Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ten years today...

..since Joe Strummer passed away. I was lucky enough to see Strummer and his band play at the start of 2002, at the Big Day Out, he was in great voice. And he played London Calling. Here's their 1982 Tokyo show in its entirety.
Previous post: The Clash on Times Square.

Cosa



In which Pagan Records label boss and Cosa mainman Trevor Reekie gets his forehead stroked gently by pretty young Asian women in a comfortable darkened room, because that's how life was in the music industry in 1996, kids. Downloading killed all that.

Tuffi Culture raps, Dubhead nods in a skanking fashion, and Daniel Barnes takes it all in, from a horizontal position. Still water runs deep, sometimes. Warning: video contains hippies twirling fire poi's.

More info: http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/14682/cosa-nostra.html

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 22

Rusty Bryant - Fire eater
Troubadours - Funk good feeling
Jose Feliciano - She's a woman
Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Herbs - French letter dub
Dennis Brown - Money in my pocket/Ah so we say (feat Big Youth)
KRS One - Bo bo bo
Wrongtom meets Deemus J -Wa do dance
The Clash - Magnificent seven
Kraftwerk - Tour de France -Francois K remix
Souljazz orchestra - Serve and protect - Frankie Francis Sofrito edit
The Soul Seven  -Cissy's thing
Pleasure seekers  -Give up the funk
World wonders - Funky washing machine
Clarence Thomas and the Organisation  - Express yourself
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - What can you bring me?
Rosevelt Johnson & his spice islanders - Mt Royal
Carlos Garnett - Mystery of ages
Johnny Hammond - Summertime/the ghetto
The winners - Get ready for the future
James Brown - Soulful christmas
Como mamas - Trouble in my way
Donna Summer - State of independence - Justin's Get It edit

Friday, December 21, 2012

Who loves lists?


You do. Bet you do. Here's a few...

From Fact mag...Top 40 reissues for 2012 
The 50 best record sleeves for 2012

From Elsewhere.co.nz' s Graham Reid...The best of Elsewhere, the editor's top 40 plus Reader's Choice 

Simon Grigg's list of some of his favourite music of 2012
"... Mur­ray Cam­mick turned me on to my cur­rent favourite from years past, the George Faith album Super Eight pro­duced by Lee Perry. I mean, I knew and loved his cover of Diana, but never looked beyond it..." second that, great album...

From The Corner.. Top ten moments in NZ music for 2012
and The best and the rest of 2012

Andrew Dubber's 20 albums worth checking out in 2012 

Potholes in my blog: 50 best albums of 2012

DJ Food's 2012 favourites

Apollo's Bounteous Harvest: The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2012

Soulsides: 2012 rewind - five songs that left me banging on the dashboard
plus Oliver Wang on the Bill Withers 9 CD Complete Sussex and Columbia box set that dropped this year, how did I miss that one...

Cian from Conch Records posted his faves on Facebook...

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012 (In no particular order)
1. IG Culture - Soulful Shanghai (Kindred Spirits)
2. The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies (Odd Future)
3. Lone - Galaxy Garden (R&S)
4. Menahan Street Band - The Crossing (Daptone)
5. Greg Foat Group - Girl & Robot With Flowers (Jazzman)
6. Various Artists - Personal Space (Numero Group)
7. Mala - Mala In Cuba (Brownswwod)
8. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (warp)
9. DJ Nature - Return Of The Savage (Golf Channel)
10. Hazel - The Lost Tapes (The Beat Down)

TOP 10 TRACKS OF 2012 (In no particular order)
1. Falty DL - Hardcourage
2. The Insomniax - Daydreaming
3. Andrew Ashong - Flowers
4. Gaslamp Killer - Nissim
5. Joey Bada$ - Where It'$ At
6. Menahan Street Band - Keep Coming Back
7. The Stepkids - Sweet Salvation
8. Kendrick Lamarr - Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
9. Colonel Red - Spaceface
10. Hiatus Kaiyote - Nakamarra

Any lists I need to check out? Hit me up in the comments...

Under liquid skies



I recently posted up a video for Joint Force (DLT/Slave/Otis) for Static Pt 2. DLT's daughter saw that on Facebook and mentioned she wanted to see the video for her dad's tune Liquid Skies, cos she's in the clip (at age 9 approx). I tracked down a copy, so here it is.... from 2000. She was pretty stoked to see it. Choice buzz!

Found this video too... some mean dancing in it...

Reflex Re-visions

Reflex Re-visions: ten tasty edits, incl Bob Marley, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Temptations, The Who, Wild Cherry and more. Go have a listen and grab em...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Aaradhna live

Aaradhna live instore at Real Groovy

I went into town at lunch yesterday, to catch Aaradhna singing live instore at Real Groovy. It was just her and a guitarist, which is the perfect way to highlight her fantastic vocals. Her latest album Treble and Reverb is easily one of the best local albums of the year. It's assured, soulful, and genuine as heck.

I last saw Aaradhna sing at David Dalla's fantastic popup store at Conch for the cd release of his Rose Tint album in November 2011, that was a fun night.

I remember running into P-Money on the street last year, and asking what he was working on and he let slip a little about the Aaradhna album, and how they were going for a 60s soul sound. I was intrigued to hear it, cos, if anyone could pull off that sound, it was P-Money, He is seriously under-rated as a music producer in this country, rather than just as that hiphop guy making beats. Dude KNOWS sound.



Treble and Reverb dropped early November, and it didn't disappoint. Sure, there's the obvious contemporary references like Amy Winehouse or Sharon Jones, but Aaradhna goes deeper than that.

At the instore at Real Groovy, Aaradhna introduced one of the songs by saying "how do I talk about this?" and then explained to the assembled crowd that she had been thru depression a few years back, and was living at her Mum's house, sleeping and eating all day, "being a real life couch potato", as she put it. That's when she wrote Wake Up, as a song to herself, saying "get out of bed, stop wasting time..."

Hearing Aaradhna talk about this was very moving - she's the real deal. She's not faking soul, she's not pretending, this is her singing about her life.

Watch the video below for a taste of Aaradhna's live sound. There's a moment at 2.45 in the video when she looks away from the mic for a moment, then turns back and belts out the next line 'I've been trying to get to you, I've been trying to get through to you..." the soul and emotion in her voice at that moment send chills down my spine every time I watch it. She is an incredible singer.

A few weeks after the album release, her label rep was in New York (as mentioned in Martyn Pepperell's interview with her in NZ Musician), with American record deals on offer from three labels (Epic, Universal Motown, E1/Koch), a possible management contract with William Morris Agency, and sync opportunities from tv and film. Things are looking up for Aaradhna.

Catch her playing live in February on the summer winery tour, with Che Fu, Opshop, and Missy Higgins. Dates here

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Questlove loves lists



Questlove Thompson (The Roots) has written a list for Rolling Stone, it's a corker. He's compiled a list of his choice of the top 50 hiphop singles of all time. It starts in 1979 when he first heard hiphop, and goes thru to 1995, which Questlove defines as "... the year my major-label debut with the Roots made its mark. I wanted to concentrate on the period that I was not professionally involved in the art form."

Here's his entry on Eric B And Rakim, one of my favourite hiphop acts ever. I own a pile of their records, probably more than any other artist in my collection. If you've ever read any of the liner notes for albums by The Roots, then you know Questlove can write, and he has some serious deep knowledge on music. Read on....(note, a reader of that RS post has put up a playlist of the songs on Spotify)

Eric B. and Rakim, "Eric B is President"/"Check Out My Melody" (1986)

"If I were given hip-hop's timeline wand and asked to draw the line in the sand that would define the moment that hip-hop stepped into the post-modern age, this song would have to be my choice. Rakim's no-nonsense, straight-laced, non-minstrel, dead-panned delivery is one of the hardest sells in hip-hop. I mean, think about it.

Some of our favorite characters in hip-hop are just that: characters. Colorful, all over the place, full of inflection and humor. Rakim was none of that. Pssssh, even his most humorous punchline – gotta remember, "President" was a part-time response record to Janet Jackson's unexpected red-hot "What have you done for me lately" – was dry enough to make Steven Wright take notice. "You scream I'm lazy?/You must be crazy/Thought I was a donut, you tried to glaze me . . . "

Rakim was John Coltrane personified as MC: all cool and steady hand. Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys were screaming hip-hop's power from the top of the mountains. Rakim was doing the exact opposite – mountains came to him. Just to prove this was no fluke, his every word on the B-side "My Melody" was like the holy scriptures. Damn near the 10 Commandments for any real MC worth his or her weight in gold.

There was no MC from this new Renaissance period that wasn't running for cover when Rakim was within earshot. Remember those old Westerns, when the cowboy dressed in all black comes to the saloon and the tavern gets all silent and even the piano player stops the music? I don't, either, but you get the picture I'm trying to make. Rakim turned MCing into a serious art. He was no joke."

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jason Kerrison and end of the world

Jason Kerrison. Photo: Peter Meecham/Fairfax NZ

The NZ Herald recently had an article featuring comment from Opshop's Jason Kerrison, titled Ending the world on a high note, by Susan Edmunds and Andy Pickering, just caught up on this. Apparently Kerrison was unhappy with how he was represented in the article, and published his full email reply to Andy Pickering's questions on Facebook...

"It's a pity @thenzherald has become a second rate sensationalist magazine that doesn't actually report it's interviewees opinions. Here's what I actually sent to @andypickering in response to his questions.
(Pls excuse bad grammar and mistakes Etc...was never my strongpoint)..."

Read Jason's full answers here..."Talk of an ‘Ark’ was initially to pique the interest of the media to discuss the broader matters at hand around the 2012 phenomena, some of which I’ve raised in answering earlier questions..."

For more on that, in January 2010 Woman's Day ran an article titled "Opshop's Jason: Why I'm building a real ark!" Read about it at The Corner.

Losing you



Blood Orange (Dev Hynes) was featured a few issues back in Wax Poetics (issue #50). He's behind the very cool latest single from Solange Knowles (hat tip to Andrew Tidball for the link). It's off an EP called True, by Solange, that dropped 27 November worldwide on digital, the single is out on 12" vinyl.

Hynes (via his Tumblr): "I spoke to Maureen Seaberg of Psychology Today about my synesthesia, compositional techniques, and future projects. Click here to read the interview."

The Guardian (iv from Aug 2011): From Lightspeed Champion to Blood Orange, the many lives of Dev Hynes. And more recently, from The Guardian... Solange Knowles: Dev Hynes's beats suit my stubbornness but I'm no hipster

From Blood Orange's Tumblr, go Solange!

Shanty Sound Reggae Mixtape

Shanty Sound – 50 Years – Foundation Reggae Mixtape, via Music Selections, hat tip to Jason F for the link.

"Shanty Sound, aka Bergamo-Rula, from Italy, mixing foundation reggae tunes for our enjoyment. You got 50 minutes of classic gems from the 60′s, mixed live and direct from strictly 7 inch vinyls.

Music from Jamaica’s two most respected and iconic labels Studio One and Treasure Isle, no need to say more. This mix flows great, you’ll find some stuff that you already love, and some stuff you might have slept on as well. It’s a long way back to the 60′s: when music lasts so long you can bet it’s well built. The musical foundation of Reggae is rock-solid, that’s why this genre is still so popular. And its story is fascinating, if you’re interested in the subject, I suggest you to read this book."



TRACKLIST:
1 WISTON FRANCIS LET’S GO TO ZION
2 THE HEPTONES FATTIE FATTIE
3 ALTON ELLIS I’M JUST A GUY
4 DELROY WILSON DANCING MOOD
5 PARAGONS TIDE IS HIGH
6 KEN PARKER TRUE TRUE TRUE
7 PHILLIS DILLON DON’T TOUCH MY TOMATO
8 FREDDIE MCKAY LOVE IS A TREASURE
9 PARAGONS BLACK BIRD SINGING
10 THE HEPTONES PARTY TIME
11 SAM COOKE LOVE ME
12 PARAGONS RIDING HIGH
13 ALTON ELLIS CRY TOUGH
14 LONE RANGER NOW THE GATE FLY
15 DENNIS BROWN MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF
16 LARRY MARSHALL NANNY GOT
17 BOB ANDY UNCHAINED
18 PHILLIS DILLON PERFIDIA
19 PHILLIS DILLON DON’T STAY AWAY
20 MARCIA GRIFFITH FEEL LIKE JUMPING
21 SUGAR MINOTT VANITY
22 THE TENNORS PRESSURE AND SLIDE
23 SUGAR MINOTT OH DC
24 THE JAMAICANS BABABOOM
25 THE HEPTONES GET IN THE GROOVE
26 THE HEPTONES FALLIN IN LOVE
27 ALTON ELLIS YOU MAKE ME HAPPY
28 THE BASES EASE UP
29 ALTON ELLIS PREACHER
30 DON DRUMMOND JFK MEMORY
31 KEN BOOTHE PUPPET ON A STRING
32 SOUL VENDORS SWING EASY
33 C.DODD AND SOUND DIMENSION REAL ROCK