Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Feb 28

J-Live - Satisfied
Derrick Herriot - Dancing the reggae
Ernest Ranglin - More and more amore
Cecil Lloyd - S'wonderful
Sir Lord Comic and his cowboys - Ska-ing west
Sidney, George and Jackie - Papa was a rolling stone
Nightmares on wax - The sweetest
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock - Larry Levan remix
Paul McCartney - What's that you're doing
Fajardo y su charanga -Batman boogaloo
Ray Barretto - Acid
Mala - Como como - Theo Parrish remix
Takuya Kuroda - Rising son
Isley Bros -Take some time out for love
Luther Ingram - baby don't you weep
Sonny Knight and the Lakers - Sugarman
Fat Freddys Drop - Flashback - Jazzanova mashed bag remix
Natural yoghurt band - Voodoo
Brenda Russell - A little bit of love - Souleance edit
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
Charles Earland  - Girl you need a change of mind
Mugo - Organised - Kenny Dope edit
Original Tropicana steel band - Calypso rock
War - Cisco kid
Labelle - Moon shadow
Thievery Corp - Coming from the top
Quantic - Mas pan - DJ Day remix
Harry Beckett - The forgotten man
Gene Dudley group - Hilo bay halfway - disco diub mix

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Car Crash Set - Fall from grace

New video for 80s NZ electronica act Car Crash Set...

German label Anna Logue Records did a fantastic vinyl reissue of Car Crash Set back in 2008 - they are planning a 2nd edition of this release, on ltd edition clear vinyl, and also a CD with bonus tracks including early demos that even the band don't remember, apparently. Due out later this year.

From Anna Logue Records: "CAR CRASH SET were one of the very few electropop acts coming out of New Zealand and have released several vinyls nationally between 1983 and 1986. Basically, the CAR CRASH SET consisted of synthesists/composers David Bulog and Nigel Russell and guitarist/producer Trevor Reekie, and was formed in late 1981 [later expanded to include Trevor Reekie on guitar, and a full live band].

They created such outstanding electropop songs with a Roland TR-606/808 and such lovely sequencing, - e.g. “Fall from Grace” is definitely a song that Anna will take with her into her grave – that it is indeed a shame that they didn't receive more attention.

Anyway, their 1983 12” ‘Two Songs’ (including “Outsider” and “Fall from Grace”) and the V/A ‘We’ll do our best’ LP (including CAR CRASH SET’s “Toys”) are at least highly collectible items amongst electropop connoisseurs and many people will be happy to see these tracks being available again as well as four previously unavailable demos from both their earliest and later days.

David and Nigel were said to be recording again together with only the original Roland gear (“nothing else will do” as David says): TR-606, Jupiter-4, MC-4, System 100m modular and System 104 sequencer as well as Nigel’s Korg MS20… oh well, Anna is prepared!"

LP features: 2nd edition vinyl, limited edition of 210 copies, 180 grams clear vinyl, CD with bonus tracks. CD features: limited edition of 500 copies, bonus tracks.

MORE: via Audioculture... Q&A with Car Crash Set’s Nigel Russell, Trevor Reekie & David Bulog
love the story about Car Crash Set supporting UK band Shriekback, then inviting them back to Mandrill studio to help out on a CCS recording, that never got released at the time... listen to that song over at Amplifier...
Car Crash Set LP reissue
Car Crash Set, LP reissue

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tom Zé 2nd album reissued

From Mr Bongo: "Tom Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of '60s Brazil. Zé is often thought of as Brazil’s answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; a true innovator and a true artist.

After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was only in the '90s, when musician and Luaka Bop label founder David Byrne discovered an album recorded by Zé many years earlier, that he returned to performing and releasing new material.

Continuing in a similar musical vein to Grande Liquidicao, ‘Tom Ze’ [his second album, released in 1970] is a wonderful combination of guitars, layered of percussion and tough rock ’n’ roll, underpinned by Ze’s instantly recognisable vocal.

The Mr Bongo LP reissue is manufactured in Japan, presented in a super high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork. The CD is presented in a 4-page digi-pack."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Zane Lowe departs BBC for Apple

Jay Z and Zane Lowe. Photo: Rapradar

A few days ago, ex-pat Kiwi Zane Lowe announced he is leaving BBC Radio One and moving to Los Angeles, to work in a new role with Apple. He talked with The Guardian about that shift.

'.. What is missing in the modern music world, he suggests, is the great sense of community that can rise up around a record shop or a radio station. “I really want a platform for the most passionate people who love music,” he says. “I want to be able to bring that human experience, that we all had growing up with record stores, but actually make it something you can listen to in a world where you’re left to your own devices.” He stops, drags his hands down his face.

“Does that make sense?” he wonders. “It hasn't really sunk in.”

....When Lowe moved to London in 1997 he found a job at the Music and Video Exchange in Notting Hill ... “It’s so funny how it changes,” he says. “I was that person a few years back who lamented how the music world was changing, who said, ‘Oh it’s not the same as it used to be when you used to go into a record store and have a conversation with the guy at counter.’ But all it is is just a process of letting go. And you get over the hill and you go, ‘It’s better here’.”

'... The Saturday before the Grammys, Lowe is sitting in a hotel room not far from Sunset Strip in Hollywood, halfway through a bottle of beer. He is here to attend the awards for the first time as a nominee – included for his production work on the debut album by Sam Smith (who will, the following day, win four of his six nominations). But the trip is also an opportunity for the DJ and his wife Kara, who have two children – Jackson, eight, and Lucius, six – to begin house-hunting in the city that currently strikes him as “just a big fancy showbiz Auckland”.

The Soviet Tape Vol. 1 by Fulgeance & DJ Scientist

"The Soviet Tape is a new collaboration between Fulgeance & DJ Scientist. Taking forgotten records from Russia to Moldavia, The Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia and beyond, the duo have interspersed the largely instrumental album with skits culled from 60s CIA documentaries as well as vocal cuts featuring Blu, Open Mike Eagle and DistantStarr.

This all adds up to a release that is both a throwback to the uncertain times of the Cold War and a tribute to the great depth of music that the former Union was responsible for. With high-concept artwork from Emile Sacre, taking it's cue from original Soviet records, the album is in turns jazzy, psychedelic and soulful, but with hip hop at it's core"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lord Echo x Julien Dyne

As Moovmnt say... " Julien Dyne recently curated the amazing “Conglomerates” compilation on Wonderful Noise and Mike [Lord Echo] filled our lives with marvelous “Curiosities“.

The two have joined forces and as Lord Julien and are about to provide some premium blends of jazzy fusion Funk and disco-primed Deep House. Take a long listen to the A-side entitled “Shades” and write down this release in your agenda.

Somewhere mid March it will be available at selected retailers and trust me this is one of those 12-inches you don’t want to miss out on!"

Wonderful Noise is a Japanese label with strong NZ connections, read more about that here, in Alan Perrott's excellent backgrounder for the NZH from 2011.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Feb 14

Marcia Griffiths -Electric boogie dub I
The Pleb - Snake in the bush
Adrian Sherwood and lee Scratch Perry  -Yellow fever
Roland Alphonso - President Kennedy
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
The Jamaican - Ba ba boom
Manasseh - Maga dub Pt 1&2
Ruts DC - Whatever we do - RSD remix
King Midas Sound  - Cool out
Brassroots - Good life
Yarborough and Peoples - Don 't stop the music
Sly & Robbie - Boops
Larry Graham - Sooner or later
Upper Hutt Posse - Do it like this
Myron and E - Broadway
Ann Sexton  -You're gonna miss me
Beginning of the end - Come down babay - Kenny Dope edit
St Maartens Rolling Tones - It's a feeling
Ike and Tina Turner - Contact high
Yosi Horikawa -Bump
Tall Black Guy - I feel good (James Brown flip up)
Budamunky - Wednesday dub
Barbara Lynn - This is the thanks I get
Bill Doggett - Honky tonk pt I
Rufus Thomas - Do the funky peguin
Cookin on three burners - Cars
Howard Morrison - Keep on running
Maniphest - Scratch samba
DLT - Duel of the assasins feat Billy TK
Charles Mingus - II BS - RZA remix
Dr Tree - Eugino D

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Akld 1970

GRAFFITI - a Music Film Collaboration by Rodi Kirk & Stjohn from Stjohn Collection on Vimeo.

What my city looked like 45 years ago. Music by Rodi Kirk aka Scratch 22 in collaboration w Stjohn, hat tip to Manuel Bundy for the link.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Coloured vinyl is destroying the world

Coloured vinyl is for big, spoiled record babies, writes Mike McGonigal of the Detroit MetroTimes...

"... Now, I'd wanted to wait until this giant rant I'm going to write for Record Store Day to say this, but, seriously, colored vinyl is destroying the world.

Again, I will say this way more eloquently and with multiple quotes from industry sources, but colored records slow down the entire process for everyone who wants to make records. Also, they sound worse. That's right, colored vinyl always sounds worse..."

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Feb 7

Beat conductor - Caribbean path
Jackie Mittoo - Moonwalk
Herbs -French letter dub
The Wailers - Put it on
Don Drummond and the Skatalites - Man in the street
Desmond Dekker  - Rudeboy train
Overproof sound system  -Watch what you put inna
Scritti Politti - Asylum in Jerusalem
Chaka Khan - We can work it out
Billy Preston - Struttin
Dele Sosimi - Sanctuary - Titeknots remix
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you
Luther Ingram - Oh baby don't you weep
Little Stevie Wonder - Contract on love
Ramsey Lewis - African boogaloo twist
Graham central station - Now do u wamnna dance
Mighty Mocambos - Locked and loaded
Kenny Dope - Down by law
Johnny Hammond - Summertime/The ghetto
The Opensouls - Hold you close (see em live at Leigh Sawmill tonight!)
Patea Maori Club - Poi E
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
The Staples - Party
Unitone Hifi - Up to eleven
Piero Umiliani - Mah na mah na - Gak Sato remix
Myron and E - Do it disco - JRocc edit
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - Poison

Thursday, February 05, 2015

She's crafty

Auckland Council's local alcohol policy (LAP) was debated in the latter part of last year, with public submissions being heard in Sept/Oct.

According to the timeline on the Council's website, the policy was to be adopted early this year, following appeals. That will most likely be delayed to mid-year, as they assess the impact of this development in Wellington....

In their latest email newsletter, Wellington's Beer Without Borders reports that Wellington City Council's own LAP policy had been rejected by central government officials....

"Two recent decisions relating to liquor licensing in Wellington have set precedents that we believe should cause alarm....

... First came this bombshell – that the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority had rejected the Wellington City Council’s Local Alcohol Policy.

The Authority agreed with the Police that the LAP that Wellington had settled on (after an excruciating consultation process) wasn’t sufficiently in tune with the objectives of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act. Those objectives were, essentially, to “minimise” harm caused by “excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol”. [Wellington City Council also wanted a 5am closing time, beyond the legislated 4am closing, as they felt it was important in creating a "dynamic central city". Source]

In other words, the power vested in local councils to customise alcohol policy may only be used for the purposes of piling additional obstacles in the way of vendors and consumers of alcohol. The moment a council’s policy is tempered with some kind of allowance for the customs of their own city then it is deemed invalid. So the right to develop a Local Alcohol Policy is really a “Claytons” devolution of power.

Then, a few days later, came this story, that a bottle store that’s about to open in Wellington has struck a deal with various authorities (i.e. Police and Health) who might otherwise have opposed their licence, with the effect that they will only serve certain drinks.

Naturally we snigger at the idea that this store and/or the police might get to decide what constitutes “craft beer” or “premium beer” [the bottle store owner tried to argue that he could sell Heineken as it was a premium drop, but Stephen Palmer, the Medical Officer of Health said it was closer to Tui than craft beer. Clearly Palmer knows more about beer than that bottle store owner ].

But apart from that, one might imagine that we would applaud this outcome, since we’re distributors of beer that would probably remain on sale under this arrangement, and given that this arrangement appears to have been entered into willingly by all parties. But it’s actually an alarming precedent.

It enforces the idea that rules might be applied differently to different categories of alcoholic beverage, and, by extension, different drinkers. In other words it’s a kind of discrimination.

It assumes that consumers of RTDs need to have their consumption kept in check, but consumers of certain other beverages can just have at it. While many will see this as a good outcome, it doesn’t belong in the regulations under which we run our cities. And the logical extensions are frightening. Yet if rules like this become common, then vendors will adapt the way their products are packaged to obscure the differences between them and consumers will simply adapt their buying practices..."

More: Tell the new prohibitionists: dancing is good for you! (Aug 2014)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Black Seeds, Hollie Smith at Waitangi Day Festival on Bastion Point

The Black Seeds
The Black Seeds

Celebrate Waitangi Day with Ngati Whatua o Orakei at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point)

"This is a free community event overlooking the spectacular Waitemata Harbour, featuring The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith & 1814. 

On February 6th 1840, Maori Chiefs came together with members of the British crown to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. 175 years on, Ngati Whatua Orakei celebrate this momentous occasion with their annual Waitangi Day Festival at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point).

Free to all, some of New Zealand's finest musicians, The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, 1814, Riqi Harawira and Billy TK Jnr come together to create a colourful, lively festival that celebrates what it is to be a Kiwi in 2015.

This is a family friendly, smoke and alcohol free, zero waste party and one that is sure to be fun for all ages, with food and market stalls, kids' rides and stunning manu tukutuku (kite) displays."

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Loaded Legacy of Casablanca Records

How record label Casablanca Records rode the 70s disco wave, petered out after some Kiss solo albums bombed and disco suffered a backlash, then re-emerged in 2012 as an EDM label.

"... As a record label during an American music-industrial boom, Casablanca Records, from its 1973 inception in Los Angeles, embodied all of the too-ridiculous-to-possibly-be-true stereotypes of excess and debauchery that marked the industry during the era.

"By late 1977, industry giant PolyGram had acquired a majority stake in Casablanca. “After the four KISS solo albums had emphatically bombed,” says Larry Harris in And Party Every Day, “we knew that PolyGram would at last realize that we were losing a fortune. They were handling all distribution for us, and it was impossible that they would fail to notice two millions returns. No amount of cooking the books was going to hide truckloads of unwanted records, especially since those trucks were backing up to their doorstep, not ours. When at last the ruse was up, PolyGram insisted on dramatic changes.” This development led to Harris having to lay off approximately one third of Casablanca’s nearly 175-person staff. “The bloodletting,” says Harris, “took place on June 29, 1979.”

Weeks later came the loudest death knell: Disco Demolition Night, the explosive obliteration of disco vinyl sanctioned by a “popular Chicago DJ named Steve Dahl [who] had lost his job when his station changed its format to disco.” For weeks, Dahl, encouraged “anyone wishing to destroy their disco albums to bring them to Comiskey Park on Chicago’s south side.” He made plans for July 12, 1979, to stack the albums in a pile in the outfield, then detonate a small-scale explosive, blowing the whole collection of vinyl sky-high.

Mike Veeck, promotions director for the Chicago White Sox, was fully supportive of Dahl’s plan. He announced tickets for the White Sox-Cleveland Indians doubleheader that night would be sold at 98 cents (Dahl’s radio station being at 97.9 FM) for fans who brought disco records to be destroyed. Says Larry Harris: “This drew a beyond-capacity crowd of over fifty thousand. The demographic was atypical—read: pot-smoking rock music lovers—and the crowd had no sense of baseball etiquette.”

When the dynamite-packed pile of records was detonated in Comiskey Park’s outfield after the first game of the doubleheader, the crowd rushed the field and “a small-scale riot ensued.” This public display of contempt for the genre came to be known as “the day disco died” and hit Casablanca, the mainstay of which was disco itself, hard...."
Read the full tale here From Cocaine Disco to Electronic Dance: the Loaded Legacy of Casablanca Records

More on Disco demolition rally here

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Jan 31

Futura 2000 and The Clash - Escapades rap
J Dilla - Won't do
Tausani - Tear drop
Ronny Jordan - Season for change - DJ Krush remix
Amerigo Gazaway & Fela Brown - Funky black president
Marc Rapson - The kalimba
African head charge - Somebody touch I
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
The Rebels - Rhodesia
Barry Brown - Far east
Brigader Jerry - Ram dance master
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (1998 version)
Lord Echo - Thinking of you
Mad Lion - Girlzz
Bonobo - Stay the same
Mr Scruff - He don't
Rebel MC feat Tenor Fly - Wickedest sound - soundclash mix
Rebel MC - Jahovia
Ragga twins - Tan so back
PD Syndicate - Ruff like me - Shy FX and T-Power remix
Solomonic sound - Children of Israel
Shaboom - Woman cry - Blakdoktor dub
Fourtet - Serious as your life
Baby Charles - I bet you look good on the dancefloor
Junkyard band - The word
Mr Chop - Shut em down
Jackie Shane - Stand up straight and tall
Terry Timmons - Got nobody to love
Bob Kayli - Tie me tight
Freez - IOU

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Kingston: Kingston City album out Jan 27

Off the album Kingston City, out on January 27th, 2015 on Easy Star Records. Guests include Sugar Minott, Wailing Souls, and Sister Carol.Pretty sweet reggae.