Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Julien Dyne 'Glimpse' vinyl release party



Julien Dyne 'Glimpse' vinyl release party at Conch Records 115a Ponsonby Rd , Auckland, Thursday 28th June 6pm. Sounds like fun!

Featuring performances from Christoph el Truento // Parks // Julien Dyne // + more. Free drinks + vinyl for sale on the night.

RIP MJ



Via SFMOMA: "‎TIME just shared this iconic cover from a 1984 issue featuring Andy Warhol’s portrait of Michael Jackson. Jackson passed away 3 years ago today, but he’s still the king of pop."

 

Taimi Uma - Kas Futialo ft Victor Keil



New tune from Tha Feelstyle, Kas Futialo. "Dedicated to my great grandma VE'EVE'EO from Sapapalii and to my mother LAGI ."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Electronic soul


"Chocolate Industries is set to release a collection of Electronic Soul compiled by Dante Carfagna called Personal Space, Available as a high quality 180 gram double LP or deluxe bound book CD and features aerial photography by NASA astronaut Donald Pettit.

If the independently-pressed record made the galaxy of recorded music that much larger, the burgeoning home studio became the black hole from which little escaped. Flowering in the mid-to-late ‘70s, affordable high-quality tape recorders, synthesizers, and simple drum machines permitted the aspiring artist to never leave his home, never request the assistance of another human being.

In the world of American Black music, name artists such as Sly Stone, Timmy Thomas, and Shuggie Otis had experimented with rudimentary electronic soul with a modicum of success, but on record what remains is scant. This collection presents the unheard underground of the self-produced, often solo, electronic soul world of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, offering a view into an ocean of sound that is in turn peaceful, bizarre, funky, and often humbly ahead of its time."

Check this seriously fruity tune.... album came out mid May, gotta check it....

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 23

Noiseshaper - Moving together
Slim Smith - Rougher yet
Mike Brooks - Children of Babylon
Horace Andy - Fever
Daddy Ous - Hard like a rock - Groove corp remix
Roots garden and Dark Angel - Free da mind
Freddie Cruger - Running from love - Internal dread mix
Love grocer - Salute to Sam
J-Live -Not satisfied
Scrappy - Off the lead
PD syndicate - Ruff like me - Shy FX and T Power remix
Rebel MC - Comin on strong
Solomonic sound - Children of Israel - Blakdoktor version
Freddie Mcgregor - Rastaman camp
Sugar Minnott - Mr DC
Buju Banton -Champion
Moody boyz - Destination Africa - 106 bush version
Roberto Carlos - O Calhambeque - XRS remix
The makers - Don't challenge me
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Jet Jaguar - Radio rhodes (playing live in Akld July 5 at Golden Dawn, free)
Syreeta - I love every little thing aboout you
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Hackney colliery band - No diggity
Edwin Starr - HAPPY radio
Overproof sound system - Kingstep - Unitone hifi remix
The Midnights - Regeneration - Dub Asylum remix (Free download)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Conch sunday grill for Big Matt



We're having a session for Big Matt at the Conch Sunday Grill at Ponsonby Social Club this Sunday, June 24. It's five years this month since he passed away. 

DJs include Selecto, The Chaplin, Mikey Sampson, Megan, and myself, kicks off at 530pm, with the bbq going out front for a reasonably priced, well tasty feed. Come on down and share some music and some memories of the big guy. Cheers.

Tall Black Guy presents...



 Tall Black Guy Presents... Tempo Dreams Vol. 1

"From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz, and Early Hip-Hop – Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) has been steadily building a massive online following through a steady stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops - being championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Anthony Valadez, and countless others - as well as recently being named the winner of the Robert Glasper Remix competition.

After making a connection and releasing a series of sold-out Tall Black Guy 7-inches through their BSTRD Boots sublabel, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings set their sights on a proper full-length release with Tall Black Guy. It became evident that Terrel was not only an incredible producer and collector of sounds past – but was also a connoisseur of a whole new generation of beatmakers.

Bastard Jazz founder DJ DRM asked TBG to compile an album with 11 of his favorite joints from this group of international producers. Countless nights of rapid ear movements later, and with an added touch from the tall one himself, the set is primed for release as: Tempo Dreams Vol. 1.

Featuring tracks from: Teru, Chief, Tensei, Jeriko Jackson, MonkeyRobot, Buscrates, FloydCheung, Doc Illingsworth, Evil Needle, Ta-Ku, Tall Black Guy & Shecky's Jazzy Tofu. Free DL below.... album out now.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Emily White



Digital Music News distilled down David Lowery's response to NPR intern Emily White, it's been circulating the internets this week, and it's grim reading.... I don't agree with all of it, but there's some compelling stuff in there...

but first, one of my favourite points from Lowery's piece....

"... Why do we value the network and hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?

Why are we willing to pay for computers, iPods, smartphones, data plans, and high speed internet access but not the music itself?

Why do we gladly give our money to some of the largest richest corporations in the world but not the companies and individuals who create and sell music?

This is a bit of hyperbole to emphasise the point. But it’s as if:
Networks: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!
Hardware: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money!
Artists: 99.9 % lower middle class. Screw you, you greedy bastards!

Congratulations, your generation is the first generation in history to rebel by unsticking it to the man and instead sticking it to the weirdo freak musicians! ..."

UPDATED Dave Allen (ex Gang of Four) has written a rebuttal of Lowery's piece. One commenter I read on this pointed out that Lowery sidesteps the fact that royalty income is at record levels and has been every year since 2009, which shoots down his argument.


"I spent an entire afternoon reading and re-reading the storm of articles, comments, analyses and emails related to one impassioned and eloquent retort. The New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Techdirt, Hypebot, Lefsetz, the Huffington Post. Thousands of words, hundreds of comments, dozens of emails, several proposed guest posts; I'm not sure I've experienced anything quite like this.

Because David Lowery didn't just touch a nerve this week, he may have single-handedly crushed years of post-physical, ridiculous digital utopianism. In one crystallizing, cross-generational and unbelievably viral rant.

And after a decade of drunken digitalia, this is the hangover that finally throbs, is finally faced with Monday morning, finally stares in the mirror and admits there's a problem. And condenses everything into a detailed 'moment of clarity'...

(1) No, artists can't simply tour and sell t-shirts.

It doesn't work. In fact, shockingly few indie artists can pull this off, except for those developed at some point by the major labels (ie, Amanda Palmer) or a serious group of professionals. Most of the others that are managing to squeak out a living on the road are doing it with great difficulty and are working non-stop.


(2) The recording is now effectively worth $0; its surrounding ecosystem has collapsed.


Some people buys CDs. Less purchase vinyl. iTunes downloads are still increasing. But averaged across all formats and personal valuations, the recording has effectively become worthless. And that has had drastic repercussions for the music industry, and the lives of otherwise creative and productive artists.


(3) Spotify is not a beneficial solution for artists. Certainly not right now, and quite possibly, never.

Will Spotify ever put a meal on an artist's table? That's extremely speculative. Sure, it might eventually mimic Sweden-like penetration in the US. But that is not happening right now; it's not a fair solution for artists right now. Instead, it is shuttling people like CEO Daniel Ek towards stratospheric riches, fattening major labels, and potentially giving Goldman Sachs bankers another joyride.


(4) Kickstarter will mean something to artists in the future, but only to a relative few.


Amanda Palmer may hold the world record for a long time, but there will be other Kickstarter stories. Some will come out of nowhere, most will involve previously-established artists, particularly those already developed by a major label or similar entity. This will not replace the vast financing once offered by recording labels.


(5) DIY is rarely effective, and almost always gets drowned by the flood of competing content.


It doesn't matter if you're singing directly into the ear of your prospective fan. Because they're listening to Spotify on Dre headphones while texting and playing Angry Birds. Some can cut through, but most cannot without serious teams, serious top-level marketing and serious media muscle. Justin Bieber ultimately needed the machine, no matter how beautifully his YouTube story gets spun.


(6) Sadly, most artists are worse off in the digital era than they were in the physical era.


Actually, we have David Lowery himself to thank for this realization. Because the implosion of the recording has impacted nearly every other aspect of music monetization (though certainly not music creativity itself.) And its replacement is generally a fraction of what a 'lucky' artist could expect in an earlier era.

Again, all great for fans like Emily White, but not so great for everyone else.


(7) Younger people mostly do not buy music; they do buy hardware and access.

They gravitate towards free digital content, and occassionally pay for things like concerts when they have the money. Emily White isn't a fourteen year-old, she's a young adult that probably doesn't want the morality trip. And neither does anyone else - regardless of the generation.


(8) Older people buy less music than before; they more frequently buy hardware and access.


If you really want to sell a marked-up bundle, make another Susan Boyle. It's still a market that doesn't revolve around free music and constant fan contact. But older people file-trade, they stream, they steal and they buy less than before.


(9) Google is a major part of the problem.


Lowery is right. Google is not interested in protecting content creators; their interests lie elsewhere. Copyright is a nuisance to them, unless it involves their own code and algorithms. In fact, anything beyond the DMCA erodes their ability to serve customers, remain competitive, and make money. Which is why the Pirate Bay is one of the 'hottest' searches, and why adding 'mp3' to any artist search produces pages and pages of results.


(10) You are a major part of the problem.


Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's helping musicians. It's not file-trading, but the payouts on Spotify, Pandora, Turntable.fm, or whatever else are shockingly low. It's a rounding error, towards 0. The paradox is that music fans are living in abundance, while artists are barely getting scraps.


(11) Google, the ISPs, and hardware manufacturers have won.


It doesn't matter how brutal the war with Hollywood becomes; how many Dotcom mansions get raided. Music fans aren't going to start buying albums again; in fact, beyond the playlist, the concept of pre-packaged bundling will become increasingly foreign to newer generations.

It's not about who's right, it's now the world the entire music community lives in.


(12) Everyone lies about stealing.


I've only heard a few people actually admit to file-trading: my close friends, Bob Lefsetz, and Sergey Brin. If you have an iTunes collection of more than a few thousand songs, you've almost certainly swapped, torrented, or swapped hard drives in your life. And almost everyone has a collection of a few thousand songs.


(13) Mass-marketed, 'lottery winner' style successes will continue.


Niches are available and sometimes responsive; more often, top-down mass marketing wins. And most musicians are playing extremely bad odds.


(14) This ISN'T the best time to be in the music industry.


Conferences like MIDEM make money off this sort of Kool-Aid optimism. But I work in the music business right now; I was at a major label in the late 90s. And the reality is that this is the greatest time ever for fans, but definitely NOT the best time for those trying to make money from those fans. And as David Lowery so darkly described, it can be one incredibly depressing trip for even a 'successful' artist.


That's the reality we now live in, and you really have David Lowery to thank for making it obvious."

Label Love vol4


Amazing comp for free download, with tunes by Onra, Charles Bradley, Quantic and Alice Russell, and more.... "Label Love is an eclectic yet unified bundle of unique sounds compiled simply for the love of sharing them with the universe - each track plucked and presented by label heads from All City Records, BBE Music, Brownswood Recordings, Daptone Records, Kindred Spirits, Record Breakin’, Tokyo Dawn Records, Tru Thoughts Recordings, and Ubiquity Records."

Weird Together



Weird Together is a fruity musical collaboration between Nick D, Dick Johnson, and friends like Yaw Boateng. This is their first single.

You can catch them live Saturday June 30th, for free, down at Wynyard Quarter, for World Together - Silo Sessions. Midday til 6pm

Lineup...

12pm – 2.00 – Around The World in 80 Tunes World Music Jukebox
2.00 – 2.15 – Mhara Marimba
2.15 – 3.00 – DJ Hopepa (Fat Freddys Drop)
3.00 – 4.15 – Weird Together Live
4.15 – 5.00 – Uncle Barnie
5.00 – 5.30 – Boycrush
5.30 – 6.00 – Uncle Barnie

Weird Together (Live) with Nick D & Dick Johnson, Yaw Boateng (Ghana), Karima Madut (Sudan), Mavs Adegbite (Nigeria), The ‘Not-So-Trini’ Steel Pan Allstars (Trinidad, Italy, Manchester) and The Balkan Brass-Master Boris Kalashnikov.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Streetchant vs Scratch22



Scratch 22 reworks indie darlings Streetchant, throws in some NYC punk funk from ESG. Free DL. Not sure why they tagged it on Soundcloud with 'Kim Kardashian Butt Job'.

007 Double Dekker



Mashes up Desmond Dekker and Jurassic 5.  Get in!

Mr Thing, spinning near you


This month, former Scratch Pervert, ITF Euro Team Champion, World DMC Team Champion, UK DMC Champion, champion record nerd and general good egg, Mr Thing is coming downunder from the UK. Playing in Queenstown, Wanaka, Wellington and Auckland.


Known popularly as Mr Thing, this supreme disc jockey first started DJing in 1987. He said recently- "the first hip-hop record I bought was Streetsounds Crucial Electro, first import 12" was BDP "Poetry", first actual record was ... [cringing] Adam & The Ants "Kings Of The Wild Frontier".

[dunno why he's ashamed of Kings of the wild frontier, it's a great pop record, but whatevs...]

From these humble beginnings Mr Thing went on to become one the world's finest DJs as testified by the following accomplishments. ITF - Euro Team Champion (Scratch Peverts) 1998 / DMC TEAM WORLD CHAMP (SCRATCH PERVERTS) 1999 / DMC UK CHAMP 2000 / DMC WORLD 3RD PLACE 2000.

Marc (Mr Thing) Bowles didn't stand still with spinning records. Alongside amassing a fantastic record collection from digging trips across every continent, he practiced his production skills and has gone on to remix and produce records for a credible assortment of UK acts. 

Wed 27th June, Subculture, Queenstown; local support from Hudge and Downtown Brown
Thu 28th June, Opium, Wanaka; local support from Hudge and Downtown Brown
Friday 29th June, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington; local support from Hudge, Marek, Omega B, Dam-G and Bucks a Pop (Tickets here, or door sales)
Saturday 30th June, Rakinos, Auckland; local support from Hudge, Jerm and T-Rice
(door sales only for all shows except Welli)

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.

Asteroids



"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.

Tracklisting:
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.