Saturday, June 26, 2010

Make It Reggae! At the Conch Sunday Grill




Just a wee reminder... This Sunday evening at the Ponsonby Social Club from 5pm, The Chaplin, Selecto, Mikey Sampson, Megan and Peter Mac play the music that Big Matt loved. Come join us and the Conch Records crew and celebrate the music and memories of the big guy.

Ponsonby Social Club (152 Ponsonby Rd), Sunday June 27 from 5.30 pm-11.30 pm, free entry.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mr H drops knowledge

New post from Kirk Harding, head honcho at local hiphop label MTC Records, over at their blog - his opinions are always worth checking.  MTC are now free of their distribution deal with Universal Australia as that deal has now expired, interesting times...  Kirk also mentions that Dawn Raid and Dirty Management are working together on some projects...

"... I just recently learnt that my dudes from Dawn Raid have clicked up with Dirty Management for a few projects and they are looking at several options here in the US and at home in NZ together! I didn't see that one coming. But that union can only be a positive thing for all, and best believe that they are working on some positive things together.

I told Andy Murnane [Dawn Raid] last night that i truly believe that our scene is as good as any one State in the U.S in terms of depth of talent and the quality of the music that is being produced, and i mean that."

Check P-Money's blog for a wee bit more on the Dawn Raid/Dirty hook-up...

Mayfield meets Staple Singers




I found this record a few weeks ago in Real Groovy, has some great songs written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, for the Staple Singers. It's just popped up at Soul-sides, as part of their (US) Summer Songs collection of posts. Mayfield's most popular soundtrack was of course Superfly, but he did a ton of them, many that are worth investigating - check out Sparkle OST (Aretha Franklin) or Claudine, with Gladys Knight and the Pips.




From Soul-sides: “Let’s Do It Again” opens the film’s soundtrack, but for me, it nicely closes out summer. This 1975 Bill Cosby / Sidney Poitier film, the second of which to pair both stars, also matched music icons, Curtis Mayfield and The Staple Singers, for its soundtrack. Add to that the awesome cover art (by Sandy Kossin) and the whole production is top notch. Aesthetically, the sunny bassline ushers the song along easily. Mavis Staples’ breathy vocals are so warm. And enough can’t be said about Mayfield’s songwriting. His use of strings and harmonies flesh out so many moments throughout. The entire thing sounds like one lush interlude and really has that ‘7pm mid-July’ feeling of summer. In fact, the common adjective used to describe it has been ‘summer-ry’.

The title track was a single that boosted the film and earned the Staple Singers #1 spots on the pop and r&b charts. It was used on this John Legend/Kanye number and even earlier by Wrecks-N-Effect (which they made a video for!) . Interestingly, it’s also said that Biggie lifted the moniker from Calvin Lockhart’s character in the film, ‘Biggie Smalls’.

“Let’s Do It Again” couldn’t be more fitting when it comes to summer and what it evokes. When August unwinds and summer closes, catch me thinking ‘let’s do it again’.  (Editor’s p.s.: Let’s also not forget one of my favorite uses of this track: Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” remix).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Conch Sunday Grill say Make It Reggae!



This Sunday evening at the Ponsonby Social Club from 5pm, The Chaplin, Selecto, Mikey Sampson, Megan and Peter Mac play the music that Big Matt loved. Come join us and the Conch Records crew and celebrate the music and memories of the big guy.

Ponsonby Social Club (152 Ponsonby Rd), Sunday June 27 from 5.30 pm-11.30 pm, free entry.

Secondhand Sureshots film screening tonight

 On tonight at the Khuja Lounge, Auckland - 8.30pm doors – 9pm screening – $5. More info at Thisculture.com.

“Thisculture” is a new project put together to bring a taste of “worldwide beat culture” to the heart of New Zealand. We’ve got an amazing line-up of films for the series starting with:

Secondhand Sureshotshttp://dublab.com/secondhand
Secondhand Sureshots is a filmed experiment in creative sound recycling with music from Daedelus, J-Rocc, Nobody and Ras G. One for record diggers and vinyl junkies...

Trailer, plus some short excerpts...


dublab presents...SECONDHAND SURESHOTS (preview) from dublab on Vimeo.


dublab's "SECONDHAND SURESHOTS" - J.Rocc clip #2 from dublab on Vimeo.


dublab's "SECONDHAND SURESHOTS" - Ras G clip from dublab on Vimeo.

Hard headed woman

From the splendid Ms Wanda Jackson. Killer show at the Powerstation last night. Wanda played with a fine local pick-up band the Situations, with additional slide steel from John Segovia and a fella called Wayne on keys, (Wayne Mason from Formyula/Waratahs), and a horn section.

Hats off too to the opening act, Heart attack alley. Mean local three-piece featuring Karl Steven blasting away on the harmonica like a demon.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fight the power

Josephine Cachemaille - New Work 
Check out some new works from this Nelson-based artist. Opening tonight, at Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery, 251 Parnell Rd. Show runs til, July 4.


 Title: Fight The Power 
(wax and wick)




 Title: Tinny House
(Acrylic and gesso on board)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Walter G


From Pat Les Stache's blog American Athlete, a Walter Gibbons mix that's not on the Jungle Music compilation of Walter 's work, but still very cool. Luv You Madly Orchestra  - Rocket Rock (Walter Gibbons mix)