Monday, July 18, 2005

Christmas in July
Just back from a weeks holiday - can I just say that taking off from work the same week as the Film Festival is a damn cool idea, if you like going to the movies.

FFD chart watch.
Last week they slipped just out of the top ten to #11, and Shihad dropped one slot from 29 to 30. This week Shihad at number 32 on the back of their current tour, and FFD are at number 12. It used to be that bands would do the tour to promote the CD; now they put out the CD to promote the tour. Although, that logic hasn't worked for Shihad, so far. May yet make a turn tho.
The Fat Freddy's Drop has just come out in Europe via Sonar Kollektiv, on CD and double vinyl, which will eventually filter down this way for all you vinyl junkies.
ADDED July 21 - this week FFD hold steady at number 12, Shihad slip to number 35.


88 Keys on sampling, interview in Dork magazine. Well worth a read.

"DM: How do you think the game has changed from when you started till now?

88: Oh that's simple... PRO TOOLS. It was a great invention but at the same time, it's hurting some parts of this industry. It has made it harder for us non-"super" producers to get front end checks cut before we set foot in the studio or the day of because artists are recording ALBUMS with your beat tapes. [Really beat cd's but I'm from the mid-school so I still call 'em "beat tapes"]. Also, most a&r's lately don't seem to have the "vision" like a&r reps had back in the day. No a&r really wants to take chances & gamble on something new in fear of losing their jobs. They don't realize that it's the new shit that revitalizes this game."


Attention Donna Marie Lever - your life is a fiction
TV One reporter Donna Marie Lever was covering the grisly discovery of the body of Katrina Jefferies on last Thursday night's news, and said that "the Police are treating it as a murder mystery". What the hell? Donna Marie, this woman is not a fictional character in an Agatha Christie crime novel, she was a real living person, and the Police are treating it as a homicide. Perhaps a career change is in the wind, Ms Lever? Bottom line - don't play with language at the expense of truth. It doesn't make you look clever, and it doesn't make you a better reporter. Might get you a job with Paul Holmes.

Speaking of journalists, here's a handy link to current pay rates for freelance magazine writers in NZ. Instructive.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Saturday July 16.
The Kingites - Kingite dub
Waireka Hill Sound - Sweet incense
Cedric Im Brooks - Shaft
Helene Smith - You got to be a man
Mckay - Rising tide
The Fabulous Counts - Lunar funk
Colour Box - Baby I love you so (Radikal roots re-edit)
Freddie McGregor - Rastaman camp
Romanowski - Why?
Supergroove - For whatever reason (DLT remix)
Sly and the family stone - Remember who you are
Gainsoot Manuva - Locaitaires Collosaux
(Roots Manuva is playing here live on Sept 21, with full band, tickets from Real Groovy and Ticketek)
Dub Specialist - Kampala
Antibalas - Gabe's new joint
Brooklyn funk essentials - The creator has a masterplan
The Jam - Start!
Pitch Black - Ape to angel
Kymani Marley - Lion a roar
Black Samurai feat Ragga Twins and Daddy Freddy - Information critic
MIA - Hombre (Xerox soundsystem re-tug)
DJ Format - Separated at birth
Joe Tex and U Black - Standardization
Sugar Minott - Inna dancehall style
Tubbs feat Dallas - Five day night (Fat Freddy's remix)
Antony B - Time for the love (Shantytown riddim)
Sizzla - Can't keep us down (Shantytown riddim)
Zagu Zar - Welcome to England
Shirley Ellis, Beanieman, Ms Thing - Clapping Dude song (Noisybunch mashup)
Sly and Robbie - Pretty baby
Jose Feliciano - She's a woman

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Saturday July 9 playlist
Loo and Placido - Kidf rock (Queen vs Althea and Donna)
Singers and Players - African blood
Junior soul - Super love
Hortense Ellis - Woman of the ghetto
James Brown - Blind man can see it
Common - Testify
Billy Larkin & the Delegates - Pygmy part 2
Scientist - When I love dub
Asian Dub Foundation - New way new life Audio Active remix)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Little one (Live on K Rd, 2001)
Roberta Flack -Go up Moses
P Money feat Sauce Money - Easy (just come out on 12"" vinyl)
Snoop Dogg - Dejlacear (Drop it like its South American?)
Quantic feat Alice Russell - So Long
Sola Rosa - Sleepwalker
Danse Macabre -Web
Linval Thompson - Babylon system
Zagu Zar - Welcome to England
Jackson 5 - ABC (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra remix)
Roy Richards - Another thing
Prozack Turner - Wonderful life
Paul Murphy - Soul call
U Roy and Francois K - Rootsman
Sunshine Soundsystem - For the love of it - Deck n FX remix
Geraldo Pino -Heavy heavy heavy
Lennie Hibbert - Go for yourself
Tubbs feat Dallas - Five day night (Fat Freddy's Drop remix)
Ms Thing, Beanieman - Clapping dude song
Capleton -Step 2 the fire (messer banzai riddim)

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Totally wired.
the latest issue of Wired magazine has the subhead "Remix now! The rise of cut and paste culture", and throws up a cool timeline plus an interview with The Gorillaz by Neil Gaiman and William Gibson connecting the dots between Lee Scratch Perry and William Burroughs (niceness). Plus Rip, Remix, Burn, and remix tips from the Avalanches, remixing Nikes, iPods, all sorts. Have a look.
The latest issue of Giant Robot has a bunch of excellent interviews and features on reggae and Chinese-Jamaican music producers, including Clive Chin, Herman Chin-Loy, Randy's Allstars, and more. Available in AK from Borders Queen St and maybe Magazzino Ponsonby.

Holy Moses!

Author and music industry veteran Moses Avalon is in Australia at present, and has supplied an advance chapter from his updated version of his book "Confessions of a Record Producer: How to Avoid The Scams and Shams of the Music Business" to themusic.com.au. Title of the chapter is
"Digital Deceptions and iTunes Scams--A Cautionary Note on Doing DigiDeals". His site is also worth checking.

Ring ring - New income stream for musicians...
From the Guardian... "Andy Cato, one half of the dance music act Groove Armada, has signed up with O2 to be the first independent artist to regularly release new tracks specifically for mobile phone customers to download." More here.
Plus, Russell Simmons on ringtones.

Oh yeah, heard Martha Stewart's prison nickname? M Diddy. Nice.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

One drop
Sony BMG's president of global digital business Thomas Hesse was interviewed in Tuesday's NZ Herald's by Peter Griffin. Hesse talked about DualDisc releases, and also their plans to introduce copy protection to all Sony BMG releases by the end of the year." Users can burn three additional CD copies for their own use and store the music files on their computer in a protected format from Microsoft." Thanks, Bill Gates.

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But already the technology has fallen victim to that constant bugbear of the industry - disagreement on technical standards. "There's a slight wrinkle to it in that currently the Apple Fairplay digital rights management isn't connected to this system," Hesse said. That cuts users of the iPod music player, out of the Sony BMG picture."

But is it the same copy protection software that EMI have been using? As reported in Australia, there are some problems with that... see Sunncomm or Sunncon? article (scroll down). Tip of the hat to Jesse for that one (via the NZM forums, my new addiction).

Speaking of EMI's copy protection, Salmonella Dub (who are licensed to Virgin EMI NZ) have just reissued their One Drop East + Remixes 2 cd set (originally released nov 04 with copy protection) but without copy protection. Did the band persuade EMI to drop the copy protection for this reissue, or is it off the agenda for all EMI releases?

ADDED: From The Register (UK) on June 21. "
Both Sony-BMG and EMI have made statements this week that most of their CDs for their major markets will have copy protection placed on them. Sony BMG is a customer for SunnComm while EMI is using the Macrovision CDS 300 technology."

PLUS... Russell Brown interviews Thomas Hesse for his column in the Listener. "... Hesse visited recently as a guest of the Record Industry Association of New Zealand to talk about the music industry's quest to exploit the possibilities of the networked, digital world while defending itself from illicit copying and piracy. And, in the words of one local industry figure, "to say the things we can't say".


Beat Rhythm Fashion
The latest issue of Macguide magazine features editor Mark Webster ruminating on long gone local band Eight Living Legs. He recalls their brief recording career, which amounted to a few songs on an split EP (which featured Mark's band Flak on the flip, something he modestly leaves out of his editorial). Now Failsafe Records have included 2 CDs by that band as part of its mammoth reissue of NZ music - 30 CDs in 30 Days.

Mark notes that Failsafe main man Rob Mayes has used a Mac with Protools and Photoshop to salvage the audio/pics for this release. One that I'm looking forward to is a CD from Wellington band Beat Rhythm Fashion, who released one of my top five all-time great NZ singles, Turn of the century way back in 1981, when the turn of the century seemed like a long way off. There's aCD of studio recordings, and two CDs recorded at live gigs by the band.

Other reissues include YFC, Children's Hour (both of whom are reforming for a few live shows), Pop Mechanix, and Dolphin.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Serge gets dubbed

Ring the Alarm, BaseFM, Saturday July 2 playlist
Junior Murvin - Bad weed
Al Brown - Aint no love in the city
Thievery Corp - Warning shots
Kraftwerk -Vitamin
(off the fantastic new Minimum/Maximum double cd live set)
Bobb Deep - Get it twisted (Bob Marley vs Mobb Deep)
Gainsboot Manuva - Locaitaire Colossaux (Serge Gainsbourg vs Roots Manuva - the Gainsbourg music is from an album he did in Jamaica in 1979 with Sly and Robbie, well fruity)
Sly and family stone - Same thing makes you laugh can make you cry
Juse feat Shayne Carter - Heart attack (more on the impending Juse album at Woodcut)
Maestro Fresh Wes - Another funky break from my pap's crate
Mahlon Stewart - Dem girls - Emo remix
Augustus Pablo - Jah rock
Eminiem vs Manu Chao - Bongo ass like that
Ranking Joe - Don't follow Babylon - BAF meets Wai Wan remix
Barry Brown - Jukes and watch
International Observer - Flip flop cemetery
Kora - Burning (playing this Thursday as support for Shihad at the Powerstation)
4th St Sista - Can you feel it? (Messer Banzai riddim)
Ripple - I don't know what it is, but it sho is funky
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
Joe Gibbs and the Professionals - Run around
Collen and Webb - Golden aka Jamaican jerkoff (feat Jill Scott)
Zed Bias feat Juiceman and simba - Jigga up (Ring the alarm)
M.I.A. vs Amerie - MIAs thing (1 thing meets Pull up the people, ace!)
Bounty Killer, Swizz and Freddy Mckay - Bounty is a treasure
Zagu Zar -Welcome to England
Fred Wesley - House party
TSU Tornadoes - Getting the corners
African head charge - Animal law

Lotsa mashups this week, couldn't help myself.


RIP Luther Vandross.

Friday, July 01, 2005

danse macabre posterr

Danse Macabre - back from the 80s!

Nigel Russell first rose to prominience in the AK music scene with punk outfit the Spelling Mistakes, then launched Danse Macabre.

Here's a handy blurb flogged from Club Bizarre... "A very dark, and rather English sounding band from Auckland in the early part of 1980 following closely in the styles of bands like Joy Division and The Gang of Four.
Featured members Nigel Russell (Previously from THE SPELLING MISTAKES and later on to become one of the leading members of CAR CRASH SET) Ralph Crump on bass, Wes Prince on guitar and Roddy Carlson on the drums. In their three or so years of existence they released two vinyls: The “Between the Lines” 4 track EP and the fantastic “Last Request” mini album."

The band are reforming for a gig at the Kings Arms, Friday 22 July. catch it. I only ever got to see these cats live once, at the now demolished His Majesty's Theatre, and they were choice.

Russell's later outfit Car Crash Set have a bunch of unreleased live tunes available over at Amplifier.

"The trax were compiled from (very) old cassettes and mastered onto CD with Pro Tools. Car Crash Set were a leading New Zealand band in the mid 80's pioneering 'electronic' music that was in many respects ahead of their time. The band founding members consisted of Nigel Russell ex Spelling Mistakes / Danse Macabre, Dave Bulog and Trevor Reekie. Taking their influences from New Order, Suicide and DAF the band employed cutting edge electronic sounds, guitar overdrive and feedback..."
Also at Amplifier, check Soundworker, featuring Wes and Roddy from Danse Macabre.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

George Clinton - the big payback
Got a call from Ticketek yesterday - they are offering refunds to people who bought $100 tickets for the George Clinton show held in early April. Closer to the date of the show ticket prices dropped to $80 - I moaned bitterly about this at the time. Ticketek apparently made this decision to do a refund a few weeks back, which is surprising, given the gig was so long ago. Wonder what happened? Still, nice one. That's $20 bucks I didn't have last week.

I played Amerie- 1 Thing (Sikk remix) on my show last week, and Tam kindly put me onto the MIA vs Amerie mashup, it's wicked - cheers, Tam. If you want your own copy, get it here. And while we're on the subject of mashups... Gainsboots manuva - Locataires colossaux métamix Serge Gainsbourg - Dub locataires VS Roots Manuva - colossal insight. Think the Gainsbourg is from his album with Sly and Robbie - anybody got that? And Crookair - John Legend's "Number One" vs. "Under me Sleng Teng" here. And this gem, Eminem vs Manu Chao, "Ass like that" on "Bongo Bong".
ADDED: Someone just hipped me to this... Tricky Sharona (My Sharona with Run DMC's Its' Tricky) and did I mention Primal Scream Remixed? Here you go - Screamixadelica.

FFD Chart Watch - album still in the top ten, but only just. Got some interesting comments to yesterdays posts, including someone who suggested they were surprised FFD had done so well with that album, as it wasn't the killer album they'd been waiting for... "[it's] an awesome achievement which begs the question as to what would have happened if it HAD been the album they are capable of..."

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

john butler, hippie

Somewhere, over the rainbow...
John Butler of award-winning, multi-platinum selling, Aussie musical outfit the John Butler Trio was interviewed in the Sunday Star Times, talking about, music, politics, and his appearance at the upcoming Rainbow Warrior Tribute gig, alongside the D4, Che Fu, Rhombus, Don McGlashan and others (on Sunday July 10, St James, Auckland).

Proving he's not just some dreadlocked eco-hippie, the interviewer noted that Butler is "also comfortable dropping financial lingo into the conversation... speculating on what might have caused independent Kiwi band Fat Freddy's Drop to beat the pacifier out of Shihad on the local music charts. "There must have been some serious strategy behind it, these things don't just happen and even if their reggaeish-dubby sounds are as good as I remember them to be, there had to be more than just word of mouth advertising" [says Butler].

Well, lets break this down. Did Fat Freddy's do any print ads? No. TV ads? No. Live gigs to push the album on its release? No. Videos? No (tho there is one on the way for Wandering Eye). If you run through those categories for Shihad, the answer to all those (bar the album tour, which is coming next month) is yes.

So, Shihad's record company has spent some serious bucks promoting the album, whereas FFD's independent distributor has been low key, as you might expect for an album as highly anticipated as theirs. They spent much of the last 2-3 years playing some blindingly good live shows, and I think it's fair to say that their success with their album (top ten in the album charts since release in early May) is almost purely word of mouth. They've generated a fair bit of press coverage, via interviews and reviews which has also helped them in getting their name in front of a lot of folks who may be unfamiliar with their work

It's pretty amusing that Butler can't fathom FFD's success without being tied to a serious promotional budget from a major record company. I'm assuming that's how he built his own success. (Hang on - just read this interview quote from, Butler: "For the last five years we've just been on the road touring and playing live" explains Butler on why he decided to release the live disc. "And that's how we've built our reputation." So he can't translate his own experience to FFD?)

If there was any clear strategy for FFD with their album, it was restricting their previous releases to compilations and 12" vinyl, making it difficult for the average punter to get a decent fix of them apart from the live setting (and of course their earlier 4 song live CD).

Tuesday, June 28, 2005



Attention Scribe: watch out son, they'll be after you next.
"AMERICAN IDOL judge SIMON COWELL has urged the British Government to outlaw hooded tops, in a bid to prevent gangs of youths congregating on street corners intimidating passers-by.
"Ban hoodies," says Cowell. "These are white kids trying to be gangsters and it's pathetic. It is becoming a sign of intent. It's gang clothing. It hides their faces so they feel more confident." Hooded jumpers were recently banned in several British shopping centres, with owners claiming wearers were anti-social and more likely to commit crime." from Contact Music

"The Bluewater complex in Kent won praise for the ban from Prime Minister Tony Blair last month - and the Deiniol shopping centre in Bangor (Wales) also claims it led the way in the ban after having trouble identifying youths on CCTV." Link

India Knight, writing in the UK's Sunday Times on this issue, suggests that "Hoodies say different things in different places. In Australia and New Zealand they say that the wearer — the hoodee — is either a surfer or a skateboarder or both and therefore smiley, benign, probably a bit stoned in a friendly, dolphin-loving sort of way."

Unfortunately, Knight is mistaken on the smiley, benign part (okay, so she's kidding round a bit) - last night there was a story on the TV evening news about a local shopping mall in NZ banning hoodies and baseball caps, for security reasons, and to stop other shoppers feeling intimidated. See, shoplifters frequently wear hoodies with the hood pulled up, which makes identifying them on security cameras difficult, as the hood obscures their face. There were soundbites from shoppers, mall staff, and hoodie wearers, both for and against.

Hoodies and baseball caps are of course the fashion domain of hiphop fans, and as hiphop becomes more and more popular in this country, so does its fashion. Hence, now it seems that if you are a young male teen who loves his hiphop and dress in the hiphop fashion, then you must be a potential criminal. Bummer, huh?

And what does our most famous hood-wearer think of all this? Scribe has been in the UK recently trying to break that market. Wonder if being offside with Tony Blair will help his cool status at all.

Check Google News for the latest - ban hoodies.

And now for some light relief...

Tom Cruise: the Jung and the restless.
"Psychiatry is a pseudo science," said Cruise. "She [Brooke Shields] doesn't understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn't understand in the same way that you don't understand it, Matt. "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do," he added. Via BBC News.

From Chicago Sun-Times ...Tom Cruise; movie star or pod person?
The "auditioning" of girlfriends: Before he settled on Holmes, Cruise reportedly ran through a wish list of potential significant others, including Jennifer Garner, Kate Bosworth, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba. And Scarlett Johansson supposedly "ran for her life" when Cruise tried to interrogate her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood.
As Rick Ross of CultNews.com told MSNBC's Jeannette Walls: "Is this Tom Cruise's version of a first date? It's becoming increasingly difficult to make distinctions between his personal, professional and religious life. Tom Cruise and Scientology seem intent on recruiting a hot young star. Apparently, Scarlett Johansson flunked her test, but Katie Holmes passed."

Cruise also lost his cool at a War of The Worlds press conference when a reporter asked him if "the fact that the aliens in the film have been on Earth for a million years waiting for the invasion resonated with him due to Scientology’s belief in aliens." More here.

Monday, June 27, 2005



Ring the Alarm, BaseFM, Saturday June 25 playlist
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Jigsy King meets the Viceroys - gimme da weed
Hortense Ellis - Woman of the ghetto
James Brown - untitled instrumental
Jablonski - Soul makossa
BT Express - Express - Kenny Dope remix
Jackie Mittoo - In cold blood
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Butches brew (take two)
Aim - Just passin thru
Dj Vadim - Leeches
Augustus Pablo - Pretty baby
Barry Brown - Peace and love
Fat Freddy's Drop - Ray ray
(why do they leave out the apostrophe on the album cover? Tsk tsk)
Boozoo Bajou - Camioux melodica cut
Timobe Lockhart - Mr johnnie walker
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love
Junior Reid - Rappa pam pam
Western roots - Bogus buddy
Beenieman - Who am I?
Michael Prophet- Been talking
Dam Native - behold my kool style
(dedicated to Michael Campbell, cept I played the wrong song - doh!)
DJ Format - The turning point
Cornell Campbell - Rope in
Sly and Robbie - Softcore curge - Ashley Beedle remix
Amerie - 1 thing - Sikk remix
Isley Bros - Its a new thing - D-net and Onda fet De la soul remix
Sizzla - it's appropriate (messer banzai riddim)

Friday, June 24, 2005

The kid is alright
Got sent this meme by Hans, bless him...

Name 5 things you miss about your childhood.

Oh crap. Right then...

Visiting my Uncle Charlie and Aunty Florence's farm near Taumaraunui and getting to ride on the tractor with Uncle Charlie. And the smell of fresh hay.

Tagging along with my Grandad to his work - inspecting milk sheds round Taranaki for the local dairy company.

Is that five yet? Sigh...

Visiting my Nanna for afternoon tea and getting to see what tasty home-made treats she had waiting in her cookie tin.

Growing up in a house with a fireplace, and curling up in a beanbag with a book in front of the fire.

Mum taking us to Okahu Bay to go swimming in the sea - hang on, I did that several times last summer...

also via Hans, the billboard fun 'n' games, courtesy of ACT... here's my effort (with apologies to Peter Jackson)

Thursday, June 23, 2005



Christopher Walken comes into the room....
I read a bunch of Billy Corgan-related stuff on the internets yesterday, following the hype around Mister Corgan's full page ad(PDF) in his hometown paper, plugging his debut solo album 'The Future Embrace' and dropping a bombshell that he's reviving the Smashing Pumpkins - no mention yet whether this includes former members, or is just the name being revived.

He's got some fascinating autobiographical rants on his website, (under 'The Confessions of Bully Corgan', nice title) but I ended up reading the tour journal of Linda Strawberry, a 23-year old ex-Mormon keyboard wiz who is part of Mister Corgan's touring band to promote his solo disc - he's playing Auckland on 24 July at the St James.

Ms Strawberry has interrupted recording her own solo debut to jet off round the globe with Mister Corgan, and now finds herself hanging out with Robert Smith (one of her musical heroes, hardly surprising after looking at her photos, very post-goth punkette) and Bono, and recently played live on the David Letterman Show.

"I'm here in my hotel room, its 4:02 a.m.. My parents are on tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in spokane tonight. They announced at breakfast that I would be on letterman tonight. They called this morning to tell me they were in the same hotel as whitesnake. What a mix..

"When it was our turn we went down there and there was a brief moment where no one knew where billy's guitar was as we were plugging our in ear monitors in. In those five seconds I got a little scared. David letterman was on the left and paul schaffer was on the right and billy was standing there empty handed going "where's my guitar" and then suddenly it just started. "

Of course, NZ golfer Michael Campbell was on Letterman last night following his stunning win at the US Open, and wouldn't you know it, the other guests were Christopher Walken plugging his new movie (Wedding Crashers), and Billy Corgan and band playing live. Billy Corgan, Michael Campbell and Christopher Walken, in the same room. Imagine what the conversation was like in the green room backstage? What are they going to talk about - Lord of the Rings?


ADDED: some light relief, oh hang on, this is serious???

In Search Of: The Next DJ Shadow
"..when URB magazine ("Providing the Missing Link Between Trance and Hip-Hop Even Though Nobody Wanted It!") recently decided it needed to manufacture the next DJ Shadow in order to create a new media darling it could call its own, the GBs were on top of it. As public service to all, we're heading off URB's plans at the pass and shining some light on the inner workings of how a new poster boy is decided upon. Below you will find the discarded applications of various hip-hop notables, recovered from the recycling bins at URB's offices. Click on where it says, "Click here for full internal document," to see the full internal document." Link.

DIY hot video action.
Radio Active wants to reward you for doing it yourself (DIY). Get-in-there and patch together a NZ music video of sorts to enter in the 8th Handle the Jandal competition. The idea is to make a mean music video (with written permission from the musician) without any funding.

Last year around 70 music videos made it to the Active Towers, this year we want more. Like every year that's gone before 15 finalists will be screened at the Embassy Theatre Awards Ceremony in September.

Prize categories include: Best editing, Best cinematography, Best concept, Best Animation, Best Use of Exploitative Tactics to Promote a Band, and Rising Star.

Win a golden Jandal, enter Handle the Jandal - last year we gave away a sweet Sony camera.
Check www.radioactive.co.nz for entry details. Preferable formats are Beta Cam, DV or Mini DV. Entries close Monday July 25th.


Fat Freddy's live shows just announced for round Aotearoa before they jet off overseas...
Sat 16 July, St James, Auckland with Tha Feelstyle and OpenSouls
Sat 23 July, Shed 6, Wellington - Support TBA
Thurs 28 July, Town Hall, Wanaka - Support TBA
Fri 29 July, Sammys, Dunedin - Support TBA
Sat 30 July, Town Hall, Christchurch - with Verse II


Higher than the sun
How Lowe took Radio 1 higher
The UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper features an article on Kiwi Zane Lowe, and his "unpredictable, hyper-energetic evening show" pulling in awards and listeners for BBC Radio1.

"Socially, Lowe speaks even faster than he does on air. His enthusiasm is unstoppable, and quite at odds with the level-headed authority that we still associate with BBC broadcasters."
(Tip of the hat to Medianstrip)


and this just in... Tony Blair - war criminal....

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Hope for the English generation
Fat Freddy's get 4/5 stars in the Observer, prior to their forthcoming UK/Europe tour. Any NZ dates before they take off?

Fat Freddy's Drop, Based on a True Story
By Neil Spencer, Sunday June 19, 2005 .

Debut set from the urbane New Zealand fusioneers.

"Reckoned a super group back home in New Zealand, the 'Drop have won an international following with their crisp blend of soul and dub, with DJs Gilles Peterson and OMM contributor Charlie Gillett among their UK champs. Restraint and poise aren't the only qualities they bring to a fusion scene inclined to cliche and over-egged production. They have a horn section that purrs and glides, a sweet-voiced frontman, one Joe Dukie, who can croon and ache, and a classy way of mixing sonic action and accomplished playing. From the deep-dub opener, 'Ernie', to the soulful closing number, 'Hope', the group's debut is a slow-burn winner."

The album has been in the NZ album charts since its release in early May, and hasn't left the top ten, unlike, say, Shihad. Go the indies! (Should point out that when Shihad start touring in July their album will probably race back up the charts - at the moment it's not even top 20)

ADDED Russell Brown has already noted the Aussies are trying to claim Michael Campbell as one of their own, now this gem from The Australian...

"... The win triggered pandemonium in New Zealand, where four million people, including his father Tom, were stationed in front of their television sets..."
So, were you one of the four million watching Campbell win? Or were you at work, like the rest of us? DJ Sirvere dedicated the final video of the Holla Hour last night to Campbell, saying that not only did he win, not only did he beat Tiger Woods, but he got paid. The video was Dam Native's song The Son (from 1997), which namechecks Campbell. When's that new Dam Native album out?

Monday, June 20, 2005



Cross-marketing is a bitch
From yesterday's SST...
"A DVD produced by Destiny Church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki has been sent to the chief censor for classification because of its overt political and anti-gay content.

The Tamakis produced the giveaway DVD, New Zealand, Nation Under Siege, which they plan to take on tour this week. But they have failed in their first attempt to have it rated for general release. As with any unclassified film, video or DVD, the Tamaki DVD had to be sent to the Film and Video Labelling Body in Auckland for rating. The body can only classify films G, PG or M.

Executive secretary Bill Hood said he and his staff were not trained censors, and he had worries about the DVD's content. It had been sent to chief censor Bill Hastings in Wellington for classification.

"The content of the disc was very, very political. There was some content in there, particularly the views against the gay community, which I think should be considered by a higher authority than my office. There's a part in there that speaks about Helen Clark and other key members of the Labour Party, and then it goes into their (Destiny's) feelings about the gay community and same-sex marriage. I thought it was beyond what I would like to sign off myself."

Hood said the film was not necessarily too abusive or inflammatory - his main concern was that it was too political. The Tamakis have previously tried to distance themselves from the political arm of their empire, Destiny New Zealand.

Destiny Church spokeswoman Janine Cardno said it was expected the DVD would be cleared for general classification, and if it was not "we will make a big fuss about it". Hastings said the Tamakis had asked for urgency, so he would try to have the DVD classified by mid-week."

Hang on, would this be the same Brian Tamaki who wrote the following vicious rant about Mr Hastings on his new website?

"New Zealand’s chief film censor is Mr. Bill Hastings, a gay activist. This man is responsible for allowing explicit sexual and violent content of the worst kind into our country, including films that depict brutal murders and rapes. This material is now available in our communities. I have also become aware of the strong homosexual and liberal representation at every level through media in our country. I would say much of this representation has come about because of the direct influence of a secular liberal government."

This is part of Tamaki's FAQ in response to the question "You say that the media are a modern day witchcraft. What's with that?" And you expect a fair hearing from a man you spit hatred at? How is that good Christian behaviour?

The good thing about lliving in a democracy is all the nutters/fundamentalists/hate merchants are entitled to free speech, so they are out in the open, where we can keep an eye on em.


In other exciting news for cross-cultural zealots, Tze Ming reports on a feature film in development - it's called Chowick. Not a joking, kids, it's serious, and it's even got $20,000 development money from the Film Commission, and guess what? It's a Touchdown production (the people that bought you quality tv like Celebrity Treasure Island, Miss Popularity, and My House, My Castle). Tze Ming got interviewed by the film's director as research. Read of her frightening, shocking experience here.

"... How the hell could the Film Commission possibly give $20,000 to a non-Chinese writer/director, for a project called 'Chowick'? The Film Commission is based in Wellington, but is that enough to excuse such ignorance? Would they fund a Pakeha writer/director who had never heard of fried bread, to write a film set in Ruatoria called 'Hori-town'?"
Ring the Alarm, BaseFM, Saturday June 18 playlist

Underground vegetables - Melting pot
Carl Bradley -Slippin into darkness
Francois K and U-Roy - Rootsman
Stargard - Which way is up?
DLT - I'm your MC
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you
Romanowski - Why?
Horace Andy - Jah provides
Turbulence - Ethiopia awakes (someone sent a txt asking where can you get this - I ordered it thru Beat Merchants in town, took a while to come in tho. On the Shantytown riddim)
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
Buta - Okwawa Se
J Osbourne and Burro Banton - Truth
Angie Stone meets the Viceroys - My man (Upstate remix)
Common - Testify
DJ Format -The place
Salmonella Dub - Platetechtonics - Groove Corp remix
Damian Marley -Welcome to Jamrock
JMX feat Tikiman - Tikisong - Osunlade remix (Paul St Hilare aka Tikiman features on the new Sola Rosa album, due out soonish)
Ballistic Bros - Peckings
The Nomad - Let's play
Jungle Bros - On the road again - Upstate remix
Barrington Levy - Collie weed
Cornerstone roots- Forward the sax
M.I.A. - Bingo
Nicolette - Wicked mathematics (dedicated to Albert Einstein, who came
up with the theory of relativity 100 years ago this month - hard to
find funky songs about science, so this will have to do)
Capleton - Step 2 fire/4th St Sista - Can you feel it/ Sizzla - It's
appropriate (all on Messer Banzai riddim)
Bounty Killer, Swizz and Freddy Mckay - Bounty is a treasure
Collen and Webb - Jamaican jerkoff aka Golden