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

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
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!