Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Resonators album out

UK reggae outfit The Resonators drop their debut album today on WahWah45s, have a listen below... They are also touring the UK over the next month...The Resonators have opened for the likes of Lee Perry, Derrick Morgan, and Fat Freddys Drop.

"A return to dub music of rare subtelty and imagination - qualities that confirm this band as the UK reggae act to watch" (John Masouri, Album review in Echoes magazine)

 "The Resonators are easily one of the best live dub-reggae bands around, in this country or any other...The Constant is a great reggae record, fans of the band will be happy with it, new listeners will be drawn in by it." (Adam Tait, Shout 4 Music)

She Dubs Me interview

I've been doing a few radio interviews in the past week for the Dub Asylum - She Dubs Me remix digital reissue, chatted with Chip Matthews on Basefm, Nick D on Georgefm, and Murry on Radio Ponsonby - you can listen to that last one below.

Also, Ba Ba Boom (Oogun Remix) by Dub Asylum is Tune Of The Week on Basefm this week, read about that here. Thanks, Base peeps!

Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, etc

Monday, November 05, 2012

Toy Love wax arrives

I went to Real Groovy on Saturday (took some photos, see above), got a copy of the incredible Toy Love vinyl, which comes in a double gatefold sleeve, all colour printing, with a huge booklet with extensive liner notes, AND a free bonus 7". Hats off to John Baker and co for pulling this together. Well done.

The live bands during the day were great fun, have found a few clips and added below, including the raucous punk delight of Grrlfriendz, and Delaney Davidson, who also did an amazing, spooky, slowed-down blues take on Snapper's Buddy.  The groovy organ-driven sound of Wellington's Manta Rays was mighty fine, and Heart Attack Alley were very enjoyable, their album has just come out too, on vinyl. Each band was asked to do a Toy Love cover as part of their set.

I also picked up Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam - Head  to toe ($2), Madhouse - 8, which is Prince doing a jazz album ($2), Isaac Hayes - Juicy fruit LP ($8), and Nathan Haines - Shift Left cd ($6). Fun day out! Thanks to everyone involved in making it happen, and shout out to all the music heads I ran into at Groovy.

ADDED I caught up with Simon Grigg at Real Groovy, he blogged a bit about Toy Love over here.

Also, the NZ Herald report the new Toy Love vinyl hit the album charts, debuting at #15 on the back of around 1000 copies selling.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Soundway free label sampler

Via Soundway: "Download an exclusive 10 track sampler of the hottest cuts from the Soundway stable. Includes not-yet-released tracks from forthcoming albums, tasters of recent releases plus some older songs unavailable physically for some time. Simply enter your email and country below and hit download."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 3

Nu Shooz - I can't wait
Prince Charles and the city beat band - Jungle stomp
Chic - Good times
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby (live in NZ in March 2013 - Akld and Womad)
Les difficiles de petion ville - Fem confiance - Tropical treats edit
Pleasure seekers - Give up the funk
Seawind - Free
Stevie Wonder - Living for the city - JT edit 
Slim Smith  -Conversation
Joe Tex and U Black - Standardisation
Rhythm and sound feat Jennifer Lara  -Queen in my empire
Adrian Sherwood - Pass the rizzla
Wrongtom meets Deemus J - Wa do dance
 Resonators - Wandering
Austin Faithfull - I'm in a rocking mood
Lightning head - 2nd line stomp
DJ Nu Mark - Tropicalifornia
Total experience - Contradiction
Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine of your love
Mickey and them - UFO
King Sunny Ade - Ja funmi
Junior Dan - Give thanks no skanks / version
Toots and the Maytals - Monkey man / version
Richie Phoe feat Tippa Irie - Eye on the prize

Friday, November 02, 2012

Toy Love, NZMA's

Toy Love, at the 2012 NZ Music Awards. Photo: Radio Ponsonby/FB
Watch it on demand on TVFOUR, part one here, part two here.

official photo, from NZ Music Awards/FB

Homebrew feel the love

Homebrew's Tom Scott and goat. Photo: Dean Purcell/NZ Herald

Homebrew won best Urban/Hiphop Album at the NZ Music Awards last night, but missed out on their other nominations. Apparently middle NZ was surprised and shocked when the band burst into their living rooms via the television set.

David Clarke @maori_bynature: "if last nights #NZVMA taught me anything its that if it #homebrew is the future of #NZHIPHOP we're screwed!"

Mathew Grocott @mathewgrocott: "What did HomeBrew do (other than perform crap music) that was so offensive? #lazyweb"

Trespassingghost @coconutghost007: "I wasn't outraged at Homebrew, just embarrassed at how shit they were"

Joseph Moore @josephmoore1: "What's with ppl dissing Homebrew for last night? 'I wish the Music Awards just happened without incident! That's what I want to watch!' "

Fa Muna @TK_Muna: " lastnight's nz vmaz were so not worth the wait ! seriously wanted to jump into the tv screen and knock homebrew into a coma."

And what did Homebrew make of all this?

Music with Substance @djsubstancenz " We did what we do. Are you guys new? #Laugh"

Sorry. @HazTweetz "You should've won this you should've won that. Shut the fuck up! We won what we wanted to win!"

Home Brew @homebrewcrew: "All we're ever gonna be remembered for is a goat."

Watch it on demand on TVFOUR, part one here, part two here. 
Homebrew acceptance speech at 37mins, performance near start of pt 2

Nathan Haines interview, 1995

Nathan Haines talking about his debut album, Shift Left, on TV3's nz music show Frenzy, screened 30 March1995. I've got some more of these interviews coming, including Joint Force. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you want to stay in the loop.

Shift Left was digitally reissued in July this year, available here on iTunes, with two bonus tracks, Avenue Dreams, and Lady J (TFG dub).

ADDED: I found a copy of the Lady J video, and have uploaded it. Simon Grigg tells me it was the most played local video the year it was released.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

New Toy Love video

Read today's great indepth piece in the NZH by Scott Kara, talking to the band and various associates...The Toy Love affair.

Some blurb on the vid: " Tonight at the NZ Music awards Toy Love receive the NZ Herald Legacy award. They recently received a video grant to make a video for Swimming Pool. The first video for a Toy Love song in 32 years.

It was directed by Jeff Smith, bass player from The Newmatics. Jeff & The Newmatics opened for Toy Love at the Gluepot in September 1980 , a week before their last show. Jeff had to wear a wet suit, and don goggles and snorkel to make this clip. The kids in the video went at it with unbridled enthusiasm. The members of Toy Love love it.

Swimming Pool was written in The Enemy days. The Enemy even recorded a demo of it in late 1978. It was demoed in 1979 by Toy Love, and appeared on the 1980 self titled album. The Swimming Pool single will be available free at Real Groovy Records, 438 Queen Street, this Saturday. It will only be on a 7 inch single b/w Gagarin by Knoxious - a collaboration between a certain member of Toy Love and Rackets.

The single is only available if you purchase a copy of the Toy Love double LP, which will be on split coloured vinyl and only available from Real Groovy. It is limited to 300 copies. Toy Love will be in store from 11am.
There a lots of other Toy Love surprises as well - see link below.

Cinema - Kuru video

I've been going thru a pile of VHS tapes from the TV3 NZ music show Frenzy, and came across this video, so have digitised it and uploaded it to Youtube. Enjoy.

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.]

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Womad 2013 full lineup

Some great acts coming here for Womad next year - Hugh Masekela, Antibalas, Salif Keita, Sofrito's DJ Hugo Mendez, Jimmy Cliff -  and the local lineup is pretty mean too -Aotearoa National Maori Choir with The Yoots, Electric Wire Hustle family (ie Mara TK and his dad Billy TK, etc), Newtown Rocksteady, Ahoribuzz... full lineup here.

Hugh Masekela will also be playing in Auckland as part of the Auckland Arts Festival lineup, also just launched this evening

Old as new

Via Daily Swarm: A Rational Conversation: Light in the Attic's Matt Sullivan on Making Undiscovered Music Relevant Today... "Light in the Attic founder and co-owner Matt Sullivan discuss how to best make undiscovered, sometimes forgotten music from another time relevant to today’s tastes and economy."

.Light In The Attic celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this month with a special live show out in Los Angeles, with Rodriguez, Michael Chapman, and Shin Joong Hyun, and another to follow in Seattle. A fascinating read on how do you make a reissue label relevant to contemporary audiences, and also talks about Rodriguez and the movie Searching for Sugarman...

... Did it take the Searching for Sugar Man documentary to really make those Rodriguez reissues take off?
Matt Sullivan: Those reissues actually did really well – Cold Fact had sold 20,000 copies since our August 2008 reissue before the movie even came out. In the reissue world, that’s a really good amount of records, but Rodriguez is reaching a whole other audience from that movie: now my 81-year-old aunt in San Diego is going to see him play. I think I first heard Rodriguez in the early 2000s.

We went to Detroit and met him around 2005 or 2006, but we didn’t know there was a documentary in the works; that came later. I think Rodriguez first told us about the documentary in 2007 or 2008, when we were putting together the reissues.

When I met Malik Bendjelloul, the film’s director, at a show at Joe’s Pub in New York, I had no idea the documentary would be as good as it was. It’s so hard to make a good film, especially a good music doc. He sent me rough cuts of the film for years, and it turned out so spectacular.

Toy Love's Chris Knox on the NZ Music Awards, 97

Tomorrow night Chris Knox and his former cohorts in Toy Love will be honoured with entry into  the NZ Music Hall of Fame. ABOUT TIME.

In 1997, to celebrate the 20 anniversary of Rip It Up, the magazine did some indepth interviews with folk who had been on the scene for a similar length of time, and Chris Knox was one of them. Here's what Knox thought of the NZ Music Awards at the time... not a fan, apparently...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Elliot art on Elliott St, Ak CBD

One of the two new murals commissioned by BIG little City for Art Week, Mid-City Thinking is a collaboration between artists Askew One, Elliot Frances Stewart and Gary Silipa, located on the Mid-City Steps in Elliott Street.

"This mural is an ode to living inner city in a place like Auckland which is always in a state of transition. It is about thinking outside the box, acknowledging history and looking forward with an open mind as things change and progress around you."

More info at bliglittlecity.co.nz

RIP Terry Callier

Photo: Billboard

"Folk-jazz legend Terry Callier was for far too long the exclusive province of a fierce but small cult following. After singing soul and doo-wop in various outfits and releasing a glorious single-debut on Chess aged only 17, Terry Callier discovered folk music for himself in the mid-60s.

Accordingly, he started cutting his teeth on the post-beatnik bohemian hideouts and open mic spots of his hometown of Chicago, forging a soulful and spiritual version of folk that took critics and contemporaries like Curtis Mayfield by storm.

In the early 70s, Terry Callier hit his most prolific stride crafting a much noticed album trilogy with legendary producer Charles Stepney for Cadet between 1972 and 1974. But despite all critical acclaim and artistic mastery, it was not before the early nineties that the masses caught on, and he eventually received the mainstream recognition that he so rightly deserved.

Having retired in 1983 to re-train as a computer programmer and make a home for his daughter who decided she wanted to join him in Chicago, it was a call from Eddie Piller at Acid Jazz that led to some legendary and emotional performances at London’s Jazz Cafe, and a new recording career with Talkin’ Loud, and collaborated with Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja or Beth Orton, just to name a few. On October 28, 2012, one of the great voices of jazz and folk fell silent, aged only 67." Via RBMA Radio, hat tip to Keegan for the link.

Listen to  Kirk Degiorgio's indepth look at Callier's discography over at RBMA Radio.

Terry Callier, Jazz-Folk Troubadour, Dead at 67

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kora, Trip to the moon

Kora, live at Galatos. Photos: Mark Williams
Kora launched their brand new album Light Years with a short live set at Galatos last Thursday night. It's been four years since their debut album, and this one was worth the wait. The boys were clearly excited to be playing tunes off their new album, and those stunning vocal harmonies are still right up front. It's serious Hori future funk.

It's been several years since I've seen Kora live, and they absolutely killed it. The new album still has plenty of grunt but has pulled back on the guitars in favour of some heavy electronica and beats.

One of my favourite parts of the night was when they called out to see where the crowd was from - "Who's from Wellington?" A few cheers. Who's from Whakatane?" (their hometown). The front half of the room cheered like mad. They somehow managed to get a hometown crowd at the gig, even tho they weren't in their hometown. Shot. Kora head out on tour over December and January, dates below.

Friday night saw local electronica duo Trip To The Moon (Trevor Reekie and Tom Ludvigson) play a rare live show to celebrate their latest album, The Invisible Line. They were joined by Nigel Gavin on guitar, and Jim Langabeer on flute. It was an entertaining night of electronic beats mixed in with jazzy melodies and vibes. A few pics below. So, what does the album sound like?

Graham Reid, Elsewhere: 'Here jazz, lounge, world music, imagined soundtracks and contemporary art music meet, and the genre-denying music alludes to much more through sonic samples, ambient passages, beat-driven trip-hop...Yes, a real trip, and any line between genres is invisible.' Read the review

Gary Steel, Metro Magazine: ‘…from slinky virtual jazz, imaginary cinema-noir, ambient soundscapes and retroactive space-age synthesis…it’s a perfect Sunday afternoon pause.’ Read the review

Trip to the moon, live at Backbeat Bar. Photos by Michael Flynn

Kora, with The Nudge...
Saturday 22 December // Black Barn Vineyard – Hawkes Bay
Sunday 23 December // The Commercial - Whakatane
Wednesday 26 December // Brewers In The Park – Mt Maunganui
Friday 28 December // Riwaka Hotel - Riwaka
Sunday 30 December // Butlers Reef – Oakura
Wednesday 2 January // Matakana Country Park – Matakana
Thursday 3 January // Opononi Hotel – Opononi
Saturday 5 January // Mangawhai Tavern – Mangawhai

Presale tickets available Tuesday 30th October

For all show & ticketing info go to www.muchmoremusic.co.nz
General onsale Thursday 1st Nov – Through Ticketmaster, venues & selected Rockshops

She Dubs Me Remixed vinyl

stenciled Dub Asylum EP, art by Dan Tippett
As I posted last week, the Dub Asylum - She Dubs Me Remixed vinyl EP is now out as a digital reissue, PLUS with a special bonus remix, taken from the Dub Asylum 7-inch single Ba Ba Boom (2009) - the Oogun remix, previously only available on vinyl, and now getting a widespread digital release for the first time. Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, Bandcamp etc.

It's remixed by various local producers - Timmy Schumacher and Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, Matt Scott at Woodcut, and Audioslut.

A handful of the hand-stenciled 12”vinyl EP have turned up in the Dub Asylum studio, and are now available for a limited time only at Conch Records up at 115A Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

The 12”EP comes with a bonus 7” Dub Asylum - Ba Ba Boom single PLUS a digital download of the Remix EP. All for only $20, from Conch exclusively. So get in there quick!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Label Love 5: Jazzy bizznizz

Via Soulbounce: " Jazz is often forgotten in discussions about popular music. Once the sound of young America, it has now become the music of choice for those with a more sophisticated (read: older) musical palate. But that doesn't mean that jazz can't be young, fresh and even new once again.

The fifth (yes, fifth!) installment of the popular Label Love series sets out to prove just that. ...  the 15-track compilation proves to be a veritable smorgasbord for jazz aficionados. Running the gamut from traditional and vocal to modern and experimental, the compilation also brings along some familiar faces along with for the ride: LaBelle's Nona Hendryx turns up on Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnics' track "It's Time" and the ever progressive Nostalgia 77 turns up with "The Taxidermist." Plus Greg Foat, Dwight Trible, Matthew Halsall and more. Check it...

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 27

Tiombe Lockhart - Mr Johnnie Walker
Universe crew - What's inside your afro
Rose Royce - Do your dance - Amichay's skating rink edit
Sparkles - Trying to get over
Cherelle - Artificial heart - dance remix
League unlimited orchestra - Don't you want me - Greg wilson edit
DJ Nu Mark feat Quantic - Oya indebure - main mix
Lord Echo - Things I like to do
Combinations - Many styles
Opensouls - Stickmen instrumental
George Faith - Turn back the hands of time
Wrongtom meets Deemus J - Riot ting
Foxy Brown - Sorry
Count Bobo and the bullion - El torro
Overproof sound system - Kingstep - Unitone hifi remix
Common - Come close - Boozoo bajou remix
Dub Asylum - What the funk -Woodcut remix by Matt Scott
Vibes alive - Mantra
Young Holt unlimited -Freddie's dead
Butta - O'kwawa se
Mandrill - Ali bombaye pt II
George Clinton - Hey good lookin - 'Rush This' mix
The collectables - Levy jive
DJ Vadim - Up to Jah
Hulamen - Working for a living

Friday, October 26, 2012


Stinky Jim has posted one of his mighty stonkarific mixes over on stinkyjim.com. This one has not one but TWO versions of Agua de beber, some Quincy Jones, some Peddlers, some Ramsey Lewis Trio and even  Take It Easy My Brother Charles, awesome tune.

Jim says "this is very much on the loungey/soundtracky/library tip with a lot of op-shop scores, alongside some compilation and re-issue niceness from when I was treating Dusty Grooves etc orders like a jonesing jaunt to ‘the corner’. Love the fact that Mark Pritchard’s Harmonic 33 gear, which is the only modern/non-authentic tackle throughout, slips in so seamlessly with the vintage vibes." Some saucy vocal snippets too....

Track listing below, listen on Mixcloud, and there's a download for a limited time over at Jim's site (172mb)


01 Optigan -Harmonic 33
02 Jade East – Ramsey Lewis
03 Hair – Galt McDermot
04 Hawaiian Eye – Buddy Morrow & Double Impact Orch.
05 Big Shot – Keith Mansfield
06 Chief’s Drive To Mayor – Quincy Jones
07 The Departure Lounge – Harmonic 33
08 Safari Park – Roger Roger
09 Soul Coaxing – Norrie Paramour & His Orch.
10 Viva Tirado – Percy Faith
11 Cookin’ With Ali – Louie Ramirez
12 Yo Perdi El Corazon – Lita Branda
13 Agua De Beber – Astrid Gilberto
14 Agua De Beber – The Walter Wanderley Trio
15 Mu-Cha-Cha – Living Marimbas
16 Take It Easy My Brother Charles – Som Tres
17 Vodka Per Due – Franco Micalizzi
18 El Pa Raiso – Walter Kubizcick
19 Hangin’ Paper – Quincy Jones
20 Song for Delilah – Arthur Lyman
21 Delilah – Ramsey Lewis Trio
22 Impressions – Peddlers & London Philharmonic Orch.
23 Psychedelic Portrait – Jack Arel
24 Misty Canyon – Sven Libaek
25 Accadde A Bali – Accadde A
26 The In Crowd – Dick Hyman & Harpsichord

She Dubs Me remix ep out now

Way back in 2004, I pulled together some cool local producers to remix some tracks off my debut Dub Asylum album, She Dubs Me She Dubs Me Not. The remixes came out on a limited edition 12-inch vinyl as the She Dubs Me Remix EP, with specially hand-painted covers by artists DLT and Dan Tippett. That's me with some of the covers below. How choice are they?

Now the EP is getting a digital reissue, with a special bonus remix - the flipside off my Ba Ba Boom 7-inch single, the Oogun remix, available digitally for the first time. Remixes by Timmy Schumacher vs Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, Audioslut, and Oogun. Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, etc. Listen below

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sofa So Good

From the last Deepgrooves compilation, Sofa So Good, subtitled The Deepgrooves Producers Selection (1998). Some well cool loungey grooves, a few years before all those chill-out comps like Lazy Sunday were everywhere.

Other contributors were Combinations (Andy Submariner Morton and Manuel Bundy, listen at bottom), Keng, Sulata, Breaks Co-op, New Loungehead, and Grace.

Freaker were led by John Ozbourne (ex Slacker). According to the CD liner notes, this track was off a proposed album called Moltorubato, that didn't see release due to the closure of Deepgrooves.
UPDATED: John Oz released the Freaker album Moltorubato on cdbaby on 2015, get it here.

Pause were led by Justyn Pilbrow (later of Elemeno P) with Jo Currie and Anna Copley. They released a 3 song single on Deepgrooves, called Only, in 1998, and apparently had an album ready to go.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

She Dubs Me Remix EP reissue

Way back in 2004, I pulled together some cool local producers to remix some tracks off my debut Dub Asylum album, She Dubs Me She Dubs Me Not. The remixes came out on a limited edition 12-inch vinyl as the She Dubs Me Remix EP, with specially hand painted covers by artists DLT and Dan Tippett (pictured above). That's me with some of the covers below.

Now the EP is getting a digital reissue, with a special bonus remix - the flipside off my Ba Ba Boom 7-inch single, the Oogun remix, available digitally for the first time. Remixes by Timmy Schumacher vs Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, Audioslut, and Oogun. Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, etc. . Listen below

Raggamuffin Fest 2013 lineup announced

Full lineup announced, Nov 25. Ad in Sunday News, and on Raggamuffin's FB page

Friday 1 Feb 5pm - 12am
DJ Sirvere and Club Kingz Pacific Reggae Mix
Darky Roots
Common Kings
The Black Seeds
Gappy Ranks

Sat 2 Feb Gates open 10am
Village Stage (12 - 6pm)
Zkabby Jamz (Smokefree Pacifica Beats Winner)
Hot Rain featuring Siaosi
Three Houses Down
The Green
J Boog (special guest appearance from Monsta G)

Raggamuffin Stage
Brownhill featuring SWISS
Tomorrow People
Ali Campbell's UB40
Toots and the Maytals
Ms Lauryn Hill

Via Raggamuffin's FB page... "1-2 Feb, 2013. Rotorua International Stadium.
Raggamuffin 2013 will feature an all-star international and local line up including…

ZKABBY JAMS (Smokefree Pacifica Beats winners)
With more acts still to be announced!

Tickets to Raggamuffin 2013 will go on sale 9am today, Wednesday 24 October, to subscribers only. Two day passes are only $125* or $40* (Fri 1 Feb only) and $85* (Sat 2 Feb only). These special prices will only be available to those who sign up at www.raggamuffin.co.nz and will be limited so we urge you to act fast.

Any remaining subscriber tickets will be made available on general sale on Thursday 25 Oct at 9am. Once they’re gone, prices will jump to the Early Bird rates. *Booking fees will apply."

Interesting to see Herbs in there, given that previously they had taken legal action against Raggamuffin and Pacific Herbs (these ex-Herbs members due to play at Raggamuffin in 2010), and Herbs got the previous company running Raggamuffin pushed into liquidation. Read more on that -
Herbs vs Raggamuffin (March 2011)
PLUS Ali Campbell owed money by Raggamuffin (July 2012)

ADDED Lauryn Hill recently pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes to the tune of $1.5m, and is due for sentencing Nov 27 -she faces 3 years jail time,according to the Huffington Post (hat tip to Mark Thomson for the link). Will she make it to Raggamuffin?

Fat Freddys meets DJ Vadim

New from the Freddys crew... DJ Vadim + The Electric vocalists, soulstress Sabira Jade and lyrical marvel MC Pugs Atomz, remix six classic Fat Freddy's Drop tracks. Clear 12" vinyl with hand screen printed sleeve. Very limited! Available direct from FFD website, and....

Bonus Fat Electric Drop FREE single MP3 downloads, over here.

That A
1. Flashback
2. Ray Ray
3. Big BW 

That B
1. Pull The Catch
2. Wandering Eye
3. Midnight Marauders

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

RZA vs Black Keys - who will win?

The Black Keys duke it out with RZA over a fortune cookie. Mean tune. Off the soundtrack for The Man With The Iron Fists, written and directed by RZA... their previous collaboration was on the 2009 album Blackroc.

Doco heaven

I got introduced to Documentary Heaven at the weekend (thanks, Mark G!), there's a ton of great documentaries listed there. I picked out a few of the music titles, here's a few...

"Moog, a documentary about Robert Moog, inventor of the modern synthesizer, is a portrait of the legendary figure in music and technology and his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity, spirituality and his collaborations with musicians over the years."

Legendary ska musician Rico Rodriguez: Rico: The Legacy..

 Sun Ra, Brother from another planet...
"... Sun Ra and his Arkestra were the subject of a few documentary films, notably Robert Mugge’s ‘A Joyful Noise’ (1980), which interspersed performances and rehearsals with Sun Ra’s commentary on various subjects ranging from today’s youth to his own place in the cosmos. Today’s documentary, Don Letts’ ‘Sun Ra, Brother From Another Planet’ from 2005, reuses some of Mugge’s material and includes some additional interviews..."

Robert Mugge directed a great film on Gil Scott Heron, using conversations with Heron and concert footage shot in Washington DC in 1982. The film came out on dvd in the early 2000s and is easy to track down (watch some clips here).

Then there's the excellent doco on the artist Jean Michel Basquiat, by Tamra Davis, or Detroit Lives, or Helvetica, the film about a typeface. Or Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, a 30 year old doco from the BBC..

Or The Mexican Mormon War, about how the drug cartels of Juarez, Mexico, are at war with a group of Mormons, some of whom are related to Mitt Romney

Go take a dig. Full list of all the docos here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ghetto Bros mix

Truth & Soul are rereleasing Power Fuerza by the Ghetto Brothers, out November 20.

From the liner notes (hat tip Egotripland): "One might expect the GB band’s oeuvre to be that of socially-conscious protest songs. But Power Fuerza isn’t nearly so easily categorised. Stylistically, it’s a confluence of both driving and gentle sounds and sensibilities. 

"It’s the product of teenaged Puerto Rican New Yorkers weaned on ’60s pop-song romance and lovely Beatles harmonies experimenting with traditional Latin and heavy Latin-rock rhythms, proudly declaring their nationalist allegiance while creating their own distinctly Nuyorican inner city blues. 

"At its root it’s a celebration of life – an inspired, emotionally unguarded cache of tracks cut by the band as though turning the tide of devastation of their crumbling South Bronx surroundings could be achieved through the exuberance of their performances."

Truth & Soul’s DJ Akalepse has put together a mix of highlights from the super deluxe CD/LP reissue of Power Fuerza, which will feature remastered audio and an extensive 80-page liner notes booklet filled with rarely-seen photos and interviews... 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 20

Nuyorican soul - Mawtilus
Johnny Harris - Odyssey pt 1
Pimps of joytime - PJT's high steppin
DJ Nu Mark - Tropicailfornia - main mix
Urban dance squad - Deeper shade of soul
Adi Dick - Nightbus
Wrongtom meets Deemus J - Wa do dance
The Inversions - I can't stand these lonely nights
George Faith - I forgot to be your lover
Restless soul - Turn me out - version
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique
Incredible bongo band - Let there be drums
Bill Cosby - The dope pusher song
Take you praise - Camille Yarbrough
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - What if we all stopped paying taxes
War - Keep on doin
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Supercat - Dolly my baby - Bad boy extended mix
Martin Brew - Sand steppin
Billy Preston and Syreeta - Go for it instrumental
Wajeed - Funkin for Jamaica

Brooklyn funk essentials - Creator has a master plan - More Rockers remix
ESG - Dance
Tosca - Chocolate Elvis
Luciano - Police and thieves - State of Bengal remix
Resonators - Vipers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pokarekare ana - Neketini Brass

Can't recall where I found this seven inch (pictured above), some op shop down country, but it's signed by Nick Nicholson and the band. Unfortunately the single inside wasn't the right one (Rod Derret - Bongo train, which is still a pretty cool tune), but I love that someone has corrected the liner notes on the back in pen. More on Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass here.

ADDED: Harley Williams, grandson of Neketini Brass member George Williams, got in touch with me, to ask for a copy of the scanned cover, above.He told me his Grandad  had recently joined a former bandmate onstage singing a few songs, not bad for an 89 year old, first time onstage for a decade too, apparently. Harley also told me that the Neketini Brass played at the wedding of John Grennell.

Nick Nicholson (centre, w guitar) and his Neketini Brass, outside the NZBC radio studio in Christchurch

Nick Nicholson and Neketini Brass -Discography (sourced via National Library's collection listings)

Titles: Po ata rau (Now is the hour) ; Haere mai
Nick Nicholson and The Neketini Brass.
His Master’s Voice HR.318, 1968. 45 rpm, 7 inch

Exciting brass - Nick Nicholson & The Neketini Brass.
Regal SREG.30006: Manufactured and distributed by His Master’s Voice (N.Z.), 1968. 33 1/3 rpm, 12 inch LP
Titles: Mehe manurere / Haere mai / Tekau wai wai riki = Ten tiny toes / Karu / Te haere ki te taone-o-ata = Morning-town ride / Tararua tramp / trad. ; arr. Nicholson / Hoki hoki tonu mai = Little brown jug / Neketini mambo / Hine e hine / Hoki mai ki au / Pokarekare ana / Po ata rau = Now is the hour

 The Neketini Brass- Nick Nicholson and The Neketini Brass.
His Master’s Voice, CSDM 6264, 1968. 33 1/3 rpm, 12 inch LP
Titles: Mehe manurere / Haere mai / Tekau wai wai riki = Ten tiny toes / Karu / Te haere ki te taone-o-ata = Morning-town ride / Tararua tramp / trad. ; arr. Nicholson / Hoki hoki tonu mai = Little brown jug / Neketini mambo / Hine e hine / Hoki mai ki au / Pokarekare ana / Po ata rau = Now is the hour

A merry Christmas - The Neketini Brass.
His Master’s Voice, GESM.6136, 1968. 45 rpm ; 7 inch.
Titles: Silent night / Jingle bells / The first Nowell / Good King Wenceslas.
Note: "Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass"--Back cover. Produced by Don Richardson ; arranged by Nick Nicholson. Issue no. GESM.6136 on record; GEGM 6136 on cover.

Jingle bells / Hoki mai - The Neketini Brass.
His Master’s Voice, HR.339,1968. 45 rpm ; 7 inch.

Neketini Brass - Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass.
Robbins Recordings, RREP75, 1969. 45 rpm ; 7 inch EP
Titles: Hine e hine./ Pokarekare./ Mene manurere./ Lonely bull./ Tijuana taxi.

Fred Wesley, live in AK, March 21

Mr Fred Wesley, former member of James Brown's band The JBs, is playing live in Auckland at the Powerstation, March 21, 2013. That's gonna be a house party, y'all!

Presale tickets on sale 23 October from muchmoremusic.co.nz & powerstation.net.nz. General tickets on sale Thurs 25th October from Ticketmaster.

Some backgrounders...

1. Fred was bandleader and musical director for James Brown’s band The JBs in the early 1970s.

2. Fred co-wrote James Brown’s 1971 hit Hot Pants

3. Fred Wesley & The JBs’ 1973 recording of Doing It To Death sold over a million copies.

4. Fred Wesley & The JBs’ 1974 track Blow Your Head was sampled by Public Enemy in 1987.

5. Fred led Parliament-Funkadelic’s Horny Horns after leaving James Brown in 1975.

6. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns’ 1977 track A Blow For You, A Toot For Me was co-written by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.

7. Fred joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1978.

8. Fred toured with Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis as the JB Horns in the 1990s.

9. Fred Wesley was Born On The 4th Of July in Columbus, Georgia.

10. Fred Wesley is the funkiest trombone player on the planet.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

El Truento mix

Christoph El Truento mix for CMND CNTRL. Free download too. "This mix was recorded to tape, buried for 24 hours in Christoph's back yard, then dug up & uploaded to soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Enjoy."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Daptone uptown ranking

This has been out for a minute, some nice soul from Daptone, reworked with a lick of reggae from Victor Axelrod (Antibalas) aka Ticklah. On 7"vinyl, or click below for free mp3, if you give the folk at Daptone your email.

FREE DOWNLOAD – Bob & Gene feat. The Inversions – I Can’t Stand These Lonely Nights/ Rub The Lamp

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


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


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

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.

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.