Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dub Club: Shaking The Foundation Part 2

You can now read the full article about Dub Club and Foundation Come Again over at United Reggae!

Here's an excerpt to get you started!

Shaking The Foundation

It’s Wednesday night at the Echo-Plex music hall, situated in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The venue is dark save a few red stage lights and twinkling bulbs around the bar. Decked in a blazer and denim, with his straight, shoulder-length hair falling over his eyes, DJ Tom Chasteen is getting things set up for another edition of the Dub Club, a weekly reggae party running since 2000. Flight cases and crates filled with vinyl LPs and boxes crammed with 45s are hefted up on stage as the club’s resident MCs Jah Faith and Ras Benji mill about backstage.

But it’s not just another night for the 13-year running weekly event, instead, they’re celebrating the release of Foundation Come Again, Dub Club’s new 20 track compilation on Stones Throw Records. Soon, veteran Jamaican toasters Trinity, Ranking Joe and Tippa Lee will be on stage, offering classic roots and rub-a-dub lyrics to a capacity crowd. Dub Club has showcased many similarly historic performances, including Tappa Zukie, Little John, Mad Professor Anthony B and Scientist, as well as Johnny Osbourne, Ranking Trevor, Tristan Palma, Ras Michael, Shinehead, and hundreds more.

It’s unusual for a mid-sized club to host as many high profile acts as this night has – the honor is usually reserved for festivals, and large venues like House of Blues. But Chasteen and partners Boss Harmony, Dungeon Master and Roy Corduroy are all serious vinyl collectors and students of Jamaican music. They do research and legwork to track down significant and often unheralded artists. The new compilation represents Dub Club’s intense interest in preserving reggae music’s cornerstone artists and sounds.