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...