Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Fishbone

Got sent these clips from the fine folk at Turnstyle News... thanks!

"Actors and musicians including Gwen Stefani, Laurence Fishburne (narrator), Flea, Damon Wayans, Ice-T and Perry Farrell appear in two exclusive clips - obtained by Turnstyle News - of EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a documentary about unique black rock band Fishbone. It is the untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young black men from urban America."

Official site for Everyday Sunshine.


Everyday Sunshine: Fishbone Is Punk Rock from Turnstyle Video on Vimeo.


Everyday Sunshine: Fishbone In The Hood from Turnstyle Video on Vimeo.

Read more - Fishbone in the hood at Turnstyle News

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Straight to hell



Got sent this link, which reminded me to post it, cos I saw it a while back, I think.

NY77: The coolest year in hell, a documentary made in 2007 by VH1. This clip is 1 hour 25 mins.

"A two-hour VH1 Rock Doc that documents one of the most tumultuous years in New York Citys history. The Emmy nominated documentary examines everything from the birth of hip-hop, the burgeoning disco movement, the famed New York blackout, the Son of Sam murders, the sexual revolution and the citys ongoing financial and political problems. The list of people interviewed by Corra includes Mayor Ed Koch, Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein, porn actress Annie Sprinkle, hip-hop pioneers KRS One, Afrika Bambaataa and D.J. Kool Herc, punks Richard Hell, Blondies Christ Stein, Studio 54 co-owner Ian Schrager and disco diva Gloria Gaynor."

Marc Campbell over at Dangerous Minds remembers the 77 blackout...

"I was living in the decaying Hotel Earle in the West Village when NYC went black. The power failure of July 13, 1977 knocked the city to its knees. I was sitting on the window sill of my room keeping cool or as cool as one could keep during a sweltering summer night in the city. I was drinking a nice cold beer and listening to the music of the streets when at around 9:30 p.m. everything suddenly went completely dark…and I mean dark, dark as Aleister Crowley’s asshole.

"It was the strangest fucking thing you could imagine. One moment the city was there, then next it was gone. The only illumination came from automobile headlights lacerating the night like ghostly Ginsu knives. My girlfriend and I clutched hands and felt our way down the stairs and out onto the sidewalk. We walked to Bleecker street in spooky darkness. We weren’t alone. The avenues were teeming with the dazed and confused. Not that unusual for the Village, but the confusion was different. Was the world coming to an end?..."

" NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell is a terrific documentary that captures a pivotal moment in the history of a city and its pop culture. Here’s the whole beautiful mess."

Net labels: Jahtari



Great profile on net labels, including reggae crew Jahtari, over at Dangerous Minds.  What is a net label? Read their handy intro here.

"It was after being shown the Jahtari.org website back in 2006 by my friends in Mungo’s Hi-Fi that the penny dropped - I really could do everything needed to get music out there without the aid of another label.  All I needed was someone who could build me a website where I could host music for people to download. The concept of net labels had been floating around before, but nobody had done it as well as Jahtari, with such a coherent outlook and music policy. They took it to another level."

"As the name would suggest, Jahtari is a combination of old school computing and dub/reggae. In particular, the classic King Jammy/Wayne Smith-style digital reggae sounds of the mid-80s (records like “Sleng Teng” and “Walk Like Granny”), largely made on Casio keyboards, but here compressed even lower into 8-bit jams .... Most importantly for me was the format - “Net 7s”, a free download which comes packaged like a physical 7 inch record, with an A side and a B side (often a dub version), and corresponding inlay sticker art."

There's a vague local connection too - one of Jahtari's artists is a young fella who goes under the name Tapes, he's the son of former Kiwi resident and dub fiend (International Observer) Tom Bailey.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Free stuff

Love free stuff, especially good free stuff. Strut Records has a mean sampler going for free here. Mulatu, Fatback Band re-edited by Danny Krivit, Lloyd Miller and the Heliocentrics, all sorts a goodies. Get in there.

Transformer

Jazzy Jeff explains the Transform scratch, hat tip to Crate Kings


Jazzy Jeff "The Magnificent" from The Cut on Vimeo.

More Coffey

There's a series of podcasts over at Bandcamp with Dennis Coffey talking about his musical career... first episode below

"Dennis Coffey Premium Blend Vol 1. In this episode, Dennis takes us on a musical trip through his career, starting with a track from his first solo record "Hair And Thangs" and ending with "I Bet You" off the first Funkadelic album. Along the way, we move with Dennis through the volcanic environment that was Detroit music in the 1960s and 1970s, including hot tracks from the likes of Honey Cone, The Temptations, 100 Proof Aged In Soul, and The Spinners.

"This is the first of a series of podcasts celebrating the career of Dennis Coffey, with a new funk inspired record coming from the guitar legend later this year. Future editions will include more hits from Motown, labels such as Hot Wax, Invictus and Westbound, as well as Dennis' hugely influential solo career."





RIP George Shearing



From Washington Post obit

"Mr. Shearing, who was blind from birth, forged an early career as England's leading jazz pianist before settling in the United States in 1947. Within two years, he was considered a jazz sensation for his fresh-sounding harmonies and the bold originality of his quintet.

He and his group had a huge hit with their 1949 recording of "September in the Rain," which sold almost 1 million copies. Three years later, Mr. Shearing composed the catchy tune "Lullaby of Birdland," which has been recorded by dozens of artists, including Sarah Vaughan and Tito Puente.
Mr. Shearing's career took him from sweaty jazz clubs to concert halls to Buckingham Palace, where he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2007.

He was the focus of an extended passage in Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat-generation novel "On the Road," in which he was called "Old God Shearing."

"Shearing began to play his chords," Kerouac wrote. "They rolled out of the piano in great rich showers, you'd think the man wouldn't have time to line them up. They rolled and rolled like the sea."

Coffey

Out April 25, a brand new album from legendary Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey. I've heard a preview of it, wicked sounds, check the guest list...
"As a solo artist, Coffey is perhaps best known for a series of rare groove classics during the early ‘70s including the million-selling breakbeat staple ‘Scorpio’ and soundtrack to cult action flick ’Black Belt Jones.’ Alongside producer Mike Theodore, his ‘70s ‘Theo-Coff’ productions and his prolific guitar work ranged from raw funk to classic disco, including CJ & Co’s Devil’s Gun and The Sylvers’ Boogie Fever." 
Coffey and Theodore also produced the fantastic album Cold Fact by Rodriguez.
 
Check out Dennis Coffey's site for more info.
1. 7th Galaxy
2. Don't Knock My Love feat. Fanny Franklin

3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne

4. I Bet You feat. Mick Collins of Dirtbombs and Rachel Nagy

5. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth

6. Somebody's Been Sleeping feat. Lisa Kekaula

7. Plutonius

8. Knockabout

9. Only Good For Conversation feat. Paolo Nutini

10. Space Traveller
11. Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)

Everyday Sunshine — Fishbone doco NZ screenings

I've been hanging out to see this doco of US punk/ska band Fishbone since I first heard about it. Love these guys. It's screening in Auckland and Wellington as part of the Documentary Edge Festival. Trailer below. Screens in Auckland - Feb 19, March 2 and 5. Screens in Wellington- March 12 and 23.

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is about Fishbone, musical pioneers that have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."