Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Drinking moonshine?

The NZ Herald published this story " Music vids promote alcohol abuse - study" earlier this afternoon, with a photo of Homebrew to illustrate the story on their front page, and one of Savage on the story.

Homebrew took issue with this, saying on Twitter "heyo @nzherald our videos have never been played on television. Because there's a LEGISLATION..."

Their manager and DJ, DJ Substance, added " @nzherald: Name one TV station that has played 'Under The Shade'?!? WHICH IS WHAT YOUR WHOLE ARTICLE IS ABOUT." The NZ Herald quickly removed the Homebrew photo, replacing it with Savage on their front page.

The story says that "....Research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has today been released, comparing music videos in the past seven years.

The researchers compared 564 music videos which aired on Juice, C4, and TV2 in 2005 with 861 videos from Juice in 2010.

It found that while the overall proportion of music videos which showed alcohol content increased only from 15.7 per cent to 19.5 - which is not statistically significant - the alcohol content in R&B music videos was increasing at a statistically significant rate [from 12 to 30%]....

...Music videos with international artists were also more likely to include alcohol than those with New Zealand artists, she said...."

But Homebrew didn't have a music video in 2010 - they were fundraising for one, after being turned down by NZ On Air, Their first video was launched in May 2011. So they weren't part of the survey data.

And, as the story says, the increase was in R&B videos. Savage aint R&B, and, given that the inclusion of alcohol happened more often in videos by foreign acts not local, choosing a local rapper is an odd decision. 

Unless the survey specifically lists a video by Savage as one of the offending videos influencing kids into bad behaviour on the vomit-stained streets of late night central Auckland.

And only researching music videos from one channel, Juice, is a reflection of  that station's programming, not necessarily the state of music videos in general.

Savage responded on Twitter, saying"Wow had to be the moonshine pic!! lol" His record label, Dawn Raid,added (via Twitter) "Hey @nzherald Can you please remove our artist SAVAGE from your bullsh#t story ?, we never supplied that image, please remove."

ADDED other news reports on this story (see Dominion Post) say "In rhythm and blues music videos, the jump was close to 18 per cent. Hip-hop and rhythm and blues music videos contained the highest percentage of alcohol references at 30 per cent."

It appears the NZ Herald/APNZ report ma have left out the words hiphop in regards to that 30% figure.

UPDATED 415pm Tues - NZ Herald have replaced the photo of Savage with a shot of beer glasses and a jug. Good to see.


"After over 100 live shows, four attempts at releasing an album, two guitarists, three mix tapes and four studios later, Purple Asteroid Cadillac brings you the first visual off their debut LP, TakeShape." Due out later this year.

Straight outta Iowa, some weird-nut neosoul hiphop slops that is meandering and loopy as, led by Fooch the MC. Watch for the clever censor's logo, covering up the rampant weed smoking. Pandas FTW.  Free download of the tune here.

Purple Asteroid Cadillac on Facebook // purpleasteroidcadillac.tumblr.com/

Bang Bang You're Mine (Tom Moulton Edit)

"Richard Sen's This Ain't Chicago (out June 25th, July 10th in the US) explores the halcyon early days of Acid in the UK. This previously unreleased edit of Bang The Party's evergreen "Bang Bang You're Mine" from remix originator Tom Moulton is an extra special treat. This version will be released as a limited vinyl 12" and digital single on July 23rd, along with May's "Love Me Baby" and a new Richard Sen edit of K.C.C.'s "Future III."

Lawrence “Kid” Batchelor: "Larry Levan told me that when they played ‘Bang Bang You’re Mine’ at the Paradise Garage everyone used to have sex on the dancefloor! I never saw that (thank God), but that’s what he said."  More info on Strut's site.

"Strut presents an all new compilation placing the spotlight on early house music and acid emerging from the UK during the mid to late '80s, 'This Ain't Chicago'.

Compiled by respected DJ / producer Richard Sen (Padded Cell, Bronx Dogs), the album celebrates the heady era when UK producers were responding to the first wave of Chicago house and documents the underground clubs that first championed the music – as the early rave scene and acid house kicked in at London clubs like Shoom and Spectrum, deeper and darker house nights thrived like RIP at Clink Street, Confusion and The Jungle and in warehouse parties around East London. Manchester too adopted house music at an early stage, most famously at The Hacienda's Nude night...." Full tracklisting here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kas live at the PMA's

Kas [Tha Feelstyle] Futialo live at the recent Pacific Music Awards, where he won two awards. Worth watching for the the young backing dancers swinging their machetes. Serious ting! Song is off Good Morning Samoa (2011), and is called Kaufeai Le Nu'u

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Esther and Tom brew up

Esther Stephens (guest vocalist on Homebrew's album) drops a solo tune with Tom Scott (Homebrew, @peace) on it. Tasty stuff, free DL

Saturday, June 16, 2012

HxH moonwalk

New bizzniz from HxH, I posted about them a while back. Soulful outerspace blip funk, all about MJ and MJ.


"HxH, the duo of Rodney Hazard and Kareem Hawkins, have come together to bring you their latest track entitled, "Moonwalk." "Moonwalk" features Kareem on the production and Rodney on vocals. Rodney uses a double entendre to express his reverence towards the two infamous MJ's - Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. Spitting lines like, "smoove dude feel like Mike on my feet," Hazard conveys hows he felt when Michael Jackson did the moonwalk and Michael Jordan rocked the cradle."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 16

Prince Charles and the city beat band - Don't fake the funk
Gladys Knight and the Pips -Who is she and what is she to you
Richard Rome - Ghost a go-go
Eva Be feat Joe Dukie - No memory of time - reggae version
The Wailers - Black progress (Say it loud)
Sound dimension - Love Jah
Butch Cassidy sound system - Brothers and sisters
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Sandoz - King dread
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Notice
Kenny Dope and the Madd Racket - Supa
Larry Gold - Aint no stopping us now
Patea Maori Club - Poi-e - Peter Mac disco drums edit
Kas Futialo -Good morning Samoa
DJ DRM - Maya's dub - Tim Love Lee mix
Erykah Badu - On and on -Adi Dick remix
Frente cumbiero meets Mad Professor - Analogica dub
Henry and Louis - Love and understanding
The Midnights - Regeneration - Dub Asylum remix (Free download)
Bjorn Torske - Dub vendors
Patti Jo - make me believe in you
Wolrd wonders - Funky washing machine
Wilson Pickett - Born to be wild
Mickey and Them - UFO
David Ruffin - Eady, willing and able
Peoples Choice -  Do it anyway you wanna - Keep Schtum re-edit
Arken - Step off

Friday, June 15, 2012

Midnights regenerate

Auckland reggae outfit The Midnights are playing at Rakinos this evening. I did a remix for them a while back, here's another one I did, a tune off their debut album Outside, from 2010. Free download - enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Big Matt

It's five years ago today since DJ Big Matt passed away. Sending much love out to his family and friends.

We're having a session for him at the Conch Sunday Grill next Sunday, June 24. DJs include Selecto, The Chaplin, Mikey Sampson, Megan, and myself. Come on down and share some music and some memories of the big guy. Cheers.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Maverick beats

In early 2011 I wrote about a producer that was aligned with Oddisee, a cat named Maverick, from Washington DC. He's just sent me his latest release, some wonderfully grimy soul-infused instrumentals - have a listen below. Fave tune right now is Yesterday's Lament.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ring the alarm quick

Ring The Alarm is the name of my radio show on BaseFM, taken from a killer tune of the same name by Tenor Saw, on the Stalag riddim. Also on the Stalag riddim is this tune below, with Beyonce... Hat tip to Mr B

RIU flashback....

Author/broadcaster Chris Bourke pulled out a wee gem from the archives for Rip It Up's birthday celebrations - a list of the 50 most important people in NZ music, dating back to RIU's June/July 2003 issue.

It makes for fascinating reading, if only to see how many of the names have now departed the music scene, which Chris hinted at in the title of his post, "50 Ways to Leave an Industry." A number of the bands listed are no longer around, like D4 or Nesian Mystik, or labels like FMR or BMG.

And then there's the odd sight of Helen Clark and Judith Tizard on there. Can't think of any of the current lot of pollies who would make the list today.

Someone should have a go at doing an updated version of this list.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RNZ youth radio station?

Radio NZ eyes shared quake city offices as $9m cost bites (NZ Herald)

Half way down this story on Radio NZ's need for a new building in Christchurch is a rather interesting snippet about a youth radio station... (Hat tip to Glenn Williams)

"... Radio NZ has not had a funding increase since 2009, forcing it to find other ways to make savings rather than cut its services.

It intended to go ahead with an online-only youth radio site, which would include some Radio NZ content and "new tailor-made content produced as resources allow".

Mr Griffin said he believed there was a market for a web-based station aimed at youth and it would be a minimal cost ..."

Tami n Aly

Our country musicians have been in the news a little recently. Aly Cook was interviewed by Vicki Anderson of The Press, where Cook slammed NZ On Air, noting her success in Australia while being ignored by radio and NZOA here.  

"... Cook has hit out at the NZ On Air (NZOA) funding scheme as having a ''bad attitude'' to Kiwi country music, describing the organisation as ''ageist''.

''My comment is about nationwide commercial radio airplay and the New Zealand music industry at large, and its bad attitude to New Zealand commercial country music,'' she said."

The discussion in the comments on that story is interesting, with Cook responding to various reactions. Vicki Anderson has written a number of articles/opinion pieces openly critical of NZ On Air, one of which won her an award at the recent Canon Media Awards.

Tami on the cover of NZ Herald's Canvas magazine. Story not online.

Meanwhile, I saw recent Tui award winner (3x) Tami Neilson deal with some mainstream malarkey on her Facebook page...

"I've been getting so many emails and messages of outrage from fans in regards to the male host of Good Morning making fun of country music in my interview that I thought I had better comment. (It especially confused my Canadian fans who watched, as the genre is mainstream over there and isn't treated with disrespect.) 

I would like to say that off-camera he was very nice and complimentary of my music, but I think it is just a general attitude towards country music in NZ that spurred him to joke like he did. I tried to dish it back to him good-naturedly, as I am now used to being confronted with these sort of comments and as an entertainer it's not a good look to retaliate. 

I've found the best way to change this mind-set is to just get out there and play my music. I can't count the number of times I hear, "I don't like country, but I LOVE your music!" If you love my music, you love country, baby!"

The interview starts with some weak joke from the male host Rod Cheeseman (after his lame outburst at the end of her song when he says "Thank god I'm a country boy!"), who compounds it with saying "What was wrong with the Western part of it, that's what I don't get."

Tami responds to these stereotypes (as the female host Jeanette Thomas labels them) by saying to the male host "do you want a cowboy boot up your butt, is that a stereotype as well?" which makes the hosts laugh. Well, the female host anyways. 

Tami says in the interview that there is a huge audience here for country music, but it's a challenge to get into the mainstream media. 

Loop love

A handful of tunes of the latest Loop Select 009 comp... This free download was a bonus to the 18 track CD and 2 Hour DVD.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rip it up and start again

The 35th anniversary edition of RIP IT UP is on news stands now, tune in to Radio NZ today Sunday about 1.30pm for an interview with former editor of Rip It Up, Murray Cammick, and original editor Alistair Dougal.

Murray says "the [above] photo is in the Crummer Road (Grey Lynn) Rip It Up office in the 1980s before I died my hair grey!?" (Photo - via Murray Cammick/FB).

Interview available for download from RNZ here.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Don't sweat the technique

Wicked edits from Jim Sharp, Eric B and Rakim, and one mashing up 90% of Me with Bam Bam from Sister Nancy.  Hat tip to Morgan H.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 9

Bee gees - Love you inside out - Beaten space probe edit
David Ruffin - Discover me
Keni Burke - Rising to the top - AliOOFT edit
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique - Jim Sharp edit
Playboys - Bumpin bus stop pt 1
Liam Bailey - When will they learn
Frente cumbiero meets Mad Professor - La bocachico dub
Lord Echo  -Things I like to do
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Mark de Clive Lowe - Relax unwind
Eddie Kendricks -Son of Saggitarius
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
War - This funky music makes you feel good (from the movie Youngblood)
John Davis and the monster orchestra - Holler
MSFB - Something for nothing
Hypnotic brass ensemble - War (live in Auckland July 20, Wellington July 21)
Sisters love - Give me your love
League unlimited orchestra -Don't you want me - Greg Wilson edit
Cool breeze - Charlie don't surf
Gulls - Mean sound
Earlyworm - Dirty bass dread skies
Disrupt - Riddim grid
Rocket juice and the moon - Hey shooter
Dalvanius - Chudka pa poy
Kas Futialo - Kaufeai le nu'u

Friday, June 08, 2012

Stevie pon de reggae

Russell B over at Public Address posted a tasty rework of Stevie Wonder's Superstition by JT (free DL), here is JT's take on Living for the city...

JT aka Jamie Travers is straight outta Birmingham, so of course he's done a few UB40 mashups....

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Len Lye, the opera

Len Lye is one of the greatest artists to ever come out of NZ...  this looks like it might be a very interesting project... read more about Lye on New Plymouth's Govett Brewster Gallery's site - the gallery is home to the Len Lye archive...

Artist Len Lye celebrated in new multi-media opera, runs 5-8 September

In a feat of artistic innovation, the life and work of one of this country’s most inventive artists will soon be immortalised in an original New Zealand opera.

New Zealand-born Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of kinetic art and filmmaking whose work challenged traditional boundaries and forged new explorations of sound and movement.

Fittingly, then, LEN LYE the opera promises to be a multi-media extravaganza featuring a jazz-influenced score and an original mix of music, theatre, film, dance and spectacle.

The opera boasts an acclaimed cast of international singers including James Harrison (UK), sopranos Ursula Langmayr (Austria) and Lilia Carpinelli (Italy) as well as New Zealand favourites Anna Pierard, Carmel Carroll and Te Oti Rakena.

The award-winning creative team includes Eve de Castro-Robinson (composer), Roger Horrocks (libretto), Uwe Grodd (artistic director and conductor) and Murray Edmond (stage director), Shirley Horrocks (moving images), Kristen Sorrenson (costume design), Nik Janiurek (lighting design).

As a burgeoning young artist in Christchurch, Lye realised he wanted to “compose motion, just as musicians compose sound”. This revelation remained central to his life and art, informing six decades of creative work in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States that included films, paintings, drawings, writings and sculpture.

In addition to his kinetic works, Lye was highly regarded as a filmmaker whose radical techniques broke new ground, particularly in the field of animation. His technique of “direct animation” – a process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film – has earned him the accolade of “legendary” among many animators.

Composer Eve de Castro Robinson has long been fascinated with Len Lye, who she describes as the “quintessential creative figure - with an exuberant, quirky personality and a life story dramatic enough to be opera material”. The composer describes LEN LYE the opera as a “21st century opera,” with a varied score featuring both jazz and classical compositions.

Opera libretto and Len Lye biographer Roger Horrocks acknowledges the challenges of mounting a contemporary, original opera - and is confident that the production will do justice to its central figure.

“Len Lye used to say, ‘I think my art will be pretty good for the 21st century,’ and that is borne out by the rising interest in his work. We believe there’s a growing audience interested in what’s new and fresh in music, in theatre, and in the visual arts. A great team of creative people are contributing their ideas to this production to ensure it has lots of 'wow moments,' and to prove that contemporary opera can be entertaining as well as relevant, full of surprises for both eyes and ears!”

LEN LYE the opera will be premiered at the Maidment Theatre (7 Alfred St) from 5-8 September. Tickets are available from the Maidment Theatre box office on 09 308 2383 orwww.maidment.auckland.ac.nz.

For more information about the opera visit www.lenlyeopera.auckland.ac.nz

New Sola Rosa bizznizz

Brand new tune from Sola Rosa, feat LA Mitchell on the mic. New album out August 10

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Sofrito - International Soundclash

Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America, out July 24.

From the press blurb: "Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid ’2000s.

Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, ‘Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque’, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, ‘Sofrito: International Soundclash’.

The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, plucking dusty gems from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s ‘La Zorra y El Perol’ – a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic’s Combo Barbaro - a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville.

Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters.

For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito’s fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and double LP."

Track list:
1. Lord Shorty & Vibrations International - Vibrations Groove
2. La Pesada - Cumbia y Tambo (En La Lluvia)
3. Midnight Groovers - O Ti Yo
4. Les Difficiles de Pétion-Ville - Fe'm Confiance (Tropical Treats Edit)
5. Owiny Sigoma Band - Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka F
6. Mas Ka Klé - Lésé yo Palé
7. Kiland et L'Orchestre Mabatalaï - Pour Chercher le Magot
8. Bell'a Njoh - Ebolo
9. Concept Neuf - The Path (Sofrito Edit)
10. Grupo Canalon - La Zorra y El Perol
11. Les Vikings - Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)
12. Sartana et Son Groupe Mistral - Information Par Le Mistral
13. Luis Kalaff y Sus Alegres Dominicanos - Agarralo Que Eso Es Tuyo
14. Afro Festival led by Fantastic Tchico Tchicaya - El Manicero
15. Melodica Teens Band - Mwekuru Muthao

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

James Murphy is cool

In the latest issue of Red Bulletin, there's a tiny interview with former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. It further confirms my opinion of him as the coolest music dude walking the planet right now. See...

What advice would you give to young musicians?
Murphy: Make the music you'd want to listen to yourselves. And don't overdo it. Get a bass and just make a record with a bass. Strip it down, get to know your tools before you go layering everything up. It's like learning to fly a jet: fly a kite for a minute!

The LCD doco Shut up and play the hits is in this year's Film Festival, hitting NZ centres from July 19.

Phil Cohran and Hypnotic Brass

We're getting a visit by The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble very soon, but check this clip above... recorded live as part of Another Honest Jon's Chop Up at the Fiesta des Suds, Marseille, 30 October 2011.

The new album by Kelan Philip Cohran (85 years young!) & his sons, who make up The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, is out now on Honest Jon's Records. Hat tip to Egotripland for the vid below.

01. Cuernavaca
02. Stateville
03. Frankincense And Myrrh
04. Aspara
05. Ancestral
06. Spin
07. Zincali

Via icrates.org: The Artistic Heritage of Kelan Phil Cohran.

Mean sound of Gulls

A few tunes from Gulls released on Portland Oregon's Boomarm Nation, I was reminded of them by Mr Stinky Jim, who spun some new bizznizz from them on his fine radio show Stinky Grooves recently.

Boomarm Nation dropped Music For Saharan Cellphones (incls a Gulls remix), reworking the comp Music From Saharan Cellphones.

From the Mean Sound Ep by Gulls, free DL...

And from the Boom Miami ep from last year...Free DL too...

And there's a new ep on the way by Gulls, out July 1, called Running Times, but you can download a preview track via this link...

And there's a live cassette by Gulls from March this year, up for a free DL too... get in there!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 2

Criminal element orchestra - put the needle to the record
Johnny Hammond - Higher ground
Deodato - Superstrut
Solephonic aka Manuel Bundy - Jazzy bizz
Manu Dibango  -Soul makossa
Bill Cosby - Here comes the dope pusher
George Duke - Percussion interlude - Jeremy Sole edit
Gonzalez - Just let it lay
Chaka Khan - Fate - Todd Terje edit
Beastie Boys - Gratitude
Salt n Pepa - Shake your thang
Joint force - Burntime instrumental
Lee Scratch Perry - Like the way you should - Digitial Mystikz remix
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Victorious dub
Jojo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Jahguidi - Samurai
Justin Hinds - Higher the monkey climbs
The Lions - This generation dub
Dub terminator and Clinton Sky - Going global
Arthur Baker vs DJ Face w Top Cat - Jamaica
Unknown - Last night a DJ saved Billie Jean
Billy Preston - John the Baptist
Melvin Jackson - Funky skull

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pacific Music Award winners

Kas Futialo. Photo: John Selkirk/Fairfax NZ 
The Pacific Music Awards were announced this evening. Congrats to David Dallas, Adeaze, Bella Kalolo and especially Kas Futialo, aka Tha Feelstyle, for winning two awards, including Best Pacific Language Album, for Good Morning Samoa.

Of course it's Samoan Language Week, AND Samoa's 50th anniversary celebrations of its independence right about now... Someone should shout Kas a plane ticket to Samoa, he'd smash it after this...

Best Pacific Female Artist - Bella Kalolo
Best Pacific Male Artist - David Dallas
Best Pacific Urban Artist - Adeaze
Best Pacific Group - Adeaze
Best Pacific Music Album - Kas Futialo, Good Morning Samoa
Best Pacific Song - Adeaze, Paradise
Best Pacific Language Album - Kas Futialo, Good Morning Samoa
Best Pacific Gospel Album - Mutalau Ululauta Matahefonua Trust Choir, Lologo Tapu Tokiofa Mutalau Niue - Taofi Lologo 5
Radio Airplay Award - Brooke Fraser, Betty
Lifetime Achievement Award - The Keil Isles
Most Promising Artist - Giant Killa
People's Choice Award - Ria

Water, water, everywhere

New tune from Christoph El Truento, for free DL. "Field Recording, water noises put to bells and chimes."

Hypnotic Brass are coming!

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble return to NZ in July, this time to play their own shows. They were last out here as part of the live line-up of Damon Albarn's crew The Gorillaz, back in late 2010, after playing at Womad in New Plymouth in March that year. They've also played as part of the band backing Mos Def. See them at Auckland's Powerstation July 20, Wellington's Bar Bodega July 21.

The band are brothers, their father Phil Cohran played with Sun Ra, and made all his offspring learn an instrument. They rebelled in their teens and formed a hiphop crew, but eventually returned to brass, moving from Chicago to New York to take up busking on the streets. There are a ton of videos of them busking on Youtube, go have a look.

Preseale tickets from 5th June, via Ticketmaster.co.nz. General tickets on sale June 7 from Ticketmaster, Real Groovy, Rough Peel Music.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Remix the Orchestra tomorrow night

Here's a sneak preview, a bit of rehearsal footage for this very cool show... The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with hiphop MCs and DJs (Ermehn, DJ CXL, Frisko etc). 8pm at the Auckland Town Hall, May 31, tickets start at $20. More info here.

Bizarre country/country bizarre

Kiwi singer Aly Cook alerted Simon Grigg via Twitter to this song, which has a guitar lead break that bears a strong similarity to the one in How Bizarre. Aly has played it to Alan Jansson over the phone .. and says her understanding is that Alan feels it's a ripoff. Grigg is looking into it, telling Aly " it's a pretty obvious lift ... Almost a sample (but replayed)."

It's by Kristen Kelly, and is called Ex Old Man, released by Sony. Aly says she's been told  it has just been released as a single in Australia. Listen - live version here at Grand Ol Opry, guitar break at 2.59.

Or watch below, and fast forward to 1.58 to catch the guitar break.

Aly Cook's song Midnight sun is number 14 now on the Top 30 Aussie country tracks chart right now. Nice one. The song is co-written and produced  by Alan Jansson.

UPDATED The NZ Herald Online has picked up my story (thanks for the link), it's on the front page of their site, between a story on the Doha mall fire and a fastfood chain launching a new slice of greasiness. See How bizarre - is that OMC's guitar riff?

ADDED Saturday June 2, 2012 - Aly Cook posted a link in the comments below, from Newsnashville.com, which includes a statement from her on the issue.
See "New Zealand Singer/Songwriter Aly Cook Finds Herself In A Bizarre' Situation".

ADDED Sept 17, 2013: Audi have created an ad called 'Land Of Plenty' that has marked stylistic similarities to OMC's 'Land Of Plenty', read more on that here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shihad: Beautiful machine

I've been waiting to see some film reviewers tackle the new Shihad doco, as the only reviews I've read to date have been by avowed Shihad fanboys who lack a certain objectivity, shall we say. Here's a couple... if you're thinking of going to see it, go this week, it probably won't last another week, given Ant Timpson was reporting it was averaging 5 people per screen (over 50 screens nationwide)... gotta go check it...

  Helene Wong, NZ Listener, May 17: Shihad: Beautiful Machine " Fans will enjoy this inside look and its generous use of archive footage of both the onstage and offstage life of the band. If you’re not a fan, you’ll still appreciate the choice to focus on the personal stories, even though they track the familiar rise-and-fall arc of most band documentaries.

They’re frank about the personal highs and lows, and there’s a decent section on THAT decision to change their name when they went to conquer America. Although it would have been good to have explained why they chose as its replacement a word that Americans use for a baby’s dummy. I mean, what were they on? Oh, right. 

Overall, as competently made as it is, it never rises above mere document … except for the moment when we first clap eyes on Jon Toogood’s Mum’s splendid tat. Now there’s a story. 2.5/5 

Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz: " An impressively thorough and entertaining examination of the life (thus far) of one of New Zealand’s most popular bands, Shihad: Beautiful Machine may nevertheless have limited appeal for anyone not interested in Shihad to begin with.

The film takes a clear-eyed view of all aspects of the band’s history, most fascinatingly with regards to their ill-fated attempts to break America. The band members are all admirably frank about this and other topics, and the film brings to light certain conflicts that haven’t been discussed at length before – like guitarist Phil Knight’s drinking problem and the band’s increasing sense of isolation from lead singer Jon Toogood while in America.

The dysfunction makes for a great drama, even if it never quite elevates Beautiful Machine to the level of such iconic band docos as Some Kind of Monster or Anvil! The Story of Anvil. As a celebration of a band and their music, however, it cannot be faulted. It also does a good job of acknowledging the central role the band members’ significant others played in the life of the band.

Assessing whether or not this will play well to non-fans is difficult – I was caught up in every moment, but I love Shihad and I love documentaries about New Zealand subjects. If you have even the slightest interest in either of these topics, be sure to see this movie." 

Bill Brewster in conversation

Last Friday night, Red Bull Studio hosted Bill Brewster in conversation. He was interviewed by Nick D, who got him talking about growing up in Grimsby, discovering clubs, and ending up in New York in the early 90s. It was a fascinating evening.

Nick started by asking Bill, what took you so long to get here? Bill said he never got enough gigs down this way to make it worthwhile, only individual offers for one offs in Japan, Australia. "I was very keen to come here, I knew lots of Kiwis when I lived in New York". He just needed to line up enough gigs.

Nick "Bill  you were born in a sleepy town called Grimsby, can we call it that?"
Bill: "It's a shithole. The name gives it away...it didn't have any record shops, which confirmed its shitness." 

Bill says there were a few electrical shops that had a box of records for sale. They also got some bands through Grimsby, he mentioned seeing Queen early in their career, and the first gig he went to was Leo Sayer.

He had a few friends, who turned out to be gay, and they were into Northern Soul, and they got him into that, which was his first taste of the club scene, in 1976. He saw the Sex Pistols in 1976 on their tour following their legendary foul-mouthed TV appearance with Bill Grundy. A lot of their shows on that tour got cancelled, and they had been scheduled to play in Leeds. That show got canned, and was shifted to the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens at the last minute, where Bill saw them. He was hooked by punk.

Bill moved to London the following year, and got a job as a chef. He had trained in Grimsby, and thought he would have to spend ten years working his way up to get a decent gig, but his tutor told him to write to the top 5 hotels in the UK, and sure enough, one of them hired him. 

In 1980 he relocated to Switzerland for work, and stayed there for two years. He moved back and started a band. They did a demo at Cargo Studio, because Gang of Four and Joy Division had recorded there. Then they sent it off to the top 5 record labels, and got signed, to Kamera (The Fall, Marc Almond, Allez Allez, Palais Schaumburg).

Bill plays a tune - Shack up by A Certain Ratio, and talks about how this tune led him to discover the original by Banbarra [listen], which led him to other music.

He started hitchhiking to Nottingham to go to clubs like Garage, with Graham Park DJing, in 1981. He used to got to Manchester for the weekend, it was a few hours drive from Grimsby. He went to the Hacienda for the first time in 1983 - it had really bad sound. Bill says the mythology of the Hacienda really started with the arrival of ecstasy.

He rattled of a string of artists he heard played at that time, like Grandmaster Flash, Schoolly D, D Train, Gil Scott Heron, The Clash, Soft Cell, early Thompson Twins, Dr John, a bunch more. 

Bill started DJing in 1986. He moved back to London at the end of 86, squatting in Hackney, signing on the dole, and writing for a football mag called When Saturday Comes. 

Bill talked about the time he heard DJ Marc Moore play nothing but house - "It felt like an assault." It was not what he was used to hearing from a DJ. He hated it. He avoided House for the next year - "It was a right old racket." He stuck with rare groove instead.

He had ecstasy at a gay club called Troll, and an hour later he was like "F*cking hell, this is the best thing ever!" He says that he didn't go to any straight clubs for two or three years - "I was a fag hag." The London gay scene is quite closed, he says - not many DJs break out of that scene. 

Bill plays another tune, a House number called  No Smoke by Koro Koro, and while it's playing he throws his hands up and says "I'm f*ckin on one, matey!"

Nick asks if he went to any of those famous nights you hear about, like Danny Rampling?
Bill: "No, I was hanging out with a bunch of fags."

Bill says the first DJ who showed him that DJing was an art was seeing Danny Tenaglia, at Ministry of Sound. He saw how DJs could come on at 230am and play til 9 or 10, and they took you on a journey, thru disco, the classics, and so on. "I was like  'wow, that's what you can do...'. Watching how they mixed and used filters and eqs was a real eye opener."

He started writing for Mixmag, doing some football stuff for them and mentioned he was into music. He freelanced for them, and when he left When Saturday Comes in 93, Mixmag offered him a job. He moved to New York to run their office there a year later - he also ran the DMC competitions in the US for them - he traveled with Roc Raida to the 95 final in the UK, which Roc Raida won.

He discovered New York House music was different to what he'd heard in the UK - they used filters and effects more. Some "couldn't keep their hands off it, like Joe Claussell, working the crossovers constantly. Y'know get ya hands off it mate!"

And then Bill plays a Joe Claussell track. Naturally.

Bill went to the Sound Factory every week, to hear Junior Vasquez play. Vasquez was the resident DJ, and he would play from 2am til 1 - most clubs there had residents, unlike the UK where you had guest DJs playing a two hour set.

Watch: Junior Vasquez at the Sound Factory in 93, interview with him at 6.28

Bill moved back to the UK two and a half years later, with three and a half thousand records. When he arrived in NYC, he had 55 records.

Bill plays a record that was big in NYC, by a British new romantic band that no one in Britain had heard of. He says "I loved that people in New York had really eclectic tastes."

Bill met Frank Broughton a week after he moved to New York. Frank was working as a stringer, writing for various UK mags.

They found there were a lot of people in NYC who knew the history of records in clubs, like you'd talk about a record, and they'd go 'oh that was big in such and such a club, so and so broke it'. They originally wanted to write about New York, as all this knowledge had never been documented, so that was the genesis for the book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

They did a lot of research before they started interviewing for the book. Bill later mentions he has 25 years of the NME in his loft, and all of the issues of The Face.

They found they'd interview someone, and that person would say 'you know there was this person before me...' and they'd go off and interview that person. Which eventually led them to Francis Grasso.

Grasso was working in construction, and he'd had a hard life - his face had been rearranged by the Mafia at one point. Grasso didn't show up for interviews, so Frank doorstopped (showed up unannounced at his doorstep) him and they went to a bar down the road at 10am. Eighteen months later Grasso committed suicide.

Bill says that all too often, the people that make history don't make any money. That's what it's like for DJ, guys like Kool Herc. "The role of our book was to shine a light on them. So it was tinged with sadness."

Nick throws it over to the audience for questions. I ask Bill how they decided what stories to put in or leave out of their book. He says they chose to focus on the DJs who came first, not the most famous.

Someone asks him who his favourite interview subjects were for the book. He says Fabio, who is a great raconteur and storyteller, and David Mancuso - "he was completely incoherent, damaged by drugs, and half way through the interview, the waitress dropped a plate of spaghetti in his lap." Which Bill clarifies was an accident  -she didn't throw it at him.

Bill talked about how a kid from Grimsby, or Dunedin, can get online and listen to almost every record ever made now. When Bill was 16, he says it was much harder to find music. It made you value it much more - paying money for an import vinyl rather than a download on Beatport.

Someone asked for his current musical likes. He mentioned Toro Y Moi, and a few others, what he calls bedroom bands. "The thirst for technology in dance music makes it stand head and shoulders above indie music for me."

And how many records does he have? About 12,000, but he moved house a few years back, and his record room only holds 9,500 - the rest are out in storage in his garage. He asked us if we knew of the crazy cat lady? Apparently that was Bill, before he met his wife - living with stuff piled up everywhere. But now his wife has shown him there is a another way to live, as he put it. Hence his record room. His records are sorted by genre, and alphabetical.

Someone asked why he plays off CD? He said that a few years back, airlines in Europe and the UK started clamping down on baggage allowances, and he was getting stung with big fines, so switched to CD.

He rips to vinyl on his laptop.  He described his setup for this as pretty basic, a very good needle on a Technics 1200, thru a mixer, which he said is apparently a no-no. While it's not the flashest setup, he says it still sounds good.

There was a ton of other topics Bill covered, like who he missed out on interviewing for the book  - Shep Pettibone proved elusive, apparently he'd been burnt by his experiences with Madonna and the business. But Bill pointed out they did get some of the originals before they passed away, which he was glad, that they got their stories before it was too late.

The evening came to an end - Thank to Bill, and everyone involved in bringing him out here and putting on the talk. Cheers!

If you feel like you missed out (you totally did), here's Bill being interviewed by expat Kiwi Chris Tubbs. Three parts...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Horified one

From Dam Native, 1996. Watch out for a quick shot of Tha Feelstyle in the middle of this, at 1.50, with Dei Hamo beside him. Looks like a shot from the video for Walls of Steel by Ermehn, with the Feelstyle guesting, from memory. And the closing sample is BDP.

More on the story of why Tha Feelstyle appears on 5000ways. A commenter says "If you look closely, you can see us shooting the Ermhen video in the background and if you look closely in Ermhen’s Walls Of Steel video, you can see Rongotai [Lomas] shooting this video for DN. Rongotai had taken a space in the Lister Building near Kaiun and we co-ordinated to shoot both videos on the same day. This kind of thing also occurs in some other videos as well re: Phil Fuemana and Herman."

BONUS: also reviewed on 5000ways - Behold my kool style, and The Son.

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 Amplifier.co.nz

" 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 ren@theaudience.co.nz 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 & ..do 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 Discogs.com."

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)

Will.i.am 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 Will.i.am’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.