Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lafayette Afro Rock Band reissued
"A conglomerate of US musicians based in France between 1971 and 1979, the Lafayette Afro Rock Band was originally formed as the Bobby Boyd Congress in 1970 before escaping the crowded US funk scene to relocate to France a year later. Their limited output has endured as underground favourites for vinyl collectors and as a significant source for samples. Everyone from Jay-Z and Janet Jackson to Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Wreckx ‘N’ Effect have plundered the Lafayettes in recent times.

DARKEST LIGHT: THE BEST OF THE LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND was originally released on Strut in 1999 and tells the story of the band from their early days as Ice including the key tracks from their two landmark albums ‘Malik’ and ‘Soul Makossa / Voodounon’. The album also features tracks recorded under one-off pseudonyms for the Japanese market, Crispy & Co. and Captain Dax.
This updated edition of the compilation features two tracks previously unavailable on CD, including an epic early Ice cut, ‘There’s Time To Change’. The CD package features a 12-page booklet including the original compilation sleeve notes by James Maycock along with rare photos of the band at Parisound studios."

Check the audio over here, plus free MP3 bizniz.
http://www.lafayetteafrorockband.com
Out Feb 3 on Strut.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

RIP Byron Lee
This one slid by me, but worth paying tribute to this reggae great. More at Soulsides.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 3
Theme of today's show was Jazzy And Playful. Watch out!

Marlena Shaw - Woman of the ghetto
Freddie Hubbard - Red clay
Thelonius Monk - In walked Bud
Lonnie Smith - Straight to the point
Mario's tuna - Waste of money (Resense 006)
Sunset Serenaders Steel band - Summertime
Grace Jones - Pull up to the bumper
Troublefunk - Pump me up
Gwen McCrae -Funky sensation
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together? (Shoes dub edit)
Prof Oz - Waves and skank (Grant Phabao remix)
Pitch black - 1000 mile drift (International observer remix)
Cleo Laine - Come back to me
Ramsey Lewis - The in crowd
Eartha Kitt - I want to be evil
Theo Buckford and Raymond Harper -Ska-ta-brain
Kyenie - Lambs bread (Prison oval rock riddim)
Joey Fever - Nuh follo (Prison oval rock riddim)
The Game - Hate it or love it inst
Mayer Hawthorne - Just aint gonna work out
Commodores - Rapid fire
James Brown - There was a time (Kenny Dope remix)
Wrexx'n'effect - Wreckxshop (Jamaican mic)
Benga - B4 the dual
Kolab - Sideways (Dub asylum remix)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

RIP Eartha Kitt, Freddie Hubbard
Farewell Eartha, Freddie.

"Always blunt about her beliefs, Kitt made her feelings about Vietnam known as she attended a White House lunch hosted by Lyndon Johnson's wife in 1968, when her fame was near its peak.

"You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed," she told the group of about 50 women. "They rebel in the street. They don't want to go to school because they're going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam." For the next four years, Kitt performed almost exclusively overseas." Link

Watch Eartha's finests moments on youtube. My fave tune of hers -"I want to be evil". Check the lyrics. "I wanna be evil, I wanna be mad, But more that that I wanna be bad... I wanna be nasty, I wanna be cruel, I wanna be daring, I wanna shoot pool..."

Monday, December 29, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 27
Continued from last week's show, today's show was a bunch of my favourite tunes and musical moments from the past year. Hope you liked em!

Dark angel -Free da mind
Rob Tex presents the Jimi mixes - Foxy dub
Gabriella Cilmi -Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle dub mix)
Jazmine Sullivan - Need u bad (Moody boyz remix)
James Brown - The bose (Geisha Boys remix - Gamm doin James vol 4)
UBB - I believe in miracles
Mr scruff - The clock
Beanfield feat Baijka - Tides (Carl Craig - C's movement #1 remix)
Overproof sound system - The model
Budamunky - Wednesday
Ray Barretto - O elephante (Shh remix)
Natural yoghurt band - Soft cheese
Car crash set - Dreams
Rodriquez - Sugar man (off the excellent album Cold Fact, reissued this year)
Kingites - Polynesian panthers
Unitone hifi - Up to eleven
Me and you - Last night (Bassnectar remix)
Nina Simone - Taking care of business (Pilooski remix)
Beat conductor - Caribbean path
V.V. Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall remix)
Mayer Hawthorne - Just aint gonna work out
Kova and Miles - Clap clap inst
Roberta Flack - Go down Moses (she's playing here in February 09)
MMW - Let's go everywhere
Dazz band vs Whitefield bros - Let it whip (B.cause half time remix)
Miles Davis - Freddie Boi (Applejuice kid remix)
Holiday reading
Try this for size...
"The James Brown Collection (Christie's). A 208-page book, gorgeously sorted by the color of the artifacts. Reproduced are handwritten letters ("Polydor is trying to kill me off"), break-up notes, hair supplies, living room sets, sunglasses, and a rainbow of S-E-X jumpsuits. Also online, but less elegant." Hat tip to WFMU.

And The Year In Music old and new from O-Dub.

Also, this watch... damn! Just, damn!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wu tang TV
Home video shot a week before Enter the Wu Tang dropped. Nice. Link
Just spotted this - P-Moneys fave shit of 2008. Go read it now!

Take it easy, have yourself a great christmas and a relaxing new years. And thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 20
Today's show was a bunch of my favourite tunes and musical moments from the past year, but I ran outta time so will have to jam some more in on next week's show. Thanks to all of those of you who txted in. Nice one.

Smoove's Funk Fantasy Bands - Smoove
Stevie Wonder -Master blaster (Radikal Roots edit)
Gabriella Cilmi -Sweet about me (Ashley Beedle remix) I spent a ridiculous amount of time and money chasing this tune down earlier this year. Found it online in a record shop in Scotland.
The Lions - Hot no ho
Steel n skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Mike Fabulous - Wang east
Ladi6 - Dark brown
Eru Dangerspiel - Sun again
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Mighty Mo - The next message version
The Snugs - Trying
Rob Symeonn - The chosen one (Zeb steppers remix)
Barrington Levy and Beenieman - Murderation
Restless Soul - Turn me out
Johnny Hammond - Fantasy (Marc Mac presents the Visioneers beatdrop version)
Jimi Tenor and Kabu Kabu - Black January
Erykah Badu - Honey (Moody Boyz remix)
Lee Scratch Perry - God smiled (Moody Boyz remix)
Miles Davis - So what (Shoes edit)
Lightning head - Bookoor sound special
Menahan st band - Esma
Dub Colossus - Azmari dub
Quantic - Cuidad del swing version
Hot 8 brass band - Get up (Diesler remix)
James Brown - Santa claus goes straight to the ghetto
Kormac - Join together
Real Groovy relaunch hits bum note with creditors
As featured in the NZ Herald earlier this week, in case you missed it... link
"... The original owners, Chris Hart and Martin O'Donnell, regrouped with a new backer [Ralph Brayham, ex Ferrit, Telecom] under the company name Fonografo Ltd and announced this month that the Auckland store was fully operational again...
... However in the High Court at Auckland yesterday, the original company, Real Groovy Records, was put into liquidation by music distributor Southbound Distribution, which is owed more than $40,000.
Southbound director Jeffrey Stothers believed there were other creditors. He said he had been told that there were no surplus funds available from the sales of the stores to pay unsecured creditors.
Stothers was not against Hart and O'Donnell getting back into business, as the industry needed another record store closure "like a hole in the head", but he objected to it being done at distributors' expense.
Stothers said he outlined his position to Hart at an early stage, telling him Southbound could not keep supplying the store if it wasn't being paid.
"He was fairly indignant, saying he would have to look after the major record companies first and he would see what he could do."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Trouble in Blogland.
Blogger writes about firings at ACP (magazine publishers). Trouble ensues...

The New Zealand Herald reports today that the company [ACP] has retrenched “8-10” staff and is shuttering three sites, Runway Reporter, metrolive.co.nz and yourhomeandgarden.co.nz - with cleo.co.nz and taste.co.nz to be outsourced to JV partner, msn.com.

"The report comes two days after [ACP's Paul] Dykzeul told Fairfax NZ news portal stuff.co.nz that the claims, as reported on NZ blog Isaac Likes, were “defamatory and incorrect”. In an interesting twist to the saga, 24 year-old Isaac Likes blogger Isaac Hindin Miller now finds himself out of a job. That is, out of a day job. Hindin Miller, who has been working as market editor for the AGM Publishing-owned Urbis magazine, was summarily dismissed yesterday with zero benefits and marched to the door by publisher Parul Sheopuri. Coincidentally, yesterday’s incident - which sounds like the kind of treatment that is usually meted out to high powered execs privy to sensitive company data - unfolded a matter of hours before Hindin Miller’s own redundancy consultation was due to take place.

On Monday, Hindin Miller was informed that his own position was being made redundant.

Frockwriter contacted AGM Publishing and was told by Parul Sheopuri that Hindin Miller's contractual arrangement with the company came to an end yesterday because he "posted comments about a competitor of AGM, during business hours". From Frockwriter.
Versionaries live - check em!
Ex pat kiwi Christian Burns (Kakhand) and NYC/Jamaican Barrington Calia (Haile Suspicious) are the Sydney based dub/hiphop crew The Versionaries. I'm DJing before them tonight at Galatos Lounge, only $5 on the door.

"Based in Bondi Beach, Sydney The Versionaries have provided tour support for many NZ dub and hiphop acts crossing the ditch and are a firm fixture at many Sydney underground events from Earthdance in Sydney Park to D&BBQ at the Abercrombie Hotel. Their releases include collaborations with DJ Regal, The Nomad, Pitch Black, Solaa and a bevy of Aussie dubheadz and soul providers.

Thursday is a soundsystem show and features special guests Scratch22 and Peter Mac (Dub Asylum). As such its an early show kicking off around 8.30."

Listen: www.myspace.com/theversionaries



DECEMBER 18 GALATOS LOUNGE; AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND (Soundsystem Show) with Scratch 22 & Peter Mac (Dub Asylum) 8pm $5

DECEMBER 19 FLOW BAR; HAMILTON NEW ZEALAND feat DJ Kina + Rayjah 45 and Hayden Weke with Knights of the Dub Table, B.Hopps (SYD) 9pm $10

DECEMBER 20 LEIGH SAWMILL CAFÉ NEW ZEALAND feat DJ Kina + Rayjah 45 and Hayden Weke with B.Hopps (Foreign Dub'/D&BBQ SYD) 9pm $10

DECEMBER 27 STAR AND GARTER COROMANDEL with CORNERSTONE ROOTS
DECEMBER 28 TBC WHITIANGA 9pm

DECEMBER 31 “ISLAND STYLES” WAIHEKE ISLAND AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND with DJ R.I.A, The Nomad and more!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Seeline Woman
"In September, Legacy Recordings released To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story, a three-cd + dvd collection spanning the legendary singer's career, from her debut on Little Girl Blue to her final recordings on A Single Woman. The dvd makes available for the first time a 1970 documentary of Simone, which is excerpted in the video below..."

From The Fader. Go read a great interview with Nina's daughter there too.

"...I remember her and my dad leaving a lot. For the first six years of my life I remember her being the softer one. She didn’t give me a spanking or anything like that, so she was my refuge and I wanted to be around her all the time. One fond memory is of my mother and father doing the jitterbug in the living room. You know how kids just love to see their parents together? It was just a wonderful feeling to watch them in sync, laughing.

The people that I remember the most were Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Betty Shabazz. Those are people I also had relationships with, those were my uncles and aunts. Times have changed a lot in terms of parent and child relationships. Children of divorced relationships weren’t really considered affected. It wasn’t talked about back then in the early ’70s, so I just remember one day my father was there and the next day he wasn’t..."

Friday, December 12, 2008

QTip live, some dude named Prince jumps on guitar.
Then QTip drops World Tour, stops and starts it again THREE times. Heard about this a wee while back, took ages for the vid to surface but DAMN!

Wandering eye
Fat Freddys Drop get covered at the Performing Arts Prizegiving, 2008, Whangaparaoa College. Nice one! link, or see below.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Cadillac Records Gets Nothing Right"
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

Soul reviver
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