Friday, August 05, 2005

Iggy and Tom

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 Ch√Ęteau 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?)

Check this brand new website aimed promoting Dunedin music...

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)...

Heres the parallel to FNun - The Sound of Young Scotland from the early 80s, based around the Postcard Records label... If that aint your cup of tea, check their Miami Bass primer.

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 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

FFD Chart Watch
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

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.