Friday, October 21, 2005

Food for Fido
This might be of interest if you're out and about this weekend...
"Yes ya'll its Labour weekend, so its time for another Givin' Up Food for Fido
Join us this Sunday, 23rd October, at the Rising Sun for a huge night of Funk and Soul. DJ's Dunc tha Funk, Uncle Barnie, Cesar, Selecta Sam, Daniel Ward, Automatic, the Natural Disasters and Darren Souljah will be providing more Funk to bump your rump! They will be playing 30min sets to keep the party rolling til the breaka breaka dawn.

The flossatron 5000mkII will be back pumping out free cotton candy. Free entry with animal food donation. All proceeds go to the Auckland SPCA. Doors open at 10pm, be in quick if you want some animal biscuits...the iced kind for humans."

And if you're down at NZ Fashion Week today, I'm DJing in the Fashion Week Cafe from 12 midday til 2pm. Funky reggae lunchtime!

ADDED via Coolfer...
"PC World asks, "Are You Still Using CDs?" Coolfer replies, "Yes." Harry McCracken asks, "Why fuss with CDs when you can listen to an MP3 player that holds way, way more than six CDs' worth of music and provides instant access to all of it, not to mention podcasts and other audio?" I'll tell you why: Because a lot of CDs can be purchased for the same price or less than can digital downloads at online music stores. Here's another reason: Because a lot of music I buy isn't available at online music stores. Here's another: Because I like a permanent copy even though I just moved owning a large music collection can really be a pain at times. Here's another: Because CDs sound better. Here's another: Used CDs are a great way to beef up one's music collection. Here's another: In some cases, packaging still matters. Here's another: Labels like to send promo CDs to bloggers. Have fun with your zeros and ones. I'll stick with CDs and rip the songs when I get a chance."

Oh, and Damian Marley is spending a month touring as opening act for U2, before doing his own tour in support of his new album. Um, wha???

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Blank generation
Been digging heaps of 70's New York punk lately - watched the killer Ramones doco End of the Century again recently (the DVD has some great extra features; interviews with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and the last filmed interview with Joe Strummer), and have just finished reading Please Kill Me, a great book that's an oral history of that scene. Also got a copy of Spurts:The Richard Hell Story CD to review for work. Just bought Punk Attitude yesterday at Real Groovy, so that's next up ( one of their friendly staff pointed out the new Sinead O'Connor album was playing instore, telling me that she recorded it with Sly and Robbie, which is hilarious. Well, made me laugh).

And then there's the latest issue of Mojo magazine, with a great free cover CD of NY 70s punk. Got the Ramones on the cover, but the article on them is less than great - it's full of historical detail, which reads well, til you get half way thru and the writer Ben Edmonds drops a clanger... he claims that two of the Ramones (Deedee, Joey) had died by the time the group was inducted in to the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. WRONG! Having just seen End of the Century again, the final scenes are of Johnny, Tommy Marky and very much alive Deedee at the R'n'R Hall of Fame ceremony in April 2002 - Deedee passed away in June 2002. How can you take an article like that seriously when someone f*cks up that badly?
Here's some covers instead....

Scans of punk and new wave LP and single covers

Mark Frauenfelder:  Nwslvs Nw101This site, chock full of scans of punk and new wave record sleeves, was a trip down memory lane for me. I had a lot of these, which have since disappeared thanks to rain damage and permanent borrowing.

FFD Chart Watch
After bouncing back to #5 last week (up 13 places) on the back of their NZ Music Awards successes, The lads move up one place to #4. They have been in the charts for 24 weeks now.

Heard of Vinyl Revolution? Discovered this via Chris Bell at NZBC...
"I’m buzzing, on the strength of an email just in from Vinyl Revolution, confirming a CD I ordered on 16 August has shipped. What differentiates a Vinyl Revolution order from those made through other online music stores is that it sources rare vinyl for you and transfers it to CD, digitally remastered, supplies original artwork and inserts, and ships you the vinyl as well as the CD..."

Monday, October 17, 2005

Howard Morrison: Girl, you fat!
Aging entertainer Sir Howard Morrison got in hot water at the weekend after labelling NZIdol finalist Rosita as too fat to be a pop star. "I'm not being cruel," he said. "She has already lost weight throughout the show and you can see that. She has gone from waddling on to the stage when she first started to being more in control of her performance, but she is still too big."
The last time Howard Morrison was vaguely relevant to pop music in this country was 1962 or thereabouts. Think he'd have the nerve to say that to Aretha Franklin? Or Ella Fitzgerald?
Ring The Alarm playlist, Saturday October 15, BaseFM
Horace Andy - Jah provides
Elephantman - Chapter a day
Jimmy London - Cathy's clown
Damian Marley - Khaki suit
Beginning of the end - Funky Nassau (Friction re-edit)
Dazz band - Let it whip
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Stranded in your love
Barry Brown - Juks and watch
Jackie Mittoo -Totally together
Keith Lawrence feat Rodney P - Style and fashion
Funkmaster Flex feat Mad Lion -Safe sex, no freaks
Cornerstone roots feat Ranking Joe - Forward movement part 2
Carol Cool - Upside down
Unification - Guru
Prince Fatty - Nina's dub
Don Pullen and the African Brazilian connection - Asseko!
Bobby Valentin - Yo
Willie Williams - Armagideon time dub
Sean Paul feat Wayne Marshall - Yardie bone
DJ Format - The place
Prince Fatty - On the run
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Simmer down
Shirley Ellis, Ms Thing, Alozade - Clapping dude song
James Brown - Blind man can see it
Wille Bobo - Fried neckbones (Dan the Automator remix)
Heaven 17 - We don't need this fascist groove thang
Bo Diddley - Hit or miss
Augustus Pablo - Dub organiser
David Walters - Mesy bon dye (Bigga Bush remix)
Beenieman and Devonte - Imagination
(scored the last two tunes plus Prince Fatty from Conch Records - check out their new shipment of crash-hot tunes!)

Friday, October 14, 2005

RIANZ casts a vote both ways
Seen this apology? Spotted at Amplifier.

Recording Industry Association of New Zealand
2005 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
The board and management of RIANZ were very pleased
with the success of the 2005 Vodafone New Music Awards held at the Aotea Centre - THE EDGE on Wednesday October 5th.

We were however very disappointed at the overt political commentary from some of the show's presenters. We wish to make it clear these comments were not condoned by the RIANZ board and the views expressed were those of the individual presenters and not those of RIANZ. We are working with the show's producers to ensure that this politicisation of our premiere event will not happen again.

We warmly welcome all sides of the political spectrum to join us in celebrating the success of New Zealand music. We encourage their support for the industry and their attendance at the Tuis. We certainly do not expect any of our guests to be treated in the way Dr Brash was on Wednesday night. RIANZ has apologised unreservedly to Dr Brash and thanked him for his composure in the circumstances.

Adam Holt - President, Campbell Smith - CEO

FFD Chart Watch
Going back five weeks, Fat Freddy's album has gone from #13 to #16, then #17, then #18. This week, they bounce back from #18 to #5, on the back of their successes at the above awards ceremony. And they've gone double platinum - that's 30,000 copies, folks.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Keeping it Peel
Today is the first annual John Peel Day on BBC Radio 1. Also scheduled are gigs all round the UK - more here. Also worth a lookee - this great interview with Peel's wife Sheila, on the forthcoming publication of Peel's autobiography (tip of the hat to RB)

"...Peel had been planning to write his autobiography - which he'd whimsically entitled Margrave of the Marshes - for some years, but he always had a tendency to leave things to the last minute. Sheila and the children bought him a word-processor, but John, she says, hated being taught to do anything, and for a year it gathered dust until he finally resolved to master it himself. By the time of his death he had written around a third of the book, up to the point when he first broke into radio while living in America.

It had not occured to Sheila to complete the book until she read a newspaper item, shortly after his death, saying that the family planned to do precisely that. "It was actually the last thing on my mind . . . It was the children, not me, who said: 'Come on, if we all get together, we can do it.' " What finally decided it for them, she jokes, was William's observation that John's section ends in America with an anecdote about him giving a friend a lift to a brothel. "William said we had to finish it, because they couldn't bear anybody to think that's where John and I met."

Also, I've linked to this before, but have a read...
Novelist Andrew O'Hagan remembers the magical trip when he became friends with John Peel

"... Two years ago, I was in New Zealand with him. We were there to represent British culture, a fact which made us laugh for an entire week, and I have to say I've never fallen into camaraderie with someone so quickly in my life. The first night, I went for an Indian with John and his wife Sheila, and I wasted no time in paying dues to my former self: I told him he was a god. He took it very well, saying something profound like, "You wouldn't pass me some of that mango chutney over, would you?"

ADDED: The Peel detective... A day of concerts, a commemorative album and a specially recorded single are planned to celebrate the life of John Peel - but what were the albums closest to his heart? Jon Dennis goes in search of the ultimate Peel playlist... check The Guardian

via Coolfer...
"Two articles on Jay-Z worth sharing. One is a very good article at Forbes that takes a look at Sean Carter the label executive. It's a week old, and that almost puts it past the Bloggers Statute of Limitations, but it's a good profile. ("He gives Def Jam ... unmatched credibility with the artists that will define its future.") The other is a brief article at SoundSlam reports that Jay-Z is in discussions with a major English soccer club. He is reportedly interested in purchasing a large share in London-based Arsenal F.C."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hip hop and ya don't stop (and the Hiphop Summit flops?)
I checked out the graffiti in Aotea Square (why does it always rain for this event?) and the evening concerts in the Town Hall for the Aotearoa Hiphop Summit at the weekend. Some wicked acts, but surprisingly small crowds both nights. Previous years have seen the Town Hall pack out, with downstairs, the blacony and the cricle all full. If you saw last night's Holla Hour with DJ Sirvere, he did a special on the Summit, and played the video for the Summit Anthem by Ali, Flowz, Scribe et al, which was filmed at a packed Town Hall at a previous Summit a few years back. This year, Disruptiv had stepped in to take over from organisers Sirvere and Ali, and had hooked up enough sponsorshp to allow them to offer free tickets to the evening concerts , unlike previous years when there had been a door charge.

Something went seriously wrong with pulling in the crowds though - friday night there was around 300 people downstairs, a handful of artists hanging in the balcony seats, and the same number showed up for the saturday night. Friday's headliners were Fast Crew and Nesian Mystic, and saturday's show closed with Frontline and Che Fu. None of the TV ads I saw mentioned any acts (just the event), which may have reduced interest from the kids. What went wrong? Any thoughts? Has NZ hiphop got a bit tired and decided to sit the f*ck down?

Highlights included fine sets from Ladi 6, Tourettes (dude samples 'I'm so bored with the USA' by The Clash, how cool is that?) Tyna and JB, Flowz, Soundproof, and PNC, who dropped a wicked tune aimed at wack NZ hiphop, after introing the song by saying 'the best thing about this years summit is no wack groups. No Misfits of Science, no Flow On Show..." he then invited the crowd to raise your middle finger if you don't like Misfits of Science.

Later I wandered out of the back entrance of the Town Hall, and there was a small crowd gathered round the back stage entrance. I went over and had a look, and discovered PNC having words with Flow On Show, who were not impressed at him taking those sentiments to the stage - they were claiming that they'd squashed this beef with him, and wanted to know why he'd bought it up again. Tyna was trying to mediate, but PNC was adamant that Flow On Show hadn't squashed it and had mentioned it elsewhere. It degenerated to the level of your classic kids playground argument - "You started it" - No, you started it", very mature behaviour for grown men, you might say. Ended with a security guard stepping in saying "you guys can sort this out, but not here", and hustling PNC and Con-psy back inside. I think I caught PNC making a quick apology, but I could be wrong.

Having witnessed a classic case of hiphop beef, I decided to head home. What an exciting night it had been. Hats off to Tze Ming Mok for looking so hiphop in her camoflage pants and hoodie.

Under cover
Copyright has a cover version of How Bizarre up for your listening pleasure. Described thus: "there's something charming about this cute little Canadian doo-woppy indie band's version of this one that surprisingly doesn't make me want to shove pencils in my ears." Hey Simon, whatcha think?

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