Friday, December 05, 2008

Miami's a hell of a good town to eat a banana!
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

Day by day
"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.
Bang. Crash. Boom
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]
Real Groovy AKL back in business!
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!

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!

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 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.

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:
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

Thank you

The Real Groovy Team
Stephen Colbert roasts Kanye West
Link to video or watch it below. Kanye's response via Twitter - "Who the fuck is Stephen Colbert?"

So you may as well die, while you're having fun
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.
Aussie music distie Creative Vibes shutting down
"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

Where did you get that voice, Ms Sharon Jones?
"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.
Cadillac Records
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

Dazz Band vs Whitefield Bros
Digging this slowed down funky remix of Dazz Band - Let It Whip by B Cause, grab it over here. Check it.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 29
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

Willie wonky.
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...