Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lykke Li
I know nothing about her, but damn, this is a cool tune...

Youtube link or you can watch the official music video for the song here. Check her at myspace/lykkeli. She's currently touring the UK, then off to the US for more shows.

She's Swedish, she's friends with Robyn, and I found this enchanting clip of her via a Russian music blogger... tune is "I'm good, I'm gone".

Wikipedia tells me this: "Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson (born March 18, 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden), better known by her stage name Lykke Li, is an indie singer. She was raised by artistic parents (her mother was a photographer, her father is a musician) and lived in Portugal for five years, and spent winters in Nepal and India. At one point, she worked as a dancer on Swedish TV shows.

She released her first album, Youth Novels on LL Recordings in the Nordic region on 4 February 2008 and it will receive a wider European release this June. The album was produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and Lasse Mårtén. It will be released in the United States on 6 May 2008."

And here's Little Dragon (also from Sweden) with 'Constant surprises' off their debut album...

So, I was standing outside the Powerstation last night, just gone outside for a breather between bands - Salmonella Dub were setting up. There's a handful of people milling outside, fagging on, and then this black dude in a green baseball cap and green sweatshirt bowls up, with a TV camera crew in tow. I'm thinking "What's Dizzee Rascal doing standing outside the Powerstation? Aint he from England? Long way from home, bro."

Turns out it was Dizzee Rascal - he's doing some gig on a plane for MTV NZ. Dude went inside and hung out upstairs, watching Salmonella Dub. who did a mighty fine show too, joined by Paddy Free and his shiny pink day-glo mohawk on keys for this tour. Ran into Andrew Penman from the band earlier, he gave me a copy of their new remix EP - thanks Andrew!

On another note, read this story about the local Indian wheat shortage? Roti in AK is going bad. The cost of rice has doubled in AK in recent months. Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin, meltdown expected...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fade to Gray.
Simon Grigg responds to musician and promoter Gray Bartlett's rant against NZ On Air and government funding, here. Snip... "Gray says it should be about the artist, not the songs which

New Zealand can't hope to compete on a world market with

Tell that to Neil Finn whose had several million plays of Don’t Dream Its Over world wide, or to Alan Jansson, who has two US BMI Million Play certificates on the wall of his office for a song he wrote with Paul Fuemana in Freeman’s Bay. To my mind, where NZ on Air has fallen over in recent times is because it no longer encourages the sort of individuality these songs represent…it doesn’t go far enough."

My fave snip from Mr Bartlett - "I am angry because when the opportunity is there to apply for something to help an artist, I can't. I'm angry because they will waste money on absolutely ludicrous things. They will give grants to friends of the Labour Party - I find it disgraceful."

His solution? The government should "support him, he says, and help him put together an annual tour of New Zealand and to key overseas markets, showcasing the country's talent." Sounds like sending a bunch of NZ bands to something like SXSW. Don't we do that already?

NZ Herald - "Govt off-key with music support says Bartlett"

Meanwhile, here's some free Manu Chao, remixed by Dennis Bovell and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Sweet! Manu Chao - Politik Kills w/ LKJ (Dennis Bovell Dub Vocal Remix) (MP3 download)

"Fans can now visit the new website,, to preview tracks from the remix EP and watch the new Politik Kills music video. The site also features online-exclusive remixes from Bostich + Fussible of Nortec Collective and DJ Mexican Dubweiser with the band, Kinky. Fans and DJs can also access to download the different parts of the song and create their own remix." Hat tip to BV.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Two vinyl junkies walk into a bar...
"Professor, writer, record collector, DJ and proprietor of the always-wonderful blog Soul Sides (and, ahem, Stop Smiling contributor), Oliver Wang, sat down for an enlightening chat with Chairman Mao, co-founder of ego trip magazine, legendary record collector and music scholar in his own right.

From the sousaphone to racism to The Beatles to the new ego trip show, Miss Rap Supreme, the interview is not only a humorous look into the mind of one of hip-hop’s most impressive voices, but sums up much of how many of us aging hip-hop fans feel these days. (Bonus - check out two of the other ego trip collective, Brent Rolling and Gabriel Alvarez, on the Sound of Young America podcast here)." Hat tip to Stop Smiling Mag. Nicked the title from them too.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lay it down
Al Green's new album (out May 25) is produced by Questlove Thompson of The Roots and James Poyser. Check this clip...

"The Lay It Down album is ... set to feature apperances by Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Corrine Bailey Rae and The Dap Kings horn section." Hat tip to In The Crowd.