Tuesday, June 13, 2006

"Voot"
gotta love dem internets...

"I first encountered this word in a terrific jump blues by the Nelson Alexander Trio, a little-known band I know little about. Smashing song. It was released in 1948, the first year of the rock’n’roll revolution (see How Rock Really Began), but it’s not a rock'n'roll song. There’s no back beat. It’s pretty much a straight-ahead boogie woogie with a Texas-style blues guitar and a jumpin’ vocal.

But I kept wondering about that word voot. The lyrics are suggestive but vague: “It’s cool in the kitchen, it’s warm in the hall, it’s hot in the bedroom and that ain’t all. I’m gonna rock that voot, baby, all night long.” Sure, it’s about sex; that’s obvious.* But where’d it come from? Why haven’t I heard it anywhere else? So I started looking around the Internet. Eventually it became a bit of an obsession.

Here, for the first time anywhere, is your ultimate voot encyclopedia. I've tracked down every voot reference I could find. I've even included a complete MP3 discography of a dozen original voot songs, never before collected in one place (as far as I can tell). Rarely in history has so much effort been expended on something so insignificant. But it's been fun.' More here... (Tuwa's Shanty)
Quote of the week
"You mean am I happy with a doctor putting his finger up my arse?"

Neil Finn, talking about his experience as a hospital orderly (prior to becoming a rocker/millionaire), and how that applies to touring Oz with aging art-rockers Spilt Enz. Context below...

"... I think what it did for me in actual literal terms, working as an orderly, was that it cured me of any fear of hospitals. So when anyone around me is sick, I'm actually a very good nurse. [Wife] Sharon is good with needles; I'm good with vomit."

With the impending Australian tour, it's probably appropriate, then, to ask if he is as comfortable with the necessary medical demands on men of his age? "You mean am I happy with a doctor putting his finger up my arse?" he laughs.

"There are quite a lot of, maybe humiliations is a little strong, moments where a man has to confront himself in a medical sense. In terms of my general level of anxieties, my 30s were far worse than my 40s. I feel now a lot more at ease with myself." Link.

Oh, and what do you reckon will happen if the power goes out during the 2011 Rugby World Cup? Not impossible, given that upgrades to the power supply aren't due for completion til 2012. Picture it; The host nations' team, the All Blacks, have just competed their haka, here comes the kick-off and WHOOOMP! Eden Park is plunged into darkness, and this is being beamed live into tv sets around the planet. All it takes is a strong wind and ONE LONE CABLE.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday June 10
Sister Nancy - Bam bam
Barrington Levy & Beenieman - Murderation
Scientist -Dub 16
Chakachas - African Llama
Mulatu Astkake - Yegelle tezeta
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Cedirc Im Brooks - Mun dun go
Horace Andy/Massive attack - One love
Shaggy & Barrington Levy - Broadway
Oneself - Bluebird
Funky Lowlives - Bellaluna (Boozoo Bajou remix)
Mere Mortalz feat U Brown - Dis a boom
DJ Serious - The enlightenment remix
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Harry Steel - Dub in C minor
Aim - Just passin thru
The Clash - Magnificent dance
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Dancing Djedi - Body surfin
Fat Freddy's Drop - Flashback (Jazzanova mashed bag remix)
Rhythm and sound - Lightning storm (Francois K remix)
Big Youth & the Congos - Feed a nation (Mixed/edited by Rhythm and sound)
Joe Gibbs and the professionals - Love the one you're with
El gran combo - Chua chua boogaloo
Donny Hathaway - Come little children
Freddie Cruger - Simply fresh
JStar - Fall in love

Cheers toRuffian and Earl E, who invited me down to DJ at the monthly Champion Sounds night at Rakinos last night (celebrating two years of palying choice records - nice one fellas). I had a wicked time (dropped a new Dub Asylum tune in there mid-set, went down very nicely), great crowd. Big Matt dropped by and spun a few tunes too. All good in the hood!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006



Get back
RIP Billy Preston. Aged 59, after a long illness. "A former teenage keyboard prodigy, Preston was one of the few musicians to play with both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. A prolific writer, he also wrote You Are So Beautiful, a major hit for his friend, British blues singer Joe Cocker. And he collaborated with superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Jackson Five, Sly and the Family Stone and Barbra Streisand." (BBC)

Pitchfork notes that "Later in his life, Preston suffered several major indignities: being sentenced to a three-year jail term following a bail violation, performing on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, and, worst of all, performing as the title character in the abysmal film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." More here, here and here.

ADDED The B Side audioblog pays tribute, and has an in-depth backgrounder on the man.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

It burns! It burns!
If you feel the need, you can hear the first single from everyone's favorite ho-bag Paris Hilton over here - it's lame-ass reggae (scroll down to read the comments, they are entertaining). Think Gwen Stefani tied up in a sack with some stray dogs for company (but have a look at the photo from her music video shoot - tee hee, wardrobe malfunction!). See, I listened to that crap, so you don't have to (and now I feel dirty). Go and get some Suns of Arqa MP3s over here instead - quality all round.
Ring the alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 3rd.
Beatconductor - Hottest dub
Romanowski - Romjack steady
Jackson Sisters - I believe in miracles remix
Brides of funkenstein - Disco to go
Jackie Mittoo - James Bond
Shinehead - Raggamuffin
Thes one & Rashaan Ahmad - Doin it
Damian Marley - In 2 deep
Junior Murvin - Roots train
The techniques - Purify dub
One lung - Cinema 90
Boozoo bajou feat top cat - Killer
Al Green -I'm glad you're mine
Family of percussion feat Archie Shepp - Here comes the family
International observer - Leaf mould
Katzenjammers - Cars
Lord Kitchener -London is the place for me (Greens Keepers remix)
James Brown - Blind man can see it
Prince - Black sweat
Rhythm and sound feat Jennifer Lara - Queen in my empire
Jimmy Castor -King kong
Jacob Miller - Healing of the nation
Elephantman - Chapter a day
Joe Bataan - Subway Joe
Bondo de role - Funk de esfiha
Coldcut feat Roots Manuva - True skool
Barrington Carey - Love U forever remix
The WBC - Port royal
Jose Feliciano - Can't get next to you

Monday, May 29, 2006

Movieville
The Film Festival is due to announce this years lineup any day now, cross your fingers for this gem making an appearance...


NEW YORK DOLL...
"Mild-mannered, 55-year-old Arthur Kane endures Los Angeles’ bewildering public transportation system each day to and from his job at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s Family History Center library. Though a tad frayed-at-the-edges Arthur is neatly dressed in a suit and tie. Thirty years later, and a lifetime removed from his former alter ego, “Killer Kane,” the one time statuesque bassist of 70s gender-bending, glam rock pioneers, The New York Dolls, Arthur blends effortlessly into his current environment, despite the fact that he’s speaking to a camera crew who tags along with him on his daily routine..." Link to info, trailer, etc.


RIP Desmond Dekker -the first reggae star to hit big on the international scene, with his hit The Israelites, back in 1969. His self-penned debut single hit number one in Jamaica, back in 1963.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Give it up for...
Prince, who turned up as a guest on the American Idol final that screened in the US last night. Franklin Ave noted that as he exited, ".. he earned even more of my undying respect by completely dissing Ryan Seacrest. (Seacrest came over to shake Prince's hand - but Prince turned and exited the stage before the host had a chance. Love it!) "
Video over here (or search youtube). Other guests included Al Jarreau and Meatloaf. Can't win em all.

Speaking of youtube, check out Chaka Khan playing drums back in 1976. Funky drummer.

The Clash - US tv debut, 1980. London Calling... and live in Tokyo , 1982, same song, but with Japanese subtitles. Paul Simenon is unfeasibly cool.

The 50 Worst Things Ever to Happen to Music
, from Blender mag.

and EW's 25 Best Music Websites. Ignore the Mariah Carey pic, it's just there to test you.

ADDED: via PopCandy... "And finally, since I'll be squeezing babies in Tennessee this weekend, I can't make it to the opening of the Andy Warhol Museum's exhibit about the New York art scene. However, I can read this interview with Richard Hell and pretend I'm there."
... and Suicide -Ghost Rider, live in 1978.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006



Random notes

- Vinyl may outlast CDs... story from Seattle Times

- A profile of Warp Records and its founder, Steve Beckett. (Japan Times)

The B-Side visits legendary soul producer Willie Mitchell at Royal Studios in Memphis. Check the pics.

ADDED MP3 blogger drops Mojos 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever... listen in...

Friday, May 19, 2006

BaseFM -all the way live, this sunday
"Base FM in association with New Zealand Music Month are broadcasting live ALL DAY (roughly 9am - 6pm) this Sunday 21st May, from Conch Records, 115 Ponsonby Road. There will be music, DJs, loads of giveaways and general celebration of everything good about music in New Zealand. Happy times ensue. Records, prizes, DJs."

DJ set times are listed below so you can peep your favourite spinner.
SET TIME/DJ

9am - 945am Scott Towers and Julian

945 - 1030am SP23

1030 - 1115am DLT & DT

1115am - 1200pm Slave

1200 - 1245pm Manuel Bundy

1245 - 130pm Dan Paine

130 - 215pm Damon

215 - 300pm Finn

300 - 345pm Submariner

345 - end Sandy Bay




... and now you have a reason to leave the house. Righto.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Here comes the shadow
Heard yesterday that DJ Shadow was coming our way, and today Pitchfork serves up his tour dates, including...
28 07 - Auckland, New Zealand - St. James
29 07 - Wellington, New Zealand - Townhall

snip...

"... The album doesn't have a release date or tracklist yet, but we do know that it will feature guest spots from Q-Tip, David Banner, Keak Da Sneak, and Turf Talk (the latter pair appear on the single "3 Freaks"). We also know a little bit about what the album's going to sound like, thanks to Shadow's post yesterday:

"There's been a lot of speculation as to the vibe of the new album. Some have predicted that the whole album is in the hyphy vein like "3 Freaks". To those people I say: RELAX YOUR BACK, YOU'VE ONLY HEARD ONE SONG. The album is very diverse, and reflects the fact that I don't fit comfortably in any one genre. My critics see that as a problem, but I don't...it's simply the way things are. I've never really fit into any one clique. That's why the album is called The Outsider. "In some ways it's a risky record. It's going to turn some people off. And I think I'll lose some fans. On the other hand, I know I'll gain some new ones. That's a fair trade in my mind. Besides I can't see playing it safe at this point in my life.

"There's songs with samples and songs with no samples. There's very dark stuff and very light stuff. Fast and slow. Simple and complicated. And there's songs on this album that I think blow away almost anything else I've ever done, so...we'll see. I think song for song it's the best album I've ever made. One thing's for sure...it's going to make it very difficult for people to imitate my sound."

MTV to launch in NZ
No word on when, but if you want a job there, go to Seek.co.nz, they are advertising for an On Air Promotions Producer and On Air Promotions Assistant. Is TVNZ involved, or is it on Sky?
ADDED just heard via an acquaintance that it's not TVNZ.
ADDED Russell Brown has the details. Launches August 19 on Sky.

They just can't let it be
via pop candy, headline writers get over-excited....

"Today's news of Paul McCartney's separation from wife Heather Mills has rocked the world ... of headline writers. Here's a glance at some of the Beatle-icious puns that have surfaced around the globe:

- "Hello, Goodbye to McCartney's Marriage"

- "All You Need Is Love? Seems Unlikely, Sir Paul"

- "We Can't Work It Out"

- "Can't Buy Love"

- "McCartney-Heather Say Bye Bye Love" (Uh, do they know that's an Everly Brothers song?)

- "Sir Paul McCartney: A Man on the Run"

- "When I Get Older ... Paul McCartney in Marriage Split"

And just when I thought the most obvious reference hadn't seeped its way into the papers, I saw the lead from London's Daily Mirror: "Someone call Sgt. Pepper -- Paul McCartney looks on the verge of rejoining the Lonely Hearts Club band."

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday May 13
Jablonski – Soul makossa
Toots and the Maytals – Bam bam
Mulatu Atkake – Yegelle tezeta
Freddie McGregor – Rastaman camp version
Maceo and the Macks – Cross the tracks
Sound dimension – Soulful strut
Rodney Hunter – Vampire
Noiseshaper – Only redeemer
Oneself – Hollow human beings
Martin Brew – Sand steppin
Salmonella Dub – Problems (Son sine remix)
Candido – Thousand finger man
Turbulence - Stay focus
Jackie Mittoo – Hot tamale
Recloose – Mana’s bounce
International observer – Cellphone dub
Prince Charles and the City Beat band – Cash (cash money)
Butta – Okwa wa se
Chico Hamilton – El toro (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
Tiombe Lockhart – You need me
Bounty Killer, Swizz, Freddy Mckay – Bounty is a treasure
Derrick Laro, Trinity – Don’t stop til you get enough
Yellowman – Badness
Onelung - Cinema 90
Shantel - Bucovina (Haaksman and Haaksman remix)
Little tempo – Jemima
Sister Nancy – Big beat bam remix
Beat conductor – Hottest dub