Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Jeremy Piven goes metal
Funniest video I've seen in ages, language is NSFW tho. Need ya headphones on for it. The Piv gets spotted at an LA nightclub by silly metal band, who get him onstage to play drums for them. Hat tip to LAist.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, November 24
Cookie monster - C is for cookie disco mix (sweet version by Roy Thode)
Nightmares on wax -Flip ya lid
Joy Denalane - Change (inst)
Budos Band - Adeniji
Hypnotic Bass Ensemble- War featJay Z, Freeway (Catchdubs remix)
Papa Levy - Mi god mi king
Dynamics - Rockit
Super beagle - Dust a sound boy
Al Green -I'm glad you're mine
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Stranded in your love (Cool calm Pete remix)
Dubmatix - Jump and twist (steppers mix)
Anthony Red Rose - Tempo
Hot 8 Brass Band - Get up
Meters - Just kissed my baby
Dr Tree - Eugino D
Snake Salvador - When I'm with you
Trecherous Three - Feel the heartbeat
Freddy Cruger - Running from love
Twilight circus feat Luciano - What we gotta do (G Corp remix)
Joe Gibbs - Chapter three
Chubby Digits - Decomposed
Bob Dylan - Most likely you go your way... (Mark Ronson remix)
Aim - Just passin thru
Collie Buddz - Come around (K Salaam remix)
Overproof sound system - Watch what you put inna (G Corp remix)
The joys of the music biz, part 480
Sighted in Alan McGee's column on the Guardian "Dub be good to me: Curious about dub reggae but don't know where to start? Here's five classic albums to get the riddims started."

One of the albums listed is by dub maestro Scientist, called 'Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires'.

"... Rockstar Games licensed the Vampire album for their Grand Theft Auto game, but Scientist received no compensation from the deal and sued the company.

He ultimately lost because he engineered the album but didn't produce it, so isn't considered the owner of his work - setting a dangerous precedent in the world of dub, where engineering is the key to creation. Rockstar Games successfully argued that with the extra profile its game gave the album, Scientist had already been compensated."

Thursday, November 22, 2007

• Sounds music stores go into voluntary administration - "The company that operates Sounds and some Blockbuster stores has gone into voluntary administration - the first in New Zealand to do so [under new legislation]. Icon Digital Entertainment runs seven Blockbuster video chain stores and 50 Sounds music stores nationwide." They owe bank and creditors $20m. More here.

sighted at the Dominion Post... "Music store sales have slumped from more than $50 a person each year in 2000 to $34 a head last year. Total music sales topped $200 million in 2001, but were down to $147 million last year. Other retailers blamed reduced prices at The Warehouse, which sells CDs for at least $5 less than prices in music chain stores.

Auckland-based Real Groovy music store manager Chris Hart said competition from The Warehouse was "huge", the discount chain selling CDs for about $22 when the full markup price for a music store was about $35."

• Congratulations to Moana Maniapoto, one of five winners of $50,000 Arts Foundation awards. Link.

• Late last year, Robyn predicted on my 2006 round-up that "To help steer people back to albums, I reckon we’ll see more concept albums, with bands (and record companies) trying to convince us that all the album tracks are equally important, and, like, we must respect their artistic vision and go on a musical journey."
Turns out, Jermaine Dupri thinks she has a point, and mouths off about it at Huffington Post, in reference to the new Jay Z album, only sold as a complete album, no single track downloads allowed. Robyns 's reaction? "You know who needs to shut up? Jermaine Dupri needs to shut up." Read it here.
Or, as Idolator puts it... "Jermaine Dupri Is Willing To Screw You Over For The Sake Of A Good Album" More here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hot 8
...After the city tripled the fees for second-line parades, a consortium of Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs took the matter to federal court. Last month, police arrested two brass-band musicians for parading without a permit during a funeral procession, setting off new controversy over a time-honored tradition.

"We rose out of water and debris to lead the way back to the life that we love," said [band leader] Pete at a recent public forum on such matters. "It's not just a party, it's our life. We can sugarcoat it all kinds of ways, but the city looks at us as uncivilized. And that's why they try to confine us."

Hot 8 Brass Band interview at Village Voice. Great reading for fans of New Orleans music.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, November 17
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Balicky bon
Daktaris - Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti (Mad professor remix)
Yes king - Love revolution dub remix
Junk - 99c strut
DJ Spinna - Abyzmal
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings - Mean man (DJ Spinna remix)
Jr Reid - Bubblers
Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole - Arte belle
Brentford Allstars - Racetrack
Dillinger - Cocaine (G Corp remix)
Little sister - Stanga
Baby huey & babysitters - Hard times
Dr Tree - Eugino D
In deep - Last night a DJ saved my life/DJ delight
Trvea Whateva - Singalong
The bug - Skeng (Kode9 remix)
Skepta - Bumberclaat badman
Joy Denalane - Let it go
Trinidad & Tobago steel allstars - Do your thing
Quincy Jones & Ray Charles - In the heat of the night
Kora - Crazy things
Saul Williams - Scared money
Budos Band - Chicago falcon (Washington Sq Lads/Mark Ronson remix)
Erykah Badu - Honey

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tryna make me go to rehab...
Josh Homme and his Queens Of The Stone Age were recently recruited by an "unnamed Los Angeles drying out clinic" to provide "a light-hearted, intimate performance" for patients. And the clinic was delighted when the Queens accepted, at least up to the moment the band started playing, because apparently no one on staff had ever listened to their music or read a single interview with the mischievous Mr. Homme.

But a spokesman for the band informed NME.COM that when the band opened the show with classic 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer', staff at the clinic were so unimpressed that they pulled the plugs and had security remove them straight away without negotiation.

The song's lyrics famously run: "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol... c-c-c-c-c-cocaine". (Via Idolator)

I really really want to see Queens Of The Stone Age live.
Ironically, the song is used by the Colorado Police Department as the soundtrack to their instructional videos demonstrating the consequences of drink driving.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, November 10
Daktaris - Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti (Mad professor remix)
Dubmatix - Champion sound
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Balicky bon
Joy Denalane - Soweto 76-06
Connie Price & the Keystones & Percee P - International hustler
Kora - Skankenstein
Rhythm & sound feat Jennifer Lara - Queen in my empire
Roots radics - Patrolling
Nicola Conte - Jetsounds (Nu spirit Helsinki rework)
Jay Z - Roc boys
DLT meets the Dutchman - Scratchers revenge
Graham central station - Hair
Mala - Left leg out
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings - Stranded in your love (Cool calm Pete remix)
Sandoz- King dread
Karl Bryan & the afrokats - Money generator
Delory Wilson - I want justice
Dave Nada - Spell on you
Guts - And the living is easy
Mos Def big band & Hypnotic Brass ensemble - Make it funky (live at the Apollo)
Harlem experiment - One for justice
Dr Tree - Eugino D
Guilty Simpson - Make it fast
Trip to the moon - Hamba humito
Fatboy Slim - Radioactivity
Budos Band - Chicago falcon (Washington Sq Lads/Mark Ronson remix)
Tony Matterhorn etc - Genki desu ka

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Daptone remixed
Daptone Records get remixed by Mark Ronson, Kenny Dope, Hank Shocklee, DJ Spinna and more - get it here! (Hat tip to Different Kitchen)
ADDED Heres the Mad Professor remixing the Daktaris. Damn!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Day ripper
Bunch of cool Beatles covers over here, at AM/FM/PM. Aretha does Elenor Rigby, Chaka does We can work it out, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, lots more. Listen up, kids.

And if you haven't had the misfortune/good fortune to hear the ubiquitous Mr Chris Knox ditty for the Labour Party, listen to it here. Called Way Better, the chorus is "it's a better way with Labour..." sang over and over relentlessly, but thanks to Knox's kiwi pronounciation, it sounds like he's singing 'theres a bitter way with Labour', endlessly amusing. Just me then? Righto.

ADDED: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble live from Oct 29, covering Moments In Love by Art of Noise. Grab it!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Weekend reading
A couple of interesting articles from the Village Voice for ya... New York musician Victor Axelrod (aka Ticklah, Antibalas, Easy Allstars) rehearses for the launch of his new album... LINK

"Victor Axelrod, the thirtysomething keyboardist, arranger, and engineer who creates reggae music under the handle Ticklah, decides to open the sidewalk grates early. His aptly named Don't Trip studio is tucked beneath a Brooklyn sidewalk in a desolate section of Gowanus: Washing machines double as amp stands, keyboards are stacked like pancakes, drums are stuffed in corners, and a large mixing console holds court among egg crates and pegboards full of patch cords..."

excellent backgrounder on Wax Poetics magazine, on the launch of their new anthology... LINK...

"Reading Wax Poetics, Brooklyn's glossy, reverent, visually immaculate zine dedicated to funk, soul, hip-hop, and the other obsessions of crate-diggers worldwide, is enough to make you wish neither compact discs nor the Internet had ever been invented. That vinyl sounds better is debatable; that vinyl looks better is undeniable. Compared to the woeful postcard dimensions of CD insert art and the laughable thumbnails we now lug around on our iPods, beholding an album cover nowadays, huge and warm and bright and colorful and evocative, is like staring into the face of God..."

"...The best writing in Wax Poetics concerns the collector just as much as the collected: [take] Anthology highlight "Make Checks Payable to Charles Mingus," written by Karl Hagstrom Miller and reprinted from issue no. 1, details the ultimately failed efforts Mingus made to establish his own mail-order record label. As rarely discussed history, it's fascinating, but it's bookended by the surprisingly affecting saga of Karl himself discovering three of those releases in a junk shop in Catskill, New York. He's clear-eyed about his role as a cultural scavenger ("Desperation is the friend of the record collector. Hipness depends on finding a population aggrieved enough to produce good music, suddenly pushed to the point of parting with it") and honest about when money trumps nostalgia: The piece ends when Karl sells all three exorbitantly priced records and buys a laptop..."
Weekend happenings
"The next occurrence of the ever-popular Record Collectors Fair is set for Saturday November 3 and will take place at 1 McDonald St, Morningside.
New rebuilt turntables such as Garrard 301 and 401's, Thorens and more will be available. A brand new music system with amplifier, speakers and turntable will also be there for all to listen to. Vinyl will be the only format played.

There will be 21 stall holders onsite, each selling a wide range of music (including Murray Cammick, who will be selling a swag of great funk and soul records), . Spot prizes will be given throughout the day, so keeping hold of your entry ticket is strongly advised! A record cleaning device will also be demonstrated.

Trade Tech, the company specialising in spare parts for any electronic device, will also be on hand, with food and drink being available as always.

The fair is open to the public from 10am to 3pm."

Konono International Ukulele Festival

On Saturday 3rd November, FREE, yes FREE, the Kapono NZ Ukulele Festival will be held in the grounds of Mt Roskill Intermediate School. myspace page, link.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will be making the journey up to play, alongside an amazing array of local and international ukuleleists including James Hill from Canada, Azo Bell from Australia and the incredible Sione 'Aleki from Tonga - he plays the uke with his feet whilst rolling on the floor. AND a whole bunch of school kids as the Kiwileles Combined Schools Orchestra.

The fest is from 9.30am - 4.30pm and it's FREE - there'll be stalls and activities and heaps for kids to do, and most of all music.

ALSO Stay tuned for an evening gig featuring the cream of the daytime acts in a more sound-friendly environment AND rumours of a special inner-city late late late show by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (at the Classic Comedy Bar). See you there!"

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hypnotic Part II
One tune that's getting caned in these parts is the great brass band version of Sexual Healing, by the Hot 8 Brass Band. Here's the tale of how a New Orleans brass band ended up on a label based in Brighton, England; spotted at Turntable Lab...

"So I got a phone call from Will [Quantic] Holland. He was in Spain, raving about an mp3 I'd given him the last time he was here in NYC. It was this brass band version of "Sexual Healing," and he'd just thrown it on a packed Barcelona dancehall the night before. "At first they didn't know what to do," he says. "Then, the handclaps came in, and they started to move. When the vocals dropped the place exploded."

After we hung up I had to call my man DJ Concerned, who'd hit me with the thing in the first place. He didn't know who Quantic was, but he clearly understood the power of the killer cut. This CD is a selection of a few of his pure fire brass band joints, a collection honed by frequent trips to New Orleans as the DJ for Brian J and the Pimps of Joytime, one of the finest N.O.-affiliated up and comer conjuntos.

Understand, these aren't some old-timey Preservation Hall Jazz Band chestnuts, these are real deal street level Crescent City bangers from new school rulers the Rebirth Brass Band, the Hot 8 Brass Band and the Soul Rebels. These dudes have insanely hype live shows where they rip through everything from Herbie Hancock to Lil' Jon covers, kinda similar to DC's go-go scene. Concerned is the first guy I've heard to pull the sheet back on this stuff, and it's done here in a crispy thirteen song mix that is seamless without any teeth-gritting blends or awkward transitions.

In addition to the previously mentioned "Sexual Healing" (worth the price for that alone) and a wicked run through "Atomic Dog" ("Rock With the Hot 8"), the mix is chock full of sure shot party music ("(Don't Touch That) Stereo", "Skeet Skeet"). I've had this thing on constant rotation, recommended." - Monk One, review of DJ Concerned: Talkin' Loud But Sayin' Something! (New Orleans) CD. Link.
[ADDED This mix is on DJ Concerned's Myspace page here, if you want to listen.]

Holland passed the tune to his label boss, Robert Luis, who signed the Hot 8. More here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a eight man brass ensemble from Chicago, of which 7 are the sons of Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, the 8th member of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble might not be connected by blood but is definitely part of the family. The creation of Hypnotic in 1999 represented the sons return to their instruments after a time of quitting music in their teenage rebellion years." LINK (also check the MP3s for download, including live with Mos Def at the Apollo).

"... the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Check out our previous post on these guys. Their last two 10″ records killed it. They also got a blog that journals their music and travels. I just stopped by today to see what’s new. I came across a cool video of them performing some new material in New York (NYC what is wrong with you? All that great live music, and majority of New Yorkers just completely ignored it. NYC where is your soul? There were some exceptions.) Anyway, check out the video and they also mention a real cool blog called DJouls.com from France, that wrote a good discography on the group." LINK

Check out their tunes over here and here, and on their blog.

Mr Untouchable
"Frank Lucas and Nicky Barnes once ruled the drug trade in Harlem. They came out of retirement to talk business."

"Mark Jacobson moderates a historic (of sorts, I guess) conversation between the real-life Frank Lucas, portrayed by Denzel in the upcoming American Gangster movie, and legendary uptown drug lord-turned-snitch Nicky Barnes (aka Mr. Untouchable: see movie trailer here) for New York magazine. Check it out here." (Hat tip: Different Kitchen)

snip... (via Miss.Info) "Turns out, when [hiphop MC] Cam’ron talked to 60 Minutes about snitching…guess who was watching? Nicky Barnes!!

Nicky says:

“I testified against the guys who were in the Council along with me… Guy Fisher, Frank James, Wally, Coco, Kenny… When I went into the joint, I gave Guy Fisher a woman of mine and told him to look out for her, take care of her. I didn’t expect him to start f*cking her.”

But Nicky then says:

“When I realized they left me on the battlefield to die, I said, “F*ck it!” … I said, “I’ll pull those motherf*ckers in, let them see what it’s like.”… I don’t regret it. I saw this show on CNN, with Anderson Cooper. Cats were talking about “Don’t snitch, no matter what happens.”

Well, I can’t see how a guy can be considered strong if he lets a bunch of assholes walk all over him and he doesn’t respond, just because of some code that a bunch of idiots have cooked up. Anderson Cooper asked this rapper, “Suppose a child was molested and you knew who this molester was. Would you tell the police?” He said, “No.” So that’s what I’m sayin’—the street guidelines are just moron bullsh*t."

Monday, October 29, 2007

From DFA: recordings of Shocking Pinks playing live, LCD Sound System live vid, and more. The free download is available from now until November 30th. Click on this...
DFA Records Exclusive

Full tracklisting:
1. LCD Soundsystem - "Us Vs Them" (Live In Manchester)
2. Prinzhorn Dance School - "Live Horn" (radio session)
3. Shocking Pinks - "Emily" (Live On RDU)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 20
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love (Bombs edit)
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Brothers and sisters
Truth - Excellence is thy name
Manu Chao - La vida tombola
Tenor fly - Mind weh yu say
Jr Reid - Bubblers
Dub syndicate - Pounding systems
B52s - Planet claire
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Tyra and tornadoes - Hui hui
Mary Jane Hooper - I've got reasons
Guilty Simpson - Mans world
Gussie P - Melchezedek step
Border crossing - City of love
International observer - London dub
Marvin Gaye - Sexual healing
Binky Griptite's Ghetto Funk Power Hour excerpt (wicked radio-show-style mixtape of 100% Daptone Records tunes - its the bonus disc with the new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings CD, well worth checking, or download it here in MP3 format from the Daptone site.)

Mint chicks - Crazy? yes! dumb? no!
Fat Freddys - Flashback (Jazzanova mashed bag remix)
Freestylers - Warning
Schoolly D and Joe Delia - The player (Ganja Kru remix)
Boca 45 - Fonky feet
Kora - Culture (congrats on the number one album in the country!)

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 27
Guts - And the living is easy (Dynamics remix)
Dry and Heavy - Night flight pt 2
Henry and Louis - Love and understanding
Joy Denalane - Soweto 76-06
Marva Whitney -I am what I am
Gilberto Gil - Quermos guerra
DJ Fingaz - Fundamentals
Sharon Jones and Dap Kings - Something's changed
Sharon Jones and Dap Kings - What have you done for me lately?
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake
Scientist - No dub island
Angie Stone - My man (Upstate remix)
Bob Marley -Sun is shining (DJ Dolores remix)
45 King - Fourth joint
Oscar Brown Jr - The Joneses
Lee Perry - Upsetting dub
Doujah Raze - Irish cream (Shuko remix)
Nas - Get down
Budos Band - Chicago falcon
Joy Denalane - Change
Manu Chao - Politik kills
Ann Sexton - You're losing me
Earth wind and fire - C'mon children
Hortense Ellis - Woman of the ghetto
One Blood - Be thankful for what you've got