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 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."