Friday, February 20, 2004

If Chad Taylor was still blogging over at the now defunct Muse Lounge, he'd no doubt be joyously spouting forth on the return of the new series of 24 to our tv screens (instead he's busy doing his dayjob or something). The third series kicked off with a double episode. Lots of juicy setups; Jack and a wee smack habit, Mexican drug lords, the daughter Kim now working at CTU, played by Elisha Cuthburt - her new movie is called The Girl Next Door, dodgy trailer is here. The setup is she is, oh, go and read the synopsis on the site, its stunningly stupid. She plays a one-time porn star.
Back to 24, there was some discussion of the President in our house; to the effect that what takes a whole series for Palmer to deal with generally only lasts half an episode on the West Wing. Comparing fictional Presidents is lame, though. Especially when one of them is Martin Sheen. Palmer is too soft.

And for some light relief....

From Antipodean Records website, a variation on the usual dj top ten charts

DJ Recloose's Top 10 reasons to leave USA/Detroit and live in NZ

1. Being in love (awwwwshux...)
2. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, neo-conservativism, new imperialism, the Patriot Act, code orange, Fox News etc. etc. (no-brainer here...)
3. Good clean living in NZ.... except for the pies
4. Rugby is far superior a sport to American football
5. Being woken up by the wind is better than being woken up by gunshots
6. The scenery
7. Its about the best place in the world to be reclusive
8. Lots of musicians in Wellington
9. Good vibes, man
10. Sheep

Recloose is playing in AK this friday night...
Friday 20th February / Khuja Lounge (AK) $10
Recloose [Planet E/!K7]
Chris Cox + Isaac Aesili [ThisInformation]
Halogen Girl.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

And you thought Dick Cheney was dodgy.
"Overall, twenty-two of the top 100 Bush officials had significant holdings in thirty-three companies that lobbied their departments, agencies, or offices," the Center for Public Integrity reported in 2002.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Funky good time
James Brown is playing live in Auckland, one night only, March 31!!! Tickets go on sale Monday Feb 23. So you're thinking, he's an old cat now, will he still be any good?
Heres a review from Public Enemy's Chuck D, who caught a show in Spetember last year...

"Indeed, I made sure I caught the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, live and in concert last month. The plan was for myself and KYLE JASON to head east on Long Island on Friday, August 29th, to catch his show. Earlier in the week DJ Johnny Juice and I tripped out to Indianapolis to do an ad for Klipsch audio speakers, and my plans were to head back east from Chicago to catch it.

Coming outta Chicago that Friday my flight was delayed, thus I arrived at LaGuardia late. Kyle made sure he left with Bones, a bass player/journalist buddy of ours. I prepared myself to hear that I missed the show of the decade and, true to form, Kyle came back and was speechless. One and a half hours of pure dynamite stick. He told me that the same James we had seen on our video tapes from the past 20 years, sped up super medley “Living In America,” was not the same James he’d just witnessed in action. He had just seen Jaaaaaaames in all his glory. Complete from the MC DANNY RAY intro at the top. He told me that I had to see it, and the band was the actual funked timed thang that the records bore, even more. Damn! I missed it.

Immediately we went to the web,, and peeped a concert schedule. On that great site it showed that he was gonna be at Chastain Park in the ATL that Sunday. Whoa! But first I had to get up north of the border to Toronto to keynote at their urban music conference, which I spent my day doin. Thus jetting to ATL on Sunday was a later transition whereas I just got to the venue in the nick of time. Running in at 9:15pm the lights had just gone down for DANNY RAY to intro the hardest working man still in show business.

When Mr. Brown took the stage the ATL immediately roared for their Georgia son. The very first cut was “Make It Funky” signifying that James and the Soul Generals were gonna pull some joints out the bag. Highlights included JB doing two microphone stand tricks that left the crowd stunned as if MIKE JORDAN threw it. Bursts of dance energy came at the crowd and wowed them. At 70 he moved, grooved, and cold sweated us to death. He had a dance spotlight for a lady he’d known ever since she was a young girl. Dressed in high white boots and hot pants they proceeded to rip the same cut. SOUL POWER, PAYBACK and even a funked up LIVING IN AMERICA banged the crowd. This was JAMES BROWN in his 70s doing it like he did it in the 1970s. No doubt. The double drummers even played high speed funk thru the finale of SEX MACHINE when the venue cut the power, as it’s known to do. The point is that it was more turbo energy than cats twice his age using multimedia crutches."

Entertain us...
I wouldn't normally give Courtney Love the time of day, but this interview is worth a read. The interviewer also talked with her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

...We chatted about building snowmen (she'd just done that for the first time during a trip to the Northwest), her mom's new album ("I've heard some of it, but I really like Good Charlotte," she said) and my job.
"Did you ever interview my dad?" she asked with a sparkle in piercing blue eyes that are eerily like her father's.
I told her that I had, back when she was still in diapers, shortly before the release of Nirvana's "In Utero." At one point, Cobain had asked me if I had any kids; I said I was expecting a daughter, and that the prospect of fatherhood scared the hell out of me. "No, it's the greatest thing in the world," he said. "You'll see."
Frances smiled when I recounted the story. "Oh," she said. Read the interview here.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Fun and games in the music industry
Lil Flip has started Clover G Records & said that he is no longer signed
to Sucka Free Records. "Flip is still signed to the label," Sucka Free CEO Duane 'Hump' Hobbs told "The only way I will let him go is if Sony [Lil Flips label] buys me out. Go grab your lawyer & let's get cracking." The falling out revolves around financial disputes. "If you say that we spent a million dollars on something, I want to see that," Flip retorted. "If we cool and you my homey, show me everything."
Bring on the accountants....

oh yeah, did you read about that talented cat Nathan Haines in the Sunday Star Times? He used to be a junkie (like some of his jazz idols) but he's all right now. No more Class A drugs, says our Nate. Glad to hear it. You aint gonna be around long on that stuff.