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Hard News: Believe the Hype

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    Thank you for the VU boot link!!

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Common,

    As an unashamed Bruce Sterling fan boy I for one almost wet myself when I saw he was coming for Webstock...

    Thats all...

    Except maybe, have a good christmas and new years all..

    Scott

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Hey that's a swanky google spreadsheet ya got there!
    Cheers for the Ronson/Alley version of Womanizer, very nice. And can I recommend the Chew Fu version of Love Lockdown. Tis also nice in a way that actually makes the bloody vocoder sound appropriate...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hey that's a swanky google spreadsheet ya got there!

    I cannot lie, Hadyn is the Google Docs ninja.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    I cannot lie, Hadyn is the Google Docs ninja.

    Sneaks unbeknownest into you compound at night, collaborates your spreadsheet and leaves? That's one pointlessly excellent ninja...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    On the MGMT tip, I can heartily recommend the Justice remix of 'Electric Feel', that joint is saturated!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Curtis,

    Did Holmes jump or was he pushed.

    After all Larry King was born in 1933 and doesnt mention retirement- Holmes being born in1950-

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    You're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll, Mr Brown.

    I approve.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, I meant to put this in the post. Likke Li and Bon Iver busking 'Dance Dance Dance' in a park in LA:

    That's so cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    wow that Likke Li - Bon Ivor busk is really cool ... the Beirut gig late summer this year at the KA or (kingys) as the kids call it, sort of had a similar feel . A little over sold, but pretty cool all the same, a really folky quite fragile performance - one of my fav gigs of the year .Any other favourite 2008 gigs ?

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I have done my duty and voted for Word of the Year--but what happened to "going forward"?

    Russell--can you slip Portishead 3 into your list?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2558 posts Report Reply

  • James Liddell,

    Any other favourite 2008 gigs ?

    Phoenix Foundation at Frank Kitts Park in Feb. Fantastic gig.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    but what happened to "going forward"?

    Pedantically speaking, isn't that a phrase? Along with "Nanny State", "Yes We Can", "Hockey Mom" etc..

    Should they get the dash treatment to make them hyphenated words?
    "Nanny-state", "Hockey-mom"?

    I went to a conference in 2007 and heard a speaker use "Going Forward" 27 times (I still have the tally mark sheet if you want proof) in a 15 minute presentation.
    I'd disqualify it on temporal grounds...

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    fave gig: first Sharon Jones and the Dapkings soulfest at Womad.

    closely followed by seeing Gil Scott Heron in Nu Yoik.

    shazam.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    closely followed by seeing Gil Scott Heron in Nu Yoik.

    Now that's just showing off. :-)

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    heh, play 'em if you got 'em I say.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    There's a good interview with Big Day Out promoter Ken West on Stuff.

    I liked this bit:

    American punk band Good Charlotte recently complained publicly about being repeatedly left out of the tour.

    West has a simple explanation for it: "That's because they're shit. They're at the bottom end of the table, they're purely entertainment."

    They're part of a string of bands he calls "American bullshit punk", coming thick and fast out of that country.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    was really disappointed that PA mainstay 'conflate' wasn't on the list.


    Russell, watched this other night, couldn't help but find a striking similarities between this man and you

    http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=EqP3wT5lpa4

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    __There's a good interview with Big Day Out promoter Ken West on Stuff.

    I liked this bit:__

    American punk band Good Charlotte recently complained publicly about being repeatedly left out of the tour.

    West has a simple explanation for it: "That's because they're shit. They're at the bottom end of the table, they're purely entertainment."

    They're part of a string of bands he calls "American bullshit punk", coming thick and fast out of that country.

    Seems like an eminently sensible bloke....

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    Phoenix Foundation at Auckland Zoo, Shapeshifter at Summerset in Welli, Wilco at the Bruce Mason.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 262 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    They're part of a string of bands he calls "American bullshit punk", coming thick and fast out of that country.

    There was a term in the 90s, "punk cabaret". Examples: Green Day, The Presidents of the United States.
    I remember driving by the Sydney Showground one night and noticing more SUVs than I'd ever seen in my life. Every one had a parent behind the wheel, waiting to pick the kids up from the Presidents' Hordern Pavilion show.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • James Liddell,

    There was a term in the 90s, "punk cabaret". Examples: Green Day, The Presidents of the United States.

    I thought "punk cabaret" was this duo.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Good call James, incidentally Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer's solo album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" was one of my year's best ofs (love her web site too

    And I am with you on Hype machine Russell, it is my go to of the year.

    My musical shoutouts (admittedly with a bit of an 80s electro-influence focus and hell it's been a great year for that): Friendly Fires, Boy Crisis, Emmy the Great, TV on the Radio, Passion Pit, La Roux, Little Boots, Santogold, Neon Neon, Candy Coated Killahz, Black Affair, Ladyhawke, Girl Talk, Death Cab for Cutie, Guillemots, Richard Hawley, Dethklok (the best music from a cartoon band ever, it sh*ts all over Metallica) ...

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Dear kebabette

    Though a Stranger to me, I think I officially hate you. Not sure though, but I don't think I have time for this

    Love mark

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Malcolm Ibell,

    Can I add Teddy Thompson's A Piece Of What You Need to the list?

    It's my album of 2008 - full of wry, sometimes self deprecating, thoughtful songwriting. The title track alone is worth the price of admission - with lyrics like:

    ... Drop dead gorgeous teen
    Singing pages from her diary
    So bad, you'd kick her out of bed ...

    Then later on, a fantastic OTT camp horn line, courtesy of Marius de Vries.

    Just. Brilliant.

    There's a hidden track on the CD too, a great Everly Bros' cover which doesn't seem to be available via any download services - it's one of those 12 minutes of silence after the last track, give you a helluva fright when it suddenly appears kinda hidden.

    Oh, and the website has streaming audio for every track - well, except the hidden one (flash dependent though - sorry all you flash haters).

    Deepest Sandringham • Since Nov 2008 • 49 posts Report Reply

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