The Company You Keep… (Poirier & Face-T) Juno Nominees

BIG NEWS.. Congratulations to POIRIER and FACE-T for their 2010 JUNO nomination!! “Wha La La Leng” for Best Reggae Recording Of The Year!

The song made its debut on the Soca Sound System E.P. (Ninja Tune)

I am seriously happy for these kids, and I hope they win. For you Imperialist, American, capitalist, DOGS (oh dayum) who don’t even KNOW what a Juno is… It’s CANADA’S version of a Grammy..! OK..!?.. MAN, Get WITH it!

OK I admit…… I didn’t have a fkn CLUE either, until my friends were nominated.
SO WHAT? I still believe this takes my average up a little, you “being the company you keep” and all..

It won’t be long NOW, before I’m telling everyone at parties how.. I .. WON an OSCAR, AND a GRAMMY, all on the same NIGHT..!….. but yeah,baby you know …uh.. it was up there in Canada.

Well that’s how the game is PLAYED, isn’t it?

The DRASTICS / New Song & Next Show / Chicago

Change your plans for this Thursday, damn you.

The Drastics will be appearing at a place in Chicago called “The Whistler” and attendance is mandatory.

(here with African Reggae Superstar Fada Dougou)

Yes folks, our drummer Antron is a card carrying member of the ‘musical elitest’ brigade.. meaning he will never listen to an artist you’ve heard of… unless of course they are remixing said artist See Here: MJ A Rocker

SO… it only makes sense that our collective only plays venues where they “Get Us”… or at least we hope they do. Word is that upon sending the initial correspondence, The Whistler mgmt. returned a flat-out, even-handed denial in the form of “We don’t do Reggae”; and actually reconsidered after finally listening to the CD.

In light of all that, perhaps it could be an enjoyable evening. Hoping to see you in the place!

Oh yea.. NEW TRACK! ”Lightning Train” up now on The Drastics MySpace Page

Also become a Facebook Slave.oops I mean please join our Fan Page :o)

SEE?? I’m all over that ‘new style media’ for ‘old style music’, aren’t I? …. BAM!

The Drastics appearing at THE WHISTLER
Thursday March 11, 2010
Doors at 9 – NO COVER
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
ph: 773-227-3530


How To Spot POSERS In Today’s Music Industry

Talk about annointed ones…

As musicians around the world from legitimate cultures continue to share their influence globally, only one or two POSER /A&R/ DJs receive proper acknowledgement. Moreover, it is now being suggested that these POSERS were somehow the PIONEERS of a given Sound / Look / Vibe… This wholesale chicanery has presented itself in a MAJOR way, as ‘Baile Funk’ (Brazil’s most vital voice of the underground) was essentially chewed up and spit out; well before giving rise to even ONE fruitful career.

At least Reggaeton presented us with Daddy Yankee, Tego and Don Omar, who in turn payed tribute to their Panamanian predecessors. Today’s POSER-Driven-Throwaway-Culture is seeing to it that musical styles flash in the pan and never have a chance to be fully digested.

Don’t blame the internet, and don’t even THINK about blaming the “Hipsters”.. They are the bright-eyed, dumb-assed, often misguided minds of today, who will control the trends of tomorrow. Still essentially part of the crowd, they indulge in a group-think mentality, going where the party is. That’s what kids do. Why even trip about it?

Behind the scenes are the old guard, responsible for every Rock & Roll, Blues Ripoff act who toured the world and made millions, while their influences died penniless. The old guard is responsible for the many songwriters who never received a royalty check, while the cover artists with the correct skin color were showered with accolades and riches.

Nowadays, it’s the POSERS who will take money and credit for starting “trends”, while the rest of the industry fights over the scraps.


I will now outline to you how you may spot a POSER, because obviously no one is telling you:

They will avoid culturally significant artists at all costs! POSERS favor the latest trendy garbage, which has yet to establish itself (often for good reason). Sometimes POSERS will get lucky and jump on a trend that has some substance. They already have the A&R money in place from the old guard to make it work in a MAJOR way. In such a case the POSER will be hailed as a MESSIAH. Usually though, their failures number THREE TIMES that of their successes. The reason for this is that they have no real inspiration.

POSERS are great, however at spending “the MAN’s” money to go around and ”discover” then exploit the “next new thing”. Posers are like Christopher Columbus to the music industry. Artists who do not sever ties from them QUICKLY usually end up with nothing.

REAL Mfkkas:
They will find the ORIGINATORS (the OGs) within a given genre, and attempt to breath new life into their careers. The Rolling Stones bent over backwards to let the WORLD know how much respect they had for Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry (and later Peter Tosh). Their name even came from a Muddy Waters Record. Led Zepplin and many other Rock superstars reached back and payed tribute to Blues man Robert Johnson, even as their careers thrived.

REAL Mfkkas don’t usually claim to be originators. They will give credit to their influences even as they evolve into something the world cannot easily categorize. That is how you know they are real. For a while… no one knows what the hell they are doing. Their art is borne of personal self-expression.

Like it or not: Black Eye Peas, Steve Rifkind, Jay-Z, Jimmy Iovine have done quite enough to satisfy the REAL Mfkka criteria overall…musically… I know.. I know…talk that shit… Just do your research (or write and ask me why I said it).

As the world continues to NAME and subsequently DISPOSE OF genres, we’ll see who establishes themselves as having made a difference. Will it be the POSER? Does it even matter? It is totally in your hands. You should understand one thing tho, before being so dismissive… There are POSERS in every industry.


On tour in Australia, I met Aloe Blacc. He was touring with Mya Jupiter, and DJ’ing her music. Since he wasn’t on the bill as a headliner.. NATURALLY I treated him badly and hated on him every chance I got.

Well now I’m really going to regret that, because his song “I Need A Dollar” has been named as the THEME SONG for a new HBO production, “How To Make It In America”..!

Actually you probably realize that is not at all how it went down in Australia..

Aloe Blacc – FIRST OF ALL… He is Panamanian…. BIGGG IT UUUUP..!
I heard someone singing pitch-perfect Salsa / Merengue tunes in Spanish when I was backstage. I had to go see who it was, because it was well wicked. It turned out to be a Stones Throw Records soul singer named Aloe Blacc; there as part of the great Mya Jupiter’s show.

Maya Jupiter, Aloe Blacc and a badazz Flamenco, Mariachi guitarist Victor Valdes played live instruments, Hip-Hop & Dancehall breaks, and even incorporated an Iron Butterfly bassline (the one Nas sampled). This was worked into a set that touched on music from every corner of the globe.

After getting to know their crew, there was a small mention about the possibilities with Aloe and HBO, but you never know until you sign the contracts, and the show is running. I am glad to see that opportunity was waiting for him once he touched back down in L.A.

Aloe Blacc / I Need A Dollar / How To Make It In America Theme Song

A Place of Happiness

Attn: All the promoters, club owners and DJs who have been contacting me for bookings..

We may be able to work out nice arrangements if you are able to find places in your cities that contain the following.

PLEASE pay close attention 🙂

So Much For Resolutions…

This is why I don’t make them. Here I was pledging to update this blog and here we are…on the 14th..

Anyway It’s not all my fault. I am in a New Zealand internet cafe, with full service internet… for the first time in a week. Below is what I’ve been up to:

Sydney Festival / Opening Night / January 2010

The Great Chicago SMACKDOWN – 2016

Chicago loses 2016 Olympic bid QUICK FAST and IN A HURRY..!
OK, so Investment property values might dip a little. I’ll live with it… but for real Chicago… GET IT TOGETHER!

The international community sees:

* 9 year old girls getting shot on their grandmother’s porch.
* Honor students being bludgeoned to death by classmates.
* Off duty police officers beating up 90 lb FEMALE bartenders.

Politicians have been DELIBERATELY keeping the crime rate high in that proposed Olympic area. That way they could buy the property out from under the people for a song and a dance, once the announcement was made.

The ramifications of this behavior are the VERY REASON the games will NOT be here… (unless a fix is in that I don’t know about).lol it IS Chicago, you know

Conventional wisdom would dictate that people are asking the same question worldwide.
How would you propose to keep Olympic athletes, and an influx of 2 million visitors safe, when there is open warfare amongst your own citizenry? and when you consider the fact that RIO is the chosen city… (Google: City OF GOD) RIO DEFINITELY has work to do regarding disproportionate allocation of government resources.
So what does that say about Chicago?

Look on the bright side,

1) There will be a few less empty stadiums and abandoned structures in 2017
2) Chicago will be given a chance to FIX its issues, instead of trying to gloss over them, just in time for the games
3) Certain western suburban areas , for the time being, will be safe from a sudden mass exodous of strategically displaced south siders (I’m just sayin’)

ALSO: How much does it actually cost taxpayers each time a homeless person is temporarily jailed for living under Wacker drive during a festival?

NOW… In case you were wondering I was rooting for Chicago…, as usual..
I was also going to SELL EVERYTHING I OWN while people were still caught up in the frenzy .. HEY 😮 )
You know how the game goes.

Anyway,, cool ..Plan B

Maga Bo Presents: Ghislain Poirier (A Mini Documentary)

Maga Bo always seems to get next to some of the more interesting people in music. This time he sits down with Ghislain Poirier to discuss music philosophy. Pay attention to the part where he says he [has no interest in being ‘REAL’… REAL does not exist].

… To me that is the TAO of DJ / Producing. You can still serve a purpose (regardless what it is) without being singleminded in your pursuits.

An Interview with Ghislain Poirier from Maga Bo.


If that’s how you like to party, do your thing.

In all fairness, I WILL say.. There’s a time and place for everything.
But these people are not at Disney Land.. They are not at the White House, and this is not a black tie event.

They are on the BEACH in JAMAICA…! so why not?

Now I hear the government down there is doing its best to come up with a revised list of “acceptable” activities.

1) Telling ghost stories
2) Roasting Marshmallows
3) Coom-Ba-Ya campfire singalong

I just played a CULTURALLY DIVERSE party, that had NAKED people swinging hula hoops, and dancing thru fire.. IN CHICAGO.

Still, I hear you wannabe Ann Coulter types.. talking down the parties…, then booking the next flight, STRAIGHT to Jamaica….for.. .. ‘reasearch’

People from the Caribbean talking about how “THEY” make “US” look bad.. G*T*F*Outta Here…! YOUR COUSIN was the one holding the damn
Why the DVD got your last name on it, dawg?

Seriously, the only thing I wonder…, considering the tendency of human beings to push the limits of ANY given trend… What’s NEXT?