Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 11
Antibalas - Che che cole
Mulatu - Yekermo sew
Johnny Hammond - Starborne
LKJ - Victorious dub
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Johnny Osbourne - Buddy bye
Budos Band - Chicago Falcon
Mckay - Rising tide (Easton rocks hiphop mix)
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (1998 version)
Cornerstone Roots - Calling
Thievery Corp - Amerimacka
Taggy Matcher - Rockit
Jackie Mittoo - Dr ring ding
Life organisation - Pink steamroller
Roots Combination - General Tso
Oneself - Temptation
Hot 8 Brass band - Get up (download it [legally] for yaself here)
Primal scream -Star
James Blood Ulmer - Are you glad to be in America?
Junkyard band - The word
Kool and the gang - Jungle boogie
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Lee Moses - Time and place
Eddie Floyd - Knock on wood
(Genuine Stax classic - check out the latest issue of Stop Smiling magazine ["The magazine for high-minded low-lifes"]for a 20 page tribute to Stax, interviews with label founders Jim Stewart and Al Bell, Booker T and MGs, much more - also in same issue, great interview with Sharon Jones here)
King sunny ade - Ja funmi
Connie Price & Keystones - Thundersounds
Sharon Joens and Dapkings - 100 days, 100 nights (off their new album, out early october)
Up North
RIP Tony Wilson - great clip here from BBC Newsnight, with an interview with Wilson two months before he passed away. Comments from friends including Factory Records designer Peter Saville, New Order's Stephen Morris and journo Paul Morley. (Part two of clip here)

From the interview with Wilson....
"People have treated me with contempt, and quite rightly -I'm a TV presenter, I'm a big head, 'F^#&#% you Wilson.' I get that all the time ... Suddenly, I'm dying of cancer - everyone loves you. If you've got people hating you, just get cancer, its fantastic. People are so concerned."

ADDED profile of Wilson from 2002 (Granada TV) / Paul Morley writes about Wilson

Monday, August 13, 2007

How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul
LA Weekly's Jessica Koslow interviewed Chuck D on the 20th anniversary of Public Enemy. Chuck D managed to compare PE to the Rolling Stones... disagree? Whatevs.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

And playing tonight in hell...
Imagine you are a journalist in LA. You get an email invite to a gig and you go along, against your better judgement. Welcome to Hanson, live at the Viper Room, last night.

" I'm not quite sure what lured me into going to see Hanson. I saw an e-mail about it, contemplated replying with a not-so-elaborate joke at their expense, and quickly snagged the opportunity without thinking twice.

However, when I called my friend to jokingly present the Hanson show as a concert option for the night she vehemently lurched at it. I began to think twice. Apparently, I was completely unaware of her Hanson phase. I'm pretty sure that if I had known we might not have been friends to begin with.

Regardless, by offering it up I walked straight into a trap. We were going to see Hanson. It was final. I began to frantically rehearse lines in order to justify it to friends and family in the near future, but nothing I came up with really substantiated going to see Hanson..."

"... 10:10pm We plop ourselves smack-dab in the middle of a cluster of underage girls, who clearly have issues with us doing so. I receive multiple blows to the ribcage from the girl standing directly behind me. I turn around and she attempts to play it off as if it were an accident.

10:12pm More blows to the ribcage incite rage. I turn around to explain, in a fatherly-like manner, that elbowing someone isn't conducive to results. If she wants me to move, then she should just ask. We engage in a heated argument, which draws surrounding fans. All of the sudden, I am surrounded by angry Hanson freaks. This is my worst nightmare."

And it just gets better from there. Link to LAist. Props to LAist writer Joshua Pressman for braving the hordes.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007



Brand new! Good for you!
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have a new album out October 2 (thru Daptone), BV has an audio sneak preview here. MS Jones has been doing some acting too...

"[She's] just completed filming the role of "Lila" in the upcoming film The Great Debaters. Denzel Washington both directed and stars in the film along with Forest Whitaker. Sharon plays a "Juke Joint" singer named "Lila" and has both a speaking part and is featured singing the Lucille Bogan classic "That's what my Baby Likes". She also recorded additional songs which will be included in the official soundtrack to the film. The movie is a Weinstein Co release and is due out on Christmas Day. Denzel Washington hand-picked Sharon from a quickly-made DVD of her live performances and applauded her on-screen talents." Link.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

They're all dressed up and ready to go...
Brand new tune from Go Team, featuring Chuck D, off the new Go team album out in September. Listen here. Seen the cover art for the new MIA album?

Simon Grigg checks out the old home town here ... ah, the joys of life in AK.

RIP Tom Snyder. Described as "Unlikely Punk Benefactor" by Idolator. Follow this link and see all the delights Youtube throws up with him and his guests, from John Lydon (circa 1980) to The Clash (great interview - watch out for the teddy bear), Iggy Pop and early U2.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 21
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Look-a-py-py
Jungle Bros - How ya want it, we got it (Upstate remix)
Sound dimension - Heavy rock
Freddie McGregor -Rastaman camp
Quartertones - Caffeine (DJ Format mix)
Eddie Floyd - Knock on wood
Booker T and the MGs -Melting pot
Massive music - Find my way (Kode9 mix)
Donald Fagen - Ruby baby
Ray Barretto - Acid
Hugh Maseklea - Languta
Recloose feat Tyna - The sanctuary

On-U-Sound set, including...
Dub Syndicate - Stoned immaculate
Dub Syndicate - Hifi takes a pounding
Little Annie -I think of you
Bim Sherman - Nightmare
Lee Scratch Perry & Dub Syndicate - You thought I was dead
Jalal - Mankind

Keith Lawrence - Judgement day dub
LCD Sound System -Daft Punk is playing at my house
Future sound of London - Papua New Guinea
Cornerstone roots feat Luciano - Jah
Collen and Webb feat Jill Scott - Golden
Luiz Bonfa - Strange message
Sisters Love - I'm learning to trust my man
Piero Umiliani - Mahna mahna


Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 14
The Lions - Think
Toots and the Maytals - Who knows better (version)
Million Dan -Dogs N Sledgez
Alton Edit - On the road again
General Levy - The wig (Syrup mix)
Harry Belafonte - Man smart, woman smarter
James Brown - Take some, leave some
BT Express - Express dub (Kenny Dope remix)
Marva Whitney - I am what I am
People under the stairs - Hang loose
Blufoot vs JStar - Intchaaa!
Little John - Gambin
Dillinger -Detention
Taggy Matcher - Rockit
Plastic Junk -Man from Atlantis
Kraftwerk - The model
Chuck Brown and the soul searchers - We need money
Sisters Love - Now is the time
Ohio players - Who she coo?
Nina Simone -Seeline woman (MAW mix)
Manuel Bundy - Higher (Ota mix)
Visoneers - Funk box
Connie Price and the Keystones feat Percee P - Thundersounds
Massive music - Find my way (Kode9 mix)
LCD Sound System -Someone great
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Look-a-py-py
Marva Whitney - Soul sisters
Top cat - Champion DJ (Shy FX remix)

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....