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Hard News: Friday Music: An Outstanding Evening

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  • Dave Patrick,

    I am SO not the target market for hip hop, but I always have loved "In the Neighbourhood" - it could only have been made in South Auckland.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 261 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    I'm not the target market for hip hop nor pop, but Royals deserved its win so so very much and In the Neighbourhood is one of the great NZ songs FACT

    on top of that outburst I'm loving I Spy - if anyone has the opportunity to see Estere and Lola (her MPC) perform do it - so endearing and smile inducingly good

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I've just added Nick Bollinger's Audioculture article on Dave Dobbyn to the main post. Those first two paragraphs are just great.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    From the gluten-free aisle:

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2932 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    To get your party started early... For those people nostalgic for those hardcore and garage days of the early 90s filled with badbwoys and gunshots;

    https://soundcloud.com/sinden/badboy-sinden-gunshot-rub

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    For anyone who wants to check actual rap lyric trends you can use the RapGeniuus site mentioned by Russell to do that

    check out lawyers, guns, money on rap genuis or any other set of words for your amusement or serious research

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Aw. AW. I got kinda teary there at "In the Neighbourhood" myself. How lovely.

    And since you mentioned the staging for Beyonce - I attended her show on Wednesday and HOLY CRAP. That was the absolute maddest bloody thing I've ever seen in my life. She changed costume about 748 times in an hour and a half! There were TWO short films in which she humourlessly referenced Marie Antoinette! A wind machine followed her everywhere she went in order to make her hair blow billowingly about! She showed HER OWN PEPSI AD to us before the show started! I spent most of the show laughing out loud at the wackiness and grandiosity. She isn't a recognisable human being anymore. Also, she is quite possibly the fittest person I've ever seen in my life in order to maintain that level of activity AND sing so beltingly. It's a pity that her solo catalogue doesn't actually contain that many great songs. Although this peppy 80s throwback is my current favourite:

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    ... he makes Jesus sound like a great guy.

    No that would be his sense of humour And as you seem to know he upbringing its hardly a stretch to figure out why he became a born again.
    His brother is a priest/ missionary. Upbringing affects a lot.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    Jean Grae, the South African/American MC has written a lovely tribute to her late mother, South African musician, Sathima Bea Benjamin (including a nice link to one of Sathima's songs at the end of the post.)

    Grae has also put up a new track of her own, titled FUCKERY LEVEL 3000, for free or for bucks as you like on Bandcamp:

    http://jeangrae.bandcamp.com/track/fuckery-level-3000

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    I got kinda teary there at "In the Neighbourhood" myself

    Same. What an awesome moment.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    Definitely the best awards evening I have been to. So many genuinely moving moments.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Definitely the best awards evening I have been to. So many genuinely moving moments.

    Yes. Your song totally deserved to be part of it, too.

    Sorry I cut out on our conversation at the after-party. I had become justfiably anxious about the work I needed to do the next day. (Which, incidentally, went very well in the end.)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Agree Samuel. Great to talk with you too.

    I've been to god knows how many of these sorts of things and it really was the best I think - although Russell and I were getting misty eyed about the one at the Powerstation circa 1990/91 where they decided not to feed us until AFTER the ceremony. At least two winners had to be helped to the podium.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to andin,

    No that would be his sense of humour

    Not just that. He speaks of his Saviour as someone you wouldn't mind meeting. I often think that if all Christians were like Dave, it would be a different, and better, world.

    And as you seem to know he upbringing its hardly a stretch to figure out why he became a born again.
    His brother is a priest/ missionary. Upbringing affects a lot.

    Oh, of course. But he went the long way there :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    although Russell and I were getting misty eyed about the one at the Powerstation circa 1990/91 where they decided not to feed us until AFTER the ceremony. At least two winners had to be helped to the podium.

    I'm not sure if "misty-eyed" is quite the right phrase. More "crying with laughter".

    A special moment on that evening was Greg Johnson beginning his acceptance speech with the words "Fuck I'm pissed!"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Though that may have been his standard greeting at the time. #cheers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Sundae,

    Side issue here, but what's the deal, APRA or Apra? APRA and I are the former and you and Russell Baillie the latter.

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Hugh Sundae,

    It's either way I think Hugh. I use APRA as does AudioCulture because a) they stand for words and b) their site does http://www.apra-amcos.co.nz/about/about-apraamcos.aspx

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Australasian Performing Rights Association. Yep, APRA. Outstanding show. Loved it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    He's funny, generous and he makes Jesus sound like a great guy.

    Did you know Dave Dobbyn is the headliner at the upcoming Parachute? It oddly appeals to me!

    I was really touched by Don McGlashan's comments about the positive impact that "Royals" had on him - that he helped silence his inner critic, the voice that would say, "Nah, that'll never chart."

    And Sisters Underground were brilliant. Most news media reports omitted the performance, probably because they were filed right after "Royals" won, but for me it was one of the highlights of the evening. It's amazing to think that two teen girls could put out a song mentioning assault rifles and filthy hot June days and have it become a beloved anthem of New Zealand. That's the magic.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hugh Sundae,

    Side issue here, but what’s the deal, APRA or Apra? APRA and I are the former and you and Russell Baillie the latter.

    The Listener stylebook (and very probably the Herald's) says that if the acronym is commonly pronounced as a word, it has the initial capital only, It can take a while for that status to be established: note the transition from AIDS to Aids, the ACT party to Act.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Oh yeah, who remembers TV2's Friday night music video show "CV", which screened in 1989? It was about two hours long and had rather eclectic choices in music videos. (I loved it and it help shape my adult tastes in music.)

    Anyway, I found that the Film Archive had listed the programme line-ups for the two episodes they have in their archive, so I've turned those line-ups into YouTube playlists.

    So, if you feel like a trip back to music television from 1989 check out episode 1 and/or episode 15. Contains the good, the bad, the Milli Vanilli.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Did you know Dave Dobbyn is the headliner at the upcoming Parachute? It oddly appeals to me!

    I like that artists who have established a reputation in the real world (Elemenop, Great North) play Parachute. Kids get to hear better music that way.

    And I gather they're a useful presence in the discussion forum parts of the festival. I'm told of an occasion when Dave from Elemenop really put some bigoted young believers in their place.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It can take a while for that status to be established: note the transition from AIDS to Aids, the ACT party to Act.

    Yet ACT itself still use all-caps for their name. The best advice for this situation - pick a style and stick with it.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Brown, in reply to Russell Brown,

    So it’s Us. And Uk. Cool.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 137 posts Report Reply

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