Monday, August 15, 2005
Jimmy London – I'm your puppet
U Roy and Francois K - Rootsman
International Observer - Low light meter
Ray Terrace - Cuchi frito man
Curtis Mayfield – Do do wap is strong in here
Prince Fari - Good music brother
Mike Brooks – Children of Babylon
Nightmares on wax - Ethnic majority
The eternals – Queen of the minstrels
Boozoo Bajou feat Top Cat – Killer
Sugarman Three – Cherry pickin
Rhianna – Pon de replay
Bounty Killer, Swizz, Freddy McKay – Bounty is a treasure
Timmy Thomas – Why can't we live together?
League Unlimited Orchestra - Love action
Sola Rosa – Breezes blowing
Elephantman - Chapter a day (Real rock return riddim)
Temptations – Plastic man
Boca 45 – La bombonera
Shirley Ellis, Beenieman, Ms Thing – Clapping dude song (noisy bunch edit)
Jackie Mittoo – Moon walk
Alton Ellis – I'm just a guy
Amadou and Mariam feat Manu Chao – Senegal fast food
Kanye West – Gold digger
Dancing Djedi – Body surfin (Mos Def & Ernest Ranglin)
Katzenjammers - Cars (Gary Numan on steel drums – ace! Reissued on Red Hook)
Freddie Cruger feat Desmond Foster - Something good
Turbulence - Notorious
Friday, August 12, 2005
HEY BO DIDDLEY
"You got to get yourself some velcro," Bo Diddley advises.
"What?" I ask.
"For your phone."
My cell phone had just slipped out of my hand and landed on the carpet of his room at the Washington Square Hotel in downtown Manhattan. And Diddley is quick to leap into action with a solution.
"Yeah, Velcro's got rough edges and you can just attach it to the side of your phone so you can keep your grip on it." He stretches his legs and points to them. "Look here!" hecontinues. His left foot is swollen from the amputation of two toes due to recent diabetes complications, and he's fashioned two long strips of Velcro to secure a slipper to his instep.
"That's how it's done," he says, smiling proudly.
Bo Diddley interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine. If you don't own at least one Bo Diddley CD, you aint really living.
Muppetpastor has 'WTF Cover Versions' up, including David Byrne doing Whitney's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody". And the question is, why?
Found this via Coolfer - the Rhythm Incursion show podcast from Resonance FM in London - more podcasts and show downloads here (big files tho)
Salman Rushdie checks out MIA in Central Park, from The Fader... "There was an announcement from the stage that Sunday’s free MIA show at Central Park was the biggest crowd turnout for SummerStage all year. We don’t doubt it. White dudes doing the Grateful Dead twirly dance, cute girls with enormous sunglasses, even cuter hipster infants, Arto Lindsay and Salman Rushdie - everyone was getting down to the sounds of our homegirl on one of the clearest, breeziest days this summer..."
Comic artist Dan Clowes (Ghost World, Eightball) interviewed here. Ghost World was turned into a pretty cool movie - he's got a new one on the way, starring Angelica Huston and John Malkovich, called Art School Confidential.
Amadou and Mariam interviewed in the New York Times (requires registration, or archived over here). Their album Dimanche A Bamoko (audio samples here) is rapidly becoming one of my faves for 2005.
FFD Chart Watch - After bouncing back from #10 to #6, FFD fall back this week to #10 (14th week in the chart). Shihad still outside the top 40.
More Bo Diddley wisdom to finish...
"I tell young musicians, 'Don't trust nobody but your mama,' " he says as we leave the hotel and slide into the back seat of a car. "And even then, look at her real good."
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Grabbed a cd reissue of Rock For Light by Bad Brains from Sounds, of all places. They are having a 'collector's sale, featuring rarities, imports, and interesting stuff', which translates as marketing-speak for lets get rid of that wierd indie crap that we never move. I aint complaining - Bad Brains for sixteen bucks. Sweet.
Also been listening to the latest album from Recloose (Detroit native now based on Kapiti Coast) called Hiatus on the Horizon, tasty stuff. You've probably heard his tune 'Dust' on the radio, features Dallas from Fat Freddy's Drop on vox. “A sophomore LP, ranging from edgy techno-inspired club tracks, to ska-laden rhythms and downtempo soul.” says Straight No Chaser Magazine. So there. And the new album from International Observer is pretty choice too, if you like laid back electro-dub, which I do.
Miles sent me a lovely email saying nice things about my blog, bless his cotton socks -he's got his own blog on the joys of commuting via Auckland's fraught train system, it's worth a lookee...
Here's a handful of MP3's on the theme of answer records via WFMU - example...
Carole King: Oh! Neil - Answer to Neil Sedaka's Oh! Carol
Sonny Wright: I'll Come Home A' Drinkin' - Answer to Loretta Lynn's Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'
The Bar-Kays: Son of Shaft - Answer to Isaac Hayes' Theme From Shaft
Paul Peek: Brother In-Law (He's A Mooch) - Answer to Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law
You get the idea? Check it.
Caught this twisted new UK comedy/drama called Shameless on Prime TV last night (screens Monday round 9.45pm). The premise goes like this... "The critically acclaimed and brilliantly funny drama from award-winning writer Paul Abbott features the Chatsworth Estate's Gallaghers, probably the UK's most dysfunctional family.
Head of the family, Frank, embarks on a series of adventures with his remarkably well-balanced children Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam - not forgetting the seventh kid on the way with Frank's valium-fuelled lover, Sheila.
Shameless is packed with sex, drugs, gratuitous violence, love and scams. Chaos ensues with more tales of how one extraordinary family goes about its normal everyday life." It's set in the ugly confines of a Manchester housing estate. Here's some of the characters...
FRANK GALLAGHER (David Threlfall)
Age 42. Roaring drunk, colourful, angry and self-pitying, Frank's the biggest kid of the family.
FIONA GALLAGHER (Anne-Marie Duff)
Age 20. The feisty eldest sister, she’s bright, sassy and craving a bit of adventure in her life.
LIP GALLAGHER (Jody Latham)
Age 16. Mouthy, adolescent and extremely intelligent – a dangerous combination. Lip has two obsessions – to lose his virginity and to escape the Chatsworth Estate.
STEVE (James McAvoy)
Age 23. Cool, handsome, charming, with a steady job (car thief). Once a medical student, he comes from a nice middle-class background.
IAN GALLAGHER (Gerard Kearns)
Age 15. Keeps his private life very private - you don’t let on you’re gay on the Chatsworth Estate.
VERONICA (Maxine Peake)
Age 30. She’s the Gallagher’s neighbour and Fiona’s best mate. Calls herself a nurse but was actually a cleaner in the local hospital.
KEV (Dean Lennox Kelly)
Age 33. Good old dependable Kev is Veronica’s long-term boyfriend. He works in the local pub, loves Veronica and keeps getting embroiled in the Gallagher’s scams.
KASH (Chris Bisson)
Age 35. Runs the local mini mart. Kash is a hard-working, married, Muslim father of two. And he’s having a love affair with his under-age shop assistant.
I've also been perservering with Outrageous Fortune, which aint a million miles away from Shameless in terms of it's premise. This local comedy/drama focuses on the ups and downs of a westie family, and no matter how often I watch it, there are no signs of life. Not funny, not engaging - put it this way - Shameless is like Outrageous Fortune, but good.
Diana Wichtel in The Listener suggested that "unlike The Insiders Guide to Happiness, Outrageous Fortune is not another great leap forward for local TV drama. The sad thing is that it clearly could have been."
And did you see Hayley Westernra's rack on the news last night? Wow.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Le Peuple De L'Herbe - Delice
DJ Zeph - Underscore
Braintax - Escuchame
Cool Hip Noise - Kama Kove
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady
Freestylers - Weekend Song
Dublex ft Wayne Martin - She'll Stay (Watch-TV Cajun Remix)
Omar - It's So
Chaka Domu & Volcov - Souljah
Cool Hip Noise - C'Mon Family
Prince Fatty - Nina's Dance
The Congos - Solid Foundation
I Roy - Hot Stuff
The Rulers - Copasetic
Wackies Dub Crew - City Line
Jimmy McGriff - The Worm
Claus Ogerman - El Watusi
Gentleman June Gardener - It's Gonna Rain
Ju-Par Universal Orchestra - Chicago Calypso
Notch - Bueno (incl NYC re-lick)
Ms Dynamite - Why Try
UKJ's - Moutamassi
Merciless & Born Jamericans - Cyaan Done
Gregory Isaacs - Do Lord
The Wailers & DJ Wong Chu - Keep On Moving
Thanks to Big Matt for filling in, mucho appreciated!
In case you missed this, Kate Sylvester got her husband to lift some artwork off a hoarding in Kinglsand. He paid the construction site workers a few beers for the wood, and nothing to the artist who created the stencil art. F*ckers.
"Who owns street art? Anyone who has the gall to take it home, apparently. A Kingsland artwork created for public enjoyment has found its way into the hands of one of New Zealand's top clothing designers, who has hung it in her studio.
Artist Kurt Ensor's [stencilled] image of a leather-clad, bass-wielding Helen Clark disappeared from outside a Kingsland construction site. The next time Ensor saw his Punk's Not Dead artwork, it was in a Next magazine article, pictured hanging in the studio of designer Kate Sylvester. The 2m stencilled artwork had been put up on hoardings on New North Rd, Kingsland.
"When I heard someone had taken it away so they could own and enjoy it to the detriment of everyone else, I thought it was really uncool."
Next said Sylvester's husband, Wayne Conway, got the art from the construction site in exchange for some beer for the workers.
Sylvester said: "To me, stencils are graffiti, just like tagging. It could have just as easily been posted or tagged over the same night. It's transient and there's no ownership involved. To me, graffiti is just graffiti."
Elliot O'Donnell, a director of graffiti art business Disruptiv, said: "Although the artwork is on someone else's property, without direct permission, the intellectual property belongs to the artist no matter what. You'd expect them to try and track down the artist if they had respect for what the artist had done."
Intellectual property specialist and lawyer Karen Soich said Sylvester should have known better.
"As an artist herself, she of all people should respect the intellectual property of others."
TOO BLOODY RIGHT!
Friday, August 05, 2005
Hey Jim? How do you spell Noo Yawk?
"Jim Jarmusch does not enjoy the image of Kate Moss wearing a beard any more than I do. But that’s what we’ve been confronted with, on the glossy cover of a Hollywood-lifestyle magazine placed, no doubt by the Gideons, on the coffee table in Château Marmont’s Suite 69. It’s very unsettling.
“And it’s kind of freaking me out,” says Jarmusch.
“Here,” I offer, rising from my comfy spot on the floor. “Allow me.”
I do what I must: extract the shiny magazine from the coffee table, walk it through the dining room to the kitchen and stash it somewhere safe.
“Did you put it in the fridge?” Jarmusch asks when I return.
“In the freezer.”
Now we can concentrate.
Jarmusch and I replant ourselves in the comfortable living room, and I propose terms for the rest of our one-hour relationship.
“In theory,” I say, “you should be the accomplished artist who says complex and interesting things, and I’ll be the benevolent parasite who encourages you and pretends to understand what you’re talking about.”
“In theory,” says Jarmusch, sucking down a healthy dose of smoke. “We’ll see about that.”
Jim Jarmusch interview in LA Weekly, here. He goes on to describe doing days of press interviews in hotels as making him feel like a whore, noting that journos usually arrive with a preconceived notion of what he's like ("indie punk boho director, quirky sensibility") to which he is expected to conform... entertaining reading. Wait til you read about Jarmusch, Iggy Pop and Joe Strummer discussing their respective hotel rooms...
On a similar tangent...
Some good interviewing tips for journalistic novices (and perhaps for budding/current student radio DJs, who seem to excel in crap interview techniques) from Dan Gillmor over here. Try this...
"Listen to the answers. This may sound obvious, but some interviews are a disjoined bunch of questions that leave obvious follow-up points hanging in the air. Sometimes it's better to toss out a question you've planned to ask in order to delve more deeply into some angle.
I've gone into some interviews with a single question, listened hard to the answer and asked nothing but follow-up questions afterward. To do an interview this way, you need to be well-prepared, of course, but it can lead you down some fascinating paths if the person is interesting enough."
Jimi Hendrix played gay to get out of the US Army... um, do you think he was the first person to ever do this? Ah, no. Then it's not really news, is it? Damn you, lazy freaking mainstream media. Next! (Did you know that 'Hey Joe' was an ode to his gay lover?)
On a similar theme, Stylus Magazine presents In Love With These Times: A Flying Nun primer, best bit is Dave Mulcahy's imaginary casting for the Flying Nun movie "In Love With Those Times"... here's a sample...
Chris Knox – Harvey Keitel (with ponytail and jandals: Mr. Sleazy)
Lesley Paris – Jennifer Saunders (the sardonic floozy)
Martin Phillips – Rowan Atkinson (ala Mr. Bean, with guitar)
Mathew Bannister – Dylan Moran (from Black Books)
Alister Parker - Michael Imperioli (Christopher in Sopranos)
Peter Gutteridge – William Defoe (Drug-crazed enigma)
David Kilgour – Bob Dylan (The serious young man)
Dave Yetton – Michael J Fox (Eternal youth)...
Via Coolfer... The Daily News' Jim Farbor tracks the steady decline of The Source, the once mighty hip hop bible that has slid over the years.
"Many industry insiders feel the biggest blow to the magazine's credibility stems from its two-year war against Eminem, whom the magazine has cast as a racist, out to whitewash an African-American art form. (The Source's own founder, David Mays, is white.) 'By battling Eminem, they end up battling the whole family he's down with - 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Lloyd Banks - the biggest people in the game,' explains Nelson George, a long-time observer of popular music and the author of 'Hip-Hop America.' 'How can you sustain and not cover those guys?'"
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Rip it up
Simon Reynolds' book 'Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-punk 1978-84' is out now in the UK, and due out in the US in Feb 2006 (haven't seen it here yet), or just grab it from amazon.co.uk. He's got a great interview with Green from Scritti Politti up on his site at the mo...
from Simon's blog... "I tidied up my side of the dialogue a bit (not that much) but altered Green's not one whit: he actually talks like that, these perfectly formed literary sentences, long roaming ones with subclauses and divagations, almost always infallibly reconverging to reach a conclusion. "'E talks like a boook, that Green Gartside".
For all you sneaker freaks...Adidas has bought out Reebok, more here.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
This week Fat Freddy's Drop jump up from #10 to#6, while Shihad drop out of the top 40. Both albums have been out just under 14 weeks. FFD are in the UK/Europe for shows across the continent, arriving there just as the latest issue of hip UK mag Straight No Chaser serves up a full page interview/feature with the band. Unfortunately it's one of the sloppiest pieces of writing on them I've seen so far, and the writer doesn't even manage to spell Dallas's surname correctly. Still, Real Groove managed to come up with TWO different spellings of his surname in one article, so there you go.
Discovered a new MP3 blog, Back to mine, got Manu Dibango, James Brown and Louis Armstong on heat...
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
JUST LOSE IT
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.
From local paper the Central Leader... local DJ Selecto and his lady have been having a few troubles, one for all you Kingslanders....
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
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
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 Shocker: 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....
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.
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
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
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
DEATH, TAXES STILL REMAIN INEVITABLE
"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
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
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