Saturday, October 03, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Saturday Oct3
Brother Culture  -Warning
International observer  -The international pt 1&2
Jah Batta - I dont want to wait
Pinchers - Bandolero
Julian Marley feat Damian Jr Gong Marley - Violence in the streets
Tenor fly - Mind weh u seh
DJ Vadim - Soldier feat Foreign Beggars remix
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro - Linda Morena
Baker brothers - Shack up
Breakestra - Show you the way
Fulgence - Tribute to Masekela
Jackie Mittoo - Wall street
Serge Gainsbourg - Aux armes ectectera
J Period and K'Nann - My country/small axe (Messangers remix)
Unitone hifi - Sneeze off
Cesaria Evora - Angola (Carl Craig remix)
Tony Allen/Jimi Tenor  -Selfesh gene
Black velvet - An earthquake's coming
Lord Newborn and the magic skulls-  Dime bag conspiracy
Revolutionaries - Kunta Kinte (DJ Kentaro remix)
Ernest Ranglin and Jungle Bros - Funky Bond st
Kenny Dope and Madd Racket - Supa
Rebel MC feat Tenor Fly - Wickedest sound (Don Gorgon mix)
Dub asylum - Ba ba boom!
Tony Allen - Ole (Moritz von Oswald remix)

Friday, October 02, 2009

Conch Records on sale!
Kicks off tomorrow, Saturday. "Just letting you all know about our sale on this Sat 3rd Oct. Up to 75% off selected items including Vinyl, CD's, T.Shirts, Books and more.We will also be putting out a whole load of records for $5 - new and second hand. Be early!!"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quick hits

1. Every few months I post up yet another installment in the media's "Oh look, vinyl is making a resurgence" story. This latest one is a slight twist  - it's former record store owners making a comeback, still selling records, from their aparments. See the NY Times "Record Stores: Out of Sight, Not Obsolete".

2. DJ Ian Head has a ton of great mixtapes, all going free on his site.  All come with liner notes too, serious tunes.

3. Also spied this over at Ian's site, a new project from Money Mark (with Shawn Lee and Tommy Guerrrero), called Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls, seriously funky stuff. Check it here.

4. If you're on Twitter, their new-ish TOS allows "worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free license" to anything posted, FYI

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Auckland City Council wiped out BPM Records
Local music svengali Simon Grigg has a long involvement with the music scene here in Auckland, from running a record label to co-owning the wonderful Box and Cause Celebre nightclubs. So, naturally, he has been taking an interest in the latest brainfart from the Auckland City Council, on severely limiting the opening hours of bars and clubs across the city. Thankfully, after a huge outcry from the affected bars, this silly idea has been dropped. You can read Simon's thoughts on the Council's approach to our city's nightlife over here.

snip... "Norman Jay and I were talking a few weeks back about the first time we'd met, many years back, when we bought him to NZ. He'd said how much he'd enjoyed the wide and invigorating nightlife in the city after his time in Australia. We talked about the talent our adventurous nightlife had nurtured....OMC (out of South Auckland but via the city), Nathan Haines, P-Money, Che Fu, Emerson Todd, Mark de Clive Lowe and so on. It's launched radio stations that define large parts of the city..George FM, Base FM and fed talent to 95bFm.... We have wonderful late night eateries and hang-outs that bubble and do so much for the soul of the city.  And all of this exists despite the Auckland Council..."

Simon goes on to talk about his own run-in with the Auckland City Council, which wiped out his shop, BPM Records. It's a grim story.
New post up over at Dust and Grooves, this time record digging in Istanbul. Jealous much? Yes! Read it here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Don't let it get you down
Between the end of the 2nd World War and 1977, there were only three feature films made in New Zealand, all the work of one man, John O'Shea, who produced and directed them. One of these was the 1966 comedy musical called Don't Let It Get You, set around a pop festival in Rotorua, headlined by Howard Morrison. The film's title song was sung by him. The film follows various musical beat combos making their way to Rotorua,  and it seem that every time they stop for gas or  a pie, they leap out of their cars and burst into song, as you do. It's a delightful film, see it if you get the chance. I'm hoping some clever cat at Maori TV decides to run it (hint hint).

Watch the film's trailer here, and read more about the film here.

Amongst the extensive media coverage of Sir Howard's passing was a list of quotes, compiled by the NZ Herald. My favourite was Sir Howard's comments in 2005 on our trans-Tasman cousins...

"It's a peculiar situation in Australia, but one thing that has always been in is that anyone coffee-coloured or black doesn't fit into the culture that Australians feel comfortable with."
He also said Australia was: "keeping apartheid alive".
Read more here.