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!"


BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS
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.