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: 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:

"...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