Monday, July 07, 2008

From the weekend papers
Real Groovy is up for sale. "Managing director Chris Hart told the Weekend Herald yesterday a bad foreign exchange deal had left the 28-year-old business in need of capital. With his business partners wanting to pursue other interests, he had no option but to offer the entire business for sale ... "New sales are only 28 per cent of our business, so it's not like it's a major component. We do a huge amount of second-hand sales. That's really the core part of the business. That's how Real Groovy started, and it's also responsible for giving Real Groovy the strength that it's got."More here.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, July 5 playlist
Patti Labelle - Most likely you go your way and I'll go mine
Natural self - The rising
Quantic -Cuidad del swing version
Tenor saw - Golden hen
Tommy McCook and the Skatalites - Sauvitt
Me + You - Brown paper bag (Flowering inferno version)
James Brown - There was a time (Kenny Dope remix)
Lonnie Givens - The heat is on
Pioneers - Papa was a rolling stone
Jugoe - Days in dub
Lightning head - Bokoor sound special
Ohno vs Oneness of Juju - Beats (get it from Stonesthrow podcasts)
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Toure samar
Iva Lamkum - Kung fu grip
Prince Fatty - cow foot and gravy
Roots Manuva - Buff nuff
Rob Symeonn - Message in the music (Shanti roots dub house edit)
Fat Freddy's Drop - The camel
Horace Andy - Cus cus
War - Cisco kid
Sapodilla punch - Hold on i'm coming
King Everard - Kill ole pan
Lee Perry vs Moody Boyz - God smiled
Jackson Conti - Sao Paulo nights
The Nomad - Check the pitch
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 - Fire dance

Friday, July 04, 2008

Suicide by box set
"A fertile year for No Wave nostalgia reaches its apex, as one of the movement's forefathers is honored with a year-long series of special releases. Suicide formed in 1971 when artist, gallery-owner, and singer Alan Vega met Martin Rev, a keyboardist who had studied with jazz great Lennie Tristano. The downtown New York duo created confrontational, cathartic rock, with Rev churning out warm, minimalist keyboard melodies — a blueprint for synth-pop — while Vega literally and figuratively attacked the audience with spastic spoken word. As Lydia Lunch [who recently played with the reformed Teenage Jesus and the Jerks] says in Marc Masters' new book, No Wave, "[Suicide] were one of the most extreme things. I just fell to my knees in praise of the gods. The terror was such a beautiful thing to me."

The limited-edition, raw-sounding six-CD set Live 1977-1978, released in June in the UK on BLAST First (Petite), contains concert recordings drawn from New York shows and a support slot for the Clash and Elvis Costello on the group's first European tour. Only one of the live recordings, "23 Minutes Over Brussels" — which ends when the pissed-off crowd steals one of Vega's microphones — has ever seen official release.

In addition, a monthly series of 10-inch vinyl singles (also available as downloads) begins in July, with each installment containing a Suicide rarity along with covers by both an established and upcoming act. The eclectic array of "established" contributors includes Liars, Spiritualized, Sunn O))) and Pan Sonic, Peaches, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Klaxons, and, surprisingly, Bruce Springsteen, reportedly a fan of Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop." - Pat Sisson, Earplug.

Alan Vega recently turned seventy.

Ghost rider, live, 1979. Youtube link. "Video was recorded By Paul Tschinkel at Max's Kansas City in New York in 1979 for his cable TV show 'Paul Tschinkel's Inner Tube'." More here.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More Glasto...
Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me About Ethiopiques At Glastonbury? [Shows I've Missed This Year, Chapter XXXVII] - "We covered a bit of the Glastonbury lineup announcement, had our bit about Jay-Z as headliner, even that stupid "upside-down house" tent, but at no point did I hear that an all-star band comprised of those featured on the 23 volumes of the Ethiopiques series would be performing.
Not that I would have been able to fly out to England or spend three days in mud/fecal matter-soaked fields, but I would have at least wanted to know, so I could wistfully stare eastward on Saturday dreaming of Mulatu Astatke and his band. I'll get over the pain somehow, but it's some consolation that the act's set is available to watch on BBC's site for a week or so, along with full sets from the Verve, Candi Staton and Massive Attack. [BBC]"

(Only seems to play in IE not Firefox, and ignore the "content not available" sign that comes up when you click play - it seems to start ok after that.)
ADDED - started watching it - Mulatu's vibes are largely inaudible, thanks to a lousy sound mix. Crap. Band is the Either Orchestra.

Monday, June 30, 2008

99 Problems and Oasis aint one

Check out this clip - introduction from our boy Zane Lowe, getting paid to watch Jay Z. Damn, that's hard work.

From Idolator - "After months of buildup, Jay-Z played his much-discussed headlining set at the Glastonbury Festival last night, and he opened it with a special dedication to Oasis' Noel Gallagher, who was quoted in the buildup to the festival as saying that Jay was an inappropriate addition to the Glasto bill because it was "built on a tradition of guitar music." Jay strolled out with a guitar, strumming and warbling along, last-call-on-a-long-night-style, to "Wonderwall" before breaking into "99 Problems." I think this is a way to tell Gallagher "your move," although I shudder to think what an Oasis cover of "Big Pimpin'" might sound like. [YouTube]

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, June 28 playlist
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Sahara swing
Willie Royal - General alarm
Lee Perry - Venus
Al Brown - Aint no love in the heart of the city
Junior Murvin - Cool out son
Quantic - Cuidad del swing
Budos band - Chicago falcon
Brighton port authority (aka Fatboy Sliim) feat Iggy Pop - He's Frank (check their new video!)
James White and the Blacks - Contort yourself (August Darnell remix)
Tom Tom Club - Genius of love
James Brown - There was a time (Kenny Dope remix)
Commodores - Rapid fire
Young Holt Unlimited - Superfly
Gussie P - To love somebody dub

Credit to the edit set...
Al Green - Love and happiness (Shoes edit)
Love Unlimited Orchestra - King kong (Danny Krivit edit)
Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady (Danny Krivit edit)
Quincy conserve - Same old feeling (Peter Mac edit - exclusive)
Beginning of the end - Funky Nassau (Friction re-edit)
Willie Bobo - Spanish grease (Peter Mac edit - exclusive)

The Snugs - Trying
Mungo's Hifi feat Kenny Knots - Rock inna dancehall
Mungo's Hifi feat Top Cat - Herbalist (Ing remix)
Mungo's Hifi - Maryjane version
Rhombus feat Ranking Joe - Babylon retreat
Venetian snares - Black sabbath
Unitone Hifi - Up to eleven

Friday, June 27, 2008

Rip it up and start again
Go read Chris Bourke looking back on Rip It Up magazine... "Each year as New Zealand Music Month comes round, it feels good to see the bulls-eye T-shirt so widespread on our streets. But May isn’t the right month to celebrate New Zealand music: it should be June. It was in June 1977 that Rip It Up first appeared, and more than any other factor it changed the way New Zealanders perceive their own music.

Rip It Up only survived because of the tenacious, stubborn Murray Cammick, who founded it with his friend Alastair Dougal. Music journalism in print has never created a hit record – reading about music doesn’t make thousands beat a path to their store – but the impact of Rip It Up has been slow-burning and effective.

While persuading the public that its music was worthwhile, Rip It Up has also inspired many to choose journalism or photography or graphic design as a career. That comes down to the astute judgement of Cammick. Whenever any former staffers meet, we agree on one thing: Murray is the smartest editor we have ever worked for..."
More here. Hat tip to Idealog.

Also spotted at Idealog... as featured in their March/April issue, now online too...

How to turn sex, drugs and rock’n’roll into peace, love and a tidy campsite

Brian Ruawai is used to not being taken seriously. With his faded jeans, well-worn t-shirt, and thick, authentically unkempt dreadlocks, he looks more like the singer in a reggae band than a successful businessman.

In fact, he’s both. Ruawai is the frontman of Cornerstone Roots, the promoter of Raglan’s Soundsplash music festival and the driving force behind three limited liability companies. For Ruawai, business and roots music go together like surf wax and sand.

“I just enjoy it all, the whole thing,” Ruawai says. “Some people say music is the filthiest business in the world, but I kinda like it.” Link.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beats for daze
"MRR-ADM (Michael Raymond Russell & Adam Douglas Manella) are the San Diego based production duo previously heard as Sound In Color’s MHE. They released a privately pressed untitled 10” EP limited to 1000 pieces featuring Malcom Catto (B1 - Bass, B2 - Drums, Bonus Beat - Drums) & Mike Burnham (Mixed at Tardis) & Jeannette Deron (B1 - Guitar). is their site where you may play drums by typing on your computer keyboard. Once the drums have been loaded, an internet connection is no longer needed to play them."

Download it for free (legit) from here.

Whatcha want?
From The Playlist - "Despite having a movie that boasts tracks by Jay-Z, the Notorious B.I.G., Nas, million-plus seller Lil Wayne, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys (a new track recorded for the film, titled "Bass Line Is Nice"), director and B-Boy Adam Yauch says there will be no soundtrack CD to his upcoming basketball documentary "Gunnin' For That #1 Spot." “The music industry is having so much trouble right now that nobody really wanted to pay for the clearances,” Yauch lamented to New York magazine.

It's kind of sad considering that everyone who has actually seen the film makes note of how music-centric it is. NYMag says the film is filled with new Beastie tracks (plural, their must be another) and a mix of seventies R&B and funk (strangely they make no mention of the aforementioned hip-hop).

In an Apple store Q&A during the Tribeca Film Festival, the interviewer hosting the talk said the film was filled with good music. Asked about his approach for the music Yauch said, "Music and film is both about pacing and shaping thing together. We were just looking for music that has the right feel in the scenes. There wasn't a specific agenda other than we were trying to pick a lot of New York music because the film is a NY based film. Sometimes [we'd look for] themes in the lyrics, but it was mostly just playing around [with songs] and seeing what felt right."

Watch: " Gunnin' For That #1 Spot" Preview trailer

Friday, June 20, 2008

Black gladiator
More on Bo Diddley via WFMU's blog... good roundup of music blogs on Mr Diddley...

Gladiator "Of course, the saddest news on the music blogs in the past couple of weeks has been the passing of Bo Diddley. In memory of this bona-fide legend, The B Side pulls out one of his usual comprehensive tributes, as does Living In Stereo, and of course, Reverend Frost, who idolized the man. And don't miss out on the story of Bo's run in with Ed Sullivan. You can explore his music by starting with some classic tracks, then some Rare & Well Done (courtesy of this very blog), then jump into the funk-blues of 1970's Black Gladiator and 1971's Another Dimension, then wind down with Bo on stage Live In '82. As for his lasting influence, you can always take a listen to the Animals' "Story of Bo Diddley", or check out some 60s garage covers, as well as look at songs that use the famous Diddley beat. And then of course there is his influence on Maureen Tucker, so we have to throw in some VU songs as well.

But there is one song in particular that lyrically stands as the most fitting Bo Diddley epitaph, from his 1976 album The 20th Anniversary of Rock'N'Roll.
Listen to: Bo Diddley, "Kill My Body"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Picasso core
Facebook generally annoys the crap outta me - endless messages clog my email about a new video on my superwall, or invites to events in other countries. But earlier this week, our old manager, Lisa van der Aarde, scanned a bunch of old photos of Hallelujah Picassos and put them up on her Facebook page.

I had a great time adding comments to the various pics, and so did a few other old mates from that era, now spread across the globe (Singapore, Sydney, London...) I copied some of them and made a slide show and have put it up on the Picassos Myspace page, so go have a look, if you're so inclined.

Also added a few new songs there too, including our cover of the late, great Mr Bo Diddley's classic Who Do You Love?, recorded in one take live at Frisbee.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Best awards acceptance speech ever.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance speech for Best Original Score (music & lyrics) for 'In the Heights' at the 2008 Tony Awards. Dude raps his acceptance speech. Beautiful.
Link. (Hat tip to Different Kitchen)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, June 14 playlist
Koliphones - Jungle concerto
BT Express -Peace pipe
Azymuth - Estrada dos denses (Recloose re-edit)
Bruise n cuts - Down the road
Prince fatty -Gin and juice
Miles Davis- So what (Shoes reggae re-edit)
Pitch black - Flex (Son Sine remix)
Marlena Shaw - California soul (Diplo remix)
Lightning head - Bookor sound special
Katalyst & Stephanie Mckay - Jackson ave
Led Zeppelin - Trampled underfoot (John Daly edit)
NERD feat Santogold (who is touring as support for Coldplay????) - My drive thru
Benga - 26 basslines
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Barrington Levy - Many changes in life/dub

Tribute to Big Matt... 26-09-1964 to 15-06-2007
Brentford allstars - Racetrack
Lopez Walker -Jah jah new garden
Skatalites -Collie bud
Le Peuple de l'herbe -Reggaematic
Million dan - Dogs n sledges
Mad lion - Take it easy
Courtney melody -Bad boy
PD Sydnicate - Ruff like me (Shy FX and T-Power remix)
Yush 2K - Fade away
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake

Gaslamp killer -Showstopper
Dam funk - Rollin
Bettye Lavette - I just dropped in...
Ahmed Fakroun - Yo son (Prince Language edit)
Tarrus Riley - Protect your neck
Kolab - Sideways (Dub Asylum remix)
Lil Wayne - Dr Carter

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

La La La
Via Coolfer: "A report this morning by Fox News' Roger Friedman claims Capitol Music Group head Jason Flom and Capitol Records president Lee Trink will exit their roles at EMI and will not be replaced. The folks at Terra Firma, Friedman wrote, do not believe in label presidents...which means Coldplay will soon release the most important album of the Terra Firma/EMI era without anybody helming the ship. (Friedman is told all EMI labels will have "president of A&R" roles and heads of marketing, but no label presidents.)"

The article also notes "More perilous is the situation at Blue Note and Manhattan Records, two highly successful divisions of EMI run by Bruce Lundvall and Ian Ralfini. Their artists include top-selling acts such as Norah Jones and Celtic Woman. Lundvall is sort of the Clive Davis of EMI and may get the same kind of deal as Davis now at Sony BMG — sort of president emeritus. But even that is unclear, since Hands and friends are said not to have contacted him yet."

Lundvall is responsible for signing NZ singer Hollie Smith to Manhattan/Blue Note.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

We'll be right back, after this word

DOWNLOAD:Steinski - The Payoff Mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Steinski - Lesson Two (James Brown Mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Steinski - Lesson Three (History of Hip Hop) (MP3)


For decades, cult hero Steinski has reigned as an underground legend of the truest sort. Thanks to the nasty killjoy known as copyright law, Steinski's wildly influential old-school sound collages (known as "Lessons") have been furtively passed from DJ to DJ and hip-hop head to hip-hop head without receiving a legal release. Hell must have frozen over, because Steinski has finally gone semi-legit with Illegal Arts' awesomely essential two-disc career retrospective, What Does It All Mean? [Onion AV Club]
"From DJ Shadow to Girl Talk to Cut Chemist and beyond, artists large and small have tipped their sonic hats in his direction." [WIRED]

Check it out. Stream the whole album for free.

“Following “The Payoff Mix,” also known as “Lesson 1,” Steinski and Double Dee (as they dubbed themselves) assembled their second piece, “Lesson 2 (James Brown Mix)” – the second in their highly influential trio of hip-hop history lessons. A modern listener will recognize most of the samples in this one, with everyone from Pop Will Eat Itself to Missy Elliott copping them in the years since. “Lesson 3 (History of Hip Hop),” from 1986, rolls up jazz, funk, films and sound effects into a rowdy, insane collection of beats and chopped-up songs.

These three mixes came to be known as “The Lessons,” and have been inspirational to countless bands since then, though the songs themselves have remained somewhat shadowy in great part due to the legal concerns. With literally a hundred samples or more each, getting clearance is probably impossible. These works of genius are living examples of the problems with existing copyright laws, and, since their release, have been more or less impossible to purchase. But that hasn’t stopped them from spreading and inspiring artists like Coldcut, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.” – Dusted Magazine

NY state of mind
While promoting his Sirius Satellite Radio Show, 'New York Shuffle,' rocker Lou Reed lost his marbles. During an interview with New York magazine, Reed responded to writer Andrew Goldstein's question about the pending merger of Sirius and rival XM with a verbal can of whoop-ass.

Here's how it went:

Goldstein: "Sirius' impending merger with XM is anticipated to boost earnings. Do you own any stock in the company?"

Reed: "What are you, a f---ing a--hole? I'm here telling you the truth about music and you want to know if I have stock in the f---ing radio? You f---ing piece of s---. What did I do to deserve that?" Link -

ADDED: spotted a bunch of other interesting stuff at Spinner -Grandmaster Flash talks about his autobiography... Bobby Womack interviewed... and James Brown remixed by Kenny Dope - free mp3, off Verve Remixed vol 4. It's incredibly good. Seriously. Go get it now.
Oh, and this one - Charles Bradley and the Bullets free Mp3 off Daptone 7 inch Singles Collection Vol 2.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, June 7 playlist
Mighty Mo - The next message
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Natural youghurt band - Soft cheese
Butch Cassidy sound system - Brothers and sisters
Horace Andy - My heart is gone dubwise
Reuben Bell - Superjock
Marlena Shaw - California soul (Diplo remix)
Ocote soul sounds - Divinorum (Quantic remix)
Sister Nancy - Transport connection
Revolutionaries - Skanking
Dub traffik control - Fresh prince of Babylon
Bo Diddley - Hit or miss
Bits and pieces - Don't stop the music
Lebron Bros - Salsa y control
Djalma Dias & Sambossa 5 - Cicade vazia
Scientist - Don't rush the dub
Sharon Jones & the Dapkings - I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Is In
James Brown - There was a time (Kenny Dope remix)
Build an ark - Door of the cosmos take 1
Congos - Congoman (Carl Craig edit)
Unitone Hifi - Up to eleven
Little John - Fade away
Phillis Dillon - Woman of the ghetto
Hortense Ellis - People make the world go round
O'Donel Levy - People make the world go round
Anglea Bofill - People make the world go round (found this on vinyl in Real Groovy for $5! Very happy)
Poopee and the NY squirrels - Bust that nut (Downtown mix)
Bo Diddley - I'm a man
Bo Diddley - I don't like you
Bo Diddley - I'm a roadrunner