Friday, December 14, 2007

• I went to Junior Reid last night - wicked show, splendid voice, but the number of punters I talked to complaining about the ridiculously late start-time was high - word was he was coming on at 12, and he hit the stage closer to 1am. Wake up, promoters, that's just shabby. I was talking with a mate who told me about going to see some hiphop MCs in New York, and they heard the show started at 9pm so they rolled up at 10, and discovered to their dismay that they'd missed one of their heroes.

• What does Bill Murray say at the end of Lost In Translation? Or don't you want to know? (Link) Best use of a Jesus and Mary Chain song in a movie ever.

•Heard Santogold yet? Listen over here - the chorus for her tune Shov It is one of the funniest things I've heard all year. (Photo credit: Fader via BV)

•Kristen Schaal (Mel from Flight of Choncords) gives her top ten of the year (link BV)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

RIP Ike Turner
Passed away aged 76. (link) the former husband of Tina Turner, died at his home near San Diego, California. He rose to fame in the 1960s, and is best remembered for his musical partnership and stormy marriage with Tina Turner. (BBC)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Alicia got the goods
Just came across this insane clip of Alicia Keys performing live at the AMA's recently, doing her big hit 'No-one' with Junior Reid (playing tonight in Welli, Thurs in AK, get ya tickets) just like on the remix, then Junior drops One Blood, then Chaka Demus and Pliers come out (Murder she wrote), then Beenieman (Who am I), its nuts. Watch it here.
Pay what you want
Radiohead are guaranteed to be one of the end-of-year talking points in music round-ups, over their latest album In Rainbows and its distribution method. A lot has already been written on the subject, but no-one has covered exactly how they came upon this idea. Thanks to the excellent work of Jon Pareles of the New York Times ("Pay what you want for this article") , now we know.

"Radiohead is not the first act to try what one of its managers, Chris Hufford, calls “virtual busking.” But it’s the first one that can easily fill arenas whenever it tours. “It feels good,” said Thom Yorke ... “It was a way of letting everybody judge for themselves.”

Radiohead’s pay-what-you-choose gambit didn’t just set off economic debates. It should also establish 2007 as two kinds of tipping point for recorded music. One is as the year of the superstar free agent. After fulfilling its contract in 2003 with its last album for EMI, “Hail to the Thief,” Radiohead turned down multimillion-dollar offers for a new major-label deal, preferring to stay independent...

...Mr. Hufford said that he and Bryce Edge, Radiohead’s other manager, had come up with the pay-what-you-want plan during a stoned philosophical conversation about the value of music. They had initially proposed releasing only the download and the deluxe box, but the band overruled them, noting that many of its fans are neither downloaders nor elite collectors. On Jan. 1 — a day when few albums are usually released — the single-disc “In Rainbows” is due as a retail CD and vinyl LP, in joint ventures with the independent labels TBD (part of ATO Records, partly owned by Dave Matthews) in the United States and XL in most other countries."

Yep, another great idea hatched over a shared joint. That's how Microsoft started, right? Or was that Apple?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, December 8
Stevie Wonder - Masterblaster dub
Gussie P - Have you loved somebody dub
Tony Allen - Ole (Salah Ragab & Afro-Egyptian ensemble rework)
Salah Ragab & the Cairo Jazz Band - Egypt strut
Saul Williams - Scared money
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Nobody's baby
Jay Electronica - My world (Nas salute)
King Everand - Kill ole pan
Brigadier Jerry - Ram dance master
Lord Tanamo - I'm in the mood for love
International observer - Cellphone dub
Kolab - Inner beat
Gloria Jones - tainted love
Santogold - Shove it (Switch remix)
Lukid - Fela
Magic fly - Champion mushroom
Maze - Colourblind
BT Express - Give it what you got
Sugarman 3 - Cherry pickin'
Cut chemist - A peak in time
Katzenjammers - Cars
Overnight low - The witch doctor
Rhythm and sound - Let jah love come (Sweet substance remix)
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Brass in Africa
James Brown - Merry christmas, I love you
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Stranded in your love (Cool Calm Pete remix)
Parlet - No rump to bump

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, December 1
Pointer sisters -Pinball number count
Dynamics - Brothers on the slide
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam
Tommy McCook & the Skatalites - Shockers rock
Al Green - Love and happiness (Shoes dub edit)
Sugarman 3 - Take it as it comes (Afrodisiac sound system remix)
James Brown - Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto
DJ Spinna feat Phonte -Dillagence
Oneself - Paranoid (JStar remix)
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Brass in Africa (Bulljun remix)
Kenny Knots - Good sensi
Barrington Levy - Many changes in life
Le peuple de l'herbe - Reggaematic
The Pioneers - Sweet inspiration (Justin Robertson remix)
Commodores - Brick house
Blackbyrds - The run away
Supergroove - Platinum blonde (DLT remix)
Kora - Delivery man
Supercat - Don dada
Horace Andy - Just say who
African Brothers - Hold tight
Wu tang clan - Take it back
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Look-a-py-py
Lukid - Fela
Top cat - Champipn DJ
Rebel MC feat Tenor fly - Comin on strong
Tony Allen - Ole (Salah Ragab & Afro-Egyptian ensemble rework)

Monday, December 10, 2007

The bestest of 07.
Its that time of year when ya get inundated with 'best of' lists. There's the Guardian, Mojo, and then you have LAist, who asked their fave local (LA) bands to name their top albums. Brooklyn Vegan asked some comedians for their top tens. I might ask the girls at my local dairy.
What's your fave album/s of this year?

ADDED: Top 15 albums of 2007, as voted by NZ's indie musicians here. With handy mp3s.
Ernie and Burt in 'Sesame St Death Metal Drum Solo'
Best video I've seen in ages. Watch here.

And cheers to the folk who came down to the Beat Market on Saturday and bought my records -I now have enough dosh for a Jr Reid ticket. Sweet!