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Hard News: Friday Music: Buying Cool

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    Maybe they'll create low-latency wireless DJ headphones. I don't think these exist, but I once looked at how you could (basically, use hardware for the whole data path).

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

  • Ken Double,

    Tech stock purchases always send pundits into an entrail reading frenzy where so-and-so's paying moonbeams for such-and-such signals a move into whatever-the-fuck so they can corner the market in people annoying each other with stupid pictures or something. But Beats - crappy headphones or no - is a real business. With, like, turnover. Over a billion a year. They make stuff and it sells for money. How they can hold their heads up in Silicon Valley I have no idea.

    (Speaking of headphones, I've just discovered Grado. They make you look like a radio ham and they leak like Edward Snowden so don't bother leaving the house, but they're amazing. Serious hi fi for $160. You will hear things you didn't hear before.)

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    15 years for Arch Hill. Smart work, that man Ben. Inspirational.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Doprah playing for the Herald’s Sundae Sessions at Roundhead Studios

    Was a great little session. Hugh hopping around on crutches was a lot more comedic than it possibly should have been.

    Dedicated to his craft, that man.

    Have a number of other photos, which will post when work out where to put them.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Ar Chills...

    The Chills play a rare Auckland gig at Juice Bar in Parnell

    not to mention Chchch at ch-ch-ch-Churchills
    in Sydenham this Sunday, June 1st
    and Dunedin Re Fuel Friday 6th

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ken Double,

    ...and they leak like Edward Snowden

    <applause...>
    Award that man the
    Sibyl Ince Silver Sieve Salver

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Award that man the
    Sibyl Ince Silver Sieve Salver

    It's all down to my new Adobe Meta 4.0 predictive analogy generator.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    15 years for Arch Hill. Smart work, that man Ben. Inspirational.

    He's a good man.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Let's have a moment of silence for The Corner, the rather good New Zealand music blog that's closing after a quality five years. The Corner did a lot of good things, including the annual Awesome Feeling series. It's sad The Corner is closing, but in a way it's better to go out on top than to suffer a decline like the beloved NZmusic.com did a decade prior. #boohoo

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I also see that the Jordan Luck Band play the Speights Ale House in Ferrymead on Saturday night
    meanwhile through the hole in the hill
    there’s Barry Saunders with Lindon Puffin and Matt Langley at The Wunderbar Lyttelton
    could be a night in a million…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    And across town on the same night (I’m telling myself I can do both), The Chills play a rare Auckland gig at Juice Bar in Parnell (the old Windsor Castle).

    As Ian pointed out, playing in Chch too. In one of my rare forays to the north in the 80s, I recall seeing the Chills at the 'old Windsor Castle' in May 1985. It must have been May 10 going by the amount of YouTube footage from that night. Here, they perform one of my all time live favs, Juicy Creaming Soda

    Support was by the Alpaca Brothers, here with Hey Man

    The YouTube credits show the recordings were by 'Bob Sutton on a Panasonic video camera'. I haven't heard of Bob but no doubt other readers have? It was a great night, all for the price of $6 or thereabouts.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Went to Matthew Bannister's The Changing Same last night at Biddy Mulligan's. Pretty damn good. Less so was the brattish preceding act Pink Batts. Their songs were mercifully short--one voice from the crowd called out "can you play anything longer than 30 seconds?"

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Instead of music it will be a bunch of documentaries this weekend for me...

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    seeing the Ebert doco?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    I was glad to see a few people out for Race Banyon this morning at Alleluya. It's been my near-daily morning port of call for about 3 months (after a job move to K Rd), so I've seen the last 3 or 4 bFM Breakfast Clubs. When you subtract the bFM staffers and the artists themselves, there's not many folk dragging their sorry asses out of bed to see some great live music. Eli Driftwood last month was fantastic.

    (I was going to pop over and say hi Russell, but I was technically having a meeting. Next time!).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 262 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sacha,

    'fer sure ... and Take Me To the River. Music + film--the very best combination.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Johnston,

    ... human-curated music discovery service

    Hey they could have saved a couple of billion and bought this blog! I mean seriously, are Jimmy Iovine's ears worth that much?

    Thanks though RB for coming out to see the other RB this morning - and we'll get that rider sorted ASAP...

    Wellington • Since Sep 2013 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

    Hi Russell, thanks for mentioning my doco. That wasnt the first public screening tho - it was broadcast on Max TV and Triangle TV in 1996, and also screened at the Wellington Fringe Film Festival that year. So, lets say first public screening this century

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Buying cool…. cheep!
    a sorbet for the twitter generation
    solace to the senses,

    birds
    by condensations*
    pay as you like:

    single microphone environmental recordings, condensed.
    Six pieces draw from three single microphone recordings:
    * A bellbird at dusk in Gore Bay, 30” recording, 7pm 30-09-13
    * Water birds on the Estuary at dawn, one hour recording, Kibblewhite Street, South Brighton, 5-6am, 22 -09-13.
    * Backyard at dawn, one hour recording, Oram Ave, New Brighton, 5-6am, 31-12-13.
    Each recording has been sliced, compiled and played concurrently into pieces of four minutes and thirty seconds duration with minimal editing, technical intervention or processing.

    I love these …
    great in the car – soothing, calming…
    while you are working, on repeat…

    forget Morning Report’s paltry Bird of the Day
    have a whole Morning Chorus!.
    condensed…

    if the birds are singing
    things are going well
    relax…

    no canopy panoply cacocophony these …
    - condensations of avian communications
    notes, a full bush orchestra…
    That Bellbird is working it out…

    a slice of slices
    space and all

    aural companions to the visual condensations
    Looking South
    (be sure to full screen these, dim the lights, turn up the sound, lose yourself, briefly...)

    I reckon ya have to be careful not to wander off into those dunes, they’re very relaxing, white noise…

    and the darker Looking North


    *Condensations is a division of Blair Parkes
    other divisions include the forthcoming Range LP Henry Rivers and Saturations

    do check out some of the art while you are on site.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Mark Easterbrook,

    dragging their sorry asses out of bed

    not sad to be still snoozing and toasty, I'll wager

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    low-latency wireless DJ headphones

    got em. AptX bluetooth codec is the trick. Probably other options on the way. And Apple would be well-placed to use their short-range bluetooth expertise along those lines.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ken Double,

    I've just discovered Grado. They make you look like a radio ham

    Verily, a mate swears by em. Well old-fashioned.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ken Double,

    Sssshh!

    ...my new Adobe Meta 4.0 predictive analogy generator

    Sssshh!
    Everyone will want one.

    Give 'em enough trope...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

    No played at the NZ showcase at SXSW last year. Brad Carter's previous LA band, Pistol Youth, scored around $70k of NZOA funding.

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I love these …
    great in the car – soothing, calming…
    while you are working, on repeat…
    forget Morning Report’s paltry Bird of the Day

    Talking books in the car, Bill Bryson, brief history of almost everything, rinse repeat until second nature.....
    Then put on some music that sounds like....

    ...my new Adobe Meta 4.0 predictive analogy generator

    Then vote Internet Party...
    I feel the '60s coming back....

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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