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

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.