Sunday, October 12, 2008

RIP Alton Ellis
Godfather of rocksteady passes in London, aged 70. Link.

"The Jamaican-born singer, who moved to Britain in the 1970s, achieved fame with a number of hits, including I'm Still in Love and I'm Just a Guy. He was a leading pioneer of the more laid-back "rocksteady" sound, which came out of Jamaica in the 1960s. Ellis was still performing until August this year, when he collapsed after a concert in central London. The Jamaican authorities are considering giving Ellis a state funeral, Ms De Rosa added."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 11
Special mention to the txter who thanked Basefm for bringing back radio with pictures (the webcam) and said that I looked as good as Karen Hay. Um, cheers. And hello to Neal in Portland, Oregon. Go, the international listeners!

Herbie Mann - Push push
Derick Morgan - Fat man
Roland Alphonso and the Skatalites - Guns of Navarone
Frankie Paul - Let's start over
Dubwize and Mikey General - Mighty Jah Jah
Dark Angel and Roots garden - Version minded
Budamunky - Wednesday
Marc Mac - Fantasy (Beat drop version)
Graham central station - Tell me what it is
Invisible Spike - No means no
Kraftwerk -The model
Benga - 26 basslines
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Mungos Hifi and Brother Culture - Ing (MJ mix) and Ing dub version
Barrington Levy - Dances are changing

Financial meltdown mix
Gwen Guthrie -Aint nothin going on bu the rent
Prince Charles and City Beat Band -Cash (cash money)
Eric B and Rakim - Paid in full
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - What if we all stopped paying taxes
Donovan Carliss -Be thankful for what you've got

Prof Oz - Waves and sun (Grant Phabao remix)
Jazmine Sullivan - Need you bad (Moody Boyz remix)
Wild Bill Ricketts/Round the bays - Mangi mangi
Gay flamingos steel band - Catapilla
O'Donel Levy -Living for the city (19 sleeps til Stevie!!!!)
Salah Ragab - Egypt strut
Pleaasure - What is slick

Friday, October 10, 2008

The top 15 songs about being broke
See LA Times blog. Know any more? Add them in the comments.

Blind Alfred Reed, "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?": Covered and topically updated by Ry Cooder and Bruce Springsteen, Reed's laments about food prices and shoddy healthcare are as contemporary as your latest premium hike.

Geto Boys, "Ain't With Being Broke": You wouldn't know it from the radio today, but rap used to be about not having money for food, let alone a Learjet. Never has not getting a toy train for Christmas sounded like such a cry for class warfare.

The Clash, "Career Opportunities": Sure, being broke is lame, but what's even worse is a minimum-wage gig where you "make tea for the BBC" or "open letter bombs" for paunchy apparatchiks. A sneering Brits' answer to "Take This Job and Shove It."

Crystal Waters, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”: You don’t usually look to house music for heartfelt lyrical content with a pro-social message. But what few words there are on this 1991 hit put a human face on being down and out. “She’s just like you and me,” New Jersey dance chanteuse Waters sings, “but she’s homeless. She just stands there singin’ for money, ‘La da dee, la da da. La da dee, la da da.’”

The Beatles, "Can't Buy Me Love": There are some single guys recently laid-off from Lehman Bros. who are trolling New York bars and really, really hoping this song is true.

Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City": The Boss' preferred stimulus package involves heading to the Jersey shore and hooking up with the Mob. And we know all about "debts no honest man can pay" around these parts.

Dolly Parton, "Coat of Many Colors": Parton was a fashion maven even back when her mom could only stitch rags together. Now she has her own completely awesome theme park. Sometimes, things work out.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son": As if being poor wasn't injustice enough, John Fogerty reminds us that when the Army comes a-drafting for another foreign adventure, guess who most often has to take that call?

Loretta Lynn, "Coal Miner's Daughter": Back before "clean coal technology" was a spurious buzzword, Lynn's extended brood was up to their necks in the dirty stuff. We're glad to report that she has bought plenty of pairs of better shoes since then without having to sell a hog.

Sham 69, “Hey Little Rich Boy”: Populist British Oi! outfit Sham 69 threw down the class-baiting gauntlet with this 1978 song. It attempts to glamorize the trappings of poverty as only football chanting punk yobs can: “I don’t need a flash car to take me around/ I can catch the bus to the other side of town!”

Bob Marley “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”: Soul-stirring songs like this are the reason St. Bob is revered as a kind of Third World messiah. In “Belly,” he ponders the harsh realities he faced growing up in Jamaica’s notorious Trench Town slum: food shortages, pervasive dirt, the untenably high cost of living and poor people’s cri de coeur -- that “a hungry mob is an angry mob.”

Pulp, "Common People": Jarvis Cocker delivers the single best uppercut to rich kids fetishizing poverty in all of pop. This song should be on every art school syllabus in the world.

Erik B. and Rakim, "Paid In Full": The song finds Rakim reaching into his pockets in search of “dead presidents” but only “coming up with lint.” The song’s narrative arc is his contemplation of ways to generate income: a 9-to-5 job or robbery being chief among them. In the end, though, Rakim reaches a crucial realization: Rhyme pays.

Desmond Dekker, “The Israelites”: One of the first smash reggae hits, Dekker’s soulful classic likens the plight of a poverty-stricken working man to that of an ancient Hebrew slave: “Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir/ So that every mouth can be fed/ Poor me, the Israelite.”

Ruben Blades, "Adan Garcia": A sleeper pick that gets the nod because of the sheer wanton melodrama of its ending. A man gets laid off, robs a bank to support his family and dies in the getaway. The next day, the papers lead with "Robber Holds Up Bank with Son’s Water Pistol."

--August Brown and Chris Lee

(UPDATE: The commentariat was right, there's no excuse for not including Woody Guthrie on the original list. The entirety of "Dust Bowl Ballads" should be here. We sentence ourselves to one hour of fighting with a mangy dog for a crust of bread in penance.)

Records for sale
Okay, so the NZ$ took a nasty tumble in recent days, so buying records via the internet is off the books for a while for me. But if you live in London or close by, ex-pat Kiwi muso Mark de Clive Lowe is selling off some of his record collection, as he's relocating. 200 records, top tunes in there. He's selling them as a bulk lot, pick up only. Full details here.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

NZ Music Awards random thoughts

Damn, Vector Arena is in a crappy looking part of town. Sure, flash new buildings all around it, but they lack any defining qualities that suggest character. They look like new urban ghettos. Thanks, ACC urban planning!

Seated inside by 7.30, and at 7.29, the pre-show music starts sounding strangely familiar. I turn to my table mates and say, "hey, that's my song!"And it is too - Smash Thru, off my new EP. And damn, it sounds good loud thru a PA (As the person next to me commented). So, yay me. (Thanks, Josh!)

During Campbell Smith's speech, he paid tribute to the recently departed Mahiarangi Tocker and Rob Guest. Meanwhile at the next table , a young woman was deeply engrossed playing with the g-string undies from her goody bag. Nice one.

Helen Clark presented the international achievement award, to Savage and Flight of the Conchords. Savage was there in person (dude has sold half a million singles in the US this year - read that again, and then ponder why the hell he's not on the front of the paper every goddamn day), and opened his speech by saying "Go Labour". FOTC did a wacky prerecord from New York. When they won best album, Brett did the speech, with Jemaine sitting there going "I'm not accepting this".

Oscar Kightley was one of the presenters, he observed that the event had pretty flash production values. "I feel like I'm at Destiny Church".

Kora and Opensouls backing Scribe were great, Tiki was spectacular, Cut Off Your Hands were spirited, Anika Moa was lovely, and Shihad were Shihad (shout out to my man Chip Matthews, hardest working musician at NZ Music Awards - he played in two different bands, had to go to two sound checks, but got double the rider - I'm sure).

The closer with Julia Deans and band doing Straitjacket Fits was a note-perfect carbon copy. SJF's Lifetime Achievement was presented by John Campbell. According to the speech notes he left lying on his table (which mysteriously fell into my hands), he was instructed to "Please introduce yourself, and talk from the heart about what the Straitjacket Fits mean to you for up to three minutes". If you want em, they'll be on Trade Me soonish. Campbell never even said 'marvellous', so there went that drinking game.

After-party kicked in, with expat Kiwi (Now LA-based) Dan Mancini creating havoc. I ran to the front of the venue and jumped around like a maniac when he played Psycho by the Sonics - classic 60s garage punk. He even played Forever Tuesday Morning by the Mockers, which managed to get our table up and dancing, including Mr Brett Adams (formerly of The Mockers) on air guitar. Beautiful moment. Time to go home.

Official results here.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Soul Power
Hat tip to DJBrainchild at OSN, writing about a new documentary called “Soul Power.”

"What this film is, is essentially a companion piece to “When We Were Kings” which was about the Ali/Foreman fight in Zaire in 1974. To accompany the fight, a 3 day festival was put together, spearheaded by Hugh Masekela. A lot of African musicians played along with Sister Sledge, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Withers, BB King, Fania All Stars with Celia Cruz, The Spinners, and headlined by James Brown.

“Soul Power” basically chronicles the days leading up to the show and the show itself. I gotta say this sh#t felt like the first time i watched Woodstock and Wattstax.

In fact, it felt like the director kinda used the two as a template for this film. All of the onsite construction set up felt similar to similar scenes in Woodstock. And the heavy use of casual monologues from Muhammad Ali throughout the film was very similar to Richard Pryor in Wattstax.

It’s a very moving film. I’ve never seen such casual footage of James Brown ever before. There’s a scene where he’s in a hotel room with Don King talking about how money is essential to black people being liberated. At the end James Brown said a line that sent the audience in the screening howling and clapping. I won’t ruin it for you.

Other amazing scenes include, what the Director called a very random and unplanned performance by a local African r&b band on a street corner in Kinshasha, a VERY young Kathy Sledge teaching members of an African dance troupe how to do the bump, the Fania All Stars JAMMING THE F#CK OUT on the airplane on the way to Zaire, BB King eying the women as he’s walking off of the plane, Phillipe Wynn sparring with Muhammad Ali. Bill Withers’ performance of “Hope She’ll Be Happier” damn near moved everyone to tears.

After the screening there was a short Q&A with the director and he said he wants to release the full show on a series of DVDs (14 hours of performances) after the movie has its run."

Full text over here. When We Were Kings is one of the best music docos ever, so if it's half as good as that, it will blow your freakin' mind. You've seen When We Were Kings, right? No? Shame on you! Sort it out!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Soul Train
From the Chicago Reader, on the hometown phenomenon.

"...In 1967, Don Cornelius was already over 30. Born in Chicago in 1936 and raised in Bronzeville, he attended DuSable High School, whose rich arts programs also produced Nat “King” Cole, Von Freeman, and Redd Foxx, among others. An aspiring cartoonist, he joined the marines after high school and spent his 20s trying his hand at numerous jobs, including insurance salesman and cop. With encouragement from customers—and ... WVON news director Roy Wood, who remarked on Cornelius’s rich baritone when Cornelius pulled him over for a traffic violation—he took a broad­casting course and had soon become an auxiliary member of the legendary Good Guys, the influential black deejays who made Leonard Chess’s WVON (the Voice of the Negro) so popular in the 60s. He read the news, pinch-hit for sick deejays, and began reporting on sports for WCIU’s A Black’s View of the News.

In 1969, with only three years of broad­casting under his belt, Cornelius decided he was ready to launch his own TV show, based on a series of high school record hops he had hosted. Because he’d brought a “caravan” of stars from school to school, he had called this traveling event the Soul Train. He lined up Sears as a sponsor and used his WVON connections to book local R & B stars, including Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, and the Emotions, for the premiere episode. When Soul Train became a local hit, Cornelius took it to Los Angeles, where in 1971 he launched the syndicated national version, fully owned by his production company.

More here.

Numbers
"Digital downloads grew 38 per cent from 2006 to 2007 to become a $1.26 billion business, making up 23 per cent of the market for recorded music, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Sales of physical music media such as CDs, cassettes and DVDs declined 19.1 per cent to $7.5 billion in the same one-year period." (Source) Hat tip to Nat Torkington

Monday, October 06, 2008

Musically Mad
'Musically Mad' is a film that dedicates itself to shining light on UK sound-system culture by taking the audience into the heads and hearts of the singers and sound-men, the backbone of the UK roots reggae scene. It follows a culture that was brought to the UK by Caribbean immigrants and which continues the tradition of providing upliftment to the people in the face of hardship and fostering community and cultural unification and pride. The film includes interviews and footage of some of the key players of the scene, including Iration Steppas, I Natural, Aba Shanti, Jah Shaka, Dougie Conscious Sounds, DJ Stryda, King Shiloh, Afrikan Simba, Channel One, Fatman Sound, Young Warrior, Joe Ariwa, Mad Professor, Levi Roots and many more!"

When: Wednesday 15 October @ Galatos (Galatos Street), 6.45pm start

Featuring: Guest speakers Ingrid Leary (British Council director) and DJ Danny Lemon (Roots Foundation). Plus selectors Paradox & Yardboy

Free Entry - limited seats available! www.musicallymad.com

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 4
Marlena Shaw - California soul (Diplo remix)
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Stranded in your love (Cool calm Pete remix)
Menahan st band - track 9
Bamboos - Tighten up
Gay Flamingos steel band - Black man's cry
Thievery corp - Radio retaliation
Bunny General - Pon mi border
Tommy McCook and the supersonics -Big, bad and bold
Sabres of paradise - Wilmot
Mr Scruff - Fix that speaker
Ray Barretto - Acid
Joe Bataan -Subway Joe
Joe Quijano - Fun city shingaling
Roots manuva - Again and again (Moody boyz remix)
Moody boyz - Jammin
The snugs - Trying
Dub Asylum - Ba ba boom!
Definition of sound - Wear your love like heaven
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Jimmy Bo Horne - Let me be your lover
Jimmy McGriff - Red sails in the sunset
Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy coffee pot
Cyril Neville - Gossip
Maxwell implosion - Grasshopper
Lady Saw - Jealous (Benny Hill riddim)
Dj Mujava - Township funk (Ashley Beedle re-edit)
Quantic - Make dub, not war
Al Brown - Aint no love

Friday, October 03, 2008

Backyard Parties: A Brief History of DJ Culture in Southern California
"Historically, the youth involved in backyard party planning and djing did not have the extra cash to drive to Hollywood and pay $20 bucks to enter a club.

That is why they created a party of their own, with their own rules, participants, promoters, economies and music. This sub-culture which was and continues to be emulated by club promoters in the west side and the world was built and devised by the young men and women, ages 15 to 21, who live and sometimes die in east and south L.A.

In this issue of webstories, we will explore the rise of backyard parties as we take a look at the evolution of DJ culture from the 1970’s to the present. In each decade we will explore one famous party, tracing the evolution and development of fashion, music and culture in L.A." Link.

Soulwax’s film ‘Part of the Weekend Never Dies’
"Saam Farahmand is one of the hottest directors around, and he’s also an avid dance music fan. So it’s not surprising that Farahmand linked up with Soulwax and created the excellent tour documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies. The film captures key moments during Radio Soulwax’s grueling global jaunt, which included 120 live shows and DJ gigs (where the band’s Dewaele brothers, David and Stephen, spin as 2ManyDJs)."

Link to Big Shot Magazine, includes clip from the movie. Also from Big Shot... Free mp3: Tittsworth feat. Kid Sister and Pase Rock / “WTF”
In conversation: Debbie Harry and Santogold - "Where’s Suicide when you need them?"
Debbie Harry: There’ve always been two schools of thought when it comes to female artists. There’s the serious guitar players who have stuff to say, and they’re called “women.” And then there’s the producer-driven, girl-group, hair-toss, flaunt-your-tits-and-ass kind of act.

Santogold: The producers phenomenon is one of the reasons music has gone downhill. When I was a teenager, every hip-hop artist had their own D.J., who was their producer. From Public Enemy to A Tribe Called Quest, everyone had a different sound. Now? Now it’s only hip-hop, pop, and rock. You’ve got three producers who do everything. And as far as the women go, I think there are very few big-time women right now who are running their own show, like Bj√∂rk, M.I.A., and Karen O. It’s all American Idol.

DH: The best part about American Idol is when they have the auditions.

S: I agree.

DH: That’s all they should do.

Read it here.


Santogold playing in NZ at new years. Listen to Shove It by Santogold over here.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Black, round and groovy
"Black, Round, & Groovy explores the love affair many music aficionados have with their records. Black, Round, & Groovy will introduce viewers to a variety of characters—the pack-rat whose 60,000 records forced him to rent warehouse space, the dj who attempts to free himself by selling off his collection, the punk who started collecting soul 45s—disparate people with black plastic discs in common.

"I spose it's better than being a heroin addict, cos at least i've got something to show for spending my money!" Watch the film trailer here (first one)



Check Basefm out right now

Ota (of the Open Souls), the winner of the MPC Championship of the World (read; Ak vs Welly) recreates his winning set live on Basefm, check the webcam. Slight delay between audio and pics.Awesome new Basefm website too!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lars Ullrich still hates the internetz.
"The Internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice."
No, Lars will NOT listen to you complain about the sound quality of the new Metallica album, and, no, you're wrong - the Guitar Hero version of the game is not better. "There's nothing up with the audio quality. It's 2008, and that's how we make records." Link.
DJ Vadim diagnosed with cancer
DJ Vadim, has been diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer known as Ocular Melanoma / Choroidal Melanoma. He was operated on last Friday, in London. His wife, Yarah Bravo, has written about it on her myspace page.
"So many times has he had my back and lifted me up when i was down! And i wish now that we can all do the same for him! All i am asking from you, is to create a proactive boomerang….WORLD WIDE and please pray for him! Help him heal!! Send him all your energy and love, and think intensely about him surviving, recovering and coming back stronger!!!"

Here's hoping he is able to fight off the cancer and make a full recovery.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday freshness
Some tunes to get you thru the day...

TM Juke and Jack Baker trio
- 'Fortune favours the bold' (link) ... gloriously skittish funk
AFTA1 - 'Honey dip' (link) ... blunted hiphop blurred into dubstep electronics
The Bamboos - King of the rodeo (link) can you say Aussie funk?
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (link) features members of Antibalas, Dapkings and more. They describe theur sound as "anthemic, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive rock, disco, electro, and '60s soul with sprinklings of hip hop-styled orchestral breakbeats and moody, synth-heavy hooks."

If you like any of these, go and buy them! Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Free music.

In case you missed it, Amplifier are giving away a tune off my new Dub Asylum EP, offer good til thursday. Grab it here.

Just heard that my song "Smash Thru" has debuted on the KiwiFM Weekly Top Ten at #10 -choice!

Also, got my first review of the EP, from Groove Guide. "Ba Ba Boom is the latest release for Dub Asylum and the five tracks are hiving and jiving and the perfect selection of songs to shake your booty to.

The majority of the music is written by Peter McLennan and he is also the man behind the mixing and engineering on the tracks but the EP also features collaborations with some of NZ’s finest. Musically it opens with “Smash Thru” which features the incredible vocal and lyric writing styles of MC Kyla. Such an upbeat banging track that I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make it onto indie radio stations top 10s.

The second track features the horn section of the WBC and there’s something friendly about the track that reminds me of Sesame Street in a very good way! The real dub starts to shine through from tracks 2-4 and it gets mellower and slower as it goes on finishing with a beautiful track that features Sandy Mill on vocals. Love it!" - Fleur Jack, Groove Guide #237, 17 Sept 08.
Trailer for Biggie Smalls film 'Notorious'
Watch it here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Benny Hill riddim
"Producer and artist Leftside samples Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax, perhaps best known as the theme tune for The Benny Hill Show, to create a fast-paced bashment rhythm propelled by handclaps, sax riffs and parping brass stabs." Versions from Lady Saw and Elephant Man. Silly.
Get it here.
Kanye and his crazy comb-voice
Heard the new Kanye single? Dude is all autotune... it's hideous... "On the finished single ['Lockdown'], it sounds like he’s singing through a plastic comb with some toilet paper wrapped around it. Link.

Monday, September 22, 2008

?uestlove (The Roots) interview
Link. Dude's t-shirt days "Future community organizer". Nice.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Sept 20 playlist
Today's show was a tribute to Norman Whitfield, legendary Motown producer and songwriter.

Rose Royce - Sunrise
Temptations - Psychedelic shack
Temptations - Ma
Rose Royce - Do it, do it
Rare earth - Big John is my name
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
Brigadier Jerry - Ram dance master
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Bornx river prkway - Donde
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith reboot)
Dub Asylum - My sneaker collection weighs a ton (get it free from Amplifer)
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
20th Century steel band - Papa was a rolling stone
Overnight players - Shaka the great
Black seeds - Year of the pig
Ozomatli - Super bowl sundae (Peanutbutter wolf remix)
Nina Simone -Taking care of business (Pilooski re-edit)
Scritti Politti - Absolute
Temptations - War
Temptations - Ball of confusion
Madd racket - Get it (good god!)
Meters -Tippi toes
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Brass in Africa
Mungos Hifi - Ing dub
Hortense Ellis - People make the world go round
Temptations - Papa was a rolling stone
Money money money
Thanks to Robyn for posting this on the Public Address forums... It clearly explains just how the financial mess in the US came about.

"There's an hour-long special on NPR's All Thing's Considered radio show which explains the subprime crisis in simply, entertainingly yet thoroughly.

'This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour to tell the story—the surprisingly entertaining story—of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. They talk to people who were actually working in the housing, banking, finance and mortgage industries, about what they thought during the boom times, and why the bust happened. And they explain that a lot of it has to do with the giant global pool of money.' There's a transcript too if you want to read it."
I read the transcript, well worth it. Made a lot more sense than the various long-winded reports in the Weekend Herald.

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