Friday, September 19, 2008



Free Dub Asylum download for you!

Listened to my new EP yet? It's good, I tell ya! Here's what the folks at Radio RDU's The Joint had to say... "Stand out track for us is the heavyweight title track "Ba Ba Boom!" - with its skankalicious horns it sounds like something King Tubby wrote for a marching band."

Anyways, if you want to get a taster of my new tunes, the folks at Amplifier can help you out... read on...

Free Download Dub Asylum - My Sneaker Collection Weighs A Ton
"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.

Dub Asylum have recently released the Ba Ba Boom! EP which serves as a taster of their second album (the follow-up to She Dubs Me, She Dubs Me Not from 2002), due to drop at the end of the year.

Thanks to Peter My Sneaker Collection Weighs A Ton is free to download for a week from the 18th of September.

Click here for your FREE download."

Papa was a rolling stone
From Funky 16 Corners - listen to the original, and a beautiful reggae version by the Pioneers. Other audioblog tributes here, here, and here.

I was digging thru my records last night, and damn, I own a ton of Norman Whitfield productions. Three Rose Royce albums, five Temptations albums, a Rare Earth disc, some Marvin Gaye, and the soundtrack for Car Wash...

Whitfield revolutionised the classic Motown sound at a time when its star was starting to fade, introducing a psychedelic soul sound most famously heard on 'Papa was a rolling stone'. His extended soul-workouts are something to be heard, like Sunrise off Carwash, or Zoom of the Temptations' album '1990'. Echoed strings, brass, wahwah guitar, minimalist bass plucking - it's a sound with so much space.

He also wrote (in collaboration with songwriting partner Barrett Strong) songs like War, Heard it on the grapevine, Papa was a rolling stone, Ball of confusion, Aint too proud to beg, He was really saying something, so many more...

Ma by Undisputed Truth on Soul Train, bugged out soul...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wire did not get a complimentary thighmaster after meeting Suzanne Somers
Genius headline courtesy of Idolator, video clip over here.
RIP Norman Whitfield
Legendary Motown producer, famous for his psychedelic soul productions for Temptations (think "Papa was a rolling stone"), Marvin Gaye, Rose Royce, Undisputed Truth, Rare Earth and more.
More here and here.

ADDED: "My thing was to out-Sly Sly Stone," Whitfield told Marvin Gaye' biographer, David Ritz. "Sly was definitely sly, and his sound was new, his grooves were incredible, he borrowed a lot from rock. He caught the psychedelic thing. He was bad. I could match him though, rhythm for rhythm, horn for horn." Link.
Fifty people, one question
Worth watching, if you haven't seen it already.


Fifty People, One Question: Restored from Benjamin Reece on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Vinyl is back!" MSM angle, version #342
See here. Wall St Journal - "The 12-inch vinyl LP record - in decline for the past two decades, clung to only by DJs, audiophile nerds and collectors - is making a stand amid the digital revolution."
Wow, really?

Previously... "New York Times Offers Yet Another Lesson In How To Write A “Vinyl Is Back” Trend Piece" link


Sonseed: The Last Word (Complete With Suggested Last Meal)

Link to Christian ska band video from a while back, and the response, via Idolator. "Over the weekend we got further evidence of the video's veracity via a very heated e-mail from one Salvatore Polichetti. The subject line? "How full of shit are you? Lots!"
Wale's mixtape about nothing - Wale meets Jerry
A while back, rapper Wale put out a A Mixtape About Nothing, inspired by the tv show Seinfeld. A few weeks back, Wale got to meet Jerry Seinfeld after one of Jerry's shows...

"Me: Hey I’m Dan Weisman, really nice to meet you, this is Wale
Jerry: Oh, Wale. Yes. I really liked your thing.
Wale: Thanks man, that means a lot. I really liked your thing too.
Jerry: (turns to road manager) This is Wale, that rapper who made the mashup mixtape thing with the theme song and bits from the show. I really liked it; listened to it quite a few times.
Wale: That means so much man, thank you. I’m a huge fan and the show was so inspiring to me.
Me: You weren’t offended by the mixtape?
Jerry: No! I’m a comedian. I loved it.
Wale: That’s great cuz I became kinda famous off it." Go see the photo.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jack Benny interviews Isaac Hayes in 73
Or more accurately, Jack Benny drops a few clunky gags with Isaac as the straight man. Watch here.
DRM-free Vodafone music....
About time.

"Vodafone will launch an "all you can eat'' digital music download service today, becoming the first in New Zealand to adopt a charging model that is now common overseas. Vodafone MusicStation will provide unlimited access, from Vodafone mobiles, to a library of more than a million tracks for a flat fee of $2.50 a week.

Tracks downloaded through MusicStation cannot be transferred from mobiles to other devices and customers will not be able play them if they cancel their subscription. But if customers cancel and then resubscribe to MusicStation, they will be able to access past lists.

Also from today, tracks downloaded from Vodafone's separate Vmusic store will be free of digital rights management software and can be transferred freely between computers, iPods and MP3 players.

Tracks downloaded from Vmusic cost $1.99 and play at 256 kilobits per second, which makes them "significantly higher quality'' than those sold by many music download services, including Apples' iTunes, Vodafone says.

Vmusic also has a catalogue of about a million songs." From stuff.co.nz

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Sept 13 playlist
Melaaz - Non non non
Winston Francis & Brentford rockers - Going to Zion
Dumatix feat Prince Blanco - Pressurise me
Dillinger - Cocaine in my brain (Groove Corp remix)
Red Astaire - Follow me
Bronx River Parkway - El rasbalon
Gay Flamingos steel band - Black man's cry
Roy Ayers - Red, black and green (Playing live in Akld, October 25!)
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Archie Bell and the Drells -Tighten up (Benny la Beat rework)
Faith Evans -Mesmerised
Pacific Heights - TK funk
Dark angel -Free da minds
Kolab - Inner beat (JBrown relick)
Mungos Hifi feat Top Cat - Herbalist
Wiseguys - Oh la la
Rodriquez - Sugarman
Roberto Roena - Take five (Nicola Conte remix)
Pointer sisters - Yes we can can
Trouble funk - Drop the bomb
Dj Mujava - Township funk (Ashley Beedle re-edit)
Roots Manuva - Again and again (Moody boyz remix)
Jah Mason and Dubwize - Put Jah above
Lightning Head - NPG