Monday, October 15, 2012

SAMPLE THIS Official Movie Trailer



The tale of one of APACHE, the greatest hiphop breaks ever, and the band behind it - Michael Viners Incredible Bongo Band. This looks seriously dope.

"SAMPLE THIS is the true story of how an unknown music producer and the greatest studio musicians of the 70's entwined to create one of the most influential albums in history.

If not for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, it might never have happened. The gunshots that rang out in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen in June of 1968 started a music revolution. It's the story of a band that never was, a cult movie and revolutionary music from the streets of New York. A pop culture odyssey that includes Charles Manson, a former Beatle and an infamous mobster."

Color climax - Right



A project led by Simon Holloway (later of Beaver Music) and Greg Davis with Rob Salmon - Holloway worked as a producer and programmer across a number of Deepgrooves releases, most notably on Sulata's outstanding album, Kia Koe. He also worked with Phil Fuemana on UPR releases. The song Never Know by Color Climax was on the Deepgrooves 95 compilation, and was also included on this single.







From Deepgrooves 95 compilation, liner notes

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Van She vs Mad Prof

Oz popsters get their arses dubbed out by Mad Professor. Free DL... hat tip to RCRDLBL

RIP Captain Barkey



Jamaican singer, shot outside a motel room in the Bronx. Jamaican Obeserver reports that "Captain Barkey, who teamed with deejay partner Wickerman on the 1996 hit song Go Go Wine, is dead.

The burly ex-soldier's bullet-riddled body was found by police in a car outside a motel in the Bronx, New York early Saturday morning, the Jamaica Observer has learned

A 38 year-old woman was also in the vehicle, police reported. She was also shot multiple times. They were pronounced dead at the scene...

...Captain Barkey (real name Wayne Hamilton) was a veteran of the sound system circuit. He and Wickerman had a few minor hits before topping local charts 16 years ago with Go Go Wine."

MORE BACKGROUND: " Barkey, born Joslyn Hamilton on November 4, 1951, was reportedly shot as he sat in a car with a female companion named Tracy Bennett, 38, after they exited the Holiday Motel in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. 

The New York Police Department says the alleged gunman, who remains at large, is Joseph Kernizan, 42, the father of two of Bennett's three children. Bennett, who was also murdered, had reportedly taken out a restraining order against Kernizan who had on more than one occasion warned Hamilton to end his relationship with Bennett.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Side Steps Quintet

From the Young, Gifted and Broke massive (Homebrew, @peace), Side Steps Quintet drop a well-tasty ep, pay what you like. Features...
Dandruff Dicky: sax, production  / Si Res: guitar, production / Hone Be Good: vocals / Tonga Vaea: vocals, trumpet, keys, synth / Tyra Hammond (ex Opensouls): vocals.


Friday, October 12, 2012

AudioCulture

Just announced, have heard this was coming... sounds promising...

AudioCulture to launch the “noisy library” of NZ music

NZ On Air today announced funding for a new website telling the story of popular New Zealand music. Made by the people who were there, AudioCulture will map the NZ music landscape, connecting people, recordings, places, scenes and record labels from the early twentieth century until today.

Until now there has been no single place to go to find out about NZ music. Information, recordings and histories are being lost. Led by site Creative Director and music doyen Simon Grigg, AudioCulture will work with artists, historians and music industry people to tell the stories of our music over the last hundred years from the first recording in the 1920s.

AudioCulture will contain reviews, discographies, interviews, biographical information, background articles, images, recordings and music videos, discussion and commentary from fans and artists.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said the funding agency was delighted to support the initiative. “We’ve been approached many times over the years seeking to tell the full story of popular NZ music. Until now we had never had the right vehicle,” she said. “When Simon approached us with his idea, with support from right across the music industry, we knew the time was right”, she said.

audioculture.co.nz will launch in mid 2013. The site has partnered with nzonscreen.com, the online showcase of NZ television, film and music video. The two sites will share technology, back-room resources, and governance, with the content for each site curated by separate teams.

AudioCulture, focusing on popular music, will complement the classical music site sounz.org.nz, the streaming capability of which was funded by NZ On Air in 2009.

And with its focus on the past, AudioCulture complements NZ On Air’s major online New Zealand music initiative, theaudience.co.nz, which looks to the future and new and up and coming artists.

“Countless New Zealanders treasure this content. It’s fantastic to see it being extended and brought to life with AudioCulture in a further digital initiative that NZ On Air is proud to support ” said Ms Wrightson.

Source: NZOA. The project has got $380,000 funding from NZ On Air.

Other Crate Record Fair on Saturday


The Other Crate Record Fair is on this Saturday, at Polish Hall, 1 McDonald st, Morningside - 930am start, $3 entry. Go down Sandringham rd, past Eden Park, turn right into Ethel St, and Polish Hall is on the corner of Ethel St and McDonald St. I'm taking a crate of record to sell, should be fun.

Night bus



Some more Kiwi styles, from Adi Dick. He's got a new EP out soon, via Bandcamp, here's a taste. Skanking niceness.

Christoph El Truento wax



Brand new from NZ producer Christoph El Truento (@Peace) feauring Julien Dyne and Issac Aesili, coming out on 7-inch vinyl thru Japanese label Wonderful Noise, who have championed a bunch of NZ artists like Lord Echo, Julien Dyne, Electric Wire Hustle etc. Preorders available from Conch Records.

Read a backgrounder by NZH's Alan Perrott on the Wonderful Noise label here

Deep groove

Here's a couple of tunes released on the Deepgrooves label, firstly, from the beginning of the label, dating from 1991, Rhythm and Business (Daniel Barnes and George  Hubbard). Vocals from Leza Corban and Anthony Lawrence. I interviewed Daniel Barnes recently for my book on Deepgrooves, he told me Anthony Lawrence was an alias for Anthony Ioasa.

Then, a number from the final days of the label, dating from 1998, is Ermehn, with Don't Be Late, the single-only remix version, produced by Andy Submariner Morton. Ermehn's new album is out now, more info here.




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Antibalas, live



"The first installment of our new video series, Live From The House Of Soul. Recorded at Daptone Records' backyard in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Directed by Philip Di Fiore. Produced by Daptone Records. Antibalas is on tour now!-www.antibalas.com"

Duke Amayo of Antibalas mentions something at the start about Daptone's studio - 'This space may not be around much longer..." Given that Daptone studio boss Gabe Roth is living in California now and is apparently starting to set up a little studio out there, maybe Daptone is shutting down their Brooklyn studio?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aaradhna - I'm Not The Same

Her new album drops Nov 9, this song is just vocals and tremelo guitar. Spacious, soulful jam. Free too.

New Menahan

New from the Menahan St Band (out now on 45), new album The Crossing from them out October 30 on Daptone.


Tetris with tubas



Amazing marching band plays video games...shot, Ohio State Uni Marching Band...

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

YGB vs YBB

Young Gifted and Broke (YGB) are a collective of local music types, including Homebrew, @peace, Christoph El Truento, Scratch22 and others, that started up a few years back.

Young Bright and Broke (YBB) is an advertising industry initiative launched on Sept 25 by CAANZ, and sponsored by APN (NZ Herald, Listener). "CAANZ's Young, Bright & Broke is here to engage, inspire and challenge the bright young talent - the future of the communications industry."

"..All the young, bright & broke’uns left the launch charged with four goals to pursue in their careers: responsibility, learning, recognition and joy. They were told the value of nurturing creativity, that even the freshest new-comer has a right to be inspired at work..." From Stoppress

Fans of  YGB have been quite vocal on YBB's Facebook page about the similarities in name. YBB have posted this in response...

" It's been a unique few days with lots of discoveries (as is usual in our jobs). A number of people have been unsettled by our name and for this we are truly sorry. Young Gifted and Broke, we love what you stand for - honest mistake." (from Oct 4). No indication they will be changing the name tho.

Toy Love wax



Toy Love are getting inducted to the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the NZ Music Awards on Nov 1. To celebrate this grand occasion, Real Groovy has a few plans up their sleeves...

"Following on from their release of Toy Love Live At The Gluepot for Record Store Day 2012, Real Groovy were ecstatic to hear Toy Love are the 2012 Legacy award recipients at this year’s NZ Music Awards. They are now proud to announce the release of the Toy Love Double LP, mastered for vinyl, straight from the original analogue tapes, no nasty CDs nor digital sources were used at all.

Release day is November 3.

Collecting all the A & B sides of the three Toy Love singles, plus the best demos from 1979, a live track and a jingle – there are 28 tracks in total.

A 24 page booklet will accompany the release, with the first 400 copies being pressed on split coloured vinyl – so each disc is duo coloured. For one day only this exclusive split coloured double LP will be available for $49-95 and only available from Real Groovy in person.

PRE-ORDERS for the black vinyl will be taken from Wednesday 10th October - while stocks last. All tracks have been licensed from Flying Nun for this New Zealand release

TOY LOVE / KNOX - IOUS 7inch
If pressing a collection of Toy Love’s essential material wasn’t enough, Real Groovy in recognition of Toy Love’s influence has pressed 300 x 7 inch singles of Swimming Pool by Toy Love b/w Gagarin by Knox - ious – a 2012 collaboration between Chris Knox and Rackets , and call us fools but we’ll be giving them away during the day with every purchase of the album.

TOY LOVE DVD collection
Ask anyone who saw Toy Love back in the day and the experience has been seared into their memories. Toy Love were a vivid musical and visual experience . Real Groovy has assembled 17 clips , studio performances, interviews and live shows from the Toy Love archives including the latest video shot for Swimming Pool by Newmatic bassist Jeff Smith – who incidentally shared a stage with Toy Love back in 1980. Available from Real Groovy for $19-95 they are limited to 500 copies.

TOY LOVE T-SHIRTS 
Two Toy Love designs from 1979/1980 will be available in limited quantity on the day. The Bride Of Frankenstein design and the Lon Chaney design have been created from the original artwork through our pals at Mr Vintage.

Toy Love themselves will be in store from approx 11am. Bands playing instore include Rackets, Delaney Davidson, Heart Attack Alley, Beach Pigs, Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes, Grrlfriendz, Tiny Ruins, The Manta Rays, Thee Rum Coves, The Rubens. Free.

UPDATED: Playing times for Saturday, Nov 3, Toy Love extravaganza
12.45pm Tiny Ruins
1.00pm Rackets
1.20pm Manta Rays
1.40pm Grrlfriendz
2.15pm The Rubens
3.00pm Delaney Davidson
3.30pm Thee Rum Covers
4.00pm Heart Attack Alley
5.00pm Beach Pigs

Jahdan Blakkamoore interview



Coming to NZ very soon, check him, he has worked with Diplo and Switch on  Major Lazer, and most recently on the Snoop Lion album... DATES: AK Oct 25, Welli Oct 26, Chch Oct 27...

UPDATED Oct16: Unfortunately, this tour has been cancelled - from Niceup "We regret to announce the cancellation of the Australasian tour due to reasons beyond NiceUp's control. We are very disappointed and apologies to all involved that we couldn’t make it happen. We hope to reschedule the shows to a later date."


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.