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.