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Hard News: Friday Music: Silver and Gold

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    The Randa track ‘Rangers’ is pretty fantastic. That would be on my list for the year.

    Amen to that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Reg Bloor,

    1981 was a full bodied year for everything New Zealand, it had all from politics to music.

    Hell yes. 1981 in NZ was a bit like 1968 in America or France politically.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Goody,

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    In case anyone is interested, Fire have posted pictures of the upcoming Jean-Paul Sartre Experience reissues. Bit of a Warhol vibe with the cover art. Bleeding Star will be on vinyl for the first time. I think the I Like Rain comp will include the early 4-track stuff but not confirmed.

    Take a look at their instagram for the pictures

    Toronto • Since Mar 2015 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Ross McA., in reply to Matthew Goody,

    I Like Rain

    I remember going round to Dave Mulcahy's place and helping to screen print the covers for the I Like Rain Single. DIY!

    Since Mar 2010 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Sam Bradford,

    The young people don't write political songs anymore...
    ...or maybe, just maybe, you don't hear about them because some things haven't changed that much since 1981
    Getting Paid

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2014 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    ETA: Oh right, I didn’t read the comments. Wilco has already been listed.

    New CHVRCHES also.

    https://soundcloud.com/chvrches/chvrches-leave-a-trace

    Loving the Tame Impala too. ‘Nangs!’

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    who are the ignored artists of 2015 who will end up as beloved icons of NZ music in 2050.

    Isn't that what "hall of fame" nominations are supposed to be about? Not strictly "oops we ignored these people" but nonetheless "looking back this was amazing". I thought the list of winners was interesting, and there was a definite transition for me at the NDTs entry where suddenly I can see why they'd reward the song. "I can't sing very well" kinda sums up my impression of the previous winners.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1232 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Sam Bradford,

    The young people don't write political songs anymore...

    I thought that was ironic, given the inclusion of a protest song in Russel's piece.But maybe it was unintentional irony.

    To some extent I have the other problem... a lot of the music I am given is protest stuff, and some of it is more political than musical. My taste these days is definitely tending more towards easy listening than angry young people, so there's a bit of a clash.

    (to be clear "easy listening" in the sense of Karl Jenkins and Sky'High rather than the official genre). Here's one from 2012, admittedly:

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1232 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley Simpson,

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    Love the stuff that is up for consideration this year. Just a sidenote, I just looked on APRA's website to get nostalgic on the only Golden Scroll that was ever awarded that went to my dad, Corben Simpson back in 1975 for the song of the decade. There is nothing there, like it never happened.

    Taumarunui, New Zealand • Since Dec 2014 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Kimberley Simpson,

    Golden Scroll that went to my dad, Corben Simpson back in 1975 for the song of the decade. There is nothing there, like it never happened.

    That's pretty shit. I'd like to think "song of the decade" was actually important, more so than the (mere?) song of the year. Especially since they either have hidden the later songs of the decade or haven't re-issued the award.

    It does look as though they were very slow to get on the whole internet bandwagon, with a domain like http://apraamcos.com.au you can see that they weren't exactly first in the queue. And search optimisation is not their thing. Their own search and Google both find exactly one mention of Shona Laing, for example, as an "also given an award in the past" when talking about the 2014 awards. It may be that they don't do history at all, they are strictly "since we discovered the internet in 2010".

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1232 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley Simpson, in reply to Moz,

    Thanks for your reply Moz it helps put it into perspective. We did offer APRA the use of the Golden Scroll to display there, but they were not really interested. Sadly, Dad's Silver Scroll was destroyed during the 1990's, so I don't have it hanging alongside the Golden one.

    Taumarunui, New Zealand • Since Dec 2014 • 5 posts Report Reply

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