Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Banksy is a genius.

Why? Read this...
Sources: Wikipedia/Radar blog

"-At London Zoo, he climbed into the penguin enclosure and painted 'We're bored of fish' in two metre high letters.
-In August, 2005, Banksy painted 9 images on the Palestinian side of the Israeli West Bank barrier, including an image of a ladder going up and over the wall and an image of children digging a hole through the wall
-In May 2005 Banksy's version of primitive cave painting depicting a human figure hunting wildlife whilst pushing a shopping trolley was found hanging in the British Museum.
He smuggled a dead rat in a glass case into the Natural History Museum in London
-In June 2006, Banksy stencilled an image of a naked man hanging out of a bedroom window on a wall in central Bristol, England. The image sparked some controversy, with the Bristol City Council leaving it up to the public to decide whether it should stay or go. After an internet discussion in which 97% (all but 6 people) supported the stencil, the city council decided it would be left on the building.

You can buy a cheap Banksy of your own here, although they're currently sold out.

Banksy is hugely popular – he has released numerous books (from which I learn that his first name is Robin, of course) designed the Blur album cover for Think Tank and has been acclaimed by art historians for placing unauthorised artworks in galleries. He's got a well-designed website and has been interviewed by Wired and The Guardian."

I've got a great book of his work, which I bought in Urban Outfitters next to a canal with gondolas floating down it at The Venetian, a casino in Vegas. its all indoors of course, fake sky ceiling and all. The copyright warning on the book, which all authors are obliged to include, starts off with "Against his better judgement, Banksy asserts his rights as the author..."
Now, go check him out. That is all.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Banksy vs Paris Hilton

Banksy is a genius. Here's why...

From Dork mag: "Street artist, Banksy, has done it again. This time his subversive antics strike against Paris Hilton's debut album. His social commentary, which focuses on the world's obsession with fame, continues to be astute and clever. Banksy replaced Hilton's cds with his own remixes and cover art.

As reported by BBC: "A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK. She told the BBC News website: 'He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in.' But he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realising it had been interfered with. Banksy is notorious for his secretive and subversive stunts such as sneaking doctored versions of classic paintings into major art galleries."

Photos here, or here.
BaseFM - Ring The Alarm playlist, September 2
Boozoo Bajou feat Top Cat - Killer
Patti Jo - Make me belive in you (Phil Asher/Ashley Beedle re-edit)
Nostalgia 77 - Seven nation army
Little John - Joycie
Quantic - An announcement to answer
Joe Bataan -I'm satisfied
Dexys - Geno
Joe Isaacs - One more time
JStar - Fall in love (Ms D)
Bill Wolfgramm and his islanders - When my Wahine does the poi
Bo Diddley - Hit or miss
Isley Bros - Its a new thing remix (feat D-Nat, Onda and De la soul)
Betty Harris - Mean man
OJays vs Wutang - Cream
International observer - War memorial museum peace
Tyra and the Tornadoes - Hui hui
Ripple - I don't know what it is, but it sure is funky
Barrington Levy and Beenieman - Murderation
Tanya Stephens - Need you tonight
Sergio Mendes and New Brasil 77 - Mozambique
Wayne McGhie and Sounds of Joy - Dirty funk
Prince Fari - Same knife
Bernie Worrell - Insurance man for the funk
Fabulous Counts - Lunar funk
Shantel - Bucovina (Haaksman and Haaksman soca bogle remix)
Roisin Murphy - Ruby blue
Breaks Co-op - Sound advice

Had a great time at the Record Fair on Saturday - a room full of diehards and hold-outs, all pretending vinyl isn't a dying medium. Real Groovy were there with a dozen boxes from their recent US shipment (there's 80,000 LPs sitting in the basement at Groovy Akl), a crowd called raregroove.co.nz with some tasty reissue soul/jazz/funk, Cian from Conch Records had a few boxes of sale goodies, Murray Cammick was there selling off some old soul and funk, and the find for me? Well, Latin Steel by Amral's Trinidad Steel Band - Guantanamera on steel drums, just makes me smile. And a copy of Jukebox Drury, Ian Drury's best of. Me mate found a copy of Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul, which was his sole purpose for tagging along, so that's all good. Next one is pencilled for November 11. Later.

Oh, anyone know where in Auckland I can buy some coloured laces for some sneakers?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Heads up, vinyl junkies/DJs

"The Third Record Collectors Fair takes place in Morningside, Auckland on Saturday September 2. The event has stalls selling NZ and international vinyl albums, 45s, Turntables & Accessories and tapes.
The venue is the Polish House Hall, 1 McDonald St, on the corner of Ethel Road, off Sandringham Road, opposite Eden Park. The fair runs from 10am to 3pm. There is a $2 entry fee."
Word is Murray Cammick (BFM/George FM DJ and legendary soul fiend) will be there selling some goodies from his collection - expect rare soul gems and classic 70s/80s disco in abundance.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 26
Al Brown - Here I am baby
Lightning head - Stilla move
War -Cisco kid
Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy coffee pot
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she...
Quantic feat Ohmega Watts - Ticket to know where
Ultramagnetic MCs - Travelling at the speed of thought
Frankie Paul - Anytime
JStar vs Blufoot - Intchaaa
Harry Toddler - Simmer down
Loopless - Pink blue hotel
Open souls - Moving on
Jay Z - Lucifer
Freddie Kruger - Something good
JBs - You can have your Watergate...
Salmonella Dub - Loop 7 (DLT remix)
Parliament - PFunk wants to get funked up
Rosalia De Souza - Bossa 31 (Geraldo Frisina version)
Trinidad Oil Company steel band - Soul limbo
Mr Perfect - Hi grade tree
Nightmares on wax - Pudpots
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Specials - Message to you Rudy (Bombs remix)
DJC and Debaser - Crazy baldheads (Mashit mix)
Big bud - Bubblin dub
Tomtom Club - Genius of love (long version)
Breakestra - Seesawing

Monday, August 21, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 19
James Brown - Don't tell it
Undisputed truth - Smiling faces sometimes (Futureshock Entertainment remix)
Elaine and Romax - Am leaving
Butch Cassidy sound system - Butches brew take 2
Sister Nancy - Big beat bam remix
Kenny Dope - Get on down
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together
Scrappy - Off the lead
Quantic feat Noelle Scaggs - Politick society
Feelstyle - Leave it at that
Helene Smith - You got to be a man
JStar - Fall in love
Pharoah Sanders - Astral travelling (Boozoo Bajou remix)
In crowd - Mango walk
Medium sound - Occupation dub
Tyra Hammond and the Tornadoes - You got me thinkin
Horace Andy - Jah provides
Joe Dukie and Dj Fitchie - Midnight marauders (Lightning head remix)
Deadbeats - I can break it down
Man Dibango - Afro soul (Rob Mello re-edit)
Brentford Allstars - Racetrack
Desmond Dekker - Bongo girl
Original Tropicana steel band - Calypso rock
Quantic feat Ohmega Watts - Ticket to know where
Mulatu - Yegelle tezeta (got a great text message up via the studio computer after playing this tune - "Yeah boy, Mulatumeke!" I nearly fell over laughing - I love a good bit of clever word play. Nice one!)
Lee Oskar - Down the Nile
Malcolm's locks - Get up stand up
Reggie Stepper - Drum pan sound (Bombs re-edit)

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 12
Lowman - Pharrel vs Hutch
Jackie Mittoo - Get up and get it
Meters - Just kissed my baby
Ballistic Bros - Peckings
Wayne Mcghie and Sounds of Joy - Cool it
Sound dimension - Soulful strut
Breakestra - Stand up
Eddie Bo - Hook and sling
The Clash - Rudie can't fail
Damian Marley - Welcome to jamrock
Nomo - If you want
Ray Baretto - Mercy, mercy baby
Afrodisiac sound system - Soul makossa saved my life
Sole survivor - Family
One self - Temptation
International observer - Hip hop's final
Bobb deep - Got it twisted
Shaggy and Barrington Levy - Broadway
Diplo - Newsflash
Nightmares on wax - Flip ya lid
Syros - B what I wanna be
George Benson and MAW - The ghetto/El barrio
William Bell - I forgot to be your lover
Junior Murvin - Give me your love
Roots combination - Spoony bill
Boozoo Bajou feat Joe Dukie and U Brown - Take it slow
Wild Magnolias - Battlefield (Joe Claussell remix)
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together (Shoe Re-edit dub mix)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Winter Warm Up
"Musically, it's like a giant George FM/BaseFM smorgasbord across four rooms. Perhaps you'll sample some soulful, jazzy house courtesy of DJ Philippa, a dollop of chunky breaks from Page 3, some sweet funk rhythms from Selecta Sam and Uncle Barney, take a sprinkling of all round musical goodness from Cian, and then tuck in to a healthy serving of quality beats from Breakfast host Peter Urlich alongside DJ Bevan Keys.

The list goes on and on, with about 75 George FM and Base FM DJs playing a set, starting from 9pm, and heading well into the night. George FM's little brother station Base FM takes over Brooklyn Bar with a hefty lineup of everything from reggae to hip-hop, to drum and bass, thanks to Shot And Go energy drink.

We'll be closing off Lorne St at the back of the St James to create a Winter Wonderland complete with fake snow, visuals, and a Nokia mechanical snowboard. Listen in to George on the night, as we'll be going live to air from the event, bringing you the tunes from the main room, interviews, and general reporting of the happily chaotic proceedings, thanks to Jameson's Whiskey.

The George FM/BaseFM Winter Warm Up, at the mighty St James Theatre on Queen St, and Brooklyn Bar on Lorne St, Saturday August 19 th. You can only get tickets by winning them on George or Base! Entry to venues via Lorne St."
From GeorgeFM website. You can catch yours truly DJing at the BaseFM zone in the Brooklyn Bar from 9.45 til 10.30pm. Spot ya there!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Seedy fiction/CD non-fiction?

(first published at Observation Post on nzmusician.co.nz)

"Say hi to Sandi Thom and Lily Allen, this week's internet superstars. Now say bye, writes Michael Dwyer, as they drown in a pop bitstream in full flood."

The Sunday Star Times carried an article on August 13 that was taken from the Melbourne Age ("One-week wonders" written by Michael Dwyer, Aug 4 - in the Age it was titled "Bit pop overload"). Some subeditor at the SST had done a sloppy job of altering the copy to fit the New Zealand market.

The original story has this snippet...

"... You can't blame the old bosses for tapping a new cash cow. The old one does appear to have strayed perilously close to the butcher's.

Last week, a digital music forum at the Victorian State Library heard that Australia's current number-one album, Black Fingernails Red Wine, by Eskimo Joe, had sold a meagre 7200 copies to pip the pack. Hardly surprising, then, that major label releases have dropped 40 per cent in Australia since 2001. Local signings have dropped 50 per cent."

The SST's version had replaced the sales figures for Eskimo Joe with the following quote

"New Zealand's current No 1 album, the Black Seed's Into The Dojo, has sold just under 10,000 copies." Now, there's a myriad of things wrong with this spurious claim...

One - claiming that selling only 10,000 copies of a CD here by a NZ band is a bad showing is incorrect. Many local indie bands manage to sell only a few thousand copies of their album, so doing sales of 10,000 is a very healthy result.

EXCEPT the Black Seeds album has only been out for three weeks and has not been certified by the official RIANZ Music Charts as having gone gold (industry-speak for achieving sales of over 7,500), in spite of having been at number one since its release. At the time of printing the article, the claim is inaccurate, and the numbers are wrong.

First week sales for the Black Seeds were less than 1,500, which suggests that the rest of the albums on the top 40 charts are selling even less - has the worldwide music industry downturn hit even harder here?

Industry pundit Simon Grigg wrote on this topic recently, quoting an industry friend who said that "... sales of NZ music are in, and I quote, “complete freefall” and unlikely to improve in the near future. That, coupled with other informed comments on National Radio recently mentioning drops of some twenty percent or so this year, raises one big question. At least from where I’m sitting, several thousand miles from the action.
Namely, what in gods name happened? Of course I’m absolutely aware of the on-going global downturn in sales of compact discs and the inevitable flattening out of digital sales. Especially from acts represented by the major industry organisations such as the RIAA, or their equivalents. But the percentage drop in sales, from labels represented by RIANZ (and that is a major qualifier) of NZ music, far exceeds the global trend and the word why flashes in neon rather brutally."

Simon's full comments are here, with a follow up post here. Well worth reading.

But back to the SST debacle, for all the excitement NZ music generates in the media these days, the quality of the reporting is consistently lame. Why?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Out and about - Friday night
"BASELIFT combines the heavyweights of music and arts. With DJ's Junior, The Turnaround, Trist, Scratch 22 and Dan Pain on the decks and Component, Enforce One, Flox and Trust Me representing the creative side doing a live collaborative mural outside.

The painting will be raffled to one lucky Basehead on the night at around 3am. All you need to do to score yourself the chance to get the artwork is to buy a raffle ticket for an extra $5.

Baselift, 11th August at Rising Sun. $10 on the door or $15 with a raffle ticket.
Doors open 10pm. All proceeds go to Base FM, so get on down and support the station that rules the nation!
I'm Melting!
Pop Candy has an entertaining post on concert meltdowns, here's a few she's seen...

"The time Ryan Adams played the same song three times in a row -- and it was a long song! -- at Washington's 9:30 Club;

An R.E.M. show where Michael Stipe didn't leave the stage until Peter Buck had to drag him off (not like I was complaining);

Kanye West's set at Lollapalooza last weekend, during which he berated the crew for screwing up the sound (which they did)."

91 comments on the post too, with reader's anecdotes, worth a read, here's a few...

"I know it's the stuff of legend, but this is a classic Ryan Adams meltdown from his '02 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

Some drunk frat boy keeps on yelling for Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" - hilarious, I know. Ryan finally gets pissed, stops playing, asks for the house lights to be turned on, and tells the audience to point out who kept on yelling for "Summer of '69". He jumps off stage, goes up to the guy, and says, "How much was your ticket? What - 20, 30 bucks?" He pulls out his wallet, gives the guy 30 bucks, and says "Now get the f&<* out of my show." Awesome."

"Another Ryan Adams one - First Ave. in Minneapolis, a couple of years ago on the "Rock 'n' Roll" tour. He played several songs several times, stopped and restarted playing different songs, walked off the stage, verbally abused Paul Westerberg, and then proceeded to climb a top the speaker stack, which is probably 15-20 feet in the air. He was close to falling off and I told my boyfriend, "We are going to be able to say that we were there when Ryan Adams plunged to his death".

Got any similar local tales? Love to hear em...

oh, and Josh Hartnett and his girlfriend are in town...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

snip... "The Raconteurs got the crowd jumping with a cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, while Gnarls reciprocated with There Is an End by Holly Golightly and The Greenhornes, two members of which make up half of The Raconteurs. The Dresden Dolls belted out Black Sabbath's War Pigs, and The Blisters — a group featuring Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy's young son, Spencer, on drums — busted out Sweet Home Alabama for an encore." From Popcandy (wrap-up here).

See The Raconteurs' cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy - video on Youtube.

ADDED here's footage of Wayne Coyne from Flaming Lips inside a giant plastic bubble walking on top of the crowd, with Chicago skyline in background. Trippy.

"Late 1976, and rival political factions are warring on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, with only Bob Marley calling for peace. In an exclusive extract from her major new book, Vivien Goldman remembers life with Marley at his home on Hope Road and reveals exactly what happened when gunmen came to kill him.." in the Guardian, well worth a read.

Update on New Orleans music and musicians Story from NO Times-Picayune.
snip.... "In January, the mayor's Bring New Orleans Back Commission estimated that fewer than 10 percent of the city's musicians had returned. Marquee names such as Aaron and Cyril Neville and Henry Butler have moved away, along with scores of lesser-known musicians who populated stages from Bourbon Street to Oak Street..."

Trying to cure by Bloglines addiction, any suggestions?

Monday, August 07, 2006

Lots underway, but these items are of note, if you aint seen em already...
The delightful Mr Wallace Chapman gets dumped/departs BFM Breakfast, replaced by former Brekky host (aka Mr Punctuality) Mikey Havoc. Blogosphere reacts with abject horror - see Mr Dubber and Mr Christie (two posts). Looks like BFM are changing hosts to please advertisers, not listeners. Any comments? Email them to BFM here. (under Contacts)

Simon Grigg notes that in a recent conversation with a fellow NZ music industry person he heard that "sales of NZ music are in, and I quote, “complete freefall” and unlikely to improve in the near future. That, coupled with other informed comments on National Radio recently mentioning drops of some twenty percent or so this year, raises one big question. At least from where I’m sitting, several thousand miles from the action. Namely, what in gods name happened?

Of course I’m absolutely aware of the on-going global downturn in sales of compact discs and the inevitable flattening out of digital sales. Especially from acts represented by the major industry organisations such as the RIAA, or their equivalents.But the percentage drop in sales, from labels represented by RIANZ (and that is a major qualifier) of NZ music, far exceeds the global trend and the word why flashes in neon rather brutally..." Full post here.

Simon also points to the fantastic new Toy Love website, set up by TL's Jane Walker. have a lookee. Nice one.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM August 5
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together (Shoes re-edit - dub mix)
Mere Mortalz - Dis a boom (version)
Rob Symeonn - Chosen one
Ann Sexton -You're gonna miss me
Pointer sisters - Yes we can can
Meters - Same old thing
Romanowski - Dance dance dance
Cut chemist - Metrorail thru space
Hopeton Lewis - take it easy
Loo and placido - Fu gee la sound system
Amadou and Mariam - Senegal fast food
Nina Simone - Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter
Midnights - True progress
Pinchers - Bandolero
Barrington Carey - Love U forever
Cornerstone roots - Forward dub
Maxwell implosion - Buddy Saltzmann's hideout
Bobby Byrd - Hot pants, I'm coming
Yam yam - The spectacle (Mr Scruff remix)
Sole survivor - Right direction
Al Green - Take me to the river
Rolfos Tabanka Rhythms - Watermelon man
Rebel MC - Jahovia
DJ C and Quality diamond - Let it billie
Sole survivor - Breeze and stereo sound
Bombs - Under mi sensi

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM July 29
Shark Wilson and the basement heaters - Make it reggae
Jackie Mittoo - James bond
James Brown - Don't tell it
Graham central station - Water
Zilver Zurf - Good vibes
Digital Underground - Way we swing
Bombs - Under mi sensi
Kevvy Kev - Give and take dub
Desmond Dekker - Intensified
Martin Brew - Sand streppin
Romanowski - Strudel strut
Ramsey Lewis Trio - The in crowd
Quantic soul orchestra - Get a move on
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together (Shoes re-edit - dub mix)
War - Cisco kid
Rae and Christian feat Bobby Womack - Wake up everybody
Scrappy - Off the lead
The Jamaicans - Ba ba boom
Lennie Hibbert - Go for yourself
Cut chemist - The garden
Chuck Womack and the sweet souls - Ham hock and beans pt 1
Nomo - Divisions
Horace Andy - Jah provides
Katchafire - Collie herb man (Sola Rosa remix)
Delroy Wilson - Get ready
Freddie Cruger - Simply fresh