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"

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