Photos by Richard Rose—
Photos by Richard Rose—
Words by LargeUp Crew—
The second annual Dub Champions Festival kicks off in NYC tonight and, needless to say, we are amped, with an empasis on amp. Yes, that was us who just bought the the Guitar Center out of earplugs, in preparation for this weekend’s events. Not only will Scientist be reconvening live on stage with Roots Radics and Johnny Osbourne for a live performance of 1981′s Scientist Rids the Curse of the Evil Vampires—a contender for greatest dub album of all time—but for the second year, the fest will host a live performance by our toppa top personal hero, Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Press Pop, a Japanese toy maker, recently unveiled the design for its latest figurine: a miniature version of Lee “Scratch” Perry, decked out in a Jamaica tank, pink pants and a removable trucker hat. Oh, and can’t forget the pink beard. The toy is designed by Archer Prewitt of the indie rock band The Sea and Cake, who was formerly a colorist for Marvel Comics. According to the company’s site, the doll will be out this summer. (Spotted at Spliffingon’s Tumblr)
Words by Jesse Serwer
Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough’s The Upsetter is nothing like the run-of-the-mill artist documentaries you see on TV. The movie is all Lee “Scratch” Perry from start to finish, mixing rare ’70s and ’80s footage of the mystical Jamaican producer with illuminating present-day conversations. Co-directors Higbee and Bhala Lough (who were behind the Lil Wayne doc The Carter) followed the mad scientist at home in Switzerland and on tour, capturing him in both intimate and bizarre scenes (often one and the same), cross-country skiing with his wife and verbally jousting with a smarmy Canadian tourist in a San Francisco gift shop. The result is an appropriately offbeat look at the genius responsible for the development of reggae and dub, not to mention the first record with a sample. We spoke with the directorial duo about earning the elusive Perry’s trust, his obsessive spraypainting and fire-setting, and the parallels between Scratch and the eccentric rapper Lil B. Read on and catch The Upsetter on its current tour of U.S. theaters (its at New York’s Maysles Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the coming weeks), or when it drops on DVD this summer.