Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Ouch. Not so great review of movie based on Chess Records. Read it here.
"... in this version of the tale—told in flashback, with overwrought narration provided by Cedric the Entertainer as Chess producer, session musician and house songwriter Willie Dixon—there is no Phil Chess, only Leonard, played by an actor, Adrien Brody, who, with his anachronistically tousled hair and Forever Fonzie wardrobe, looks as much like Leonard Chess as he does, well, Howlin' Wolf. In fact, Phil ... is never mentioned at all..." Link.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Gabe Roth (of Sharon Jones and the Dapkings) interview from NYT last weekend (hat tip to Jenfa), very cool read... also covers Roth's battle with Sharon Jones for songwriting credits....
"In the early 1990s, while the cool kids in the New York University dorms were listening to Nirvana and Pavement and P. J. Harvey, Gabriel Roth, a Jewish teenager from California, sat in his dorm room, night after night, listening to one obscure James Brown record after another.
He listened to “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs,” a 45 that Brown cut in honor of a college-football team. He listened to Brown’s esoteric rock version of “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing.” He listened to “Gettin’ Down to It,” a collaboration between Brown and, as Roth puts it, “these white jazz guys — but it was really actually a cool record.”
Mostly he listened to “Hot Pants,” an album that largely consisted of just one chord. It was like “some kind of strange calculus,” Roth told me recently. “Everybody playing one little note or one little beat. But the whole thing worked together.” Roth and a friend would sit in his dorm room and listen to “Hot Pants” for hours on end.
They’d listen to one side of the album several times in a row, and then they’d turn it over and listen to the other side. “We would smoke weed and listen to the album,” he told me, “or not smoke weed and listen to the album.” Link
Friday, December 05, 2008
Iggy Pop lives in Miami these days. He talks about why he likes it there.
Q: What made you move to Miami?
A: Iggy Pop: I was fed up after 25 years in huge, dark, media-centric cities. I decided to find a house and move here. I was looking for something in a kind of elegant coma with a lot of peace and convenience.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
"Femi Kuti has had a remarkable career by any standard. He has also faced a bitter dose of reality. Shortly after [his father] Fela died in August 1997, Femi's younger sister, Sola, died of cancer. Five years later, on the heels of his two most successful records, Shoki Shoki and Fight to Win, Femi was sacked by his French record label, his band split up and his wife, Funke, a dancer and singer in his band and the mother of his 12-year-old son, Omrinmade ("Made"), left him.
To cap it all off, Femi's mother, Remi, with whom he was very close, died at the age of 60. As Femi spent time in France recording parts of Fight to Win, rumors swirled back home that he was in an asylum."
Bitter family rivalry developed between him and his half brother Seun, who started performing with some of their father's musicians as Egypt 80.
How did Femi get through the hard times? The saxophonist turned to the trumpet.
"The trumpet has really helped me become a calmer person and I really don't get that angry anymore," he says. “With the saxophone, you can leave it for a few weeks and come back, but you can't really do that with the trumpet. You must do it every day, and it has made me more disciplined in many ways. It has changed my life."
Link. There's a video there too about he making of Femi's latest album.
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 are performing in NZ in March at Womad.
Started the day with news of Aussie music distie Creative Vibes shutting down, then Real Groovy AK survives, but now more gloom and doom... UK indie distie Pinnacle has gone under - they distribute almost 1,000 indie labels (story at Hypebot). Dubber also has news on the demise of Entertainment UK, and the announcement by Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastore) that they will not be taking orders for any CDs, games or DVDs. Link.
ADDED The German vinyl distributor Neuton, which worked with labels like Bpitch Control and Playhouse, reportedly announced that it was insolvent earlier this week. [side-line via TDS]
Just got this email from Real Groovy... "We're excited to announce that as of Friday the 5th of December, Real Groovy Auckland is up and running again! We really want to thank all of our customers who have continued to support us through this difficult period, and are happy to advise that we will be restocking new titles, trading your unwanted discs, and redeeming all credit notes, vouchers and insurance credits.
And we really want to thank our fantastic staff members who have remained loyal, upbeat and positive despite the trying times.
But it's not over yet - we need your ongoing support, if we are to continue with our goal of offering the widest possible range of music and movies to New Zealanders. So please come in and visit your nearest Real Groovy store and buy lots of stuff!
WE NEED YOUR TRADES
While we have continued to process secondhand stock, we need a lot more good quality CDs, DVDS, Games and LPs to get our selection back up to the levels that we are renowned for. So please sort out all those unwanted discs and trade them towards new stuff. We will even take 45s, cassette tapes, Videos - any format, as long as they are saleable titles in good condition!
CREDIT NOTES AND VOUCHERS
If you hold a Real Groovy credit note, instore voucher, or online voucher, it is once again fully redeemable. We do apologise for the inconvenience but we are really pleased that we are able to honour these items. Remember, Real Groovy vouchers make great Christmas Gifts - both instore, and online. If you have family or friends overseas, online vouchers are the convenient gifts that give millions of choices!
The Real Groovy website www.realgroovy.co.nz is offering a full range of CDs, LPs, Books and DVDs - over a million titles, couriered FREE to your door - and we are redeeming and issuing online vouchers again. As always, if you place an order on the website, your credit card IS NOT CHARGED until the goods are sent, so there has never been any risk to you.
If you have an insurance claim to be fulfilled by Real Groovy, we apologise for any inconvenience you have been caused and advise that, if you have a current balance (within the last 12 months) you can once again use your credit in our stores.
We are again ordering daily from local suppliers and weekly from the USA and Europe. If you can't find what you want in our stores just ask and we will order items in for you.
We will be expanding our vinyl selection due to the huge and renewed demand for High Fidelity recordings. We'll also continue to source large collections of records from overseas and will be offering a range of turntables in the future. Remember: Music Sounds Better on Vinyl!
Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received from our customers, and want to sincerely thank you for the patience, understanding and courtesy that has been shown to our staff over the last months.
FREE UNDERCOVER PARKING ON WEEKENDS
Now you can park for FREE while you shop at Real Groovy Auckland on weekends! The Tournament undercover car park on Waverley St - right next to Real Groovy - is available to customers WHILE YOU ARE SHOPPING AT REAL GROOVY during business hours, 9am-7pm, on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Here's a map to help you find it.
Please note that costs or penalties may apply if you leave your vehicle in the car park after these hours. Real Groovy accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY for damage or inconvenience that may be caused by parking in the building.
We'll be open some extra late nights during Christmas week:
AUCKLAND NORMAL HOURS:
9am - 7pm Saturday-Wednesday
9am - 9pm Thursday and Friday
9am - 9pm Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th
Closing at 7pm from Boxing Day through to Wednesday 7th January
We open at 11am New Year's Day
Normal hours from Thursday 8th January
WELLINGTON will be open 9am - 7pm from December 1st; 9am - 9pm Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th December
CHRISTCHURCH will be open 9am - 9pm from Friday 19th - Wednesday 24th December
The Real Groovy Team
Simon Grigg has been digging round the Film Archive's website and come up with some gems, like this - the music clip for Suburban Reps' Megaton, a classic look at Auckland central circa 1978. Love the scenes of the band running acros the road outside the Civic. Watch it here.
"Australian label and distributor Creative Vibes is calling it a day after nearly 15 years in the business. In a statement, the founders blamed in part competition from vertically-integrated multinationals and the recent massive fall in the Australian dollar for their decision to wind-up.
"The majority of our business is in imported music which has always funded our investments in emerging, Australian artists," they write in a post on Creative Vibes' website. "Because of the recent, drastic drop in the value of the Australian dollar, combined with the spiralling demand for discounts and deals, we can't get the margin out of our imports to sustain the development of our local releases."
The executives add, "It will take us a couple of months to help our labels and artists find new homes, pack everything up, collect the money our customers owe to us and distribute it out to our artists and suppliers, but we'll conduct the wind up as quickly and as efficiently as possible."
Full story here. Hat tip to Spragga for the info.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"I was somewhere between 5 and 8 years old when I played an angel at church, an itty-bitty angel with wings and a halo over my head," she recalls. "One time we did 'Silent Night,' and a lady at church said, 'Ooh-ooh, that little girl can sing.' That's where it all began." [The Isthmus Paper] Hat tip to BV.
The Playlist reviews the film based on Chess Records... "We didn't care much for "Cadillac Records," the Chess records biopic seemed to be the 101, greatest hits of the Chicago label's history and while that works in some cases, especially if you're not an expert in the story (which we're not), but it's like the script's beat points were lifted from Wikipedia.
It also doesn't help that the film is kind of cornball-ish (the voice over makes you want to strangle yourself), ham-fisted melodrama (the guy who plays Little Walter is just too over-the-top).
The performances are decent, Beyoncé does a startling good job and while she might not necessarily pull off the most convincing Etta James, she does pull off a credible and emotional believable performance. Jeffrey Wright (as Muddy Waters) is equally good, though somewhat muted. People who know nothing about music seemed to enjoy it, but those who are rather well versed in it were kind of appalled." More here.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Cornell Campbell - Rope in
Perfect - Handcart boy
Bob Marley - Mr Chatterbox
Stranger Cole - Rough and tough
Skatalites - Collie bud
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Mr Vegas - Heads high
Lightning head - Abbasynian rising
Jimi Tenor and Kabu Kabu - Mystery spot
Menahan st band - Esma
Willie Colon - Che che cole
James Brown - Don't tell it
Love unlimited orchestra - Strange games and things
Mungos hifi - Mexican bean riddim
Dub Colossus - Asmari dub
Risco connection - Aint no stopping us now
Patrice Rushen - Forget me not
Hot 8 brass band - Get up (Diesler dremix)
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith re-edit)
Ernest Ranglin - King tubby meets rockers uptown
Barrington Levy - Dub murder
Tanya Stephens - Need you tonight
Me and you - Last night (Bassnectar mix)
Miles Davis - A different blues (Applejuice kid remix)
Archie Bell and the Drells - Tighten up (Bobby La Beat rework)
Femi Kuti - Tell me
Innerzone Orchestra - Bug in the bassbin
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Just spied this on the Juno new releases list... country legend Willie Nelson with UK reggae giant Mad Professor. Just nutty. Listen to a sample over here. Lyrics all about 'we gotta take back america..." yeah, I know Willie did a reggae album a few years back, but still...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Keith Haring is one of my favourite artists of all-time. This screened at the Film Festival this year, and I couldn't make it - have to wait for the DVD now... "New documentary about the iconic artist, Keith Haring directed by Christina Clausen featuring interviews and archival footage of Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Kim Hastreiter, Grace Jones, Madonna, Yoko Ono, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf, Carlo McCormick, Andy Warhol, Ann Magnuson, Tony Shafrazi, and Junior Vasquez among many others" Hat tip to Diiff Kitchen.
The Keith Haring Foundation | Arthouse Films
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
More info at Herald Sun, "Moments before the German electro pioneers were due to appear at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, band member Fritz Hilpert was rushed to The Alfred Hospital, suffering a suspected heart attack.Hilpert was kept in overnight.He was given a clean bill of health at noon on Sunday and then headed to Perth for the next leg of the roadshow."
See here. "Kraftwerk were forced to cancel their show in Melbourne for the Global Gathering Festival on the [Saturday] 22nd of November 2008, when Fritz Hilpert suffered from a heart attack and had to be hospitalized. Ralf Hutter, as well as another performer of the show walked up on stage 20 minutes after they were due to start, to announce the news."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sublime soul for your Monday. Go get it now.
"... Few expect such heartfelt sentiment to come from a 29-year-old white kid from Ann Arbor, but he has caught the ear of his family at Stones Throw, as well as BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson and producer/DJ Mark Ronson. Expectations are high for the admitted vinyl junkie who never planned on taking his crooning public. Hawthorne’s hanging-by-a-string falsetto and breakbeat production on his first recorded effort, the tender “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” are simultaneously Smokey and J Dilla – equal parts “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Fall in Love.” “It’s soul,” he explains, “But it’s new.”
Red vinyl, and it's heart-shaped. Dopeness. (link to mp3 download)
also spotted at Stonesthrow - Joaquin Phoenix (dressed like The Dude) debuts rap career at Dam-Funk's Funkmosphere. Nuts.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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
BT Express -If it don't turn you on...
Eru Dangerspiel - The hold up
Sola Rosa - Del ray
Friday, November 21, 2008
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.
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
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 http://stinkinc.blogspot.com/ and add em to ya RSS styles.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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 reverbnation.com/dubasylum or myspace.com/dubasylum
Buy tracks from Amplifier.co.nz or itunes.com/dubasylum
"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.
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
"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.”
"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
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.
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...
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.