Monday, February 18, 2008

New tune alert
Finished another tune for the RPM Challenge, and its up on the Dub Setsuko Myspace page, called 'Bang bang'. Go have a listen, let me know what you think. Finished 4 tunes so far, 6 to go.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, February 16
Digging thru my records getting ready for the show, I realised I own a lot of cheese, so the first hour of today's show was Cheesy Listening. How much Sergio Mendes is too much?

Love unlimited orchestra - Strange games and things
Sergio Mendes - For what it's worth
Count Basie - James Bond theme
Getz and Gilberto - So danco samba
Dick Hyman - Give it up and turn it loose
Persuasive percussion - Miserlou
El Chicano - Viva tirado
Claude Papesch - Trini baby
Booker T & MGs - It's your thing
Sergio Mendes - Aqua de beber
Herbie Mann - Push push (check the cover above - hairy dude)
Martin Denny - Quiet village
Baja marimba band - Gnu bossa nova
Van McCoy - Funky feet
Lionel Hampton - Stayin alive
Luis Bonfa - Jacaranda
Overproof sound system - Get with it
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Restless soul - Turn me out
Pavlov and Mishkin - The brothers
Brownout - Laredo 77
Boca45 -La bombonera
Granville Williams Orchestra - Honky tonk
Dennis Alcapone - Fever teaser
Mark de Clive Lowe - Caravan (live)
Erykah Badu - Honey (Capt Planet remix)
Radiohead - Reckonerz feat Chali 2na (Amplive remix)
Bloc party - Where is home? (Burial remix)
Lukid - Fela
Kraftwerk - Radioactivity

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, February 9
Dynamics - 90% of me is you
Fredie Cruger - Running from love
Joe Isaccs - One more time
Mo horizons - Quase nada
The lions - Jungle struttin
Trinity - Three piece suit
Freddie McGregor - Rastaman camp
Cookie monster - C is for cookie (Roy Thode disco mix)
Audioweb - Faker (Lionrock remix)
Tosca - Bossa on the boat
Youngblood brass band - Brooklyn
Clarence Reid - If it was good enough for Daddy
Allen Toussaint - Goin down
Overproof sound system - Get with it
Portishead -Key bored 299 03
Kode9 & spaceape - Bodies
Sharon Jones and Dapkings - Something's changed
Shriekback - All lined up
Muddy Waters - I'm a man
Cut chemist - Storm
Concrete puppy - The great raspberry ripoff
Restless soul - Turn me out
Tanya Stephens- U don't get it/It's a pity
4Hero -Les fleurs

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Meanwhile, at the rollerdisco...
I signed up for the RPM Challenge at the start of February (write and record an album in a month). Came up with a goofy new alias (Dub Setsuko) and started recording. Up to seven songs so far. Check out my first finished tune at

You can download it too, if you feel so inclined. Enjoy! (Or download it from here if you're not down with Myspace.)

I also did an interview yesterday for NZ's National Radio, along with Dave Karlotski from RPM Challenge (phoning in from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he runs The Wire, a weekly alternative newspaper).
Now online here - under 'A' for Access All Areas...

He mentioned that one of the first albums finished so far is from New Zealand, an improvisational album. And the amazing fact that when they started RPM Challenge in 2006, it was strictly their local town (pop: 20,000), and they had 200 bands enter. That's a vibrant pop culture right there. The interview should go to air this weekend.

Headline of the week.
"Bobby Brown almost peed on Dee Snider" Link.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Funk this
"Some of these new artists, I just want to say, ‘The post office is hiring.’ Others I just want to embrace. I would love to educate some of these kids with funk, soul and rock … as for Amy Winehouse, she’s just walking her walk.”

— Chaka Khan, winner for R&B album, “Funk This,” and R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal, “Disrespectful” More reactions from winners here.

Mike from Franklin Ave blog went along, check his craptastic cellphone snaps here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

It's business time!
I was checking the LA Times to see if anything vaguely interesting was happening at the Grammys, looking at the winners, thinking "I don't care about any of these artists", but then I saw this...

"America's Mexican," George Lopez
"Dirty Girl," Lisa Lampanelli
"The Distant Future," Flight of the Conchords (Winner)
"I Still Have A Pony," Steven Wright
"Songs Pointed & Pointless," Harry Shearer

Sweet as!

ADDED: has just posted up this news, noting that "The last New Zealander to win a Grammy was opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in 1984, according to the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand." WRONG! [The Herald got it wrong too - scratch that, they fixed it]
Expat Kiwi jazz musician Alan Broadbent has been nominated numerous times for the Grammys, and won in 1998 and 2000, for his arranging on albums by Natalie Cole and Shirley Horn, respectively.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tune in
Some exciting news for youse - scored myself a new radio show - taking over from Danielle Cormack as host of High Noon Tea on Kiwi FM from this Sunday, Feb 10, 3-5pm. Tune in for two hours of dubbed out musical madness, on the FM dial, at 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury and Sky Digital Channel 500. Or listen online here.

Also, some excellent weekend reading - been meaning to point you in the direction of local author Chris Bourke's new blog, well worth a read. He's been doing some research, digging back thru old issues of Truth. Fascinating stuff.

That is all.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, February 2
Jackie Mittoo - James Bond
Frankie Paul - Anytime
Prince Fari - Give love
Romanowski - Rom jack steady
Nate Dogg - Get up (Upstate remix)
Sharon Jones & Dapkings - Stranded in your love (Cool Calm Pete remix)
St Germain - Sure thing
Magic fly - Champion mushroom
Lady Saw - Married man
Tanya Stephens - It's a pity, Need you tonight
Antibalas - Elephant
Lever Bros - Black man's cry
Dubmatix - Enter the dragon
JStar - Tooting gangster, Music time
Pepe Braddock - Peer pressure
Jean Jacques Perry - La panthere cosmique
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Round 4 feat Tikiman - Find a way
Guilty Simpson - Man's world
Joy Denalane - Change
Stovell Sisters - Hang on in there
Underground vegetables - Melting pot
Ray Darwin - People's choice
The Lions - Jungle struttin'
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Brass in Africa
Dr Tree -Eugino D

Friday, February 01, 2008

Face the music
Russell Brown looks at the music industry in his recent Listener columns...

If you can't beat em: Digital rights management is going the way of the dinosaur.

"... The industry has had its problems with DRM, most notoriously in the case of the Sony CD copy-protection that secretly installed a “rootkit” on customers’ PCs, exposing them to malicious internet attacks.

But it wasn’t consumer problems that turned the majors: it was more the fact that DRM – which they had hoped would allow them to control their markets – had in fact become a tool for others to manipulate markets in ways that stripped the record companies of power..."

Old-time music: CDs are not antiques. Yet.
"... The stark fact is that music consumption is moving away from retail purchasing, yet more music than ever is being recorded. You can hardly escape music in daily life: radio, ringtones, music TV, video games, TV ads and promos, YouTube, MySpace and the ubiquitous iPod. Meanwhile Auckland’s big new Vector Arena is regularly filling for concerts. So what’s going on?"

plus this one..

oh yeah, killed a tagger lately? Hey, let's demonise the youth, cos that's a great way to treat the future of our country. Let's alienate them. Yeah right. This is going to be a crappy year full of political hot air. Fuck that.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

29 Days
"February is just around the corner (already?!), which means it's time for another RPM Challenge. While National Novel Writing Month asks participants to complete a novel each November, this challenge dares musicians to record an album during the month of February. Last year, more than 850 albums were recorded and posted online.

Head to the official site to sign up and hear 8,500 songs that were submitted during last year's event. The site also includes participant blogs, photos and more, and you can go here to watch a video introduction. If you join the festivities, let us know so we can hear your tunes!" Via Pop Candy.

I might just have a go at this.