Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, March 13
Jingo - Thousand finger man
Soul fantastics  - Aint no sunshine
Los Superiores - Descarga superior
Prince Fari  - Mozabites
Dub Colossus - Negus dub
Noiseshaper  - Ruff like a what
Lewis McCallum - Almanac
Herbie Hancock - Bring down the birds (B-Boy edit)
Barkin soul - Baby ba ba be be
Simon sound  -Tour de Mars
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
The Wailers - Put it on
Morgan Heritage and Bounty Killer  -Guns in the ghetto
Nas and Damian Marley - As we enter
Mr Chop - Straighten it out
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings  - I learned the hard way
3 Titans - Life of a scholar
Daktaris -Its all a big hustle (Mad Professor remix)
Adrian Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry -  Brazilian jungle
Ruts DC - Love and fire (Dreadzone remix)
RSD - Jah way
Suizen  -Cartesian space 4d mix
Sade - Keeps us from falling (Ill poetic remix)
Collen and Webb - Give me a call
Fulgeance - Sour socca
ESG - Moody (spaced out mix)
Dub asylum - krd loop unmixed
Ricketts meets Fabulous - Riki

Friday, March 12, 2010

Rhys Darby meets Dr Dre
You probably already seen it, but damn, its funny. Our boy with Dre. Nuts.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Recycle: everything's gone green
This blog - neworder-recycle- is all about New Order and Joy Division. A fan has lovingly collected up rare, out of print singles and collated them. It's a magnificent effort.

"Many of the tracks have never appeared on CD. This was a labor of love from a small, devoted circle of fans... All tracks were taken from the best/earliest possible sources to avoid modern mastering techniques which crush the dynamics. Tracks sourced from vinyl have been carefully cleaned and EQ levels have been tweaked for consistency. The artwork was scanned at the highest possible resolution and the type was reset when possible using the original fonts."

Take Love Will Tear US Apart - look at the attention to detail. You get...

01 Love Will Tear Us Apart
02 These Days
03 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pennine/alternate version)
04 The Sound Of Music
05 Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995 Don Gehman Radio Mix)
06 Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995 Arthur Baker Remix)

1, 2 sourced from Nippon Columbia Japan CD Substance COCY-9332
3 sourced from 1988 Factory Records CD single Atmosphere Facd213
4 sourced from Nippon Columbia Japan CD Still COCY-9331
5, 6 sourced from 1995 London/PolyGram Canada CD single Love Will Tear Us Apart 422 850 129-2.

Grab my fave New Order track, Confusion, over here. Or maybe I like Everything's gone green better? Hmmm....

Lalo Schifrin: The Cool Maestro
 Check this very cool interview from the LA Weekly with the soundtrack composer Mr Lalo Schifrin (Mission impossible, Bullitt, Enter the dragon and many more). He's still working at 77, but is a bit sceptical of how today's film directors approach film scores...

"One of his biggest worries is what he sees as a cost-cutting industry trend toward "assembled" soundtracks, like the Robbie Robertson–curated score for Scorsese's current thriller, Shutter Island, or even Tarantino's recent recycling of Schifrin's own 1970s work. "I liked Inglourious Basterds," he admits. "It was entertaining, and Tarantino used my music well. But he cannot work with a composer — at least not yet. He needs records, and from those records he extracts what he needs....

... For Schifrin, another industry practice that limits creativity is that of directors or producers handing the composer the "temp tracks" (works under copyright that are used temporarily for editing purposes) and telling him or her to imitate them. "Thus the composer is not a composer anymore — he is just a vehicle to copy the tracks with just enough variation to stay within copyright regulations. He ends up producing a kind of parody," Schifrin states with the contempt of someone for whom all music, from Beethoven and bebop to karate soundtracks, has always been a serious matter.

"I don't want to be the old guy who keeps complaining," he clarifies. "But I once had to tell a director: 'Stop going to the record store. Stop buying music. Let the composer compose.' "

Next he's off to Ireland, where he's conducting a program of suites arranged from his soundtracks, at Dublin's National Concert Hall. Check the article, he's got some great advice for anyone wanting to get into writing soundtracks.
The KPMG report on Radio NZ
Released under the OIA (Official Information Act), and kindly shared with the world by Paul Reynolds (local commentator and joint managing director of web design business McGovern Online, NOT the head of Telecom) - read it here. You can download it too (13MB).

The report clearly states that "we have concluded that RNZ is underfunded in terms of ensuring the sustainability of its current outputs".

So its current level of funding is not enough to continue its current commitments, which means, if it has to live within its existing funding as the Government is insisting, it will probably have to cut services.

As Paul says, "Seems clear as mud to me - RNZ can't do what they are tasked to do within their current budget - so the question Minister is, are you going to change "their outputs" - and make this change public - or are you going to help them achieve their existing outputs with additional resources?  And if the former - they have to do less - then can you make it real clear to them - and indeed the rest of us, just what less means."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The things you find on the side of the road...
... like a box of records, sitting outside a shop with a sign that says Free Records. Saw this on my walk home this evening, so I grabbed a few, chopped up some samples and came up with this tune in ten minutes, a mad jazzy flute loop that's wonky as hell.  Enjoy. The picture with the video is the records sitting outside the shop.

DUB45 styles
DUB45 is home to a new project from Wellington musician Tim Prebble. Check the video below, tasty electronica business. Then go check out his net label and grab a copy.

Happy 80th birthday, Ornette Coleman.
“I was born in Fort Worth in 1930, and I knew about as much then as I do now,” he said. “I don’t want to be smart and I don’t want to be dumb and I don’t want to be dead.” From NYTimes.

Funky Soweto.
Coming soon in the "Next Stop: Soweto" series is Funky Soweto, which looks killer.

"Volume 2 of the Next Stop... Soweto series shifts its focus to traditional forms meeting with funk, soul, jazz and more.  Painstakingly researched and compiled by Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker (whose influential 2001 compilation Afro Rock was also just recently re-issued), it's essential listening for anyone interested in timeless music of any variety.  Check the awesome video from The MahotellaQueens, whose songs appear on both volumes." -

Original song with self-made video, featuring clips of the Queens back in the 1970s with their backing, Makhona Tsohle Band.

Next Stop ... Soweto: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves from the Townships 1969-1976 (out May 11th)

Monday, March 08, 2010

New kids on the block
Life of a scholar is the funky single from 3 Titans, three young cats backed by the Menahan St Band.

"The 3 Titans, Khalil Jackson, Jorden Plaines, and Dallas Ifill, are rhythmically gifted fifth-graders with their sights set on higher education. On their debut 7” for Dunham Records, “C-O-L-L-E-G-E” b/w “Life of a Scholar”, the precocious eleven-year-olds trade rhymes about the benefits of going to college and the determination it takes to get there over two sides of old-school, hard-as-nails (and refreshingly sample-free) beats provided by the notorious Menahan Street Band."

Out Feb 16 thru Daptone/Durham Records. Watch it below.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (trailer)
Directed by Tamra Davis, the documentary features never-before seen footage of the prolific artist painting, talking about his art, and existing in the two years prior to his death in 1988. Davis shot an interview with her friend Basquiat in 1986, when he was out in Los Angeles. Two years later he died, and she took all the footage and put it away on a drawer. Now it's finally emerged.
The soundtrack features music from Mike D (Tamra Davis's husband) and Ad Rock. Watch it over here, or below. (hat tip Different Kitchen)