Monday, July 16, 2007

Weekend highlights
1. Chocolate mousse cake for my birthday. Sugar coma.
2. Cocktails at the Film Festival lounge (The Wintergarden at the Civic Theatre, beautiful venue, criminally underused). Half price between 5-6pm. Check it.
3. Helvetica, a doco about a typeface at the Film Festival. Geek heaven for designers, and the director was present too, very cool. Screens again tonight (Monday).
4. Final episode ever of the Gilmore Girls.

and then there's this... bad album covers. He he....

Friday, July 13, 2007

Studio One Sunday; A Concert For Henry & Lola-Jean
"Almost 1 month ago , DJ extraordinaire and all round nice guy Matt Watson ( aka DJ Big Matt ) passed away , leaving behind a wife and two young children.

So this Sunday, a benefit gig on their behalf will be held at the Kings Arms from 1pm. Entry by koha, so please come and give generously, cause as you know, raising kids is hard work and it doesn't come cheap.

It is a fantastic lineup, and you don't have to stay all day or give a million bucks. Every little bit helps."

Studio One Sunday; A Concert For Henry & Lola-Jean

The Managers / Tenement Yard / Badtown / Tigi Ness +Guests / Dubhead / Stinky Jim / Proto / Slowdeck

Kings Arms Tavern, Sunday July 15th 1 PM til late.
Koha entry

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Check your antenna
"Pagan and its sister label, Antenna, is the often unsung hero, and major player of the New Zealand post-punk indie scene. Whilst Propeller and Ripper may have set the scene, and Flying Nun garnered the reputation (and released far more records), Pagan was far and away the most successful independent label, and had a massive influence. And its influence goes beyond its own catalogue.

It was Pagan that discovered Bic Runga and passed her on to Sony. Indeed the list of Pagan signed acts is quite incredible as this list, of the singles on the labels up to 2000, is clear evidence. Think Shihad, The Warratahs, Hallelujah Picassos, Strawpeople, Shona Laing, Ardijah, Tadpole, Greg Johnson, Relaxomatic Project, Pluto, Eye TV and many others.

Indeed it can reasonably be argued that Trevor Reekie has the best set of A&R ears since the golden NZ pop days of the sixties. Perhaps ever."

Simon Grigg has compiled a top list of releases from Pagan Records and Antenna Recordings, with additional notes from Mr Reekie. Well worth a read. There's even a link to a video I did for Reekie's band Trip to the Moon buried in there. LINK.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The week of interviews continues
Quite unplanned, but it's a theme, so let's run with it..

Henry Rollins has recently been to Iran...
"I went just as a tourist on the street. I have no great intelligence or in-depth knowledge of a classified nature. But I saw a bunch of people with their kids and I met a lot of people who like America very much but are also scared of America and its president. And I hope I get a chance to go back there..." Interview here.

Headline of the week :Al Gore's son busted for drugs in hybrid car

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Here come the warm jets
Two interviews... one with Brian Eno, and one with Neil Finn. Neil is interviewed by Gary Steel in the latest issue of Metro magazine, the full text is on their website.

It seems Neil was displeased with a review Gary wrote on the mag's website, about a listening session for the new Crowded House album - he wrote that listening sessions are like "The modern equivalent of Chinese water torture, the volunteer victims then have to decide on their tactic for the next hour: Stare vacantly into space, feigning great concentration? Scream at other victims over the din? Drink with great enthusiasm? Be seen to be taking copious, possibly derogatory notes? The first Crowded House album in well over a decade sounds like, um, pretty much like a Crowded House album, really. Except it’s a bit hard to hear clearly, really, because someone’s cranked it up to ear-splitting, heavy metal levels..." (He also wrote some nice things about it too.)

"When Gary Steel went to interview Neil Finn about the reborn Crowded House, the musician took him to task about a certain review.
Neil: I read your little piece actually.
On MetroLive?
Yeah. [Read Gary Steel’s piece here.]
Gary: A bit too facetious for you?
Neil: It made me curious, I was going to ask you why you bothered coming, to be honest, because if it was like Chinese water torture, why would you put yourself through it?

And then Neil listens to Gary's answer, and asks him the same question, again. And again. And again. Til he's asked it SIX TIMES. Tenacious little bugger. (Full interview transcript here) Props to Gary for not letting grumpy Uncle Neil get to him.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 30
Today's theme - psychedelic soul. Good excuse to play lots of Norman Whitfield-produced tunes (Temptations, Rose Royce)...
Specials - Message to you Rudy
Jungle Bros, Ernest Ranglin - Funky Bond St
Idris Mohammad - Express yourself
Sly and Family Stone - thankful and thoughtful
Dave Pike Set - Mathar
Hank Marvin - Sunday for seven days
Rose Royce - Put your money where your mouth is
Barry White - Love serenade
Jose Feliciano - She's a woman
Kenny Dope - Can you handle it?
High fidelity -Cream of the beats (Metrophonic mix)
Temptations - Papa was a rolling stone
Solomonic sound - Children of israel (Blak doctor mix)
Sea train - Flute thing
Sisters love - Ha ha ha
Iggy and the Stooges - Down on the street (Cheers to the person who texted the studio with the word "goats" Yes, peeps, you can throw up your goats via txt message -who knew?)
Spanky Wilson -Sunshine of your love
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Watermelon man
Taggy matcher - Rockit
Lalo Schifrin - Enter the dragon theme
Rose Royce - I'm going down
Bad Brains - Banned in DC
Rodriguez - Sugarman
Life Organization - Pink steamroller
Keith Mansfield - Morning Broadway
Didier's sound spectrum - Sound spectrum
Deodato - Superstrut
Ray Charles - In the heat of the night
Rose Royce - It makes you feel like dancin'

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 23
Special show - a tribute to Big Matt - lotsa tunes that he put me onto, tunes that I heard him DJ, and some live Bassteppa Sound System from 2002 (Wyndham Bowling Club) with the man at the decks... half way thru this show I realised that I owe a lot of my DJing style to Matt - the tunes I buy, the way I play out... I learnt a lot from watching and listening to him DJ.

Noiseshaper - Moving together
Lightning head - 2nd line stomp
Nightmares on wax - 70s 80s (Scientist remix)
Prince Fatty - Nina's dance
Lopez Walker - Jah jah new garden
Taxi gang - Mambo mambo
Sandoz -King dread
Krafty kuts - Trickatechnology
Hairy Diamond - Giving up
Funkmaster Flex - Six million ways to die
Bassteppa sound system live, 2002 (WBC) feat DJ Big Matt (snip)
Mr Reliable - Lucky dub
Courtney Melody - Bad boy
PD Syndicate - Ruff like me
Le peuple de l'herbe - Reggaematic
Mystro - My kind of party
Morwell unlimited meets King Tubby - Morpheus special (Kid Loco remix)
Love grocer - Salute to Sam
Joni Rewind feat Estelle -Uptown top ranking
Ballistic Bros - Prophecy reveal
Born Jamericans - Warning sign
DJ C and Quality Diamond - Let it billie (Hiphop mix)
Aim - Just passin thru
Nightmares on wax - Flip ya lid
Roberto Carlos - O Calhambeque (XRS remix)
Barrington Levy - Collie weed

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 16

Jungle Bros and Ernest Ranglin -Funky bond st (Flex edit)
Shinehead - Raggamuffin inst
Sista Widey - Want it
Pointer sisters -Yes we can, can
Manzel - midnight theme (Kenny Dope remix)
MAW - Nautilius
Cannonball Adderley - Walk thru
Brian Eno - Back water
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam
Lion rock - Rude boy rock
Jackie Mittoo - Too late to turn back now
Horace Andy -Fever
Boozoo Bajou feat Joe Dukie and U Brown -Take it slow
Strawpeople - Hemisphere
Scientist - Rasta dub it everywhere
Neon heights - Cannonball
George McRae - I get lifted (Mischief brew re-edit)
Donna Summer - I feel love
The Revolutionaries - Skanking
Alton Ellis - It's a shame
James Brown - People get up and drive your funky soul
Esther Phillips - Going out of my head
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Tony Allen - Nla - Wareika hill sounds remix
Taggy Matcher - Rockit