Saturday, July 07, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, July 7

 MAW and George Benson - The ghetto/El barrio
Eddie Kendricks - Boogie down
Joubert Singers - Stand on the word
Nona Hendryx - Transformation
Owiny sigoma band - Nabed nade ei piny ka
Spontaneous overthrow - Money
Jet Jaguar - Timmix - Shanalog remix
Esther Stephens - Asahi feat Homebrew
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique - Jim Sharp edit
Joanie Sommers - Don't pity me
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Bill Withers - You got the stuff
Graham central station - The jam
Cubalooba - Cubalooba
Criminal element orchestra - Needle on the record
Deelite - Groove is in the heart - JT edit
Big Youth  -Waterhouse rock - Groove corp remix
LeaLea Jones feat Horace Andy - The road
Manasseh - Pepper dub
Candi Staton - Do your duty - Pepe Braddock remix
Antibalas - Dirty money 45 edit
MAW - MAW expensive

Friday, July 06, 2012

Sola Rosa remixed

Ahead of their forthcoming North American tour starting July 12, Sola Rosa has a bunch of great remixes up for streaming/free download over at Giant Step, go here.

Included are 4 brand new mixes, including the infectious “Love Alone” ftSpikey Tee remixed by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole.

Tracks are...
1. Turn Around ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Alias Remix)
2. Love Alone ft Spikey Tee (Jeremy Sole ‘Dub Alone’ Mix)
3. Del Ray (Thomas Blondet Remix)
4. Turn Around Ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Vadim Remix)
5. Humanised Ft. Bajka (Jason Eli’s Groovadelica Remix)
6. Turn Around ft Iva Lamkum (Dublex Inc Remix)

Tour Dates
July 12 – Victoria Ska Festival @ Club 9ONE9- Victoria, BC, CANADA
July 13 – Garibaldi Lift Co. – Whistler, BC, CANADA
July 14 – The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
July 15 – Nectar Lounge (All Ages) – Seattle, WA
July 17 – Humboldt Brews (21+) – Arcata, CA
July 18 – HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA
July 19 – Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
July 20 – The Malibu Inn – Malibu, CA
July 21 – Levitt Pavilion @ Memorial Park – Pasadena, CA
July 22 – Levitt Pavilion @ MacArthur Park – Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Pharcyde dates announced

The Pharcyde: Bootie Brown and Imani
Official dates for The Pharcyde's first ever trip to NZ have been announced, following earlier release of presale tickets for their Auckland show last Friday. Coming to Wanaka, Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. The lineup for this tour is Bootie Brown and Imani - the original lineup (including ex-members Slimkid Tre and Fatlip) reformed a few years back for the Rock the Bells tour, but they are not coming here.

As noted previously on this blog, former members Tre and Fatlip took part in a tribute to their debut album in May..." celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Pharcyde's seminal album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, label Delicious Vinyl threw a huge party at the Roxy.... While SlimKid3 (pronounced "Slim Kid Tre") and Fatlip performed, the other two original members critical to Bizarre Ride's creation — Imani and Bootie Brown — were noticeably absent." The latter two retain the rights to the band's name.  More on that story here.

Tour dates...

Thu 16 Aug, Mint Bar, Wanaka - Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets -
Limited $45 + BF earlybird tickets available, followed by $55.00 + BF general release tickets.

Fri 17 Aug, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington - Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets - or physically at Dash Tickets outlets Cosmic Corner, Rough Peel Music, Marbecks, Hutt Valley i-SITE Visitor Centre and Student Central Massey Wellington
Limited $45.00 earlybird tickets available, followed by general admission tickets at a higher fee.

Sat 18 Aug, Studio, Auckland - Tickets available online NOW via iTicket - Also available physically at Real Groovy and Conch Records. Limited $40 early bird tickets available, followed by $59 first release GA tickets

Sun 19 Aug, Dux Live, Christchurch - Tickets available online NOW via Dash Tickets -
Limited $45.00 + BF Earlybird tickets available, followed by $55.00 general release tickets

Watch: Runnin by The Pharcyde, produced by a then unknown J Dilla back in 1995...


Groove is....

Another tasty mashup from Birmingham's own JT. Nice work. Check his Stevie Wonder reggae mashups.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Wu Tang

Last Thursday I ended up chatting on Twitter about Wu Tang Clan (called it #wutangthursday), and a bunch of people threw their fave songs from that crew in my direction - best one was this video for Gravel Pit, which I'd  never previously seen. Damn, its awesome.

As one commenter says, "Man, this video has it all, Wu tang clan, hot chicks, dinosaurs, ninjas, and most importantly, prehistoric gambling."

Staying with the Wu for a second... Via Potholes in my blog: "Calling all RZA and, well, Wu-Tang Clan fans in general: the trailer for his new movie, The Man With The Iron Fists, has finally hit the web. It’s produced by Quentin Tarantino, features a score composed by RZA along with tracks from Kanye West and the Black Keys, and looks pretty goddamn rad. And violent, of course, because what good Kung Fu film isn’t loaded with blood and guts? Plenty, I’m sure, but not this one. Watch the trailer below."

On U

Short On-U-Sound documentary, from 2009, talking about the state of the music industry, and how will studios or artists survive.

LeaLea Jones with Horace Andy

Great single from UK-based singer LeaLea Jones, love The Road. Think I need this on wax. Out now on First Word Records. Video for AK47 below.

"This single is the result of her collaboration with producer/drummer Jack Baker (Bonobo/Alice Russell) whom she met through award-winning singer Andreya Triana. These two tracks are the first products of a full length album that they are working on. Side A is the reggae influenced 'The Road' featuring vocals from the legendary Horace Andy whilst on the flip is the fiery 'AK-47' with conscious lyrics layered over a stuttering hook-laden beat."

The single is out now on a limited edition 7" and download. You can pick up a copy hereLondoners can catch LeaLea's live show at Wah Wah 45s' event at The Queen Of Hoxton on July 6th. Info here.

Monday, July 02, 2012

New Antibalas

New music on the way from Antibalas, their new self-titled album is out August 7, produced by Gabe Roth at Daptone Studio. Their US tour kicks off August 10, tour dates here.

Stream a radio/45 edit of their new single "Dirty Money" below, grab a download over here at The Guardian.

Ali Campbell owed $ by Raggamuffin Fest

Ali Campbell. Photo: Sunday Mercury
Ali Campbell's UB40 played at the last Raggamuffin Festival as headliners. Campbell is in the news here, as he is one of the judges announced for the tv show NZ's Got Talent.

The NZ Herald reported at the weekend that he "is returning to New Zealand to help uncover a new generation of performers - and banish unpleasant memories of his last visit.

...Campbell, who has been performing for 30 years, is still smarting about an Australian-based music promoter, Andrew McManus, and the row they are having after he headlined the Raggamuffin music festival in Rotorua in January.

McManus says he accepts responsibility for a $27,000 tax bill but he had already had paid Campbell £160,000 ($313,000).

Campbell, for his part, said he "did [McManus] a favour" by playing this year after slow festival ticket sales.

"UB40 played [in 2008], and then Ziggy Marley and then I played with my band but then they got Mary J Blige to headline - and she's not a reggae performer. So he [McManus] rang me and asked me to come [back]."

Campbell said that after he performed and "saved" the show, McManus failed to pay all of his bill. He would not say what he was paid.

"He said to me, 'I'd never cheat you, Ali, you're my brother' ... I won't be working with him again."

McManus Entertainment runs the festival in both Australia and New Zealand but pulled out of this year's Australian leg because of poor sales.

The Australian promoters' New Zealand company - Andrew McManus Presents - went into liquidation in March last year just before it was due in court for a legal battle with band Pacific Herbs. The company owed creditors $394,000.

McManus was emotional when he told the Weekend Herald that he would always be grateful to Campbell for his support and credits him with coming up with the Raggamuffin idea. He wanted to make things right.

"I owe Ali, Ali's going to get paid. Ali's my buddy, Ali and I have been through a lot together. I love him. I've never had a one-on-one to explain it to him. I didn't even realise it was an issue.

"If you said to me, Andrew have you made some wrong decisions in the last 24 months, I'd say 100 per cent yes, I have." NZ Herald story here. 

Previous posts: Herbs vs Raggamuffin (March 26 2011), The man behind Raggmuffin (Dec 28, 2011) Raggamuffin rumblings(Dec 8 2010)

UPDATED: Dec 4 2012, Ali Campbell's UB40 has been added to the bill at Raggamuffin, and he's also playing a show in Auckland, with Toots and the Maytals. Any outstanding issue must has been settled, tho Campbell has told the NZ Herald he thinks Raggamuffin went off-track when they booked acts like Mary J Blige, Billy Ocean and Lauryn Hill, and they should be reggae only.