Friday, August 13, 2004

Too much weed.
BBC reports: "Hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas have lost about $US500,000 worth of instruments and other items in a fire at a recording studio in California.
The act were recording their new album, Monkey Business, at the Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California.
Band members lit candles during the recording session but forgot to blow them out, Burbank Fire Captain Ron Bell told reporters.
Band member Will I Am told KABC-TV: "Guitars, drums, drum kits, keyboards, microphones, classic instruments that we've collected with our worldly travels are now destroyed."

You aint so worldly if you got so toasted you forgot to blow out the candles. Hippies.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Get loose
The D4 are making a racket at the Rising Sun tonight before they tear off to the US to play at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival. What? Read this...

"[The Festival] will feature Iggy and the Stooges, the Strokes, the New York Dolls, Bo Diddley, Big Star, the Pretty Things, the Raveonettes, the Dictators, the Electric Prunes, the Mooney Suzuki, the Woggles, the Lyres, the Star Spangles, the Gore Gore Girls, Nancy Sinatra, the Creation and many others. The headliners will play full sets, but most bands will play just a few songs.
For Mr. Van Zandt, who at 53 still wears the loose, brightly colored garb that earned him the nickname Miami Steve, the radio show and the festival - which he hopes to make an annual event - represent a revival of rough, honest, beautiful garage rock as a musical form and a redemption from restrictive radio formats that rely on familiarity and market testing."
The article originally appears on the New York Times site, but its archived over here for your reading pleasure, cos they are stingy at the Times with their archives.

Meanwhile, upstairs at 4:20, i'll be playing in support of my man MC Word Perfect, who is launching his album tonight.
Friday night I will be off to check out Champion Sound with Ruffian, Earl E and Cian at Rakinos, some nice reggae styles, Saturday I'll be playing in Hamilton at Catalyst (Dub Asylum, Bassteppa, the Midnights and more), and Sunday at 2.30pm I'll be playing a short set at the Music Expo at Sky City Convention Centre. Have a good one, yeah?

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Dancing barefoot
O-Dub is part of a round-table discussion on MP3 blogging over at Morning News...

"TMN: If all music goes digital—digital format, bought, sold, and spread online—what will you miss most about going to the record store?
MB: The great American pastime: flirting with the cute record-store girl! Also running into famous people and musicians and finding out what they’re buying and selling and whatnot. Years ago I was in [unnamed record store] in New York City and got to watch a clerk being an absolute sneering bastard to a nondescript middle-aged woman (who he seemed to think couldn’t possibly be cool enough to deserve to shop in his store) until his friend politely informed him that he might want to be a little more friendly to Patti Smith. You don’t get that kind of experience online!"
Read it over here.

Read the last Rick James interview yet? The dude's outlook was awesome. What a loss. He was planning to do his own reality show (not as wack as it sounds). Did you know he was a Muslim?

Monday, August 09, 2004

Rick James, RIP
Read his final interview here.


Scrubs
Zach Braff from Scrubs has a blog about his first film (as writer and director, plus acting in it) Garden State... "Today was the second day of Scrubs. I shot my first scene with Heather Graham. Without giving anything away, it involved me being sopping wet and close to naked. Sort of an odd way to meet someone and get to know them. But that's what makes Scrubs fun, everyday I show up I have no idea what kind of bizarre thing is gonna happen. Tomorrow we're blowing up a car. Now that's a good day job..."
Methodman is in it (Garden State), check his interview on the site under Making Garden State. And watch the one called Ice. Some quality canine acting. Heh heh.

There's an entertainingly trite slice of video over on TVNZ's site, a report from Breakfast by Jay Harkness on the 'new phenomenon of blogging', looking at the impact and asking will it last. Look for a clip called 'The rantings and ravings of bloggers'. Amazingly, they got throught the entire piece without mentioning Salaam Pax. Or famous bloggers like Michael Moore or major media blogs like on the NY Times, The Listener (NZ), or Russell Brown's various blog activities... Stupid mainstream media. Screw you.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

The Jurassic age (originally posted on Public Address)
Jurassic 5 are tagged as being hiphop revivalists, recalling the party era of rap. They ditched that notion midway thru their show at the St James with a song introduced as "this is about the war in Iraq", followed by the groups four MCs raising their middle finger in the air while rapping the lyric "Well, I’m not hesitant in saying truck the President", cept they used another word that sounds like like truck, but starts with F. You get the picture.
The J 5 took their sweet time getting here - originally schedule to play here last October, they opted for more Australian dates instead. Now they made it, and the appreciative crowd is very happy to see them.
According to the NZ Herald's Rebecca Barry, the gig started with warmup sets from Scribe and "a duo who strapped their turntables and keyboards to their bodies and played them as though they were a rock band." Um, no.
What really happened was this. DJ Manuel Bundy played a few tunes, local MC Tha Feelstyle delivered a brief set (I didn’t make it in time to catch this, but have heard a few tunes on the radio - watch out for his album, due out in a few months, it will knock heads and blow minds) and then Scribe did a subdued set. His voice was a little lacking in power, looked like he might’ve been a bit crook. He was followed by Manuel Bundy, then Jurassic 5 strolled onstage.
They ripped thru half a dozen songs, then the 4 MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7) left the stage and had a breather, while DJ’s Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist had some fun. Cut Chemist scratched away on the turntables, while Nu-Mark jumped on a drumkit and banged out a beat. Then Nu-Mark banged out a tune on a bunch of kid's music blocks, which was pretty twisted. For their final trick, Cut strapped on a portable turntable while Nu-Mark had a drum machine round his neck, and they grooved away down front (I think this is 'the duo' that Barry was referring to). If she arrived at this point, she would’ve also missed Nu-Mark sitting at a school desk, banging away at sample pads stuck to its surface, triggering a funky rhythm. J5 must be the only touring act in the world that include a beaten up old school desk in their road kit.
The crowd response was dynamite. The energy from the stage was well matched by the enthusiastic audience, and J5 namechecked Scribe, telling us that we should go out and buy his album, if we didn’t have it already – "support your own". Scribe joined the group later for a freestyle. Chali 2na pointed at his throat while Scribe was rapping, suggesting the dude had a sore throat. He’s a trooper tho.
The J5 live experience is one tight machine, well-practised stage moves, but not too many hiphop cliches, and it delivers the goods. If you didn’t smile at least once during this show, you had a face made of stone. When the show finished, they invited the crowd down to the official afterparty at Fu Bar with DJ Nu-Mark playing, then casually strolled offstage, put down their mics, and the MCs walked to the front, shaking hands and signing autographs. Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist packed up their record bags and left the stage, but came back out to meet and greet their fans, Chali 2na signing someone’s shoe! A charmingly low key end to a warm, genuine show.
I headed off to the Fu Bar, and partied with Nu-Mark til the break of dawn – well, they did invite us, and it would’ve been rude not to go - and then walked home, showered, and went to work. Had a nap under my desk, woke up, wrote this, and went back to sleep. Wake me at 5. Later. (written on Monday)

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Rock the Casbah
Yesterdays big news story was the attacks on Christian churches in Iraq, a startling development by insurgents there. Previously they have attacked Christian businesses selling alcohol, but this was the first time they have gone after churches. So where did this major story rate on our evening news bulletins?
TV3 put it on as their 4th story - their lead was about the uncovering of the identity of donor for Jonah Lomu's kidney. That's a womens magazine cover, not a lead news story. TVone put the Iraq story even later in their bulletin, playing it at 6.24pm. Their lead was a cheapshot about Vincent Ward's new film (funded in part by taxpayers) being canned. The film's producer Don Reynolds told the Herald that was not correct. "I don't know where they got that from. I spoke to them and said it definitely wasn't canned." They failed to mention that Ward nearly went and shot it in Oz, as he had such a hard time rasing funding to begin with. A NZ story shot in Oz, great stuff. Where's the news, people?

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Wave of mutilation
Heard any good Big Day Out rumours? Best one I've heard is the Pixies. They've just done the European festival circuit, and they're touring the US thru November and December. Might happen.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Def Sign

 

Russell Simmons owns a loft right next to Ground Zero. He hasn't been able to use it since 9/11, but he managed to get his mate Glen E. Friedman in. Here's what he did. Read the comments too, they are hilarious.

The Guardian reports that "New research suggesting that file sharing has no impact upon sales of CDs has, not surprisingly, angered the music industry."

"... So, if downloading hasn't caused the slump in sales, what has? There are several factors that could be involved, but the easiest explanation is the popularity of DVDs.
"Over the period 1999 to 2003, DVD prices fell by 25% and the price of players fell in the US from over $1,000 to almost nothing," says Strumpf. "At the same time, CD prices went up by 10%. Combined DVD and VHS tape sales went up by 500m, while CD sales fell by 200m, so a possible explanation is that people were spending on DVDs instead of CDs."
More here.
Rock band in media punch up.
Noizyland had a few problems getting an interview out of the Mint Chicks.

"Far too busy and important for a face-to-face or even phone interview, their record company FMR contacted this website to offer an email interview with 'the boys', who had just returned from an excursion to Britain and the United States. We at Noizyland dutifully fired them off a list of questions. How did your meetings go with Geffen, we asked? How large and receptive were the crowds you played to overseas? According to the Americans you met, where can NZ be found on the map? Were you able to communicate clearly and easily?

FMR thought our questions were very good. This pleased us, as we have been working as music journalists now for a very long time and according to a myriad bands, both famous and in this case, not so, we have so far had nothing but praise when it comes to our question-asking skills.

Sadly for us, however, The Mint Chicks' manager John Baker disliked them and said he would not pass them on to the band. When pressed, he added that he was 'unhappy with the tone' of the questions. When pressed still further by FMR, he replied, rather sulkily if we may say so, that he no longer wanted to proceed with the interview."

It's like how no journalist bothered to ask the Beastie Boys (during their round of interviews for their latest album) hey, why does Mike D look half dead? No one asked what the hell have you done for 6 years while hiphop passed you by?

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Quote of the Week.
 'Juliette Lewis just vomits on stage. I'd rather stick a finger up her ass than hear that again. Her sound is that bad. She's that commercial, man.
"She's no artist. And as for her acting career ... Did you ever see National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ? What a demanding role that was... She's just one of those religious freaks. It's her and John Travolta leading from the front line.'  Ryan from New York band The Rebels, on Juliette Lewis and her band the Licks on the Warped Tour. Read more on Ms Lewis impending rock stardom here.


Are you the Fifty Quid Bloke? He's the saviour of the music industry.




Monday, July 19, 2004

Why Tom Atkinson is the coolest drummer in Auckland.
Channel surfing on Saturday evening, and I ended up watching that Kiwi knockoff of Top of the Pops with Alex whatshisface surrounded by Teenage Girls Who Will Scream At Anything, and he introduces One Million Dollars. Now, they're a fine bunch of funky types, and there's Tom grooving away behind the drums, and he's wearing a t-shirt that says "Ahmed Zaoui: freedom or fair trial' on national television. And that is why Tom Atkinson is the coolest drummer in Auckland.
And I'd just like to raise a two finger salute in the direction of Eli Cara and Uriel Zoshe Kelman. That is all. Oh yeah, go see The Ramones;End of the Century documentary, it is brilliant. The  live footage of the band playing at CBGBs way back in 1975 is just phenomenal.