Friday, April 18, 2008

MMW
Was listening to Gilles Peterson's radio show online (available for 7 days after on demand), and he dropped a Medeski Martin Wood tune, very nice, then he mentioned that you could download it from their site, MMW.net (cos he's good like that, is Gillles). Seems they've got big schemes for the coming year...

"Medeski Martin & Wood are planning 3 tours, plus 3 albums in 2008. Each tour and subsequent album will consist of all NEW MUSIC. The plan: Write > Tour > Record > Repeat. Bucking the traditional process of recording an album, THEN touring after its release. On Feb. 14, MMW will get together for 5 days to write new material for their Northeast tour, Feb. 19 - 29."

They also are running their own musicians (northern) summer camp in August. What cool cats.


O-Dub has written the liner notes for a new Charles Wright and 103rd St Band reissue,
called Live at the Haunted House - May 18, 1968 - read all about it here, and there's some audio goodness to listen to as well. Link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Paul Simon - Disgraceland
Jambase via Stereogum ran an interview with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, recounting his band's horrible experience with Paul Simon on the Graceland album. Seems Simon basically stole one of their songs, and took the credit. When they called him on it, he responded by saying "Sue me. You'll see what happens".

snip... "We go into the studio, and he had quite literally nothing. I mean, he had no ideas, no concepts, and said, "Well, let's just jam." We said, "We don't really do that." ... Not by accident, not even at soundcheck. We would always just play a song.

... Paul was a very strange guy. Paul's engineer was even stranger than Paul, and he just seemed to have no clue -- no focus, no design, no real nothing. He had just done a few of the African songs that hadn't become songs yet. Those were literally jams. Or what the world came to know and I don't think really got exposed enough, is that those are actually songs by a lot of those artists that he just approved of. So that's kind of what he was doing. It was very patrician, material sort of viewpoint. Like, because I'm gonna put my stamp on it, they're now my songs. But that's literally how he approached this stuff."

Dude couldn't even pronounce Zydeco properly, after recording with some zydeco musicians. Kept calling it zy decko. Read the whole piece, especially for the labels' motivations to persuade Los Lobos to do it - "It's for the family..." Hat tip to WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

"We have the dumbest President in the history of the United States and you're worried about record stores?

"INeedthat record blogspot says, " 'I Need That Record The Death (or Possible Survival) of The Independent Record Store,' is a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Are they going to die off? Will they survive?

The documentary features music luminaries and voices such as Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Mike Watt (the Minutemen, fireHose), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi), theorist Noam Chomsky, punk authority Legs McNeil, crotchety New York noisenik Glenn Branca, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), Pat Carney (Black Keys), BP Helium (Of Montreal), and Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) lamenting the fact that their industry - and the record buying one - is going straight down the tubes (if it isn't already in the bowels of the toilet as we speak).

Legs McNeil, the author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk says,
"We're at war with most of the muslim world, we have the dumbest President in the history of the United States and you're worried about record stores? That's a danger?"

Hat tip to The Playlist, watch the trailer here - INeedthat record blogspot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, April 12
Jackson sisters - I believe in miracles (re-edit)
Menahan St Band - Track 9
James Brown - Don't tell it
Romanowski - Rom jack steady
Jimmy Riley and Taurus Riley - Pull up selector
The Lions - Flugin' at Dave
Augustus Pablo -Dub organiser
Al Green - Thought it out (off the new album produced by Questlove Thompson of The Roots, out May)
Fatback band - Wicky wacky
Zapp - More bounce to the ounce
Lack of Afro - The outsider
Eric Lau - Let it out
Groove armada - Tuning in (dub)
Belleruche - Drum at dusk
Dubmatix - Champion sound
Manuu Dibango - Afro soul (Robn Mello remix)
Antibalas - Che che cole makossa
BT Express - Express (Kenny Dope remix)
James Brown and the JBs - 40th anniversary mix
Estelle - The magnificent
Little Dragon - Test
Peiro Umiliani - Mah na mah na (Karminsky Experience remix)
Jingo - Fever
Albarosie - Kingston town (Roma-an melodica mix)
Super Cat - Ghetto red hot (hiphop mix)