Tuesday, April 06, 2010

RWC ad mashup

Poi-e replaces Jesus Jones cover?
I chopped this up over the weekend, following last weeks discussion on possible alternatives to the Feelers covering some English 90s pop band - someone suggested Poi-e.  P-Money did a great live remix of Poi-e and played it with the Patea Maori Club and Four Corners a few years back at the Silver Scroll Awards (watch it here) so I grabbed the audio for that and chucked it with the pictures. Boom! Enjoy.

 PS. Don't tell P-Money.

Link to youtube clip below

Monday, April 05, 2010

Guardian's obituary for Pauly Fuemana


This has recently gone up online, and is well worth a read. As Simon Grigg (Huh! Records), noted, via Twitter), "it's the only obit to date that hasn't mixed fact with bizarre fantasy." Written by expat Kiwi Garth Cartwright.

Kutiman tunes in


Kutiman  is Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, who popped up in Nick D's TV show Making Tracks in the episode on Tel Aviv and that city's thriving music scene. Hes most well known for some amazing video mashups he did lifting musicians from youtube clips and chopping them together.

" What really makes Kutiman unique is his abhorrence of commercial recording; his samples hail from virtual unknowns and his work is distributed for free on the web. That's not to say that Thru-You is just some exercise in artistic egalitarian humanism. Kutiman's stubborn devotion to amateur YouTube artists would only amount to so much branded gimmickry if he were not remarkably adept at making exhilarating crazy-quilts from his dozens of moving parts."

Download some of Kutiman's tunes here, and read this great post from Tofu Hut via BV, lotsa good background info on Kutiman. And check his  Thru-You site for more music.

MTC responds to Dirty Sesh reports


MTC Records boss Kirk Harding has posted a response to much of the media frenzy on Dirty Sesh and his controversial video, here.  As Kirk says, "that if one publication gets their facts wrong, so do the rest.". He repeats his earlier apology over the video. Lesson learned, moving on. But no...

Late last week NZPA put out a story with quotes from Scribe, reacting to the video, and the NZPA story was picked up by TV3 and NZHerald. The story was called "Video controversy 'taking a toll' on Derty Sesh". (I wonder who wrote that story?)

Kirk is quoted in the article as allegedly having said Sesh was "exhausted from the whole ordeal, [and it was] affecting his music and his writing", but there's one tiny problem - Kirk says "I would be very interested to know where those quotes came from, because they are not mine" (see comments on TV3 story, where Kirk also says Dirty Sesh has just delivered 28 new songs for his next album, which contradicts the entire story). Making up quotes... really?

Scribe responded via Twitter, saying he was misquoted. "I will say it was correct the Im not a fan thing coz that's my personal opinion..The whole repurcussions thing was not what they said. The Q was "Would I be scared if Dirty Sesh came to my house?" Being a father with small children at my house I would knock anyone out... It wasn't a personal attack I meant in general... Anyone with bad intentions."

Binky Griptite (Dapkings) interview



With and intro from  Ms Sharon Jones, talking about when she first met Binky. "I first met Binky at a session for Lee Fields, it was on 42nd Street in Manhattan. He still had on big dreads he’d wear under a beanie that looked liked a turban. I think he was still playing with Antibalas at the time..."

Binky, on his role as show MC for Sharon Jones and the Dapkings... "There are a lot of great bands that seem to deny that they are in showbiz. I take my showbiz very seriously."

On recording on 8 track reel to reel tape rather than Protools:  "Having only 8 tracks forces you to get to the point. It also forces you to make decisions on the spot. People have been overproducing records for years; the computer just makes that a little bit easier..."

Read it here, at Nerdtorious, the excellent blog of writer David Ma (Wax Poetics XLR8R, Pitchfork).  There's a ton of great stuff over there to read. Photo: Nerdtorious

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Feelers recorded RWC ad song for free.


I heard a rumour to the effect last week that the Feelers had recorded the Jesus Jones cover for free (which seems absurd, unless they got really good free seats for the RWC in exchange) , and it was confirmed in the Sunday News by Hamish Gee of the Feelers. Gee says that "If there was a New Zealand song, no matter how good that song was, then for people in Argentina who don't know that song it won't have as much impact. I am not a marketing genius, but I think it is smart to use a song that everyone will recognise."

A song that people will recognise on the global (read - rugby-playing) stage is a top idea, but it's arguable whether Right Here Right Now is a song everyone will recognise, given it was a hit in a small number of countries, mainly English-speaking ones, like the US, UK, and NZ. I think that a one hit wonder from 1991is probably not going to be that widely recognised. This is basically a lost chance to push some NZ songwriter out to the world.

There's no reason for the NZ RWC organisers to be patriotic just to please a bunch of whiners, but there is an opportunity to showcase what makes special, but that doesn't appear in teh ads either - maybe they will showcase NZ in subsequent ads  - this is just the start of the campaign, after all. And it can only improve from here.

Arch Hill's Ben Howe wrote an interesting post on it, have a look... "latest blog on various music biznez, Taite prize, Jesus Jones etc " @archhillmystery via Twitter

ADDED From NZ Herald: "Former NZ Idol judge and music industry professional Paul Ellis said the choice of song was "lazy" and the job should have been given to a local band. The well-informed Ellis said the initial contract to use the song for the ad would be worth about $200,000 and the artist would also receive royalties."

Happy birthday, Marvin Gaye


Special Marvin Gaye mix from DJ Spinna, grab it here. Also,  Spinna's Sade mix from a while back over here.

EMI faces tough times with bank


"EMI faces being taken over by its bankers after breaching its debt covenants following its failure to clinch a deal with rival Universal to sell its distribution rights in North America for around £200m.[EMI has also been rumoured to be in talks with other major labels trying to license its catalogue for some immediate cash].

An agreement was viewed as critical if the British-based music company, owned by private equity firm Terra Firma, was to avoid breaching the terms of its debts following a £4.2bn buyout in 2007. Terra Firma, headed by British financier Guy Hands, owes £3bn to Citigroup linked to the transaction, which was clinched on the eve of the credit crunch.

Now Terra Firma must go to its investors in a bid to raise £120m by 12 June or face the prospect of Citigroup seizing control of the business. In normal circumstances, Citigroup could take over EMI now, but under the terms of its so-called "covenant lite" lending agreement, the bank agreed to allow the music company breathing space to make good any breach." From the Guardian

EMI's owners, Terra Firma, face debt that "now stands at more than £3 billion, compared to the £2.4 billion purchase price." From Hits Daily Double.

Erykah Badu gets fined over video


From Gawker: "Erykah Badu's naked video shoot earned her a disorderly conduct charge after some prude Texas lady filed an indecency complaint. Now Erykah owes the Dallas Police Department a $500 fine. If you didn't see it, here are the naked Erykah Badu pictures. She crawled around naked on the sidewalk in the plaza where JFK was assassinated." [TMZ, TMZ]


Saturday, April 03, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 3 April
Some killer new releases from Ms Sharon Jones, Erykah Badu, and Shawn Lee and Bei Bei to drop today, plus a bunch of rocksteady jams in honour of catching the excellent documentary Rocksteady: Roots of Reggae earlier this week. It's out on DVD soon too, highly reccomended for reggae fans.

Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Better things
Barkin soul  - Babybababebe
The simonsound - Tour de mars
Hopeton Lewis -Take it easy
Brother Culture -Warning dub
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
Alton Ellis - Rocksteady
Austin Faithful - I'm in a rocking mood
Paragons - Tide is high
Viceroys  -Give it to him
Dawn Penn - No no no
Lloyd and Devon - Red bumb ball
Albarosie - Sound killa
Shawn Lee and Bei Bei - East
Musinah feat OOGenesis - Always
Mr Chop - The world is yours
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Money
3 Titans - College
Jean Knight - Do me
The Skatalites - Beardsman ska
The wailers -Put it on
Alton Ellis and the flames - Dance crasher
Tommy McCook - Beirut
RSD - Jah way
Nicolette - Waking up remix
New order - Confusion
Erykah Badu - Turn me away (get munny)
Willie Bobo - Roots
Jean Jacques Perry and Luke Vibert  -Ye olde beatbox
EIl Paperboy Reed - Ace of spades
Dr John - Right place wrong time

Friday, April 02, 2010

Visit Roger Steffens reggae archive
Author Roger Steffens visited NZ a few years back promoting his fantastic book Reggae Scrapbook. This clip is fascinating. Check out his signed seven inch singles.

Quote: "People are always asking me what my records are worth and I don’t know. How do you put a value on these things. They’re irreplaceable. They’re not priceless, but they’re irreplaceable." Hat tip to Crate Kings.



Roger Steffens' Reggae Archives from Babylon Falling on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Rugby World Cup song palaver.
There's been a lot of chatter in the last few days over the choice of song for the 2011 Rugby World Cup  - The Feelers covering Right Here Right Now by Jesus Jones, a hit back in 1990. The general reaction is it's not the most inspired choice. ADDED NZ Herald's Russell Baillie weighs in "Wrong song for rugby singalong".

Right Here Right Now was chosen for the  ads as it's "about selling tickets", and is not the tournament's official song, Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden says (in NZ Herald). That song is World In Union.

The best alternative I've seen anyone come up with was a suggestion on Twitter that they (RWC) use Poi-e with a modern twist, say Che Fu. Then P-Money joined in the conversation, pointing to this wicked video Patea Maori Club with Four Corners and P-Money... Now imagine this under those rugby ads...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


New Sharon Jones and Dapkings album streaming at NPR
Go have a listen, it's wicked modern soul. It's out April 6, on CD and LP. And while you're there, NPR have a recent live show from Ms Sharon Jones and her Dapkings, taken from SXSW for download here. Check the Dapkings super soul revue from Daptone Records.

Monday, March 29, 2010

DJ Kentaro at the Turnaround - DAMN!
I had the pleasure of catching DJ Kentaro at the Turnaround last Friday night, after seeing him the previous week at the Tiger Translate event which was incredible - hats off to everyone involved in that mean night. Kentaro's set at the Turnaround ws more of a club set, starting off hiphop, then  going reggae, and off into some mad house bizznizz, then back to dubstep and some jungle. Watching him cut and scratch house tunes was  pretty mad - not a genre I really pay much attention to, but he did some mighty clever stuff with it. And then he went back to the reggae styles and dropped Budy Bye form Johnny Osbourne, which tore the place up. Much respect to Kentaro.

Anyways, this video is a bunch of photos I shot with my iPhone, using a camera app called Hipstermatic, which emulates an instamatic-type look. The music is Dk Kentaro's remix of Kunte Kinte by the Revolutionaries. Enjoy.

Mulatu - new album on the way
Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke's first official solo release in over 20 years, called Mulatu Steps Ahead, is coming out March 30. "The tracks were recorded with members of Either/Orchestra in Boston, with contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis, members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK’s leading jazz and African players during the final sessions in London in November 2009."

Here's a clip of Mulatu talking about the new album (14 mins).



"Also, make sure to check out Mulatu's full orchestra Los Angeles performance on Mochilla's Timeless DVD box set, which is also out March 30th on Mochilla.  The limited edition 3-disc box set includes Astatke's full set featuring jazz legends Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence & Phil Ranelin, as well as discs featuring a performance by Arthur Verocai, and "Suite For Ma Dukes," an orchestral interpretation of J Dilla's work.  See below for a clip featuring footage from Mulatu Astatke's disc.   
http://www.mochilla.com/timeless

And thanks to the kind folk at Strut... in case you missed it, download "Green Africa" from the album below:
Mulatu Astatke- "Green Africa" (mediafire) (zshare)
Over 80 versions of Mas Que Nada
Lounge, Brazilian, disco, drum n bass... you name it. Get your fill over here.  Jorge Ben, the song's composer, is playing in Auckland soon too (May 22 at Powerstation).  Versionsgalore blog (hat tip to Crighton)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

To have and to hold: trailer

To Have & To Hold - Taster Tape from Jony Lyle on Vimeo.


From Crate Kings: "Director Jony Lyle gives a quick teaser of his upcoming film entitled To Have & To Hold, which Lyle describes as “a ‘musicmentory’ to celebrate the age of vinyl records.


The film promises enough archive footage, records rooms, music collections, pressing plants, and rare vinyl to satisfy even the most die hard physical music addicts.  In addition to its irresistible collectible eye candy, To Have & To Hold, which is scheduled for a 2010 release, features interviews with such notable vinyl aficionados as Questlove, Chuck D, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Amir, Bruce Lundvall, Christian Marclay, and Paul Mawhinney."


RIP Bobby Espinosa (of LA group El Chicano)
Saw this over at Soulsides. Bit late, but here it is...
Felix Contreras has a great memorial piece up at NPR about him.
Here's a 2009 interview with him by Jesus Velo of Los Illegals.

I first came across El Chicano when I found their first album Viva Tirado in Real Groovy. I picked it up cos the music was cool jazzy East LA 70s funk, and cos the liners notes were fantastic, including mentioning such important details as "The album was recorded afterhours in the lounge of the Kabuki Sukiyaki Restaurant, 3840 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, because that is what El Chicano wanted and because Moss is too good to be true". And one of the engineers was a Kiwi. The album has some great covers too, like Canteloupe Island, and a dynamite version of the Doors - Light my fire, which is 25 seconds long.

El Chicano - Viva Tirado live, 1971.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Ba Ba Boom, supercheap
My Dub Asylum single Ba Ba Boom is on special at the moment over at Mighty Ape, usually $23, now only $15!  Go grab it  - it's bloody good. Audio preview on Dub Asylum Myspace.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Hypnotic Womad
NZ Musician's Trevor Reekie has written a great review of some of the acts from the recent Womad Msuic Festival in New Plymouth. He talked to the likes of Nortec Collective, Calexico and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble about their business model, how they survive off their music. Best snippet: Hypnotic Brass have sold a staggering 800,000 albums. Holy crap.
Read the article here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The T.A.M.I Show
The first time I saw this incredible show was on VHS video release back in the early 90s. It's a TV show of a live concert in Santa Monica from 1964, with a killer lineup of live performers - Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, and best of all, you get to watch the Rolling Stones flail around as they have to come onstage and play right after James Brown. Suckers. Now the show has just come out on DVD, and it's a must-see. Strangely, tho, I recall seeing Bo Diddley on the VHS video, but I think that was the T.A.M.I./TNT Show, combining a few different shows.

There's a write-up about it here on the LA Times...

"There's a story that Keith Richards once said 'Following James Brown was the biggest mistake of our lives,' " pop music historian and documentary filmmaker David Leaf said. "Maybe, waiting in the wings for the audience to recover, the Rolling Stones felt it was a bad idea at the moment. But watching the footage today, the Stones' performance is first-rate rock 'n' roll. It's just not epic in the way Brown's is. Really, nobody could follow James Brown."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Go you good thing
This week sees Kiwi artists at number ones on both the singles and album charts - Hollie Smith htis the top of the album chart on first week of release, and J Williams and Scribe continues their run atop the singles chart.

According to Paul Kennedy, dual Kiwi number ones have happened on 29 occasions in the last 8 years. Last time was April 2007, with Hayley Westenra and Atlas. Only Scribe and Ben Lummis have topped both charts simultaneously, in that time.


Corrugated cardboard record player
Hat tip to Suyin for sending me this... "A record player created from a piece of corrugated cardboard that folds into an envelope. Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil. The vibrations go trough the needle and are amplified in the cardboard material. The players were sent out to creative directors across North America as a creative demonstration of GGRP’s sound engineering capabilities. Agency: Grey Vancouver, Canada." From Direct Daily. Click on pic below to enlarge it.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Shane McGowan, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp cover I Put A Spell On You
Also features Mick Jones (Clash), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Chrissie Hynde and more....rip-roaring version of the Screaming Jay Hawkins classic. Wonder if you can buy it from way down here in NZ?



"So moved by the plight of the people of Haiti, Shane and his long term girlfriend, writer Victoria Clarke made calls to friends and associates from which began the process of recording a track from which ALL proceeds go to Concern, a charity who have provided assistance to some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, even before the earthquake struck. Some of the stars on the record include - Nick Cave / Bobby Gillespie / Glen Matlock / Johnny Depp / Chrissie Hynde / Paloma Faith / Eliza Doolittle."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sat 20 March
War - Me and baby brother
Soul Investigators w Myron and E - Its a shame
Sunlightsquare latin combo - I believe in miracles (inst)
La Belle - What can I do for you?
3 Titans - Life of a scholar
Chic - Good times
Los superiores - Descarga superior
Quantic -Westbound train
Dubblestandart - Pre-emptive dub (Sly n Robbie remix)
Johnny Osbourne - We need love
Jackie Mittoo - Summer breeze
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Ticklah - Descent
Prince Jammy - A stalawatt version
Hakan Lidbo - Trinity
Oogun - Drony dubhall
Nortec collective - Tenga la voz, Colorado
J Dilla - Safety dance
Joy division - Love will tear us apart (Arthur Baker remix, 1995,
find it here: http://neworder-recycle.blogspot.com/ )
Amral's Trinidad cavaliers - 90% of me is you
Jahdan Blakkamore - She said
Poirier - Let them hate (Mungos Hifi remix)
Richie Phoe - Bumpy's lament
Adrian Sherwood and Lee Scratch Perry - His masters voice
Cooly G - Love dub
DJ Vadim - Soldier (UK Flex mix)
Fink - Sort of revolution (Sideshow dub)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Raw power
They may have been nominated for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame seven times since becoming eligible back in 1994, but finally, Iggy and the Stooges made it in. They were inducted alongside Abba, Genesis, the Hollies and Jimmy Cliff. The NYT noted that... 'In his acceptance speech, Mr. Pop declared: “Roll over, Woodstock. We won.” HELL YEAH.

They had previously performed at the Inductees event when Madonna asked them to play her songs in 2008, as her protest at the omission that year of Iggy and the Stooges (who were nominated that year but didn't get voted in).

ADDED Here's a review of the staid, black-tie audience reaction to Iggy and the Stooges performance... "Iggy ripped off his shirt and the band roared to life. And the audience … pretty much just sat there.  ... I can’t remember the last time I saw a more uncomfortable looking group of people. You could almost read the thought balloons: “I can’t wait for this to be over.” “Please make them stop.” “Bring out the Hollies.”

AND if you think being nominated seven times and missing out is bad, Solomon Burke was nominated nine times before he got in, and Patti Smith was nominated six times.  Read all about it in this article: Bridesmaided Bands: What it Took for 5 Hall of Famers to Actually Get In.

Video from AP, includes Iggy and the Stooges performance and press conference. More video here - warning  - seems to start playing ALL the videos when you open this page. Sucky.










NZ music websites strike right note at SXSWi web awards
Three of the five finalists for the best music website award at the 13th annual SXSW Web Awards (held Sunday) hailed from New Zealand. Fat Freddys Drop TV and Shapeshifter made the finals, as did Splore music festival. The other finalists were Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and the winners, Echo and the Bunnymen.

The music award is listed as being for "sites related to musicians, bands and the music industry, as well online radio and other destinations that offer streaming audio content."

Fat Freddys TV and Shapeshifter's sites were designed by Resn, and Splore was designed by Salted Herring.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Donuts
For a New Zealand company doing incredible things on the world stage, Serato slide pretty much under the radar in terms of local acclaim. I suspect that's just how they like it.

I recall hearing DJ Sirvere claim on a TV show once that Serato was the greatest invention ever to come out of NZ, and I think he's right on the money.

Not only are they collaborating with some of the world's greatest DJs, they also have great hookups with some of the most prestigious record labels too, resulting in gems like this one. A Serato/Stonesthrow collab with previously unreleased goodness from the late J-Dilla. Exquisite packaging, two vinyls, and slipmats for your turntables shaped like donuts - who doesn't love donuts?

And you can preview one of the tunes here - JDilla covering Safety Dance. Seriously. Go grab it.

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) http://www.nextstopsoweto-2.com

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)