Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vinyl is making a comeback #258

"It's Alive! Vinyl Makes a Comeback". Thanks for that, Wall St Journal.

excerpt: "... Who's buying? Hipster-centric indie genres skew vinyl-heavy—alt rock, garage, punk. The list of last year's best-selling LPs includes discs from the Black Keys, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Radiohead. Classic jazz does pretty well, and then there is classic rock: For several years running, the Beatles' "Abbey Road" (1969) has been the top-selling vinyl LP...."

From the Guardian... the flexidisc is making a comeback... 

The Ladi and Mr Dyne park it

Julien Dyne dropped his second solo album Glimpse right before Xmas, out in Japan thru Wonderful Noise and UK/Europe thru BBE. There's  some vinyl of it on the way too. Sneak preview here via his NZ distributor Rhythm Method, free DL.

RELATED: NZ Herald profile of Wonderful Noise and their NZ connections.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 28

SOS Band - SOS
Jay-Z - Show me what you got inst
Wreck allstars - Keep me dancin' (all night)
Creators - Make an impact inst
Anthony Joseph - She is the sea
Tito Puente - Take five

Tribute to Winston Riley
Sister Nancy - Bam bam
Super beagle - Dust a sound boy
Yami Bolo - When a man's in love
Dillinger - Melting pot
Courtney Melody - Bad boy
Tenor saw - Ring the alarm
Reggie Stepper - Cuh ohnoh
Mckay - Take me over

Chinchillaz - Tiger
Saint Etienne - Only love can break your heart
King Errison - Conga man
Natural self feat Alice Russell - I don't need this trouble
Darlene Love - Too late to say you're sorry
Deon Jackson - That's what you do to me
Sister Sledge - Love don't you go through no changes on me
Billy Preston - Outta space - Danny Massure edit
Cherelle - Artifical heart dance mix
Curtis Mayfield - Give me your love - Todd Terje edit
Arken - Step off
Harry Beckett - Facing it
Lee Scratch Perry - Jungle youth - Congo natty remix
Heptones - Sweet talking - Richie Phoe edit

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boog Brown and Georgia

Couple of very nice tunes from Boog Brown, with production from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Free too! Check out the new 7" vinyl from Boog Brown too.


Another long lost tune from NZ reggae artist Jules Issa. Released on the defunct Deepgrooves label in the early 90s, and included on her album, as the title track. Also a single (?), which is where the cover image in the video comes from. Or maybe that's the album cover? Haven't seen a copy of that yet.

UPDATED August 2012 - I've now got a copy of this release, it came out as a mini album in 1995, seven songs and three dubs. See full listing at Discogs.

Read more about Jules Issa here, and hear her fantastic cover of Diatribe's tune Dangerous Game.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


This tune came out a wee while back on vinyl,  from the splendid brass outfit Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Now up on Soundcloud as a free download. Get it!

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Spottie by ArtDontSleep

One million cigarettes

Earlier this afternoon, Kiwi indie singer Princess Chelsea posted on Twitter: "Today a song I wrote hit 1 million views on Youtube here is a blog post on my thoughts about it."

She mentions that "as of today, the music video for 'The Cigarette Duet' has more views on Youtube than for instance, all of Six60's and The Midnight Youth's music videos, combined (two top 40 artists in New Zealand)."

That's an impressive statement, especially given the ridiculous popularity of those two acts, so I went to Youtube to gauge its accuracy. A quick count of the official music videos for those two bands comes in at around 979,000 views.

Princess Chelsea puts the success down to "... the power of a good song can transcend limitations in funds and resources, and still go on to connect with people all over the world, and on this occasion surpassing the results of even the most structured and high budget marketing campaigns. (In Lana Del Rey's case the combination of these two things has proven to be phenomenal).

"In a chinese whispers scenario, much of the online interest surrounding 'The Cigarette Duet' has been simply due to people from all walks of life passing links around via websites like facebook, tumblr and most certainly not myspace..."

The comments Chelsea has collected from around the internets are amusing, go have a read.. a few excerpted below...

"I love the song but the video is way too hipster!"

"Great song, lyrics are dumb, idk"

"This video is so random"

"The video and the song was so boring that I wanted to shoot myself in the ear and ass maybe the head too"

"What genre is this? I'm new to this types of Stuffz..."

Latin Ladi

Ladi6's song Walk Right Up, reversioned by Latinaotearoa crew. Vocal by Jennifer Zea. Free DL.

Walk Right Up (Latinaotearoa Spanish Version) by Bobby Brazuka

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Greg Wilson in NZ!

Legendary UK DJ Greg Wilson is coming to NZ for the first time, playing show in Auckland on March 2 at the Nathan Club, 51 Galway St, in Britomart. Via the British Council's site...

"Being known as significant, is in itself significant.Greg Wilson is respected as an influence in the music industry for pioneering work over the last few decades. Beginning as the first regular DJ in Manchester's famous Hacienda club, he went on to a career of tastemaking, mixing, remixing & writing (it was he who dubbed the impossibly great term 'Electro-Funk') & was the first UK DJ to mix live on TV.

Greg was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-Disco records that defined the whole New York era. He lit up the wonderful nights of pure importance at Wigan Pier as a Jazz Funk specialist and at Manchester's super-influential Legend, and he also taught aspiring Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) to scratch. He was very much a part of an era called Madchester. He was a power component of it. He still is.

Come and see Greg Wilson perform in Auckland, and thanks to BCNZ, come to Conch Records on Feb 28th at 6pm, to hear the man speak about the DJ universe, and show a demonstration of reel-to-reel DJ mixing."

His bio mentions that " In 2005 Tirk Records released ‘Credit to the Edit’, a compilation of re-edits spanning Greg's entire career, some even original tape edits from way back when. Greg still uses his trusty old Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine when DJing out." Hope he brings his reel to reel machine!

Greg Wilson's bio, from his site. And he has a ton of cool DJ mixes and edits for download on Soundcloud. Here's  a swag, check his Chakachas -Jungle Fever edit....

Edits, Mash-Ups & Remixes by gregwilson

Pre-Recorded DJ Mixes by gregwilson

BONUS: Greg Wilson 12x12 from Wax Poetics magazine - some of his fave 12-inch singles. First one he ever got was Jaws done by Lalo Schifrin (Mission impossible, Enter the dragon).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raggamuffin in deep funk?

Under the optimistic headline "Big Day Out done; Long live Raggamuffin", the festival's NZ director  makes some amusing claims.

The article starts out by rebranding Raggamuffin as a funk festival (not a reggae one as previously advertised) and then it gets interesting...

"Next weekend's funk festival will be the event's fifth birthday, and promoters are promising the biggest act line-up yet.

The Rotorua-based two-dayer will feature internationally renowned Jamaican reggae and dub artists Sly and Robbie, as well as headliners Arrested Development and Hawaiian-based Pacific reggae artist J Boog.

Raggamuffin's New Zealand director, Jackie Sanders, said there would be twice as many acts as at last year's festival and an extra stage had been added. It will be bigger than the Australian leg, in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane..."

And how do we know for certain that Rotorua's Raggamuffin will be bigger than the Australian leg? Well, all the shows on the Australian leg were cancelled back in September last year. Some side shows were talked about for Australia following the cancellation. 

Sanders continues: "We decided that the way the economy is going we'd throw a bit more at the New Zealand festival this time, and that decision seems to be working."


READ: Universal Music Goes To War Against Popular Hip Hop Sites & Blogs on Techdirt

Hat tip to Russell Brown for the link. 

".. A few weeks ago, leading ad firm GroupM, a part of marketing giant WPP, proudly announced that it had "adopted an aggressive new anti-piracy policy" for its digital media buys. What that meant was that it prohibited vendors that it worked with from putting ads on any of a giant list of sites that it had declared were "pirate sites" -- defined as "sites that support piracy or contain any illegally distributed content...."

[Sites listed include Nahright, The Internet Archive, Vimeo and Soundcloud.]

"... Back in 2009, Vibe produced a big list of the "50 hottest rap blogs." This is basically a who's who list of the top sites in hip hop, and the places that most music producers want to see their music appearing, because it's how they get attention these days. 

Yet, if you run down that list, you start to notice a pattern. An awful lot of those sites are on GroupM's "banned" list. I went through the top 12 sites on that list, and seven of them are "banned" as piracy sites, despite being some of the most popular promotional vehicles for artists and labels alike. Also, a bunch of the top hip hop blogs teamed up a while back to form what was called the New Music Cartel -- and every one of those sites is on the "banned" list...."

"... [the list] appears to show that Universal Music has decided to declare war on the online hip hop ecosystem that promotes its music in a big way -- and some of those sites are hitting back. First of all, it's worth noting that these blogs and sites are considered instrumental to promotion in the hip hop world, and Universal Music knows that. 

"In talking to some of the folks at sites involved, you learn pretty quickly that they get sent tracks and other promotional info from insiders at Universal Music -- including high level execs -- all of the time. On top of that, hip hop artists themselves regularly rely on these same sites, and link people to them via their own blogs and twitter feeds. And yet, a whole bunch of these sites are on GroupM's list... and they got there because Universal Music told GroupM to put those sites on the list..." 

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Ah, Kraftwerk gif'd.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Red Eyes tour NZ

Australian reggae outfit The Red Eyes tour NZ for the first time soon, and later this year they play Papua New Guinea, also a first for them. Exciting year! Two members of the band are originally Kiwis, so this tour marks a homecoming of sorts for them. 

Nice Up has an interview with the band here. The band say "We tend to have a darker edge, so the themes are heavier, and the focus on dub means that no one has ever accused us of being 'Barbecue Reggae'!... Expect a big live show, with our two-piece horn section, four-part harmonies, and very energetic front-man El, who reviewers frequently compare to a Maori Iggy Pop."

Some background... "The Red Eyes - Australia’s much loved dub/reggae monster group - celebrate their 10th birthday in 2012 with their first NZ Tour, kicking off at Mint Bar, Wanaka on Jan 26, before taking in venues in Dunedin, Wellington, Leigh, Hamilton and Auckland. They will also appear at the inaugural Winchfest music festival and wakeboarding comp on Jan 28 performing alongside Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots and more.

The Red Eyes ‘NZ Homecoming Tour’ heralds the prodigal return of NZ’s long lost sons El Witeri and Damien Charles. Born and bred in Auckland, the two musicians’ musical roots were developed touring around NZ throughout the 90’s before they reconnected in Oz and honed their alternative dub/reggae style for an appreciative Australian audience.

Over 10 years their fan base has grown exponentially, seeing them play major festivals throughout the pacific and Australia including the 2011 Australian Raggamuffin tour with Jimmy Cliff and Mary J Blige.

Established in 2002 The Red Eyes’ successful 2nd album ‘Red Army’ was a finalist for Best Blues and Roots Album at the Australian Independent Record Label Awards and lead singer El Witeri was a finalist for APRA songwriter of the year. 2007 release ‘Rudeworld’ and their two EP’s ‘Highplace’ and Prolific/My Kingdom’ have collectively sold over 12,000 copies worldwide.

Exploding onto the NZ turf with a string of club dates through Jan and Feb 2012, The Red Eyes are touring their new track Circles, the first single release from their anticipated third album."

Circles by The Red Eyes

Thu 26 Jan: Mint Bar (Wanaka)
With The Nomad (DJ Set)
Fri 27 Jan: 12 Below (Dunedin)
With Skull Dubbery and DJ Jungle Far I
Sat 28 Jan: Bodega (Wellington)
With Newtown Sound feat Israel Starr
Sun 29 Jan: Winchfest (New Plymouth)
With Katchafire and Cornerstone Roots + more
Fri 3 Feb: Sawmill Cafe (Leigh)
With Dam Native and DJ Dubhead
Sat 4 Feb: Flow Bar (Hamilton)
With guest DJ Captain Nemo
Sun 5 Feb: Kings Arms (Auckland)
With Guest Dam Native & DJ Dubhead

Mark de Clive-Lowe mixed

Best of Mark de Clive-Lowe mixed by DJ Spinna. 34 tracks of MdCL originals, remixes (Omar, Shirley Horn, Ed Motta) and collaborations with Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), DJ Spinna, Phil Asher (Restless Soul), Zed Bias and more. Track listing here. Nice one. Free download.

Mark de Clive-Lowe's ninth solo album, 'Renegades' is out now on Tru Thoughts Records.'

The Best of MdCL Mix by DJ Spinna by Tru Thoughts

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Vinyl is making a comeback #257

Okiedoke Records founders Clint McEwen, left and Rob Vera pose with their first vinyl record in Oklahoma City , Wednesday January , 04, 2012. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

"Today vinyl is making a comeback, as it has been doing periodically since the CD came along 30 years ago.

What's different this time is that it isn't just being bought by middle-aged blokes trying to relive their youth, but by consumers of all descriptions who want their music to be tangible and, ideally, audibly impressive...."

From "Records a labour of love in modern world", The Australian.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma...

"Oklahoma pair stake out new career as vinyl record producers as medium makes comeback

Vinyl records, declared dead a quarter century ago, are making a comeback. It was enough to prompt friends Rob Vera and Clint McEwen to take a shot on forming their own record company in Oklahoma City, Okie Dope Records...."

"... "One of the things American record companies haven't caught on to yet, but in U.K. they have, is if you buy a record in the U.K., it comes with a digital code for the download," O'Brien said. "Here, you still have to buy it twice. In the U.K. the product is so much better. It gives you that much more incentive to buy that. They're even reissuing old records in vinyl in the U.K,"says Vera."

Read more here and here.