Monday, May 24, 2010

New Hypnotic Brass

New Hypnotic Brass Ensemble tunes - 5 song EP out on Choicecuts... "Chicago's Hypnotic Brass Ensemble recorded these five scorching reworks of tracks by Fela Kuti, Madlib, Jay-Z, Art Of Noise, Outkast and MF Doom."

Check out the Outkast cover here. Hat tip: Different Kitchen

Preview of audio snippets of the entire ep at Soundcloud here. And Choicecuts have a Steinski mix for free download too.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dub Dub Dub

 Item one: Hugh Masekela - Dont go lose it baby (dub mix), wicked tune!

Item two: Kode9 and Spaceape covering Prince - Sign of the times...  slowed down and twisted outta shape - mad!

All about Theo

Theo Parrish has produced some incredible music-  here's a handful of his mighty fine re-edits. The Willie Hutch one is fantastic.

Willie Hutch - Slick (Theo Parrish edit) via American Athlete

Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes - The love I lost (Theo Parrish ugly edit) via Longo

The Dells  - Get on down (Theo Parrish edit)

Minnie Ripperton - Stick together (Theo Parrish edit)  

Sun Ra - Saga of resistance (Theo Parrish remix)

and one from Theo... Falling up  - Theo Parrish  (Carl Craig remix).


Ring The Alarm playlist, May22

Lee Fields -Honey Dove
Brentford allstars - Greedy G
Richie Phoe feat Tippa Irie - Eyes on the prize
Gregory Issacs - All I have is love
Revolutionaries - Kunta Kinte (DJ Kentaro remix)
Horace Andy - Ital vital (Different drummer soundsystem remix)
Dennis Bovell - None jah jah children (melodica version)
Born Jamericans  -Yardcore
Jahdan Blakkamore - She said
Aural exciters - Spooks in space
Patea Maori Club - Poi-e
King Sunny Ade - Synchro system
The last electro-acoustic space jazz and percussion ensemble - Mystic voyage (for Roy Ayers)
Chuck Womack and the sweet souls - Hamhocks and beans (Quantic remix)
The Simonsound - Tour de mars
Krafty kuts and Dr Luke - Come alive
Kion and Murda - No 1 sound feat Junior Murvin
Ruts DC - Whatever we do (RSD remix)
Pitch black - 100 mile drift (International observer remix)
Jorge Ben - Umbabarauma
Joy Denalane - Change
Celestial choir - Stand by the word
Majestik legend - In and out
Bill Withers - Harlem (Eamon Harkin edit)
Bonobo - The keeper
Original Tropicana steel band  - Spanish hustle (Kon 12" re-edit)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Flying Lotus live with a band

At his recent album launch in LA, Flying Lotus turned up with a full live band. Dude is making mad jazz. Hat tip to Potholes in my blog.

Free local beats

Check out Hip Drop, local beats from the likes of Truent, Mara TK, Alphabethead, and that killer remix of the Mint Chicks - Crazy yes, dumb no  by Scratch 22. Go have a listen.

oh, yeah and this: Yo La Tengo remixed by Pete Rock. Woah. Listen here, or here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


This Friday night from 5pm til late, check out a handful of AK's finest scribes retreating from their desks and taking to the turntables. Scott Kara, Liam Dann and Alan Perrott, - journalists at the esteemed NZ Herald - reveal their one true love, vinyl. Down in the Banquo Bar under the Shakespeare Tavern on Albert St. And it's free. Choice.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brewing up a storm part 2

Late today the guilty party appeared on my blog and posted the following comment...

"Hey all, Stinky Jim's Head Brewer here. Just to set the record straight, we've never brewed a batch of beer in our life. In fact I'm more of a whiskey chap in all honesty. Craft beer is going through a resurgence at the moment, and as a result, became the object of this whole thing.

"We never set out to offend or make money from something that wasn't ours. In fact, the name was chosen due to the fact that we thought it would be laughable to actually commercialise a beer with that name. The actual DJ Stinky Jim didn't even factor in the thinking until someone brought it up on Twitter (an unfortunate association, I will concede).

"This whole debacle began as an advertising interns experiment, nothing more, and a great deal has been taken from it by us, and I'm sure by anyone with an interest in social media."

I have no way of knowing if this is genuine or not. It's anonymous too. While I'm glad whoever did this owned up, the fact that they thought it "would be laughable to actually commercialise a beer with that name" shows they didn't bother to check the name on Google first. "The actual DJ Stinky Jim didn't even factor in the thinking until someone brought it up on Twitter (an unfortunate association, I will concede)" - again, two seconds on Google would have saved them from creating this mess.

So, they concede it was an unfortunate association. Now apologise to Stinky Jim. That's the decent thing to do. 

It's worth having a read of some of the other comments on the original post, very amusing.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stinky Jim Brewing up a storm

 Late yesterday I saw something odd pop up on Twitter  - a retweet of a new arrival on Twitter, called Stinky Jim's Brewing (@StinkyJimsBrew). It read "Here we are world! Watch this space, cause we're going to throw Hops at you, and although it will be slightly annoying, you'll love it."

Their Twitter bio reads as...

Stinky Jim is one of Auckland's most respected DJs, having treated listeners to his Stinky Grooves show on Radio 95BFM for about 20 years now, even educating a younger generation of BFM DJs as they came thru the ranks. Hes also the man behind Round Trip Mars Records (SJD, Naked and Famous, James Duncan) and makes music as part of Phase 5 and Unitone Hifi.

In short, he has built an impeccable reputation as purveyor of the best in stonkingly good tunes. His legendary radio show is a testament to that. I've had the pleasure of knowing Jim for nearly 20 years, having first crossed paths via BFM and Planet magazine  - he interviewed my band Hallelujah Picassos for Planet, it was a very mad interview. I've still got it somewhere.

The person who retweeted/reposted the above comment from Stinky Jims Brewing was Charlotte Ryan from 95BFM's Morning Glory show. She told me she had done so as she assumed that they had something to do with Stinky Jim. I emailed Jim to ask him. The answer was an emphatic no. Jim was very unhappy at having his name borrowed like this.

I tried to find out more today about what rights Jim had as far as protecting his name from this type of theft, via Twitter. One person pointed out to me that "That's not how trademarks work. Different industries can have the same marks. It's not theft, and it's not illegal." While it is morally wrong to take someone's name/brand, it may not be illegal to do so. I also had a lawyer offer to help out Jim for free, which was most kind.Twitter isn't just noise.

Someone then pointed out that their avatar using an image of rapper Savage was stolen too: "the Savage-cradling-kitten image was made by Tommy Ill - it looks like @StinkyJimBrew took that w/o asking".

Then, at approx 4.45pm this afternoon, Stinky Jim's Brewing posted these messages to Twitter...

"Alas, we have been found out. Stinky Jim's Brewing Co was a social media experiment to test the effectiveness of social media in creating..."
" ..a buzz for a new company. No money has changed hands, no one has profited from the use of a name or image. But we are impressed with the.."
"...tenacity with which you defended the use of the images/names. Happy Tweeting, Twits!"


This provoked a number of responses - mine was " wow, @StinkyJimBrew messed with someone's reputation for an experiment. Get the fuck outta here."
and then  "We got punked by @StinkyJimBrew - yeah nah. not funny."

Simon Grigg wrote to me via Tiwtter "is @StinkyJimBrew serious? That is dorkish behaviour at the most dorkish."
And Kirk Harding responded with "whoever is behind the @StinkyJimBrew prank/social experiment/bullshit is extremely idiotic. Cheap thrills?" 

Over the past two days, the Social Media Junction conference has been running in Auckland at Skycity Convention Centre. It may be possible that this experiment/prank/hoax is in some way connected with that conference - I hope not. As Andy Beal, one of the speakers said "Don't fake it; you get found out." 

Or it maybe right now some "social media expert" is working away in a cutting-edge ad agency or marketing company on a Power Point presentation on how to create a buzz for your company, with this stunning example of bullshit as his/her illustration of success.

The Twitter account for Stinky Jim's Brewing was deleted early this evening.

Someone out there knows who did this. Know anything? Hit me up via email. The address is at the top right of this blog. Thanks.

This image below is from Google cache, before they deleted the photo collage stolen from Tommy Ill, featuring Savage - it's hard to see, but Savage is on front of a kid on a swing, saying "let me see your kid swing".

Mophono back again

I've been hanging out for some new beats from Mophono, (aka San Francisco's DJ Centipede) after copping his mad, mad remix of that Axelrod jam The Edge a while back (the one Dr Dre sampled for Next Episode). He's giving away a promo mixtape called Thug Jazz Vol1 here,  in support of Mophono's Halftone Society's "Sinicism EP" out on 12" vinyl/digital on Bastard Jazz Recordings now. Mean.

Mixtape Riot has as tune off the ep for you over here, if you want a taster.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ben Howe on Flying Nun

Today's Blog on the Tracks blog features a guest post from Arch Hill Records boss Ben Howe. He talks about the evolution of the label, following the demise of Flying Nun as an active independent  label. He also touches on the controversy surrounding his involvement and his subsequent snubbing by Roger Shepherd over the revived Flying Nun (background on that proposed deal here)

Howe writes: "One disappointment of the last couple of years was Roger Shepherd in relation to the Flying Nun deal. A partial version of the story is here. It should be noted, however, that despite his saying in this article he would pay back money I invested in the project, this still hasn't happened.

However, the upside of the Flying Nun situation is it has given me the chance to rethink Arch Hill. For the last couple of years I have been running things assuming that I would be a partner in the new Flying Nun. It had been discussed that Arch Hill would become a more domestically focused label for more established artists like Don McGlashan, David Kilgour and others. Flying Nun could focus on reviving the back catalogue as well as emerging artists with international potential. It would be complementary.

This was by no means a fixed thing, but for the two years of Flying Nun negotiations I had been thinking along these lines.

So, more recently, it's been good to rethink that game plan. It means I can also start working with more "up and coming" bands like Surf City, Street Chant and Family Cactus..."

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, May 15

Timmy Thomas -Why can't we live together? (Shoes dub mix)
Sugar Minott - Nice it up
Richie Phoe - Ital food
Roots radics - Patrolling
Skatalites - Addis ababa
Nas and Damian Marley - Land of promise
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Balliki bone
Ariya astrobeat arkestra - Crosstown traffic
Manu Dibango - Africadelic
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - It's a shame
Flaming souls - Mosquito
Mos dub  - Travelling underground
The soul fantastics - Aint no sunshine
Ragga twins - Spliffhead (original)
Fulgeance - Sour socca
Lightning head - NPG
Jorge Ben - Umbabarauma
Mayer Hawthorne - The ills
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Better things
Gil Scott Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
The Staples - Sweeter than sweet
Don Armando's 2nd ave rumba - I'm an Indian too (Pilooski edit)
Ruts DC - Love and fire (Dreadzone remix)
RSD - Forward youth
Borther culture - Warning
Lovejoys - It aint easy
King everand - Kill ol pan
Noel Ellis - Rocking universally
Jay-Z at studio One - Dirt off your shoulder

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oddisee - Odd Spring

Producer Oddisee drops the final installment in his collection of EPs based around the seasons., Ok, so they're synced to the Northern hemispehere, but that doesnt make them any less dope. Download it for free here - he also plans to release em all as a box set on vinyl too.

You can download the previous EPs over here, check the excellent Put me On It blog.

Mr Chop and CL Smooth

Mr Chop released a wicked album recently, called For Pete's Sake, a bunch of tunes by Pete Rock reworked - now Cl Smooth has got in on the act, free mp3 for you via the good folk at Stonesthrow....

"Last year, Mr. Chop – a producer and multi-instrumentalist behind several Now-Again recordings and DOOM's Born Like This – released For Pete's Sake, an album made up entirely of psych, funk, jazz and rock covers of Pete Rock’s greatest beats. The backing tracks for the new versions with CL Smooth's are different than those on the Pete’s Sake album, and feature The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto on drums."

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 8

Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Various - Got to be at that party
Jah Batta - Informa
Augustus Pablo - Cassava piece
Admiral Tibet - Serious time
Phillis Dillion - Rocksteady
Prof Oz - Waves and Skank remix by Grant Phabao
Mos Dub - History town
Richie Phoe - Eyes on the prize
20th century steel band - Land of a 1000 dances
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - She aint a child no more
Ray Charles vs Beatsy Collins - I got a woman
Manu Dibango  -The panther
Menahan st band - Karina
Aloe Blacc - I need a dollar Inst
Bonobo  -Eyes down
Jorge Ben Jor -Take it easy my brother Charles (playing live at the Powerstation, May 22)
Johnny Hammond Smith - Shifting gears
Ariya astrobeat arkestra - Crosstown traffic
Cesaria Evora - Angola (Pepe Bradock Get Down Dub)
Suizen - Cartesian space 2D Mix
Adi Dick - The message (dub edit)
Born jamericans - Yardcore
Yami Bolo - When a man's in love
Big youth - Jim screechy (Smith and Mighty remix)
Glen Brown - Wicked tumbling version
King Tubby - A heavy dub
Rhythm and sound feat Sugar Minott - Let jah love come
Prince Fari - The right way
Patti Jo - Make me believe in you (Ashley Beedle/Phil Asher re-edit)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Smash the Jukebox - this saturday night!

'Smash the Jukebox' is a celebration of all things New Zealand Music, Past and Present. A chance for everyone to come together and celebrate the history behind the Music and Give back to a Valuable Charity at the same time.  This event will be something special!! A Fundraiser for 'Ronald McDonald House' Auckland. Kick ass right!?

The event will host DJs and Live Music all of whom will be playing solely NZ tunes, past and present, originals and covers. The line-up pulls together some of New Zealand's most influential industry characters and lets them run wild, playing the music that influenced them. From music heads to industry changers, musicians and tadio / TV personalities. Smash the Jukebox has them all in one place celebrating music and supporting a great cause. Entry by donation.

the lineup...

Live Performances by:
- Bannerman /  Flip Grater /  Josephine Costain

DJ Sets from:
- Andrew Buckton - Studio 203 / Best Engineer 09
- Troy Ferguson - 95bfm "The Rock n Roll Wire"
- Peter McLennan - Dub Asylum, Base FM, Kiwi FM
- Andrew Manning - 95bfm "Freak the sheep"
- Murray Cammick - Founder of Rip it Up, Southside and Wildside Records
- sound system - Simon Woods and Richie Setford
- Trevor Reekie - Pagan Records, RNZ
- Wammo - Kiwi FM breakfast
- Dan Wrightson - Juice TV
- Ben Howe - Arch Hill Recordings
- Mathew Bosher - Decortica
- Damian Vaughn - IMNZ
+ More To Be Announced!

Running order...
Windsor Castle

7 - Dan Wrightson
730 - Damian Vaughn
8 - Wammo (KiwiFm)
830 - Andrew Buckton
9 - Troy Ferguson (RockNRoll Wire, BFM)
930 - Trevor Reekie
10 - Mathew Bosher
1030 -

Juice bar
7 - Ampifier sound system
8 - Josephine Costain live
845 - Andrew Manning
930 - Flip Grater live
1015 - Ben Howe
11 - Bannerman live
1145 - Peter McLennan
1230 - Murray Cammick

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Flashback: World Series, St James theatre, 2002...

The Feb/March issue of NZ Musician features an excellent article looking at the recent review of NZ On Air's offshore funding for bands, called Phase 5. NZ On Air had asked former head of EMI, Chris Caddick, to review this scheme and report back. That report is available online here.The shocker is that Caddick reccomends dropping all of NZ On Air's offshore commitments to the UK/Europe/US and concentrate mainly on Australia. That's the kind of argument the Chills faced in 1983 when they wanted to go to the UK - "Do what Dragon/Misex did, go to Oz!" Yeah right.

The article also brings to light two local labels who got $500,000 each to set up offshore beach heads. Any ideas on what the outcomes have been for that investment to date?

It ties in neatly with the article in the May issue of Real Groove, where former editor Duncan Grieve takes on the thorny issue of NZ On Air's funding commercial criteria, and how that is clearly at odds with the original, non-commercial NZ bands that succeed offshore. Real Groove is also publishing full interview transcripts from the article, like this one with Mark Kneebone and Mint Chick's Ruban Nielson. Both are well worth reading.  (ADDED: Russell Brown blogged on the article today, and also has a pdf of the article here).

I thik Ruban's idea of splitting the current $50,000 album grant into smaller $10,000 grants is an excellent idea, and hopefully, these articles will create some fruitful discussion amongst the movers and shakers in the industry.

Vicki Anderson of The Press weighs in here with a southern perspective - "Of the 56 acts to receive funding in New Zealand on Air's March round, only one (Salmonella Dub) was based in the South Island. That is simply ridiculous. Not meaning to sound "regionalist" or anything (NZ On Air are always accusing me of this) but, by laws of averages alone, there should be more than one. South Islanders pay taxes too..."

I was talking about the issue of album funding from NZ On Air with an industry associate, and we talked about previous music industry initiatives and their outcomes - and we got to talking about the World Series, held at the St James for a bunch of overseas music industry types.
Remember that? It happened back in 2002, and, thanks to Google., I found Judith Tizard's press release on it from the time. Apparently the visitors enjoyed our hospitality extensively.  Now, can you tell me of one single NZ act that got ANYTHING out of that event? Did any of the international opportunities promised in Ms Tizard's headline eventuate? Well, Ms Tizard has the answer to that too...

 She suggests here that the NZ Sounds concert at Central Park the following year happened as a result. If that's the sole outcome, it's a poor return on investment.

A review of World Series - The Big Idea

World Series promises international opportunities for New Zealand music

The World Series showcase of New Zealand music has finished with the promise of international opportunities for local musicians and record labels.
Sixteen leading music industry representatives from Canada, US, UK, Germany and Australia spent the past week watching five showcases of New Zealand music, attending the APRA Silver Scroll Awards and enjoying yachting, sightseeing and America’s Cup activities in a joint government-music industry funded initiative.
Local bands, managers and record companies met the international guests at nightly dinners at the St James Theatre and at several daytime events, such as a three-hour yacht race between NZL40 and NZL41 on the Waitemata Harbour.

“Ralph James from Canada’s The Agency said he and his colleagues go to many such showcases for their work, but that this was the most well-organised they had ever attended,” said Minister for the America’s Cup Trevor Mallard. “He also enthused about the America’s Cup-related daytime activities, especially for the many sailing enthusiasts amongst the group.”

Trevor Mallard said in terms of the business side of the week, he was already aware of plans being made to take New Zealand music offshore. “One of the international guests told me he hopes to stage a showcase of New Zealand music in Canada next year as a result of what he’s seen here.”
Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard said she was delighted with the warm relationships that had formed between the guests and the New Zealand music industry.
“Mark Ashbridge from Festival Mushroom Records says he was thrilled with the business side of the week with regard to his artists and they are already in discussions with several of the guests.
“Ben Howe from Arch Hill Recordings tells me the bands Pine and Fang have got some strong interest as a result of the World Series. They will be following these leads up over the next few months and feel sure they will result in good things.”

Judith Tizard said the World Series also saw the guests sharing their expertise to help develop the New Zealand music industry. “Michael McMartin, director of the Music Managers’ Forum, took time out to meet with New Zealand band managers, share his expertise and offer his help in setting up a New Zealand branch of the Forum.”

Judith Tizard said many of the guests commented on the government’s support for New Zealand music. “They were constantly remarking on what a smart move it was of Prime Minister Helen Clark to invite them here and they couldn’t say enough great things about our support for New Zealand music.

“They also admitted it’s difficult to get them out of their offices to attend a showcase across town, let alone on the other side of the world, so I’m delighted with these early indications of the success of the week, which was well-organised by the project team, Eccles Entertainment and de Launay Enterprises.”

The Ministers thanked the World Series project committee for their excellent work. “Trade New Zealand, Investment NZ, Industry NZ, NZ Music Industry Commission, APRA, NZ On Air put together a great programme, ensured the showcases had top production values, and got people talking to each other. I was impressed with the action at the two gigs I attended and I congratulate the project team,” said Trevor Mallard.

Judith Tizard said the World Series initiative, combined with others such as the NZ Music Industry Commission’s successful delegation to the Midem 2002 trade fair and another delegation next January, will help to develop a thriving export industry.

The Ministers said the World Series follows on from the early November visit to New Zealand by nine British film producers as guests of the NZ Film Commission and Investment New Zealand. Five of those guests are now working with New Zealand producers to co-produce New Zealand feature films.

Both visits were funded from leveraging money allocated to capitalise on the increased attention on New Zealand as a result of the America’s Cup and The Lord of the Rings. The creative sector is one of three key sectors highlighted in the government’s growth and innovation strategy as having strong potential to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

"It's better than a 9 to 5"

The Dudes roadcrew; video from 1979, via Jon Dix.
Hat tip to Simon Grigg.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Smash the jukebox gig - this saturday

I got talked into DJing at this mad night at the Windsor for NZ Music Month. Lineup is insane. Read on...

'Smash the Jukebox' is a celebration of all things New Zealand Music, Past and Present. A chance for everyone to come together and celebrate the History behind the Music and Give back to a valuable charity ('Ronald McDonald House') at the same time.

The event will host DJs and live musicians, all of whom will be playing solely NZ tunes, past and present, originals and covers. The lineup pulls together some of New Zealand's most influential industry characters and lets them run wild, playing the music that influenced them. From Music heads to industry changers, musicians and radio / TV personalities. Smash the Jukebox has them all in one place celebrating music and supporting a great cause.

Live Performances by:
- Bannerman
- Flip Grater- Josephine Costain
DJ Sets from:
- Troy Ferguson - 95bfm "The Rock n Roll Wire"
- Peter McLennan - Dub Asylum, Base FM/KiwiFM
- Andrew Manning - 95bfm "Freak the sheep"
- Murray Cammick - Founder of Rip it Up, Southside and Wildside Records
- sound system - Mr Editor and Mr Music Manager
- Trevor Reekie - Pagan Records, RNZ
- Wammo - Kiwi FM breakfast
- Dan Wrightson - Juice TV
- Ben Howe - Arch Hill Recordings
- Mathew Bosher - Decortica

Saturday, May 8 from 7pm, at Juice Bar (Windsor Castle). Entry by donation.
144 Parnell Road, Parnell.


Did yer ever have the feeling yer being watched?

"Film critic Roger Ebert has posted the screenplay online for his abandoned 1978 Sex Pistols film, Who Killed Bambi?, after it spent over 30 years in the vaults. If the movie had been made, Russ Meyer (who collaborated with Ebert on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) would have directed, with the recently deceased Malcolm McLaren producing. And since we're fairly sure you're not going to read the entire weird, rambling script yourself, we've selected its ten most unsettling quotes for your easy perusal." Read it here.
Via Flavorwire.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Behold my vid style

Some classic Kiwi hiphop music videos selected by DJ Sirvere from the NZ On Screen archives. Choice buzz. Summer in the winter, Stop drop and roll, Chains, many more. Watch em here. (Random fact: I worked on the Behold My Kool Style video as a production assistant for director Jonathan King, way before he became a famous movie director. )

Gilles P digging in Havana

This clip does my head in. Gilles Peterson digging for records in Havana, strikes gold. Watch out for the June 7th release of Gilles' Havana Cultura Remixed. Hat tip to Crate Kings

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Record Store Day bigger than christmas in US

Hypebot reports that "It was a great day for recorded music as sales surged during America’s third annual Record Store Day on April 17th. Compared to the prior week, overall U.S. album sales in the independent sector increased 12% including a whopping 119% vinyl sales jump for the weekend and 529% growth in vinyl single sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan."

LA Times says "Eric Levin, one of Record Store Day's key architects, declared the event "more important" than Christmas or Christmas week, in terms of boosting sales at independent outlets.

Levin runs Atlanta's Criminal Records and overseas the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), a group of 28 indie stores around the country. "Every single AIMS store has reported that this was the best day they ever had, whether they were a 5-year-old store or a 15-year-old store," Levin said.... The overall week-to-week gain in album sales could lead one to conclude that Record Store Day is fueling sales at all music retailers, even those not stocked with exclusive content."

New Basquiat doco

I posted a trailer for this doco a while back, and it had a screening recently at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Here's a clip below, trailer over here.

zSHARE video - Jean Michel

"Before Tamra Davis was directing comedy classics like CB4 and Half Baked, she was hanging around people from the storied downtown New York art scene and taking footage of her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. After he died, she shelved the film for 20 years and never considered doing anything with it until 2006, when she developed a short for a Basquiat retrospective.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child is an expanded, feature-length version of that short, combining her extensive archives with interviews with the artist and his friends, including Fab Five Freddy, Julian Schnabel and his girlfriend Suzanne Mallouk, who talks about getting into a fistfight with Madonna. Watch a brief clip above, then go watch the incredible full-length trailer over at Nowness, which presented Radiant Child at the Tribeca Film Festival last night." Via the Fader.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chief Boima -Techno Rumba promo mix

"Chief Boima is dropping his all new EP on Dutty Artz. The Techno Rumba  single is the next slamming leg in his inspired blend of rolling African riddims with electronic club sounds. Big remixes come from Dutty Artz Tropical hype miesters DJ/Rupture, Uproot Andy & Matt Shadetek.
"And to go with the single, a very special Afro-Rumba mix by Boima himself recorded live at his Little Boabab club in San Francisco.

Boima says "What's important about Boabab is that it is an African club in the heart of the city's main nightlife districts where Africans can go to a place that feels like home in America but it's not marginalized as an ethnic club on the outskirts of the city. The music reflects this.

"Drawing influences from the Mission (historically latin) neighborhood, but also from all of our upbringings as first and second generation Africans, and an identity as black people in America. It is a place where I've been able to bridge the disparate worlds' that I grew up in and create something that represents myself and my diverse experiences through music."

Grab it over at Ghettto bassquake.

Next Stop Soweto part 2

Whereas Volume 1 of Next Stop... Soweto focused on traditional South African music, the second volume treads into the fusion of these sounds with western funk, soul, psych & more.  While the results are utterly unique, not all musicians went this direction by choice.  Below, find a track from the powerhouse group Mahotella Queens (whose sublime "Zway Kumusha" is one of the highlights of Volume 1), who according to the album liner notes, were pressured into a more contemporary direction by their label.  

Not ones to bend over easily though, the track (the title of which translates to "Come On, Hippies") calls out South African youth for leaving behind the values of their parents.  Volume 2 of Next Stop... Soweto is out May 11th.
The Mahotella Queens- "Wozani Mahipi" (mediafire) (soundcloud) (zshare)
From: Next Stop ... Soweto: Soultown, R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds from the Townships. 1969-1976  

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Voodoo Frank vs BBE

Voodoo Frank pops up in the Wax Poetics 'Africa' issue - he's a  mighty interesting cat. He's a serious record collector and DJ, who moved to West Africa in 2005 and lived there for 3 years. You can read about his time there on his website, here.

He recently posted up a thread of emails he had with UK label BBE (titled "Fighting British bootlegging enterprises"), over a song that he says they didn't have a proper licence to use on Off The Track Vol 3, from Kon and Amir. He also posted it on the Soul Strut forums. It's currently 18 pages long.

Frank says that he has an exclusive licence to use a track by Doris Ebong for a compilation he put together called Lagos Disco Inferno, but Amir says Frank sold him the record knowing it was for their compilation, then changed his mind when he later decided to do his own comp. I read the first 4 pages, and man, it gets heated.

Starts like this...

Frank: We have just last week released our compilation "Lagos Disco Inferno" which prominently features "boogie trip" as the first track and this song has somehow become the signature track of this release.  We do own the exclusive copyright of "boogie trip" and have signed with Rev. Tony Essien who is the producer and co-author of said track.

I would think it should be easy to understand how we can't accept the unauthorized publication of this track through a competing product. I will leave it up to the record label to serve you with a cease and desist order and to take further legal steps if needed.

BBE: "...The consultant who did the licensing for the off track 3 compilation is away on compassionate leave and as soon as i can speak to him next week i will confirm what the status is regarding the license of that particular track. We had someone in Nigeria assisting with the project. Being from Ghana myself i know these things can be not always so straightforward re ownership. Either way just bear with me for about a week and i will get back to you..."

Frank: "Since I haven't heard back from you about this matter, I'm assuming you are willing to go ahead and publish your record including Doris Ebong "boogie trip" for which we own the exclusive copyright.

You claiming "The consultant who did the licensing for the off track 3 compilation is away on compassionate leave" doesn't appear to be anything but an effort to gain time. Why would you need an consultant to tell you what you know as well as I do: You do not have any licensing for this track.

Next thing will probably be you tell us that the record's already manufactured."

BBE:"Can you send me your phone number please?"

Frank:"Let's keep this at emails, easier to document what was discussed.

-We paid the songwriter and producer for the exclusive licensing of this track.

-You don't have any license for it.

-You can't release unlicensed material, especially not after being contacted by the licensing holder and asked not to.

I think I was clear enough that I don't want you to release this track and you refused to comment on this demand.

Off Track Vol. 3 is still being advertised as soon to be released including this title.

This forces us to seek legal counsel so we can make sure our interest is being protected."

BBE:"Sure. Whatever works for you. Cd was already pressed over a month ago.
... Hope we can find a solution."

Frank:"Our record just came out and we will not accept you publishing this track be it on CD, digitally or otherwise. That's the whole point in licensing something exclusively, isn't it?

It's your own fault for manufacturing a CD that contains unlicensed material and the
distribution of a compilation that includes bootlegged material is against the law. You can't knowingly commit an illegal act and expect to "figure out compensation" later."

The next section are excerpts from several subsequent emails and everything you're about to read are complete and utter lies as will be proven later.

BBE: "Just want to inform you that Tony Essien does not have the rights to license you the Doris Ebong track as he has never been the master owner. All the recordings were a buy outs by Phonodisk.  BBE have a signed agreement for the rightful use of the track from the correct owner of the Doris Ebong master. I am passing on your email to correct owner as per his request. "

... "The track was never owned by the artist or the producer. Your license is not legitimate. "

... "The track was never owned by Tony Essien. "

Frank: "Putting the child of the label owner over the songwriter, producer and artist will not only put you in a very bad light publicity wise but will also not stand up in a court of law, be it in Europe or the US. You're more than welcome to fight over this.  There is no question that you will be left holding the short hand of the stick.

We have passed the matter onto out lawyer."

BBE: "Tony Essien is NOT the owner of the Doris Ebong masters and did not have the power to sign the track of to you. I'm afraid you have been ripped off.

BBE have the correct rights to the record.
As such you may have a cease and desist coming your way now."

In the meantime, my agent in Nigeria had done some research and this is what I wrote to BBE after I had received the results.

Frank: "I feel deeply sorry for you but I'm afraid you were ripped off.

Tony Essien's company TEDD Records licensed the Doris Ebong record to Phonodisk for 2 years after its original release. Tony Essien doesn't only still own the original contract for this but also all master tapes for his record. Still, I'll give you bonus points for the boldness of yesterdays bluff attempt."

BBE: "Just have your lawyer contact me. I am not interested in your mind games. "

Frank: "Count on it!"

Just two days ago, I have finally received scans of the contract Tony Essien had made with Phonodisk and with it final proof that nobody else but Tony Essien was the owner of the copyright of this record. Of course I couldn't resist firing off a gleeful mail to BBE before passing the matter onto our lawyers in the US and Europe.

Me: "Dear Peter,
as you have asked for, we don't play games anymore. Attached you find the proof that the copyright to the Doris Ebong LP "All I need is your love" including the track "boogie trip" was never owned by Phonodisk, Mr. Ishola or his family.

Should any copies of your CD that include this track hit the market, be prepared to be sued in a European court (where you will be stuck with all -including our -legal costs) as well as in a US court.

You can also tell the person you signed your fraudulent license with that he will hear from a Nigerian lawyer which will make for an even more unpleasant experience than what's in store for you.

Have a great weekend,
yours sincerely

See the contract documents here.

Then you get to page 4 on the Soul Strut forum and Numero group weigh in...

"Regardless if this is the right place or not, the world needs to know that BBE is kinda shady. It took nearly two years for us (Numero) to get Frank Penn and Jesse Jones paid from similar infractions. BBE's certainly not above just putting shit out when push comes to shove.

Frank, you look seriously foolish when you take it beyond the foothold of "These dudes are in the wrong." The legal threats are totally retarded, as no lawyer is going to trial over one song on a comp that will top out at 3000 copies. It's just not fucking worth it. Make your point and move on. I agree wholeheartedly that SS should know about this bullshit "reissue" label, but put it on the table and let the consumer decide.

And Kon and Amir? Defending your employer against this is just not a good look. We've discussed this before, and you know they're hardly on the level. I know you want the paycheck, but if you don't want your name covered in shit, don't swim in a septic tank...." Numero also suggest a few solutions to the issue.

Hat tip to Alan P for sending me this. Graphic from Soul strut forum thread.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tube-Tech visits Daptone's Gabe Roth

Tube-Tech's Jesper Bo and Thermal Relief's Erica Earl (Camera) visits Gabe Roth in Daptone Studio, Brooklyn NY. Gabe talks about recording with Tube-Tech and shows us the studio. It's a pretty basic video.

Think I've posted an article about this before, but the video is kinda cool. Watch out for the Daptone studio blackboard, with lotsa tracks listed - looks like they were working on the latest Sharon Jones album. Apparently they cut over 20 tracks for it.

Part2: How they get the Daptone drum sound

Share the information, spread it like butter

P-Money talks about getting ready to release his new album, the work involved being an independent, and how to deal with the pressure... this is well worth a read for any budding musician out there. Read it here, excerpt below...

"I tell ya, it sure is a great feeling to own an independent record label and be free to choose how you create, market and promote your own music. But don't ever make the mistake of thinking it's easy to do this well. You have to be sharp, attentive and dedicated. Especially when you manage yourself, as I mostly do....

"It's important not to forget that as a human you need to balance work and home life in order to be truly successful (and stay healthy… and sane!). With a schedule like mine is at present it can be difficult to find time to eat, let alone foster any kind of meaningful relationships, but I do my best on both fronts.

"It would be fair to say I'm feeling the pressure at the moment. But it's obviously something I've done before and can confidently navigate. This is technically album number 3 for me as P-Money the producer/artist and there are a number of other projects under my belt, courtesy of our other great acts at Dirty, that have contributed to my experience. So yes, I can handle it and fortunately this time I'm handling things far better than with any of my prior efforts. There have been no breakdowns yet! (believe it, they are par for the course in this game).

" With age I've learnt to not be as precious about each minor detail and instead look at the overall picture. I've also learnt to trust others with aspects of my projects a bit more, so that helps with not overworking myself. Control freaks and perfectionists (like me) are very prone to pulling all nighters and suffering severe burn-out. Im speaking from experience here. Taking care of yourself, getting rest, and not over indulging, is of utmost importance..."

Style Wars revisited

Style Wars is a crucial slice of hiphop history documented on film. "We are embarking on a project to restore STYLE WARS and bring it up to the highest technical standards available today in order to create a High Definition edition of the film. We will be transferring the original 16 mm negativeinto full HD 1080p while cleaning and restoring the film during the process."
Read more about it here.

Some of the original graffiti artists look back on that time, in the clip below...

Legendary DJ Greg Wilson: FACT Mix 141

Grab it here, only up for 3 weeks.

Wilson DJed at the Hacienda, the Wgian Pier,  and curated "compilations including the seminal Street Sounds UK Electro album (1984) and Classic Electro Mastercuts (1994). The last decade thankfully saw Greg make a welcome return to the DJing fray [after taking a break in 83], but the real renaissance began with Tirk’s brilliant Credit To The Edit 12″s and CD compilations, which celebrated the veteran’s unique and deliciously raw reel-to-reel editing technique."

1.      6th Borough Project – How can I show you (GW ‘bomb’ re-touch)
2.      Duff Disco 002 – Return of the duff
3.      6th Borough Project – Do it to the max
4.      Crazy P – Lady T (GW edit)
5.      Duff Disco 003 – Do that thang
6.      Young Dog Alien – Gotta keep workin’ it (GW mash-up)
7.      Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Todd Terje edit)
8.      The Bangles – Walk like an egyptian (Todd Terje edit)
9.      Killer Funk Disco Allstars – Things you do to me
10.    Sgt Lovebody – Skippy’s down the well
11.    Aretha Franklin – Rock steady (DK edit)
12.    Rufus Feat Chaka Khan – Ain’t nobody (Frankie Knuckles hallucinogenic mix)
13.    Blondie – Rapture (6ms edit)
14.    Linkwood – Falling
15.    Elektrons – Get up (GW special version)
16.    Fatback Band – (Are you ready) do the bus stop

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Guru interview from 2003

Writer Oliver Wang wrote one of the few decent obits for Guru, for the LA Times. He talks about putting that together here, along with some of his favourite Gangstarr tunes.

Oliver has also put up some snippets from a 2003 interview he did with Guru and Premier...
"I wrote a cover story on Gang Starr for URB in 2003, in anticipation for The Ownerz, the group’s first album in five years. I flew out to NYC and interviewed the two men, separately, in Studio B of D&D Studios."

Guru talks about raising his son, staying relevant, Gangstarr thru the years, and as a bonus, top 5 beats that Premier wished he'd produced. Great reading.

BIGFM sold to Kirby bros

BIGFM launched in November 2008, and is being sold to Thane and Richard Kirby, both ex-GeorgeFM. The deal was hinted at in Friday's NZ Herald, here. with a rumoured $2m sale price. Here's the official press release...


New format BIG TIME FM goes to air 1 May

There's a new not-so-secret secret set to send shockwaves through the New Zealand radio industry! The Kirby brothers are back in business.

Broadcasting brothers Thane and Richard Kirby have purchased BIG FM 106.2FM in Auckland, as they say, for an undisclosed sum.

Tune in from next Saturday (May 1, 2010) from 7am as the two entrepreneurs of independent radio take hold of BIG and kick off a 'spoiler' format called BIG TIME. The guys are in a holding pattern until their shiny new format is revealed in June.

"The new format is under wraps at present," Thane says, "but we guarantee it's going to provide a new offering not currently catered for by any other station in New Zealand."

Thane Kirby is the founder of George FM, UpFM, Base FM and the now defunct alternative music telly channel he doesn't really like talking about, ALT TV - "Similar to the channel Mediaworks' C42 is about to launch in May," he says.

Thane is also a consultant to Radio Ponsonby 107.7FM and continues to assist with the station's phenomenal growth.

Richard Kirby is keen as mustard to get his teeth back into the Auckland radio market and win the ears of listeners region-wide.

"Ask me about our creds and I'll tell you we both have more than credible backgrounds in broadcasting and have worked for greater successes than some of the more senior members of the local radio business."

The brothers are set to become one of the biggest independent radio operators in the country. Despite the demise of BIG FM they say there is some good news for a few of the station's former staff.

"The pick of the bunch will be recruited to work on the new station," Richard says, "because the new format will adhere to and respect the 'Auckland-ness' and 'community' feel that BIG FM fostered."

Big FM Director Jeff Down is pleased the station has sold to passionate radio people. "The MED is transferring the licence and the transition from BIG FM into BIG TIME should run smoothly."

So put down this release, find a beer and toast the little guys who are about to battle through the current economic climate and the foreign-owned radio networks just to provide the public with a credible source of entertainment.

"We both love radio and enjoy a good challenge so give us a listen from May 1," says Thane.