Friday, August 26, 2005

Now we are 2
Dubdotdash is turning two today! You bring the cake, I'll bring the fizzy drink. We'll roll around the carpet like sugar-crazed fools.

Hey, it's the weekend. Get mashed.
Tip of the hat to Trevor for this... Party Ben's mashups, incluidng Led Zepp vs Snoop, The Clash vs Gwen Stefani ("these are easy when the vocal has like one note. But, it's fun on the dancefloor. That's what I do."), Tegan and Sara vs Mylo, U2 vs Lyrics Born, all sorts of nonsense. Enjoy.

And pop over here for Casbah Wonder, a mash of Rock the Casbah by The Clash and Uptight by Stevie Wonder.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

Block Party
Ecko Block Party pics over here, tip of the hat to Thatgoodgood. See post below on Mayor Bloomberg, half way thru.

ADDED; Jay Smooth comes over all star-struck watching Lady Pink paint a car right in front of him... plus more pics.

"I was worried it might be overly corporate and commercial, but Marc Ecko did a great job of making his presence low-key and keeping the focus on the culture. A gorgeous day, I only wish Bloomberg had been around to feel all the positive energy created. Though I'm sure he wouldn't have gotten it anyway.

I don't often get starstruck but how can you not get geeked watching Lady Pink do a full car right in front of you? The piece she collaborated on was a brilliant "police state" mural in response to Bloomberg's attempt to shut this event down." Link.

Secret KLF mix
tip of the hat to Richard for this...

Wet your ears.

Here's a gig you won't wanna miss...
"The Quantic Soul Orchestra are set to return down under this November. Will Quantic and Alice Russell backed by the fierce and funky Bamboos will tour Australia and New Zealand alondside Brighton DJ and Jazz Promoter Russ Dewbury. Tour schedule coming soon."

FFD Chart Watch
This week the lads shift up from #12 to #10 (they're currently playing round Germany, and have a tour booked for late October round Australia), Hayley W holds steady at #1 for the second week, Anika M moves from #8 to #15.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Fade to grey
via Boingboing... The Beastie Boys are posting acapella tracks along with BPM info for their songs and encouraging their fans to make noncommercial remixes of them. A new track goes live every Friday. Link.
Maybe they're hoping for the cool-factor spinoff like Jay Z with the Grey Album.

Ottawa goes to town on Golden Horse (tip of the hat to NZM boards)
"New Zealand's Goldenhorse, opening for Toronto's Death From Above and Metric at the Sala Rossa March 3 were, uh, different. There'd been a little bit of hype leading up to them, and they're doubtless good at what they do, I just can't figure out for the life of me why anyone would want to do it. "It" being kind of melodically stodgy, goofily retro-inflected pop. As though Burt Bacharach were doing songs for Lulu. Bouncy and perky (but not for much longer if she keeps it up with all that bouncy) singer Kirsten Morelle definitely has a couple of things going up and down for her, and her singing is compelling when it's not off in some sort of Doris-Day-meets-Dolores-O'Riordan vocal death match, but the repertoire is somewhat baffling. Must be a kiwi thing. And speaking of death........"

from coolfer.. The Chumbawamba Factor. (Pitchfork) A very interesting look inside P2P traffic tracker Big Champagne and the numbers of file sharing. The article delivers some data on The Arcade Fire: "The week of August 4, 1.3% of filesharers-- maybe 200,000-300,000 people-- were sharing the band's music, up from just .20% last December. From their debut LP Funeral, 'Rebellion (Lies)' scored the most listeners-- and the most searches-- and "In the Backseat" got the least."

Kanye West makes the cover of Time magazine, article text here.

When Rudy Guliani was Mayor of New York, he got taken to court 20 times for various violations of citizen's first amendment rights (freedom of expression, etc). One example; he tried to get street artists arrested for not having street vendor permits - they took him to court and he lost. He lost all 20 cases. Now, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues this dubious legacy...

[via] "Yesterday, a federal judge reinstated a permit for fashion designer Marc Ecko's Getting Up Block Party, calling last week's revocation a "flagrant violation" of the First Amendment.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg revoked the permit for the Getting Up event after discovering that it would feature 20 graffiti writers spray-painting ten 48-ft long by 8-ft high replicas of the legendary NYC transit blue-bird subway cars.

Last Thursday, August 18th, Ecko, who organized the event, sued the city to regain the permit, convincing Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff not to believe the city's claim that the Block Party will condone vandalism.

"It will raise to the consciousness once again, in a celebratory way, graffiti vandalism on subway cars," city lawyer Paula Van Meter told New York's Daily News.

The judge disagreed with Meter's claim, stating: "By the same token, presumably, a street performance of Hamlet would be tantamount to encouraging revenge murder. ... The denial of the permit on the stated grounds that the demonstration will 'incite' others to actually paint graffiti on subway cars is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment and cannot stand."

Following the ruling, Ecko, outside the courthouse, told reporters that the judge was a "really cool guy" before adding, "It's kind of nice to remind yourself what the First Amendment is all about."

ADDED: Hans makes the cut in The 5th edition of the Kiwi Carnival. 'A self-selected collection of links to pertinent blog posts of recent time in New Zealand', have a peek this one, gives you an insider's view on Donna Awatere written by somone who has had contact with her... "It aint over until the fat lady staples".

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Don Brash loves politricks and yet he whines like a little beeyaaatch
From the Herald... "After [last night's] debate, Dr Brash told reporters he restrained his attacks because Miss Clark was a woman. "Well, I think it's not entirely appropriate for a man to aggressively attack a woman and I restrained myself for that reason," he said... Helen Clark described Brash's comments as "Patronising".

Can you imagine him pulling that line against a female Prime Minister like, say, Margaret Thatcher? Nahh...

Speaking of the iron lady...

"Margaret Thatcher refused to sanction official criticism of the French over the blowing up of the British-registered Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior even after Paris had admitted being behind the bombing, newly released documents show.

The then prime minister sided with the foreign secretary, Geoffrey Howe, who did not want to "rub salt in French wounds", despite calls from cabinet colleagues who thought the government should take a firmer line.

The papers also show that the Thatcher government refused to hold an inquiry into the sinking, as it had the power to do, but kept this decision secret until the public outcry had faded."

More here from the Guardian.

25 more days of politricks to go....
Can't stop the music
latest news from Indie Music New Zealand...
"IMNZ tracks are being played all around the world. iTunes America’s Single of the Week for August 8th was P-Money’s Stop the Music feat Scribe (Dirty). On the same day One million dollars’ ‘Energy State’ (Sugarlicks) was at #5 on the top 100 Jazz albums at Italian iTunes (#98 on the overall chart) and #33 at German iTunes.

And you’ll hear them in the skies – three Katchafire tracks are now on the Jamaican Airlines inflight playlist; you can also hear Katchafire on Air New Zealand’s inflight services, as well as Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds, the Upbeats, the Otautahi Allstars, Dub Asylum [that would be me], Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns, Dan Poynton, OG, Eskimo Squad and Alphrisk."

Also, the person who left this comment... "I picked up Songs in the key of Life a while back from Real groovy and was bummed to find out when I got home the bonus 7" wasn't there....good to hear you got tho, I'll have to keep lookin..!"

well, I found TWO copies of that bonus EP, bought one for me, and the other copy is still sitting there, so get digging! Good luck.

RIP Bob Moog. He passed away on Sunday. Obit here, here (NYT) and here (Guardian).

Hunter S blasts off: pics, commentary etc....

Bono is a guest on the new Pat Boone album... yawn....

Via Coolfer, gotta love those wacky Amercians and their sheltered existence... "Courtney Love 'expecting Steve Coogan's baby'. (The Guardian) Yeah, that's what I said. Who's Steve Coogan?"
Remember, The US is a country where only 15% of the population have passports. Coogan's family react... "Let's face it, she's hardly daughter-in-law material, is she?"
"What does it make me look like that I have slept with Alan Partridge?" Love allegedly told a friend. "Given the A-grade stars I've dated it's embarrassing. I mean ... Alan Partridge!"

Ministry of Sound release their own MP3 player - Gizmodo's verdict? "You rarely find a product in so putrid that you must spit after using its name in a sentence, but this special Ministry of Sound MP3 player seems to hit all the right pain receptors." More here.

The Village Voice covers Amadou and Mariam's new album Dimanche A Bamako...
"With its fat here-comes-everybody sound, intimate yet worldly musical content, and high-profile collaborator, Dimanche A Bamako is everything an international breakout ought to be. Mali marrieds Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have been blending West African traditionalism, Euro-American pop, and political protestation since 1980, though, so you'll have to forgive them for taking their 10th album's inevitable success somewhat in stride... " read the rest of it here...
Nonesuch Records also have a bunch of audio by them for preview, and the video for Senegal Fast Food... just click on the album cover on the right of the page...

I listened to Dubber and Spoons on the buscast yesterday, the one where they are joined by a BBC film crew, one of the funniest things I've heard in ages. Give it a spin.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday August 20, plus some other stuff.
Family Choice - Reggae beat goes on
Love Grocer - Salute to Sam
George Benson - The ghetto/El barrio
Delegates - Pygmy part 2
Collen and Webb - Jamaican jerkoff aka Golden (Jill Scott reggae mashup)
Hopetoun Lewis - Sounds and pressure
Manu Chao - Merry blues
Meters - Tippi toes
Cedric Im Brooks - Idleberg
Turbulence - Notorious
Sola Rosa feat Paul St Hilaire - Breezes blowing
Stevie Wonder -I wish
Ballistic Bros - Peckings
International Observer - London dub
The Clash - Revolution rock (for Joe Strummer's birthday, and the Joe Strummer Day down at the King's Arms, featuring a variety of musos and DJs including one Jordan Luck, who has never written a song that betrays even the slightest influence of The Clash)
Anthony Cruz - No gun a dance (Real Rock Return riddim)
Elephantman - Chapter a day (Real Rock Return riddim)
Tosca - Bossa on the boat
Dangermouse: Jay Z vs The Beatles - Change Clothes
Flirtations - Nothing but a heartache
Recloose -Mana's bounce
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake
Sabres of Paradise - Wilmot
DJ Fitchie (aka Mu) -Bam bam vs junglist (got this off the Fat Freddy's Drop website - go there and click on 'Radio Fitchie' and you get a DJ set from the man).
Freddy Cruger feat Desmond Foster - Something good
Mad Lion - Take it easy
Katzenjammers - Cars (Gary Numan on steel drums – ace! Reissued on Red Hook)
Yush2K - Fade away

Read the new isue off Xlr8r magazine at the weekend - there's a review in there of a new release from German reggae label Echo Beach, which is called New Zealand Dub (cover above). Not the greatest title, bit bland, but hey. The reviewer went on at length about beautiful scenery and lush tropical surroundings, didn't mention any artists, although they noted that there was a lack of vocals in most tracks. The comp came out back in April, and was put together for Echo Beach by Loop Recordings outta Wellington. Track listing here. Another review here, where the reviewer notes that this comp is more techno than dub.

Tom Bailey of International Observer discussed NZ reggae in the NZ Herald (not online, which is odd, given that they always put their entertainment reporting up on their site) noting that the lyrical concerns here were very lightweight, far removed from the lyrics he used to hear back in the UK, which was more miltiant, more political. Bailey labelled the NZ reggae style as 'barbecue reggae'.

BaseFM DJ and University lecturer Nabeel Zuberi has some similar comments on his site....

"I have to say that I agree with him [Bailey] and don’t think this is just the bias of a Brit in the Antipodes. There’s a summery good time tropical feel to reggae in the Pacific. It’s bland and too complacent and the lyrics generally suck. Even when they’re political they tend to be simplistic and cliched. The sound is more concerned with chug-a-lug ambience.

It’s like Bob Marley’s ‘Jamming’ and ‘Could you be loved’ are the models, rather than the many versions of ‘Green Bay Killing’ or Junior Murvin’s ‘Police and Thieves’. Even bands that are not strictly ‘reggae’ artists have this kind of all’s-well-with-the-world vibe and make affirmative noises that lack grounding in the material of daily ‘politics’ (with a little p, not just a big P). Bu-bum-bum-bum.

In Jamaican music, the names of the rhythms respond to stuff going on, and the lyrics from people like Papa San, Capleton and others just talk about the ordinary stuff of daily life including the nasty stuff, even if they’re offensive some of the time. And they go on about Iraq and the Middle East and about the police and stuff like that.

A lot of New Zealand dub-influenced music is just too NICE: ‘let’s all chill and smoke another doobie so that we might enjoy the view. Sweet as. I can feel my culture in my veins.’ The naff advertising for fruit juices and rum drinks says it all. Let’s have more blacks grinning on TV. I thought it couldn’t get any worse than the Magnum ads with the black mammy. New Zealand likes its darkies, nah?

I’m not against the downbeat blues-y aesthetic and I’m not just a 1970s roots reggae nostalgialator. My favorite dubbed up track right now is Kode9 & Daddy Gee’s “Sign of the Dub” which is a really dread adaptation/version of Prince’s ‘Sign of the Times’. It makes Rhythm & Sound’s glacial dub pacing seem like happy house tunes. It’s ‘as serious as cancer’ but also has a dark sense of humour.

I don’t want all music to reflect the times or the zeitgeist in an obvious and direct way, but I’d welcome more of our music to be engaged with the serious shit that’s going down on the local and global levels."

I also went back to Real Groovy to have further dig thru the sevens, found some Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips doing Heard it thru the grapevine, Jackson 5 - The love you save, Maze - Colourblind, Dazz - Let it whip, Olympic Runners - Dump the bump and a few other bits and pieces. Oddest find - Valley Girl by Frank Zappa (no, I didn't buy it). Don't worry Smackie, I left you Rick James - Super freak and some Grace Jones too. Think they musta all come from jukeboxes, found some labels for em in there. Also found the bonus ep that came with Stevie's Songs in the key of life album - I have this on vinyl without the bonus seven, so now it's a complete set, which pleases the collector in me no end.

via No R'N'R Fun... "We're sure that Ray Charles would be delighted to know that he's now become a street name for heroin cut with clenbuterol. Nice to leave a lasting legacy, isn't it?"

ADDED: Rapper takes tough stand against drugs: Diddy says no to P.