Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Content for malcontents
Last week I read a story on British Telecom getting into creating podcasts, with their users sending in their best/worst musical performances for shows delivered via a new internet service (more here). It got me thinking on a similar theme - Vodafone and Telecom spend vast sums of money on providing content for their mobile users. They seek to control exactly what a mobile user can get thru their phones. Why? How about they flip that content model, and open it up?

Make MySpace available via mobiles - that way, the user generates the content, costing the cellphone provider nothing. Or use MySpace as a template, and create their own blog/friend site, accessible via your mobile phone. One thing tho - the beauty of using MySpace is that you could access it from either Vodafone or Telecom - if the cellphone providers set up their own MySpace-styled site, they would need to make them compatible on their competitors phones as well. Remember when you couldn't text someone if they didn't have the same cellphone provider as you?

ADDED Sept 28 - Just saw this story... in the Dom Post... "Vodafone will launch its own version of MySpace on mobile phones by mid October. Though the telco is coy on the details, the service will likely be similar to existing websites such as MySpace and Bebo, but designed for the small screens of mobiles." More here.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 16 September

Maceo and the Macks – Soul power 74
Fela Kuti - Shakara
Cedric Im Brooks- Mun dun go
Shinehead – Ragamuffin
ESG -Moody (spaced out mix)
Bombs – Under mi sensi re-edit
Jacksons and Mick Jagger – State of shock
Erma Franklin – Piece of my heart
One self – Temptation
Connie Price and the Keystones – Sucker punch
Kingites – Whistling in the dark
Johnny Osbourne – Budy bye
Jstar – Fall in love
Cornerstone roots – Forward dub
King Jammy – Black and white dub
Bronx river parkway – La valla
Cymande – Fug
Gaturs – Cold bear
Morgan Heritage and Bounty Killer – Guns in the ghetto
Jugoe – Ohio city
James Brown – Stone to the bone
Open souls – What you do
Freddie Kruger – Simply fresh
Horne singers – Flat foot
Curtis Mayfield – Freddie’s dead
Kruder and Dorfmeister – Shakatakadoo dub

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Out n about
Catch DJs Chef D, Morning Steppa, Jay V and Peter Mac (that would be me) at Rakinos this Friday night, fun and good times in abundance.
Aslo, Saturday night marks the final gig at the Odeon Lounge on Mt Eden Rd - its closing down, being replaced by an Italian restaurant - sigh. Catch The Nudie Suits, The Whipping Cats and The Artisan Guns.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006



LonelyGirl15 is from the Mount!
Youtube fans will be all over this one... the story was broken by SiliconValleyWatcher.com, read it all here.. "She is Jessica Rose, a 19-year old actress from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. She recently moved to Los Angeles/Hollywood area to find work." More here.
Google Images throws up this link, which has images from Auckland's Clyne model agnecy (now deleted from their site). Boingboing is all over it too...

Monday, September 11, 2006



Every home should have one
"In 1999, Atomic Magazine ran a great tongue-in-cheek guide to building your own tiki bar (I used to have one in my old apartment in Toronto - every household is improved by tiki bars). Here's the scanned pages from the article. Link (via Negatendo, Boingboing)

I visited a tiki bar in San Francisco, in the Fairmont Hotel (where the inaugural meeting of the UN was held in 1948, and the marbelled lobby stairway was in the movie Gone With The Wind). It's called the Tonga Room, and it has a rectangular pool in the middle of the room with a boat on it, which floats out into the middle of the pool nightly. There's a band set up on the boat, playing. And every half hour, thunder and lightning starts up, and it starts raining on the pool. Great cocktails too.

Friday, September 08, 2006

One word review of the exciting announcement of the finalists for the 2006 NZ Music Awards


Yawn.



I'm off to New Plymouth for the weekend. Go the 'Naki.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Will Holland is one busy mo-fo

From Coollhunting: "Known for deftly blending a wide range of multi-ethnic sounds, calling Brighton-based DJ Quantic a consummate crate-digger is almost an understatement. With that in mind and with the impending North American release of the 26 year-old's fourth solo album, An Announcement to Answer, we tagged along with Quantic on a recent visit to a Brooklyn record store. There and in an interview, he shared some tips and gave us a little insight into his current collecting habits, which naturally show up on An Announcement.


The disc—a laid-back journey through jazz, funk, hip hop, and soul—are what you'd expect from a musician who's traveled throughout Africa and Puerto Rico, creating and recording much of his album on the road. From playful beats laced with trumpet samples and warm guitar loops to guest appearances by labelmate Ohmega Watts and LA-based chanteuse Noelle Scaggs, the eclectic lineup is well-balanced, never boring, and plenty lively."

Watch now: Quicktime or Podcast

Holland is 26, and has released 2 albums as Quantic Soul Orchcestra, and the above-mentioned title is his 4th as Quantic, plus putting together several compilations. Bastard.

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
VINYL RECORD COLLECTORS FAIR

"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

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Boobs
Just seen the parade down Queen st, what chaos. There were boobs, there were bikes, and oh, about 10,00 people crowding onto the road, blocking traffic, reducing Queen st to one lane either way. I remember last year's parade - I was out walking down Queen St, to get some lunch, when I heard some cars honking their horns, I turned around to see what the fuss was about, and there they were, half naked, enhanced young women. Most lunchtime shoppers didn't even give them the time of day.
But this year, thanks to the sterling efforts of our Mayor to promote the event, it's massively popular, and creating chronic traffic congestion as I type. Nice one, Dick. Steve Crow must be unable to believe his luck. You can't buy this kind of publicity - well, you can, and it costs way more than the Erotica Expo has in its budget.
ADDED: Even the Himalayan Times is covering this.

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)