Friday, June 25, 2010
But here ya go!
TONIGHT - MUM CLUB @ Cassette 9
GLASS OWLS EP RELEASE PARTY with DEATH VALLEY and JOHN THE BAPTIST
plus DJ MR MATTHEW CRAWLEY ... and ANDREW TIDBALL from 1.30AM TILL FOREVER!
THEN NEXT WEEK IS OONNNNNN.....
Tuesday 6-8pm on George FM - QUAY STREET SOCIAL CLUB RADIO SHOW w/ Rebecca Maxine
Tuesday 9pm till very late - POP PANIC - poptastic goodness @ cassette nine
THURSDAY 1st JULY
IPSO FACTO @ C9
Djs Aroha, M-Tron Bomb and Tidball
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Big Fish is a Luxury Expedition Vessel from Aquos Yachts, was successfully launched March 31st down the ways of New Zealand's premier motor yacht builder, McMullen & Wing. The launch of the 45M steel-hull yacht - the largest ever at McMullen & Wing - took almost three days to accomplish. The Hong Kong-based owner of Big Fish was on hand to name his vessel and to celebrate the launch with a fine bottle of Kiwi champagne smashed over the yacht's bows just minutes before she touched salt water for the first time.
Also flying above the Hong Kong flag draped over the bow rail was a burgee of the International SeaKeepers Society, whose ocean monitoring equipment the yacht will proudly carry as she begins a historic polar circumnavigation cruise starting in July.
Monday, May 3, 2010
THIS WEEK I'M DEEJAYING HERE:
Tuesday 4th - on the radio - Quay Street Social Club Radio Show with Rebecca Maxine - George FM 6-8pm
Tueday 4th - POP PANIC - as Toastie Boy - party hits / pop set - Cassette Nine (9pm-verylate)
Wednesday 5th - TEENAGE KICKS - indie set - Cassette Nine (12.30am-verylate)
Thursday 6th - CLUB TO DEATH - Official LCD Soundsystem Alnum Release Party @ Be
Saturday 8th - PROUD MARY @ 4:20 (Quay Street Social Club - me and Bex back to back yo!)
Monday, April 26, 2010
Terry Noel, was in 1965, the first DJ to mix two records together.
He was the resident Dj at a swanky new club opened by Richard Burton's first wife, Sybil Burton, called Arthur. This was in the days before DJ mixers of course - he had, by todays standards, a primitive system of a separate volume control on each turntable - and using this he'd taunt and tease the crowd with excerpts of records - "a Jimi Hendrix guitar lick her or a Chambers Brothers a cappella there... Then he'd slam the whole song through the mincer."
"People would come up to me and say, 'I was listening to Mamas & Papas and now I am listening to The Rolling Stones and I didn't even know'" he's quoted as saying.
While Arthur had a door policy of encouraging what Burton termed PYPs (Pretty Young People) and keeping out the tragically un-hip folk who "still did the twist" - it was perhaps because of her own celebrity that it also attracted some of the biggest stars - Roddy McDowell, Julie Andrews, and Leonard Bernstein rubbed shoulders with regulars like Tennessee Williams, Princess Margaret, and Andy Warhol. In his book,Popism, Warhol reminisces about meeting Bette Davis, Sophia Loren and the astronaut Scott Carpenter there.
My favorite little story though, from Terry Noel is about the time that John Wayne was in the club and requested Yellow Rose of Texas. Noel apparently responded "Gee I happen to have it" then snaps the disc into two in front of Wayne "Oh, it's broken".
Noel continues that John Wayne "his toupe falling off his head" called him a faggot - while Lauren Bacalla and Judy Garland looked on laughing "because they hated him"
One day I wanna do that to NZ's modern day equivalent of John Wayne...
Maybe this week at MUM CLUBNIGHT - my only gig this week - Friday Night at Cassette Nine after the bands (I start at 1.30am) who are MOST excellent this week 47 Diamantes and Tommy Ill with support from Pikachunes.
You can download the new single from 47 Diamantes feat Tommy Ill for FREE from here
Monday, April 19, 2010
This week I'm Djing like this....
TUESDAY 20 APRIL 6-8PM on George FM for Quay Street Social Club Radio Show
TUESDAY 20 APRIL 9-VERYLATE - POP PANIC at Cassette Nine (pop music set)
WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL 12.30-VERYLATE - TEENAGE KICKS at Cassette Nine (indie set)
also it should be noted that along with my esteemed colleague and friend Matthew Crawley I'll be hosting The Eavesdrop Listening party at Wine Cellar from 7-11pm on Wednesday - it's not exactly Djing - but we do select some very lovely brand new music for your listening pleasure and give copies of albums away!
ON SATURDAY JUST PAST....
I was honored to be asked to open up Real Groovy’s In-Store Deejays on Saturday 17th April for International Record Shop Day, and be on the same line-up as people like Roger Shepherd, Roger Perry, Nick D, Phil from the Datsuns, Liam Finn and Ladyhawke. Real Groovy had asked we each select 30 minutes of records that have ‘inspired and influenced’ us – I took the task one step further and decided it’d be fun to compile a 30 minute auto-biographical set.
Here’s what I played and why…
Blondie – Picture This
Parallel Lines was the first album I ever owned – I was turning 10 years old and asked my older brother to get it for me for my birthday. In order to fully explain this album’s importance I need to add some personal context: when I was five, my father and mother split and my older brother took on a father-like role for me; and he left home about fours later – and soon after this I moved back to the UK with my mum and her new partner while my older brother and sister moved to Sydney. For a long while Parallel Lines was really the only record I owned and it had become, in fact, my only real connection to my older brother who I missed so dearly. This song, in particular, with the lyric “all I want is a photo in my wallet / a small remembrance of something more solid…” became to mean something quite different to perhaps it was intended – but nonetheless it was the beginnings of my emotional connection to music; the desperation in Debbie Harry’s voice captured how I felt; I was angry and alone and I’d have given anything; my finest hour; to change that.
The Smiths – I Want The One I Can’t Have
So I was an adolescent growing up in England. I really felt isolated and alone – it felt like no-one at school liked me or understood me. I was bullied a lot for being weird and probably a bit too sensitive. I really thought I was the only boy in the world who was feeling like me. Then, and I don’t even remember how exactly, I suspect evening Radio 1, I discovered The Smiths – and I soon realized that there wasn’t anything actually wrong with me at all – I was just different to the kids who liked to play football – but not so entirely different to everyone in the world – and Morrissey made it okay to be that different. I started to write (very bad) poetry and shut myself in my room a lot more; watching the world go by my upstairs window – but it made me happy. I’d put flowers in my room. I think my mum started to worry that I might like boys.
Prince – Raspberry Beret
This black kid moved in across the road – well, his dad was black, but in our sleepy little seaside town there were no other black kids around. He lived with his (white) grandmother. He never told me about his actual mum and dad, only that his mum was dead. There was a great sadness about him and I liked how he didn’t fit in anywhere either; he and I became friends. He introduced me to Prince and to Chaka Khan. He also introduced me to something much more exciting – girls. I went to an all-boys school so was socially crippled in that regard until David and I started hanging out. It was through hanging out with David that I started to go to a youth-club and I met Julie.
My parents did not approve of Julie. They were probably right. But I was full of young hormones, I thought she was amazing. “I could tell when she kissed me, she knew how to get her kicks…” It was, sadly a short-lived affair – “But I tell ya, if I had the chance I’d do it all again / I wouldn’t change a stroke….”
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Shortly after any sensitive young man discovers girls, he’s bound to discover heartbreak. I was blessed with the perfect cliche heartbreak when David and Julie got together. Luckily, my parents had decided to move back to New Zealand so i didn’t have to face them. Also luckily, I discovered Jesus and Mary Chain – it was evidently very cool to be sad and angry. I did my hair the same way as the Reid brothers.
The Chills – Pink Frost
Upon returning to New Zealand Radio With Pictures soon became a must-watch fro me – I had to video-tape it because there was no way I’d be allowed to watch it in the family room on a Sunday night – so it wasn’t until Monday afternoons after school and before my step-dad got home from work that I could watch Dick Driver present what I think was the best music television show ever. I remember seeing the music video of this song and going out the very next weekend to buy Kaleidoscope World; it was dark and moody and difficult to understand; everything I aspired to be.
Paid in Full – Eric B & Rakim
On a holiday to Sydney visiting my brother and sister – I went nightclubbing for the first time at a place called Site. I heard this song – It was the Coldcut Remix, actually, and it was at that point that I realized that I wanted to be a DJ. Nightclubbing and music at such an all-encompassing volume seemed so exciting. I remember this song surrounding me in every sense of the word. My brother took me to a record shop the next day and I bought the 12″ and I returned home and starting saving to buy myself a pair of Technics 1200s and a mixer. My brother sent me cartridges and slip-mats. I’d go into town every Friday night and visit all the record shops and spend about a $100 a week on new vinyl.
Baby Wants To Ride – Frankie Knuckles
It was still a time when we’d read about new music in magazines well before we’d actually get to hear it – there was no internet! I remember reading about this new movement in music coming from Chicago – being made by DJs – so naturally it excited me. I begun to pester the shops who’d import records to start geiing in this “acid house” that I had heard about. I remember when Grant Kearney and Sam Hill were working at 256 records on Queen Street – and they’d set aside records for me to check out on my weekly pilgrimage and they’d tease me for all this “weird House shit” I was into while they were still liking New Jack Swing. There were so many house tracks that could have been selected to play homage to this part of my life but I settled on this one since it really was one of the originals; and it was naughty.
Hello Operator – The White Stripes
The more astute reader will notice that there’s over a ten year gap here. I guess, for a number of reasons, music took a bit of a back-seat for me. I became dis-engaged from the DJ and night club scene; I focussed on a career (not in music) and a couple of relationship. Of course music was still part of my life, but not so central. But circumstances changed and some friends starting taking me out to live gigs more in the late nineties. In 2000 I heard this track on bFM and had to own a copy of it myself – I found it on 7″ at Crawlspace Records (RIP) and in 2000 The White Stripes came to play here. I went and saw them, first at Kings Arms and then some days later at Pizza Pizza which was upstairs opposite the library on Lorne Street. It was fucking incredible – and I finally felt buzzed about music yet again.
Golden Path – Chemical Brothers feat The Flaming Lips
When I was still working for the government department I was very lucky to have been sent on a week long personal development course in Wellington. While I could have done the same course in Auckland I really wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone for the exercise and my boss agreed provided that I pay for and/or arrange my own accommodation – so I stayed with an old friend in Lyall Bay – he started work really early so i had the house to myself each morning. I found a CD single of this song in his collection and I played it really loudly on repeat every morning before going to the course. It became my mantra for the course, somewhat. For me, it’s a song of rebirth and re-creation, and it was during the course that I came to the realization that I needed to start the Cheese on Toast website and stop working for the government.
Witness – Roots Manuva
“‘Cos right now, I see clearer than most / I sit here contented with this Cheese on Toast”. Yep that’s where I got the name from.
Fuck The Golden Youth – The Mint Chicks
The Mint Chicks were already a personal favorite by the time I had started Cheese on Toast and I had been blogging about them before we even knew what a blog was and before Cheese on Toast was launched on my personal website called Geekboy. I remember buying Octagon, Octagon, Octagon and opening up teh sleeve when I goy home and seeing that they had thanked “Geekboy” in their liner notes – I was so very excited, having never, at the time met them.
When their debut album Fuck the Golden Youth dropped and being sent an advance copy by Flying Nun and inviting some friends to come around and listen to it. It was very cool and exciting. We were lucky enough to be invited to their invite-only launch party and film for the TV show we made that was played on Triangle TV – Something On TV – it was at the old Shanghai Lil’s at the bottom of Anzac Ave and a magician performed as support act – apparently he had previously performed as support for Siouxsie & the Banshees here in the 1980s.
This clip is from that Shanghai Lil’s show – its quality isn’t the most wonderful but it’s still pretty cool.
(I Think Maybe I) Miss You – Tourettes
My good friend Matthew Crawley first put me onto Tourettes and gave me a copy of a spoken word mixtape of his and it totally blew my mind. When I finally saw Dom perform live both as spoken word poet and as rapper I got chills up and down my spine – and I still do sometimes when I see his shows. I love the honesty of his lyrics – they are so fucking disarming. So I was honored that when i was presented with an opportunity, last year, to press and release some 7″ singles, Tourettes agreed to be on the first one I released with this song, which was written to and for his girlfriend – who kindly offered to do the artwork for the single cover as well. It’s a beautiful song and I get a lump in my throat whenever I hear it.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Next week is wwwwoooooz-a-lam-lam-busy!
Tuesday 13 April - 6-8pm Quay Street Social Club Radio with Rebecca Maxine on George FM
Tuesday 13 April - 9-verylate Pop Panic at Cassette Nine - pop music ridiculousness and stoopid funn
Wednesday 14 April 12.30-verylate Teenage Kicks at Cassette Nine - indie kicks for indie kids
Thursday 15 April - not-sure-what-time - Matthew Crawleys 30th Birthday Party - old school soul & r'n'b set
Saturday 16 April -midday-12.30 Real Groovy 'International Independent Record Shop Day' - 30mins 'songs that shaped me' set
You should totally check out the Real Groovy Record Shop Day gig - all day from midday they have special guest DJs taking over the shops PA and playing 30 minute sets each - playing the tunes that influenced and shaped them over their life / musical career... it's gonna be pretty fucking interesting I reckon! Joining me on those hallowed decks will be
Oliver Driver (actor, director broadcaster), Liam Finn (musician), Phil Somervell(The Datsuns), Nick D (TV presenter, George fm, C4) Roger Shepherd (Flying Nun Founder), Russell Baillie (NZ Herald music/entertainment editor), Charlotte Ryan (bFM DJ), David Farrier (Nightline, TV shows, BFM), Recloose (DJ and producer), Murry Sweetpants (George FM), Roger Perry (legendary NZ pioneering DJ and broadcaster) Dylan C (BaseFM) and a very very special surprise NZ musician guest.
Plus - if you come to the shop they'll give you a wrist band to go to a LIVE GIG that night at Kings Arms for FREE! ($10 if you're too lazy to get a wrist band!)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
MGMT's new album CONGRATULATIONS is out on Monday and we're having a party this Thursday to celebrate.
At Be Club on Commerce Street - who have a fucken killer sound system!
I'm playing 10-11.30pm, after Conor Nester who is kicking things off from 8.30.
After me is the North Shore Pony Club guys who are always rad and closing the night is the Pig Out DJs.
Sony are putting the night on and have copies of the album to giveaway on both CD and VINYL on the night - so you shoudl all come down - it's gonna be RADDDDDD.
Here's my review of Congratulations which is being published at Eavesdrop and on Cheese on Toast
MGMT - Congratulations (Sony)
My love affair with MGMT started out with so many sparks that forest rangers and people with homes near the dry bush were worried. It was magical and it felt like it was just the two(three) of us - we'd skip together hand in hand and eat ice creams and go whale watching together, in space. But then they started getting attention from the other boys. I think she found it exciting, all the eyes on her - of course she was flattered. But I knew, that those guys with their popped collars were only interested in her lovely ample-sized ti.. i mean hits... after a while I got the distinct feeling that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Martin Goldwasser were not so happy with what they had wished for with the near-galactic success of Oracular Spectacular. So, it's not surprising, then that Congratulations is very much a response and reaction to the speed of their fame and success; purposefully hiding the hooks more deeply amongst the songs, which are more crafted - perhaps in attempt to lose some unwanted attention. MGMT are sounding much more demure, a bit more grown up - but, when you really sit down and hang out with this record, you'll learn it's way cooler and far more interesting now. MGMT still loves dancing and glow sticks, but also likes just hanging out at home watching nature documentaries with you cuddled up on the couch and talking about what they've learned and experienced since last time you guys were hanging out. Yes, it's official, me and MGMT are back together again and we're in love and, yeah I know they hurt me last time, but things are different now.... AT
ALSO THIS WEEK I am playing @ Mum - the LATE slot from 1.30am till forever or close, whichever comes first - always a pleasure to play that slot - so I'm super amped for it...
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday 6-8pm on George FM - QUAY STREET SOCIAL CLUB RADIO SHOW w/ Rebecca Maxine
Wednesday - TEENAGE KICKS @ Cassette #9
indie club! I'm playing 12.30 till close...latelatelate!
Thursday 10-3am CLUB TO DEATH w/ Cellar Door Djs and JADE FRENCH (UK, Same Teens)
(I'm on from midnight yo!...) at WHAMMY
Friday 9-am MUM CLUB NIGHT w/ MILK TRAIN, THE HAIRDOS (live)
plus DJS : Josh on Decks, Me, Jade French and A.D.A.M.
(I'm playing from 9 up to the bands and between em)
at Cassette #9
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
TEENAGE KICKS 1ST BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA 2am-close - Cassette 9
FRIDAY 12 MARCH
Cheese on Toast curates MUM - between bands set starting @ 9pm- Cassette 9
SATURDAY 13 MARCH
DOC - POP (Lady Gaga Afterparty) - D.O.C. On K Rd 1-2am
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
WEDNESDAY 12.30 - close TEENAGE KICKS at Cassette (indie set)
THURSDAY 12.30 - close OVER THE RAINBOW @ Club to Death at Whammy
FRIDAY 8.00-11.30 private party / Studio launch somewhere near K Rd
FRIDAY 12.00 - 1.30 MUM CLUBNIGHT @ Cassette (indie / electro set)
Monday, February 22, 2010
He's playing here this week - on Friday night - at the TURNAROUND.
I'm hoping to get to meet the guy; I have massive respect for him - he totally epitomizes what DJing really is all about.
In this interview with The Herald, he talks about how his sets are like a four hour journey; not a 40 minute rush job of the 10 tunes you downloaded that all are 130 bpm. Hah! (I paraphrase heavily)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Final Round is an uplifting slice of disco with some glorious synth stabs while Friday Night is a short and sharp driving lil number that's totally fucking nutso, it's so good!
Grab em both here!
Cassian - Final Round
Cassian - Friday Night
But this XXXChange Remix of O.N.E. is pricking my ears right now - opening with a 30 second breakdown / refrain before a nice phat kick drops and then before you know it a sexy-dirty synth line comes driving in. Kickin' ass.
Yeasayer - O.N.E. XXXChange Remix
Monday, February 15, 2010
TUESDAY 6-8pm - QUAY STREET SOCIAL CLUB RADIO on George FM
TUESDAY 9pm-4am - POP PANIC - pop mix set @ Cassette #9
THURSDAY 10pm-3am - CLUB TO DEATH Launch Party w/ Tina Turntables and Vistory
FRIDAY 10pm - 3am - RACKET BAR - indie/electro/ pop
SATURDAY - SICK DISCO @ Cassette 9 2.30am - forever.
if this photo is of you, please don't come to any of these gigs; you're frightening the children...
Yeasayer are awesome - check
The Very Best are awesome - check
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
But I have to confess that a promo disc of Pig Out's new forthcoming album Rave X has been sitting in my in-box for weeks un-played. I kinda didn't dig the lead single Top Boy, and so put off listening to the rest of the rest of the record to avoid awkward moments when / if tehy asked me what I thought.
Of course two things were the reality of my misguided paranoia :
1. Kit & Marie were always far too cool to even ask me what I thought any time they saw me out. I don't mean that in a "too cool for school" kinda way - but rather, that they just knew better than to create a potentially embarrassing situation between mates. (or they actually didn't care what I thought! Haha!)
2. Rave X is actually fucking awesome, as I discovered this weekend when I finally listened to it. Also, Top Boy now makes perfect sense, to me, in context of the whole album.
PIG OUT's new album RAVE X is out on Feb 22nd. You should get it.
Here's what we played last night; my selectiosn marked with an A; her's with a B - just like our names (Rebecca = Bex!)
A - Yazoo - Please Don't Go
Monday, February 8, 2010
Here's what I played (roughly)
Delphic - Acolyte
The Doors - Break On Through (Bossa Rocker Remix)
Hot Chip - Take It In
Fuse - Machine
Cortney Tidwell - Watusii
Mt Eden Dubstep - Mirage of Hope
Pig Out - Wicked
Boyz Noize - Transmission (Mr Oizo Mix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (Digiraatii Dance Til You're Dead Remix)
Yeasayer - Ampling Amp (Memory Tapes Remix)
N.A.S.A. - N.A.S.A. Music (LA Riots Remix)
La Roux - In For The Kill (Le Castle Vania Remix)
VHS or BETA - Burn It All Down (Surkin Remix)
Robin S - Show Me The Love (Redlight Remix)
Crookers - Have Mercy
Bassment Jaxx - Raindrops (Joker & Ginz Remix)
Mt Eden Dubstep - Seria Leone
Pig Out - Anthem
Crookers - Jump Up
MSTRKRFT - Dounce (Banana Dynamite Remix)
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Dance Remix)
Deadmau$ - Ghosts & Stuff
Crookers - We Love Animals
Tue 2 Feb - as Toastie Boy - Pop Panic Blondie Special
Thur 4 Feb - short set at LIVE RELIEF FOR HAITI @ C9 w/ Die! Die! Die! and more...
Sat 6 Feb - at Modern Love @ Cassette 9 w/ Roger Perry, Cyril Orson and Philp Haeder
Tue 9 Feb - Quay Street Social Club Radio with Rebecca Maxine on George FM 6-8pm
Wed 10 - THE EAVESDROP @ Wine Cellar (selector with Matthew Crawley)
Fri 12 Feb - MUM Clubnight @ Cassette 12-1.30am Indie / Electro
Tue 16 Feb - Quay Street Social Club Radio with Rebecca Maxine on George FM 6-8pm
Tue 16 Feb - as Toastie Boy - Pop Panic
Thur 18 Feb - Club To Death Launch Party @ Whammy
Friday 19 Feb - Racket from 10pm Indie / Electro / Pop
Sat 20 Feb - Sick Disco (early set) @ Cassette
Tue 23 Feb - Quay Street Social Club Radio with Rebecca Maxine on George FM 6-8pm
Wed 24 Feb - Teenage Kicks @ C9 - indie set
Thur 25 Feb - Over the Rainbow @ Whammy as part of Quay Street Social Club w/ Rebecca Maxine
Fri 26 Feb - We Love 2 Party - We Love Studio Launch Party - back-to-back set with Paul Roper (Mint Chicks)
Fri 26 Feb MUM Clubnight @ Cassette 12-1.30am Indie / Electro