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: )
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

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.