Sunday, July 24, 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse

Sad news, indeed. Watch lazy journos add her into the pile of dead rockstars who also died at age 27, and focus on her drug use instead of talking about her music.

Her breakthrough album Back to Black came about when her producer Mark Ronson hired the Dapkings and their studio. Her subsequent success off that record created an audience for Sharon Jones and the Dapkings... Dapkings member Neal Sugarman talks about that time, with the BBC.

"I was in the studio for Back To Black sessions and a couple of other things with Amy, and then on her first US tour. When I first met her, she came over to do some vocals and she hadn't broken out in the States.

"I arranged some of the rehearsals. She was a great musician and really open. She was really into collaborating with the band and never came off as being bull-headed in any way.

"All she wanted to do was get everyone's impression of where the music was going and for everyone to put their creative aspects into the music.

"Every time we were with her, it was never as if we were with this star. I think that might have been one of the things that haunted her -she really liked being with people one-to-one, especially with musicians.

"I think she used to like coming to New York in her early days because we would all go out to dinner together and she wasn't being recognised the same way as she was in the UK.

"It seemed as though the best times were when we were able to be casual and just get into music.
Sugarman says the last time he saw Winehouse, it was "not a pretty sight"

"The tour was right when Back To Black came out. One of the things she used to do was play really good mixes before we'd go on stage. We'd always be listening to The Supremes or some doo-wop or girl group stuff. It wasn't as if she had her own dressing room - we were all together getting ready for the shows.

"I feel really lucky to be part of what was obviously a great record that touched a lot of people. It was a true crossover record, which is rare in these times. What great art does is touch a lot of people and that's what her record did.

"When we were doing these gigs, there were black people, white people, gay people, straight people. She really was able to touch a nerve and it was uncompromised...."

Amy Winehouse, live in session with Dapkings' Binky Griptite on guitar...

ADDED July 26: From MTV News "... England's Daily Telegraph reported that Winehouse was visited at home by her doctor on Friday night, 24 hours before her body was discovered at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Police sources told the paper that no drugs were found in the house and that the security detail had last spoken to her around 10 a.m. on Saturday, when she said she was going to take a rest in her room.

The doctor had reportedly been visiting Winehouse regularly to help her combat the ill effects of her years of drinking and drugging. In 2008, Mitch Winehouse revealed that Amy was suffering from the early stages of the incurable pulmonary ailment emphysema, including scarring in her lungs."

From ABC: Winehouse Autopsy Inconclusive; Funeral Tuesday

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 23

The Lions - Cumbia del leon
Dub traffik control  -Bongo dub
Jackie Mittoo - Disco Jack version
Augustus Pablo - Lovers mood
Johnny Osbourne - Dance with you
Junior Murvin - Jack slick
Dubblestandart - Terrarists and inhalers - Keith le Blanc remix
Ikebe shakedown - Don't contradict
Issa Bagayogo - Dibi
Idris Muhammad - Express yourself
Booker T Jones - Down in Memphis
Brassroots - Good life
Bonobo - Eyesdown
Fatback band - Wicky wacky
BT Express - Express
Chico Mann - Harmonia
Colman bros - The chief - PTH Interpol challenges mix
Jean Jacques Perry and Luke Vibert - Ye olde beatbox
Sergio Mendes - Mozambique
The Yoots - E papa waiari
Dubkasm - No retreat - flute inst
African head charge - Heading to glory
Manasseh - Stepping pt 2
Prince Fatty - Scorpio
Menahan st band - Esma

Booker T Jones - Everything is everything
Bob Brady and the con chords - Everybody's going to the love-in
Major Lance - Aint no soul in these shoes

Friday, July 22, 2011

Spin cycle

Spin cycle: Resurgence of vinyl records means new business up their sleeve [Toronto Star]

"... A Winkler und D√ľnnebier record sleeve fabricating machine, 31 feet long and 2 tonnes of steel, takes up a third of the [2000 sq ft] space. Manually operated, it can cut, fold and glue up to 10,000 12-inch record jackets per hour. The machine was made in the 1970s and fell out of use, but just like vinyl sales, has been resuscitated.

Co-owners Paul Miller and Alex Durlak, both 30, and sole employee Jason Cousineau, have tattoos and facial hair. Giant Mac screens sit on the office desks. Close friends, Miller and Durlak bonded over a mutual love of art, music and record collecting...

...The new venture is one of only two record jacket companies in the country. There are just five vinyl manufacturing plants in North America. Record Jacket sells to music distributors and record labels as well as to individual independent bands. They’ve sold 15,000 sleeves since April...

...Durlak doesn’t believe in a vinyl revival.

“I think it’s a steady niche that’s always been there and it’s not going anywhere,” Durlak says. Some genres, such as punk, hip-hop, electronica and indie rock, always produced LPs, regardless of mainstream sales. But now those mainstream sales are increasing..."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chants R&B

Movie trailer about the best NZ band you've never heard of. Premiere at the Wellington Film Festival. Directed by Jeff Smith, Simon Ogston

ADDED: Also screening in Christchurch as part of the Film Festival, screening in Auckland in September.

Coffey remixed

Dennis Coffey- Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Re-Interpreted
Free D/L >> <<

"Dennis Coffey is a legend, not merely for the timeless music he made in the past but also for the fact that he continues to be musically relevant to this day. Check out his new album for the pudding proof." - Recloose

1. 7th Galaxy feat. Jamall Bufford (14KT remix)
2. I Bet You (version) (DeepSeeSoundSyetem mix)
3. All Your Goodies Are Gone feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Shigeto remix)
4. Plutonius (Recloose Re-Dub) Cuts by DJ CXL
5. Imported From Detroit (Magestik Legend, Produced by Astronote) made from samples of Knockabout
6. Miss Millie feat. Kings Go Forth (Dabrye’s Synthesized mix)
7. Space Traveller (Nick Speed remix)
8. Only Good For Ectomorph (Ectomorph appears courtesy of Interdimensional Transmissions)

Everything is everything

Booker T Jones, off his fantastic new album The Road To Memphis, covering Lauryn Hill. Whoever came up with the idea of putting  The Roots behind Booker T and getting Gabe Roth from Daptone/Dapkings to man the mixing desk is a genius. Other guests on the album include, Sharon Jones, Dennis Coffey, and Lou Reed. Questlove from The Roots gets a co-production credit too. Check it out.... fave moment - the shot in the control room, the players listening to a take, everyone in the room headnodding...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's the good life

Good Life by Innercity gets the brass band treatment. Wicked. Hat tip to Puttingoutfire blog.

RIP Jerry Ragovoy, Songwriter and Producer

Jerry Ragovoy, Songwriter and Producer, Is Dead at 80 -

Jerry Ragovoy, who wrote or collaborated on some of the most soulful ballads of the 1960s, including the Rolling Stones hit “Time Is on My Side” and the Janis Joplin signatures “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby” and “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder),” died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 80.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 16

Quantic soul orchestra - Raw ingredients - Nostalgia 77 remix
BT Express - Do it til you're satisfied
One essence - Blackness of darkness
Augustus Pablo - Lovers mood
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
Earl Brown - Get together
Dandy Livingston and Rico - Rudy a message to you
Errol Scorcher  -Roach in de corner
General Trees - Everything so so so so
Mungos hifi - Super sharp shooter
Toddla T - Watch me dance - Andrew Weatherall remix
Ghostfunk - Dem back
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Spottie
Charles Bradley - No time for dreaming
Dave Brubeck - Take five
Bobby Valentin - Use it before you lose it
Antibalas - Che che cole makossa
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan - Stone cold dead in the market - Ticklah remix
Resonators - Mandrake 7" edit
Farm fresh sound system - Still lifted
Dub Kweli - Your gospel
Horace Andy - Cherry oh baby
Prince Jammy - Strictly dub
Big Youth - Chucky no lucky - Disciples dub
Havana boys - Paul's dub
Rae and Christian - Hold us down
Kraftwerk - Man machine

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vinyl is making a comeback #254 Waikato edition

There's a record fair on this saturday in Hamilton. Cue vinyl revival story from local paper..

Veteran vinyl going another round: Forget CDs and MP3s. There is a vinyl revival, and Waikato record buffs are as staunch as they come.

"... beware of labelling them record "collectors". They resent the term. Vinyl, it appears, is in a different league to stamps, coins, and model airplanes.

Graham Don said he would rather be called a "music nerd" or a "vinyl fanatic" than a record collector. He has been buying vinyl since he was 12 and nostalgically recounted his first purchase.

"I bought Iggy Pop's Lust for Life and Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedoes, and I was hooked on music ever since. Hooked on vinyl."

Hamilton Record Fair is on Saturday at Riverlea Theatre, 80 Riverlea Rd, from 2pm with entry $2. Early entry from 1pm costs $10.

“Manage the temptation to publish yourself”

Musician John Mayer did a clinic at Berklee music school recently, and essentially his take on the internet and social media was that it made him stupid, which is why he quit Twitter and blogging.

After hearing Amanda Palmer at Webstock earlier this year, it strikes me that Mayer's statements in this story are the complete opposite of everything Palmer says and does, the way she engages with her fans via Twitter etc. Mayer still seems stuck in a star system from 20 years ago. He wants to be the mysterious artist.

“The tweets are getting shorter, but the songs are still 4 minutes long. You’re coming up with 140-character zingers, and the song is still 4 minutes long…I realized about a year ago that I couldn’t have a complete thought anymore. And I was a tweetaholic. I had four million twitter followers, and I was always writing on it. And I stopped using twitter as an outlet and I started using twitter as the instrument to riff on, and it started to make my mind smaller and smaller and smaller. And I couldn’t write a song.”

But John Mayer’s main reason for discouraging promotion came from his own struggle to curb using social media, which should have been an outlet for promotion but eventually became an outlet for artistic expression. Mayer shared that he found himself asking himself questions like “Is this a good blog? Is this a good tweet? Which used to be is this a good song title? Is this a good bridge?”
Read: John Mayer at Berklee.

Russell Brown, get down

In the early 2000s I had a writing gig doing a music and technology column for Real Groove magazine for a few years. In the October 2000 edition, I did an interview with one Russell Brown. I just found it floating round my archives. When Russell started using the internet (in 1994), it cost $12 a megabyte.

The photo above is Russell featured in Stamp magazine, from the early 1990s - I found it cos the flipside of that page has a photo of me and my Picassos band mates (incl a butt-naked Johnnie Pain) snapped with our manager, Lisa van der Aarde. That's a photo for another day tho.

Russell Brown, get down.

Recently labelled as 'Hot' by Metro magazine for Hard News, his incisive weekly political commentary slot on Radio 95BFM.

Russell Brown started out as a newspaper journalist on the Mainland, before moving to the Big Smoke to take up the post of Assistant Editor at Rip It Up. He lived and worked in the UK for several years, before returning here with partner Fiona Rae in the early nineties, working first as Editor of Planet magazine, then moving into writing about computers and the internet for various publications such as the Listener, Computerworld and Unlimited. I emailed Russell a few questions to find out a few of his favourite surfing moves. Hang ten, Russell.

How long have you been surfing the net?

Since 1994. I bought a 14.4k modem from Iconz at the beginning of 1995 and was kind of own my own after that. It was pretty unfriendly - you logged onto a shell account on their Unix machine and you were expected to know an array of arcane Unix commands just to handle your email.

Why did you start using the net?
I had begun writing the Computer column for the Listener and so it was an obvious thing to do - but there was quite a bit of resistance to me writing about it as much as I did. Some people thought it was all hype and that consumer CD-Roms were what I should be devoting my attention to. I think I was right. One of the key reasons I was so keen to explore it was because I was a freelancer and I was conscious of not having access to the same resources as people who worked in big offices. The Internet seemed like the way to get those resources for myself.

What's the main changes you've seen since you first started using the net?

It's gone from a difficult command-line interface to a place to watch movies. My typical download speed now is about 1000 times what it was in 1994. Back then, traffic cost $12 a megabyte - at those prices my current usage would cost me $18,000 a month. Those changes have helped the shift from it being a fringe pursuit to being almost pervasive. We have very high rates of Internet usage in New Zealand. It's been interesting seeing it go from being dismissed by business to basically determining the future of business.

Has your use of the net changed over time?

It got very boring and functional for a while, because it's a tool of trade for me. I try now to remember to use it recreationally too - sites like I spend less time in newsgroups than I used to, but I'm still ona good little mailing list where we argue about rugby. Our household uses it for information all the time.

What sites do you and your family visit regularly, for entertainment, information, and fun?

I news edit IDGNet NZ ( so I'm there a lot. I read all the local news sites: the Herald, Scoop (which hosts my Hard News bulletin), NewsRoom and, lately, the horribly-named Stuff., The Guardian Website and Arts & Letters Daily less often. Macintouch, Macsurfer, and MacOS Rumors, Slashdot, Wired.

Fiona replies: I use television sites for looking up stuff about telly progs for work, such as (horrible name, it used to be,,, or the American network sites, like - anywhere I can find info I need about a show (often find good fan sites). Also look at my favourite, guardianunlimited (especially filmunlimited - fantastic). News, I look at Herald, INSIDE, Ain't It Cool News. The kids like FoxKids,,,, - basically, anything with good games! I browse occasionally at Flying Pig, and have bought books, but sometimes prices aren't that comparable. Also do most banking online - I can make transfers between accounts really easily, rather than farting around with bits of paper at the bank.

How much time on an average day do you spend on the net?

Overall, including publishing to our Website and doing email, 2-8 hours a day. If I've been in front of computer a lot during the week, I might avoid it at the weekends, or just do a quick email check. I'm not one of those people who can't be away from it for a day.

Is there fierce competition to get onto a computer in your house? Do you monitor where the kids visit? (Netnanny or similar software, or good old fashioned 'adult supervision')

I've wondered about some kind of netnanny thing for our more adventurous 6 year-old. It's faintly possible that he could accidentally click his way to something offensive from a games site or something, and he has a right to be protected from that for a while. But our computers are right by the living area, so it's not like they're tucked away. The kids like us to sit down with them anyway.

What's it like watching your kids grow up with computers as part of their natural environment (something that perhaps wasn't so prevalent in your own generation?)

Their whole relationship with media is quite different to ours. When I was a kid, you basically caught something when it was screened on TV and then it was gone. Our kids were born after the VCR and they fully expect to be able to copy and repeat anything they like. So already they're coming into the Internet with interesting expectations about control of media.

Could you live without the net/email, and what’s the longest you've gone without touching a computer (ie on holiday)?

I'd live, but life would suck without Internet access - apart from anything else I depend on the Internet for news more than any other medium these days. I've gone a couple of weeks without, when away on holiday - and come back to an absolute mountain of email.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ghost funk

From  the cat behind Jaydiohead,  Mos Dub and Dub Kweli... "Released in July 2011, Ghostfunk pairs one of my favorite hip-hop artists, Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music."

Ghostfunk by Max Tannone

Imperica - The legacy of Len Lye

The relationship between art and advertising has forever been one of fascination. The manifestation of this relationship has been both plentiful and diverse. The Campbell's Soup can; television advertising from famous directors; and Beck's Futures are just three of a seemingly infinite number of ways that the relationship – and, sometimes, the tension – has been expressed to mass audiences.

Such a relationship clearly stretches across many decades, certainly as far as contemporary media is concerned. A pioneer of ways to bring art and advertising together is Len Lye, a New Zealand-born artist that lived for much of his life in the UK, where many of his more well-known works were commissioned and exhibited....

Kilodee electro

The debut single from Kilodee, my new project. Dirty strings, blippy drums, mariachi horns. Free DL too!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NYC 70s


John Peel narrates this '95 documentary on the late 70's NYC Punk scene, made by Peter Frame of Rock Family Tree fame.

Monday, July 11, 2011

RIP Fonce Mizell

Seeing reports on Twitter that Fonce Mizell has passed away. Sad news.

ADDED Thurs 14 July: LA Times confirms report of his passing.

Mizell Brothers interviewed at Red Bull Music Academy, 2006 (transcript)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Super sharp shooter

Mungo's Hi Fi feat. Soom T - Roll it by mungoshifi

From Mungos Hifi: "The original Roll it vocal by Soom T on the riddim track by Mungo’s Hi Fi.
Check the Disrupt version on Jahtari’s massive ‘Ode to a Carrot‘ LP . Large up DJ Zinc for the Super Sharp Shooter track – big tune. We never got around to releasing it, so we thought we’d share it."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 9

Paul Murphy - Soul call
Lalo Schifrin - Bullit  -Black dog remix
Resonators  -Gold dub
African head charge - Dobbyn joins the head charge
Madoo - Have you ever been to heaven
Anthony Johnson - Strictly rubadub
Now generation - World go round
Staple singers - We the people
Echocentrics - Dudar
Hackney colliery band - No diggity
Raphael Saadiq - Heart attack
Dennis Coffey - All your goodies are gone - Shigeto remix
Cesaria Evora - Angola  -Pepe Bradock get down dub
Esso Trinidad steel band - I want you back
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Sankofa
DJ Smash - Alien groove
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to Dilla
Israel Starr - Foundation
The Yoots - E papa waiari
Mr Vegas - Heads high
Manu Chao - A cosa - Prince Fatty mix
Jackie Mittoo - Grand funk
Herman Hitson - Aint no other way
Bronx river parkway - La valla
Arthur Russell - Calling all kids -Walter Gibbons mix
Fat freddys drop - Hope - 3 generations walking remix
Nitin Sawney - Dead man - Fink dub
Ikebe shakedown - The hold up
Hot 8 brass band - Sexual healing re-edit
Jay Epae - The creep
Dutch rhythm steel and show band - Down by the river

Friday, July 08, 2011

Save Dunedin's Radio One

Flying Nun's Roger Shepherd wrote this piece for the FNnun blog, please give it a read and show them your support....

"It was announced in Dunedin last week that the Otago University Students Association was looking to put its bNet station Radio One up for sale. The move follows a review into the finances of the association that owns the station, and supplies it with a modest annual subsidy.

Like the other New Zealand university student stations that became the bNet grouping, Radio 1 is bound by it’s broadcasting license to be non commercial and to reflect a student community that forms the core of its audience. A feature of bNets is the strong support for non-mainstream music, and most importantly a large mix of non commercial New Zealand music.

In fact the emergence of more organised university stations coincided with the emergence and success of a great deal of quality New Zealand music in the 1980s -and continues to do so. The University stations played and actively promoted New Zealand music to its most natural audience, students and their friends, and this relationship developed and broadened over time.

The emergence and growth that the bNet stations and Flying Nun enjoyed in tandem from the 1980s were connected. I doubt that a sizable chunk of our collective musical heritage often referred to as the “Dunedin Sound” would resonate anywhere so strongly today now without the enthusiastic airplay and support much of that music received from Radio 1 at the time.

Today a broad community of music makers and their audience is centered around bNet stations, like Radio One in Dunedin, throughout New Zealand. These stations play local music and promote local live events thus acting as a glue connecting artists to their audiences. 

It is hard to imagine shows or tours being as well attended let alone young bands making tentative first steps with shows and then developing local audiences without the likes of Radio One. 

And what actually happens is more than just the transmission of songs and gig information. There is a genuine interaction that works on the human level: of helping out with gear, or accommodation, or tips on bands to watch out for. Much of it is intangible and hard for accountants to quantify but its the bit that creates the magic.

The bNet stations are by the rules of their broadcasting licenses non-commercial so they need help in covering their outgoings. I think we all accept that music is culturally important in the same way that books and literature are. We may not personally use libraries on a regular basis but we support the idea that the larger community maintains them. 

You could compare Radio One to a public library while commercial radio will always be a corner dairy. Non-commercial radio is important and a way has to be found so Radio One can continue in its current form.

- Roger Shepherd

Show your support for Radio 1:

Sign the online petition here

Write a submission
Tell ‘em why Radio One is important (to you) – in detail or just send a few words to
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Coffey + Mayer + Shigeto

Free download: Dennis Coffey- "All Your Goodies Are Gone" (Shigeto Remix)

Dennis Coffey - Knockabout by Strut

From: Outer Galaxies: Dennis Coffey Re-Interpreted

The full remix collection will be available for free download shortly, featuring mixes from Dabrye, Recloose, 14KT, Nick Speed & more.

If you missed them, check out:
"Knockabout" (soundcloud) (mediafire)
"All Your Goodies Are Gone" (live w/ Mayer Hawthorne)
Record Store Day 7" single f/ Steinski remix
Constellations: The A to Z of Dennis Coffey - A Mix by House Shoes

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Keep cool...

Source: She Got Game

For the next while, I am going to be blogging a lot less, as I have some other major projects on the go. In the meantime, keep cool. Just like Walt 'Clyde'  Frazier.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Pixie Williams

For The Record (The Pixie Williams Collection 1949-1951), out July 11.

Info from "The stunning new digitally remastered collection of Pixie Williams' songs. Featuring 13 songs in total, including Williams much loved, and best known recording of Blue Smoke.

The sound quality of these recordings is outstanding! Pixie Williams' incredible voice can now be clearly heard, as can each instrument, brought together again in perfect harmony as if the band were performing, and being recorded today. Recorded 60-plus years ago, these songs have never sounded so good."

Read more about Pixie WIlliams here. Excerpt: "... Pixie Williams couldn’t read music but taught herself to play guitar, ukulele, the banjo and piano accordion. At age 73 she decided to teach herself the organ - for something to do. After the death of her husband in 2006, Pixie left Dunedin 57 years after stopping in on her holiday for a week or two.

Today, at the age of 82 , she lives in Wellington and still loves to sing, whistle and hum her way through each day.

“Music – it’s what keeps you going through good times and bad. It kept me sane in the hard times. Forget the pills. When you’ve got music in your life – you’ll be ok.” Pixie Williams

Random video pics, read the blurb on Youtube in the comments for explanation...

Who is the music industry?

This is one for those musicians who think they are not part of the music industry. I hear this one a lot.

"One might presume that the producers of a given commodity might be considered a fairly central part of a given industry. Few people would deny that chemists have a role to play in the chemicals industry, milliners in the hat industry. Musicians, then. And yet, just like Mr Jobs, musicians everywhere seem to be complaining about the music industry, railing against its follies and excesses, pointing the finger somewhere else. Nowhere in particular - just so long as it's somewhere else. It wasn't me!"

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Music Industry? In Search Of The Beast

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Ghetto disco

Ted Taylor- Ghetto Disco (mediafire download)

From: Norman Jay MBE presents: Good Times 30th Anniversary Edition 7/19 CD, 8/02 Physical

"Celebrating 30 years of his influential Good Times sound system, master selector Norman Jay MBE has assembled a mix of soul, hip-hop, reggae, funk and more that will be sure to soundtrack many a summer dance floor. Check out Ted Taylor's 1977 TK burner "Ghetto Disco" for a taste of the flavour."

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Beyond Cairo

Ye Mighty release their album Beyond Cairo on July 11 thru First Word Records. Free DL below as a taster. Fat City says "The debut release from Brighton duo Ye Mighty - Richard 'Dutch' Halligan and Max Wheeler (formerly of Dirty Diggers) - fusing ethio-jazz with hip hop breaks. For fans of Mulatu, The Heliocentrics, The Lions and more."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM

Martin Brew - Sand steppin
Dennis Coffey - Ubiquitous - Steinski remix
Woima collective - Marz
Johnny Hammond Smith - Shifting gears
Manzel - Midnight theme - Dopebrother remix
Hackney coliery band - No diggity
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan - Stone cold dead in the market - Ticklah remix
Jackie Mittoo - Totally together
Junior Reid - Boom-shack-a-lack 12" mix
Resonators - Gold getter
Konshens - She love money (Billie Jean riddim)
Sizzla - Police oppression (Billie Jean riddim)
Damian Marley - Move
Bad brains - Return to heaven
Konk - Soka loka moki
Mr Chop - T.R.O.Y.
Quantic - Mas pan - DJ Day remix
The Echocentrics - Dudar
Isaac Hayes - Zeke the freak - Todd Terje rekut
Chico Mann - Anima
Midnight movers unltd - Follow the wind - Mr K edit
Hawk - Don't judge a book by its cover
West coast revival - My mind is at ease
Jean Knight - Do me
Aural exciters - Spooks in space
Ras Stone meets the Dub Terminator - Love you so much
Tenor Saw and Buju Banton - Ring the alarm quick
Ragga Twins - Shine eye

Friday, July 01, 2011

New Ermehn

I'm working on some more posts on the Deepgrooves label, following up the series I did at the start of the year. In the mean time, check this preview of the new album on the way from Ermehn, spotted over at Move The Crowd.

ERMEHN - "Trained To Kill" from KirkMTC on Vimeo.

Collision pt 2

Chris Bourke has posted more of the album by Maori funk outfit Collision. Tracks 4-5, and 6-9. Check it.

"Originally from New Zealand mill town Tokoroa, Maori funk band Collision emigrated to Australia in 1976 and got a gig at Les Girls in Sydney's King's Cross district. In 1978 they recorded their only album - Collision - for the Infinity label in Sydney"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meanwhile, in Hackney...

The Hackney Colliery Band drop their debut on Wahwah45s on July 4. Its big bold and brassy. Their covers of No Diggity and Africa (yes, that godawful Toto song) are wicked. Here's a free preview off the album...

"Formed in 2008 out of a desire to play music that appealed to the feet as much as to the ears, the Hackney Colliery Band (HCB) take influences including the Youngblood Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and add their uniquely East London twist to the growing brass-band phenomenon."

Hollie and her electric hustle

Hollie Smith has been dropping hints via Twitter for the past month or two about her new album, written and recorded within a six week deadline. She's finally announced the details of the album, out August 1.

It's a  collaboration with Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle, so you know the beats will be good. Spotted at Groove Guide.

"Band Of Brothers is a series of musical projects spearheaded by Hollie Smith which aims to experiment with different artists and aspects of production and collaboration. In Band Of Brothers, Vol: 1, Hollie has teamed with Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle.

Hollie says “I have always been a huge fan of Electric Wire Hustle and after talking to Mara about helping me co-produce another idea, it developed and made more sense for us to establish a whole new project, which is what we did. We both wanted to do this before we both made our way offshore and made a 6 week deadline to write, record and finish it... we did it.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

London Calling, track by track

Saw this earlier today over at Dangerous Minds, it's extremely cool.

London Calling, the title track off the incredible album of the same name by The Clash. Love that album. Check out Topper's drums. Rock solid.

More Topper, BBC interview (2009) with him on the therapeutic qualities of drumming. He says one of his role models as a drummer was Keith Moon, and admits that probably not the best choice.

And here's Topper joining Mick Jones and Carbon Silicon, first time in 25 years those two have played together. Train in vain. Topper hits so freaking hard. Boom.


I was introduced to the magnificent funk of Collision a few years back by fellow BaseFM DJ Jubt Avery (of The Boil-up show). This clip came to my attention from Chris Bourke via his blog.

"Originally from New Zealand mill town Tokoroa, Maori funk band Collision emigrated to Australia in 1976 and got a gig at Les Girls in Sydney's King's Cross district. In 1978 they recorded their only album - Collision - for the Infinity label in Sydney.

The producer/engineer was Richard Batchens, house producer for Festival Records. Overlooking the production was Dalvanius Prime of 'Poi E' fame. Nick Bollinger's "100 Essential New Zealand Albums" (Awa Press, 2009) revived interest in the album; he says Lionel Richie encouraged the group to move to New York, but that was a step too far.

Collision were Harry Morgan (vocals, sax), Ali Morgan (vocals, guitar), Charley Hikuroa (vocals, bass), Colin Henry (vocals, drums), Philip Whitcher (all keyboards) and Mike Booth (vocals, trumpet).

These are the first three tracks of side one (the fourth and fifth tracks will by uploaded separately). 1. You Can Dance (A. Morgan); 2 You Give Me Love (Muggleton-Nobel); 3. Love Finds Its Own Way (J Weatherley)."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Len Lye Centre gets govt support

Green light for Len Lye Centre.
The Taranaki Daily News reports that on Saturday "... Arts Minister Chris Finlayson pledged $4 million over two years for the construction of the $10m centre. The cash is believed to be the last grant to come out of the Government's Regional Museums Policy fund, with the rest being diverted to the Christchurch city rebuild."

I love Len Lye. His work is incredible (whether in film, kinetic sculpture, painting, photography or writing), and he's one of the greatest artists this country has ever produced.

He left here in his early 20s, and spent most of his career in England and then the US, but maintained a lifelong interest in his homeland. He visited here for several exhibitions in the late 70s, including a show at the Govett Brewster Gallery, which he later bequeathed his works to. The Len Lye Foundation is based there and has an annual exhibition showing Lye's work.

Lye pioneered direct film making (painting/scratching directly onto film), see these examples... they give a you a general idea of what his work was like, though seeing these as projected films is really quite spectacular. He worked as a film maker for the GPO Film Unit (part of the British Post Office) and some of these were used as ads played in UK cinemas before a movie. Radical stuff, huh?

Digital surge

Sounds rude, dunnit?

Adele drives record surge in digital album sales From The Guardian.

10 million digital album sales at this point of the year - same time last year, only 7.1 m.

"... Four albums – from Adele, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Jessie J – have sold more than 100,000 digital copies this year, compared with just one at this stage last year from Florence + the Machine. A total of 13 have sold more than 50,000 copies, compared with seven last year."

Questlove on Dilla

P-Money mentioned something about J-Dilla on Twitter the other day ("dilla had swing... too many of these other cats are just bad drummers."), and it reminded me of this interview I read with Questlove Thompson from The Roots about Dilla, and how he'd program his beats as 128 bar loops. Most beatmakers stick to 8 or 16 bars.

A few folk were keen to see the story (from Modern Drummer magazine, 2005), so I dug out the magazine and scanned it. View the PDF here (via Google docs). Dilla reference is on the last page. Or click on the image below.

Blue smoke

Just to let you know that Chris Bourke's book "Blue Smoke" about New Zealand popular music (reviewed Elsewhere by Mr Reid) is a finalist in the general non-fiction category of the NZ Post book awards. There is also a “people’s choice” award: voters are eligible for a prize of $1000 worth of books.

See here to vote for him and his awesome book:

People's Choice Award 2011 - Booksellers New Zealand

He's currently 3% behind the leading book, and the last day to vote is July 8.

To be in to win the $1000, enter your name and contact details and then proceeed to the voting page. Booksellers NZ need your details so that if you win they can deliver your prize.

Vinyl is making a comeback! #252

This is a great headline... love it.

Vintage Vinyl hits Moose Jaw.
...“The sound quality is way better. You get more of a clear true sound,” Vintage Vinyl & Hemp Emporium manager Dylan Baumet [pictured below] told the Times-Herald on Wednesday..."

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Final High Noon Tea playlist, KiwiFM

My last show on KiwiFM! Lotsa favourites old and new.

Tiki - Burning fire - Oogun remix
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope - Sonsine remix
Lord Echo - Thinking of you
Che Fu - Fade away
Sound foundation - Ram dancehall
Salmonella dub - Loop 7 - DLT remix
Suizen - Cartesian space - 4D mix
Unitone hifi - Sneeze off
Julien Dyne - Fallin down
Sola rosa - Humanised
Eru Dangerspiel - Coq au vin
Wild Bill Ricketts - Riki
International observer - London dub
Cornerstone roots - Forward dub
Kora - Politician - Paddy Free
Hallelujah Picassos -Rewind
Ras Stone meets dub terminator - Bad mind
Shogun orchestra - Falko
Scratch 22 - For walking faces
Lewis McCallum - Fly or die
DLT - Black panthers
Zuvuya - Heavyweights
Midnights - Outside - Dub Asylum remix
Otautahi allstars - Shot
The Yoots - E papa waiari

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in jail

Tough times for Buju Banton... full story here. Excerpt below...

"Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton this morning was ordered to serve 10 years and one month in federal prison for conviction of cocaine trafficking.

The sentence could have been longer – a minimum of 15 years – had U.S. District Judge James Moody not granted a defense motion to dismiss a firearm charge because the singer did not have a gun during the crime, and the judge said Banton could not have known another conspirator had the weapon.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, did not speak at his sentencing hearing. He blew a kiss to his supporters in the courtroom as he was being led away, and a woman said, "We love you, Buju!"

The wildly popular Jamaican singer released a statement, read by his attorney, David Oscar Markus, after the sentencing, thanking his fans for their support and pledging to move forward: "The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and am hopeful. And that is sufficient to carry me through."

...Markus [Banton's lawyer] said with time already served – Banton has remained incarcerated since his conviction – and credit for good behavior, Banton should be released in about six years."

ADDED August 9, 2012: Buju Banton's appeal denied, sentence upheld. via Prefix mag.

The Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl

I've just started reading The Record Players, the latest book from Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. It's a cracking good read. In the interview with northern soul DJ Ian Levine, he tells a great story about one of his record buying trips to Miami. He heard a song on a radio station while he was there by the Carstairs, and he tracked down the radio station to find it, as no one had heard of this record. They told him it had been sent in as a demo from the record company, who had then lost their distributor, so the record had never been released.

When he got back to the UK, a record dealer he knew got in a shipment of 100,000 demo records from radio stations and Levine eventually found three copies of the Carstairs record in there. Levine says he first heard the record in 1973, and found those copies in 1974.

I looked the song up on Youtube, and found a clip Levine had posted, with this story... "Back in the day,when there was no internet, we could never locate the group, despite many attempts. In 1998, for the unique one-off Blackpool Mecca reunion, I was just determined to find them, and after four months of searching, I did.

"Twenty five years after they thought their single had never even been released, they were on stage at Blackpool Mecca, singing it on the Saturday night in front of over a thousand people, in the Highland Room which was only supposed to hold seven hundred. They were moved to tears, especially Cleveland Horne, and founder member Ervin Langley.

"Tragically, within two years, those two of them had passed away. But at least they got to stand just once in the limelight. It could never ever happen again, it was a one time moment in history, and because of the iconic nature of the record, this footage is priceless beyond belief."


BONUS: Listen to The Carstairs - It Really Hurts Me Girl - Tom Moulton mix (1979), over at Boogie Banger blog.