Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sat Nov 27

Romanowski - Flatpicker
Cornell Campbell and the Jays - Hell inna de yard
Gregory Isaacs  - All I have is love
Mulatu Astatke and Heliocentrics - Cha cha
Miles Davis - Freddie boi  - Applejuice kid remix
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
Jay-Z - Empire state of mind
Rae and Christian - It aint nothing like
Lakeside - Money inst
Prince Charles and the city beat band - Cash (cash money)
Jones girls  -Dance turned into romance
Chico Mann - Anima
Darryl Jennifer - Black Judas
Damian Marley - Move
Michael Rose - African girl
Roots radics - No follow fashion
Noel Ellis - Stop your fighting
Ernest Ranglin  - 54 46 was my number
Roots manuva vs wrongtom  -Big tings redone
The Clash - Magnificent dance
Ladi6 - Burn with me
Beat pharmacy - Assassination of the mind - Teddy G remix
Colm K and the freestyle mellowship - Dancing skulls - main mix
Mishkin vs Anna Mystic - Livin trouble
Johnny Osborne - Budy bye - Kenny Dope remix
Jay-Z - Show me what you got inst
Guinness city symphony - Sir duke
Pitchito - Frente Cumbiero

Friday, November 26, 2010

Glitch Mob vs Vadim

Fortune Days (DJ Vadim RMX ft. Yarah Bravo and Pugz Atomz) by Glitch Mob....
Grab DJ Vadim's remix of Glitch Mob here for free.

"DRINK THE SEA - THE REMIXES VOL. 1 & 2  will be released on January 12, 2011 through All proceeds will benefit relief for Haiti. There are still 1.3 million homeless that need our help.

The 25 track collection will feature remixes by following artists, all of which graciously donated their time and skills to the project: King Britt, ESKMO, Beats Antique, EPROM, DJ Vadim, Deru, SPL, Skeet Skeet, Mr. Projectile, Comma, Salva, Kastle, Nalepa, R/D, Virtual Boy, Machinedrum, Jogger, St. Andrew, Them Jeans, Chris De Luca, Camo UFOs, Adam.01, Pawn, Mirko Kosmos and Mindelixir."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Questlove interviewed

Questlove - Yamaha All Access 360 from Ben James on Vimeo.

Via Crate Kings.

Outer space

Hot Tanya is the new video from the Drab Do-Riffs (who include Mr Karl Steven, formerly of Supergroove). Spied this via Twitter after rapper Tourettes mentioned it, noting that ""now NZ on Air have funded two good bands in 20 years, Die Die Die and these talented chaps..." and they got funding despite extensive use of the f-word. Cheeky MotherUckers...

Jazz Pianos mix

Via Crate Kings, always excellent mixes from DJ Ian Head.... go grab it...

"Once again DJ Ian Head delivers a welcomed interruption to our automatic listening habits. Ian’s November 2010 mix entitled Jazz Pianos serves up a number of the original jazz piano masters including Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Junior Mance, Monty Alexander, and Oscar Peterson.
Anyway – here’s a couple cuts for folks to warm up to as the weather cools off. There’s only a little solo piano – these are just songs that I feel are “driven” mainly by the piano, even in the case that it’s on an artist’s record who isn’t a pianist, like Yusef Lateef.
Download: Ian Head’s November Mix

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So much music, so little moolah

There's an overwhelming amount of exciting live music happening in the first three months of next year , and thru December too. Big Bay Out, Splore, Laneway, Womad (now without Seu Jorge, who has pulled out due to promotional commitments in Brazil resulting from changes in their album release schedule, apparently), Aloe Blacc, Kitty Daisy and Lewis... the list just goes on and on. Trying to pick where you spend your hard earned money is a tough call.

One event that won't be going ahead is hiphop/r'n'b shows Boom Tunz.

From Rip It Up's site, "Boom Productions, the promoters behind next months two R&B Hop Hop Boom Tunz events in Hamilton and Wellington, starring  international artists; Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, Ludacris, and Third World have regrettably been forced to cancel the two inaugural concerts due to poor ticket sales.

Director, Neil MacLeod of Boom Productions announced today that whilst public and media interest in Boom Tunz has been exceptionally strong, this has failed to translate to sales.

“The international line-up for Boom Tunz is one of the hottest on offer in R&B and Hip Hop circles ... therefore we’re absolutely dismayed at the lack of support” said Mr MacLeod.

In New Zealand there is unfortunate trend with R&B and Hip Hop events cancelling. Mr MacLeod added; “Audiences need to break the cycle and support these ventures by purchasing tickets in advance so that promoters have confidence in presenting world-class acts in New Zealand – as well as ensure artists’ of this calibre actually want to perform in New Zealand.”

What Macleod doesn't address why this alleged trend keeps happening. Some in the media have painted this as a case of hiphop artists being unreliable (a dubious myth at best), when the reality is that there are some questionable promoters out there with chequered histories for advertising events where in some cases, they're haven't even confirmed the international acts they're advertising.

It simply isn't true that the public is to blame for this - I've been to a number of hiphop shows by visiting overseas artists in the last 12 months that were packed out, one of which sold out a few months in advance of the artist's show dates. Blaming the public is poor form.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Making Tracks

Making Tracks has returned to our tv screens, with that intrepid wee lad Nick D heading off around the globe to far-flung cities, finding musicians and persuading them to cover a New Zealand song.

Thankfully the cover songs from the show are now on sale while the series is still screening, which is a great idea  -worked brilliantly for the 1st series of Glee in the US, where the songs from each episode went on sale on iTunes as soon as the show had aired there, creating huge demand.

Grab them here at Amplifier. Songs for ep 2 & 4 up now. 
Bonus: go watch Supergroove's Can't Get Enough covered by 30-piece steel drum group Phase II Pan Groove in Trinidad. Mean!

Photo: Makjng Tracks website, Ghana episode.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blowing smoke

Free download of remix of Arc In Round's "3 A.M. All The Time" from their forthcoming E.P, by Brooklyns' own Smoke Machine. Follow him on Twitter here. Another cool remix from him here.

Pin Group

Spotted over at the excellent Mysterex blog. The Pin Group rehearsing, footage shot by Ronnie Van Hout in 1981. Playing their early Flying Nun single Coat/Ambivalence. Great stuff.

Ronnie Van Hout (via Youtube): "1981 film of The Pin Group. Shows band running through Ambivalence and Coat in practice room and gives a reasonably good idea of their dynamic and entertaining stage show. The first two and a half minutes feature verse by a Christchurch poet called Desmond Brice, who penned some of the Pin Group's lyrics including the above. Film closes with some flip remarks about Pin Group from local painter Marty Whitworth. Gives you some sense of how droll it was to live in this city in the early 1980s."

RIP David Wood (Straitjacket fits' bass player)

Straitjacket Fits, with David Wood far right.  Photo: Flying Nun

Very sad news indeed. Much love to his family and friends. He passed away suddenly Nov 17. A service was held earlier today for him. Read NZ Herald notice here.

David had some dry comments here in the Story of Straitjacket Fits, from 2008 - written by NZ Herald's Scott Kara on the occasion of their induction to the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

WOOD: With the Shayne songs he'd come along with a riff or a sketch of a chord sequence, play something like this, and we'd jam and bugger about with it. With Andrew he'd come along with a bit of paper with chords and words written out and go, "Here, play this". And if you tried to deviate from it he'd just stop you. But I like his songs.

The band's legacy?

WOOD: I wouldn't have a clue [laughs]. I just always thought I was the bass player in a band that really sparked your endorphins and got your neurons connecting with a bit of adrenalin, and that's what that band was like. We were playing these songs and it sounded incredibly unbelievable.

Jeff Goldblum covers the Biz

Jeff Goldblum on Jimmy Fallon's show, gets asked to sing a song for the audience, and comes up with  Just A Friend by Biz Markie, with some help from the Biz himself. Studio band is the Roots. Very funny. I know it's a week old, but I just came across it.... Go watch it at (video won't let me embed it, stink)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sidewalk city

The Music Machines event is now in its second year, and happens this Saturday Nov 27, 1-5pm. Lotsa synths and drum machines, live demos, beat battles, all sorts of goodness. Well worth checking out.  There's a clip I shot from last year's event at the bottom of this page to give you a wee taster for it.

One of the tunes that came up last year around a discussion on NZ electronica was this tune, from 1984. Possibly the earliest example of local dance culture taking on New York electro breakdance... Read more about the history behind this tune here...