Tuesday, September 08, 2009

NZ Music Awards reinvented

The NZMA's are often cause for controversy, who gets thru, who misses out in the nominations, etc. Witness the latest blog from Stuff.co.nz/Dominion Post writer Simon Sweetman, bemoaning this years nominees. He takes issue with Midnight Youth ("They do nothing to promote New Zealand music in their sound"), P-Money, Ladyhawke, and this gem about Smashproof - "They do nothing to promote a realistic portrait of what happens in New Zealand within their sound and they have nothing original to say. They have also helped promote the Amy Winehouse-wannabe that is Gin Wigmore..." Go and read the comments under his blog post, very amusing...

But there is one way that might make the event a bit more exciting - have the contestants battle it out in the ring. Three rounds, no holds barred. Wrestling or boxing maybe. Or as was suggested by Real Grooves editor Duncan Grieve, make it similar to the UFC fights.

Then I came up with this idea - make it a freestyle MC battle. Think about it. Best solo artist fight-out is between Savage and Don McGlashan, except Don has to do Savage and vice versa. Now Don McGlashan, let me hear you SWIIIINNNGGG! And Savage is off to the hotdog house halfway down Dominion Rd...

As @realgroove said "Comedy Gold. I think Don interpolating Savage's growl would be a key moment. All the awards should be decided like this ... would like to see the Legacy award winners go at it. Johnny Devlin vs Ray Columbus. boom."

Now, imagine the best solo female artist category - Ladi6 vs Ladyhawke. Or how about Fat Freddys vs Mint Chicks for best group? Awesome. Hey C4, make it happen, yeah?

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Headless Chickens infringe copyright?
Chris Matthews is a former member of the band the Headless Chickens. This is his latest status update on Facebook...

"Dear Warners Music Group: Thanks very much for complaining to the site about me infringing copyright on MY songs on the Headless Chickens MySpace page, you stupid fuckers. I hope you rot in the 7th level of corporate hell, shit-for-brains arsehole muthafuckers."

And then there's the thread of replies to this... some highlights..

Chris Matthews: Fucking unbelievable. I made some of the songs free to download there for about a month about a year ago and now I can't even change the songs that are there or upload any new ones, and I only just found out it was WMG that made the complaint. And I'll have to go to virtual MySpace court to suss it out. Fuckwits.

Shayne P Carter: i had that palaver with myspace. turned out they'd been advised by the record co. that "crystalator" had been written by alec bathgate so i wasn't allowed to upload it. ah - such care and conscientiousness ! maybe i wrote your stuff.

Harry Russell: well what fuck do U expect from Murdoch

Scott Anderson: that is arse. Heh. One gf once said to me "why do you keep all these F.Nun CDs/Vinyl. You don't listen to them, why not sell them?" And I said, well, in ten years none of them will be available and I might want to listen to them again one day. She thought I was being stupid, but...

Chris Matthews ...there has been a whole raft of ex-F. Nun musicians who are pretty unhappy with the way things have gone down with Warners and have been trying to negotiate their way out of contracts that may or may not have been signed at some point in the past. Finding those contracts some 20 or more years later is proving to be the difficult thing. Most of us have told Warners directly or thru lawyers about how unhappy we are with things, although Warners may no longer own the rights to F. Nun but we'll find out about that in due course. I hope.
Welcome to Paradise

Spotted over at Gawker: "Klaus Nomi at Danceteria, breakdancers at The Roxy, grooving at Paradise Garage! In this 1983 episode of the British television show The Tube the hosts go exploring Manhattan's club scene. Welcome back to dirty New York."

Egon (Now-Again/Stonesthrow) on record shopping in Japan

Egon and Cut Chemist have been doing a bunch of gigs in Japan recently, check out Egon's tour diary at the Now-Again site. Snip...

"... I came close to buying the Tenorio Jr. and the Booker Pittman albums until I realized that, no matter how good they are, spending $1000 on bossa-jazz just ain’t happening in 2009.... I wrote about the end of record digging in Japan in my NPR column earlier this year. This trip didn’t change my assessment...."
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM Sept 5
Wheedles Groove and Calvin Laws - Fools gold
Lefties soul connection feat Flomega - Have love, will travel
Naomi Shelton and gospel queens - What have you done my brother
Staple Singers - Washington, we're watching you
Jackie Mittoo - Hot tamale

Tribute to Steely...
Reggie Stepper - Drum pan sound
Cutty Ranks - Retreat
Steely and Clevie - Hitomi
Foxy Brown - Fast car
Silvertones - Smile
Theophilus Beckford - Easy snapping
Leroy Sibbles - Fatty fatty
Captain Barkey - Gun
Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard -Take you to the dance

The Lions - Ethio-steppers (Wilderstyle dub)
Super beagle -Dust a sound boy
DJ Vadim - Leeches
Mayer Hawthorne - Just aint gonna work out (Astronote el camino remix)
Onra - The anthem
O'Donel Levy - Let's stay together
Madd Rackett - Get it (good god)
P-Money, Four Corners, Patea Maori club - Poi E (remix) live
Skatalites - Collie bud
Dub Asylum - Ba ba boom!
Beat pharmacy - Strangers (Headhunters remix)
Beverley road allstars -Danger in your eyes
Dawn Penn - No no no
Sean Paul - I'm still in love with you
Coco Tea - Come back
Malcolm X/Keith LeBlanc - No sellout

Wheedle's Groove: funky new business from some funky old cats.

Check the Light in the Attic page about this awesome record Kearney Barton by Wheedle's Groove (go there and grab a free mp3 off this album!) Worth it for the soul cover of Stone Roses - Fools Gold (reimagined by funky 60-something old black dudes). The story goes like this...

"Light In The Attic is happy to put forth Wheedle's Groove - Kearney Barton, an album of 9 new earth shaking, head nodding grooves, including Patrinell (Pastor Pat Wright) Staten and the Total Experience Gospel Choir’s interpretation of Soundgarden's "Jesus Christ Pose," Overton Berry's keyboard led "Humpty Dumpty" (originally recorded by Placebo/Marc Moulin), and the long overdue reunion of Ron Buford with Ural Thomas - the talented pair behind the 1965 local smash "Deep Soul".

"Don’t call it a comeback; they’ve been here for years. “Here” being Seattle, and “they” being the players who feature on the excellent 2004 collection Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75, which showcased the mostly forgotten (and often quite good) R&B acts from the Emerald City. So for Light in the Attic, the hometown label that put the compilation out, re-connecting with a number of those same players and singers was a risk — you never know if one-time music heroes will retain their chops. But Kearney Barton — named for the album’s engineer, and featuring a handful of appearances by those stellar out-of-towners the Muscle Shoals Horns — is a breezy gem, latter-day retro-funk that a label like Daptone would be happy to call its own." (from Emusic - they have it available on prerelease right now.)

"Wheedle's Groove is the name of the band. After a sell-out live show [celebrating the release of the Wheedles Groove compilation of 70s Seattle funk and soul] all the main artists got together in the studio to cut this album of covers and originals - Pastor Pat Wright, Total Experience Gospel Choir, Robbie Hill, Ron Buford, Ural Thomas, members of Black And White Affair, Cookin' Bag, Cold Bold & Together and more...a veritable Seattle soul-funk supergroup.

The album was recorded at the very studio where it all began - Audio Recording - with the man who not only fostered an original Northwest sound but engineered some of the original Wheedle's Groove tracks - studio wiz Kearney Barton (The Sonics, The Wailers, Black On White Affair). (source)

Friday, September 04, 2009

P-Money/Patea Maori Club -Poi E remix live
Genuine kiwi classic, reversioned by P-Money. This was a groundbreaking tune when it came out in New Zealand back in 1984, and it was a hit single too (22 weeks in the charts, 4 weeks at #1). It's living history. There's a bunch more I could say about this, but really all I want to say his this. Watch this video - it's the shit.

From P-Moneys blog...

"The video above is a live remix of the New Zealand classic "Poi E" performed by the Patea Maori Club with help from myself and the legendary Hamilton Hip-Hop crew 4 Corners. I just found this very rare footage of what was a one time only performance at the 2006(7?) APRA Silver Scroll Awards. A very special performance it was.

[Edit] My man @KaseBeats came through with an mp3 of the Clean audio straight from the desk. Grab it while its hot http://tiny.cc/FHjv4

[original video over here]
Mayer Hawthorne remix for you
To celebrate Mayer Hawthornes album hitting the top ten on iTunes (US), Stonesthrow have dropped a tasty remix of Just Aint Gonna Work Out. Go grab his album off iTunes if you're Stateside. Due out any day now in NZ. Can't wait!

Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote - El Camino Remix):
Direct Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?zqugdmyuzae

Remix posted on Stones Throw
Buy "A Strange Arrangement" on iTunes US
ADDED: out in NZ on Sept 21

Thursday, September 03, 2009

RIP Steely (of legendary reggae production duo Steely and Clevie)
Passed away, in his early 50s in New York on Sept 1, of heart failure. He had a history of diabetes and related health issues.

"Although the Trench Town-born Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson was best known for creating some of dancehall's biggest techno jams of the 1980s and 1990s with drummer Cleveland Browne, he started his career as a studio musician.He worked with several producers, including Augustus Pablo, and was a founding member of the Roots Radics studio band for producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, owner of the Volcano label.

Johnson and Browne became an official unit during the 1980s, after playing on Bob Marley and the Wailers' Confrontation album. They were members of producer Lloyd 'King Jammys' James red-hot team that played on a flood of hit songs by Admiral Bailey, Shabba Ranks and Nitty Gritty.While they were one of the most in-demand producers in 1990s dancehall, Steely and Clevie said one of their most cherished projects was a Studio One tribute album they recorded in 1992.

The set featured covers of 10 songs from the legendary studio. One of them, Dawn Penn's No, No, No, became an international hit two years after the album was released by Heartbeat Records and resurrected the career of Penn, who first recorded the song at Studio One in 1969."

The first song I played on a piano was No, No, No. I always wanted to do the song, it's something Clevie and I premeditated for years," he said in a 2001 interview.

The following year, the duo hit it big again when their production of Sean Paul and Sasha's I'm Still In Love With You entered Billboard magazine's pop chart. The song was originally done in the 1960s by Alton Ellis and his sister Hortense." From Jamaica Gleaner

LISTEN Dawn Penn - No No No here.

READ Producing whiz makes 'steely' exit (Jamaica Gleaner), and Steely will be missed (Jamaica Observer).

Music Machines - synths galore!
Heard about this? Jason from Bluevibe Studio came up with this great idea, about "being in a room full to the ceiling with classic synths and drum machines, all plugged in and working, being played all at the same time by a crowd of musicians making one hell of a funky racket." And blow me down if he hasnt gone out and made it happen! Nice one, fella.

"Music Machines is now going to be held on November 21st 09 and you can check out the Music Machines website and Facebook page for all the latest news on the first collection of it’s kind in New Zealand. I’ll be announcing all the guest speakers and performing artists over the next few weeks and will keep you all updated with the full list of kit you’ll be able to get your hands on at the event." Heard rumours od Nigel Russell from Car Crash Set might be there, as one of the speakers.

Synth nerds, heres the gear líst...

Kit list 1.

Roland TR808
Roland TR909
Roland TB303
Roland JX3P
Roland JX8P
Roland Juno 106
Roland JP8080
Moog Minimoog Model D
Emu SP1200
Yamaha TX81Z ( DX7 module )
Yamaha DX7
Korg Polysix
Korg MS10
Korg x911
TOM drum machine
Drumtraks drum machine
Pro 1 mono synth
Prophet 10
Prophet 5 rev 2
Prophet 5 rev 3
Remote prophet
PPG Wave 2.3
Clavia Nord Lead 2
Waldorf Blofeld
DSi Mopho
Roland SH101
Roland CR8000 (Analog solutions mods)
Waldorf Pulse

(and maybe a Fairlight CMI!)

New Dust and Grooves post..
and it's got hair metal! Interview subject is Steven Blush, NYC author/filmmaker – American Hardcore, American Hair Metal. New York club DJ 1985-2005.

quote: "Record collections should be carefully cultivated, like in horticulture, where the healthiest plants get trimmed. Whenever I purge my collection of duplicates and duds, I enjoy it far more. I know too many “vinyl junkies” who’ve allowed the sheer size of their collections to overwhelm their lives — in every nook and cranny of their house or apartment. I love and respect many of these people, but it’s clearly made them severly mentally ill. I strive for a healthy relationship with my vinyl obsession…."Link
Congrats to DJ Sirvere!
Local hiphop luminary DJ Sirvere (Phil Bell) recently celebrated the 200th edition of his radio show the Late Night Hype on MaiFM. He had a bunch of special guests up to help him celebrate this milestone, including Che Fu. As Sirvere notes in his blog, Che has never been on the show... "Now I had been woofing on about how Che had never come on the show and then at some point realised I had never asked.."

Check out Che Fu's wicked freestyle below...

Monday, August 31, 2009

A lot of the media coverage of the sad passing of DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) have talked about his celebrity girlfriends and his high profile gigs at parties for famous people (and featured some sordid speculation on how he died, which is just sick), but bottom line, he knew how to rock a party - check this video, as he does a mean demo on Serato.

I watched on Twitter as the news spread on saturday morning (NZT), with his DJ friends expressing their grief.
DJ A-Trak; "What the fuck what the fuck what the fuck my bro just called me I'm in an isolated house in france. Is this for real????????I'm really really really really really sad. I guess it's true. RIP to my man DJ AM. An amazing DJ and one of the kindest people I've known.Dj am was the first guy that was a big deal that believed in me, and gave me props... Here's my last random thoughts on DJ am ... http://bit.ly/aznGx

He was down here in NZ last June to play at Serato's tenth anniversary party...


Jazzy Jeff and DJ Sizzahandz were the first to tell me about Serato [Scratch LIVE]. I had seen DJ Solomon on Final Scratch and it sucked. I tried it and the latency was so bad I said, ‘I will never be a Digital DJ,’ just like I passed on the corny ass CDJs when they came out. I have Technics tattooed on my wrist as my only tattoo. I love the turntable. Once I saw, felt and heard how amazing SSL sounded, I was hooked. I said it before and I will say it again: SSL is the best thing to happen to DJing since the turntable. I love it.
” Link.

UPDATED via @harryallen Police detail DJ AM's last day alive http://twurl.nl/q5fpyu
TMZ - DJ AM's death not a suicide
@urbmag: URB's Last Interview With DJ AM (video):
@djencybrown: "
I put together a couple of links to some DJ AM mixes and what some of his homies had to say about him" http://tinyurl.com/nyzxhw

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug29
Alice Russell - Hurry on now (Boub remix)
Jackie Mittoo - Totally together
Lightning head - NPG
Quantic and his combo barbaro - Mas pan (off tradition in transition)
Pharoahs -Black enuff
Plumstead radical club - I shot the sheriff
Oddisee feat Muhsinah - That day
Barrington Levy - Don't fuss nor fight
The survivors - Rawhide
Jo Jo Bennett -Canteloupe rock
Unitone hifi - Sneeze off
Fulgence -Sour socca
Fatback band - Wicky wacky
Larry Young's fuel -Turn off the lights
Beat conductor - Caribbean path
Joe Quijano and his conjunto cachana - Fun city Shingaling
Lefties soul connection feat Flomega - Have love, will travel
Mark Ronson feat Domino -No one knows
Nextmen feat Betty Steeles - Whisper up
E'S E -Scratch's skank
Major lazer - Can't stop now
Mike de Vellis - Funkalicious (Diesler remix)
Breakestra -Get it right
DJ Day and Aloe Blacc - Closer
JPeriod and K'Naan - Lets start (Fela tribute)
J Rawls - The Lee Morgan story
Dennis Bovell - None jahjah children
Lovejoys and Wackies riddim force - Gimme back pt2
Sister Nancy - One two

Friday, August 28, 2009

Breakestra get back
Stand by for some funk goodness from Los Angeles crew Breakestra, check the sample below.

"Breakstra's second full length album of original material is due at the end of September, and serves as a tribute to DJ Dusk, Miles' DJ partner at L.A.'s Rootdown party, whose life was tragically taken in a road accident in 2007. "

- "Get It Right" (zshare) (mediafire)
From From Dusk Till Dawn (September 29th, Strut)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Marc Mac (4Hero) feat Phonte
From Diff Kitchen, get it now. Track comes from Marc's In Between The Lines EP

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug22
Wajeed - Jeedo suave
Grace Jones - My Jamaican guy
Sir Jarvis - Stubborn son of Marvin
Aim - Northwest
Unknown - Got to be at that party
Lovejoys and Phillip James - It aint easy
Cooly G - Love dub
Acusmatic group - The fixer (Solo moderna remix)
Fulgence - Tribute to Masekela
KO - Chicago
Lefties soul connection - Organ donor (Hawkeye hyphy edit)
Unitone hifi -Sneeze off
Manasseh and Johnny Osborne - Rise up
Sound dimension - Time is tight
Hakan Lidbo -Trinity
Dandy Livingstone and Rico - Message to you Rudy
Last poets - Shalom (Mad Professor dub)
Rebel MC - Wickedest sound (Don Gorgon mix)
Invisible Spike aka Keith Le Blanc - Eat this dub
Beverley road allstars - I'm still in love
Chancha via circuito - Dancehall
John Edwards singers - New burying ground
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Blow your head
Open souls - Love turns wild
Isaac Aesili - Freedom cry

Friday, August 21, 2009

Annual celebration dedicated to the memory of the late Joe Strummer. On at the Kings Arms this evening, 8pm kickoff.. see Mukuna for details...

The Clampdown
Black Chrome
Dick Dynamite & the Dopplegangers
Vicious Rumour
Atsushi & the Moisties
DJ Dubhead
The Night James Brown Saved Boston
This is a the title of a fantastic documentary covering a momentous concert in Boston, the night after Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. I wrote a bit about it a while back, and managed to score a copy off Amazon a few months back. It's an riveting tale recalled by the people who were there, and now it has come out on local release here in NZ, with a bonus disc of the Boston concert included. And it's only $25. Go get it immediately.

The blurb sez "April 5th, 1968 - the morning after one of the most catastrophic moments in American history: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. America’s inner cities are imploding and in Boston there is a fragile peace.

The Mayor of Boston is about to cancel a long-scheduled James Brown concert to avoid confrontation, a potentially incendiary move, but after warnings [from the only black City Councillor] he has a change of heart and asks, “Is there something James Brown can do to help?”

Directed by award-winning writer-producer David Leaf ("Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and The Story of SMiLE" and "The U.S. Vs. John Lennon"), "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" tells the story of that amazing night, this DVD also features rarely seen footage of the Godfather of Soul’s concert, plus personal reminiscences from those in attendance. The second disc includes the Boston concert in its entirety – James Brown in his absolute prime!

As Oliver Wang says, "I think there's a conventional wisdom that Brown was a shrewd opportunist - which he was - but in an era of such remarkable strife in America, Brown also tried to step up in the social realm as well and while he certainly wasn't the most consistent of activists (see: endorsing Nixon, oof!), is complexities help make him a richer character study; something this documentary drives how very, very well. To boot, it has superior production values and some incredible footage of the time."

From VH1's synopsis.. "Mayor White wants to know if JB will encourage his fans to stay home and watch the concert on television. In so many words, the mayor is saying, "If you'll allow this concert to be on TV tonight, your fans in Boston (code for ghetto class African-Americans) will stay home and the night will be peaceful."

Watch another excerpt from the film below...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Get liquored up, kids

"After 13 long years, 14 studios and a gazillion dollars [kid thinks he's Axel Rose] the highly anticipated first EP from St Liquor-ish, formerly and simultaneously Jellphonic, is ripe.
St Liquor-ish first solo EP - "The Lick" smashes jagged beats with sacred subjects such as sex and hating with subtle undertones of grace and pornography.

Collaborations for the EP include the smooth vocals of Lisa Preston on "The Junk" and the Electron Don, Zackey Force Funk on "Money Sack".

The man behind St Liquor-ish, Mr Jellphonic funk, original rapper for New Zealand band The Shades and beat maker with a 7" release on Japanese label Wonderful Noise.

Check out: http://stliqour-ish.bandcamp.com to download the full EP for free.
It's a bag fulla bent electro funk shapes and oddball beats. Now off ya go.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Knaan mix bizznizz
The Messengers Mix Tape - J.Period and K'NAAN with Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti - first 3 tracks - Download here: www.jperiod.com/knaan

"...Acclaimed DJ/Producer, J.Period, and rising Somali-born MC, K’NAAN, are pleased to announce a unique and powerful remix project, paying tribute to the lasting legacy of these musical giants. Weaving afro-beat, reggae, ska, folk music and rock into this genre-bending musical experience... [and] remixing the classic work of Fela, Marley and Dylan, The Messengers captures the timelessness of their sounds and the continued urgency of their messages. "
New Jahdaan Blakkamoore mixtape
Jahdan Blakkamoore- Bazooka Shot mixed by DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek
Grab it here; (zhare) (mediafire)
"She Said" (produced by and featuring 77Klash) digital single out now
Buzzrock Warrior album out September 15th on Gold Dust / Dutty Artz


1. Jahdan Blakkamoore- More Life (All The Above instrumental)
2. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Walkie Talkie Freestyle (Digidesign riddim)
3. Jahdan Blakkamoore- The Best I Ever Had ft. 77 Klash
4. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Dem Nuh Like It ft. 77 Klash and Spoek Mathambo (produced by Matt Shadetek)
5. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Turn The Other Way (Flo Rida 'Shone instrumental')
6. Noble Society- Forgiveness
7. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Never Gonna Stop (produced by DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek)
8. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Like This (Reggae Got Soul Riddim)
9. Major Lazer feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Cash Flow (Dutty Artz Move It Refix)
10. Jahdan Blakkamoore - How We Gonna Get There (produced by Ova Ground)
11. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Dubplate For Moonraker (skit)
12. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Bad News (Rockin' That Shit riddim)
13. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Cali Field feat. 77 Klash
14. Lee Scratch Perry & Dubblestandart- Blackboard Jungle (Subatomic Sound System Remix feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore)
15. Nate Mars feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore- Above & Beyond Dem

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

RIP Michael Viner
As Ian at Different Kitchen puts it... "He produced the seminal breakbeat anthem, "Apache" by The Incredible Bongo Band. If you're not aware of the importance of this record, just go kill yourself, seriously.... " He's got the tune for DL too. plus Remembering Michael Viner, The Man Who Recorded “Apache” [Rolling Stone]

You do know this tune, right?

See me go

Simon Grigg has been writing a series of very entertaining posts over at Amplifier to coincide with the digital re-release of a swag of tunes by the Screaming Meemees, all lovingly remastered too. Simon ran their record label Propeller and begrudgingly became their manager. Read Part One here.

Excerpt.. "In July 1981, with a single about to be released, we all headed off on the now legendary Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow with other Propeller bands, The Newmatics and Blam Blam Blam, touring the campuses of the nation. In Christchurch the test pressings of the 7" single [of See Me Go] arrived, and we were shocked to find that Festival's marketing manager had taken it upon himself to remix the A side...and it was utter garbage. I made a quick call to the studio, to Festival's production manager, and to the pressing plant and within a few days the offending mix was assigned to the bin and the Snoid mix was on the A side. To this day Festival's errant marketing manager, who went on to be MD of a major record company, doesn't know, or couldn't tell that his mix was dumped..." From Part Two.

Simon talks about the reissue process... from Simon's blog... "This week I’ve uploaded (or to be exact, asked to have uploaded) a 2009 remaster of the, if I say so myself, classic 1982 Screaming Meemees album, If This Is Paradise, I'll Take The Bag . We’ve added a few extra tracks, the singles and one off bits that helped define one of the biggest New Zealand bands of the 1980s, including See Me Go, the first NZ single to go to number one. It’s available on Amplifier, and shortly on iTunes and eMusic. And maybe in a physical format at some stage, but that’s increasingly unlikely..."

Simon goes on to lament that his original plans for a flash CD package alongside the digital release when he started this process some three years ago have fallen by the wayside... "How things change. Today, the CD format is really only loosely required on a package like this.... [when it comes to reissues] You are more likely to see a return from a reverently packaged and pressed vinyl edition in 2009 than a CD."

Photo from simongriggdotinfo, taken by Murray Cammick

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Record store robbed by long-time customer, armed with prog rock
In case you missed this on the TV3 news...
"An opportunistic thief has robbed Christchurch record store Penny Lane Records of cash, armed only with a copy of a classic Pink Floyd album.

“I know some people do some pretty stupid things but this, I would have thought, is pretty up there,” says Garry Knight of Penny Lane Records. The thief left more clues about his identity than just a penchant for prog-rock.

Besides having his every move captured on CCTV, the thief has been a regular customer for years – even leaving his name and phone number in the past to order albums.

He did it again with The Wall just before the daylight grab. “He put it aside and left all his information,” says Mr Knight. “I’m struggling to work that one out, I really am.”

Story here, plus video.
Al Bell - Out of Exile, Back in Soulsville
"As the peacock-blue Cadillac with the gold trim and fur lining spun on a giant turntable in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music here, Al Bell, the final owner of the late, great record label, chuckled.

Decades before 50 Cent with his customized Rolls-Royce and Akon with his tricked-out Lamborghini, there was Isaac Hayes with this pimped-out ride, an over-the-top gift from Stax to its over-the-top star, who wore slave chains like emancipatory bling across his bare, buff chest.

“The reason I chuckle is because I think of what has been born out of the rap and the hip-hop world, and then I look at what we were doing back then, and, you know, we were really ahead of our time,” Mr. Bell said. ... earlier this summer Mr. Bell was invited back to Memphis with a bittersweet mandate: to resuscitate the city’s once great music industry as chairman of the Memphis Music Foundation." Read in full here, on NY Times.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 15
Kenny Knots & bush chemists -Good sensi
Border crossing - Rumba medley
Fink - Sort of a revolution (Sideshow dub)
Brother culture - Warning
Don Drummond Junior -Movie swing
Dennis Bovell - Rowing version
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Sankofa
Sharon Jones and Dapkings - Inspiration information
Coati Mundi - Me no pop i (Biggabush edit)
Don Armando's Second ave rhumba band -Deputy of love (mutant disco version)
Cloud one - Atmosphere strut remix 1979
Noiseshaper - Walking
Big youth - Jim screechy (Smith and Mighty remix)
Nextmen feat Betty Steeles - Whisper up
Lee Scratch Perry - Killamanjaro
Lefties soul connection - Skimming the skum
Aim - Birchwood
Naomi Shelton and gospel queens - What have you done my brother
Bronx river parkway - Donde
DJ Day - Lucien
Fred Wesley and the JBs -You can have Watergate but give me some bucks and I'll be straight
Hakan Lidbo -Trinity
The Wailers - Put it on

Thursday, August 13, 2009

There need to be more songs about pizza.

Here's why. Checked out Sal's Pizza this evening (see previous post), had the pepperoni. It's so, so good! And they do these things called Garlic Knots ($1 each, $2 for 3), little balls of doughy goodness coated in garlic, so yummy.

Got chatting with the guys running it. I mentioned the whole NY water quality thing, and turns out that if you check those global tables on water quality, NY and AKL are in the same position, pretty much right near the top - our water compares favourably.

One of the guys took 6 litres of AK water and flour to NY to Sal's original pizzeria in Queens NY, to test the Kiwi ingredients and see if they'd stack up. He said he was amazed he got the Kiwi ingredients thru US customs - I'm kinda surprised they pulled that one off. Anyways, they spent a week at Sal's Pizza in Queens making pizzas with the Kiwi ingredients and no-one could tell the difference. Ciaran said it really is an urban legend about the NY water quality - it comes down to the quality of your ingredients overall. Tho he did say it might be a bit harder to pull off say in somewhere like Shanghai (with their water).

Oh, they have their own delivery vehicle - a segway. And there's not very many songs about pizza. Might have to write one. And eat more of Sal's awesome pizza.
ADDED: Sal's Pizza, 4a Commerce St. Auckland City, phone 09 379 7257. Open Mon-Sun, Midday until late

Correction: Nick at Sal's Pizza "when I took up the water, we used all NYC ingredients, except for the NZL water, with the exact same results- and this is what we use here in Auckland for the same NYC taste."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

All about pizza

I was having this random conversation via Twitter today with a fella from LA (Jon from LASnark) - he asked the question "Anyone know that LA pizza place that supposedly imports their water from NY to make authentic NY pizza?" I've heard many great things about NY pizza from places like Lombardi's, so, what is the deal?

So, bit of searching uncovered some stories which I fired his way, including this article from the LA Times on the best place to get NY style pizza in LA (turns out the importing water story is urban legend).

Then I found this link to an LA pizza place that import Massachusetts water, which led to this story about a recent blind taste test where three pizzas were made, one with LA water, one with Chicago water, and one with NYC water. All four of the tasters preferred the NYC pizza (read the comments there for more on the special qualities of NYC tap water, the special ingredient in NYC pizza).

So, that's great and all if you live in LA, but I'm in Auckland. So where is the best NY style pizza in our burg? Looks like I'm gonna have to check out Sal's Pizza in Commerce St. Ciaran, a former resident of Queens, NYC, has opened up Sals - he based it on his favourite local spot back home, also called Sals. You can read all about it over here, on Frank Liew's blog.

Excerpt: "10 years ago he approached his favourite local joint in his neighbourhood - Sal’s Pizzeria in Queens to talk about opening up shop outside of NYC

For one reason or another it didn’t happen back then, but over the years he kept the thought in the back of his mind - and last year when he was back home he went back to Sal’s with his idea, who ended up giving him their original recipe, the same recipes they’ve used for all their pies since they opened in 1975.

Funnily enough, they didn’t want anything for it, just to share good pizza with the world, so in return he named his own joint after them. Sal’s Pizza, Auckland New Zealand."

Ciaran added this to the comments on Franks blog', talking about how he got started with Sals... "Nick (my business partner who I met playing tennis in the south of France 15 years ago) came to visit NYC for New Years 08′ and has always loved the pizza in NY. After downing a couple large 18″ pizzas (on consecutive days:) he kept saying how good it would be to have pizza like that in Auckland. After that conversation, we did a bit of research and decided to go for it…"

Photo credit: Sal's Pizza from Frank Liew's blog.
ADDED: Sal's Pizza, 4a Commerce St. Auckland City, phone 09 379 7257. Open Mon-Sun, Midday until late

Liquid Liquid live in NYC

Legendary 80s outfit Liquid Liquid played in New York a few days ago, at the Lincoln Center alongside a performance by Rhys Chatham with 200 guitars, more here. If you know Melle Mel's 'White Lines', you know Liquid Liquid - thats their tune that got sampled by Melle Mel (with no subsequent credit or monies...)

review snip... "The members of Liquid Liquid haven’t been playing together regularly for more than 25 years. They reunited at NYC’s Knitting Factory in 2003 and got together again last October at the Barbican Centre in London. But they sounded amazingly tight and the crowd responded enthusiastically.

All four band members seemed energized and totally engaged — thrilled to be performing before an appreciative hometown crowd. The sound was crisp and the beats were just as hypnotic as the day they were created. People in the audience who saw Liquid Liquid in the Eighties were amazed that the players had barely aged and hadn’t lost a bit of their drive." review and photo from Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? Blog.

Heres a 30 min video interview with Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato, via Red Bull Music Academy.