Monday, February 26, 2007

Criminals in Hollywood.
A cheery little snip for the Oscars...
"Around the Oscars, they organize a thing where the New Zealanders come together. And there's one for the Australians, too. But the Australians crash the New Zealand one. They're a lot rowdier but it makes the party much more interesting because they all come from criminals. We're from peaceful Scottish people."

--New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey on the New Zealand government's yearly Oscars party in Los Angeles. Interview in the Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb 2007 (seen here)

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Feb 24
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Lloyd Charmers - Darker than blue
Curtis Mayfield - If there's a hell below... (live)
The Jam - Start
Pointer Sisters - Yes we can can
Tommy McCook - Heatwave
Mckay - Take me over
Salsoul Orchestra - Runaway
Digidub - Zinzo
Aim - Just passing thru
Bokoor band - Onukpa shawarpo
Simon Bogle - Dry bone (Groove Corp remix)
International observer - Freyberg place mat
Hot grits - Say I love it
Upsetters - Popcorn
Leon Haywood - Who you been giving it up to?
Freestylers -Ruffneck
Dirty beatniks - Hypnotysin'
Rolfos tabanka rhythms - Watermelon man
Overproof sound system - Watch what you put inna (Groove corp remix)
King kong - Step pon mi corn
DJ Patife - Sambassim
Al Green - Love and happiness (Shoes re-edit)
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam

Monday, February 19, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, February 17
Blue Mitchell – Dorado
Earl Zinger – Song 2
Lester Sterling – Afrikaan beat
Joint force – Static (Mario Bros remix)
Eddy Mitchell – Hard to handle
Bronx River Prkway – La valla
Kraftwerk – Computer love
The WBC – The vibe
Brooklyn funk essentials – Creator has a master plan
Ray Baretto – El nuevo Baretto
Reggie Stepper – Cuh ohnoh
Feelstyle – Su’amalie inst
The Midnights – Outside looking in (Dub Asylum remix)
Dead prez – Hiphop (for the folk who texted into the stuio saying “Bro, had
a massive night, still going., please play dead prez – hiphop”)
OJays – 992 arguments
Maceo and the Macks – Soul power 74
Scientist – Dub #16
King Tubby and Roots Radics – Love and understanding
Raw deal – Blues for brother George Jackson
Bob James – Angela (theme from Taxi)
Yahoos – Mabala
Jackie Mittoo – In cold blood
Salt n Pepa – Push it
Shy FX and Top Cat – Champion DJ

Friday, February 16, 2007

Bbbrrrrrrrrrrrrring!
A killer clip of Tenor Saw performing 'Ring the Alarm' live with a hot band back in 86 - slips into Fever on the same riddim. Hat tip to Russell, who has a few more reggae gems here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, February 10
Cane and Able - Mass of confusion
Tyra and the tornadoes - Hui hui
Mere Mortalz - Dis a boom Inst
Michael Prophet - Been talking
Black moon - The walk
Bill Withers - Kissin my love
Family of percussion feat Archie Shepp - Here comes the family
Lightning head - Stilla move
Scientist - Sunshine version
Cookie monster - C is for cookie (Roy Thode disco mix)
Chaka Khan - I feel for you
Connie Price and the Keystones - Sucker punch
Chosen few - Tears of a clown
International Observer - Dirty Harry
Tahuna Breaks - Voodoo
3 generations walking - Midnight bustling
Rebel MC - Jahovia
El da sensei -Summertime bluez
Funkmaster Flex and the ghetto celebs - Safe sex, no freaks
Osibisa - Y sharp
The JBs -You can have your Watergate...
Alan Moorhouse - Soul skimmer
Jah Stitch - Raggamuffin style (Smith and Mighty remix)
TRex - Telegram Sam
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam

Friday, February 02, 2007




Top five tunes I've learnt to play on my ukelele (that I got for christmas from my lovely wife)
1 The Ramones - Blitzkreig bop
2 Nancy Sinatra - Sugartown
3 OMC - How bizarre
4 The Clash - London calling
5 Johnny Thunders and the heartbreakers - Chinese rocks

Now, I'm on the hunt for some more tunes to learn, so, any suggestions? keep in mind, its a uke, so no multi-chord epics (prog rock must die).

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blogging is the new black.
Hats off to Simon Grigg for getting picked as Blog Of The Week by the Herald on Sunday. Hey kids, blogging is the new black! (Corrected)


Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, January 27, 2007
Bruce Ruffin - Ooh child
Tokyo ska paradise orchestra – ABC remix
Prince Fari - Hello, love brother
Flirtations – Nothing but a heartache
Sly and the family stone – Loose booty
Count Basie – Mercy, mercy, mercy
Phase 5 – Bag juice
Adrian Sherwood – Hari up hari
Boca 45 – That’s all
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam
Boozoo bajou -Night over manaus
Antibalas – Talkatif
Tahuna breaks – Voodoo
Black nasty – We’re doin our thing
Ballistic brothers – Pophecy reveal
Clara Hill feat Joe Dukie – Flawless pt2
Taxi gang – Mambo mambo
Iggy and Peggy - Passenger fever
DJ Farrapo & Yanez – Baiano vem baiano vai
Tony Alvion and the belairs – Sexy coffee pot
Kashmere stage band – Super strut (Kenny Dope remix)
Grover Washington Jr – Knucklehead
B52’s – Planet Claire
Quartertones – Caffiene (DJ Format mix)
African head charge – Heading to glory
Robert Mitchum – From a logical point of view
Loop guru – Single orphan first year camel