Friday, October 20, 2006

Oxjam Hooley
Tonight at the King's Arms, catch Shaft, the Demi-Whores, The Brysons and The Quick and the Dead, with DJ Peter Mac (that's me), and the comic stylings of ALT TV's own Super Uber. Good cause, great music. All proceeeds go to Oxfam. Nice one.
Starts at 9pm, $10. Come on down!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Music awards shocker
The big excitement at the NZ Music Awards held in Auckland last night, was the bust out performance by The Fire Alarm, a new up-and-coming act who raided the stage late in proceedings and really lit up the event. Also, the NZ Herald revealed that Evan Short has added a few new members to Concord Dawn, see photo above. They are now a 5 piece band. Shocking!

ADDED SonyBMG took out an ad in this morning's paper, congratulating their winners, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Che Fu, and Rhombus. Except Rhombus didn't win Best Aotearoa Roots Album, Fly My Pretties won it. Doh.

Chicago Business reports on local studio owner Steve Albini.

"Among famed Chicago-based engineer Steve Albini's many recording credits — he's worked with more than 1,000 bands — are albums by groups including Nirvana, the Pixies and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. At Electrical Audio, the North Side studio he started in 1991, he's recorded Cheap Trick and Blues Traveler.

But the business of recording comes with plenty of challenges, even for a studio with such a strong reputation. The hours are terrible, the money is worse, and Mr. Albini, 44, says his studio's future is bleak. All of which suits him just fine...

Major-label projects can occupy the studio for twice that time, but Mr. Albini likes the smaller ones: "The band that shows up in their broken-down van with their threadbare black Levis, if you've told them it's going to cost $3,000 to make their album, they're going to show up with three grand in their pockets and you basically don't have to worry about them. I'd rather deal with a hundred deadbeat bar bands than one multinational corporation."

Well worth a read - he's recorded NZ bands like HDU and Die die die. And check his salary.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

And this just in; the dodo makes a comeback
So, there's a new report from the IFPI that says there's a 4% drop in global music sales this year, ".. But digital sales rose by 106% to $945m (£510m), representing 11% of the worldwide recorded music market. The sale of physical formats such as CDs fell by 10% under pressure from cheap illegal copies." (source: BBC)

So, the IFPI does this. "The global music industry has launched a fresh wave of 8,000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers around the world.... The industry has now filed about 18,000 lawsuits in the United States, the largest market for music sales, and 13,000 in the rest of the world....

John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI, said "It's not getting easier but we are encouraged enough by the results to keep on going," he said via the telephone from a trip to Brazil. "It will never go away completely." Kennedy said the drive to see digital sales make up for the loss in the physical format was the "holy grail" for the music industry and said he hoped to see it happen by 2007. (Source: NZ Herald)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 14
Jingo – Fever
Bobby Hughes Combination – Kerma elastica
James Taylor Quartet – Starsky and Hutch theme
King Tubby – King at the controls
Cornell Campbell – Boxing
Breakestra - Recognize
Bronx River Parkway – La valla
Wreck Allstars – Keep on dancing
Quantic – Poilitck society
Mantronix – megamix (3rd album)
Bokoor Band – Onukpa Shakarpo
The emotions – Blind alley
Rhythm and sound- Best friend
Tanya Stephens – U don’t get it
Jackie Mittoo – Hot milk
Art Blakey percussion – Cubano chant
Diskettes – How bizarre
Roy Ayers – Funk in the hole (Platinum pied pipers remix)
Jugoe – Ohio city
Clarence Reid – Masterpiece
James Blood Ulmer – Little red house
Lyn Collins – Do your thing
United 8 – Getting uptown
George Duke – Dukey stick
Harry Belafonte – Day-o