Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Don Dada

New production from P-Money, for Aussie MC Sky'high. Dope sample, dope tune.

Don Dada by Sky'high

...and the Kenny Dope/Madd Racket rework, Supa, from 1991.

Liquid Liquid vs The Roots

From April 2010. Mega-long jam, wait for the outro. Original 1983 video below

Monday, November 07, 2011

Monotron madness

I borrowed a Korg Monotron off a mate of mine a while back, they make fantastic squelchy noises. Now Korg have launched two new versions of the Monotron, a Duo version and a Delay version which sounds glorious. Watch... via Engadget

Factory Dance:1980-87

Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987

I knew there were like about a million other acts that got signed up to Factory, you just never got to hear about them down here in NZ, on the other side of the planet. Sure, we got Joy Division, New Order and A Certain Ratio, but this new collection goes way deeper...

Review from Turntable Lab: "The good folks at Strut shine some light on the dancier side of iconic Manchester label Factory Records for Factory Dance. Everyone knows the label's iconic acts like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, but here we get treated to some of the lesser known bands that graced the label during the early 80's when Factory was exploring jazz funk, experimental soul, and even reggae territories.

Boogie heads will want to check the 52nd Street material, especially "Cool As Ice(1)" and "Look Into My Eyes(2)," while X-O-Dus "See Them A Come" is perfect for the dancehall. Did you know Factory ever took it there? Neither did I! You also get the underground disco-not-disco classic from Quando Quango ("Love Tempo") as well as the slept-on cosmic vibes of "Genius," plus post-punk on the disco side of things from Section 25 on "Dirty Disco" and electro on "Looking From A Hilltop."

There's even some heavy industrial house beats (The Hood's "Salvation"), chilled-out balearic (Durutti Column) and a good dose of experimental no-wave business from Swamp Children, Biting Tongues, Blurt, and Minny Pops. An outstanding collection compiled by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and DJHistory.com founder). 24 tracks in all."

Sunday, November 06, 2011


Roy Ayers is playing his hometown Los Angeles soon, (with Pete Rock and live band) and DJ Anthony Valdez has put together a very cool mix for the occasion..

"In advance of the performance, KRCW DJ Anthony Valadez has created a stellar mix incorporating Ayers originals and their creative offspring. Appearances include the Roots, Ultramagnetic MCs, X-Clan, and more (the transition from Ayers and Carl Clay's "Shining Symbol" into Redman's "Creepin'" is masterful). But the Ayers effect has extended to a third generation. Also on the bill will be Thundercat, the Brainfeeder-signed fusion jazz artist who clearly channels the beautiful float of Ayers' most poignant compositions."

Homage - Roy Ayers mixed by Anthony Valadez by ArtDontSleep

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Winston Riley shot

From the Gleaner: Techniques boss shot?

"According to Billboard.com, Techniques songwriter and record producer Winston Riley, 65, was shot in the head and arm on Tuesday at his home in Kingston, Jamaica.

The website also claims the status of the hitmaker is unknown, as the hospital where he is being treated is a secret.

A consistent hitmaker since the late 1960s, Riley has been the victim of a series of unexplained violent attacks, says the website. According to it, Riley was shot in August and stabbed in September. The police are investigating the relationship between the incidents."

Louder than a bomb

Public Enemy's Chuck D is suing Universal Music. Rolling Stone reports  that Chuck is "claiming that the company has underpaid his royalties on digital downloads. The suit alleges that UMG routinely misrelates royalties owed to artists on MP3s and ringtones by treating them as sales of physical record as opposed to licensed works...

"Chuck D's complaint follows a federal judge's decision on Tuesday to move forward on a similar class action pursued by Rob Zombie and the estate of Rick James [more here]."

Digital Music News has published documents that back up Chuck D's claims. "According to federal court documents filed Wednesday by attorneys for Chuck D. The detailed breakdown shows that for every 1,000 iTunes downloads sold, a UMG-signed artist gets paid $80.33. And that's after the label collects on a 25% 'Container Charge for Audiophile Records,' as well as a 15% 'Net Sales Deduction'. Which means that for every one download, the payout is roughly 8.033 cents."

" the ringtone payout is loaded with even more artificial ingredients, including the same 'Audiophile Packaging Deduction'. In fact, despite a much higher price tag on ringtones (ie, $3 listed here), the major label artist gets a paltry per-ringtone payout of 5 cents."

ADDED: And Now, Chuck D Is 'Complicating' the Sale of EMI...

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 5

Visioneers - Runnin
Outlines - Waiting in line
Bob James - Angela (Theme from Taxi)
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle tezeta
Charles Bradley - The world is going up in flames
Bits and pieces - Don't stop the music
The pepperpots  -Real tru love
Lil Buck and the top cats - Monkey in a sack
Soul brother six - You gotta come a little closer
Brenda and the tabulations - California soul
Dynamo productions - Stepping it up
Doug Carn - Surital iklhas - Fulgeance remix
Little dragon - Ritual union
Lee Scratch Perry vs Kode9 - Yellow tongue
Michael Prophet - Been talking
Gussie P allstars - Jah blessing dub version
Slim Smith - My conversation
Ranking Joe - Dont follow Babylon
Jahlicious - Something - Beatlicks remix
African head charge - Heading to glory
Bob Marley - Soul shakedwn party - Afrodisiac sound remix
Elizabeth Archer - Feel like making love
Jackie Mittoo - Wall st
Manu Dibango - Afrosoul - Rob Mello no ears mix
Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind - Roger Perry re-edit
Mos dub - History town
Joint force - Burntime inst

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tiki: fake the police

I watched some of the NZ Music Awards last night. There was some great live performances, though unfortunately the live sound didn't seem to translate well to tv. I saw a number of folk on Twitter complaining about the poor live sound.

The songs from those acts that have toured extensively overseas for the past year stood out for me - the performances of Naked and Famous, and Ladi6 in particular were head and shoulders above the other acts. Clearly, playing live a lot makes for some well-honed performers. And go Ladi6 for winning two awards!

Tiki Taane was joined by a handful of fellow musos, like Julia Deans and Hollie Smith, for his song Freedom To Sing, aimed at his run-in with the police earlier this year. Half way thru the song, the tv cameras showed about half a dozen police walking thru the crowd, towards the stage. They joined Tiki on stage, then started dancing and leaping round while Tiki played.

A lot of people thought they were real police. Russell Brown of Media 7/Public Address tweeted "Apparently real cops DANCING ON STAGE with Tiki. Genius."  Marcus Lush tweeted "Real cops on the stage with tiki taane . . Best thing i have seen at a music award ever !"

I replied to Russell, saying the NZ Herald reported earlier in the week that Tauranga police had politely refused Tiki's invitation to join him onstage. The police onstage with Tiki had very authentic looking costumes on. Russell Brown noted that he "Saw them up close before the performance. Really thought they were real cops." 

PeadPR, who handle publicity for the music awards said via Twitter "They're legit". But Wammo from KiwiFm said "My interview with him [Tiki] yesterday [wed] was inconclusive on the matter." 

So, were they real cops? Brown later posted this: "Update: NOT real cops on stage with Tiki, but nightclub bouncers."  NZ Herald reports that the men were wearing real police uniforms. 

Stuff.co.nz reported that " ... Along with the awards, Auckland's Vector Arena came to life with performances from [Brooke] Fraser and The Naked and Famous, as well as Ladi6, Six60, Avalanche City and [Tiki] Taane, who performed alongside the "love police" in a nod to his brush with the law earlier this year."  Is using fake cops likely to improve Tiki's relationship with the Police or not? Made for a good spectacle tho.

ADDED Dave Roper (promoter and former owner of Zen/Fu Bar) posted this to Twitter "Cracking up at pictures of our old bar manager Rueben Brooker dancing on stage at the NZ Music Awards in a NZ Police uniform."

My fave moment in Tiki's performance was when one of the faux cops put his cap on the head of Tiki's guitarist for the night Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight), and he was transformed into Zac Wallace in classic NZ film Utu. Choice.

UPDATED Official Police statement on Tiki and the polcie uniforms... source

November 4, 2011, 2:24 pm
"Acting Police Commissioner Viv Rickard confirmed today that the ‘officers’ on stage with singer Tiki Taane last night at the New Zealand Music Awards were in fact dancers and not Police.

“Mr Taane approached us a while ago and asked if some of our officers could appear on stage with him during his performance of ‘Freedom to sing’. While we were pleased to be asked, we are not able to facilitate those kinds of requests. However, we did approve the use of four uniforms for Mr Taane’s dancers to wear during the performance last night.

“Congratulations to him for his awards, it is good to see him doing well.”

Mr Rickard said Police and Mr Taane had come to an agreement a month ago after a performance by Mr Taane resulted in him being arrested for disorderly behaviour.

“We worked through the matter and Mr Taane has now volunteered to be a family violence spokesperson in one of our districts and it is fantastic to have someone of his profile and youth to be able to connect to our communities about such a serious and important issue.”


NB : It is an offence to personate a police officer. However, Police do need to be able to provide uniforms at times for filming or theatrical purposes. These requests are carefully considered on a case by case basis." 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Erykah Badu at Splore!

"Erykah Badu, will play her first ever New Zealand show at next February’s Splore Festival.

The multi Grammy Award winning artist will be backed by a full band and backing singers. She is known for her compelling stage presence and attention to choreographic detail.

Badu’s groundbreaking debut album, 1997’s Baduizm, went multi-platinum and won her two Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album.
Her most recent albums, New Amerykah Part I and Part II debuted at Number 2 and 5 respectively on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.

Festival music director, John Minty, says Badu will perform at Splore on her way through to Sydney where she is playing Sydney’s Opera House. “It’s the first time she has been to New Zealand - what better place to get a taste of New Zealand but at a Splore festival."

More info at Splore.net.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Adrian Sherwood live

Legendary British reggae producer Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound) is coming to NZ for a show at the Powerstation, December 16. Support from Stinky Jim and MC Slave's Logg Cabin. Tickets here.

He's also playing Wellington on Dec 15 at Bodega, support from Vital Sounds.

Reposted from The Quietus, Adrian Sherwood's On-U-Sound radio mix...

Mulatu speaks

Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke is playing his first-ever NZ show, Friday Novermber 25 at The Powerstation.

"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 was interviewed recently by Volume magazine, here's  a few excerpts.. very interesting cat...

"... don't expect a taste of typical Ethiopian music when Mulatu Astatke's grinning face appears on stage at The Powerstation next month; there isn't any. What Astatke's Ethio-jazz stands for is a blend of Latin jazz and Deep South swamp funk decorated with delightful, mysterious vibraphone melodies similar to those you used to hear whenever things got really scary during an episode of Twin Peaks.

"The vibraphone is an extension of the balaphone, an African instrument that's also played with two stakes," Astatke says. "As an African I like to stay close to my roots, which is part of the reason why I chose to play the vibraphone."

While Astatke has reached a legendary status in recent years, recognition hasn't always come naturally for him: "I really struggled to get people to understand my music when I started more than 40 years ago. It's probably because of these difficult times early on in my career that I really appreciate to see my music flourish now."

After having spent decades in relative anonymity, around 2008 Astatke began to record again. As part of the Inspiration Information series, named after the seminal Shuggie Otis album, Mulatu released an album with British band The Heliocentrics, an eclectic group that treads in the footsteps of jazz and funk visionaries like Sun Ra, David Axelrod and Funkadelic. Recording Inspiration Information Vol. 3 got Mulatu started again: "The joint repetition started even before I had seen these guys play solo, but the period of recording and touring turned out to be dynamic and fun."

His newly recognised Godfather status led Astatke to head to Harvard University on a Radcliffe Institute fellowship. Back in the States, he worked on the modernisation of the krar, a traditional Ethiopian string instrument.

"It hurt to see how much the krar became oblivious among young musicians from my country. More and more people decided to play guitar rather than krar because of its greater range. With a group of people at MIT we succeeded in extending the range of the instrument, and you can now actually play modern music with it. To demonstrate the results of my work, I got a student to play a number of jazz standards on the krar as part of my final presentation at MIT."

Of course, Astatke's second Golden Age didn't start at an academic level. Jim Jarmusch's 2005 movie Broken Flowers featured seven of his songs and Mulatu-samples can now be heard in songs by the likes of Damian Marley, Kanye West, Quantic and Madlib. And on the evening of Friday 25 November, the pioneer of these sounds will ask the audience if you've seen a certain movie, raise his drumsticks, and kick start a night of intoxicating Ethio-jazz."

Mulatu Astatke and The Black Jesus Experience perform at Auckland’s Powerstation on Friday 25th November, 2011. Tickets: go to http://www.powerstation.net.nz/ for all ticket and show information. Tickets from Ticketmaster and Real Groovy Auckland.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

You are all digital vampires

Townshend: Something about iTunes reeks

According to rock veteran Pete Townshend (yes, he's still alive), music lovers who steal music are evil, and iTunes is a "digital vampire" that profits from music without supporting the artists who create it. He made his comments while delivering the first John Peel Lecture. Read more here.

Townshend says that "iTunes should offer some of the services to artists that record labels and music publishers used to provide." It seems odd that he expects a music retailer to act like a record company. You wouldn't expect brick and mortar music stores to do that.

"Why can't music lovers just pay for music rather than steal it?" he said.

The Guardian has further coverage of Townshend's comments, including this gem... "Townshend said his "inner artist" thought [Steve] Jobs was "one of the coolest guys on the planet" but admitted he had once said in an interview that he "wanted to cut Job's balls off".

Full text of Townshend's lecture on the Guardian.

Here in New Zealand, the first infringement notices under the new Copyright Act were sent out overnight, by RIANZ (Recording Industry Association of NZ). Forty of the 50 notices were for songs by Rihanna, with the others being songs by Lady Gaga. Orcon has received 8 notices, TelstraClear has got about a dozen, and Telecom has got 40 to date. Vodafone says it has also got a few notices. 

Lord Echo - brand new!

"Bastard Jazz is proud to present a brand new 7” from talented New Zealand producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Fabulous aka Lord Echo. Known previously for his role as a founding member of New Zealand reggae band The Black Seeds, Lord Echo stepped into his own with his release of his 2010 debut album Melodies. With it’s effortless mixture of funk, dub, latin, and disco sounds, (including a dynamite cover of Sister Sledge’s “Thinking Of You” - listen below), the album slowburned its way to worldwide acclaim, quickly finding itself garnering big buzz on hundreds of music blogs worldwide.

This new 7” on Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings is Fabulous’ first new material since "Melodies", and picks right up where the album left off. On the A-Side, “Things I Like To Do” is a feel-good stomper with fuzzed out organ stabs, a bubbling bass, a stuttering stripped down live break and a soaring horn section. On the flip, “Long Time No See” brings in more sunshine with it’s big Boogaloo vibes – heavy on the handclaps, Latin percussion, voical chants and blurts, and horns and flutes galore…. with just a hint of 70s Blaxploitation lurking in the background." Release date: November 7. Preview below...

A refresher for you... Lord Echo covers Sister Sledge. Coming out on 12"vinyl thru Japanese label Wonderful Noise soon.

Monday, October 31, 2011

New record store in AK

A mate sent me this pic (thanks, Walter), from 69 Mt Eden Rd, where it looks like a new record store is opening. It's run by Southbound Distribution, who handle some great labels. Apparently it's opening soon.

UPDATED, Nov 14, 2011: Store is open now, tues to sat 10-530, more details here.

Picassos retrospective out now!

It's finally here! Very exciting.

You can buy the digital downloads from Amplifier (320k MP3), iTunes, and other digital stores. Amplifier has a special bonus tune - Marshall Law Dub [listen], which we recorded with Mike Hodgson (now of Pitch Black).

ITunes has a bonus track too  - our cover version of Head Like A Hole's song Air [listen].

You can also grab the digital versions in any format you want from our Bandcamp page.
Also available at  Marbecks DigitalDigirama.

If you want the CD, Amplifier ship it across NZ and worldwide too. And the CD is in all good CD stores.

Cheers! Hope you like it.

Raggamuffin adds new acts

Raggamuffin Festival has added some acts to the lineup for next year - Arrested Development, Sly n Robbie, J-Boog, and Katchafire.

"Organisers have also announced Chad Chambers, winner of Maori Television's singing competition Homai Te Pakipaki will join other New Zealand performers Kora and Three Houses Down on the main Saturday stage. Chambers' inclusion in the world-class line-up came after thousands of fans petitioned Raggamuffin organisers via Facebook."

From Rotorua Daily Post: Raggamuffin 2012: More big names added to line-up

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Music from Saharan Cellphones

This is pretty cool...  digital artifacts from Saharan cellphones... hat tip to Stinky Jim for this.

Also from same label, Gulls - Mean sound EP, got this a while back, very tasty dub, free tune below..

from the liner notes...." In 2010 returning from extensive travel in Mali and Mauritania, Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) presented “Music from Saharan Cellphones”. The music on the compilation was collected from cellphones in the Northern Malian town of Kidal.

In much of West Africa, cellphones are are used as all-purpose multimedia devices. In lieu of personal computers and high speed internet, cellphones house portable music collections, playback songs on tiny built-in speakers, and swap files through peer-to-peer Bluetooth wireless transfer. The songs collected in Kidal range from DIY Tuareg guitar, auto-tuned Moroccan chaabi, Malian coupé décalé, and fruityloop hip hop.

Originally released as a limited run cassette tape by Mississippi Records in Portland Oregon, the cassette was uploaded to blogs and online media hubs, and quickly became a viral source of new and inspiring sounds.

On Oct.10 2011 Boomarm Nation and Sahel Sounds present: “Music For Saharan Cellphones”. Drawing on gifted producers and musicians from a variety of stylistic backgrounds and nationalities, each artist selected and re-interpreted a musical moment from the source material.

From bass laden sound/clash ventures, abstract re-creations, and even an amazing autotune cover, the end result holds a rich assortment of well informed musical statements. Reflecting the energy and fidelity of its origins, these versions take on their own rare and exciting form. Using the mp3 as the medium, the Music and the Musicians become the diplomacy.

This compilation will be available in 3 formats: 1- FREE digital download via bandcamp and our website. 2- A limited edition cassette tape. (released by Mississippi Records.) 3- MicroSD card. (limited to 30- hand numbered cards, which we will be shipping to Kidal, Mali where they will be redistributed and uploaded into the vast web of digital musics.)

In addition, a limited edition 7” single of Mdou Moctar’s autotune masterpiece “Tahoultine” b/w Gulls remix, will be co-released by Boomarm Nation and Sahel Sounds in November 2011, followed by a 12" LP of "Music from Saharan Cellphones" by Sahel Sounds."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 29

Loopless - Pink blue hotel
Boozoo bajou - Camioux - melodica cut
Wajeed - Jeedo suave
Lord Echo - Thing I like to do
Monguito Santamaria - Hey sister
Doris Troy - Get back
Sister Sledge - Love dont you go thru no changes on me
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind  -Shoes re-edit
Soul searchers - We the people - Danny Krivit edit
Ikebe shakedown - Asa-sa
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Keep on looking - Kenny Dope remix
Ladi6 - Burn with me
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Omegaman - Skankin riddim - Thomas Blondet remix
Augustus Pablo - East of the river Nile
Barrington Levy - Many changes in life/dub by Scientist
Delroy Wilson - Get ready
King Tubby - This dub is ready
Lee Scratch Perry vs the Moody boyz - God smiled
Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together - Shoes house mix
Dutch rhythm combo - Bonaire
Nina Simone -Taking care of business - Pilooski edit
Harlequin fours - Set it off - US 12" mix by Walter Gibbons
John Edwards singers  -New burying ground

Friday, October 28, 2011

R.I.P. Eric Marsden (The Androidss)

Eric Marsden (The Androidss) has passed away. Heard that via Chris Matthews (Headless Chooks) on Facebook. His brother Steve passed away in early March 2009.

I was lucky enough to catch this tribute gig in 2009 to Steve's memory, featuring the remaining members of the Androidss (including Eric) performing, alongside The Spelling Mistakes, The Newmatics and Chris Matthews and his band Robot Monkey Orchestra.

ADDED 1 Nov - saw this via Robert Southon on Facebook - "For friends of Eric and of the Androidss, there is a wake on Nov 9th at the Tabac Bar in Auckland."
ADDED 2 Nov  - via Loriah in the comments - A memorial wake for Eric is to be held at the Richmond Working Mens Club in Christchurch on Friday Nov 4th from 4pm.

"This band [had] a great and large repertoire of songs that were most unfortunately lost to history. A contributing factor to their history and lack of recordings was due to a couple of members doing jail time. However, "Auckland Tonight” and “Getting Jumpy" were the only two songs to have been recorded/documented/saved, thanks to Ripper Records." [source]

ADDED: Eric Marsden of the Androidss outside the Media Club, Christchurch before the band's gig 23/10 2008 (more info on the gig here, apparently it was a fundraiser, and there is mention of their planned album). Photo by Robin Mcilraith (and cannot be reused without Robin's permission). Thanks for sending me this, Robin.

Photo by Robin Mcilraith

Photo from Robin Mcilraith. Apparently Eric used to give out this photo to his female fans!

Here's some words that Mark Wilson of the Androidss wrote on Steven Marsden's passing ...[source]

Mark Wilson formed The Androidss with Stephen and remembers him accordingly...

"Raging at the Gresham Tavern with The Basket Cases when Zephyrs and Cortinas were polluting the atmosphere was cool but nothing compared to The Androidss! In 1978 the party hit the road. Stephen and Eric Marsden (identical twins), Mark and Neil Spence, Arthur Manawatu, Frank Stenjes and I threw together some tunes. Armed with pot, alcohol, guitars and attitude we created a repertoire of Iggy, Bowie, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Blondie, Magazine covers mixed with my eclectic soul searching originals. Arthur left so Steve and I fronted the band. Playing around Christchurch to small audiences soon led to us play support for NZ touring bands such as the Dudes, Toy Love and The Swingers. Iggy Pop saw us perform his songs at the British Hotel in Lyttelton. Stephen and I sat with him and drank whisky. The press quoted him: "they're tough as bitches but they're beautiful!"

Next we headed for Auckland. "Androidss suck" was the cry from local punks, skinheads and boot boys; fagends flicked in our faces as we forged our way into the Auckland scene. Shaving off to create a new image, we fitted in to the punk scene and the arty new wave culture. This inspired Stephen to write Auckland Tonight. Packing out the Rhumba Bar, photos in magazines and posters catapulted our popularity and after touring back to Christchurch headlining gigs we recorded our one and only record. Stephens' Auckland Tonight and my song Getting Jumpy went to number 18 on NZ charts! Steve's song was put to video for the popular show Droppa Kulcha. We had sort of made it!

Living the rock'n'roll lifestyle took its toll and we disbanded. The party was over. Mark split to London, I got married and the others stayed in Auckland eventually coming back to Christchurch, except Steve who lived the rest of his days devoted to his wife Andrea.

I am grateful to have had these experiences with Steve. His incredible enthusiasm and energy coupled with his humour gave me something to hang off; flanking him on his right with my guitar while he sang and I played my solos. I will never forget those times. Last year Stephen got up and sang with the new millennium Androidss. Liberate The Androidss!

For Stephen, May God Bless him - Mark Wilson

ADDED : Bryan Staff talks about the photo below, with NZ Musician's Trevor Reekie..."It was at David Gapes’ birthday party at the King’s Arms in 1992. I don’t know who took it – but it was on my camera." There's another photo of Eric and Steve there too, with Greg Carroll.

King of the bongo

Was reminded of this song earlier, here's a cool version, live at Abbey Road, from Manu Chao...

Thursday, October 27, 2011


From LA Times, Snoop Dogg and crew in the studio working on two tunes for Snoop's next album, and two tunes for the much anticipated Detox from Dr Dre... there's a bunch of messing round, and then they get into the beat making, which is some pretty awesome music...

"...Though Snoop is often portrayed as the goofy avuncular stoner, this is the side of him as the true artist, surrounded by lauded producer DJ Quik, who arrives with a black box that he describes as "every drum machine you ever wanted in your life, rolled into one." Beaming, Snoop picks it up and tells the camera: "This is the cheat sheet, straight from DJ Quik's living."

.... Like most Dre-related work, there are live guitarists and drummers, mixed with machines both analog and digital. In between the blunt smoking and conversations with members of Guerillas in Tha Mist (!), there's the ineradicable emphasis on topping the past.

Snoop readily references "Still D.R.E" and the wild reaction it continues to get from crowds even a dozen years after its release. He describes it as the "[last stuff], it was perfect. We need to find something flawless for Dre and he ain't listening past the first 10 seconds."...


Cheese On Toast did an interview recently with Peter and Roland about Hallelujah Picassos retrospective out next Monday, watch it below. They've also got the album stream up too.

ADDED You can now pre-order the CD from Amplifier, they ship internationally too. More here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Womad 2012 lineup

Introducing: Staff Benda Bilili from Glen Milner on Vimeo.

The lineup for next year's Womad Festival in New Plymouth (March 16-18) was announced this evening. Highlights include Mad Professor, Staff Benda Billili, Master Drummers of Burundi, Groundation, The Yoots, Black Seeds, Paul Urbana Jones, Pajama Club, and more. More info at the Womad site. Full lineup below.

Adam Page
Amiria Grenell and Band
Anda Union
Batucada Sound Machine
Bombay Royale
Chapelier Fou
Diego Guerrero y El Solar de Artistas
Dobet Gnahore
Gurrumul Yunupingu
Le Trio Joubran
Lo' Jo
Mad Professor
Mahala Rai Banda
Mama Kin
Master Drummers of Burundi
Minuit vs. Gamelan Taniwha Jaya
Narasirato Pan Pipers
Paul Ubana Jones
Sharon Shannon Big Band
Shivkumar Sharma
Staff Benda Bilili
Te Mātārae i Orehu
The Black Seeds
The Yoots
The Nukes
Pajama Club

Related post: Womad 2008, random notes (including that time I got my photo with the incredible Miss Sharon Jones)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Picasso core

Hugh Sundae of the NZ Herald has posted a great piece on the forthcoming Hallelujah Picassos reissue, out next Monday. There's the new video, and an excerpt from the CD liner notes, written by Simon Grigg. Here it is...

Extract from Simon Grigg's liner notes for Rewind the Hateman

"The Picassos arrived in 1988 and Auckland, and indeed, New Zealand, had seen nothing like them.

Whereas most of their influence-mashing contemporaries combined two, or at most, three of the above musical revolutions together, Hallelujah Picassos took absolutely no prisoners and slammed them all together in an almost violent and ruthless amalgam of joy.

And you either loved them or hated them. There was no middle ground. Harold's performance and Bobbylon's sweet noise didn't offer you the non-committal option.

I loved them, and found that it was both exhilarating and exhausting to be in their presence. You thrilled at the energy and seductive melody, but found yourself utterly shattered as they walked off... and I'm not a dancer. I can but try to imagine how the band felt.

In almost any other nation they'd likely have been adopted by the fringes of the mainstream and done quite well given their look and sound, but in an era when airplay for their sort (y'know: NZ bands) on any radio stations outside of student radio was non-existent, their sales remained steady but unspectacular, driven mostly by live shows.

But their influence was undeniable, and a generation of local acts who refused to accept the boundaries that those Pink Floyd and Dire Straits-loving critics defined owe massively to the Picassos, often without realising exactly how much they broke down the barriers of musical conservatism in Auckland and beyond.

However their catalogue has languished since then, being largely unavailable, aside from a track here and there, throughout the 21st century.

Until now... and this, I guess, is as good a place as any to encourage you to take a leap into the recorded work of one of the most important New Zealand acts of their time.

Enjoy. I will."

See Hallelujah Picassos to release retrospective album. There's also a link at the bottom of the Herald story to a 1992 interview with the Picassos, by Graham Reid

Monday, October 24, 2011

Homebrew defend NZ

Homebrew Crew - God Defend NZ remix from Augusto on Vimeo.

Homebrew take on our National Song for David Farrier's journey into the history of New Zealands National Anthem, God Defend NZ. Screened on TV3 Saturday 22nd Oct at the matinee time of 2.30pm.

and Streetchant...

Street Chant - God Defend NZ Cover from Augusto on Vimeo.

RIP Edmundo Ros

"The seductively orchestrated Latin-pop songs that set British feet tapping in the 1940s and 50s made the Trinidad-born bandleader Edmundo Ros a household name. But beside such musical success, Ros, who has died aged 100, made a remarkable reinvention of his life: the mixed-race "outsider" successfully challenged the British class system, to become, as he put it, "a respected gentleman".

When he went to London in June 1937 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, he felt racially categorised by being sent to lodgings for colonial students. A tall, strikingly handsome man, he was determined to crash through such restrictions. Within five years, he had deployed his talents, charisma and charm to good enough effect to find himself performing for the future Queen of England – and was himself developing a cut-glass accent." 
Read in full: Edmundo Ros obituary, The Guardian

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Che Fu and Tigi Ness on TV

Che Fu and his father Tigi Ness feature on Maori TV tonight, at 830pm. It's a documentary called Sons Afar, about Che and Tigi travelling to Tigi's homeland, Niue. While they're there, they put on a performance for the locals at the Niue Arts and Cultural Festival.

Che and Tigi have rarely played together  -their most recent joint outing was at the Christchurch Arts Festival. Nick Bollinger wrote about that in The Listener back in September, read it here.

Excerpt... "father and son have also teamed up for occasional family events and festivals, including this week at the Christchurch Arts Festival.

The most significant of their collaborations was in April when they headlined at the second Niue Arts and Cultural Festival. It was the first time either had been to the island. “I’d been talking for years about taking my son to Niue,” says Tigi. “And then he goes, ‘Dad, I’ll take you to Niue!’”

With a sound and lighting rig shipped from New Zealand, Che’s crew provided the technical support for the week-long event, which included films, exhibitions, dance and workshops as well as music.

For Che, seeing his grandparents’ village helped him appreciate their courage. “There’s less than a hundred people. Coming from there, Auckland must have been like an alien world.”

For Tigi, returning to the home he had never seen made him think about today’s immigrants. “Look at people coming to New Zealand from the Middle East, or wherever. You don’t know what the law of the land is. It’s so far away. You’re going to the bottom of the world.”

The music Che and Tigi performed there mixed the influences they have picked up on their respective journeys, from rock to reggae to rap. Che says: “To me, music is a language, a way to communicate stuff, but the stuff is me. I use all these different mixes, but the stories are mine.”

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 22

Noel Pointer - Living for the city
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow
House party - Dangerous love
Mr Chop - Giving up food for funk
Cochema Gastelum - Dark city
Colm K and the freestyle mellowship - Dancing skulls - main mix
King Tubby - Bag a wire -Avatars of dub remix
Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind
Lester Sterling - Afrikaan beat
Nardo Ranks - Burrup
Lightning head - Bokoor sound special
Joe Cuba sextet - Sock it to me
Mo kolours - Biddies
Mr Chop - Greedy G
Mophono's halftone society - Sinicism - Natural self remix
David and Reuben - I love her so much it hurts me
Esther Phillips - Catch me I'm falling
Ella Fitzgerald - Get ready
Fitz and the tantrums - Money grabber
Soul providers feat Sharon Jones - Switchblade
Dusty - An exotic breed  - Umberto Echo's dub
Jackie Mittoo and Brentford rockers - Sidewalk doctor
Karl Bryan and the afrokats - Money generator
Clarence Thompson and the organisation - Express yourself
Wilson Pickett - Get me back on time - Danny Massure edit
King Errison - The magic man
Lord Echo - Long time no see
Gwen Guthrie - Aint nothin' goin' on but the rent  -club mix
Mayer Hawthorne - Dreaming

Friday, October 21, 2011

Akld Record Fair tomorrow

Auckland Record Fair at Freeman's Bay Community Hall, 10am - 3pm
General admission: $4.00

"We had a fantastic turnout at our last Record Fair in March and we hope you enjoyed it as much as Klaus, Jonathan and Peter enjoyed putting it on! The next Record Fair will be held in the Freemans Bay Community Hall on the 22nd October 2011 and we look forward to seeing you and your friends there.

As always there will be a full vintage system playing vinyl, plenty of stalls and an exhibition tables dedicated to helping you clean and care for your vinyl collection using the fantastic Knosti disco-antistat record cleaning kit.

The fair will be open to the public from 10am to 3pm. Please remember entry is payable by cash only.

In terms of keeping you informed we are making some exciting changes! The Record Fair Newsletter will now be sent from our new platform at VinylCare.co.nz. We will also start posting updates regarding the Record Fair on Facebook."

Neil Young goes to Soulsville

Was listening to Charles Bradley and the Menahan St Band on repeat yesterday (love their album), and came across this track...

The Budos Band, live from earlier this year, joined onstage by Mr Bradley, who proceeds to dance up a storm, then brings the band to a dead stop and takes off for Soulsville with Mr Neil Young's song Heart of gold.

There's also a recorded version of this available too, on vinyl/digital.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beats in our backyard - Ghana

New project from Nick D (Making Tracks)... check it out.

from beats in our backyard ghana

"Yaw Boetang is from Accra - the capital city of Ghana. I visited Ghana last year and met with Yaw over there and i've got to say it's one of the craziest places I've ever been.

Ghana is a former British colony in West Africa and it has a reputation for some of the greatest music in all of the continent. Yaw, who was a teacher back in Ghana came out to New Zealand to further his studies and once he arrived he noticed a lack in the music of his homeland, so almost immediately made it his mission to take the sounds of Afro-beat to New Zealand with his band Zoh-Zoh. 

Yaw is one of the most unique people i've ever met, he's got a charm and a warmth like no other and seeing him perform onstage is like nothing else. He's a true showman

About Beats In Our Backyard with Nick Dwyer

Beats In Our Backyard is an exploration of New Zealand's multi-culture through music. All my life I've been all consumed with the discovery of new music and over the last ten years I've been traveling the world in search of new and exotic sounds from all around the globe - especially in the last 4 years with a TV series I present and direct called 'Making Tracks'. 

Last year I was given the opportunity to host at the Auckland Cultural Festival and it was really then that I realised the extent of our ethnic diversity. From Burundi and Somalia in Africa to Mongolia and Nepal in Asia to nearly every Caribbean island nation - New Zealand is home to over 150 different nations - each of these people has an extraordinary story to tell, and for alot of them the best way to do that is through their music, which they are all incredibly proud of. 

The idea behind Beats In Our Backyard is to shine the spotlight on these communities and their music, and hopefully as a by-product you'll learn a little bit more about your relatively new neighbours along the way."

Watch the bonus features in this series: Yaws Human Percussion, Yaws Balls and Singing, Pidgin Lesson (below)

Smart Network has a range of contributors, 14 in all - only two women tho. Project is from Telecom NZ.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Picassos video!

About a year ago, I was digging round in my archives/boxes of random stuff looking for some old Picassos press clippings, when I discovered a box of super 8 film labelled "Picassos - Powerstation". Thought to myself, "Cool, some footage I can use to make a new video for the reissue." I filed the film away carefully..  fast forward to August 2011.

I decide to dig out the roll of super 8 film and digitise it, ready for editing. Can I find it? No. Searched all my boxes, twice. Still couldn't find it. Searched them a third time. Found it. I remembered only one roll of film tho  - when I eventually relocated where I'd carefully stashed it, there was three rolls. Score. Two colour, one black and white roll. Some of the footage originally appeared in the video for Rewind, back in 94, so I'm guessing it was shot by Clinton Phillips.

So, with the generous assistance of video editor Justin Redding (thank you!), here's a suitably grimy clip for the noisy punk blast of God gave us Boom Boom Washington. Enjoy, and please share it round.

Oh, and the tracklisting for the reissue is up over at Picassocore. Go have a look.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mr Chop

Mr Chop dropped a very tasty album a while back of instrumental covers based on the production work of hiphop producer Pete Rock -  called For Pete's Sake. Free download of his version of TROY here.

His latest effort came out recently, and is called Switched On. It's inspired by famous Moog albums by the likes of Dick Hyman. There's a killer version of Studio One reggae jam Greedy G in there too [listen below], amongst the funky JBs/Can covers. This is a delightfully twisted album full of dirty drums and squelchy synths.

From Now Again Records site: "We’re pleased to present – in association with Five Day Weekend – Mr. Chops’s Switched On over the course of a 9” single and a 2×10” LP. By now you know all about the man – but, in case you need a primer: Chop is a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and the proprietor of Cheshire, UK based Ape Recording Studios, one of the finest analog studios in the world…. and a repository for vintage synthesisers, guitars, drums and gear sourced from the world over.

Thus, Switched On is a natural album: Chop’s homage to the great Moog-lead albums that proliferated in the wake of the synthesizer’s invention in the late 60s and early 70s. Unlike those records – like Dick Hyman’s Age of Electronicus, which contained one great synth-funk track [listen] amidst a series of soft pop hits – this album is all killer, and no filler. Mr. Chop tackles songs by the likes of Can, the JBs, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Smith via a still-futuristic blend of heavy drums by The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto and his own fuzzy guitars and cosmic keys."

LP and CD presented in a thick cardboard “tip-on” sleeve. Colored-vinyl 9” presented in a clear, heavy vinyl jacket." Listen/buy it here.

Free download of Mr Chop - Happy Birthday here.

01. Hung-Up
02. Root Down (& Get It)
03. Breakthrough
04. Givin’ Up Food For Funk
05. Blow Your Head
06. Deep Gully
07. Greedy G
08. Happy Birthday
09. Vitamin C
10. Cortex

UB40 declared bankrupt

Via Prefix mag: A British judge has declared reggae outfit UB40 bankrupt in a Birmingham County Court, according to reports fromNME. The court order apparently lasts for 12 months and means that officials could potentially seize property to make up for the band's debts. This news comes after the group already saw their record label and management company fail in the past few years.

As UB40 fans likely know, the order only applies to four of the group's members as former frontman Ali Campbell quit the band in 2008 over a financial dispute. Looks like he made the right move. He said the following in a statement regarding his former band's woes: "This is the very reason why I left the band. This was my biggest fear when I was with them, that bankruptcy was going to happen and no one can say I didn't warn them."

In 2008 Ali told NME that “References to Ali Campbell leaving UB40 to pursue a solo career are erroneous and misleading,” [he] said in a statement. “Ali Campbell has been requesting financial and other information from the business managers of UB40 for a number of years through appointed representatives and now through Hextalls.

"There has been a complete failure to supply any adequate financial information, causingAli Campbell to question why it is being withheld particularly when so much time has passed. It is this failure that has led to the breakdown between Ali Campbell and the business managers of UB40 and ultimately to Ali Campbell’s departure.”

Ali Campbell is headlining next year's Raggamuffin Festival, which has cancelled its Australian leg, but will go ahead in NZ.

Previous posts: Raggamuffin cancels Aust shows, Raggamuffin rumblings, Herbs vs Raggamuffin

Monday, October 17, 2011

pon da re-edit

Found this chap via Morgan, cheers fella. Ladies and gents, Danny Massure of Los Angeles, and his many fine re-edits.

Booker T. & The MG's - Hip Hug-Her (Danny Massure Edit) new DL link by Danny Massure

 The Budos Band - Aynotchesh Yererfu (Danny Massure edit) by Danny Massure

Billy Preston - Outta-Space (Danny Massure Edit) by Danny Massure

Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions (Danny Massure edit) by Danny Massure

Joe Bataan- Chick-a-Boom (Danny Massure edit) by Danny Massure

okay just one more.. hiphop vocals from Naughty By Nature over a reggae beat from Tommy McCook...

Heatwave Jamboree (Naughty by Nature & Tommy McCook) new DL link by Danny Massure

Born scrappy

Labour announced their ICT policy today (it leaked yesterday, via Whaleoil). Some of its ideas include expanding the role of NZ On Screen, and reviewing the Copyright Act and scrappng the provision that allows the introduction of internet account suspension as a penalty. More here.

"Labour would investigate making New Zealand music, TV shows and music available on an online platform funded through a small copyright levy on internet access, if it forms the next government ... The party has released its information and communications technology policy ahead of the election next month.

Key points include combining the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting – with potential ramifications for SkyTV – a greater emphasis on open source software in government and more resources for developing IT skills and for schemes to take technology to lower socio-economic areas.

Technology and communications spokeswoman Clare Curran said it would consider expanding the online film and TV archive NZ On Screen to become a platform for accessing New Zealand-made content such as movies, TV shows and music. Consumers could pay a small copyright levy on internet access, which would provide funds for the digital platform and for content creators.

"The idea needs more work, but in the absence of a mechanism to aggregate New Zealand content that seems like a good place to start," she said.

Most of the commenters on that story seem resistant to the idea of an internet tax, funnily enough.

Noel Pointer, Livin for the city

Back in the 70s there was several fruity cats in the jazz flute world who liked taking their shirts off on their album covers, see Grover Washington Jr or Herbie Mann. Today I discovered a new variation on that, while digging in Real Groovy - jazz violinists who also follow suit. See above cover.

This fellow is Noel Pointer, from his debut album, Phantazia, released on Blue Note in 1977. According to the liner notes, Pointer was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, and started playing violin in the fourth grade. He made his solo debut performing Vivaldi with the Symphony of the New World Orchestra at 13 years old (source), followed by guest solo appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Killer jam is Pointer's version of Livin for the city. Listen below.

Dusty Grooves describe the album as "Sweet electric fusion from violinist Noel Pointer – a player so great, you'll forget that he's using an instrument you normally associate with sleepier music! Like others of the 70s generation, Pointer plays the violin in a way that's clearly heavily influenced by keyboards of the time – electric in amplification, and worked in a mode that uses the instrument to create waves of sound that flow out amongst the tighter fusion rhythms of the set. Dave Grusin arranged and produced the set – in his best lean soulful mode of the time – and other players include Earl Klugh, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Gadd, and Grusin himself. Titles include "Mirabella", "Night Song", "Living For The City", "Phantazia", and "Wafaring Stranger".

Pointer played in concert with everyone from the Jacksons, Barry White, to Sammy Davis Jr and  Thelonius Monk. He recorded on sessions for the likes of the Jones Girls, Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors and many more.

He died of a stroke in 1994, a few days short of his 40th birthday. The Noel Pointer Foundation was established in 1995 in his memory, providing scholarships for aspiring violinists.

From the album Direct Hit, from 1981... cool disco funk jam...

Youtube playlist for Noel Pointer (28 tunes)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 15

Sunlightsquare combo - I believe in miracles
Myron and E with the Soul Investigators - Cold game
Colman bros - She who dares - lounge mix
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Ease back
SOS band - Take your time (Do it right)
Dr rubberfunk's fantasy band - Rubberfunk
Isley Bros - That lady pt 2
Will Tang - Your love bites - Andy Votel remix
The Clash - Rockers galore... UK tour
Turbulence - Notorious
Stephen Marley - Traffic jam
Tanya Stephens -It's a pity
Superbeagle  -Dust a soundboy
Yami Bolo - When a man's in love
Perfect - Handcart boy
Tenor fly - Mind weh yu seh
Anna mystic vs Mishkin - 
Jurassic 5 - Unified rebelution - Soul food remix by Upstate
Beverly rd allstars - Murder she wrote
Scrappy - Off the lead
African head charge - Release the doctor
Mungo's hifi feat Kenny Knots - Rock inna dancehall
Jah Wobble - Get Carter
Belleruche - Drum at dusk
ESG - Dance
Frente cumbiero - Pitchito
Guy Pederson - Indian pop bass
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - What if we all stopped paying taxes?
Billy TK - Move on up pt 1
Pete Rodriguez - Pete's boogaloo

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oh boy!

Just got a copy of the Picassos reissue, damn it looks good! Check out the cover, below. Out October 31, more info at Picassocore.

Everything fades

[I wrote this a few months back, just dug it out...] Over at Deleting Music, Andrew Dubber has posted about a piece from The Vine on an Australian record label that has been operating sicnce 2005, painstakingly restoring and reissuing out-of-print albums...

"... Gil Matthews is probably best known as the drummer for Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, but he has also built a solid business giving many classic Australian albums new life on CD. Since 2005 the label Aztec Music has released about 60 titles, each with high-quality packaging and a 28-page booklet, creating a business with a yearly turnover of about $250,000. ”There are an incredible number of titles we could release if we had the time,” says Matthews. ”If we had a catalogue of 300 titles, this would be close to a million-dollar business.”

Each release is a painstaking process, requiring Matthews to go back to the ageing master tapes — or even vinyl if tapes are unavailable — and restore them for the digital format. ”Sometimes it can take 40 hours alone to remove all the clicks and pops from the original source — it’s almost a labour of love,” says Matthews.

There's a huge amount of music that is out of circulation and will never, ever get reissued. That's why I still go digging for records, because there is always good music to be found on vinyl that will never turn up on iTunes in a million years.

Supersoulsisters is a blog started by Nosi, a music fan to share some singers he loves. He's digitising his vinyl, photographing the covers and researching the history behind these singers to share. He ran this blog from Feb to Dec 2009 before shuttering it.

Take this post on Della Reese and her album Black Is Beautiful from 1969. He gives some background, talks about the album, and who should pop up in the comments but Della Reese! Is she mad that he's giving away her music for free? No, she's glad someone remembers her and cares enough to write about her music.

There are a wealth of music fans who are digitising their old vinyl, photographing the covers (front and back, plus inner sleeves and labels) and uploading them to the internet via blogs. Clearly, they don't have the legal rights to do this, obviously. But the labels that do own the rights, if they still exist, mostly have no interest in reissuing them. There's no financial reason for them to do so. They do of course still own the rights to that recording.

An exception would be say Warners, who have done some good work with their extensive archive (or at least allowed some clever folk at Rhino access to their vaults), like the Rhino 5 CD boxsets (got the Charles Wright boxset? It's awesome, only $20) or the exquisitely packaged What It Is box set. But it's really only scratching the surface.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Onra - Chinoiseries Pt.2

Onra returns with Chinoiseries Part Two (pout Nov 15). I'm guessing you're familiar with the first installment of this incredibly funky trawl thru Asia. If not, I urge you to check it out (sample below).

ADDED: Just saw via Conch that Onra is playing live in Auckland at Khuja Lounge, 11 November, with locals Julien Dyne, and Funkommunity in support.

From Stink Inc: "The Vietnamese-French producer and DJ caught my eye with his 'Chinoiseries' album, earlier this year [2008]. For starters it looked the part, and the briefest of spins on the decks confirmed it was something a little special. Comprised of 32 beat vignettes, most barely troubling the two minute mark, it's a response to a visit back to the land of his grandparents where he picked up a bundle of comfortingly scratchy Vietnamese/Oriental vinyl... There's a whole other fandangle with Coke and the Olympics to do with [The Anthem], which you can read about at the excellent Pinglewood blog..."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gil Scott Heron + Wu-Tang = The Gil Scott Heron [EP]

Via Potholes in my blog, cool three-song EP. Wu Tang acapellas over Gil's music. Sweet as, bro.

Gil's Pinky Ring (pt.1) by DJ 2-Tone Jones

Download: DJ 2-Tone Jones – The Gil Scott Suite [Mediafire]

Black Joe Lewis, live in AK

These cats look kinda fun, give em a listen...

"Black Joe Lewis was the Friday highlight. They were probably booked off their live rep, and the astonishing spectacle of the slight Joe screaming curse words like a modern day Howlin’ Wolf was a sight to behold. With a swaying Honey Bears horn section (swaying!) and a tinny, but still brutal, double-guitar attack, any "modern-day pastiche" fears were put to rest with the call-and-response on ‘It’s Alright’ getting louder as it went on. A raucous ‘Booty City’ (see above) followed, featuring the band screaming together into the one mic as Black Joe stretched his wail to breaking point — they were that good." The Vine

"Hard hitting, funking, raw soul with swagger that will leave you sticky and dirty ....
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears bring their sonic soul review to the Powerstation on Wednesday 7th December.

With two rock-solid albums – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is and Scandalous under their belts , Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are set to get you rocking!

Having toured with the likes of the New York Dolls, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm and drawing influence from Elmore James, Howling Wolf and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Black Joe Lewis delivers a sonic assault of dirty blues, rock and soul delivered with his inimitable bite, backed the grit and raunch of the Honeybears - it’s a trip baby and not for the faint hearted!"

With Tyra Hammond & The Bluebirds - Powerstation , Wednesday 7th December 2011
Tickets available 11th October from Ticketmaster, more information –  www.powerstation.net.nz

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry

The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry, doco released in theatres March this year. Wonder when it will get there?

Watch: Deleted scene: "Lee Scratch Perry teaches children how to sing "Walking in the Jungle" in the burned out remnants of his Black Ark Studio, circa 1980. Deleted scene from The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry." The song also contains extensive swearing. Funny old Lee Perry.

Also on the way, On U Sound release Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Nu Sound & Version, a set of remixed and reinterpreted classic tracks from Perry. It features versions by Kode9, Digital Mystikz, Bullion, Congo Natty and more - out Nov 7.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

MdCL live jam

Mark de Clive Lowe and Sy Smith playing live at The Shrine in Chicago - on the fly live production and performance of their collaboration 'TRUTH'.

Alos, check out MdCL's Church Vol 3 Mixtape. Nearly an hour’s worth of tracks from cats like Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, and Sun Ra...

MdCL presents Church vol.3 mixtape by mashibeats

Quantic vs J-Rocc mix

Best Of Quantic Mix by J.Rocc by Tru Thoughts

This mix by J.Rocc is a taster for The Best Of Quantic album (collected from twelve albums over ten years). It is out now on double CD/vinyl/digital thru TruThoughts. Hat tip to Voices of East Anglia blog, track listing over there too.

BONUS: interview with Will 'Quantic'Holland over at Revivalist.