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Once one is exposed to towheaded frat boys singing Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" whilst ordering jello shots (an unfortunate rite of passage for

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I've Been Listening to King Tubby, Kristin Hersh, and ELO

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Once one is exposed to towheaded frat boys singing Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" whilst ordering jello shots (an unfortunate rite of passage for most college students, willing or not), it can be easy to write off reggae, and by naive extension, dub. That's too bad, because dub is one of the most hypnotically beautiful and broadly influential genres out there. King Tubby is my stand-by, and I just re-discovered him for the upteenth time via his album with the Aggrovators, King Tubby's Controls. It's not always easy to find on vinyl, but worth the search.

The early works of Kristin Hersh's Throwing Muses are ones I return to again and again (particular the song "Hate My Way" from their debut), but it's her first solo album, 1994's Hips and Makers, that's been the most well-worn. The whole damn thing's a stunner, but the guitar playing on "Sundrops" never ceases to impress the hell out of me. Sounds like she's playing 3 guitars at once, I swear:

There are about 9 zillion "cooler" songs penned and produced by the indisputable genius that is Jeff Lynne, but this is the one that's stuck on repeat in my head at the moment. Apologies in advance for the supremely dorky cartoon video:

 
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