Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, October 25
Mr Scruff - Get a move on
Gwen Guthrie - Ticket to ride
Mighty diamonds - Identity
Jackie Mittoo -Mother funk
Bill Withers - Harlem
Didiers sound spectrum - Sound spectrum
Jimi Tenor and Kasbu kabu - Black january
Julien Dyne -Mad dingos
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Katzenjammers - Cars
Bluevibe studio - Holdin on (Magowl remix)
Joy Denalane - Change
Parliament - Chocolate city

Wonder-full tunage
Stevie Wonder - Living for the city
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Churchill stage band - Superstition
Ray Barretto - Pastime paradise
Stevie Wonder - Signed, sealed, delivered / I Wish

Love Unlimited - Theme from King Kong (Danny Krivit edit)
Ian Dury - Spasticus autisticus (version)
Cutty Ranks - The stopper (Richard Dorfmeister mix)
Yami Bolo - Freedom and liberation
Dub Asylum - Ba ba boom!
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith edit)
Ice T - Colors
Romanowski - Party in my pants
Roy Ayers - Running away
Herbie Mann - Muscle shoals nitty gritty
Kraftwerk -Radioactivity
Kenny Dope - Supa
Random reading for the long weekend
Why is the Boulder Chamber Orchestra filled with scientists? (Boulder Weekly)
Re-emerging soul - taking stock of the new Stax (Memphis Flyer)
Waaaazzzuuuppp!!! tv ad reinvented 8 years on... link
"The disadvantage of being an "actual college student" while covering CMJ is that you have to, you know, go to college."Read more here.
For the year ended March 31, 2008, EMI lost £757 million (US $1.204 billion at today's rate) for private equity firm Terra Firma ... Most telling was EMI Music's loss of global market share - to 9% from 12% a year earlier. More at Coolfer.

and finally, a quote - "I was gonna pull my dick out but because I know for a fact mine is a lot larger than Jim Morrison's, but I thought, 'I'll let history stand.'" Nick Cave reflects on his recent performance at the Hollywood Bowl [Spinner]

Chess Records hits the big screen

Cadillac Records is a movie based on the story of famous Chicago label Chess Records, and has a promising cast -Beyonce as Etta James, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, and the wonderful Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters. Out in the US Dec 5, soundtrack looks good too. Read more over here. Will try and hunt down the trailer.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More Rodriguez
Click here to listen to an excellent interview that aired recently on National Radio with Rodriguez, where he talks about being rediscovered 38 years after his first album. He even knows we say 'mate' down here! What a dude.

From Light in the Attic records, who have reissued his music..

"Sixto Diaz Rodriguez was born in 1942 to Mexican immigrant parents in Detroit, Michigan. He recorded Cold Fact - his debut album - in 1969, and released it in March 1970. It's crushingly good stuff, filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late '60s inner-city America. "Gun sales are soaring/Housewives find life boring/Divorce the only answer/Smoking causes cancer," says the Dylan-esque Establishment Blues.

But the album sank without trace, thanks, in part, to some of Rodriguez's more idiosyncratic behaviour, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout. Cold Fact producer Mike Theodore remembers how he would only play at "hooker bars, inner city dives, and biker bars." When the follow-up, 1972's Coming From Reality, also tanked, Rodriguez called an end to his recording career. He'd never even played a proper gig. And he got on with life. Over the years, he turned his hand to local politics, philosophy, a job in a petrol station and, eventually, hard labour." Link.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Here's a snip of what Kiwi's Coco Solid and Will Ricketts (Phoenix Foundation) are experiencing as participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona.

"So I’m peering through the glass into a studio decked out with priceless ex-BBC vintage mics, where Jamaican reggae legends Sly & Robbie, along with their aging but still ludicrously capable band, are jamming out a dub rhythm, occasionally accompanied by the excitable vocals of upcoming Croydon MC GoldieLocks. Nodding appreciatively next to me is Mala from Brixton dubstep posse Digital Mystikz, while plugging in the cables is one of the men behind the greatest drum’n’bass tune of all time, Ganja Kru’s DJ Zinc. This is the bizarre scenario conjured up by the Red Bull Music Academy–a kind of fantasy band camp for technoheads that’s been taking place in Barcelona for the last month. " Link. Video here.
Phenomenal Handclap Band
Another band playing at the CMJ Fest is the Phenomenal Handclap Band - I posted a link to their tune 'Testimony' a while back (grab it here) - played that song on my radio show on BaseFM last weekend and someone phoned up the studio asking about it, and said it sounded like Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie. There's also a video clip of the band live over on that link too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vicious, you hit me with a flower...
"Thirty years ago this month, the death of Nancy (of Sid &) effectively ended New York’s early punk scene. It’s been easy to hate her since—maybe too easy.

Legs McNeil never slept with Nancy Spungen, but he knew her. Everyone on the punk scene did. “There were only, like, 200 people,” he says. “So you met everyone pretty quickly. It wasn’t a scene that anyone wanted to be a part of. There was no velvet rope at CBGB.”
Read the full story The Day Punk Died from New York magazine.
Last month Fader magazine had a party to celebrate it's 56th issue. Part of the night's festivities was Rodriquez, playing only his second show EVER in New York. Spotted the video at Light In The Attic Records, who reissued his two albums recently. Freakin' awesome!

Speaking of Fader magazine, NZ band Naked and Famous are in NY playing today at the Fader party for the CMJ Music Festival this week. Nice one.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Make the Road by Walking
Hat tip to Brooklyn Vegan... "The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Antibalas and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Tommy Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The Menahan Street Band album ("Make the Road by Walking") is out now. Download the title track over here. You might recognize it from the sample used in Jay-Z's hit song "Roc Boys (and the Winner is...)".

Speaking of which... A few months after the release of the Jay-Z track, Brenneck was contacted by the principal of Public School 20, an elementary school in nearby Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, who had tracked down the original [song] after being blown away by the sample in the radio hit.

The school band invited the Menahan Street Band to their recital to watch them perform their own rendition of "Make the Road by Walking" and to join them in their music class the following Friday. The experience proved mutually inspiring for both the children and the band, and completed the songs poetic journey from the local community center through the national hip-hop airwaves, and back to the children of Brooklyn.

watch the video of the school band here or click below. Album should be out in NZ stores soon. Or grab it yourself online.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

RIP Levi Stubbs
Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops and the voice of Motown hits including Reach Out (I'll Be There) and I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), has died aged 72. link. Plus, Four Tops on Sesame St.