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.