Saturday, July 03, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM 3 July

Blundetto - Nautilus dub
Quantic - Westbound train
Phyllis Dillion - Woman of the ghetto
Leroy Sibbles - Express yourself
Upsetters - Popcorn
Soul messengers - Do it til you're satisfied
Bob Marley - Mr Brown
Brentford Allstars - Greedy G
Reality Chant and Lutan Fyah - Break loose again
Rhythm and sound - Ruff way
Dub traffik control - Bongo dub
K-Naan - T.I.A.
Orange juice - Rip it up dub (Dicky trisco edit)
Nona Hendryx - Transformation
War - Me and baby brother
Colman brothers - She who dares (Lounge mix)
Kendra Lou and the miracles - Be kind to your mind feat Red Astaire
Daru Jones and Kissey Asplund - Rat race
Jazzmine Sullivan - Need u bad - Moody Boyz remix
Black seeds - Slingshot -Truth remix (free download here)
Hopeton Lindo - Rudeboy
Elephant man - One chapter a day
Richie Phoe - Electric boogie
Paul Murphy - Soul call
E's E - Scratches skank pt 2
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Shannon - Let the music play
Doug Carn  - Suratal ihklas - Fulgeance remix
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - She aint a child no more
Booker T and the MGs - Melting pot
Shirley Bassey - Light my fire - Kenny Dope remix

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Femme Fatale

Aloe Blacc covers Femme Fatale (Velvet Undergound) - grab it for free from Stonesthrow.

Added - hat tip to Quentin for this one. Aloe Blacc and band doing Billie Jean, tribute to the late, great, Michael Jackson.

Off the record

Just spied this cool blog, Off The Record, from my fellow BaseFM homie Dan Paine. He's got a wicked radio show of the same name too. Go take a look at his blog.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Snap! CTI covers

Pete Turner was the photographer responsible for the beautifully distinctive covers of the CTI Records label. Read an interview with him here.  I've been researching LP cover art for a talk I'm doing at the Design Assembly, this Wednesday evening at AUT.

"When bassist Ron Carter and I spoke a few weeks ago about his work for CTI Records in the 1970s, we both remarked how stunning the covers were. "That's Pete Turner," Ron said. "Give him a call." So I did. Like all great jazz album photographers, Pete is as much a part of the music's evolution and the jazz culture as the musicians themselves...

"JW: When did you get a call from record producer Creed Taylor?
PT: I didn’t. On the weekends, when I was in the army, I used to go into Manhattan. I’d take photographs for my portfolio and then go to record stores and look through the bins. I thought record covers were pretty interesting.

"Each time I’d run through the albums I’d see head shot after head shot on the covers. But every so often, an album cover would stand out. When I’d turn the album over to see what was going on, the album had Creed Taylor’s name on the back. I said to myself, “Gee I’d love to meet this guy. But he’d probably never want to meet me.” So on a lark, I called him up at ABC Paramount in late 1958 or early 1959. In those days, you could still get powerful people on the phone. We spoke, and I made an appointment to see him.

"When Creed and I met, I showed him my portfolio, and he liked what he saw. I had been working on weekends on a theme, “The Mood of New York at Dawn.” They were photos of quiet New York, in the snow and things like that. The photo series was for my portfolio. "

Monday, June 28, 2010


Reid Miles is the man behind many of the classic album covers on the Blue Note label. He designed over 500 LP covers for Blue Note through the 1950′s and 60′s.

There's a great profile of his work, over at Retinart. I've been researching LP cover art for a talk I'm doing at the Design Assembly, this Wednesday evening at AUT.

On a similar theme... Covers inspired by Bluenote with detailed analysis of the fonts used and their accuracy or lack thereof... ah, font nerds. Love it.