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