Saturday, November 14, 2009

DJ Sirvere's record sale - photos.
Still on tomorrow (sunday) too, from 10am til 6pm. 13 Great North Rd, AKLD, cash only. I got 27 records for very little $. Click on slideshow below, and enjoy!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Anika Moa, Mulatu interviews
Anika Moa interviews herself, very funny...
Shes a SERIOUS artist, you know... " I am insecure and egotistical and it has to be silent when I play or it's not the truth."
And this is her opener... " Well if I can just start by saying that my real name is Anika Moa. My mum thought of it while doing a poo on the toilet. That's what she told me but she might have been angry when she told me."


And Stinky Jim interviews the mighty Mulatu Astatke, famous Ethipopian jazz musician. Well worth a read. The new compilation of his career looks awesome. Here's a sample...

Why is Ethiojazz, and in fact most Ethio music, so different to other African forms, is it just the isolation?
“Well now with Ethiojazz it has been 40 years I have been creating it you know. Why its different, why we are different to most is we have one mode which is called Anche Hoye, which is not found in any other part of the world at all. And also we use five tones to compose our music, five tone scales.

"What I did was I use also twelve tone music, so this is five tone against twelve, that’s how Ethiojazz is. The area I’m talking about is when you have three or four cultures, trying to put them together you really have to be very careful that one doesn’t dominate another one, and you must have a feel.

"My feel is Ethiopian mode, Ethiopian scales. So what I did was, I combined with twelve tone but I have to collect my own progressions, I sort of like have to create my own voicings, so that it doesn’t really disappear the Ethiopian modes at all. So you know it’s been very interesting but hard work, but now it's very big in the world.” Read it in full here.



AND.... Leading hiphop DJ (and Rip It Up editor) Sirvere is having a record sale this weekend,  Saturday November 14th and Sunday 15th, 10am-6pm both days. He's selling Hip Hop, RnB and soul vinyl from his extensive collection - 1000's of 12"s, EPs and LPs. The address is Askew's Studio, 13 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, which is near the corner of Great North rd and Ponsonby rd.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Controversy over Beenieman's addition to  BDO 2010 lineup
Earlier this week, the Big Day Out had their second lineup announcement. Amongst the rockist dross was the exciting news that Jamaican reggae artist Beenieman had been included.

The Big Day Out has a spotty history with reggae, from the 2008 visit of raunchy singer Lady Saw, to the 2006 visit from Mikey Dread, who wasn't the original Mikey Dread (Dread at the Controls) from Jamaica, but a UK singer who had been using the same name for a number of years (more here). Stinky Jim alerted the BDO organisers to this fact, as they didn't know about it.

A number of commenters on C4 TV's website have taken offence at the inclusion of Beenieman (see here), and local news site Gaynz.com has also picked up the story.

The Green Party have also waded in, with one of their MPs calling the invitation of Beenieman to NZ "shameful... Hatemongering is not welcome in New Zealand. Big Day Out must withdraw its invitation. If it does not then both musicians and fans will be called upon to declare which side they are on."


The Big Day Out orgainsers have responded this afternoon, issuing a press release. Here it is in full.

Beenie Man: statement from the Big Day Out


The Big Day Out Festival booked Jamaican Dancehall artist Beenie Man for the 2010 tour in the knowledge that the artist has a controversial past.

In response to the concerns that Beenie Man may perform homophobic material from his youth, the Big Day Out promoters say that as far as they could ascertain, that since signing the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, Beenie Man has stayed true to his word in not performing the offending songs.

The Big Day Out has today contacted Beenie Man to seek confirmation that Beenie Man stands by the Reggae Compassionate Act.

“The Big Day Out’s core values include those of tolerance and understanding,” says Auckland Big Day Out promoter Campbell Smith.

“We are responding to concerns that Beenie Man’s presence at the event may compromise those values and are directly investigating fears that he will perform material conflicting with our philosophy and his own undertakings pursuant to the RCA.

“It may take us up to a week to resolve this matter.” ENDS




In the statement the BDO organisers say they "booked Jamaican Dancehall artist Beenie Man for the 2010 tour in the knowledge that the artist has a controversial past." However, in an earlier statement to Gaynz.com, BDOs Campbell Smith is quoted as saying that "We were not aware of this history regarding Beenie Man."

Beenieman was banned from performing at an MTV event in Miami in 2004.

ADDED: Samesame.com.au: "Ban Homophobe from BDO?" - The only Australian news site with any coverage of this story, so far.
 "Beenieman, Capleton and Sizzla renounce homphobia" 2007.

Beenieman denies signing Reggae Compasionate Act,  in an interview with Jamaica Observer, July 2007.
Beenieman's signed  statement - Reggae Compassionate Act. March 2007

ADDED: Radio NZ's Morning Report on Beenieman/BDO controversy, they talked to Stinky Jim on it, listen here... http://bit.ly/2MGii1  (23 mins in)


Sintky Jim :"Why dont they pick out hiphop artists? Its not just dancehall that this goes on in, It happens in other forms of music. Dancehall is the scapegoat - I think it is because its a poor music, it doesnt have major corporations backing it - its an easy target.

I can't believe that by harrassing artists and making it a witchhunt, this is going to improve the situation."

Monday, November 09, 2009

Please welcome Matt Mikas, the master of lounge music
 Latest installment in photoblog Dust And Grooves  - another stunner for vinyl junkies. 


And don't forget, leading hiphop DJ (and Rip It Up editor) Sirvere is having a record sale,  Saturday November 14th and Sunday 15th, 10am-6pm both days. He's selling Hip Hop, RnB and soul vinyl from his extensive collection - 1000's of 12"s, EPs and LPs. The address is Askew's Studio, 13 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, which is near the corner of Great North rd and Ponsonby rd.

Now, get yourself some spaced out funk. Heard the Natural Yoghurt Band? Try em here.