Friday, March 25, 2005

Let's televise the revolution........

Carl Craig is pretty damn cool.. actually I think he’s a bloody genius, but lets not get too flowery or ahead of ourselves here, and…..on Saturday night, in the upstairs bar at the Studio, in front of about 150 people he was very very cool. The whole event was..just about- I was, as always disappointed by the ever disappointing Auckland crowds. There were / are a whole bunch of excuses you could roll out…badly promoted (ssssssshocking flyers), too pricey (it was, but $45 is less than many a meal out and I’ve would’ve been happy to pay if I’d had to…whoops (although to be fair to myself it was in return for a fairly large number of plugs over several weeks)…but we did turn up cash in hand for Brigid and they wouldn’t take it…I get offered a lot of freebies but I don’t ever really like asking) blah blah blah but for gods sake, this was Carl Craig. You know….Carl Craig….and I was surprised to see how many self confessed buffs didn’t make the effort. Maybe if they’d promoted it just a little more, or even just a little bit…using the obvious hook, the “Good Life” remix (he finished with a mix of that I’ve not heard…kind of a vocal dub), that would’ve convinced the masses a little more. Sometimes Auckland is a very funny backwards little pond..actually to be honest, quite often, and it does my head in. But to that later….

And the Studio has a way to go as a venue too…what’s up with closing the bar at 4am when the lead act has over an hour to go…AND…then refusing to serve even water to customers. Maybe some one should reacquaint them with the host responsibility part of the licensing act…and the fact that in a previous life the venue was where NZ’s first E related death happened. Talking of which…what ever happened to that nasty bit of NZ Herald scaremongering… I assume people still take the stuff and global civilization remains somewhat, despite the best efforts of GWB, intact.

On the upside, how often do you get top see someone of Carl’s reputation and pure genius in a living room type situation…right in front of your face. In Europe you’d have 2000 smelly bodies in front of you.

And this no smoking in clubs is fucking wonderful………wonderful...let me say it again...wonderful. Any thought that it might’ve killed the more hedonistic pursuits is just nonsense…they should’ve done it years ago.

Brigid was of two minds about CC. The name bought to mind those noisy things I play far too loud (for her at least, not me..or the cat who likes nothing more than to wander around grinning whilst “Jam the Box” shakes windows) on the decks in the living room...and yep, there is that..but, after much persuasion, I couldn’t actually extract her from the dancefloor (just to the left of the turntables…right in front of Carl….but she swears she didn’t fancy him….honestly).

So we did the Carl Craig thing, as messy as we might have been arriving from Anthony & Toni Gold’s wedding, where there was no food but six hours of solid drinking (and where Toni announced how proud she was to be taking Anthony’s name….but Gold isn’ t his real name is it???....who cares- it was a wonderful wedding, and they're wonderful people- despite someone throwing a beer bottle down eleven stories to Queen Street which unfortunately swiftly resulted in the policeman it almost hit climbing eleven floors to do something about it and leaving in horrified despair…)

I did a set at Grant Kearney’s Legend’s night at Morrison (terrible name for a party Gee..but a bit of fun) somewhere in the midst of all that, but I chickened. I was on early, by choice, so I could see Carl, so I backed down on my plan to spin a mash of punk and early rave and did a bit of an early house thing. I realised that after twenty years I’m finally over a lot of that stuff….for a week of two at least. I guess I’m in a new music mood this week, and the two dark and dubby singles on Soul Jazz, the amazing A.Greenman thingy, and the Rekid ep, plus the gorgeous Kerri Chandler “Demo by 6.23” are spinning my world right now. And all the new DFA bits. I also finally managed to track down the Mo Wax Liquid Liquid comp but that’s on hold for Monday onwards. The other thing I’m hanging out for is the Lou Rawls David Axelrod sessions I’ve got coming complete with a replacement copy of my long lost and lamented Allen Toussaint produced Mighty Diamonds’ “Ice on Fire”…JA meets the Cresent City and produces a lost underrated classic complete with “Country Living”

The poor old NZ Herald missed Carl Craig completely as part of their relentless campaign, in partnership with TVNZ, to mediocritize NZ..I mean, he’s only the most important electronic musician on the planet right now, so why bother…sad really

And that’s what scares the living daylights out of me in New Zealand right now…the willingness and desire to celebrate mediocrity in this country, and to place averageness on pedastal. We always have to a degree but a visit to Sydney or Melbourne or Singapore vividly illustrates it. There, you can feel it in the air and the buzz of the new, of innovation, of radical thought, is everywhere. You seen Rip It Up recently?........We used to have an undercurrent….we still do but the media furiously stomps down anything which threatens to push the envelope. Lets put naked Joe Cotton stories on our mag covers for gods sake. TVNZ is a prime culprit and the appalling Close Up program really nails it. Faceless, listless and pointless as is 98% of what’s on the state broadcaster. . I used to have such a high opinion of Bill Raltson..he rocked the boat, he upset people, he got banned from old Potato head’s (does anyone actually remember who National had as PM in the 90s..what a couple of faceless no hopers they really were) press conferences. He was smart and pushed the envelope. But they got him in the end and now he’s part and parcel, if not a key element of the great blanding down machine that is most commercial TV and radio in NZ in 2005.

Joe Cotton as a celebrity....reality shows on TV One...the failure to provide any news analysis or perspective whatsoever..and lets not even start on Breakfast (who's cousin is that James McConie and how on earth did he ever get on TV)...destroy the death star..sell the fucker off I say..its serves no real purpose anymore.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Extended Play on George 230305

Yazoo-Situation (FK dub) -Sire-1982 New Young Pony Club-Ice Cream-Tirk-2005 Lidell Townsell-Get With U (Riot Mix)-Mercury-1992 Patti Labelle-Less Than Materiel (dub)-Restricted Access-2004 The Chi-lites-For Gods sake Give More Power to the People-Brunswick-1972 Roxanne Shante & Marley Marl-Wack It-Cold Chillin’-1988 James Ingram-Ya Mo Be There (Jellybean Club Vocal)-Qwest-1984 Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principal-Your Love-Trax-1985 Kathy Diamond-Sunshine-Cottage-2005 Blake Baxter & Marc Romboy-Freaking-Systematic-2005 The Beat-I Confess (12” Mix)-Go Beat-1981 Amerie-One Thing (Mr K Organ Mix)-White-2005 Aly-Us-Follow Me-Strictly Rhythm-1992 Caucasian Boy-Northern Lights-Strictly Rhythm-1993 Roach Motel-This Beat is Mine (dub)-JBO-2005 GU-The Chase / I Feel Love-White-1996 Unique-What I’ve Got is what You Need-Prelude-1983 Orange Lemon-Dreams of Santa Anna-Idlers-1988 Chez Damier-Can You Feel It (Chez Damier / Derrick May club mix0-KMS-1992 Chez Damier-Close (Promo mx)-Balance-1997 Prosumer-Storm-Playhouse-2005 Roy Davis Jnr-God of Israel (Origin of Man mix)-After Hours-1999 DJ Pierre-Let The Music Take You Higher (Vocal mix)-Emotive-1994 Kerri Chandler-Demo by 6.23-???-2005 Arne Wienberg-Acadia-Frantic Flowers-2005 Vinny Troia-Expression (Abe Duque mix)-Scope-2005 Sha-Lor-I’m In Love (Beat down mix)-Gertie-1988 Womack & Womack-Celebrate The World (Blaze People Unite mix)-4th & Broadway-1989