Saturday, January 05, 2013

Flying Nun partners w US label for reissues

Via Pitchfork: "In recent years Captured Tracks have done a fine job of preserving material from indie labels of yesteryear with their various reissues, but 2013 will see them launching perhaps their most interesting reissues project yet. 

"The label has teamed with legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun to reissue "a large quantity" of records from throughout its influential catalog, including out-of-print and obscure records as well as the label's most popular material. The series will include boxed sets and expanded reissues of 12" EPs, 7" singles, and LPs, plus posters, shirts, and more...

"The first release will be a 2XLP compilation of singles, demos, and more from Toy Love, whose short lifespan (1979-1980) melded punk and 1960s pop, an inspiration to the Flying Nun aesthetic. ..."

From Captured Tracks site: “We at Flying Nun are super pleased to be setting up shop with Captured Tracks, who have recently been releasing some of the most exciting new music around. We think this brilliantly compliments Flying Nun’s 30 years of releasing some of the most interesting bands to come out of the remote south pacific. I can’t wait to get my teeth into helping people discover and rediscover some of these records.” -Ben Howe (Flying Nun Label Manager)

 We at Captured Tracks are beyond ecstatic to work with Flying Nun Records for this series of reissues. As a young record collector, I always saw the label as a recommendation of quality and a constant source of inspiration. I would comb the shelves of every record store imaginable to secure anything and everything I could find. When I first heard the news that they’d bought back the rights, this partnership was something that was lingering in the back of my mind.” -Mike Sniper (Captured Tracks Founder).

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 5

Junior Murvin - Bad weed
Waireka hill sounds - One people - version
Courtney Melody -Stop inform vocal/version
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye
Manasseh meets the equalizer - Pepper dub
Jah Stitch - Raggamuffin style - Smith and Mighty remix
Round four feat Tikiman - Find a way
Massive music - Find my way - Kode9 remix
Cos ber zam - Ne noya - Daphni remix
Billy Preston - Do it while you can
John  Davis and the monster orchestra - Love magic
The Staples - Colour me higher
Dalvanius - Chudka pa poy
Beanfields feat Bajka -  Tides - Carl Craig remix
Congos - Congo man - Carl Craig edit
Chaka Demus and Pliers - Murder she wrote
Butch Cassidy sound system - Echo tone defeat
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Victorious dub
Quantic & his combo Barbaro - Linda morena
Sound foundation - Ram dancehall (Dubhead reunited with Tuffi culture at Lion Rockers meets Channel One tonight, 420, K Rd)
Fred Wesley & the JBs - Use me
Nathan Haines - East river dr

Friday, January 04, 2013

RIP Tony Hopkins (drummer)



Just heard via Godfrey De Grut, legendary Auckland jazz drummer Tony Hopkins has passed away, sad news... I remember seeing him play often down at Cause Celebre, always played there with great energy and looked like he was having a ball...

Tony's bio from Creative Jazz Club... "Drummer Tony Hopkins is no stranger to Auckland audiences.. He started his full time career in 1958 as Johnny Devlin’s drummer, backed several famous American pop singers and was a regular at the iconic Montmartre Jazz club in Auckland in the 50’s. He was music co-ordinator at the influential “London Bar” in the from 1990 to ‘94, giving valuable support to kiwi musicians Nathan Haines, Tim Hopkins, Matt Penman, Matt Field, Kevin Fields ."

Chris Bourke notes that Bruce Morley (another fine local drummer, who sadly passed away in November 2012) "... wrote a piece in 1963 called ‘Drums By Four’, played by a quartet that also featured other leading local drummers Don Branch, Tony Hopkins and Allan Nash... [also in 1963] he [Morley] interviewed most of New Zealand’s top drummers for a monograph on the craft in New Zealand. All answered the same set of questions, and typically they came from a wide variety of music styles. Among those interviewed were Don Branch, Ted Croad, Eddie Croad, Lachie Jamieson, Tony Hopkins, Bruce King and Billy Nuku."

Tony won a NZ Music Award in 1993, for best jazz album, for Broadhurst / Hopkins / Haines - Live At The London Bar. He also played 'jazzy rides'on Nathan Haines' debut album Shift Left, which won best jazz album at the NZ Music Awards in 1996.

Video below from 2006, Tony Hopkins playing at Deschlers in High st, with Roger Mannins and Andrew Atwill. Not great sound... taken from the youtube channel of Hopkin's wife, more videos of him live in NZ and Brazil, here...

She writes of her channel: "About Tony Hopkins (not Hannibal the cannibal but a drummer). It is very enjoyable to organize these clips, most of them with Tony (my husband) playing Jazz, Rock,etc. in New Zealand and in concerts in Brazil. Check out his energy!"

ADDED: Chris Bourke has posted part of an interview he did with Tony in 2001 for Musical Chairs on Radio NZ... well worth a read.
excerpt: Tony Hopkins: "I left him [Devlin] after we went to Australia. I was becoming sick of the music and I was getting interested in jazz. I was living in a flat in Kings Cross, a place called Waratah House which was up the top of King’s Cross. There was about five of us guys living there, one of them was Mike Nock. I’ve known Mike since I was 17, we used to share a flat in St Georges Bay Rd in Parnell when we were 17, we’re both the same age.

I started to get disenchanted with rock’n’roll in about 1959, when I was sharing this flat with Mike Nock in Kings Cross. Mike used to play for Devlin in the very early years, not much, he played just a few gigs with him and we used to play together from time to time at the Montmartre in Lorne St – the building’s still there by the library, behind the St James – anyway, in this flat in Kings Cross, the boys were all into bebop and modern jazz and I started listening to it, and started to play it. So I became a little sick of the simplicity of rock’n’roll. I like the freedom to create that’s in jazz that isn’t so much in rock’n’roll..."

ADDED: Published in The New Zealand Herald on January 12, 2013: "HOPKINS, Anthony Leonard. Passed away at 1.18am on January 4th, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He was cared for by his family and surrounded by them when he died. Tony The Big Boppa Hopkins, known for his impeccable timing and swing, was a legend in the NZ music scene. An accomplished and inspired musician, his contribution to both Christian and secular music will live on in our hearts and lives. He leaves behind four adult children, who invite you to join them in celebrating his life at a Memorial Service at 11am, Saturday 12th January at St Paul's Church, Auckland City and afterward from 1pm at his family's home in Ellerslie. Our Dad touched and inspired the lives of many with his brave and fiery spirit, and we thank him."

John Dix writes Tony was "One of the great NZ drummers and all-round good guys .... Tony's career was nothing if not eclectic - in the late 1950s he was in NZ's first great rock'n'roll band, Johnny Devlin's Devils, and in the 1960s his jazz workshops provided inspiration and a forum for many Auckland musos. In the 1990s Tony and saxophonist son Tim regularly entertained the cliquey set at Cause Celebre and more recently Tony has been playing with guitar ace Doug Jerebine. At home playing rock, jazz or hip hop, NZ's "oldest teenager" was one of a kind. Hei maumaharatanga ki te tino hoa..."



ADDED: I scanned two photos of Johnny Devlin and his Devils (featuring Tony on drums) at Western Springs, 1959, from the book Stranded In Paradise, by John Dix, who says these shows at Western Springs attracted over 10,000 people. Photos credited as sourced from Phil Warren.

Johnny Devlin... Photo sourced for Stranded in Paradise from Phil Warren
..and his Devils, Tony Hopkins on drums. Photo sourced for Stranded in Paradise from Phil Warren

ADDED: Found this photo blow in a Metro article on Doug Jerebine/Bob Gillett (Dec 2011)... caption says this is The Jazz Workshop at the Bali Hai, off High St (band later became The Embers), October 1962: Brain Smith, tenor sax; Tony Hopkins, drums; Bob Gillett, alto sax; Neville Whitehead, bass; Mike Walker, piano.



ADDED: One of Tony's last live performances, posted on youtube by his daughter Kathryn. There's another video she's posted (also below), of "Tony Hopkins being presented the Scroll of Honor music award by his son Tim Hopkins in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday 28th October, 2012. Awarded for over 50 years contribution to the New Zealand music industry, his mentoring and charity work. We salute you Tony.

"What is special about this award, is that Dad has recently been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, that has already spread to his liver and that it is inoperable. The specialist has given him 12 months. This award of recognition and validation for all of his years dedicated to playing and sharing music is such a wonderful way of giving something back to him. It has meant a lot to him, as his so many people coming forward with their positive thoughts, prayers and words. Thanks to everyone for that. We love you Dad. Thanks to the Variety Artists Club for the award."






ADDED: "So What? The Jazz Show [on ALT TV]: Kevin Haines (presenter) - In this 1 h 47 min TV program Kevin interviews Mike Walker and Tony and they play together. Here we feature the playing and interviewing sections where Tony is directly involved." Watch interview below and more at nzjazz.co.nz
 





Bobby Womack has early signs of Alzheimers

Photo: Rick Rycroft/AP/ The Telegraph
From Bobby Womack's Facebook page...

"With regards to the recent widespread news of Bobby Womack's diagnosis with signs of early Alzheimer’s, Mr. Womack would like to release the following statement.

"Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I truly appreciate and can feel your love. With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can."

– With much love, Bobby Womack."

From the LA Times... "The doctor says, 'You have signs of Alzheimer's,' " Womack told the BBC's Gilles Peterson in an interview on the latter's Radio 6 program. "It's not bad yet, but it's gonna get worse."

Womack, 68, admitted that he's having trouble remembering things, including the name of Damon Albarn, who co-produced "The Bravest Man in the Universe" with XL Recordings chief Richard Russell. At October's Q Awards in London -- where Womack won the award for best album -- he introduced the Blur/Gorillaz frontman as "Damon Osbourne." (The singer first collaborated with Albarn on the 2010 Gorillaz set "Plastic Beach.")

"That's so embarrassing," Womack said of the memory lapse. "Here's a guy I work with -- I would never belittle him like that."

In June last year he told Spin Magazine "I had prostate cancer. I had colon cancer. I had my lungs completely cave in. I had walking pneumonia twice and I'm a diabetic."

UPDATED: Womack does NOT have Alzheimers, see this interview from 6 Feb 2013...

"... I ask him about the Alzheimer's. His face creases into something like a grin. To cut a rambling story short, Womack says that he was becoming worried at occasionally forgetting lyrics. And after his coma, when he couldn't recognise his ex-wife and had lost 40 pounds, his concern about his memory loss deepened. So he mentioned Alzheimer's to a writer, "because I didn't understand it".

So, you don't have Alzheimer's? "No."

Great news, clearly. But his ex-wife "cussed me out. Regina said, 'Why would you tell people you had Alzheimer's? Now you'll never get bookings!'" he laughs. "I'm saying, 'Bookings? I don't care about no goddamned bookings! I'm alive!'"

Pop culture vs Tarantino



Via Next Draft, "Quentin Tarantino is obsessed with including pop culture references in his movies. Here's every single one of them in a single video."

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Loungehead



This video popped up on the revived Deepgroooves.co.nz website recently...they comment that "We shot this clip in one of those semi-abandon[ed] buildings down town near the old bus terminal, another all nighter. The clip features Mr. Massey's recuring[sic] locked off camera shot (Sulata, Ermehn etc) which in this case ended up requiring literally hundreds of edits. Unfortunately, Sulata was not available for the video shoot due to her having just given birth to a lovely baby boy. We did however have quite a bit of footage of her that was shot for another project but never used. It seemed to splice in reasonably well."

More background on Deepgrooves over here.
Watch Deepgrooves videos...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

MdCL and Rotterdam Jazz Orch

Newie out soon from Tru Thoughts...expat Kiwi Mark de Clive Lowe drops some jazz stylings, free download... "Out February 4th/5th, ‘Take The Space Trane’ is the new album from producer, composer and musician Mark de Clive-Lowe in collaboration with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. Below is a free download of the title track, announced via The Revivalist.

The album brings together a selection of bespoke compositions and existing cuts from across MdCL’s highly prolific career, as well as a cover of the jazz standard, “Caravan” – all realised with traditional big band arrangements and instrumentation..."
 

"As per tradition, this final podcast of the year finds TT head honcho and A&R Robert Luis looking back over 2012; and what a year it's been – packed with releases of every shape, size and genre, and heaps of support from all over the world.

Here, Rob rounds up some of the sonic highlights from across 2012 - from the likes of Quantic and Alice Russell, Hint, Anchorsong, Belleruche, Nostalgia 77, The Bamboos, Sleepin' Giantz, Riz MC and more - as well as bringing you an upfront and exclusive peep into the new music in store for 2013."