Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Friday Music: Festival Furores

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to George Darroch,

    James Murphy should be the next Doctor.

    Brilliant.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Evolution of 'Get Lucky'

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Hey Russell, comment spam on a few posts from LouiseLilly

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2934 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    Hey Russell, comment spam on a few posts from LouiseLilly

    Thanks. All nice and banned now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    From Paste Magazine Top 50 Albums of the Year:

    25. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
    Unlike the Frankenstein approach Ruban Nielson employed on the debut—which sounded like a depository for all of the music and pop culture he absorbed as a kid—there’s more consistent musical plasma coursing through the veins of II. That’s not to say there’s not an alien green hue to it as Nielson still taps into future sounds to convey his love for the past. Guitars are more prominent this time around in the form of fuzzed-out strums and more controlled, slinky patterns. “Monki” sounds like Prince partying like it’s 2099, and “No Need For a Leader” takes ’70s arena rock on a rocket to Mars. Themes of isolation—whether chosen or not—become more clear with each listen.—Mark Lore

    Lorde is at #36. Should post thais too.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    36. Lorde – Pure Heroine
    A 16-year old girl not looking to twerk, whine or sugarshock? Meet Ella Yelich-O’Connor, who emerges as a distaff Holden Caulfield, by employing a sangfroid that punches through an acquisitional society which measures worth by a flauntatiousness divorced from meaning. “Royals,” the summer’s surprise lo-fi trance-ish alternative No. 1, finds Lorde ironically checking rap/video staples. She merges Lana Del Ray’s flat affect, Queen-evoking curtains of disembodied vocals and Massive Attack’s electronica over an anything but fizzy electro-pop. Superficiality falls beneath her razor-scrawled lyrics, which skewer the sexualization of violence (“Glory and Gore”), the willfully blissfully unaware (“Buzzcut Season”) and the unattainability/desirability of faux perfection (“White Teeth Teens”). For Lorde, youth is both the ultimate revenge and burden. To know so much, to feel so little and to embrace what is, she illuminates being young, gifted and bored with a luminescence that suggests life beyond Louis Vuitton.—Holly Gleason

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I was out last night when there was supposed to be an announcement about BDO 2014 replacements for Blur. Haven't seen any news about it. Anyone know?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

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