Saturday, June 05, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 5

Big thanks to one of BaseFM's listeners, Fiona, who bought me in some freshly-baked choc chip and hazelnut biscuits during my show. I love BaseFM listeners! You rule.

Phillis Dillon - Woman of the ghetto
Stone - English dub
King Tubby - Dub of rights
Shark Wilson and the basement heaters - Make it reggae
Marcia Griffiths - Feel like jumping
The Abbysinians - Mandela
Lennie Hibbert - Village soul
Crabs Corporation meets King Hammond - Bring down the birds
Lloyd and devon  - Push push (disco mix)
Born Jamericans - Boom shak a tak
Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
Mos dub - History town
DJ Vadim - Hidden treasure
Tenor saw - Ring the alarm
U Brown  - Gal u so bad
Prince Buster - Sit and wonder
Norma White and the Brentford disco set - I want your love
Thievery Corporation - 38 45
Ray Charles vs Beatsy Collins - Living for the city
Hugh Masekela -Don't go lose it baby
Hopeton Lindo - Rudeboy
Bonobo - eyesdown
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope - Son sine remix
Cesaria Evora - Angola - Pepe Bradock Get Down Dub
DJ Day x Miles Bonny - Skyy can you feel me
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Spottie
Mophono's halftone society - Bumps
Devil Mcdoom - Watching sleazy UFOs passing by
Orgone - I get lifted
Plumstead radical club  -One way  - Natural Self remix
Trackheadz - Jah shall come
Chaka Demus and Pliers - Murder she wrote

Friday, June 04, 2010

Chuck D - revenge of the nerds

Chuck D talks about Silicon Valley....

"If I had to say one way or the other I'd say that most tech-related companies today are pretty arrogant. It's almost like revenge of the nerds.

"Do they see an importance in reaching out to diverse markets in this country? For me, it's like they've decided "buy it/use it or don't", it doesn't really matter that Black Americans spend millions on these gadgets and stuff and tons of time (on their social platforms). Who cares about statistics? They know we're going to buy/use these tech products, phones and more; so it seems they could care less.

"And the way it's all set up; it's encouraged to be like another appendage and (for those platforms that have a monthly invoice for usage) don't miss a payment; then it gets gangsta..."

Interesting discussion in the comments too...

Brand new Ceelo

New tune from Cee-lo Green (voice of Gnarls Barkley), called Georgia, backing band is the Menahan St Band, and it's produced by that band's guitarist and leader, Tommy Brenneck. Check it here.

Speaking of the Menahan St Band,  DJ Tommy TNT drops a tasty mixtape to celebrate Mister Curtis Mayfield's birthday. Check it out over here.

45 King - Making of Hard knock life

Jay Z and 45 King talk about the making of the song Hard Knock Life. Watch out for footage of 45 King rocking two portable turntables and a mixer. Mean. Hat tip: Analog Giant.

Lloyd Miller meets Heliocentrics

"Following their award-winning collaboration with Ethio jazz Godfather Mulatu Astatke (Mojo magazine Top 50 of the year 2009, Sunday Times World Music Album of the year), pioneering UK collective The Heliocentrics resurfaces alongside another fascinating jazz enigma, ethno-musicologist, jazz maestro and multi-instrumentalist, Lloyd Miller.

Learning various instruments and immersing himself in New Orleans jazz through his father, a professional clarinet player, Lloyd Miller first trained himself in the styles of George Lewis and Jimmy Giuffre and cut his first Dixieland jazz 78 rpm record in 1950. During the late ‘50s, his father landed a job in Iran and Miller began to develop a lifelong interest in Persian and Eastern music forms, learning to play a vast array of traditional ethnic instruments from across Asia and the Middle East.

He toured Europe heavily, basing himself in Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany (where he played with Eddie Harris and Don Ellis) and, most famously, in Paris where he worked with oddball bandleader Jef Gilson, a phenomenon in French jazz during the early ‘60s. Miller returned to the Middle East during the ‘70s, landing his own TV show on NIRTV in Tehran under the name Kurosh Ali Khan. His show became a national fixture and ran for seven years.

Miller has since been a vocal ambassador for preserving the traditions of many forms of Eastern music. In recent years, his mid-‘60s album Oriental Jazz has become a collector’s favourite and the UK’s Jazzman label have issued a compilation, A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz, covering work from across his career. The renewed interest in his music has spawned this new collaboration with The Heliocentrics, a freeform mix of Eastern arrangements, jazz and angular psychedelics and represents the Heliocentrics’ most accomplished work to date. Tracks include the reflective, yearning "Spirit Jazz," a new version of Miller classic "Massom" and the cinematic "Electricone."

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics- S/T - out July 20th
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Walter Gibbons- Jungle Music

I first heard about Walter Gibbons a few years ago after tracking down a tune he made famous -  a gospel record called Stand On The Word (after hearing Benji B play it at The Turnaround). It got reissued as a bootleg, which was wrongly attributed to legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan. Turns out Walter discovered the recording was by a gospel group, The Joubert Singers,  from a church near his studio. At that point in his DJ career, he'd discovered God and renounced playing all lewd, sexual dance music, which made him less than attractive to club owners of the day.

I read up on this thanks to author Tim Lawrence, (Love saves the day), who put up the liner notes he wrote for a Salsoul CD reissue of Walter's remix/re-edit work for that label - read them here.

As Lawrence says in those liner notes, referring to Stand On The Word... "The song soon became a Garage, Loft and Zanzibar classic, and Tony Humphries went on to remix the record - which was attributed to the Joubert Singers, after Phyllis McKoy Joubert, who penned the song for the Celestial Choir - for Next Plateau. For many, Gibbons had lost his way but not his ear." Listen to it here.

Now Strut has compiled an impressive collection of Walter's work across numerous labels... press blurb below...

"Walter Gibbons remains one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history, a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-‘70s.

At his famed residency at Galaxy 21 (alongside a then young percussionist, Francois Kevorkian), Gibbons perfected his turntable prowess, mixing two copies of records seamlessly at a similar time to Kool Herc’s famed block parties across town in the Bronx in 1975. He was among the first to make his own reel to reel edits of tracks, extending breaks and restructuring tracks specifically for the dancefloor. As a direct result, he was the first DJ to be granted access to multi-track tapes as Ken Cayre’s Salsoul Records brought him in to re-work Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ in ‘76, a mix that would set the blueprint for disco, the 12” format and all future dance music mixes.

Gibbons would become a prolific remixer for Salsoul and developed a style his contemporaries called ‘Jungle Music’, a raw, uncompromising approach to DJ-ing and mixing which often extended tracks to 10 minutes plus with tribal percussion breaks and off-the-cuff, unexpected production touches. This compilation focuses on some of the more adventurous and ground-breaking mixes that Gibbons produced during the disco era including a freeform treatment of Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’, Paradise Garage favourite ‘You Are My Love’ by Sandy Mercer and underground disco rarity, ‘I’ve Been Searching’ by Arts & Craft.

Into the ‘80s, Gibbons continued to break new ground. One of his recognised classics, ‘Set It Off’ by Strafe, fused electro, disco and New York post-punk in a genius re-work, later reprised on the proto-house version he recorded as Harlequin Fours with a young Barbara Tucker on vocals. He also worked with Arthur Russell during the mid-‘80s and became one of the only remixer / producers that Russell would trust with his work. Gibbons’ mixes of Indian Ocean’s ‘Treehouse / School Bell’ and Russell’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ are now acknowledged classics. We feature here the exclusive unreleased Russell track ‘See Through’, a brilliant minimal electro piece.

Walter Gibbons found religion and had stopped producing by 1986, although he continued to DJ with a much heavier slant towards gospel. He died of AIDS-related illness in 1994. This is the first multi-label compilation of his work to be released and features rare photos and a biography by Tim Lawrence, author of ‘Love Saves The Day’ and the recent Arthur Russell biography ‘Hold On To Your Dreams’.


CD 1
1. JAKKI – SUN… SUN… SUN… (Walter Gibbons Original 12” Edit)
2. DOUBLE EXPOSURE – TEN PERCENT (Walter Gibbons 12“ mix)
3. TC JAMES & THE FIST O’FUNK ORCHESTRA – GET UP ON YOUR FEET (Keep On Dancin') (Walter Gibbons mix)
4. GLADYS KNIGHT – IT’S A BETTER THAN GOOD TIME (Walter Gibbons 12” mix)
6. SANDY MERCER – YOU ARE MY LOVE (12" version)
7. BETTYE LAVETTE – DOIN’ THE BEST THAT I CAN (Walter Gibbons 12“ mix)

CD 2
1. ARTHUR RUSSELL – SEE THROUGH (Walter Gibbons mix)*
2. DINOSAUR L – GO BANG (Walter Gibbons unreleased mix)
3. STRAFE – SET IT OFF (Walter Gibbons 12” mix)
4. ARTS & CRAFT – I’VE BEEN SEARCHING (Walter Gibbons 12” mix)
6. STETSASONIC – 4 EVER MY BEAT (Beat Bongo mix)
7. HARLEQUIN FOURS – SET IT OFF (US 12" version)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Marbecks closes several stores

Marbecks was sold to the CD and DVD Store a while back, and they subsequently rebranded themselves as Marbecks. Now a number of their stores are closing down - I've heard that their St Lukes and Vulcan Lane stores are closing, and I went to the closing down sale of their 277 Newmarket store. I've heard that their Palmerston North store has closed. (Correction - Beatties blog says Marbecks are planning to open their next concept store in Palmerston North in June.)

It will be interesting to see how they reshape the business. The CD and DVD Store currently lists 33 stores on its website, and Marbecks site lists 30 (Corrected - I misread the Marbecks site map).

In November last year, Marbecks launched a new store/bookshop/cafe in Dunedin, see photos and story on that launch here (from Inside Retailing magazine). It's worth noting that in that article Marbecks CEO Roger Harper says "he expects to open another four new-format stores this year in the main centres, with the second one to open in April; 15 are planned eventually."

EDIT: I removed some information regarding Marbecks and their bills. Unconfirmed rumour.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Mister Murray Cammick is DJing this Thursday evening, down at Racket Bar on Custom St - it's free, kicks off 8pm. More soul and funk then you can shake a stick at! Get along.

ah, content....

From Love this....

Don't go lose it baby

I recently posted a link to this mean tune from Hugh Masekela, Don't go lose it baby (dub mix) and then I went to Real Groovy a few days later and had a dig round there to find the album it's off, called Techno-Bush (1984). Third record bin I looked in, out it popped! So happy  - and only $8.

Here's the video for the song. Love it.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Comedian is new mayor of Reykjavik

Watch his campaign song here, set to Tina Turner's Simply the Best (w subtitles). It's pretty funny.
From the BBC News.. "Key pledges included “sustainable transparency”, free towels at all swimming pools and a new polar bear for the city zoo. The party also called for a Disneyland at the airport and a “drug-free parliament” by 2020.”

Simonsound ringtones - synth bleeps galore

"To celebrate the release of their debut album 'Reverse Engineering', The Simonsound have created a set of free ringtones using the EMS Synthi VCS3.Get the sound of cosmic 60’s electronic music on 
your modern telecommunications device! Every time your phone rings 
you’ll be transported into space aboard a rocketship of the future."

The Simonsound's debut album is due to drop any day now - I wrote about them a while back. They've released a bunch of free bleepy synth ringtones in m4r versions for iPhone (just drop them into iTunes and on your next sync they will be added to your ringtone selection) and mp3 versions for most other types of phone. Its a 20mb ZIP file, grab it here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

RIP Dennis Hopper

Read this great remembrance of Hopper from his biographer, who started on Hopper's official biography twice, then had to face Hopper scrapping it. See "An uneasy ride with Hopper", LA Times.

 "... [1985] was the year I began to notice a ghostly figure nervously hovering at Westside art openings. It was difficult to recognize the manic performer I'd admired in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" and Wim Wenders' "The American Friend." That outrageous hipster of "Easy Rider"? Nowhere to be found in this anxious loser.

I soon discovered that the gallery crasher was Hopper, that he'd fled his Taos, N.M., home of more than a decade, attended a minimum of three Alcoholics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous meetings a day, and narrowly escaped being institutionalized while straitjacketed in a psychiatric ward. And he was broke — at that time, Hollywood considered him unemployable.

Seemed like a potential story for my then-employer, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner daily newspaper.

Upon visiting Hopper for that story: "Uh, like, man, sorry, you gotta come in through the garage." His limp handshake trembled. His paranoid eyes avoided mine. A washer and dryer stood at the foot of the stairs to his Venice studio. Hopper stooped to ponder the dryer's crammed contents. "Know anything about these things?"

"Not much." I felt his laundry: wet. "Check the lint trap?"

"Lint trap? What's a lint trap?"

"It allows hot air to circulate." The lint trap wouldn't budge. I pried at its edge with my keys until the trap cracked loose. I scraped out the crusted lint.

"Wow, man," Hopper gasped. "Thanks so much, man."

Thus began a tortured, 10-year relationship. My resulting Herald story about a rehabilitated Dennis Hopper was reprinted globally, perhaps because of the wild and crazy quotes: "I didn't consider myself an alcoholic, I just drank all day long.... It wasn't my liver, my kidneys and all that stuff that went. It was my mind."

New York Magazine interviewed Hopper recently: "...once for his role in 2008's Elegy and again last September about his second career as a photographer."

Hopper was a great actor and director, but also a photographer and artist. He knew a lot of young artists before they became famous, taking their photos... and buying their art. His multi-million dollar art collection, is housed in a magnificent fortress-like Frank Gehry-designed house in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice. I recall seeing photos of it once in a magazine, it was a spectacular collection.

Hopper: " I really started taking photographs of artists. They wanted me to take photographs. They wanted posters and things. I was hanging out with them. I photographed the ones I thought were going to make it. I wasn't really working as an actor during this period, and I thought, Well, if I'm not going to be able to work as an actor, I might as well be able make something that's going to be credible. So I took photographs of Martin Luther King and Selma, Montgomery, as history, and selecting artists that I thought would make it. I met most of the Pop artists before they ever had shows." From New York Magazine.

See Vanity Fair - Dennis Hopper's Photos, and Hopper in Alabama, 1965, photographing Martin Luther King Jr.