Saturday, September 13, 2008

Late yesterday, Newstalk ZB reported that...

Murdered Mangere officer was in Split Enz.
"The undercover police officer murdered outside a suspected P lab in South Auckland was once a member of Split Enz.

Sergeant Don Wilkinson was shot dead yesterday morning after he and a colleague tried to put a tracking device on a car outside a suspected P lab.

Superintendent Ted Cox has spoken to the officer's mum and dad and they have told him how proud they are of their son and the work that he did. Police also said Sergeant Wilkinson was a keen guitarist, even playing lead for Split Enz in their early days.

The officer has had a varied career working in places like Antarctica and worked for the UN in Bosnia." 12 Sept, 17.19 NewsTalkZB

A number other news-sites, like NZcity, picked it up (see here), buta brief search on Google will show you that the guitarist in question was Wally Wilkinson, and Don Wilkinson was 11 when Split Enz started in 1973. Newstalk ZB have since amended their report.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Howl Festival punk panel
Via Brooklyn Vegan,panellists are Richard Lloyd (Television), Ari Up (Slits), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Judy Nylon (Snatch), Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), Arturo Vega (Ramones), Steve Garvey (Buzzcocks), Moderator: Mary Harron. Clip runs for 60 mins....

Friday Freshness.

Got a tune for you peeps...

Bomb the Bass - "So Special" (Radio Edit)

"a record that's fresher than anyone might have expected from an outfit that got its start in the '80s." Future Chaos is a synth-rich album boasting guest vocals from Jon Spencer, Mark Lanegan, Fujiya & Miyagi's David Best, Toob, and Paul Conboy.

Bomb The Bass - Future Chaos Out September 30th, 2008, !K7 Records

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Menahan St Band
I got my hands on a copy of this wickedly funky album after Sharon Jones and the Dapkings were down this way back in March. Tommy Brenneck plays guitar in the Dapkings, and this is his band and damn, they hot.

"The MSB sound is less like what the Dap-Kings themselves turn out and more on what I'd call "soul meets cool jazz" tip, not unlike what Leon Michels has done with the El Michels Affair over at Truth and Soul and not surprisingly, many T&S players are featured in the MSB."

"Many of you will remember them as the group sampled on Jay-Z's "Roc Boys". As legend has it, their song "Make The Road By Walking" was discovered by Diddy's production team at some point in between their presumably lengthy cheesecake runs. Tommy Brenneck, the founder of the band, has been quoted as saying that Jay-Z laughed at him when he asked if MSB could get a well-deserved shout-out on the joint. "

Listen here, or here. Album out on Dunham Records (Daptone's sub-label) Oct 14.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

DJ Mujava - Township funk
This tune is going to be everywhere in a minute. Watch the video over here and check the Ashley Beedle edit. Full release on 12" out thru Warp, Sept 15 (or digital right now - try iTunes). Hat tip to Jubt.

From Warp's site... "21 year old Mujava got his break when taxi drivers - who had heard him play on community radio and act as independent grassroots music distributors in South Africas urban townships - started spreading his sound in their cab stereos and selling CDs they had acquired from visits to his house directly to their customers accross Pretoria."

ADDED go listen to Bobby LA Beat's Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up rework. Sheeet is tight.
"How the Music Business Spent the [US] Summer Killing Itself"
snip... "All in all, it's been a depressing summer for the delusional record industry. We're seeing a total disconnect between labels' unrealistic, old-school revenue expectations and what the market can bear. On the streaming-music front in particular, the sad reality is that advertising revenue isn't, and may never be, there to fully support the music industry's wishful-thinking profit margins.

As Advertising Age Editor Jonah Bloom said to me last week, labels "can't help looking at what they used to earn from a big band's latest release and wondering why they can't score that. ... The trick is to get your costs in line with your anticipated sales based on current revenue rather than former revenue." Link,
hat tip to Nigel.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Spotted at Coolfer "Today it was announced that Warner Music Group will distribution and market physical product for EMI in Southeast Asia [Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Thailand]. The companies have had a similar arrangement for India, the Middle East and North Africa since 2005. I was wondering about North America, not smaller and developing markets, but I think such partnerships here are inevitable. A permanent reduction in distribution workforce would have considerable cost savings. Since the number of labels and the number of titles released are not growing, physical distribution needs to be rightsized."

Monday, September 08, 2008

New fave blog
Entourage f**king fan club. Season 5 started in the US last night. Anyone know when the season 4 DVD is out in NZ?