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Griffin It:Memorable Gigs #2

One Drop East @ Vinyl Underground, Busan, South Korea (3/21/14) One Drop who?   You’ll be forgiven for never having heard of (the mighty, mighty) One Drop East. For the … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

GriffinIt:Soundclash inna Korea

R.O.K.’s very first sound system Modern Busan, South Korea, is about as far removed from 1950s Kingston, Jamaica, as it is possible for two cities to be. However, this April … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin It! K-Pop’s First Lady: The Return of Kim Chu-ja (김추자)

  News broke last week of the planned comeback of one of the most influential figures in South Korea’s modern musical history.   This May, following more than 30 years … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin It! The Asian Spring

  Right now on the Korean peninsula, there is just the slightest hint of spring in the air. A hint that will no doubt have me make the schoolboy error … Continue reading

March 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin it! Mixcloud Hook-ups: #1 – DJ Rich Medina

  About 18 months back, I had a computer catastrophe that resulted in the loss of my entire iTunes library, the accumulation of 3 years of ‘digital digging’. I was … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin it! Get random, do ‘the shuffle’!

We all like to think we have good taste in music, let’s be honest. But the truth is, music is a subjective matter. Usually. Not in the case of James … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Griffin it: Folks get down in the …

It seems that right now in many parts of the globe the weather is what, I think, meteorologists and scientists describe as “batshit crazy”. In response to the country’s Biblically-proportioned … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Griffin It! Cosmic Compositions

Last Saturday night I shared a few beers with a friend who has recently returned from a stay in New York. I listened (not without envy) as he told me … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin it! Pop music…tunes to drink good beer to!

I’m going to combine two of my passions this week: music, of course, and craft beer. This beery jukebox is sure to leave you in a state of sensory overload. … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Griffin It!: Sometimes I wish I was a laptop tech house ‘DJ’

  I had a strange and somewhat disconcerting dream the other night. For those that haven’t read my bio. on this here blog, one of my hobbies is to DJ. … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Griffin It! Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

At the respective ages of 62 and 41, Lee Fields and Gregory Porter have had to wait longer than most to receive the recognition that their talents deserve. Soul singer … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin it!: Family Affairs, Part 1: Alice Coltrane and Flying Lotus

For some, it would seem music is in their blood. Flying Lotus (real name Steven Ellison) is an experimental hip-hop producer out of Los Angeles, and a figurehead of the … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Griffin It! Jan 2, 2014

January Hibernation: Searching for Sugar Man and Still Bill If you’re anything like me, you may well feel at your least sociable at this time of year, following the excesses … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Griffin it! My Picks of 2013.

Ah! Too much music, not enough time! All-too-often people we hear  lament that “there’s no decent music these days”.  A crazy notion on many levels (no good music? What? Anywhere?), … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Griffin it: Great Gigs: #1 – Pharoah Sanders @ The Jazz Café, Camden Town, London (May, 5th, 2002)

We can all recall particular moments in life that, with hindsight, represent more than we could ever have thought they would at the time we experienced them. Only with accumulated … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Griffin it! Dollar, Dollar Bin, Yo!

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” or so the saying goes. Over the years, I’ve certainly found my fair share of musical gems hidden away at the bottom of … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Griffin it! 5 Winter warmers

To me, certain artists, styles of music, albums or even individual tunes are seasonal. That’s to say, they take on an added dimension depending on the time of year. Roy … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

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