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Hard News: Friday Music: Iggy at the Royal Albert Hall and all

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  • Peter Darlington,

    This discussion of sound goodness probably needs a revisit to Mr Scruff's masterclass on setting up your club night. Beautiful stuff front to back.


    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report

  • Graham Dunster,

    The Jim Jarmusch documentary on the Stooges just screened at Cannes is getting good reviews and will doubtless be a must see when we mortals are allowed to watch it! http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7378132/iggy-pop-jim-jarmusch-stooges-documentary-gimme-danger-cannes

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report

  • Alan Perrott,

    here’s hoping we get to see Iggy just one more time before he finally puts his shirt on and despite some musical misgivings I’ll happily nominate Josh as a contender for coolest living dude, he’s bottled rock star and no mistake.

    also pleased to see Tolkin is happy to go against the flow on the big issues: “…Donald Trump sitting there watching TV. He stood up and introduced himself. He’s a tall guy. His hands are THICK and UNUSUALLY LARGE.”

    as for music, I’d like to share a few recent scores…

    From Scott Towers hand-me-downs I got myself a mighty bootlegged 12’’ banger from Ravi Shankar’s nephew, Anandar:

    plus a groovy Gladys Knight take on Shirley Ellis’ Nitty Gritty:

    and had the chance for a quick dig and run at Slowboat last week and uncovered this splendid piece of popcorn for cheep:

    as for the Canons, I’m meeting up with some old mates tonight and we’ll do our best to ignore the whole thing. Best of luck Russell but.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the free stooges…

    His bung hip starts to trouble him soon enough. He has an old man’s body.

    ‘oo knew Iggy would be getting into ’hip op’ at this late stage?

    He never said…

    ;- )

    He’s a Smart man that James Newell Osterberg jr, I never realised how much Iggy was a role – this John Peel Lecture gives you a sense of the man

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    The most distinctive sound system in this town is, I think, Jafa Mafia's prized 12k valve rig. It really does sound warm to to me. Proper sound system vibe.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Nik Dirga,

    Great Iggy footage, and the new album is a keeper. I've been listening to Iggy a lot lately which kind of scares me because I was also doing the same thing a lot to Bowie and Prince pre-posthumously earlier this year... Stay healthy Iggy.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 26 posts Report

  • nzlemming,

    This short Red BullMusic Academy documentary finds Rosner in good form still.


    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • Ben Austin,

    I was sad to miss that concert, but unfortunately the tickets were snapped up long before I realised they were on sale, which is probably true for most of the European tour at this point, excepting festivals.

    If you haven't already come across it, Iggy does a BBC Radio 6 show Friday nights from 7PM through to 9PM. It is well worth listening to, if you are able to use the iplayer.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report

  • Eediot,

    Hey, congratulations on the Canon win last night! Long overdue IMHO.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 51 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Eediot,

    congratulations on the Canon win last night!

    Ditto - and no whales in sight as well!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,


    The King is dead!
    Designer David King has died, aged 74.
    and also noted in the NY Times
    remembered for his Hendrix and Who covers as well as Arthur Brown – he helped redesign The UK Sunday Times and did posters for Rock against Racism and anti-Nazi causes – he also amassed a huge collection of soviet propaganda art.
    Long live the King's work...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    1977 British talkfest on Punk!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I found this site fascinating
    exploring the DNA of music
    like: http://www.whosampled.com/cover/31052/A-Certain-Ratio-Shack-Up-Banbarra-Shack-Up/
    which shows who covered what songs
    and who sampled what tracks

    Washington’s Banbarra in 1975

    covered by A Certain Ratio

    (I always thought it was an ACR song…)
    drums sampled in de la soul’s ‘The Magic Number’

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Washington’s Banbarra in 1975

    I only heard this a couple of years ago and thought "a funky disco cover of ACR's 'ShackUp'?"

    There's a whole story to it:

    Practically everybody who punched a James Brown or Sly & the Family Stone loop into an SP-1200 knew not only what but who they were working with. Yet sometimes the greatest, most widespread breaks are shrouded in inexplicable mystery, with fluke hits turned into important building blocks for other songs.

    And break suppliers rarely came more anonymous than Banbarra.
    Banbarra’s entire discography can be summed up in exactly one 7-inch, 1975’s two-parter “Shack Up,” released on United Artists under the auspices of one “Coyote Productions Inc.” But no matter what trail you follow, any further info on this group gets cold pretty fast.

    Co-producer and guitarist Lance Quinn is a notable figure – a session player on some of 1975’s most popular disco LPs (Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye and Experience in particular), and later joining Tony Bongiovi to co-produce albums like Talking Heads: 77, Can’t Stand the Rezillos and the first Bon Jovi LP. Management and publishing firm Coyote had a hand in one other release of note – Iron Butterfly’s 1975 career-twilight LP Sun and Steel – while the firm’s principal, Len Sachs, shows up in stray Billboard articles as a pull-quote presence in marketing articles and not much else. (Even his 1999 Billboard obituary lists him as “unknown age.”)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    ‘The Passenger’ is just joyous

    Far out, he's still got the lungs. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Russell Brown,

    ha, I'm the other way round - ACR were one of those bands that kinda passed me by at the time.
    an arsekicker either way but.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the machines are revolting...
    Hey folks - Woosh has a big problem it seems - error message says 'license expired' - they have no managers in NZ (made redundant a month ago) leaving 5 people here to 'run' things and the Canadian owners website, Craig Wireless, loops back to Woosh in a catch 22. M2 in Australia is connected somehow as well - oh I seee they were taken over by Vocus...
    Meanwhile I can't access my emails and I'm not confident I will ever be able to again - bloody technology!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    as you were - Woosh seems to be back up again
    But I think I'll be shopping around for a provider that doesn't realise it had a problem at the weekend until someone shows up at work on monday.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

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