Saturday, April 09, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, April 9

African head charge - Mysterious happenings
Dennis Bovell - Rowing (version)
Morgan Heritage feat Shabba Ranks - Dem a brawl
Slim Smith - Conversation
Herbs - French letter - dub version
African head charge - African bredda
King Tubby vs Wu Tang - Dubbing it raw
Junk - 99c strut
The Meters - Tippi toes
Sister sledege - Lost in music
J-Rocc - Too many clowns
East side symphony - Hot pants road
Mo kolours - Biddies
Redds and the boys - Put you right hand in the air....
New order - Confusion
Dennis Coffey feat Mayer Hawthorne - All your goodies are gone
The Supremes - Your wonderful sweet sweet love
Village crusaders - Akiwawa
Shirley Bassey - Light my fire - Kenny Dope remix
Black velvet - An earthquake's coming
Ray Barretto - Pastime paradise
Willie Colon - Che che cole
Barrington Levy - Dances are changing
African head charge - Dobbyn joins the head charge
Ackie - Call me Rambo
Kabanjack - Dub to go - Ancient astronauts remix
J Rocc - Party
Riki Gooch - Bakade Vavoor

Friday, April 08, 2011

Come as you were

Business writer and former Flying Nun muso Nick Smith has written a piece for today's NZ Herald business section, and opinion piece on the death of recorded music.

The article is called "After the soundtrack, the silence." Subheading is "First vinyl and cassettes - now it's music itself that's facing extinction...."

some extracts... "... Long story short: Private equity and transnational banks bid up the price of music conglomerates, loading them with debt at a time when they had lost control of their revenue channels because of illegal downloads. Now they need to create new ways of making money from music or face oblivion. Their predicament has prompted headlines such as the Independent's "Labels face the day recorded music died" [republished by NZ Herald here].

".... An important occasion like a funeral does require a soundtrack. But for me, Nirvana's Nevermind, released in 1991 and the last piece of new vinyl I ever bought, is better listening than any fat lady.

"The song Come As You Are powered through a 1970s amp connecting two monstrous pairs of 1960s English speakers is punching holes in the walls as I type...."

"The reason I stopped buying vinyl is because record companies sold so few LPs they stopped making them...."

When I posted a link to Nick's story on Twitter earlier, it got a pretty negative reaction. The general tone was it was hopeless out of touch.

The music business is still making money, especially  off publishing, where you are dealing with legacy artists for example. As for suggesting "The reason I stopped buying vinyl is because record companies sold so few LPs they stopped making them"... Nick needs to do some research.

The other big story mainstream media like to write about the music industry, apart from "the music industry is dying" is the other chestnut, "Look, vinyl is making a comeback". Some journo writes this story somewhere in the world on average at least once or twice a week.

There is a wealth of artists releasing new music on vinyl. And a ton of legacy artists getting good quality reissues on vinyl. Maybe some nice person could take Nick record shopping.

ADDED one response on Twitter... "royalty income from music in 2010 was at record levels as was amount of music released..." from Simon Grigg.

ADDED Nick's article also includes this quote often attributed to Hunter S Thompson: "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

Dave Roper pointed out to me that it is incorrect (thanks, Dave). Thompson has had numerous variants of that quote attributed to him, with various industries inserted ie radio business, show business etc.

The quote comes from Thompson's book called Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s. It reads...

"The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

Which is more or less true. For the most part, they are dirty little animals with huge brains and no pulse. Every once in a while, they will toss up a token human like Ed Bradley or Edwin Newman or Hughes Rudd... and there are others, no doubt, like Studs Terkel in Chicago and the twisted Rev. Gene Scott, who works like a sleepless ferret in the maniac bowels of Southern California....

But these are only the exceptions that prove the hideous rule. Mainly we are dealing with a profoundly degenerate world, a living web of foulness, greed and treachery... which is also the biggest real business around and impossible to ignore. You can't get away from TV. It is everywhere. The hog is in the tunnel."

On U

I saw this album on CD in a shop recently, but it had no date on the cover, so wasn't able to tell if it was new or a reissue. Happy to report that I've discovered it's a brand new album from amazing dub outfit African Head Charge, once again teaming up with legendary producer  Adrian Sherwood, the man behind On-U -Sound'. Audio previews below.

It is a UK label with an incredible back catalog of great reggae and dub, going back to the 1980s and 1990s. Think Bim Sherman, Dub Syndicate, Tackhead, New Age Steppers, Gary Clail, Little Annie... so many.... This year is the label's 30th anniversary too.

African Head Charge are responsible for one of my favourite albums ever, In Pursuit of Shashamane Land, from 1993. The new album is called Voodoo of the Godsent... here's the info from On U's website....

"The first release to mark On-U Sound’s 30th anniversary sees African Head Charge return with a brand new album, Voodoo Of The Godsent, out on March 28th.

Formed in the early 80’s by On-U head honcho Adrian Sherwood and percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, African Head Charge have established a unique reputation over the years for producing exceptionally beautiful and deeply strange music.

This is their first release since 2005’s Visions of a Psychedelic Africa and sees Bonjo once again joining forces with long time On-U stable-mates Skip McDonald, Crocodile and the Crispy Horns together with contributions from legendary bassist George Oban, Dancehall pioneer Jazzwad and electronic wizard Adamski. All the elements of a classic Head Charge album; a triumphant mix of dub, psychedelia, trance, afro and tribal rhythms that have given them their own unique place in contemporary music.

Voodoo of the Godsent will be followed in April by the re-release of 3 seminal On-U Sound albums: Creation Rebel’s “Starship Africa”, African Head Charge’s “Off the Beaten Track” and The New Age Steppers’ eponymous first album that was the first ever LP release on the On-U Sound label..."

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Mo Kolours

Free tune from a new EP from Mo Kolours. Tasty, bleepy stuff.

"EP1: Drum Talking will be out in May featuring five tracks of Mo's unique combination of Mauritian sega music, dub, soul, jazz and various electronic styles, plus a heavyweight edit. Biddies is a bumping house-not-house gem propelled by Mo's handclaps, vocal manipulations and chants that draws an invisible line between the work of Theo Parrish and Gonjasufi while staying firmly in its own lane..."

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Riki Gooch on a roll

Last month Riki Gooch dropped a brand new EP, via Bandcamp, called Cave Circles, and this week he's released Cave Circles 2. Dude is a machine! Go grab it.

Scratch 22

Local producer and DJ Scratch 22 has his debut album Distance From View coming out in a few weeks. Here's a way cool preview mix of the album. First single out April 11.

Steel up!

A few weeks back, I did a series of posts of some cool steel drum tunes, like the Nite Blues Steel Band, John Gibbs and Steel funk, and Steel an Skin. Most of these are off obscure albums that are pretty damn hard to find.

So I am delighted to point you in the direction of a brand new compilation that has just come out, on CD and vinyl and is readily accessible to one and all. It's called West Indies Funk, and is the follow up to an earlier compilation called Disc-o-lypso.

West Indies Funk has a great track listing, including one of my fave steel drum covers of all time, I want you Back (original by Jackson 5) done by the Esso Trinidad Steel Band (listen above). Plus steel drum covers of Hot Pants Road, Funky Stuff (original by Kool and the gang) and Syd Jones and the Troubadours doing Cardova by The Meters.

Available at all good records stores, like Conch Records in Ponsonby. Listen to audio samples off the album here at Light in the Attic.

1. Syd Jones and The Troubadours - Cardova
2. The Troubadours - No Names Bar
3. Dutch Rhythm, Steel and Showband - Funky Stuff
4. St. Vincent's Supersound Latinaires Orchestra - Hot Pants I'm Comin
5. The East Side Symphony - Hot Pants Road
6. The Esso Trinidad Steel Band - I Want You Back
7. Willie Dickson and The Playboys - Licking Stick
8. Wendell Stuart and the Downbeaters - My World Is Empty
9. St. Vincent's Supersound Latinaires Orchestra - Roasted Or Frie
10. Dutch Rhythm, Steel and Showband - Down By The River
11. The Guinness Cassanovas - Stormy

I also just discovered that Hugh Borde, the leader of the Esso Trinidad Steel Band (also known as Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band) moved to the US in 1976 and settled in Ypsilanti, Michigan. According to the Recordo Obscura blog, "He still carries on doing shows with the band. Apparently they will be playing The Great Lakes Folk Festival this year (2009) and surely other shows as well."

Monday, April 04, 2011

LCD last show - go watch!

LCD Sound System played their last ever show last night, at Madison Square Gardens, to 20,000 fans. Pitchfork streamed the video of it live, and I'm surprised the NZ internets didnt come crashing down, cos everyone I knew was watching it.

Pitchfork have posted the ENTIRE video on Youtube, with handy time listings for each song. Bless em! Check the rousing version of North American Scum, followed by a hilarious intro to the next song from James Murphy, their splendid cover of Alan Vega's Bye Bye Bayou, which he says is the first and last time they will ever play that song live. "Welcome to our rehearsal".

Here's a great review of the show, hat tip to Owen H for the link

ADDED Troubled Souls Unite has posted all the audio as downloads.

Set 1:
2:10 Dance Yrself Clean (with "I'm Not In Love" by 10cc intro)
12:40 Drunk Girls
17:09 I Can Change
23:45 Time To Get Away
28:16 Get Innocuous!
35:18 Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
41:45 Too Much Love
46:53 All My Friends
55:30 Tired (with "Heart of the Sunrise" by Yes snippet)

Set 2:
45:33 Part One
45:33 Part Two (w/ Reggie Watts)
Sound of Silver
45:33 Part Four
45:33 Part Five (w/ Shit Robot)
45:33 Part Six
Freak Out/Starry Eyes

Set 3:
1:54:39 Us v Them
2:04:00 North American Scum (with Arcade Fire)
2:11:45 Bye Bye Bayou (Alan Vega cover)
2:16:30 You Wanted A Hit
2:24:07 Tribulations
2:29:15 Movement
2:33:48 Yeah (Crass Version)

Set 4:
2:45:30 Someone Great
2:53:06 Losing My Edge (With "Da Funk" by Daft Punk snippet)
3:03:36 Home

Set 5:
3:15:53 All I Want
3:22:18 Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson Cover)
3:30:30 New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down (with "Twin Peaks Theme" by Angelo Badalamenti intro)

beatz n peaces

Found these local beat makers after checking this compilation... from Finest Ego Beatmaker Platform. Check em out.

Ben Jamin''(Soundlcoud)

Ben Jamin" x Y∆HN LøÔK∑ PIc∆RD - Seoul 85 by Ben Jamin''

LA Riot ►♫◄‼▲▼ by Ben Jamin''

Matt Miller (Soundcloud) - check his Rose Royce rework....

The Calm by mattmiller.

Love Dont Live Here by mattmiller.

One of the beatmakers listed on that site up top is local lad and BaseFM DJ Christoph El Turento. Check his new EP out, then give him some money.

Riki Gooch and The Grand Szechuan

Found this on Bandcamp, Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel/Trinity Roots) playing an Eru Dangerspeil tune, Backfoot.

Info on the tune from Bandcamp.... "performed at The Toff in Town, Melbourne. 29th September 2010. Engineered and recorded by Brett Doig (Stereo mix from the desk.... what a legend!!) Playas.... Riki Gooch - Drums /  Adam Page - Tenor Sax / Jon Hunt - Alto Sax / James Brown - Guitar / CJ Rhodes - Bass frequencies." More live goodness from the same sessions over here.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

High Noon Tea playlist, KiwiFM

Broadcast Sunday 3-5pm, and replays Friday 2-4pm, on KiwiFM

Salmonella Dub - Problems - Sonsine remix
Jefferson Belt - Skylurking
Ota - Nuinui
Scratch 22 - For walking faces
Riki Gooch - Bakade varor
Benny tones - Odyssey
Dub terminator - Man like me
Fat Freddys Drop - The raft - Steppers dub
Hikoikoi - Vibraphone
Pitch black - Dub obscura - International observer remix
Zuvuya - Bamboo five
Tubbs - T's groove
Lewis McCallum - Take a step back
Audiosauce - Bee bo
OG - Moving on
Isaac Aesili - Use your mind
Lord echo (aka Mike Fabulous) - Thats right
Felix deluxe - Minstrel river
Shogun orchestra - Jacmel -
Video kid (aka Brett McKenzie) - DJz girlfriend
Lord jackson - Chillem inst
Recloose - Absence of one
Clanky B Tuffins - Visual pollution
Kevvy Kev - Midnight dub

Mayer vs Dennis

Motown guitar legend Dennis Coffey has a new album out April 26, one of the guests on it is Mayer Hawthorne, on the tune All your goodies are gone. Here's Mayer Hawthorne and his band The County (who visited NZ back in Feb and played a killer show at the Splore City festival) playing in Detroit, with Dennis joining them onstage for that song. Shredding.

"The two will unite in Detroit once again on April 16th, which Coffey will be honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Detroit Music Awards."

Coffey also has a seven inch single dropping for Record Store Day, April 16, with a Steinski remix on the flip. More info here.

New Lee Scratch Perry tunes

Pitchfork reports that Lee Scratch Perry has a new album out May 10, produced by Bill Laswell. Sounds interesting. Pitchfork have an mp3 of it here, features TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe...

"On May 10, zonked-out dub eccentric Lee "Scratch" Perry will release his latest album, Rise Again, via legendary NYC-based producer Bill Laswell's (Motörhead, Herbie Hancock) MOD Technologies label. Scratch worked with Laswell on the LP; other contributors on the record include P-Funk's Bernie Worrell, Sly and Robbie's Sly Dunbar, Jahdan Blakkamoore, and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, who pitches in on "Higher Level".