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