Monday, May 23, 2005



Outbreak of Orwellian logic attacks Writers Fest organisers
When is a presale ticket not a presale? When its a ticket to the Writers and Readers Festival.
Get this - I went to Ticketek on Friday to buy a ticket for an event at the Writers Festival on Saturday evening. They no longer had any presales, only door sales, plus a $2 service charge for venues outside the Edge (Aotea Centre, Town Hall etc) and of course, the event is not on their door!

It is accepted practice throughout the English-speaking world that a presale ticket means you buy it before the event, and a door sale ticket is bought at the door of the venue. Except if you are the organisers of the Writers and Readers Festival. Presales stopped when the Festival started on Thursday night, thus making you pay more for door sales, even if you are not buying the ticket from the door! What a briliant scam! Hope it makes the organisers Peter Wells and Stephanie Johnson incredibly rich.

Anyways, Dancing About Architecture was an interesting talk-fest. Graham Reid observed that the interview is the most interesting thing some musicians will ever do, listing Tommy Lee and Deedee Ramone as examples. Reid said that the space for music writing was diminishing, and record reviews of something that a musican had spent two years slaving over were getting 150 words in most magazines, 250 in the Herald. "I can clear my throat and that's 600 words alone", Reid said.

There was some discussion on the notion of a writer being generous in reviews, with Reid saying that wasn't up to a reviewer to offer constructive criticism. He said that musicians should go to their manager, their record label, for that - by the stage he gets the CD in his hands, it's a finished artifact. A reviewers job is to frame it in a current reference.

Nick Bollinger weighed in on this, talking about being generous vs the glib putdown. He gave an example, saying that the shortest review he ever wrote was of a David Crosby record, which he wouldn't tell us what the review said, but told us the album was called Oh Yes I Can.

Hats off to the audience member who managed to get the phrase 'socio-cultural theory' into his question.

33 days and counting
It's now 33 days since Joey Ratz was elected as Pope. One more day and he will have outlasted Pope John Paul I. Cross your fingers.


The Go! Team tunes on myspace.com, plus tour dates, even making it down to Australia in July - please, someone get em over the ditch to NZ!


Vice Magazine arrrives in NZ end of this month - hold on to your brain, this sheeet will fry it in 30 secs minimum. Published in US/CA/UK/Aus/Germany/Italy/Japan. Their Do's and Dont's lists are genius. Try this for size - The Corporatization of Drum Circles.

Bob Mould
is not happy, here's why... "This past weekend, I was alerted to two websites that are illegally distributing the entirety of my new album. (UPDATE: One site has respectfully removed the content.)"

Need a laugh? NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis has been dropped by his record label. Surprised? Thought not.
Bono and his incredible exploding ego.
Via Coolfer, a long interview with Bono, titled..

Bono: 'We need to talk'
"U2's frontman sits down with Greg Kot to 'clear the air' about negative reviews, the band's direction and the role of rock 'n' roll."


Heard some of a very interesting interview with longstanding local musician Rodger Fox on BFM's Jazz Show, hosted by that knowledgable young chap Sean Grattan.

Fox was talking about the current state of the music scene here, saying that he thought the various government initiatives like the Music Industry Commission and so on were on the wrong track, throwing money at 4 or 5 bands. He recalled the 70's and early 80's when he was in Quincy Conserve, describing that as a time when we had a proper music industry that supported a wealth of musicians, unlike now, in his opinion.

Back then, he said there was a brewery circuit that bands could go out and play and make a decent living. Fox said he was often playing 5 nights a week, and earning more than his father, who was a schoolteacher and head of the music dept at a high school. The brewery circuit developed from a time when the breweries owned a large number of pubs around the country and also handled the bookings for live entertainment - Fox said this eventually fell apart when the breweries decided to get out of owning property in the early 80s, and pub owners took over booking bands.

Fox suggested that if instead of throwing money at a smalll handful of bands, if the government schemes went towards creating a live circuit, then say 200 bands could be out there working and making a decent wage from being a musician, just like a nurse or a mechanic. Nowadays, if you are on a band, you can only play live in your own town once a month or so.

Friday, May 20, 2005



How many TV reporters roll like this? Not many, if any
... and probably with good reason. Saw Te Radar's Timor Oddysey documentary show last night, it's brilliantly funny, well worth checking out. Radar provides live narration to the doco as it screens. It originally screened a few years back at the Comedy Festival, and this new version features tighter editing and some tasty music from Jason Smith and Ed Cake. The NBR called it "A voyage of extreme bravery and stupidity".

If you aint heard the premise, it goes a little like this... Radar and chum Aaron set off for East Timor via Oz, drive across the middle of Oz in the wet season thru numerous flooded roads, and then arrive in Darwin, where Radar talks his way onto a UN plane to Dili with nothing more than a TVNZ Visitors pass and a lot of cheek. If only more current affairs tv here took the same attitude, we might have something intelligent to watch (that means you too, Simon Dallow).
On tonight and Saturday at the Silo Theatre, Auckland, and he's taking it round the country too. More info here.

Aslo, out and about this weekend, at the Writer's Festival, you can catch this..
Co-Offenders: A Gang of Three.
"New Zealander Chad Taylor's edgy novels are appreciated around the world. He joins fellow dark imaginers English author Mark Billingham and locally based South African crime writer Zirk van den Berg. They talk about the intricate art of putting together the most entertaining crime". Saturday, 8pm at the Hilton, Princes Wharf. More here.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Apple for the teacher
Last night on tv, I saw an ad for iTunes and iPod, ends with 'apple.co.nz' text onscreen - is the launch finally about to happen here? Been delayed in Oz due to one of the majors dragging their feet. Russell Brown mentioned this three weeks ago - at that stage, Apple NZ was saying 'we know nothing' all very Sgt Schultz.

ADDED - Eating out?
Check Closeup's list of 79 dodgy eateries in Auckland - all got an E rating for standards of hygiene (that's a fail). Here's a few...

CENTRAL AUCKLAND
AK Indian Sweets & Snacks
Beijing Café
Bombay Blues
Cheer Top Trading Limited
Good Fortune Restaurant
Ginza Sake Bar
IDA Noodle Hut
JR Wholesale
Jia Hwa - 7
Khao Limited
Laobeijing
Lee Hong BBQ
Pad Thai - 2
Swamy South Indian Foods
Schwarzwald Konditorei
Stop Food Mart - 29
Sultans Table

PONSONBY
0800- Curries

MT EDEN
Silver Bell Market

RELATED LINKS (from Closeup)
These council sites provide up-to-date ratings for restaurants. As at March 2005, North Shore City Council's Website did not list the restaurants online, but plans to do so in the future.

Waitakere City Council Food Grading Results

North Shore Food Grading Page
(Information only: results to appear in the future)

Auckland City Council - search by street name or restaurant

Manukau City

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

DJ Sirvere gets back to basics
After yesterdays depressing news on Staple mag's impending closure comes this slice of good news...

"Satellite Media and Dawn Raid Entertainment have announced the re-launch of New Zealand Hip Hop magazine Back2Basics.
Satellite Media currently produce New Zealand's version Top Of The Pops, Coke Countdown and Coke New Releases in addition to publishing Rip It Up.
Dawn Raid have built up an empire which includes a record label, a clothing manufacturer, a hair salon and are venturing into publishing.

Back2Basics will be re-launched with a fresh look and feel, and a new editor, in the form of local Hip Hop mogul DJ Sir-Vere. Sir-Vere started out on 95bFM's True School Hip Hop Show, and now fronts the Holla Hour on C4. He is co-founder of the Aotearoa Hip Hop Summit and compliled the albums for the Major Flavours series.

Back2Basics launches on September 1st." From nzmusician.co.nz.

We saw 'Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy' last night, very amusing. If Chad Taylor was still blogging, he'd write something entertaining about it... hang on, he did, a few weeks back in the SST. Oh. (ADDED: Chad kindly sent me the link to it, in all its untrimmed glory - couldn't find it on the SST's website.)
Great casting, esp Mos Def - his first appearance involves going to an English country pub and ordering six pints, three for him and three for his mate Arthur Dent. Then Mos proceeds to knock back his pint as fast as he can. Skull, Mos Def, skull! Worth the price of admission alone.

THIS JUST IN... Fat Freddy's Drop hold onto number one album slot on the national charts - five of the top ten releases are NZ. (via Radioscope). Savage is still at number one on ther singles chart for the seventh week in a row.

1 Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop - TheDrop/Rhythm
2 Trouble - Akon - Universal
3 Love Is The New Hate - Shihad - WEA/Warner
4 The Sound Inside - Breaks Co-Op - Capitol/EMI
5 In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson - Universal
6 Playground Battle: Bonus Ed - the feelers - WEA/Warner
7 Il Divo - Il Divo - SBME
8 Love, Angel, Music, Baby - Gwen Stefani - Universal
9 Songs About Jane - Maroon 5 - SBME
10 Out Of The Moon - Goldenhorse - Siren/EMI

Tuesday, May 17, 2005



Matis-who?
While Matisyahu was in Austin playing at SXSW recently, his other SXSW highlights included "spotting Elijah Wood, Jessica Simpson's dad, and Karl Rove and Karen Houghes (ok, we didn't see the last two, but all our friends did!)". Matis -who? Read on.
Matisyahu has the distinct advantage of cornering one particular genre - beatboxing Hasidic reggae MCs. Here's the live video to prove it.

From Rolling Stone: "He sticks to his virtues," says D'niscio Brooks, an organizer of New York's massive summer Reggae Carifest, which Matisyahu will headline. "When I first heard Matisyahu, I was taken aback, just at the thought of a Hasidic Jew doing reggae . . . but he's so authentic."

"He can really rip," agrees hip-hop producer and bassist Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Me'Shell Ndege-Ocello), who is himself part Israeli and Afro-Jamaican Jew. "He's extremely fierce, jumping around the stage. The only difference between him and a Jamaican rapper is that he takes the lyrics from the Bible instead of from Rasta. He changes 'Jah' to 'Hashem' [Hebrew for God]."
Reminds me a bit of Snow (remember 'Informer'?) crossed with RATM's singer.
Brookyln Vegan reviews a recent gig at a sold-out Iriving Plaza in NY. Quote; "When someone first offered me two free tickets to see a Hasidic Jew who sings reggae, I assumed it was a joke (see 2 Live Jews). Then I watched the video on Matisyahu's official site, and realized he was more than for real. He was actually really good."

There's a live clip of his latest album on MTV here. His band are more lightweight Sublime than say Bad Brains; maybe a horn section would give their sound a bit more flavour.

Here's video of Matisyahu's national television debut (performance and interview), in which he braves the tauntings of Scott Baio and Kevin Nealon on Jimmy Kimmel's TV show. You gotta wonder if he will last past the sheer novelty value of his appeal Scott Baio gets smart by asking him how does he grow a beard like that, cos Scott has been trying to grow one. Matisyahu answers by telling Scott the trick is to stop shaving. Musically, there's no doubting his sincerity, but the way media works, he will get chewed up and spat out, in all probability...




Matisyahu's story is almost as interesting as his talent....
"Matisyahu, the 25-year-old Hasidic Jew who is a rising star on the reggae music scene, is no novelty. He is part of a growing wave of young Jewish performers who have merged their religious interests with contemporary musical styles. His peers include So Called, a rapper who rhymes in Yiddish; Balkan Beat Box, a group that blends hip-hop and electronic dance beats with Israeli and Eastern European music; and Golem, a post-punk rock band with a strong klezmer influence....

A few days later at his home in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Matisyahu discussed his unusual journey. Named Matthew Miller by his parents ("Matisyahu" roughly means "Matthew" in Hebrew), he grew up in White Plains, N.Y., in a Reconstructionist Jewish household.

"I've always wanted to sing," he said. "I participated in gospel choirs, performed in theater productions — anything that would enable me to sing." He left high school at 17 to follow the jam band Phish around the country."

From NY Daily News interview... "Any listener who hasn't been warned about the singer Matisyahu has the same reaction when they first see him. "They laugh," says the singer. "They think it must be a joke." After all, it's not every day you see a guy in the black suit of a Hasid singing and rapping over swaying reggae melodies, goosed by a hip-hop beat. "This is my path," the singer explains. "It's how my influences unfolded."

And of course, he is the cause of much blog-angst among young Jewish bloggers which is fascinating. Example; "During Matisyahu’s Boston’s gig on Chanukah my friend Jamie summed it up: "this man can make tzitsis cool!" Or "Matisyahu successfully takes reggae and elevates it, infusing it with kedusha."

ADDED listening right now to author/indie label lackey/internaional librarian of mystery Gareth Shute on BFM, he's talking about music journalism in NZ - he's part of a panel called Dancing About Architecture, Writing About Music at the Writers Festival this weekend. 6pm this Saturday, at Maritime Museum, with Gareth, Nick Bollinger and Graeme Reid, chaired by Chris Knox. And BFM host Noelle M just dropped the bombshell that she's heard that Staple magazine is closing down - stink! One of the top magazines in NZ, gone in a flash.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

How many journos generalise like this? Too many, if any
Gross generalisation alert

This stinker comes from Sydney Morning Herald's Katrina Lobley - an article on Scribe and P-Money, titled 'Fish packer to globe trotting rapper'.

"... With P-Money producing, the pair made Scribe's 2003 debut disc, The Crusader. Its music is the closest thing Australasia has to American rap, but thankfully without the crotch-grabbing, gun-toting nonsense that goes with it."

I love it when people with no working knowledge of hiphop drop this kind of lame generalisation. Its like saying that all rock music is about getting drunk, shagging and shooting up. And all country music is about beating your wife and getting drunk on cheap whiskey. And all jazz is about getting stoned in an odd time signature. And all indie rock is about breaking up with your girlfriend/fighting with your girlfriend/wishing you had a girlfriend/getting wasted on cheap drugs and whining about your girlfriend.

Lobley also notes that P-Money has made several trips to the home of hiphop, New York.

"He has returned many times, which explains the slew of American voices, such as [Roc] Raida's, that rhyme hard and fast on P-Money's album from last year, Magic City."

Cept that Roc Raida is a DJ, not an MC (vocalist). A bit of fact checking aint that hard, especially when she mentions that Roc Raida was a judge at a DJ battle P-Money entered a few sentences earlier. A few minutes on Google can save you a lifetime of embarrassment. Yes, Roc Raida is on Magic City - will check the liner notes and see on this.

Scribe and P-Money are touring Oz this month, then trying their luck in the UK - good luck to those fine fellas, I say.

just for the hell of it - vai FMR...

P-MONEY's Top 5 Hip Hop Tracks
1. Welcome To The Terrordome – Public Enemy
2. Peter Piper – Run DMC
3. New York State Of Mind – Nas
4. Not Many Remix – Scribe
5. Ghetto Thang – De La Soul

P-MONEY's Top 5 Non Hip Hop Tracks
1. Nautilus – Bob James
2. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
3. Misty Frequencies – Che Fu
4. We Need A Resolution – Aaliyah
5. One Step Ahead – Split Enz


Also on the local hiphop theme, nice to see Campbell Live doing a NZ Music Month special last night. Odd tho, that John Campbell ran thru a section on recent breakthru acts, listing Dei Hamo, Fast Crew, Scribe, Misfits of Science and Adeaze, noting their chart successes, but failed to state the obvious - they were all hiphop/r&b acts, and this local trend mirrored the global one where hiphop is the biggest selling genre on the planet. Rock is dead or so Chris Knox said, and now it's all a part of history...


Ska for the Skeptical
, an interesting little primer. Checked out Tofu Hut's audioblog list? Primo.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Audioblog madness.
Further to yesterdays post... Tofu Hut goes link crazy. Perhaps they just want to drive Hilary Rosen nuts after her ridiculous rant at Apple. Only the former head of the RIAA (Recording Industry Assoc of America) could find something bad to say about the iPod. She's one of the few celebrity bloggers at hotspot Huffington Post that looks remotely interesting.

This from Coolfer... "Check Arianna Huffington's new celeblog, The Huffington Post, launched recently to many jeers and few cheers. (Short blasts of political opinions by people who haven't learned how to create a hyperlink...yeah, that's what the country needs.) One post that actually got Coolfer's attention was an attack on Apple by former RIAA chief and former media punching bag, Hilary Rosen."

Course, the beauty of blogging is you get comments running under each post, creating a dialogue with your audience. In Rosen's case, she gets torn apart, with posters pulling apart her argument piece by piece under Howie Kleins (former President of Reprise/Warner Brothers Records) response at Huffington, with comments enabled - correction - just checked again, the comments have been removed. How timid is that? Try Slashdot instead. The Register picks Huffington as being satire, like the Onion. Makes sense.
ADDED: Corante dissects Hilary Rosen's blah, with entertaining comments.


The doco was easily one of the top ten docos ever made, but now the fictionalised Hollywood version is coming... Lords of Dogtown. Sketchy-ass trailer....


No rock'n'roll fun reports - "Wayne Casey, or KC of the Sunshine Band, fell off stage during Phoenix's Cinco De Mayo celebrations. (Arizona, apparently, is now in Mexico). KC ended up with a sprained knee and six stiches above the eye, and he blames it all on the wrong shoes:

"I left my shoes at the hotel and had to perform in a new pair," Casey, who is recovering at his Miami home, said in a statement Monday. "I picked the wrong pair of Boogie Shoes!"

Recent interview with Ike Turner (Real Audio) from WFMU: "The R&B godhead reveals the allure of the whammy, the meaning of "bootie lips", and the wisdom of Miss Boozie on Fool’s Paradise with Rex." In the opening 30 mins of the show. WFMU are also up on that podcasting ish Dubber is always going on about.


Breathe deeply, and relax...
In case you missed this in the Herald. Think walking to work makes you healthier? You are breathing in air that's more polluted than in LA or London. And it might just kill you.

"Toxins such as carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, hydrocarbons and fine particulates are blamed for the premature deaths of 400 New Zealanders a year, including 250 Aucklanders. They exacerbate respiratory and heart conditions, lower resistance to colds and flu, cause countless lost working days and add to hospital admissions ... The Niwa roadside study in 2003 put Auckland's carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon levels well ahead of Los Angeles and London."

AND THIS JUST IN... (added 3pm) Fat Freddy's album debuts at Number 1 in the national album charts, with Shihad at number two. According to Medianstrip it's the first time in chart history that an independently distributed album has gone to number one. As I predicted, it's gone gold. Congrats all round.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005



Who got the RZA?
Tofu Hut goes all out on the RZA from Wu Tang Clan, highlighting his wicked production on the movie soundtrack for Ghost Dog, including some MP3's. Niceness. Sample...
"Read this May '04 interview with Rizz in which he talks about how he met Jarmusch and read this December '04 interview where he talks about studying Danny Elfman." Dropping knowledge like Britney's dropping babies.
More later.

Monday, May 09, 2005

To the stupid moron who broke into my car at the weekend.
I curse you with endless bad luck. You broke into the oldest, beat up car in the parking building (mine), and found... nothing. A crappy old tape deck, no money, and now my lock is totally busted. Damn you, moron. Least you didn't take my Barry White tape.
The Martin Emond retrospective at Illicit HQ Basement is outstanding, well worth a look - it's overwhelming just how much incredible work Marty turned out before he departed. And I caught up with Gavin Downie (ex Picassos) - Gav, if you're reading this, bloody good to see you, fella! Take it easy in the States and don't lose your New Zild accent completely, ok?.

Great article on Fat Freddy's Drop from Grant Smithies in the SST, plus Chris Knox interview on Toy Love. Also over here(FFD) and here (CK) if SST has hidden them behind their stupid archive.

Another great tour diary entry from James Milne of the Brunettes in Saturday's Herald, as they chug around the US, with absolutely no support whatsoever from any NZ govt agency. Nice Nick Cave interview there too, apart from this appalling typo,..
"... He hasn't been intentionally avoiding us but, as this is an extendion of his Australian tour, he's managed to make it include us and says it will be a pleasure."
To the Editor of The Weekend Herald
Your subeditors need a payrise immediately, cos clearly they just aint getting paid enough to care. Please amend this dire situation promptly. Thank you.


Via Boing Boing...
Louie Louie ban lifted
"Yesterday, I posted that a middle school marching band in Michigan was banned by the school superintendent from performing Louie Louie. Band members and parents complained to the Board of Education and the ban was lifted. From the Detroit Free Press:

"Based on them granting permission and the multiple versions of the song, the students will march in the parade and play "Louie Louie," (the superintendent) said in a news release... The FBI spent two years investigating the lyrics on the Kingsmen's recording before declaring they not only were not obscene but also were "unintelligible at any speed." Link
plus more from Chicago Sun Times.

Get your Iggy Pop and Parliament covers sung in Spanish, right here....

ADDED McDonalds goes on the defensive over The Green's New Zealand Children's Food Awards 2005 and come off like whining little money grubbers in the employ of Satan. Nice.

Friday, May 06, 2005



M.I.A. asks - How do you get British people in a room and make them dance to bloody reggaeton?
M.I.A.s album Arular finally dropped here a few weeks back, and I picked up a copy yesterday. Clincher was hearing the track U.R.A.Q.T, which is not included on the US pressing of the CD, due to sample clearance problems, apparently. It is on the UK/Aus/NZ versions of the album, tho. Sample in question is credited to Quincy Jones (unless there's another sample in there I aint picked yet).

What's it sound like? Insert handy blog quote here... " it rocks hard and deftly (loudly!) melds grime, ragga, dancehall, electro, breakbeat, and hip-hop, throwing in riffs that vary in intensity from sensible pop to hardcore bass." Thank you. In short, this aint subtle.

Of course, if you US indie bloggers who've been giving heat on M.I.A. really want that tune, you could go to her label's website and download the vocals and do your own remix of it. Strangely, the indie music bloggers have gone quiet on M.I.A. now that she's on US TV and magazine covers - surprising, given she's touring there at present. No longer underground enough for you?

You can also download some of her artwork, which is just as well - she does some cool art, but the shocking jumble that is the cd cover is just hideous (download it and make your own cover). One blogger noted that her label XL Recordings was disappointed her album hadn't cracked the top 50 album chart in the UK on release, and suggested perhaps the reason for that was the messy cover art.

You can't clearly read her name or the album title, there's just too many fiddly little elements going on. And the CD comes with an outer cardboard cover sleeve that you have to slide off to get into the CD - the cardboard sleeve features the exact same cover art as on the cd case - what a waste of packaging, not very 'green' of you, M.I.A! You aint saving the Brazilian rain forests doin' that sheeet!

She's been getting great reactions from US crowds right from her first show Stateside late last year, saying that "… [The British] don’t have an arena [for] the tempo of my songs. There are no clubs that play reggaeton, baile funk, dancehall all in the same room. They just don’t dance there. They stare! Or they get really pissed, rock out to a guitar band, and then come home. How do you get British people in a room and make them dance to bloody reggaeton? That’s like a 10-year program to me." - M.I.A.

buncha relevant links....

Via Brooklyn Vegan - Listen to fan-made M.I.A. remixes

Download M.I.A. vocal tracks to make your own remixes (or just because)

Listen to Galang: Real | Windows

More videos here. Shockingly bad camera work on her recent live tv appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Show, and links ot the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape. Plus Galang/Sunshowers music vids.

M.I.A. interview in Australian paper The Age, and another at The Guardian.
M.I.A. live on KCRW (listen or watch) from May 2. She's currently doing shows Stateside, like the Coachella Festival.


Funky cold money
The US producers of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contacted Tone Loc to see if he'd appear as a contestant. His reply was to fax them a copy of his 2004 tax return, showing more than $1.5m in post-tax earnings.

Tone Loc credits George Hamilton for showing him how to build a well-diversified portfolio of commercial and residential property. Via Pop Bitch.

HEY MARTY
Illicict Clothing hold a retrospective exhibition of the work of the late great comic artist Martin F Emond, opens tonight at Illicit HQ Basement, 202 K Rd from 8pm and runs til 27 May. Plus there's the CD launch too (from 10.30 ish at K Rd Ballroom), more at Illicit's site. Throw up ya goats!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Based on a true story
Amplifier.co.nz report that the Fat Freddy's album "has been our biggest seller in the 5 year history of amplifier! Our dispatch department is now resting after 4 days of manic activity."

Quick price check on the album in downtown Auckland … Marbecks - $29.99, Beat Merchants - $31.95, Sounds Queen St - $32.95, $33 at Conch, $34.95 at Real Groovy.

I talked to a few retailers and heard that it’s rocketing out the doors, so I’m predicting this album will go gold in a week - and that will be actual sales out of shops, not just some ‘presell into shops’ hype. Might not hit the charts immediately tho, as a lot of the shops its selling well from are not chart shops. Fat Freddy's album will be the big hit of NZ Music Month (not Shihad, or Phoenix Foundation), despite not being officially associated with it. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005



Run to your nearest cd shop right now.

Fat Freddy's Drop long awaited album is finally in stores around NZ today. I am currently listening to it for a second time and its absolutely wicked. Now, off you run.

What, you're still here? Okay then, have a read of this or this.

ADDED (vai Tofu hut) - "Moistworks is BACK and back STRONG; today's post of mostly unreleased Stax vocals, demos and promos is great stuff".

Speaking of the hut, check out the Hugh Mundell post, including some dubs of his tunes by Augustus Pablo - great audio clips too.

UPDATE:
FAT FREDDY’S DROP :: BASED ON A TRUE STORY This is a message from the Fat Freddy’s Drop crew, sent via the Spacific mail list, for UK folk:
“Kia Ora. Fat Freddy's Drop's here, our album Based On A True Story will be released in the UK on June 27th, and we need your support to help us make the big splash overseas. So please hold back from ordering it online from back home and wait for the international release date. The album should be available from all good record stores so please pester your local shop to pre-order copies. We're heading overseas in August for a 6 week tour so see you soon...."

Thursday, April 28, 2005

At last, some good news.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the music industry is one long whinging session these days. It's all gloom and doom. But here's a bright light on the horizon...

SPLIT PEAS
Here's some cheering news: the Black Eyed Peas are going to shut up after the next album. And that's coming out on June 7th, so it could all be over by the end of (UK) summer.
Something to look forward to for the autumn, then. Oh... apparently they're all going to do solo stuff instead. Nuts. (via No rock'n'roll fun)

And Fat Freddys Drop long awaited debut album is out Monday May 2. 'Bout time!