Monday, May 25, 2009

Dub Asylum live bizznizz
Yes, time to leave the house and have some fun, this Friday night at a new venue called Live Bar, at 68 Hobson St. I'll be dropping some brand new Dub Asylum tunes, with MC Word Perfect on the mic, along with The Retainers, and Brazil Beat Sound System. Doors open 8pm, happy hour til 10pm.

Also, I've got a new tune up for free download (in case you haven't got it already) called Jump and Twist, it's in the audio player on the right of this page. Have a listen, and if you like it, click download.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This is Africa
K'naan is from Somalia, and this is the coolest tune I've heard in ages. Off his second album, Troubador.

K'NAAN "T.I.A" music video directed by: NABIL from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

I posted this on Twitter/Facebook, this afternoon, after Amplifier posted it on twitter...

"WHAT THE???? just had to delete titles by JPSE, Mint Chicks, The Bats, HDU, Garageland, Kilgour, Knox, SJF, as Warners not repressing. Lets hide our musical heritage under a rock so no-one can hear it! IDIOTS! Havent they heard of the long tail? Jeeeeeeeezzz....."

Now, there's obviously a lot more to this story than just this wee snipppet. It was pointed out to me that Warners may have discovered they dont have the rights to the titles involved, and that only a quarter of FNun bands ever had contracts. Andrew Dubber is following this one too...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wheedles Groove, the movie
Via Crate Kings, "In the film Wheedle’s Groove, Mr. Supreme and Light In The Attic show what’s possible a little insightful label reading and research is combined with a love for vinyl and good music."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, Basefm May 9
Tenor fly -Mind weh u seh
Beat pharmacy - Strangers
Horace Andy - Them never tell I
Lloyd Clarke -Love you the most
Overproof sound system - Kingstep (Unitone Hifi remix)
Joe Ariwa - Dub in combat
Lightning head - Bokoor sound special
Staff benda bilili - Sola mosala
Mr confuse - Feel the fire
Mulatu and the Heliocentrics - Cha cha
El hijo de la Cumbia - Cumbia regional
Soul investigators w/ Myron and E - Cold game
Bobby Byrd - Hot pants i'm copming
Barrington Levy - Reggae man dub
Ini Kamoze feat Capital D - World a reggae
Dub asylum - Jump and twist
Kormac - Kormacs house
Kraftwerk - Tour de France remix
Chancha via Curcuito - Zorzal
Albarosie - Kingston town (Bassnectar version)
Dubblestandart - Terrorists and inhalers (Keith Le Blanc remix)
Dutch rhythm combo feat joe dukie - Venom (Dr Rubberfunk remix)
Isaac Aiesili - Stranjah
Pitch black - 1000 mile drift (International observer remix)

Ring The Alarm playlist, Basefm May 16
Open souls - Hold you close
Brooklyn funk essentials - Creator has a masterplan (More rockers remix)
Kinny - Forgetting to remember
Manzel - Space funk (Dopebrother 7" mix)
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Inspiration information
Orgone - Hambone
Specials - Ghost town (DJG remix)
Bobby jackie and the soul defenders - Reggae wiggle
Manasseh - Natural dub
Overproof sound system - Kingstep (Unitone Hifi remix)
Wailers - Put it on
El michels affair - Run Fay run
Joe Bataan - The bottle
De la soul - All good?
Chancha via Curcuito - Bussitpondem/Zorzal
Queen Ifrica - Lioness on the rise
Ernest Ranglin - 54-46 was my number
Kormac - Kormacs house
Nina Simone - Taking care of business (Pilooski re-edit)
Bobby Byrd - I know you got soul
Staff benda bilili - J'taime
Staple singers - Everyday people
Zomby - Spliff dub (Rustie remix)
Lee Scratch Perry feat Roots Manuva - International Broadcaster (Moody boyz remix)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Samba soul time
Coming soon, download this for a taster, thanks to the nice folks at Strut. Album out June 23.

Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado- "Our Sound" [mediafire] [zshare]
From: Black Rio 2
More info at

"Here's a propulsive bit of Brazilian funk from the upcoming Black Rio 2 compilation. DJ Cliffy dug extra deep on this new volume, making sure to include some choice obscurities alongside essential classics. Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado's "Our Sound" definitely falls into the former category. It's a slice of heavy south of the equator funk that you're unlikely to hear anywhere else."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Can do
Can's Holger Czukay interviewed here.

snip.... “I was teaching French in a private girl’s school. You smiled and said ‘bonjour’ and you got 17 Swiss francs for 45 minutes work: the best money you could get anywhere. But it was all a bit too strange for me. I went to the ‘sister’ school – the boy’s school, where the Mountbattens and the Prince of Prussia were pupils – and they made me teach a lesson.

The principal asked the boys, ‘What do you think about him? Should we employ him?’ and there was this one talented boy in the class - Michael Karoli – and he said [puts on a child’s voice] ‘I want to have him as my teacher!’ [laughs] And I was engaged immediately! Later - when he had left school – Michael came and lived with me and we founded Can.”
Just been following this exchange on Twitter...

Real Groove posted a link to a new demo from PMoney and Scribe, with a brief review. Scribe responds via Twitter... full story at Real Groove's blog here.
Music madness
Former Flying Nun Records boss Roger Shepherd is the guest blogger on Simon Sweetman's Blog On The Tracks, well worth a read. A look back to the musical climate when he started the label in the early 1980s. Read it here.

I think its a huge shame that almost NONE of the FNun back catalogue is available, either on CD or in digital format. Its buried in the vaults at Warners, and they simply don't have the time or the inclination to do anything with it. All that great music has simply vanished, and, while FNun are not the only NZ music story from the 80s, it is a very important one. It's NZ Music Month and we celebrate the new, but it's hard to celebrate what has come before when it's locked away. If I was a former FNun artist trying to get my old tunes back in circulation, I'd be thinking seriously about bootlegging myself. The odds of Warners being able to find the original artist's contracts is pretty slim, I'm guessing.

DOWNLOAD THIS: off the brand new album from Lee Fields and the Expressions, out June 2 on Truth and Soul, a killer new tune (via Stonesthrow) get it here.

Stonesthrow also are issuing a wicked slice of modern soul straight outta Finland from the Soul Investigators. I tracked this down on 7"a few months back, and its a fantastic tune, features two vocalists from the Bay Area, Myron and E. Listen to it here. “Cold Game / I Can't Let You Get Away” is an exercise in gritty, Impressions-influenced soul music..."

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Staff Benda Bilili

"Staff Benda Bilili are like nothing you have ever seen or heard before. A group of paraplegic street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty." Link.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Getting jumpy
This past weekend was big on the nostalgia tip. I was interviewed for BFMs Historical Society by Dubhead, and that aired on saturday morning ( and surprised a few folk who couldn't figure out how I was on two radio stations at once!).

"In the first of the bFM Historical Society's NZ Music Month shows, Peter McLennan of the hallelujah Picassos and Dub Asylum talks of his parallel music and broadcasting career. Pete selects tunes representative of his time as a run of station heavy-on-the-reggae DJ and as host of the Sunday arts programme, The Culture Bunker." Download it here. And check out some of the other great interview subjects while you're at it.

And then there was the saturday night knees-up in memorium of Steve Marsden, of the Androidds. I aint gonna pretend I knew him, and I was too young to see the Androidds play first time round, but I did enjoy seeing abunch of folks both very old and very young enjoy some raucous music.

I arrived a wee bit late for opener Chris Matthews and band, and was stunned to discover they'd already finished, as they started earlier than the advertised time. Never heard of such a thing. Apparently they'd come unstuck while attempting a Gordons cover which resulted in broken guitar strings.

Next up, the Newmatics. Propelled by the relentless drumming of the pint-size dynamite that is Benny Staples on the drum kit, they ripped thru Judas, Five Miseries, Riot Squad, Doobie Doo Boy and more. There was a killer version of Sam and Dave's Soul Man, muscular, funky and poundingly good. And of course Wilson Pickett's Land of a Thousand Dances, with the crowd joining in on the "Na, na na na na, na na na ..." vocal parts. I danced and danced. Such great songs.

The Spelling Mistakes thrwwq themselves into their songs with gusto, but by the end of their set, the drummer was saying "We're doing the last song at half speed, cos i'm fucked". And then they launched ijnto Sonic Reducer. And there was Feels So Good, what a glorious pop song. Rena Owen was in the rowd somewhere, so she may or may not have heard her anthem.

And then the Androidds took the stage. After some good natured audience abuse - "Kiss my shiny metal ass!" they launched into it. There was The Passenger, Search and Destroy, a ton of Iggy-related stuff rendered in blistering guitar, some Stones, it all got a bit hazy about then, and the band were getting progresivle more shambolic, but it was all in good fun. Steve's partner Andrea got up and said a few words, then there was more music and mayhem. I drifted off before they got to Auckland Tonight, but I'm sure it went off. Hats off to John Baker for pulling it together.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Brand new Dub Asylum tune for you!

I wrote this dubby, thumpy tune last month, called Jump and Twist, and here it is just for you, as a free download. Mixed, mastered, bang, done! Just in time for NZ Music Month too. Choice! Let me know what you think of it. Feedback appreciated. Cover photo by John Pain. Cheers.

Get it here - Jump And Twist by Dub Asylum, 6MB MP3

You can listen to it on the audio player below, and then click 'download' to get it. Easy!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stax: The Soul of Hip-Hop
I've been on a bit of a Stax bender for the last few months, saw this choice news today on Crate Kings: "Stax: The Soul of Hip-Hop drops Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 to commemorate the seemingly endless number of classics churned out by Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MGs, The Emotions, William Bell, David Porter, and more.

Consisting of tracks sampled by notable hip-hop artists, the compilation seeks to honor the musical tradition and amazing roster of Stax legends."

1. 24-CARAT BLACK – “Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth”
2. THE EMOTIONS – “Blind Alley”
3. BOOKER T. & THE MGs – “Melting Pot”
4. THE BAR-KAYS – “Humpin’”
5. THE DRAMATICS – “Get Up and Get Down”
6. ISAAC HAYES – “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”
7. ISAAC HAYES – “Hung Up On My Baby”
8. DAVID PORTER – “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over”
9. WENDY RENE – “After the Laughter (Comes Tears)”
10. CHARMELS – “As Long As I’ve Got You”
12. RUFUS THOMAS – “Do the Funky Penguin (Part 1)”
13. LITTLE MILTON – “Packed Up and Took My Mind”
14. WILLIAM BELL - “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The vinyl revival is here! (story #259)
From the LA Times: "In a digital age, vinyl albums are making a comeback". The angle? Guy working for digital music distributor gets laid off, opens vinyl store.

Special bonus points, for this one: "Younger crowd digging vinyl's sound".

I love how this story gets written every six months, somewhere in the world. Meanwhile, you and me know vinyl never went away. We just don't say that out loud.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sharpen up!
As part of NZ Music Month, the folks over at Devonport's Creative People's Centre are running some seminars for musicians "who want to learn more about developing a sustainable career in the music industry". Should be some really useful stuff in there. So, sharpen up!

May 7 - What Every Musician Should Know

Vital issues every band and musician should make sure they are on top of.

Petrina George – APRA
Mark Roach – PPNZ, General Manager
David Ridler – NZ On Air, Assistant NZ Music Manager.

May 14 - Developing the Business of Your Music

A discussion of the kinds of issues you should start to consider when you are ready to get more organised and professional in what you do with your music and how you run your career in the music industry.

Mark Kneebone – Isaac Promotions, Tardus Music and Chairman IMNZ
Teresa Patterson – Chairperson MMF and Manager of Scribe and Elemeno P
Ashley Page – Page One Management and previously head of A&R Warner Music NZ

May 21 - Key Music Industry Contracts

An explanation of the key issues to be aware of in the most common agreements encountered in the music industry including, Recording Agreements, Publishing Agreements, Live Performance Agreements and Management Agreements.

David McLaughlin – Music Lawyer

May 28 - Licensing and Publishing Explained

A discussion of what exactly the publishing and licensing of music involves in today’s music industry as well as the benefits involved and issues to be aware of.

Savina Kim – Native Tongue Music Publishing NZ
Paul McLaney – Recording Artist and A&R Scout / Licensing Manager Mushroom Music Publishing

If you wish to attend any of the seminars please email to register.

All seminars will be held upstairs at the Masonic Tavern, 29 King Edward Parade, Devonport, from 1-4 pm and there will be a $5 cover charge payable on the day for attendance at each seminar.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Soopa Soul Sundae (with a side of Stax)
Recently rediscovered I had an account with 8tracks, so heres a bunch of soulful tunes for you to enjoy. (link)

Tumblr - Dubdotdash Extended Version.
Tumblr is a great little blogging service that I've been using for a while. After hearing Tumblr's founder David Karp speak at Web09 (dude talked about how his heroes when he was growing up were Willy Wonka and Steve Jobs - and he's only 22), I've got back into spitting out a ton of music links over there.

It's incredibly easy to use - just set up a log-in, add a link to "Share on Tumblr"to your browser favourites, and when you see a site with a good item, just click and post. Check it out here... and please add to your RSS feeds, if you like it.