Monday, September 19, 2011

C is for Cookie

Cookie monster and the girls - C is for cookie, disco edit, Roy Thode mix. I've edited in the intro, taken from the song The Last Cookie Roundup, from the album C is for Cookie - Cookie's favourite songs.

This was reissued by Ninja Tune in 2003 with another mix of C is for Cookie, the first remix ever done by Larry Levan. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Sesame St was his start. The 3rd tune on the 12" reissue was a very clever edit of The Pinball Number Count, put together by DJ Food.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Q&A: Martin Mills, Beggars Banquet Group

Well worth a read, over here

Do you think the post-Napster challenges of the last ten years have been easier or harder for indie labels to deal with than the majors?

MM: Easier for indies because we’re natural licensors, we don’t have hang-ups about control, we’re less defensive and are more open to taking risks. Harder for indies because the four majors, or the two big ones in particular, are effectively monopolies that digital music services can’t do without. That gives the majors leverage, which can be unhealthy for the market and prejudicial to indies. Merlin was formed to address that.

Rubble Kings

RUBBLE KINGS TRAILER from shan nicholson on Vimeo.

Rubble Kings is a new doco that covers the late sixties and early seventies in New York, looking at the gang culture and the emergence of hiphop.

"From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rightsmovement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed.

Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over."

Via Voices of East Anglia.

There's a similar doco I saw recently, called 80 Blocks from Tiffanys, originally shot in the late 70s for Saturday Night Live and now out on DVD. It's based on an Esquire magazine article on gangs in the Bronx.

BONUS: Another doco from Shan Nicholson, Downtown Calling, on NYC 77-85. Watch the clip below, 0.50 in, see Keith Haring drawing on the subway walls. So dope.

"There was a lot of creativity amidst all the civic chaos..." Nelson George

DOWNTOWN CALLING TRAILER from shan nicholson on Vimeo.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 17

Kashmere stage band - Aint no sunshine - J-Rocc remix
Guilty Simpson - Mans world
Sparrows troubadors - Soulful strut
Jackson 5 - Hum along and dance
Ikebe shakedown - The viking
Los Reyes 73 - Adeoey
Fred Wesley - House party
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - Brothers and sisters
Cookie monster and the girls - C is for cookie disco edit
Hugh Masekela - Dont go lose it baby
Grace Jones - This is dub
Lovejoys - It aint easy
Prince Fari - Mozabites
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Victorious dub
Lee Scratch Perry - International broadcaster
Resonators - Gold getter
Mad lion - Girlzz
Grandmaster flash - The message - Paul Nice mashup
Jurassic 5 - Quality control
Faith Evans - Mesmerised
Curtis Mayfield - Make me believe in you
Kashmere stage band - Superstrut - Kenny Dope remix
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Joanie Sommers - Dont pity me
Lou Ragland - Since you said you'd be mine
Sister Sledge - Love dont you go through no changes on me
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind - Shoes re-edit

Vinyl amp

Paul Cocksedge's converted vinyl speaker cone

From Rolling Stone, Paul Cocksedge, an industrial designer, has developed a way to use vinyl records as an amplifier for your iPhone.

"As part of Change the Record, a live performance happening from on September 20th at the 2011 London Design Festival, the artist plans to recycle old 12-inch albums into speakers for mobile handsets. Created through the application of heat, LPs are remolded to resemble funnel-shaped accessories which, by virtue of their natural shape, cause music playing from an iPhone or similar device to be amplified when placed inside. Illustrating the principles of acoustics without sacrificing aesthetic street cred, results appear readymade to make hipsters antennae perk up."

Friday, September 16, 2011


This film looks very, very cool...

PLUS go have a look over at Stonesthrow, who reissued a ton of their music, for a free download of Kashmere Stage Band - Super Bad (Egon Extended Edit).

There's a rerelease of the previous archival collection of Kashmere Stage Band, plus a bonus DVD...

"The DVD contains the shorts “Texas Jewels: The Making of Texas Thunder Soul,” by B+ and Flying Lotus, “Kashmere Stage Band on Jazz: Yesterday, Today, Forever,” and “Prof. and his Band: A Documentary by Charles Porter.” - 2CD/DVD, 3LP/DVD. 2011. Hat tip to Alan P

Thursday, September 15, 2011

SJDK newie

A collection of soul tunes from Ms Sharon Jones and her Dapkings, out end of October. A few of these tunes have popped up on compilations or on b-sides previously... just caught up with this, via Groovement...

Side 1
Genuine Pt 1
Genuine Pt 2
Longer and Stronger
He Said I Can
I’m Not Gonna Cry
When I Come Home

Side 2
What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?
Settling In
Ain’t No Chimney In The Projects
New Shoes
Without A Trace
Inspiration Information

The Yoots, live

Buy the Yoots over at Amplifier (CD/MP3).

Previous post... Hopepa talks about The Yoots (video)

Mulatu is coming!

Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke is playing his first-ever NZ show, Friday Novermber 25 at The Powerstation, backed by the Black Jesus Experience.

"Considered one of the finest and most inventive composers by both beat-heads and jazz-cats alike; Astatke is also a lively and vibrant performer, bringing phenomenal skills, boundless energy and a broad smile whenever he takes the stage.

For this one-off New Zealand show, Mulatu Astatke is joined by The Black Jesus Experience, an Australian/Ethiopian ensemble who fuse traditional Ethiopian song with jazz, funk and hip hop. The nine-piece group supported Astatke for his recent sell-out Australian shows, having just returned from their own highly successful tour of Europe and Ethiopia.

Mulatu Astatke and The Black Jesus Experience perform at Auckland’s Powerstation on Friday 25th November, 2011.

Ticket pre sale Tuesday 20th Sept go to for all ticket and show information.
General on sale Thursday 22nd tickets from Ticketmaster and Real Groovy Auckland.

Here's Mulatu playing with Black Jesus Experience last year...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Al Teller

I was reading about Al Teller the other day, his name pops up in The Big Payback. He was the head of Columbia when the first Beastie Boys album came out on Def Jam, distributed by Columbia. Apparently he had to field an irate call for the top boss at CBS, telling him to pull the album, as the plane on the cover had similar marking to American Airlines, and the chief of American Airlines had threatened to pull his advertising from CBS tv stations. Teller refused, saying he would be the laughing stock of the record biz if he gave into this.

Frpm Hypebot...

"Al Teller ran CBS, Columbia and MCA Records, but in this interview with Ian Rogerson This Week In Music, he shares a visionary view of where the music industry is headed. It starts as a history lesson, but things get interesting around 17:30. Topics include how (sadly) mass-saturation radio play is still the most powerful way to connect with fans, and at 20:45 Rogers asks: “It seems that the music industry always relies on entities that don’t actually care about the future of music (Wal-Mart, iTunes)… Do you share that view?”.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 10

Blues Magoos - Cant get enough of you
Jackie Stoudemire - Guilty
Boo and the tru tones - Dont blame this joint
Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert  -Ye olde beatbox
Art of noise - Beatbox
Grace Jones - devil dub
Courtney Melody - Black liberation
Macro Dub - How many fishermen?
Unknown - Got to be at that party
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Jungle bros and Ernest Ranglin - Funky Bond st
EPMD - Strictly business
Steel image - Shango
Billy TK and Powerhouse - Move on up pt 1
Mel Brown - Swamp fever
In search of...orchestra - phenomena theme
Philadelphia allstars - Clean up the ghetto  -Danny K edit
Original concept - Pump that bass
The emotions - Blind alley
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos
Grace Jones - Love you to life dub
Ackie - Rambo
Bob Marley - Mr chatterbox

Friday, September 09, 2011

Adrian Sherwood Dubspot workshop

On right now.... check out Dubspot

“The one thing I learnt early on was you got to have your own sound,” he says. As someone who considers himself tone deaf, the producer focused on creating new sounds and noises rather than melody. In the late 70s, he brought unique ideas to the table such as mixing backwards. 

The process involved adding effects to a song as it played in reverse, so that when you flipped it and played the track normally, those added sounds would play backwards. “I was one of the first people that did it,” Sherwood recalls. “In the 60s a lot of the hippies in the psychedelic movement, but not out of the reggae era, were doing that.”

RWC kicks off

But wait, there's music too! There's a big list of musical events happening at Queens Wharf in Auckland during the Rugby World Cup, quite a mixed bag too.

The opening tonight includes a rare concert from the Finn Brothers, but space is tight. As Neil Finn mentioned on Twitter yesterday..."appears the Finn brothers gig is very limited viewing and you will need to get there early. We do feel the public have been misled".

The NZ Herald reported that the capacity of Queens Wharf had been reduced from earlier estimates of 15,000 to 12,000, and the area where the Finns are playing has a capacity of 2000. The Finn Bros are on at 6.10pm. The post game lineup is 10.15pm: Dane Rumble, 10.45pm: Midnight Youth, 11.30pm: Kora, 12.50pm: DJ Manuel Bundy, til 2am.

A few other highlights...

Saturday 10 Sept  -10pm - P-Money,in The Cloud
Sunday 11 Sept -Family carnival, including The Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steel Band at 11am
Friday 16 Sept - from 530pm, Che Fu and the Krates; and 10pm post-game in The Cloud, The Turnaround DJs
Saturday 17 Sept - 10pm, Nick D & Yewala Soundsystem in The Cloud
Friday 23 Sept - from 6pm, Anika Moa; post-game - State of Mind
Saturday 24 Sept  - 10pm, Pitch Black, in The Cloud
Saturday 1 Oct  - 10pm, Sola Rosa Sound System, in The Cloud
Monday 3 Oct - 830pm, Goldenhorse in The Cloud
Wednesday 5 Oct - 830pm, Moana and the Tribe, in The Cloud
Saturday 8 Oct - 130pm, King Kapisi, on the main stage
Sunday 9 Oct - 10pm, Nathan Haines with Frank Booker & Taisha Kuhtze, in The Cloud
Monday 10 Oct - 830pm, Bella Kalolo and band, in The Cloud 
Monday 17 Oct - 830pm, Little Bushman, in The Cloud 
Saturday 22 Oct - 7pm, The Black Seeds, main stage

ADDED For all 830pm shows, capacity is limited. Tickets will be available on the day from the information booth.

Full schedule here. All events free.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Turn around

Cool new business from Sola Rosa, on Melting Pot Music... free DL too...
Digi single in stores August 5 (with remixes by Suff Dady, DJ Vadim + TM Juke)
Limited 7" vinyl single in stores September 2 (with Suff Daddy remix)
Sola Rosa - Turn Around Feat. Iva Lamkum (Suff Daddy Remix) by MPMCGN

I got life

Incredible live performance from Nina Simone. Wonder where it was shot? Video is tagged as Harlem, 1969. Hat tip to Wax Poetics.

If you want more of Miss Simone live, check out the DVD Nina Simone Live at Montreaux, 1976. It's a great show - she'd been away from performing for a number of years, living in Africa. She walks out onstage, the crowd duly applaud, and she stands there glaring at them, as if to say "Yes, it's me. Clap harder". Bonus footage includes some of her 1987 and 1990 performances at Montreaux.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Oddisee free

[Free Download] Oddisee "Mattered Much (feat. Olivier Daysoul)"

"Mattered Much was not initially made for Oddisee's new album Rock Creek Park, but after putting together nine songs for the album, Oddisee went back into the hard drive, rediscovered this song up, and realized it was perfect for the album. Oddisee's really proud of the drum programming on this track, it took him "a long ass time to program all those rolls". 
The guitars played byAndy Faus give it such a grimy feel while Lucan Pipkin’s strings polish the track. Definitely a track produced by the ’96 Reasonable Doubt in Oddisee, meeting up with the 4Hero in him. This is the official vocal version of the track featuring Olivier Daysoul. For the complete track by track breakdown from Oddisee, visit

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 ( 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"


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"

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.