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