Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 29 May

Elliot Fisher - For the love of money
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Money
Manu Dibango - The panther
Chakachas - Jungle fever
JC Brooks and the uptown sound - I am trying to break your heart
Pavlov and Mishkin - Brothers
Centry meets the music family - Testament
Cocoa Tea, Home T, Shabba Ranks - Pirates anthem
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
E's E - Scratch's skank pt 1
Mophono's halftone society - Bumps
Mr Chop and CL Smooth - TROY
Red dynasty feat Daemang - Wandering heroes
Pointer sisters - Theres love in them there hills
Hugh Masekela - Dont go lose it baby
Gil Scott Heron - New York is killing me
Sola rosa - Love alone dub mix
Jah warrior  - Voice of the spirit dubwise
Foxy Brown - Fast car
Viceroys - Let him go
Centry - Melody of life
Manasseh - Western world version
Lee Scratch Perry - Lucy charm
Bigga Bush - East Africa dub stylee
Crab Corporation meets King Hammond - Bring down the birds
Roots Manuva - Again and again -  Moody Boyz remix
Knights of the dub table - Sing it to me - Optymus Grime remix

Friday, May 28, 2010

Remix the Black Seeds

King Britt Remix Contest - featuring Bassnectar, The Disco Biscuits, King Britt, and The Black Seeds

Got sent this earlier today, have a look...

" and MixMatchMusic have teamed up with Camp Bisco 9 for their Second Annual Remix Contest. This year will feature four different artists and songs to remix. The contest started May 19th with tracks from event hosts The Disco Biscuits, omnitempo maximalist Bassnectar, electronica pioneer King Britt , and New Zealand soul reggae stars The Black Seeds. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a one-hour set on the stage of this year's Camp Bisco!

Details here... there's already a few remixes of the Black Seeds up there too, have a listen... (looks like its for US residents only, but you might still be able to grab the stems...)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Patti Smith's words of advice for young people

Patti Smith got an honorary degree at Pratt last week, and her speech at Radio City Music Hall to the graduating students is on YouTube. It's amusing and endearing. Transcript is here also.

From Dangerous Minds. Great blog, go check their posts on Blondie's Auto American album, or Johnny Rotten's famous Capital Radio guest DJ slot back in 1977. And hat tip to legendary photographer Glen E Friedman for mentioning the Patti vid on Twitter.

Bring U Producers showcase

“Bring U - Producer Showcase” featuring Adi Dick, Lord Jackson, Christoph El' Truento, Miso Shiru, Enovator, Morning Steppa & DJ Set from Dan Paine is happening this Friday night.

"Attention Vocalists, MC's, & beat makers. Meet the future "go to" producers of NZ music, performing live samples of their work."

For now download a free compilation from, available during NZ Music Month only.
Gig is from 9pm, at Rakinos, 35 High st, Auckland.  $10 on the door.


Here's a couple of well-tasty podcasts for ya...

Gilles Peterson mixes up his new comp Havana Cultura Remixed, here.

And Geezer Guy serves up his radio show, The Greatest Show on Earth, here, on the Conch blog.

 Above pic from Gilles' blog, on his last NZ adventure. Also worth a gander... likely looking bunch, aye...

National Recording Studios Open Day

Happening on May 29. Lotsa studios, open across the country. Event co-ordinated by NZ Musician magazine. Nice one.

"Saturday May 29 will see a fresh addition to the annual NZ Music Month calendar with the first national Recording Studios Open Day.

Between midday and 4pm, a variety of professional studios around the country will open their front doors to anyone interested in taking a look inside. Owners, engineers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the studio and the recording, mixing and record mastering processes.

The afternoon provides a rare opportunity for musicians, artist managers, music students (and those expected to fund new recordings) to find out more about local studio facilities, as well as the distinct audio quality benefits of recording in a professional environment.

Participating studios range from the high-end and long established likes of York Street and Stebbing Recording Centre in Auckland, to Palmerston North’s vibrant and incredibly low-cost community facility known as The Stomach. Entry is free and each studio (Stebbing visitors will need to pre-registration online) will offer its own programme of information and entertainment.

Studios participating in the first national Recording Studios Open Day, 
Saturday May 29, midday to 4pm:

York Street, Parnell Auckland   or ph (09) 307 1444
Earwig Studios, Birkenhead Auckland: or ph (09) 480 2219
Depot Sound, Devonport Auckland:  or ph (09) 963 2331
Stebbing Recording Centre, Herne Bay Auckland    or

The Colour Field, Tauranga: email: or ph 027 667 3737
The Stomach, Palmerston North:  or ph (06) 359 0120
TMV Studios, Levin:  or ph (06) 368 3655
STL Audio, Victoria St, Wellington: www.  or ph (04) 801 5602
PAF - Villa Number 9, Porirua: or ph 027 454 8523
Tandem Studios, Christchurch:   or ph (03) 366 7281

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Radio royalty rate finally settled

Just spied this on NZ Musician's website. The radio industry and music industry have been battling over radio royalty rates for some time - in the latest Real Groove magazine, IMNZ's Mark Kneebone suggested that the reason a proper review on NZ on Air had been held up was because of this  - see this interview transcript. The court case apparently wrapped up in October last year.

Now, NZ Musican reports that "Five years after negotiations began and almost a year after court hearings, the Copyright Tribunal has finally delivered its decision on a new radio broadcast royalty rate. The Tribunal has settled for a revised license fee of 3% (of annual gross station advertising revenue) predictably finding a middle path between the previous 1.75% and Phonographic Performances of NZ’s petition that the rate (payable by each commercial radio station to PPNZ) should be increased to 6%.

It was June 2009 when the Radio Broadcasters Association (RBA – representing the two respondents Radioworks and The Radio Network) and PPNZ squared off in an Auckland court in front of the three-member Copyright Tribunal to argue PPNZ’s proposed threefold hike of the radio play royalty rate. (For a full background read NZM’s April/May 2009 article ‘Debating The Value of Music’).

The Copyright Tribunal decision delivered on May 19th is for a revised 2.6% rate for 12 months from November 1st 2007 (when the previous license agreement expired), expanding to 3% for the remaining four years of a new five year term – which, allowing for the legal delays to date, will take the new license rate through until the end of June, 2014. The Tribunal decision also alters the existing broadcast royalty rate in regard to agency commissions and the simulcast royalty base and rate.

Mulatu in Melbourne: review

"My insurmountable enthusiasm about not missing out on this show meant that we actually ended up with front row tickets pretty much right in front of Mualtu. Usually I'm not keen on the first few rows, the sound is rarely at its best, the view can often be similarly restricted and there's a ton of other reasons it's best left to rabid devotees and those who want to be close.

"In this case the sound was absolutely fine, and the experience of being so close to the action and being able to see musicians expressions and the minutiae was absorbing. Hearing Mulatu hum as he played the vibes, or seeing him slightly sticking his tongue out on the tricky bits was priceless, so were the occasional looks and chats exchanged by the band members as they nailed it time and time again."

Stinky Jim flew to Melbourne recently to catch Mulatu playing live, with local band  The Black Jesus Experience backing him. Read his review here. It's a corker.

By the looks of the gig dates on the Black Jesus Experience's Myspace, they're backing Mulatu again on his return to Australia in early October. Tempting, huh?

Photo from the Black Jesus Experience's Myspace

Todd Terje on the edit

A handful of gems from Norwegian edit master Todd Terje aka Tangoterje (Myspace)... enjoy

Fatback Band - Street Dance (Todd Terje rekutt) 

Moodymann - Lake shore drive (Todd Terje rekutt) 

Astrud Gilberto - Supreme Records, Black Magic (Tangoterje Edit) 

Rolling Stones - Under my dub (Todd Terje version)

Afro Cuban Band - something’s gotta give (Todd Terje edit)

Antena - Camino Del Sol (Todd Terje Remix)

 Love The One You’re With (Todd Terje Edit) - The Supremes - not Diana Ross as listed - see here for more

Chic - My Forbidden Lover (Tangoterje Re-Edit) May or may not be a Tangoterje edit... see the blog link for more.

Michael Jackson - Can't Help It (Tangoterje Remix) Youtube clip for audio

If you like any of these tunes, please support the artist and buy them - digital (Juno Download) or vinyl (Conch / Fat City / Piccadilly). Cheers.

Now, can someone get Todd Terje down here for a gig? Maybe guesting at the Turnaround? That would be MEAN!

Image from Terje's Myspace.

ADDED thanks to Bob Daktari for the tip...
Adam and the Ants  - Ant rap (Todd Terje rekutt)
and M- Pop Muzik (Todd Terje remix)

Beasties open Moogseum

"The Beastie Boys were on hand to cut the ribbon on the MiniMoogseum, an eight foot high showcase dedicated to the life an work of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.Check out an artist’s conceptualization of what the ultimate Moogseum should look like when finally completed in Asheville, NC in 2012." From Crate Kings.

Dawn Raid swing US label bidding war


"Dawn Raid Music is back at the boardroom table in the United States with 3 prominent Hip Hop labels negotiating to sign an exclusive distribution deal for the Iconic NZ Hip Hop label.
Labels that have deals on the table included legendary New York label E1 / Koch ( Jim Jones / DJ Unk / Dorrough), SMC / FONTANA ( Murs/9th Wonder / Killer Mike / Capone N Norega / Rakim ) & Asylm ( Dipset / Lil Boosie / Rap-A-Lot).

The exclusive deal includes the rights to new records from Platinum US artist "SAVAGE" and multi talented Long Beach mainstay "MONSTA" of the The Regime.

Stay tuned to see where Dawn Raid''s next US label home will be....Label Announcement coming within next 2 weeks... Here we go again!"

Spotted via Twitter, hat tip to P-Money.

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.