Friday, November 11, 2005



Hey, baseheads!
There's probably rumours flying round the internets on this, so here's the facts. Base FM took part in the recent radio survey and the ratings results were released last week. Base FM beat Kiwi FM in the ratings, and the weekly total listenership was 10,000 listeners. Apparently Base FM listeners are the most loyal, topping the number of hours listened to weekly -14 hours, ahead of Mai FM, with 8 hours and well ahead of the rest of the pack. (BFM weren't in there this time, but previously they've got 1.3 - 1.7% of the audience, with BFM's weekly total listenership coming in at 40,000 approx. This is of course on a much stronger broadcast frequency than Base FM).
In other Base FM news, Otis and Slave have departed from the Breakfast Show, and Programme director Manuel Bundy has also been let go. Bottom line is that George FM is supporting Base, and the dosh just aint there, yet, so it's maintaining with a roster of volunteer DJs. Sad news, but Base FM continues onwards. Catch the Base FM DJs at Richmond Rd School Fair this Saturday Nov 12 (starts 10am til 4pm) - I'll be there in the early arvo. Come on down and say hi.

Other news, Talib Kweli is rumoured to be playing here in mid February next year.

Buy Brian Eno's synthesizer
From Boingboing: Brian Eno is auctioning off some of his personal music-making gear. The stuff is now up for bid at the 20th Vintage Electric Musical Instrument Auction. From Music Thing:


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Brian Eno is selling off his beloved (and battered) DX-7, which was presumably used to compose the Microsoft Sound, among one or two other pieces of music. He's also selling a Prophet VS, Jellinghaus DX-7 Programmer and a couple of Mackie Mixers. The DX7 is already at almost £2,000. Other delights include Tim Simenon (Bomb The Bass) selling his 303 and a load of other gear.
Link


Bring That Beat Back: The Latin Rascals


The Latin Rascals

Live on WRKS '85 - download it here...

"The Latin Rascals, aka Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran, come from the strain of unsung classic radio DJ's in NYC. They help break Freestyle music in the mid-80s and also flexed a lot of re-edit, cut-n-paste techniques applied from the Disco era. I'm including snippets from one of their radio sets that aired on WRKS December 1985."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

This is a public service announcement... without guitar.
"EFF has released a list of CDs known to have Sony's deadly rootkit DRM technology [these CDs are being sold in NZ too]. If you were unfortunate enough to buy one of these CDs and you've since put it in your PC, Sony may have corrupted your computer already. In the future, think twice before buying any Sony music - what's worth more, your computer, or a CD?"

Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)
Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)
Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)
The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)
Ricky Martin, Life (Columbia) (labeled as XCP, but, oddly, our disc had no protection)

Link (from Boingboing)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Checks, Live on a soccer pitch in Albany, Saturday night
So, we're out celebrating Guy Fawkes (gotta love dem anarchists). There's a wizz-bang fireworks display happening at North Harbour Stadium, but before darkness falls, we are treated to a string of young singers warbling karaoke-style over MOR hits of the day – don't ask me to name the songs, I feel dirty just thinking about them. It starts raining, settling to a steady drizzle.

The MC for the evening comes back on stage and encourages the kids to dance – they get up on stage with the next singer, and we have the dubious delight of about 50 pre-teen girls booty dancing. The MC returns after the singer finishes and congratulates the young crowd for dancing, but points out he meant for them to dance in front of the stage, not on it. He says "We've got Check coming soon, The Check…." (some of them do actually have Czech family roots, you know, so he wasn't completely wrong) The preteens correct him and he finally gets their name right.

They bound onto the stage and blast off their fine 60's Brit-pop, under the most basic lighting imaginable – white flood spots on either side of the stage pointing inwards. The lights nicely lit up the drizzle blowing diagonally across the front of stage. The preteens even give a cheer of recognition when they introduce What You Heard and Mercedes Chldren. From a soccer pitch to supporting Oasis in Oz… a nice leap. Then a brief pause before a sustained series of loud bangs and lots of pretty colours fill the sky. The fireworks seem very low, just above us, which was pretty cool, til the wind changed and the smoke from them rolled across us. There's nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning...

MISEX NZs No 1 Band
Saw that on the back windscreen of a car on Sunday – a homemade bumper sticker, the right half with "Misex - NZs # 1 band" written in black felt pen, and the left side said "Ultravox, Visage, Human League- UK #1 bands". The car was a Japanese make of some description, not too old. Like the song said,… Living in the 80s, 80s, you're living in the 80s…

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday November 5
Johnnie Osbourne – Buddy bye
Bim Sherman – You are the one
In crowd - Mango walk
Kenny Knots – Good sensi
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Your thing is a drag
Maceo and the Macks - Cross the tracks
Keith Mansfield – Crash course (Waiwan re-edit)
John Holt – Fat she fat
Damian Marley – Move
Prince Fari - Same knife
Sunshine Soundsystem - As of lately
Rip Slyme – Blossom
Keith Lawrence feat Rodney P – Style and fashion
Booker T and the MGs – Chicken pox
Recloose - Dust (Submariner remix)
Hopeton Lewis – Express yourself
International Observer – Hip hop final
Rhythm and Sound feat Sugar Minott – Let Jah love come
The Pointer Sisters - Pinball number count (DJ Food re-edit)
Katzenjammers – Cars
Gladys Knight and the Pips – On and on
Beginning of the end – Funky Nassau (Friction re-edit)
Hallelujah Picassos – Marshall law dub
Dillinger – Detention
Morpheus Unlimited meets King Tubby – Morpheus special (Kid Loco remix)
SJD- Southern lights (Kid Loco remix)
From Southern Lights album Pic N Mix special edition featuring this remix (plus remixes from Mood Unit, Greg Churchill and more) in shops now, well worth checking
Muddy Waters – Tom cat
Dub specialist – Kampala
Rosa Parks, Sly and the family stone, Outkast, Neville Bros – Thank you Rosa (audio tribute)
Western roots – Rockers galore
Mad lion and KRS One – Double trouble
Turbulence – Notorious