Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Kiwi FM - back from the grave?
If you haven't read Dubber's excellent post on the latest development with the low-rating Kiwi FM, read it now. Beat the spin...

"Seven years ago, the idea for a nationwide, commercial-free Youth Radio Network in New Zealand was first proposed. It became a hotly debated topic in both broadcasting circles and at a level of public policy. It was considered such a potential vote-winner, every major political party was claiming it as their own.

Today, Steve Maharey, the most public-radio-friendly Broadcasting Minister in decades, killed it. And Brent Impey - the man whose local instance of the global CanWest media empire makes Clear Channel look like the good guys - can rub his hands together with sinister glee.

Maharey has given free major metropolitan FM frequencies to CanWest in order that they will continue to play exclusively NZ music - despite the fact that New Zealand music has been mainstreamed on every other radio station in the country and the 20% voluntary target has been reached (and, in many cases, exceeded)."

"... Happy New Zealand Music Month, Brent Impey. Not only have you ghetto-ised local music, you've managed to be given assets to a value in excess of $20m, you've completely decimated commercial radio's biggest perceived threat, dealt a huge blow to public broadcasting and had your way with the country's Broadcasting Minister in an historic fashion.

Happy NZ Music Month, NZ music industry - this is not a reprieve, this is a set-back.

Happy NZ Music Month, Steve Maharey. this was the plan all along. You have been screwed.

Happy NZ Music Month, Brendan Smyth. Back to the drawing board."

Monday, May 01, 2006

Props.
Congratulations ot my main man Trevor Reekie on winning Best NZ Produced Music Programme - Best Music Feature at the NZ Radio Awards on Saturday night. Nice one. Now, hit em up for raise, quick!

"Winner: The Times Are A Changing - Trevor Reekie, National Radio

Special Commendations: - He Ara Puoro "A Pathway of Song" - Roger Smith & Gareth Watkins, Concert FM - Enzology "The Story of Split Enz" - Jeremy Ansell, National Radio/RNZ"
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, April 29
Lloyd Charmers – Look-ka-py py
Meters – Cissy strut
King Tubby – Slow motion dub
Marlon Stewart – Dem girls (Emo remix)
Lowman – Pharrel vs Hutch
Fat Freddy's Drop – Flashback (Jazzanova mashed bag remix)
Nuffwish – Loaded chalice
Jstar – Bye bye barb
Breakestra - The getting to it
Boozoo Bajou – Blast
Jackie Mittoo – Hot milk
Oneself – Bluebird
All natural and Lone Catalysts – Renaissance
Upper Hutt Posse – Stormy weather
Nas – Get down
Salmonella Dub - Platetechtonics (Groove corp remix)
Open Souls – They don't even know
Grant Phabo feat Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston – Message to you Rudy
Wiseguys – Oh la la
Temptations – Zoom
Revolutionaries – Skanking
Nightmares on wax – The sweetest
Tye Tribbet – Mighty long way
Dusty Springfield - Spooky
Barrington Levy – Collie weed version
Scrappy – Off the lead
Turbulence – Stay focus

Chip Matthews (Open Souls, Che fu and the Krates) does the show after me on Basefm, it's called the Saturday Spot. This week he decided to do a country special, after getting a good response to dropping some Neil Young songs in previous shows. As I was driving off from Ponsonby, he was playing Johnnie Cash, then The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Chip, you are a mad crazy musical anarchist, and I gotta give you maximum respect for that. Country on a hiphop station - nice one!

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, April 22
Specials – Message to you Rudy
Skatalites – Phoenix city
Wild Magnolias – Battlefield (Joe Claussell remix)
The Meters – Soul machine
Katchafire – Collie herb man (Sola Rosa remix)
Jackie Mittoo – Get up and get it
Roots combination – Spoony Bill
Leela James – Good time
Ghostface Killah - Cherchez la ghost
Radio city feat Bajka – The hop
Breakestra – The getting to it
Alton Ellis - It's a shame
Big Youth/Congos – Feed a nation
Open Souls - Falling in
Zaguzar -Welcome to England
Dam native feat Che Fu – The son
Hugh Masekela – When
Little Sister – Stanga
Rhythm and sound – Let jah love come (Sweet substance remix)
Pointer sisters – Yes we can can (RIP June Pointer)
Coldcut feat Roots Manuva - True skool
Nostalgia 77 – Seven nation army
KRS One – Bo bo bo
Grant Phabo feat Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston – Message to you Rudy