Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 21

Martin Brew - Sand stepping
Steinski - We'll be right back
Edie Harris - Turbulence
El Chicano - Viva tirado otra vez
Kabanjack - Dub to go - Ancient astronauts remix
Beats International - Invasion of the estate agents
People come to - Dark angel, Manasseh
Labelle - Messin with my mind
Joi - If I'm lucky I just might get picked up
Kendra Lou and the miracles - Everyday
Sleepwalker - Bortherhood - Mitsu the beats remix
Jose Feliciano - Golden lady
Patato and Totico - Dilo como yo - Antibalas remix
Eli Goularte - Meu samba - Nicola Conte remix
Daktaris - Upside down
Budos Band - Mark of the unnamed
Bronx river parkway - Agua con sol
Aural exciters - Spooks in space
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye - Kenny Dope super dub mix
Red earth collective - Never give up - Manasseh remix
Richie Phoe - Eyes on the prize
U-Roy and Francois K - Rootsman
Sugar Minott - So we love it
Tommy McCook - Beirut

Rio arriba

Spied this over at Stink Inc, the blog of the esteemed Mr Stinky Jim - slipped by me, but it's well worth a read. Collection of interviews with South American cats from the excellent ZZK Records.

Chancha Via Circuito's album Rodante was one of my favourite albums of 2008. His label ZZK, described it as "a collection of cumbia songs ranging in nature from introspective (at the edge of a shaman-style trip) to festive, as in a crazy journey on a runaway train." It's a wonderfully percussive delight from start to finish, and his new album Rio Arriba is on the way very soon. Jim talked with DJ Nim, one of the founders of the ZZK label, along with Chancha Via Circuito, and Tremor.

snip....How is your music received by 'traditional' cumbia' musicians or cumbia villera musicians? Is there much or any dialogue between the older, more traditional artists and this new school? Your Jose Larralde remix for example is a track that bridges the gap between old and new for me.
“The reality is that there isn´t much dialogue between us. We know some artists who play cumbia villera and we respect each other, but I don´t know how it´s received by "traditional cumbia musicians". I met José Larralde once and gave him a CD with my remix, but I never received his feedback.”

Read the full interviews at Stink Inc - audio to check too!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fat Beats record stores to close

Via Crate kings and twitter: "Unfortunately, the breaking news of the day is that all Fat Beats retail locations (NY and LA) will close on September 4th and 18th respectively. Over the years Fat Beats has cultivated a reputation for being the centre of the universe for hip-hop vinyl and in-store performances."

Here's why Fat Beats is such a loss...

Walter Gibbons mixtape

Below, find a 70 minute promo mix from Disco Sonitus (Blackbeard's Toni Rossano & DJ D), made up of many of the tracks on the Jungle Music compilation of Walter Gibbons' mixes. Album drops this week.

Walter Gibbons Jungle Music Mix By Disco Sonitus by Strut Records on Mixcloud

Mix tracklist
1. TC James & The Fist O'Funk- Get Up On Your Feet (Keep Dancin') (Walter Gibbons Mix)
2. Harlequin Fours- Set It Off (US 12" Version)
3. Strafe- Set It Off (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
4. Gladys Knight- It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
5. Jakki- Sun... Sun... Sun... (Walter Gibbons Original 12" Mix)
6. Sandy Mercer- You Are My Love (12" Version)
7. Arts & Crafts- I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
8. Double Exposure- Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)
9. Luv You Madly Orchestra- Moon Maiden (12" Mix)
10. Salsoul Orchestra- Magic Bird of Fire (Fire Bird Suite)
11. Dinosaur L- Go Bang (Walter Gibbons unreleased mix)
12: Arthur Russell- See Through (Walter Gibbons Original 12" Edit)
13: Stetsasonic- 4 Ever My Beat (Beat Bongo Mix)

DOWNLOAD - TC James & The Fist O'Funk- "Get Up On Your Feet" (Walter Gibbons Mix) [mediafire] [soundcloud]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Take that!

From Digital Music News: The 10 Most Disastrous Music Industry Deals...

starts off with Terra Firma's acquisition of EMI, $4.7 billion (2007)... then there's Bertelsmann's investments in Napster, $100 million (2000-onward), and my fave...  

The Robbie Williams 360-Degree Deal, $160 million (2002): Williams loves being able to walk the streets of Los Angeles without getting recognized. EMI, which signed a pioneering deal, was somehow less thrilled by that freedom.

 Take that, EMI.

Read them in full here

Ebo Taylor

Here's the latest slice of African goodness from Strut, with a bit of background info...(Audio preview - check here)

"Strut link up with one of the true greats of Ghanaian music, Ebo Taylor, for his first internationally released new studio album in over 20 years. 
Following the wartime big band highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Taylor became a major figure in Ghanaian highlife during the 1950s and ’60s as highlife exploded. Cutting his teeth with leading big bands like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band, Ebo Taylor quickly rose through the ranks and became a prolific composer and frontman. Taylor moved to London in 1962 to study. “I had the Black Star Highlife Band sponsored by the Ghanaian High Commission, mainly comprising music students. We tried to incorporate jazz into highlife and progressed through talking and through jam sessions, trying to develop our skills and ideas.”
Back in Ghana, Taylor became an in-house arranger and producer for labels like Essiebons, working with other leading Ghanaian stars including C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. “I was paid to write for them and we made some great records. People were trying new things – I always loved C.K. Mann’s Funky Highlife. It was fresh." Through the mid-‘70s and into the ‘80s, Taylor then recorded a number of solo projects, exploring unique fusions and borrowing elements from traditional Ghanaian sounds, Fela’s Afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk. Tracks like "Heaven" now stand as among the best Ghanaian Afrobeat of the era.
Interest in Ebo Taylor’s music has grown in recent years with a series of Ghanaian compilations on Soundway Records and Analog Africa and an unexpected sample as Usher lifted a riff from "Heaven" for his hit with Ludacris, "She Don’t Know."  A new Ebo Taylor album was a natural progression. “For new album, I wanted to advance the cause of Afrobeat music. Fela started it and we shouldn’t just abandon it. We should push it so it is a standard form of music.“  
The result is a firing new set backed by Dutch Berlin-based band Afrobeat Academy and involves members of Poets Of Rhythm. Tracks include new versions of Taylor classics "Victory" and "Love And Death" and a selection of new compositions including "Kwame," celebrating Ghana’s late, lamented leader Kwame Nkrumah.
Ebo Taylor's Love And Death will be released in CD / 2LP / digital formats. He will be touring with Afrobeat Academy beginning in December 2010."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Favela on Blast film screening

Favela On Blast - Official Trailer from Mad Decent on Vimeo.

As part of the "ThisCulture" film series we are proud to present the NZ premiere of "Favela on Blast" - this Wednesday night at Khuja Lounge.

Favela on Blast is the directorial film debut from Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Diplo, and his partner Leandro HBL. For 20 years, a subculture has emerged under society's radar. Favela On Blast tells the stories of sex, love, poverty and pride for Rio's marginalized people. They have their own language, style and heroes. It's a music that's... fast, heavy and violent like the city itself. This film is a flash of a few lives of charismatic people that relate to the funk music and a retelling of the subculture itself.

In an unlikely turn of events since pre-production of this film started, baile funk fought its way out of the favela's, no holds barred. As soon as it reached the ears of music makers and booty shakers around the globe, dots got connected, cables got plugged and the movement just snowballed out of control.

The culture surrounding the favelas of Rio De Janeiro has been documented before, yet here a unique view is presented to the audience were the camera emerges from the funk balls to give an unseen look into an energetic, underground music scene so powerful it couldn't be ignored.

August 18th - Khuja Lounge - 8pm,  $5 entry - DJ support from El Gato Negro for more info.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The cocktail party

Frank Liew wrote a great piece over at Hypebeast on the whole iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry phone debate. He's been asking a lot of people which one they like and why, and has come up with a nifty theory on the choices  - the cocktail party. Read below...

"... after a month or so of digesting information from supporters in all camps, I’ve decided to combine all this information and put forward my answer to this question in a simple analogy, that I hope everyone can understand.

Imagine you’re at a cocktail party.

There’s a guy who seems to be the centre of attention and has a harem of girls (including the one you’ve been eyeing up all night) giggling at his somewhat bland jokes and stories of his exploits as a sometimes-DJ or part-time model. You may not necessary like this guy, but can’t help but admire his “pulling power”, and quietly wonder to yourself how he does it, at the same time ridiculing him to your friends. You don’t know how he does it, but you can see the results in front of you, but you still wonder if it’s for real or if it’s all for show. This guy is an iPhone.

There’s a guy who sits quietly in the corner dressed in a Saville Row bespoke suit and sporting a 40′s IWC Pilot with a bunch of fellow male beatnik admirers in some strange fete-du-sausage whilst nursing a nice 25yo Glenmorangie single malt on the rocks. He brings up intellectual discussion, enjoys obscure conversation topics, likes to crack the odd dirty joke then and again to remind you that he’s on your level, and has a certain aura around him that you can’t seem to pinpoint, but you are drawn to. You wonder why he’s dressed the way he is, given that not many people seem that interested. This guy is a HTC Android powered phone.

There’s a guy who looks rather serious, in a corner with little to no friends and just sits there staring at his phone all night whilst typing away feverishly on the keyboard, trying to maintain a real life conversation with someone at the same time but failing miserably. This guy is all about getting shit done. This person is somewhat oblivious to his surroundings, and always ends up joining a conversation late, making it rather awkward, but he has rather strong opinions and prides himself on telling people when he gets something done, no matter how mundane. This guy is a Blackberry.

Which one do you want to be? There’s your answer."

Frank uses a Blackberry.

Non picnic

Back in 1988, a rather exciting festival was due to happen, with a lineup that included Bob Geldof, James Brown, Nona Hendryx, Roy Orbison and more. It was called the Neon Picnic and it collapsed in spectacular fashion a few days before it was due to take place. Writer Chris Bourke has a piece on his blog about it, lifted from a story he wrote at the time for Rip It Up. It's a great read. (Above photo from Chris's blog)

"In the last few days before the Neon Picnic was scheduled to start, people were waiting. For money.

International acts such as Los Lobos and Nona Hendryx were waiting for their plane tickets or advance fees; lighting and sound companies for their payments before they would continue work. Many others waited to be paid for work already done.
The Raglan County Council waited for toilets to be put on site, while the portaloo hire company waited for their cash.

The Picnic organisers were waiting for last-minute financial packages to come through and sort it all out." Read it in full here.

ADDED Simon Grigg has his own memories of the Neon Picnic - he did get to see one of the acts...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

NY blues

Via Flavourpill Daily Dose: "Christopher Walken played him in the movie Basquiat, but the creative life of Marc H. Miller transcends that singular moment via his website, 98 Bowery.

"In late-'60s downtown NYC, Miller blossomed as an artist, curator, journalist, and publisher. After organizing the very first punk art exhibition in 1978, he migrated to Amsterdam and shot Polaroid portraits in the red-light district, before returning to the Bowery to make videos, write a column, and organize shows — a lifestyle that's now amusingly and thoroughly documented online.

Explore the 98 Bowery site, watch videos of Miller selling Polaroids in Amsterdam’s red-light district bars, check out the making of a paparazzi portrait of Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein from the artist’s Vimeo archive, and read an article about his controversial video interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat in Interview magazine."

Photo: The Ramones autograph Curt Hoppe’s painting “Bettie & the Ramones".
Check more photos here