Bouncy, bouncy

I haven’t been very vigilant with posting news items as of late, but two stories I saw on the site in recent weeks deserve some belated coverage.

Luminous Orange is the first Japanese artist to be announced for the SXSW music festival in March 2006. Other artists slated to appear at the festival include such alumni as Cat Power, Neko Case and Elbow, seasoned acts Echo & the Bunnymen and Tom Verlaine of Television, plus newcomers the Arctic Monkeys and Talking Heads Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah. (Um, no.)

Dry & Heavy singer Likkle Mai is doing the solo thing, so says Two weeks ago, she released a single, “Why You In Such a Hurry?” It also looks like Likkle is also about to release of an entire album, Roots Candy.

This past weekend, I played King Tubby Meets Dry & Heavy in the Jaws of the Tiger during a shift at Waterloo Records. A customer really liked what he was hearing but balked at actually purchasing it. I mentioned Dry & Heavy were from Japan, and they’re purists when it comes to dub. The novelty of Japanese reggae band sounding as good as they do wore him down, and he bought the album.

All that to say, I’m really jonesing for some new Dry & Heavy.