Friday, November 17, 2006

Clyde is cool.
There's a fine exhibition of 70s sneakers down near High St, at the Loft, in Chancery. Today is that last day (of the two-day show) so get on down there if you can. I went and had a lookee yesterday, way cool...

"The Clyde is arguably one of the most beloved and significant shoes from PUMA’s past and has been a part of contemporary sneaker culture since its inception in 1973. The first signature basketball sneaker created, the Clyde was a custom tailored version of the popular PUMA Suede, designed for basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier (pictured above). Nicknamed “Clyde,” as a reference to Bonnie and Clyde, Frazier was a pioneer for becoming a style icon both on and off the court during his all-star career.

In organizing the exhibition, we asked some of Clyde’s oldest friends and fans to share their stories and personal treasures. The showcase will feature memorabilia, photo displays along with relevant music references to the scenes that embraced the Clyde through the years.

The gallery exhibition will tour the world and make a total of 23 stops in Sweden, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Brazil and the U.K. " More on Sneaker Freaker.

I also popped into Loaded on High st, and saw Chingy. He was buying sneakers. He's kinda short.

on a different tangent...

Tom Waits - new music video over here. Off his 3 disc set Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards due out shortly. He appears playing live on The Late Show with David Letterman (Prime TV) on Wednesday, November 29, along with Kate Winslet, and a Survivor: Cook Island’s castaway. What company. (hat tip to Fiona)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

iPod owners are thieves and liars
"Universal CEO Doug Morris revealed that the label refused to license its content to Microsoft's Zune Marketplace online store without royalties, arguing that his company requires compensation above and beyond direct music sales, regardless of whether Universal artists' music is ever copied to a Zune.

"These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," says Morris. Link.

Universal will get a fee for every Zune player sold. Expect the other majors to jump in shortly.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Funniest headline of the year
from Daily Chord - "Will Zune make brown cool?"
Which links to this story...

"Who in their right mind would produce a brown electronic product?" Steve Kaneko, design director of the Zune, asked. "Artists would. Musicians would. This is very underground. This is Seattle grunge. This is our Kurt Cobain." Just to drive that point a little further, every Zune has the phrase "Hello from Seattle" engraved in the back.

Oh, my aching sides....

Monday, November 13, 2006

I can see the music
The New York Times profiles the New Ambassadors... (also read here if NYT link has disappeared behind their paywall) - bands touring the US, funded by their governments.
The article talks to bands and reps from Denmark, Canada and New Zealand... including Die Die Die, Sam Scott, Mikee Tucker and Gary Fortune.

"Is the endgame selling a lot of records in America,” asks Adam Shore of Vice Recordings, “or is the endgame exposing America to their culture and their kind of people?”

... New Zealand has for several years helped cover recording costs, and recently created subsidies, overseen by music and broadcasting professionals, for artists and labels aiming to sell overseas. One recent grant went to Michael Tucker, who wanted to open a United States office for his independent label and marketing company, Loop Recordings. A fast-talking former hairdresser and fashion photographer, Mr. Tucker recently oversaw a show by one of his bands, the funk-reggae outfit the Black Seeds, at a swanky Los Angeles lounge. But not long ago he found himself at a government function hobnobbing with his government’s top ministers. “I can shave,” he laughed. “I can play that game.”

Also, via Dubbers New Music Strategies... Major labels to abandon DRM.

No, really.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday 11 November
Connie Price and the Keystones – Sucker punch
Fatback band – Wicky wacky
DJ Krush - Escapee
The creators – Make an impact
Jackie Mittoo – In cold blood
Joe Gibbs – Run around
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Lyrics Born – Calling out
Roy Ayers - Running away
Latin blues band – Lay an oz on me baby
Bruce Ruffin – Oohh child
Butch Cassidy sound system – Burning sun
Kora – Poitician (Paddy Free remix)
Quantic Soul Orchestra – Raw ingredients (Nostalgia 77 remix)
Scrappy – Off the lead
International observer – London dub
Black grass – Oh jah
Specials – Message to you Rudy – Bombs re-edit
Fat freddy’s drop – Midnight maruaders (Pylonz and Kinetix remix)
Common – The corner
Society’s bag – Let it crawl
James Brown – I’m a greedy man Pt II
Jimmy London – I’m your puppet
Dady Ous – Hard like a rock (Groove Corp remix)
Lee Oskar – Down the Nile
Dee Felice trio - Nightingale
Simon Bogle – Dry bone
Katzenjammers - Cars

Friday, November 10, 2006

Vinyl fun n games
"The next Auckland Record Collectors Fair will take place at Polish House, Morningside on Saturday November 11. For any serious diggers and regulars to this fair, it's the place to discover those sought after tunes that are treasured for years to come.

Stalls include New Zealand vinyl and posters and foreign, 60s, rare, dance, reggae etc vinyl. The event also has stalls selling turntables & accessories.

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."

And Simon Grigg chips in on the iTunes NZ debate with this gem... "I have it on fairly reliable advice that you can expect the announcement of a New Zealand iTunes store within the next ten days.."

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Clash city rockers
Clash exhibit opens at rock hall LA Times (req registration)
"... The Clash is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.It's enough to give Mick Jones a case of anxiety.
"I've got mixed trepidation about seeing it, getting to the museum stage of life and still being alive," said Jones ...

Why the Clash are still rock titans (The Guardian)
and some famous fans on their faves Clash tune... snip...

Ian Brown
Musician, formerly Stone Roses


"I was at the recording of 'Bankrobber'. Me and my mate Pete Garner were walking down Granby Road in the middle of Manchester one day and we could hear these drums coming through the walls. Pete was a proper Clash fan and he was convinced it was them. Then Topper Headon walks out on to the street right in front of us!

He invited us downstairs into the studio to see what was going on. Mikey Dread was there and we got chatting. They were dead cool. Joe Strummer was sitting in the corner with a big, wide-brimmed hat on beneath this big grandfather clock, clicking his fingers in time to it. Paul Simonon asked us what our favourite film was and then said [affects authentic west London drawl]: 'Mine's Death Race 2000!' Funny, the things you remember.

Afterwards, we showed Johnny Green, their tour manager, the way to the record shop and he bought two copies of 'London Calling' - one for each of us. I'll never forget it."

Monday, October 30, 2006

iPod cracks
From UK site The Register...
"As we reported three weeks ago, reverse-engineering specialist "DVD" Jon Johansen has decoded the encryption that locks down iTunes-purchased music - and he's formed a company to license this to all-comers. Now Johansen has reverse-engineered rival DRM formats, permitting encrypted songs purchased from Apple rivals to play on iPods.

The music business is likely to be rejoicing - it blames a market divided into incompatible DRM silos for the less-than-spectacular adoption of digital downloads. Despite all the hype, digital sales won't surpass CD sales until 2014, based on linear growth rates. And despite claims that they're being robbed into penury by "pirates", the music industry finds unexpected ways of profiting from its assets. The ringtone business, for example, grossed $75bn for operators last year - double the global revenue of the music industry."

Read that last sentence again.

P-Money sold over 6,000 ringtones last year. Who needs gold singles?

On a similar note,...

"EMI Music [UK] Chairman and Chief Executive Alain Levy Friday told an audience at the London Business School that the CD is dead, saying music companies will no longer be able to sell CDs without offering "value-added" material. "The CD as it is right now is dead," Levy said, adding that 60% of consumers put CDs into home computers in order to transfer material to digital music players." Link.

Value-added material, like the bonus features available with DVDs for the last 5 years?
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 28 October
Norman Whitfield – Sunrise
Nightmares on wax – The sweetest
Brentford Allstars – Racetrack
Jackie Mittoo -Drum song
Beat conductor -Flowers
Quantic feat Ohmega Watts – Blow your horn
Djinji Brown – Rockers 2000
Roots Radics – Patrolling
Family tree feat Sharon Brown – Family tree (Norman Cook re-edit)
Esther Phillips – Use me
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd St Band – What can you bring me?
Meters – Just kissed my baby
Jstar – Fall in love
Odd couple – Paper kites
Kolab - Sam I am
Nova cain – Are u ready for nova
Johnny Colon – Descarga
Suns of arqa – Ananda snake dance
Mere mortalz feat U Brown – Dis a boom
Nomo – Hand and mouth
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take five
Open souls – 12345
Ini Kamoze feat Capital D – World a reggae
Dod G -Trojan soap
Trinidad Cavaliers Steel band – Oy como va

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Red right hand
Jarvis Cocker is guest editor over at OMM, snip from a panel discussion with various musos - here's Nick Cave on use of his music in tv ads...

Jarvis: Do you get offers?

Nick Cave: Often. There's a song called 'Red Right Hand', and a sanitary napkin company back in New Zealand wanted to use it, which was tempting ... but that was the closest I've ever come.

all together now... EEEWWWW!!!!

full article over here.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 21 October
Slim Smith - Conversation
Big youth – Feed a nation
Timmy Thomas -Why can’t we live together? (Shoes re-edit dub mix)
Matumbi – Law of the land
Zap pow – If you don’t know me by now
Quantic soul orchestra – Get a move on
Donny Hathaway – Come on little children
Pete Rodriguiez - Ooh that’s nice
Brides of funkenstein - Disco to go
Bruce Ruffin – Ooh child
Keith Lawrence feat Rodney P - Style and fashion
Barrington carey - Love u forver Boxsaga vocal mix
Tyra and the tornadoes – Hui hui
Super cat - Dolly my baby (bad boy remix)
Dam native – The son
Jackie Mittoo – In cold blood
Tenor saw – Mind we yuh seh
Chosen few - People make the world go round
Chico Hamilton – El toro (Mark de clive Lowe remix)
DJ Spinna – Everybody get down
Boogie down productions – Bo bo bo!
Back grass - Oh jah
Sandpipers - Louie louie
Dub funk association – Enter the chuzzler
Pioneers - Papa was a rolling stone
Lester Sterling – Afrikaan beat
Migs and jelly – Dub selecta
New order – Confusion
Quantic – Bomb in a trumpet factory
Barrington Levy – Dances are changing

Loadsa reggae soul covers, as I scored a copy of Trojan Soulful Reggae 3cd boxset. Niceness all round.