Friday, May 02, 2008

Base Fm turns four! There will be cake.
Check this out... "Happy Birthday Base!!! Four years of glorious broadcasting, dope tunes and comedy gold. We're celebrating in a BIG way - on Saturday night at Pull Lounge with Base in your Face, featuring the incredible Jerm, The Boil Up and the one and only Tommy Flowers. 10pm onwards although, free entry from 9 - 10!

On Sunday, we're going live-to-air from Conch Records and we'll be giving away birthday presents galore, like a Burton Snowboard and bindings, Dickies Prizepacks, Adidas t-shirts, Federation Tshirts, a Tupac Book, Malt Bar and Pull Bar $100 bar tabs, Beat Merchants Vouchers, Jagermeister and Canadian Club, over $1,000 from Eastern Hi-Fi and sooooooooooooo much more. But you've got to be in it to win it, and we're there from 2pm onwards. Come down and say hey! Oh, and did I mention there'd be cake? Hell yes there'll be cake.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

April 21 marked the NZ release of albums by Flight of the Conchords and Shihad. This week's top 40 album charts came out yesterday and we have Shihad at no 1 and Flight of the Conchords at no 2. Shihad have already gone gold (sales of 7,500) in NZ. Congrats all round.

The big news? The comedy duo sold over 52,000 albums in their first week of release in the US, debuting at no 3 on the Billboard charts. Does this make FOTC the highest charting NZ album in the US ever? Anyone know? ADDED: Just checked Crowded House's US chart history -their highest placing for an album was their debut, which peaked at no 12 - their highest placing single was no 2 for Don't Dream It's Over (source:

From Rolling Stone... "An engagement and a (possible) pregnancy wasn’t enough to help Ashlee Simpson, as the singer’s new album Bittersweet World landed at number four with 47,387 copies sold. Simpson was beat out by Mariah Carey’s E=MC2, which took number one for a second consecutive week, Leona Lewis’ Spirit at two and, surprisingly, Flight of the Conchords’ self-titled debut, which grabbed the third spot with 52,133 copies sold. That’s right: Pete Wentz’s fiancĂ©e got edged by the comic duo who were on the show that followed Big Love on HBO."

ADDED: The Aussie papers have picked up this story from Reuters, with the headline "Conchords more popular than Crowded House" which isn't strictly true. Crowded House went higher in the US charts than FOTC - CH hit no 2 with Don't Dream It's Over. And, as Simon noted in the comments, the sales numbers are very small compared to, say, three years ago. I'm trying to track down the sales numbers for CH's no 12 placing.

UPDATE: From author (Crowded House bio "Something So Strong") and journalist Chris Bourke... "sales of the debut album would be over a million. Soundscan didn't exist back in 1986/1987 when the first CH album was on its slow rise up the charts. Remember it took a full year from first release until "Don't Dream It's Over" hit in the US in April 1987. Between May 1986 and Christmas 1986, the album had only sold 3000 copies in New Zealand."

Go check out Chris's CH blog, Something So Strong, he's got a great post on CH album engineer Tchad Blake.

ADDED "From TV 3 news last night... ""The fact Flight of the Conchords has broken at number three on the actual album charts is going to be way more important than any number of New Zealand music months," says Kiwi music legend Chris Knox." Link

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, April 26playlist
Salmonella dub - Lightning (Spot remix)
Barrington Levy - Here I come
Sound dimension - Drum song
El Michaels Affair - Ocho rio
Fred Wesley - House party
Platinum Pied Pipers - Now or never
Julien Dyne - Scissor hands
Sharon Joens and the Dapkings - Nobody's baby
Junior Murvin - Cool out son
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle remix)
Bronx river prkway - Aqua con soul
Hot 8 brass band - Rastafunk
Sergio Mendes - Aqua de beber
Xaver Fischer trio - I sing this song for you (Nicola Conte remix)
Orgone - I get lifted
King Tubby - Dark destroyer dub
Unitone Hifi - Up to eleven
Yes king - Love revolution (dub mix)
Sesame St -One to twelve
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Blow your head (undubbed version)
Tony Benson Sextet - Ugali
Popular Cooper and his All Beats Band - Arraino
Little dragon - Constant surprises (go have a listen to em here)
Eric Lau - Final chance
Erykah Badu - Honey (Moody Boyz remix)
Katalyst (feat Stephanie McKay) - Say what you feel
Gamm doin' James pt 2 - You're dead wrong (Red Astaire mix)
Jimmy and Taurus Riley - Pull up selector

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, April 19 playlist
Jimmy and Taurus Riley - Pull up selector
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle dub)
DJ Vadim - Watch that sound (JStar remix)
Kutiman - Escape route
Leftie soul connection - Chop it!
Medeski Martin and Wood - Lets go everywhere
Carlos Nino - Find a way
Dillinger -Melting pot
Junior Marvin - Roots train
The Beat -Mirror in the bathroom
Beat pharmacy - Mental universe
Stevie Wonder - As
Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix
King Tubby - Money dub
Muhsinah - Construction
Erykah Badu - American promise
Eric Lau - Final chance
Bronx river prkway - Deixa la pra
Tommy McCook and the Skatalites - Savitt
Bruise n cuts - Down the road
DJ Spinna - Abyzmal
One million dollars - Four easy steps
Might Mo - The next message (version)
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd St Band - Move on up (live)
Leon Haywood - If you're looking for a night of fun (look past me, I'm not the one)
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle remix)