Friday, August 01, 2008

Calypso is like so.

"Strut turns its magnifying glass onto the Caribbean for Calypsoul 70, a celebration of the magnificent array of crossover calypso, reggae, latin, Afro and soul styles that emerged, often from small studio and label stables, during the ‘70s. As well as a valuable selection for diggers, the album is designed as an ultra-handy package for DJs with a host of playable tracks and rare cover versions. All in all, the perfect funky tropical Summer soundtrack for the beach, club or BBQ." Compiled by Duncan Brooker, who did the Nigeria 70 comps, with extensive liner notes and artist interviews by music historian Francis Gooding. Calypsoul: Caribbean Soul 1969-1979, Out Sept 2.

Download: Sambo- "Woman"

Streaming tracks at

The tracklisting in full....
01. The Revolution Of St. Vincent – The Little You Say
02. St. Maarten’s The Rolling Tones – It’s Quite A Feeling
03. Juan Formel & Los Van Van – A Ver Que Sale
04. Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds – Calypsoul
05. Lancelot Layne – Yo Tink It Sorf?
06. Boris Gardiner – Negril
07. Magic Circle Express – Magic Fever
08. The Checkmates – Disco Groove
09. Biosis Now – Independent Bahamas
10. Tyrone Taylor - Move Up Blackman
11. Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra – 90% Of Me Is You
12. The Hondrells – Raycan
13. Marius Cultier – Guanavaco
14. Gemini Brass – You Don’t Love Me
15. Sambo – Woman
16. Wadadli Experience – We See Jah
17. Duke – Freedom In Africa
18. One Essence – Blackness Of Darkness
19. Ophelia – Red Light Lady
20. The Goretti Group with Dennis De Souza Trio – Of My Hands

Worth tracking down just for this tune... Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra – 90% Of Me Is You. Killer.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lee Perry vs Moody Boyz - God Smiled (Moody Boyz mix) - I went thru hell and high-water trying to get my hands on a copy of this tune, and it's an absolute corker. You might find it here, if you're quick. One of the best records of the year. (Original is on the forthcoming new Lee Scratch Perry album, produced by Adrian Sherwood, from On-U-Sound label).
From (hat tip to Jay Smooth)...

"There are many reasons why corporate and artist sites should not carry advertising. But the most obvious one is that outside ads change the conversation. In one of the few places that a marketer can completely control their message; they're sharing the stage with outsiders who have a different agenda.

To prove the point, I placed this ad via Google AdWords in rotation yesterday on the front page of the main Columbia Records web site

Major Labels Are Obsolete
R.I.P. or learn and thrive.
Music. Tech. The New Music Business

As of this morning for a mere $3.37 in click thru fees, 6417 people visiting Columbia Records flagship site were delivered the message that this company is obsolete. Could that have been worth the share of $3.37 that parent Sony BMG will receive?"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Molly McAllister and her Warrior.
Next month will mark five years of this blog's existence. Sometimes I wonder why I bother, then I get feedback like this...

George Farrant has left a new comment on your post "Pet Rock (Dec 9 2003 - on the Maori Warrior down in QEII Square, now called Britomart)...

"I've only just seen this post, so sorry for the late comment.

There is an interesting story behind the 'Warrior' relocation.

In about 1967 I worked as a student architect for John Goldwater, the architect of the 'new' Auckland Synsgogue in Greys Avenue, supervising construction of the new building.

Molly McAllister was commissioned to craft the carved Hinuera stone Ark of the Covenant in the main synagogue, and I spent a couple of weeks at the Waikato Hinuera quarry helping to carve the mass of stone relief slabs - we took a third each, to Molly's detailed design, once she was confident that we wouldn't wreck the work.

During that lovely experience she related her great disappointment earlier at the then city council insisting that, having commissioned the 'Warrior' sculpture, they would regardless of her wishes mount it on a traditional pedestal on a narrow traffic median strip in the middle of Queen Street outside the Central Post Office.

I could only listen in sympathy.

Fast forward to 2003, when my role as Chief Heritage Advisor to the council gave me the decision as to where and how 'Warrior' should be placed in the revised layout of the square in front of the new Britomart underground station... well, there was only one answer, and it gave me huge satisfaction to instruct that the marble pedestal vanish (maybe it made a great bathroom floor or garden path), and the statue be relocated in the manner Molly related at the time - at ground level amongst the people - we even sank the bronze base into the paving - facing arrivals from the water, with his gaze turned gently toward Rangitoto Island, the more distant Hauraki Gulf, and ancestral Hawiiki.

Her husband George Hayden was alive at the time and was very appreciative of this belated compensation. It gave me great satisfaction as well."

Thanks, George.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Headless Chickens reunion?
"Homebake 2008 sees a special surprise reunion of New Zealand's HEADLESS CHICKENS classic line-up from the hit-making era of their 'Body Blow' album - and a welcome return of the Chickens' unrivalled brew of dastardly electronics, danceable beats and sharp pop songs.

An enormously popular touring act with a flamboyant live show, the Chickens built a huge fan base through the early part of that decade, touring with everyone from Arrested Development to Pop Will Eat Itself before they splintered apart and the band petered out before the end of the 90's.

Chris Matthews and Fiona McDonald are back to share lead vocal duties, while the muscular rhythm section of Bevan Sweeney and Grant Fell lay the base for the sonic mayhem wrought by Matthews, Michael Lawry and Anthony Nevison." Playing Dec 6, Sydney. Spotted via NZRadio list.

ADDED Just checked the Chicks Myspace (run by Chris Matthews) and he mentions "shows in Auckland and Australia in December this year and then more N.Z. shows next year."