Friday, April 30, 2004

The real deal
Last night I caught The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, which screens nightly on Triangle TV. They had about 40 minutes of indepth coverage, focussing on developments in Fallujah, followed by a group of experts with diverging opinions discussing UN rep Brahimi's plans for Iraq which was quite lively, and then an indepth look at the cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Hamdi, American citizens being held as enemy combatants - do they have the constitututional rights to a trial? They had a legal expert discussing the case, with audio excerpts from the courtroom. It was fascinating, detailed news reporting, and what surprised me was two things - one, it was far superior to anything on the mainstream tv channels, and two, it originated in America.

It sure beats the poor excuses TV3 seems to come up with for their lead stories on the 6pm news. Remember a few weeks back when they thought the identity of a mystery lotto winner was a lead story, over the renewed fighting in Fallujah? Try playing this game - we do it in our house frequently these days - start watching TV3's news til the lead story starts, then switch to TVOne and see what their lead is. And I'm over the sheep story - flogging a dead fleece? Ouch.

From Radio RDU's The Joint show...
We struck gold last week when we checked out Fluxblog and came across a entry about the 1971 album Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs. You heard right - Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs. We happen to use a sample from the very same album for our show promo and get a lot of people asking us where we got it from - but until this point we had never bothered trying to track it down.
It's a strangely compelling album - Bill er... talks to kids about drugs (and those little kids seem to know a bit about drugs), Bill breaks into twisted freaky songs (Captain Junkie has to be heard to believed), and there are some great funky breakdowns going on. So now you know...

DJ Danger mouse mashed up the Beatles with Jay Z, now someone has done Jay Z meets Pavement! It's called The Slack Album.
"London Booted is essential listening, a bootleg mash-up of the entire Clash London Calling LP made by some of the best bootleg djs in the biz. McSleazy's "Lost Souls in The Supermarket," Miss Frenchie's "Fuck Em Boyo" ("Wrong Em Boyo" + "Fuck The Pain Away"!!!), Jimmi James' "This Girl Wants A Cheat," and Blo-Up's mix of Tiga's "Burning Down" and "London Calling" are all must-hears.," says Fluxblog.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Holmes caught in new foot in mouth outbreak.
"A confused bag of lard," was Holmes's description of Turia as she wrestles with how she will vote on the Government's Foreshore and Seabed Bill. He made the comments on his Newstalk ZB morning show yesterday.
Yesterday's outburst focused on Turia's apparent indecision over the Foreshore and Seabed Bill.
"She (Turia) ain't got the guts to vote," Holmes said after talking to Prime Minister Helen Clark on air.
"Like all bullies she (Turia) is folding under pressure."
"Tariana Turia has been shown to be all mouth and no trousers – all talk and no walk. In the end she don't want to lose the cars and perks." ... taken from
Mister Holmes, I think I hear retirement calling you.... has free MP3 interviews with Chuck D, John Cale, The Datsuns, DJ Shadow and more. Have a listen - large files tho, you will need a speedy connection to download them. Unfortunately there's little information on who did the interviews, so no vouching for the quality.

He didn't want to keep his ex-wifes wedding dress, so he was going to burn it. Then his sister told him to put it on Ebay. Read his story, its very entertaining...

"..Personally, I think it looks like a $1200 shower curtain, but what do I know about this. We tried taking pictures of this lovely white garment but it didn’t look right on the hanger as you can see, so my sister says, "You need a model." Well, quite frankly my sister isn’t exactly small, (like a size 12 is?) so she wouldn’t pose for the picture. Seeing as I have sworn off women for the time being and I ain’t friends with any, it left me holding the bag.
I took the liberty of blacking out my face - not to protect the ex-wife but to protect me from my bar buddies and co-workers finding out about it. I would never live it down. Actually I didn’t think my head would fit in the neck hole, but then I figured she got her Texas cheerleader hair through there I could get my head in it. Though, after looking at the pictures, I thought it made me look fat. How do you women wear this crap? I only had to walk 3 feet and I tripped twice..."

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Thanks to the amazing investigative skills of those diehard journos at TV3's 60 Minutes, I now know what Generation Next think. Oh joy! I also know what an out of touch TV3 journo thinks of the young people of today (thanks to his stream of loaded questions), but that's largely irrelevant.

The reporter rounded up some likely looking young people of today and talked down, I mean talked to them. The kids have been tagged with the overlying attitude 'whatever'. When the journo put this to them, they agreed, saying that they are happy just to go along with whatever happens, just chill and enjoy life. You know, whatever.

The item seemed to suggest that these kids know what they doing, know where they're going, and the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers generally resent them for being so much more confident then they were at that age. They also have no problem with living with massive student debt as they start out their adult life, and they have no illusions about ever owning their own home. What's the long term effect of that likely to be, if it's a major generational trend?

Monday, April 26, 2004

Scribe Outernational.
From the Guardian's arts section, with guest editors - Scottish band Franz Ferdinand (via Hard News - Russell suggested the local equivalent would be getting Dimmer to edit the Star-Times magazine section for a week. I'd like to see the Back of the Y lads edit the Sunday News. Can you picture that?).

"Blog all about it ..."
Salam Pax: A tip on how to make your blog popular: position yourself in a place where a bomb might fall on you. Tickles everybody and makes your hits-counter happy. Possibility of death is a downside, but hey! You get linked by A-list bloggers.

Gregor Wright: It's nice to be able to keep a record of things, but I'm more interested in keeping a record of the minutiae of life that I would otherwise forget rather than a catalogue of inner thoughts and feelings. Nutters on the bus are more interesting than angst. Don't put angst-ridden stuff on the web; write it down and hide it somewhere.

Oliver Wang is a very talented US writer/DJ/editor (check his book Classic Material: The Hiphop Album Guide) who has come across our own Scribe. Here's some of his thoughts via Soul Sides...

"... What's interesting about both these songs is that after years of finding int'l hip-hop (i.e. anything outside the parochialism of American hip-hop) to be subpar, it's pretty damn that at this point, folks outside of the U.S. can easily hang with many of the Yankee rappers out there.

To be sure, Scribe really does owe Jay-Z some royalty points for how blatantly his style borrows from Jay's...their voices aren't that similar but on the album, he uses very similar phrases, from a simple, "yep" to proclaiming, "we made it" just like J does. That said, Scribe's flow is mostly his own and he pops nicely in the pocket with his rhymes, rhyming sans-accent and if you told me dude was out of L.A. or N.Y. I certainly would have believed you without question...." There's more, read the whole review here to get the picture.

Oliver also makes a mean mixtape - check out his latest one of cover versions, and peep his review of the Grey Album. He's even down with Mo Show. Cool.

And here's hiphop meets Hobbits - the Lord of the Rings Rap.

Beatdiggers alert!
Searching for old funky records is a lot of fun, and here's an Oz cat who has set up The Tasman Connection, a tribute to such records from this part of the world. Everything from Renee Gayer to Claude Papesch to Doctor Tree.

And getting back to where we started, I saw the new Dimmer video at the weekend, at Semi-Permanent, a one day design seminar featuring local and overseas designers/animators. Local designers Kelvin Soh & Simon Oosterdijk from The Wilderness talked about designing cd covers (amongst other things) - they did the cover for the new Dimmer album, and Shayne Carter liked it, so he asked them to do his next video. They said yes, and went away and panicked for a bit, as they'd never done a music video. After calling in a few friends for advice, they shot the clip - using 3000 polariod snapshots. Then they talked some mates into scanning all them into a computer, and then they animated the vid. The record company wanted more shots of Shayne and Anika, so they shot another 500 polariods, scanned em in, and animated them. Its for the song Come Here, and it looks absolutely wicked.

Other notable guests were UK designer Vince Frost, a gentleman with a very dry sense of humour, who designed the literary mag Zembla - it's an incredible read; great layout, intelligent content (Seen it once in Mega Mags - somebody please distribute it here!). He talked about one of his projects, a book design for photographer Nan Goldin. She was quite difficult to work with, he said. She was in rehab for 3 months during the books production, after a suicide attempt. Frost said there was also some conflict between Goldin and the publishers - she tried to stab her editor at one point - and his role was more one of mediator than designer. There was some amazing animations, clever fonts - like the embroidered font used by Black and White - inspiring stuff.