Monday, January 09, 2006

Something On TV
... is the name of a very fine local music show bought to you by the folk at They have been avidly photographing the local music scene in AK for the last year or two, and late last year they started taking video cameras to gigs as well, and made a fab one off special of local acts playing live and loud. They've been busy making a new special, and it screens tonight Monday 9th Jan at 10pm on Triangle TV in Akld. Now, I am assuming that if you're savvy enough to turn on your computer and work the internets, you are smart enough to tune your tv to get Triangle.

ADDED: Okay, so I was channel surfing on Monday night, and switched over to Triangle about 9.35pm and discovered that Something On TV had already started. Apologies, but the flyer I picked up in Real Groovy had the advertised start time of 10pm.

RIP Lou Rawls....
Washington Post... "If ever there was a cool-cool singer, it was Lou Rawls, who died [Friday] at the age of 72 in California of brain and lung cancer. Rawls's recording career stretched across genres, covering pop, gospel, blues and jazz. "Lou had a big, strong voice," Whitaker says. "He could go up or down, whatever you needed in a song."
Rawls, raised poor in Chicago, cut his teeth in the world of gospel. There'd be church ladies inside those brick Chicago churches, patting young men on their heads, young men who sang so pretty, who hummed so fervently. Rawls was just one Chicago youth, Sam Cooke was another. Where other young men may have had different pursuits -- sports, the nightlife, dreams of teaching in black colleges -- Rawls and his ilk were in basements, singing "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well."
...Rawls was offered $15,000, Brokaw says, to do a voice-over commercial for Budweiser. The commercial was a hit. Rawls wasn't satisfied. "He said, 'How do we make this bigger?' ", David Brokaw -- his publicist and later manager -- says.
Rawls proposed inviting Busch wholesalers and distributors to his shows. He'd chat with them backstage. "He'd take pictures. We got to know everybody," Brokaw says.
Rawls befriended beer magnate August Busch III. "August really loved Lou," Brokaw says.
Rawls also came up with an idea for a college fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund. He told Brokaw to call Busch, and Busch came aboard. Rawls eventually helped raise more than $200 million by hosting the annual event.
There were occasional acting gigs, more albums later in life. He talked to friends about his life, which he thought lucky: an Army paratrooper who was never hurt, survivor of an awful car accident (Sam Cooke also was in the car), a singer who escaped the harsh pavement of Chicago."
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 7 January
Cedric Im Brooks – Shaft
Marcia Griffiths – Feel like jumping
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
Hugh Masekela – Languta
Jackson Sisters – I believe in miracles (remix)

Al Brown – Aint no love in the heart of the city
Damian Marley – Move
Bushwackass – Who's wylin Inst.
Self Scientific – What you need
Breakstra – Stand up
Cornerstone Roots feat Ranking Joe – Forward movement Pt 2
Barrington Levy – Many changes in life
Pete Rodriquez – Oh that's nice
20th Century Steel Band – Heaven and hell's on earth
James Brown – Funky drummer (Muro remix)
Kora – Politician (Paddy Free remix)
Iggy and the Stooges – No fun
Zaguzar -Welcome to England
Jackie Mittoo – Chicken and booze
The Pleb – Ride one
Roberto Carlos – O Calhambeque (XRS remix)
Tanya Stephens – Need you tonight
Mantronix -Who is it?
Augustus Pablo – Song of the east
Sean Paul – Yardie bone
Kraftwerk –Electro Kardiogramm
Ohio Players –Take the funk off, fly
David Walters – Mesy bon dye (Bigga Bush dub version)
One Lung – Cinema 90
Tiombe Lockhart - Tip of my tongue

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Ring the Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday December 24.
Underground vegetables – Melting pot
The Jamaicans – Ba ba boom
Kool and the Gang – NT
Giberto Sextet -Good lovin
Patti Jo – Make me believe in you (Ashley Beedle and Phil Asher re-edit)
Rhombus – True love rub a dub style
The Tennors – Ride your donkey
Hank Marvin – Sunday for seven days
Thes One and Rashaan Ahmad – Doin it
Ini Kamoze and Capital D – World a reggae
Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobbylon
M.I.A. – Galang
Family of percussion and Archie Shepp – Here comes the family
Nightmares on wax – Morse
Tiombe Lockhart – You need me
Quantic Soul Orchestra – Raw ingredients (Nostalgia 77 remix)
Rodney Hunter feat Paul St Hilaire – Vampire
Mere Mortalz feat U Brown – Dis a boom
Breakstra – Family rap
Jablonski – Soul makossa
Gainsboot Manuva – Locataires colossaux
Son Sine feat D.E.W. – Believin'
The Go! Team – Ladyflash
The Clash – Magnificent seven
Keith Lawrence – Style and fashion inst
Stones Throw Holiday Mix from Peanut Butter Wolf (feat Freddie
McGregor, Lou Rawls, James Brown, etc)

Catch me on National Radio at 1pm December 31, taking part in a panel discussion fronted by Jon Bridges, on exciting events that happened with blogging, the internets etc in 2005 alongside James and Robyn – looking forward to it. And tune in next Saturday for Ring The Alarm with Big Matt at the helm.

Take it easy.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Indulge me...

Top ten albums for 2005
Amadou and Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako
Iggy and the Stooges – Iggy and the Stooges, Funhouse reissues
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based on a true story
M.I.A. – Arular
Broken Flowers soundtrack
Breakstra – Hit the floor
Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Naturally
Roisin Murphy - Ruby Blue

Also noteworthy...
OST Block Party Edits compilation
J-Live - The Hereafter
Blackalicious – The Craft
Common – Be
Recloose – Hiatus on the horizon
...and handfuls of killer singles from all over the show.

Please note the lack of boring indie rock which has infected every other top ten list I've seen (cept for Stinky Jim in the Listener). And then there's Dubber's monster list which scares the pants off me...

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Set your video
Just wanted to draw your attention to this fine doco, War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem, screening at the aburdly late hour of 11.20pm. Its a shorter version of the feature-length doco that Radar is puting together of his xmas holiday in Bethlehem, where he searched for the Intifada but only found large scale outbreaks of peace. I've seen a few clips from this and it's hilarious.

War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem
Screens Wednesday 21 December at 11.20pm, TV2

War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem is the story of comedian and documentary maker Te Radar's desire to seek answers about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

In late 2003 Te Radar, real name Andrew J Lumsden, managed to persuade his good friend Aaron Watson to accompany him to Israel and Palestine in order to shoot a film about the conflict. This was no junket - the only thing Te Radar was able to promise Watson was they'd eat a chicken on Christmas Day and that Watson had to pay his own way.

Normally a European tour guide, Watson agreed, despite the fact he was not a camera man and suffers from a degenerative eye disease. The two arrived in Tel Aviv at the beginning of December knowing nobody and with no plan bar eating the festive chicken on Christmas Day.

The result is War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem, a half-hour documentary for TV2. The programme is part travel show, part current affairs and part historical documentary.

Very quickly Watson discovered Te Radar was not ideally suited to being a journalist. His knowledge of the situation was limited and he was particularly inept at dealing with contacts, especially when it came to taking note of directions. Te Radar was eventually banned by
Watson from carrying money after being fleeced by trinket salesmen. Watson's frank updates on how he thought the film was progressing are conveyed in secretly recorded diary cam moments.

Nevertheless, beyond these trifles Te Radar and Watson embarked on a journey of discovery; they sought answers, but eventually left with more questions than they arrived with.

As Te Radar says; "While War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem contains moments of drama, of poignancy, of absurdity and of sheer unadulterated confusion, it is also the story of courage and
compassion in seemingly interminable conflict."

Catch the courage, the compassion and the chicken in War Tourist: Christmas in Bethlehem.

From TVNZs website

Monday, December 19, 2005

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM Saturday December 17
Lee Arab – Now
Backnificent 7 – You wot (Skitz remix)
U-Roy and Francois K – Rootsman
Prince Jammy – Dub there
Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the grass
James Brown – Soulful Christmas
El Chicano – Spanish grease
Mulatu Astatke -Yegelle tezeta
Junoir Murvin – Give me your love
John Holt – For the love of you
Little Tempo - Jemima
Cornerstone Roots feat Ranking Joe – Forward movement pt 2
George McCrae - I got lifted (Mischief brew re-edit)
LMNO and Madlib – Headlock
International Observer - Welcome
Blackalicious – Your move
Mia – Hombre (Xerox soundsystem remix)
Western Roots – Rockers galore
Maxwell Implosion – Grasshopper
Rosalia De Souza - Bossa 31 as performed by Gerardo Frisina
Axel Krygier – Echale Semilla (Watch TV remix)
Pricne Fari & Singers and Players – Water the garden
Jackie Mittoo – Ska shuffle
DJ C and Quality Diamond – Let it Billie (Jungle mix)
Breakstra - Burgundy blues
Skull Snaps – It's a new day
Jimmy Castor Bunch – King Kong
Self Scientific – What you need

Friday, December 16, 2005

Free music
Catch hot new local reggae/ska bands The Brysans and the Earthtone Rockers live at The Thirsty Dog on K Rd this evening, with DJ's Selecto, Matty Dreads and Peter Mac (that would be me), from 8pm andf it's free! Good tunes, for the right price. Later.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ape crazy
King Kong madness hits Welliwood tonight, here's some audio accompaniment...

"... In [the song] "King Kong," Jimmy Castor does very little beyond simply retell the story of the gargantuan gorilla. However, he does so over an infectuous disco rhythm, and, for unexplained reasons, refers to the monster as "kemo sabe" throughout the song (with a distinctive Jimmy Castor pronunciation: "koma sange.")

The song opens with a gong - presumably inspired by the one the Skull Islands natives used to offer their human sacrifice to Kong - and then Castor lets out with rapid-fire simian whooping noises. Castor then narrates his tale, excitably chanting such lines as "From everyone he knew he got respect / whoever failed to give it, he'd correct!" Underneath this, Castor has orchestrated a forceful, chunky funk line, featuring a wah-wah guitar and high-speed Latin drumming.

It's when Castor reaches the song's chorus -- the only sung part of the song -- that he best sums up King Kong: "He didn't dance or party / he spoke at times, but hardly," Castor tells us. "One woman heard his love call / but he was too big and too tall."

It will take Peter Jackson three hours to tell exactly that same tale..."

Link to MP3 of said tune.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ring the Alarm playlist, BaseFM Saturday Dec 10
Mr Perfect - High grade tree
Barrington Levy - Many changes dub
Mere Mortalz feat U Brown - Dis a boom
Breakstra - The getting to it
Open Souls - What do you do?
Special guest Big Matt drops his favourite tunes for 2005, all killer, no filler..
Johnny Osbourne - Truth and rights (rerub)
Jah Warrior and Lutan Fyah - Smoke the high grade
Rodney Hunter feat Paul St Hilaire - Vampire
Recloose - Mana's bounce
Black Samurai - Information critic
Keith Lawrence and Shauny Tee - Muzic ed special
Foreign beggars feat Wildchild - Let go
RBX - Sunshine instrumental
One self -Bluebird instrumental
Shy FX and T Power feat Yush - Lovers rock
Jungle Royal feat Jimmy Riley - A1 sound
Katchafire - Rude girl (jungle version)
DJC and Quality Diamond - Let it Billie (dancehall mix)
Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - Blood fire
Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady (Nextmen's Walnut mix)
Notch - Oye Que Buena
Roberto Carlos - O Calhambeque (XRS mix)

And one more tune from me and we gone...
Floetry feat Common - Supastar

Thanks to Big Matt for dropping by!

RIP Richard Pryor
Saw a snip of him on the tv news, amusing to see them show his concert footage and talk over the top so as to obscure his frequent use of the words nigger and mutherf*cker.

"... Pryor was best known for his searing analysis of race relations. He was honored by the Kennedy Center with the first Mark Twain Prize for American humor. "I feel great about accepting this prize," he wrote in his official response, his familiar edge glinting through. "I feel great to be honored on a par on with a great white man — now that's funny!" from Newsday. More Pryor news reports here.