Thursday, March 24, 2005
You need art like a hole in the head.
British artist Banksy has recently had his works displayed at the MOMA in NY. He walked in to the gallery dressed as a British pensioner and just put them up himself. Pure genius!
"This historic occasion has less to do with finally being embraced by the fine art establishment and is more about the judicious use of a fake beard and some high strength glue." Banksy continues -"They're good enough to be in there, so I don't see why I should wait" (Via Noizy)
...and famous last words from mr bug-eyes Antonie Dixon, after being found guilty... "Someone from the public gallery shouted "Goodbye, Mr Dixon", he replied "You will see me again next time and you won't be getting the hand back"."
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
There was Verve Remixed, then Atlantic jumped on the bandwagon, now Motown Remixed is coming your way. Not too sure about this one - the Jacksons Remixes outta Japan a few years back were wicked, but this one.... Still, they got Hank Shocklee remixing Undisputed Truth...
- Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and James Poyser - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
- DJ Green Lantern - "Mary Jane" (Rick James)
- Salaam Remi - "ABC" (Jackson 5)
- DJ Z-Trip - "I Want You Back" (Jackson 5)
- DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (The Temptations)
- DJ Spinna - "Keep On Truckin" (Eddie Kendricks)
- Hank Shocklee - "Smiling Faces Sometimes" (Undisputed Truth)
- Easy Mo Bee - "Just My Imagination(Running Away With Me)" (The Temptations)
- Mocean Worker AKA Adam Dorn - "I Just Want To Celebrate" (Rare Earth)
- Hotsnax AKA Full Phatt - "The Tears of A Clown" (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
- King Britt - "War" (Edwin Starr)
- DJ Smash - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder)
- Da Producers, including Paul Simpson - "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)
- Rafe Gomez and David Baron as The Groove Boutique - "Quiet Storm" (Smokey Robinson)
- Tranzition (everyANYTHING) - "My World Is Empty Without You" (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
Pick up Motown Remixed along with the classic version CD, Motown Unmixed, in stores in May 24th. Catch a sneak peek on Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 vinyl in stores May 10th.
Check Tom Waits 20 favorite albums. Ever heard of a musician described as 'a prosthetic Cuban'? It's in there.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
"At a panel discussion by A&R (artists and repertory) executives, speakers described a business that wagers huge amounts on promoting blockbuster hits, with little interest in slower-building, long-term careers. Asked about the advantages of signing with a major label, Tony Wilson, the founder of the influential Factory Records who is now the director of F4 Records, said, "If you think you are an interesting band, don't." from NYT.
More on that panel at Billboard- "The New York Times' Jon Pareles asked the one question on my mind: Why, then, would a successful artist need a major label? The panelists all sprouted the company lines about international distribution and easier access to radio -- both of which do indeed carry some weight. Yet even that answer illustrated the growing strength of the independent sector. Whereas a major label contract may have once been the destination of choice for most artists, today more and more acts are regularly becoming successful without the help of a major label machine. The access to radio a major can provide is a large factor, but it's essentially the only one, and it's a gap that's being narrowed each passing year by the strength of the Internet."
The Village Voice blogged SXSW here, thanks to Amy from More in the Monitor. Excerpt... "After Kaiser Chiefs, I booked it across town to Elysium to see M.I.A. I was greeted by a gigantic line outside the club. So I waited. And waited. I waited so long, I managed to make two new friends, read the entire SXSW issue of Vice, make up my schedule for today and get a new freelance gig at a New York paper. Pretty productive, huh? When I finally made it inside Elysium, I was shocked to find that the place was only about 3/4 full. It better have been some sort of fire code thing, or else me and all the other people who waited in line for an hour and a half are gonna riot."
Didn't see any sign of NZ bands getting mainstream press coverage. If you spy anything, let me know.
And Bizgirl didn't win a Bloggie, but she did have breakfast with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Apparently.
I was watching Rove on Friday night, he was getting all excited about a Maori phrase book, with the word 'whaka'. The pronounciation had him in fits - he said something about wanting to hear TV3's John Campbell, say whaka (sounds like focker or... you get it, right?) on the air, so there's John Campbell on the debut of Campbell Live saying whaka repeatedly (and enjoying saying it immensely), then mentioning he'd be talking with Rove later in the week. Can't wait. Holmes managed to harangue an Egg spokesman about egg cartons, and Susan Wood followed some NZ woman for a dodgy operation in China - what devastating competition. least Campbell didn't run off tree planting. Still gutted that TV3 moved the Simpsons to 5pm, tho.
Monday, March 21, 2005
After foolishly wasting money on the Herald On Sunday (what a bunch of tabloid crap, shot thru with errors - question: how does the Herald produce a decent read on saturday and a total trash rag on sunday so consistently?), I came across this outstanding piece of ad copywriting...
"Roger that as many times as you like."
Roger what? A cellphone? Ewww. This is an ad for Vodafone's Push to Talk walkie talkie nonsense (You want a walkie talkie? Go buy one from the Warehouse for a tenner.). This twisted ad is almost as good as McDonalds trying to be hip by using the slogan "Yeah, I'd hit it" for an ad selling hamburgers. "Yeah, I'd hit it" is a term that denotes a males sexual attraction for a female, as in "I'd have sex with her". Saying Yeah, I'd Hit It about a hamburger is weird. (pics of the ad here. However, it may have been a viral marketing trick, more here.)
Author Jeff Chang talks about Can't Stop Won't Stop A History of the Hiphop Generation on NPR Radio. Also got an interview/profile on M.I.A. She talks about naming the album after her father - she called it Arular cos she wanted him to get in touch with her. The interviewer asks "did he?" M.I.A. says yes, and he asked her to change the name of the album. Interviewer asks "Do you know why he wanted to change it?" M.I.A.: "No, I didn't email back".