Monday, September 19, 2005

Susan Wood - the most boring person on television?
Here's the evidence, judge for yourself... In the Weekend Herald's Timeout section, they do a weekly Q&A with a local actor/musician/DJ/celebrity, along the lines of "My typical Friday night is..." "Which means on Saturday morning you'll find me..." and here's what Susan Wood came up with for one of the questions.

Q Saturday evening. If my dreams came true there would be a gig by...
A I'd rather be sitting by the fire than at a concert, I'm afraid.
[And we're afraid that's the most unimaginative answer to this question in the history of this column - Editor]


random linkage....
A video for the K-otix remix George Bush Don't Like Black People" is here: Link

High school percussion band performing DJ Shadow. (spotted via Poplicks)

THE NAKED SAMOANS REVEAL THEIR SECRETS - not even, ow!
[TV3 release - 60 words] "The brains behind BRO'TOWN, who first found fame as a theatre troupe [no, they are a comedy group] called The Naked Samoans, tell 60 Minutes about their sources of inspiration and the work that goes into making the award-winning animated local comedy. Reporter Mike McRoberts talks to David Fane, Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi and Mario Gaoa."
60 MINUTES - 7.30 pm, Monday September 19, 2005, TV3

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday Sept 17
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake
Overnight players - Shaka the great
Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix
Patti - Jo -Make me believe in you (Ashley Beedle and Phil Asher re-edit)
Damian Marley - Move
Barrington Levy - Collie weed
Amadou and Mariam - Coulibaly
Che Fu - D&D
Mckay -Bluesin it
Curtis Mayfield - Gypsy woman (live)
The Abyssinians - Mandela
Boozoo Bajou feat Joe Dukie and U Brown - Take it slow
Freddie Cruger feat Desmond Foster - Bad mutha
International Observer - Dirty Harry
Leela James - Ghetto
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love
Rae and Christian feat The Congos - Hold us down
Little Brother - Hiding place
King Tubby - Dark destroyer dub
Augustus Pablo - Song of the east
Lee Scratch Perry - Run 4 cover
The Nomad - Look around
The Meters - Just kissed my baby
Nextmen feat Demolition Man - Piece of pie
Lee Scratch Perry - Upsetting dub
Kora -Politician
Jurassic 5 feat the Dap Kings - Red hot

Friday, September 16, 2005



There is no depression in New Zealand
There's an email doing the rounds from Don McGlashan and some associates, highlighting some of the good things that have happened under a Labour government, urging people to get out and vote. Don's comment folllows...

'When I was a teenager in Muldoon era, the Maori language was risking becoming relic, Maori grievances were dismissed or ignored, and the government crushed land protests with police cordons and bulldozers.

Now, my kids can go to a primary school with a strong Maori language component; Maori TV is getting off the ground, and Treaty settlements look like they might be worked through within the next 15-20 years (which is blindingly fast, considering it's 150 years of complex history they're dealing with). When I look around at other ex-colonies, I feel tremendously proud that I live here, in a country that has committed itself to trying to set things right. There's a long way to go, but I know which party I'd trust to keep up the good work. Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Maori Affairs? It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

- Don McGlashan

You've got til 5pm today to get enrolled to vote, so do it! Vote early, vote often. (Full version of Don's email under comments)


My Adidas
via Spine: "Good article on branding calls hip-hop culture "the one uniform force in the American marketplace", citing companies like Reebok's current success being down to their use of rappers in advertising campaigns."


And finally, spotted on the footpath opposite the Library on Lorne st earlier this week, this charming note...


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Jean Jacques Perrey in San Francisco Thursday
[via Boingboing] "If you're an incredibly strange music fan in the Bay Area, don't miss this. RE/Search Publications is hosting a record release party Thursday evening for French composer Jean Jacques Perrey, creator of some of the most amazing moog pop and musique concrete of the 20th century. The event is a record release bash for his new recording, Jean Jacques Perry's Circus of Life. The party is at Varnish Gallery, September 15, from 7 to 10pm. The following, from JeanJacquesPerrey.com, are some of his favorite tracks from his classic 1960s albums on the Vanguard Records label. If you don't know Perrey's brand of in sounds from way out, this is a great place to start your journey:
 Wp-Content Images Circus Of Life1) "The Little Man From Mars" "This is the very first recording I did for Vanguard. It is special to me because it was the very first experiment with tape loops, despite Pierre Shaeffer's (negative) advice!"

2) "Spooks in Space" "The first one I made with the crazy loops. The idea of crazy tape loops had been inspired to me by a dream I had about Jean Cocteau and Edith Piaf."

3) "E.V.A." "Because it had been suggested to me by Walt Disney, and it is timeless and futuristic. Also, it is a tribute to the first man who walked on the moon." [as sampled by Gangstarr, hiphop heads]

4) "Baroque Hoedown" "This was a "co-composition" with Gershon Kingsley. I'll put "Baroque Hoedown" down because it became the theme song for the Disneyland's Electrical Parade, 6 years after Walt Disney passed away. But Walt is still alive in my heart and my soul."

5) "Visa to the Stars" "It became an Esso commercial, co-composed with Andy Badale (Angelo Badalamenti,) and also has something related to science fiction."
Link to party info at Laughing Squid, Link to purchase "Jean Jacques Perry's Circus of Life"


Via Coolfer...Future of Music Summit: Day Three -- P.M. Panel 10: Radio, Radio: A Discussion on Payola...
snip... "Jared Ball of FreeMix Radio disagreed with the argument that it’s a free economy and he took issue with the practice of paying for repetitious airplay...
The premise that payola is good, said Schwartzman, is correct if the money one is willing to spend on promotion is a measure of its quality. Under that logic, he said, the Big Mac is the best hamburger in the world..."

I want my eMtv
Anyone heard about the new music tv channel starting up? Called ALT, apparently.
Ah, Noizy has the goss here... of course!
"There's a new free-to-air TV channel setting up shop in Auckland on UHF channel 62. The creators promise it will have a strong focus on music, which means there's going to be an excellent outlet for all those indie music videos that NZers seem to be so good at making, but which don't seem to get their fair share of airtime on the bigger commercial stations. "And," says Thane Kirby, head of programming, "together with the late night boundary pushing programming we're investing in, it’s definitely going to an interesting alternative in TV Land." Indeed. The test pattern will be going live on October 4th, with the channel aiming to go fully live on November 14th. Get tuned, and stay tuned... Channel 62

They're looking for presenters too, so email em if you want to audition...
famous@channel62.co.nz. They're also after ideas for shows - you take em to lunch at Pregos or SPQR and pitch them your idea - "Be aware that you'll be footing the bill - that's standard tv practice". Ha ha.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Shock! Horror! Evermore!
So, in a surprise win, Evermore take out the Apra Silver Scroll songwriting award for 2005. Oh hang on, that's not really a surprise, it's boring as fuck. Two thumbs up to their manager for sending out a press release at 4pm yesterday announcing the win several hours BEFORE the official ceremony. Noizyland notes that "The release gushed lyrically about the win, which came over other NZ luminaries such as Dave Dobbyn (fair enough) and The Finn Brothers (who, er, weren't actually nominated). Ah well.
Live performances this year saw Pitch Black perform Evermore's 'It's Too Late', Plan 9 did Pluto's 'Long White Cross', Jordan Luck & Brian Bell performed Dave Dobbyn's 'Welcome Home', Batucuda Sound Machine played The Mint Chick's 'Opium of the People', and The Checks put their spin on Goldenhorse's 'Out of the Moon'."

Still, selling 75,000 albums in Oz aint shabby, but not even gold status (sitting at less than 7,500 sales) in NZ? Guess we're sleeping on our own talent again... nah, my earlier verdict stands.

ADDED: Just noticed this in the Herald story... ""But when you look at some of the songs that have won in the past - there's some amazing songs - it's just a compliment to be nominated," [Evermore's Jon] Hume said.
UH OH, HANG ON - artists are responsible for entering their own songs into the Silver Scroll Awards - no-one nominated them.


Phil Collins is wack
Coolfer on day two of Future of Music Summit. Panel 05: I Am The DJ: Podcasting, Webcasting and Music... and Panel 07: Sampling and Shared Art...

"Producer Hank Shocklee of Public Enemy fame, a knowledgeable musician and an animated panelist, is perplexed by the fact that he doesn't know how much a sample costs. It depends on what part of the song and how long the sample, but the unpredictability is, in his opinion, prohibitive to the creative process. If he wants that Phil Collins” snare drum, he complained, he could either go into the studio and get those specific instruments or he could sample the sound. Kohn said to that, “Phil Collins spent a lot of time creating that sound.” “That snare sound he made isn't original, Shocklee replied....

Shocklee repeated many times that he believes artists who sample sounds shouldn't be held to the same costs and procedures as artists who take samples that represent the heart of the song. Shocklee produced Public Enemy's early, classic album by creating rhythms out of multiple samples, many of them unrecognizable. Those albums would not be made in today's licensing climate, a fact that Shocklee admitted today and has expressed publicly in the past. His position did not have the legal expertise of panelist Bob Kohn, for example, but he clearly represented a point of view that is common in the hip hop world..."

Monday, September 12, 2005

Housequake
Coolfer reports extensively on the Future of Music Summit in Washington DC...

snip.."Sam Jennings, director of Prince's NPG Music Club, said he started the club with Prince four years ago. Prince if very open to experimenting, he said. Last year everybody who bought a Prince concert ticket got a CD; -- the price was built in -- and they sold 1.5 million CDs while bypassing retailers.

Though SoundScan counted those sales and kept Prince in the Top 10 for much of the tour, it disallowed such bundling practices in the future. Thus Prince won't be near the top of the charts next time he does it, or if another band wants to try the same strategy. “If a million and a half people have you CD, who cares?” Jennings asked to much laughter.'


Tunes for a manic Monday
Junkyard Band - Sardines (Tittsworth Bmore Club Remix)
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl (Diplo Remix)
Damian Jr Gong Marley vs Jim Jones - Welcome to Diprock (Low Budget remix) and more over here at The Rub
Katrina: Kanye's Gold Digger remixed, "George Bush Don't Like Black People" (via Boingboing)
Link to "George Bush Don't Like Black People" MP3 (8.7MB). Mirror.
New remix of Run-DMC's "My Adidas" here or here. Produced by nomadic.

via Coolfer... "Australia will get iTunes on October 3rd but Warners and Sony BMG are currently holding out -- just as they are with iTunes Japan. The Forbes article says the sticking point is Apple's insistence on selling all music at the same price, an issue labels have been increasingly vocal about." [Corrected]
Ring The Alarm, playlist, BaseFM, Saturday Sept 10
Boozoo Bajou feat U Brown and Joe Dukie - Take it slow
Jackie Mittoo - Jumping Jack
Simon Bogle and Ghetto Priest - Dry bone (Groove Corp remix)
George McCrae -I got lifted (Mischief Brew re-edit)
John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra - Steel funk
Jungle Brothers - How you want it we got it (Upstate remix)
Lone Ranger- Automatic
Horace Andy - Fever
Salsoul Orchestra - Getaway
Bootsy and Bernie Worrall - When Bernie speaks (Moog-heavy tune as tribute to late Robert Moog, RIP)
Tony Allen and Afro Messangers - Road safety
Damian Marley feat Nas - Road to Zion
Perfect - Hand cart boy
Run DMC - My Adidas (Nomadic remix)
Rev Run - Mind on the road
Little Brother - Lovin it
Augustus Pablo - Jah rock
Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - Blood fire
Relcoose feat Hollie Smith - Game goes on
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - How long do I have to wait for you
Kanye West and K-O - Gold digger (George Bush don't care about black people remix)
Temptations - Plastic man (two songs in a row about George Bush - what a happy accident!)
Glenn Brown - At the crossroads
Milton Henry -Gypsy woman
Stevie Wonder vs the Clash - Casbah wonder (dunproofin.co.uk)
Leela James - Rain
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady (Walnut remix by the Nextmen)

Friday, September 09, 2005



All the way live
Catch Mister Recloose and his mighty live band this weekend in AK town - tonight at the Rising Sun, Saturday up at Leigh Sawmill. Saw em playing live on Coast on Maori TV last night, wicked outfit.
The Recloose live band is Riki Gooch (TrinityRoots) on drums, Deva Mahal on vocals, Mike Fabulous (The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties) on guitar & bass, Isaac Aesili (Opensouls, Solaa) on trumpet & percussion, James Illingworth on keys, Adan Tejerina (The Eggs) on percussion, and producer Recloose on tenor sax, melodica & sampler.

Saturday night Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns (featuring one Gareth Shute, award-winning author by day, bass playing ace by night) celebrate the release of their debut album at the King's Arms. They're joined by Bachelorette and the Nudie Suits.


Diplo says farewell to DJing
(via Boston Phoenix paper)

"Wes Pentz is best known as a DJ called Diplo, but right now he’s giving me tips on how to steal jeans from Urban Outfitters. Two years ago, while he was earning a living as a social worker at a North Philadelphia elementary school, he did a lot of shoplifting. He says it was easy — not because he was a master thief but because pilfering jeans was the last thing anyone expected a young, middle-class white dude to do.

Well, maybe not the last thing.

The last thing anyone would have expected out of a young Wes Pentz is that he’d start a series of successful Philly club nights dubbed Hollertronix, school the hipsters of America in untamed strains of ’hood music from Dirty South hip-hop to South American ghetto funk, and in the process generate international buzz for a female Sri Lankan MC/pop sensation. But that’s precisely what Diplo has done, and he’s had a blast along the way. So why on earth is he quitting?"

Full story here. The interview transcript is also pretty funny. Diplo is currently preparing Piracy Funds Terorism Part 2 Mixtape for release. Hot damn.

From the same paper, Amadou and Mariam live review/blurb here....

"At Joe’s Pub last month, I heard a few indie grumbles about the authenticity of Dimanche à Bamako vis-à-vis Amadou & Mariam’s previous albums — which weren’t produced by Chao. The backing band didn’t help, an unfortunately dressed and grimacing collection of French musicians who threatened to drain Amadou & Mariam’s considerable charisma and charm. Not so with the album: it’s as infectious as advertised. As for its authenticity, there’s more to this duo’s musical background than the traditional sounds of Mali. When I ask Amadou about that, he lists what he and Mariam heard growing up in Bamako, on Radio Mali: "Cuban dance music, French songs, James Brown . . . "

"Pink Floyd," interjects Mariam. "Led Zeppelin. Deep Purple. Bad Company."

"Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton . . . ," continues Amadou.

"Beatles," says Mariam.

Here Amadou starts singing, "Don’t Let Me Down."


Hunter S Thompson's Suicide Note
Via Stereogum.. "Rolling Stone has published the gonzo journalist's final written words. He left the note for his wife before committing suicide in February.

No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt.

It was titled Football Season Is Over and appears in the new Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones cover.


From Popbitch.... You’re terrible Coldplay
Muriel’s Wedding actress speaks wisdom

An Australia man was driving down the freeway when he noticed the woman in the car beside
him waving. When they pulled up at the lights he wound down the window.

"I've just bought the new Coldplay album", she said. "Do you want it? It's crap!"

The man said yes, and she chucked the CD through the open car window. At that point he realised it was Muriel's Wedding star Toni Collette."


Barbara Bush runs her mouth off
Quote - After touring the Houston Astrodome on Monday, Barbara Bush said, "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivleged anyway, so this is working very well for them." (emphasis added)

Finally, thanks to the person who left me this delightful note...
"the perfect album to load in your new ipod nano?"
http://waxy.org/random/audio/Bill_Cosby_-_Talks_To_Kids_About_Drugs_(1971)/

I've blogged this before, but I've never managed to track down the last song on this, so cheers, anon.

Thursday, September 08, 2005



Drink yourself more bliss
So, are you over the election yet? The Leader's Debate is on TVOne tonight, so try this drinking game...
every time Brash mentions middle New Zealand or tax cuts, take a drink; every time Helen Clark mentions family take a drink; every time Rodney Hide mentions... well, any time he gets a word in, have a drink and make a toast -this is the twilight of his political career, so wish him well as he shuffles off into oblivion; every time Winston Peters rolls his eyes, take a drink. And every time Jeanette Fitzsimons says sustainable or something vaguely hippyish, light one up. Or just make up your own variations. Any suggestions?

Death of the CD Part Kajillion... more here...
"... In a nutshell, as long as computers have CD drives, the CD will be just fine. As long as portable CD players cost 1/10th of a typical MP3 player, the CD will be just fine. As long as you can buy bootleg CDs on the streets in major urban areas, the CD will be fine. And we haven’t even got into the economic disparity related to computer owners and broadband access. That’s another clue to the CD’s current and future health. Digital music is for the middle class and above..."

Apple launch a new toy, iPod Nano, seriously cute... (see pic above)

Beyond New Orleans, Katrina Destroys Music History Too from Village Voice.
Ever read Solid Waste and Recycling magazine? Me neither, but check this article - downtown New Orleans is surrounded by a huge former industrial waste landfill.

"... The Agriculture Street Landfill (ASL) is situated on a 95-acre site in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The ASL is a federally registered Superfund site, and is on the National Priorities List of highly contaminated sites requiring cleanup and containment. A few years ago the site, which sits underneath and beside houses and a school, was fenced and covered with clean soil. However, three feet or more of flood waters could potentially cause the landfill's toxic contents – the result of decades of municipal and industrial waste dumping – to leach out.

Houses and buildings that were constructed in later years directly atop parts of the landfill. Residents report unusual cancers and health problems and have lobbied for years to be relocated away from the old contaminated site, which contains not only municipal garbage, but buried industrial wastes such as what would be produced by service stations and dry cleaners, manufacturers or burning. The site was routinely sprayed with DDT in the 1940s and 50s and, in 1962, 300,000 cubic yards of excess fill were removed from ASL because of ongoing subsurface fires. (The site was nicknamed "Dante's Inferno" because of the fires.) ..."

And that's what they're pumping out into the Gulf of Mexico. Also reported in the Toronto Sun.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Stab stab stab
Die Die Die are touring to support their debut album this month, but their label's site says "apologies to Gisbourne but the show got cancelled as the venue thought the band’s name was inappropriate for a gig with the recent stabbings in the area(!)"


The Mercury Prize has just been announced - the Kaiser Chiefs were hotly tipped , but the award went to Antony and the Johnsons.

"Led by New York-based singer Antony Hegarty, they beat acts including Coldplay, favourites Kaiser Chiefs and hip-hop artist MIA. The £20,000 award is for the best album of the year by a British or Irish act. "I think they must have made a mistake," Chichester-born Hegarty said. "I am completely overwhelmed. I think that's insane."
There was some minor controversy when he was nominated, as he hasn't lived in the UK for 22 years. Hang on, hear that? It's the sound of a backlash blowing in, right about now.


some MP3 blogs for you..

Souled On

Vinyl Addicts

Last night an MP3 saved my wife


FFD Chart Watch - last week they were at #13, this week #18. Shihad have a new video doing the rounds, but still no sign of their album returning to the top 40.

ADDED: Ah, the sad stuff you see floating round the internets....

"The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is unpaid medical bills. Half of the uninsured owe money to hospitals, and a third are being pursued by collection agencies...." more here from Malcolm "Tipping Point" Gladwell's article on the failure of healthcare in Amercia in this week's New Yorker magazine (via Boingboing)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Ring The Alarm, playlist, BaseFM, Saturday Sept 3
Dancing Djedi – Body surfin
Jackie Mittoo – Earthquake
J Osbourne and Burro Banton – The truth
Tony Alvon and the Belairs – Sexy coffee pot
Rhianna – If it’s loving that you want
Jackson 5 – ABC (Tokyo ska paradise orchestra remix)
U Brown – Gal so bad
Ray Barretto – Soul drummers (Tim ‘Love’ Lee re-edit)
International Observer – London dub
Viceroys meets Angie Stone – My man (Upstate remix)
SJD – Southern lights (Kid Loco remix – out as bonus disc with Southern Lights album in October)
Twilight Circus feat Luciano - What we gotta do (Groove Corp remix)
Leela James - Good times
Cornerstone roots - Forward dub
Nextmen feat Demolition Man – Piece of the pie
Led Zep vs Snoop – Drop it like a whole lotta love
OJays – 992 arguments
Skatalites – Coconut rock
Joe Gibbs – Heavy duty dub
Aim – Just passin thru
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade in the water
Barrington Levy – If you give it to me
Boozoo Bajou feat U Brown and Joe Dukie – Take it slow
DJ C and Quality Diamond – Let it Billie (jungle mix)

Monday, September 05, 2005

Are friends electric?
Congrats to The Electric Confectionaires from Takapuna Grammar School, winners of this year's Smokefree Rockquest. One of the judges, Matt Headland from Warner Music observed that "the New Zealand music scene needs a quirky band." Perhaps someone from FMR can introduce him to the Mint Chicks.


Hats off to the subeditors at the SST... they managed to garble some great photo captions from the Juice TV Awards... "Fast Crew's Kid Debt (Kid Deft), Arachna, (R'n'B singer Aradhna), and King Kapasi (King Kapisi)". Worth the price of admission... Nearly as good as last weekend's goof; in the story on Generation Y talking to Callum Gittins, where he mentioned performing the song Gangs Of Paradise at school, the year it won a Grammy. Took me a minute, but then I got it- some subeditor with a limited knowledge of pop culture had corrected Coolio's big hit Gangsta Paradise. I got two words for you subs - Google it - that's all it takes, if you're unsure...


God, the pictures coming outta New Orleans are overwhelmingly sad ... there's the images of buses finally arriving to take survivors from the New Orleans Superdome off to Houston. Why didn't they evacuate them before the hurricane hit? In 2002 the New Orleans Times Picayune did a series of articles on the possibility of a hurricane hitting New Orleans - they found that 100,000 people in New Orleans didn't have access to private transportation to get out, in the event of such a disaster.

via allhiphop.com...
Kanye West criticized U.S. President George Bush & the government’s reaction to Hurricane Katrina last night during “A Concert for Hurricane Relief,” a live benefit concert on NBC. West deviated from the pre-written script. “It's been five days [waiting for help] because most of the people are black,” West said. NBC quickly cut away from West.

Russell Brown also on that one.. "Kanye West on a fund-raising Telethon: he abandons the autocue and just starts talking: ""I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they are looting if you see a white family it says they are looking for food ... We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war now fighting another way and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us ... George Bush doesn't care about black people." Mike Myers looks stunned." This is some funny ish...

here's something positive...

Offers by the thousands
MoveOn.org Civic Action, which set up HurricaneHousing.org on Thursday, said its Web site listed offers for 50,950 beds on Friday afternoon, and the number was climbing by more than 1,000 per hour.
Serena Howard's family in Fayetteville, Ark., set up a Web site called OpenYourHome.com on Wednesday with modest expectations. "We just put a Web site together so we could find a few families here in the Arkansas area" to provide homes, just as they have done in the past for
foreign exchange students.
They have been deluged with offers — including 1,300 families offering housing, churches offering their entire buildings, and many other people offering transportation for victims to their temporary housing all over the country.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Sun is shining, weather is sweet
Got a bunch of new records in the post (Boozoo Bajou with Joe Dukie and U Brown on the same track), the new isue of Vice magazine is out (the animal issue - got it from Beat Merchants), the weekend is here, and I'm DJing at a party saturday night. Sweet as!

via Coolfer... "Social networking behemoth MySpace.com founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe revealed the company plans to launch a record label in the near future and that they're scouting artists. Here's Coolfer five-star A&R tip on what kind of band to sign: Emo. That's the no-brainer of the year."
plus this mashup for you urban hipsters... The Bravery vs. M.I.A.: "An Honest M.I.A."

vai Pop Bitch...
Put down your weapons, pick up microphones!
Amid all the gloom in Iraq, one thing is cheering everyone up. They've finally got Pop
Idol - and don't even have to put up with Simon Cowell. Iraq Star started on satellite
station al-Sumeria six weeks ago, attracting more than 2,000 contestants and almost
60% of the nation's viewers every night.Sadly only a handful of women have dared to brave the country's Islamist wingnuts 36 year old Nada had her Baghdad apartment trashed after her appearance, while her landlord cut off her electricity and water supply. The early favourites are a barber called Mohammed, who sang Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On, dressed in fake leather jeans, platform shoes and a Star Trek t-shirt, and Bilal, a 12 year old boy from Mosul whose own composition about the war's destruction of Iraq had all thejudges in tears.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005



Get Back
Back 2 Basics magazine resurfaces, in shops now. Go grab it. Che Fu is on the cover, got the full story on his departure from Supergroove too, goes like this...

Che: "I didn’t leave the band, I was thrown out. I’ve never told anyone that. A lot of people think that I left to go away on a solo career… we finished the world tour and we were in England practicing for [the] new Traction album and I was learning those songs with all my heart...” tho, as Che notes, there was no rap or soul styles in the new material, more of an indie pop vibe. “We came back to New Zealand straight after that and had a six week break. The word was we’ll meet up at the lawyer’s office to sign up [again]... Six weeks later I turn up at the office ready to get back into it and everyone’s quiet. They hand me this sheet of paper and say ‘can you sign this? This is your resignation.’ I was totally shocked. It was totally unexpected. Like, I could understand if we’d been fighting or there were drug issues or things like that but I thought we was cool... They made me sign a letter saying not to talk about it…

Q You were told to leave, right? Not like ‘this is not working out’.
‘’Yup. There was two of us. Me and the trumpet player Tim [Stewart].”

Che talks about his Dad and the Polynesian Panthers, growing up playing at 12 Tribes of Israel gigs, writing the chorus for Chains in unusual surroundings, heaps of good stuff. Check it out.


Check Fluxblog's MTV play-by-play VMA Awards recap. They watch, so you don't have to:
8:50 Shakira is here to lip synch in Spanish and slink around. With the damaged hair and leathery skin, she's looking a bit like Sheryl Crow. It seems as though she's threatening to shake her pants right off.

Village Voice plays copycat here ("with apologies to Fluxblog").
9:26: So who did more coke before coming onstage: Jeremy Piven or Lil Kim?


Jeremy Piven stars in HBO's latest hit show, Entourage. We've been watching the first series on DVD round our place and falling of the couch laughing our asses off. Pray it hits our screens soon.

Basic premise... "Entourage, the hit comedy series executive produced by Mark Wahlberg that takes a look at the day-to-day life of Vincent (Vince) Chase, a hot young actor in modern-day Hollywood, and his entourage.
He's brought with him from their hometown in Queens, NY: manager Eric, half-brother Drama, and friend Turtle. The series draws on the experiences of industry insiders to illustrate both the heady excesses of today's celebrity lifestyle, as well as the difficulty of finding love and success in the fast track of show biz.
Now that the boys are getting used to the perks of stardom, Eric, along with superagent Ari [Jeremy Piven], keep Vince's star rising while making sound decisions for a long-lasting career in a world of fleeting fame."

There's some video clips of the show here, (fast connection reccomended) have a look at the shark is back, and catch Ari's catchphrase, "Lets hug it out, bitch".

Here's some guff on season two from the New York Times (tip of the hat to Ria)...

"Rehashing box office grosses is so 2004. This summer, the hot subject at talent agencies and power breakfasts here has been the HBO series "Entourage."
" 'Did you hear what Ari said?' is now a regular feature of our Monday staff meetings," said Jeremy Zimmer, a founding partner at United Talent Agency. He was referring to Ari Gold, the show's insufferable talent agent, played by Jeremy Piven in an expensive Caesar haircut.
Meanwhile, at International Creative Management, the agent Brian Sher said he got huge laughs by announcing at a staff meeting that the priority project at Warner Brothers this fall would be "Aquaman." That's the show's fictional underwater action movie starring the groovy pop idol of "Entourage," Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier), and directed by James Cameron (the actual director of "Titanic" and "Terminator 2" fame, playing himself)."

Full article over here.

Monday, August 29, 2005



“He’s crushing his testicles in tight trousers for world peace.”
John Lydon on Bono's attempts to change the world.

Need a laugh? Try this quote for size..
"There are too many Maori in jail and they can't all be criminals."
Hone Harawira on Donna Awatere Huata's conviction. Hang on, I heard that everyone in jail can't be criminals, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. "It was that other guy, not me".


Via Tofu hut... "This collection of '70's NYC club photos has already made its way all over the web; but I remain amazed at the dionysian revelry of the City's glory days. Ah, for a pre-AIDS party scene with a Moroder soundscape thumping in the background... them were golden times, I imagine."

Saw this via Hans (cheers)...
The New Republic editor Michael Crowley on the difficulty of being a "rock snob" in the P2P-and-iPod era. (Via The Morning News)
"Snobbery subsists on exclusivity. And the ownership of a huge and eclectic music collection has become ordinary. Thanks to the iPod, and digital music generally, anyone can milk various friends, acquaintances, and the Internet to quickly build a glorious 10,000-song collection. Adding insult to injury, this process often comes directly at the Rock Snob's expense."

'That's when the true rock snob goes back to vinyl, Michael,' says Coolfer. True, dat.

This story is getting much heat in the hiphop blogosphere...
"Tha Pumpsta, who happens be white, has built a following in the past few years by staging monthly "Kill Whitie" parties in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for large groups of white hipsters. His proclaimed goal, in between spinning booty-bass, Miami-style frenetically danceable hip-hop records that are low on lyrical depth and high on raunchiness, is to 'kill the whiteness inside.'" Source - Washington Post article.
Responses from Jay smooth, O-Dub and others. These freaks are beyond irony.

Here's a real use for camera cellphones...
"When a pervert exposed himself on a Manhattan subway last week, Thao Nguyen reached for her secret weapon - her camera phone. The quick-thinking 22-year-old snapped a shot of the smirking sicko, took it to cops and then posted it on the internet." Nice one.

Spotted at Coolfer... "At the Guardian, Linton Kwesi Johnson wrote a piece on Jamaican dub poet Matabaruka. "His canvas has now widened to include poems that focus on environmental concerns, hard drugs, junk food and other issues but, as Morris observes, 'the protest element predominates: protest against poverty, inequality, racism, class prejudice, oppression, political deceit and the wickedness of powerful nations'."

ADDED: Recloose interview in the weekend papers, entertaining wee writeup.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday August 27
Jackie Mittoo - Getup and get it
Rodney P -The niceup
Stevie Wonder vs The Clash - Casbah wonder (dunproofin.co.uk mashup)
Barry Brown -Big pollution
Recloose – Mana's bounce
Roy Ayers - Love will bring us together
Rick James -Bustin loose
DJ Format -The place
Gladys Knight and the Pips - I heard it thru the grapevine
Alton Ellis – I'm just a guy
International Observer – Hip hop's final
Bumps Jackson – Funky in Jamaica part 2
Maze – colourblind
Willie Bobo – Trinidad
Dub Specialst – Kampala
Turbulence – Notorious
Sola Rosa – Easy uneasy
Led Snoopelin – Drop it like it's a whole lotta love (Snoop vs Led Zep
- from Partyben.com)
Fatback band -Wicky wacky
Cubalooba – Cubalooba
Amadou and Mariam – Camion Sauvages
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings – Your thing is a drag
Roisin Murphy -Sow into you
Kenny Dope – Get on down
Elephantman – Chapter a day
Lion rock – Rude boy rock
Rhianna – If it's lovin you want
Daphne Walker with Bill Wofgramm and his Islanders – Haere mai
Jstar vs Blufoot – Intchaaa (Infinite Livez remix)
Perfect – Handcart boy

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.

Righto.

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........"
www.ottawaxpress.ca/music/localsatlarge.aspx?iIDArticle=916

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 sohh.com] "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.