Saturday, February 06, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Feb 6
Three generations walking - Midnight bustling
Brother culture - Warning dub
Dub colossus - Azmari dub
Noiseshaper - Only redeemer
Adrian Sherwood - Ciched dub slave
Super cat - Dolly my baby (Bad Boy extended mix)
Damian Marley and Nas - Strong will continue
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Soul shakedown (Afrodisiac sound system remix)
Rhythm and sound feat Sugar Minnott  -Let Jah love come
Whitefield Brothers - Sad Nile
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - I learned the hard way
Bill Withers - Harlem (Bill Withers doco "Still Bill" screens this thursday at Academy cinema, 8pm, one night only)
Bill Withers - Use me (live)
Gentle rain - Use me
Ed Watson and brass circle - Breeze and soul
Sam Baker - Coming to bring you some soul
Lee Dorsey - Working in a coalmine
Plumstead radical club - One way (Natural self remix)
Cooking on three burners - Cars
Bronx river parkway - Nora se va
Grover Washington Jr - Inner city blues
Myron and E with the Soul investigators - It's a shame
Dub traffik control - Bongo dub
Adrian Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry  -Lucky Tarzan
Massive attack - Girl I love you (She is danger remix)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mint Chicks dump Warners/Flying Nun for digital music startup
This story is worth a read. Some of the numbers are way off -  the figure on returns to bands from itunes sales is a fiction.

The ironic thing about the Mint Chicks trumpeting that they're ditching Warners is that they were signed to Flying Nun (which was owned by FMR when they signed, and was subsequently sold to Warners), and that label is now back in the hands of it's founder Roger Shepherd. So it's once again, an independent.

"Wellington-based global internet entrepreneur WebFund is backing what it hopes will be a new way to make money in the cruel and unusual world of digital music sales.

The proposition allows fans to remix their favourite bands' music and is being promoted as "the un-label", says Wedbfund chairman Dave Moskovitz.

To prove the point,'s first signing is Kiwi band The Mint Chicks, who say they "sent their major label Warner packing last December", and are using the local start-up to launch their new EP “Bad Buzz”.

Moskovitz says the business model is based on the expectation that straight music sales are increasingly difficult, whereas artists are increasingly using digital presence to promote their live appearances and merchandise sales, and incentivising music sales using competitions.
Artists will see most of the revenue on download sales, says Moskovitz.  "Bands get very little money from downloads. If you publish on I-Tunes for 99 cents a track, you might see 2 cents of that. With, it's more like 90 cents."
Read more here.

ADDED Feb 7 - the above quote regarding the returns bands allegedly get from iTunes has since been deleted from the original story, and the headline changed to  reflect the editing - "UPDATED: Mint Chicks dump Warner for local digital music start-up"

Waitiangi Day fun and games
If you're out and about, I'm DJing at Northcote, alongside Bobby Brazuka, Cinzah Merkens and more, plus live painting from Cut Collective and friends - free too. It starts at midday til 6pm, at Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Maritime Terrace, Northcote.

Then in the evening, I'm DJing at the Racket Bar, Britomart, from 8pm til 930pm, and then the Koretake Sound System jump on til midnight. Free too!

Monday, February 01, 2010

How to offend Pixies fans in one easy lesson
Listen to this...Bassnectar remix of Where is my mind.

QUOTE: "This teeth grindingly shit remix of “Where Is My Mind” is going to open the floodgates for a slurry of mediocre rock/dubstep mashups... This Bassnectar haircut is going to have a lot to answer for. What an absolute fucking rotter."
How does a one man band break up and reform?
A lot of the news coverage of the death of Pauly Feuemana in the last 24 hours has repeated the claim that OMC broke up in 2000 and reformed in 2007 (see ODT, NZPA and here). If you watched the 20/20 story I posted yesterday, it seems that Pauly got sick of touring in 2000 and came home and put his feet up. And what is the source of this break up/reformed tale? The OMC entry on Wikipedia, which has got a fair few mistakes in it.  It makes no mention of the original incarnation of the group, before the other members left and Pauly kept the name, heading in a more pop direction.

Here's TV3s reporting last night, and TVNZs. TV3 talks to Tony Fuemana and onscreen labels him as John Fuemana.

Russell Baillie wrote a good piece on Fuemena in today's NZ Herald but he (or one of the Herald's subeditors) got the name of Pauly's wife wrong, unfortunately.

The Dominion Post's Paul Easton (with Michael Fox, wrote a story, "Pauly Fulemana mourned" that also repeats the claim that OMC broke up in 2000 and reformed in 2007, and then takes a few more leaps of the imagination. Easton gets some quotes from the local hiphop community, such as this:

"Rest in peace, the one and only Pauly Fuemana," wrote rapper P-Money on his Twitter page."

P-Money is NOT a rapper. Easton also grabbed two other quotes off Twitter without mentioning it as his source, or asking permission.


"Kirk Harding, of hip-hop label MTC, said Fuemana would never be forgotten. "Pauly put South Auckland on the global stage." Porirua-based musician Ben Aitogi said he "made the impossible possible". 

I asked Ben (@USOuljah ) and Kirk (@KirkMTC) via Twitter what they thought of their comments on Twitter being used without permission, and Kirk noted that they could've at least asked permission tho. Both told me that if they'd been asked a quote, they would've sent the journalist to someone who was close to Pauly, like Ermehn or his family. And Easton rewrote Harding's original tweet.

The Dom Post article also mentions his parentage, and mispells Niuean (in reference to his father).

The story continues with...

"How Bizarre made him at least $1.5 million. However, a natural generosity and the cost of a rock'n'roll lifestyle saw the cash slip through his fingers. He was declared bankrupt four years ago.
"I bought my brother Phil a Range Rover and my sister a BMW ... because they were at the bottom of their glass, they were struggling," he said in a 2006 interview. "I said, `Here, have some money."' 

The 20/20 interview  I posted yesterday includes Pauly stating that How Bizarre earned about $11 million, of which he says he got about $5 million, NOT $1.5 million.

It appears Easton sourced some of his information from a Sunday Star Times article in late 2006 - it's no longer online but I posted to my blog at the time, here. Pauly talks about his bankruptcy, returning to the studio with Alan, being hit by his record company for 50% of touring expenses, and studio zombies... "I went to these studios and there were like three guys in there doing the same job that Alan (Jansson) does. Fifty thousand American dollars later I'm like, `what does he do?' `What's he doing?' I call them studio zombies."

I'm sure there will be several thoughtful, well-written tributes in the media to Pauly Fuemana soon enough, but this is not one of them.

ADDED: This thoughtful piece is from Campbell Live, and talks with Pauly's family and friends (Ermehn, Brotha D), as they bring Pauly's casket home late this afternoon. Campbell Live reports that Pauly died from pneumonia.

As John Campbell says in the story, even tho we live in an age of Scribe, Savage, Tiki Taane, Nesian Mystik and so on, its not that long ago that being brown meant never being played on the radio, and How Bizarre was a breakthru song not only for Pauly, but for a generation of young Polynesian musicians who realised they could do it too.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

R.I.P Pauly Fuemana
Pauly passed away after a short illness earlier today, according to news reports.  Very sad indeed - my condolences to his family. His brother Phil Fuemana passed away back in 2005 (read Simon Grigg's comments on Phil's passing and funeral here)

"In 1995 OMC (Otara Millionaires Club) achieved fame with How Bizarre, which reached number one in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and parts of Europe.
OMC sold between three and four million copies of their album, also titled How Bizarre, making it New Zealand's biggest-selling record."

How Bizarre never came out as a single in the US - if you wanted a copy you had to buy the album - far more lucrative.

Watch: 20/20 (TVNZ) clip from 2007 on Pauly's 'comeback' single and more. (link) He says he made $5 million from How Bizarre.