Monday, August 15, 2011

Jules Issa - Sweet child

Jules Issa - Sweet child, found this on NZ On Air Hit Disc #5, with the Deepgrooves catalog no DG017. Don't know if it got a physical release as a single, unlike Issa's Dangerous Game. I also previously found two other single covers online, for the songs Discomfort in their eyes, and Found in you.

UPDATED Found In you was a mini album featuring Sweet child, but in a different mix from the one above.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Splore lineup

Splore Festival returns to the beach next year, February 17-19. Their first lineup announcement has some tasty acts...

Gappy Ranks
The Barons of Tang
Shortee Blitz
Earl Gateshead (Trojan Sound System)
Tiki Taane’s acoustic show
The Yoots (Hopepa of Fat Freddys)
Lord Echo and His Melodies (Mike Fab of the Black Seeds)
A Hori Buzz
The Nudge

Tickets, info from Early bird tickets have already sold out, 2nd tier tickets on sale now. $185 plus booking fee from

More info on the acts from the Splore peeps...

Gappy Ranks
One of Britain’s hottest reggae/dancehall artists ,  Gappy Ranks is set to give Splore attendees a heady mixture of seductive reggae and hip shaking dancehall grooves. Gappy has worked with US rapper Twista and UK MC Lethal B plus producers the Kray Twinz.  It will be their first time to New Zealand.

Earl Gateshead
A London pioneer of reggae soundsystems Earl ‘s DJ lineage goes back to the late seventies in Brixton and later Soho and East London clubs where he worked alongside Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Adrian Sherwood and Bobby Digital. The selector for the Trojan Sound System juggernaut Earl returns to Splore to deliver a delightful dose of conscious, positive reggae music.

Shortee Blitz
Those who caught Shortee’s blistering party set at Splorecity in February will know what Shortee will bring to the beach at Splore 2012. Shortee Blitz is a UK hip hop legend … MOBO award winner, dj to the stars’ own private parties and host of London Kiss FM’s seminal hip hop show since 1994, Shortee will have you dancing like its hot at Splore’s Jagermeister DJ Stage this summer.

Splore welcomes the return of  Aotearoa’s favourite son to the Main Stage for an acoustic set with special backing from Optimus Gryme. Yes, you guessed it. .. a heady mix of beautiful ballads and some soaring bass-backed vocals from the crowd-pleasing Tiki Taane. Probably no NWA covers though … sorry.

The Yoots
The Yoots will be bringing their summer magic to Splore next February. The invention of  flamboyant Fat Freddy’s Drop trombonist Hopepa (aka Jo Lindsay)  and ten of his close muso mates who will be skanking out some classic Maori tunes for the Splore massive to sing along to. Think  calypso-ska waiata with a dose of country soul.... by the beach. Tu meke!

First time to New Zealand for an exclusive show at Splore this world class Australia duo are accomplished musicians who bring great electronic beats and hip hop to life with a touch of Cuban-influenced rhythms. Hermitude’s innovative show will endear you forever to our cuzzies over the ditch.

Barons of Tang
Leaving a swathe of dancehall destruction on their first NZ tour earlier this year this Melbourne muso collective are returning to play their high energy mash-up of tango, rockabilly, metal and gypsy funk.  If you haven’t experienced this irrepressible musical juggernaut grab your friends at Splore and dance like a dervish.

Lord Echo and His Melodies
Lord Echo and His Melodies will make their Auckland debut at Splore 2012. Presenting the debut "Melodies"  album the band includes three sets of brothers - Sam and Jo Lindsay, Dan and Chris Yeabsley and of course Lord Echo and his dear brother Danny Pash. Also involved are Toby 'Clubba' Laing, Riki 'Daddy' Gooch, and Lucien 'I hate the Beatles' Johnson. With special guest singer Jennifer Betancourt on hand to recreate the sublime melodies you know and love.

The debut performance at Splore will be the first taste Aucklanders will have to savour a rustic mix of Disco-Reggae-Latin-Afrobeat silliness. In reality, 'Melodies' represents the better part of a decade’s sweat and toil from Black Seeds guitarist and producer Mike Fabulous.

The Nudge
The Wellington three piece led by Ryan Prebble that is gaining an enthusiastic following from their blistering live shows. This is cosmic blues and roots music at its best. Hendrix and Blind Lemon Jefferson anyone?

The new project from Aaron Tokona (Weta, Cairo Knife Fight and Bongmaster)  with Hori and Nick Gaffeney laying down a mean rhythm section. The Wellington trio head to Splore to inflict its free-wheeling brand of funk and soul.


"I assure you that a very small percentage of the graffiti fraternity actually have any genuine artistic talent" - Rob Shields, Auckland Council's graffiti prevention officer.

Rock in time

Early Picassos, from 91, produced w Mark Tierney at BFM for the Freak The Sheep compilation put together by the lovely Lisa Van Der Aarde, our manager, and host of the BFM show of the same name.


Two fine tunes from Phyllis Dillon, first, her cover of Marlena Shaw's Woman of the ghetto (available on 100% Dynamite comp), and then one of my fave reggae sevens, Rocksteady...

Saturday, August 13, 2011


DLT talking about his post-UHP outift the Dam Natives (incl live shots), Rob Salmon (with footage of him DJing at the Box), Grant Kearney from Bassline Records, from 1993.


MC Battle in Christchurch from 1988, with a performance from Upper Hutt Posse... spot my man Word Perfect w MC Antsman...

and here's P-Money interviewed along with his Dad by Squeeze's Jane Yee, from 2002...

Pump that bass

More early Def Jam following on from the Junkyard Band post - this is Original Concept. They released an album on Def Jam, Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!, but this single was their finest tune, from 1986.

Two members of the group went on to host Yo MTV Raps. "Doctor Dré - went on to become a DJ for the Beastie Boys, a host for Yo! MTV Raps and a hip-hop radio host with Ed Lover. T-Money - went on to become a host for Yo! MTV Raps." Source: Discogs. {different Dr Dre from the west coast hiphop producer/ex NWA member]

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 13

Romanowski - Romjack steady
Cutty ranks - The stopper - Richard Dorfmeister remix
Oneself - Paranoid - Jstar remix
Revolutionaries - Kunte Kinte - DJ Kentaro remix
Sound dimension - Man pon spot
Scientist meets crazy mad professor - Rush dem dub
Wrong Tom meets Roots Manuva - Butterfly crab walk
Taxi gang and Lenky - Soul limbo
Rebirth brass band - Shake your body down to the ground
Bernard Wright - Master rocker
Deniece Williams - Watching over
Chico Mann - Close to me
Mark de Clive Lowe - Hooligan
Kilodee - Strings n ting
45nm - Rider
Seed organisation meets Big toes hifi - Bambam
Nas and Damian Marley - Nah mean - DJ Numark remix
Oddisee feat Musinah - That day
Dub terminator  meets Ras Stone - Love you do much
The Yoots -Tutira mai
Jackie Mittoo - Totally together
Johnny Osbourne - Ready or not
The in crowd - His majesty is coming
Cedric Brooks - Silent force
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Sizzla - Police oppression
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Soul shakedown party - Afrodisiac sound system remix

Overproof sound system - Kingstep - Unitone hifi remix
Rebel MC - Comin on strong

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blue smoke footage

The original pressing/cutting of Blue Smoke. Fascinating clip, hat tip to Amplifier, clip shot by the National Film Unit.

"For the first time, gramaphone records for sale to the public are being made entirely in New Zealand..."

...they created the master stamper to press the records - it was able to press 1000 shellac discs for sale, then they replaced the stamper. Blue Smoke sold over 30,00 copies...

Label Love

Great collection of recent releases from some fine labels, check out Hooligan, a new Mark de Clive Lowe tune off his forthcoming album out via Tru Thoughts. New Chico Mann, Colman Bros too. Free DL.... Happy Friday!


Waiata: Maori Showbands, Balladeers & Pop Stars is a new 2CD set from EMI, digging thru their vaults. Looks like there's some gems in there too, including Poi Poi Twist, Shaking In the Shaky Isles, Don't Let It Get You... out August 15.


Disc 1:
1. Johnny Cooper & Ken Avery & His Rockin Rhythm Group - Rock Around the Clock
2. Howard Morrison Quartet - Diana
3. Eddie Howell & The Bob Paris Combo - Kansas City
4. Jay Epae - Putti Putti
5. Maori Troubadors - Shaking In the Shaky Isles
6. Laurie Morrison & the Dell Kings...Nobody But Me
7. Ricky May with Bob Paris & The Peppermints - I Could Have Danced All Night
8. Sonny Day & The Sundowners - Wolverton Mountain
9. Lisa Nuku & The Quin Tikis...Naturally
10. The Kini Quartet - Under the Sun
11. Rim D Paul & The Quin Tikis - Poi Poi Twist
12. Rino Tirikatene & The Blockbusters - Times Is Tough
13. The Kini Quartet - The Hitchhiker
14. Gerry Merito...My Voice Keeps Changing On Me
15. Howard Morrison - Don't Let It Get You
16. The Quin Tikis - She's the Girl
17. JA-AR (aka John Rowles) - Please Help Me I'm Falling
18. Jay Epae - Tumblin Down
19. Billy Karaitiana - Cool Jerk
20. The Radars - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
21. John Rowles - If I Only Had Time
22. Frankie Stevens & The Castaways - Angelica
23. Howard Morrison - My Prayer
24. The Shevelles - Beat the Clock
25. Frankie Price aka Rowles - Another Tear Falls

Disc 2:
1. John Rowles - M'lady
2. Nash Chase - What Greater Love
3. The Quin Tikis - What Now My Love
4. Keri Summers - Via Con Dias
5. Eddie Low - I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Frankie Price aka Rowles - Sweet Mary
7. Frankie Stevens - My Elusive Dream
8. Tui Fox - Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart
9. Bunny Walters - Brandy
10. Rangi Parker - Everyday Is Sunday
11. Mortimer King - Why In the Name Heaven
12. Bunny Walters - Take the Money & Run
13. Billy T.K & Powerhouse - Move On Up
14. Dalvanius & The Fascinations - Love Train
15. The Maori Volcanics - Never Can Say Goodbye
16. Mark Williams - Yesterday Was Just the Beginning
17. Frankie Stevens - Dancing In the Moonlight
18. Tui Fox - Bounce Baby Bounce
19. Mark Williams - Sweet Wine
20. John Rowles - Tania
21. Prince Tui Teka and Rockinghorse - For the Life of Me
22. Dean Waretini - The Bridge (alt version)
23. Prince Tui Teka & Missy - E Ipo (first version)
24. Billy T James - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
25. Howard Morrison - How Great Thou Art

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who shot ya?

Preview off Macro Duplates vol 3. Wicked business...  Biggie, Bob Marley, Beenieman...

Who Shot The Sheriff (feat. BIggie, Bob Marley & Beenie Man) by MACRODUBPLATES


Good news, Galaxy Records in Christchurch is reopening this Friday, from 6pm. New address is 336 St Asaph St. And there's a new record store opening soon in Wellington, at 140 Vivian St, called Rough Peel Music (RPM). It's rising from the ashes of Real Groovy Christchurch, according to their Facebook page. And remember kids, you need more vinyl.


The Junkyard Band were an early signing to Def Jam, a group made up mainly of young kids from Washington DC playing go-go, a musical style popular at that time, that originated in DC. Their single Sardines/The Word came out in 1986, and is still funky as hell. Search it out.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

More Coffey

More goodies from Mr Coffey, courtesy of Strut: "As a thank you to all of the fine folks who downloaded our Dennis Coffey remix EP, we're offering a free download of a slice of instrumental psychedelic funk from the original album. Download "Knockabout" below. The self-titled album, which featuresMayer Hawthorne, Kings Go Forth, Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, Rachel Nagy ofDetroit Cobras, Paulo Nutini & more is out now.

Download: Dennis Coffey- "Knockabout"

Also if you missed it, check out House Shoes' amazing mix, covering Coffey's classic solo material, legendary soul tracks on which he performed as a sessions musician, and several tracks from the new album.
Constellations: The A to Z of Dennis Coffey - A Mix by House Shoes

Allo Love Vol.1

Allo Love Vol.1 is a brand new digital compilation from top UK label WahWah45s. There's some killer tunes on this, give it a spin... wicked remixes of Colman Bros and the Resonators (who opened for Fat Freddys in London recently), plus Greg Foat Group, Hackney Colliery band and more - out August 15.

"The first of a fresh new series of digital only compilations from Wah Wah 45s, each complied by a member of the Wah Wah family. We kick things off, as you would expect, with head honcho at the label and international DJ, Dom Servini.

Dom’s selection features recent gems from the Wah Wah 45s back catalogue, including music from the Colman Brothers, featuring sister Sara on vocals; a classic from last year courtesy of Stac; Hackney Colliery Band in a more mellow mood; plus recent remixes from junglist don Cyantific and our very own Part-Time Heroes for Resonators and Colman Brothers respectively.

But it doesn’t stop there, the “Allo Love” series also reaches out to our extended musical family, current office faves and perhaps a sneak peak at a future family member! So, check brand new cuts from exciting young Brighton producer Ambassadeurs; long time favourite Landslide, featuring Sabira Jade on vocals; electronic wizard Yult with the incredible Tanya Auclair; jazz maestro Greg Foat; Mancunian troubadour Gideon Conn; plus a brand spanking exclusive new cover of a Stevie classic from Scrimshire and Stac! And not only that, if you purchase the whole album through the Wah Wah on-line store, you’ll get a stunning piece of contemporary soul from rising star Szjerdene for free!"

Attention goths...

Chico Mann vs The Cure. Bit of fun!

Monday, August 08, 2011


Free DL from Julien Dyne, not on his album but an earlier tune, off his debut, Phantom Limbo EP (2007). Wicked track!

JB Hifi streaming

"JB ... plans to launch an online music streaming service called “JB Hi-Fi NOW” in the December quarter, which will allow subscribers unlimited access to up to 8 million songs." Hat tip to Nigel Horrocks for the link. Buried in the last paragraph. Interesting.

Don Letts in space

I've been hunting back thru the filmography of Don Letts, most well-known for Westway to the world (The Clash) and Punk Attitude /Punk Rock Movie. Since directing Punk Atiitdue in 2005, hes has done documentaries on George Clinton, Gil Scott Heron, the making of The Jam's All Mod Cons album, Tony Christie, The Notting Hill Carnival  and this film below, Brother From Another Planet: Sun Ra. Haven't found the others online yet tho...

More recently, Don Letts has been travelling round for screenings of a film about his life, called The Superstonic Sound: A Rebel Dread Documentary. Trailer below.

 Letts filmography.  He also hosts a show on BBC Radio 6  - last weekend he played Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Dope.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Stereo MCs

New album Emperor's Nightingale on the way from Stereo MCs, heres a sneak preview, free download too... It's a bit of a departure from their old sound,. more electro... out August 30.

Download: Stereo MCs "Manner" (Mediafire)

Stereo MCs- Manner by !K7 Records

Free Oddisee

For this weekend only, Oddisee's label Mello Music is putting his first relesse on the label , from 2008, up for free download. features, Little Brother, Jean Grae, J-Live, Flying Lotus... Listen below

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 6

Blackbyrds - The runaway
Johnny Hammond - Star borne
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st band - What can you bring me?
The Pharaohs - The Pharaohs love y'all
Sound dimension - Man pon spot
Tenor saw - Golden hen
Yami bolo - When a man's in love
Reggie Stepper - Cuh oonuh
Prince Jammy - 271 Utica dub
Quantic - TROY
Pucho and his latin soul brothers - Chitterlings con carne
Brass roots  -Good life
Booker T Jones - Down in Memphis
Bill Withers - Railroad man
Bobbi Humphrey - Please set me at ease
Charles Bradley - Why is it so hard?
Gizelle Smith and the mighty mocambos - Working woman - Kenny Dope main mix
The Silvertones - Tamborito swing
Keith Mansfield - Crash course
Colman bros - The Cheif - PTH interpol challenges remix
Dennis Coffey - Plutonius - Recloose re-dub
Ikebe shakedown - Kumani walk
The Jam - Town called malice
Miles Davis - Freddie boi - Applejuice Kid mix
Melvin Jackson - Funky skull pt 1
Chaka Khan - I feel for you
Keni Burke - Rising to the top - AliOOFT edit
Visioneers - Funk box
Mophono - The edge remix

Friday, August 05, 2011

Che Fu cops blame

Yesterday, Che Fu was in South Auckland and "...tweeted he had been locked in the nearby Te Wananga O Aotearoa as a gunman was on the loose and someone had been shot. Police said the tweet caused "a frenzy of misinformation".

"The tweet spread like wildfire and Police were inundated with calls from concerned members of the public and media outlets, literally within minutes," a police spokesperson says.  Source: Tweets incite panic.

Che Fu was interviewed by TV3 last night, and apologised for send out the message. "One of the best known names in Kiwi music is a little red faced tonight after mistakingly thinking he'd stumbled into a fatal shooting and tweeting about it." Not quite the full story...

After the item screened, Che responded via Twitter "Rude TV3, you edited out the part where I said one of the Tutors had told us about the shooting. Rats."

The outcome for the Police: see "South Auckland police join Twitter after 'fiasco'"

@ManukauPolice are now on Twitter  -they're not following Che Fu - yet. They're not following anyone, actually.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Three strikes

"Think milk is expensive? How about a $15,000 fine… even if you yourself haven’t done anything wrong...."

Our new copyright law comes into effect on September 1. Copyright holders can starts collecting information on offenders from August 11 (21 days prior to the law taking effect). This means that if you have P2P software on your computer, you will most likely get caught. Best thing to do is delete it. 

InternetNZ have set up a very useful site ThreeStrikes, outlining what the new law means for you, and what it covers. Go have a read.

More info: From next week, P2P in New Zealand is illegal (explains how rights holders will track P2P/torrenting software and why it will be detected, even if you are not using it.)

excerpt.. "Apparently many rightsholders are using the BitTorrent DHT (distributed hash table) to find infringing users. This is terrible practice, because a BitTorrent client, simply by running (even if it has never downloaded or uploaded anything, let alone anything infringing), participates in the DHT and passes on information about which peer to get files from - and some of those files may be infringing.

A rightsholder using this method can't distinguish between clients simply participating in the DHT, and those actually sharing the file.

This applies to not just BitTorrent, but any other P2P software using a DHT, eg. eMule, LimeWire, BearShare, Shareaza, giFT clients..."

Rival reggae fest coming?

Raggamuffin Festival announced its first act for the 2012 event late July, ex UB40 singer Ali Campbell. They have billed him on their website under the headline "Ali Campbell's UB40 returns to NZ" which is somewhat misleading. There are not two different UB40's touring the world right now (like the three different versions of Slade that once toured).

Campbell left the band in 2008, and tours as a solo artist with band. There's some confusion in the media too, as this Google News search indicates, with the conflicting headlines "UB40 singer set for Raggamuffin" and "UB40 to play Raggamuffin 2012".

This morning Raggamuffin announced some more acts for 2012, including Billy Ocean, Marvin Priest, Big Mountain, The Wailers' Junior Marvin, Lucky Dube’s daughter Nkulee Dube, Kora, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, Cornerstone Roots, Sons of Zion, Sweet and Irie, Tomorrow People, Soljah, NRG Rising and Foundation, with DJs Sir-Vere, Poroufessor and Beau Zee. Still four more acts to be announced, including two internationals.

I did some searching on the Companies Office site and uncovered a company called Raggamuffin Festival Limited which was incorporated on the 5th of April 2011by Leesa Tilley, who quit working for Raggamuffin/Mcmanus in December last year.

The name Raggamuffin has previously been trademarked by Andrew McManus Presents NZ, a company which was put into liquidation by members of Herbs in March. There are currently two companies registered to use the name Raggamuffin for music events  - Andrew McManus Presents Pty Ltd, Australia, and Raggamuffin Festival Ltd, Tilley's company. They have both registered under slightly different classifications for the trademark, which is listed as 'under examination' by the Intellectual Property Office. 

Tilley registered her trademark on 4 April, McManus on 2 May. Could Tilley be planning to run a competing festival?

Previous posts: Herbs vs Raggamuffin (March 26 2011), Raggamuffin rumblings (Dec 8 2010)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

JBrown & the Mic Smith EP

JBrown & the Mic Smith drop their debut EP, name your price. JBrown is the beatmaker/producer for Kolab, and The Mic Smith is a fella named Mikey Rockwell. Well tasty, soulful hiphop.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

RIP Eugene McDaniels

Eugene McDaniels Discusses "Compared to What" [also gives thanks to the hiphoppers who sampled him]

DJ Cosmo Baker on McDaniels, from May 2010. Twenty minutes after Cosmo wrote this, he got contacted by McDaniel's publicist, to work together, which never eventuated, sadly.

"... My phenom of a brother had just brought home Eugene McDaniels freak-folk-funk power-piece “Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse” a tour-de-force concept album that was a complete departure from music that had been heard before or since. “The Left Rev Mc D” Eugene McDaniels, hailing from Kansas City, had already become an accomplished singer and songwriter by the mid 1960s, most notably with his song “100 Pounds Of Clay.” And he saw continued success later on in life having penned such hits like Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love” – which is a song a lot of you younger folk might actually think is just a D’Angelo record but actually was a huge hit when it came out in 1975. It was a #1 hit actually, and was nominated for a Grammy for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

But something happened in the mid to late 60s. The Vietnam war was in full swing and people were mad disillusioned and just generally fed up with things. Out of this environment McDaniels wrote “Compared To What” which was the first song on Roberta Flack’s debut album. 

Later on that year Les McCann & Eddie Harris covered it for their “Swiss Movement” album, the recording of their performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The song was a runaway success, a simple protest song that took on a life of its own because it reflected the sentiments of the people and their frustrations with the direction our country was headed. And also because it was incredibly groovy. Check this video out, which after years of listening to this song, I never even knew it existed. Man is it COOKING…"

McDaniels' recorded a few solo albums for Atlantic in the early 1970s, including “Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse.” which hit a raw nerve with the White House...

"Approaching subjects like the co-opting of black culture by white artists (“Jagger The Dagger,”) the history of American colonialism (“The Parasite,”) and racial profiling and police brutality (“Supermarket Blues,”) Mc D opened up a new door for radical subject matter in pop music. This was a door that the powers that be didn’t want opened.

Atlantic was one of the biggest record companies in the world at that time. The story is that Spiro Agnew, Vice President under Dick Nixon, personally called Ahmet & Nesuhi Ertegun, founders of Atlantic and, for the sake of not “causing public unrest” demanded that support for the album be pulled. I don’t know what happened after that but promotions immediately dried up and the album sunk like a lead balloon."

ADDED Ann Ruckert confirms : "Gene McDaniels dies".

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 30

Today's theme  - a whole lotta soul...

Sisters love - Give me your love
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Al Green - Can't get next to you
Rare earth - Big John is my name
Rose royce - Ooh boy
Willie Mitchell - 20-75
Linda Lyndall - What a man
Willie Kendrick - Change your ways
Billy Butler - Right track
People's choice - Let me do my thing
Brenda and the Tabulations - California soul
Black velvet - an earthquake's coming
Jean Knight - Carry on
Staple singers -Washington we're watching you
The Emotions - I like it
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - Cold game
Raphael Saadiq - Heart attack
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings -  Mamma don't like my man
Sly and the family Stone - Thankful and thoughtful
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st band - Loveland
Ann Sexton - You're gonna miss me
Rose royce  -Sunrise
Lee Dorsey - Operation heartache
Ike and Tina Turner - A fool in love
The service men - Are you angry
Bob Brady and the con chords - Everybody's going to the love-in
Pepperpots - Real tru love
Chosen few - Tears of a clown
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Delroy Wilson - Get ready 12" mix
Al Brown - Aint no love in the heart of the city
Phillis Dillion - Woman of the ghetto

... and RIP Eugene McDaniels.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bill Cosby talks to kids about drugs

... a record intended for children to school them on the dangers of drugs through songs and dialogue. It won the Grammy Award in 1972 for Best Recording for Children. Fave moment - Bill Cosby yelling "HERE COMES THE DOPE PUSHER!" Listen to a sample off the album here. Not too hard to find copies of this album floating round the internets.

Tornadoes vs Mitsu

The Tornadoes - El Salvador "MITSU THE BEATS re-edit" (WN12019) by wonderfulnoise

Out on Japanese label Wonderful Noise, features members of the Opensouls.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blue Smoke is a winner

Blue Smoke, Chris Bourke's fantastic book on our musical history, won The Book Of The Year prize last night. Congratulations! See Kiwi musical history takes top award... 

"Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918-1964 by Chris Bourke won the 2011 New Zealand Post Book of the Year last night. The Wellington writer picked up $15,000 for the work, which he largely wrote during the year he spent as Writer in Residence at Waikato University in 2008.

... New Zealand Post Book Awards judge Charmaine Pountney said Bourke had interviewed many key figures in the country's early music scene in researching his subject.

"It is a book about music and musicians, many of whom Bourke has interviewed himself, drawing out anecdotes that enrich our understanding of our nation's cultural development."

The awards' convener of judges, Paul Diamond, described the winning work as "a magnificent book" that had revealed a hidden social history of New Zealand.

"Blue Smoke tells us about ourselves, our music, and the way we take things from overseas."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Public image

Spotted at Dangerous Minds... "Fascinating unedited raw footage of a 1982 JJ Jackson interview of Public Image Ltd’s John Lydon and Keith Levene at MTV’s studio.... Levene talks briefly about his tenure in the Clash during the second part of the interview.... At the beginning, and near the end, after a few minutes of silence, you can hear what they were talking about off-camera...." like Lydon, seeing himself on a tv monitor, and exclaims "farking hell, we look as white as death!"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kilodee video

New music video for the first single from my new project, Kilodee, chopped up from US Govt informational film on exciting Alaska. Can you see Russia from your house?. Available as a free download over at Bandcamp, or click link below.

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 Dünnebier 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
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"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