Monday, April 24, 2017

Basefm Record Fair this Saturday at Volume

The BaseFM Record Fair is on this Saturday at Volume exhibition at Auckland Museum. It's free entry, bring cash, starts 11am.

"Join Base FM’s stable of expert DJs and sound selectors they bring their second-hand vinyl record collections along to the Museum for the Base FM Volume Record Fair.

Featuring sound selection from Base FM DJs spinning awesome tunes throughout the day, grab a coffee and browse the records, pick up some classic gems and explore the story of New Zealand music in the Volume exhibition before it closes in May." FB event page here

NZ Musician farewells print, switches to digital

NZ Musician magazine has announced their latest bi-monthly print issue will be their last, after almost 30 years. The magazine will be switching to solely digital focussing on its website, which was recently revamped following a crowd-funding effort that raised over $10,000.

NZ Musician editor Richard Thorne says "This website has been designed to showcase a broad range of new digital content like video interviews, live performances, blogs and podcasts. We’re still busily re-loading the many thousands of articles that have been carried over from the previous site’s gigantic database, but there are plans in place for all of the above – ongoing advertising revenues permitting of course....

"NZM recently signed on with local platform PressPatron which facilitates online readers making one-off donations and regular contributions to their favoured digital publications, making it easy to support the future of journalism. If you, dear reader, want to help NZM out at any stage in the future then you will find the ready means to do so via a ready link below. We’d certainly welcome and appreciate it.

"The future is exciting, if a little mysterious. The decision to stop publishing NZ Musician bi-monthly after three decades has been a fairly monumental one, but we’ve been repeatedly encouraged to perhaps keep our hand in with less frequent ’special’ issues. Meantime though, we’d dearly love to have you bookmark and regularly visit where we will continue providing all the same great content and inmportant local music support, only more dynamically."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 22

Prince - I could never take the place of your man
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Take me with U
Monica  - I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
M&S Band  -Egg roll
Carla Thomas - Something good (is gonna happen to you)
Universals - New generation
Gene Chandler - A song called soul
Menahan st band - Make the road by walking
Wood Brass & Steel - Welcome to the party
Zapp - More bounce to the ounce
Patti Labelle - Most likely you go your way...
Orange Juice - Rip it dub (Dicky Trisco edit)
Black Uhuru - Party next door
Dub Syndicate - Roots commandment (remix)
Prince Far I - Brother Joe
Cooly G - Love dub
King Midas Sound - Cool out (Dabrye mix)
Round Four - Find a way
Fat Freddys Drop  -Hope (Sonsine remix)
Breaks Co-op - Sound advice
Submariner - Tha natural
Q-Tip feat Norah Jones - Life is better
Beyonce feat Collie Buddz - Ring the alarm (Tranzformas remix)
WIllie Mitchell - Bum daddy
Dave Baby Cortez - Happy feet
Bob Wilson and the San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Ollie and the Nightingales - Girl, you make my heart sing
Booker T and the MGs - Tic tac toe
Thievery Crop - 38 45 (A Thievery number)
Bomb the Bass - Bug powder dust (La Funk Mob remix)
Antibalas - World war IV
King Sunny Ade - Synchro system

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Record Store Day is April 22, NZ happenings

Slowboat Records

Record Store Day turns ten this year. It's sometimes seen these days as being over-run with major labels hogging the pressing plants to churn out crap (Africa by Toto anyone? NOPE) but there's still the core idea, celebrating independent record stores. That has value. So, what's going on?

Real Groovy is open from 9am-7pm, with live music, prizes (incl a Pro-Ject turntable) and RSD special releases and exclusive vinyl deals.

"We here at Real Groovy are critical of the increasing commercialisation of Record Store Day, so this year we are focusing on giving back to our loyal customers and community."

11am - Badcorporation
12pm - Oscar Dowling
1pm - ECHO OHs
2pm - X Features
3pm - Contenders

Southbound Records promises 300 RSD releases, live music from Ghost  Town and more, open from 9am. Also an instore exhibition of photos taken at Zwines and of the late 1970’s Auckland Punk Scene by Jeremy Templer - for sale too.

Marbecks has live music from Princess Chelsea, Tom Cunliffe, Lydia Cole, Galaxybear, and DJs, more to come.

Check out Flying Out on Pitt St, they have few FNun related RSD goodies I hear and live intstores from Shayne P Carter, Fazerdaze, Merk, X Features, Billy TK, DJ Roger Shepherd & more. 

The recently shuttered Rebel Soul Records is doing a one day pop up at Barber Dans at 459 K Rd.  

Vinyl Countdown has some goodies, live instores, and their always popular sausage sizzle. "Great music thanks to the Vinyl Club DJs and live music from 1pm. Giveaways and Prizes throughout the day. And the Free sausage sizzle - always a hit! We'd love to see you here at Vinyl Countdown on this exciting day. Open at 9am!
LIVE MUSIC:  1pm - Sonic Delusion / 2pm - This Little Badge / 3pm - Jon Toogood

TAURANGA has Vinyl Destination, which recently celebrated it's 2nd birthday.  

PALMERSTON NORTH has a pop-up record fair happening at Square Edge Community arts 11am - 4pm, with vinyl DJs, record painting - free entry.


Death Ray Records is celebrating their survival, given they didn't think they'd still be here by this stage of the year. 

"We honestly can't believe we'll be open for Record Store Day in under 2 weeks. Around 4 months ago Death Ray was dead in the water. Help from all sorts have kept Death Ray trundling along. So we've made it to RSD 2017!!!!. After that date who knows?

... If you don't know anything about RSD or if you are one of those excellent people that say "I don't go to RSD because there will be too many people and everyday is RSD anyway" read what RSD means to the owners, the patrons and the community.

RSD was set up to pay respects to independent record stores for existing. We're not talking JB or the Whare but real locally run record stores. What can you do? Go to a record store and immerse yourself in the surroundings. Pay thanks to the lords of rock n roll that these places exists. Be a part of a special day for the owners...."

Slow Boat Records has RSD releases and live acts:

2pm: Instore performance from ‘ambient dream folk’ group French For Rabbits.
3pm: Instore performance from ‘Pan-generational Wellington supergroup’ TEETH, celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album, available as a strictly limited edition CD through our own Slow Boat Records label.
The group features The Phoenix Foundation’s Lukasz Buda and Tom Callwood, together with 'legendary drummer' Anthony Donaldson and David Long (Mutton Birds).

Also in Wellington, check out Rough Peel Music in Cuba St (live instore from NameUL and DJs), and Mint Music in Lower Hutt. 

Further South, head along to Galaxy and Pennylane in Christchurch, and Relics in Dunedin.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 15

George Benson - World is a ghetto
Bill Doggett - Pimento
Brenton Wood - Some got it, some don't
Jimmy Hughes - What side of the door
Ruby Johnson - I'd rather fight than switch (take 1)
Jean Knight - Carry on
Otis Redding - Can't get no satisfaction
Buddy Miles - Give away none of my love
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Chaka Khan - We can work it out
Prince Charles and the City Beat Band - Don't fake the funk
Prince and Makka Diamond - Controversy (Minneapolis remix)
Hall and Oates -Crime pays
Associates - Tell me Easter's on a Friday
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Ann Peebles - Beware
Impressions - We're a winner
O'Jays - 992 arguments
Lord Echo - C90 eternal
Benny Tones feat Mara TK - Areo soul
Joint Force - Nightmare dub
DJ Krush and Ronny Jordan - Season for change (Dawn of the season mix)
Nuyorican soul feat Q-Tip - Black gold of the sun (MAW remix)
Cal Tjader  -Soul sauce (Fila Brazillia remix)
Oscar Brown Jr - Brother where are you (Matthew Herbert remix)
James Brown - Stone to the bone
Tanika Charles - Soul run

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tamil Rogeon - 24 Hours in Lapa

Via Heard and Felt Recordings:' Melbourne composer/violinist Tamil Rogeon (The RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda) brings his most ambitious work to date. That's saying something when your previous works include composing a Stravinsky tribute for a 100-piece orchestra, soundtracking a concert screening of the drawn 2010 AFL football Grand Final for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Red Bull Beat Suite, a unique work combining orchestra, turntablists, beatmakers and vocalists including Aloe Blacc and Ladi6!

"24 Hours in Lapa is a mesmerising 12-part song cycle built on Brazilian rhythms, an orchestral score and subtle electronics. Rogeon bases this sweeping, cinematic suite around the tragic story of Joseph Martin, a young expat killed by an off-duty police officer while celebrating his 30th birthday in the Rio party district of Lapa.

Rogeon travelled to Rio to record Tiago Loei's percussion group, returned to Melbourne to write the score for Orchestra Victoria, then added vocals from sessions in LA, London, Paris and Melbourne. Guest vocalists include Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra), earthy soulstress Krystle Warren, globetrotting MC Raashan Ahmad, RAah partner Ryan Ritchie, crooner Bobby Valentine and ethereal backings from Ella Thompson (GL, The Bamboos)."

Out April 21 on 2xLP/CD/Digital

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - 'Year of the funky' album coming

I recall the first album from this duo, back in 2010, it was a great funky slab of goodness. This new biz sounds equally groovy. Single out now.

Via Legere Recordings: "Year Of The Funky" is the first single from the second album from Bei Bei (荷蓓蓓) & Shawn Lee, also called Year Of The Funky. After their debut collaborative album "Into The Wind" (Ubiquity Records, 2010), the Chinese guzheng virtuoso / composer Bei Bei and the prolific multi-instrumentalist / producer Shawn Lee (Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Kelis, St. Etienne etc.) join forces again on 12 new tracks.

Year Of The Funky marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery. Eschewing all notions of superficial "Asian/Fusion," this uplifting, genre-bending, and sophisticated sound brings together both East & West with musical aplomb. The new album continues as a logical progression from "Into The Wind". It ventures into both new tempos & moods while deftly connecting the past, the future and what lies beyond."

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 8

Massive attack - Spying glass
Paul Weller - Kosmos (Lynch Mob bonus beats)
Sola Rosa feat Noah Slee - Back to you
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Sweetest meditation
Dub Syndicate - Chapter 4
Bob Marley - Mr Brown
The Congos - Bring the mackaback
Gregory Issacs - Mr know it all
Frightnrs - I'd rather go blind
Booker T and the MGs - Be my lady
Ernie Hawks and the Soul Investigators - Scorpio man theme
Major Lance  - Um um um um um
Jan Bradley  - Mama didn't lie
Fred Ramirez - Hold on I'm coming
Sugar Pie De Santo  -Soulful dress
Syd Jones and the Troubadors - Cordova
Bonnie Pointer  - Ah shoot
Nile Rodgers - Land of the good groove
Esther Phillips - All the way down
Quincy Jones - Hummin'
A Tribe Called Quest - Find a way (inst)
Eric B and Rakim - Casualties of war (Soulpower remix)
Freddie Joachim - Wait
P-Bass Expressway - Easyride (Downtown Brown remix)
Lord Echo - Makossa #3
Archie Shepp - Attica blues (Chief Xcel remix)
Ruby Johnson - Won't be long
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Roy Roberts experience - Got to have all your love

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 1

James Brown - The Bose (Geisha Boys remix)
Booker T and the MGs - It s your thing
Coko and the Soul Surfers - Lady Lucy
Linda Lyndell - What a man
Sidney Pinchback and the Schiller st gang - Soul strokes
Temptations - Plastic man
Otis Brown - Southside of Chicago
Barbara Lynn - You're losing me
The Shaladons - We can do it
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Spanky Wilson - Non stop flight
Larry Young's Fuel - Turn off the lights
George Clinton  - Hey good looking
Goon Squad - Eight arms to hold you
Troublefunk - Let's get small
DJ Avatar - Make it funkay (edit)
Manu Dibango - A freak sans fric
Woima collective  - Marz
Shogun orchestra - Sword of doom
Esquires Now - Think
Sound Experience - 40 acres and a mule
Warm Excursion - Funk-i-tus
Johnny Jones and the King Casuals - Purple haze
Little Sister - Stanga
Bits & Pieces - Don't stop the music
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Como Mamas new album out May 19

Como Mamas - Move upstairs cover

"In December of 2015, The Como Mamas took their first trip from their home in Como, MS up to Harlem, NY to crush the Apollo Theater as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue. Taking full advantage of their presence in town, the Daptone crew brought Ester Mae Wilbourn, Della Daniels and Angelia Taylor into the House of Soul the week after the show to join forces for the first time with the musicians and studio that has defined their label’s sound.

Jimmy Hill, Thomas Brenneck, Homer Steinweiss, and Bosco Mann, all stalwarts of the Daptone stable, came together as “The Glorifiers Band,” to put down a churning musical foundation for these amazing singers.

The results are some of the heaviest tracks that Daptone has cut to date. If you don’t like raw, soulful gospel music, you’re really gonna hate this one. Move Upstairs is a REAL mother!"

Available May 19th | PRE-ORDER

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lord Echo talks about his new album Harmonies, out April 7

Lord Echo's third album Harmonies is just around the corner, out April 7 on Soundway. Some background from his official press blurb:

“When I first conceived of this project I wondered if it would be possible to make the same album three times, mostly because I thought it would be funny and because people always try and do something different so why not try and do the opposite? This shows how rebellious and brilliant I am. So that’s why all three of my albums have the same type of cover, have the same sounding names (Melodies, Curiosities, Harmonies) and why they feature the same artists.”

There’s Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), the long time associate and advisor, Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) - the golden voiced poster boy of soulful experimentation, Dr Leila Adu - the enigmatic and unique composer, songstress and muse, Lucien Johnson - the charmingly well read saxophonist and composer, and of course the fabulous Lisa Tomlins - who slayed everybody with her raw and soulful performance of ‘Thinking Of You’ in 2010.

The album was produced in his studio World of Sound, which he built by hand in an abandoned plastics factory in the backwaters of industrial New Zealand [also where Lawrence Arabia recorded his latest album Absolute Truth with Lord Echo producing]. His only neighbours were a lone skinhead, a handful of gang members and ‘TK’s’ - a brothel frequented by long haul truck drivers whose route terminated nearby.

“I lived alone out there for 3 years. It really was very odd. Of course I went completely nuts. But I also had periods of strange, other worldly happiness. Though that was mostly during a period in which I gave up trying to make music. I was a terrible alcoholic. I did a lot of yoga. I’m glad it’s over.”

It was in many ways a classic midlife crisis. Quitting his cushy gig in iconic New Zealand band The Black Seeds and facing financial and psychological ruin he ploughed ahead into the darkness.

“The midlife crisis is, for me, a time when two things happen. One, you start to really confront death if you’re that way inclined, and two you have been alive long enough and experienced enough stuff that it’s time to consider the things you’ve done and learnt and try to figure out a way to keep living. In other words, you think to yourself ‘how the hell do I keep doing this, what do I want?’

"And after fumbling about in the dark for sometime, you either decide to just give up and sleep walk through the rest of your life or you decide to get rid of the shit that doesn’t turn you on and fill your life with the things that do.

“Really, I think working is the most important thing, working is the point. You’ve got to have something to do in this god forsaken world. The making of something is the part where you exercise that uniquely human muscle - to make something just because you can or because you want to. Thats what draws us closer to the gods. Does it matter if it’s good or not? Ultimately, no. Let other people worry about that. Carry on working, don’t look back”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The very first recording by Miss Sharon Joens out on 45 soon!

Okay, Record Store Day has devolved to be a poor excuse for major labels to clog vinyl pressing plants reissuing endless crap that nobody wants to hear (Africa by Toto on picture disc? NOPE). But then Daptone drop a gem like this, with a beautiful cover design that doubles as a picture frame. WANT!.

"Presenting the very first recording by Sharon Jones! Original composition and lead vocals by Miss Jones, "Heaven Bound" and "Key to the Kingdom" is a soulful slice of 70's era gospel-funk recorded with E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders.

In addition, the 45 comes in a picture frame style sleeve with easel-back, which boasts a two-sided print of Sharon's High School photo, backed with a group shot of the Gospel Wonders and released on our reissue imprint, EVER-SOUL Records. A must have!"

Sharon Jones with E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders - "Heaven Bound" b/w "Key To The Kingdom" 45 - available at your local record store on Record Store Day - April 22nd, 2017.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, March 18

Ladi6 - Diamonds
Lord Echo - Put it in my head
Ardijah - Give me your number
DLT - Liquid skies (Ultraneon mix)
Mala - Como como (Theo Parrish remix)
James Blood Ulmer - Are you glad to be in America?
James Brown - Hustle!!!
Ramsey Lewis - Uhuru
The Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Four Tops - I got a feeling
Thee Enchantments - I'm in love with your daughter
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Mabel John - Shouldn't I love him
The Perfections - Why do you want to make me sad
Oliver Sain - London express
Grover Washington Jr - Masterpiece
Undisputed truth - Smiling faces sometimes
Adrian Sherwood - Stop the bloodshed
Top Cat - Request the style
Papa Levi - My god my king
The Wailers - Black progress/Say it loud
Bjorn Taske - Dub vendor
Risco connection  - Aint no stopping us now
Crown heights affair - Say a prayer for two
Dexter Wansel - Life on Mars (DJ Mila edit)
Mountain - Long red

Monday, March 13, 2017

Taite Prize finalists announced

"Independent Music NZ is very pleased to announce that the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2017 have been confirmed. Now in its eighth year, the Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, the prize-winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 to be spent as they wish, thanks to Taite Music Prize founding partner Recorded Music NZ; recording time at Red Bull Studios Auckland; and a year’s supply of Red Bull product. This year’s eight finalists, from a lengthy list of 70 nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, are:

Aaradhna / Brown Girl (Universal Music NZ)

Hopetoun Brown / Look So Good (Melita Music)

Lawrence Arabia / Absolute Truth (Flying Nun Records)


Lontalius / I’ll Forget 17 (POD/Inertia)

Pacific Heights / The Stillness (Warner Music)

Shayne P Carter / Offsider (Flying Nun Records)

Street Chant / Hauora (Arch Hill Recordings)

This year the Taite Music Prize will be announced at a presentation at The Civic’s Wintergarden in Auckland on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

Alongside the main prize, two additional awards will be presented at the ceremony: the already established Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award and the newly created Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award, celebrating the freshest talent of Aotearoa, and including a $2,000 cash prize and a live performance slot at Auckland Live Summer in the Square 2017/2018 – Auckland’s biggest backyard summer party.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, March 11

Booker T and the MGs - LA jazz song
The Groovesville Men - Genie
Staple Singers - We the people
The Mohawks - Tramp
Ike and Tina Turner - Sexy Ida
Bar-Kays - Holy ghost
Chuck Brown and the soul searchers - Busting loose
Kutiman - No groove where I come from
DJ Day - Land of a 1000 chances (Lord Echo remix)
Jorge Ben - Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)
Azymuth - Periscopo (Marc Mac for 4Hero re-edit)
Mor Thiam - Ayo ayo nene
Fulgeance - Les voyageurs
Prince - Alphabet St
Gwen Guthrie - Hopscotch
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Jennifer Lara - I'm in love
African head charge - Animal law
Bob and Gene feat the Inversions  - I can be cool
Hesitations - Gotta find a way
Barbara Acklin - Am I the same girl?
The Impressions - Don't let it hide
Charles Bradley - Heartaches and pain
Bar-Kays - Hole in the wall
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Offbeat comet
Manzel - Midnight theme (Dopebrother 7" remix)
T-Connection - Do what you wanna do
Maxayn - Life is what you make it
Hall and Oates - Can't go for that (Daz's deep dub)