Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Feb 2

Willie Bobo - Descarga del bobo  -Masters at work remix
Chancha via circuito - Burkina
Skyy - Easy
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow
Bill Withers - Railroad man
Pepperpots - Real true love
Aural exciters - Emile (night rate)
Shriekback - Lined up - disco mix
LCD Soundsystem -  45 33 - Padded cell remix
Shannon - Let the music play
Cherelle - Artificial heart - dance mix
Bassomatic - Funky love vibrations - Concrete mix
Common - Come close - Boozoo bajou remix
Nitin Sawney -Dead man - Fink dub
UB40 - One in ten dub (Ali Campbell's UB40 and Toots and the Maytals at Vector Arena, sunday night)
Toots and the Maytals - Funky Kingston
Albarosie - Sound killa
Bounty killer, Bunny rugs - Down in the ghetto
East side symphony - Hot pants road
Connie Price and the keystones - Western champion
Ohio players - Fire
Orgone - I get lifted
Sign of four - Jumping beans

Friday, February 01, 2013

HMV tweetoff

Via Adam Leyton on Twitter: "Tip: If you're going to sack your social media team, it's a good idea to change the password first"

Now all deleted, with HMV posting that "There have been job losses today, but not in our stores. We are still open for business, thx for your continued support... One of our departing colleagues was understandably upset. We’re still here thou, thx for supporting hmv thro these challenging times..."

ADDED Meet the woman who took over the HMV Twitter account: Her name is Poppy Rose Cleere.

Mt Zion OST

The local film Mt Zion debuts on our screens on Waitangi Day (and Bob Marley's birthday), Feb 6 - watch the trailer below. The soundtrack is out today, some great Kiwi acts in there plus some new recordings... Golden Harvest, early Herbs, Prince Tui Teka... and look, another Tem Morrison film with Max Merritt's Slippin' Away in it.


Take It Easy - Stan Walker
Mt Zion - Small Axe
Heat Wave - Small Axe
Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
(You Gotta Walk)Don't Look Back - Peter Tosh
Now That We Found Love - Third World
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
Funky Kingston - Toots & The Maytals
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Hoki Mai - Prince Tui Teka
Soul Deep - Small Axe
Lion Trail - Small Axe featuring Troy Kingi
Maunga Hiona - Small Axe featuring Che-fu
Azania (Soon Come) - Herbs
I Need Your Love - Golden Harvest
Slippin' Away - Max Merritt & The Meteors
Army - Small Axe
Basket - Small Axe

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Illegal downloader fined

The first case under the new copyright act has been heard at the Copyright Tribunal. An unidentified internet user has been fined $616.57, of which "The tribunal ordered the pirate to pay the costs of purchasing the tracks ($6.57), $50 towards the costs RIANZ incurred for sending the notices and $200 for the cost of bringing the case to the copyright body. The offender was also ordered to pay a deterrent sum of $360 ($120 per infringement)."

Read the full judgement on NBR's site.

The NZ Herald reports that "The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) ... took an unnamed offender to the Copyright Tribunal last year for sharing songs on the internet - a track by Rihanna on two occasions and the other by Hot Chelle Rae.

NBR reports that "In a letter from the defendant included with the decision, she says she accepts responsibility for downloading the first song, Rihanna's "Man Down" although she had not been aware her actions were illegal at the time.

"She writes she subsequently had trouble deleting a BitTorrent file sharing programme called utorrent, which led to a subsequent inadvertent download. She did not know how another song, "Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae, came to be downloaded over the connection. "It was not done by myself or anyone in this household," she wrote."

Rianz said in a statement that "It is disappointing some account holders do not take meaningful action when first advised their connection was being used to flout the law."

Its; worth noting that filesharing  programmes like utorrent generally set themselves up so they will automatically open when you start up your computer, and it appears this user didn't know it did that.

From NZ Herald:  "In a decision released today, the tribunal found in RIANZ's favour and ordered the offender (who was a Telecom customer) to pay a penalty $616.57.

The ruling was the first of its kind under a 2011 copyright law change that allows rights holders - like movie studios or music companies - to issue notices to users believed to be illegally downloading or uploading copyrighted content. After a third notice, rights holders can bring a case before the tribunal, which can fine an offender up to $15,000.

Although only two songs were involved in this case, RIANZ sent a second notice about the Rihanna song to the offender around seven months after the first.

In a submission to the tribunal, the music pirate claimed ignorance to the illegality of the offending. "The first song downloaded was a song called Man Down by Rihanna. I accept responsibility for this. I downloaded the song unaware that in doing so from this site was illegal," the submission said.

However, the offender did not claim responsibility for the Hot Chelle Rae track. "It wasn't [downloaded] by myself or anyone in this household," the submission said. While the pirate only referred to downloading the songs, RIANZ's claimed the offending was for uploading the music.

This was accepted by the tribunal, which also said it was possible the pirate only intended to download the music over the file-sharing network where the offending took place.."

ADDED Jan 31: Thomas Beagle of TechLiberty has written an interesting analysis of this test case and what it means, worth a read...

Snip: "... It seems clear from the quoted part of the respondent's submission that they have no real idea about how file sharing via bittorrent works. RIANZ and the Tribunal both also seem somewhat blind to the reality that a default uTorrent installation will set itselt to automatically restart whenever the computer is restarted, and will thus keep sharing until stopped...."

"this case once again demonstrates two of the key weaknesses of the law:

"There is no way to prove your innocence. No one in New Zealand keeps the kind of detailed network logs that would be necessary to prove that you hadn't done what you were accused of. All you can do is assert that you didn't do it and the Tribunal has just shown that they will ignore this.

"The responsibility falls on the account holder, not the people using the internet to infringe copyright. In this case the respondent admitted she had downloaded the first track, apologised and had taken steps to stop it happening again. She denied downloading the third track that triggered off the penalty and suggested that someone else might have done it. Obviously we can't know if she was telling the truth, but the reality is that most internet connections are shared and this could easily happen.

"These two points are going to come up again and again. It seems certain that in many cases justice will not be done, with the account holder taking the fall for sloppy detective work on the part of RIANZ and the ISP, or the actions of other people sharing their internet account..."

ADDED Jan 31: RIANZ MD Chris Caddick told NewstalkZB that  they "can measure piracy levels and they have not gone down over the past 12 months... we have really been waiting for this, a first decision, to send a clear message, that there are consequences..." He says he is confident that this test case will result in a drop in piracy.

ADDED: See this US report on Kim Dotcom's recently launched Mega: File-sharing site Mega fields 150 copyright infringement warnings...

"Mega, which launched on Jan. 20, allows people to store 50GB of encrypted content for free. The content, which can be shared between users by sharing a link to it, can be decrypted if a user also shares the encryption key.

Mega was developed with an eye to avoid the copyright infringement allegations that plagued Megaupload, which was shuttered in January 2012. Since uploaded content is encrypted, Mega cannot determine the content of files stored. But it will remove content upon receiving a valid notification of copyright infringement."

Menahan keep coming

Off The Crossing, the latest album from the Menahan St Band, dropped October last year.

New Dam Native video

Annie C - U soul me

Found this really cool track from Miss Annie Crummer on a vhs, nice mid-90s triphop production vibe. It was a single off her 1996 album The Seventh Wave, on Warner Music. When I posted it to my Youtube account, unfortunately Warners blocked it for New Zealand viewers, which was a bit stink.

I was able to get a contact to email at Warners NZ, and they kindly unblocked it. Why they would block an artist they released on their own label is beyond me. Especially for an NZ On Air-funded video. Let the taxpayers see it, peeps.

But this is something of a big problem with Warners, especially around the Flying Nun catalog. Although Warners no longer own the FNun catalogue, I'm guessing they clearly still have the artists listed in their database that Youtube use to source their copyright warning and geoblocking.

Russell Brown recently highlighted on Twitter the case of former member of the Headless Chickens Grant Fell, who uploaded some videos of his old band, only to have Warners block them for NZ viewers. At least their version of Abba's Supertrouper is still up!

Russell writes about this problem, noting "... Warner Music’s continued and unwarranted assertion on YouTube of copyright over the Flying Nun Records catalogue it no longer owns – each geoblocking claim needing to be sorted out on an individual basis – is probably not the only problem of its kind..." in a post discussing the launch of Kim Dotcom's new service, Mega.

At the Mega launch, Dotcom talked about his his yet-to-be-launched Megabox service, that will give artists a lion's share of the sales, 90%. That's nothing new. Bandcamp gives artists 85% of every sale. Creating an online service that cuts out the record labels is not new or innovative. Perhaps folk in the media can wake up to that and stop blindly repeating Dotcom's assertion on this like it was fact. If you asked some local independent musicians, they'd tell you they're already using Bandcamp very successfully, so why would they go with Megabox....

Anyways, the Annie Crummer video was directed by Mark Hartley. This single peaked at #21 in the NZ singles charts, and the album peaked at #5. The single also featured a rap remix produced by Anthony Ioasa, with Three The Hard Way on vocals.

New Charles Bradley single

album cover artwork

Charles Bradley follows up his fantastic 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming with a new album, Victim Of Love, dropping April 2 on Daptone's imprint Dunham Records. Here's the first single ... US tour dates here. May 16 he's hitting the Apollo Theatre, that would be a very cool show to see...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

El Truento bizz

Some tunes from the back catalog of Christoph El Truento, name your price, over on Bandcamp - have a listen...

Monday, January 28, 2013

R.I.P. Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (Ohio Players)

Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner of the Ohio Players (Fire, Love Rollercoaster, Funky Worm) has passed away aged 69. Found a couple of great old live clips of the band, below...

Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner (source: Kiss104FM)

"Yesterday, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.

Sugarfoot, or Foot, or Sugar, was the founding and cornerstone artistic talent of OHIO PLAYERS and the face and sound of the OHIO PLAYERS brand, which he knit together and launched in 1964 with former members of The Ohio Untouchables. With a career spanning 56 years, he passed barely short of his 70th birthday.

Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends. He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on. More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming."

Ohio Players frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner dies, from Dayton Daily News

Benjamin 7"

Cherries Records is a fresh label founded last year outta Chicago. Their latest release drops Jan 29, on 7" single and MP3, and sounds like this... damn, it's dope.... go check out their earlier releases too.

Flipside is over here, listen....

Some background... "Windy City singer and multi-instrumentalist Benjamin [Ben Pirani] has a fondness for ‘80s soul ... he cites Fatback Band producers Bill Curtis and Gerry Thomas as prime influences, and as such, the single contains two jams that channel the synth chic of the time, while adding a signature contemporary touch. “I have a bit of genuine nostalgia for that period of music,”

BENJAMIN muses wistfully, helping illuminate the audacious Jheri curl uptopianism of his formidable debut. Although, funk is just one color in this shining star’s musical palette. BENJAMIN also plays guitar and sings in Chicago Stone Lightning Band, a heavy blues rock affair who recently released an eponymous LP. He is also a founder of Chicago’s northern soul music staple Windy City Soul Club.

This broad scope of activity rests in solid foundation as BENJAMIN is from a family of pros. His mother’s opera career ran from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, while his father played piano on Terry Callier’s timeless 1972 LP Occasional Rain, as well as alongside leading lights of Chicago soul such as Charles Stephney and Minnie Riperton..."