David Bowie On Film? Yes Please!!!

I’m amazed there’s anyone out there that hasn’t seen the amazing Labyrinth, with David Bowie as Jareth The Goblin King. The above clip shows one of the musical numbers from the film, called “Dance Magic Dance”, fab!
Bowie also put a good turn in as Andy Warhol in the movie Basquiat (one of the best films ever made, and one of the best soundtracks ever – but that’s for another post)  –  Bowie has gone from singing a song about Warhol, to playing him. Nice!  
Bonus youtube clip; Flight Of The Conchord’s tribute to the man himself called “Bowie’s In Space”, which has the great line “Hey Bowie, do you have one really funky sequined space suit?

Or do you have several ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?”

Disco is Not Dead – This year’s Modjo….

I’ve very much enjoyed listening to all your ‘magical’ playlists on the balcony this afternoon. Some fantastic discoveries there. But just in case anyone is feeling a little ‘spellbound’ I thought I’d offer the counter curse to all this hocus pocus. I was born in ’66 which makes me…ooooh… do the math… And grew up as a result with my ears firmly rooted in the disco and funk tradition perpetrated by Nile Rodgers and everything he touched, Mr Clinton, Chic, Sister Sledge, Earth Wind and Fire, the Whispers etc. etc. I therefore get very excited when I hear NEW disco sounds which have just been produced but which have their head and heart firmly rooted in the sounds of my adolescence. With another member of my family, we keep our ears to the ground for the next new-old disco track. We were enthralled when Modjo released ‘Lady (Hear me tonight) as that’s exactly the kind of new-old disco which gets my pulse racing. Even more so when I realised they’d sampled Chic’s ‘Soup for one’ on the chord structure. We therefore christened any disco discoveries ‘This year’s Modjo’ and, from time to time, will send each other our ‘This year’s Modjo’. The award has since gone to ‘Starlight’ by the Superman Lovers, ‘Lola’s Theme’ by the Shapeshifters and ‘This Year’s Modjo’ for 2008 is, without any question, ‘Dance Free Night’ by Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Pour yourself a brightly coloured cocktail and enjoy…

Découvrez Modjo!

Missing in Action

The fun for me about the RR blog is discovering new stuff or stumbling over something long forgotten.  I’m not that interested in the final 10, given the capricious nature of the selection process.  It seems to me that you could print the RR blog, give it to a blind monkey with a pin, and arrive at an equally hit or miss playlist each week. Despite this, the A-Z holds up remarkably well. A lot of popular contemporary artists are missing though (Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol, Moby).  Not “cool” enough? Not the right theme? 
Anyway, here’s a playlist with 5 of my favorite missing artists; which of your favorites are missing in action?

Fun With PC’s

Would you like to record anything that you can hear on your computer? If you have a Mac I’m sure you just ask it nicely.  Here’s what you have to do for Windows:

Click “Start”> “Control Panel”> “Sounds and Audio Devices”> “Audio” tab > “Volume” button in “Sound Playback” (NOT “Sound Recording”) > “Options” >  “Properties” > “Adjust Volume for” check “Recording”  check “Stereo Mix” and Click OK, Raise the Stereo Mix Volume slider to about 7.  Close “Recording Control” & “Volume Control” windows & Click “OK” to close out the “Sound and Audio Devices Properties” window. Phew. To undo follow the same steps, but select “Microphone” instead of “Stereo Mix”.

Now we need some free software.  Click here to get Audacity.  Download & install this program.  Launch Audacity and select “stereo mix” from the dropdown menu.  In edit > preferences > audio I/O tab choose stereo and pick your recording quality settings in the quality tab.  Now play your favorite playlist or podcast and hit the record button.  Adjust your levels with the microphone slider.  The edit menu will help you clean up your finished track such as removing any gaps at the beginning or end.

If you want to save your recording as an mp3 go here to download Lame 3.97 (free mp3 converter).  Unzip this file & remember where you saved it. When you first export a file to mp3, Audacity will prompt you to find Lame on your computer (one time only).

That should do it.  Have fun. 

The witching hour

Recently saw The Prestige, half magic, half occult, which we thought was very good. I never realised Bowie played Tesla until I posted this clip here, though. Most people’s tracks this week are quite dark, mine are no exception..

General Science/Ish/Papa la bas, Conjure.
Science meets seance. Kip Hanrahan’s latin jazz with a badly behaved ghost..perhaps more suitable for the magic theme, so I’ve warmed it up again.

The Witch, by 25 cents. Nice, thrashy lo-fi track by one of NZ label Flying Nun’s first woman-only bands, very obscure but worth a listen.

Chilled out Nu Jazz for Saturday evening…
Two tracks from the Future sounds of jazz series:
Raise the dead, by Kimbu Kimra, Atjazz remix
Voodoo Science, by Boom bip & DJ Osiris

Possessed trumpet married to hard edged funk- just to complete the set of Miles Davis tracks, Sivad, by the Miles Davis group edits three fragments together- the ending of a live version of Directions, followed by a studio fragment of Honky Tonk, and then a live Honky Tonk.

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Tricky’s masterpiece to end with..