Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, May 26

A Certain Ratio - Shack up
Loose joints - Is it all over my face? Unreleased original full length version
Bee gees - Love you inside out - Beaten space probe edit
Junk - 99c strut
Keith Lawrence - Ancestral melody
Chinchillaz - L.T.D.
Matty Droid - Dirty bass dread sky
Three generations walking - Midnight bustling
Grace Jones - My Jamaican guy
Moodymann - Misled
Moodorama - Sweet toffee
Rocket juice and the moon - Hey shooter
Bobby Womack- You're welcome, stop on by - Beaten space probe edit
Roger and the gypsies - Pass the hatchet
Lee Dorsey - Yes we can can
Betty Harris - Mean man
Irma Thomas - Don't mess with my man
Kormac - Saturday tv feat Koaste
Kraftwerk - Man machine
Chic - Good times
Bongmaster - Brothers and sisters
Dionne Warwick - Zip a dee doo dah
McFadden and Whitehead - Aint no stopping us now - Noodleman rework

Friday, May 25, 2012

Brassy edit

Youngblood Brass Band edit... from Nathaniel Compton, who says "I've been listening to these guys since 2001, and never found a decent edit for DJs. Try to find a way to fit this funky number in one of your sets."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Find the audience

This looks like a cool project, launching soon.. via

" Next week the public will be able to discover new, unreleased New Zealand music on an exciting new level, not seen in NZ before.

All will be unveiled next Thursday 31st May at 8am. This socially interactive music website specifically focuses on songs that have not been commercially released, and supporting up-and-coming NZ artists.

Theaudience will create a central point for new and emerging artists to showcase their music and to connect and communicate directly with new fans.

And for fans of new NZ music, it will be an exciting and easy way for you to discover fresh local music, and support artists in a really exciting way.

If you are a musician and reading this, you should be involved! Email for more information."

Mr Homme shills for Scissor Sisters

Infomercial from Josh Homme for Scissor Sisters. Genius. New album from them out May 28, Homme calls it a "combination of rhythm and romance like you’ve never heard before".


New one from Dub Terminator and Chch's Reality Chant... free DL too....

Teremoana Rapley

Photo: Simon Young
Teremoana Rapley is a former member of Upper Hutt Posse, and Moana and the Moahunters. She currently collaborates with her partner, King Kapisi. This interview is from Pavement magazine, Dec 1995/Jan 1996, by Andrew Mann.

I take a seat in BMG Music's boardroom. I'm here to talk with Teremoana about her latest single, Four Women, an appetiser for a February album that will include tracks produced by Spearhead's Michael Franti and Babble's Allanah Currie and Tom Bailey. Teremoana enters with two large cups of Milo - three spoonfuls of Milo and a little bit of milk. I notice her interview schedule on the table.

"They ask you the same stink questions. 'What does this song mean to you? Why did you choose this song?' I don't know why I chose it. I like it, okay, and it's nothing more than that."

Four Women, a Nina Simone original, is a moving piece that explores the struggles of four Afro-American women. Teremoana describes the lyrics as "quite hardcore'' but tells me that it doesn't stop her from relating to them. She mentions the second verse: 'Between two worlds I do along, My father was rich and white, forced my mother late one night, What do they call me?' 

“I can relate to that but not in such a violent manner. My father's white and my mother's Cook Island Maori. It wasn't a fairytale relationship. What happened was, a whole bunch of bankers in the 70's went to the Cook Islands. The thing was for all these Pakeha men to go over there and find a Cook Island woman to cook and clean up after them. So that was my mother and father's relationship, and that's why my parent aren't together anymore."

Her history has left Teremoana mindful of the importance of knowing your roots and not being ashamed of them. "I was brought up in a white neighbourhood and I thought I was white until I was seven. I had a little afro but everyone around me was white. So I thought I was white until some kid at school called me a sambo and then a whole lot of kids came around and called me nigger, sambo, blah blah blah.

“I started balling my eyes out. I went home, waited for my father to come home, said 'Dad, all these kids called me a nigger. But I'm white like you, aren't I?' And he's going, 'Actually honey, you're black but it's not a bad thing. It's actually a good thing. Don't worry about people like that'. I'm like, 'Keep on doing those speeches, Dad'.''

Only in accepting and understanding one's past, says Teremoana, can a person move on to a brighter future. ''I'm not bitter. I just want things to live, to move forward. I just want to come out as an artist.'' And for an artist whose soul is so closely linked to the realities of life, Teremoana's music is a beautiful blend of passion and pain - the essence of true art itself.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Music Month Summit this Saturday, and it's free!

The Music Month Summit features a wide range of seminars where top industry experts explain the intricacies and behind the scenes facets of the NZ Music Industry. The NZ Music Month Summit is open to the public and entry is free.

The NZ Music Month Summit, Saturday 26th of May, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street (Just up from the Town Hall), Auckland

10.00am to 11.00am - HOW TO & it the Indie Way
(sponsored by NZ On Air)
An artist development talk on how artists and bands can take control of their music and releases themselves. This session will guide you through the funding processes, how to release and distribute your products and will also give you tips, tools and ideas to enable you to leverage your music through promotions, marketing and on line avenues.

Lorraine Barry - Lorraine Barry Management
Jan Hellriegel - Aeroplane Music Services
Scott Maclachlan - Universal Music
Brendan Smyth - NZ On Air
Jubt Avery - NZ On Air
11.00 - 11.30am speed networking for MMF members

11.30am - 12.30pm - HOW TO.... create a live career
(sponsored by the NZ Music Commission)

How do I get on that festival? How can I create a sell out show or tour? What are bookers looking for? How do I make my live touring profitable?
All these questions and more are answered by a panel of experts in the live world.

Hamish Pinkham - Rhythm & Vines
Mark Wright - Homegrown & Coro Gold
John Minty - Splore
Ara Adams-Tamatea - Exodus Festival / Reggae by Nature
Dave Munroe - Brent Eccles Entertainment
12.30pm - 1.30pm lunch (speed networking for MMF Members)

1.30pm - 2.30pm - HOW TO.... write a hit song
(sponsored by APRA)

APRA presents Songwriter Speaks: An informal discussion between two APRA members. The charismatic Julia Deans will be interviewed by music reporter andSupergroove member Nick Atkinson to provide invaluable insights into the art of song writing and composing for developing music creators.

From fronting Fur Patrol's pop-rock to her electro-pop stylings with Tiki Taane; from co-conspirator with supergroup The Adults to sultry chanteuse with theChristchurch Symphony Orchestra, Julia Deans' diverse voice is seasoned. Aided by the interviewing prowess of Nick Atkinson, these experienced musicians will lift the lid on the secrets of song writing.

Julia Deans interviewed by Nick Atkinson
2.30pm - 3.00pm speed networking for MMF members

3.00pm - 4.00pm - HOW TO.... find a manager or how to manage your own band

Wanted: someone to manage my band. Must be contactable 24/7, have excellent long haul driving skills, ability to maintain two conversations at once (one on phone, one face to face), have basic relationship counselling skills, immediate start. Little pay. Inevitable tinnitus.

Our team of expert managers discuss what is a healthy model for artist management, where is the time best spent, should you be more concerned about what you aren't doing, than what you are? How do some of the most effective managers and self managed artists use their time.

Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau - Tikidub Productions
Rebecca Caughey - Funktion Music
Lorraine Barry - Lorraine Barry Management
Janette Searle - The Playground
Te Awanui Reeder - (self managed) Awa Music

Bits n pieces

The Five Most Priceless 45s In Kenny Dope's Collection, via Village Voice. Here's one of em, the hardest hitting tune you gonna hear all day....

How vinyl records & big data make Spotify sound better: "... some of Spotify’s knowledge about music is powered by data that has been accumulated by DJs and other fans of the analog music format, thanks to a new deal between the big music data provider The Echo Nest and online music resource"

Masters at 45: using albums to create spinning artwork...

Kimbra in NYT - A New Zealand Star Greets US Fans in Person, from the New York Times, This story was picked up locally, and ended up with this headline: Kimbra could be 'the new Prince'. 
The article quotes Rob Cavallo, chairman of Warner Brothers Records, saying "Kimbra's a real artist, and I envision her having a 15-to-20-year career. She has the potential to be like Prince. That's how strong her musicality is." Which isn't him saying she could be the new Prince. Slight misinterpretation, there.
The NYT article notes that "In November [last year] the label put her together with three proven American producers: Mike Elizondo, Greg Kurstin and Mark Foster, who also is the frontman of Foster the People. The United States release will have six new songs. "

Via Twitter from Simon Grigg, who says "Why did Spotify take so long to get to NZ? Blame ARIA in OZ (NZ was ready ages ago)Read more here: Kate Vale and Renee Chambers explain why they waiting so long to launch Spotify, while ARIA's Dan Rosen explains what it means for the charts.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reggae artist Busy Signal arrested

Via Jamaica Gleaner... "Popular dancehall artiste Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was picked up at the Norman Manley International Airport immediately after he stepped off a flight from the United Kingdom.

"The extradition warrant was executed on him," an officer told The Gleaner last night [Monday].

The Gleaner understands that the entertainer was returning from a tour in Amsterdam. His arrest came months after The Gleaner broke the story that a prominent entertainer was under the radar of the United States and was to be extradited.

According to one of the law-enforcement officers who spoke with The Gleaner yesterday, 'Busy' as he is affectionately called, has been on the run since 2002. Allegations are that he was implicated in a narcotics offence committed in Minnesota.

"He is to be extradited for failing to appear before the court to answer charges in relation to that offence," argued the law-enforcement officer, who was among the team which escorted him from the airport late yesterday evening..."

Shihad slow mo

The Shihad documentary Beautiful Machine opened nationwide last Thursday. I saw film industry type Ant Timpson (48 Hour film challenge/Incredible Film Fest) comment on it via social media earlier today, noting it was on 50 screens and had an average of 5 people per screening... which suggests maybeit should have been a film festival entry, rather than a mainstream release...

Ant says "... Where are all the Shihad fans? Your fave band's doc BEAUTIFUL MACHINE is tanking at the box office! $450 per/screen average! $25k on 50 screens. That's like 5 people per session. And the western GOOD FOR NOTHING which garnered lots of coverage & good reviews.. has barely trotted to $140k.... Want to lose all your money? Just make a film for the NZ market. Time to think global. Why would you ever release theatrically in NZ any more. Homevid is dead so why bother with a local theatrical profile? There are better ways to help your movie. "

Shihad are in talks with Jaz Coleman, who wants them to play in Egypt.

Chuck, Tupac and Biggie

Via Digital Music News... " Award-winning, former LA Times journalist Chuck Phillips was ousted from a Brooklyn courtroom last week, the latest chapter in a long-running fued involving James Rosemond, aka 'Jimmy Henchman'. 

 Rosemond was recently caught trafficking cocaine through Universal Music Group headquarters in Santa Monica, but that's just one of several major trafficking charges. 

 Phillips was removed after being named as a witness; as a tough investigatory reporter, Phillips unearthed important research related to the deaths of Tupac and Biggie before the Times fired him on highly-controversial grounds. 

Phillips offered a detailed statement to the Village Voice here." 

Cymande on de edit

Monday, May 21, 2012

R.I.P Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Robin Gibb has died aged 62, of cancer. More at Rolling Stone. He had been fighting cancer for several years.

Adrian Sherwood On-U mixtapes

Two great mixes of Adrian Sherwood's productions, first one is "the first half of a three hour mix by JD Twitch. This half "focuses on his more electronic wild side (Tackhead, Fats Comet, Keith LeBlanc etc.)" while the second half is dedicated to his dub work with the likes of Creation Rebel."

"... In my late teens and early 20s, Adrian Sherwood's work impacted on me more than anything I had previously heard and made me think about sonic possibilities in a completely new way. I would buy any record he had been involved with unheard and got into a lot of other artists purely because he had been involved with making their records. ... I hadn't listened to a lot of these records for many, many years and fell in love with them all over again while putting this together. It was a complete labour of love to do and a revelation to hear how fresh and wild this music still sounds."

There's a definite thread in New Zealand music that owes a ton to Adrian Sherwood and his On-U stable, from the likes of Pitch Black and Salmonella Dub, to Unitone Hifi and Fat Freddys Drop. Go check this out. Hat tip to Russ B for the links

Vinyl comeback: Charlottesville edition

Vinyl Records Making a Rapid Comeback from Charlottesville, Virginia

Vinyl Record Gaining Popularity, from WHSV, Staunton, Virginia (40 miles from Charlottesville) features on magazine seven-inch:
"It would be interesting to know whether the supposed vinyl revival is resulting in an increase in the sale of record players and styluses, or are the cool kids actually downloading the tracks to their iPhones and then just staring at the black plastic lovingly in a “wow, remember the days of vinyl; no, actually I was born in 1994″ kind of way.

Budweiser is running ‘vinyl adverts’ in various Brazilian magazines which, if you tear out the page and plonk it on your record player, will play’s new song ‘Great Times’...."

Warning: this clip contains musical traces of Black Eyed Peas. Exposure may make you infertile/impotent/insane/incredibly ill. Watch at your own risk.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

John Lydon interviewed by Stinky Jim

There's a great interview done by NZ's Stinky Jim with John Lydon over on The Listener's website, read the long version here. Well worth a read. Short version in the latest Listener, plus Jah Wobble on his and fellow ex-PiL member Keith Levene’s Metal Box in Dub concerts. Lydon also touches on that in his interview. Here's Lydon talking abut the new PiL album...

SJ: The rustic charms of the Cotswolds seems an unlikely location for recording a PiL album.

Lydon: It is, isn’t it? It’s actually financially based, I must tell ya. It was the cheapest one we could find. It’s actually a barn owned by Stevie Winwood, in the middle of sheep country… oh hello, New Zealand lamb. And you know it worked out to be perfect because the engineer there – a bloke called Jim, actually – was great. He understood everything I’ve been saying about music for ages, that we’ve all been saying… if you just set the microphones up right and let us get on with it, let us rehearse, jam and record, you’ll get a good record and you don’t need an elaborate, over the top studio for that. Most of the songs are recorded in a live format.

at the end of the interview, Lydon quizzes Jim on some local culture...

Lydon: Why on Air New Zealand do they play all that New Zealand reggae?

SJ: Oh, it’s awful, isn’t it?

Lydon: Aaaaaagh, what is that about? It’s so pony copy!

SJ: We’ve got a name for it here, which is BBQ reggae, as that is all it’s really good for, and it sums up the absence of any militancy or edge. It’s really, really, really grim. 

Lydon: They call it dub, it’s not even dub; they call it “Dub Reggae Party from New Zealand’s Finest”! Do you know, I’ve got a name for it – Dobbins. As in Dobbin the Donkey.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the AirNZ show Lydon is referring to is High Noon Tea, a version of my KiwiFM radio show which still plays on Air NZ's inflight audio. Hehe.