Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, August 30 playlist
Derek Laro and Trinity -Don't stop til you get enough
Sound dimension - Real rock
Marcia Griffiths - Feel like jumping
The Snugs - Trying
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Lightning head - Bokoor sound special
Mighty Mo - The next message
Don Covay - Sookie sookie
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Top cat - Request the style
Dark angel - Free da minds
Jimmy Cliff - Hurricane Hatty
Don Drummond and the Skatalites - Man in the street
Rob Symeonn - Message in the music (Shanti roots dubhouse edit)
Super Beagle -Dust a sound boy
Prince Douglas - you and me dub
The Clash -Rudie can't fail
Meters - Just kissed my baby
BT Express - Do it til you're satisfied
Salah Ragab - Egypt strut
Bugz in the attic - Zombie 2003
Jazmine Sullivan - I need you bad
Gussie P - Loved somebody version
Roots Manuva - Again and again (Moody Boyz remix)
Erykah Badu - Honey (Moody Boyz remix)
Bad brains - Return to heaven
Fat freddys - Cay's crays (Oneself remix)
Jophnny Hammond - Fantasy (Marc Mac Beatdrop version)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The new Digi-Ep is out there, and folks seem to like it - got someone wanting to play a tune off it on his reggae radio show in Chicago (Echo Beach, WLUW-FM) this weekend. I sent him a link to an mp3 and he's away. Boom!

Had a few people asking me if it was going to be available at Conch Records. The answer - why yes, it is - limited run of CDs, see here... Link.

Off to chat with me old mate Wallace Chapman on his show on KiwiFM, on air about 530pm.
More moody
Moody Boyz remix of new Roots Manuva tune. You liked that Lee Perry/Moody Boyz remix? Check this. (15mb) Heavy, heavy, monsta sounds.

This series sounds cool. "Strut Records kicks off its new series of artist pairings, Inspiration Information. Sly and Robbie with Amp Fiddler are first up, with releases to follow from Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics, as well as Ashley Beedle and Horace Andy.

Inspiration Information is a heavyweight soundclash between Detroit soul maverick Amp Fiddler and reggae legends, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare.

Arriving at Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, armed only with a handful of acoustic vocal ideas, Amp and the Riddim Twins recorded the album in just three days during June with overdubs laid down a week later in Detroit.

Within the sessions, the trio also revisited select tracks from Amp’s Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly album, giving them a full Jamaican makeover. To complete the Island connections, the album is currently being mixed by another original studio regular, Godwin Logie."

Watch the interview feature:

Sly & Robbie / Amp Fiddler - Inspiration Information Vol. 1
Strut Records, out October 28th, 2008

AND on another note, my blog turns five, and none of you say boo? WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Future of online music discussed
"In yesterday's episode of RWW Live, our live podcast show, our topic was online music and we had 3 very special guests on the show: Dalton Caldwell, founder and CEO of Imeem; Lucas Gonze, founder of Webjay and until recently a senior member of the Yahoo Music team; and Rob Williams, Senior VP of Music Software at RealNetworks." Readwriteweb Link.
Yakety yak
Check out the Morning Steppa on Radio KFM's breakfast show this morning - I'm doing an interview with him at 9am or thereabouts (listen online here) about the new Dub Asylum EP, and later, I'll be on Radio 95 BFM with Andrew Manning on Freak The Sheep, round 9.15pm (listen here).

Had a few folk mention they can't get at Msypace or it doesn't work for them, so I've put the Ba Ba Boom! EP up on to preview it. Listen here. Let me know if that works. Sweet! Also sorting out Imeem - anyone up with that one? Tips? Got a playlist with the new EP up there too, listen here. Righto.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Big day for Lil Pete
Not only is today the release date for my new EP, it's also the fifth anniversary of my blog, which started out with a review of a night out at the hairdressers awards. So, yay me.

Over time, this has evolved from a blog about random stuff into a music blog, which I think gives it some much-needed focus. I've just started a new blog, over here on tumblr, partly cos it's got the coolest template (from Catcuslab's Matt Buchanan - nice work!) based on the art of Saul Bass (Hitchcock's Vertigo), and it's an easy way to throw up links of interesting randomness. Because the internet is all about random connections.

Thank you to my regular readers, you are a select group of very cool cats and I like you a lot. Cheers!

Ba Ba Boom - out now
My new digi-EP is out today - woo hoo! Very proud of it too. You can get it from all good digital outlets (Vodafone, Telecom, iTunes, etc). Amplifier have it as good quality MP3s (320k) without DRM, AND they've got an exclusive bonus tune too, called Mr Skiffle (link to Amplifier).

If you're up bright and early, I'm doing an interview on BaseFM's breakfast show at about 8.15am - listen online here.

Here's the blurb from Amplifier, in case you missed my previous ravings...

"Dub Asylum (a.k.a. Peter McLennan from NZ music legends the Hallelujah Picassos) returns from the wilderness with five songs of funky goodness, mixing up dub, ska, hip-hop and down-tempo.

The EP serves as a taster of the second Dub Asylum album (the follow-up to 'She Dubs Me, She Dubs Me Not from 2002), due to drop at the end of the year.

Guests include regular SJD vocalist Sandy Mill, MC Kyla, the WBC horn section, and Scatch 22 (The Unscene). Highlights include the deliciously skanking ska of Ba Ba Boom, and the funky, full-throated roar that is MC Kyla on Smash Thru, over a groove that sounds like Mr Scruff dancing on some lino, buggin' out doing headspins.

The latest release from Dub Asylum includes the Amplifier exclusive track Mr Skiffle. Recorded at Federal Recorders, engineered and mixed by Peter McLennan. Mastered at Kog Studios by Chris Chetland."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Move the crowd
Ex-pat Kiwi and now Senior VP of International Marketing at Motown Universal, Kirk Harding, wrote an excellent piece for the latest issue of NZ Musician, its 20th anniversary issue - CONGRATS to them! Read the full version at the MTC blog (Link).

snip..."The industry’s playing field has changed a great deal since the days that I was pushing Richard Thorne and the good folks at NZ Musician to give me some column inches for a then unknown act called Supergroove. We all know the bands story, but I would like to use their example for a minute to highlight/illustrate how quickly that the industry’s playing field is changing.

In the 1990’s the only way to get your music out to the world was via methods that seem to be rather archaic in the present day. The fact that we went on to sell a considerable amount of Supergroove albums internationally was no accident, it was a result of a big system pushing a little group from New Zealand, who had proven themselves to have huge potential in their home market first..."
Kirk also talks about the current processes A&R use to find new acts, such as monitoring iTunes sales globally, Myspace traffic etc...

earlier posts from Kirk - Droppin Knowledge part 3 Defing the grind;

Droppin Knowledge part 2 Come together: snip "at that point the word had spread that Daryl [DLT] was making an album and no one in the (very small scene at the time) wanted any part of it. I remember it so clearly, rather than taking the opportunity to work with D, everyone started hating on the concept; with one very established artist proclaiming to Daryl “who the fuck do you think you are? You’re not Dr Dre? You don’t run this scene”. I was gob smacked. I couldn’t believe it and still can’t. Daryl was the first Hip Hop artist that was signed to a major label."

and Droppin Knowledge part 1 Lost art of A&R.
Go read em all.
NWA Day - help the police

Very funny. Hat tip to P-Money.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Retro audio

Hat tip to Chad for this link. "Jeff Kobi rescued an old Apple 5.25" floppy drive from a thrift store. His aim was to repurpose it as a retrostalgic project case. He eventually struck upon the clever and practical idea of using it to house his budget-priced Sonic Impact T-Amp "audiophile" digital amplifier."

And check these awesome headphones... (link)