Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Woop woop! It's the sound of the police


Cut Chemist has a life-size R2D2 in his home, and lots of autographed photos of his heroes, including Bob Dylan. He constructed his latest album, a mix cd called Sound of the Police with just one turntable. Read this cool interview from LA Weekly here.  Excerpt below...

"... It makes me happy that everybody appreciates DJs enough to wanna be one. Absolutely, that makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is my perception that people seem to appreciate specific DJs less or are willing to support DJs less because they are themselves one.

Like, "Oh, I don't need to go check him out, or maybe I don't need to hire him because I hired this person to be the DJ." Or, "I can do it: I'm a DJ." So, the more DJs there are, the less demand there is. That's just basic supply and demand: The jobs have become less for me now that there are more DJs.

I don't think that's an accident, and it's harder for me to get people to listen to what my niche is because it's very different from what all these other DJs have been doing. You know, I'm not a Top 40 DJ. I consider myself more like a performance artist, and in an age when there are so many DJs, it's harder to recognize a DJ as a performance artist.

...  I'm not just behind two decks, but actually making music with different things, performing with different elements, you know, something hopefully captivating."

See sidebar: Four crucial records at the core of the Sound of the Police album.

Free sample of the album below, at Bandcamp. Bonus - go to Cut Chemist's website, and watch the video called Cut Chemist Goes Digging. Niceness. Might have to post it too.

<a href="http://cutchemist.bandcamp.com/track/adidas-to-addis">Adidas to Addis by Cut Chemist</a>

Sun aint shining


If you are a musician who is writing and recording original material, work for hire is possibly the worst kind of contract you could sign with a record company. The more money they give you, the more rights you will have to sign away to your music. The best situation is to get a contract where all the rights to your music revert to you after a certain time period. Read this story about Bob Marley and his family and learn, kids.


Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records, from Billboard.

"Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.

The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love." Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

Friday night's ruling is a defeat for Marley's widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG's effort to "exploit" what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."

L. Peter Parcher and Peter Shukat, who are lawyers for the family, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company is pleased with Cote's ruling.

Marley's family accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.

It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley's music as "ringtones" on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones, the papers show.


But Cote concluded that Marley's recordings were "works made for hire" as defined under U.S. copyright law, entitling UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals. [my bold]

"Each of the agreements provided that the sound recordings were the 'absolute property' of Island," Cote wrote. "Whether Marley would have recorded his music even if he had not entered the recording agreements with Island is beside the point."

She added that it was irrelevant that Marley might have maintained artistic control over the recording process. What mattered, she said, was that Island had a contractual "right" to accept or reject what he produced.

Cote also denied the Marley family's request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalties agreement.  She directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an October 29 conference.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Earliest known footage of Jimi Hendrix playing guitar

Spotted at Dangerous Minds. From 1965, the song is “Shotgun” and the TV show, televised on Nashville’s Channel 5 WLAC-TV, was called Night Train. Singing duo is Buddy and Stacy, and Jimi is part of the Crown Jewels, Little Richard’s back-up band.

You down with #ogb?


The Orcon Great Blend returned last Friday, this time at the magnificent Wintergarden venue in the Civic Theatre, a criminally underused space. The lineup included music, some collaborations (Askew vs Karl Maughan  - street art meets high art and wins) and some fine conversation. First up was host Russell Brown interviewing music impresario Simon Grigg onstage.

Simon talked about starting the Suburban Reptiles - he was originally planning on starting a jazz band with a mate, but then he saw the Sex Pistols and he told his mate "forget the jazz band, we're starting a punk band". Simon said that the punk explosion was fuelled by Mr Asia heroin too, among other drugs.

Russell asked about the huge influx of bands from the North Shore in the early 80s, like the Screaming Meemees, who Simon managed and also released their hit record, See Me Go on his label Propellor. Simon put it down to an influx of Shore kids discovering punk and new wave and coming into the city. Smart kids leave the Shore.



Simon is currently writing a book on OMC  - he's writing the story of the record How Bizarre. He says that it will probably upset some people. And Russell had to ask - Where did all the money go? Simon's reply - Pauly spent it. He was very generous, buying houses, paying off mortgages, buying cars for people. I remember hearing about Pauly getting into Brazilian music, and decided to take off to Brazil with 6 of his mates to go record buying.

Then we had a comic book collaboration between Dylan Horrocks and Emily Perkins, which they read out aloud from the stage, very entertaining (they had copeis for sale later too, and they signed them - how lovely). Karl Maughan and Askew talked about their art collaboration, with Askew complimenting Karl's newfound skills with a spraycan. Welcome to the future, bro.



Silke Hartung and her uke and friends played a few songs, and then Simon Grigg got on the decks and played some splendid tunes. I'm still shocked that nobody bothered to get up and dance when he dropped Innerzone Orchestra's classic Bug in the bassbin. The dancefloor eventually filled out, thanks to some classic funk and soul, not a million miles away from a classic night at Cause Celebre/Box.  Even Russell danced. Excellent night out! Thanks to all involved. 

Suzi also blogged about the event at Kiss My Arts. And check Askew's blog too for video of their collabration.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 11

Steve Stanley - Binghi riddim - dub version
Noiseshasper - Only redeemer - G Corp remix
The Maytals - Night and day
Sweetie Irie - Slim body girl
Apeanaut - Fever
Chancha via curcuito - Rio arriba
Fink - Sort of revolution - Sideshow dub
Patea Maori Club - Poi e
House party - Dangerous love - dance mix
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby - Stretch mix
Foster Sylvers - Misdemeanor
James Brown - Feelin James - Danny Krivit edit
Quantic - Cumbia sobre el mar
Wganda Kenya - Pim pom
El Michels affair - Red rooster
Keith Mansfield - Crash course
Willie Bobo - Evil ways - Karriem Riggins remix
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Better things to do
Joy Denalane - Changes
Ardijah - Which way is up
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
Oddisee - When everything changed
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Di da rog muka ja mahi - Pinch remix
RSD - Forward youth
LV - Turn away

Friday, September 10, 2010

Christchurch post-shake,rattle n roll

Spotted over at Amplifier's site, also Ed Muzik has a good roundup of how Chch music scene is doing post-earthquake.

"Its been a hectic few days around the Christchurch's venues with bands making alternative arrangements and several shows being cancelled.

Details are still coming in regarding damage but the following venues are closed or under repair:

The Bedford
The Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Harbourlight, Lyttelton
The Repertory Theatre
Goodbye Blue Monday
The Octagon.

The venues that seem to have survived are:

The Theatre Royal
Al's Bar
The Dux - update, closed tonight (wednesday) due to damge from after shocks
El Santo
The Loons
Town Hall (tbc)
AMI Stadium.

MAINZ classes have been suspended until Sept 20th.

The Uni of Canterbury is closed til 13th Sept.

The CSM and the Music Centre building have been given the all clear and re open for lessons as normal from Tuesday 7th Sept. There has been some minor damage to some parts of the roof and so pedestrian access is via the door off Ferry Road (through the gate). Also, there will be no car parking available on site until some rubble has been cleared away. CPIT is closed for a week.

For more on what venues have been damanged or remain unharmed check the Chart website

Direct links to exisitng stories:
CHART: music venues unharmed
CHART Music Venues Suffer Earthquake Damage
Ed Muzik blogpost: Music venues in the central city

Please note due to the continuing aftershocks this information could change quickly, if you're unsure of a shows status please contact the relevant venue and/or tune into your local radios stations such as RDU for updates and be safe."

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

DJ Mitsu The Beats at the Turnaround


The last Japanese guest at the Turnaround was DJ Kentaro, and he was incredible. Mitsu promises to be just as exciting, Don't miss it!

DJ Mitsu, with Taro "Wassupski" Kesen (Jazzy Sport), September 24 at The Bacco Room, Nelson St. w/ support from: Julien Dyne (LIVE) ft Riki Gooch & Parks; and the Turnaround crew - Manuel Bundy, Submariner, Cian.

"Mini & Tiger Translate proudly present alongside The Turnaround for the first time in New Zealand, acclaimed Japanese DJ, musician and producer DJ Mitsu The Beats.

Fresh from releasing his third solo album Universal Force (PlanetGroove) in Japan, DJ Mitsu The Beats hits Aotearoa on his first visit down under, following in the footsteps of countryman and label mate Grooveman Spot who tore up clubs in Auckland and Wellington exactly one year ago. Having made a name for himself internationally with productions and remixes under his own name and as producer for hyped Japanese hip-hop group GAGLE, Mitsu comes correct with a special blend of deep-dug soul, jazz and funk breaks, hip-hop and future beats.

Joining Mitsu for two exclusive tour dates in Auckland and Wellington will be Taro "Wassupski" Kesen, head of Tokyo's influential record store/label/movement Jazzy Sport. Local support comes from Julien Dyne playing live with Riki Gooch & Parks, plus your hosts as always - Manuel Bundy, Submariner & Cian.

Come check one of the dopest Japanese DJ/producers of the past decade...

Presale tickets $30+bf from Conch Records, 115a Ponsonby Rd, AK
www.conch.co.nz Ph 09 3601999. Check www.conch.co.nz/word for audio and information.


My photo animation of Kentaro at The Turnaround, music from Kentaro's remix of Kunta Kinte, classic reggae tune.

Bed Intruder song



The NY Times has an interesting story on the Gregory Brothers a Brooklyn band who lifted a clip off a tv news item, autotuned it, andf turned it into a bonafide chart hit - From Viral Video to Billboard 100.

"The song’s source material could not have been more unlikely: A local TV news report from Huntsville, Ala., about an intruder who climbed into a woman’s bed and tried to assault her.

But with some clever editing and the use of software that can turn speech into singing, the Gregory Brothers ... transformed an animated and angry rant by the victim’s brother into something genuinely catchy.

The resulting track, “Bed Intruder Song,” has sold more than 91,000 copies on iTunes, and last week it was at No. 39 on the iTunes singles chart. Its video has been viewed more than 16 million times on YouTube.

Russ Crupnick, an analyst at NPD, said the song’s success pointed to a shift in how music is shared and discovered. Around 70 million Americans buy a CD each year, he said, which is on par with the number of people who are now listening to and finding new music on YouTube.

Some of the group’s online traction stems from the way they turn their songs into viral video franchises by posting the chords and lyrics and encouraging others to create their own versions of the songs, said Kenyatta Cheese, one of the creators of a Web video series called “Know Your Meme” that documents online phenomena.

“They made it more participatory, which increases the value of their original work,” Mr. Cheese said. “They embraced the remix culture and understood they have to contribute back in order to make it spread even further.”


The group's previous successes with videos include the Autotune the news series, and the double rainbow song (featured below, plus original)


Double rainbow- original




Double rainbow song

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

DMC visits Hollis, Queens



from The Wall Street Journals WalkAbout NY series, DMC giving a tour of his old Hollis neighbourhood... seriously cool vid.  Hat tip The Couch Sessions

Sha Rock autobiography

Sha Rock - autobiography of the 1st female hiphop MC...
You can buy The Story Of The Beginning and End Of The First Hip Hop Female MC...Luminary Icon by Sha-Rock of The Funky Four Plus One on Amazon. Hat tip to Diff Kitchen

YMO Tighten up

Yellow Magic Orchestra on Soul Train, doing Tighten up, the Archie Bell & the Drells tune. Check out the random dancing Japanese dude in suit. And the interview at the end is pretty funny. Hat tip to my fellow BaseFM DJ Nabeel for this. Killer.



Bonus - footage from YMO's first US gig, at the Greek Theatre, complete with cheesy MC's intro.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Rap map


Via Sedgwick and Cedar blog: "This new Google Maps-based web app called The Rap Map shows placemarks for major locations in Hip Hop. From Mos Def’s childhood home in Brooklyn to 2Pac’s Elementary school in Baltimore, the map is slowly expanding it’s reach as users suggest locations. The app was created by Rap Genius, a website dedicated to the history, meanings and stories rooted in Hip Hop lyrics."

Essential Mixes

From the BBC Essential Mixes show, archives going back to 1993. Search by genre, stream or download, plus full track listing. Carl Cox, Greg Wilson, Mr Scruff, Norman Jay, Freddy Fresh, Andrew Weatherall, Daft Punk, Danny Krivit... all sorts.... Check it out here.

John Morales


Just came across this cool blog called Nerdy Frames, go have a look. There's a great interview with local talent Zowie (hat tip to Trevor for the link).

They also have a very cool interview with New York DJ and producer John Morales, who had a  bunch of his edits reissued earlier this year on BBE (pictured above).

IV excerpt... "In 1975, being a DJ , I realized that I wanted to make some of the records I liked to play longer in time. It was then that I saved my money and bought my first reel-to-reel tape and cassette recorder, which I still have today. The first re-edits I did were using the pause button on the cassette.




"I learned to edit tape after many hours of trial and error. In so doing, I became an expert on how and where to cut the tape to create all the effects I wanted. After editing several records to make them longer, I realized that I could achieve the same effect by mixing parts from different records. Thus, the basis for the medley was born.

"And the place to go get the edits mixes pressed was Sunshine Sound at 1650 Broadway in NY. For the next few years this is where I met many NY DJ’s and also met Greg Carmichael & Patrick Adams who gave me my start in the studio."


 

Read Nerdy Frame's John Morales interview here. There's also a free download of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)” at the end of the IV too.

Good Records NYC

Photo: Sarah DuBoys/Wax Poetics

Jonny Sklute (alternatively known under the handle Jonny Paycheck), [is] owner, clerk, and CEO of Good Records NYC... A risk management broker turned record dealer, Sklute launched his storefront venture in 2005, right alongside the storied and busy market of East Village/Lower East Side record stores: A-1, the Sound Library, Gimme Gimme.

In keeping your inventory as sleek and clean as the store, where do all of these records that are near mint thirty years later come from?

Records are everywhere. They are the effects of previous lives and lifestyles, sometimes filed away without a thought or played heavily. Records are kept near mint because either the owner didn't care about them at all or cared about them a whole lot.

Read the interview in full at Wax Poetics. 

Soul train



Read an interview with Soul Train's Don Cornelius here, at LA Times.He talks about the release of the 9-DVD set The Best Of Soul Train.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Google Music by xmas

That's according to this report from Hypebot. "Google is in final stage talks with labels to open a download store and a cloud-based song locker that would allow mobile users to play songs wherever they are. Google hopes to open its new music service before Christmas. Some label executives believe that Google Music will become the first real competitor to iTunes."

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 4

Derrick Morgan - I'm the rulerViceroys - Give it to him
Austin Faithful - I'm in a rocking mood
Dennis Bovell - Jah jah children - melodica version
Ragga twins - Shine eye
Issac Hayes - Zeke the freak - Todd Terje edit
Astrid Gilberto  -Black magic - Todd Terje edit
Fatback band - Wicky wacky
Ealzee - barefoot dub
Improvisators dub meets iration steppas - Wah wah 12" mix
Resonators - Sweet dub affair
Augustus Pablo - Iggy Iggy
Damian Marley  - Move
Ian Hird and Nambo - Universal horns
Fat freddys drop - The raft steppers dub
Barrington Levy - No fus nor fight
Kenny Dope - Supa
Dynamo productions - Breaking a channel
The Jackson sisters - I believe in miracles (remix)
Bill Withers - You got the stuff
Lyn Collins  - Mr bigstuff
Ernie K Doe - Her come the girls - Andy Smith and K5 reboot
Tyra and the tornadoes - Hui hui
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
El Michels affair -Yennecita
Naomi Shelton and the gospel queens - Trouble in my way
New mastersounds - Nervous  - Kenny Dope bonus beats remix
Lefties soul connection - Have love will travel
Unitone hifi - Sneeze off
Frankie Paul - Anytime

Friday, September 03, 2010

Bristol boom!

Copped these wicked tunes via Stinky Jim's blog Stink Inc (cheers, ears!) from Bristol beat bandito (as Jim calls him) Ealzee. Have a listen, then go grab them. He's also got remixes of MIA, Horace Andy, The Streets, and Matisyahu over on his Bandcampery. And if you like em, drop Ealzee a line - his email addy is listed under "For other inquiries" on the Bandcamp page.

Ealzee 'Remixes' from bandcamp

<a href="http://ealzee.bandcamp.com/track/fat-bird-dub-ft-ranking-dread">Fat Bird Dub (ft. Ranking Dread) by Ealzee</a>


<a href="http://ealzee.bandcamp.com/track/awake-ft-janaka-selekta">Awake (ft. Janaka Selekta) by Ealzee</a>

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Look! It's the vinyl revival ! (Story #280)

If you're a regular visitor, you'll know how much I love this story. It's like the universal MSM  easy-pitch on the music industry, and it's a pleasant antidote to the usual "music industry is dying" stories from the media, which are often read as smug "look how bad they've got it" from an industry that is going thru difficult times too.

This story is from Oshawa, north of Toronto. Watch the video too - "We asked some civic leaders to tell us about the their first vinyl record they bought..." First up, the mayor. Choice.

Why does Oshawa local Connor Steele like vinyl? "I can keep them forever and I can pass them on to my children. Instead of downloading music, this is the real thing; the quality is better." Connor is 12. 
The beat goes on in Durham Region.


ADDED: Vinyl LP Manufacturing Continues to Increase

Freaky deaky

Wicked new video from Julien Dyne (Open Souls) off his debut solo album, Pins and Digits. Video by Mark Trethewey.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fitz and the Tantrums live

After seeing this clip, I've decided to buy a lotto ticket this week, and when I win a gazillion dollars, the first thing I'm gonna do is buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles and go and see Fitz and the Tantrums play live. These folk are phenomenally good. (Source)



Free download of their tune Moneygrabber...

Fitz and The Tantrums - Money Grabber by The Clothes Hangar

Tally ho!

Sounds interesting... "A discussion on the future of music distribution, particularly in relation to the possibilities of the online environment, will take place at the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington next Wednesday September 1 (6 - 8pm). Speakers include Roger Shepherd of Flying Nun Records, Annabel Youens and Jeff Mitchell from MusicHype, music critic Simon Sweetman and several other Wellington-based independent music agents. The event will workshop ideas and provide practical tools to consider the role of the record label now." Via NZ Musician.

Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade. Next to the Student Union Building
Wednesday 1 September 20106-8pm. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guns of Brixton


The downside of affordable technology is mediocrity - Don Letts, from The Guardian - This Much I Know. Few excerpts...

Everything I learned about my culture came through reggae. The first time I heard about [political activist] Marcus Garvey was through music, not school.

I gave a lecture last week and the kids in the audience said, "Don, you sound like an angry old man." I said, "It's because you kids aren't bloody angry enough."

Hat tip to P-Money for the link via Twitter.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 28

Love Unlimited orchestra - King kong -Danny Krivit edit
Speedometer - Work it out - Beatfanatic remix
Shannon - Let the music play
Colman Borthers - She who dares - lounge mix
Seu Jorge and Almaz - The model
Augustus Pablo - Aquarius rock
Prince Jammy - Interboro dub
Brando - Conquering lion - Binghi riddim
Steven Stanley feat Skully - Dub version - Binghi riddim
Dark Angel - People come to
Jay Z at Studio One - Dirt off the shoulder
Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert - Ye olde beatbox
Sola rosa - Lady love - Bigga Bush version
Phillip Cohran and the artistic heritage ensemble - New frankiphone blues
Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics - Cha cha
Pharoah roche - Sun of a beach - London mix
Fitz and the tantrums - Money grabber
Belleruche - 56% proof
Gil Scott Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Johnny Hammond Smith - Fantasy
Reverso 68 - Piece together - Todd Terje mix
Shad - Yaa I get it
J Rawls - Lee Morgan story
Joi - Hurts sometimes
Piero Umiliani - Truck driver
Freddie Kruger - Something good

Skateboarders from hell!

Spotted this mad clip on legendary photographer Glen E Friedman's blog  - also go read his post on the mosque protesters in New York and how he and his friend Russell Simmons put up some controversial posters to counter them.... "This was warrented by all the insanity surrounding the proposed building of a new Muslim mosque about six blocks away from "Ground Zero" (never mind that there is already a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero already, for 40 years)..."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Money grabber

Fitz and the Tantrums hail from Los Angeles, and serve up a healthy dose of Motown shimmer and soul swagger. Their debut album has just dropped, check this....



Get the album "Pickin' Up The Pieces" here: http://www.fitzandthetantrums.com/store
AND there's a free download of Moneygrabber on their site here. Check out some more info on the band (audio, videos) at Flavourwire.

Here's the band playing live...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy birthday!

My blog turns seven today. Wow.

Open Souls get cheesy

The Open Souls drop a mad-ass 80s remix of their tune Dollars, off the latest album from this splendid kiwi combo, Standing In The Rain. Not a million miles away from the choice dance sequence in the film Boy....

Rock the casbah


Stumbled on this while looking for Todd Terje edits, as you do...  really nice edit of Rock the Casbah by The Clash, lotsa percussion and sax. Check it here

Bonus points - Mustapha dance (the original instrumental mix of Rock the Casbah)

Edit by Mr Krivit




Danny Krivit discussing the art of the edit. Can't wait to hear the new Strut comp from him - Edits By Mr. K Vol. 2 (out Sept 14) Track lists looks killer too.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shad

Straight outta Canada, check this cat out... woah.



Free download of the above tune via RCD LBL here. And then there's the Oddisee remix too.
Shad Myspace. Check his official site too, nice blog styles. His album gets US release October 5, hopefully further afield too.

Check this 2nd video, hat tip to the Pharcyde...


Monday, August 23, 2010

Hey Jim. How do you spell New York?


I posted a clip from Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee and Cigarettes the other day - it features GZA, RZA and Bill Murray. Pitchfork have put up an interview with Jarmusch to coincide with him curating a day at All Tomorows Party NYC.

He talks about working with musicianas as actors in his films...

"... They were all very focused, and it was really a pleasure. I never had any trouble with any of them. Even Wu-Tang showed up on time. They were great. In fact, we were shooting Coffee and Cigarettes, and we were actually waiting for Bill Murray. He was only half an hour late. That was pretty amazing."


He also talks about his friendship with the late Rammellzee, and his upcoming projects  - such as a documentary on the Stooges... "There's no rush on it, but it's something that Iggy asked me to do. I'm co-writing an "opera." It won't be a traditional opera, but it'll be about the inventor Nikola Tesla, with the composer Phil Klein." He also has another film ready to shoot soon.

And my fave quote -  "There's a rule in my household that if Iggy is playing anywhere within 90 miles, we go". Great rule.


BONUS VIDEO: Pitchfork has footage of Jim Jarmusch, Bradford Cox, and No Age's Randy Randall playing Cortez the Killer.

Funky drummer!!!

Clyde “Funky Drummer” Stubblefield playing and being interviewed by Marley Marl (HT Diff Kitchen)  - DAMN! Funky ass shit.

Mark de Clive Lowe - live



MdCL and Sy Smith live in Washington DC last month. Kills it.
Hat tip to Potholes in my blog.

Protect ya neck, busker styles



Lewis Floyd Henry, London.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Making of OutKast's Aquemini


Track by track... read it here...


"By the time Aquemini was due to drop in the fall of 1998, no one knew what to expect from the-soon-to-be-iconic OutKast....

...Now that the Dirty South rules the world, it's easy to forget that Aquemini was the first Southern hip-hop album to earn the coveted five-mic rating from the former bible of the genre, The Source magazine.

At the time, R&B was dead, rap was on its last leg (R.I.P. Biggie and Pac), and Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office getting some head. But it mattered not. If post-soul polemics and pre-millennial angst had the world in a funk, Aquemini only made things funkier..."


snip... "Liberation" feat. Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, Big Rube, Joi, Myrna "Skreechy Peach" Brown.

"... that [song featured] Erykah, Big Rube, Cee-Lo - again random occurrences. Dre's baby mama was Erykah Badu. I mean, damn, why wouldn't you put your baby mama on the record if she's Erykah Badu? It's not like he came to the studio and said, 'I want to put my girl on the song,' and this bitch work at the Varsity. She's Erykah Badu. Okay, do it."

The web is dead - long live the internet


Thats' the attention-grabbing headline from a Wired magazine story by Chris Anderson (author of The Long Tail) and Michael Wolff and it's delightfully provocative...

The Wired issue bases itself around that theme, and if you need an antidote to the waffle preached there, have a read of What's wrong with 'X is dead' from The Atlantic.

They observe that "The problem is Anderson's assumption about the way technology works. Serious technology scholars long ago discarded the idea that tech was just a series of increasingly awesomer things that successively displace each other. Australian historian Carroll Pursell, in reviewing Imperial College London professor David Edgerton's The Shock of the Old, summarized the academic thinking nicely:


An obsession with 'innovation' leads to a tidy timeline of progress, focusing on iconic machines, but an investigation of 'technology in use' reveals that some 'things' appear, disappear, and reappear...

And they close by noting that "Anderson's inevitable technological path [described in the article] happens to run perfectly through the domains (print/tablet) he controls at Wired, and away from the one that he doesn't." Funny that.

Best response I've seen tho was this one via Twitter from @ironicsans: “Just got my Web Is Dead issue of Wired. It came several days after I read all about it plus pro and con arguments and analyses. On the web."

80 blocks from Tiffanys



via Groovement: "Director Gary Weis’ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture, previously unavailable on DVD, will be released in the Autumn of 2010, the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and will be accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.

Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians."

Indie record labels branch out

Photo: Uli Seit for The New York Times

This story in the New York Times talks about several indie labels taking on film distribution, both as small cinema runs and on DVD. The approach is similar to how the lables operate... "stay small and informal, know your audience, and put out stuff you like." Excerpt below...

"... This summer, Drag City, a Chicago label, distributed “Trash Humpers,” the fifth feature by Harmony Korine (the screenwriter of Larry Clark’s “Kids”). “We were very glad to take it on,” said Rian Murphy, Drag City’s sales director, “because it is something new and different, and we like that kind of thing, and because it doesn’t have to do with the record business right now, which is kind of in a bummer.” Drag City, which represents musicians like Joanna Newsom and Silver Jews, bought prints of the film and “made sure they were in constant motion” around the country.

“Trash Humpers” was “not held to the traditional channels for distributing a movie,” Mr. Murphy said, “because we don’t know what those are.”

He added: “If someone emails us, and they’re not a complete lunatic, or if they are a complete lunatic, and they have money and a screen....”

As a result, the film has played at a beer bar in Chattanooga, Tenn., a bookstore in Houston and the George Eastman House in Rochester, extending its life beyond the art house. (How many screens? Mr. Murphy didn’t know; the company barely even signs contracts with its artists. “It changes the atmosphere,” he said.) The “Trash Humpers” DVD is due in September.

RZA, GZA, Bill Murray

Love this movie. Coffee and Cigarettes, by Jim Jarmusch.

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

http://www.thisculture.com 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