Saturday, July 24, 2010

BaseFM Ring The Alarm playlist, July 24

20th century steel band - Land of a thousand dances
Quantic -Swing easy
Augustus Pablo - Cassava piece
Yami Bolo  -Whan a man's in love
Viceroys -Every day
The Wailers - Put it on
Shabba Ranks - The stopper
The Pioneers - Sweet inspiration  - Justin Robertson remix
Havana boys - Paul's dub
Romanowski - Train song - DJ Sureshot remix
Kormac feat Koaste - Saturday morning TV
Rakaa - CTD
Nona Hendryx - Transformation
Prince Charles and city beat band  - Cash (cash money)
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
P-bass expressway - Easyride - Downtown Brown remix
Kinky electric noise - Campesino urbano dub
Little dragon - Constant surprises
J-Wow and Sui Zhen - River song
Blundetto - Nautilus dub
Jahdan Blakkamore -The general - Ticklah remix
Albarosie - Sound killa
Richie Phoe - Eyes on the eprize dub
RSD - Love of jah light
Colman brothers - She who dares - lounge mix
Dusty - An exotic breed
Donald Fagen - Ruby ruby

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Timeless screening tonight

Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes/ Mulatu / Arthur Verocai, live at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Screens Wednesday July 21 (tonight) at Khuja Lounge, 8pm, $5 entry, plus DJ set from Dan Paine.  More info at Check the clip below, looks amazing.

Various Assets – Not For Sale: RBMA London

Download a bunch of bent tuneage... watch out for kiwi lad Myele Manzanza (Electric Wire Hustle)... ""Red Bull Music Academy came to London earlier in the year, here’s the fruits from 5 weeks of musical exploration and education..." See Shook mag. (note: it's 2 CDs worth, a 320MB download)

Instrumental bizz from El-P

Some instrumental flavours off the new release from EL-P (Company Flow, Def Jux) - "Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3", out August 3rd. Physical copies of Volume 3 of the Megamixx series will include download links to the first two volumes, which were only available at live shows.

El-P- "Meanstreak" (In 3 Parts) (mediafire)
El-P- "Whores: The Movie" (mediafire)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


At the weekend I went to Barcamp Auckland. It's an conference where the participants provide all the content  - put forward topics to give talks on, and then turn up and make it happen. The term for it is unconference, apparently. The participants drew mainly from web development and design, but came from other fields too. There was the University lecturer who talked about Wikipediaphobia among academics, for example.

It was the 4th one, but my first time at it. It was a very stimulating day, some fascinating ideas thrown around. I gave a talk on LP cover art, and how Steve Jobs nearly killed it off  with the minimalist thumbnail in iTunes (same as the one I gave at Design Assembly). Anyways, here's the slides from my presentation, lotsa pretty covers... enjoy!

SlideShare presentation : Vinyl Flashbacks

And as a bonus - stumbled upon this great presentation on how to start a record collection, from Barcamp Vancouver.   
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl ...
Hat tip to Rick Vugteveen,

Gilles and Louie

Free track off Havana Cultura Remixed, latest compilation from Mr Gilles Peterson. 
Tune is Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega remix). Other remixes from MJ Cole, 4hero, Carl Cox, Rainer Tr├╝by, Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen Solal, Seiji, Michel Cleis and Mocky.

"It was two years ago that Gilles visited Cuba for the first time on a reconnaissance mission to check out the new generation of Havana-based ... (more) artists. Suitably impressed, he was back within the year for a 5-day session at the legendary Egrem Studios with Roberto Fonseca and his superb band. Revelling in his role as executive producer, it was a hot, sweaty, intense session but a fruitful one nonetheless.

“I had a few covers as starters: one from Fela to capture that true Afro-Cuban fusion; a Blue Note joint as a 70th anniversary gift; and a couple of Cuban faves from my Ballroom days - 'Chekere Son' and some Juan Pablo Torres. The rest was pretty much controlled jamming, picking up the Rumba boys from the bar below, or convincing Mayra Valdes to hit it freestyle.”

Eru Dangerspiel live DVD out soon

Sneak preview clip below...

ERU DANGERSPIEL DVD/CD: out Monday 26 July

Auckland: Friday 8 Oct – Auckland Town Hall
Wellington: Saturday 9 Oct – Wellington Town Hall

Monday, July 19, 2010


I went to two films at the Film festival over the past two days - yesterday was Teenage Paprazzo, and tonight was Radiant Child: Jean Michel Basquiat. Both dealt with fame, in a way.

Teenage Paparazzo is directed by actor Adrian Grenier, who plays Vincent Chase in  tv show Entourage, which is all about an actor (Chase) and his mates from New York, who move out to Hollywood when their boy hits it big. Grenier discovered this 13 year old boy shooting his photo one night as he was coming out of a restaurant and cornered him and asked him what he was up to. Kid says "I'm just doing my job". Teenage Paprazzo is about Grenier getting to know this kid, Austin, and find out more about the world of the paparazzi.

Then Grenier decides to try being a paparazzi. He also talks to some famous people (Matt Damon, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton) about fame and the paparazzi. He visits some of the magazines that publish these photos. As the film says, when these actors are on the way up, they need the paparazzi to get exposure. So the star's relationship with that media is rather complex, depending on where they are on the fame scale. The film evolves into a measured, thought-provoking  take on the celebrity culture we exist in.

In Radiant Child: Jean Michel Basquiat, one of Basquiat's friends, Fab Five Freddy, says that when they were coming up, they all wanted fame, but not like fame today, cos thats a complete mindfuck. Another friend, Julian Schnabel (who directed Basquiat, the feature film based on Basquiat's life) talked about the level of fame he had to deal with, and that Basquiat "did not have the tool to deal with that sea of shit."

Basquiat took part in a group show in Times Square in 1981 then got invited to be in a show at PS1 by Diego Cortez. Cortez invited anyone who wanted to exhibit along, as he was bored with conventional shows where, as he  says, there were "white walls, white people  and white wine".

Cortez invited gallery owner Anina Nosei out to see the show, and she held Basquiat's first solo show that same year. At the opening of that show, Basquiat sold $200,000 worth of paintings in one night. He was 20. He shot to fame in a short space of time, but didn't have a bank account (at first), he had piles of money lying round his studio, stuffed in books etc. He also found himself earning much more money than his friends which made him paranoid about people's motives. Add in drugs, that made him even more paranoid.

As highlighted in the film, he didn't feel accepted by the art world, especially as art writers tended to talk down to him - one example, an interviewer calls him  the black Picasso, which Basquiat responded to by saying "that's very flattering, but also demeaning".  In the main interview in the film, done with film maker and friend Tamra Davis (who directs this doco), she asks him about how critics and writers react to him and his work, and Basquiat says that they wouldnt write the same things if he were white, and that's racist.

It's a tough film to watch, as you know how it's going to end.  But it's also a fascinating glimpse into the New York scene in the late 70s/early 80s, which the crowd are labelled as the downtown 500. Fab Five Freddy talks about how back then, you could just say "I'm a film maker (or artist, or musician)", and then you'd make a film and people would turn up at your first screening and you were a film maker. And it was incredibly cheap to live - I recall reading a book called New York No Wave, where Lydia Lunch talks about renting an apartment for $100 a month, and that was considered expensive back then.

Recollections of Jean-Michel Basquiat by John Seed: Basquiat memoir by his former assistant during his time living in Venice, Los Angeles.

Fab Five Freddy talks about when he first met Basquiat.


Swedish Chef covers Gershon Kingsley's classic Moog tune Popcorn. Brilliant. And check the subtitles.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

money money money

The top bosses at RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) have been attracting some heat recently, with stories on their massive legal bills and such like hitting the web.

Digital Daily News reports that RIAA "chief exec Mitch Bainwol pulled in more than US$2 million in salaries and bonuses....
... Major labels are picking up the tab on Bainwol’s salary even as their own revenues continue to drop. Other reported RIAA salaries during the same period include President Cary Sherman ($1.3m), EVP International Neil Turkewitz ($696k), EVP Government and Industry Relations Mitch Glazier ($566k) and EVP/General Counsel Steven Marks ($562k). In addition, there are seven other staffers with compensation ranging from $200k to $500k."

Sleeve face dance

Sleeve face dance video, very funny. Hat tip to Crate Kings