Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, March 14.
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Inspiration information
Eli Paperboy Reed - Gonna getcha back
Big bud - Bubblin dub
Horace Andy - Just say who
Ini Kamoze and Capital D - World a reggae
Michael Rose and Twilight circus - No burial
Sola rosa feat Baijka - Humanised
Nat King Cole - Day in, day out (Cut Chemist remix)
Idris Mohammed - Express yourself
Sister Nancy - Only woman dj with degree
Shinehead - Raggamuffin
Phillis Dillion - Rocksteady
Nosaj thing - Aquarium
Paul St Hilaire -Office
Manasseh - Zion city
Skatalites - Collie bud
Jackie Mittoo - Disco Jack
Hikoikoi - Vibraphone
Phenomenal handclap band - You'll disappear
Amanda Diva - Heartstrings
Dusty - Voodoo (Romanowski's remix)
Jean Knight - Carry on
Rufus and Chaka Khan - Once you get started
Speech Debelle - Searching
Bob Marley - Mr Chatterbox
Dub Aslyum - New untitled tune I wrote last week (and am giving a test drive on the radio)
Tom Waits on the big screen
Spied this at the Anti Records blog... Tom Waits picks up his on-again-off again acting career with a few gigs round the place... "He has also collaborated with Kool Keith on N.A.S.A.’s recently released The Spirit of Apollo.

Currently, Tom Waits is in the midst of filming The Book of Eli, directed by Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell, Dead Presidents, Menace II Society, among others). Eli is a post-apocalyptic Western, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving mankind. The film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman with Tom Waits in a small role as “Engineer.” This will mark Waits’ second teaming with Oldman as Waits’ played Renfeld to Oldman’s Count Dracula in the Francis Ford Coppola version of the classic vampire film.

In other film news, Waits stars as Mr. Nick (the devil) opposite Christopher Plummer in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which is also Heath Ledger’s last film..."

Friday, March 13, 2009

Serene Roots of Korean Free Jazz
I just had to repost that, cos it's the best title for a blog post in a long time. From WFMU. As fro Korean free jazz, explore at your own risk.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

People's Potential Unlimited
Heard Recloose raving about this label on his radio show on GeorgeFM, check em out. Very cool reissue label. Link to WFMU blog.

"One of my favorite recent finds on the interweb is the oeuvre of DC based Peoples Potential Unlimited, a small 7" only label devoted to re-issuing obscure and private press early 80s funk. Much like the Numero group has made a cottage industry of unearthing several volumes of home made "eccentric soul", PPU mines the Jheri curl synth-laden past and comes up with some great finds.

My favorite so far is the BallPlayers EP, a short collection of laser heavy dance tunes that are supposedly the work of major league baseball players Lenny Randle and Thad Bosley recorded during downtime from their day jobs. My initial reaction was that this was a Clutchy Hopkins style fake backstory but the label insists its true. For good measure I'm also throwing up another cheese funk number by Cruise, a New Orleans based group whose masters were all wiped out during Katrina..."

Monday, March 09, 2009

Simon Sweetman does NOT like Fat Freddy's Drop
Link. Music reviewer Simon Sweetman has never been a fan of Fat Freddys, but finally succumbed and saw them live recently. Still not convinced, apparently.

"...What I ended up seeing was as monumentally underwhelming, insipid and uninspired as I had always assumed the band would be when playing live..."

"... I will never understand the appeal of this group. Good on them for selling over 100,000 copies; remarkable when considering the cloaked intentions of a boring album were stitched together with some of that ingenious invisible thread. The smoke and mirrors, rather than the band, must be applauded..."


ADDED... From the 125 comments on the story, here's #19 from Chris "My scientific test for discerning whether a band is sweet or not is by considering my parents contemporary, as opposed to youth acquired, music collection. Unfortunately for FFD my mum got their CD for Christmas about three years ago. Sorry dudes, you've been relegated to the ranks of parental lovemaking soundtracks. Oh. My. God. I'm. Gonna. Barf."

Me, I like Fat Freddy's Drop, and have enjoyed their live shows in the past. Am not convinced by the new singles yet, so will wait and see what their new album is like.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, 7 March playlist
Special thanks to Flo, one of my listeners, for bringing me up some homemade cookies - that's so awesome!

Beat pharmacy - Sunshine
Basic channel - Remake basic reshape
Joe Ariwa - The train
Manasseh - Western world version
JDilla - Won't do
Mulatu and the Heliocentrics - Cha cha
Miriam Makeba - Ibande
Ayah - Pusherman 2008
Phenomenal handclap band - 15 to 20
Myron and E and the soul investigators - I can't let you get away
Noel Ellis - Dance with me
Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle - Rasta don't
Dub funk association - Enter the chuzzler
Daktaris- Its all a big hustle (Mad Professor remix)
Bits and pieces - Don't stop the music
Seran paul and Dapkings - Get busy ticklah mix (B.cause edit)
Amadou and Mariam - Djama
Como mamas - Trouble in my way
Issa Bagayogo - Dibi
Liquid liquid - Cavern
Rufus thomas - Funky bird
Izza kizza - Walk the dog
Onra - The anthem
Sola rosa - Humanised
Kaleta and zozo afrobeat - Baba Nia iya (intense suffering)
Jackie Mittoo - Mother funk
Pitch black - Rude mechanicals (Sound guise remix)
Prince fatty - Cow foot and gravy