Friday, February 03, 2006




Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela.
Bout a year ago I read Hugh Masekela's autobiography, and set about hunting down some of his back catalogue. There's a few best ofs around, but his funky 70s stuff recorded in Africa is hella hard to source. I scored a copy of his1973 album recorded in Nigeria with Ghana band Hedzoleh Soundz, which rocks. Now some of that era is getting reissued on CD...

"I'm in awe when I think about the life of flugelhorn and cornet player Hugh Masekela. In his sixty-six years on this planet he has fought apartheid in South Africa, lived in exile and worked with Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba and Fela Ransome Kuti. He's the man and you can't help getting excited about your own life when you think about everything that he has accomplished. BBE Records is releasing a compilation of rare and unreleased recordings produced by him and his partner Stewart Levine for their Chisa label during 1965-1975. The album features contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Ojah and Miatta Fahinbulleh. If you love afrobeat, afropop, jazz or funk, this is the album for you." from Dork Mag.

Hugh Masekela's The Chisa Years, will be in stores March 14, 2006

ADDED - Wax Poetics magazine are having a Hugh Masekela remix contest - win a new Akai MPD16, a signed Hugh Masekela CD,a Hugh Masekela 7-inch, and a one-year subscription to Wax Poetics, or a Numark PT-01 portable turntable, and more.



High calibre local bloggage...
check out niceup.blogspot.com, excellent Welli blog on a reggae tip.


Tune and a half...
The Slits covering Heard It Thru The Grapevine here.
War - World Is A Ghetto here.
The Go! Team live set at KCRW here.
Ini Kamoze: Here Comes the Hotstepper + Commodores: Machine Gun =
My Shiny Gun Mosey (here )
Kanye West: Gold Digger + Cake: Mahna Mahna = Kanye Mahna (here)
Marvin Gaye vs Massive Attack - What's going on (Unfinished symphony) here
dsico - love will freak us (joy division / missy elliot) Oldie but a goodie, and guaranteed to offend JoyDiv fans - here.

and one for all you Lisa Loeb fans (NSFW) the video is floating round the internets too, from her new reality tv show...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Dread at the controls.
Further to my post on the fake Mikey Dread (see email below) at the Big day Out - I passed on the email from Mikey Dread to Wallace Chapman, Radio 95 BFM breakfast show host, and he's done a phone interview with the real Mikey Dread this afternoon, and will be playing it on BFM Breakfast tomorrow morning, (live audio streaming on their site or at Xtra) possibly between 9 and 10am. Tune in and get the lowdown from the man himself. later.

Greetings,

This is Mikey Dread/ Dread At The Controls www.mikeydread.com


I would like you and others over there to be notified that someone is out there using Mikey Dread- from /Channel One Sound UK claiming that he ,is me, Mikey Dread , Michael Campbell, Dread At The Controls the artist, producer, and radio pioneer and deliberately tricking innocent people, fans and promoters with my stolen identity as a international reggae artist.Please be advised Mikey Dread from Channel One sound is NOT me, the original, Dread At The Controls.Preview www.mikeydread.com


I have had emails from the UK, Australia and NZ from my fans who were mislead by the advertising of this FAKE MIKEY DREAD FROM LONDON, going around and using my name as if he was me, and cashing in on this identity theft.

I respect you guys and would appreciate that you make public the distinction that Michael Campbell, Mikey Dread- Dread At The Controls is not the same as Mikey Dread from Channel One Sound from the UK.This needs to be addressed today.A lot of times promoters knowingly or un-knowingly refer to my bio for him and make false claims using my accomplishments in reggae and this has become overbearing. Some people actually go to the event then email me that
they were tricked.

Firstly I live in the USA this guy is a rip off using my name illegally to get out there and continues to con people.

I have warned them already and they continue now its gone too far and must stop.

I am making sure you and your associates have been notified by me as it is illegal for anyone to steal another persons identity and is punishable by law.

I will handle that part myself as this has to stop this year and clear the air on all doubts and he will have to pay damages for his illicit behavior and intent to defraud me of all clients who booked him thinking that thy were really booking the original Mikey Dread.

Thanks

Mikey Dread
The joy of the internets
MP3 blogs freakin' rock... here's why... the complete idiot’s guide to to Tom Waits.
and...
Andrew Bird... at Muzzle of Bees - "Andrew Bird put out one of the best albums of the year in 2005. I ended up ranking it #3 on my year end list. I still listen to it quite a bit, which I think is a sign of a wonderful album. I was digging around my hard drive tonight, and I came across his gem of a show on KCRW from early 2005..."

Discovered via The Hype Machine your daily guide to the laytest updates on MP3 blogs (tip of the hat to Dubber).


If you aint seen it yet, have a read of Simon Grigg's 100 favourite 12-inch singles of all time, - fascinating history lesson and record envy rolled into one.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sound of silence
Via Coolfer.. "The Rambler Blog has a long (long, long) list of music-related deaths in 2005. Well known names are on the list (Lou Rawls, Link Wray, Robert Moog) but more relatively known ones such composer Robert Wright, Chet Helms (Janis Joplin' promoter), and Afgani pop star Nasrat Parsa."

On the same theme, Smacked Face hinted about her top 5 list "Lest we forget, music heroes who went to the big gig in the sky 05" in the latest Remix mag (very pricey) which looked like this...
1 Robert Moog, 2 Lyn Collins, 3 Luther vandross, 4 Ibrahim Ferrer, 5 Willie Hutch plus honourable mention for service above and beyond etc: Hunter S Thompson.

ADDED: Mikey Dread and Channel One Sound System at Big Day Out - Fakes!!!
Just got this email from the real Mikey Dread. Seems the Mikey Dread on the BDO tour is an imposter...


Greetings,

This is Mikey Dread/ Dread At The Controls www.mikeydread.com


I would like you and others over there to be notified that someone is out there using Mikey Dread- from /Channel One Sound UK claiming that he ,is me, Mikey Dread , Michael Campbell, Dread At The Controls the artist, producer, and radio pioneer and deliberately tricking innocent people, fans and promoters with my stolen identity as a international reggae artist.Please be advised Mikey Dread from Channel One sound is NOT me, the original, Dread At The Controls.Preview www.mikeydread.com


I have had emails from the UK, Australia and NZ from my fans who were mislead by the advertising of this FAKE MIKEY DREAD FROM LONDON, going around and using my name as if he was me, and cashing in on this identity theft.

I respect you guys and would appreciate that you make public the distinction that Michael Campbell, Mikey Dread- Dread At The Controls is not the same as Mikey Dread from Channel One Sound from the UK.This needs to be addressed today.A lot of times promoters knowingly or un-knowingly refer to my bio for him and make false claims using my accomplishments in reggae and this has become overbearing. Some people actually go to the event then email me that
they were tricked.

Firstly I live in the USA this guy is a rip off using my name illegally to get out there and continues to con people.

I have warned them already and they continue now its gone too far and must stop.

I am making sure you and your associates have been notified by me as it is illegal for anyone to steal another persons identity and is punishable by law.

I will handle that part myself as this has to stop this year and clear the air on all doubts and he will have to pay damages for his illicit behavior and intent to defraud me of all clients who booked him thinking that thy were really booking the original Mikey Dread.

Thanks

Mikey Dread
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday January 28
Romanowski - Flatpicker
Junior Dan - Yanks and ises
Cedric im Brooks - Mun dun go
Hugh Masekela - Languta
Fabulous Counts - Lunar funk
Sound providers - No time inst
Chezedek - Dem a fight we
Son Sine feat D.E.W. - Believ'n
BT Express - Express (Kenny Dope remix)
Human League - Love action
DJ Djedi - Body surfin
Erakah Badu vs Junior Byles - Cut it aaaht Badu
Jahmali - Fireman
Bill Wolfgramm and his Islanders - Haere Mai
Booker T and the MGs - Fuquawi
Nas vs D'Angelo - Chicken luv
Unification - Guru
One lung - Cinema 90
Amadou and Mariam - La realite
The Bamboos - Tighten up
Dod G - Trojan soap
Jackie Mittoo - Wall street
Gwen McCrae - 90% of me is you
Freddie Cruger - Simply fresh
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Hear what I say
Fugees vs Butch Cassidy - Fugee-la sound system
Sharkey feat Pharcyde - Snobird
Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg - Next episode (Upstate remix)
Beat Conductor - Big T's pachanga