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Loads of live goodness in upcoming weeks! Here are just two of many great gigs happening in our town… The HopeStreet crew is throwing a massive long weekend soul party at Howler on Sunday June 7, featuring Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, San Lazaro and Mike Gurrieri – then a few days later it’s the globetrotting Remi back on home turf, appearing at Northcote Social Club on Thursday June 11 and Friday June 12 (Friday sold out! Don’t sleep) Remi support from none other than Hau Latukefa.

If you didn’t cop Remi’s latest mixtape already, get it here remi1.bandcamp.com It’s free!

Melbourne International Jazz Festival starts this week too – all the details on their websitezz MIJF

If you want to know about more gigs – check the weekly updates on the Northside gig guide, or subscribe to The View from the Northside and get the funky heat straight from the hand of Chris Gill – direct to your inbox. Word.

 

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TED VINING still keeping the beat.

Last night I had the pleasure of watching Ted Vining play with the band BLOW at The Horn in Collingwood. Ted is a local drummer who has been playing since the 60’s and he still plays every Thursday night and more! Seeing him play was amazing. I was sitting down eating dinner until they played this tune. For the first time ever they dropped EDDIE HARRIS’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” It was a monster. It was straight to the dancefloor for that one.
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Tedd also played on this legendary Aussie funky jazz album. It was with Alan Lee on vibes and at the National Gallery under the stained glass. (A venue still used today, Hiatus Kaiyote and Saskwatch played their recently!) I had a copy this week. But as I told Ted half a dozen people wanted a copy within 20 minutes. He walked tall that night.

 


This is the band in 1973 making Stravinsky Super funky!

Remember April 30th is World Jazz Day.

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George Clinton is coming to Northside!

Oohwee! George Clinton will be dropping into Northside Records for an instore signing on Thursday April 2 at 5pm. A man who needs no introduction… so let’s just say “The funkiest man alive – The principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic – Still so fucking hip he’s on the new Kendrick Lamar album…”Don’t miss your chance to meet a real live living legend. All the details on the poster below.

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Bring your records and have them signed, bring your children and have them signed… bring whatever! We will have a limited supply of P-Funk classics for sale – but they won’t last long. Nasty!

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Northside Records presents ‘Soulclash’

soulclash-webAfter a weekend of instore madness we’re back with news of more Northside shows! But firstly, a massive thanks to The Seven Ups and The Meltdown, and everyone who came along to support Melbourne soul.

Coming up on Sunday 8th March, Northside and PBS106.7FM  presents ‘Soulclash’ – The Underground Showcase. This is something we’ve talked about for a long time, and we’re very excited to see this become a reality. The first Soulclash has been curated by Northside’s and PSB’s own DJ Manchild (The Breakdown) and will take place at Howler in Brunswick. Heading the line up is Melbourne’s underground microphone fiend Remi, supported as always by Sensible J. This will be the final local show before Remi and J set off on their 2015 European Tour.

The Seven Ups will also take the stage for a super-set of funky afro soul fire. The Seven Ups have been playing shows all over and promise to deliver some of that heavy heavy syncopation that only comes with relentless shows, touring and late nights. Look out.

Taking you further underground, deep below mainstream and into the caverns of outernational soul, hip hop, afro, dancehall, tropical and funk are the Northside DJs. Big Bossman Chris Gill brings the ‘Burn City Soul’ and deep funk flavours, Lewis Cancut and Ms. Butt (Congo Tardis #1) serve up the bass-heavy booty-shaking sounds of the club/favela and beyond, and DJ Manchild and Mr. Rex will mash you up with anything + everything soul, and the shit you never heard before. No chin-scratchers – It’s a party from the get go!

Sunday March 8 is Labour Day weekend, and that means no work for some on Monday. Get down. Tickets are $18+bf (see below). We will have tickets available at Northside soon.

REMI | THE SEVEN UPS | CONGO TARDIS #1 | LEWIS CANCUT
THE BREAKDOWN | GET DOWN | more info: TICKETS

 

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Katalyst drops a new Quakers mixtape

QuakersTape350It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Sydney-based producer Katalyst and the Quakers team (Katalyst, Fuzzface, 7Stu7) but fear not, they are back – with a new Quakers record due in upcoming months and a new Guilty Simpson record (produced by Quakers) due to drop in the very near future. Both releases will be available on Stones Throw. A new Space Invadas (Katalyst/Steve Spacek) record is also rumoured! Watch this space.

As a teaser for the new releases, Katalyst has posted a new mixtape on the Stones Throw website. The mix features some new tracks from Guilty Simpson, Quakers and a couple of secret Katalyst productions. The mix/podcast is a free download and is ready for your perusal right now. Don’t say you didn’t know.

Get the good oil: QUAKERS | KATALYST

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It’s almost Christmas… RIP James Brown

It’s almost that time of year again. Christmas day will mark eight years since the passing of James Brown, ‘The Godfather of Soul‘. Come pay your respect, and shake your money maker on Christmas night. Get up, get into it and get involved at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton. Northside DJs will be joined by Karate Boogaloo and surprise special guests for the No. 1 James Brown party in Melbourne. Entry is free. Get down.

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Jordan Rakei at Northside – Thurs. November 27

Northside is hyped to be hosting one of Australia’s most exciting new ‘musicians’ Jordan Rakei for a live instore performance on Thursday 27th November. Jordan is an amazing singer and multi-instrumentalist with a sound that transcends modern soul, sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Hiatus Kiayote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Taylor McFerrin. Jordan’s current EP Groove Curse has been capturing the attention of  a worldwide audience – and has already been stamped a modern classic on the Northside super sellers list! Originally from New Zealand and now residing in Queensland, Jordan calls his sound lo-fi soul – we call it dope. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Jordan Rakei in the flesh.

Entertainment will start around 6pm with DJs and refreshments, followed Jordan doing a ‘bare bones’ set shortly after.

Check out his sounds here. Check the Soul Has No Tempo label too. Check his facebook for other dates ++ I think I should pimp his Friday night show at Boney too,  where he’ll step it up to his full electronic show – appearing with other soul luminaries including Steve Spacek! Put me on the guest list please JB/JR/SS! 

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Australia Day Soundclash

soundclash-A6-v3Get ready – It’s almost time! Australia Day 2014 sees the first ever performance in the country by DJ Shacho (Japan). As the front man of Japan’s most adventurous jazz band SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, Shacho is one of Japan’s most in demand DJs. Shacho has been DJing since 1996 and centres his selection in the same jazz/techno genre mixed with a bag of funk and hip hop. Uplifting dance floors and staging a performance rarely exhibited by contemporary DJs.  An experience not to be missed. Truly one of Japan’s great DJs.

Joining Shacho are an ALL STAR TEAM of Melbourne DJs including:

Kano (Red Bull Music Academy)
JPS (The Operatives)
Ennio Styles (RRR FM)
Matt Radovich (Stable Music)
Mike Gurrieri (Equinox Recordings)
Blair Stafford (Straightup)

Find out more here, including set times and some tasty mixes from the featured DJs : SOUNDCLASH

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Deep Street Soul are Jet$et!

dss-a3-350Deep Street Soul hit the Workers Club this Saturday for their final show in Melbourne before taking off to tour the UK & Europe, which includes an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Deep Street will also be flying the flag for Funky Melbourne at Floripa London, ‘Band on the Wall’ (Craig Charles’ Night) in Manchester, The Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham, as well as shows in Bordeaux, Toulouse and culminating July 6th at St Paul Soul Jazz Festival. Wow!

Deep Street Soul aren’t the only Melbourne band heading off to Glastonbury either! Saskwatch and The Bombay Royale are also on their way.

You can support the bands and Melbourne Soul by checking out Satuday’s gig at the Workers (also featuring Up Up Away, Karate Boogaloo and Peirre Baroni) – PLUS – hit the bands POZIBLE pages and kick in a few bucks to help the bands reach their totals.

Pozible:
DEEP STREET SOUL | SASKWATCH

Online:
THE BOMBAY ROYALE | SASKWATCH | DEEP STEET SOUL

Congratulations to Saskwatch who have already hit their target and will NOT be pawning their equipment in order to fly back to Melbourne. Props for a great show at the John Curtain Hotel on the weekend just passed. Glastonbury LOOKOUT!

And props to Chris Gill and Lance Ferguson who featured these 3 bands on “THE SOUL OF MELBOURNE” compilation. Their upcoming appearances at Glastonbury are testament to the thriving Melbourne scene. If you don’t own this comp – you need it.

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble at MIJF

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Straightup and Melbourne International Jazz Festival are proud to present for the first time in Australia, quite possibly one of the most important and influential musicians in the United States today, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Brought to the attention of the international music world in 2009 by his incredible, critically acclaimed, tribute orchestral album for the transcendent modern hip hop producer, J DILLA, “Suite For Ma Dukes” recorded live for album and DVD by Mochilla.

Atwood-Ferguson will be performing works from this album as well as many others in a very special ONE OFF PERFORMANCE. Guest vocalists are Sophia Brous and Ni Palm, with support from Myele Manzanza Trio (NZ), Silentjay (The Operatives), Amin Payne (The Operatives) & Edd Fisher (PBS), not to mention an allstar band (ensemble) featuring Australia’s finest. June 1 at The Hi-Fi . Also appearing in Sydney –> Check the websites for more info

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Just Announced – James Brown Xmas at Espy

We’re back again this Christmas to pay respect to the Godfather of Soul. December 25th marks the 6th anniversary of James Brown’s passing, and we’ll  be doing it in fine style at the Espy. Bigger and better than last year – with the addition of James Brown-inspired funkateers, KARATE BOOGALOO (Members of The Cactus Channel). Plus, get on the goodfoot with all your favourite funky DJs – Chris Gill, DJ Manchild, Zack Rampage, Johnny Crates and friends.

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Nothing but JB all night long – that means Bobby Byrd, Hank Ballard, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, The JBs, Fred Wesley, The Devils,  Myra Barnes,  Sisters of Righteousness, Bill Doggett, Sweet Charles, Lee Austin, The Believers, Maceo Parker, Shirley Jean & The Relations, The Sons of Funk, The Dapps, The Last Word, The Insiders and so much more. It’s a Mother!

Let’s unite the whole world at Christmas  – THE ESPY, DECEMBER 25 From 8pm
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The Soul of Melbourne – Available now

We are very excited to present the second release from Northside Records, “The Soul of Melbourne”. The official release date is November 9, 2012, however copies of 18-track CD have been fast-tracked to Northside to coincide with RRR Album of the Week! Get yours now.

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Check the RRR blurb:
This extremely impressive compilation is an acknowledgement and celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant and vital soul music community. Presented by two of the city’s leading champions and proponents of all things soulful (Northside Records’ and Triple R’s Chris Gill and The Bamboo’s Lance Ferguson) the eighteen track collection showcases some key local jazz, funk, R&B and modern beat-based outfits. Recent releases from artists such as Chet Faker and Kylie Auldist are highlighted, and featured alongside rare and unreleased songs from The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and new spiritual jazz group Menagerie.

That’s right! 18 hand-picked tunes (inc. 4 previously-unreleased exclusives) from the cream of the Melbourne soul scene. Featuring THE BAMBOOS, SASKWATCH, THE CACTUS CHANNEL, KYLIE AULDIST, ELECTRIC EMPIRE, CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES, HIATUS KAIYOTE, AKOLOTL, COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS & more. The official website for this record/project will launch on November 9. Stay tuned.

The official “unofficial” release party happens as part of AWME – with a stellar line-up of local artists joining forces with AWME and Northside Records to present what will be once of the most epic nights of Soul and Funk witnessed in Melbourne in recent times. Thursday Nov. 15 at Hi-Fi, Catch The Bamboos, Saskwatch, Electric Empire and more. Full details here. And that’s not all! Friday 16th Nov. sees Deep Street Soul at the Lounge, supported by Sietta and the Northside DJs (Chris Gill Experience, DJ Manchild, Mistarex, & Lewis Can Cut).

“Where’s the vinyl?” I hear you say! It’s coming – delivery of vinyl is expected early December. Vinyl features 12 tracks from the CD – especially all the cuts that have not previously been available on vinyl such as Electric Empire. Vinyl is a strictly limited press. Watch this space for news of its arrival + all Soul of Melbourne related events. We’ve also just sent our second 7″ off to manufacture. A MASSIVE double A-side 45 that is guaranteed to make you shake! More news on that in upcoming posts.

Want more? Tune in GET DOWN on RRR this week to hear Chris Gill dropping heat and chatting with some of the artists from our great new compilation. Chris Gill on RRR

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