Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ring The Alarm - BaseFM - July 10

Shawn Lee and Bei Bei - Bei's Bossa
Aloe Blacc - I need a dollar inst
Bonobo - Eyes down
Lalo Schifrin - Bullit - Black dog remix
Malcolm X - No sellout
Kid Creole and the coconuts - Annie I'm not your daddy - Soul mechanik edit
Beat pharmacy - Sunshine
Ruts DC - Love & fire - Dreadzone remix
Roots radics - Babylon wrong
Tommy McCook & the supersonics - Beirut
Collie budz - Hustle
Mike Zoot feat Labba - Spread love
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam - hiphop mix
Warm excursion - Funk-i-tus
Pimps of joytime - PJTs high steppin
Jean Knight - Do me
Breakestra - Show me the way
Kashmere stage band - Superstrut pt 1 - Kenny Dope remix
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Window shopping
Kormac - Jubilee
Revolutionaries - Kunta Kinte - DJ Kentaro remix
Rebel MC - Jahovia
Kion and Murda feat Junior Murvin - No 1 sound
Kalbata and Mixmaster feat Jah Thomas - Play music selecta
Bush chemists -Realise dub 1
Michael Rose - African girl
Manasseh - Dubbing the gorgon
Mos dub - History town

Friday, July 09, 2010

Looking at you, looking at me...

I was reading Andrew Tidball's  (Cheese On Toast) DJ blog, he has a great audio-biographical piece here on some records that have inspired and influenced him (he played at Real Groovy's Record Store Day - that was their brief to the guest DJs for the day),  - it runs from Blondie to the Mint Chicks via Eric B and Rakim, The Smiths and Roots Manuva, go have a read.... and that led me to a clip from a TV show Andrew made for Triangle TV called Something On TV - a great live video of the Mint Chicks playing Fuck the Golden Youth at Shanghai Lils for the album launch.

Then I ended up watching this live clip of them, playing at NZ Fashion Week in 2007.
They do a magnificent cover of Counting The Beat by the Swingers  - wait for the last 30 seconds when the chorus just explodes, it's fantastic. Gotta feel sorry for the band tho, playing to those fashion types, all doing the fashionista shuffle  -it's that peculiar dance step that says "we're moving to your music and want to show that we're vaguely enjoying it while still maintaining an air on nonchalance". Lame.

(Bonus videos - Mint chicks mash up Life will get better some day with A Milli, plus a live clip from Feb this year, at the Late At The Museum series, very good pics and audio, 17mins)

Thursday, July 08, 2010


Big tune alert. Via Ghettoquake  -"WARDANCE - new riddim from London's The Heatwave with Serocee on the Mic doing his damndest." Get it here.

Bonobo live

One of my favourite albums so far this year is the latest from Bonobo, called Black Sands. Featured vocalist on a number of cuts is the soulful Ms Andreya Triana. Heres a great clip of Bonobo playing live, from the Roundhouse, London (same venue as Fat Freddys recent live album).

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Prince hates the internet

Prince is giving away his new album with a UK paper - again. Read the Daily Mirror's interview with His Purpleness. (Also check their story on how Prince turned his life around)

"The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

"The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you."

Bob Lefsetz talks about Prince's comments here ('Prince's nonsense'), noting that , "You build your career online today, it’s almost as if Prince were railing against record shops in the eighties, when he broke through.  If you weren’t in the shop, you don’t mean diddly squat, if you’re not online, you’re out of the discussion."

Welcome to the terrordome

"Copyright law, as it now stands in the US, is at a real crisis..." DJ Spooky.

Via Crate Kings: "Alex Kreit, Nancy Prager, Andre Smith, Benjamin Franzen (director, Copyright Criminals doco) and DJ Spooky discuss the curious case of how Girl Talk has successfully utilised over 300 uncleared samples and somehow managed to avoid being sued by the copyright holders. A really interesting discussion for anyone involved in the creation of sample based music."

Franzen says his film concludes that "we're in a remix culture, and the law has not caught up to that culture..."

Copyright Criminals trailer below, see PBS site for more (also out on DVD). Check the George Clinton quote - "I got sued for sampling my own music".  That is messed up.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Diego Bernal

Besides is the name of the album from Diego Bernal. out of San Antonio, Texas. Beautiful laidback jazzy beats. Check it out here at Bandcamp, some free downloads going too.

<a href="">09 El Corrido de Chico B by Exponential Records</a>

<a href="">03 Blue Neon by Exponential Records</a>

Peanut Butter Wolf talks music videos

The following is taken from the latest issue of Wax Poetics, one of my favourite magazines in the world. Always great articles about music and musicians, and the stories behind many great records.

To read the rest of the article check out Wax Poetics #41. (Via Stonesthrow)

WOLF: About five years ago, I started “VJing” at my gigs using music video clips instead of records. I decided to go the video route during a tour I did with Madlib, DOOM, and J Dilla where I realized I was starting to DJ at more “performance-type” gigs than the dance-floor-oriented club ones I used to do. It was always something I wanted to do. Even going back to my childhood—decades before YouTube spoiled music fans around the world—I had to struggle to see the videos I wanted to see. As a child of the early ’80s and MTV during their “rock-only” era, I was always bummed that I wasn’t able to see videos from my favorite artists who were mainly doing soul, funk, and rap music. There was a Friday night show on the USA cable network called Night Flight that played cool stuff in the new wave/art rock genre and slipped in a few hip-hop videos here and there, probably thanks to Blondie and the Clash making it cool. On another local Bay Area show called Magic Number Video, I saw videos from the Whispers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Pieces of a Dream, but it was a rare treat to see a UTFO or Whodini or Fearless Four video. I’ve always listened to hip-hop, but as a kid, never got to see it.

Yellow Magic Orchestra “Computer Game” (1979)
This was probably the first electronic song I bought on record back in 1980, but I had no idea they made a video for it until recently. I was always fascinated with electronic music since I heard [Gershon Kingsley’s] “Pop Corn” in the first grade. Movies like Star Wars and video games like Space Invaders and Asteroids probably helped the sci-fi encouragement for me as well. Watching it now, I’m impressed by the special effects and graphics that were more elaborate than even Michael Jackson, who later became not only the King of Pop, but also the king of video budgets. I’m guessing this video with its take on Activision’s Laser Blast started their involvement with scoring videos games. I bought the Xevious theme song by them on vinyl on my last trip to Japan. I think they composed Dig Dug too.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “For Kate I Wait” (2004)
I was in Paris doing an in-store for Lacoste, and their head designer, Christophe [Lemaire], is a huge music fan. He’s one of the only guys I’ve ever met in fashion who really knows his shit and turns me on to music I didn’t know about. No Zoolander stereotypes with Christophe! After my set, he asked me if I liked Ariel Pink, and I said I never heard of him. I live in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, and he told me, “He’s from L.A., like you, and makes great music.” He showed me some stuff, and I was instantly converted. About three weeks later, back in L.A., I was walking to the bank from the Stones Throw office and saw someone wearing an Ariel Pink T-shirt. I yelled, “Hey, where’d you get that shirt?” He said, “I’m Ariel Pink!” I’ve bumped into him three times on that same street since then. I still need a shirt, though.

LL Cool J “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (live on Soul Train 1986)
Watching Soul Train episodes from the mid-’80s, you notice that when there were singers on, the crowd would politely dance along, but when they had rappers, the place would erupt. Everyone would jump and scream like it was Beatlemania. I think that’s the “H.E.R.” that Common refers to [in “I Used to Love H.E.R.”].

Jonzun Crew “We Are the Jonzun Crew” (1983)
I’m always gonna go to bat for the Jonzun Crew. I can’t believe how cheap their used records go for these days, or how crowds hardly ever respond when I play their songs—or this video. But I made my own Jonzun Crew T-shirt, and whenever I wear it, I get at least one compliment. The Jonzun Crew were right up there with Kraftwerk in my book when I was a kid. There’s a nice “before they were stars” cameo in this video by a very young, pop-locking Bobby Brown, who the Jonzun Crew later produced.

Blitz The Ambassador

Some football madness from a gent called Blitz the Ambassador - the tune is called " Yɛ da mo ase (Ghana Black Stars)". Listen below, and download.  "Blitz is a Ghanaian-born independent Hip-Hop artist who now resides in Brooklyn, NYC." See more here, and Myspace.

<a href="">Yɛ da mo ase (Ghana Black Stars) by BlackStarsAnthem</a>

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Stones rescued

Rolling Stones, Dance Pt 1 Moto edit - hot stuff via Analog Giant. " Classic Rolling Stones 'disco' track from their 1980 album Emotional Rescue. Edited and added some; check the synth-break at 3:58... Enjoy!" Listen here.