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.