Tuesday, September 11, 2012

'Paul's Boutique' revisited


Beasties' 'Paul's Boutique' reworked with original source samples (via LA Times)

"... Looking for a killer weekend listening session, free of charge? Quick, race to the bottom of this post now and start listening to a masterful new reworking of the Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique," crafted from the original source material into an hour-long mixtape. Created by crate diggers/producers/DJs Cheeba, Moneyshot and Food over three years, the production is one of the coolest mixes I've heard all year.

Called "Caught in the Middle of A 3-Way Mix," the idea sprouted after Moneyshot did the same thing with the Beasties' "Check Your Head."

They crack open tomtom beats swiped from Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up," blend sourced samples from Black Oak Arkansas, the Eagles and Tower of Power, swipe sounds from Led Zeppelin, the Meters and Johnny Cash, shock with the string screeches fromAlfred Hitchcock's film composer Bernard Herrmann. And by mixing in commentary from recorded interviews with the Beasties themselves discussing the album's creation, the thing feels like some sort of sonic  documentary.

DJ Food's label, Ninja Tune, is hosting the mix on its Soundcloud page, and it's available as a download, as well. In the comments section, Ninja writes that the three were about halfway finished with the remix when Beastie Boy Adam Yauch died after a long battle with cancer, "so the impetus to finish it was instantly doubled and new meaning given to the project. It goes without saying that this is also a tribute to Adam Yauch and the legacy he left behind and we hope it will be embraced by Beastie fans around the globe."

Monday, September 10, 2012

Whats' Be Happen?


Whats' Be Happen? is the fantastic 1981 debut release from Herbs, who are being inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scrolls on Thursday - more on that here.

Herbs early releases have been out of circulation for many, many years, but Amplifier has announced that there is an extensive digital reissue out now, including Whats Be Happen? Other reissues include Long Ago, Light of the Pacific, and Sensitive to a smile.

"Whats' Be Happen? was the debut studio recording from Herbs. It was released in 1981 through Warrior Records, reaching as high as #40 on the New Zealand album charts. The album is now available again digitally thanks to Warner Music.

Produced and arranged by Herbs. Recording engineers were Gerard Carr and Phil Yule - Phil also mixed the album. Recorded and mixed at Mascot Studios, Auckland, New Zealand.

The cover photo is of the Bastion Point Eviction day, May 25, 1978, when 222 land protesters were arrested."

If you are a fan of kiwi reggae, you need this classic.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Rhythm and poetry



From Soulsides, great piece on the Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 compilation by James Cavicchia ...

"... Many years ago, I read an interview with Charles Wright where he talked about the personal importance of his ongoing attempts at staying abreast of whatever music production techniques were current, about having spent several of his “lost years” during the eighties experimenting with synthesized and programmed rhythms.

He said that one day he went to his cardiologist and was informed that his heart had developed an alarming mass of extra muscle, that the years and years of spending hour after hour day after day listening to a drum machine had forced his heart out of its natural beat and lead it to deform itself in adjustment to the brute will of technology. 

Wright, fearing for his life, abandoned this line of musical exploration immediately..."

Friday, September 07, 2012

Tape Crackers

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....

Tape Crackers film screening, 9th September 7.30pm

An oral history of Jungle and Pirate Radio*'Tape Crackers' is a vital documentary focussed on one guy, Michael Finch, and his amazing tape collection of pirate radio recordings made in the mid-late '90s. Michael is a passionate and thoroughly endearing orator, spilling profuse knowledge on MCs, the variety and breadth of the junglist FM bandwidth, the raves, the clothes, and most importantly, the vibe. 

Although this era only occurred little over 15 years ago, the fact that it was all pre-internet (or at least widescale internet use) gives some sharp contrast to today's fingertip cultural reach and some context that many older heads will relate to, while youngers are recommended to watch for educational purposes. 

You can just see memories wash over him with each tape he puts on, and you're reminded of the absolute frustration and euphoria of hearing a track on pirate radio that you would never ever get to find out anything about, or know who it was by, or ever get to hear again - save for the worn out cassette copy you just made. 

Apart from all the anecdotes and recollections - including a really nice overview of London's Junglist pirate radio scene of the mid 90's (even touching on the birth of Rinse), what you really get from Tape Crackers is a snapshot of a bygone era and one man's obsession with it - and it just makes for utterly compelling viewing. Don't miss.

$15 on the door BRING CASH (no eftpos avail) or thru Eventfinda
Doors open at 6- show at 7.30...

Don't touch me tomato

Sat 8th Sept at Golden Dawn (corner Ponsonby rd and Richmond rd) with selectors Tobi, Dubhead, and Peter Mac. Kicks off 8pm, free entry. Plenty bass, plenty niceness.


Thursday, September 06, 2012

J Rocc's wax



J Rocc (Stonesthrow) and his amazing record collection. Prepare to be very jealous. Hat tip to Potholes in my blog.

"The legendary Beat Junkie has an absolutely crazy collection, which includes Mickey Mouse ears he rocks during J Dilla tribute performances, a vinyl cleaner, and some ridiculously rare pieces. At one point he says he could sell just one of his records and cover rent for a month or two."

JBrown fresh beats



JBrown, the brother formerly of Kolab, drops a tasty ep of dirty hiphop and slinky house tempos. Check out Tiaha Funk, that's some fruitiness right  there.  Free download.

RNZ loses archive

"The country's largest collection of sound recordings is moving from Radio New Zealand and will now be managed by the Film Archive."

According to this report below, Radio NZ's 70,000 recordings, dating back to the 1930s, will now be managed by the FIlm Archive, although RNZ will still own the recordings and house them, despite losing the $670,000 annual funding for the sound archive.

That funding, plus an extra $300,000 and a one off $1 million payment, for digitsing the collection,will go to the Film Archive . The aim is to make the collection easily accessible to the public.

Based on this, I assume the funding to cover the storage of the archive will come out of RNZ's existing already tight budget.

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss says audio from other organisations could also be managed thru a central body, which sounds like part of the Government's ongoing push to consolidate our various archives into one.

The news item doesn't mention if there's any music held within this collection, only highlighting speeches by Keith Holyoake, The Queen, and rugby sports commentary. It also doesn't make clear why this is happening and who pushed for it, or RNZ's reaction.

      

ADDED: "The National Sound Archive is to be split from Radio New Zealand and amalgamated with the New Zealand Film Archive.

The plan was confirmed on Wednesday Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson. The handover will take place on 1 October.

Mr Finlayson said Radio New Zealand had done an excellent job of caring for the archive and the transfer gives an opportunity to build on the legacy." Source: RNZ website

The offical government statement says responsibility for the sound archive is being transferred, which tallys with RNZ's report that the material will stay housed at RNZ.


Official press release from Radio NZ on the change... (hat tip to Nat Torkington for link)

Changes to Audio Visual Archiving
"Radio New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement of a significant increase in funding for sound archiving in New Zealand.

Radio New Zealand has agreed to transfer the day-to-day management of its sound archiving operations, Sound Archives/Ngaā Taonga Koōrero, to the New Zealand Film Archive effective from 1 October of this year.

In a joint statement, Radio New Zealand Chairman, Richard Griffin, and New Zealand Film Archive Chair, Jane Kominik, paid tribute to the staff of Sound Archives for their dedication to the task of preserving sound archival material and emphasised the value of a cooperative future that will enhance public access to the archive.

“We regard this merger as a positive step in a process that will give substance to the Government’s intention to set up a national archives incorporating a diverse range of material that reflects our country’s history.

“The sound archives operation will continue to be based in Christchurch and all current Sound Archives staff have been offered employment with the Film Archive...."

ADDED Friday Sept 7 930am: I have emailed RNZ to ask some questions,have heard their Comms Manager is replying.

ADDED: Friday Sept 7 415pm: Radio NZ CEO Peter Cavanagh has responded to my queries...

He says the costs to RNZ of housing the archive will be covered by subleasing the space: "Sound Archives staff and the collection itself will continue to be co-located with Radio New Zealand in Christchurch and Auckland. The existing accommodation occupied by Sound Archives in the two centres will be sub-leased to the Film Archive which means that the transaction will be cost-neutral for Radio New Zealand. Radio New Zealand will retain copyright in the collection after day-to-day management is transferred to the Film Archive from 1 October.

The idea to shift the sound archive "is in line with Government policy to streamline the delivery of audio visual archiving services in New Zealand."

He says "Public accessibility to the Sound Archives collection will not be affected by the transfer. Additional one-off funding of $1 million over the next two years for a digitisation backlog project should significantly improve public access to parts of the Sound Archives collection which are still in analogue form and yet to be preserved."

Fac. Dance 02


Fac. Dance 02: Factory Records 12” Mixes & Rarities 1980 - 1987 

Blurb from Strut: "On September 17th, Strut release the second album in the Fac. Dance series, bringing together sought after 12” versions and rarities from Manchester’s revered Factory Records imprint.

Revisiting the peerless studio work of Martin Hannett, Be Music (the collective pseudonym of New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook) and ACR drummer Donald Johnson, among others, Fac. Dance 02 fleshes out Factory’s varied early forays into dance territory, widening the spectrum yet further from Volume One. 

The early version of A Certain Ratio’s angular funk classic “The Fox” from the band’s debut album To Each… rubs shoulders with Cheba Fadela’s Algerian rai blast, “N’Sel Fik”; Kalima’s uplifting dancefloor jazz also features, along with a sprawling electro dub of 52nd Street’s UK boogie classic “Can’t Afford”; we spotlight Dutch electronic band Minny Pops with the motorik “Blue Roses” alongside the heavy dub and reggae stylings of The Wake, X-O-Dus and ACR alter ego Sir Horatio; the Manchester / New York axis is also revisited once again with two potent post-punk funk blasts from E.S.G., the first US band to appear on Factory.

Fac. Dance 02 is released in conjunction with Factory Records Ltd. The CD and LP packages feature detailed track notes by Factory biographer James Nice, together with rare photos. The digital version of the album features five tracks not featured on the physical formats.

CD 1

1. A CERTAIN RATIO – THE FOX 3.47
2. ESG – MOODY 2.46
3. MINNY POPS – BLUE ROSES 2.33
4. THICK PIGEON – BABCOCK + WILCOX 3.44
5. BITING TONGUES – MEAT MASK SEPARATIST 4.57
6. SIR HORATIO – SOMMADUB 7.18
7. X-O-DUS – SOCIETY 4.20
8. THE DURUTTI COLUMN – SELF PORTRAIT 4.40
9. SECTION 25 – KNEW NOISE 4.43
10. SHARK VEGAS – YOU HURT ME 6.59
11. FADELA – N’SEL FIK 7.06
12. KALIMA – LAND OF DREAMS 6.47

CD 2

1. 52nd STREET – CAN’T AFFORD (Unorganised mix) 10.02
2. NYAM NYAM – FATE 8.06
3. A CERTAIN RATIO – LUCINDA 3.53
4. ESG – YOU’RE NO GOOD 3.09
5. SWAMP CHILDREN – SOFTLY SAYING GOODBYE 4.09
6. QUANDO QUANGO – GO EXCITING (12” mix) 5.57
7. SURPRIZE – IN MOVIMENTO 5.33
8. ANNA DOMINO – TAKE THAT 4.13
9. THE WAKE – HOST 7.57
10. ROYAL FAMILY AND THE POOR – VANEIGEM MIX 6.22
11. SECTION 25 – SAKURA 3.58
12. AD INFINITUM – TELSTAR 3.13

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Carl Craig Mix

If you aint seen this already... "FACT mix 345 is a live recording of Craig’s set at the Netherlands’ Welcome To The Future festival on July 28. The set – already streamed by the festival, but not available to download until now – is an absolute corker, hard as nails but fleet-footed with it, with a few tracks that you know (the Craig mix of Faze Action’s ‘In The Trees’ has never sounded so imperious as it does here) and plenty that you don’t. There’s no tracklist for this one folks, so feel free to offer your own IDs in the comments section; in the meantime, plug in and bug the f**k out." 

Silva and gold


Brand new ep on the way from local lass Silva MC called Neva Done, on the roots reggae tip. Sounding pretty cool.  Out thru iTunes etc this Friday. Or try Amplifier, over here.

"Neva Done is SilvaMC's debut solo release. Recorded in Auckland city, the four track EP includes one banging hiphop production from DJ PARKS, and three bass heavy reggae tunes to welcome Spring 2012.

As a follow up to her debut video single Here We Go Again, the release is also a showcase of SilvaMC's unique rawness and versatility. All songs written and performed by SilvaMC. Recorded at MAINZ and mixed and mastered by Tiopira McDowell.

Silva is rapidly making her mark on the NZ reggae scene. This EP will help establish her as one of New Zealand's prime female hiphop/reggae artists."

She recently featured on the Hot Nights Ep from MayaVanya (free DL of that tune, follow the link). MC Silva on Facebook.


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Len Lye opera

An opera about one of my favourite artists, you say? Intriguing.

"Lye is one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists who worked for many years in Britain and the US. His international reputation is based on his innovative achievements as a film-maker and kinetic sculptor." NBR

Via Gather and Hunt: " A cast of international and national singers have come together in a kinetic explosion of colour, movement and sound to pay tribute to Lye's legacy. With music composed by Eva de Castro-Robinson, artistic direction by Uwe Grodd, and libretto Roger Horrocks, this multimedia production sounds seriously intriguing. I want to know more, I want to see more, and I think the only answer is to pop along to the Maidment Theatre at some point in the very near future. "

Len Lye: The Opera, by Eve de Castro-Robinson and Roger Horrocks
September 5- 8, 8pm. Price:  $55, tickets from: The Maidment Theatre

This film below was originally accompanied by live music, but no score has been found. In April this year in Greece, a new score was unveiled...

Music for the film of Len Lye "Tusalava" (1929)...
Alexandros Mouzas: Original music
For flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, string orchestra and live electronics
Commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall Organization
Premiere: April 28th 2012, Nikos Skalkottas Hall, Megaron -- the Athens Concert Hall
Conductor: Miltos Logiadis
Camerata -- The Orchestra of Friends of Music

David D'Ath remembered



Obituary - David D'Ath (The Skeptics), from Rip It Up, 1990. BY CHRIS MATTHEWS

"I was dreaming about drugs and strange urges, about the primeval past and the digital overload of the future, about the ride of the Valkyries and the chatter of helicopters as I opened my eyes and realised that it was 1984. I was bedded down on the floor of the Skeptics’ club “Snailclamps”. It was 9 o’clock in the morning and Wagner and the helicopters hadn’t stopped. In a darkened club, on a small stage covered with spiderwebs made of heated, stretched polystyrene, a semi-naked figure, lit by a single red spotlight, was performing the praying mantis movements of Tai Chi to the soundtrack from Apocalypse Now. It was David D’Ath...

The Skeptics: David (vocals), Nick Roughan (bass), Don White (drums) and Robin Gould (guitar), were four high school friends from Palmerston North who started playing together in 1980 (initially as X-It) doing a mixture of covers and originals. The first time I saw them was in Auckland, at the Reverb Room in 1982, after the band I was playing with had to cancel at the last minute.

The Skeptics, who were up for the weekend, agreed to step in using borrowed gear and, fuelled by the pathetic crowd, produced a set of such ferocious intensity that I became an immediate fan. The music was aggressive and unsettling but the focal point was David with his slight stature, his hooked nose and his deep-set eyes. He looked like some strange, punch drunk bird and the veins in his neck bulged as he forced mysterious words and noises from his throat.

They were still playing a handful of covers (Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’ and Killing Joke’s ‘Wardance’ among them) but the song that really stood out was their own, ‘Last orders’, about a man who has wrongly predicted the end of the world. With it’s unusual riff of picked harmonics and the narrator’s frustrated chorus of “Lies! The end was yesterday!” it was a good choice for a record and later in the year became one of the songs chosen for the compilation EP Furtive Four - Three Piece Pack.

I saw them a few months later at the Rhumba bar in Auckland and the Skeptics, and David, were not only scary but funny as well. David had placed a table on the dance floor in front of the stage with a cornet on it and when it was his turn to play the others egged him on to run out, retrieve it and climb back on stage in time to produce an ear piercing blast. This ritual was repeated throughout the night and it was like watching the idiot son of Nosferatu who’d been hanging out in a David Lynch film: disturbing but blackly humorous.

The Skeptics made various trips to Auckland over the next few years in their beat-up old ambulance and from 1983-1984 ran their own club in Palmerston North. Stories had drifted north about the weird goings-on in “Snailclamps” (including one about a particularly deluded soul attempting to copulate with the PA during a Skeptics gig) so, of course, when Children’s Hour decided to tour NZ it seemed right and natural (since our bands had become friends) that we should play there (and sleep on the floor).

The club closed down at the end of ‘84 and in 1985 the Skeptics decided to move to Wellington. They’d released two records independently (‘83s Chowder Over Wisconsin and Ponds in ‘85) but neither had managed to capture the magnificence of their live performance (watching David, dangerously close to a seizure, bawling the lyrics to ‘Divine Muscles Flex’ was exhilarating) so they set about building their own recording studio, Writhe. Robin had decided to stay in Palmerston North so John Halvorsen and Brent McLaughlin, previously of the Gordons, were recruited as guitarist and mixer (although Brent later became second drummer for a while).

At this stage the Skeptics became fascinated by the possibilities of sampling keyboards and David became involved in writing music for the first time. Their sound, which had previously been guitar oriented, became more dominated by ominous loops and samples of everything from squeaking doors to Al Pacino’s dialogue from the film Cruising.

It was a very different band that appeared in Auckland in 1987 and they were stunning - songs like ‘Turn Over’ and ‘La Motta’ were thrown from the PA in a sonic storm that was beyond comparison. The sound was being created mostly by machinery but it was raw and organic and David’s voice, as always, was an instrument in itself. How anybody could wring emotion from words like “June, June, June, June, June, July, August” (from the darkly beautiful ‘Agitator’) was inexplicable but it was great to watch. And listen to.'

In 1988 they finally released the great album they’d always been capable of. Titled simply Skeptics III it was recorded at their own studio and stands out as one of the best local records of the last ten years.

At the end of 1989, as they were working on their fourth album Amalgam (to be released shortly) David learned that he had leukaemia. He spent most of this year undergoing various treatments and a bone marrow transplant. Even though his health was fairly precarious, the Skeptics still managed to play two great gigs at the Gluepot with the new songs (particularly ‘Sheen of Gold’) sounding more inventive and better than ever.

On Tuesday, 4th September, 1990, David died.

In a darkened club, on a small stage covered with spiderwebs made of heated, stretched polystyrene, a semi-naked figure, lit by a single red spotlight, was performing the praying mantis movements of Tai Chi to the soundtrack from Apocalypse Now. It was David D’Ath...
He will be remembered."

[I think I sourced this via the Skeptics FB page, thanks to whoever posted it there]

Goat - Let it bleed



Goat are some crazy ass afro psyche rock from Sweden. Check this tune. Footage from NYC in the 70s, have seen some of this in various docos on the era, looks like the Bronx.

"... Over nine pulsating tracks, Goat embark on a kaleidoscopic rollercoaster tour of Afrobeat, Latin disco, post punk, kraut drone and rampant acid rock. It's as if Spacemen 3 ate Funkadelic's Maggot Brain and a random Fela Kuti album – whole – before projectile vomiting a riot of rhythm and psychedelic noise." From an interview with Goat, at the Quietus.

Off the album 'World music', out now on Rocket Recordings. Hat tip to Martyn Pepperell at Vanguard Red

Oh yeah, they look like this...


Monday, September 03, 2012

Herbs join nz music hall of fame


There was an excellent article on the band Herbs in the Weekend Herald (not online yet, sadly updated: online here) by Alan Perrott, covering their chequered history, ahead of their induction to the NZ Music Hall of Fame by APRA. The Hall of Fame was established by APRA and RIANZ in 2007. 

The article made mention of the legal case where the current members of Herbs sued ex members back in 2010 over plans to play Herbs songs under the name Pacific Herbs at Raggamuffin (more here). The Herald reports that case cost Herbs $30,000, money they had planned to use  to record a new album.


From APRA: The New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame celebrates those artists and writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand through music. APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is honoured to announce Herbs are the first inductees to be added to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame for 2012.

"Herbs broke down a great many doors when they came onto the scene in the early 1980s. They fused Pacific and Reggae sounds into something unique and relevant to this part of the world; they gave a voice to an emerging, politically-aware audience that had grown up with the Springbok Tour, Bastion Point and Mururoa, and they gave a generation of young Maori and Pasifika musicians and songwriters a new path to follow. 


Suddenly, the spotlight had moved, and original New Zealand music could be as culturally diverse as the people who make up this country. That spotlight hasn't shifted back; it's continued to expand to this day, and the vibrant, multi-cultural music scene that we now enjoy owes much of its existence to this one band." Don McGlashan, APRA New Zealand Writer Director.

Over 30 years, eight albums and 27 members, Herbs are arguably the founding fathers of Pacific reggae in New Zealand. Throughout the bands career, Herbs have kept their musical message clear in expressing gentle but effective protest.

"Herbs have made an enormous contribution to the cultural fabric of life in this country, while forging a unique and original sound," says APRA's Anthony Healey. "This is a real honour to pay tribute to genuine pioneers in New Zealand music".

Herbs members being inducted are: Dilworth Karaka, Toni Fonoti, Phil Toms, Spencer Fusimalohi, John Berkley, Fred Faleauto, Charles Tumahai (deceased), Maurice Watene, Tama Lundon, Jack Allen, Carl Perkins, Willie Hona, Thom Nepia, Tama Renata, Gordon Joll, Grant Pukeroa and Kristen Hapi.

Herbs will be honoured and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Auckland Town Hall onThursday 13th September 2012.

WATCH: 2003 interview about Herbs with Dilworth Karaka, with great footage of Bastion Point, 81 Tour, the band live etc.

ADDED Graham Reid writes on Herbs...  HERBS, NZ'S politicised reggae revolution into the Hall of Fame (2012): Hard tings an' times

ADDED Herbs have done a digital reissue of Long Ago, Light of the Pacific, Whats Be Happen and more, via Amplifier, big news!

LCD shut up



I finally managed to catch the LCD Soundsystem concert doco Shut up and play the hits at the weekend. Very entertaining, well worth checking if you like the band. Final week screening at the Academy (Auckland) - in their tiny Encore Cinema, 6 rows of seats, 3 seats wide. Had the place to myself so I could sing along and no one complained. Sweet. One of my fave moments above...James Murphy pondering age... "I was 38 and I decided to make another album and then I blinked and I was 41..."

The clip below has Murphy talking about failure, and how he came up with the song Losing My Edge, after seeing a 22 year old kid DJing the same records he'd been making a name for playing. In the film Murphy says a lot of people told him they thought it was one of LCD's funny songs, but he was totally serious about it. That song was originally going to be the b-side on their 12-inch, and even his two partners in his label DFA didn't like it.

Do just what you like



Matthew Bannister (Sneaky Feelings/Dribbling Darts) has recently posted this entertaining video up on Youtube, for his late 90s outfit The Weather.

I directed this video for the band - they already had the concept mostly worked out and the director wasn't able to do it and passed the job to me. It's basically grabbing different pop eras from thru the ages. I had fun making this video, and had a great crew working on it too. I recall coaching Matthew on some rap poses, and loaned him a t-shirt to make him look sufficiently 'hiphop'. He does a good Barbra Streisand too....

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Lord Echo x Jakarta


Lord Echo drops a ltd edition 7-inch edit of Thinking Of You on German label Jakarta Records soon, you can listen to the flipside here featuring Jennifer Zea, on a free album sampler of Jakarta's catalog, incls Fabulous/Arabia and Shogun Orchestra too...

 

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 1

LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 - Padded cell remix
Was not was - Walk the dinsoaur
The cage feat Nona Hendryx - Do what ya wanna do - dub version
P-bass expressway - Easyride - Downtown Brown remix
Vera Hamilton - But I aint no more
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Whoa Bobby
Nas feat Olu Dara - Bridging the gap
Cutty Ranks - The stopper - Richard Dorfmeister remix
Big Youth - Waterhouse rock - Groove corp remix
Black uhuru - I love King Selassie
Dr Alban - Hello Afrika - Fast blast club mix
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 - Agua de beber
Didier's sound spectrum - Cupol
Curtis Mayfield - Doo doo wap is strong in here
Lyn Collins - Give it up or turn it loose
Jesse Johnson feat Sly Stone - Crazay
Rose royce - Do your dance -Amichay's skating rink edit (Soundcloud)
Edwin Starr - H.A.P.P.Y. radio  -Peter Mac edit
Eddie Kendricks - Going up in smoke - G's smoking edit (Soundcloud)
Franki Valli and the four seasons - Sun country
Wreckx n effect - Wreckshop
Estere - Cruel Charlie (Soundcloud DL)
Thievery corporation - 33:45

Friday, August 31, 2012

R.I.P. Chris Lighty

Chris Lighty, 2007. Photo: Jim Cooper/Associated Press
Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Management, has died. NY Daily News reports he "died Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.

"Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — put a gun to his head and fired after a spat with his former wife, Veronica, inside the South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.

"Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS..."

New York Times reports that "In one of his most notable deals, Mr. Lighty negotiated a partnership in 2004 between 50 Cent and the beverage company Glacéau that gave the rapper a stake in the company and his own flavor of its Vitaminwater drink. When Coca-Cola bought Glacéau three years later for over $4 billion, 50 Cent’s take was estimated to be worth up to $100 million..."

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Chris Lighty courtesy of The Big Payback by Dan Charnas.

New York Times: He Took Hip-Hop From Gritty to Global...excerpt... "Acquiring wealth was an obvious strategy against irrelevance or being overlooked. So the goal was to build rappers — and their brands — from the streets up, without ever sacrificing their connections to their background. Scale big and don’t dilute: those were the rules. That meant endorsement deals, vanity clothing lines and more, anything that could bear the weight of a rapper’s image, anything that could extend a reach.

So when Mr. Lighty partnered some of his clients with Sprite, the results were some of the most viscerally hip-hop ads of the day. Or even later, when he helped negotiate 50 Cent’s stake in Glaceau, the company that makes Vitaminwater, it was with an eye toward not just lending his client’s credibility but also letting the client do so on his own terms. Mr. Lighty didn’t change his artists; he encouraged them to infiltrate."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jam this record



NZ On Screen have rediscovered this clip for NZ's first house record... Simon Grigg, who had a hand in it, has no recollection of this video existing... wonder who made it?

"NZ's first house record was a one-off studio project for Simon Grigg, Alan Jansson, Dave Bulog and James Pinker. With a nod to UK act MARRS' indie/electro hit 'Pump up the Volume' — and a sample from Indeep's 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' — it briefly featured in the UK club charts. The independently made music video borrows the record's original graphics (by novelist Chad Taylor) and marries them to a mash-up of 1960s black and white, music related archive footage (including C'mon) with the occasional novelty act and politician added for good measure." And there's Rob Muldoon. Woo.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jules Issa 1994



Jules Issa single on Deepgrooves from 1994, produced by Andy Morton aka Submariner, one of his early productions - he later went on to produce music for Dam Native, Dimmer, Che Fu, and Tha Feelstyle. Ragga MC vocals from one like Tuffy Culture, who also featured on Sound Foundation's Ram Dancehall single.

Both versions featured on her 1995 mini album Found In You - the Tuffy Culture Remix was renamed as Tuffy's Dub on Found In You.

 

Monday, August 27, 2012

3 The Hard Way



I've been doing a few interviews about the digital reissue of Three The Hard Way's debut album that I worked on. I found a copy of the CD (none of the band had one, apparently, when they attempted to reissue it back in 2003) and wrote the liner notes for the digital reissue. Read more about that here.

I had a chat with Aaron Hawkins on Radio One in Dunedin, Chip Matthews on BaseFM, and Charlotte Ryan on BFM (listen above, and available for download on BFM's site).

Charlotte remembers dancing to Three The Hard Way at her school social (dance) in third form, and was pleasantly surprised to hear the songs again and discover they had aged well - better than she expected!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I feel love



Found this great version of Donna Summer's I Feel Love on the blog of author Will Hermes, the man behind the book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.

He has some great excerpts from his book on his blog, to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1977 NYC blackout.

My favourite moment is the day after the blackout, when power came back on, and Hermes writes that "...most of us New Yorkers picked up our lives as we had left them. But quite a few kids across the Bronx and elsewhere were wiring up brand-new sound systems—determined, now that they had the gear, to learn how to DJ."

LISTEN: Will Hermes, author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire talks to National Radio's Trevor Reekie about Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever." Listen to the interview on RNZ site here.

There's a great doco called NYC 77: The coolest year in hell (made in 2007) that is well worth watching, find it here on Youtube.


Also from his book, on the late Ms Summer...

"On May 13, 1977, Casablanca released Donna Summer’s I Remember Yesterday. A concept album about musical evolution, it ends with a song that is ostensibly the future: “I Feel Love.” She cooed, “Love To Love You Baby” style, over a chugging track made up entirely of synth beats and arpeggiated chord washes, a yin to Kraftwerk’s yang. New York DJs loved it instantly. As unprecedented as “Trans Europe Express,” it became just as essential, an electronic dance music template. 

Blondie covered it live, faithfully, with Chris Stein adding Santana-style guitar licks. In Berlin, Brian Eno rushed into the studio where he and David Bowie were working on Heroes with a fresh copy of the record, raving that it would change the sound of club music “for the next 15 years” (Eno was fond of grand statements). One can imagine the record spinning while the two Philip Glass fans listened to its hypnotic repetitions, the sonic possibilities blooming in their minds like flowers in a stop-motion film."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 25



New age steppers - My love
Jah warrior -What is right with dub
Soul vendors - Swing easy
Dream warriors - Ludi
Devon Russell - Make me believe in you
Nightmares on wax - Finer
Concept neuf - The Path - Sofrito edit
Temptations - Masterpiece
Staple singers/Curtis Mayfield - New Orleans (off Let's Do It Again OST)
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Deadly avenger - Malpaso
The Beat - Whine and grind/Stand down Margaret
Supercat - Dolly my baby - reggae mix with Trevor Sparks
Diplo w Sandra Melody - Newsflash
Rebel MC w Tenor Fly - Wickedest sound - Don gorgon mix
Kraftwerk - The model
The makers - Don't challenge me
House party - Dangerous game
Kas Futialo - Kaufeai le nu'u 
LeaLea Jones w Horace Andy - The road
Sound Foundation - Lethal dub
Stevie Wonder - Livin for the city - JT edit
Schoolly D and Joe Delia - The player - Ganja Kru remix
Youngblood brass band - It's all over - Nate compton remix
Sly and the family Stone - In time

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wake up



 First single off the new album from Aaradhna, produced by P-Money. Super soulful. Album out November.

Holding on to Jah

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....


Holding on to Jah film screening, 26th August 7.30pm


Holding On To Jah details the history of Jamaica, Reggae music, and the Rasta movement, bringing into focus the critical roles played by Marcus Garvey, and the 225th Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

Reggae is the sound track that sets the history and struggle of the Rasta people, and of all Jamaicans, to music. Candid interviews with some of Reggae's greatest singers and musicians (some of whom are no longer with us) tell a collective story of hard times that were endured and overcome because of their great faith.

The film takes viewers on a journey to the heart of the Rasta movement and shows us how, against great odds, a message of salvation and redemption was born. With courage, tenacity, and faith, the Rastafarian movement emerged, struggled, and continues to thrive. Through all their tribulations they continue to stand firm in their convictions, HOLDING ON TO JAH.

Let it whip



Reissue on 45 thru Ximeno Records outta Japan - reggae versions of Let It Whip and Juicy Fruit (Susan Cadogan). Want! 200 copies only, rare as heck. Originally released in 1983 as Whip It.

Susan Cadogan pops up in the comments on this Youtube clip of the reissue, suggesting it's not her singing. "Dont know what this is!!.....I have never in all my years as a singer ever heard of two singers with the identical same name and especially not a name as uncommon as mine....I should make my own recording of this song... Sorry but this is a cold sound for a song that should be far warmer...."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adrian Sherwood mix



DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?h3arf0kigh1ntkt
"This week’s FADER mix comes from the legendary Adrian Sherwood, the English pioneer of dub and zonked-out production. Sherwood just released the supremely heavy Survival & Resistance, his third album under his own name, via On-U Sound, the label he founded in the early ’80s, and his mix traces its beginnings in transcendental roots reggae. Download the mix below, followed by an interview on production technique, running a label and Lee Perry lighting someone’s sock on fire...." Read the interview here. Excerpt below...

Sherwood on mixing/producing... "I tend to use certain delay speeds, reverbs, plugging a reverb into a phaser, mixing things backwards, turning the mix over, and things like that to make a kinda really interesting sonic picture. You can almost do a performance, which is what classic dub mixing is. That’s what I’ve always loved. By being the producer, dub mixer, whatever, you’re shaping something to the final execution of the mix, not just sitting back minusculely making it perfect with a computer, but it’s attacking the bloody thing and, you know, making it leap out at you with your fingers. That adds a big life to the end of it, when you push it off..."

New Liam Bailey



New single from Liam Bailey, out on Truth and Soul Aug 21 (45/digital). His last single When Will They Learn is very tasty.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Estère via Welli


Great tune, catch the Erykah soul diva thing going on... Couldn't find much online about this talented singer from Wellington, but Martyn Pepperell wrote something about her on Vanguard Red earlier this month...

"An ode to a fictional ex-boyfriend named Charlie, ‘Cruel Charlie’ is the latest work from Wellington based singer Estère and her partner in beats and songs, an MPC named Lola. As a beatmaker, Estère has an natural funk to her hip-hop informed soul/Rnb production work. Likewise, as a singer, she has a rich, syrupy delivery and tone, literally dripping goodness all over the track."   Estère Soundcloud

Akalepse - For God Sakes

'Bling47 Breaks takes you on a journey into samples used by J Dilla. Filmed, edited and animated and directed by Waajeed.' Very cool series to dig thru. Here's DJ Akalepse talking about the Lee Feilds album that Dilla sampled...


Get the full story at http://bling47.com/site/for-god-sakes-akalepse/

and one more... Rich Medina on the melancholy in Dilla's later records...


Monday, August 20, 2012

Prince x Dam Funk

"For the Wax Poetics ten-year anniversary and Issue 50 Prince Issue, Dām-Funk (Stones Throw) creates an exclusive Prince DJ mix, including a new Dām-Funk track..."


Track list
1. Prince & the Revolution – 17 Days (original version)
2. DāM-FunK – 17 Days (D-F Re-Freak)
3. Prince – Irresistible Bitch (Props Re-Edit)
4. Prince (featuring Andre Cymone & Pepe Willie) – One Man Jam
5. Prince – Wet Dream Cousin
6. Prince – Dirty Mind (1981 Live Version)
7. Prince – Soft & Wet (original version)
8. Prince – Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (D-F Extended Re-Edit)
9. Prince – Sticky Like Glue (Props Re-Edit)
10. Prince & the Revolution – All My Dreams

D'Angelo and Jesse


I was reading the Jesse Johnson (The Time) article in a recent issue of  Wax Poetics magazine at the weekend - their issue #50 has a ton of great Prince and Prince-related stories.

From Wax Poetics: "Guitarist Jesse Johnson was an instrumental part of the Time, crafting some of their most well-known songs before departing on a solo career. While continuing to collaborate with idols like Sly Stone or jam with protégés like D’Angelo, Johnson charts new territory while staking a claim to the Minneapolis funk-rock sound that Prince and his affiliates created."

Today there's been a bunch of folk on Twitter raving about some live show D'Angelo is playing right now Stateside. I remember seeing Jesse Johnson playing with D'Angleo at an awards show recently, and a mate sent me this video (cheers, Jubt), of Jesse and D'Angelo blazing away on the guitars. Dude can shred.



Promotional mix by FA celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Wax Poetics!

Track list
Prince and the Revolution “Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)” (Warner Bros.)
The Time “777-9311 (propsEdit)”
Blood Orange “Champagne Coast (Krystal Klear Remix)” (Domino)
Jesse Johnson “Be Your Man (Specially Remixed Version)” (A&M)
Andre Cymone “Kelly’s Eyes” (CBS)
Larry Graham “There’s Something About You” (Warner Bros.)
94 East “If You Feel Like Dancin’” (Hot Pink)
Toro y Moi “Saturday Love” (Carpark)
Madhouse “Fifteen” (Warner Bros.)
The Family “Screams of Passion (Extended Version)” (Warner Bros.)
DJ Quik “Do Today (featuring Jon B. and BlaKKazz K.K.)” (Mad Science)
?uestlove, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, and Carlitta Durand “Purple Flip”
Prince “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me”
Frank Ocean “Songs for Women”
Prince and the Revolution “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star (Live, Landover, MD, 1984)”
Frank Ocean “Voodoo”

Count Bobo and the Bullion

Hat tip to Jen F for putting me onto these cats. "COUNT BOBO AND THE BULLION, a new 6 piece Ska band from Bristol and Bath playing traditional sax led and vocal harmony ska music, including tunes by The Skatalites, Prince Buster and Roland Alphonso...."

Count Bobo Soundcloud for more. Count Bobo on Facebook // Count Bobo website
 


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.