The Base Guide To Everything

Welcome to our weekly feature where we round up our favourite articles/videos/music from around the internet this week and let you know our picks for things happening in the city this weekend:

Make sure you check out our NZ Music Month special, 20 Essential NZ Albums. We’ve picked the local albums that helped define Base FM’s sound and will add more to it every week for the whole month of May.

One of our favourite Sunday morning hangover cures is lying in bed, scrolling through Ra Pomare’s Instagram feed and watching his photo booth music video homages and Māori tutorials on a happy loop.

This week the news of another untimely death, this time that of Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur, hit the internet. In response, Fader published an interesting piece about collective grief and how we mourn the death of public figures in the age of the internet.

Need some affirmation for your weekend? This good soul has made a supercut of every time Drake says “Yeah” on ‘Views’.

Need some IG inspiration? Check out the 10 best submissions for this week’s #FotoMobile over at Fotographia’s beautiful photography site.

And if that wets your appetite for some more serious photography, then you need to see this series of striking photos taken of animals ‘returning’ to their once natural habitats but now destroyed lands.

Robert Glasper has just released a third track from his forthcoming Miles Davis tribute ‘Everything’s Beautiful’. “I’m Leaving You,” samples just a lone vocal line grabbed from Miles’ Jack Johnson sessions and featured contributions from Ledisi, as well as John Scofield.

DJ Shadow is due to release his first album in 5 years,  and has just released the title track, The Mountain Will Fall, as a music video.

If you remember the funky as hell 2008 cover of 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P by Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band then you’ll be excited to hear brand new Brooklyn record label Big Crown Records is releasing the band’s first full length today. 

Read “The Bishop Of Hiphop” Adisa Banjoko’s open letter to Universal Zulu Nation explaining his decision to leave the Nation.

 

GIG GUIDE:

Fresh Gallery in Otara kicked off a month of 10 year anniversary celebrations last night but they have other events this weekend and coming up this month that are worth checking out.

Average Rap Band are finally releasing a full length and celebrating that feat with an album launch party at Neck of The Woods on Saturday night.

Also on Saturday, The Upbeats are set to fill The Studio with a whole lot of good party noise as part of their worldwide De-Evolution Tour.

The first Saturday of May is recognised as J Day around the world. Norml have a list of events happening around the country this weekend, including at Albert Park here in Auckland.

Selector Clothing is organising a Slow Fashion Awareness Evening  at their studio/boutique in the Grey Lynn shops on Friday night.

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