Saturday, August 11, 2012

FACT mix 341: The Orb & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Via Fact Mag: "The Orb, innovators of ambient house and one of Britain’s all-time most celebrated electronic acts, have teamed up with the inimitable Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, one of Jamaica’s greatest ever musicians, for a new album, The Orbserver in the Star House (out Sept). 

As The Orb’s Alex Paterson put it, in an interview earlier this year, “we wanted to do a souly type, modern, minimal album with some reggae influences with [Perry's] vocals on top. I think its one of the best bits of work we’ve ever done.”

To toast the album’s forthcoming release, The Orb and Perry have also teamed up for a FACT mix...."  139MB download.

R.I.P Carl Davis

Producer Carl Davis, architect of ‘the Chicago sound,’ dies at 77, from Chicago Sun Times.

"The iconic music producer who shaped what became known as “the Chicago Sound” died Thursday at his home in Summerville, S.C. He was 77 years old. Mr. Davis had been suffering from lung disease. Mr. Davis and wife Dedra Davis relocated from Chicago to South Carolina in 2009.

Mr. Davis was one of the first African-American A&R directors and produced numerous hit songs for the Columbia Records subsidiary Okeh Records.

He was to Chicago soul music what the Chess brothers were to blues. His first multi-million-selling song was Gene Chandler’s 1962 smash “Duke of Earl.” Follow-up production efforts incuded Jackie Wilson’s 1967 hit “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Major Lance’s “Monkey Time” (recorded in 1963) and the Chi-Lites 1972 ballad “Oh Girl.”

Mr. Davis connected with singers in a direct manner that translated to the listener. His other major hits ranged from the 1970 smash “Turn Back the Hands of Time” by Tyrone Davis (no relation) to the Dells’ beautiful “Stay in My Corner,” which was a hit in 1965 and 1968.

Beyonce’s hit “Crazy in Love” samples the Davis-produced Chi-Lites tune “Are You My Woman.”

One of Mr. Davis’s most underchampioned artists was Walter Jackson, who turned the listener’s heart inside-out on his cresting 1964 ballad “What Would You Do.” Mr. Davis liked to tell the story of how Elton John pitched him songs to get to Jackson, who died of a stroke at age 45 in 1983. Jackson had polio and performed on crutches, but Mr. Davis was enamored with his powerful voice and in 1962 encouraged Jackson to relocate from Detroit to Chicago.

Zara McFarlane - Police & Thieves

Sweet, jazzy take on Junior Murvin's classic. Here's his version redone as Bad Weed...

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 11

Frank Strazzeri - Cloudburst
Gladys Knight and the Pips - On and on
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique - Jim Sharp edit
 Rockers Hifi - What a life
Cedric Im Brooks - Mun dun go
Jackie Mittoo - Sidewalk doctor
Karl Bryan and the afrokats - Money generator
Sound dimension - Heavy rock
Junior Murvin - Bad weed
Woman of Hortense Ellis - the ghetto
Serge Gainsbourg -Aux armes et cetera
Tommy McCook - KT88
Incredible bongo band - Let there be drums
Jay Epae - The creep
Love unlimited orchestra - Strange games and things
Odyssey - Broken road
Barbara Lynn - This is the thanks I get
Darlene Love  -Too late to say you're sorry
Bobby Womack - Find me somebody
Chicago gangsters - Gangster boogie
Prince Tui Teka - Let's stay together
Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix
Donna Summer - State of independence - Justin's get it edit
Nona Hendryx - B-boys
Saskwatch - Celery sticks
Colm K and the freestyle mellowship - Dancing skulls - main mix
Sugar Minott - Inna dancehall style
Augustus Pablo - Dub organiser
The Beat - Hands off shes mine (Live in AK August 23)
Clive Smith - Conscious mind

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Now! Here! Festival

Rare Akld live performance by the Dead C, just one of the many highlights... 

PLUS The Coolies, Greg Malcolm, Rachel  Shearer, and Pieters/Russell/Stapleton - Kim Pieters, (Flies Inside the Sun,Dadamah) Bruce Russell (Dead C) Peter Stapleton (Handful of Dust, Eye) First time playing together since 2004.

"Audio Foundation is very excited and proud to present the Now! Here! Festival - a three-day celebration with New Zealand / Aotearoa's inventive and accomplished sound artists and musicians championing the experimental and avant-garde in all its multitudinous, intriguing and unpredictable forms."

More information here... happening at Audio Foundation HQ, Whammy Bar, and Wynyard Quarter.

Welcome to nowhere

To be launched at the Now! Here! Festival (10th August 2012), the book Erewhon Calling is a survey of how a bunch of antipodean misfits and malcontents have forged new ways and new reasons to make noise, here at the end of the earth.

Edited by Bruce Russell (the Dead C), in association with Richard Francis and Zoe Drayton; the aim of this book is to survey the full range of "non-standard" audio practices in contemporary NZ culture. 

The book's remit runs from the borders of composed art music, through improvised noise, to deconstructed "rock'n pop filth"; and every genre, every scene, every permutation of unconventional audio practice in-between. 

A range of artists and informed commentators mainly tell their own stories, describe their own work, and outline their own goals in working on the fringes of audio culture. 

Included are Phil Dadson, Bruce Russell, Michael Morley, Alastair Galbraith, White Saucer, Andrew Clifford, Jeff Henderson, (Taite Music Prize judge) Jon Bywater, Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton, Vitamin S, Rachel Shearer, Richard Francis, Rosy Parlane, Kiran Dass and many others.

Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas

Just because. Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas!


Musically Mad

A cosy Sunday night event of inspiring cinema on deluxe sofas, with a 5000 watt soundsystem, Kohu Rd gourmet icecream, good coffee and a full bar. At Galatos....

Musically Mad 12th August 7.30pm 

Musically Mad takes you into the hearts and heads of the singers and soundmen, the backbone of the UK roots reggae sound systems. With them they bring the deepest bass and the highest chants, delivered by massive stacks of speakers and custom-built sound equipment. For some, attending a sound system dance is a religious experience, channelled through the music and the message. For others it`s the natural way to connect with the music they love. Either way, sound system culture is growing and changing.

The dances were crucial in lifting the spirits of the Caribbean exiles in the UK, helping them to forget their hardships. Something that reggae and sound system culture now does worldwide, regardless of colour or nationality. Musically Mad  is the story of the people pushing reggae to the masses.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

R.I.P. Rob Winch

Photo by Esther Bunning
Rob Winch (brother of fellow guitarist Martin Winch, who passed away last year) has died [source: Simon Sweetman via Twitter].

Born in England in 1952, he lived in New Zealand since 1963 and made his name in bands such as Sonny Day’s band, Tamburlaine, Streak (which eventually became Mi-Sex), The Heartbreakers, Midge Marsden’s Country Flyers, the 1860 Band and the Rodger Fox Big Band [source].

He performed overseas, "playing concerts in Poland, London (at Ronnie Scott’s), Hong Kong, New York, LA, two appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as having the opportunity to travel to London’s famous Abbey Road Studios to record with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa....  he wrote material for well known New Zealanders; Mi-Sex, Sharon O’Neill, Rodger Fox Big Band, Jon Stevens and Annie Crummer..." [source:]

ADDED Tributes to Rob Winch, via, who report Rob died "8th August 2012 from infection complications after receiving a bone marrow transplant for leukemia."

I first met Rob about 1968, he was like a breath of fresh air, so positive and happy about everything he did. He played bass on my first solo album in 76' along with Billy Brown on drums, they were known as the best rhythm section in Wellington. Rob was the total professional, and such a nice guy, sadly missed, but, thanks Rob for sharing your talents and friendship - Steve McDonald
So sad to hear this news, so soon after his great brother Martin died - George Burrell
RIP Rob Winch...a Great Kiwi Musician. Sadly - Ray Columbus
Rob Winch was truly a musician I have always admired.  Not just for his superb musianship, but for his passion for those in the music industry.  I did not do a lot of work with Rob, but I always felt the love of his music in his sunny and wonderful personality.  A great man....who will be truly missed, by me, and all musicians - Gray Bartlett MBE
I am very saddened to read this news, although I'd didn't know Rob well, I saw him perform many many times at the 1860.  We played the same stage many times and he was always a man on a mission.  A consumate musician, a great roll model and mentor - Bruce Aitken
Another good man down. Will be sadly missed - Alan Galbraith
Yes, Rob was one of the nice guys - Rick Bryant
Sad to hear about Rob, he was the musical producer on a "Keeping Safe" audio/visual programme I was involved with years ago, very professional, talented and pleasant to work with - Rochelle Vinsen
Such sweet memories of working with you Rob.  See you on the other side to make more music.  RIP - Bridgette Allen
This is a sad loss of one of our most talented musicians - Neil Harrap


Dense, blippy electronica mashed with hiphop tempos, listen to Paradoxi or Slow Motion Reflex.

"For nearly ten years, LA's Erik Nava made, released, and hustled his art with little help from the “industry”. More than just a musician, Nava is a one-man creative force. On his own, Nava booked himself concerts, including national and international tours in Europe and Japan, ran his own record label Kid Without Radio, handled his own PR and publishing, and took care of all web design and animation, all while recording under his Egadz, Matterhorn, and Satellites monikers.

Here is a person obsessed with creating his own destiny. When the “standard” controllers and computers were unable to keep up with Nava, he BUILT HIS OWN, from design to programming. His new live controller, which he premiered at the 2012 Snowball Music Festival, changes the game once again.

Legendary club night the Low End Theory in LA has been inviting Nava to play regularly since 2007 and encouraged him to keep experimenting..."

The latest release from Satellites is called Ghost - listen below... buy it direct from the artist for a mere $5....

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Flight plan

Free three track sampler off new album from J Bizniss...

"Kicking off the Mello Music Group Instrumental Series is J Bizness with Flight Plan, a 24-track collection of instrumentals inspired by the miracle of flight.

The accomplished Ontario, CA producer (Red Bull Big Tune LA Champ) creates a relaxed feeling of ease with his production that is well contrasted by just the right measure of funk. “Landing Gear” has spacey synth patches and electro accents while “Turbulence” is darker and grittier, alluding to its namesake. The rising and falling synthesizer lines in “Nonstop” mirror the path of flight."


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Vinyl comeback faker

"... His finest hour came thanks to the New York Times. In April, the paper ran a piece on vinyl record collectors and Holiday was quoted declaring them to have "a fuller sound".

PR strategist Ryan Holiday decided, by way of an experiment, to get himself quoted as an expert source by the writers of articles and blogs on as many different subjects as possible. The big catch: he wasn't an expert in any of the subjects in question, and some of the time, he wouldn't even speak to the writers.

Holiday's stunt, which aimed to promote a book about his career as a publicist called Trust Me, I'm Lying, was facilitated by a website called Haro, or "help a reporter out".

Holiday's quote from the NYT... "There is a fuller sound to it, and more depth to the sound," said Ryan Holiday, the New Orleans-based marketing director for American Apparel. He’s a new devotee of jazz and David Bowie, thanks to LPs. “I could hear hands going up and down the frets, and stuff that they probably didn’t want you to hear. Which is a nice little surprise,” he said.

The original NYT story now has an editor's note amending the story to inform readers of Holiday's deception, also indicating that Holiday does not own a turntable. 

Listen: Iva Lamkum and P-Money - Doo Bop

Debut album 'Black eagle' from Iva Lamkum out August 24.


"Infrasonic Sound cuts masters for records (among other work), and the vinyl renaissance means business is good. One issue: The equipment is old and delicate...."

Fascinating story from the LA Times...

excerpt..."Almost all the machinery needed to do so is decades old (Infrasonic's other lathe, a Neumann AM-32, dates back to 1956) and the repair techs who know these units are quite literally dying off.

Infrasonic's move into a prominent 4,000-square-foot Sunset Boulevard location expands its capacity for both processes. As the vinyl format returns as a necessary part of a band's commercial output, Infrasonic wants to demystify this crucial step in making records.

"We want to educate people about what vinyl's supposed to sound like," Lyman said. "You can't skimp on this last part of the process. It's your art."

Infrasonic has a full-service recording studio in another facility (Beck and the Mars Volta have recorded and mastered there), and the mastering shop's three full-time engineers — including Jeff Ehrenberg and Grammy winner John Greenham — have full slates of digital mastering work as well..."