Showing posts from October, 2008

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Let Us Speculate

By William Bowles

October 28, 2008 "Information Clearinghouse" -- --There’s an awful lot of speculation going on right now, from both the left and right about where the latest crisis of capital is headed, chief amongst them is the notion that this signals the end of the US Empire, that the so-called uni-polar world is over, that a new multi-polar world, headed by China, Russia, India and Brazil is emerging.

The theory is based upon the fact that the US is no longer the world’s numero uno economic power and it’s true that even an overwhelming military force is dependent on the economics that fuels it. But how true is this idea and even if it is true, over what timescale are we talking about here?

Moreover, it’s only one of a number of possible outcomes, much depends on how the leading capitalist countries deal with the crisis. One thing strikes me most forcefully and that is with all the talk of trillions being needed to save capitalism from itself, the ease with which these vas…

One of them weeks


Is there anything more

...depressing than having to get up and go to work after a long weekend?

I am sure there are more depressing things but this morning I can't think of any

Albums are for fans. Singles are for newbies.

By Bob Lefsetz

So, if you're nobody, and you're not live-based, focus on the single, that's all people want. Hook 'em with a few singles and you've suddenly got fans. Who want more. Does this mean a full-length, with fifteen tracks and seventy eight minutes of music? Probably not. After all, they've just come to know you. You don't want to get married after the first date. So, feed 'em three or four tracks. At an incredibly discounted price on iTunes if you must, a package price. Build slowly. And whenever you get a good-sized fan base, don't overload them all at once! Today's albums are incomprehensible. Too long, never mind too expensive. Better to put out three tracks five times a year than fifteen all at once. Not only do you maintain your buzz, your audience stays bonded, doesn't go on a hejira somewhere else, waiting years for your next opus, possibly forgetting you in the interim..

If you've already got a fan base, release that albu…

Network Audience Keeps Eroding

by Bob Lefsetz

That's the title of an article in today's "Wall Street Journal".

Network television viewership is down 6.6% from last year. And that INCLUDES DVR viewership. Even more fascinating is that DVR penetration has grown from 18.6% of TV households to 24.4% in the last twelve months. Although some network TV shows are traded via BitTorrent, piracy is not the issue. People just don't want the big time, mainstream, made for everybody fare.

We've been hit over the head by the major labels that if we could just eradicate piracy, their woes would be over. This is hogwash. And they're driving their businesses straight towards the cliff. Because their present business model is to sign fewer acts, work them with fewer people and have great success with each. But how large can that success be?

The WSJ refers to a fractionalized environment. It's not that people are sitting at home staring in silence at blank walls in the dark. Rather, they're choosing …

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers (US)

with support from...
The Hot Grits
DJ Roger Perry (George FM)
DJ Manuel Bundy (KFM, Base FM)
The George FM Sunday Family

Roy Ayers on stage at 10:30pm. First time in NZ. One night only.

"People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play."
-Roy Ayers

About Roy Ayers Ubiquity: Vibraphonist, vocalist, one of the best-known jazz, R&B artists alive. The Godfather of Neo-soul. Now in his 5th decade in the music business. Born 1940, Los Angeles. At age five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first set of mallets. Part of the West Coast jazz scene in his early 20s. Spent four years on the road, recording three albums with Herbie Mann in the '60s. Formed Roy Ayers Ubiquity in the early '70s, recording several albums for Polydor, pioneering a blend of R&B, funk and disco. Collaborated with both Donald Byrd and afrobeat …

It would be

Well the long anticipated return of Rude Not2 is upon us

Jason George is back with what has become to signify summer (well spring at the moment) for the supper masses.

Join him and guests as he throws down Steaks, Breaks and maybe some cakes to help celebrate TVT and Neville Bartos' day of birth.

So in conjunction with the stupidly priced Amstels and no cover charge your wallet will thank you in the morning. With reasons like this... It'd be Rude Not2

6-7 Bartos
7-8 Fefe
8-9 Bn1 (BMP)
9-10 Randomplay
10-11 Unity Gain
11-2 Jason George

Here Come The Heads

I spend a lot of time on music sites and forums when online. About a year back DJ History had a thread entitled Here Come The Heads which was populated by people taking photos of themselves with a record sleeve covering, usually, their face.

This week whilst wandering around online I came across a site that has the very same thing... which lead to me finally making a 'sleeveface'and here it is...

Where are you River?

It has been a year since River last posted on her blog, I miss her and wonder where and what has become of her and her family.

(These are the) Good Old Days by DJ Socalled

Levi Stubbs

Hey, did you see that Levi Stubbs died?

It took me a while to get into Motown. I think "Bernadette" clinched the deal. Or maybe it was "Reach Out (I'll Be There)". I remember driving to Becket, Massachusetts with the Resnicks to pick up Doug from summer camp. I heard that Four Tops song twice on the way up and a few times on the way back. It closed me. Because of the power. Of Levi Stubbs' voice.

Sometime in the future these old acts are gonna pass away. Stunningly, that time is now. Levi was 72. Even Ringo Starr is 68. We thought they were going to live forever. But even we got gray and lost our hair, and have slowed down. A younger generation has taken over for us, but kids still listen to our music.

It wasn't only one man who was responsible for the Four Tops' success. There were writers and producers, but without Levi Stubbs, the records wouldn't have been elevens, they wouldn't sound so pristine, wouldn't evoke a time an…

One year on and I still miss me Mum


Signs The Financial Crisis Has Hit The UK


The weekend awaits

...and I have nothing planned


Musical landmark to close

Things just got a lot greyer for the old order of the music industry in Auckland this week.

The prices were too high,the staff generally either seemed to bored to care or to rude to bother....

It was a wonderful music store and we'll probably never see the likes of Real Groovy again


NZ Copyright Law

Government wavers on web cut-offs

"The Government has issued mixed messages on whether it might freeze controversial new copyright law that could lead to customers being disconnected from the internet.

Industry bodies including the Computer Society and InternetNZ united to slam an amendment to the Copyright Act passed by Parliament in April, voicing most concern over a clause that could require them to cut off people's Internet connections if they had repeatedly been involved in copyright breaches.

They described that as "a deeply flawed law that undermines fundamental rights and simply will not work"."

Commentary: Cutting off your Internet if you are accused of infringement

"I’m particularly worked up about that act. You may remember that, few months ago, the government pushed through, without any consultation, some harsh new copyright restrictions. I say without consultation, although its clear that someone was consulted because the minister, Judith Tizard, t…

Rocksteady star Ellis dies at 70

Reggae star Alton Ellis, known as “the Godfather of rocksteady”, has died at the age of 70.

The Jamaican-born singer, who moved to Britain in the 1970s, achieved fame with a number of hits, including I’m Still in Love and I’m Just a Guy.

He was a leading pioneer of the more laid-back “rocksteady” sound, which came out of Jamaica in the 1960s.

Ellis was still performing until August this year, when he collapsed after a concert in central London.

His manager and agent Trish De Rosa described him as “my guiding star and my inspiration”.

“His life was the music and the stage,” she said. “He was getting a tremendous amount of work right up to the end - it was very difficult to get him to slow down.”

The Jamaican authorities are considering giving Ellis a state funeral, Ms De Rosa added.

The prolific singer, who began his career in the 1950s and fronted vocal group The Flames, was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

Ellis underwent chemotherapy before returning to the stage, but died in London’s Hammers…

750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy

By Julian Sanchez Published: October 07, 2008 - 11:30PM CT from Ars Technica

A 20-year game of Telephone

If you pay any attention to the endless debates over intellectual property policy in the United States, you'll hear two numbers invoked over and over again, like the stuttering chorus of some Philip Glass opera: 750,000 and $200 to $250 billion. The first is the number of U.S. jobs supposedly lost to intellectual property theft; the second is the annual dollar cost of IP infringement to the U.S. economy. These statistics are brandished like a talisman each time Congress is asked to step up enforcement to protect the ever-beleaguered U.S. content industry. And both, as far as an extended investigation by Ars Technica has been able to determine, are utterly bogus.

"I have said it thrice," wrote Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark, "what I tell you three times is true." And by that standard, the Pythagorean Theorem is but schoolyard gossip compared …

The West is Broke

By Deepak Tripathi

October the 7th was a day of high drama and panic on both sides of the Atlantic. The New York Stock Exchange suffered further massive losses, despite the $700 billion rescue package coming into force. In London, shares in the banking sector collapsed, some falling by as much as 40 percent. The Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, admitted that the risk of a deeper economic slump had increased. And George W. Bush, whose presidency looks destined for an ignominious end, pleaded for coordinated action by the leading industrialized countries. The International Monetary Fund estimates financial losses of around $1.4 trillion. But there is no certainty. They could be higher.

Central banks of several major countries have now announced cuts in their interest rates, after weeks of indecision when each country seemed to be engaged in domestic fire-fighting. America's rescue package was for its institutions, although, if successful, it would benefit others. On O…

Black Friday?

By Mike Whitney

10/10/08 ICH -- -Panic has spread to stock markets around the world. A massive sell-off, which began when Henry Paulson announced a $700 billion bailout for the banking system, has turned into a global stampede. Shares fell sharply across Europe and Asia for fifth straight day following a 679 drop on the Dow Jones. Nearly $900 billion was wiped off the value of U.S. equities in just one trading day. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, the "fear index", soared to a record 64. Credit markets remain frozen. Libor, London interbank offered rate, nudged up slightly on Thursday night, signaling even greater resistance to lending between the banks. Until there is relief in the credit markets, stocks will continue to slide. But trust has vanished. The 50 basis points rate cut that was coordinated with foreign central banks has had no effect. The market is being driven by fear and pessimism. Friday is shaping up to be a bloodbath on Wall Street.

White H…

A War to be Lost

The Surge That Failed
Afghanistan under the Bombs
By Anand Gopal

A bit past midnight on a balmy night in late August, Hedayatullah awoke to a deafening blast. He stumbled out of bed and heard angry voices drawing closer. Suddenly, his bedroom doors banged open and dozens of silhouetted figures burst in, some shouting in a strange language.

The intruders blindfolded Hedayatullah and, screaming with fury, forced him to the ground. An Afghan voice told him not to move or speak, or he would be killed. He listened for sounds from the next room, where his brother Noorullah slept with his family. He could hear his nephew, eight months old, crying hysterically. Then came the sound of an automatic rifle, after which his nephew fell silent.

The rest of the family -- 18 people in all, including aunts, uncles, and cousins -- was herded outside into the darkness. The Afghan voice explained to Hedayatullah's terrified mother, "We are the Afghan National Army, here to accompany the American mili…

The Technical Sessions

The Technical Sessions show is a new video podcast featuring tutorials on music production and DJing and is hosted by producer,sound engineer and DJ, Kerry Adams (aka Unity Gain).
To celebrate the launch of the Technical Sessions a party is being held at Fu Bar on Friday, 10 October. The evening will also feature the release of a limited edition E.P. containing original tracks from some of the artists performing that night.
Every ticket purchased on the door will receive a free EP download.

I am tired and hungover

So here is a link to click

Interesting it is

We're on the edge of the abyss

French Premier Francois Fillon: We're on "the edge of the abyss”

By Mike Whitney

06/10/08 'Years from today, when the current financial crisis is over, historians are likely to agree that it would have been far better if the Bush administration had declared a state of emergency earlier in the process so that the necessary steps could have taken to avoid a complete financial meltdown. The media could have been used to bring the American people up to date on market-related developments and educated in the bizarre language of structured finance. Knowledge is power; and power can prevent panic.

Now we're in a terrible fix. People are scared and removing their money from the banks and money markets which is intensifying the freeze in the credit markets and driving stocks into the ground like a tent stake. Meanwhile, our leaders are "caught in the headlights", still believing they can "finesse" their way through the biggest economic cataclysm since t…