Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wild Style Breakbeats 7x7" Vinyl + Book from Kenny Dope

Described as "Kenny Dope revisits and edits the Wild Style soundtrack" - how good is that?

This includes 28 page book featuring new interviews and vintage photos from Wild Style archives. The Book doubles as a 7" vinyl holder ("Kay-Dee Casebook"). It features (7) 7" singles (13 songs total) featuring Kenny Dope edit versions from the Wild Style soundtrack.

Ships Early-Mid August. Link: Kenny Dope -Wildstyle vinyl/book at Turntable lab

ADDED: So what were the Wildstyle breakbeats? Here's the story [source]...

Kenny Dope: ”When it comes to “Wild Style”, it’s a movie that I have loved since I was a kid, because of what it stood for and how it showed real hip-hop culture to the world. As I became a producer in the late 1980s and into the 90s, when I listened close to the breakbeats that the DJs used in the film, I could tell that they were done in a studio....but I never knew the actual story behind them. It was always a mysterious thing, and no one seemed to know much about it.”

Wildstyle director Charlie Ahearn: “We didn't want to be dependent on the hit of the month but, more importantly, I was afraid of (filming) MCs rhyming off a pile of records that I wouldn't be able to clear”

And so, with a vision about the movie’s backbone: instrumentals that would replace breakbeats that DJs in New York were using at the time, Ahearn enlisted Fab 5 Freddy to oversee the production of material specifically for the film.

Freddy comments, “It was very smart on Charlie’s part...he said we should create our own, so I went and did that.” Using the “Orchestra” from the public access show “TV Party” (where Freddy was the camera man) original recordings were made for the film. That orchestra consisted of Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro on drums and Blondie’s Chris Stein.

Kenny Dope: “From an audio perspective, I got the 2 track mixdown tapes of the final breakbeats from Charlie. I went in and re-EQed everything and did re-edits, to make all of the originals-which were only about a minute each- longer. I didn’t want to put in anything that wasn’t there originally, so I didn’t add kicks or snares. I just wanted to enhance what they already had.”

The story of the breakbeats, the backbone of “Wild Style” has never been told so thoroughly and colorfully (in both words and glorious pictures) as you’ll find in this collection spearheaded by Kenny Dope. This is more than a collection of audio, this is documentation of an integral part of hip-hop history!

“Wild Style Breakbeats” not only features a 7” single including each of the breaks from the film, it also tells the story of those breakbeats in words and pictures. The 14 page hardcover book is written by Brian Coleman with reminiscences from Charlie Ahearn, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, Fab 5 Freddie, Leonardo “Lenny Ferrari” Ferraro, Chris Stein and many more.

Mind The Curb (Remixed & Reworked)

"Kerbside Collection's debut jazz funk and rare groove LP "Mind the Curb" (released May 2013 on Légère Recordings) gets the remix, rework and re-use treatment with a variety of interpretations from fellow Aussie and international friends with everything from dubby pacific nu disco, analogue breaks and beats to balearic Japanese nu jazz."

Remixers include Ennio Styles, Billy Hoyle, Two Dee, Blunted Stylus, Chikashi Nishiwaki, and Kerbside Collection's drummer Paprika. Out now on digital, ltd 12" vinyl. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jet Jaguar - Hoops

New EP, name your price. Very tasty electronica from the capital.

It's the culture, stupid!

Beyonce is shocked at Bob's suggestion that most people
don't know her new music. It's on the interwebz!

Bob Lefsetz on culture, some fascinating observations... excerpt from Modern Life, read it in full here...

"... So what we're experiencing is a winnowing out process. Everybody can play, but only a few can win. If you think the Huffington Post is for tomorrow, you only live in today. The "New York Times" has nothing to worry about, because they're the only company that features real, in depth reporting, and he who controls information wins in the end.

But the "New York Times" is laboring under the conceit that it's bigger than its writers, which is completely topsy-turvy. Today we believe in the individual, whether it be Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Ezra Klein or Rupert Murdoch. You hitch your star to the star. Otherwise you descend. 

Because people don't trust institutions, they don't trust corporations, they only trust individuals. So if you're building an enterprise, focus on the talent. We can all identify with the talent. We believe Nate Silver has authority when it comes to data, the new people writing in the "New York Times" Upshot...WHO ARE THEY?

So you've got two sides to the equation, the seller and the buyer, and what's even worse, so many are both. Very few are passive today. People may be surfing the headlines, but they're also embellishing their personal brand, they want you to stop by at their Facebook page, check out their Twitter feed, when we ran out of time eons ago. 

So we gravitate to that which is in our face all day every day. Which is why if you want to be a famous musician, you've got to dominate the news cycle. This is what the Kardashians do so well and the bands do so poorly.

Or else you could make a song so good that it dominates the discussion. But we can't even agree on a song of the summer this summer. Is that because one's not good enough or because there's no consensus, because we're all scurrying off in our own direction.

So there are some who sit home self-satisfied, saying they know what's going on, when that's damn near impossible.

And then there are those who not only yearn for the days of yore, they keep bitching about what is lost in the new era.

And then there are those who do their best to keep up. And they're the majority of the population. They're trying to cobble together a life. Trying to decide what is necessary. Whether to look for love online or in real life. Whether to turn off their devices to enrich the experience or be fearful of missing out.

It's the culture stupid!

You might think it's about money and quality and marketing, but the truth is the culture has changed, and those who do not adopt their companies and their products to the new culture are bound to be forgotten.

Today you can truly be famous for fifteen minutes and forgotten shortly thereafter.

The key is to sustain.

And you do this by being in front of everybody with a quality product on a regular basis.

And that's damn hard to do. That's why Luke Bryan puts out two albums a year, why his label keeps pushing singles to the top of the chart, and most Americans still have no idea who he is!

Beyonce may be famous, but few know her new music.

And "Orange Is the New Black" may get great reviews, but who's got 25 hours to dedicate to the show when there's so much else to experience? Or, if you do, what else are you sacrificing?

So stop bitching and start figuring out how to play the new game.

Everybody else is."

Matariki on the Waterfront

"Matariki on the Waterfront returns for 2014 with a full weekend of activity for Matariki, including art, music, the Mighty Matariki Markets, food and entertainment. Featuring performance by The Modern Maori Quartet, Whenua Patuwai, emerging artists from Pao Pao Pao 2014 and Dudley Benson, DJ sets from King Kapisi and Che Fu, street food, artisan producers and more.

Friday July 25th 5:00pm: Art and Sound at Silo Park

Artists will take over the outdoor Silo Park space with light-based artworks, projection mapping and moving images. Works from Tracey Tawhiao, Jon Baxter, Angus Muir Design, Jade du Preez, Onesian and more - with a street food market and the Silo Park bar.
DJ sets all night from King Kapisi and Che Fu.

Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th 12:00pm-5:00pm: The Mighty Matariki Market

More than 50 stalls come together in Silo Park to present the largest market to hit the space. Spanning food, beverage, art, craft, fashion, accessories, experiences and gifts these vendors represent the very best makers and collectors in Auckland.

Sunday July 27th 12:00-5:00pm: Silo Sessions for Matariki

Silo Park will be filled with the sounds of Aotearoa's finest Māori musicians, including Modern Māori Quartet, Whenua Patuwai, Dudley Benson, emerging artists from Pao Pao Pao 2014 Showcase and DJs Dylan C and Lo Key (Māori Hifi). Soak up the tunes all afternoon with food and drinks from the Mighty Matariki Market."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vinyl revival: Philippines edition

From BusinessWorld, Manila: From vinyl survival to vinyl revival.

" ...Why should a young person brought up on Spotify and Pandora and accustomed to wearing headphones everywhere want to go back to analog? It’s certainly not because of convenience - as we have already seen, records don’t travel well, and they are a pain to store and keep clean. 

"They’re also expensive -- in the Philippines LPs cost thousands of pesos, as against P500 or so for a CD or about a dollar for a legal music download. Whatever factors are behind the revival, they aren’t likely to be economically rational.

So let’s speculate about what the irrational reasons might be. Nostalgia is one. The nostalgia business happens to be huge, and vinyl might just be riding that wave. A closely-related reason might be a search for “authenticity,” a preference for an age when musicians knew their craft and needed no digital aids. Yet another might be a desire for things that you can have and hold, a reaction to the intangibility of many digital products... "

Kasbah Rockers with Bill Laswell

Trip hop, dub, electronica from Morocco. Listen to more at Barraka El Farnatshi Prod Soundcloud. Tune below is a free download too....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ogiyy: Nostalgia

Cascade say: Nostalgia is Ogiyy's new album for [northern] summer! Ogiyy is a beatmaker / DJ born in 1987. From Kyoto, Japan, Ogiyy started DJing at the age of 16. He started making music from the age of 18. He moved his base to Tokyo when he was 20. Rooted in the hiphop, beats, R&B and soul. He has been involved in Sonar Tokyo in 2013.

“I'm producing tracks based on hip-hop. And I consider I always want to update it. This album is inspired by soul, funk, r&b. And I made it up by my new interpretation. Have the funk and keep the beat alive, a tempo of real life !"

Out August 4 on cassette/digital thru Cascade Records

Big Mean Sound Machine new album

Check the tune below too, free download...

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - new video

Directed by Derick Crucius. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens new album "Cold World" available July 29th on Daptone Records.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 19

Tom Browne - Funkin for Jamaica
Bohannon - Think of me
Cornelius brothers and sister Rose -Too late to turn back now
Bamboos -You aint no good
Soulful illusion - Soulful illusion
Betty Wright - Babysitter
Lee Fields - You just can't win
Skatalites - Malcolm X
Andy and Joey  -You're wondering now
Jackie Mittoo -Wall street
Karl Bryan and the Afrokats - Money generator
Ernest Ranglin - 54-46 was my number
Joe Bataan - Subway Joe
Sergio Mendes - Mas que nada - Shinichi Osawa re-edit
Cal Tjader - Soul sauce
Willie Bobo - Fried neckbones - Dan the Automator remix
New swing sextet - Monkey see, monkey do
Billy Preston and Syreeta - Go for it inst
Dennis Mobley and fresh taste - Superstition
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Spottie
Bobby Womack - You're welcome stop on by - Beaten space probe edit
Hairy Diamond - Givin up
Dutch rhythm steel and show band - Funky stuff
Talking heads - Born under punches
Pete Shelley - Homosapien - elongated dancepartydubmix
Che Fu - Random - Submariner remix
Nextmen vs Joe Dukie - Hold me now
Urban disturbance - Figure this kids
IQU - Witchcraft

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kiwi musicians no royals

The weekend's Sunday Star Times carried an interesting piece on the state of NZ music last weekend, focussing on the struggles musicians face here. See Kiwi musicians no royals

The journalist, Jess McAllen, talked to several local musicians and promoters, including Ian Blink Jorgensen.

Blink's replied to the article, via FB (republished here with Blink's permission): " Thanks Jess for taking the time to write a piece for the SST. Was nice to see Liam and Carl getting some deserved props. There were just some really bad interview misquotes and I'm not even sure you read the book that you quoting....

Do APRA really spend "millions" on the silver scrolls. Haha. I think APRA will be pretty angry about that call, even angrier than I made them

"the biggest gripe of all is the way music is funded in NZ"
- not sure how that came across, it's just one of the various issues I raised.

"The book laments the way NZOA chooses who to fund"
- I have no problem at all with the way in which NZOA choose WHO to fund. My entire essay simply reflects on other ideas to build an infrastructure so we don't need funding and tries to stimulate new ideas around better ways to fund music and explore different funding models.

"venue hire, a common practice used to help pay off licensing fees to APRA"
- in my book I say "some" venues collect APRA money from the bands on the night. Quite different from a "common practice".

"To cover fees payable to APRA he increased the entry fee from $5 to $10"
- This is just weird. Even a cursory glance over one of the shortest essays in the book explains why I don't think $5 shows should exist. My reasoning for raising the minimum charge to $10 (other than a few exceptions) had nothing to do with APRA, at all.

"Artists were provided a backstage toaster and duvets"
- Really. Haha, of all the stuff I did at Puppies, and this was the only thing highlighted? No mention of advertised and enforced playing times and everything else I talk about in the book ahead of a toaster? haha, I feel the last two years of my life was just spent promoting the use of a toaster in green rooms.

"The bar also sported a pop-up barbershop, courtesy of doorman Brett who gave customers free trims"
- ? Brett didn't cut the hair, and they weren't free. Haha, where did this bizzare information come from?

"Anthony Healey called for a meeting with Jorgensen and various Kiwis in the industry..."
- Nope. He just wanted to meet me. I organised for everyone else to come along.

"Blink is wrong on many points" (Quoting Anthony Healey)
- Such as? Haha, I don't disagree, just would be nice to hear what they were.

"Part of the problem is all music venues get charged the same amount regardless of if they're open for 10 hours a week or 100"
- There are different amounts charged dependent on the size of the venue, this is made very clear in the book - and the crux of it, being charged on your "potential" audience because of the size of your space, not the actual audience or the amount of time you can broadcast to that audience.

"The per-day rate is a result of a discussion with many venues" (Quoting Anthony Healey)
- curious this, given that I spoke to most of the active live music venues in the country when researching for the book and NONE of them mentioned ever being involved in a discussion from APRA - again, would have been nice for him to elaborate on this.

(in reference to Chronophonium) "Tickets cost around $60 and include accommodation"
- haha, I want my money back chronies..I slept in my car last year. What is this "accom" I'm hearing about now!!

I'm continuely dissappointed at how mainstream media so often try to paint a "sad" angle on everything. The book I released has quite a positive feel, its meant to be inspiring, and though pointing out problems, it also highlights how simple some things would be to fix.

Just like how I couldn't get one feature in the Dom Post promoting any of the shows I had at the bar until I announced the closing of the bar, then they were jumping to do something and even though I made it very clear it closing was a positive thing for wellington and my intention from the beginning - still it painted it as doom and gloom, as you have in a way here.

To have the finish of Camp get lumped in to the hiatus (note: HIATUS, not "end") of Big Day Out is a very clear illustration of that. Big Day Out is taking a break due to massive internal and financial issues in Australia, nothing to do with event in NZ and I ended Camp for many reasons, none of which were due to depressing reasons or a reflection of a scene, one of the most important reasons being that I am doing another project which I couldn't do at the same time as Camp.

PS. Was disappointed to see no mention of Great Job opening in Palmy, even though you hinted you were going to mention, this might have helped put a positive spin on things. Also, was disappointed that you made it appear as though I took aim at Ben Howe in the book. Though yes, I talk about alcohol and the music industry, I never singled Ben out and have a massive respect for him. I just spent two years running a bar....shit, If anyone should be criticised...

PPS. If I were Big Day Out, I would come back in 2016 as Lollapalooza (the new owners), seems like all they need is a rebrand. Makes sense to me...

PPS. I appreciate the final editing of this piece was probably out of jess's hands"

In the comments on Blink's FB post, NZOA's Brendan Smyth adds that Outward Sound is not a NZOA program, as stated in the print version of the article (now corrected online).

Former Amplifer staffer Stephen O'Hoy commented to me via Twitter that "That social media criteria for NZOA funding isn't mandatory, it's 1 of 22 criteria from which a band needs 10. Also the article overlooks the positive changes Making Tracks made to funding. Muzai Records gets funding now."

Blink wrote about APRA in his's Blink interviewed by Noisey's Sally Beaver, excerpt...

"The chapter, 'APRA and PPNZ Are Ripping Off New Zealand Businesses In The Name Of Songwriters Who Have No Idea This Is Going On' was scary.
I just wanted to get other people talking about it. And even in the last couple of days since it’s been out, it’s really resonated. Big articles in newspapers, meetings with APRA and a whole bunch of really high profile NZ acts coming out to talk to me and wanting to be involved with reformatting and making sure APRA become more transparent.

So you’re the man who took down APRA?

Not quite. The idea of APRA is great, but thinking that a band would chase every single radio station and shop that is playing their music is insane. It’s great that we have a company that does this, but the company assumes too much. Music gets played that isn’t on the radio."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Over 750 indie labels sign the Fair Digital Deals declaration

Via Digital Music News: "The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has launched a Fair Digital Deals Declaration.

WIN has been heading the battle against YouTube’s streaming service contract for indie labels. Most recently, The British Academy of Songwriters voiced their support, speaking out against YouTube. The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is the next logical step.

Indie labels that sign the declaration are pledging to treat their artists fairly in regard to digital agreements with third parties.

These are the declaration’s five key points:

We will ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.

We will account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.

We will encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetisation of music.

We will support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.

We will support the collective position of the global independent record company sector as outlined in the Global Independent Manifesto.

Over 750 independent labels from more than 21 countries have already signed the declaration, and more due to sign on July 16th."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Orchestra of Spheres new video

I had the pleasure of seeing this fabulous Wellington act last year, when my band Hallelujah Picassos played on a bill with them and the Drab Doo Riffs, which was a great night.They have a delightfully bent approach to their music.

Off their latest album Vibration Animal Brain Sex Music, recorded onto 24-track tape at Outside Inside Studio, Montebelluna, Italy.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ring The Alarm playlist, July 12

Marvin Gaye - Father father  - Bigga Bush mashup
Zilverzurf - Moment is gone -7 Samurai remix
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Balliki bone
Bronx river parkway - Aqua con sol
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Girl from Ipanema
Ray Barretto - Hard hands
Willie Bobo - La descarga del Bobo - MAW remix
Uncle Louie - Full tilt boogie
Myron and E - Do it do it disco - Tom Noble remix
Grover Washington Jr - Inner city blues
Freebass feat Urban Disturbance - Up to bat
Brass roots - Good life
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh heaven
REdefinition - Bahia affair inst
Marc Rapson - Return to Dilla suite
Hopetoun Brown live in studio  - go see them live at Leigh Sawmill tomorrow, Sunday, from 4pmPhillip Cohran - New frankiphone blues
Salah Ragab - Egypt strut
Takuya Kuroda - Rising son
Clarke/Duke project - Lets get started
Trouble funk - Drop the bomb
Cornelius brothers and Sister Rose - Treat her like a lady
Bergendy - Tramp-Rezlet - Peter Mac re-edit
Impressions -Woman's got soul
Darrell Banks - Angel baby