Post North-West Rock'n'Roll - Part 1

Sup krunkster!

Work yourself into a trenzy with this solid dance floor rock set. “Post North-West Rock’n’Roll – Part 1” features some of the best rock, punk and 80’s white trash dance numbers from Australia, New Zealand and the US.

“Lets talk about it. Lets react to it!”.

Yours on the d-floor,
Dr Hitchcock

MP3: Post North-West Rock’n’Roll – Part 1 [DJ mix by Dr Hitchcock]

Artist – Song
Dr Hitchcock – Mixtape Sessions – Start of Side 1 (Montage)
Useless Eaters – How U Doin
Super Wild Horses – Enigma
The Mint Chicks – Ockham’s Razor
The Transistors – This is Not an Exit
Sex Bob-omb – Threshold
Dr Hitchcock – Mixtape Sessions – End of Side 1 (Montage)
Andy Warhol – “Try another take” – Blank Generation – (Sample)
Dr Hitchcock – Mixtape Sessions – Start of Side 2 (Montage)
The Muffs – On and On
The Fastbacks – Banner Year
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
White Denim – Lets Talk About It
Stay Calm – Take What You Need
Dr Hitchcock – Mixtape Sessions – End of Side 2 (Montage)

Welcome to a new month and the new line-up of tunes on the Starlifter Radio playlist.

One of the biggest releases to come out for me over the past few months has been the new one from the Chemical Brothers, ‘Further’. It’s fabulous, and probably one of my favorites since ‘Dig Your Own Hole’. Definitely not as dark and much more on the loved up buzz which I think is just what many people in the world need right now. I’ve added ‘K+D+B’ to the mix and  to compliment that ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ is there just to remind you that the K-Hole isn’t too far away.

dESIGNER vIOLENCE is the blood-gloss configuration of Thomas Dietrich and Tristen Deschain. Barely a year old, dESIGNER vIOLENCE is just starting to receive pin pricks of the attention. The duo’s profile was recently elevated after the success of it’s remix of Within Temptation’s “The temptation within”. Tristen was formerly in a Christchurch outfit called 5 1/2 Minutes. We’ve added a glitchy wee number from them called ‘lIPSTICK’.

All my friends seem to be raving about these guys at the moment and why not ‘I think I, I think I like it!’. Fake Blood are the radness on the italio-nu-disco tip and I dig it yo. Cheers to Endless Alias for this hook-up.

Man, Tame Impala. They are just amazing.  Their latest album, ‘Innerspeaker’, is in the running for my favourite album of the year, definitely the best rock album of the year so far. They seem to be pretty good at covering other people’s music too, a cover of the Midnight Juggernauts ‘Vital Signs’ has been just added, enjoy.

Karlmarx is production duo Isaac Aesili (aka Karl) and Mark McNeill. Isaac is based in Auckland and his brother Mark is based in Christchurch. The project got started as an experiment in combining the  different tastes of the two brothers together to see what the fusion of these would sound like. The songs on this album were made specifically after being conceptualized around the themes Karlmarx decided to explore. Mark McNeill is a producer and engineer who makes his own music while studying at film school at Canterbury University. He was initially the studio engineer for The Shocking Pinks who are signed to DFA Records in New York. His influences include industrial and synthpop. ‘Leaning Shadows’ has been added to Starlifter for your listening pleasure.

And just to round things off I’ve uploaded ‘The Twelfth Hour’ DJ mix set from Brazilian Disco duo, The Twelves. Everything these guys touch is gold. Dance baby! If you want it for your MP3 Player you can download it from here.

This radness resides on-air also::

Artist – Song – Website
We Are Terrorists – Ground Zero
Orbital – Don’t Stop Me
Hawnay Troof – Find A Way
SoNic Smith – Wii Break (Sharkweek Hz 2 Wii remix)
Sharkweek – Small Firm Peppermints (Haszari Filthy Pepper Mince Pie remix)
DatA – One in A Million
Go Home Productions – How Soon Is Independence? [http://www.gohomeproductions.co.uk] (Free download)
The Mint Chicks – Ockham’s Razor
Brains – violet [http://soundcloud.com/brainsband/]
Ghost – Postcards from the Edge
Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
Tom Cosm and Hannah Flatman – The Opaque Dub [www.TomCosm.com] (Free download)
Luscious Jackson – Why Do I Lie?
Cavalcades – All Gathered ‘Round
Tortoiseshell – This Girl (Canyons dub)

And heaps more ow! Thanks for hanging and enjoy the tunes.

Peace,
Dr H

P.S. Many thanks to the boys at The Joint (www.thejoint.co.nz) for the kind birthday wish (I turned 29 on June 26) and putting me onto ‘One in a Million’ from DatA. You guys rock.

Say Goodbye to the Sun NZ

On May 26, 2010, in New to Starlifter, by Dr Hitchcock

She & Him - Volume Two

Well the New Zealand Summer is well and truely out-of-here. That means more time in the home studio listening to tunes, reading books and blogs, drinking mulled wine and hangin’ on the radio.

Here’s what’s new on the Starlifter Wireless.

Artists – Song – Release – Website
She & Him – In The Sun – Volume Two (LP) – http://www.sheandhim.com
The Mint Chicks – Say Goodbye – Bad Buzz (EP) – http://www.themintchicks.com
Tame Impala – Desire Be Desire Go – InnerSpeak (LP) – http://www.tameimpala.com
No Aloha – Where To Be – Home Demos – http://noaloha.bandcamp.com [FREE DOWNLOAD]

I’ve been listening to the She & Him album constantly for the last month, it’s 50/60s motown girlie group pop with a modern take. The Mint Chicks latest EP Bad Buzz comes on a USB that you can buy from www.musichy.pe – the song I’ve uploaded from that EP is also on the 60s pop tip, albeit a bit fuzzed up. The latest Tame Impala LP is AMAZING! Think Cream, Led Zep, The Beatle with a dash of LSD, YUMMY. And of course, No Aloha. This is the second song from their demo ep that I’ve added to Starlifter. They’re Christchurch boys doing the melodic rock thing, I’m really looking forward to more from these guys.

Starlifter Classic:
Garageland – Nude Star  – Last Exit To Garageland (LP)


Garageland were one of my favourite kiwi bands in high school. ‘Nude Star’ is from their debut LP, ‘Last Exit to Garageland’. It’s a spacie psych-rock number and great for rainy days.

Big Day Out 2009 – Review by Darlene Brown

On January 22, 2009, in culture, music, review, by Dr Hitchcock

 

The Mint Chicks

The first act I saw of the day was the Black Kids – who, to be fair, I’d only heard one song from (which I don’t like). The band was tight; but when the singer asked the crowd in his drawly accent “are you having an alright time?” I responded “yeah, I guess so”. I will say that the lead singers voice was pretty unique, reminding one of an early Bowie.

Afterwards we had a wander around the grounds in the pleasant sun with partial cloud and a southerly breeze (bliss), and saw a bit of P Money’s set in the Boiler Room. He had some good classic hip hop tunes mixed in with longer renditions of his own songs. Went and watched the Ting Tings in the Beer-Corral and I think the word that best describes this duo is lacklustre. Catchy songs, but live they don’t translate.

We decided to wait to get up front for TVOTR, and with the new stricter security systems they have in place, we waited a long time to get into the D. It WAS made all the more enjoyable by Pendulum though, who seriously play the most fun DnB I’ve heard in ages! When the literal green-light was given for the crowd to enter the D, I was almost crushed by the desperate mob who had to hustle herd-like through the turnstiles to get in. But when we finally entered, it was pure comfort the whole way, actually to the point of having too much room! After their set we caught reliable rockers the Datsuns, who I think if you’ve seen once, you’ve seen a thousand times (not in a bad way – they are steady).

The Mint Chicks

Next up, the irrepressible Mint Chicks, who remain one of my favourite bands of all time after the performance they gave – despite the sound mix being weirdly muddled. It was the first time I had seen them play minus Micheal Logie, and although I did notice his absence, they still have “it”. Songs from the new album “Screens” sounded great – and in general MC fashion, their set did not lack controversy. When told to end their set, Kody announced their last song “Enemies” which they got a minute into…before the Black Seeds on the stage next to them literally started playing over the top of them, forcing them to stop.

The Arctic Monkeys were next on the list, and their songs sounded great, but I wish I had of seen them play at the Powerstation the night before. I think they struggled to exude enough energy for the whole stadium; which I imagine must be quite difficult!

We sat in the stands for Neil Young, who is without a doubt a rock legend. He still has all the moves, his voice was fantastic and his songs were as classic as ever; but after an afternoon of dance, he totally bummed me out! I found myself thinking of all my lost loves and all the bad things I’d ever done…and decided I’d better leave. Apparently the second half of his set got more upbeat, however I’d already ditched Neil for the Prodigy…

I had no idea how much I would enjoy the Prodigy. The energy and intensity of their MC’s Maxim and Keith reminded me of a wild, caged dog. They make you want to scream and dance at the same time. They played all of their old hits, and nothing from Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. I really thought they might be a bit tragic by now, they ended up being my favourite act of the day.

I’m already looking forward to what acts 2010 will draw to the BDO.