Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: punk

Eye Against Eye: Win Bad Brains Sunglasses + Ski Goggles

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Sunglasses brand Arnette has produced a limited-edition line of sunglasses and ski/snowboard goggles inspired by the Bad Brains. The highly-influential band fused reggae and dub with their loud, fast and frenetic hardcore sound, and they were style innovators, too. Black dudes with long dreads playing rock might not sound too extraordinary these days, but it was nothing short of revolutionary when the foursome burst out of Washington D.C. in the early ’80s.

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LargeUp Premiere: Wildlife! x Ward 21, “No Future”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Roxy Reboot

It was definitely a great moment when the burgeoning punk rock scene met up with its Jamaican cousin—reggae—in mid ’70s London. The union added musical depth to punk, and its influence was felt in Jamaica, too, leaving us with awesome stuff like “Punky Reggae Party” and The Clash. And it still resonates today, as seen by the latest project from Swiss producer Wildlife! (a/k/a Samuel Riot).

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Boricua Beatles: The Ghetto Brothers’ Vintage Puerto Rican Rock

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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In the South Bronx of the early 1970s, just around the time when Afrika Bambaataa and his Black Spades gang were refocusing their energies into community activism and music, the leaders of a nearby Puerto Rican street organization, Ghetto Brothers, followed a similar path. But where the hip-hop pioneers of Bambaataa’s Universal Zulu Nation took their inspiration from James Brown and obscure breakbeats found in funk and rock records, the Ghetto Brothers’ were inspired by the melodies of the Beatles, doo-wop and the emerging Latin rock sound of the day.

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LargeUp TV: The Jolly Boys’ New Wave Mento

Words and Direction by Jesse Serwer, Photos and Video by Georgia Blake

We were fascinated to learn the story of Jamaica’s Jolly Boys after hearing of them through their cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” last year and ecstatic to witness their Buena Vista Social Club-like emergence as wise re-interpreters of punk, new wave and other modern pop. Here was quite possibly Jamaica’s longest-running band, its members now well into their 70s, not only bringing mento music—a virtual relic confined to resort areas since the emergence of reggae four decades ago—back onto the world stage, and actually steering it in a new direction (with the help and supervision of Geejam owner/ music industry vet Jon Baker).

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2000Tone: Punky Reggae Lives!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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In the recent Shabba issue of FADER I described dancehall like this:

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