Monday, February 23, 2009

Welcome to the blackout
This Saturday, February 28th, Section 92A of the Copyright Act is due to come into force. This website has voluntarily been blacked out in protest against this law, which will be used to disconnect New Zealanders from the internet based on accusations of copyright infringement, without a trial and without evidence held up to court scrutiny.

May we be very clear: we do not support or condone copyright infringement or illegal downloads. But this blatant disregard towards the basic human right to a fair trial is completely unjust and unworkable and it has the potential to punish New Zealand businesses and individuals where in fact no laws have been broken.

Similar laws have been rejected in the EU as being against "a fair balance between various fundamental rights", rejected in the UK due to "impracticalities", and rejected in Germany as being 'Unfit for Germany, Unfit For Europe'. We don't care who voted for the law in the first place. We just want it stopped.

We call on the Minister responsible, National's Simon Power, to do the right thing and repeal Section 92A immediately. Visit to learn more"

UPDATE: AT 4pm today, after the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister John Key "announced the controversial Section 92A law, which has been widely condemned by internet users, is to be delayed.

It will go on hold until March 27 while work is carried out on a voluntary code of practice. If no solution is reached by then it will be suspended.

If no agreement was reached then the section would be suspended, Mr Key said. If a code was agreed to, there would be a review after six months to see if the law was working as it was intended." NZ Herald link

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlisyt, BaseFM, Feb 21
Michael Palmer - Been talking
Unknown - Welcome to England
Sister Nancy - Aint no stopping Nancy
Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle - Hypocrite dog
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Kora - On my mind (Cabaret Voltaire remix)
Manasseh and Johnny Osbourne - Rise up
Carlos Nino and Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Find a way
Phenomenal handclap band - 15 top 20
Lee Fields - Honey dove
Trinidad cavaliers - 90% of me is you
Leela James - Its a man's world
Kinny - Enough said
Dub syndicate - Struggle (Centry remix)
King midas sound - Cool out
Border crossing - City of love
DJ Spinna - Abyzmal
Mark Ronson - No one knows
Open souls - Sweet love
Jimi Tenor and Kabu kabu - Black January
Ali Hassan Kuban - Maria maria (Cubian jungle remix)
Dubblestandart and Ken Boothe - When i fall in love
Beat Pharmacy feat Paul St Hilaire - Sunshine
Kormac - Join together
Joe Cuba - El pito
Mulatu and Heliocentrics - Cha cha
My new favourite blog.
Dust and Grooves, all about crate digging. Excerpt...

Q: tell me a crazy story over a certain record

A: One of my most prized possessions is a 45 I got about eight years ago from
a dear old friend back home in Detroit. She used to scour flea markets for a certain kind of ceramic thing whose details escape me, and she woke me up in Brooklyn with a phone call one Saturday morning to say she was making her rounds and had come upon a record dealer she'd never seen before with a few boxes of 45s; did I want her to go through them over the phone? Sure, I said, shaking the sleep out of my head and of course expecting the worst. Not surprisingly she rattled off a bunch of easy Motown artists and titles and a lot of real garbage.

I was starting to doze off when the surprise finally came: "Little Jimmy Scott on Giant." I asked her the title. "It Rained 40 Days and Nights." Yeah, grab that one for me, please. I paid her 5 bucks for it the next time I saw her. It's a great sixties soul record I'd been after for a while.

The postscript to this story is crushingly horrible, and the reason I treasure this record so much: A couple years later, my wonderful friend was murdered by her husband..."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"The Creative Freedom Foundation has teamed up with Mike Corb and Luke Rowell / Disasteradio to produce the Guilt Upon Accusation anthem: The Copywrong Song.

The Copywrong Song at is free to download, remix, and in true community spirit the Creative Freedom Foundation are encouraging participation from one and all by way of a Remix Challenge and an open call for track contributions.

Creative Freedom Foundation Director Bronwyn Holloway-Smith says "We invite artists everywhere to remix and contribute tracks to show that they don't want Guilt Upon Accusation laws done in the name of protecting art and creativity."

The Remix Challenge will see music and video makers worldwide competing to make their ultimate remix of The Copywrong Song. The open call for tracks contributions invites musicians to send in their contributions to the song, with tracks later being collated into the CFF's version of The Ultimate Copywrong Song.

The Creative Freedom Foundation's petition against Guilt Upon Accusation laws in NZ has rapidly grown overnight, ballooning from 5600 to over 7400 signatures including over 3400 artists.

Instructions on how to take part in the blackout can be found on"
Daptone Studio got burgled.
Terrible news. Read Gabe Roth's post about it here.

"As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps, monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged...

I would like to ask for everyone's help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible. We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds surreal) Rod Stewart, and I'm going to have to get the studio running by then. I know I'm going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps by then. I'm not sure what else yet...

Thankfully, we all still have our health, ambition, tape machines, and sense of humor in tact. You can slow us down, but you can't stop us. Sleep well knowing we here at Daptone will continue to...

Keep putting Soul up,

Gabriel Roth

P.S. On a lighter note, it seems like the burglars did drop a few items in order to lift Alex's old safe out of here, which was VERY heavy, VERY unwieldy, and also VERY EMPTY!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Section 92A will kick you in the ass.
This section of the new Copyright Act comes into effect on February 28. It basically states that someone (ie RIANZ, APRA) can accuse you of illegal downloading, and your ISP has to investigate and cut you off if you are accused three times. It's been labelled Guilt Upon Accusation. A murderer has a better time of it than that, under our laws.

You can read up on it at the Creative Freedom Foundation site, and write to your MP and the Ministers involved in this (Steven Joyce, Chris Finlayson) if you don't think it's a good piece of legislation (I wrote to both Ministers, and the leaders of National, Maori Party and ACT. Rodney Hide's office replied, advising me that ACT were agaisnt this section, and wanted National to strike it out). It was passed by Labour (Hey Judith Tizard! - WTF?), and National's current approach is just to let it go into effect and wait and see if anything bad happens.

Below is a post written by highly knowledgable IT blogger and journalist Juha Saarinen, which he has kindly agreed to let me repost. Gives you a bit more background on this. Ignorance is no excuse.

"Reason didn't work and the Parliamentary process failed, which is why we in New Zealand now have arguably the world's harshest copyright enforcement law. Sections 92A and C of the amended Copyright Act establish a guilt upon accusation principle that can see anyone accused of "copyright infringement" getting his or her Internet connection severed.

What's more, under the new law, anyone who provides any form of services over the Internet is an ISP. That means libraries, councils, schools, businesses, government offices, you name it. If you share your Internet connection with your flatmates, you're probably an ISP too under the new act. Geekzone is an ISP. Think about what that means.

The Telecommunications Carriers Forum or TCF has done a great job in writing a draft code of practice that seeks to neutralise the worst aspects of the new law, but that's not enough. It has to be repealed.

As Peter Dunne of United Future party points out, the EU and Britain have rejected similar laws because they're fraught with problems and impossible to enforce fairly.Our ISPs should not have to police what their customers do on the Internet, plain and simple.

The ISP Industry Association ISPANZ has been trying to drive this home for a while now, ditto InternetNZ. The reason our politicians won't listen is because they're concerned about New Zealand having signed various WIPO treaties and that the country might not get a free trade deal with the US unless the entertainment industry that vigorously lobbies the US Trade Representative gets its way. If that's the case, then we the voters should be told and not have our sovereignty being sold down the river on the sly like this.

Incidentally, my understanding is that the local rights holders people are not in favour of the law, but have to toe the line laid out for them by their overseas masters. Too bad, if that's true.

I'm a "content creator" and a rights holder due to my work as a writer, but the new law won't help me one iota. It's there for the large entertainment organisations to terrorise Internet users.

This is an important point to bear in mind, that the new law isn't going to help artists and others rights holders. The Creative Freedom Foundation is your source for good information on this, so make sure you vist them.

You can do something too: black out your Twitter avatar, Facebook/Myspace pages, or even websites to protest against the insane new law that will come into full force on February 28. (Yes, I'm going to hack the CSS for the blog soon to black things out :)).

Update Looks like entertainment industry isn't going to entertain the TCF code of practice, but insists that law should be harshly implemented. Tom Pullar-Strecker from the Dompost has a good story on that.

Update II Fixed broken link to Creative Freedom Foundation site, and many thanks to Stephen Fry @stephenfry for tweeting about the issue to his followers.

Update III Netguide's take on the issue. Everyone on Twitter seem to be using the #blackout hash-tag, but there's also #S92.

Update IV And I probably should put this into a new blog entry... but at Foo Camp this weekend, Matthew Holloway of the Creative Freedom Foundation pointed out that the TCF CoP only applies to telcos and ISPs. However, the law as it stands has a very wide definition of ISPs as per above, so the CoP doesn't cover libraries et al. Now that's a real worry. Thanks to Paul Brislen at Vodafone for the tip.

(from Juha's blog, reposted with his permission)
Kora remixed by Caberet Voltaire!
Seriously. From their UK record label's Myspace site...

"Rumours have long abounded concerning new material from legendary Sheffield post-punks Cabaret Voltaire – this curious project isn't the hoped-for comeback but it's alluring enough to please devotees and draw in new listeners.

Cabaret Voltaire founder Richard H Kirk has intricately crafted a cut-and-paste 'collage' based on the 2007 debut album by Maori dub rock outfit Kora (hence the title). That might sound weird but his artful touch ensures these drawn-out tracks are also brilliantly listenable. It brings to mind the Mad Professor's 1995 dub reworking of Massive Attack, No Protection, taking on new life with vocal segments, electronic effects and hefty basslines.

Standout tracks include the pulsing album opener, Skankenstein, and the edgy atmosphere of Crazy Things. The chilled reprise of Burning, meanwhile, evokes classic ambient house. In its own way, it's danceable, too; party soundtracks don't get more surreal than this"

Listen here

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lux Interior's brother reminisces
''He always had a lot of records, and when I was a kid, I was always coming up in his room and I'm sure I was pestering him, so he would make me promise that if I could be quiet for 24 hours, he'd give me a record,'' Purkhiser said.

''And I'd think, 'Man, that's a really good deal, I don't have to say nothing and I'll get a record?' And it didn't dawn on me until years later when I thought 'Damn him, he was just trying to get me to shut up for a day.' I did get a lot of records,'' he said laughing.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Orchestral J-Dilla: coming soon!
Last weekend a new series of concerts kicked off in Los Angeles, called Timeless. The first installment featured Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke with a 15-piece orchestra, and dj sets from Cut Chemist, Quantic And Egon.

"The next installment in the Timeless series is entitled A Suite For Ma Dukes and will feature Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Nino conducting a 30+ piece orchestra paying tribute to the legendary J Dilla with an opening DJ set by the incomparable House Shoes. There will also be an accompanying EP released with selected orchestral interpretations of James Yancey’s music. More details on that soon." More here, plus Mulatu vids. Hat tip to Sweeny Kovar.
Questlove's (The Roots) Grammy roundup
Spotted via Twitter. Follow him: @qoolquest.

highlights from the last 5 hours by Questo.

5. radiohead is so gangsta that they turn away a gazillion rock groups tryna get into their shindig. you went to a secret location and then they picked YOU up.

4. rosanna arquette is 50 and can get it. SERIOUSLY

3. diplo is hillllllllarious beyond belief. he and i were polar opposites when it came to tonight's ceremony. i was elated....he snarky

2. nigel godrich is a hip hop head. and a great dj. best moment. playing "tomorrow never knows" and mccartney walked in on CUE. and danced!

1. thom wins again. he looked at the serato the same way austin powers looked at a cd for the first time before playing it on a turntable.

his segues were a work of art. he just BLAMO!---played what he wanted. tonight was surreal and very hard to gain entry. so much love to one of my favorite bands for looking out and letting a brother show yall a taste of my world. and now i gotta pack. time to make the donuts.

Monday, February 09, 2009

FOTC miss out to late comedy great
"Best comedy album went to George Carlin [Flight of the Conchords were also nominated in this category]. George's daughter Kelly is accepting. "I was hoping to get through this without crying ... I promise to take care of this better than my dad did." Apparently, George, in a "chemically-induced altered state," took apart his first Grammy (in 1972). Carlin passed away last June." From LA Times Grammys blog

Speaking of the Grammys, after 110 categories (seriously), the finale is Radiohead with a massive brass band, the USC Marching Band. Their warm-up song? Fleetwood Mac's Tusk. Hat tip to MIA, who performed also, even though she is due to give birth TODAY - see above photo. (Will link to video of that Readiohead performance when it hits the internetz).
ADDED Watch Radiohead and USC Marching Band video here.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlisyt, BaseFM, Feb 7
Dexter Wansel - Life on Mars
Al Green - Take me to the river
Ozomatli - Superbowl sundae (Peanutbutter wolf remix)
Magic fly - Play that funky reggae (JStar mix)
Erykah Badu - Honey (Grant Phabao remix)
Grant Phabao, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston - Message to you Rudy
Flomega and the ruffcats - Pay me right (Tiger Hifi echo mix
Bob Marley - Soul shakedown party (Aphrodisiac Sound System remix)
Issa Bagayogo - Dibi
Amadou and Mariam - Djama
DJ Hen Boogie w/ Kissey Apslund - Adore
Eli Paperboy Reed and the Trueloves - I'm gonna getcha back
James Brown - The Bose (Geisha boys mix)
Eru Dangerspiel - The holdup
Beat conductror - Caribbean path
Sean Paul - Get busy (B.cause Ticklah dub edit)
Quantic - Westbound train
Juju orchestra - Funky Nassau
Staple singers - Something aint right
Como mamas feat Mary Moore -Trouble in my way
Sound dimension - Time is tight
Mophono - The edge remix
Sola rosa -Turnaround
Tom tom club - Genius of love
Paltinum pied pipers - Go, go, go
Defari - Behold my life inst
Ayah - I reminisce
Kashmere stage band - Superstrut (Kenny Dope remix)

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Henry Rollins on Lux Interior.
"Once I drove up to New York to see them in my little VW; it was me and most of the Bad Brains all crammed into my little car. It was at Irving Plaza, and H.R. from Bad Brains, he went backstage because he's a big rock star, and he came out with a slick of the album cover and the whole band had signed the back. I still have it to this day." More here.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

20 best: Colombian records ever made
Will Quantic and Roberto 'Beto' Gyemant look at some great Columbian records... "The depth and breadth of Colombian music never fails to astound me; just as you think you have it covered another sub-genre shows its face. Colombia has a musical history as multi-faceted as Brazil or India but so far, in my opinion, it’s not been given the respect it deserves by the outside world..." Will Quantic. From Fact magazine.

Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes is out now on Soundway Records.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Welcome to America, Baghdad metalheads
"Acrassicauda had been through hell as a rock band in wartime Baghdad. Its practice space was bombed. Its members were branded Satan worshipers and received death threats for making Western-style music. Then they suffered through two purgatorial years as refugees in Syria and Turkey, killing time and dreaming of rocking out in the land of the free.

And on Sunday night, two days after the last of the band’s four members was resettled in the United States, they enjoyed what any metal fan would have to call heaven: bearhugs and “Wow, dude” heart-to-hearts backstage with Metallica at the Prudential Center in Newark.

It probably wasn’t necessary for James Hetfield, Metallica’s lead singer, to surprise them after the show by handing over one of his guitars, a black ESP, and signing it “Welcome to America”; their minds were already blown.

“That’s for keeping the faith,” Mr. Hetfield said, adding as he disappeared with his entourage down a corridor, “Write some good riffs.”

Acrassicauda’s rock ’n’ roll faith was traced in a documentary, “Heavy Metal in Baghdad,” released in 2007. That film portrayed the members as ordinary if tenacious rock Joes amid the most extraordinary circumstances, and they continue to embody those roles in their new lives. .."

Link to NYTimes article.
Boozoo for you and you.
Boozoo Bajou drop a new album, Grains, early next month. Free remix download for you!

"More heat from Boozoo Bajou, the Votel remix is really heavy.
Boozoo Bajou- Same Sun (Andy Votel's Music Minus Music Version) get it here
From: "Same Sun" EP (Feb. 17th) / Grains (March 3rd)
Bonus download: Another Sun" (Bootleg Version)
Streaming audio & more

"With Grains, the West Coast sounds of the Laurel Canyon era serve as a primary reference point. The lead single "Same Sun" will be released digitally on February 17th with remixes from Prins Thomas, Andy Votel (available above), & Quantic. Grains will be release March 3rd on K7.

"And if you missed it, check out the fantastic Grains Inspiration Mix featuring tracks from the new album alongside classics from Neil Young, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell & more."

Monday, February 02, 2009

Great news for the modern man

Eru Dangerspiel rolled into town last Friday night with his 12 piece band, and proceeded to tear it up at the monthly Turnaround club night, here in AK.

Eru Dangerspiel is the alias for one Ricky Gooch, formerly of reggae jam band Trinity Roots. I know a lot of folk are in raptures over fellow ex-Trinity Roots member Warren Maxwells' new stoner rock outfit Little Bushman, my preference is for the funky psychedelic soul of Mr Dangerspiel. His debut album Great news for the modern man dropped last year, and it's easily one of the best local releases of the past year. It's a little bit Stevie Wonder and a little Sun Ra too.

This is only the second live performance by Dangerspiel (I think), and his band is a stellar bunch of talent, featuring members of Fat Freddys, Kora, and Open Souls. Friday's show featured lotsa cowbell action, a wicked horn section and, three vocalists including the stunning soul of Laughton Kora, and the delightful sight of Joe Lindsay of Fat Freddys dancing in his singlet and boxers while furiously slapping a pair of jandals together for percussive effect. Oh, and all the band wore Zorro masks, except for the 2nd drummer seated next to Dangerspeil (Julien Dyne of Open Souls) - that fella was in a dinosaur costume. Gutted you missed it? You should be.

There's a few albums that dropped late last year that have surfaced here on local release. A Town Called Addis by Dub Colossus was one of my fave albums of last year (Ethiopia meets London dubmeister), that's in the shops now. Also worth checking, the latest album from Amadou and Mariam, called Welcome to Mali is out here now too. Their previous album Dimanche A Bamako was a big fave of mine. Came out late last year overseas, and made a few best of lists.

Speaking of which, I've noticed this odd trend with CD reviews in the NZ Herald lately - they seem to have spent much of last month reviewing hiphop albums that came out last year and made numerous best of lists, like Q-Tip's The Renaissance, The Knux' Remind me in three days. or Common's Universal Mind Control. Q-Tip's album was available here in early Nov shortly after its US release, and The Knux dropped late October. Common dropped late December, so that may have only recently come out locally. Weird trend, though. That Q-Tip album is mighty good.

Oh, and who was the marriage proposal in the middle of the Alice Russell gig on Saturday night?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Audio treats
Get em while they hot!
1 Erykah Badu - Honey (Grant Phabao remix) here. Okay, so it's the gazillionth remix of this tune,but its some tasty reggae styles...
2. Sean Paul - Get busy Dapkings vs Ticklah mash (b.cause edit) over here. Fun lil mashup...
3. Myron and the soul investigators - Cold game here. Soulful Finnish cats... really...
4. DJ Hen Boogie feat Kissey Asplund - Adore here. Jazzy skippy beats with great new Swedish singer.
5. The Knux - Cappucino here, scroll down... melodies and rhymes from two New Orleans fellas now based in LA.
Death Row Records bankruptcy auction.
"It was perfect. The portrait of Nate Dogg in itself was tacky, but Suge Knight's alleged tweaks to the painting -- black eye and multiple bullet holes -- were priceless. The frameless artifact wasn't the most glamorous or even the most infamous item up for bid at Sunday's "Death Row Auction" in Fullerton, but it was the most poignant. Priceless and poignant, unfortunately, being way out of my price range. Officially dubbed "Case # 2:06-bk-11205-VZ," the day's festivities were ordered up by the US Bankruptcy Court on behalf of Suge Knight and Death Row Records."
More here, plus photos.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk after a 40-year partnership.
Only just saw this... "Last year the band were back on tour in Ireland, eastern Europe, America and Australia. Schneider dropped out of the touring line-up in April last year [didn't make it to NZ, then}. He was originally rumoured to have left the band in November. With characteristic tardiness, Kraftwerk have now made his departure official." From the Independent.

Deutsche Welle suggests that "There are plenty of reasons not to care about Florian Schneider leaving Kraftwerk. The group made its last proper record in 1986 -- and its last great one in 1981. Since then, it's been mostly remixes and one-off jingles, with Schneider declining to take part in tours....

People only passingly familiar with Kraftwerk think of them first and foremost as pioneers of electronic music, specifically synth-pop and techno. They overlook the fact that the group wrote more than their fair share of universally catchy, at times stunningly moving melodies.

Take, for example, "The Model." On first listen, the 1978 Kraftwerk original sounded like satirical ditty with a danceable beat about the cult of beauty. But it also contained a wistful nine-note central theme, whose profound sadness only became fully apparent when covered in 1992 by the classical Balanescu Quartet.

Or listen to "Computer Love" -- an homage to and melancholic reaction against electronic amor whose melody was so great not even Coldplay could ruin it when they appropriated the tune for their 2005 song "Talk."

Kraftwerk were unlikely to ever reach those heights again, and Schneider's departure is almost certainly the final nail in the creative coffin."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Music lists: best of 2008, very late addition.
One of the things I love about this time of year (Dec/Jan) apart from the warm weather, swimming in the sea and long weekends, is seeing all the music lists that folks put together of their faves from the past year.

I get to see how many albums I picked up that other folk rated - for example, I bought one off the NZ Herald's top 30, and two off Real Groove's top 20 - maybe if I gave a crap about indie guitar rock the number might be higher, but I don't. Guitars are so last century.

It's also a chance to see what albums slipped by me in 2008. I've been mulling this post over for a few weeks, so, I'm gonna write this really fast and just get it out, before January disappears. So, here's The Top Five Albums I Slept On in 2008.

Read on, but there's a catch - if you're gonna read it, then you have to come clean and tell me what albums slid by you last year - please add them in the comments. Don't be shy.

The Bug - London Zoo (Ninjatune)
The Bug dropped a killer album in 08, throwing down monster basslines and heavy dubbed out beats, and bringing in some fine reggae vocalists like Warrior Queen, Flow Dan, Ricky Ranking and Tippa Irie to name but a few. He's been lumped in with dubstep, but his style really stands outside that genre, if simply for the fact he doesn't fall into the sonic cliches that have rapidly gripped that scene by the throat. Heavyweight business. He's also playing live (with Warrior Queen) in Auckland Jan 31, plus dates in Welly and Chch, alongside the excellent Rhythm and Sound crew.
The Bug (Myspace)

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (Warped)
This one turned up on a lot of end of year lists, especially on The Turnaround newsletter. There was a lot of hype around this fella from LA (trivia: Alice Coltrane was his aunt), among the cooler than cool post-Dilla hiphop heads, and the zany dubstep kids too.

I also seemed to hear a new exclusive track from him nearly every week on Benji B's BBC 1Xtra radio show, and when he played in Auckland a few weeks back, the cool kids lost their nut. He put on a great live show, and spent the entire set bouncing up and down going mental, dropping everything from crunchy, dubbed out electro to mad gabba techno. Shame the sound system was cranked up so painfully loud. Slack promoters - look after your punters, don't deafen them! You want them to come back, right? Bah! Anyways...

Los Angeles is an album that I already knew a number of the tunes from having heard them on the radio, but its still a delight to hear. His tunes are jammed full of sonic ideas, and never outstay their welcome - there's seventeen tracks on here. Gorgeous, bleepy, funky, audacious hiphop/electronica. Well worth checking.
Flying Lotus (Myspace)

Santogold - Santogold (Downtown)
First heard of Santogold when the music bloggers started raving about her early last year, the next MIA, that kinda nonsense. I listened to her tune Shove It which I thought was great, and finallly grabbed the album late last year, and discovered that particular song was the only one on the album I liked. I heard her live show at Rhythm and Vines was great, but this is a disappointing debut. A mish mash of electro, some good ideas not fully explored. Doesn't do it for me.
Santogold (Myspace)

Como Now - Various artists (Daptone)
When I saw Sharon Jones and the Dapkings last March at Womad, they did an interview session with NatRad's Nick Bollinger. Gabe Roth, Dapkings bass player/band leader/Studio wizard, and Daptone Records honcho talked about their next release, which was an acapella gospel album. He wasn't expecting it to sell in huge numbers like the Sharon Jones and Dapkings records, but he wanted to put it out anyway, because it's a great record. And it is. Here's the backstory...

""Deep in the heart of Panola County, Mississippi lies Como, a small rural town where children and grown folks alike have been living and breathing gospel for as long as they can remember. In the summer of 2006, Daptone Records placed a small ad in local papers and on the radio inviting singers to come down to Mt. Mariah Church to record their songs. The result is COMO NOW, a stirring collection of traditional and original acappella gospel from the voices of Panola County's own families." Read more about it here.

Pure, unadorned vocal performances captured live: it's deep soul.

Eli Paperboy Reed and the trueloves - Roll with you (Q Division)
Wonderful raw soul on this disc from a US outfit led by Massachusetts fella Mr Reed. There's something very joyful in it's simplicity. Heartfelt music that goes for the gut. Reed and band played in Australia last year and return down this way later this year - I'm hoping and praying someone brings them over to our shores, cos they would absolutely go off! Similar live vibe to Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, who they've opened for in the US.
Eli Paperboy Reed (Myspace)

Righto, what album's did you sleep on in 08? Let me know in the comments. Thanks.

And while we're on lists, here's Gille Peterson's Worldwide winners for 2008.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 24
Noiseshaper -Moving together
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Cedric Im Brooks - Mun dun go
Bronx river parkway - Nora se va
Katalyst - Say what you feel
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Nina Simone - Taking care of business (Pilooski re-edit)
Dusty - Voodoo
Eru Dangerspiel- Sun again
Dub colossus - Azmari dub
Manasseh meets the equalizer - Pepper dub
Issa Bagayogo - Dunu kan
Chakachas - Jungle fever
Mophono - The edge remix
Prince Charles and city beat band - Cash (cash money)
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to TROY
Mark de Clive Lowe - Mesmerised feat Lyric L
Joe Bataan - The bottle
James Brown - Funky president
Dusty Springfield - Spooky
Miles Davis - Different blues (Applejuice kid remix)
The new sound crusaders steel band - Israelites
Courtney Melody - Black liberation
Freestylers - Ruffneck
Benga - B4 the dual
V V Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall remix)
Kormac - Harry's record machine