Saturday, December 08, 2012

The hip to the hop: Kirsten Zemke

On this weekend at the Auckland Art Gallery, as part of Who Shot Rock & Roll: Kirsten Zemke on the hip and the hop in rock and roll. Free talk this Sunday, 3pm. More info here. "

Kirsten Zemke (Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, the University of Auckland) is a recognised authority on several areas of modern music. Join Kirsten for an audio and visual talk that will trace the development of hip hop in America and its ongoing global influence."

Also on this Sunday at the Art Gallery auditorium, a free film screening of the hiphop documentary, Rhyme and Reason, made in 1997.

"This documentary explores the history of hip hop culture, how rap evolved to become a major cultural voice (and a multi-billion dollar industry), and what the artists have to say about the music's often controversial images and reputation."

The trailer below gives you an idea of who is featured... tho only going up to 97, it misses a lot out...

Friday, December 07, 2012

3THW - Many rivers

Three The Hard Way - Many rivers featuring Sulata and Cherie, directed by Clinton Phillips. We get to see Three The Hard Way in the great outdoors, wandering round west coast beaches, looking for Harvey Keitel, perhaps. This was released as a single, off their debut album Old Skool Prankstas, released on Deepgrooves (1994). Video taken from TV3's Frenzy NZ music show.

On the single this is listed as the video mix with additional vocals by Sulata and Cherie [Mathieson], while the radio mix features additional vocals from Leeza Corban.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka live in NZ

Just announced today... "Michael Kiwanuka, one of the most thrilling new voices in contemporary soul music, makes his full New Zealand concert debut in April 2013. Winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 and a Mercury Prize nominee, the UK singer-songwriter will perform just two intimate New Zealand shows:

Thursday 4 April - Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland / Friday 5 April – Old St Pauls in Wellington.

Kiwanuka’s hugely successful debut album Home Again has seen his voice compared to the timeless sound of Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. The BBC called it “a rich, weathered instrument that appears to carry more than 24 years' experience”.

Born in Muswell Hill in North London to Ugandan émigré parents, Kiwanuka grew up surrounded by huge cultural diversity. His songwriting, steeped in the folk and soul traditions, reflects that upbringing and echoes the inspiration of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack and Bill Withers.

“It’s his rich, ragged voice that pulls you in. He sounds like his own man, not an imitator” Rolling Stone Magazine.

Pre-sales available Tuesday 11 Dec - Thursday 13 December.
General Release Tickets on-sale Monday 17th December
Tickets available through Ticketmaster and

RIP Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck has passed away, aged 91. Read the NY Times obituary here.

"Dave Brubeck, a pianist and composer whose distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility made him one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, died Wednesday morning in Norwalk, Conn. He would have turned 92 on Thursday. He died while on his way to a cardiology appointment, Russell Gloyd, his producer, conductor and manager for 36 years, said. Mr. Brubeck lived in Wilton, Conn...

"... In 1958, as part of a State Department program that brought jazz as an offer of good will during the cold war, his quartet traveled in the Middle East and India, and Mr. Brubeck became intrigued by musical languages that didn’t stick to 4/4 time — what he called “march-style jazz,” the meter that had been the music’s bedrock. The result was the album “Time Out,” recorded in 1959. With the hits “Take Five” (composed by Mr. Desmond in 5/4 meter) and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” (composed by Mr. Brubeck in 9/8), the album propelled Mr. Brubeck onto the pop charts...."

"... Genial as Mr. Brubeck could seem, he had strong convictions. In the 1950s he had to stand up to college deans who asked him not to perform with a racially mixed band (his bassist, Gene Wright, was black). He also refused to tour in South Africa in 1958 when asked to sign a contract stipulating that his band would be all white. With his wife as lyricist, he wrote “The Real Ambassadors,” a jazz musical that dealt with race relations. With a cast that included Louis Armstrong, it was released on LP in 1962 but staged only once, at that year’s Monterey Jazz Festival..."

ADDED Dave Brubeck's impact on New Zealand musicians, by Chris Bourke...."the Maori welcomes had a big impact on him [Brubeck]. After the tour, he wrote a piece in 6/4 called ‘Maori Blues’, which was on his Time Further Outalbum, the 1961 sequel to Time Out (the ‘Take Five’ album)..."

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Ram Dancehall, ska party

Ad from Stamp magazine, 1992

I recently found this ad from 1992 for Sound Foundation, aka DJ Dubhead, Angus McNaughton, Tuffi Culture, and Danny D (later of Dam Native). Finally found a copy of this 12" single recently, via Ebay Aus. I never got one the first time round, so very pleased with it. Labels are featured below, along with the tune.

This was one of only two vinyl releases from the Deepgrooves record label.
More on Sound Foundation.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Yoots live in Paekakariki

The Yoots, led by Joe Lindsay (Fat Freddys Drop), play live this Friday Dec 7 at St Peters Hall, Paekakariki, details here.

The video above features the band recording, watch for the shot of producer Mike Fabulous dancing round the studio control room. There's a new album on the way from them, apparently. The song E Pari Ra "...was written by Paraire Tomoana who wrote the song E Pari Rā for his relation Maku-i-te-Rangi Ellison. Her son, Whakatomo Ellison, died in the First World War." Source.

Here's a previous performance by the Yoots in Paekakriki... check the guy on the right pointing to the words for a crowd sing-along... great night...

Toots and the Maytals play Akl

Toots and the Maytals will be playing live in Auckland in February next year, following their appearance at Raggamuffin Festival. The show is February 3rd at Vector Arena, with Ali Campbell's UB40 headlining. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

In July this year Ali Campbell told the NZ Herald he won't be working again with Raggamuffin Festival Andrew McManus, after his bill for previous appearance wasn't paid in full. Clearly, Campbell and McManus sorted out their differences, as Campbell is on the bill for Raggamuffin next year.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Louis Baker single drops

Louis Baker was lucky enough to get accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy this year, the sole NZer to gain this honour this time round. Here's his debut single, free download too.

He's opened for Fat Freddys Drop, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and is touring over summer, doing solo festival slots, and taking his band with him thru January. Dates below...

Fri 21 Dec Bodega, Wellington
Sat 29 Dec Rhythm & Alps, Christchurch
Sun 30 Dec  Rhythm & Vines, Gisborne
Mon 31 Dec La De Da, Martinborough
Sat 5 Jan Summer Tides Festival, Wairarapa
Fri 18 Jan Yot Club, Raglan
Sat 19 Jan Sawmill, Leigh
Sat 26 Jan Honey Jam, Kerikeri

Grace and Bryan

Youtube poster says "Raw footage of Grace, at Mt Smart, opening before Bryan Adams, 12 Feb 1994. Greg Fleming and the Trains got the support (they're in the footage too, hanging out backstage), and Deepgrooves added in Grace on the bill."

The closing song is Grace playing Winter Madness, to a great response from the crowd. More on this gig over at the Deepgrooves website, which notes that Johnnie Cash was wandering round backstage at the Bryan Adams gig.

It's interesting to think that the audience had never heard that song - Grace's album was still a year away from coming out. But the band was able to pull out a response from the crowd, just from sheer showmanship. Grace certainly weren't new to the stage - all three brothers had spent time playing in their father's covers band as kids.