Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 19
Didier's Sound Spectrum - Sound spectrum
Commodores - Brick house
Erykah Badu - Honey (Moody Boyz remix)
Courtney Melody - Black liberation
Phillis Dillion - Rocksteady
Steel n skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Baby Charles - Treading water
Fat Freddy's Drop - The Camel
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Nyx
Kova and Miles - Clap Clap
Talking Heads - Born under punches
Mad Lion - Girlzz
Roots radics - Time is cold
Pimps of joytime - PJT's (high steppin)
Max Cole - Who got the keys?
Nicole Willis vs the Dynamics - Feeling free
Overproof sound system -Watch what you put inna
Super Beagle -Dust a sound boy
The Snugs - Trying
Marc Mac and Visioneers - Funk box
45 King -Two five
Ike and Tina Turner - Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter
Peak - Get Carter
Stevie Wonder - As
Yao - Imame
Lee Perry vs Moody Boyz - God smiled
Paddy Free - Wairua

Friday, July 18, 2008

Dip Dap Dive
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are playing in Los Angeles this weekend, as are the Budos Band. Oliver Wang wrote about the band members of the Dap Kings here.

"... Dap-Kings’ leader, Gabriel Roth, jokes that the current retro-soul fad “makes pop music more bearable,” but he knows that “it can always bite you in the ass. Everybody wants stuff to sound like what we’re doing right now, and then maybe next year, everybody will be tired of it.”
Link, LA Weekly.
Happy happy joy joy
Video to make you smile. Nice one. Link.

Also just read about this - Apple have lodged a patent for a music/Dj interface for the iMac. Looks like Serato, but runs off touch-sensitive screen, like an iPhone or iTouch. Interesting stuff.

Vinyl junkies - time to get your fix!

The Beat Market Record Swap
Swap records in the courtyard of Safari and Santos. From the promoter: "An old school record swap where classic collections get to see the light of day. Bring your swap-ables, mine the collective history, and find that rare masterpiece."

Saturday, 19 July 2008 at Safari Lounge, 116 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby.
12 midday start, FREE entry. GENRES: downtempo, dubstep, funk, hip hop, reggae, soul.

Music provided by DJs... Chipbutty (Base FM), Junior (Base FM), Jason Howson (Beat Merchants).

Also on this Saturday...


The Auckland Vinyl Record Collectors Fair takes place this Saturday July 19 at Polish House, Morningside. Stalls include New Zealand vinyl and music posters and foreign, 60s, rare, dance, reggae etc vinyl. Murray Cammick will be selling more funk, soul vinyl, vintage music magazines etc. The event also has stalls selling turntables & accessories.

The venue is the Polish House Hall, 1 McDonald St, on the corner of Ethel Road, off Sandringham Road, opposite Eden Park. The fair runs from 10am to 3pm. $3 entry fee.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Muhammad Ali vs Mr Tooth Decay
One of the epic sound battles of all time! Get it here. Bonus Ali clips here.
Tony Veitch is a coward.
He quit his high-paying media jobs this afternoon. "I would ask that people now respect the agreement Kristin and I made to keep our personal affairs private. At all times I have been honest with my employers and at all times I have tried to do the right thing for everyone."

You were honest with your employers? Yeah, right. You want people to respect the agreement you made for beating up your ex? Get bent.

I now own a limited edition Banksy
Seriously. Bought it at Real Groovy. Numbered 12-inch vinyl. Coolest ish ever (see picture - same graphic on the back cover with different text -"Laugh now, but one day we'll be in charge").

Description from - "Limited edition Banksy 12"s are in the building and DJDM is on the wax. Put the needle on the "Keep It Real(1)" side and you'll hear seriously bone crushing breaks causing ruckus underneath a crunchy electro hook and some dude yelling "Make some noiiiiiise!" It's like a surefire formula that ultimately spells collectable.

Studies show that people are already paying ridiculous prices for this on eBay. The "Laugh Now" side features three tracks which are all locked grooves: the raw drum break from the other side, a pitched up Vincent Price laugh, and a normal Vincent Price laugh. I guess the artistic statement here is that this record will keep laughing forever. This one comes in 4 colorways: gold, silver, brown and green. It's a special litho print that doesn't use CMYK, giving the print a superflat feel. Get yours or start bidding."

Go to turntablelab, they might have some more in stock. But don't hold ya breath. They've got some of the beige one, but really, beige is for losers.

How not to engage with blogland
I recently got an email from someone doing publicity for an Auckland MOR rock band, wondering if I'd be interested in doing an article on them - the "angles" the PR person suggested were they've got a new album out which hadn't had a lot of print coverage, they're touring NZ, then going overseas for a tour. It seemed very odd, given that I don't write about rock bands, hardly ever; I don't write articles in print - I write blog posts on the interwebs; and the publicist didn't even bother to introduce themselves in the email. Complete waste of time. I suspect they hadn't read my blog. Mr Dubber had a similar experience too...

From New Music Strategies...

I received a press release from a fairly big record company yesterday afternoon. You’ve heard of them. The release went like this:

"Hi blogging community,

Here at [XXXXX] (name of record label withheld), we’re on a cyber-crusade, and we want you to be part of it. We know that blogging has become a massive part of the music community and an important way of spreading word of our artists, and we want to make sure you’re kept in the loop about what’s going on at our fine label.

To make sure we don’t bother you with stuff you’re not interested in, it’d be great if you could answer a few quick questions and give us a bit of feedback on how you think we should do it. Essentially, we want to know what sort of things interest you, what you would like to be sent, how you want it sending, etc etc. This should all help in that you’ll get the best from us..."

Continue laughing here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

500 guys named Osama
Blackdown is a blog I read that is focussed on the dubstep genre. This, however, is way off-topic... Link.

So Farrah, obviously you’ve sung on several of the tracks on our album “Margins Music”, but recently you’ve got yourself involved with a proper project: travelling the Islamic world for Channel 4 to find 500 men called Osama. So with that in mind, introduce yourself those unfamiliar with your voice…"

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 12
James Brown - The Bose (Geisha Boys remix, off 'Gamm Doin James Vol 4')
Rob Symeonn - Chosen one - Bigga Bush remix
Fat Freddy's Drop - The Camel
The Delegates - Pygmy pt1
Michael Prophet - Been talking
Dillinger - Melting pot
J Rawls and Liquid Crystal Project - Tribute to Troy
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Stranded in your love (Cool Calm Pete remix)
Omer Saar - Woo ha! (Busta vs Al Green - off the Green Album, get it here)
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
Mungos Hifi feat Top Cat - Herbalist
Francois K and U Roy - Rootsman
Lee Perry - Special dub
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city (Stevie Wonder is coming! Choice!)
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Flying Lotus feat Lil Wayne - Robo tussin
Benga - B4 the dual
Dod G - Trojan soap
JBs - You can have Watergate just gimme some bucks and l'll be straight
Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy coffee pot
Clarence Reid - If it was good enough for Daddy
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Kolab - Innerbeat (J Brown reggae relick)
General Levy - The wig
Lloyd Hemmings - Rude boy
Joe Tex and U Black - Standardisation
Nina Simone - Taking care of business (Pilooski edit)

Friday, July 11, 2008

BaseFM vs KFM Soundclash!
The little guys vs the other little guys, head to head for one night of madness! Starts 1opm sat July 12 at Rising Sun, K Rd. Be there, or miss out.

Back to back you're gonna hear it all - Soul, funk, hip hop, D'n'b, Reggae, Dubstep and who knows what else!

The game is on and the contenders are...

representing the mighty BaseFM,

Chip Butty
Dylan C
The Sandy Bay Social Club

and for the other bunch of wannabes, KFM, we have...

Morning Steppa
Obelix B
Mr Rivers

And plenty more Guest DJs and MCs.

Hosted by the mightly P-Digs of Shapeshifter - this is one not to be missed! Who's gonna be taking home the trophy after this??? Bring ya whistles.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Just down the road, on Queen St, is a queue of folk waiting to be the first in the world to buy a 3G iPhone (see video). Sure, it's tied into a ridiculously expensive data plan (but hey, all cellphone plans here are generally more expensive than the rest of the planet - fact). And Luke Soules is there too.

"Soules, of iFixit, a California-based provider of Mac and iPod parts and upgrades, is number four in the queue outside the Vodafone store in Queen Street, in Auckland. He is hoping to be the first in the world to pull the iPhone 3G apart and to document this online." Link.

Still, I'm gonna rubberneck on the way home. He he.

"Vinyl has been eliminated"
From the Guardian a while back - Jamaican DJs have ditched vinyl. I was chatting with Nick D recently, and he told me that when he was in Jamaica shooting his tv show, all the DJs there were on Serato, using MP3 files. (The Jamaica episode is available to watch online at

Hello C4, please re-screen Making Tracks!
Thank you.
That is all.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Karl Hector and the Malcouns: Sahara Swing
"Stones Throw subsidiary Now Again is out to prove that it's not just a reissue label trying to dig up yesteryear's lost gems; it's also out to prove there are still some dope sounds being constructed today. After last year's Heliocentrics release ... the label follows it up with an album of jams rooted in afrobeat rhythms with funk undertones.

Former Poets Of Rhythm guitarist and producer J. Whitefield funks out with Malcouns founders Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija along with Karl Hector and a host of others. The results may not have you doing the worm at the discothèque, but don't underestimate this music's headnod factor.

Clocking in at just over 45 minutes, the mostly instrumental disc grooves through world rhythms and nu-funk simmered with a dash of tasty rhythmic seasoning. Throughout the set, intermissions lead us from one course to the next. “Rush Hour,” which leans less on afrobeat and more toward traditional funk, hits you with a swirling organ, steady bass, and tight snares. One section even sounds like killer bees swarming!"

Eric Luecking interviews J Whitefield about the project here. There's a tune over there to download too... Album out July 8. (link)

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.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

There is no depression in New Zealand
99% of the time I like to write about music here, because music makes me happy. But then there's that irritating blip when the real world intervenes. I read this earlier today, and I still can't quite believe it.

National Party leader John Key claimed on Newstalk ZB that "One of the things that is unique about New Zealand is we're not a country that has come about as a result of civil war or where there has been a lot of fighting internally." (Link to No Right Turn)

Excuse me? Say what?

One of the biggest literary successes in recent years is the excellent History of New Zealand by well-respected author, the late Michael King. It sold out its first print run of 10,000 copies, and has gone on to sell over 230,000. Clearly, John Key was not among those of you who bought a copy, or read it.

Key cannot remember where he stood on the 1981 Springbok tour either - surprising for a then 19-year old student. And he wants to be your next prime minister.

But look! Now he says his comments were taken out of context.

Dear John Key, Please go home, boil the jug, and make yourself a nice big cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP.

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