Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 9
Carlos Nino -Find a way
James Brown - The Bose (Geisha Boys remix, Gamm Doin James Vol 4)
Phillis Dillion - Rocksteady
Prince Douglas - Jam love dub
Willie Royal - General alarm
Amrals Trinidad Cavaliers - 90% of me is you
Ray Baretto - O elephante (Shh remix)
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
The techniques - I'm in the mood
Ernest Ranglin vs Jungle Bros - Funky Bond St
Quantic - Make dub not war
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Mike James Kirkland - Too late
Reuben Bell - Superjock
Scientist - Love you dub
The nomad - Breaking rocks
P-Money - Dancing
Katalyst feat Steve Spacek - How bout us
Digidub - Conquering lion (Moody Boyz remix)
Lee Scratch Perry vs Moody Boyz - God smiled
Lightning head - Area boy
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle remix)
Romanowski - Strudel strut
Dapkings - Nervous like me
Dub Asylum - Ba ba boom!
Nina Simone - Taking care of business (Pilooski re-edit)
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith remix)
Music for trains
“Anyone for herbal tea?” he asks, before launching into how he and Byrne got together again. “I bumped into David in New York,” he says. “We had dinner together and I happened to say I had a lot of music I had intended to turn into songs, but hadnt got round to. He said: ‘Oh, I’ve got a few lyrics.’ It was as simple as that.”
Brian Eno on his new album with Davd Byrne, Times interview here.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I Am Burial t-shirts
As featured in The Sun, on their site and p19 of the paper. Gosh.

The Sun's Gordon Smart - "I feel sorry for the dubstep artist — real name WILL BEVAN — for having such humourless fans.

But my faith in humanity was restored by new website, which sells T-shirts, hoodies and other stuff with slogans such as I Am Burial and I’m With Burial."

But wait, there's more!

Just spied this, Rodriguez gets reissued. Yay! Very cool album, and you can go here and grab a free download of Sugarman, courtesy of Light In The Attic Records.

"It's one of the lost classics of the '60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in colour and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion, and, of course, "jumpers, coke, sweet mary jane". The album is Cold Fact, and what's more intriguing is that its maker - a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez - was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working on a Detroit building site, unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution...

[His debut LP and the follow-up tanked, and he quit music] As his music career became a memory, Rodriguez's legend was growing - on the other side of the world. In South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Rhodesia, Australia and New Zealand, Cold Fact had become a major word of mouth success, particularly among young people in the South African armed forces, who identified with its counter-cultural bent."

*First Official Reissue!
*Mastered from the original tapes
*Co-produced by Motown guitar god Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore
*Featuring members of legendary Motown players The Funk Bros.

Read more here.
Bloggiest day ever
I'm just saying.

Leave you with this... Seven Questions for Amy Sedaris. (online exclusive from Stop Smiling magazine) snip...

Q: You’re an established authority on entertaining and homemaking, but have you ever thrown a party that blew up in your face or completely failed?

AS: Yeah. It was a Thanksgiving a couple of years ago. And I was doing it for this girl who showed up two hours late with a frozen turkey. And then the people I invited came over too early. It just didn’t jive. It just wasn’t happening at all. I got as bored as everyone else. I didn’t pretend, I didn’t even deny it. It was pretty bad. But it’s always about the people you have. Now when I entertain, if I need something done at my apartment, I invite people to do it and we just sit around and do whatever it is.
The Beat Market was planned for last month but got rained out. Its 'back on this Saturday - come swap/trade/buy/sell your records, see em got to a good home. At Santos/Safari Lounge courtyard on Ponsonby Rd, 1pm-5pm, courtesy of Beat Merchants and BaseFM - DJs in full effect too.
Its a big day, for a few reasons - it's Ewens birthday - Happy birthday!

And, if you're in LA or New York, you can check out 88 Drummers, including expat Kiwi Hamish Kilgour (The Clean/Mad Scene).

"..Japanese psych-noise-crazy-genius-types Boredoms will once again bring the clattering of oh-so-many drums to the States this summer, in a bi-coastal sequel to last year's wildly successful 77BoaDrum event. This time out, they're calling it 88BoaDrum, and performances of the brand new 88-minute composition from Boredoms leader Eye will take place August 8 (8/8/08, you see) in both Los Angeles and Brooklyn, New York.

The Los Angeles event will take place beginning at 8:08 PM PST at the city's famed La Brea Tar Pits, and will feature 88 drummers selected by both the Boredoms and 88Boadrum artistic director Hisham Bharoocha of Soft Circle. The New York event, conducted on behalf of the Boredoms by Brooklyn's own Gang Gang Dance, goes down at 8:08 PM EST at the Williamsburg waterfront. " Link.

from last year's event...

Youtube link.
Quote of the day
√čvery time I see the words 'social media marketing' a little piece of me dies inside" Gina Trapani, Spotted via Twitter

I Am Burial

Get the t-shirt. (Hat tip to Dubber).

Drugs + Dubai = Hello Dad, I'm in jail
"Grooverider is included on a list of possible pardons which will be dealt with during Ramadan, which falls in September. Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, traditionally pardons foreigners caught with small amounts of narcotics during religious holidays. The pardon would have come during a period which coincided with the birthday of the prophet Mohammed.

Last November, Grooverider was arrested at Dubai International Airport after a customs search revealed he was in possession of two grams cannabis and a pornographic DVD. Though he had hoped for an early release, some speculate that the government is using him as an example of their zero-tolerance against those who attempt to bring drugs and pornography into the country." Source: Bigshot.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Don't believe the hype
A while back, the UK tabloids were foaming at the mouth, trying to unmask the identity of stencil artist Banksy. Now they've got a new target - UK music producer (and up til now, anonymous) Burial, who is nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. So what does he do? This...

"for a while theres been some talk about who i am , but its not a big deal i wanted to be unknown because i just want it to be all about the tunes. over the last year the unknown thing become an issue so im not into it any more. im a lowkey person and i just want to make some tunes, nothing else. my names will bevan, im from south london, im keeping my head down and just going to finish my next album, theres going to be a 12" maybe in the next few weeks too with 4 tunes. hope u like it, i'll try put a tune up later" He posted a photo too. From Burial's MySpace Blog.

ADDED: "... While one-named, angst-ridden, renegade folk artist Jandek has never revealed his identity over the span of 50 albums, it seems Burial’s nomination last week for a coveted Mercury Music Prize inspired Gordon Smart, a writer for UK tabloid The Sun, to embark on a self-appointed mission to discover the identity of the man he calls “the Banksy of music.”

Smart urged readers to help him “dig up the real Burial” and it was obvious that some people just messed with his head. “A reader texted me this curious puzzle: ‘Burial is not Jesus but was born of Mary. The riddle takes you to Germany where no is the Kode.’”

[then Burial revealed himself via Myspace]

... Although the cat was already out of the bag, Smart, who apparently didn’t check Burial’s MySpace page, devoted another column today wondering about the producer’s identity. Perhaps justice was served when The Guardian gloated that Burial’s identity had already been revealed in an article their paper ran about the Elliot School back in February. Does The Sun not shine on Google?"from Bigshot.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Always on my mind
Congrats to Tiki for this... Press release: August 5th 2008 - "Today Tiki and his beautiful acoustic track ‘Always On My Mind’ became the first ever New Zealand single to achieve platinum sales via a digital only release.

The # 1 single from Tiki’s platinum debut album ‘Past, Present, Future’ has been all over the radio, hitting the # 1 airplay spot in the country and racking up over 258,000 hits on Youtube to date" [before getting the boot from a gorilla drumming along to Phil Collins - screw that bad 80s sheeeet]
Full Disclosure.
That's the name of a blog by a cool fella by the name of P-Money. He's the most successful hiphop producer in NZ, no contest. He's currently readying the first single off his new album, and is pondering how to release it...

"I haven't fully decided on my web plan yet. I want my tracks on the blogs so Im wondering out loud... "do I put the track up on my blog first? streaming or a zshare link? I wait til its ingested and available for sale online and then link you all to that? or hold off til the video is done and debut it on youtube? hmmm..."

I ask myself this; If I want my music in the hands of as many people as possible then I should make it available for free, right? But if I want people to purchase my track mustn't I limit how freely available the track is?

Or could it be that the number of people who purchase a song are proportionate to how many have heard it? Maybe if I'm able to give away tens of thousands of copies I may end up selling a thousand?

Or should I just say fuck it and hope the single will drive people to my shows and promoters will in turn book me for higher fee's as a result of my boost in popularity? (this seems to be the most bankable theory at present).

Anyways, when I set out on my career in music I just wanted as many people as possible to hear my shit. And I still feel the same way! I want you to enjoy my music, I want radio and TV stations to support and play my stuff and I want the blogs to talk about my tracks and spread the word. I know that if all this happens then the money will come which will enable me to keep doing what I do!

The current proliferation of p2p networks, blogs and forums have provided the world with a method of music distribution that was unimaginable to me in 2001. (When I started out my biggest dream was to get a 12-inch single distributed internationally. That was such a difficult task which was only just fulfilled on my last album with the 2005 european release of '321' b/w 'Easy' on All City Music, UK). But now with the right song (and a good publicist?) you can be heard anywhere/everywhere. The music distribution networks of the internets are immediate, global and best of all FREE for all of us to exploit.

I'm a total fan of what's happening now. The fact that my laptop has become the best and most extensive record store imaginable and I can try everything for free is actually mind-blowingly awesome if you're of the generation that grew up buying music; ie. over 24(???)."
P-Money's blog here.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Steel Fela
Just been listening to a steel drum cover of a Fela Kuti tune, Black Man's Cry. It was recorded in 1974 in Trinidad by a visiting German studio engineer... and is available on a cd reissue from 2002...

"Who would imagine that hidden behind the exotic and sought after band Bossa 70 stands a sound engineer from Germany? His name is Gerhard Nieckau, nickname Jeff.

In the early 60s he went to Africa, later to Peru [1969-72] and Trinidad [73-77] to explore unknown musical territory , to record music and to fit studios. His trademark is a simple recording technique without frills, resulting in a pure, almost raw sound. All compiled pearls were found in his private archive, most of them published for the first time in Europe.

The wide range reaches from Calypso to Funk, from Jazz to Roots Beats. Amongst the uncompromisingly devoted version of Aretha Franklins THINK and Baden Powells BIRIMBAO by BOSSA 70, Lou Donaldsons CATERPILLA and Fela Kutis BLACK MANS CRY interpreted by THE GAY FLAMINGOES STEEL BAND."

According to the liner notes, Jeff's first recording on arriving in Trindiad was the Gay Flamingoes Steel Band, who were the top band on the island at that time. He went to meet with the band leader at an outdoor rehearsal, and saw 70 players. He knew he couldn't fit them all in a conventional studio, and the sound would be too high.

Jeff and the band leader went next door to the rehearsal space, and then he hit on a brainwave - record it there! The space was big enough for only 40 players, so the band leader dismissed any players not up to scratch.

The recording session went on well after midnight, as the band leader and arranger insisted on stopping if someone made the slightest mistake. It wasn't a very sound-proof space - during the recording of the nine-minute-long Black Man's Cry, just as they got to the fadeout at the end of a perfect take, a motor-ped roared past. As Jeff says, "Not for the faint hearted!"

Link, Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records. Audio of Black Man's Cry here.

Read Jeff's story here.