Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy MLK Jr Day

From Jay Smooth... "At this time of year we always hear the same 2 or 3 MLK clips over and over, but there was much more to the man. So here are ten of my favorite quotes from MLK that aren't heard as often."

And if you're a late starter on Jay Smooth, go watch "How to tell people they sound racist".

Daptone gold mining
Great interview with Dapkings bassist and Daptone co-owner/producer Gabe Roth here at Pop Matters.

"... How do you get your bass sound so upfront?
It’s pretty simple. I just put the bass direct in, but I’ve got a good sounding bass. It’s an old Carvin 1970. It’s the only bass I’ve ever had. I bought it in a pawn shop for like 90 bucks..."

Also worth reading, Gabe Roth has written a lovely piece in memory of Willie Mitchell, including his story of meeting the man.  Read it at the Daptone site.

Snip... "As I began to bury him [Mitchell] in a flurry of mundane questions about how he had mic’ed drums, whether Syl Johnson had influenced Al Green or the other way round, how he had modified his mixing console, what had inspired his horn charts and what mic he used on them, he interrupted me.  He looked me in the eyes and told me, “The only thing you need to make a record are these… and this.”  He pointed to his ears and to his heart.  With that one sentence he taught me more about making records than I could have learned from any engineering or arranging school in the world. .."

And check out the latest release from Daptone Records, called Daptone Gold. It's a great introduction to the label with some of their most well known tunes, and some great rare gems in there too for the funk fiends. I bought a copy of it recently and I can guarantee you that it's all killer, no filler.

R.I.P. Yabby You, Teddy Pendergrass
"Details are not clear, but according to Reggae Vibes, Jackson suffered a "head stroke" on Tuesday (January 12) in Jamaica and died at 11 p.m. that night. ReggaeFrance.com elaborates on the cause of death as a ruptured aneurysm. He was 63." From Exclaim.

And R.I.P. Philly soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, passed away Jan 13 aged 59, from cancer. More here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Star Times release of the week is Dub Asylum!
Sunday Star Times' music reviewer Grant Smithies named my Ba Ba Boom vinyl single as his release of the week today, wicked!

If you want to get yourself a copy, try Conch Records, Beat Merchants, Rhythm Discs, DMC (Auckland), Slowboat Records (Wellington), Galaxy Records (Christchurch), or get it via mailorder from Amplifier who will ship anywhere in NZ and around the world or Mighty Ape.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan16
Ian Dury - Hit me with your rhythm stick
Sly Dunbar  - River Niger
Dub Colossus - Return to Addis dub
Dubblestandart - I do voodoo (RSD remix)
Colourbox  - Baby I love you so (Radikal roots re-edit)
Tarrus Riley - Start anew
Outlines - Waiting in line
Roy Ayers - Running away
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Stranded in your love (Cool calm Pete remix)
Roxanne Shante - Have a nice day
Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde - Doing the do
Jean Jacques Perry and Luke Vibert - You moog me
K'Naan and J Period - My country/Small axe (Messengers remix)
Alice Russell - Hurry on now (Boub mix)
King Midas Sound - Darlin
The Clonious - Bugs n fools
Shirley Bassey - Light my fire (Kenny Dope remix)
Inez Foxx - Circuit's overloaded
Steppah huntah - I don't know (Mitsu the beats remix)
Dub asylum - Ba ba boom
Manasseh - The next step
Jah Wobble - L1
Brentford allstars -Greedy G
Willie Miitchell - 20 75
Ann Peebles- 99lbs
Al Green - I can't get next to you
Pepe Bradock - Peer pressure
DJ Babu feat Rakaa - Ends to means

Friday, January 15, 2010

 Still Bill doco screens in NZ next month

I put up a clip from this a while back, and it's been doing the rounds of film festivals overseas and finally hits our shores next month. Watch the trailer below if you aint seen it yet... ladies and gentlemen, Mr Bill Withers...

Still Bill Trailer from B-Side Entertainment on Vimeo.

"As part of the NZ Soul Alldayer event we are holding the first NZ screenings of the new movie “Still Bill”.
You know the music – now meet the man
Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics Aint No Sunshine, Lean On Me, Lovely Day, Grandmas Hands and Just the Two of Us. With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have and always will resonate deeply within the fabric of our times.
Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man.
Through concert footage, journeys to his birthplace, interviews with music legends, his family and closest friends, Still Bill presents the story of an artist who has written some of the most beloved songs in our time and who truly understands the heart and soul of a man.

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: Academy Cinema, Auckland
Tickets now available from Conch records (Ponsonby) and iticketexpress.co.nz

Wellington screening is Feb 9 at the Paramount.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Matakana Bush Party with Mad Professor, Open Souls, RhombusFirst gig of the year coming up for me - I'm DJing at Music Mountain Matakana Bush Party on Jan 30, mean lineup too, incl Mad Professor, Open souls, Katchafire, Rhombus and more.

I've also got a DJ gig on Waitiangi Day (Feb 6), called Soul Sessions. A free outdoor art/music event featuring Cut Collective, Bobby Brazuka, Peter Mac (Dub Asylum), Cinzah Merkens + more. At Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Northcote, midday til 6pm.

"Music Mountain Matakana is stoked to announce the 2010 Bush Party, all set for Anniversary weekend, Saturday the 30th of January.

Headlining this year’s collection of Reggae, Dub, Blues and Dj acts, Aotearoa’s finest;
Katchafire. The full on version of Rhombus is in there too, along with Open Souls and from the UK, Dub’s legendary Mad Professor. MMM welcomes back dDub and introduces the Knights of the Dub Table. DJ sets from Dub Asylum, Koa Williams, Julian Dyne, Isaac Aesili & DJ Automatic.

Virtually twelve hours of nonstop  Bush Party beats on a long weekend, choice !

Tickets for this boutique, organic venue are limited. The early birds are on sale from Monday the 7th of December, online exclusively from Eventfinder. On the streets from Real Groovy in Auckland and Liquor King in Whangarei.

All you need to know about  charter coaches, accommodation, local camp spots, refreshments and show times are on the web at musicmountainmatakana.co.nz
Beastie Boys live on NYC public access tv show, 1984
On The Scott and Gary Show. Beastie hardcore punk.

New album from Sharon Jones and the Dapkings on the way!
Out May 4 (Miss Jones's birthday), it's called I learned the hard way.

"I Learned the Hard Way was produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records' House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon's raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in "The Game Gets Old" at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style "Mama Don't Like My Man" at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline."

From the look of the cover photo, they shot it out the back of Daptone Studios - as it looks just like the locale they used for the music video for Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens too (watch it here).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Doing the numbers
The music industry says it is going through tough times. How tough?

From Simon Grigg's blog...

The primary reason revenues are down is because the primary target for recorded music are people under 25. And they no longer buy albums. Mostly they don’t even know what they are. They buy MP3s..the new singles.

They don’t want albums. They want tracks. And the evidence to support this is voluminous. Last year in the United States there were 1.16 billion (yep, billion) digital tracks sold. That is the equivalent of 1.16 billion singles purchased, because that’s what the MP3 is..a single..a 45, in the old language.

Add to that just under 400 million albums (of which some 3.2 million were actually 14 album box sets by The Beatles, so add another 40m or so to that figure!) and you have a very, very large number of units purchased by customers in 2009…far higher, in fact, than at any time since Soundscan began recording accurate figures in 1991.

Throw into that mix two other factors, firstly that the digital figure removes the cost of manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, and secondly the huge drop in recording costs over the past decade as digital became the norm, and a rather different picture emerges...

Oh, and one more figure to toss into the mix: the decade long rise in performance income received by performing rights organisations as many different income streams, driven by technology, plus the massive advances in collection techniques and the sad story that both the media and the lawmakers happily trumpet without question, looks increasingly shaky."

New comp of music jnspired by Fela Kuti
From the folk at Now Again Records. Free mp3 for ya over here - Dan Satch and his Atomic 8 Dance Band - "Woman Pin Down". More info and tracklisting here. Out Feb 23, or get it on pre-release from NowAgain right now.

BONUS POINTS - Check out Egon's Top Ten African Reissues for 2009...
"There were so many, from the Ghana Special comp on Sound Way Records to a reissue of Ofege, from our Picks section. While we’re at it, you can grab an extra mp3 there… So check it out, dig into some of the Zambian and Nigerian sounds we’ll be reissuing next year, and support some of the fine labels represented in the list as you’re doing your Christmas shopping.
Link: Egon’s Top Ten African Reissues at NPR.org."
New King Britt collab.
Grab the demo mix free below. ..

A few years ago, I received a call from my publishing company, Universal, about collaborating with a new 'singer' named Ruth Ann Cunningham.
She was from Dublin and had been a pretty famous writer, doing hits for JoJo, Katherine McFee and Pixie. She also won the ASCAP writer's award. They were about to embark on a collaborative situation and she wanted to work with me. They flew her to Philly and we met at the studio. I
hadnt heard her voice yet, but was up for whatever the universe says.

She was I think 21 and tiny. I had no clue what to expect. I made 3 tracks in a day and she was writing full songs in a matter of an hour or so. She had most of the vocal arrangements done in her head. So the moment came where she was to sing. I was in the control room like, oh
sh*t, this girl is unreal. She really put it down. Her management weren't really into the tunes for her pop album, but we made an amazing musical connection.

Two songs will be on the new SYLK130 album, due out in fall 2010. The song Be Free is here for you to enjoy. This song is a preview of whats to come. (demo stage..as is...)
Get free y'all!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Arch Hill Records potentially teaming up with revived Flying Nun
Arch Hill Records boss Ben Howe wrote a revealing post at the Arch Hill blog [post deleted?] talking about his behind-the-scenes involvement in assisting Roger Shepherd reclaim the FNun back catalogue from Warners. It's a fascinating read, going from Ben's early involvement in the label with his band Superette , to writing his university thesis on Flying Nun, and more recently, his label becoming home to ex FNun artists like David Kilgour and Jay Clarkson.

When it was reported just before christmas that Shepherd had bought the label back off Warners, I was surprised to read that Warners would be distribution partner (given they've paid scant interest in any of the FNun catalogue to date), and that Shepherd seemed to be going into this alone.

He's been out of the music industry for most of the past ten years, and it has changed dramatically in that time. The last time he ventured into the music industry was to add his weight to the RIANZ's support for S92a of the Copyright Act, which subsequently got struck out by John Key and revised to a more sensible position. However, he has been working with Howe since early 2006, and has developed a number of ideas...

"... Out of these discussions a plan started to emerge. Roger and I were going to start a new record label. Actually, we decided we were going to start two new record labels. One for new emerging artists and the other for re-issues and re-releases of the old good stuff. I would also keep Arch Hill going and the three labels would work together, complimenting each other.

For the new artists label our focus was going to be overseas. We had a couple of good acts in mind. I wrote up proposals and met up with the head of Sony/BMG Michael Bradshaw and with A&R man Malcolm Black. I also met with Adam Holt at Universal. Our plan was to look for some kind of backing to help try and make this new label happen.

For the re-issues label we also had a few things in mind. One of these was a band formerly on Flying Nun. They were one of Roger’s favourites. The band were keen to release a re-mastered compilation. Of course our first question was, legally could we do this? Was the band still contracted to Flying Nun (now owned by Warners, who had bought Festival Mushroom, who had bought Mushroom)? After some back and forth we quickly figured out we could. The band had never actually signed a contract and had paid for all the recordings themselves. Flying Nun/Warners legally had no rights to any of their songs and had to concede this fact to the band.

At about this time, in mid 2007, I was back at the Powerstation attending a gig by US band the Shins. Charlotte Ryan – who was then the sole (and last) person responsible for Flying Nun at Warners – was there. We were discussing the re-issues label idea and she said “you know, at a staff meeting the other day Phil Howling [Head of Warners NZ] said they should probably sell Flying Nun”....

Howe goes on to say that "Arch Hill had a successful and functioning label infrastructure in place. We had physical and digital distribution and pretty much everything a contemporary record label needs. In fact, many artists on Arch Hill were once on Flying Nun. It all made good sense...." Read the full post here.

Hat tip to Hussein Moses of The Corner for the Arch Hill link. Go read his story about Jason Kerrison of Opshop building an ark to survive 2012 - "...he plans to survive the “transformative changes” by building a multi-million dollar ark (or “monolithic dome”) that can house 300 people."

Monday, January 11, 2010

R.I.P. Willie Mitchell
Passed away last Tuesday. Legendary Memphis producer for Hi Records, most notably with Al Green.

"Willie Mitchell, 81, a celebrated trumpeter, arranger and producer for Hi Records who launched the careers of Al Green and other leading soul performers of the 1970s, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 5 at a hospital in Memphis.

In a career spanning six decades, Mr. Mitchell proved a hitmaker as a producer for singers such as Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and Denise LaSalle. He also worked with a wide range of rock performers including Rod Stewart and John Mayer.

Mr. Mitchell first made an impression as an instrumentalist. His 10-piece rhythm and blues group signed with Hi Records in 1959 and recorded a string of successful soul instrumentals, including the funk groove "20-75" (1964) and a remake of King Curtis's ballad "Soul Serenade" (1968).
Mr. Mitchell took over as the label's staff producer in 1970. With the Hodges brothers -- guitarist Mabon (known as "Teenie"), bassist Leroy Jr. and keyboardist Charles -- and drummer Howard Grimes, Mr. Mitchell had a crack recording unit that gave the label an instantly identifiable sound. Through his efforts, Hi Records competed with Stax Records as the main purveyor of the driving, funky Memphis soul style." From Washington Post.

Also worth a read, the New York Times obit. And 'Remembering Poppa Mitchell' from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, Jan 9 BaseFM
Willie Bobo - La descarga del Bobo
George Shearing - Caravan
Marlena Shaw - Woman of the ghetto
Hugh Masekela - Inner crisis
Mr Scruff - Nice up the function
Adrian Sherwood - Dead man smoking
Joe Ariwa - Licenced to dub
Michael Rose - African girl
Manasseh - Natural dub
Prince Fari  - Give love
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
Ken Boothe and Starnger Cole - Arte bella
Subatomic sound system - NAADA
Mr Vegas - Nike air
Major Lazer - Cashflow
Mayer Hawthorne - Green eyed love
The Hykkers  - I want a break thru
Poopee and the NY squirrel - Bust that nut (Downtown mix)
Roy Ayers - Everybody loves the sunshine
War - The world is a ghetto
The Emotions - I like it
Al Green - Love and happiness (RIP Willie Mitchell)
John Edwards Singers/Como Now - New burying ground
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle tezeta
Jugoe - Ohio city
Ruts DC - Rhythm collision (RSD remix)
Dub traffik control - Bongo dub
South Rakkas - She's crazy

Friday, January 08, 2010

John Lydon recently announced he was reforming PiL, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of their second album Metal Box (which has been remastered and reissued). Unfortunately none of the original members will be involved - no Jah Wobble, no Keith Levene (the band will include later members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds plus Scott Firth). The shows took place late December last year. (Live review here)

It reminded me of a book review I read a while back - the review was written by Simon Reynolds (author of the excellent book on 80s post punk,  Rip it up and start again). Reynolds was talking about his teen memories of PiL, and getting Metal Box as a xmas present (as it was too expensive for his meagre pocket money). I went back and re-read the review, and this part jumped out...

"At some point he [Lydon] clearly grasped that his place in rock history (and future income) depended on the Sex Pistols adventure and subsequently threw all his energies into burnishing the Johnny Rotten legend. But I wonder whether another factor behind Lydon’s silence is that the PiL years are painful to contemplate – not just because of bad blood (Wobble was one of his best friends) but because the music of Metal Box, rooted in his true loves (Can, Captain Beefheart, Peter Hammill, dub), meant so much to him."

Lydon on the BBCs Culture Show (Dec 3 2009) discussing reviving PiL. Also features the band rehearsing, playing Rise and Religion.

Part 1

Part 2

Simon Reynolds has recently published a companion piece to Rip it up... called Totally Wired: Post punk interviews and overviews. More info here.  Verbatim interviews with folk from that era. I got a copy for myself for xmas and have plowed into it, and its a great read.

And Jah Wobble has recently released a killer 10" record covering the theme from Get Carter in a heavyweight reggae style, on the Pressure Sounds label. His autobiography "Memoirs of a geezer"is out now. Check his website for details.
Next Stop ... Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age of Mbaqanga
That's the title of a new compilation out on Strut  on February 2nd. "Next Stop Soweto Volume 1 explores the vibrant energy of the township jive sound, whilst Volumes 2 and 3, released across (northern) Spring and Summer 2010, cover rare South African soul, funk & Hammond R&B and the country’s rich jazz scene...

... The Next Stop Soweto series is the result of several years of painstaking research and vinyl archaeology in South Africa by compilers Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding. The CD package features an extensive booklet featuring detailed notes by Gooding alongside many previously unseen archive photos." http://www.nextstopsoweto.com

Here's a wee taster...

S. Piliso & His Super Seven- "Kuya Hanjwa"  MP3 - (mediafire) (zshare)

ALSO OUT FEB 2 from Strut, BOB BLANK "The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985", here's a preview via Pitchfork. "A compilation of rarities produced by NYC mutant disco guru Bob Blank at his studio, Blank Tapes. Includes two tracks by Arthur Russell projects, the Necessaries' "State of Art" and Lola's "Wax the Van". More info here.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

August Darnell (Kid Creole and the Coconuts) is giving away a ton of demos on Reverbnation. Very cool stuff. Grab em here (requires signup to Reverbnation)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Don't believe the hype
From the Village Voice, The decade in music genre hype, explained. Electroclash, Mashups, Blog house, Glitch, Underground hiphop, Grime, Freak folk, Hipster metal, and more get cut to shreds. Very entertaining. Try this...


Hype Cycle: 2002–2005

Key Artists:
The Rapture, Radio 4, !!!

What It Was:
A mix of early-'80s dance-y post-punk bands like A Certain Ratio . . . and early-'00s posturing about how you own an A Certain Ratio record.

Creative Peak:
The Rapture, "House of Jealous Lovers" 12-inch [2002]

Typically Effusive Praise at the Time:
"Bands like the Rapture have sent their message: The rock show was not meant to be a collegiate study. We have all stopped caring what snotty academics find acceptable, because now there is real, true, palpable fun, and it is the greatest liberation." —Pitchfork, 2003

What Happened?:
Franz Ferdinand figured out how to get real money, so dance-punk's coolness sputtered to a halt once it spawned watered-down major-label cash-ins (the Bravery), watered-down indie-label cash-ins (Bloc Party), and super-glossy pop cash-ins that still defy all logic (Ashlee Simpson's 2005 single "Boyfriend").

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Rare Augustus Pablo
Spied via Stink Inc, this looks good... check it here Unreleased bootleg CD recorded 1977?
Produced by Everton Da Silva. All dusty dub tracks and two vocal cuts by Delroy Williams.
The Revival - Women in hiphop doco.
"The Revival gives a candid glimpse into the first meeting of legendary Hip-Hop pioneer Roxanne Shante and veteran Philly emcee Bahamadia, as they trade stories of their struggles and triumphs in the industry over their long careers ... This short documentary, a collage of performances and behind the scenes footage, was filmed by Invincible while on the road in Europe as part of We-B Girlz all women independent Hip-Hop tour.."

THE REVIVAL from EMERGENCE Media on Vimeo.

From Potholes in my Blog, also, here's their Top 10 Hiphop albums for 2009.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Jan2 playlist
Nuffwish - Loaded chalice
Dubblestandart - Pre-emptive dub (Sly n Robbie remix)
Serge Gainsbourg - Des laid des laid
Various - Got to be at that party
Beat pharmacy - Ghost ships feat Space ape
LV - Globetrotting feat Errol Bellot
Sister Nancy -Aint no stopping Nancy
Derrick Morgan - Fat man
AIFF - Let it roll
Romanowski -Train song remix (DJ Sureshot)
Roy Ayers - Funk in the hole (PPP remix)
William Bell - I forgot to be your lover
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Giving up
Open souls - Hold you close dub
Michael Rose - Sailor gone a sea
Taxi gang and Lenky - Soul limbo
Sly n Robbie - Ballistic squeeze
Noiseshaper - This is not as gunthing
King midas sound - Meltdown
Jimi Tenor and Kabu Kabu - Me I say yes
Kokolo - Magnificent seven
Material w Nona Hendryx - Bustin out
B52s - Planet Claire
Guts - And the living is easy
Mike Zoot feat Labba - Spread love remix
Afrikan simba - Power in the word
General Levy - Monkeyman

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dub Asylum interview at Laidback Radio

Cheers to Jason F for hooking this up! Read the interview here.

Intro:"Dub Asylum is one of those undercover New Zealand artists who keeps dropping great music and doesn’t seem to shout too loud about it, it bubbles away and gets the respect it deserves from the beat community. After the release of his Ba Ba Boom! Digi-EP in August 2008 Peter McLennan got the nudge from some of his DJ friends to put out some vinyl which I’m glad to say he’s just done with a tasty little 7″ of the title track with a special dustep/afrobeat remix on the flip from Oogun."
Ring The Alarm: Best of 2009
This is based on the music I played on my radio shows this year, so there's probably some things I left out. Hit me up if there's music I missed in 09 - I need to hear it!

Pépé Bradock - Confiote de Bits / A Remix Collection
One tune that I discovered after getting this collection was a remix Bradock did for Candi Staton, called Do Your Duty. One reviewer noted its omission from the Confiote de Bits collection, and it was well worth hunting down.

Baker Brothers - Avid Sounds (great versions of Shack Up, Lady Day and John Coltrane)

5: Five Years of Hyperdub - Various artists incl Kode9, LD, Cooly G, Flying Lotus and more

Donáe - Riot music

DJ Vadim - Hidden treasure


Kion and Murda feat Junior Murvin - No 1 sound 

Cooly G - Love dub - more from Kode9's excellent Hyperdub label, home to some of the most adventurous electronic music out there today (see above -5 Years of Hyperdub).

King midas sound - Cool out (their album dropped at the end of this year, have been investigating it and its damn fine too)

Lee Scratch Perry - Yellow tongue (Kode9 remix)

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Playing at Womad in New Plymouth, March next year, awesome!)

NYTimes backgrounder on Hypnotic Brass, from 2006, includes sidewalk performance.

Quantic - Tradition in transition (Will Holland is very prolific but the quality control aint always in effect with his work, sometimes coming off a little bland. However, his last two releases have been crackingly good.)

Fulgeance - Tribute To Masekela - I bought a ton of tunes and remixes by Fulgeance this year, fascinating, funky business.

Beat pharmacy -Wikked times remixes

Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?

Unitone Hifi - Sneeze off - A lovely little 7 inch local single, the fantastic amount of bass on this release inspired me to put out my own tunes on seven inch vinyl. The flip from Jefferson Belt is none too shabby either.

Wajeed - Jeedo suave

Major lazer -Can't stop now

Chancha Via Circuito - Rodante

V V Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall remix dub)

Sola Rosa - Humanised feat Bajka

Tiki - Burning fire (Oogun remix)

E'S E - Scratch's skank

Jahdan Blakkamore - She said 

Julian Marley feat Damian Jr Gong Marley - Violence in the streets

Lee Fields - My world album

Open Souls - Hold you close album

Mulatu and the Heliocentrics - Inspiration information album

Onra - The anthem (extended)

Soul investigators w Myron and E - Cold game

Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Inspiration information

Lefties soul connection feat Flomega - Have love, will travel

Julien Dyne - Falling down 

Isaac Aesili - The media

Andrew Weatherall - Fail we may, sail we must
(his album, Pox on the Pioneers, is damn fine too)

And of course, this little stonker, my own tune on lovely vinyl!
Dub Asylum - Ba Ba Boom original/Oogun remix

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

RIP Rowland S. Howard
Passed away aged 50, from liver cancer. "Howard was waiting for a liver transplant and had cancelled recent shows due to illness. The influential guitarist came to prominence as a member of Melbourne punk band the Boys Next Door who became The Birthday Party, fronted by Nick Cave...
His second solo album, Pop Crimes, was released in October to critical acclaim. His final gig was at the Prince of Wales in October to launch the album..."  From the Herald Sun.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 26
Last show for 2009, big thanks to all the listeners during the year. Nice one!
Catch you on the Base next year.

Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Sugar Minott - Informer/Informout
Dub Colossus - Negus dub
Umod - Just4funksake
Kraftwerk - Man machine (remaster)
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Patrice Rushen - Forget me not
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Stargard -Which way is up
Trecherous Three - Bum bum bum bum (Freddy Fresh remix)
James Brown - Funky drummer (DJ Muro mix), Stone to the bone
UBB - I know you got soul (Inst)
Steppah Huntah - I don't know (Mitsu the beats remix)
J Dilla - Crushin' inst
Daktaris - Its a big hustle
Cesaria Evora - Angola (Pepe Bradock remix)
Bob Marley - Soul shakedown party (Afrodisiac sound system remix)
Manasseh - Skenga 12" mix
Ragga twins - Spliffhead
Schooly D and Joe Delia - The player (Ganja kru remix)
Kion and Murda feat Jr Murvin - #1 sound
Dub Asylum - Jump and twist
Dandy Livingston and Rico - Message to you Rudy
Phyllis Dillon - Woman of the ghetto
Lloyd Parks - Mafia/ Mafia version
Rhythm and sound - What a mistry
Original Tropicana steel band - Spanish hustle (Kon re-edit)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry christmas!
Wishing you a merry christmas, and hope you have a fine time surrounded by friends and family.

And, in remembrance of James Brown... RIP Dec 25 2006... some christmas tunes with some funk!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Benji B - Future music podcasts
For download, three podcasts thanks to Giant Step.

"Giant Step is pleased to bring you the second podcast in the SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series. The podcasts are hosted by acclaimed London-based DJ, Benji B, of Deviation. Each episode features a wide array of artists and emerging acts from around the globe, crossing genres from soul and hip hop, to electronica and dubstep, to rock and much more. The best in future sounds, the SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series presents just-released and unreleased music.

In this podcast, Benji B highlights the music of Little Dragon (Sweden), Electric Wire Hustle (New Zealand), Alix Perez (UK), DJ Mitsu The Beats (Japan), Yaw (Chicago), Bei Bei (California), Martyn (Holland), and Cubic Zirconia (New York)."

Listen to em here.
Roger Shepherd reclaims Flying Nun
From Radioscope: "Flying Nun Records is in for a new lease on life, back under the wing of founder Roger Shepherd thanks to a deal announced yesterday.

Part of the Warner Music group for the last five years, following the Warner takeover of Festival Mushroom Records in 2005, Flying Nun will once again be Shepherd's baby. The label will continue its association with Warners however as the physical and digital distribution partner for the label's catalogue and future releases.

Shepherd says it is a privilege and pleasure to once again be heading Flying Nun Records. "While the historic catalog will be maintained and promoted, the label will continue to promote new and innovative New Zealand music."

Edit: This is from Billboard: "... Flying Nun relocated to Auckland in 1988. Its status as an "independent" began to fade in 1990 when Australia's Mushroom Records took a 49% stake in the business. Shepherd cut his ties with the business in 1999. The following year, it was fully absorbed into the merged Festival Mushroom Records (FMR) operation. In 2005, Warner Music acquired the imprint as part of its purchase of FMR."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bring the Paine
My fellow BaseFM DJ Dan Paine posted this list on FB of his favourite albums of the noughties.

D'Angelo - Voodoo (2000)...
Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007)...
Madvillain - Madvillainy (2004)...
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol.2 (2000)...
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones (2006)...
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)...
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)...
Quasimoto - The Unseen (2000)......
Common - Like Water for Chocolate (2000)...
Cinematic Orchestra - Everyday (2002)

Dan's list confirms something I've been thinking (and noticed in other end-of-decade lists as well) - all the good albums of the past decade came out in 2000-2005.... I know that's subjective, but I think the first half of the decade was stronger than second half. And now we're all sitting round anticipating a new Sade album, who thought we'd end the decade thinking that?
Dan responded: "... I think that artists now think, make a couple tracks, mp3 it, post it, get as many hits and downloads as poss, fame. Albums take a lot of work, I think it is symptomatic of the digital age."

And as for my bad pun in the title... what's with promoters putting on separate gigs next month by Method Man and Dilated Peoples in Auckland ON THE SAME NIGHT?