never Leave I Alone?
Mike: I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m spending the rest of 2014 finishing it up and it’ll be released sometime in 2015. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I have a date set. It’s another solo record, so it’ll have more in common with my first album, The Change I’m Seeking, with a more diverse selection of tunes in terms of genres. The musicians on the album are incredible, top notch players. I’m really excited with how its turning out. There will be some special guests that I’ll announce as the release date gets closer. I’m really excited to feature many musicians that I Love and look up to. I’m also really happy about the tonality of everything that’s been laid down so far, I think its gonna be a really good album. A lot of the songs are tunes I’ve been performing over the past year or so, and there are a few tunes that I’m saving and not playing live until the album release.

The Pier: What were you looking forward to the most with your recent tour with Trevor Hall, and how did that go?
Mike: The tour with Trevor was incredible! We shared many magical moments together on stage and off. Trevor and his band and crew were just an absolute pleasure to tour and work with and I really look forward to doing it again. The fans were intense and so grateful, such an awesome energy at every show.

The Pier: What does 2015 have in store for Mike Love?
Mike: Well, I guess that remains to be seen, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will only be better and more amazing than the last, at least that’s been the trend so far. I know we’ve already booked some festivals I’m really excited to play, and of course with the release of my new album I know we’ll have a lot to do to promote that. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some international touring in, we’ve been getting some major pressure from fans in South America, Europe, Australia, etc. Other than that, I’m just gonna focus on being the best daddy and husband I can, and bring the musical healing to as many that need it as possible!

The Pier: Thanks Mike really appreciate it. Good luck on tour and in any and all future endeavors.
Mike: Thanks for all you guys do and a huge Mahalo for all your support. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Aloha, ~ Mike Love ~

Mike Love Tour Dates

Mike Love Links:
Mike Love MP3 Massive (2 FREE MP3s)
Mike Love Website
Mike Love Facebook

Article By: Andrew McClatchy
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: Mike – “No Regrets”

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Buffett to perform at campaign rally for Gwen Graham

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From the Miami Herald blog: Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett plans to hold an Oct. 29 get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Gwen Graham in her effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland.

Buffett is set to perform “a short acoustic set with his friend Mac McAnally” and tout Graham’s candidacy, according to a press release. More details are forthcoming about the time, location and ticket availability.

From the free media exposure to voter mobilization to fundraising, Buffett’s appearance for Graham is the type of star-power help most candidates dream about. Polling indicates the race between her and Southerland is tight in Congressional District 2, which stretches from the Tallahassee area to Panama City.

The “Margaritaville” singer has been friends with the Graham family for decades. Buffett founded the Save the Manatees advocacy group in 1981 with then-Gov. Bob Graham, the candidate’s father.

Last month, Buffett was spotted in Tallahassee dining at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee with lobbyists Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Patrick Biehl. They represent Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings.

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October 2014 Album Releases

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Its October, and this month not only delivers all that fall and Halloween fun, but October also seems to be another month with a ton of great new releases, perfect for some upcoming Holiday gifts! Honestly, every month is great as long as there’s a few new tunes released, but this month there are several albums The Pier is pretty excited to hear.

October fittingly has a few interesting psychedelic rock albums that have been widely discussed. Primus and their Primus The Chocolate Factory, the band’s cover of the infamous soundtrack or A Little Help From My Fwends, an all-star The Flaming Lips Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute record should be good to listen to around Halloween.

As always, we have our list of several new releases that you may not have heard much about. This month brings 9 new records from the Reggae-Rock realm. A nice international mix with records by artist from all over, including Australia, England, Germany, Jamaica and both coasts of the US. Don’t miss out on any of this new music check out October’s new releases below.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2014 Album Releases
  • February 2014 Album Releases
  • March 2014 Album Releases
  • April 2014 Album Releases
  • May 2014 Album Releases
  • June 2014 Album Releases
  • July 2014 Album Releases
  • August 2014 Album Releases
  • September 2014 Album Releases
  • October 2014 Album Releases

    The Beautiful Girls – Dancehall Days
    Release Date: October 3rd
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    It has been four years since Australian musician, Mat Mchugh, has released music under the moniker, The Beautiful Girls. After releasing a string of solo projects, Mat McHugh has released a new album by The Beautiful Girls titled Dancehall Days. Produced independently, released on October 3rd, the new record features 9 tracks piecesd together by McHugh himself as well as teaming up with his good friend and long-time co-producer TBG co-founder, Ian Pritchett. Utilizing a crowd sourcing campaign to help fund the new record, McHugh also aimed to raise money for a charitable organization. McHugh will be donating 15% of everything raised over the goal from the Pledge campaign to Waves For Water; A firm with a mission to get clean water to every single person who needs it.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Dancehall Days on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Groundation – A Miracle
    Release Date: October 10th
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    After working in the studio through March and April, and between tours abroad and through the US, Groundation was able to record their new album titled, A Miracle. The 9th album for Groundation and follow up to 2012’s Building An Ark, was created in dedication to ”the Great Female Spirit.”

    Released on October 10th, wrapped in album art illustrated by Neville Garrick, A Miracle, contains 10 tracks produced through Soulbeats Records. Included are two features on this record with Bob Marley singers Marcia Griffiths on the song ”Defender of Beauty“ and Judy Mowatt on the title track.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up A Miracle on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Backbeat SoundSystem – Together Not Apart
    Release Date: October 13th
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    Based out of Cornwall, England, is an eight-piece funky reggae outfit that goes by the name of Backbeat Soundsystem. Signing to Easy Star Records for the release of their 3rd studio album, titled Together Not Apart, the record dropped on October 14th. Including 12 total tracks, the album was recorded as well as produced mixed by vocalist Dean Forrest, at Cube Recordings.

    Together Not Apart includes a fresh and acoustic feel through the presence of classic microphone techniques and analogue outboard equipment. Additional recording took place with Bob Williams at Analogue Systems using their modular synthesizers, sought after by bands such as Radiohead Kaiser Chiefs.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Together Not Apart on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Sara Lugo – Hit Me With Music
    Release Date: October 17th
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    Out of Munich, Germany, singer-songwriter Sara Lugo covers a beautiful mix of Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Pop and Hip-hop. Following her debut album, 2011′s What About Love, Sara released her long awaited second album, titled Hit Me With Music on Oct 17th. Produced by Umberto Echo and Sara Lugo, this new record was released by Oneness Records and Soulfire Records. Hit Me With Music features 12 tracks, including tracks with Protoje, Ras Muhamad and Kabaka Pyramid.

    You can pick up Hit Me With Music on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Kevin Kinsella – Riding Higher Still
    Release Date: October 21st
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    Kevin Kinsella, original founder and singer of both John Brown’s Body and 10 FT Ganja Plant, has been busy, not only performing his solo-material and with 10 FT Ganja Plant, but also recording records for both projects. Late in September, 10 FT Ganja Plant released the third volume of their instrumental 10 Deadly Shots albums, and this month Kinsella will release his 4th solo record. The Follow-up to 2011’s Great Design, released on his own I Town Records, Riding Higher Still will drop on October 21st. Kinsella’s new record features 10 Roots Reggae Tracks, all backed by Rochester, New York’s Roots and Dub collective, Thunderbody.

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    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Riding Higher Still on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Ballyhoo! – The Cool Down EP
    Release Date: October 21st
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    Ballyhoo! will be releasing a new EP titled The Cool Down Vol 1. It’ll drop Oct 21st, 2014 via their own Right Coast Records

    . The new EP includes three new tracks, as well as a remix of three older songs, including an acoustic version of “Walk Away.” The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Stebe at Sound Lounge Studios in Orlando, Florida. Ballyhoo! guitarist/vocalist, Howi Spangler, shares that: “With ‘The Cool Down,’ we wanted to bring back that laid back vibe we had in our pre-‘Daydreams’ releases. It turned out to be even more chill than we went for and we love it.”

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up The Cool Down on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Rancid – Honor Is All We Know
    Release Date: October 27th
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    It’s been six years since the release of their last record after much anticipation, Hellcat Records’ Punk Rockers Rancid will release their 8th studio record, Honor Is All We Know on October 27th. Following 2009’s Let the Dominoes Fall, this latest studio effort is the second record after the band’s short break and reformation with Drummer, Branden Steineckert, formerly of The Used. Originally set to be released in 2012, the drop-date was pushed back as the band continued to tour, write and work on their own individual interests. Following several years of production and much anticipation by their fans, the 30 minute 14-track = record, Honor Is All We Know, will be sold in stores, on most digital outlets as well as available in multiple formats, including cassette.

    You can pick up Honor Is All We Know on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Radio Riddler – Purple Reggae
    Release Date: October 28th
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    Marking the 30-Year Anniversary of Prince‘s iconic album, Purple Rain, Radio Riddler gives it the reggae treatment with Purple Reggae. The album features Sinead O’ Connor on “I Would Die 4 U”, UB40‘s Ali Campbell on the title track, andCitizen Cope on “When Doves Cry”. Produced performed by Radio Riddler’s Brian Fast Leiser and Frank Benbini after more than 5 years in the making, their debut album, Purple Rain, drops on October 28th via MITA Records.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    Read our review of the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Purple Reggae on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Etana – I Rise
    Release Date: October 28th
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    Coming out October 28th, 2014 via VP Records is Etana’s fourth studio album, titled: I Rise. A follow up to her 2013 release of Better Tomorrow, Etana’s new album includes 15 total songs beautifully orchestrated by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt. Clive arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser. The album even includes a Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is the Chapel”.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up I Rise on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Article By: Aaron Solomon

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