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