Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Raggamuffin cancels Aust shows...

Raggamuffin switched to smaller venues earlier this year in Oz, now Oz shows are canned... saw quite a lot of speculation online that the cancellation was due to the rubbish lineup... Billy Ocean not considered very reggae, surprise surprise...

From MTV Australia:

McManus Entertainment announced this morning that Raggamuffin festival will not be returning in 2012, instead taking a break and returning ‘bigger and better than ever’ in 2013.

The promoter Andrew McManus said in a statement:

“We are concentrating on building the New Zealand leg of Raggamuffin into a massive two day festival.

“With 30,000 people attending the New Zealand shows in previous years, we are looking to double this in coming years. This growth will enable us to return to Australia in 2013 bigger and better than ever”.

Australian reggae fans will, however, be able to see several Raggamuffin acts play during a theatre tour, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Refunds for ‘Raggamuffin 2012’ pre sale tickets are available from the point of purchase."

ADDED McManus plans to double attendance of the Rotorua event in coming years. Current venue, Rotorua International Stadium has a capacity of 40,0000, so either he changes venues, or cities.

Waiata - Billy TK moves on up

One of my favourite tunes off the Waiata compilation - Billy TK and Powerhouse covering Curtis Mayfield.

Monday, September 05, 2011


Rufus Rehu and Grant Gillanders. Photo: Kellie Blizard/Aucklander

Saw this great story in the print edition of The Aucklander a few weeks back, took a while to find it online. Well worth the read. Profiles Waiata CD compiler Grant Gillander and one of the featured artists Rufus Rehu of the Quin Tikis. Waiata is out now. Tracklisting here.

Good times roll again

"Maori entertainers were the toast of the world. They're back, hears Anastasia Prikhodko (The Aucklander, Aug 19).

Waiata is a Maori word reflecting different meanings surrounding music and songs. Many of those flavours are captured on a new two-disc album, Waiata, showcasing the contribution to music by Maori showbands, balladeers and pop stars from the 1950s to the early 80s.

The album collects many songs which have never been properly acknowledged or recognised. Music archivist Grant Gillanders compiled the tracks as a way of "giving back" to the music and musicians who inspired him.

"The CD is a way of giving back to the musicians and people, because the songs were a big part of my childhood," he says.

The project has been his main focus for the past five years and he admits it was difficult to find people with the same perceptions and passion as him.

Waiata crosses various genres. The first disc contains mainly rock 'n' roll and vocal harmonies from the 50s and 60s - artists like Johnny Cooper, who performs with Ken Avery & His Rockin' Rhythm Group in Rock Around the Clock, or Eddie Howell and the Bob Paris Combo performing Kansas City.

The second disc reflects the 70s, the era of disco, dance rhythm and Maori ballads, with Billy TK and Powerhouse singing Move On Up and Mark Williams' Sweet Wine. Also included are John Rowles (Tania) and Frankie Stevens (My Elusive Dream).

One of the artists delighted to see the music back on shelves is Rufus Rehu, who began his career with the Quin Tikis. The showband performed songs such as She's The Girl and What Now My Love.

Rehu, still performing around Auckland, began learning the piano at 8 and joined the Quin Tikis in 1960. In 1961 the band toured nationwide with the Miss New Zealand Pageant. Rufus impressed Des Cussins, who was looking for musicians to take to Sydney with the Maori Premiers. Rehu recalls one highlight as "performing in one of the top venues in Kings Cross, called Chequers Night Club".

In 1964, he left the Maori Premiers to rejoin the Quin Tikis in Australia.

Until 1967, the band released records in New Zealand and Australia, including Enchanted Sea, Get Me to the Church and Honky Tonk.

The band has a strong presence on Waiata, pictured on the cover and in five tracks, performing with artists such as Lisa Nuku, Rim D Paul and Keri Summers. Rehu, also remembered for his time with Quincy Conserve, earns Summers' accolade as the backbone of the Quin Tikis, and a truly great musician still sharing his passion for music with his audiences."

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I put a spell

SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS - I Put a Spell on You (Jeremy Sole's Zombie Stomp Remix) by Jeremy Sole

Spied this on the latest show from Gilles Peterson on BBC. He also gives Naked and Famous a spin too, sandwiched them in between a tune from Thelonius Monk and that Screaming Jay remix. Gilles pops up in this video below too...

More on Jeremy Sole - check his Soundcloud page, and his radio show on LA's KCRW.
Hat tip: OMGDelicious! blog.

 Bonus... GEORGE DUKE - Percussion Interlude (Jeremy Sole remix) by Jeremy Sole

Friday, September 02, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 3 Sept

Cliff Nobles and co - The horse
Peoples choice - I likes to do it
Jimmy Soul Clark - I'll be your winner
Memphis sounds - Do your thing
Bob Brady and the con chords - Evrybody's going to the love-in
The servicemen - Are you angry
Clarence Thompson - Express yourself
Larry Ellis and black hammer - Do your funky thing
Elite1 - Funky cookie
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Cokane
Kormac - Harry's record machine
Hackney colliery band - No diggity
The Clash and Futura 2000 - Escapades of Dutura 2000
Konk - Soka loka moki
JMX feat Tikiman - Tikisong - Osunlade remix
Three generations walking - Midnight bustling
Rob Symeonn - Chosen one - Zeb's steppers remix
Leory Smart - Ballistic affair
Funk fusion band - Can you feel it
Ikebe shakedown - Refuge
Orquestra Maravilla de Florida - Baila guiro son wambari
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - Jam#2

Trinity rerooted

Trinity Roots play Auckland this evening, as part of their ongoing reunion shows. The weird thing is, it's not really Trinity Roots. Not the original lineup, anyways...

The band decided to call it a day back in 2005, just as their popularity was at its height. Many fans were very disappointed by this.

"We split up for a good reason and it was basically after being in Trinity for five or six years, we all felt that we needed to explore other musical genres and Trinity was becoming some sort of machine. If you get to a certain level, there is a momentum that takes over. And you feel like you're not in control anymore and it is a bit unnerving," Warren Maxwell said, in 2010 (NZPA).

Speculation at the time was that they had spilt due to personal differences. The band reformed last year, with the original lineup, talking up possible new recordings and live shows. They performed in NZ and also Australia.

In late July 2011, however, the band quietly announced that original drummer Riki Gooch was departing...

From the band's official site: "It is with much sadness that we announce Riki Gooch has decided to move on and will no longer be beating drums in TrinityRoots. 

We thank him deeply for all that he has contributed to the band – we all know he’s an incredible musician and we wish him all the best for the future. ‘You leave big shoes to fill bro…’

TrinityRoots will however carry on, as will all our confirmed future shows – watch this space for further announcements."

That press release is a rather impressive piece of diplomacy. It says a lot without really saying anything. Whoever wrote it should get a job at the UN working for Helen Clark. The weird part is there is no explanation of why Gooch is leaving.

I have heard their new drummer is Jean Pompey. She also plays in Olmecha Supreme, and Mara and the Bushkas. Check her out tonight at The Powerstation.

8pm - Dubhead, 9pm - Tyra Hammond and the Bluebirds, 9.50pm - Dubhead, 1020pm - Trinity Roots.

ADDED Saturday Sept 3 - heard a few reports on last night's gig, apparently their new drummer ripped it up, and not only can she drum, she can also sing. That would add a cool dimension to Trinity Roots sound -they have of course toured in the past with a guest female vocalist, such as Hollie Smith. Heard that Pompey sang Dawn Penn's No No No from behind the drumkit. They are also using Mark Vanilau on keys live, and he's got a great voice too.

AK whiteout continues

Via Cut Collective..."More buffing over art without permission? Our friend who lives around Dominion Rd has been seeing the whitening of Dom Rd, badly painted, varying opacity white washing. This morning she saw they were setting up outside Liquid Cafe right over top of a piece by Elliot Francis Stewart, the cafe owners don’t know what’s going on… The people putting up the scaffold (apparently) don’t know what’s happening. So who does?"

UPDATE: Mayor Brown responded promptly via Twitter about an hour after I asked if he knew anything about this and was Council involved..."Art on Liquid cafe safe! Part of maintanance work being carried out by owner. Not Council work."  Thank you, Mr Mayor.Very relieved.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Vinyl is making a comeback! #255

The Economist ran a few stories recently on the music industry - one of which was picked up in last Friday's NZ Herald business section. That story was called Spotting The Pirates, and looked at illegal downloading and media investment.

The 2nd story, Back To Black, observed the usual rise is vinyl sales, rattling off the numbers and so on. This number is worth having a look at tho... "In Spain sales have risen from 16,000 in 2005 to 104,000 in 2010. That is an increase from a tiny base, but any rise in media sales in Spain’s ravaged market is noteworthy."

So, how is Spain's market ravaged? "Last year IDC, a research firm, found that 92% of 16- to 24-year-old internet users (and fully 70% of 45- to 55-year-olds) in Spain admitted to using peer-to-peer networks. Music sales have collapsed. In 2010 barely 10m CDs were sold in the country—down from 71m in 2001. Digital sales are puny, too. “You can have a number-one album in Spain with 3,000 sales,” notes David Kassler, who manages EMI’s operations in Europe." Source
The story also notes that the rise in vinyl started in the late 1990s with a surge of interest in dance vinyl from teens, but that crowd has now replaced that with laptops and memory sticks (this peculiar line of thought is commonly called "Blame Serato"). The latest vinyl wave, The Economist suggests, is driven by rock music.

"Chris Muratore of Nielsen, a research firm, says a little over half the top-selling vinyl albums in America this year have been releases by indie bands such as Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. Last year’s bestselling new vinyl album was “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire. Most of the other records sold are reissues of classic albums. Those idiosyncratic baby-boomers who were persuaded to trade in their LPs for CDs 20 years ago are now being told to buy records once again."

The notion that you can tell baby boomers what to do is hilarious. Anyways...

"Many vinyl records come with codes for downloading the album from the internet, making them more convenient than CDs. And fans like having something large and heavy to hold in their hands. Some think that half the records sold are not actually played."

Some think that Elvis is still alive too. 

Brooklyn Vs Kingston: Macrodubplates vol 3

Go grab it now!

"Macro Dubplates Volume 3 – Brooklyn VS Kingston is available for download here. 11 tracks of the highest grade Reggae-Hip Hop mashup available for free.

Featuring; Jay-Z, Notorious Big, Old Dirty Bastard, Bob Marley, King Tubby, Beenie Man, Lee Perry, Buckshot, Lil Wayne, Eek A Mouse, The Congos, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Dawn Penn, Blackmoon, Remy Martin, Mos Def, MC Lyte, Masta Ace, Special Ed, Wayne Smith, U-Roy, Prince Jammy and the Beastie Boys.

This is Rocksteady-Rap at it’s finest.

You can preview tracks HERE and HERE.

Mailing list members are going to get a chance to win the entire Macro Dubplates collection on vinyl at the end of September. If you’re not already on the mailing list, sign up HERE.

In case you don’t know, Macro Dubplates is a mash-up series, produced by Chris Macro. Mashing up the best Dub Reggae versions, with classic hip hop vocals. 200,000 Downloads since 2009. Volumes 1 & 2 have passed into legend, and are now bootlegged on vinyl.

You can Download VOL1 HERE & VOL2 HERE. It’s highly recommended that you do.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Scratch this

Scratch 22 remixes ‘Nobody’ from @Peace’s self-titled album, available here

Digging them bones

Some new local business outta Welli.... digging the last two tracks...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Making Tracks latest decisions

113 applications were received in this round, with each song put through its paces by a panel of seven industry types including Sarah Gandy (91ZM), Daniel Wrightson (Juice TV), James Meharry (RDU) Damian Vaughan (APRA), Andrew Tidball (Cheese On Toast), Scott Muir (dunedinmusic.com) and Olly Harmer (The Lab).

Out of the 34 projects selected, 11 artists will receive up to $10,000 for recording a song and making a video and a further 23 artists will receive $6,000 to make a video.

The following artists and projects will receive up to $10,000 to record a song and make a video.

All The Colours/Love Like This
Derty Sesh/Wanna Be Alone
Justyn featuring Eiko/Blood Type B
Rackets/Karma Is A Drag
Ria/Will You Be The One
The Babysitters Circus/Everything’s Going To Be Alright
The Unfaithful Ways/Trouble
Tommy Ill/Birdbath
Villainy/The Answer
Without Conscious Thought featuring Zu/Burn The City

The following artists and projects will receive $6,000 to make a video.

1995/Love Your Ghost
At Peace/Home
Coast/The Dream Away
Crushington featuring Armanni Reign/Pushin’
Ed Musik/A Song Falls In The Woods
Fiord & Tim Richards/Another Day
Funkommunity/Pass It On
Glass Vaults/Gold Star
Joe Blossom/Neon Beaus
J Williams/Live It Up
Ladi6/Jazmine DL
Leno Lovecraft/Scandalous
Machete Justice/The Ballad Of Bubba J White
Midnight Youth/Who Said You’re Free
Module/The Pieces Fit
Mt Eden/Bang
Panther & The Zoo/Do Whatever
Ruby Frost/Porcupine
Saving Grace/Oaxaca
She’s So Rad/Circles
Tyson Tyler featuring Jae’O/My Life

Via NZ Musician...

Musical chairs

There has been a lot of musical chairs in music magazines here recently.

Rip It Up editor Phil Bell (DJ Sirvere) departed for the program director's role at MaiFM, and has been replaced by Leonie Hayden (ex editor, Groove Guide).

Sam Wicks, former Real Groove editor who replaced Hayden as Groove Guide editor before Tangible Media ditched the title, has landed a plum role editing a new magazine start-up for APN (NZ Herald, Listener) due to launch early September - it's called Volume. Groove Guide is now edited by its new owner, Grant Hislop.

Lydia Jenkin, assistant editor at NZ Musician, has replaced Jacqueline Smith at the NZ Herald's Timeout entertainment section. New assistant editor for NZ Musician is Ren Kirk.  Whew.

Freddys new ish

I had the pleasure of seeing Fat Freddys Drop play live last week, at Microsoft's Techfest party, part of its annual Tech.Ed conference. They played two sets and absolutely killed it. Haven't seen the bros for a while, and they went off, in spite of playing to a roomful of geeks wearing red superhero capes - which were the admission ticket to the event (and who got into it too, I might add). Hopepea and Slave donned red capes too (see above photo), for their second set.

Speaking Freddys, here's a free download of a new tune...

"Brand new instrumental 'Bohannon Dub'. Hails from the lab of DJ Fitchie who, unbeknown to the bros, hit record while they were jamming in the lead up to a recording session. The title is inspired by Daniel Best's Berlin soulclub 'Bohannon' that he named in honour of American disco stomp musician, bandleader & producer, Hamilton Bohannon. Check the video 'Jetlag Does Venice, Bohannon Dub' on www.fatfreddysdrop.tv."


Rapping to the beat

Current reading is The Big Payback: The history of the business of hiphop, by Dan Charnas - was reading about the first appearance of rap on mainstream tv in the US, after Rapture came out - a news item on 20/20. Produced by Danny Schecter, with input from Fab Five Freddy and Debbie Harry, it screened  in spring of 1981. And of course, I found it on YouTube. Love that... fave moment -  voiceover saying "even Madison avenue uses rap music to sell boomboxes..." accompanied by a tv ad for portable tape decks, with non-rap act  Earth Wind and Fire filmed carrying boomboxes...

New Kid Creole

Brand new album on the way from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, recorded at their Sweden HQ. Free Dl below, of a tune co-written by Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair.

"August Darnell aka Kid Creole flexes his singular gift for the juxtaposition of the weighty with the superficial . The track title and its strutting rhythm conjure images of a night on the town, but a closer listen to the lyrics reveals something closer to a separation, an agreement to disagree. I Wake Up Screaming, Creole's first new album in over a decade, comes out September 27th on Strut."

Kid Creole & The Coconuts- "We're Rockin' Out Tonight"
(DL: Mediafire)

Kid Creole & The Coconuts- We're Rockin' Out Tonight by Strut

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bad as me

This video surfaced last week, just caught up with it via Pitchfork. If you aint watched it, it's genius. A reminder of what a fantastic actor Tom Waits is, when he's not making twisted music. Now go watch Down By Law. New Tom Waits album out Oct 25

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 27

Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Brooklyn funk essentials - Creator has a master plan
Sparrows troubadors - Soulful strut
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - Watts Towers
Groove armada - Tuning in - dub mix
Blunt instrument - Ring the alarm
Elizabeth Archer - Feel like making love
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Austin Faithful - Cry no more for me
Supercat - Ghetto red hot - hiphop mix
Herbs - French letter dub
Fat freddys drop - Hope - Sonsine remix
Solomonic sound - Children of Israel
Rockers delight - Natty dread dub
Steel image - Shango
Geraldine Hunt - Can't fake the feeling
The controllers - Hello
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Bourgie bourgie
Idris Muhammad - Could heaven ever be like this
The troubadors - Funk good feeling
Little dragon - Ritual union
Lloyd Charmers - Look-a-py-py

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Know the ledge

DJ Dubhead - The development of New Zealand's own sound system culture.

From symposium, "Caribbean Connections: The Presence and Influence of Reggae and Rastafari in Aotearoa New Zealand", august 12th 2011 at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Ok, wee bit more Stonesthrow. They've been runnning a video contest,  heres one of the top entries... song is Last donut of the night, by J Dilla. Video makers straight outta Finland.


New signing to Stonesthrow...

Advance digital release available today exclusively at Stones Throw. Album out October 18.
More on Jonti at Stonesthrow site.

Free download: MP3: JONTI "HORNET'S NEST" http://stonesthrow.com/jukebox/jonti-hornetsnest.mp3

Jonti also serves up the latest installment in Stonesthrows podcasts.

"Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and vocalist, Jonti, began assembling music after his departure from South Africa to Australia. Spending countless hours studying records like they were books, processing each song, this became Jonti's music school, testing his theories on a 4-track recorder.

Jonti has now recorded with Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon and the Dap-Kings, as well as producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). For Jonti’s debut album, coming this fall on Stones Throw, he went the opposite route, doing everything himself, start to finish.

Although Jonti describes his music as simple, label head Peanut Butter Wolf sees it as anything but that. “I understand the pop references because his music is so catchy, but the arrangements blew me away. I couldn’t figure out how the hell he did what he did. That he did it all on his own at such an early age kinda scared me. I knew right away I needed to add him to the roster.” You will soon understand why Stones Throw is proud to present it’s first Australian signing Jonti as a new member of the family."

Rock Creek Park

New release from Oddisee, called Rock Creek Park... Free DL as a taster below...

"This has been one of my most productive summers & somehow I've managed to still enjoy the outdoors. I moved to Brooklyn, New York in October so this has been my first official summer in NYC. The inspiration I've received from my new environment has definitely had a positive impact on my music.

Once the weather broke, I spent allot of time cycling around New York & through its parks. It reminded me how much I loved Rock Creek Park in my home town, Washington, DC. This album is dedicated to Rock Creek Park & the memories its given me.

I won't waist your time with my sentimental connection to Rock Creek. In fact, I'm almost certain you'll hear it in the music. There's a story behind every title on this album & if you care to know about this record beyond the sound, it can be found in the liner notes."

Out now on iTunes US, iTunes NZ, out on CD Sept 6, vinyl Sept 27

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Askew: It's on....

The Auckland Council has agreed to let Askew handle the reinstatement of the Poynton tce mural. From Askew's blog, posted earlier today:

"A couple of weeks ago I met with Rob Garret who is Auckland Council’s public arts facilitator and we came to a very amicable agreement – one that is going to enable a positive outcome that will benefit everyone involved and hopefully also benefit many others.

The Council agreed to withdraw their call for submissions for the new mural and have instead agreed to make a settlement with me on behalf of the artists. I was asked to price out a fair figure on par with what we would charge for a similar sized mural work in a commercial situation. I came up with the figure of $10,440.00 which breaks down like this:

Materials: $3,460.00
Access Equipment: $1,100.00
Artist fees: $5,700.00

This morning we found that the amount of $10,440.00 + GST had been deposited into our account and as promised we put it to some charitable causes – after we paid the GST direct to the Government of course! This is where the money went:

$4,394.00 - Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
$4,394.00 – Canterbury SPCA Earthquake Appeal

And in light of the passing of NYC graffiti Legend Case2 last week – we donated the remaining $1,316.00 USD needed to reach their goal of $5,400.00 for his funeral costs.

So that’s the first aspect of this all sorted – what about the art work?

At this stage – we can’t paint the replacement mural at Poynten Tce but in the next couple of weeks I will seek to talk directly with the landlords there and see if we can just return things back to the way it was. We will paint and maintain that site again if possible.

In the mean time, The K’ Road Business Association have come to us with an alternative location, which is the side of 420/Rising Sun etc, the side facing the motorway. In an ideal world we will paint both locations or at the very least just the 420 spot but I have pulled together a fantastic team of local artists to get involved and will make more announcements about the project as it develops. At this stage it will likely be towards the end of the year as everyone involved are over-committed with their own projects for at least the next 2 months..."


New album on the way, watch this... "...not content with trying to get on z rotate on the Edge, we took the album to the streets...."

RIP Nick Ashford (Ashford and Simpson)

NY Times reports Nick Ashford has passed away.

"Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, has died at age 70. His longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenberg told The Associated Press that Ashford — who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown's biggest hits — died Monday in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.

Among the songs Ashford & Simpson penned are "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," ''You're All I Need To Get By" and "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand."

He is survived by his wife and two daughters."

Rakim, Central Park

Live at Central Park Summerstage in New York City on August 21, 2011, Rakim, DJ Technician, DJ Scratch, on the decks. Wow.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pukkelpop stage collapses

Kiwi band Naked and Famous are on the bill at the three-day Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. A storm ripped thru the event Thursday and caused the Chateau stage to collapse, killing three people and injuring about 70. The band Smith Westerns were playing on the Chateau stage when it collapsed, read their comments in this report from Pitchfork.

TVNZ reported that "Kiwi band The Naked And Famous were due to play at the festival overnight, but the show was cancelled following the storm. The band used their Twitter page to explain they were all ok.
"Pukkelpop has been destroyed by the worst storm we have ever been in. Please everyone: help each other," they tweeted.

TV3 reported that "The Auckland band, The Naked and Famous, had just performed for a crowd of 60,000 when a storm caused the stage to collapse into the audience... The Naked and Famous had just completed their performance on the stage before the storm and released this statement through their agent; “The Naked and Famous and their stage crew are safe but our thoughts are with those directly affected by the tragedy and their families”.

If TVNZ had checked the Pukkelpop website for the playing times, they would have seen that the band had finished their set at 5,.25pm, and the Smith Westerns set started at 6.15pm. So the Naked and Famous weren't due to play, they had already played.

And TV3 seems to be suggesting the stage where Naked and Famous had just finished performing when a storm caused their stage to collapse. If TV3 had checked the Pukkelpop website schedule, they would have seen the Naked and Famous were on the Club stage, and the stage that was reported as having collapsed was the Chateau stage.

And hats off to TV3 and Radio NZ for trying to contact the Naked and Famous via Twitter today asking for interviews. Neither bothered to say please. Manners, people.

Express yourself

Via Cut Collective, they got a written response to their petition from Auckland Council, noting that the Council's call for Expressions of Interest in repainting the mural has been dropped by Council. They have decided not to proceed with any of the proposals submitted. Something is on the way tho...

Read the letter here.

ADDED August 23, 2011: The Auckland Council has agreed to let Askew handle the reinstatement of the mural. From Askew's blog, posted earlier today:

"A couple of weeks ago I met with Rob Garret who is Auckland Council’s public arts facilitator and we came to a very amicable agreement – one that is going to enable a positive outcome that will benefit everyone involved and hopefully also benefit many others.

The Council agreed to withdraw their call for submissions for the new mural and have instead agreed to make a settlement with me on behalf of the artists. I was asked to price out a fair figure on par with what we would charge for a similar sized mural work in a commercial situation. I came up with the figure of $10,440.00 which breaks down like this:

Materials: $3,460.00
Access Equipment: $1,100.00
Artist fees: $5,700.00

This morning we found that the amount of $10,440.00 + GST had been deposited into our account and as promised we put it to some charitable causes – after we paid the GST direct to the Government of course! This is where the money went:

$4,394.00 - Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
$4,394.00 – Canterbury SPCA Earthquake Appeal

And in light of the passing of NYC graffiti Legend Case2 last week – we donated the remaining $1,316.00 USD needed to reach their goal of $5,400.00 for his funeral costs.

So that’s the first aspect of this all sorted – what about the art work?

At this stage – we can’t paint the replacement mural at Poynten Tce but in the next couple of weeks I will seek to talk directly with the landlords there and see if we can just return things back to the way it was. We will paint and maintain that site again if possible.

In the mean time, The K’ Road Business Association have come to us with an alternative location, which is the side of 420/Rising Sun etc, the side facing the motorway. In an ideal world we will paint both locations or at the very least just the 420 spot but I have pulled together a fantastic team of local artists to get involved and will make more announcements about the project as it develops. At this stage it will likely be towards the end of the year as everyone involved are over-committed with their own projects for at least the next 2 months..."

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 splore.net. Early bird tickets have already sold out, 2nd tier tickets on sale now. $185 plus booking fee from http://1-night.co.nz/splore

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 DrĂ© - 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