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Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track

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  • Sacha,

    Yay for re-releases. I will always remember Inside a Quiet Mind as the soundtrack to a drive through the Buller Gorge after The Gathering one year. Awesome reflection of the NZ bush.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    great to hear Inside Track again, my copy (along with the Export Lamb 7'' in the brown paper bag) was sadly rehomed. Hosting parties back then threatened more than your carpet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A further note: one thing I recall about Steve at the time was that he had very firm views on the proper storage and treatment of cassette tapes. You wouldn't treat a record the way most people treat cassettes, he observed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just playing that remastered micronism track and it's making everything on my desk vibrate. Nice work, Chris Chetland!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Jonathan Demme died this week. Alongside his feature films, he also made this video for New Order's 'The Perfect Kiss':

    Appreciation of the clip here on Billboard.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Steve said he couldn’t believe how good it sounded when he went back to it. The key, he thought, was …

    …the Vegetables!
    The Vegetables hold the key…

    One of my favourite tracks off the squirm songs tape was ’Veges’
    Maybe Steve might put the Gorgonzola tape (SQ002) up for listening as well
    why ’hanging song’ was never a hit eludes me (or ’Rules of Conduct’ ) and I also seem to have The Reflectograph Corporation tape by The Squirm as well.

    They were great live as well.

    These guys were well ahead of the curve – a complete works is called for IMHO.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Maybe Steve might put the Gorgonzola tape (SQ002) up for listening as well

    And that was recorded at Rosslyn.

    These guys were well ahead of the curve - a complete works is called for IMHO.

    I reckon.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    bloody hell that Stinky Jim mix is the nuts, bauhaus... madness

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 538 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

    I noticed there were lots of generic black sleeves in your landscape photo, but your post has clarified the exhibition is about records not just covers & I think its probably the case that various dancefloor friendly numbers were pressed on tight budgets which didn't extend to artwork ..

    Last time around I posted the Blerta cover (there is at least one tune on that which could be played out), and this time I was curious if anyone included Headband (for the drum heavy 'laws must change') or Quincy Conserve (for 'ride the rain', 'somebody stole my thunder' or their cover of 'I feel good') ?!

    Enjoyed the Beaver profile on Audioculture during the week - with no disrespect to her, I am curious if the original version of the album with Renee Geyer on vocals still exists or might emerge. I've two copies of the album, and on one there is partial blacking out the credits, which points to the late reworking. Another footnote in that one has a Taste records stickers inside the sleeve, but can't recall which ...

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    I noticed there were lots of generic black sleeves in your landscape photo, but your post has clarified the exhibition is about records not just covers & I think its probably the case that various dancefloor friendly numbers were pressed on tight budgets which didn't extend to artwork ..

    Yeah, in that sense it's not as good as the first one – although the "older" end, to the left of the photo, is better.

    It's a much shallower pool of records and there are quite a few DJs putting up their own records, many of them white labels, which aren't so interesting to look at. That said, DJ Substance's test-pressing of Home Brew's Last Week (which he helped record) is pretty cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Last time around I posted the Blerta cover (there is at least one tune on that which could be played out), and this time I was curious if anyone included Headband (for the drum heavy ‘laws must change’) or Quincy Conserve (for ‘ride the rain’, ‘somebody stole my thunder’ or their cover of ‘I feel good’) ?!

    No, but there's a Prince Tui Teka album that's reckoned to have some great funky jams on it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

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    Understandable - thanks for elaborating !

    'Listen to the band, just listen' has Somebody stole my thunder .. I think that is a band members girlfriend on the front

    And the Tasteful cover is great, esp the back cover ... it features 'keep on pushing' which might work in some settings

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Geyer did the guide vocal?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    She did the original vocals on the "This is the life" album, which has the brilliant illustration of the bus on the cover (by, I think, Fane Flaws)

    From: http://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/beaver

    "At the end of 1974, just prior to their return to New Zealand, BLERTA recorded an album, This Is The Life, at Sydney’s EMI studios, featuring Australian Renee Geyer on lead vocals. Recently signed to RCA Records, who objected to her involvement, Geyer’s vocals were replaced by Beaver at EMI’s Wellington studio."

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    ah, weird. but yeah, I'd like to hear that as well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Rob S,

    Shit..,., that inside track just killed me.
    Up there with all that eighties goodness the Hulamen ,Low Profile and Beat Rhythm Fashion. Good times at the Gluepot and hearing loss which I probably don't regret as much as I should.
    cheers for that Russell.

    Since Apr 2010 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    If those tracks exist – the Renee ones – they are likely out in West Auckland at the EMI vault. The person who knows that vault best is Chris Caddick.

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

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Fyre I bid you to burn...
    Welcome to Festerville!

    It could have been OK if you were into it, the "cultural moment created from an alchemic blend of music, art and food" it was promoted as.
    Instead the festival, supposed to start on Friday (NZT) has descended into chaos and been postponed.
    Guests on social media are reporting they are stranded at an unfinished site overrun by feral dogs and mountains of rubbish.
    Tents have reportedly been set on fire and festival-goers are jostling over limited and poor quality food.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/92039568/send-help-luxury-bahamas-music-festival-descends-into-chaos-as-blink-182-pull-out
    I see via the wayback machine that the 'organisers' claims were quite prescient:

    "The Experience
    LIKE ALL GREAT STORIES,
    THIS IS A VOYAGE
    This is a world of surreal experiences and inspired curiosity that touches the sweet spot between imagination and possibility. A place where the tropical sun shines all day, and our celebrations ignite the night. This is an invitation to unplug, connect with something deeper, and hunt for something bigger."

    Lord of the Flies anyone?

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170301211726/https://www.fyrefestival.com

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Roach, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You wouldn't treat a record the way most people treat cassettes, he observed.

    ...but, oddly enough, I think the vinyl still has more of a bottom-end kick.

    Mea culpa. Can we fix it? Yes we can! I just remembered that I digitised that some years ago using my 40-year-old Connoisseur turntable with a Shure M91ED cartridge through the phono inputs on my little Tascam mixer. So no wonder it's bottom end light! We'll use a proper turntable soon, promise.

    Since Apr 2017 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

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    Heres thethe rear cover of tasteful with – I presume – Malcolm Hayman

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

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    And the back cover of the Blerta LP with names blacked out (it is the copy with the Taste records sticker)

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    Hats off to Mark Beesley and Jed Town - playing songs from the Ghost Town 'Sky Is Falling' LP at Southbound Records last Saturday (Record Store Day).

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    There was also a very psychedelic brew being whipped up in the Flying Out basement on Record Store Day with Billy TK and band.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    rap poach meant...
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/92062219/court-to-decide-if-nats-take-the-rap-for-using-eminemstyle-audio-on-ad

    So that's why 'the real shady slim' John Key got outta dodge...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

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