Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 22
Ernest Ranglin - 54 46 was my number
Little John - Fade away
Roland Alphonso -Guns of Navarone
General Levy - The wig
Kissey Asplund - With you
Sly n Robbie - Softcore surge
Dexter Wansel - Life on mars
Ray Barretto - El elephante (Shh remix)
Sly and Family Stone - Thankful and thoughtful
Kenny Dope - Can you handle it? Pt 1
Kraftwerk - The model
Funkmaster Flex and ghetto celebs - Safe sex, no freaks (Deep in Brooklyn mix)
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Zap mama - Bandy bandy (Carl Craig remix)
Mr scruff -Fix that speaker!
John Gibbs and US steel orchestra - Street cries
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you (Ashley Beedle re-edit)
Marc Mac and Visioneers - Funk box
Orgone -Hambone
BT Express -If it don't turn you on...
Eru Dangerspiel - The hold up
Sola Rosa - Del ray

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Freshness
Some tunes for the weekend...
Illa J - Strugglin (at The Fader) JDilla's younger bro drops an album rhyming over Dilla's beats.
Lulu Rouge feat. Mikael Simpson - Bless You (link) tasty minimalist downtempo from Denmark (more of them here)
Nina Simone - Sinnnerman original 10 min version - you need this in your life, trust me.
Hot 8 Brass Band - Get up Diesler remix (link) fruity, brassy goodness

Haven't checked this, but it sounds kinda interesting... Jimi Hendrix mixtape from DJ Concept (link)

All for research purposes only. Later.

ADDED Santo Gold - Shove It (Switch remix) heard this dubby lil gem a while back, has just popped up again over here.
Attention vinyl junkies
The Auckland Vinyl Record Collectors Fair returns this Saturday Nov 22 at Polish House Hall, Morningside. Stalls include New Zealand vinyl and music posters and foreign, 60s, rare, dance, reggae etc vinyl. Legendary soul DJ/collector Murray Cammick will be selling more funk, soul vinyl, vintage music magazines etc. The event also has stalls selling turntables & accessories.

The venue is the Polish House Hall, 1 McDonald St, on the corner of Ethel Road, off Sandringham Road, opposite Eden Park. The fair runs from 10am to 3pm. There is a $3 entry fee.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Sola Rosa tune going free!
Just spied this from Mr Spragga... "We're giving away our new single 'Del Ray' free as a download from our Bandcamp page - enjoy
Keeping it stinky
Top-notch selector and record label honcho Stinky Jim has taken the plunge and launched an audio blog called StinkInc, which is stonkingly good, which will be no surprise to anyone familiar with his excellent radio show Stinky Grooves.

There's tales of record shopping in NYC during his recent expedition with Naked and Famous for the CMJ Fest, the absolutely killer tune Up To Eleven from a revitalised Unitone Hifi (you gotta listen to it), some Ramey Lewis 'fruity business, and a backgrounder on Onra, playing here this friday for Tiger Translate...

"The Vietnamese-French producer and DJ caught my eye with his 'Chinoiseries' album, earlier this year. For starters it looked the part, and the briefest of spins on the decks confirmed it was something a little special. Comprised of 32 beat vignettes, most barely troubling the two minute mark, it's a response to a visit back to the land of his grandparents where he picked up a bundle of comfortingly scratchy Vietnamese/Oriental vinyl.

check out and add em to ya RSS styles.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ba Ba Boom is CD Of The Week in Sunday Star Times!
In case you missed it, let me draw this to your attention... check this out... "A punchy mix of skanking reggae, tongue-in-cheek techno and retro hiphop, this five-track EP from Auckland's Pete McLennan arrives just in time for summer. The horn-heavy title track is a soulful speaker-shaker of rare brilliance, while Smash Thru with MC Kyla brings a bulging trunk of funk to the party. Shake that hotel room indeed!" - Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times, Nov 16, 2008

Listen to it at or
Buy tracks from or
Yakety yak
"I’m a strange dude. My life is very unusual. I mean, I think if you were to walk down the street in Denver and take a poll of the first hundred people you saw, I would be surprised if more than two had any idea who I was. But at the same time, I was recently portrayed by Sir Ben Kingsley in a video. That’s fucking weird." Ian MacKaye’s current solo tour isn’t musical, and true to form, it breaks with convention. He’s dropping by various bookstores, high schools and colleges for Q&A sessions, or, as he calls them, “public interviews.” Link

He's not promoting a book or a new album , he's just going out and having unfiltered conversations with his audience. Genius.
Did you ever find anything unusual in a used record you bought?
Spotted at WFMU's blog, very entertaining.

"... Inside my (used) copy of the first Celibate Rifles LP, I found a hand written note from their guitar player, which he'd clearly left for the first owner of the album after crashing with her on an early U.S. tour. It thanks her ("Judy", I think) for her hospitality, graciousness, and for introducing them to The Long Ryders and the Dream Syndicate. (I'm guessing Judy lived in L.A. and unloaded her LP collection on a trip to San Francisco, as I purchased the record at Amoeba Records some years ago.)

You ever found anything like that?

Monday, November 17, 2008

All-black rugby keeping it real
"Playing a “white person’s game,” an all-black rugby team from a Washington DC charter school has cleared racial hurdles and learned valuable life lessons." From NYTimes, hat tip to Duncan.

"The first season was dismal. Hyde lost every game by more than 60 points. Bayer even encountered some difficulty scheduling games with teams from more affluent suburbs.

One private school attempted to back out of a game without offering a reason. After some prodding, Bayer said, he learned the opponents “were concerned that the kids would be driving expensive cars to the game and were worried that they would be broken into.”

Desperate to establish his program, Bayer instead bused his students to the leafy suburban campus. Hyde now hosts that opponent regularly — a development that Bayer described as another “barrier that rugby has broken down.”
Ex-Beatle says "Look! We made weird crap too!"
"For Beatles fans around the world, it has gained near-mythical status. The 14-minute improvised track was recorded in 1967 and played once in public. It was never released on record because three of the Fab Four thought it too adventurous.

Paul McCartney: "I said to the guys, this is a bit indulgent but would you mind giving me 10 minutes, I've been asked to do this thing. All I want you to do is just wander round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it. It doesn't need to make any sense. Hit a drum, wander to the piano, hit a few notes ... and then we put a bit of echo on it. It's very free." Yes, they did inhale. Way more on some days than others, apparently... Link
Funk, it's monday again
Cheer yourself up with these splendid tunes...
WAR - Spill The Wine / Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady / The Meters - Ease Back / The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park over here, and this gem from Rare Earth, the only successful white band on Motown... "This version of the Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” has it all — driving wah-wah guitar, trippy slide guitar, echoed vocals, extended high-hat drum breaks, killer conga lines and some cookin’ Hammond organ.ot surprisingly, it was produced by the great Norman Whitfield. The single edit reached No. 7 in the pop charts in the summer of 1970 … one spot higher than the Tempts’ version at this time of year in 1966."Get it here.
TVNZ, TV3 fast track shows (kind of but not really) and blame illegal downloading.
I was watching TV3 last night, and a promo came on for The Simpsons, which said "... Coming up, all new fast tracked Simpsons..." Fast tracked, what's that about, then?

"An explosion in online piracy has forced New Zealand's free-to-air TV networks to fast-track the screening of top international shows.... As a result, those shows and others including House, Private Practice and Survivor are aired within days of their international release.

TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards and TV3 marketing director Roger Beaumont confirmed they had "tightened" the turnaround for screening international shows, particularly those from the US. "The potential for illegal downloading is a factor in that," says Beaumont. Link to NZ Herald article.

Really? Rachel Cunliffe at Throng has done some checking...

Heroes: Season 3 premiered over seven weeks behind the US. In fact, Season 2 last year was much better: four weeks behind.

Private Practice: Season 1 premiered 48 weeks after the US. Season 2 continued straight afterwards and we're 19 days behind.

House: Season 5 premiered 9 weeks after the US.

Survivor: Season 17 (Gabon) premiered 3 weeks after the US - the slowest to air of the last four seasons. Last season (Micronesia) was better with just a week behind the US. Season 15 (China) also screened 3 weeks behind. Season 14 (Fiji) was 13 days behind.

Top Gear Season 11 is screening 15 weeks behind the UK premiere date.

Let's compare a few shows with with what's happening in Australia...

House screens a mere eight and a half hours behind the US.
Heroes is currently screening 10 days behind the US.
Private Practice is about 45 weeks behind the US (yet still ahead of NZ).

So what exactly was newsworthy about the article? Fast-tracked? Yeah, right!(link)

So, a lot of TV shows are getting here slower than they did last year.