Coffee, Richard Diebenkorn
‘The Wire’ by David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost
I like a good “feat.”. This one guest stars Ruby Frost, who is doing far more interesting things with Mr Ddot than she ever did as an X Factor judge.
‘#1 Bum’ by Luscious Jackson
I follow Luscious Jackson on Twitter and when they first mentioned their new song called “#1 Bum”, I figured it was the American meaning of bum, meaning something like a really good homeless person. But it turns out it’s the commonwealth bum, with the song a fun (and highly danceable) tribute to male booty.
There’s a band called the Neo-Kalashnikovs. They’re known for two things: 1) getting Rosie Webster from Coronation Street to roll around in her undies in their music video, and 2) being rather abusive towards anyone and everyone who won’t support them or is even mildly critical of them. That’s their thing - a smooth indie rock with an aggressive punk attitude.
Moss from the Neo-K’s has a blog where he publishes long rants against the people and organisations who have slighted his band. His latest rant was against NZ On Air. I know a bit about NZ On Air music videos. I’m not an expert, but through my epic video-watching project over at 5000 Ways To Love You, I’ve come to know a lot about the ins and outs of NZ On Air music video funding. So I left a comment on his blog sharing my knowledge, but for some reason Moss deleted it.
I now feel like real bad-ass, which is at odds with the reality of my surroundings - I’m writing this in bed, with a senior citizen cat curled up next to me. A few people have asked me what I wrote, so here’s a summary of my comment.
I did some tallying up to see how many artists had funding for only one video, only two videos, etc.
The raw data (from February 1991 to September 2013) is this:
1 video (427 artists)
2 videos (174 artists)
3 videos (105 artists)
4 videos (60 artists)
5 videos (48 artists)
6 videos (28 artists)
7 videos (21 artists)
8 videos (18 artists)
9 videos (17 artists)
10 videos (8 artists)
11 videos (7 artists)
12 videos (8 artists)
13 videos (5 artists)
14 videos (6 artists)
15 videos (6 artists)
16 videos (2 artists) - Head Like a Hole and Opshop
17 videos (1 artist) - Strawpeople
18 videos (2 artists) - Salmonella Dub and Katchafire
19 videos (0 artists)
20 videos (0 artists)
21 videos (0 artists)
22 video (1 artist) - Greg Johnson/Greg Johnson Set
23 videos (0 artists)
24 videos (0 artists)
25 video (1 artist) - The Feelers
26 videos (0 artists)
27 videos (0 artists)
28 videos (1 artist) - Shihad
And in a pie chart, it looks like this, with funding of only one, two or three videos going to three-quarters of the bands who receive funding. Three videos? That’s an album cycle, that’s one band’s attempt at making it.
‘Runnin’’ by David Dallas
Let’s have some Aotearoa hip hop - the best kind. I first heard of this from an interweb friend who said it was her morning “wake the eff up!” song. Since then it’s grown on me. And the best thing - Mr Ddot raps in his regular New Zealand accent and it doesn’t seem weird or comedy like it did when Dark Tower did that in the ’90s.