Sunday, October 07, 2007

Ring the Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 6
TLC vs Specials - Pretty Rudy
Aboriginals - The essence inst.
Bobby Byrd - Never get enough
Guts - And the living is easy
KRS One - Sound of the police
Gussie P - Ever loved somebody version
Skatalites - Coconut rock
Lloyd Charmers - Look-a-py-py
Nomo - Divisions
Osibisa - Dance the body music
Sharon Cash - Fever
DJ Babu - Do for self inst.
Kultur shock - Hashishi
Rodriquez - Sugar man
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 1oo days, 100 nights
Hot 8 Brass band - Fly away
Youngun - Nice suave
LCD sound system - North American scum
Roberta Flack - Go up Moses
Cane and Able - Be free
Monguito Santamaria - Groovetime
Dubblestandart vs Ari Up - Island girl (JStar remix)
Pioneers - Sweet inspiration (Justin Robertson remix)
Bob Marley - Sun is shining (DJ Dolores remix)
Damian Marley -Move
Magnum - The music makes us do it
DJ Serious - Unknown misery inst.
King Jammy - Slow motion dub
Jackie Mittoo - chicken and booze, darker shade of black.


Ring the Alarm playlist, BaseFM, September 22

Moodorama -Sweet toffee
Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Walk tall
Wayne McGhie and the sounds of joy - Cool it
Prince Jammy - Champion version
Turbulence - Notorious
Bomb the bass - Bug powder dust (K&D remix)
Latin Watchamacallits - The fuzz
Balanco - Theme from cocktail nova (Nicola Conte remix)
Bob Marley - Soul shakedown party (Afrodisiac Sound System remix)
Lonnie Smith - Straight to the point
New order - Confusion
Guts - And the living is easy (Dynamics remix)
Dubblestandart - When I fall in love dub
Donald Fagen - Ruby
Creators - Make an impact inst.
Bran van 3000 feat Curtis Mayfield - Astounded (MJ Cole remix)
Da lata - Pra manha (percapella remix)
Last poets - White man's got a god complex
Digidub - Zinzo
East of the underground - Poppin popcorn/Santana
Edwin Starr - I just wanna do my thing
Guilty Simpson - Man's world
Ramsey Lewis - Do what ya want (Mr Scruff remix)
Krafty kuts & Freddy Fresh - Snatchit

Skipped a week in there somewhere, but you get that.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

September Song
38 versions of the Kurt Weill song, courtesy of WFMU. Nice one. LINK

"...Nothing beats the James Brown version from his 1970 LP Soul on Top, on which he was backed up by the Louis Bellson Big Band, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson.

September Song was written by Weill (with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson) for the 1938 musical Knickerbocker Holiday. Walter Huston (father of John, Granddad of Angelica) introduced the song when he played Pieter Stuyvesant in the original production, and scored a hit with the 78 version of it while the show was still in its first run.

In the play, the peg-legged Stuyvesant sings the song to Tina, the lovely Town Councilor's daughter, in the hope of rushing her into marriage against her better judgment. Peg-leg Pete uses the shortening days of September and the onset of winter to convince Tina to give herself to him and not to his rival, Brom Broeck. (Tina marries Broek in the end.)

Another irony of the song that's been lost in it's many years as an American pop standard is that it's sung by a villain. In Knickerbocker Holiday, Stuyvesant is a stand-in for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who the pacifist/anarchist Maxwell Anderson saw as an exponent of American fascism."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Daft Punk is not playing at my house...
...but I really, really wish LCD Sound System would play in my neck of the woods. Check this live video clip from Coachella earlier this year, Looks like a lotta fun. Please, someone bring over to NZ. LINK.

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.