Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Auckland venue in trouble?
Have just heard a report that there's an official-looking notice stuck to the door of Auckland venue The Studio, dated 17 September, something about it being placed in receivership. If you've bought tickets for upcoming gigs at this venue, you may want to contact the ticket sellers and find out what's happening. I'm guessing that any international gigs coming up there may be transferred to the St James, which is reopening next month.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I know you got soul
RIP Bobby Byrd, legendary James Brown sideman/vocalist. More here.


Speaking of the funk, dodgy US teen movie Superbad has got a killer soundtrack - not only some local contributions from Dawn Raid's Mareko and Alphrisk, but also members of The JBs (James Brown's band), Parliament and Funkadelic. Here's a clip of Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrall and more, jamming like crazy. Video over here. Go watch these guys groove out, they a bunch of funky-ass old dudes.


Chicago 70s funk outfit Piece of Peace get rediscovered by US label Quannum Projects. Check it here (audio too). "The story goes that in 1971 they recorded their only LP, and got offered a Southeast Asia tour. It was on this trip, in Singapore, that Pieces of Peace disbanded and went crawling back home.

Some say it was homesickness, others claim it was stress dealing with agents, but regardless the band was broken up, and their LP was shelved. That's where Quannum enters the picture, dusts off this gem of an album, and gives back a piece of music history to the world."


AND THIS: 20 million people CAN be wrong. Here's proof.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007



Lists
Ah, top fives - such fun. Join in the fun with the last one... hit the comments....

Top Five Magazines
1 Stop Smiling ("The magazine for high-minded lowlifes") focuses on the American South, including 20 pages dedicated to Stax Records 50th anniversary. Coolness. (Link)
2 Sneaker Freaker issue 10. Shoes, shoes, shoes, and more shoes. (Link)
3 Wax Poetics - it's all about Rick James, bitch! (Link)
4 Dwell - DJ Greyboy rescues a mid-century house in Long Beach (pictured above). (Link)
5 Vanity Fair (US edition) More reading than you can throw a stick at. (Link)

Top Five Tunes
Bob Marley - Sun Is Shining (Dj Dolores Remix)
Guts - And the living is easy
Mr Vegas - Lean wid it
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Look-a-py-py
Pinchers - Bandolero

Top Five Ways TVNZ will Ruin The Final Credits of The Sopranos
1 Interrupt the music with a twee voiceover telling you what's next on TVNZ.
2 Squeeze the credits into the right of your screen til they're unreadable, and play a promo ad for what's replacing the Sopranos. Like you care.
3 Put a promo BETWEEN the final scene and the end credits.
4 oh...
5 I give up, you fill in the rest. Come on....

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, saturday Sepetember 8
Bob Marley - Soul shakedown party (Afrodisiac sound system)
Border crossing - City of love
King Tubby Allstars - Step pon mi corn version
Jackson 5 - I want you back (Konishsi Yasuharu remix)
Joe Tex - You might be digging the garden but somebody is digging your plums
Pimps of joytime - San Francisco-bound
Harvey - Any way you wanta
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Ease back
Guts - And the living is easy (Dynamics remix)
Barrington Levy and Beenieman - Murderer
William Bell - I forgot to be your lover
United 8 - Getting uptown to get down
Sister Nancy -Big beat bam remix
Keith Lawrence - B Bwoy skank
Freez - IOU
King Tubby - Borderline dub
Just banks - 360 degrees (Makossa and Megablast remix)
Common - Black maybe
Dub funk association - Enter the chuzzler
Hot 8 Brass Band - Rock with the hot 8
Jean Jacques Perry - Eva
Red Rogers - Congo bounce
Tyra and the tornados - Hui hui
Al Green - I'm glad you're mine
Family Tree - Family tree (Norman Cook disco edit)
Dubblestandart vs Ari Up - Island girl (JStar remix)

Cheers to everyone who came down to Galatos/Studio for the Winter Warm-up on Saturday night, wicked times.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

It's the internets!
Quote of the weekend papers goes to TVNZ's spokeswoman Megan Richards, who was in the Weekend Herald: "Richards said no one knew why television viewership was dropping around the world, or why TVNZ might be affected more than TV3."

Well, there's this cool new thing called the internet. You can use it with your computer, and look up info on your fave shows, and chat with other fans about the shows you like.

Best of all, when a local tv network dumps your fave show mid-season with no warning, explanation, or even possible date for its return to your screen (see Sopranos, 30 Rock, When I Met Your Mother), you can go on the internet and download the whole season of the show and watch it when you want, without ads.

The internet - its the future of television. Or so I've heard.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 1
Ballistic Bros - Prophecy reveal
DJ Vadim - Watch that sound (JStar remix)
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Original tropicana steel band - Calypso rock
Sir Joe Quartermain and free soul - So much trouble
Nightmares on wax - 70s 80s (Roots Manuva remix)
Toots and the Maytals - Broadway jungle
Johnny Clarke - Rebel soldiering
Wood brass and steel - Funkanova (Fat camp brass rubbing)
Klymaxx - Video kid
Mr Vegas - Lean wid it
Buju Banton - Champion
Reggie Stepper - Cuh ohnoh
Taggy Matcher - Rockit
Dubblestandart vs Ken Boothe - When I fall in love dub
Guts - And the living is easy (DJ Sayem remix)
Kode9 and Spaceape - Quantum
Amy Winehouse - I'm no good
Invisible Spike - Unsanity
Fermin Muguruza feat Manu Chao - Maputxe
Marcia Griifiths - Fell like jumping
Big bud - Bubblin
Lennie Hibert - Village soul
Pioneers - Sweet inspiration (Justin Robertson remix)
Katzenjammers - Cars

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 25
Cedric Im Brooks - Shaft
Upsetters - Live injection
Augustus Pablo - Dub organizer
Midnights - Outside looking in (Dub Asylum remix)
Keith Lawrence - Whoa whoa
Visioneers - Ike's mood pt1
Quincy jones - It sure is groovy
Ann Sexton - You're gonna miss me
Candido - Candido's funk
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - 100 days, 100 nights
Bombs - Mama's boot
Jstar - Fall in love
Dubblestandart vs Ken Boothe - When I fall in love
Papa Levi -Mi god mi king
DJ Vadim - Watch that sound (JStar remix)
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Pitch black - Speech (International observer remix)
Mr Vegas - Lean wid it
Kolab - Sam I am
Quincy Jones - Where whitey aint around
Manuel Bundy - Higher
Bill Cosby -Dope pusher
Roy Ayers - Running away
Sammy Dead - You never conquer natty dreadlocks
Pioneers - Sweet inspiration (Justin Robertson remix)
Fatback band - Yum yum (gimme some)
Marva Whitney and Osaka Monaurail - Her thing
Guts - And the living is easy (DJ Sayem remix)
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
Leroy Sibbles -Express yourself

Tuesday, August 28, 2007



Hello, Springfield!

Manu Chao has a new album out early September, called 'La Radiolina' (pictured above), his first studio album since 2001. He was last heard on the fantastic album 'Dimanche A Bamako' from Mailian couple Amadou and Mariam, released in 2005.

'Toward the end of a live show, weary musicians often appeal to the audience with a stock phrase intended to invigorate the proceedings: “How is everyone feeling tonight?” “I can’t hear you!” “Cleveland, make some noise!” Manu Chao, a wiry forty-six-year-old of Spanish extraction who grew up in Paris, used a different tactic when he played the first of two sold-out shows in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in June. He shouted out the names of countries, and people cheered, often in reverse proportion to the nation’s population: “Uruguay!” Some whoops. “Costa Rica!” Roars. “Macedonia!” Total mayhem.'

Read the full interview at The New Yorker.

Monday, August 27, 2007



Doin the Dap
Here's a way cool clip of Gabe and Neil from Daptone Records giving you a guided tour of their studio, in an old two-storey building in Bushwick, Brooklyn (pictured above). "That's the couch where Amy Winehouse farted..." funny guys. They reveal they funded their studio from sales of seven inch singles - Daptone has sold about 30,000 of em since they started the label. Hat top to Brooklyn Vegan.

Friday, August 24, 2007



Big Matt tribute - Welli
From Nice-up - "Reggae events this weekend - Friday 24 - BIG MATT TRIBUTE @ GOOD LUCK - with heavyweight selectors DANNY LEMON, MANRAY, DUKE WILLIS, PRINCE ALEXANDER & UNDERCOVER plus guests - a night to pay respects to one of the pioneering selectors of the N.Z. Reggae scene, Big Matt, who sadly recently passed away. $10 on the door, all proceeds go to the Big Matt Trust and to help support his family." Check it, if you're in Welli.

AND there's a record swap going down on saturday in AK...

"Beat Merchants have teamed up with Base FM, Santos and Safari to bring you the Beat Market, this Saturday 25th August from 12 - 4pm.

Basically, you rock up to the Santos/Safari courtyard [on Ponsonby rd] with a crate full of records, grab a coffee/beer and get swappin' - those old Chaka Khan records you have collecting dust could be someone's dream edition to their collection. Like the poster says, it's a time for classic collections to be showcased and refreshed as well as a great time to check out the Beat Merchants sale stock they're sure to have on offer."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 18
Joy Division - Love will tear us apart
Massive Music - Find my way (Kode9 remix)
Byron Lee - Hot reggae
Jnr Reid - Bubblers
Ernest Ranglin and Jungle Bros - Funky Bond St (Flex edit)
Scientist - Pick up a dub
DJ Vadim - Watch that sound (JStar remix)
Eric B and Rakim - Follow the leader
Snake Salvador - He's a wonder
Human race - Grey boy
Madvillain - Money folder
Lloyd Williams - Reggae feet
The Eternals - Queen of the minstrels
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love (Bombs edit)
Pleasure -Bouncy lady
Leon Haywood - If you're lookin' for a night of fun
International Observer - (The more) we know
Mr Vegas - Lean wid it
Bacao Rhythm and steel band - Look-a-py-py
Freddie Hubbard - Red clay
Roland Alphonso - President Kennedy
The sharks - Music answer
Jacksons feat Mick Jagger - State of shock
A Certain Ratio - Shack up
Zion-I - Kharma inst
Ice Cube - Bop gun
Cornerstone roots feat Luciano - Jah
Hot 8 Brass Band - Get up

Monday, August 20, 2007

Slumming it.
Annabel Fay is a young local singer who releases her debut album today. Very amusing interview with her in the Weekend Herald, snip...


"... There have been no hiccups in Annabel Fay's entrance into the music scene yet - but for the way her PR people have tried to market her. Even though Fay is relaxed about her provenance, they have gone to great lengths to downplay it - perhaps sensitive to the suspicion that rich kids get unearned breaks in life, or mindful of the negative publicity over Sir Michaels recent dealings with the New Zealand Securities Commission in which he and former partner David Richwhite agreed to pay $20 million to settle insider-trading proceedings [on a deal that he made $60 million].

Background publicity information supplied to Canvas claimed Annabel Fay lived as a fully-fledged member of the hoi polloi. Her PR agent said in an email Fay earned her own living and was so passionate about being a professional musician and "not taking advantage of her family's assets" she caught the bus to work, shopped in Glassons, "and sometimes goes to friends for meals because she doesn't have the money to buy her own food."

Its a pity they didn't tell Fay, who blithely told Canvas during our interview she gets a weekly allowance from her parents, drives a car owned by her mother - and although she isn't able to work due to her music commitments - recently moved into a Ponsonby apartment by herself. "I've had a privileged but not excessive upbringing," she says. "I'm not naive; it's not something that I take for granted." She confesses she often asks her parents for extra money, but I don't get a 'yes' very often."Link.

Aint life tough.
Pink sees red
You may remember a while back, when US singer Pink ripped off the artwork of local artist Martin Emond for her video "U and Ur Hand".

Seems that maybe Martin wasn't the only artist she borrowed from...

From New York Post "page Six" column... "ugust 16, 2007 -- An avant-garde Manhattan painter is suing Pink for copyright infringement, saying the pop cutie used one of his works in a 2006 music video. In his case filed in Manhattan District Court, Vladimir Kush charges Pink and her record company, Zomba, with reproducing images from his painting "Countes Erotiques" throughout her video for "U + Ur Hand" without permission."