Saturday, December 17, 2011

JB Hifi launches streaming music service

JB Hifi announced back in August that they were launching a music streaming subscription service. They launched it this week with a month's free subscription as a hook. They have got into the market ahead of plans to launch Spotify in Australia and NZ next year.

Via Billboard... "Australia's leading music retailer JB Hi-Fi has taken a leap into digital music with the beta launch of its Now streaming music service.
The month-long trial started this week and means JB has almost certainly beaten Spotify to the punch.

"Monthly subscription starts at $6.67 Australian ($6.59) across a 12-month plan, giving users unlimited streaming access, according to the company, across PC, notebook and Mac.

Details regarding Now were first dropped in August, when JB told investors its service would go live with 6 to 8 million licensed tracks from some 100,000 artists. JB now boasts 10 million licensed tracks, of which some three million titles are currently loaded into the system. More repertoire will be signed and loaded in the coming year, according to the Melbourne-based company, and further down the track Now should evolve to offer digital downloads.

"At an unspecified date early next year, a Now app for smartphone and tablet will be available for Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices, allowing listeners to store songs and playlists to their devices when not connected to the Internet...

"... According to industry sources, digital music sales in 2011 are more than 30% ahead of where they were in 2010. Down Under now accounts digital revenue for 40% of all sales, up from 27% in 2010."

Prince Paul’s musical mystery tour

Prince Paul and his cohorts cruise round checking out music scenes all over the US for Scion: this episode has them visiting Garage Fest in Kansas, rocking out with the freaks. Check out the wrapup at the end (10mins) where they meet a goth-looking busker with a flute, who asks 'any requests?" So they bust out a freestyle rap while the busker plays a riff that sounds like the Beatnuts - Watch out now. Other episodes take in NYC, New Orleans, Coachella pool parties, Metal Fest in Pomona, all sorts... and Prince Paul is a funny cat too.

Official blurb for this ep: " Musician Impossible: Prince Paul’s Adventurous Musical Journey follows the hip-hop pioneer and his friends Mr. Dead and Soce on a cross-country quest for new inspiration. Featuring Best Coast, Municipal Waste, Big Freedia, Win Win and many more."

Watch more episodes here.

"After the storm, it was so depressing, all you could do was dance, to keep a smile on your face..." New Orleans kid talking about bounce. Watch below.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 17

Audioweb - Faker  -Justin Robertson remix
Primal scream - Higher than the sun
Dub asylum - Point blank
Ras Stones meets Dub terminator - Love you so much
Beat pharmacy - Sunshine
Fink - Sort of revolution - Sideshow dub
Grace Jones - Devil dub
Lee Scratch Perry - Devil dead out - Adrian Shewood remix feat Little Axe
African head charge -Throw it away
Keith Le Blanc/Malcolm X - no sellout
The cage feat Nona Hendryx - Do what ya wanna do - dub version
War - Me and baby brother
Pointer sisters  -Yes we can can
Gil Scott Heron - B-movie
Prince Tui Teka - Let's stay together
Charles Bradley - Why is it so hard?
Common - Come close - Boozoo Bajou remix
Fat freddys drop - Hope - Mkl vs Soy sos dub
Cesaria Evora - Angola - Pepe Bradock get down dub
Esso Trinidad steel band - I want you back

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron's memoir out Jan

"The late Gil Scott-Heron's memoir, The Last Holiday, is set to be published by Canongate on Jan. 16, which just so happens to be Martin Luther King Day. It's a fitting release date for the book as the poet/rap progenitor was heavily involved in the civil rights movement. But the book isn't solely about his activist side.

There's also plenty of discussion of his tour with Stevie Wonder in 1980-81, when they played 41 cities and campaigned to make Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday. You can listen to Scott-Heron read an excerpt from the book at Canongate's website.

And in case you happen to reside in or around London, Wilton's Music Hall is putting on a tribute to Scott-Heron's life and his memoir on Jan. 19. The event lineup features Jamie XX, Gilles Peterson, Kate Tempest, and Ben Mellor. [Wire]" Via Prefix Mag

Poi dance

Poi Dance by KillaManRARO

Tasty mashup from Killamanraro (Ned Ngatae) of Kiwi classic Poi-e by Patea Maori Club. DL too (wav file).

Minnie Riperton meets a lion

Talkshow hosted by Sammy Davis Jr, interviewing Minnie Riperton, talking about her album cover with a real live lion on there. Clip includes her tv ad based on the cover, wait for it. Other  guests include Richard Pryor. Hat tip to Wax Poetics.

Bonus clip - Richard Pryor on Sesame St...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Turntable Thursday

Fat City top 50

Fat City Records top 50 for 2011, as chosen by their staff, with guest Gerald Jazzman Short. Grab em from them online too.

Best of 2011 - Gerald 'Jazzman' Short.

The Greg Foat Group : Dark Is The Sun
UK : Jazzman

Jef Gilson : Jef Gilson
UK : Jazzman

Gold : Gold
UK : Jazzman

Various Artists : Jukebox Jam
UK : Jazzman

The 6 Degree South : Loving You (Is To Far Out) Pts 1
UK : Fryers

Jeanne Demetz : Calypso Daddy / Everything Will Be Alright
UK : Jukebox Jam

Sir Guy : I Need You Baby / Let Home Cross Your Mind
UK : Soul7

The Divetones : Peters Fun
UK : Mocambo

Luther Ingram : If It's All The Same To You Babe / Exus Trek
Austria : Hib

Bobby Boyd Congress : Bobby Boyd Congress
France : Vadim Music

Best of 2011 - Orsii

Tino Contreras : El Jazz Mexicano de Tino Contreras
UK : Jazzman

Hackney Colliery Band : No Diggity / House Arrest
UK : Wah Wah 45s

Oddisee : Rock Creek Park
US : Mello Music Group

Camille Howard : Please Don't Stay Away Too Long
UK : Jukebox Jam

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings : Soul Time!
USA : Daptone

Cal Tjader : Mamblues
UK : Jazzman

Darondo : Listen To My Music - The Music City Sessions
UK : Omnivore

Michael Kiwanuka : I'm Getting Ready
UK : Communion

Zara McFarlane : Chiaroscuro/Night
UK : Brownswood

Fatima : Follow You EP
UK : Eglo Records

Tall Black Guy Productions : The Return Of Here
UK : First Word Records

L'Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti : Kanaga De Mopti
EU : Kindred Spirits

Liquid Crystal Project : Tribute To De La
Euro : Polar

Various : Those Shocking Shaking Days
US : Now Again

Martyn : Ghost People
USA : Brainfeeder

Little Esther : Hollerin' and Screamin'
UK : Fryers

Roc Marciano and Gangrene : Greneberg
USA : Decon

Honey B's : What Love Can Do b/w If You Didn't
Finland : Timmion

Paul White : Rapping With Paul White
UK : One Handed

Mr Beatnick : Synthetes
UK : Don't Be Afraid

Best of 2011 - Dom

Various Artists : Bossa Jazz Vol. 1
UK : Soul Jazz Records

Syl Johnson : Mythological
USA : Numero

Arthur Verocai : Arthur Verocai
Euro : Kindred Spirits

Cravo & Canela : Preco De Cada Um
UK : Mr Bongo

Late Bloomers : Three Shades Brown
US : Tres Records

The Mighty Mocambos with Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk : Zulu Walk
UK : Mocambo

Innersection : I'm In Debt To You / Let Me Love Yuh
UK : Sonic Wax

Chimp Beams Vs DUB Nomads : Behind The Moon
US : Concent Productions

Georgie Anne Muldrow : Heaven Or Hell
USA : Label

Mizz Beats : Are We The Dictators?
UK : Eglo Records

Mr Chop : Switched On
US : Five Day Weekend

Theo Parrish : STFU
US : Sound Signature

Soundsci /Oxygen : In a Flash / Class in Session
UK : Skyline Recordings

Stax : New York Computer Breakdown
US : Get On Down

Peabody & Sherman : Dubsploitation
US : P&S

Various Artists : Americana - Rock Your Soul

A.G. of DITC : The Pianos Companion EP (feat. Roc Marciano)
US : Red Apples 45

Ye Mighty : Beyond Cairo
UK : First Word Records

Debo Band : Gedawo b/w Kiddid Remix
US : Electric Cowbell Records

Nickodemus feat. Sadat X : Gimme The Music / New York Minute
USA : Wonderwheel Recording

Stereo freeze preview

Stereo freeze, the new Dub Asylum EP, is out December 19. This ep is a collection of my brand new and way old tunes, pulled together to get them out into the world. I had originally planned to do a melodica ep, then my music hard drive had other ideas and started misbehaving, so I rescued what I could, and this is what you have here.

Jumping Jack Skank is a brand new melodica tune that stomps along, while Get It Together another fine melodica number, originally recorded in 2002 and was intended for inclusion on the debut Dub Asylum album. It didn’t fit with the other tracks, but I came across it recently and it’s still pretty groovy.

Skatta and Skavoovie are two well-solid brass-driven tunes, the first with sampled horns, the latter with splendid trumpet work from Olly Harris (WBC/Kolab). Point Blank also features Olly, alongside his former cohorts in the WBC, Oliver and Maitiu, with the bottom end being held down by legendary bass don dada, Chip Matthews(Open Souls/Anika Moa). This was recorded around 2006, and has been hanging round waiting to escape out into the world.

Jump and Twist emerged in 2009, wrote it in one session and shared it round some DJ mates for NZ Music Month that year. It has been specially remastered for this release. Enjoy!

Preview the tunes below...

R.I.P Carmen

Carmen at Miss NZ Drag Queen Ball, Auckland 1975. Photo: Fiona Clark

Carmen has passed away this morning in Sydney, of kidney failure, following months of poor health, reports GayNZ. "The word 'icon' does not quite encompass New Zealand's most-loved tranny, who over her 75 years achieved everything from belly dancing with a snake in Kings Cross to running for Mayor of Wellington."

ADDED Jan 17: A memorial service in Auckland has been announced... February 11, at 530pm, at St Matthews in the City. Maori Television will screen a profile of Carmen in Takatapui the following evening at 10.10pm.

From GayNZ: Obituary: Carmen Rupe - "Rest well my darling".

From "Carmen, the founder of Carmen's International Coffee Lounge, was a flamboyant personality. A transsexual with a colourful past, she returned to Wellington from Sydney in 1967 ... Carmen decided she needed her 'own stage' on which to star. She took the right of first refusal on a clothing factory with a four-bedroom flat on the upper floor. It was, ironically, located at 86 Vivian Street, next door to the Salvation Army.

In many ways Carmen's was like other coffee bars of the era. The opening hours were long, initially from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., and later from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The menu was straightforward but adequate - coffee, tea, soft drinks and a great variety of toasted sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones. The difference was in the d├ęcor, the staff and the availability of sex. Carmen referred to her waitresses as hostesses: 'that is what they were, and with the exception of the lesbians, all my girls were boys or had been boys at some time. They had to be beautiful. That was the mark of my establishment.' While she gathered around her people of all sexual persuasions, it was never a rule that her entertainers and coffee shop workers had to be prostitutes.

Staff were encouraged to sit and talk with the customers to make them feel relaxed and comfortable. A ritual known as 'the cups' was devised whereby a customer could signal his sexual preference without needing to engage in a potentially embarrassing conversation. Regular customers were also able to liven up their coffee by purchasing a nip of brandy."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


New signing to Stonesthrow, Homeboy Sandman... check this....

Homeboy Sandman - New York Nights by stonesthrow

"Homeboy Sandman has already made a name for himself with a series of self-released records - Nourishment, Actual Factual Pterodactyl and The Good Sun. And now we start something new: His track "New York Nights" will lead off the forthcoming Stones Throw/Serato collaboration, and his debut Stones Throw EP will be released in late January 2012. "

Brown Study remixes

"Last year Boog Brown released her debut album Brown Study produced entirely by Detroit star Apollo Brown. ITunes called her one of the 10 best new hip-hop artists of 2010 alongside Nicki Minaj, Drake, B.O.B., Roc Marciano, and J. Cole.

"Since then Boog has honed her live performance into one of the most vicious and exciting in Hip-Hop. Now, Boog Brown has brought in some of the best producers in the underground Hip-Hop scene to remix her debut album [listen here], including Georgia Anne Muldrow, 14 KT (Red Bull Big Tune National Champ), Dunc of DTMD, Def Dee, Has-Lo, and Illastrate, among others. Then Apollo Brown and Boog created an all new track just for the album: "Detroit". The Brown Study Remixes will be available on CD & Digital releases. Additionally the original Brown Study album will be released on collectors edition brown vinyl in the new year!"

Free download of Boog Brown remixed by Georgia Anne Muldrow....

Marvin aint mad

Mad Professor does a live dub mix of Marvin Gaye's What's goin on. Genius.
Via Boogie Banger.

Plus, interview with Mad Professor on dubstep... "Aint nuttin new about dubstep, man, it's just new people into it!"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's like that

photo: Volume, supplied.

There's a great story in this week's issue of Volume magazine. It's writer/actor Oscar Kightley recalling Run-DMCs show at the Powerstation on 18 November 1988. I was lucky enough to be at that show, it was incredible.

The support was UK rapper Derek B with DJ Scratch as his DJ, who pulled off some mind-blowing tricks that had never been seen here.  The Volume print edition has the original ad for the gig, which was scheduled for the Logan Campbell Centre, with a lineup that included Eric B and Rakim. The show was shifted to the Powerstation, and sadly, Eric B and Rakim didn't make it. I remember Run DMC saying it was the last night of their world tour, which explains how loose they got. They were having a ton of fun onstage.

Oscar's recollections take me right back to that night, it was so exciting. And also what it was like, being a rap fan at that time, when you had commercial radio blasting "No rap, no crap" on billboards across the city. It was rebel music. Thanks, Oscar...

"At the time I was 19 and working as a junior reporter at The Auckland Star. This was back in the days when there were all these stations that used to play ads on TV that said ridiculous shit like "no rap, no crap" - bFM was the only station that was flying the flag for hip hop. That was the music we'd come up on, so it was weird to see that kind of stuff. It was kind of like a statement on what the country was like at the time.

Run-D.M.C. came here in their prime and at a time when no other hip hop artists were coming to New Zealand. I was walking down Queen St before the show and I saw Jam Master Jay walking down the street. No one else around me knew who he was, but I was like, 'F**k - that's Jam Master Jay!' He caught my eye and I tentatively threw up a peace sign in greeting, 'cause that was what we did back then, and he did it back.

I will never forget that moment.

Being an impressionable young man, it was amazing to see Jam Master Jay onstage scratching - he was my favourite. And, the thing is, Run-D.M.C didn't just stand there and rap - they had a show and they rocked it.

Back at that time, hip hop was in its infancy in New Zealand, and the culture wasn't the same after that show. We had three kings of hip hop on that stage in Mt Eden, rocking it and getting the crowd involved. Back then, no one did that so it was pretty cool.

It wasn't at all what you'd expect a hip hop gig today to be, which would be a lot of baseball caps and brown people. It was packed and sweaty, and I remember being upstairs and looking down at this sea of young New Zealanders behaving like I'd never seen young New Zealanders behave at a concert, with their hands in the air, throwing them like they just didn't care.

It really wasn't about where you were from, it was where you were at, and that night everybody felt like they were at the same place."

Poi-E disco mix

I played this song on my radio show a few weekends ago. I pulled it out to play as it had come up in conversation online, with the folks at Kiwi digital distributor

Last week I posted a video clip I'd come across of Dalvanius talking about the origins of the song, and mentioned it on Twitter. Amplifier then linked to the 25th Anniversary Edition of the album with bonus remixes. I replied, telling them I had the 12-inch of Poi-E with some disco mixes. Funny thing - they'd never heard of this release. Didn't know it existed.

P-Money joined in the conversation, mentioning he had a mint condition copy that he'd picked up this year. Amplifier checked with Jayrem Records, and they hadn't heard of it either, and didn't have any masters on file. So Amplifier have arranged to borrow P-Money's copy so they can get it digitised at Stebbings, ready for a digital reissue.

From Amplifier: " It started with a question on Twitter. Peter McLennan (Dub Asylum, Hallelujah Picassos) asked "Any plans to release the Poi E 12"). That was news to us and Jayrem Records, we didn't even know it existed.

A quick search was done through Dalvanius's archive at Jayrem and a mention of the 12" was found in his recording notes, but frustratingly there were no master tapes.

Once again Twitter came to the rescue, with P-Money getting in contact to say that he had a mint condition copy of the 12" that we could borrow.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks Stebbings in Auckland transferred the tracks from the vinyl and carried out a restoration to bring them back to life.

And now, for the first time since 1983, here is the Poi E 12", released digtially, with 4 versions of Poi E and a live version of the haka, Taranaki Patere."

Stereo freeze

New Dub Asylum EP, out December 19. Six songs, lotsa melodica, see snippet below... Here's the cover...

Augustus rock by dubasylum

Monday, December 12, 2011


Via Boing Boing: "Found at the "Boombox" entry on Wikipedia, this is a soundystem built from fourteen of the 1980s classic Sharp FG-909 boomboxes. The photo is labeled as from the "Zushi Beach Electro Old School Party 2005."

Zushi Beach is in Japan, which probably the last country on earth where you can still find boom boxes. Hat tip to Chad for the link.