Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 23
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Giving up
O'Donel Levy - Living for the city
Dapkings- Nervous like me
Al Green - I'm still in love with you
The Delegates - Pygmy pt 1
Johnny Hammond Smith - Shifting gears
Kinny and Horne - Why me
Little dragon - Come home
Manu Chao - Merry blues
Rhythm and sound - Never tell you
Afrikan Simba - Power in the word
Rootical sound - Horny dub
Damien Marley - Move
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Simmer down
Sly n Robbie feat Michael Rose - Salior a gone a sea
Gregory Issacs - Mr know it all
Trackheadz  - Jah shall overcome
Rae and Christian feat the Congos - Hold us down
James Brown - Don't tell it
Clarence Reid - Nobody but you babe
Faith Evans - Mesmerised
Hank Marvin -Sunday for seven days
Bad brains - Return to heaven
King Midas sound - I Man
Ragga twins - Love talk
Mr Vegas - Heads high
Amrals Trinidad cavaliers steel orchestra - 90% of me is you
Issa Bagayogo - Dibi
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Flipside

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dusty fingers
Going digging for records with Mayer Hawthorne. Awesome clip - think it was shot in Groove Merchant, San Francisco, which I've had the pleasure of visiting.

Mayer Hawthorne's Dusty Fingers from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Now go look at the latest post for Dust And Grooves - chatting with Monk One about records. Oh lordy....

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. 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.