Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday October 8
Jackie Mittoo - Drum song
Francois K and URoy - Rootsman
Bim Sherman - Slummy ghetto
Brentford Allstars - Racetrack
Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock (Low budget remix)
Isley Brothers - Between the sheets (Steven Lenky Marsden remix)
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Watermelon man
Suns of Arqa - Whirling dub
Glen Brown - Determination skank
Leela James - Ghetto
Herbaliser - Wall crawling giant insect breaks
Mongo Santamaria- Sing a simple song
Cornerstone Roots feat Ranking Joe -Forward movement part 2
Bobb Deep - Got it twisted
Blackalicious - Rhythm sticks
Salmonella Dub - Platetechtonics (Groove Corp remix)
Che Fu - Mysterious vibes
Horace Andy - Just say who
Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the grass
Nite Blues Steel Band - Mongoose
Armadou and Mariam - Senegal fast food
Afrodisiac Sound System - Afroheat #3 (Fela vs Spider Rap)
Love Grocer - Sitting on the fence
Fugees - Take it easy
Banbarra - Shack up (Touche from Wiseguys re-edit)
Earl 16 - Trials and crosses
Recloose - Mana's bounce
DJ Vadim feat Demolition Man - Leaches
King Tubby and Roots Radics - No follow fashion
Collen and Webb - Jamaican jerkoff aka Golden (feat Jill Scott)
In Crowd - Mango walk
Lightning Head - Stilla move

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Never mind the bollocks, here's the New Zealand Music Awards
Headed up to Real Groovy last night for Gareth Shute's book launch, and detoured via Aotea Square, to catch the Exciting Red Carpet Action outside the Aotea Centre. There was an outdoor PA system blaring away with a couple of excitable announcers commenting on each new arrival, as yet another stretch limo drove onto the Square... "and look, coming up the red carpet, it's Blindspott and Debbie Harwood!".

You can laugh at this all tonight on C4 from 8.30pm, with their Red Carpet Special prior to their Musc Awards coverage. That shtick may work in Hollywood, but really, these cats are musicians, not celebrities, and that whole red carpet crap is about a million miles away from the reality of the NZ music scene. The above photo is Mr Chris Knox of Grey Lynn being interviewed by Camilla Martin. Mr Knox is wearing a fetching dalmatian-patterned fur coat. Also saw Don Brash (loser) talking to some tv crew, with a blond woman in tow - not his wife (she's from Singapore, you know). Robyn thought this red carpet scenario was "... someone was trying to make like it was the Grammys. A case of "fake it till you make it," perhaps?" On the nail.

Congrats to Fat Freddy's Drop for their multiple wins - Mu's comment was "This helps Wellington's bad NPC year - this will sort of smooth it over." In a more serious vein, the band members noted that "We're more like the grand-children [of roots music] it's been going on for along time - there were the Herbs." Respect to your elders - nice one, fellas.

The Winners...
Album of the Year: Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop
Single of the Year: The Otherside - Breaks Co-op
Best Group: Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: What Your Heard - The Checks
Best Male Solo Artist: Magic City - P-Money
Best Female Solo Artist: Into the West - Yulia
Songwriter of the Year: Welcome Home - Dave Dobbyn
Highest Selling NZ Album: Into The West - Yulia
Highest Selling NZ Single: We Gon Ride - Dei Hamo
Best Rock Album: Love Is The New Hate - Shihad
Best Urban/Hip-Hop Album: Magic City - P-Money
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Del Ray System - Del Ray System
Best Music Video: We Gon Ride - Chris Graham & Dei Hamo
Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop
Best Classical Album: The Complete Piano Music of Douglas Lilburn, Volume - Dan Poynton & Opera Arias - Jonathan Lemalu
People's Choice Award: Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop
International Achievement Awards: Scribe, Evermore, Finn Brothers

The book launch was fun - Gareth's band Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns played a few songs, then stopped, as Ryan said they were having tuning problems, and Gareth added that it was probably him - to fill in time, the drummer pipes up with "How about that Gareth Shute, aye?" And the bass player adds "great writer, bad tuner". Then Gareth decides to tell a joke, which makes the rest of the band groan. He's a fine writer, talented musician, but his jokes are really, really bad. Go and buy his book and perhaps we can keep him gainfully employed as a writer, not a comedian.

new toy... Akai MPC2500 sampler. Oooohhhhh...
"On August 31, 2005 I was going on a trip to Tokyo, for the labor day weekend, to buy some gear and see what's new in Akihabara, it's a town in Tokyo that has nothing but electronics, it's about 15 blocks from computers to computer parts to memory to musical gear I love that town.

"So as I always do I called my friend Mr. Nakamura to see what up, he's the head engineer and designer for AKAI. He tells me he just got back in town and to come see the new MPC 2500. So the next day I went to AKAI headquarters in Yokohama City and when I saw it all I could say was "PHATT". We sat down and I asked a lot of questions and he filled me in on everything we played with it for about an hour. It's got a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice 16bit Stereo Digital Sampler. They moved the pads in the center and their rock solid with velocity and pressure sensitive..."

Find out more here.

Via Boing boing... I always thought the Doors were a bunch of overblown rock crud, but this story is alright...

"Doors drummer won't allow songs to played
Mark Frauenfelder
: The LA Times has an article about Doors' drummer John Densmore's refusal to allow Doors' songs to be used in TV commercials.
"People lost their virginity to this music, got high for the first time to this music," Densmore said. "I've had people say kids died in Vietnam listening to this music, other people say they know someone who didn't commit suicide because of this music…. On stage, when we played these songs, they felt mysterious and magic. That's not for rent."
When Cadillac offered $15 million for the rights to use "Break On Through," the surviving members of the band wanted the money, but Densmore held out.
"Everyone wanted him to do it," said John Branca, an attorney who worked on the Cadillac proposal. "I told him that, really, people don't frown on this anymore. It's considered a branding exercise for the music. He told me he just couldn't sell a song to a company that was polluting the world.
WTF is a "branding exercise?" Link"

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Where are you gonna be on Friday January 20, 2006?
I'm gonna be watching Iggy and the Stooges playing live at the Big Day Out. How f*cking cool is that? Thank you, BDO.

Gareth Shute has a guest blog at Public Address, to coincide with the launch of his new book... worth a read...

"...Things have definitely come a long way for hip hop and now it is no surprise to see it plastered over the media in different forms. I hope that the fact that my book on Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa won a Montana Award might help to extend people' s understanding that hip hop isn't just an imported fad. However, I still a bit disappointed when I see something like "hip hop tours" used as a political football. I'm not going to try to justify the money spent on that particular piece of funding, but it is worthwhile to note that it was actually only one "tour" not multiple "tours" and that Sara Tamati was one of the people that created the strong Christchurch hip hop scene, out of which came both Scribe and the original hip hop summit (both of which have gone on to generate huge amounts of money). Perhaps it is time that the wider public started taking on some of the positive aspects of hip hop...."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Don't call it a comeback, it's been here for years
" It’s been seven-and-a-half years since I started writing about the great analog vs digital debate, and things have certainly changed during that time. Back then, in 1998, I still felt like the future of LPs and turntables was ethereal at best, that at any moment it could all end, and with more of a whimper than a bang.
Now, in 2005, most audiophiles, both digiphiles and vinyl lovers, recognize that the analog market has been pretty stable for years, and it’s not going to change any time soon. Thanks to the iPod, and music downloading in general, the LP will probably outlast the redbook CD. It’s an amazing statement, I know, almost unthinkable seven-and-a-half years ago. But the more you ponder the possibility of it, the more it makes sense...."
From Marc Phillips column, The Vinyl Anachronist see Vinyl anecdotes... check out his archived columns, plus this one on LP TLC.

From BBC News... "Reggae star Buju Banton is to go on trial next month in Jamaica for his alleged role in an attack on a group of six gay men, a judge said on Friday."

via Coolfer... "The Guardian on the recording studio complex that Justin Timberlake is planning on builing in Memphis and his plans to buy Sun and Stax: " The audacious plan would revive Memphis as a creative centre in a way not seen since BB King and Booker T and the MGs played Beale Street in the Sixties. Timberlake's move is not without controversy. Smaller studios and labels that have struggled in the city for years fear they could be ruined by such a powerful player signing up local talent."

And in local news, author and budding indie rock god Gareth Shute (Hiphop in Aotearoa) launches his new book Makling Music in New Zealand tomorrow evening at Real Groovy in Auckland, at 6pm. Also featuring on the night will be a live performance by Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns, featuring Mr Shute on multi-instruments. More info here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Just wondering.
Jay Smooth has got the lowdown on the new Stevie Wonder album, out now on iTunes...
"The actual "A Time to Love" CD doesn't hit stores until October 18th, but Motown quietly gave it a "digital release" on itunes last tuesday, presumably as a ploy to beat the Oct 1st deadline for Grammy eligibility. I got an advance copy right before my radio show on Saturday, and will now be able to tell my grandchildren about the time I world-premiered a Stevie Wonder album. (and on the same night that I interviewed the Skullsnaps!)" More here.

something special for fans of The Roots... from OSN... (tip of the hat to Different Kitchen)

The Roots “Should I” (featuring Project Pat)

"It’s widely known (amongst Prince fans) that Prince has only totally erased *one* song from existence in his nearly 30 years of studio recording. That song, “Wally,” was supposedly so “personal” that Prince began layering instrument upon instrument on top of it and essentially ruining what was reportedly a really good song on purpose. The next day, Prince rewrote the song with less personal lyrics and recorded it. It remains unreleased to this day.

It’s widely known (amongst Roots fans) that The Roots recorded a song with Project Pat for their Phrenology album, however, no one outside of their circle has heard this song…. until today. Speaking with ?uestlove over IM today, he sent me this track and told me that he almost “Wally’d” it. He was considering it for the upcoming Roots compilations “HomeGrown: The Survival Guide for Understanding The Roots Volumes One & Two” but uhhhh… changed his mind. He’s given me permission to throw it out to the world since it’d otherwise never see the light of day.

Also of note… this may be the last recorded appearance of Malik B as a member of The Roots."

ADDED: Simon Grigg is blogging from Bali...

"...It seems pretty much business as usual along Jalan Legian, but of course it’s not at all. The shops are busy, although the Bintang t-shirt wearing Ockers, who were the fairly obvious targets of this horror, are glaringly absent from the streets and there is a gloom and despondency upon the faces of many of the Balinese. I was in Bali a couple of weeks after the 2002 bomb and again in January and February 2003 and I know what this is going to do to this beautiful, peaceful and undeserving island in the years to come..."

Ring the Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday October 1
Ernest Ranglin - Surfin
Groove Corp meets Twilight Circus feat Luciano -What we gotta do
Sunshine Soundsystem - As of lately
Jackie Mittoo - Hot milk
James Brown -Blind man can see it
Oscar Brown Jr - Brother where are you (Matthew Herbert remix)
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady (the Nextmen - Burger remix)
Ultramagnetic MCs - Poppa Large - West Coast mix
Freddy Cruger feat Desmond Foster - Something good
Roots Combination - Spoony Bill
George McCrae - I get lifted (Mischief Brew re-edit)
Joni Rewind feat Estelle - Uptown ranking
Boozoo Bajou - 9 below zero
Turbulence - Notorious
International Observer - London dub
Kora - Politician (Paddy Free remix)
Elephantman - Chapter a day (Real Rock Return riddim)
Damian Marley - Move
Deodato - Super Strut
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - How long do I have to wait for you
Keith Lawrence feat Rodney P - Style and fashion
Nextmen feat Demolition Man - Piece of the pie
Junkyard Band - Sardines (Tittsworth remix)
Esso Trinidad Steel Band - I want you back
Recloose - Dust (Submariner remix)
Jurassic 5 - Red hot
Bamboos - Tighten up
Fugees - Take it easy

Friday, September 30, 2005

Nice one.
The Music Industry Commission has organised some great seminars for Monday and Tuesday next week, on Music Export. More info here. Now, there are about 10 musicians in this country who make a full-time living off of their music, and the rest of us have day jobs - so why the hell have the MIC scheduled these seminars during the day???? Didn't they research their target market??? Bloody useless.... Scuse the rant, but I was stoked to hear about these seminars, and I can't go.
Later. What a stink week. Someone crashed into my car in the parking building too. Bloody hate cars...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Forget Oreos, eat Cool J cookies
I love Oreos, but then there's shows like this. The VH1 Hip-hop Honors show was on US tv a few nights back, there's a bunch of clips here. only works in IE tho (and you'll need a fast connection to watch the clips).
Check out old school legend Big Daddy Kane coming on after TI and Common have had a go at a few of his tunes - he absloutely kills it, even busts a few moves at the end. Salt n Pepa are looking mighty fine too.

O-Dub writes it up in his post here... "...While the performances were uneven during Big Daddy Kane's set, the dancing was off the chain. Seriously, f--- the "Lean Back." They need to bring back hyperactive, hip-house body pyrotechnics. That bit at the end with Kane joined with Scoob (where's Scrap at?) was arguably the best moment of the entire evening. (And big up to the Roots for playing back-up band to full effect. Ahmir Thompson has not a bad life. Oh no.).." Nastack and Cocaine Blunts covered it too. Check out Common breaking during the Kane set, does some fine windmills.

for all you people who like old bastards... from Brooklyn Vegan...

No Direction Home is the new documentary about Bob Dylan by director Martin Scorcese. Last night I watched the first commercial-free two hours on PBS. I can't wait to watch part two tonight (Sept 27, 2005 from 9-11PM).

No Direction Home * For a recap of part one, images included, check out Starf***er's Music Blog
* Buy the DVD at Amazon.
* They have the soundtrack too.
* PBS has more info and a clip
* Roger Ebert gives it four stars
* Get Bob Dylan MP3s
* Get Cloud Cult's cover of Mr. Tambourine Man

also, from Stereogum... "Did you catch Part I of Scorsese's Dylan doc on PBS last night? Some incredible archival footage of Bob's influences. Odetta, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, Liam Clancy, Allen Ginsberg, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, Bob Neuwirth, Paul Clayton, Gregory Corso, Big Joe Williams ... still with me? No?
Well, the good news is Part II (tonight) is supposedly the funny part, chronicling the press conferences where reporters asked Bob questions so clueless, the songwriter went into exile for seven years.
A sampling from Editor & Publisher (via Gawker):

REPORTER: You don't sing protest songs anymore.
:All my songs are protest songs. All I do is protest.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Suck on your glasses.
DYLAN: You want me to suck on my glasses?
PHOTOGRAPHER: Just suck your glasses.
DYLAN: Do YOU want to suck my glasses?

REPORTER: How many other protest singers exist?
DYLAN: About 136.
REPORTER: You say about 136—-or exactly 136?
DYLAN: Either 136 or 142.

Click here to watch (Realplayer) a clip from last night's show - Dylan performing "Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat" in Dublin, 5/2/66.

...and for all you Radiohead fans eagerly awaiting their new album, Thom Yorke is blogging, hold your excitement...

"i dont know. what do people write in blogs normally?
i could write about how im finding it difficult to finish lyrics.
that there are giant waves of self doubt crashing over me and if i could allieviate this with a simple pill ...
i think i would

although it is a necessary part of the procedure. but that would be dull wouldnt it?

i could write about watching V festival.. how i thought Dizzee Rascal stole it..

or ponder the imminent energy crises that awaits us even before our governments get their arse in gear over climate change.

or how amazing the sky is outside with the moon hiding behind fast moving clouds and the bats swooping close to your head.

which? hmm

i have absolutely no idea what i am talking about."

Just like most bloggers. Nice one.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Zane Lowe swears into trouble....
more here. The warning at the start of his Most Punk show back in June, delivered by an old lady... "Hello ladies, boys and girls, I thought that you might like to know - in the spirit of punk rock – the following show includes, what we often refer to as language. So if, like me, you are offended by such words and phrases as: arse; bollocks; tit...." and on and on. Mr Lowe will be in town for the NZ Music Awards on October 5, and is playing with Breaks Co-op on Oct 7.

AK is a ghetto
The Auckland inner-city ghetto is coming sooner than you think. Proof? Read this. "Recent Department of Labour statistics reveal new student levels have dropped from 30,486 in 2003 to just 17,488 in 2005. Many of these students were being accommodated in Aucklands CBD within close proximity of many language schools, several which have since closed. Even more alarming is the large reduction in Chinese student numbers from 14,100 in 2003 to 2,700 in 2005. Many of these students were located in and around Aucklands CBD." The apartment market is flooded - 12,00o completed, 4,000 under construction, and 3,000 in planning stages.

Listen to the Fugees "Take It Easy" - the comeback starts here.
Village Voice on The Fugees: Reunited and Not Very Good.
"... Take It Easy" is nearly six minutes long, and it ends in a minute and a half of Wyclef guitar noodling. Turns out that a Fugees reunion wasn't really what anyone was waiting for; we just wanted Lauryn to start rapping again. Maybe we'll get another Lauryn solo album someday."

Monday, September 26, 2005

Image of people listening to audio (Image: Vismedia)

spotted on BBC News website..."Radio has its eye on podcasters"

the photo caption says "You never know what people are listening to on iPods nowadays" - well, we Antipodeans know, it's them dudes from Steriogram, right? Article makes no mention of the band at all. Nice photo op tho. What's wrong with his finger?

Final cut is the deepest (From the Guardian)
Improvised on the spot or months in the planning, a great promo can give a song life after the charts. Sam Delaney talks to directors about their favourite clips... Link

DCist's interview with Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. "Honestly, we have pretty simple criteria: no tobacco, fast food, soda, defense contractors, corporate media giants, or energy companies. We have licensed a song once to a big bank; that was probably crossing the line."
Ring the alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday September 24.
Toots and the Maytals -Funky Kingston
Bim Sherman – Just like a King
Jah Screw - Juks and watch dub
Fred Wesley and the JBs – You can have your Watergate but give me some bucks and I’ll be straight
George McCrae - I got lifted (Mischief brew re-edit)
Damian Marley feat Bounty killer and Eeek-a-mouse - Khaki suit
Boozoo Bajou feat Willie Hutch (RIP) - Treat me
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
Che Fu – ET research
Ranking Joe - Don’t follow Babylon (BAF meets Waiwan remix)
Lyn Taitt - Stepping up
J-Live - Aw yeah
Roy Ayers - Holiday (DJ Spinna remix)
Salmonella Dub - Loop 7 (DLT remix)
The Katzenjammers - Cars
Archie Shepp - Blues for Brother George Jackson (Mondo Grasso remix)
Donovan Carless – Be thankful
Damian Marley - All night
Fugees - Fu-gee-la (Sly n Robbie remix)
DJ Format – Black cloud
Ballistic Brothers - Prophecy reveal
Infinite Livez - Intchaa (Blufoot vs Jstar remix)
Perfect - Hand cart boy (ever heard a song that mentions the vegetable Bok Choy in its chorus? This is it!)
King Tubby & Roots Radics – Caring for my sister
Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - Blood fire
DJ C and Quality Diamond - Let it Billie (jungle mix)
Joe Gibbs - Chapter two
Blackalicious - Rhythm sticks
Miri Ben-ari - Play chillin in the key of E

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Copped from Boing boing... Naijajams is a terrific musicblog maintained by a group of "like-minded Nigerians who share a common interest in Nigerian music."

It's not a commercial venture, just a labor of love -- and there's a lot to love. Great posts on contemporary afropop, juju, reggae, all things Fela, and vintage highlife, including this wonderful item about Ghanaian bandleader E.T. Mensah, known as the King of Highlife throughout English-speaking Africa some fifty years ago.

"If you were out dancing in Lagos or Accra in the 1950s and early 60s, highlife music is what the band was most likely playing," reads this post, "It was a music of the times – it reflected the optimism and hope individuals had in a the early days of self rule. You can hear this in the light-hearted themes and uplifting sounds."

When you listen to this MP3 of E.T. Mensah and his Tempos Band doing their midcentury hit, “All For You,” it's hard not to feel a little more upbeat than before you clicked.
Link (Thanks, DJ Carlito!)"

Red hot or not
The new Jurassic 5 single is out in our shops, damn fine tune called Red Hot, featuring a collaboration with killer funk band the Dap Kings, taken from J5's forthcoming album. Unfortunately, not all the collaborations on the new disc are likely to be this good...

"The upcoming Jurassic 5 album will have a duet with Dave Matthews. In the blogging world I believe the tired ol' phrase is "jumped the shark." It has never been more fitting. Congrats on losing those last two strands of street cred, J5, and good luck playing catch up with the Black Eyed Peas." via Coolfer.

hey LJ kids! - Art Brut Guitarist Quits Band Via LiveJournal.

RIP Willie Hutch
"Veteran singer-songwriter-producer Willie Hutch, who helped compose several hits for the Jackson 5, died Tuesday of undisclosed causes in Dallas. He was 59.

Best known for his work at Motown, his association with the label began in 1970 when record producer Hal Davis asked Hutch to help complete a song for the Jackson 5. "I'll Be There" became a hit for the group as did Hutch's subsequent collaborations with the quintet: "Got to Be There" and "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Hired to work regularly with other Motown artists by label founder Berry Gordy, Hutch logged production credits on albums by the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, among others.

Branching into soundtracks, Hutch penned the music for the 1973 blaxploitation movie "The Mack." The critically acclaimed soundtrack spun off two of Hutch's biggest R&B hits, "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" and "Slick." More here.

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)

[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, 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... 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

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 (
Leela James - Rain
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady (Walnut remix by the Nextmen)