Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Subatomic Sound System

LargeUp Premiere: Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Black Ark Vampires”


Ask Lee “Scratch” Perry why he burned down Black Ark studio, and he’ll tell you: vampires. The facility became a magnet, he has said, for bloodsuckers and leeches, prompting his unorthodox decision to torch the iconic facility–or so the story goes. Scratch revisits this legend on “Black Ark Vampires,” a collaboration with Subatomic Sound, his backing band of the last four years, co-produced by longtime collaborator Adrian Sherwood.

Right on time for Halloween,”Black Ark Vampires” is rooted in “Vampires and Informers,” a collaboration between Subatomic and Elephant Man from a few years ago, and a conversation between Perry and percussionist Larry McDonald, a Black Ark veteran. The result is one of Perry’s most focused tracks in years, as the Upsetter promises to “kill vampire” in England, America and Kingston  with tools including electric wire and roast corn.

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EVENT + VIDEO: Lee “Scratch” Perry Tops This Year’s Dub Champions Festival

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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The Dub Champions Festival was founded three years ago to bring pioneering figures in dub together with new-school innovators who continue to push the style forward. There’s no better mascot for the fest than Lee “Scratch” Perry; the dub godfather continues to push the style’s envelope with his trippy, dub-centric live shows 40 years after he and King Tubby laid down the framework on the watershed Blackboard Jungle Dub LP. He performed both at last year’s edition in NYC, and at an international version of the fest earlier this year in his adopted homeland of Switzerland.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tix to See Scientist + Roots Radics In NY

Words by LargeUp Crew—

In what is sure to be the highlight of next week’s Dub Champions festival in NYC, Scientist and the Roots Radics Band are set to meet on stage Friday, Sept. 21, for what we think may just be the first-ever live performance of their crucial 1981 dub album, Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, at BB King’s. In any case, it’ll certainly be the first time they’ve taken the stage with Johnny Osbourne, whose “He Can Surely Turn The Tide” was dubbed into Evil Curse‘s “Plague of Zombies.”

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Reggae Tunes That Influenced Punk Rock (Selected by Earl Gateshead)

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Ticket Giveaway: Lee “Scratch” Perry in NYC, Thurs. May 17

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Even during his Beastie Boys-assisted revival in the mid ’90s, who would have imagined that in 2012, at age 76, Lee “Scratch” Perry would still be regularly touring the world? Scratch, who performed in NYC as recently as last September, returns to New York for a show at the Gramercy Theatre this Thursday, May 17, with support from our own DJ Gravy and Subatomic Sound System. He can’t do this forever, so if you’re a fan and can make it out, we suggest you do. You can buy your tickets here, but we’ve got two (2) pairs give away, though. To win, follow Largeupdotcom on Twitter and RT our tweet with this post and the correct answer to this question: What Lee Perry tune was used in a commercial for Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate bar? We’ll see the first two of you to hit us with that answer on Thursday night.

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