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.