Friday, June 16, 2006

Statue, bro?
There's a new sculpture going up at the top of Hobson st, just before the motorway on-ramps. It resembles a pohutukawa flower, with red stems. And of course, like everyone on the planet, it has a MySpace page. So, drop by and add Red Spiky Thing as your friend.
MySpace trivia - the site is signing up new members at the rate of 240,00 every day.

For your viewing pleasure...
Soul Shower lost several hours to Youtube... heres the results... videos of Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder on Sesame St, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and more. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Apple release new Asian Slave-girl iPod
"The Mail On Sunday visited some of these factories and spoke with staff there. It reports that Foxconn's Longhua plant houses 200,000 workers, remarking: "This iPod City has a population bigger than Newcastle's."

The report claims Longhua's workers live in dormitories that house 100 people, and that visitors from the outside world are not permitted. Workers toil for 15-hours a day to make the iconic music player, the report claims. They earn £27 per month. The report reveals that the iPod nano is made in a five-storey factory (E3) that is secured by police officers.

Another factory in Suzhou, Shanghai, makes iPod shuffles. The workers are housed outside the plant, and earn £54 per month - but they must pay for their accommodation and food, "which takes up half their salaries", the report observes." Via Boingboing. Link.

Apple has promised to investigate the labor conditions in its iPod factories.

This is a test
Heard the new mosquito ringtone?

"The ringtone - which can be downloaded from the internet - is proving especially popular amongst school students in the US and UK who use it in classrooms. With it, students can receive text message alerts on their mobile phones without the teacher knowing ... Mr Howard Stapleton, the inventor of the "Mosquito", claims the high-frequency pulsing sound can be heard by most people younger than 20 and almost no one older than 30."

So, test your hearing - can you hear it? Try the link over here (scroll down). I am happy to report I can hear it, not bad for an old bastard.

ADDED: Mister Grigg drops part three of his vinyl lists over here - recommended albums. Great reading.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bobby bobbylon
"Freddie McGregor has one of the sweetest voices in reggaea cool, clear tenor that could have come straight out of Motown rather than the Jamaican countryside. McGregor turns 50 this month and he still sounds like the lost protege of Barry Gordy. Actually, McGregor did have a Gordy-like mentor in Coxsone Dodd, whose Studio One label is often referred to as the Motown of Jamaica." Grab a tune and enjoy, at TSAKU.

From the same site... "Jeff Chang points out a great piece by Peter S. Scholtes on the late Jamaican singer Desmond Dekker in this City Pages blog."

The Politics of Sampling: A Discussion with Hank Shocklee, DJ Spooky (hat tip to Mr Dubber)
"... And one of the things about sampling is it forces us to go backwards in history. It allows us to go back and seek these records out and as you’re seeking these records out you find information at the same time, for example I never knew who Clyde Stubblefield was until I started sampling James Brown. And then after sampling James Brown you find out that he also had a bass player Bootsy Collins, who was also in Parliament Funkadelic, so you start to understand that there is a historical lineage that happens between everything, so musically there is a community." - Hank Shocklee.
There's a bunch of great articles in the latest issue of Wax Poetics magazine on PE and the Bomb Squad.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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.