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Hard News: Friday Music: I'm Over The Edge

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  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Some more Lesley Maclean / Flying Nun gems, heading out to find their place in world:
    Builders poster and Tuatara/ LBGP posters.

    ps: Simon – I’ll send all these digital images up to you for Audioculture as well.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Some more Lesley Maclean / Flying Nun gems, heading out to find their place in world:

    Aren't they gorgeous? We actually have that Builders poster, but I never knew it was Lesley's work.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Renee Jones,

    ...is that a gum in your pocket?

    I’ve had the chewing gum experience at the Town Hall too, prior to the Pavement show, pretty insulting really.

    Getting gum off the pavement is always a problem...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • Renee Jones, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ah, chew got me there :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    ...a tidied up linocut Toy Love flyer - complete with Androidss spelling mistake!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Sticky fingers?

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

  • Ray Gilbert,

    I only had the prividge of seeing The Skeptics live once. Last concert, just back in Auckland after a few years down south, right up the front of the stage of The Gluepot. Still one of my favourite all time gigs and at the time I had no idea of the significance of the performance. So seeing the movie last weekend with the same friend who I went ot the last concert with was a great way to make nearly 25 years seem like a much shorter time.

    Accidentally ordering the 16% stout at Brothers Beer just before the concert also helped the evening start off on the right foot as well!

    Since Nov 2006 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    probably says a lot about my states on the other nights, but my strongest Skeptics memory was the first time I saw them; at the Windsor with Unrestful Movements - very early doors for them and not much of a crowd.
    missed the film - bloody kids - but does Blue feature? always been my fave.

    and a general question to the people. has anyone tried cleaning records with pva?
    I was one of those who rushed out to grab the great unwashed double 7'' in the plastic sleeve which subsequently rendered them unplayable. just wondering if pva might do the trick.

    and hoping to get down to raquet bar tonight russell. just the small matter of a double leaving do first. hic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth,

    Like others, I found Sheen of Gold to be a moving experience. It was a reminder of just what an extraordinary band the Skeptics were as well as creating the profound "ache" of nostalgia; long-forgotten memories of lost friends and lost youth came flooding through my mind. I feel so privileged that I was able to see them play live.

    Highlights for me was when the title track played about two-thirds of the way through the film; the tension building up in that wall-of-sound in the first 60 seconds then released in those funky off-beat loops. You could hear an audible release of breath from the audience when the track concluded. Also the closing sequence of Mamouth being played live at the Gluepot in their last-ever performance; a beautiful poignant song with David D'ath giving all he has to give, knowing that he only has weeks left to live; gosh that brought a lump to my throat.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    Ditto for Vectra arena security at times.
    Fkwit security guys marching earnestly though a thick crowd of chillin folk at Neil Young to track
    down "the joint smoker" ..... ffs whatever. Leave us/ them alone. That never, just never ever used to happen anywhere back in even recent times --- wtf ?
    As to James Blake ...sure aint my tea, but hey.

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Getting gum off the pavement is always a problem…
    ;- )

    When I was 3 years old me and a small friend used to wander up and down Leamington Rd (a back street of Mt Eden) looking for chewing gum fresh enough to pick off the pavement. I still remember the grittiness of it in my little teeth.

    But some gum was too embedded and you couldn’t pick off enough to chew, so yep, def'nitely a problem.

    I think next time there’s a concert there someone should go along the queue handing out free gum to everyone who agrees to chew it immediately. Then security can freak out searching everyone’s pockets for gum, and not finding any.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Bonus points for sticking some on the security goons

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19728 posts Report Reply

  • Bella,

    James Blake was absolutely straight up in-cre-di-ble at Primavera in Barcelona, this year. It was an outdoor stage but I was only maybe 25m from the front and the bass just rippled through me. The size of the sound system was ridiculous. I would love to see him in a venue like the Town Hall, though, imagine it'd feel different in an enclosed space.

    Mexico City • Since May 2010 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    The exploding plastic inevitable...

    I was one of those who rushed out to grab the great unwashed double 7’’ in the plastic sleeve which subsequently rendered them unplayable.

    Snap!
    Hah! I was just this week trying soapy water on my copies, to no avail!
    I blame bloody Hamish, I remember visiting the High Street Flying Nun office* when it was set up as a production house for these...
    But they do play - just sounds a bit like Dimmer with all the clicks and hisses...


    *None of the buildings Flying Nun had offices in in Chchch still exist, and only one of Roger's flats (the same one as in the Dance Exponents' Victoria video - opp the Dux).

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    I should probably check my copy - it's probably sat unplayed for a good 10 years or more, but last time I played it, it cleaned up OK. Was always a mission getting them out of the plastic sleeves though.......

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

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It does seem like security could do with going to some courses on hospitality.

    I've known a few people who've worked for security firms, and I had some very mild and tangential involvement myself in a past life. It very much depends on how much you're willing to pay and what firm you hire.

    A lot of festival security tends to be outsourced to a security company who make up the necessary numbers on top of any regulars by hiring minimum wage goons and bussing them in for the day with minimal training. Them and the regulars work all day and into the evening with minimal or non-existent breaks. The result is as you would expect.

    I would guess venue security is going the same way. In the UK at least, the better door firms will be accredited and certified to certain standards (there's even a kitemark: BS7960:1999, since you didn't ask). However, training and keeping up the permanent numbers costs, and I assume that a lot of firms are using undertrained temps on an as-and-when basis.

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

  • Stupid,

    It must be remembered that the GORDONS was John's band, BAILTERSPACE is Alister's band.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Stupid,

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    It must be remembered that the GORDONS was John’s band, BAILTERSPACE is Alister’s band.

    Bailterspace – John, Alister and Brent – at the King’s Arms in February 2013 … righto, going to listen to that new / old track now.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Ah, good.Karim has opened up that Jestofunk edit to the public.

    It's here.

    Proper funky house.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Aotearoan,

    'Sheen of Gold" was excellent for it's gentle chronology & the depictions of just how that beautiful/ugly noise was created. Good on those hoarders of 1970s-80s electronics.
    I think John Halvorsen's emotionally honest comments and sly humour along with his wonderful bass playing made the movie for me.
    Saw folks in the crowd I haven't seen for 20 years...weathering well.

    Northland • Since Jan 2011 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Continuing the recent Lorde-a-palooza, she's just done an in-studio for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic::

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yes please Ian :)

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

  • Simon Grigg,

    One for me and Simon Grigg. An acid classic nicely reworked

    Ohhh, just spotted this. Nice (and saved...)

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

  • Hebe, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Unrestful Movements

    Were they a Wellington band? The name has set brain cogs whirring with no result.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Pete, in reply to Hebe,

    Wellington punk band early 80's
    Single "Anti-Trend" got some play

    Since Apr 2008 • 106 posts Report Reply

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