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