Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Out, like bellbottom trousers.
So, Simon's got one, Stinky Jim dropped his in the Listener, Stylus mag has got theirs up, and I'm gonna do mine. Best Music of 2004. Why the hell not? I came across an old issue of Q Magazine with their Best 50 Albums of 2003 at the weekend and I owned a grand total of one of them (The Roots - Prenology), which is to say, I don't pay a hell of a lot of attention to white rock music these days. Maybe I should.
UPDATE more lists; Gilles Petersons Worldwide radio show faves here (scroll down). Dubber's 'It's a Jazz Thing' radio show best of 2004 over here. Nelson George weighs in with his faves for 2004 here. The NZ Herald's Best Albums of 2004 were in saturday's paper, but they're not online. Suckville.

In No Particular Order...

Tha Feelstyle - Break it to pieces (FMR)
Studio One Funk, Studio One Disco Mix, Studio One Classics (Soul Jazz)
Kanye West -College Dropout (Rocafella)
Sharkey feat Jean Grae - Summer in the city (Babygrande)
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Rudi EP Feat Cissy Strut, Hear what I say EP (Fenetik)
Romanowski -Steady Rocking EP (Future Primitive Sound)
Nas/Olu Dara - Bridging the gap (Columbia)
Overproof Sound System - Nothing to Proove EP (Different Drummer)
Diplo - Diplo rhythm (Big Dada)
Kelis - Trick me (Star Trak)
De la soul - Grind date (Sanctuary)
RJD2 - Since we last spoke (Def Jux)
Jay Z - 99 Problems (Rocafella) Question: now why does Jay Z feel the need to drop a crappy rock collabo with Linkin Park when he has already made the best rock tune of the year with Rick Rubin? Who knows.
Roots of Dancehall compilation (Auralux)
The Roots - Tipping Point (Universal)
Murs - Bad man (Def Jux)
The Clash - London Calling reissue (Sony)
And some other obscure vinyl that I forgot.
Oh yeah, Sesame St Fever - found it at the Grey Lynn Park Festival for a fiver. Muppets go disco. Choice! Any suggestions for your faves of 2004, anything I mighta overlooked, fire em in the comments. Share the information!
And that's me for the next little while. Hope you have a splendid xmas and a chilled out new years, and be good to each other.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A few years back I was reading the message boards over at British DJ Norman Jay's site. One cratedigger asked why it was so hard to track down disco records from the late 70s, why were they so rare. Norman Jay responded by talking about the Disco Demolition Rally organised by a radio station DJ named Steve Dahl 25 years ago. Jay was visiting family in the US regularly during the 70s and 80s, experiencing the rise of disco and hiphop first hand. He also saw the underlying racism behind the anti-disco sentiment.

On 12 July 1979, 90,000 angry people converged on a baseball game in Chicago to burn disco records. What began as an effort to sell seats at a White Sox/Detroit Tigers double-header turned into a mass anti-disco movement that would later be credited as the official “day that disco died.”

Two Chicago radio DJs [Steve Dahl and Garry Meier] came up with the idea of having people bring unwanted disco records to the stadium. The spurned records would be burned between doubleheader games with the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Lead by the chant, “Disco Sucks!”, most of the records weren’t burned, but sailed through the stands during the game - nearly inciting a riot. Some fans started their own fires and mini-riots. There was so much commotion that the ballplayers couldn’t even finish the last game of the doubleheader; the White Sox forfeited.

Dave Haslam: "The 'Disco Sucks' campaign was a white, macho reaction against gay liberation and black pride more than a musical reaction against drum machines. In England, in the same year as the 'Disco Sucks' demo in America, The Young Nationalist - a British National Party publication - told its readers: 'Disco and its melting pot pseudo-philosophy must be fought or Britain's streets will be full of black-worshipping soul boys." (from Jahsonic)

More links... Disco music was gay music; Press coverage from the event; photos