Anyone who spent significant amounts of time in my tobacco-and-vanillaroma scented Nissan Sentra in the mid-to-late-90's listened to DJ Wade's reggae oldies mixtape, which is now available with several other of his mixtapes (and you can get them as podcasts through iTunes). There's something about the pop and hiss of these songs as recorded to vinyl then transferred to tape that makes you feel like you're listening to an old battery powered AM radio at an outdoor bar housed in a three-walled corrugated metal shed somewhere in the Caribbean even if you're sitting in NJ surrounded by snow. You should download them now and listen to them while drinking a Red Stripe later.
The Lions are a band on one of my favorite labels, Stones Throw, specializing in what they call "dusty reggae" which is remarkably reminiscent of DJ Wade's old mixtapes. If you enjoy old school reggae then cop their album on February 26, 2013.
This post is particularly remarkable (some might say miraculous) because I drafted it the day before Dave's sentence regarding King Tubby, so here's a bonus miracle video.