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.