Saturday, August 18, 2012

Strummer Day


The Newmatics with guests The bankRobbers (feat Andrew Boak ex No Tag and Jed Town ex Features), The Skitz (formerly the Managers) & DJ Dubhead, celebrate Joe Strummer's birthday - it would have been his 60th. On at the Kings Arms, tonight. Expect some Clash songs.

"Strummer Day started as a celebration of the life and music of Joe Strummer. Strummer Day is held on or about the 21st Aug, Joes birthday. The first Strummer Day was celebrated in August 2004 on what would have been Joe's 52nd birthday . there have been six Strummer Days since then. Doors 8pm, $20."

Murray Cammick has dug out some of his photos from back in the day and posted them on FB, here's some old shots of the Newmatics, and Andrew Boak (ex-bFM, ex-No Tag) backstage with Doug Hood and Straitjacket Fits drummer John Collie.

Photo: Murray Cammick

Photo: Murray Cammick

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 18

Bob James - Take me to the mardi gras
Cymande - The message
Gwen McCrae - 90% - Jim Sharp edit
Lumidee - Uh oh remix
Kolab - Sideways - Dub Asylum remix  free download
Lee Scratch Perry -You thought I was dead
Bim Sherman -Nightmare
Horace Andy - Cus cus
The Clash - Magnificent dance
The Beat - Whine and grind/Stand down Margaret (Aug 23 at the Powerstation)
Tiger Ranks - Party wit me
Skull snaps - It's a new day
Marc Mac - Runnin
Jazz not jazz - We dig
Depth charge - Bounty killers
DLT - Chains (unreleased hiphop version)
Jules Issa - Dangerous game (single version)
Curtis Mayfield - Underground
Dennis Edwards - Don't look any further
 Joi - Missing you
Melvin Jackson - Cold duck time pt 1&2
Jet jaguar - Radio rhodes
Trip to the moon - The gatekeeper
Superspirit - We belong to the cosmos - Jugoe remix
Pitch black - Flex - Son sine remix
Mad professor meets Frente cumbiero - Analogica dub
Patea maori club - Poi e - Peter Mac disco drums edit






Friday, August 17, 2012

Indie records stores in NZ

How many independent record stores are left in New Zealand? The folk at Amplifier.co.nz threw this question out on Twitter earlier this week, and pulled together this list. Any additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments.

"With the decline in physical music sales in NZ over the past few years and events like the Christchurch earthquake there seems to have been a lot of stores closing. 

Please note we've excluded stores that only sell second hand titles and also souvinier or book stores that have a tiny selection of music. The stores listed are either solely music retailers or at least have a large selection of new music. Also we can't say if we're 100% accurate so if you know of any others that we've left out then please leave a comment and we'll add them to the list.

And we've also left out online retailers like... us."

Auckland
Rhythm Compact Discs (Ponsonby)
Southbound Records (Mt Eden)
Alien (New Lynn)
Conch Records (Ponsonby)
Real Groovy (Akl City)
Marbecks (Brown's Bay)
Musiquarium (Mt Eden)
Rockin Records (Epsom, shares space w Abbeys Antiques)

Northland
Musicor (Whangarei)
Noise Company (Dargaville)

Central Nth Island
Tracs (Tauranga)
My Music (Taupo)
Vinyl Countdown (New Plymouth)
Raw Music (Whanganui)
Zinc Records (Taradale)
Hi Fi Gallery (Napier) Vinyl Only
Electric City Music (Napier)

Wellington
Rough Peel Music (Wtg Central)
Slow Boat Records (Wtg Central)
Parsons (Wtg Central)
Evil Genius (Berhampore)
Lo-Cost Records (Petone)
Wonderland (Wainuiamata)
Vinyl Heaven (Masterton)

Nelson
Everyman Records

Christchurch
Galaxy Records
Penny Lane * 2

Dunedin
Portil
Too Tone Records
Disk Den

Invercargill
Play It Again (closed?)
Rock N Rolla






And for a contrast: From the Telegraph "Where are London's best independent record shops still selling vinyl?"

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ride to the Pharcyde


"Hell, with the advent of YouTube, you can just make your own rap career and you never have to put out a record." - Imani, The Pharcyde

Imani and Bootie Brown (Tha Pharcyde) with assistance from DJ Vick One and Computer Jay (on visuals), will bring The Pharcyde experience to New Zealand for the first time - Thurs in Wanaka (Mint), Friday in Wellington (SFBH),  Saturday in Auckland (Studio), Sunday in Chch (Dux).

Martyn Pepperell did a great interview with the band earlier this month well worth a look, read it at UTR. Snippet below...

...Now, a lot of people out here don't know seem to know that you were dancers before you were rappers. I was wondering if you could talk about what the hip-hop dance scene was like back in the day for you guys?

Bootie Brown: In LA we called it the Trendy scene. That was what it was. It was sped up electro, hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa, rock, Cybotron, Kraftwerk. It was just really that electro type of music. We would play it at 45 [not 33 on the record player] sometimes. It wasn't like a big thing, but if you met someone, you could tell if they were doing the dancing, just by the way they dressed. It was a complete style, a complete whole thing that was going on.

Imani: It was loose man. It was nothing official, there was no president, no vice president. It was just cats that liked music, and it was like a scene. You know what I mean? It was just a scene. You knew these people were connected to the scene because of their hairstyles or the way they talked.

Bootie Brown:
I would say that was kinda like the start. That was where I met Imani. It was like a little stage where hip-hop was coming in. The whole thing was changing over and we had this contribution.

How were you guys dressing in that scene?


Bootie Brown: Doc Martins. Creepers, I don't know if you guys had Creepers out there? We were like mods. In a Mad House mod type of way. It would have its own twist sometimes. Some people would wear tuxedos and suits. Depending on what groups you were in, you had a certain kind of style in the group.

Imani: Imagine if The Warriors didn't have chains and knives! [Laugh] You know the movie The Warriors?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ranking Clash

A while ago I posted a clip with audio of The Beat's Ranking Roger toasting over Rock the Casbah from The Clash.

Ranking Roger came across the clip on Youtube in 2010 and commented on it, saying "Nice to see this cut up here. I recorded this for the Clash in London around 82-3 when the clash and the beat toured quite a bit in the U.S.A together.

"I also did a toast/rap over red angel dragnet which i have not heard since. I did it as a one take in the studio.The Clash split up shortly afterwards so it was never released. What you guys are hearing here was just a rough mix for us to go away and listen too. it was never finished."

The Youtube user who posted that Casbah version back in 2008 and has recently found the audio of the Red Angel Dragnet that Roger mentions, and posted it, go have a listen...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The vinyls

Photo: Renuka Phadnis/The Hindu
The vinyl makes a comeback, from The Hindu, in India. Check the photo of the vinyls - Iron Maiden!

"... Indronil, Assistant Manager, Time Out, which stocks titles of records in a separate section within a bookshop in a city mall, told The Hindu that 100 records had been sold in the past one year and people were asking for more titles in addition to the current 40.

This particular retailer — who claimed it was the only place in the city to offer records — has Hindi and English records. The titles are a mix of old and new. The covers are glossier than the ones that were around a few decades ago. The Hindi records have titles such as Vande Mataram by A.R. Rahman, Pakeezah, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Veer Zara, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. The English music is of bands such as the Beatles, Eagles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Metallica, and Iron Maiden. The latest addition is an album called ‘California 37’ by Train. The records of English music sell more, Indronil said.

... Bannu Fernandes, a self-employed businessman, said he used to collect records but now has only two records left with him. Both the records belong to 1950s or 1960s and are of Hindi film music.

He said the person who borrowed the rest of his collection never returned them and passed away, after which he has found it extremely difficult to retrieve them. He said, “If you have old records, you can try to see if the retail shop will buy them.”

Monday, August 13, 2012

JB Hifi ups and downs

JB Hifi are reporting their NZ stores have turned a profit for the first time in their 5 years here.

NZ Herald reports their " local sales climbed 18 per cent, more than for the entire Australian group. The Victoria-based company's 13 New Zealand stores reported pretax earnings of $3.6 million in the 12 months ended June 30, compared to a loss of $1.6 million a year earlier, while sales climbed to $222.2 million from $188.7 million.

The group's net profit fell 4.6 per cent to A$104.6 million, or $1.059 per share, while sales rose 5.7 per cent to A$3.13 billion."

From The Australian: JB Hi-Fi shares rise despite profit fall
"Shares in electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi are up by almost five per cent after it posted a small drop in profit and like-for-like sales in the year to the end of June.

From the Sydney Morning Herald...
MC chief market strategist Michael McCarthy said JB Hi Fi stock will likely rise today, after profits met earlier guidance. “The big issue here is that electrical goods have been commodified. “They can be sold from anywhere and bought online – that is the big structural issue they’re facing,” he said.

Dr Who?

Hat tip to The Joint radio show for this one... Mankind doing the disco version of the Dr Who theme... want more? Go watch Mankind playing this tune live on Top Of The Pops over at The Joint.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gensu Dean Wantchu

Gensu Dean - "Wantchu feat. Olivier Daysoul" - free download, featuring Olivier Daysoul, who also turns up on the new Sola Rosa album.