Monday, October 08, 2012

WahWah45 freebies

"Wah Wah Live at The Scala, on November 10th, features a ridiculous line-up that includes Jazzanova, Resonators, Trojan Sound System, Matthew Halsall, Debruit, Musical Bingo with Jess Indeedy, and so much more, including the first ever live show from Maze Hill!

And to celebrate, as is tradition - we have a FREE EP available for you to download right now...." Check track 2, great J-Star mashup...


BUT WAIT, there's more...


Richie Phoe - Echo International

Richie Phoe's debut album Echo International is out now, on vinyl/digital, thru Canadian label Balanced Records. Here's a preview, and a free DL of one track. It's reverb-soaked, dubbed out niceness.

Vocal guests include Tippa Irie and Earl 16, and there's a lovely cover of Bumby's Lament, an Issac Hayes tune from Shaft.

BONUS: Richie Phoe DJ Mix 2012, free download.



Saturday, October 06, 2012

STKS


I went along to the release party for the new album by local hiphop MC Ermehn last Thursday night. They had a lengthy list of performers, who got up and did two or three songs each. It kept the night moving nicely.

One act that stood out was a wild looking cat named STKS, who rocked a mohawk, yellow and black checks, and an acoustic guitar. He was distinctive.

He was helped out onstage by a beatboxer and a rapper. He was very lively, a natural performer. Here's a clip of what he sounds like, plus an interview.

His debut album Rhythm And Brown dropped in August of last year. Reads Graham Reid's writeup of it here.


Sulata, NZH 13 Feb 1997


Here's Deepgrooves artist Sulata, as featured on the cover of the NZ Herald entertainment section, 13 February 1997, for an interview with Graham Reid about her debut album Kia Koe. I spent some time recently at the Auckland public library going thru their microfilm of newspapers earlier this week, lotsa fun. They have copies of the NZ Herald going all the way back to 1863, how cool is that?


Andrew B White comments on 5000ways.co.nz that Sulata's video below was "actually meant to be for the single ‘Motion’ but Kane Massey (Deepgrooves boss and director) said he didn’t want to use the money for Motion and instead do a completely different song and video. His concept was to film a bunch of local scenesters at the time at Cafe Alba on Auckland’s Lorne St (now Shenkin) – a regular hang out for Deepgrooves associates due to its proximity to Kane’s offices.

"Kane enlisted me to get a few people in the video and help him out a bit with it. Hence I’m also in the video. He was trying to get me to get Bic Runga in there too but she was away at the time." Andrew was playing bass in Bic's band back then. He was also designer for numerous Deepgrooves' CD covers.

Others in the video include Deepgrooves artists Ermehn, Greg Fleming, and Rob Salmon and Ollie Green from Urban Disturbance.

Dean Mackenzie, who edited this video with Kane, adds that "from memory, I think Kane changed the mix of the song (remixed it?) from the original RnB one [listen below] to this. Why, who knows, he was kind out there at times."



Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 6



Overproof sound system - Get with it
Buju Banton - Champion
Wayne McGhie - Cool it
Scritti Politti with Ranking Ann - The word girl
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Noiseshaper - Moving together
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 77 - Mozambique
Joe Dukie vs the Nextmen - Blow wind blow
Billy Preston and Syreeta - Go for it - instrumental mix
 Fonda Rae - Over like a fat rat
Stylistics - Funky weekend
Ian Dury - Spasticus autisticus
Pointer sisters - Grinning in your face
Ramsey Lewis trio - The in crowd
Cal Tjader - La bamba
Lalo Schifrin - Black widow
George Faith - I forgot to be your lover (aka To be a lover)
Jefferson Belt - Gold dust
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan - Stone cold dead in the market - Ticklah remix
Patato and Totico - Dilo como yo -  Antibalas remix
Grand Wizard Theodore - Can I get a soul clapp
The Staples - Pass it on
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow

Friday, October 05, 2012

New album from Ermehn


I went along to the release party for the new album by Ermehn last night, good fun. Here's his new video, featuring PNC and Paul Bob.

Trained To kill - his third album - is out today. Produced by Anonymouz, the talented fella behind Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Remix The Orchestra.

Ermehn - Trained To Kill album on Amplifier // iTunes



From Amplifier: "Ermehn, one of New Zealand's Hip Hop Pioneer's hustles his way back into the game with his brand new third studio album, Trained To Kill.

Widely renowned as one of the best lyricists and storytellers in NZ Hip Hop, Ermehn once again weaves true life stories and recollections of growing up in Otara over intricate Anonymouz productions.

The album also features stellar verses and hooks from guest artists such as Boo Yaa Tribe's Gangxsta Rid, PNC, Chong-Nee, Dei Hamo, fellow Otara rappers Tha Movement, Mr Sicc, Young Sid and many others.
It is an unflinching insight into the mindset of a youth growing up in 1980's South Auckland eventually joining and subsequently leaving gang life as told by a now much more wiser and mature proud father of three living in the Hibiscus Coast, practicing various martial art disciplines and running his own security company, Pride Security.

Once again powerfully delivered in his unmistakable rap tone and flow, it is a very raw, powerful and dramatic piece of lyrical and production artistry that is guaranteed to draw you deep into its mayhem, trials, tribulations, hope and triumph."

Sir Howard Maori medley



Not great audio quality, but you get Sir Howard's great swinging 60s beat-combo versions of some Maori tunes... not a million miles from the Neketini Brass...

In 1966, Sir Howard starred in a great Kiwi pop movie/musical extravaganza called Don't Let It Get You (directed by John O'Shea), here he is singing the theme tune, a marvellous uptempo groover... dude sure could swing... You can watch the full film at NZOnScreen.

There were only three feature films made in NZ between the end of WWII and 1972, and John O'Shea was responsible for all of them.

Nu-Mark, solid steel



DJ Nu-Mark, brand new tune off his new joint, out Oct 9, guesting is Quantic and crew, PLUS it has steel drums. What more could you want?

Nu-Mark sez "On Oct. 9 we are releasing our 4th Series from my upcoming Broken Sunlight release." There ya go.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NZ Music Awards finalists

Len Brown, down with hiphoppers since forever. Just don't ask him about Ice Cube and that time he tried to get him banned from South Auckland. Photo by DJ Substance, with Homebrew

Full list of finalists over here, at The Corner. Kimbra up for six awards, and five each for Six60 and Homebrew. Kimbra was also announced today as a finalist at the ARIAs (Aust music awards). She's up for best female artist on BOTH sides of the Tasman.

Best hiphop/urban album finalists are Homebrew, Adeaze, and Savage. Best roots album finalists are Hollie Smith (and Mara TK), Tomorrow's People, and the Black Seeds.

Big news here is Toy Love get the Legacy Award. And the Neilson bros fight it out in the best alternative album, along with Ladyhawke. Oh, and Special Problems got all three nominations for best music video, so they are in with a shot.

Flying Nun announced on Twitter that "us and Real Groovy are getting together some releases for November, including a Toy Love 2xLP." Info here. Out Nov 3.

"To celebrate, Flying Nun and Real Groovy Records are proud to announce the upcoming double LP,Toy Love. Pressed on unique split coloured vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve, the 28 track compilation features all the band’s singles’ (A & B sides), a selection of demos recorded in 1979, a live track and even a radio jingle.

Plus, following on from their limited edition Toy Love – Live At The Gluepot LP released earlier in the year, Real Groovy Records have put together a Toy Love DVD Collection with 17 clips from 1979 and 1980 – as well as a yet to be released new clip for ‘Swimming Pool’. And, if that wasn’t enough, there will be a few more items of toy lust soon to be announced."

The 2LP set sounds like it might be a vinyl version of the Toy Love - Cuts release, which included their one and only album brilliantly remastered by Dale Cotton, plus rarities galore. 

From The Corner "The award ceremony takes place November 1 at Vector Arena while the Critics Choice showcase will be held on Wednesday October 17 at the Kings Arms and will be between Watercolours, Loui The ZU and Beach Pigs.

Technical Awards Winners (announced this evening)

Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed (Bannerman)
MAINZ Best Engineer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic Runga)
MAINZ Best Producer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon (Lydia Cole)

An aside: The SST let slip yesterday that Bic Runga and partner Kody Nielson are having a baby.

ADDED: Chris Knox reprised his previous appearance with Rackets last weekend, joining them onstage at the Kings Arms, covering Squeeze. Hat tip to Alan Holt for the link.

 

Grace interviewed, 95



Auckland band Grace (Anthony, Jason and Paul Ioasa) interviewed about their debut album Black Sand Shore, on music show Frenzy, TV3, from 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham. edited by Gregor Boyd, animations by John Pain, voiceover by Kate Stalker. Thanks to Ross for the vhs.


Nick Bollinger felt the Grace debut album worthy of inclusion in his 2009 book of 100 essential New Zealand albums, excerpted below...

"Anthony, Jason and Paul Ioasa were first-generation New Zealanders whose parents had eloped from Samoa in the early '60s.

Their father, a tough disciplinarian, distanced his sons from their Samoan roots, believing it was the only way for them to succeed in a predominantly white society. But he was also a musician, and when his boys weren't doing their homework he would coach them in drums, keyboards and guitars.

By the time they made Black Sand Shore, the brothers were all accomplished instrumentalists and fine singers.

On first hearing, it is hard to guess where Grace's mellifluous grooves come from. The tone and texture recall the sophisticated British pop of the period: Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile and Scritti Politti. Musically cosmopolitan, it combines elements of jazz, classical and rock....

...But if Grace's music invites escape, the title song brings it all back home, vividly evoking Auckland's west coast in imagery and shimmering sonics....

...Sadly, there would not be a sequel to this bold debut. Before the decade was over, Jason had given up music to pursue a career as a merchant banker. Anthony flourished as a writer of hit songs, especially for reality TV band True Bliss, while Paul moved to the United States, where he was killed in a car accident in 2003."

This album came out in two versions of the artwork - this is the later one, repackaged for Australian release



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tipene vs Tui

Local hiphop MC Tipene dropped a cool tune called West Side Hori, repping his hood, Flaxmere, earlier this year (produced by Juse) - the bro is out on his front lawn with his mates, wearing his white gumboots and rapping up a storm.  It's wicked.

His new jam features a sample from Prince Tui Teka (was talking with DT at the weekend about Tipene, he hipped me to this tune), which instantly makes  me want to check it. Go have a listen... it's pretty damn sweet...

James Murphy is cooler than you



On Todd Terje's 'Let's Nerd' blog, he asked how you got that distinctive LCD Soundsystem drum sound. And you gave him every single clue, every single secret. Is that something you're cool with now?

'I've always been cool with it. I've never guarded a technique in my life. I want music to sound better. I think I'm good at making it, so I would like other people to know how it's done. If there's some kid that can use that information and a light bulb goes off in their head, that's great.'

But isn’t there a danger that everything could end up sounding the same?


'I don't think we're having that problem – I think the problem we're having is all drums sound like Daft Punk. I love them, but if another producer tries to make their drums sound like Daft Punk drums then put a pop/R&B thing on, I'm gonna fly to whatever city they're in and shoot them in the face.'

Murphy also gives  a shout out to NZers in London, making good quality coffee. Shot, bro. 

Ngātahi - Know The Links

Ngāatahi - Know The Links is a six part rapumentary series on street arts and activism amongst native and marginalised people in twenty-two countries. Creator Dean Hapeta a.k.a. Te Kupu presents the latest and final part in this series and will be in attendance to answer questions about his work.

Solidarity, a 23 minute music documentary on Upper Hutt Posse’s visit to the USA as guests of the Nation of Islam in 1990 will also be screened.

Tue 2 Oct, 5:00pm–10:00pm
Bizdojo MakerSpace Studio, Basement level, 155 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Restrictions:All Ages
Ticket Information: Door Sales Only

Reynosa

Hat tip to Martyn Pepperell at Vanguard Red for this saucy tune, straight outta Portland...

M'LR 041 - REYNOSA - "CARINITO" b/w "CABALLERAS" 7" US$5. 500 copies only.
"Shocking and exciting debut from these three young fire-breathers. Equal parts psychedelic cumbia and house show thrash, Fabiola, Ana, and Brisa are seriously one of the best live groups we've seen in years, and brand new on the scene! Transcendent Los Hijos Del Sol cover on the A-side, original shredding on the flip, all wonderful, GET PSYCHED.


 

MCOJ and Rhythm Slave, live 92



Shot at the Powerstation, uploader writes that "I shot this because the Manager of supergroove paid for the camera hire. However I as i got slightly more drunk the ability to shoot straight wore off."

Here's what NZ music retail looked like in 1992, via Billboard magazine, cassettes outselling CDs.. In the article, Roger Marbeck of Marbecks says CDs make up 46.8% of sales, and has surpassed cassette sales for the first time (at 44.3%).

PLUS, go read Graham Reid's writeup for Billboard on the state of NZ music in 92... He says "If any one album could be seen to symbolise what has happened in the small but vigorous NZ market in the last 12 months, it would be "What can we say" by rap duo MC OJ and Rhythm Slave..."  AND there's a pic of my old band, Hallelujah Picassos too....


Monday, October 01, 2012

Maze Hill LV remix, free DL

Via XLR8R: "Maze Hill is the new collaboration between producer Andy Highmore, vocalist Holly Bestic, and singer/spoken word artist Joshua Idehen, who just sent over a remix of its forthcoming debut single by London trio LV.

The outfit exercises supreme control on its version of "Long Haul," keeping Bestic's and Idehen's soulful and jazzy vocals wrapped around their collective finger, so to speak, with an exceptionally tight production. Never rigid, the synth melodies shift seamlessly between varying levels of fluidity around the high-stepping beat. 

The rest of Maze Hill's four-track Long Haul record will be released on October 29 via Wah Wah 45s."

DJ Vadim - new album!



Album Don't Be Scared out in Europe now. PLUS, from a wee while back, LISTEN: TJ-Kid x DJ Vadim x Julien Dyne - New Zealand Special.

Carmen vs Jack Body

Carmen, image credit: Jack Body
The APO, Carmen, Jack Body and more... exciting!

"The APO unveils a programme of returning stars, new sponsors and New Zealand premieres and rarities at its 2013 season launch, held tonight at Auckland Town Hall.

Songs and Dances of Desire, the world premiere of a significant new work by current Composer-in-Residence Jack Body, is one of two major pieces the APO presents for the Auckland Arts Festival.

It examines issues of identity by celebrating the life and personality of one of our great cultural icons, Trevor Rupe – known to all as Carmen. Described by Body as “a total entertainment” featuring a guitarist, three singers (including countertenor) and dancer, Songs and Dances of Desire promises to be as flamboyant and captivating as its subject.

The second work, presented association with the Auckland Arts Festival, is a closing night performance of Benjamin Britten’s immense War Requiem in the centenary year of the composer’s birth.

“The Auckland Arts Festival is central to the city’s cultural life,” says Barbara Glaser, Chief Executive of the APO. “It’s both a responsibility and a pleasure for the APO to play a key role in the festival, and by presenting one of the great 20th century choral works and a major new piece by our own Composer-in-Residence, we hope to honour that responsibility – and bring pleasure to audiences, too.”

Mr Beatnick presents Sun Ra

OHM Dedication Series #4: Mr Beatnick presents Sun Ra...

"The OHM Dedication Series has returned after a summer break and this one is a peach. Mr. Beatnick offers you a mix dedicated to Sun Ra, the legendary jazz musician, bandleader and afro-futurist philosopher from Saturn. 

Whether you're an expert on his music or a total newcomer, this will be mind-expanding and a lot of fun. Listen below (137mb DL)....



Tracklist:
Discipline Intro
Outer Spaceways Incorporated
Love In Outer Space
Somebody Else’s World
Mayan Temple
The Antique Blacks
Island In The Sun
There Is Change In The Air
Night Of The Purple Moon
Lanquidity
Space Is The Place
Nuclear War
Journey Onwards
The Cosmic Exploror
UFO
Stargazers
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
Strange Worlds
Where There Is No Sun Outro

Cinema - Kuru



Cinema - Kuru (Radio Mix). Released on Deepgrooves, 4 track cd single, 1995. The music video for this song is below...

Cinema were Jolissa Tasi (lyrics/vocals), Anthony Ioasa (music/arrangement), Kane Massey (concept/video). Engineered by Chris Sinclair, programming by Simon Holloway, produced by Anthony Ioasa. They also contributed this same track in a longer version to the Deepgrooves 95 compilation.

Cinema also had a track called Anatomy on the Sofa So Good compilation (1998). The liner notes on that release say Anatomy  was from their album, called Someone Has To. Deepgrooves imploded around that time and I can't find any sign of that album coming out. Anyone know?

Deepgrooves website in 1997 said "cinema is rather odd group which produces music in japanese, english and samoan. the group released its first single kuru in 1994 and is currently in the studio producing an album due for released early 1998. a new single is due out this year." [I've left this without any capitalisation, as that's how it originally appeared. Kane Massey loved using lower case. Also the release date for the single listed (1994) differs from the one on the cd.]

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 29



Chuck Womack and the sweet souls - Hamhocks and beans pt1
Manu Dibango -Afro soul - Rob Mello no ears mix
Mophono - The edge
Ike and Tina Turner - Nutbush city limits
Ann Peebles - If this is heaven
BT Express - If it dont turn you on...
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Balliki bone
Maceo and the macks - Cross the tracks
Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Sahara swing
Global youth feat Jah Meek - The riddim
Ragga twins - 18" speaker
Don Drummond - Movie swing
Noiseshaper - Only redeemer
King Everand -Kill ole pan
General Levy - The wig
Herbie Mann - The letter
The Emotions - I like it
The Beat - Cant get used to losing you
Silva MC - Coming right thru
Mashed - Conquering lion - Moody boyz remix
The Orb meets Lee Scratch Perry - Hold me upsetter
Lionrock - Rudeboy rock  edit
45 King feat Wildchild - Two five
Mantronix - Who is it?
 Ermehn - Everyday real (album launch party thurs oct 4, details here)
Henry Mancini - Baretta's theme
Kid Creole and the coconuts - I'm a wonderful thing
 Steinski -We'll be right back

Friday, September 28, 2012

Murray's top 12s for 85


Earlier this week I posted a clip I came across of Murray Cammick guesting on Radio With Pictures in 1985, introducing soul and funk clips. Part of the chat with host Karyn Hay, was a list of Murray's best 12's for 1985 (see above). The one that caught my eye was Pennye Ford, not a tune i'm familiar with. Til now.... watch the vid, spot the famous folks...


From the youtube comments..."This is Penny posting!! To answer your question....Todd [Bridges] and I are not relatives but we were good friends...as was Stoney [Jackson]...they were my road dogs at the time and I had no video budget so I just called some of my friends (including some old soul train folks..lol) and got the video made.... Thanks ever so much for finding this. it means the world to me. What was that poodle hanging on my head. lol."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Local music doco coming....

Return to Hawaiiki



from Radio NZ National Music on Saturday 22 September 2012

"Clasically-trained pianist, composer and beat maker Anonymouz - Matthew Faiumu Salapu - travelled to Samoa in August as part of a delegation of New Zealand-Samoan artists to celebrate NZ-Samoa Friendship Week, an event marking the 50th anniversary of the two countries' Treaty of Friendship. For his presentation at Apia's Vanya Taule'alo art gallery, Anonymouz produced a found-sound track, stitching together recordings from his time in the islands. He tells us about the sonic ingredients that went into 'Return to Hawaiiki'. Play (Windows)

Interview with Anonymouz by Martyn Pepperell, from NZ Musician. He talks about working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on the Remix The Orchestra project. Ever hear a South Auckland musician reference the Flying Nun/Dunedin scene? Check this dude. 

RIP Andy Williams

LA Times: Andy Williams, 'Moon River' singer, dies at 84..."You wouldn't believe how 'Moon River' became a hit," he said in a 1989 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "I was having dinner with [songwriters] Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, who had just finished recording the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' with Audrey Hepburn singing 'Moon River' out on the balcony with a guitar.

"So Mancini and Mercer played this song for me, which I thought was great. But my record company was really into singles then, and they said: 'I don't think phrases like 'my Huckleberry friend' will make it with the kids — they won't know what it means.'"

But about four weeks before the 1962 Academy Awards program, he recalled, "I was invited to sing 'Moon River' on the Oscars show, and Columbia Records decided we ought to rush a 'Moon River' album into the stores, because that tune looked like a shoo-in for the 'best song' Oscar.

"So they quickly put out an album, had it in the stores on the day of the Oscars, and the next morning it sold 500,000 copies."

When Andy Williams dubbed Lauren Bacall


When I saw the Engish Beat play in Auckland last month, they did their great version of Williams' tune Cant Get Used To Losing You. The whole venue sang along to every word. It was quite splendid.



Andy Williams on The Muppet Show, hat tip Brooklyn Vegan

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

BFM, Shadows, vanishing from AUSA?

Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) is facing financial trouble, thanks to questionable dealings by the University of Auckland over property housing AUSA and it's ventures, like BFM, and Shadows.

Craccum has published a piece "Death Bells Ringing?" on the issue...

AUSA built the Student Union building (which houses BFM), but in the early 2000s, the University decided they owned it. "... It argued that regardless of who had paid for the building, the fact that it was on university land meant the university owned it." The University eventually settled out of court with AUSA, but has to date stalled repeatedly in paying the agreed settlement in full. It appears like the University has manoeuvred AUSA into a corner.

Now, if one of AUSA's businesses is declared insolvent, ownership of the buildings goes to the University. And BFM will be charged commercial rates, or have to find a new home. Or possibly be sold off by AUSA to raise funds to make up for lost income.

UPDATED Nov 2, 2012 - Bacchid Benevolency Ltd has gone into receivership  This is 100% owned by AUSA and means that Shadows is now shut. A liquidator was appointed 31 October.

If the opinion piece quoted above from Craccum is correct, the property housing Shadows now falls under the ownership of the University of Auckland, not the AUSA.

http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/626713

NZ Trading Company



This band pop up from time to time amongst Kiwi beat diggers, the anomaly being how does a band in the US end up with a name like that? Chris Bourke has posted up audio of one of their more popular songs, he tells the story...

"The New Zealand Trading Company actually only traded in the United States. The band evolved out of the Maori Hi-Quins and other Maori showbands of the 1960s. The most prominent member was bass guitarist Thomas Kini, who left New Zealand in 1959 aged 16 to play with the Hi-Quins.

At the time of his death aged 61 in 2004, he had become a prominent musician based in the Chicago area. (Many Maori showband musicians settled in the US after their cabaret heyday was over.) Kini worked with artists such as Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Ripperton and Herbie Hancock.

The New Zealand Trading Company released just one album, in 1970, on the Memphis label. Most of the songs are co-written by Thomas Kini, plus two by Alberto Carrion. But the song which keeps getting requested on specialist Maori programmes on New Zealand public radio is their cover of "Hey Jude".

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quincy on MJ

Quincy Jones. Source
Quincy Jones from a recent NY Times interview... I've heard this story a  few time, about Michael Jackson thinking rap music was over and done...

"... Did he [Michael] really never personally tell you he was moving on?
He didn’t, no. It’s OK, man. It’s not like I’m gonna roll over and die. He told his manager that I was losing it, that I didn’t understand the business because I didn’t understand in 1987 that rap was dead. Rap wasn't dead. Rap hadn’t even started yet."

Full interview here. Quincy talks about his daughter dating Tupac, and confirms he was not gay for Tupac, as rumours suggested - "I'm not into men... I'm a hardcore lesbian..."

New Lips single

Recent Silver Scroll winner Lips (Stephanie Brown) drops her new single. It's available as a digital download for one dollar via Bandcamp, check it below. It's a preview from her forthcoming EP "Look, Listen", out October 25.



Bye bye Khuja


Long-running Auckland venue Khuja Lounge has announced it is closing down at the end of this month. Khuja opened in 1997, and developed a scene that spawned the Sugarlicks Records label. Sugarlicks held their latest release party at Khuja just last month, for the Seva Hifi album. The venue went up for sale last month. Am guessing it didn't sell.(deleted: I was looking at a sale listing on trademe from Oct 2011, when the business was for sale, for $55,000).

Khuja staff member Karin said on their Facebook page, "It is with sincere regret and sadness that we announce that Khuja will be closing down on the 30th of September. We would like to thank our loyal patrons for your continued support throughout the years and all the musicians who have given the place a soul.

Also thank you to the people who have helped us along the way, with sponsorships, charity gigs, poetry readings, art exhibitions, burlesque shows, Latin nights, Jamaican nights with food and all ☺  live street art, and also our invaluable repainting help.

Its great to have hosted the making of unitec student films, the making of music videos, photo shoots and of course all the wonderful people who have had their special functions with us.

As you know this is the end of an era and I hope you can all take away with you some very good memories of some special nights out.

And of course we would like to thank our staff, for doing a great job, especially the iconic Ash who has been there for what seem like forever!

Please come up before the 30th and have a farewell drink with us."

Khuja's lease is up at the end of September, and apparently the current owners decided to move on, rather than renew the lease and then try and sell the business.

ADDED The Dog's Bollix venue is closed (via NZ Musician)  " Newton based venueThe Dogs Bollix up for lease and currently closed under liquidation. The venue has been a stomping ground for musicians since its launch in 1996 and was recently spruced up with an interior refurbishment and layout change... The equipment and chattels owned by Cahersiveen Ltd (trading as The Dog’s Bollix) were put up for auction on September 14 under instruction from Rodgers Reidy Chartered Accountants."

The Dog's Bollix started out in the early 1990s as The Dog Club, set up and run by Stuart Broughton, then managing an up and coming young band called Supergroove. My band Hallelujah Picassos played there a bunch of times, had some great shows in there too.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kilodee single

Kilodee is a new musical project I kicked off last year with this song. This is the new single, with the cheery title, The heat will kill you.

It's available now on Bandcamp as a 'pay what you like' download. Just so ya know, if you pay zero, I'll ask you for your email address for my mailing list. Preview below...



AND I made a freaky little video for it, chopping up some old US Govt health film that's public domain...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Murray C 85, talks soul on RWP

Nautilius flip



from Monkone (Wax Poetics): "Back in 2003 my man Emskee asked if I could flip Nautilus in some way that hadn't been done yet. Just came across an old CD with my attempt on it, thought I'd share. MPC2000--Reverb--Compressor and that's it." And then there's this...

MCOJ and Roger S

TV3 show music awards - for the most use of water on a video. Presenters are Moana, MCOJ and Slave, and winner is...

 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 22

Kashmere stage band - Superstrut -Kenny Dope re-edit
Hugh Masekela - Languta
William Onyeabor - Body and Soul - Afrodisiac soundsystem edit
Romanowski - Flat picker
Nelly Furtado - Turn off the light
Silva MC - Coming right thru
Restless soul - Turn me out
Lonnie Liston Smith - Cosmic funk
SOS Band - SOS (dit dit dit dash dash dash dit dit dit)
Nextmen vs Joe Dukie - Hold me now (free download)
Israel Starr - Summertime
Gwen Guthrie - Ticket to ride
Lee Fields - You're the kind of girl - Grant Phabao remix
Augustus Pablo - Iggy iggy
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Peach dub
Ticklah  - Si hecho palente
Resonators - Sweet love affair - Cyantific remix
Smith and Mighty - B line fi blow
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Little dragon - Test
Chancha via curcuito - Zorzal
Frente cumbiero - Pitchito
Doug Carn - Suratal ihklas - Fulgeance remix
Gulls - Mean sound
Shannon - Do you want to get away - Dub version
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to TROY

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nextmen feat Joe Dukie (Fat Freddys)

Free ep from the Nextmen, features Fat Freddys Drop singer Joe Dukie, previously unreleased, out today. Sounds pretty tasty...

From Bestiblog: "The Nextmen are releasing a free EP 'Blow Wind Blow - The Unreleased Sessions'... The tracks were created during FFD's first trip to UK shores but subsequently left untouched in the digi-vaults for the past decade. Rediscovered during a recent studio spring clean, the duo have decided to gift these tracks to supporters of The Nextmen and Joe Dukie in the gap between long players. Stream 'Blow Wind Blow' exclusively below and download the full EP for free on Friday via thenextmen.com."



ADDED some background... "Acclaimed genre-popping producers Brad Baloo & Dom Search from The Nextmen joined forces with arguably one of the world's best soul vocalists, Fat Freddy's Drop frontman Dallas Tamaira - AKA Joe Dukie - in the Summer of 2003 to flesh out & record an idea hatched by Christopher Tubbs who, at the time, was working for ill fated London label Carbon Records.

The trio met during Freddy's first trip to London & with just four days in a front room to record, the boys enlisted band mates Toby Laing & Joe Lindsay on horns, along with the lyrical endeavours of Hamish Clark from Breaks Co-op to forge what would become something very special. The result was simply stunning, but like the path much trodden, the label folded, the record was never released & the DAT tapes lay undiscovered in a dusty archive until now...."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ghostly Hot 8



 Brand new single from Hot 8 Brass Band, covering Ghost Town (The Specials), single out Oct 8, new album out Nov 12. Check this.

Jackie, Spanky, and sunshine



I thought my favourite cover of this song was by Spanky Wilson (below), then I heard this version yesterday. Damn, Jackie Mittoo rocks it, Keyboard king!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ermehn new album...



Ermehn has a new album (his third), Trained To Kill, out early October, release party is October 4th at The Lounge bar, High St, Auckland. You can get the song Stare and Whisper (feat PNC) as a free download from over here.

Guests on the album also include Ganxsta Ridd (Boo Ya Tribe), Mr Sicc, Dei Hamo, Temple Jones, and production from Anonymouz, the very talented fella behind the APO's Remix the orchestra concert, one of the most amazing live shows I've seen in ages.

More info on the release party, see Ermehn - Facebook.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Total Effect, 88

Via Simon Grigg on Twitter: "Pre-CRC ad, Total Effect Rippin' Up a Storm (or something…) in what is likely to be the first recorded hiphop from AKLD"...



"This track went to #1 on the BFM Top 10 for a week, by public vote. Total Effect was the rap group I formed in 1987 with MC Squared (Michael Fletcher), MC Klymn (Les Hammon), and DJ Damage. Boy C (Chris Maiai) joined the group later.

Apart from two tracks on the compilation album "AK89 In Love With These Rhymes", we never had any commercial releases due to sampling issues (De La Souls "Three Feet High and Rising" was released as we recorded our album and the legal issues over that prevented meant our record company shelved the project for fear of getting sued).

Our biggest gig was at the Auckland Town Hall in 1990 playing to 2000 people in support of Redhead Kingpin.

This Demo was recorded at Last Laugh Studios on an 8 track in Auckland in 1988 and has been preserved from a long lost 25 year old cassette!!"

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Howe's that?

Mike Alexander in the Sunday Star Times reports that Arch Hill Recordings' boss Ben Howe is "set to be a major player in Flying Nun's future... [and] Roger Shepherd will be involved in the running of the label..." Howe says the rumours that the label is in financial trouble and about to fall over again are not true.

This interesting development comes on the back of a new share issue in mid July (according to Companies Office records), which indicates a fresh influx of cash to Flying Nun from its shareholders, including Neil and Sharon Finn, and Graham Cockroft (ex Netherworld Dancing Toys). Cockroft was also a director of Flying Nun, along with Roger Shepherd, but was taken off as director in April 2012.

(UPDATED 18 Sept - the Companies Office website records that Cockroft has been reappointed as director on 27 Aug 2012, notice registered on 17 Sept, 2012. Cockroft is currently Contact Energy's Chief Financial Officer, a role he's held since June 2012. Prior to this he was their Chief Operating Officer for 3 years).

Contrast this with early 2010, when Ben Howe wrote a pointed commentary on the Arch Hill website (post now deleted) talking about how he had worked closely with Flying Nuns' Roger Shepherd for several years on the Flying Nun deal, only to get pushed out at the last minute. Some of that post is viewable here.

Shepherd told Salient magazine in March 2010 that ".. it was very hard, but [Howe] didn’t have the money, we weren’t going to be able to raise the money. It was unfortunate, and maybe I managed it really badly, but I just had to do what I had to do, really. I’m not happy about it, but it just got too difficult.”

The share allocation has changed twice since Flying Nun reignited in 2009, indicating several infusions of money - while Shepherd retains 100 shares, the other three shareholding parties have had their allocation increased, first on 10 October 2011 from 100 to 178, and again recently on 19 July 2012, from 178 to 291. The latest shares were issued on 8 June and registered on 19 July.

When Shepherd started the label in1981, three years into their existence the label had achieved critical and commercial success, with the likes of the Clean and the Chills, to name but a few. Three years on since Shepherd  reclaimed the label in 2009, and their successes have been mainly critical ones, and no major commercial success.  They have also lost some of their new signings, like Die Die Die.

Background: Flying Nun shareholders are? (Feb 2010 post)

ADDED: Interesting piece from Andrew Schmidt: "Change needed at Flying Nun..."

UPDATED Sept 19 - Flying Nun have announced on their website that Ben Howe is now general manager, and the label will move to Auckland...

"... The head office will now be located in Auckland, alongside Arch Hill Recordings. Ben Howe (from Arch Hill) will become general manager, Roger Shepherd will work as a consultant and shareholder (based in Wellington) and Matthew Davis will move to Auckland to carry on as the local label manager.

In the current environment it makes sense for labels and independent music businesses to consolidate and share resources. In order to succeed we must keep the focus on working with great bands, making sure they are properly looked after and taking them to the world. We think this is the future for Flying Nun - from vinyl through to online."

UPDATED 29 Sept - Ben Howe appeared on Media3 on TV3 this morning (watch here), he told host Russell Brown that he started talking with Neil Finn (FNun shareholder) when the two of them were sitting together on a flight to Australia last year, when Finn's band was playing Laneway Festival (Howe is co-promoter in NZ of Laneway).

Ben says that conversation continued, then later Roger became involved, and Ben put a proposal to them about some ideas. He point out that consolidating operations when the music industry is in tough times makes sense, and that the music industry is based in Auckland and it's a lot easier to get things done.

Ben also notes that Flying Nun is doing quite well in the US, and he has been there a lot with Arch Hill acts like Streetchant and Surf City, so it make sense for him to work both labels while there. He also reveals there's now a contract with The Chills, and is looking forward to working with them.

ADDED: Ben Howe was added as director of Flying Nun on November 20, 1012.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 15



Nina Simone - Seeline woman - MAW remix
Joubert singers - Stand on the word
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind - Shoes re-edit
OJays - 992 arguments
Antibalas - Che che cole makossa
Steel n skin - Afro punk reggae dub
The Orb and Lee Scratch Perry - Hold me upsetter
Dub traffik control - Searching for stalag
Herbs - Azania (soon come)
Marcia Aitken/Trinity - I'm still in love/three piece suit
Jah Stitch -Raggamuffin style - Smith and Mighty remix
Osibisa - Fire
Fred Wesley - House party
Estere - Cruel Charlie
Sola Rosa feat Iva Lamkum - Turn around - Suff Daddy remix
Esther Phillips - All the way - Leftside wobble edit
Nile Rodgers - Land of the good groove
Keni Burke -Rising to the top - AliOOFT edit
Amalgamation of soundz - Things amiss
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Charles Bradley - Why is it so hard?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Herbs at Silver Scrolls

Herbs with APRA's Anthony Healey. Photo: NZ Herald/Natalie Slade
The APRA Silver Scrolls is a night dedicated to celebrating our songwriters. It's a magnificent event, now in its 47th year. The finalists get to hear their songs interpreted by other artists on the night - it makes for some interesting listening.

The main reason I went to the APRA Silver Scrolls last night tho was to see Herbs inducted to the NZ Music Hall Of Fame. Sure, it's a grand night, and there were some entertaining performances, but Herbs, that's some history right there.

Herbs are one of the most important bands this country has ever produced, especially if you have an interest in reggae.

They were introduced onto the stage by Che Fu, who talked about when he was growing up, he used to call the band Uncles. Because back then, there were two reggae bands in New Zealand - his dad's band, and Herbs.

Che talked about going round to the Herbs' place with his dad to drop off packages and being sent outside to play, while the adults talked inside and this funny smelling smoke came out the windows.

He talked about the records the band made, the importance of French Letter (later, in a tribute video to the band, Graham Reid highlighted the amusing choice of using the accordion, a very French instrument, in a song taking aim at the French).

And he talked about the band's inclusion on Slice of Heaven with Dave Dobbyn, "Or as we liked to call him, Yoda." And now, from this day forward, everyone in New Zealand will call Dobbyn Yoda. Shot, Che.

Then Che closed by saying "And that's my 21st speech over with..." and invited us to be upstanding for the members of Herbs, and the past and present members walked up onstage to a standing ovation.

Dilworth Karaka spoke on behalf of the band, thanking a number of people, and talked about how the band had got together the night before for a drink (and perhaps a sneaky smoke outside) and a yarn to clear the air, and they were all good. Cos there is a lot of history in that band, some happy, some not so happy. Dilworth also referred to Slice of Heaven, saying "after you cause a riot you need to come up with a hit song, aye Yoda?"

Then Willie Hona stepped up to the mic and all the band, past and present, sang E Papa, acapella. It was an incredible moment, spine-tingingly good.

As is tradition at the Silver Scrolls, the nominees get to hear their song covered by another artist, and with Herbs, the musical director Jon Toogood chose Kora to cover Rust in dust (watch here). Toogood seemed to favour using a lot of Wellington musicians. Shocker.

Kora came out and opened the song with a musical riff lifted from My Jamaican Guy by Grace Jones, nice touch, and then sang their hearts out. Damn, those guys can harmonise.

The Corner has a full list of the covers done here. The general tone of most of the covers was quite lively, which helped given how maudlin and depressing most of the finalists' originals sounded.

They were largely unsuccessful, I thought, in bringing something fresh or insightful to the songs. Lots of big, flashy covers, high impact but unmemorable. Julia Deans with a string quartet for Opossom's Getaway Tonight was a brave idea, but Deans didn't have the range to really nail it. Rhian Sheehan stood out tho, with his demented sonic excursion on the Sounz Contemporary Award winner Alex Taylor's piece.
The winner was announced by Tony Wain of The Narcs (comeback tour to plug or something?), congratulations to Steph Brown (ex One Million Dollars, Opensouls) aka Lips.

Later, to close the night, Dave Dobbyn and his band came onstage to play Slice of Heaven (but no Herbs members joined him). He did it with a banjo included, and it sounded like a limp hillbilly cover. It didn't really take flight. I found out later Dave was covering Tami Neilson's cover of his own song. How meta. Hear that? That's the sound of the universe folding in on itself. Blame Yoda.

Ex NZ Herald writer Dominic Roskrow joined in via Twitter (from the UK) saying "Remember when Joe Walsh played with Herbs & passed out backstage at The Powerstation? Let me explain... Walsh moved to Auckland & adopted the band as reggae's future. He tried to manage them & did odd reggae versions of Eagles songs with them, but couldn't handle strong NZ dope so it went nowhere. So indirectly it's the fault of Herbs that hell froze over and The Eagles reformed. How zen is that?"

Roskrow was inspired to join in the conversation oline after seeing his former colleague, Russell Baillie, pop up with this: " I once pinched a photo of Nelson Mandela from the Auckland Star library so Herbs could use it in a video. No guilt tonight."

What an incredible night. Tu meke.


MORE: Gareth Shute reviews the night for The Corner, here.
Previous post: Herbs join music hall of fame

ADDED: Video of the night is up on the NZ Herald site, watch the tribute video to Herbs.

Watch Kora cover Rust in dust here.

Don McGlashan's speech from the awards night has been posted on Graham Reid's site, here.




PLUS: 1988 Herbs doco on Ruatoria album launch, by Lee Tamahori, via NZ Onscreen...

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RIP Andrew "Mac" Macaskill

Still from Beth's Song music video, Danny Manetto on left, Mac Macaskill on right
Andrew "Mac" Macaskill, one third of the original line-up of Auckland Band Voom (alongside Danny Manetto and Buzz Moller), passed away this morning. Much love to his friends and family.

some history: "Voom first formed back in the early 90’s. Buzz Moller and Mac MacCaskill noodled away making music in their basement for years before anyone heard a thing. ‘Relax’ was the first single released to student radio and it became a well-known b net hit. Second single ‘Beth’ soon followed suit. Danny Manetto joined the band on bass and they played many venues around New Zealand and released the highly acclaimed debut album ‘Now I Am Me’ in 1998 [Antenna Recordings]. Voom shows grew larger and larger; a particular highlight was performing in support of Pulp at the North Shore Events Centre..."  Mac left the band over personal issues with singer Buzz Moller.

He was also involved in the 2010 Project, a band that featured "2 ex members of Voom being Mac Macaskill & Danny Manetto + Tony Shields & Simon Harris".

Mac features in the video below...



Obit from NZ Herald, Saturday Sept 15: "MACASKILL, Andrew Scott (Mac). Aged 49 yrs, passed away in the company of his darling Leisa on Thursday 13th September 2012 after a short illness. Most treasured son (Scamp) of Trish and Stuart and dearly loved brother of Grant and Helen and Ian and Sandie. Adored Dad of Sophie and Nic and the coolest Uncle Mac to Ella, Callum and Lewis. His loving nature and wonderful free spirit will be greatly missed by us all.

A service will be held at 3:00pm Tuesday 18th September at the Purewa All Saints Crematorium Chapel, All Saints Rd, Meadow Bank, Auckland. Our sincere thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at the Mercy Hospice for their compassionate care of Mac and family. Donations please in lieu of flowers to the Mercy Hospice, Ponsonby, Auckland."

Also from the NZH: "MACASKILL, Mac. My brave man died in my arms at 3.05am on 13 September, 2012. Too young and too good to die. Loved friend and mentor to the Manetto-Munro lads, Xavier and Lucian. A loved member of Christine and Bruce's family, the Munro Clan. Much loved father to Sophie and Nick. My lover and best friend Leisa xxx ..."

photo: Mac Macaskill's Twitter

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Neketini meets Fela


 Amplifier just posted this great Kiwi LP cover (above) on Twitter, saying "They really don't make album artwork like this any more. And probably for a reason."

It reminded me of this great Kiwi LP I've got by Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass (1968, HMV), essentially a local take on the classic Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass sound, covering Maori tunes like Pokarekare Ana and E Hine E. It's a great record. And somehow this LP cover below ended up being recycled for a late 60s Fela Kuti compilation LP. Seriously.

ADDED: Hat tip to Dylan C for reminding me of this 2005 mashup that used the same cover art.









ADDED Stinky Jim reminded me in the comments that there are two versions of the Neketini Brass cover art - Thanks Jim! Here's the other one...



Added: I digitised a tune or two off my copy of Neketini Brass, here's their take on Pokarekare ana...



Aaradhna - Can We Go Back



Serious soul music. Check this. Free download single of Aaradhna's upcoming album "Treble & Reverb", due out in November 2012.

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.