Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Vinyl comeback #272

Dom Nola with part of her vinyl record collection. Photo- Ted Baghurst

And here we have a story on the vinyl comeback that make some sense. Finally. Nice one, Alan Perrott...

"Natalie plays CDs in her car, uses an iPod when she's out and about, then puts a record on when she gets home.

It's her hierarchy of convenience and perceived authenticity - running from downloads to expensive vinyl - and from what is being heard at the shop counter, this is how increasing numbers of us are engaging with music.

So, with fingers crossed, I'm going to suggest Natalie's approach as the future, even if that's more in hope than in any great faith in the youth of the day after tomorrow. The alternative - gulp - is that vinyl, the vestigial nipple of music formats, is well into its final comeback, and it has had more than its fair share already.

Yes, new record sales in the US increased by 26 per cent last year, but the highest-selling album, Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface sold only 49,004 copies, while the bulk of the increase was likely because of grief purchases following the deaths of David Bowie and Prince.

Of course, there will be no end to the wide-eyed "believe it or not" reporting of this growth, but it remains hard to take the trend's medium-term prospects too seriously....

....Vinyl's best hope will be when it stops being seen as a hip and fashionable accessory and replaces the crappy T-shirt as the top-end expression of true fandom."

NZ Herald:For the love of vinyl

Nick Hakim debut album

“We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

Heard this cat while listenign to Bandcamp Weekly, a great way to cop some new music. Check it out. Released on ATO Records, home to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Chicano Batman, and Alabama Shakes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 20

Hank Marr - Watusi roll
Rose Mitchell - Baby please dont go
Mongo Santamaria - Sweet tater pie
Magic Tones - We shall overcome
James Carr - Come back to me baby
Idris Mohammed - Superbad
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Oliver robotron
Soul Children  - Hold on I'm coming
Booker T and the MGs - Heads or tails
March Wind - All the way down
Lily Fields - Changes
Shogun Orchestra - Sword of doom
Dexter Story feat Kamasi Washington - Wejene Aola
Wabine  -Sail on
James Brown - There it is
Fred Wesley and the JBs  -Blow your head (undubbed)
James Brown - I dont want nobody to give me nothing
Marva Whitney  - What do I have to do
James Brown - Get it together
Baby Charles - I bet you look good on the dancefloor
Tackhead  -Ticking timebomb dub
Ardijah - Which way is up
Bigga Bush - Deep Eastwood (DJ Fitchie remix)
Willie Williams - Armageddion time
The Maytals - Night and day
Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Sly and the Family Stone - Soul clappin'
Chic - I'll be there JM edit
Screaming Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you (Jeremy Sole edit)
Staple Singers - Washington we're watching you
Soul scratch - Pacified
The Playboys - Bumpin' bus stop Pt 1
Chi-lites - Stoned out of my mind
World wonders - Funky washing machine

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Other Crate Record Fair on June 10


The Other Crate record fair returns on June 10th, from 9am, at Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake st, behind Victoria Park Market. This event is well worth checking, gets a good range of folk selling records. Have heard that Tito From Rebel Soul, and Stinky Jim are among those with some wax for sale. Get in!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Equalise My Vocals


I recently had the pleasure of going to EqualiseMy Vocals, a very cool panel discussion put on by local musician/artist Coco Solid for NZ Music Month.It was held at the fale at Samoa House, up on K Rd.

RNZ: "Equalise My Vocals aims to address issues brought to the surface by a story published last year by The Spinoff, outlining serious allegations of grooming and sexual predation in the local music industry.

“We saw a lot of hurt people… a lot of people frustrated and in pain, and who were just excluded and don’t have a voice,” says Jessica Hansell - aka Coco Solid - who's spearheading the campaign alongside fellow musician Trixie Darko.

As RNZ notes of the panellists "They are no different to any other group gathering to talk publicly for New Zealand Music Month about their passion - except that none of them are men. The event is a panel, one of two organised for the weekend to bring Equalise My Vocals from its online domain into the real world."

I went along to the first panel, featuring Teremoana Rapley, Kat Sanders, Leonie Hayden, Nikolai Talamahina, Beth Dawson (Duckling Monster). It was freaking awesome. They told stories both funny and horrifying - like the guy that came up and told one of their female friends (who was playing her guitar left handed, cos you know, she's left handed) that she was holding it wrong. 

While the discussion covered what it's like to operate in the music scene, and the challenges and changes that need to happen, for me one of the best moments was when Leonie Hayden touched on who needs to change. 

Leonie: "The NZ Music Industry is 95% ‘GCs’ and 5% dicks, and that’s the same for any industry. Most people are good people and they’ve got good intentions. But you can’t be a reflection culturally if you’re not reflecting the people… [and] most of the media’s white, most of the music industry is white.

"That’s not on each of those individual people, they’re not going ‘yay white supremacy’, they’re just going about their lives … It falls on the shoulders of the heads of each major record label, and each government funding agency. You’re actually only talking about 20-30 people whose job it is is to make sure that their organisation reflects Aotearoa. So they’re the ones that aren’t doing their job, in my opinion." (declaration of interest - I write a music column for Mana Magazine, edited by Leonie.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 13

Tina Turner  -Whole lotta love
El Michels affair - Tearz
Booker T and the MGs - Sunday sermon
Jean Knight - Carry on
Bill Doggett - Honky tonk popcorn
Joe Tex - Baby, be good
Teresa - He's a cooker
Bill Ricketts feat Mara TK - Mangi mangi
Dexter Story feat Kamasi Washington - Wejene Aola
Bobby Womack - Everything's gonna be alright
Sister Sledge - Thinking of you
The Whispers - In the raw
Mavis Staples - Good loving daddy
Gladys Knight and the Pips - On and on
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Cookie Jackson - Go tell it on the mountain
Flirtations - Nothing but a heartache
Patti La Belle - Funky music
Lee Scratch Perry - Last train to Doomsville
Lightning head - Superfunky bird
Bitty Maclean - Cornerstone
Grace Jones - Peanut butter
Heptones - Sweet talking (Richie Phoe dub)
Sharon Jones & the Dapkings - Stranger to my happiness
New Mastersounds - Witness
Mr Scruff  - He don't
Sola Rosa - Promise (Tall Black Guy remix)
Manfredo Fest - Jungle kitten
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to Troy

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 6

Mr Scruff - Get a move on
Jack Costanzo - Green onions
Mongo Santamaria - We got latin soul
El Chicano feat Ersi Arvizu - I'm a good woman
Laura Lee -Crumbs off the table
Mable John - Shouldn't I love him
Roy Lee Johnson - The dryer
The Soul Children - It aint always what you do (its who you let see you do it)
Staple Singers - Tellin' lies
Syl Johnson - Back for a taste of your love
E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders feat Sharon Jones - Heaven bound
Undisputed truth - Help yourself
Bobby Womack - Everything's gonna be alright
Carl Carlton - She's a bad mama jama
The Whispers - In the rain
The Time - The bird
EU - Da butt
Chic - Open up
The Family - High fashion
Aretha Franklin - Get it right
Lord Echo - Sweetest meditation
Wild Bill Ricketts - Riki
General Levy - The wig (Chaos mix)
Johnny Osbourne - Budy Bye
Tenor Saw and Buju Banton - Ring the alarm quick
Sister Nancy - Only woman DJ with degree
Dennis Brown - Blessed are the men (extended)
El Michels affair  -Tearz

Monday, April 24, 2017

Basefm Record Fair this Saturday at Volume

The BaseFM Record Fair is on this Saturday at Volume exhibition at Auckland Museum. It's free entry, bring cash, starts 11am.

"Join Base FM’s stable of expert DJs and sound selectors they bring their second-hand vinyl record collections along to the Museum for the Base FM Volume Record Fair.

Featuring sound selection from Base FM DJs spinning awesome tunes throughout the day, grab a coffee and browse the records, pick up some classic gems and explore the story of New Zealand music in the Volume exhibition before it closes in May." FB event page here

NZ Musician farewells print, switches to digital

NZ Musician magazine has announced their latest bi-monthly print issue will be their last, after almost 30 years. The magazine will be switching to solely digital focussing on its website, which was recently revamped following a crowd-funding effort that raised over $10,000.

NZ Musician editor Richard Thorne says "This website has been designed to showcase a broad range of new digital content like video interviews, live performances, blogs and podcasts. We’re still busily re-loading the many thousands of articles that have been carried over from the previous site’s gigantic database, but there are plans in place for all of the above – ongoing advertising revenues permitting of course....

"NZM recently signed on with local platform PressPatron which facilitates online readers making one-off donations and regular contributions to their favoured digital publications, making it easy to support the future of journalism. If you, dear reader, want to help NZM out at any stage in the future then you will find the ready means to do so via a ready link below. We’d certainly welcome and appreciate it.

"The future is exciting, if a little mysterious. The decision to stop publishing NZ Musician bi-monthly after three decades has been a fairly monumental one, but we’ve been repeatedly encouraged to perhaps keep our hand in with less frequent ’special’ issues. Meantime though, we’d dearly love to have you bookmark and regularly visit where we will continue providing all the same great content and inmportant local music support, only more dynamically."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 22

Prince - I could never take the place of your man
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Take me with U
Monica  - I don't know nothing else to tell you but I love you
M&S Band  -Egg roll
Carla Thomas - Something good (is gonna happen to you)
Universals - New generation
Gene Chandler - A song called soul
Menahan st band - Make the road by walking
Wood Brass & Steel - Welcome to the party
Zapp - More bounce to the ounce
Patti Labelle - Most likely you go your way...
Orange Juice - Rip it dub (Dicky Trisco edit)
Black Uhuru - Party next door
Dub Syndicate - Roots commandment (remix)
Prince Far I - Brother Joe
Cooly G - Love dub
King Midas Sound - Cool out (Dabrye mix)
Round Four - Find a way
Fat Freddys Drop  -Hope (Sonsine remix)
Breaks Co-op - Sound advice
Submariner - Tha natural
Q-Tip feat Norah Jones - Life is better
Beyonce feat Collie Buddz - Ring the alarm (Tranzformas remix)
WIllie Mitchell - Bum daddy
Dave Baby Cortez - Happy feet
Bob Wilson and the San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Ollie and the Nightingales - Girl, you make my heart sing
Booker T and the MGs - Tic tac toe
Thievery Crop - 38 45 (A Thievery number)
Bomb the Bass - Bug powder dust (La Funk Mob remix)
Antibalas - World war IV
King Sunny Ade - Synchro system

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Record Store Day is April 22, NZ happenings

Slowboat Records

Record Store Day turns ten this year. It's sometimes seen these days as being over-run with major labels hogging the pressing plants to churn out crap (Africa by Toto anyone? NOPE) but there's still the core idea, celebrating independent record stores. That has value. So, what's going on?

Real Groovy is open from 9am-7pm, with live music, prizes (incl a Pro-Ject turntable) and RSD special releases and exclusive vinyl deals.

"We here at Real Groovy are critical of the increasing commercialisation of Record Store Day, so this year we are focusing on giving back to our loyal customers and community."

11am - Badcorporation
12pm - Oscar Dowling
1pm - ECHO OHs
2pm - X Features
3pm - Contenders

Southbound Records promises 300 RSD releases, live music from Ghost  Town and more, open from 9am. Also an instore exhibition of photos taken at Zwines and of the late 1970’s Auckland Punk Scene by Jeremy Templer - for sale too.

Marbecks has live music from Princess Chelsea, Tom Cunliffe, Lydia Cole, Galaxybear, and DJs, more to come.

Check out Flying Out on Pitt St, they have few FNun related RSD goodies I hear and live intstores from Shayne P Carter, Fazerdaze, Merk, X Features, Billy TK, DJ Roger Shepherd & more. 

The recently shuttered Rebel Soul Records is doing a one day pop up at Barber Dans at 459 K Rd.  

Vinyl Countdown has some goodies, live instores, and their always popular sausage sizzle. "Great music thanks to the Vinyl Club DJs and live music from 1pm. Giveaways and Prizes throughout the day. And the Free sausage sizzle - always a hit! We'd love to see you here at Vinyl Countdown on this exciting day. Open at 9am!
LIVE MUSIC:  1pm - Sonic Delusion / 2pm - This Little Badge / 3pm - Jon Toogood

TAURANGA has Vinyl Destination, which recently celebrated it's 2nd birthday.  

PALMERSTON NORTH has a pop-up record fair happening at Square Edge Community arts 11am - 4pm, with vinyl DJs, record painting - free entry.


Death Ray Records is celebrating their survival, given they didn't think they'd still be here by this stage of the year. 

"We honestly can't believe we'll be open for Record Store Day in under 2 weeks. Around 4 months ago Death Ray was dead in the water. Help from all sorts have kept Death Ray trundling along. So we've made it to RSD 2017!!!!. After that date who knows?

... If you don't know anything about RSD or if you are one of those excellent people that say "I don't go to RSD because there will be too many people and everyday is RSD anyway" read what RSD means to the owners, the patrons and the community.

RSD was set up to pay respects to independent record stores for existing. We're not talking JB or the Whare but real locally run record stores. What can you do? Go to a record store and immerse yourself in the surroundings. Pay thanks to the lords of rock n roll that these places exists. Be a part of a special day for the owners...."

Slow Boat Records has RSD releases and live acts:

2pm: Instore performance from ‘ambient dream folk’ group French For Rabbits.
3pm: Instore performance from ‘Pan-generational Wellington supergroup’ TEETH, celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album, available as a strictly limited edition CD through our own Slow Boat Records label.
The group features The Phoenix Foundation’s Lukasz Buda and Tom Callwood, together with 'legendary drummer' Anthony Donaldson and David Long (Mutton Birds).

Also in Wellington, check out Rough Peel Music in Cuba St (live instore from NameUL and DJs), and Mint Music in Lower Hutt. 

Further South, head along to Galaxy and Pennylane in Christchurch, and Relics in Dunedin.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 15

George Benson - World is a ghetto
Bill Doggett - Pimento
Brenton Wood - Some got it, some don't
Jimmy Hughes - What side of the door
Ruby Johnson - I'd rather fight than switch (take 1)
Jean Knight - Carry on
Otis Redding - Can't get no satisfaction
Buddy Miles - Give away none of my love
Charles Bradley - Aint it a sin
Chaka Khan - We can work it out
Prince Charles and the City Beat Band - Don't fake the funk
Prince and Makka Diamond - Controversy (Minneapolis remix)
Hall and Oates -Crime pays
Associates - Tell me Easter's on a Friday
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Ann Peebles - Beware
Impressions - We're a winner
O'Jays - 992 arguments
Lord Echo - C90 eternal
Benny Tones feat Mara TK - Areo soul
Joint Force - Nightmare dub
DJ Krush and Ronny Jordan - Season for change (Dawn of the season mix)
Nuyorican soul feat Q-Tip - Black gold of the sun (MAW remix)
Cal Tjader  -Soul sauce (Fila Brazillia remix)
Oscar Brown Jr - Brother where are you (Matthew Herbert remix)
James Brown - Stone to the bone
Tanika Charles - Soul run

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tamil Rogeon - 24 Hours in Lapa

Via Heard and Felt Recordings:' Melbourne composer/violinist Tamil Rogeon (The RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda) brings his most ambitious work to date. That's saying something when your previous works include composing a Stravinsky tribute for a 100-piece orchestra, soundtracking a concert screening of the drawn 2010 AFL football Grand Final for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Red Bull Beat Suite, a unique work combining orchestra, turntablists, beatmakers and vocalists including Aloe Blacc and Ladi6!

"24 Hours in Lapa is a mesmerising 12-part song cycle built on Brazilian rhythms, an orchestral score and subtle electronics. Rogeon bases this sweeping, cinematic suite around the tragic story of Joseph Martin, a young expat killed by an off-duty police officer while celebrating his 30th birthday in the Rio party district of Lapa.

Rogeon travelled to Rio to record Tiago Loei's percussion group, returned to Melbourne to write the score for Orchestra Victoria, then added vocals from sessions in LA, London, Paris and Melbourne. Guest vocalists include Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra), earthy soulstress Krystle Warren, globetrotting MC Raashan Ahmad, RAah partner Ryan Ritchie, crooner Bobby Valentine and ethereal backings from Ella Thompson (GL, The Bamboos)."

Out April 21 on 2xLP/CD/Digital

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - 'Year of the funky' album coming

I recall the first album from this duo, back in 2010, it was a great funky slab of goodness. This new biz sounds equally groovy. Single out now.

Via Legere Recordings: "Year Of The Funky" is the first single from the second album from Bei Bei (荷蓓蓓) & Shawn Lee, also called Year Of The Funky. After their debut collaborative album "Into The Wind" (Ubiquity Records, 2010), the Chinese guzheng virtuoso / composer Bei Bei and the prolific multi-instrumentalist / producer Shawn Lee (Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Kelis, St. Etienne etc.) join forces again on 12 new tracks.

Year Of The Funky marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery. Eschewing all notions of superficial "Asian/Fusion," this uplifting, genre-bending, and sophisticated sound brings together both East & West with musical aplomb. The new album continues as a logical progression from "Into The Wind". It ventures into both new tempos & moods while deftly connecting the past, the future and what lies beyond."

Ring The Alarm playlist, April 8

Massive attack - Spying glass
Paul Weller - Kosmos (Lynch Mob bonus beats)
Sola Rosa feat Noah Slee - Back to you
Lord Echo feat Mara TK - Sweetest meditation
Dub Syndicate - Chapter 4
Bob Marley - Mr Brown
The Congos - Bring the mackaback
Gregory Issacs - Mr know it all
Frightnrs - I'd rather go blind
Booker T and the MGs - Be my lady
Ernie Hawks and the Soul Investigators - Scorpio man theme
Major Lance  - Um um um um um
Jan Bradley  - Mama didn't lie
Fred Ramirez - Hold on I'm coming
Sugar Pie De Santo  -Soulful dress
Syd Jones and the Troubadors - Cordova
Bonnie Pointer  - Ah shoot
Nile Rodgers - Land of the good groove
Esther Phillips - All the way down
Quincy Jones - Hummin'
A Tribe Called Quest - Find a way (inst)
Eric B and Rakim - Casualties of war (Soulpower remix)
Freddie Joachim - Wait
P-Bass Expressway - Easyride (Downtown Brown remix)
Lord Echo - Makossa #3
Archie Shepp - Attica blues (Chief Xcel remix)
Ruby Johnson - Won't be long
Dottye Fultz - Jesus is a soul man
Roy Roberts experience - Got to have all your love