Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Mike Elizondo drops the basslines and writes tunes with Dr Dre - interview with him over here. His credits include writing and co-producing for Eminem and 50 Cent.

Jeff Chang's excellent book Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the HipHop Generation comes out in the paperback edition August 4 in Australia/UK, and is available here via Random House from Sept 9 (their site lists it as a "funny and charming book opens the door to many possibilities of the garden shed" - huh???) - local price will be $45. I bought it via Amazon back in Feb and landed it here for $30 all up - the hardback edition, that is. And the new album from local dub heavyweights International Observer is out August 5, called All Played Out. Can't wait.

Go, Stephen!
From local paper the Central Leader... local DJ Selecto and his lady have been having a few troubles, one for all you Kingslanders....

Construction overrun
29 July 2005 By ESTHER HARWARD

A Kingsland fashion design business is claiming $20,000 in compensation for losses incurred during prolonged building of a new railway station.

Sera Mitchinson and Stephen Wilson, who opened the Selector clothing store next to the Kingsland station in March last year, are seeking the money from the Auckland Regional Transport Authority. They say business was initially good, but customers were turned off when builders moved on to the station site last December.

They had to close their doors for eight weeks while power and phone cables were laid under the footpath, they had workmen smoking on their doorstep and harassing women coming into the shop and customer parking on Sandringham Rd was taken up by construction vehicles. They are angry builders have only just finished work on the site, six months after they were told by the authority the job would be complete and disruption would be kept to a minimum.

The couple, who have a five-year-old daughter and twins born earlier this year while trying to keep their business going, have had to borrow from the bank and Ms Mitchinson's parents to cover the rent. Their landlord gave them a rent holiday between September and December last year, but that did not make up for loss of earnings, they say.

"Unless something absolutely miraculous happens, we'll have to shut our doors. We'll have to find a workroom somewhere and get into wholesaling," says Ms Mitchinson. "We started off fine, and everything was going according to our business plan, but we've wasted a year's worth of establishing our business.

"We had a $20,000 enterprise allowance from Work and Income New Zealand and we feel like it's been completely wasted.

"Ideally, we would make back all the money we've lost, but at the very least we've asked for the $20,000 to start over again."

Mr Wilson says it is the worst time of year to try to get back on their feet, because most people have already bought winter wardrobes or are buying in the sales. Last week, they sent cashflow records to the authority, showing their forecasted earnings were initially on target but plummeted by up to $4000 a month after building started.

Authority infrastructure project manager Roger Mace says he is considering the request and expects to have a response in a week.. Construction firm Arrow International, which was contracted by the authority to improve facilities at Kingsland station, fired two workers after complaints about wolfwhistles at women. Project manager Andrew Quinn told Auckland City Harbour News in April that the company had tried to keep neighbours informed about the delays, and had reminded workers to leave car parking free outside the shop.

Monday, August 01, 2005

There is no depression in New Zealand.
In the latest issue of The Listener (that little poppet Hayley Westernra is on the cover), Nick Smith comes up with another cheerleading story on how great NZ music is doing, this time round backed up with some solid facts (we'll overlook the one where he states that NZ music sold 55,000 cds during nz music month – which sounds impressive til you realise over half of that was only two bands, FFD and Shihad). "Royalty income [for NZ musicians] has more than doubled in five years… from $7 million to $16.5 million, a reflection of growing radio support."

Now, if you're tired already of the endless bile spewing from politican's mouths (they call it 'electioneering'), then here's all you need to know about the election. Last time National was in government, New Zealand music was at less than 2% of radio play. Under Labour, that figure is now over 20%. There's a generation of kids growing up thinking that hearing our own music on the radio is the norm, not the exception. Nine years of National government resulted in a zero growth for arts funding. You want to go back to that?
(This Listener article isn't online yet, something to do with their clever policy of having a website with only partial content from the mag, so you have to go and buy it. They will put it up there eventually, maybe next century.)

"I feel like I'm doing a Brian Tamaki and I'm Destiny Churching myself" - Anika Moa, in the same issue of The Listener. She's a delightful bundle of contradictions, that girl.

ADDED: "Brian Tamaki is the biggest hustler in the hood" - local hiphop MC Ermehn in the latest RIU.

Corporate Coffee Continues Slide Into Obivion.
Strolled up High St in central Auckland on saturday afternoon, and saw that Starbucks by Freyberg Square has gone out of business. I mean, why would you have gone there for a frappa-lappa-mocha-soy-chino-latte when Rakinos cafe is ten paces up the street, with a great view, friendly staff and real coffee? No contest. Seen the Korean establishment called Starf*cks? Hee Hee.

ADDED: Via Coolfer... "Michael Jackson's The Essential Michael Jackson sold only 8,000 units in its first week [but it entered the UK charts at number two]. Fellow dinosaur Carly Simon sold 58,000. Of course, Carly's is a new album and Michael's is not Thriller Pt. II. Guess that innocent verdict wasn't enough to sell an unnecessary and unwanted [greatest hits] collection after all."

Great Bob Mould interview here.

MW: Is it harder to make a living with the Internet in the equation?

MOULD: It's harder to make it on record sales. The record is a loss leader to get people to shows. To me, the records are sacred, they're documents, they're snapshots of time. But the reality is they're a way to get people excited about coming to see you perform. And to buy T-shirts. You can't download a T-shirt.

MW: How has your life changed since finally getting involved in the gay life over the past few years?

MOULD: A lot. I wish it hadn't taken me so long, but I guess that was part of being driven by my career. My career was not in a gay-friendly field per se. Indie rock is gay tolerant but it's not gay friendly ...

... MW: Let's get to the dirt. Tell me some secret scandal you've never told any other interviewer.

MOULD: I'm really straight. This is all a big charade to get press.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Any last requests?
And now, ladies and germs, it is my great pleasure to welcome my very first special guest blogger. Daniel Barnes was a punter at the Danse Macabre gig; here's his thoughts.

Danse Macabre, Kings Arms, Friday 22 July, Reviewed by Daniel Barnes
Most people have not read the interesting, and probably insane, book by physicist Frank J Tipler called "The Physics Of Immortality". In it Tipler puts forward the theory that universe is moving towards something called the Omega Point. The Omega Point is the nerdy equivalent of Biblical eschatology, where everyone that ever existed will reincarnated in a kind of giant computer simulation about 4 billion years hence.

Nothing is ever lost; everything is significant; and it turns out we will live forever not because God loves us, but because the laws of physics do. I trust Tipler; he is an aetheist and a determinist; plus he has done the math - and bloody difficult it looked too.

So much for theory. Friday night at the Kings Arms provided dramatic empirical support that the Omega Point may be even nearer than he guessed. After all, who'da thunk Danse Macabre would be unexpectedly reincarnated after a quarter century's silence, let alone generate more media attention in the week prior to their gig than during their entire previous career?

Until it happened, the prospect seemed somewhat less likely than Pluto hitting the earth, or Pluto hitting no.1, or even Children's Hour reforming. I for one was very happy to see them. Generally I couldn't stand the bleak space-rock of the early '80s, but Danse Macabre did angst with taste and craft that was more Roxy Music than Modern Romance. Guitarist Weston rocked hard in an entirely appropriate classical/metal way; Roddy pounded tribally; Ralph Crump on bass was always more Barry Adamson than Peter Hook; and of course Nigel proved that it is better to play one-finger synthesiser with charisma than it is to be an army of Rick Wakemans. They had some *tunes* too - my own crap glam-punk band did a crap glam-punk cover of "Between The Lines" just last year cos it stands up. As, after 25 odd years, did the band themselves.

Of course, this was more than could be said for those of us in the audience. At least being in the band you get flattering lighting. You also get an inkling of how Bryan Ferry must feel playing live these days – where once he looked out over a sea of Jerry Halls, now there is a sea of geriatrics. But it was encouraging to see that little else had changed. One fashion babe of the era, still lovely and still bombed, wondered aloud to me about when Danse Macabre were coming on; and asked me the exact same question about halfway thru their actual set. Just like old times.

ADDED by Peter: While we're on an 80s nostagia bent, Children's Hour (who later became the Headless Chickens) and YFC play Friday 29 July, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland and Friday 12 August, Bar Bodega, Wellington. Children's Hour have their collected recordings plus some live goodies reissued on CD thru Failsafe Records. There are some MP3's available for download there too. Russell Brown has some memories of Children's Hour here.

Danse Macabre live photo by Mark Wallbank at Club Bizarre. Tip of the hat in his direction, and to Simon Grigg, who DJ'ed on the night and dug up some great dusty old tunes, from Scritti Politti to The Cure.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Fat Freddy's Drop chart watch
Caught the C4 doco on FFD "Fat Freddy's Drop: Tale of a True Story" (more nice work from Nick D) and Mu talked about the interest they'd got from major labels here to release their album. He said they'd decided to go the independent route, as that way they'd learn more about the business for themselves rather than passing it off to someone else. He also let slip that Atlantic Records in the US had shown serious interest in them, and Mu admitted he was tempted for a second, as he mentioned that a lot of records in his collection that had come out on Atlantic. This offer eventually fell to the wayside.

The doco also demonstrated their extended family approach to being in a band, focussing on shared communal meals cooked by the band's secret weapon, keyboardist (and incredible chef) Iain Gordon, aka Dobie Blaze. General consensus among the FFD boys was that his best dish ever was his paua wontons. There's even a new vid for FFD floating round called Shuck, which is basically a cooking demonstration by Iain while on tour in Europe - it's somewhere in Greece, then changes location to FFD's studio on the Wellie coast for another cookup. Hungry yet?
Go here to the Fat Freddys site and under Mad Feats, look for 'Dobie Blaze Cooks' and you can download one of his recipes...

C4 are giving the doco a second screening tonight (Wednesday) at 10.30pm.

FFD chart watch - this week they bounce back to #10 (up from #12 last week), just ahead of Dave Dobbyn and Mariah Carey. Shihad drop from #35 to #39. Both bands have been touring NZ for the last few weeks.
Speaking of local acts, P-Money's latest album Magic City has just hit the stores on double vinyl (with full colour cover art- wickedness, FMR), and there's also an instrumental version of the album on vinyl too.

Sony admits to paying radio stations to play their artists,
pays out $10 million fine, doesn't blink

"I am shocked and appalled" says Bob Mould, reacting to this article. This kind of thing is widely known, but just in case you think a song gets on the radio because it's good, then you really need to stop sniffing marker pens. Another example here; "In one instance, a Sony BMG executive contemplated a plot to promote Killer Mike's "A.D.I.D.A.S" by sending deejays one Adidas sneaker. Deejays would receive the other sneaker after playing the single ten times." Imagine playing Run DMC like that.

"Please be advised that in this week's Jennifer Lopez Top 40 Spin Increase of 236 we bought 63 spins at a cost of $3,600." "Please be advised that in this week's Good Charlotte Top 40 Spin Increase of 61 we bought approximately 250 spins at a cost of $17K …"

"Take Jennifer Lopez's awful record, "Get Right," with its shrill horn and lifted rap. It's now clear that was a "bought" sensation when it was released last winter. So, too, were her previous "hits" "I'm Glad" and "I'm Real," according to the memos. ... It's no surprise. There isn't a person alive who could hum any of those 'songs' now. Not even J-Lo herself." Hang on, that Get Right tune is based on a James Brown and the JBs sample that is pretty damn hot. Still, it is J-Lo. Gimme the JBs any day.

From a Sony internal memo on Sept. 8, 2004: "Two weeks ago it cost us over 4000.00 to get Franz [Ferdinand] on WKSE." The Glasgow Daily Record drops the bombshell on their hometown heroes... "Last year, a Buffalo-based DJ added their single Take Me Out to a station playlist - and was rewarded with an extravagant trip to Miami for four."

And still more..." Another, from an Epic employee to a Clear Channel programmer looked like this: "WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET AUDIOSLAVE ON WKSS THIS WEEK?!!? Whatever you can dream up, I can make it happen." And of course, Clear Channel are a little worried...

Coolfer notes that a $10m payout is "not so bad. Springsteen wants $10 million per album for five albums."

The closest example we have is Crowded House. When they were pushing their debut album in the States, there was a boycott by the record companies of radio pluggers over there, so they were able to do a super-cheap deal with a radio plugger to push 'Don't dream it's over' to US radio, as they (the radio pluggers) were desperate for work. That song was a hit because someone paid for it to be on radio, not purely because it was a great song (which it is, of course - can't diss Uncle Neil). You can read more on this in Chris Bourke's excellent book 'Something So Strong'.

ADDED: Okay, best headline on this... The Denver Post with "Payola may explain Celine Dion".
Original Sony documents can be viewed here (PDF format). Runs to 59 pages.
Coolfere has more coverage - 'Least Shocking Shock
er: Record Label Paid Off Radio Stations'... "How soon people forget. In 1998 the entire country -- especially the puritans in the print media -- were aghast when it was reported Interscope had paid Portland's KUFO radio station to play Limp Bizkit's "Counterfeit." The label and station were forthcoming about the arrangement. The station was given $5,000 for 50 spins and each spin was preceded with the message, "The song you are about to hear is sponsored by Flip/Interscope."
It was public then and it was still public last week. Labels buy off radio stations. In this moment of warm fuzzies let's all be aware of the fact that labels will continue to do what they can to influence radio spins. Always and forever. Spitzer's clean-up won't change that. It will, we all hope, return some integrity to radio..."

And another local angle - do you know if this practise happens in New Zealand? Any record company spies out there? Please leave an anonymous tip in comments.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Ring the Alarm BaseFM playlist Saturday July 23
Lone Ranger - The answer
Horace Andy - Jah will provide
Al Brown -Aint no love in the heart of the city
Manzel - Midnight theme (Dopebrother 7" remix)
Nightmares on wax - Finer
Salmonella dub - Paletechtonics (Groove Corp remix)
King Tubby - King at the controls
Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno
Sergio Mendes and New Brasil 77 - Mozambique (this album was co-produced by Stevie Wonder right after he did Songs in the Key of Life. Read all about it here.)
Jackie Mittoo -In cold blood
Gwen Guthrie feat Sly n Robbie - Ticket to ride
Rosalia de Souza - Bossa 31 (Gerardo Frisina remix)
Risco Connection - One more time
The WBC - Recline dub
Lotek Hifi - Mixtape blessings (excerpt).
Catch em DJing at the Turnaround, direct from the UK this Friday night. At the Rising Sun, K Rd
Jackson Sisters - I believe in miracles (extended re-edit)
Rhythm and Sound feat Lovejoy - Best friend
Sugar Minott and Ninja Kid - Skaba
Trinidad and Tobago allstars - Cissy strut. Hooray for steel drums!
Frankie Paul - Anytime
Missy Elliot - Can't stop
Sound providers - No time
Freddie Cole - Brother where are you?
Augustus Pablo - Dub organiser
Amadou and Mariam feat Manu Chao - Senegal fast food. (You can have a listen to this track over at Tofu Hut (tip of the hat to Tze Ming): also there's an interview with Manu Chao about the making of this album here at Wax Poetics. New issue out August 12)
Turbulence - Notorious
War - Cisco kid

Bit tired doing the show on Saturday morning due to a bit of a late one Friday night, at the Danse Macabre gig. It's amazing to think their music is over 20 years old, yet still sounds totally contemporary. There are hardly any local recordings of 20 years ago that still hold up like that. There's a review coming of the gig shortly, from a special mystery guest reviewer. Oh the excitement. Stay tuned.

To local writer Gareth Shute, who was announced as a winner at the Montana Book Awards last night. He is now officially an award-winning author, and that is damn cool.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Hey Bill Murray.
Went and saw Broken Flowers, the latest film from Jim Jarmusch, at the Film Festival last night - it's shot thru with Jarmusch's dry humour, great little film. Here's Jarmusch on cricket....

JJ: Let's talk about baseball.

GA: I don't know anything about baseball.

JJ: Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. (Laughter) It is. It is a very Zen-like game. I don't like American football. I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable. But baseball is very beautiful. It's played on a diamond. (Laughter)

GA: I've seen a few movies about it.

JJ: Cricket makes no sense to me. (Laughter) I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. (Laughter) That is very cool, but I don't understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn't understand what they were talking about.

Robert Hillburn of the LA Times talks to 21 of the music industry's biggest movers and shakers... and comes up with the most important artists of 2005. It's all hiphop/r'n'b, bar one rock band - Coldplay. " Here's what one says about Eminem: "I feel his moment has come and gone." Another on Britney Spears: "Trust me, she's over." And U2 fans should brace themselves: "Time is catching up with them. I'd rather have Coldplay on my roster." And this on Kanye West... "This may sound strange, but he may be too gifted for the marketplace," an executive suggested. "He is so talented and so willing to be daring that he might be more interested in making great records than commercial records. That's why I would also not put the White Stripes on my list, though I love their music."

Via Ms Behaviour... "Justin Sane, TMet Recordings' A&R guy has written this comprehensive guide for DJs on modern technologies, including the advantages and disadvantages of using CDJs, a list of good digital download sites for DJs to purchase tracks legitimately, the lowdown on file formats and bitrates, and DJing software..." Read more.

And can I get a "Hell yes!" to the restorative power of a nice hot bowl of udon noodles on a cold winters day? Thank you.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Another hour on Earth with Brian Eno
Just been listening to Brian Eno guesting on Charlie Gillett's radio show on the BBC. The show starts with Amadou and Mariam, a blind couple from Mali, with a wicked little tune called 'Senegal fast food' featuring Manu Chao guesting (he also produces their latest album Dimanche a Bamako).
Gillett follows this up with a Bo Diddley number, marvelling that this tune is now over 50 years old, although it doesn't sound it. Eno mentions he's recently been producing for Grace Jones, Paul Simon and Travis. Great radio.
Playlist is over here. To listen, click on 'Saturday night on BBC London' then click on 'latest show on demand'. Should be 16 July.

Gillett recently had expat Kiwi author Garth Cartwright on the show, talking about his book Princes Among Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians - more here.

ADDED Best Rock Cover Songs of All-Time from Blogcritics. Cheers, Trev
Tricky wipeout
Via Boingboing... Surf music vs hard rock "Sounds For The Sun-Set: 2005 is a concept mash-up album from RIAA (Really Interesting Audio Adventures) that combines hard rock with surfer music. There are some really inspired tracks on this one:RIAA (Really Interesting Audio Adventures)

1. HOLIDAY INN: CAMBODIA - Martha & the Vandellas "Heatwave" vs The Dead Kennedys "Holiday In Cambodia" and plenty of thrift-store record sound bytes
2. BOP DON'T RUN- The Ramones "Blitzkreig Bop" vs The Ventures "Walk Don't Run"
3. TRICKY WIPEOUT - Run-DMC "It's Tricky" vs The Surfaris "Wipeout"
4. SWEET CALIFORNIA GIRL O' MINE - The Beach Boys "California Girls," The Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey," Guns n Roses: "Sweet Child O' Mine," intro-The Surf Coasters, beach movie bits" Link

"Norman Whitfield might be spending a spot of time today trying to flog stuff from a small table in his front yard as he gets to work trying to settle his massive tax bill. The IRS had claimed that Norman had been hiding his songwriting royalties from them for four years - presumably they'd heard that through the grapevine (I know, I know, we're killing you here) - and to avoid a spell in chokey, Whitfield had pleaded guilty, accepted home confinement for six months, and agreed to hand a million bucks over to the tax people". (via No R'N'R Fun)

Laurel Aitken - the man known as The Godfather of Ska - has died aged 80. More here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Live from Queen St
Just went for my lunch break and saw the Queen St/Victoria St intersection completely closed off, Police cordon is blocking off all access 50 metres in all directions from this intersection. Looks like a possible bomb threat on the Phillips Fox towers, with a National Bank on the corner - something to do with the cricket tour of Zimbabwe???
From NZ Herald - "Motorists and pedestrians were this morning advised to stay away from central city Auckland after reports of a suspicious package. Police cordoned off the intersection of Queen Street and Victoria Streets at 11am after being notified at about 10.30am of a suspicious parcel being on the footpath. A bomb disposal expert arrived at the scene at 11.38am."

PIC ADDED 1.30pm
1.55 PM - Street has reopened

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.

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.