My Immediate Reaction To Each Song On The Movement's New Album

My Immediate Reaction To Each Song On The Movement's New Album

Okay so as we all know, The Movement released their brand new album “Ways of the World” Friday and it’s sooo good. Not only did I want to commemorate the event because, one: I’ve been waiting for this album for everrr and I’m giddy. And two: I’m trying to blog more. I’m going forward with new way or writing, sort of. I’m just going to stop taking it so seriously and write more casually and off-the-cuff instead of pretending like every article is going into Rolling Stone (that's coming, but not yet).

ROOTS 101 | Notting Hill Carnavale History with Sonny Blacks, Randy Valentine & The Expanders

ROOTS 101 | Notting Hill Carnavale History with Sonny Blacks, Randy Valentine & The Expanders

Welcome back to our second installment of ROOTS 101! I know I said I was going to do it weekly, but just bear with me. We will get these going more regularly, I promise. This segment is brought to you by Asher Henry, drummer for The Expanders.

NIGHT TWO | KJEE Presents IRATION, HIRIE, CYDEWAYS & ONE2TREE @ The Majestic Ventura Theater

NIGHT TWO | KJEE Presents IRATION, HIRIE, CYDEWAYS & ONE2TREE @ The Majestic Ventura Theater

Sunday we gathered once again to honor and support the victims of the devastating California wildfires. The crowd was a bit thinner than the previous sold-out night (understandable because it’s Sunday), but the energy was just as electric, embracing and supportive while still being incredibly chill.

NIGHT ONE | KJEE Presents IRATION, HIRIE, CYDEWAYS & ONE2TREE @ THE MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER

NIGHT ONE | KJEE Presents IRATION, HIRIE, CYDEWAYS & ONE2TREE @ THE MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER

Our hearts go out to every one affected by the most recent wildfires that destroyed homes and displaced families all over California. This KJEE-organized two day benefit concert with Iration, HIRIE, Cydeways and One2Tree will directly benefit the victims that have suffered such tragic losses.

ROOTS 101 | Ras Michael & Sons of Negus "None A Jah Jah Children” (1975)

ROOTS 101 | Ras Michael & Sons of Negus "None A Jah Jah Children” (1975)

I’ve been wanting to write a series of articles like this for awhile… Because we all know and love the artists in ~our~ genre, but Stick Figure and Rebelution and Sublime and Pepper wouldn’t exist without the foundational music from Jamaica we loosely refer to as “roots”.

The Expanders @ Observatory North Park | PHOTO GALLERY

The Expanders @ Observatory North Park | PHOTO GALLERY

Saturday’s sold-out show at the Observatory North Park with Tribal Seeds and Eli Mac in San Diego marks another scratch on the vinyl for The Expanders and cements their status as the universally-appealing, ever-adapting and always-delightful musical cooperative they are.