Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mark de Clive Lowe: Church vinyl, video

Mark de Clive Lowe hit Auckland's Conch Records back in May as part of a whirlwind dash around the globe, hosting listening sessions in London, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, LA, and here, for his wicked new album, Church. The vinyl edition has just dropped, along with a new video for the album.

Via OkayPlayer: "Mark de Clive-Lowe follows the release of the CHURCH LP with the official video for“Sketch For Miguel” directed by Eric Coleman for Mochilla. The clip filmed at L.A.’s Stagg Street Studios during the live album recording session features Mark de Clive-Lowe mashing it up with a little help from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, Ben Shepherd on bass and Jamire Williams on drums.

The video arrives alongside news of the limited-edition 180 gram double vinyl release of the acclaimed CHURCH LP. The pressing is limited to 500 copies and comes packaged with a full color insert and free digital download card. Mark de Clive-Lowe will be celebrating the vinyl release with two official parties in the Land of the Rising Sun, rocking The Room in Tokyo on October 4th and Circus in Osaka on October 5th.

Marvin Gaye and band rehearses “I Want You”

Via Wax Poetics: "In 1981, Marvin Gaye and his band played Ostend, Belgium, during a European tour. Before the show, the group rehearsed his monster funk ballad “I Want You” in what is apparently a hotel conference room. It’s truly a mind-blowing performance from Gaye, who effortlessly croons and directs the band while lounging on the couch."

From the Belgian documentary Marvin Gaye Transit Ostend

Yosi Horikawa: Remixed by Fulgeance, Kid Kanveil...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Urban Outfitters: The no. 1 seller of vinyl globally

Forbes reports that Urban Outfitters Claims It's Now The No. 1 Seller Of Vinyl In The World.

"... On a call with industry analysts this past week, Urban Outfitter’s Chief Administrative Office Calvin Hollinger claimed that the company was the biggest seller of vinyl on the planet, saying, “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer … in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.”

... To be fair, there isn't a lot of competition, as not many chains carry vinyl. In 2012, independent record stores were collectively responsible for 64% of all vinyl sales in the United States. Just last year, both Target and Whole Foods decided to jump on the trend and start offering shelf space for select titles, but sales aren’t significant yet...

"... The company says that part of it’s success in the vinyl game comes from their innovative stocking strategy. Urban Outfitters doesn’t actually buy the records it sells, but rather “rents” shelf space—both physically and digitally—to a team of over 100 vendors, which helps the retailer maximize profit potential while giving an unmatched opportunity to artists looking to push their LPs."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ring The Alarm playlist, Sept 26

Gonzalez - Just let it lay
Chakachas - Jungle fever - Greg Wilson edit
Idris Muhammad - Express yourself
Sola Rosa feat Tawiah - Right on time
Keith Le Blanc -Taxcider
Salmonella dub - Problems - Zion Train remix
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
Yami Bolo - When a man is in love
Tenor Saw and Buju Banton - Ring the alarm quick
Kenny Dope - Supa
Lee Fields - Just can't win - Bacao rhythm and steel band remix
Busta Brown - I feel good - Soul mates remix
Mr Scruff - Donkey ride
Owiny Sigoma band - Yukimwi
Moana and the Tribe - Aotearoa
Melvin Jackson - Funky skull
Jermaine Jackson - Let's get serious
La Toya Jackson - If you feel the funk
Jacksons - State of shock
Hall and Oates - Can't go for this - Daz's deep dub
Ryhthm and Sound feat Paul St Hilaire - What a mistry
Adrian Sherwood - Moving house
Tokyo ska paradise orchestra -Big man still standing - Winsotn Hazel and Marc Woolford remix
Black haze express - Won't nobody listen
Cold grits - It's your thing
Labelle - Moon shadow
Meters - Chug chug chug-a-lug
Tony Alvon - Sexy coffee pot

'I Need a Dodge!' - a tale of Joe Strummer and his lost car

"Seven times I looked for it and I don't find it yet."

It’s 1997 and Joe Strummer is interviewed on Spanish radio. He mentions the Dodge which he had bought in Madrid 12 years earlier. One day he left the car in a carpark in central Madrid but on his return to the city, couldn't remember which one. He puts out a call to the Spanish people to help find his car.

This film discovers what Joe Strummer was doing in Madrid in 1985 while The Clash was falling apart, finds out the truth behind the production of the 091 LP and investigates what happened to his beloved Dodge.

'I Need a Dodge!' will get its world premiere at the CBGB Music & Film Festival in New York on October 11th.  http://cbgbfestival.squarespace.com/ineedadodge

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bearded Beats Vol 2, check it out

5 Finger Discount Records dropped their debut release, Bearded Beats Vol 1 back in May. I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute a track, and now, they're back with the latest instalment, featuring HazBeats (Homebrew/Team Dynamite), B Haru (Ladi6/@peace), ChoiceVaughn, SFT, Morning Steppa, plus recent visitor to our shores, Tall Black Guy. It's a cool,collection of funky beats.

Listen below. My track is under the name Kilodee - I want sushi and free wifi. 

Name you price... "100% of all profits made in the first 3 months will be distributed to the people who made these tracks, so if you enjoy it please support them! "

New Sola Rosa album out today!

Magnetics, the sixth album from Andrew Spraggon and his musical cohorts arrives today, on the back of some solid singles featuring some top notch vocal styles from the likes of Kevin Mark Trail, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Noah Slee (check the video below).

The album also features vocal cuts from Sharlene Hector, Bailey Wiley, Mellowdownz, Jordan Rakei, Oliver Daysoul (who featured on the last Sola Rosa outing) and a splendid soulful jam with UK vocalist Tawiah.

Sola Rosa head out on tour around NZ next month, catch them here...
October 24 - Dux Live, Christchurch
October 31 - San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington
November 1 - Tuning Fork, Auckland


Some saucy, spaced out jazy bizznizz... press blurb: "Kinkajous is a London based band and the latest project of French duo Adrien Cau and Benoit Parmentier. Inspired by the new electro-acoustic scene, including the likes of Cinematic Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, Bonobo, Ibrahim Maalouf and Portico Quartet, Kinkajous alternates powerful drums and mesmerising sounds with the sensitivity of the clarinet in a unique way.

Their first EP will be released on the 18th October 2014, and will include original tracks, a collaboration with the amazing Mariama (mariama.bandcamp.com) as well as remixes by CHPLN (www.chpln.com) and Krunzcahrt (krunzcahrt.bandcamp.com).

The band features Adrien Cau (clarinet/bass clarinet), Benoît Parmentier (drums/percussions), Layla Kim (synths/piano), Rick Tipton (samples/electronic sounds) and Sjur Opsal (bass/double bass)."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lee Fields X steel drums

A few months back, Bacao Rhythm and Steel dropped a great 45, covering J Dilla. There's talk of an album the way from the band, but in the meantime, check their great remix of Lee Fields...

"Truth & Soul is proud to present the "Just Can't Win" Remixes.

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band lend their unique blend of steel drum melody and pounding drums to Lee's unmistakeable raspy tone giving the tune an upbeat sunshiney vibe. They are set to release their full length debut on Truth & Soul Records in 2015.

Marco Polo brought his signature slamming drums to the table balanced out by the smooth keys and the raspy delivery of the man himself, Mr. Lee Fields. Marco Polo has done production for the who's who of Hip Hop music including Pharoahe Monch, Masta Ace, M.O.P., and Large Professor to name a few. We were really excited to see what he would do with Lee's tune and to put it lightly we are not surprised."

Both remixes are coming soon to a 45 near you on Truth & Soul Records. Digital out now. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join the Car Crash Set

Car Crash Set LP reissue
Car Crash Set, LP reissue

German label Anna Logue Records did a fantastic vinyl reissue of NZ 80s synth act Car Crash Set back in 2008 - they are planning a 2nd edition of this release, on ltd edition clear vinyl, and also a CD with bonus tracks including early demos that even the band don't remember, apparently. Due out soon.

From Anna Logue Records: "CAR CRASH SET were one of the very few electropop acts coming out of New Zealand and have released several vinyls nationally between 1983 and 1986. Basically, the CAR CRASH SET consisted of synthesists/composers David Bulog and Nigel Russell and guitarist/producer Trevor Reekie, and was formed in late 1981.

They created such outstanding electropop songs with a Roland TR-606/808 and such lovely sequencing, - e.g. “Fall from Grace” is definitely a song that Anna will take with her into her grave – that it is indeed a shame that they didn’t receive more attention. 

Anyway, their 1983 12” ‘Two Songs’ (including “Outsider” and “Fall from Grace”) and the V/A ‘We’ll do our best’ LP (including CAR CRASH SET’s “Toys”) are at least highly collectible items amongst electropop connoisseurs and many people will be happy to see these tracks being available again as well as four previously unavailable demos from both their earliest and later days. 

David and Nigel were said to be recording again together with only the original Roland gear (“nothing else will do” as David says): TR-606, Jupiter-4, MC-4, System 100m modular and System 104 sequencer as well as Nigel’s Korg MS20… oh well, Anna is prepared!"

LP features: 2nd edition vinyl, limited edition of 210 copies, 180 grams clear vinyl, CD with bonus tracks. CD features: limited edition of 500 copies, bonus tracks.

MORE: via Audioculture... Q&A with Car Crash Set’s Nigel Russell, Trevor Reekie & David Bulog
love the story about Car Crash Set supporting UK band Shriekback, then inviting them back to Mandrill studio to help out on a CCS recording, that never got released at the time... listen to that song over at Amplifier... 

Beer + Pantone colours = beer labelling genius

Okay, so I love beer, and  I used to work as a graphic designer, so this pretty much is geek overload for me. Using the Pantone colour charts to show what type of beer is inside them. Genius! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brazilian bus magnate buying up all the world's vinyl

Zero Freitas, in his 25,000 sq ft warehouse. Photo: Sebastián Liste/Noor, for New York Times

"I've gone to therapy for 40 years to try to explain this to myself." NYT Magazine's Monte Reel with the story of the Brazilian who's buying up all the world's vinyl.

I've seen a ton of my music friends sharing this link around the place, it's a fascinating story. A Brazilian bus magnate, buying up the world's vinyl. Dude has too much cash. And how many records?

CNN reports that "No one really knows, and he told New York Times Magazine it was around "several million albums." 

Even that's an understatement, considering he just bought the entirety of a three-million album collection from a dealer in Pittsburg. He also bought the entirety of New York's Colony Records when the shop closed in 2012. His collection also contains interesting niche subjects, such as Cuban records, of which Freitas owns nearly 100,000 of. That's almost every album every pressed in the country.

The entrepreneur currently has a team of 12 college interns that catalogue around 500 records a day, which is still hardly enough to keep up. Roughly 30 percent of Freitas' collection are duplicates, which still doesn't seem too bad considering the sheer volume of his collection...."

It's the flipside to the reporting several years back, of two US record collectors, struggling to sell off their collections and being unable to find any serious buyers. Music Man Murray has a legendary collection (300,000+ records), going right back to 78s. He had been trying to find a home for his collection for years, talking with libraries and museums.

And Paul Mawhinney, who, according to the NYT article, "... spent about two decades trying to find someone who agreed. He struck a deal for $28.5 million in the late 1990s with the Internet retailer CDNow, he says, but the sale of his collection fell through when the dot-com bubble started to quiver. He contacted the Library of Congress, but negotiations fizzled. In 2008 he auctioned the collection on eBay for $3,002,150, but the winning bidder turned out to be an unsuspecting Irishman who said his account had been hacked...

...[late last year] eight empty semitrailers, each 53 feet long, arrived outside Mawhinney’s warehouse in Pittsburgh. The convoy left, heavy with vinyl. Mawhinney never met the buyer. “I don’t know a thing about him — nothing,” Mawhinney told me. “I just know all the records were shipped to Brazil.”

Al Jazeera recently sent a reporter to visit Freitas...

Rangi Parker receives Iconic Māori Music Industry Award

At the recent Waiata Maori Music Awards, held on Sept 12th in Hastings, Rangi Parker was presented with the  Iconic Māori Music Industry Award, sponsored by the NZ Music Commission.

Parker was from Porirua and had previously been in the Gaynotes and the Shevelles before going solo. She released her first single for HMV in 1972, Everyday Is Sunday / Turn Around And Love Me.

MormonNewsroom: "The award recognised Mrs Parker for her contributions over many years as a performer. She performed two songs at the awards event held at the Hastings Sports Centre on 12 September: “Mihi Mai E Koro,” a song written by her aunt, Dovey Katene Horvath; and "Home," by Eddie Low.

... Mrs Parker says one quote she heard as a child has always stayed with her, and helped her in her family and community involvement: "He aha te me nui o te Ao ma ku e ki atu, He Tangata He Tangata, He Tangata."

"This means," she says, "What is the most important thing in this world? I say to you, It is People. It is People, It is People."

Rangi Parker at the Waiata Maori Music Awards. Photo: Mormonnewsroom

Audioculture: "When interviewed by Radio New Zealand's Chris Bourke, Dalvanius said, "Rangi Parker had this most haunting vocal and to this day I think she is one of the greatest Māori singers that's ever come out of this country, she has the most distinct, incredible voice. Tom McDonald was managing us and Tom had Simple Image, so every Simple Image tour had The Shevelles on it. I became their musical and vocal arranger.”

“.... I jumped on a plane when The Shevelles secured a six-month contract doing all the RSL clubs in Australia. They should have been huge but they weren't, mainly because we had the conflict with their being very religious. They would never sing on Sunday. I left them, I wanted to sing on Sunday, I wanted to travel."

Ironically, the first solo single by Rangi Parker was 'Everyday Is Sunday' on the HMV label in 1972 and it was a finalist in that year's Loxene Golden Disc Awards. Parker also released the single 'He's Not There' on HMV in 1973.

Since the mid-1980s Parker has been actively chasing down the photographs, audio and film recordings of the Māori community made by Latter Day Saints Missionaries, who have visited New Zealand since 1854. By visiting descendants of families of the missionaries, Parker's Kai Nagawari Trust have sourced 36,000 photos, associated written diaries or documents and hours of footage made on 8mm cameras documenting Māori culture and the Mormon Church in New Zealand. "

For more on Rangi's contribution to our musical history visit the Shevelles page on Audioculture.

Robb: new EP out now

I first wrote about Robb back in March, when they sent me some cool music, which is the opening track on this EP, that dropped late last month. It's a gorgeous track, definite soul vibe on the Electric Wire Hustle tip.... They are a band from Germany and Austria. Check em.

Several of the tunes on the EP are available for download - you need to log into Facebook and 'Like' the band.