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"

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.