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."

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.