Hard News by Russell Brown


Friday is for all the things

This week's Media7 chat with It's In the Bag producer and director Libby Hakaraia and Tainui Stephens is online here. It was one of those discussions that could have happily have gone on for an hour, so engaging were they.

I'm going to be popping up to Whangarei for the recording of the grand final tomorrow, and I'm really rather looking forward to that.


So, rather than working over the weekend, I'll be spending most of the rest of today in prep for next Wednesday's Mind Reading? event at Auckland Museum. I'm the MC, Associate Professor Brett Cowan and Dr Donna Rose Addis are the experts, and we'll be looking at what a Functional MRI scan of the brain can really tell us about what a subject is thinking, via live analysis: does a genuine memory look obviously different to an invented one?

The event runs from 7pm to 8.30 (I'll be whisked up the hill from theMedia7 recording -- I daresay in some sort of glamorous luxury vehicle, or at least a taxi) and you can buy $10 tickets here.


I was most flattered to be invited on to the judging panel for the 2012 Taite Music Prize (finalists here). Extra bonus for judging purposes: a copy of the Beastwars album on vinyl. The cover immediately attracted the attention of the young men in the house, and thus the digital version was purchased on Bandcamp and employed last night as accompaniment to the slaughter of many pixel-based aliens.


My tastes in alt-ish country music are fairly limited (although I am greatly looking forward to again seeing Lucinda Williams play in Auckland), but I have been greatly taken with First Aid Kit and their new album The Lion's Roar. Here is the title track:

Would you have guessed that they are Swedish?


On a completely different tip, I kinda can't stop playing this big, warm, dubstep remix by Montreal producers Love Thy Brother of  'Youth' from the new EP by English folkie Daughter (it takes so long to type the names of records these days!)

And waddaya know, I check the Hype Machine this morning and the same duo have worked some heavy science on Lana Del Rey's 'Radio':

After a billion remixes of 'Video Games', 'Blue Jeans' and 'Born to Die', I'd been hanging out for a take on 'Radio'. They explain: "With this track we wanted to combine two things that people love and hate on more than anything on this planet:  Lana Del Rey & Dubstep." Heh.

Meanwhile, in how-much-more-meta-can-you-get news, neo-soul singer Novel samples 'Video Games' and reimagines it from the point of view of Lana's slacker boyfriend. It's actually pretty cool.


More neo-soul, from LA's Electric Guest:

More tracks, downloads etc, via Hypem.


And finally, a couple of nice edits from Soundcloud. Leftside Wobble reworks Grace Jones' 'Walking in the Rain':

And a light touch on the Yoko Ono classic:

Righto. To work. Your turn ...

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