Saturday, April 30, 2011


Cool free tune from Blend Mishkin (straight outta Athens, Greece), off their new Disco-Vampire EP. Check out more from Blend Mishkin over at Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

And here's a DJ mix they did, full of reggae dancehall niceness... listen and download... it's 24 mins long

Blend Mishkin - It's a Dancehall Ting (DJ Mix) by Blend Mishkin

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, April 30

East side symphony - Hot pants road
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Jay-Z - Show me what ya got inst
Digital underground - The way we swing
Queens tag team - Jump around - Big Willi reggae mix
African head charge - Timpanya
Blend Mishkin feat BNC - Disco vampires - Turntable dubbers remix
Dreadsquad - Sweet thing inst
Roots Manuva vs Wrongtom - Big tings redone
De Phazz - Plastic love memory
Dub colossus - Uptown ranking
Shark Wilson and the basement heaters - Make it reggae
Moneyman and the super 5 international - Life
Tunde Mabadu - Viva disco
Pepperpots - Real tru love
The Emotions - Bind alley
Black velvet - An earthquake's coming
Fred Wesley and the horny horns - Between two sheets
Kashmere stage band - Thank you - extended version
Charles Bradley - Golden rule
Colman bros - El nino - big band mix
Henry Mancini - A shot in the dark theme
Melvin Jackson - Black and bold
Pete Rock - Appreciate
Funkmaster Flex and ghetto celebs - Safe sex, no freaks
Kormac - Join together

Friday, April 29, 2011

Keep it down!

From 1981, Auckland band the Newmatics, off the double 7 inch EP, Broadcast O.R. The Riot Squad rose to infamy during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour, but the Newmatics had encountered this particular group of coppers the previous year, at one of their gigs.

On the remix

This week saw the release of Rescape, a remix collection from local producer NSU, and I've got a remix on there, of his tune West Coast Dub (listen here). I've pulled together a collection of some of the remixes I've done as Dub Asylum, kinda like a demo tape., and a few of them are available as free downloads, including one that is previously unreleased.

The first remixes I did were for the Midnights and Kolab - I hit them up via Myspace, how old fashioned is that? Funny thing is, I did the Kolab remix without ever talking to the guys - did it all via email and IM. Even though they live in the same city as me.

Devine No 5 -
The Onleung remix was done for a proposed remix collection of Onelung's 2006 album Binary Pop Songs, but that never happened due to record company stuff. Have a listen and download it for free. Thanks to Onelung for letting me make it available.

Sideways - I did a remix for Kolab when their debut album, What Comes Next dropped in 2008. You can download it for free too. Thanks to Kolab for letting me make it available. They are also available for download from

Outside looking in - The Midnights, a tune that appeared on their debut album, Outside (2010) This remix was done when this tune was knocking round student radio in 2007. I'm currently working on another remix for them.

Hiding - The Hollie Smith remix was for a remix competition she had in Oct 2010. Some cheesy House mix won. Sucky, that. Still like it, tho. Do more reggae, Hollie!

West coast dub - The remix of NSU is off the album Rescape, a remix collection of NSU, out April 25, 2011.  That's the cover below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

R.I.P. Poly Styrene, Phoebe Snow

Poly Styrene passed away after a battle with cancer, aged 53. She had released a new album in March. Guardian's obit here..

From Dangerous Minds blog... X Ray Spex live in London, 2008

Phoebe Snow was 60, and died of of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year.
LA Times: Phoebe Snow obit

Phoebe Snow and Linda Ronstadt - It's in his kiss (from 1979)

Ebo highlife

Free download from Ebo Taylor- "Peace On Earth" (mediafire)
From: Life Stories (out April 12th, Strut)

Ebo Taylor- Peace On Earth by Strut
From the Life Stories liner notes:

Ebo acknowledges the influence of US jazz rockers Blood Sweat & Tears and – less obviously, perhaps – Deep Purple on this easy going mid-tempo piece, written a few years before it was recorded, when Osibisa and various ‘blaxploitation’ themes were hip. “I was trying to fuse rock and jazz together with highlife,” Ebo recalls. “This kind of music was ahead of its time – not very popular when we recorded it!”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

R.I.P Margaret of K Rd

Photo by Stephen Hardy
She sat outside Verona or St Kevins arcade, asking for change or a ciggie, for 28 years (source). She passed away in her sleep, according to staff at Alleluyah. Have had her passing confirmed by someone from K Rd Business Association. Apparently she lived in Parnell and used to take to bus to K Rd every day.

ADDED Sofia Mella from K Rd shop Tattooed Heart has written a tribute to Margaret on their blog.

TV3 news item on Margaret - watch here. More on the story from
Her last name was Hofman. A service is planned for next Tuesday at the Baptist Tabernacle, at the top of Queen St.

ADDED Found a messsage board with tales of Margaret, posted in 2009...

"  took Margaret to the Casino once after she kept questioning me about what it was like...she got all dressed up, but when we got there they wouldnt let her in, because one of the bouncers knew her...There was quite a fuss, as I demanded to speak to a supervisor...eventually they let us in, on the proviso that I was responsible for her...waste of time, as we were there 5 mins, when she suddenly realised that you couldnt smoke in we went & ate Burgerking instead, before walking home! "

"Margaret was never a model...she was however, one of Aucklands "it" girls, in the 1950, about town in a sportscar, drinking at all the upmarket supper clubs...she comes from a wealthy family! She has been married, & has had a child, who died at a young age...this tragedy split her marriage up...I was told all this by an elderly friend who knew her in those days...I asked her about it once, & she nodded her head, then told me "its in the past, I dont want to talk about it".. "

Sunday, April 24, 2011

High Noon Tea playlist, KiwiFM, April 24

Cranky B Tuffins - Visual pollution (DL)
Karl Marx project - Leaning shadows
Black seeds - Make a move - Downtown Brown remix
Kingites - Notify
Dub terminator - Global warming
Jet jaguar - Think about it later
Benny Tones - Firefly
Unitone hifi - Hair farmer
Mr Reliable - Lucky dub
Jefferson Belt - Creeping things of the earth
Tiki - It's all in your hands - Dutty ranks remix
Mood unit - Hat trap (DL)
Lord Echo - Rhythm 77
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope -Sonsine remix
International Observer - Flat
Mark de Clive Lowe - El dia perfecto
Recloose - Landed
Sola rosa - Humanised - Jason Eli remix
Scratch 22 - Cold hands
Riki Gooch - Pams bacon on special
Fredericks Brown - Betrayal
Shogun Orchestra - Leogane
Nomad - Breaking rocks
Christoph el Truento - Meow

Show replays on Friday afternoons, 2-4pm. 

Rough trades

Very interesting article from The Economist on UK music retail. Says that supermarkets accounted for over a third of UK CD album sales last year, up from just over an eighth in 2000. Also makes the point that independent music shops have survived by sticking with physical product and embracing internet sales.

This mention of Rough Trade East... "an independent in London, has a stage for in-store gigs and a coffee shop, selling the experience of visiting a shop dedicated to music as much as the recorded product itself..." reminds me of my local, Conch Records. It's why these shops are surviving, and thriving.

Their master's voice: Independents need the industry’s last retailing giant to flourish

"Music retailing has had a curious April. HMV Group, owners of the last surviving high-street music chain and linchpin of the business, produced its third profits warning of the year as conditions on the high street “remained difficult”. Yet on April 16th hundreds of bleary-eyed shoppers across the country queued from sunrise outside HMV’s independently owned competitors. They were waiting for the one-off releases on sale to mark Record Store Day, a “celebration of music” organised by independent music shops, with over a thousand outlets participating around the world.

The popularity of this event suggests that small specialist music sellers are healthy. Some are, but they need their sickly mass-market opponent to recover. Over the past decade the way Britons buy music has changed radically, and this has hurt both chain stores and independents.

Millions now purchase chart CDs, often on impulse, when they are out shopping for groceries: supermarkets accounted for over a third of CD album sales last year, up from just over an eighth in 2000. Tesco alone receives more than £1 of every £10 spent on music in Britain. Most of all, the internet has transformed buying patterns. Home delivery accounted for a quarter of album sales in 2010, an estimated half of which were from Amazon, the internet giant. Digital downloads have all but wiped out the singles market, for years the lifeblood of local record shops: 160m songs were downloaded last year (most for less than £1), but only 2m physical singles were sold, down from 44m in 2002.

When the economy weakened, these changes helped kill off three high-street general retailers: Woolworths, Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastore) and Borders. The number of indies also plummeted. The Entertainment Retailers Association says there were 281 of them at the last count, down from 578 in 2006. Those that focused on chart music closed first, and many more lacked the resources or the will to renew leases first taken on in the early 1970s.

But some independents are thriving. They embraced the internet but avoided the distraction of digital downloads. Half the turnover of Manchester’s Piccadilly Records comes from online sales; Philippa Jarman, its co-owner, says that “one of our shrewdest decisions was to stick to physical rather than digital downloads.”

Concentrating on physical products left independents well placed to capitalise on the recent revival in vinyl, too. Surviving independents highlight the importance of having staff who are immersed in the music scene, so that they act as a trusted filter in an industry with millions of products on offer. The most successful stores have used this expertise to create a sense of community far removed from the stereotypical shop staffed by snobbish music nerds. Rough Trade East, an independent in London, has a stage for in-store gigs and a coffee shop, selling the experience of visiting a shop dedicated to music as much as the recorded product itself.

By contrast, HMV has diversified into clothing, gaming and selling tickets to events, cutting its dependence on CDs but diluting its distinctiveness. With its shares now around 10p, down from 85p a year ago, the firm may sell its book chain, Waterstone’s, and close at least 40 HMV stores. The four biggest record labels are even considering supplying the retailer with non-chart music on a “sale or return” basis, freeing cash to reduce its £130m debt.

The labels need HMV to survive in order to keep lucrative non-chart music on the high street. So too do the independents, for if HMV were to fail, the labels would cut back their operations, drastically shrinking the market. HMV’s logo famously shows a terrier listening intently to a gramophone; even the indies hope the top dog regains its form."