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)