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