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Hard News: Friday Music: Trippy Shit

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  • Peter Darlington,

    Quick props to the new Lee Scratch Perry joint, Roaring Lion out on the reliably clever and quality producing Pressure Sounds label.

    Amazing how new treasure just keeps getting unearthed out of the Black Ark vaults. Here's a sample;

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    There's a great saturated dub version of this by Althea & Donna on there as well.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    I'm not sure why Flores is being glossed as "the feminist", when her critique was based on racial commentary (which I didn't agree with, btw). Seems unnecessary.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to TracyMac,

    I'm not sure why Flores is being glossed as "the feminist", when her critique was based on racial commentary (which I didn't agree with, btw). Seems unnecessary.

    Fair enough. It's how she describes herself tho.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Te Radar,

    Hopefully not doomed to the unfortunate "former X Factor NZ contestant" moniker forever, a little psychedelic folk and blues rock from Tom Bachelor's The River Jesters. More of this on X-Factor in the future please.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Moore,

    Range song sounds great! Go Blair!!

    Ak • Since Jan 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    managed some nice lunchtime finds...

    midtempo groover wot builds nicely with some bonus bass sax.

    I can't get enough mod jazz era Mongo Santamaria, stoked to hear Hammer Head on this, wot has a more than passing resemblence to the Skatalites' Phoenix City, and the sampled to within an inch of it's life Afro Lypso.

    no clip for either on youtube so this is the album's title track - Georgie Fame played it as well, not sure who came first but.

    and a cheapie from the bargain bin, Bobby Emmons' Blues with a Beat with an Organ - boasts a bongotastic beat version of Mack the Knife. bloody youtube lets me down again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Te Radar,

    Hopefully not doomed to the unfortunate "former X Factor NZ contestant" moniker forever, a little psychedelic folk and blues rock from Tom Bachelor's The River Jesters. More of this on X-Factor in the future please.

    This is pretty good. It's obviously where Tom's strengths lie, far beyond the X Factor mandated covers. The River Jesters seem like they'd be good live band. I hope they get some sweet orientation gigs.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    There’s a great saturated dub version of this by Althea & Donna on there as well.

    Ah yes. Caught this one when you tweeted it this week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And like an hour late for inclusion in this week's post, High Hoops posted a really beautiful new tune.

    It got raves overnight from the Earmilk MP3 blog, among others.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Big Day Out Australian dates struggle...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    Well, it's music related: Band bills the Pentagon.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    We went to see The Pa Boys - the theatre was empty which is a pity because it was a great Kiwi movie - go see it while you can

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    'Hard rock'? 'Gothic themes'? Nurse, get me 10cc of anti-fuddy-duddy serum up in here, stat! This patient is showing dangerouly low levels of 'with it', and 'hipness'.

    Anyway. Would it be awfully cynical of me to point out that Skinny Puppy have an album out at the mo' that needs promoting? I'm sure that has absolutely nothing to do with this particular press release.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    a great Kiwi movie

    looked that way on the tv3 fim review

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Stupid,

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Anne R,

    God, I loathe that “appropriation” thing. It embodies an ignorance of how popular music – and hip hop more so – actually works and evolves.

    How black people's music is ignored until a white person picks it up and then other white people fall over themselves to say how great it is--that sort of evolution? It's not like a lot of hip hop hasn't critiqued opulence either--incl NZ groups like Homebrew--but I didn't see the Labour Party playing Listen To Us at their national conference. Maybe critiquing white opulence just isn't seemly?

    IMO, while the racism in the Royals lyrics is a bit ambiguous, Lorde's subsequent interviews where she said she was taking hip hop's beats to critique its materialism--that is racist, for a white person to waltz in late and take hip hop's work that was hard-built-up in a racist climate and then admonish it for a materialism which is largely aspirational anyway. (For the record I like Lorde a lot, both in music and persona, and think she's responded fairly thoughtfully to the criticism of Royals. And I think Flores' critique was somewhat flawed in content, writing style and subject choice--is a pop song by a teenage girl really that pressing an issue for race relations?--but the chest-puffing by a lot of white people about the accusations is tiresome.)

    (Apologies for not addressing anything else in your article; been dealing with a racist person this afternoon so it's made me irritable about the whole subject.)

    Since Sep 2013 • 4 posts Report Reply

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