Thursday, November 24, 2022

Blood and Bones by The Process just re-issued!

 


Just released, digital version of 2002's "Blood and Bones", by The Process. Produced by The Process and Billboard charting Producer Gee Pierce. Roger Steffens of The Beat called the album "A seamless fusion of styles, merging into a coherent whole-The Process fuses a fierce pop-friendly sound with rootical reggae vibes to create an ear-pleasing, soul-satisfying mix." Check it out HERE!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

On-U Sound Records 40th Anniversary Party Live Part 1.

 

Now streaming on demand: Pay It All Back Revisited! It's part one of a special 4 hour live recording of the On-U Sound Records 40th Anniversary Party at the O2 Kentish Forum. Featuring live mixing from Adrian Sherwood, and performances from Denise Sherwood, Rita Morar, Horace Andy, Creation Rebel, GAUDI, Daddy Freddy and more! On the ON.U Sound Sunday Roast, David Asher hosts. Don't miss it! (Originally aired on Widgeon Theatre Boat Airwaves). 

                                                                Click here to listen.

Monday, September 05, 2022

The Process on Bandcamp

THE PROCESS albums are being reissued on Bandcamp. 
Check them out HERE!
 

 

Friday, February 25, 2022

DAB Nominated for a 2022 Detroit Music Award!

 

Fantastic news, DAB - David Asher Band's latest album "DAB" was just Nominated Outstanding World Recording in the 2022 Detroit Music Awards. If you are a voting member, please give us a vote, and thank you to everyone who Nominated the album.
https://www.detroitmusicawards.net

Saturday, February 05, 2022

THE PROCESS music in a forthcoming film

 


Announcement about THE PROCESS music in a forthcoming film: Dear Friends, Fam, and Rebel Commanders,  We are excited and honored to share that The Luxe Hotel, a new short documentary,  premieres in person Saturday Feb 12th as part of the New York Indie Theater Film Festival, which presents work from New York City independent theatre artists defying labels and branching out into digital media and film.  The film depicts the making of a  12-hour durational theater piece, also called The Luxe Hotel, which was staged in November at the Chashama Gala, only weeks before Omicron, which would have made the production impossible.
welcome you to enjoy the premiere in person on February 12  as part of “An Actor’s Life” series of shorts.
The completed short also has excellent music by The Process, William Hooker and Kato Hideki - artists all!
https://nycitff2022.eventive.org/schedule/61d8e49a547f6100bcc596b4
STREAMING: You can also tune in online *(and vote for luxe Hotel) from February 14th at 12:00 am EST, for 4 days.
Once you start watching, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching. Streaming also includes a pre-recorded Q & A.
https://watch.eventive.org/nycitff2022/play/61db417cec2a59003eb3eaa0
The Luxe Hotel play was written by the lauded photographer Barbara Nitke and writer/actor Michael Wiener, and it was adapted and directed by Matthew Kohn.  Kohn made the documentary featuring interviews by Hugo Perez, photographs and video by Bob Berger and Dan Efram, along with help from the entire cast and crew.
Starring: Barbara Nitke, Michael Wiener, Tony Torn, Roy Koshy, Laura Pruden, Sasha K. Gordon, Julia Cavagna, Amanda Jane Stern, Yokko, Charles Everett, Robert McKeon, Jose Scaro, Rolls Andre, Ben Becher, Vera Beren, Aurora Heimbach, Awesta Zarif and Vanessa Walters, Kendall Dupre, Cori Kresge, and Chris Michaelson
If you like what you see at the festival website, you can stream the entire festival for $50.
https://nycitff2022.eventive.org/films/61d8e21be5be6000a9b9ab7a
Broadway World
https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/2022-NYC-Indie-Theatre-Film-Festival-Announces-Lineup-20220121

Thursday, January 06, 2022

New Review of DAB David Asher Band

                       By J.P. Ribner

                      Original Roots-Reggae Music 
                      From Saginaw Michigan IS a Thing!

TL;DR: This is absolutely amazing music and you need it in your life! 

Back in my day as a local Flint punk rock singer, I heard tales of David Asher and his band, The Process. In whispered hushes, fans told me about this enigmatic frontman. I mentally pictured a mysterious and shamanic wildman casting a musical spell. Everyone had the same message of, “Go see them. You won’t be disappointed.” Sadly, the stars never aligned to allow such a thing to happen. Years later, I came across this release by the David Asher Band (DAB). Once I confirmed that this was the same near-mystical David Asher, I bought a copy. I’m damn glad that I did, too!

Okay. Full disclosure, I’m not big on liner notes. I’ll keep things tight by summing up DAB as a group. It's nothing short of an amazing collective of talented Michigan musicians. They've come together to deliver these amazing and memorable songs. Let’s start with the cover tunes on this album:

1. "Keep On Moving" by Bob Marley

2. "Give A Hand" by Gregory Isaacs

3. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan

4. "Love Ballad" by LTD

5. "Love Ballad Instrumental" by LTD

In short, DAB masterfully aces all these cover songs. And in doing so, they achieve what few local bands do in this regard. DAB masterfully strikes a balance between honoring the original and making the songs their own. The standout is "Love Ballad." David and guest vocalist Miss Mikki Sound create a soulful ballad atop a great jam from the band. The track is as smooth as silk, and every bit as evocative of any of the great soulful love duets of the 70s. Perhaps even better. (If this song isn’t used in a future movie or TV series, a great injustice will be done to music fans and DAB.

Bravo to David and the band on the covers! Now, I’m excited to change gears to what really attracted me to this release: the band’s original music. Let’s take a look at this body of work track by track:

1. "47 Shots (The Ballad Of Milton Hall)" - Reggae wouldn’t be reggae without a protest song. This number is DAB’s contribution to the genre. In it, Asher shares his take on the tragic case of Milton Hall, a man killed by Saginaw police. Like the title of the song suggests, Mr. Hall was shot 47 times. DAB transforms its righteous fury into a tune that moves and grooves with a funk all its own. The band’s razor-sharp musicianship and Asher’s soulful vocals are on full display here.

2. "Keep A Little Faith" - The world can grind us down and we could use a musical pick-me-up. DAB delivers here. This upbeat number shares a kinship with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” That said, this tune maintains more than enough originality to stand on its own. Each note of this inspirational number leads us to a promised land of tranquil positivity.

3. "Deputy Dawg And The Marshall" - I don’t know the story behind this song but I’m sure it’s an interesting one. What I can say is that all of DAB’s strengths are on display here. Excellent storytelling and singing combine with music as warm and rich as honey from the jar. Highlights include a background vocal arrangement, rap monologue, and humorous tribute to “The Good the Bad and the Ugly.” DAB pulls these elements together to forge a song that’s as fun as it is catchy.

4. "There's A Fire" - I’m a lyricist at heart, so it came as a shock that this one was the standout for me. I say that because “There’s a Fire” is not lyrically complex, but that’s NOT a bad thing. The fire Asher sings about is his burning passion for his music. You'll be warmed by the heat from that inferno within the confines of this catchy number. This song is a dance number and a damn fine one at that! If you don’t hit the dance floor while it's playing, then you don’t have a pulse. It’s as simple as that.

5. "Donkey Jawbone" - This song makes a great showpiece for Asher’s powerful vocals. I almost feel guilty for saying it, though. It could appear that I’m slighting the other hardworking members of DAB. Rest assured, I'm not. The band is on point here too. And its inspirational message encourages the small to stand up to the mighty. DAB’s signature hypnotic flow state is on full display. So is the group's ability to rise above the current to showcase excellent workmanship. Musically, this number covers a lot of ground while being rooted in something exceptional. Sit back and enjoy!

6. "Donkey Dub" - I’m no reggae purist. I am a lover of great music, and THIS is it! The song is mixed by legendary British Dubmaster Adrian Sherwood. Based on a solid melody, the horn section melds with its a slinky bassline, steady drums, Caribbean poly-rhythmic percussion, and echoing guitar and clavichord effects. The result is a jam that's powerful and hypnotic. If you’re looking to travel deep into your inner space while your body sways and moves to the beat, this is your ticket. Enjoy the ride!

All in all, this is a great album for reggae AND all-around music fans. Normally, I'd tell you to “support your local artist” by buying this release. I’m not going to that here though. Too many reviewers fall back on the local angle in hopes of selling sub-standard art. DAB’s great work here is easily good enough to be on a NATIONAL level. Get it for that. Like I said above, you need it in your life.

Buy DAB David Asher Band:

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J.P. Riber was born in Flint, Michigan. Raised by narcissists. Novelist. Singer. Songwriter. Martial artist. Social critic. Victim of a drive-by shooting. Author of "Wasted Youth: A Flint Punk Rock Memoir" and other books.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

DAB David Asher Band Reviewed by Jammin Reggae Archives

Great review of the DAB David Asher Band album on the 

Jammin Reggae Archives website. Check it out! 


 David Asher Band - D.A.B.
At first I had this crew confused with the Daniel Asher Band, a reggae outfit from Sweden. But no, David Asher is based in Michigan, was once the front man of a reggae rock band called The Process and now heads the group that bears his name. Their debut release is an impressive slab of reggae with rock, funk, Latin and country overtones. Asher is adept on numerous instruments and has a husky, unencumbered voice that serves handily on covers of “Keep on Moving” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door “ as well as his own hard-hitting material. The latter includes fact-based musical tales of law enforcement gone frighteningly awry (“47 Shots,” “Deputy Dawg and the Marshall”) and songs like “Keep a Little Faith” that hold true to the easygoing steadfastness that has always been one of reggae’s defining features. There’s also a pair of tracks with corresponding dubs- “Donkey Jawbone” and “Love Ballad” -that were mixed by On.U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood and deliver the level of mysticism and measured sonic thrills one would expect from that crafty Brit. It’s always good to come across reggae from my sizable American homeland that has the right balance of outside and inside influences, and this disc is a prime example. –Tom Orr
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