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
- Amplifier.co.nz 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 - UTR.co.nz

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
- Amplifier.co.nz 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.

Righto.

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