Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sat Feb 12

Ernest Ranglin - 54 46 was my number
Keith Hudson - Ire irie
Footsie - Cuss cuss dub
Kabanjak - Dub to go - Ancient astronauts remix
Manasseh feat Dark angel - People come to
Smith and Mighty - B line fi blow

Tubbs - Five day night - Fat Freddys remix
Alton Ellis - You're the one to blame
Dandy Livingston and Rico  -Rudy a message to you
Austin Faithful - I'm in a rockin mood
Colm K and the freestyle mellowship - Dancing skulls main mix
Cooking on three burners - Cars
George Clinton - Atomic dog
War - Me and baby brother

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe so, maybe no
Four tet - Serious as your life
Belleruche - Gold rush
Caribou - Odesa

Mayer Hawthorne, Four Tet, Belleruche and Caribou all playing at Slore City, Auckland Town Hall tonight, door sales $85. It's gonna be sweet.

Colman bros - She who dares - Lounge mix
Souleance - La romance
Project tempo - Tomtom dub
Shannon - Let the music play
Thievery corporation - 38-45
Western roots - Bogus buddy
Luciano - Life - Da lata remix
Nicola Conte - Jet sounds
Dennis Coffey feat Kings go forth - Miss Millie
El Michels affair - Detroit twice
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to Dilla

Friday, February 11, 2011

We like living off the government

1978 NZ punk scene, profiled by Neil Roberts - watch out for shot of him with dodgy moustache in the Idle Idols interview. A bus full of Auckland punks heading to Wellington to play the Town Hall... first band profiled is Rooter (later the Terrorways).

Roberts -They've been playing together for a month. "How do you rate yourself - are you any good after a month's playing?" Kerry Buchanan: "We're better".

The Scavengers

The Idle Idols, interviewed in bed.

The Stimulators, who later became Sheerlux.

"we like living off the government..." The Normals, Assassins, Doomed and Suburban Reptiles

Carl Craig

From Factmag... "Carl Craig is marking the 20th anniversary of his Planet E label with a compilation album, live tour and monthly remixes of classic archive tracks throughout the year. "

I understand you’re also launching a competition around the vinyl edition of the compilation, or a kind of listener’s poll: can you explain more?

“Well, because there’s so many tracks I feel it’s better to let the fans A&R what they’d like to see on the vinyl in comparison to us just telling you what we’re going to give you on the vinyl, you can actually select. So, from the tracks that we have on digital the people can select what they feel that they are missing on vinyl, what they’ve missed or just what they’d really like to see on the compilation.”

The music industry has changed a lot in the last 20 years, especially in the last five years or so. How do you see the business side developing in the future? 
“I really hope that it can develop quite nicely, but now we are in a very tough situation. I don’t know if we’ve reached the bottom yet for the whole industry, but there’s only one future I can see that’s prosperous for the industry, for any industries, any new technologies – and that’s via the Internet...."

Read the interview here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Oddisee is a very cool US producer who has dropped some great EPs via Bandcamp based aroudn the seasons (Odd Summer, Odd Autumn etc) and he's spreading the word about another talented colleague of his... it's a free collection of short beats that are funky as...

Oddisee: "When it comes to digging for samples I must admit, I'm not the best at. When you have friends like mine you don't have to be. I'd like to introduce you all to Maverick, a producer from Washington, DC by way of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Maverick & I have been friends for some time now, His knowledge on Hip Hop and records never ceases to amaze me. 
"The last time we hooked up, he played me some new beats he was working on. He's a busy guy who has his hands in tons of things. The one thing he has yet to dabble in was a release. I convinced him to let me share his beats with you all. Consider these tracks "The First Step" in my homie making a name for himself."

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


There's new documentary that has popped up online recently, celebrating the life and music of J Dilla. This month marks five years since he passed away.

"Created in 2006, this remembrance piece is created as a tribute to the memory and legacy of James "J.Dilla" Yancey. This is a piece designed for his fans and supporters who knew of his accomplishments before February 2006 and those that have grown to appreciate his genius. Here, we gain a greater insight and understanding about our musical icon."

There's a bunch of great stuf on Dilla over at Stonesthrow too...

We've joined with the J Dilla Estate to produce this poster of the 2005 photo of Dilla at work, photographed by Raph Rashid.

A clip from the video that turned into the cover of Donuts, with a back-story from the director.

Streaming audio from the definitive J Dilla mixtape by J. Rocc

"J.Dilla: Still Shining" from B.Kyle on Vimeo.

Splore tickets on special

Splore City hits Auckland Town Hall on Friday and Saturday night, and they've got a mean special on tickets...

"It's a last minute 24 hour deal for $75 + BF/night special starting midday Wed 9 Feb through to midday Thurs 10 Feb especially for all our friends of Splore. Simply add the word PARTY TIME into the promo box when purchasing online or quote the word PARTY TIME if purchasing by phone from the Edge here"

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Onelung (aka Kevin Tutt) is a local electronica artist who has been putting out cool, sample-based  jazzy funk/funky jazz electronica releases for a number of years. Last year, he quietly slipped out album number 6, called Dark Carousel, and it's available for free download over at his label, Punchy wah.

See Onelung full discography here. That link also includes some audio downloads for Tutts' previous musical outfits Cicada (also featuring one Andrew Spraggon, now of Sola Rosa) and Pink Frocks. To grab some of the earlier Onelung albums, scroll down here.
Punchy Wah Records site.

Earlier video from Onelung, featuring a cool puppet grooving around the place.

Monday, February 07, 2011

mahna mahna superbowl

Troy Polamalu is one of the star players for the Steelers, playing the Greenbay Packers in today's Superbowl. I first heard of him in 2007, when someone sent me an email about him, after they found my website about Piero Umiliani, an Italin film composer most famous for his song Mahna Mahna (from the mondo film "Sweden: Heaven or Hell"), later covered by Sesame St/The Muppets...

M Shirra wrote "Surely you've heard from many Pittsburgh Steeler's fans (Yeah, SuperBowl Champs!) about the parody heard in these parts regarding our probowl safety Troy Polamalu. Any chance of adding a link on your site? It's quite a tribute.Really enjoyed reading your site about a song that's been stuck in my head for weeks. It is truly amazing sometimes what you can find on the internet!" The song was reworked to help Steelers fans figure out how to pronounce Polamau's surname. He is of Samoan descent.

Oh, and his hair is insured for $1 million. Read about that here.

Piero Umiliani passed away in Feb 2001. In 2003, his daughter Elisabetta contacted me after a friend showed her my site. I was lucky enough to do an interview with her via email. She told me her father named his boat Mahna Mahna. Read the interview here.

Digi Bam Bam

Digi Bam Bam riddim, classic Bam Bam reworked by Seed Organisation, and they've got Sister Nancy on it too! WICKED! Free download too.

Digi Bam Bam Riddim by The Seed Organization