Saturday, December 01, 2012

Marley Marl recreates Eric B is President

This is very cool - Marley Marl breaks down the samples and musical elements of Eric B Is President, then reveals how he added ghost notes to the beat to make it swing, after James Brown's drummer Clyde Stubblefield taught him about them. Dope.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 1

Sound providers - No time - inst mix
DJ Spinna - Everybody get down - main mix
Mike Zoot feat Labba - Spread love remix
Mad lion - Own destiny
E's E - Scratch's skank pt 1
Roots Manuva - Again and again - Moody Boyz remix
Turbulence - Notorious
De-phazz - Plastic love memory
Aaradhna - Keep my cool
Souljazz orchestra - Serve and protect - Frankie Francis Sofrito edit
Carlos Garnett - Mystery of ages
Lee Oskar - Haunted house - Leftside wobble edit
The controllers - Hello - Simon S re-edit
Fat freddys drop  -The Raft - Jet Jaguar findaway remix (unreleased)
Solomonic sound - Children of Israel - Blakdoctor version
Narco Hz feat Don Carlos -  Favourite cup
Rebel MC feat Tenor Fly - Comin on strong
Kormac - Saturday morning TV
Wu Tang Clan - Gravel pit
Wreck allstars - Keep me dancin
Billy Preston and Syreeta - Go for it - instrumental
Blondie - Heart of glass - 12" instrumental
Jesse Johnson  -Drive yo cadillac

Friday, November 30, 2012

James v Hazard

"Vancouver-based rhymesayer Jason James and his NYC production partner Rodney Hazard (of HxH ) have unleashed their latest collaborative opus, Pyramids in Stereo. The follow-up to 2010's Marvelous World of Color, the 12-track digital-full-length comes heralded by lead singles "This Is My Rifle," "Forgetting How to Dream" and "Tomorrow."

Muzz shot rock n roll

"I usually said NO to photographing Gold Disc presentations. I said YES to Bob Marley"- Murray Cammick PHOTO: © MURRAY CAMMICK 1979, photo via Capture.

Murray Cammick is talking about his photography for Rip It Up as part of the events around the show on at the Auckland Art Gallery, called Who Shot Rock N Roll. Check out some of Murray's photos here at Capture - Blondie, Johnny Ramone, Toy Love, Screaming Meemees, and Bob Marley getting his gold record.  Murray wrote the commentary with the photos too, fascinating reading.

excerpt..."As a photographer you either contribute to the myths / bullshit of rock ‘n’ roll or you try and show some of the grind of promotion and touring. I recall being at Craccum in 1976 and being delighted that our photographer Paul Gilmour (I was designer/“Technical Editor” that year) came back from a press conference with a photo of Frank Zappa drinking a cup of tea.

Shooting un-rock ‘n’ roll photos became something to aspire to, so I was pleased to get Iggy Pop in his clunky reading glasses laughing at the Talking Heads story in Rip It Up magazine. As we arrived at Iggy’s White Heron Hotel room he was still in his pyjamas and I sneaked what seemed like a very un-rock ‘n’ roll shot but he heard or saw the camera and made it clear, “No photos in my pyjamas.”

Join music reviewer and writer Nick Bollinger in conversation with music journalist, photographer and record label founder, Murray Cammick and music photographer Milana Radojcic for an illustrated discussion on their experiences photographing and reviewing rock and roll. More info.
Sunday 2 December - 3pm, Art gallery auditorium - free entry

Also on Sunday at the art gallery, the Record Collectors Fair, north auditorium, free entry, 10am til 2pm. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Souljazz Orchestra - Serve And Protect (Frankie Francis - Sofrito Rework)

Dope re-edit of a Souljazz Orchestra cut off their latest album Solidarity, from one of the Sofrito crew.
SO Currently on tour round the US...

The Souljazz Orchestra North American Tour
Nov 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Dec 01 - Washington, DC - Jammin' Java
Dec 02 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Dec 04 - Buffalo, NY - Nietche's
Dec 05 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
Dec 06 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
Dec 07 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Dec 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

Nona, live

Nona Hendryx performing earlier this week on Later with Jools Holland. Hendryx released a new album, Mutatis Mutandis, in July, her first album in 20 years.

Weird Together live, free

On this Saturday, Dec 1, 12-6pm. At Silos, Wynyard Quarter. Check it out.

"Nick D and Dick Johnson will bring their world-famous 'Weird Together' experience to the stage with 'Weird Together presents World Together' - a mini day festival of music, food, dance and culture of the world.

Israel's leading producer and DJ, Kalbata, will headline the event, bring his sharp rhythms, frenzied MCs flows and cosmic echoes to the New Zealand stage. Considered one of the pioneers of Bass-music, Kalbata is a perfectionist producer and extremely talented DJ. In six years, Ariel has produced a dozen maxis and been involved in numerous collaborative efforts with talented artists like, among others, Spinks of Mixmonster.

Kalbata will be joined by Nick D and Dick Johnson, the Caribeanz Southern Stars Steel Pan Orchestra, Karima Mudat (Sudan), Maves Adegbite (Nigeria), The Mbira Master Benedict Tagutanazavo (Zimbabwe), The Steel Pan Allstars, DJ Hopepa (Fat Freddy's Drop) and Uncle Barnie + Dancers from around the world.

There will be international food stalls, market crafts from around the globe, Silo Climbs up the Silo 6 as well as the Silo Park Bar, which is well stocked with craft beers and gourmet wines."

Mulatu returns

Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of Ethiopian Jazz, returns to NZ for a show in March next year, accompanied by Australian outfit the Black Jesus Experience, who did an excellent job of backing him on his previous visit. I thoroughly enjoyed his live show, well worth checkng out.

"The most crucial figurehead in Ethiopia's recent musical history, Astatke is the central architect of Ethio-Jazz, a genre which blends Latin jazz and first wave soul and funk motifs with traditional Ethiopian musical ideas.

Raised in Jimma, Ethiopia, but musically trained in London, New York and Boston, Astatke has been recording and performing since the 1960s. In that time, his vibraphone and percussion heavy soundworld has slowly, yet surely become a pivotal influence on a younger generation of musicians. In the process, as his seminal vinyl releases gain more and more cultural currency, he has been sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Nas and Damian Marley.

Despite his length of time spent in service to music, Astatke's mainstream breakout moment was in 2005, when he provided the score and several songs for the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers.

Respected and loved by jazz, world music, hip-hop and beat music musicians and fans, Astatke is a phenomenal live entertainer. Energetic and always adorned with a smile, his talents and attitude are truly joyful to witness.

His last show in Auckland saw a healthy turn out of the vibrant and colourful local Ethiopian community who were very pleased to see one of their national identities performing in New Zealand.

As with his last appearance, Astatke will be backed live by The Black Jesus Experience, an Australian/Ethiopian ensemble. Fusing traditional Ethiopian song with jazz, funk and hip-hop, this nine-piece have toured with Astatke throughout Europe and Ethiopia.

Saturday 16th March 2013, Powerstation - Auckland
Presale tickets on sale Tue 4th Dec from &
General tickets on sale Thurs 6th Dec from Ticketmaster
For all show & ticketing info go to

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All black

Written & Recorded by Margaret, mixed by Margaret & Rodi Kirk (Scratch 22, now based in Berlin). Mastered by Alain at One Million Mango's. Check it. Free DL.

Vitamin S Festival

Vitamin S Festival kicks off tomorrow night... click on flyer to enlarge...

Vitamin S Festival
Old Folks Association Hall, Auckland, Thursday 29 Nov

Vitamin S Festival
Wine Cellar, Auckland,
Fri 30 Nov

Vitamin S Festival
Alleluya Cafe, Auckland, Sat 1 Dec

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stars and moons, Pacifican booms....

These days Zane Lowe lives in London and DJs on BBC Radio One, Oli lives round the corner from him, and Rob Salmon lives in New York. Rob is back in Auckland briefly, he's DJing this Friday night at Ink Bar, more info here.

More on Urban Disturbance.
Urban Disturbance - the lost 2nd album?
Rob Salmon Soundcloud

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bad 25 screens tonight

Bad 25, the new documentary by Spike Lee, on Michael Jackson's Bad album, screens tonight on Prime TV, at 935pm. Here's Spike at the Venice Film Festival, talking about the film earlier this year - on August 31, 25 years to the day, since Bad was released.

PLUS : Bad 25: Michael Jackson Revealed on ABC: Why It's a Must See Event "... There [are] several tasty nuggets unearthed by Lee in the film, for instance, “Bad,” the single, was initially conceived as a Whitney Houston duet.." // From the Weekend Herald: Spike Lee's look back at the Bad old days

Rocket love

From Fuemana, led by Christina and Phil Fuemana. Two videos I found and uploaded (thanks Ross Cunningham for the VHS tapes of TV3's music show Frenzy). Rocket Love features a guest rap from Matty J, and excerpts from a 1994 short film Funny Little Guy, directed by Chris Graves, written by Chad Taylor, stars Rebekah Davies and Jeff Ganes.

READ: Loud and proud: Phil Fuemana interviewed in Stamp magazine, 1994.