Showing posts from January, 2008

I Ain't Thick

Jeffrey Lewis anti folk legend (well that may be stretching things but I dig him) and comic book artist covers the British anarchist punk band Crass's song I Ain't Thick.

Comes from his album of Crass covers, 12 Crass Songs. A album that shouldn't work but so does.

In the daktari household this album has been getting hammered for some rather simple reasons, I am a Crass fan and a Lewis fan and the album is cool....

After yesterday's post I should have added Systematic Death from the album - a song I have always really dug and one I used to reference in Sociology essays at university. But Lewis's cover isn't that great, tis good, wheras I Ain't Thick is perhaps in my view the pick of the litter from the album.

Every now and then a album or song comes along that reminds me why I miss doing radio... this is definately one of those songs.

Anyways, get into it and remember to change a sysem or smash the state all one has to do is form a band.


Jeffrey Lewis at …

System/System/Death is Life


The Long Weekend

Why does it end


Hello Ladies...

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The Curse Of Voodoo Ray (Smoothie Mix)

One of my all time fave records - Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald, here it is remixed by François Kevorkian and credited to Lisa May a vocalist - of course we know its all about Gerald. He reputably sold the copywrite to the track for 300 pounds so he could pay his rent, the record went on to sell tens of thousands of copies.... thus earning him not a penny - doh!

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Previous Daktari's World rant

The original version will be twenty years old this year

Twenty bloody years and still the opening strains of this record get me. This FK mix is light on the vocals and the smoothie mix sums the style quite nicely.


The Story of Stuff Chapter 2: Extraction

Sir Ed & Hone

Wagged school to watch Sir Edmund Hillary's funeral on the telly.

The stories from the family members and tributes from the sherpa community were very moving and allowed us New Zealanders small insight into the man himself - we're more than equatted with his legend... and my what a legend he was. I was particualy taken by his grandaughter (think it was grand daughter) reading a poem by Hone Tuwhare, the NZ poet who was also buried yesterday, a very nice touch - perhaps she could be given a job in NZ media who have ignored the lose of this great talent. As I read somewhere two great Kauris fell recently.

Hillary's life seems more akin to a boys own adventure story than reality, perhaps thats why we admire him so - he is the man, the person many of us would like to think we to could have been. Or is it more than that - his modesty, his dignity and his humour speaks directly to our kiwi values - even if these kiwi values are more myth than anytihng these days.

Two great men, two…

How Much For Digital

The movie studios are starting to get excited about renting movies digitally (via Apple and others). The pricing seems to be modeled on Blockbuster (+). Figure $3 a rental, another buck or so for HD. That seems 'fair', because it's in the same range as we're used to.

But wait.

Blockbuster buys DVDs for $15 or $20 (probably a lot less in volume, but I have no clue what the real number is). The studios have to pay for duplication and warehousing and marketing and they take a risk with every pressing that they'll have to shred the leftovers.

Blockbuster then rents them out 30 or 40 or more times each, meaning each rental costs Blockbuster fifty cents. Not to mention rent, surly clerks, cost of capital, advertising, etc. Or, in the case of Netflix, stamps.

In the case of online rentals, all of these intermediate costs immediately disappear. Gone.
So, why try to mimic the current model when it comes to pricing if the costs are mostly gone?
The same thing goes for online music…

Dr. King's Prophetic Call to Conscience and Action Today

With the economy slipping into recession and more than 160,000 American fighting men and women in Iraq combat zones and no end to the war in sight, these are trying times for our nation. Unemployment, underemployment and poverty are afflicting more and more American families who face rising costs for food, health care, gas, heating oil and other expenses. Working families have been hit hard by the skyrocketing costs of sending their children to college and the subprime mortgage crisis while the rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer. Almost 13 million children are poor, with 5.6 million living in extreme poverty. Since 2000, child poverty has increased by 10.7 percent. Currently 9.4 million children lack health insurance; nearly 90 percent of them live in working families. Over the past two years the number of uninsured children has increased by more than one million.

As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of his Po…

the Big Day Out 08

So here we are Bob's tenth or eleventh BDO (I can't remember how many I've been to... not a good reflection on what little mind I have left)... and so how was it?

The day started out fine, a slap up cafe breakfast with lashings of coffee to set Bob up for the day ahead - Bob needs his strength as he knows its going to be a big day. The festival is all but sold out and the weather is going to be muggy as all hell... this suggests today is going to be more than simply wandering around enjoying the musical delights on offer.

We arrive at Mt Smart in the early afternoon, grab media passes and immortals lounges passes, queue for ages to get drinking area passes (bob likes a beer with the commoners, LOL).

Adjourn to the immortals lounge for a couple of cold ones and then its off to see Kool Keith. The Boiler Room is a big fuck off tent, built on decaying and broken concrete - simply stated it is a shithouse place. Kool Keith starts the set off in wonderful style Blue Flowers, a hug…

It is a


Kool Keith - Drugs

An original member of New York's new school pioneers the Ultramagnetic MCs, Thornton is best known as a solo rapper. His signature style is stream-of-consciousness lyrical flow and complex vocals, two skills that earn him a perennial nod from the underground hip-hop community. The average Kool Keith album is peppered with bizarre, disjointed, and disassociated themes, concepts, and references. Nearly all of his albums incorporate a satirical dislike for more commercialized strains of hip-hop, as well as major record labels.

From wikipedia

I like him, a lot.

He's here to play the Big Day Out tomorrow - also doing a side show tonight at Coherent on K Road.

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Hangovers and humidity

Indeed coupled together they are arse

The US exports it's waste, exports their dirty technologies and the most dangerous thing that they export is their way of living

The Story of Stuff will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture — from resource extraction to iPod incineration — exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff.

Trashing the planet and contaminating communities is not inherent to doing business and running a society. The things that are not working in our system didn't just fall from the sky; they are the result of decisions made by people.



Levan and co. @ The Red Fox NYC - 1981

It's raining music.... of a sort

I've nothing to say so will let someone else do the talking

Larry Levan is one of the true Legends in the DJ culture. He and "his" just as legendary club - the Paradise Garage - were so influential to the Disco and dance music scene that it's hard to understand today. Many writers and producers tried their new work with Larry at "the Garage", if it worked there - it would work everywhere! Larry and the club meant so much to the music industry that a genre of N.Y. House music got the name - Garage. Unfortunately Larry is no longer with us, but his memory and work still lives on and here's my tribute to one of the greatest DJ's of all timesClick here for more.


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Things To Do if in Auckland


The Hidden Cameras - Music Is My Boyfriend

Keeping up with the jones part 1: Add music to blog - check

Each and every Thursday this year I shall share a song that I adore. Download stick it on ya digital music playing device and curse my bad taste as you smile at strangers in the supermarket.

Where possible the file will be a 320 kbps MP3 and I won't bog you down with some pathetic disclaimer in the vein attempt to pretend this is not illegal - it is. It's either this or taking my massive ghetto blaster to the domain each and every sunday and belting out a few classics to share in a public space ;)

I've picked this particular track to start things off as well its a damn fine song but more importantly it celebrates that which I intend to share - music.... for I Love Music

I won't tell you why I lvoe this song and band... I am more interested in if you might also - if ya dig the track leave a comment (or not) or better yet go and explore the world that is the Hidden Cameras.

You can buy this song and others by the ba…

Rebel’s Requiem: The Legacy of Joe Strummer Five Years On

It is always bittersweet to see an artist no longer with us get the recognition they deserved in life. For Joe Strummer, the Clash-man who died five years ago last week (December 22nd) at age 50, that is exactly what’s happened. In 2007 alone, we’ve seen an exhibit dedicated to the Clash at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, a magnificently authoritative biography from friend and journalist Chris Salewicz, and the long awaited (however problematic) Julien Temple documentary The Future is Unwritten. And, of course, Strummer’s music is used to sell everything from cell-phones to cars; the true mark of a rock ‘n’ roll icon.

There’s no doubt that Joe deserves every drop of praise for his contributions to popular music and culture. But for those of us moved by his call that “anger can be power,” it’s hard to take the flash-and-fanfare seriously. The pop-music myth-makers love dead rock stars. Dead men can’t argue, and in the case of Joe, can’t protest while their legacy and message are …

Back at work blues

Bored, depressed to be back at work?

Some light reading for ya:

Simon Grigg points out the obvious downside of our govt funding model for getting NZ Music on air

Noam Chomsky on Adam Smith (Wealth Of Nations) taken from his book Class Warfare.

" didn't do any research at all on Smith. I just read him. There's no research. Just read it. He's pre-capitalist, a figure of the Enlightenment. What we would call capitalism he despised. People read snippets of Adam Smith, the few phrases they teach in school. Everybody reads the first paragraph of The Wealth of Nations where he talks about how wonderful the division of labor is. But not many people get to the point hundreds of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn people into creatures as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be. And therefore in any civilized society the government is going to have to take some measures to prevent division of labor from proceedi…

Weird Facts

It sure would be an awkward family reunion. But, believe it or not, Barack Obama is related to both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

OK, distantly related: Obama and Bush are 11th cousins.

That's because they share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents -- Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole Hinckley of 17th century Massachusetts.

Chicago Sun Times

Music Is Life

"Are you a fan of music or stars? If you're a fan of stars, despite the celebrity culture we seemingly inhabit, your legion is diminishing, music is returning.

Music is a bellwether. Music leads the way. Despite the capitulation of the industry, despite the endless polishing of vapid turds, music is the most vibrant medium, the one that we look to for truth. You can write and record a song in minutes, you don't have to ask anyone for permission, you don't have to hit up your parents for production fees, never mind a movie studio. There's a direct connection from you to your listener's heart. Assuming someone's paying attention.

While the film industry grapples with declining disc sales, and tries to establish another physical format, the music world knows that the disc is dead and that online is king. After all, Napster hit at the end of 1999.

Like I said, music is first.

Sure, there are ninnies interested in popular culture, who want to wear the badge of majo…

Back to life, back to reality Back to the here and now

I kinda feel numb being back in the Aucklandtown, the realisation that the holidays are over and real life starts again so very sobering.

I'd be bummed out if it were not for the fact that this is my Big Year of Fun!

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