Friday, October 19, 2007

Crazy? Yes!
Watched the NZ Music Awards on the tele last night, after walking home via Aotea Square, to check out the red carpet action. Checked the Turnaround boys DJing in this big white inflatable tent set up in the square, and saw Otis Frizzell and Dan Tippett painting up a storm, doing an awesome graff piece of a Tui made up of musical notes, very cool. Slave was there, bemoaning the general lack of rock n roll behaviour, then Otis recalled the first time he ever went to the music awards, and had to be carried out by Murray Cammick. Fuckin' rock! Also saw Brooke Fraser, damn, she's got as big nose. Not being rude or anything, but if you watch her videos, she is never shown in profile, always face-front. There's a reason for that.

Home to watch the tv show; overall it was amusing (helps when you get a comedian to host it). Highlights include Tim Finn winning best male vocalist (um, what?) and thanking his record label boss, lawyer and accountant, then his band and family. And Opshop won something and their accountant made their acceptance speech. What, he's their guitarist? Dude needs a make-over.But props to one of the other Opshop dudes who got cornered on the red carpet and quizzed about his outfit, proudly admitting he got his grey suit that morning from the Waiuku opshop, best suit you can get for $20. Thats' called repping your brand.

And do musicians like to swear or fuckin' what? There's pretty Ms Hollie Smith, who looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth (oh hang on, that's Brooke Fraser), and she wins another award, gets up to accept it, and looks thoroughly bemused and exclaims "bullshit!!!"

And then there's the Mint Chicks winning their third award for the night, thanking their parents, and then exiting the stage, before Ruban runs back to the mic and leans in and says "rigged', and then Kody runs back and says "rigged". Fuckin' rock.



Meanwhile, Auckland band Cut Off Your Hands dropped in at the CMJ Music Festival in New York yesterday - here's the lead singer in action, concluding their set in style (via LAist). Fuckin' rock. They played three times in one day. Andrew Dubber is there too, read about his adventures over here.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 13
Cutty Ranks - Who say me done
Scientist - Sunshine dub
Big Bud - Bubblin dub
Mark Duval Big Band - Race machine (Bobby Hughes remix)
Gilberto sextet - Good lovin
Hot 8 brass band - Get up
Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers - Egyptian reggae
Recloose feat Hollie Smith - The game goes on
Bob Marley - Soul shakedown party (Afrodisiac remix)
Hallelujah Picassos - Sister Stacy
Chuck Carbo - Can I be your squeeze
Joy Denalane - Change
Funkmaster Flex - Safe sex, no freaks
LCD sound system - North American scum
Scrappy - Off the lead
Midnights - Outside looking in (Dub Asylum remix)
Ugly duckling - Shoot your shot inst.
Trip to the moon - Hamba humito
Lonnie Smith - Afrodesia
Manu Chao - Politik kills
New swing sextet - Monkey see, monkey do
Jackie Mittoo - Black organ
Echo candy -Captain Salassie
Delroy Wilson - Get ready
Original tropicana steel band - Calypso rock
Ensemble roger roger - Afro syn (Bobby Hughes remix)
Styles of Beyond - Mr Brown
Michael Palmer - Been talkin
Barringotn Levy - Many changes in life

Thursday, October 11, 2007



Hey kids! Drinking makes you clever!
More evidence... nice one, Doug Howlett.


1
00 Days.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings launched their new album with a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre last weekend - they included a James Brown medley that blew the roof off, according to reports. Check them rehearsing here (hat tip to BV) Hey Chip, the Tornadoes should jump on this, yeah?

Disaster capitalism...
is the topic of the new book, The Shock Doctorine, by Naomi Klein. Here's an excerpt from an interview with her by John Cusack. They're discussing US Govt outsourcing its responsibilities to the likes of Blackwater...

Klein: Put it this way: after the recent earthquake in Peru, a private U.S. company called Aramark got a contract to manage evacuee camps and they had mini-McDonald's franchises in them.

That was a first -- McRelief.

Cusack: It fills one with pride.

Read more here and here.

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."