Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, August 16 playlist
Ended up doing this show live from someone's lounge in Grey Lynn, cos the BaseFM studio is getting a new desk. People wandering into the lounge in their 'Í just got up' clothes, and watching the Olympics. Very entertaining morning. Cheers Jaz, DC, and flatties.

Ralph Myerz Band - Savannah
Guts - Living is easy (Dynamics remix)
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you (Ashley Beedle edit)
Isaac Hayes -Soulsville
Sambo - Woman
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith edit)
Tyras and the tornadoes - Hui hui
Natural yoghurt band - Soft cheese
Gregory Isaacs - Give a hand
Sugar Minott - Inna dancehall style
Chosen Few - Shaft
Congos - Congoman - Carl Craig edit
Karl Bryan and the afrokats - Money generator
Unitone hifi - Up to eleven
Mad lion - Take it easy
James Brown - There was a time (Kenny Dope remix)
Oscar Brown Jr - Chicken head
Herbie Mann - Cajun moon
Pepe Braddock - Peer pressure
Lee Scratch Perry -Train to doomsville
Nitin Sawhney -Dead man (Fink remix)
Top cat and Mungo's Hifi - Herbalist
Dub Asylum - Ba ba boom!
Loopless - Pink blue hotel
Johnny osbourne - We need love
Marcia Griffiths - Feel like jumping
Quantic- Allegria en bella vista

Friday, August 15, 2008

Ba Ba Boom!
Just added a song from my new Dub Asylum digi-EP (out August 26) to the myspace page, it's called "My sneaker collection weighs a ton" (oh, I wish that were true, but sadly, no). It's a funky hiphop number, title is a headnod to Public Enemy, via Peanutbutter Wolf. Listen here.

Also spied this via twitter.. check this muxtape from Soulsides' Oliver Wang.
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Check this out, cool documentary film out soon with Lee Perry, Sly and Robbie, Bunny Lee, Doon Letts, Kode 9, LTJ Bukem, Roots Manuva, G-Corp, King Jammy, Basement Jaxx, Thievery Corp and many more. Youtube trailer link.

"Dub Echoes" is a documentary that shows how The Jamaican dub influenced the birth of much of what we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop.

Over 40 key names, from both the reggae and the electronic music world, were interviewed to talk about the history and the importance of the dub music.

Just follow the bass lines! For a full list of the people interviewed and more info, check:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pay what you want
How does it work for smaller artists, asks the New Times. Link.

snip... "So what does giving away music do for promotional efforts? According to Ian Rogers, former Yahoo Music VP of product development and now CEO of Topspin, a new digital music marketing platform, a good example is Saul Williams' recent release, Niggy Tardust.

"He sold about as many copies as he sold with his last release, which was on a label," Rogers says. "But [because of the free downloads] he was heard by ten times that, and that's affected his ability to tour; it's affected his entire livelihood. For him, the pay-what-you-want thing [has] absolutely been crucial to him or crucial for his career."

While Williams' collaboration with Trent Reznor undoubtedly provided ample promotion (although fewer than 20 percent of buyers chose to pay $5 for the album online rather than download it for free), it increased his chances of gaining a larger fan base.

Evidence corroborates: Lyle Lovett recently confessed to Billboard that after two decades and 4.6 million albums sold, he's "never seen a dime" in royalties and has made his living primarily off touring. That's a sure sign that business-wise musicians must find new ways to survive.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dub Asylum - Ba Ba Boom! digi-EP.
Okay, finally got some new music on the way (I know, it's been a while). Here's some details of what I've sorted so far.

It's gonna be out August 26, thru Amplifier and all good digital outlets. Guests include MC Kyla, Sandy Mill and more. Listen to a sneak preview of the EP's title track here (features The WBC horns, and Scratch 22). Working on a few other ideas, also got a video on the way too. Let me know what you think of the song! Link:
Roger Friedman of Fox News writes on the passing of Isaac Hayes, his poor health, and his departure from South Park.

" January 2006, Isaac had a significant stroke. At the time, the word went out only that he had been hospitalized for exhaustion.

But the truth was, Isaac, whom I’d seen just a couple of months earlier when he headlined the Blues Ball in Memphis, was in trouble. Having lost the rights to his songs two decades earlier, he was finally making some money voicing the character of Chef on “South Park.” But “South Park” lampooned Scientology, so the leaders wanted Isaac out.

“He said he was under great pressure from Scientology, and if we didn’t stop poking at them, he’d have to leave," South Park's Trey Stone said.

The conversation ended there. Isaac performed Chef’s signature song at the Blues Ball a week later with great delight. Although he was devoted to Scientology, he also loved being part of “South Park.” He was proud of it. And, importantly, it gave him income he badly needed.

But then came the stroke, which was severe. His staff — consisting of Scientology monitors who rarely left him alone — tried to portray it as a minor health issue. It wasn’t. Sources in Memphis told me at the time that Isaac had significant motor control and speech issues. His talking was impaired.

In March 2006, news came that Hayes was resigning from “South Park." On March 20, 2006, I wrote a column called “Chef’s Quitting Controversy,” explaining that Hayes was in no position to have quit anything due to his stroke. But Scientology issued the statement to the press saying Hayes had resigned, and the press just ate it up. No one spoke to Isaac directly, because he couldn’t literally speak. "Chef” was written out of the show.

Click here to read the March 20, 2006 FOX411

Isaac’s income stream was severely impaired as a result. Suddenly there were announcements of his touring, and performing. It didn’t seem possible, but word went out that he’d be at BB King’s in New York in January 2007. I went to see him and reported on it here.

The show was abomination. Isaac was plunked down at a keyboard, where he pretended to front his band. He spoke-sang, and his words were halting. He was not the Isaac Hayes of the past.

What was worse was that he barely knew me. He had appeared in my documentary, "Only the Strong Survive," released in 2003. We knew each other very well. I was actually surprised that his Scientology minder, Christina Kumi Kimball, with whom I had difficult encounters in the past, let me see him backstage at BB King’s. Our meeting was brief, and Isaac said quietly that he did know me. But the light was out in his eyes, and the situation was worrisome.

But the general consensus was that he needed the money. Without “Chef,” Isaac’s finances were severely curtailed. He had mouths to feed to home. Plus, Scientology requires huge amounts of money, as former member, actor Jason Beghe, has explained in this space. For Isaac to continue in the sect, he had to come up with funds. Performing was the only way.

In recent months, I’ve had conflicting reports. One mutual friend says that Isaac had looked and sounded much better lately at business meetings. But actor Samuel L. Jackson, who recently filmed scenes with Isaac and the late Bernie Mac for a new movie called “Soul Men,” told me on Saturday that Isaac really wasn’t up to the physical demands of shooting the movie. (Neither, it seems, was Bernie Mac.)

Sam Moore, who recorded those Isaac Hayes songs in the '60s and loved the writer-performer like a brother, told me Sunday when he heard about the death: “I’m happy.” Happy, I asked? “Yes, happy he’s out of pain.” It was one of the most beautiful ideas I’d ever heard expressed on the subject of death.

Read the article here.

Isaac Hayes obituary from Memphis Commercial Appeal. Snip... “The first time I saw Isaac he was wearing pink socks, green pants and a yellow flowered shirt — and he was completely bald,” said Sam Moore, of Sam & Dave. “I thought ‘Oh, my God, who is this guy?’ But, man, what songs [he] wrote for us.”

Monday, August 11, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

"Relatives found Hayes, 65, unconscious in his home next to a still-running treadmill, said Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics attempted to revive him and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m., the sheriff's department said. No foul play is suspected, the agency said in a written statement." Link

Sunday, August 10, 2008

88 drummers drummed
Pic and video from Brooklyn Vegan, if ya interested (link). Entertaining comments too.
ADDED BFM's Sunday Breakfast has a first hand account- "Our rather stoned New York correspondent, Harlan Levine, talks live from Saturday night in New York. He tells us about 88 drummers drumming for 88 minutes, at 8:08 on 8-8-08 in Williamsburg." Listen to Audio MP3, 7m35s, 6.9MB

RIP Bernie Mac. Gone at 50.