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Hard News: Friday Music: There have been many worse years

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  • Mike O'Connell,

    …but I have a beer-appreciation appointment in Europe and that’s where I’ll be.

    Lucky you – viel Spaβ! Is this guy, Conrad Seidl aka the Beer Pope (from Vienna) part of it? He’s been a beer judge I note for the NZ Beer Awards in the past.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    No, something different. I’ll blog about it soon.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson,

    The streaming music era is fairly rushing up and it’s not really clear how it’s all going to work out.

    Mark Mulligan at the Music Industry Blog has some numbers and thoughts on the streaming side here, and he's been posting an interesting series on the problems with how streaming is working at the moment, the tyranny of choice, the resulting benefit concentration in the established megastars and publishers, and possible avenues to fix it. Worth a browse.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    The 1994 Dobbyn "Twist" concert special (with the Finns & Emma Paki) has been posted on NZ On Screen, for those who might like such things...

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/dave-dobbyn-unplugged-1994

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Lefsetz has had a few on the money posts on streaming of late... simply stated: shits changed, deal with it

    http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/

    as a music fan... things have never been better... as a industry guy things are getting a whole lot better for most sectors in the biz except those 100% reliant on pre-recorded music as their revenue stream which is fewer and fewer (go figure)

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I have an issue with how few women have been inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. Counting Supergroove, 15 acts have been inducted into the Hall. Of those, only three include women: the Topp Twins, Toy Love (Jane Walker) and Shona Laing. Or if you want to look at the total number of band members, it's four women versus 67 men. Bloody hell. Yeah, the music biz is undeniably male dominated, but nowhere near to the extent that is reflected in the Hall of Fame.

    Just in case Recorded Music NZ and APRA have forgotten, here are some worthy wahine: Bic Runga, Sharon O'Neill, Jenny Morris, Annie Crummer, Moana, as well as bands Ardijah and Strawpeople.

    It will be very interesting to see who is announced as APRA's inductee at this year's Silver Scrolls.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    not to mention Daphne Walker.

    With all due respect to Nick A and co I find them an odd choice, but I imagine the intent was to introduce something less wrinkled than usual.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    With all due respect to Nick A and co I find them an odd choice, but I imagine the intent was to introduce something less wrinkled than usual

    I know there was quite a bit of discomfort with the way Shona Laing was treated by the crowd last year -- she deserved her time for a speech, but by that time at the Music Awards, people are getting boisterous, and there's not a lot you can do about that. There's some feeling that the legacy part deserves its own time and space.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    for purposes of criticism and review

    hoping that counts as fair dealing in UK law as well..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Anika Moa? Too young, and too few wrinkles?! She certainly has a pedigree.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Russell Brown,

    at the Waiata Maori Music Awards their Iconic awards are presented first which gives those artists the respect they so rightly deserve and sets the evening up brilliantly to celebrate the music and the music makers. Rather than at the VNZMA's its so far been the finale when the complete opposite is the result (Toy Love faced the same problems as Shona imo).

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to bob daktari,

    leading with the predecessors. nice

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Sacha,

    yeah, liking that idea.

    otherwise you'll only be inducting pub bands to keep the piss heads happy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to bob daktari,

    at the Waiata Maori Music Awards their Iconic awards are presented first which gives those artists the respect they so rightly deserve and sets the evening up brilliantly to celebrate the music and the music makers.

    That's far too simple and elegant a solution, Bob. Stop it. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    That’s far too simple and elegant a solution, Bob. Stop it. :)

    You could take the idea a step further and have Paul Henry do his bit before anyone arrives.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Russell Brown,

    along with whatever radio hosts they want to drag in.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I know there was quite a bit of discomfort with the way Shona Laing was treated by the crowd last year -- she deserved her time for a speech, but by that time at the Music Awards, people are getting boisterous, and there's not a lot you can do about that. There's some feeling that the legacy part deserves its own time and space.

    Supergroove are a fab band and are worthy of recognition,, but their induction in 2014 seems like a crowd-pleasing casting choice more than a genuine reflection that their time has come.

    The awkward thing is that as well as being an awards ceremony, the VNZMAs are also a television programme that has to keep viewers entertained. Supergroove would do that, but viewers might be less impressed with some older singer that none of the kids recognise.

    Random other thought: sooner or later the Feelers are going to have to get inducted into the Hall. And that's going to be very interesting.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison,

    Oh, grandad is liking Mantis. I will never look at Fiji the same again.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Oh, grandad is liking Mantis. I will never look at Fiji the same again.

    Me too. And I was most surprised to discover that I know their manager.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Attachment Attachment Attachment

    The things ya find packing up a house…

    - Slugbucket hairy breath monster – handwrought in Fimo by Chris Knox…

    - Here’s to the Gordons…

    - God Save The Clean stencil (on a Dunedin wall)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You could take the idea a step further and have Paul Henry do his bit before anyone arrives.

    pitch that to tv3, please

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ian, the pictures you provide are so excellent. An Ian Danziel picture museum must be added to the p.a . Beautiful images.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    - Slugbucket hairy breath monster – handwrought in Fimo by Chris Knox…

    Holy shit! Story please!

    I do really enjoy your Friday ephemera, Ian. Maybe we should have you do a photo-post some time?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Beautiful Cellulosers...

    Ian Danziel picture museum

    Ptui!
    ...that Danziel knows nothing!
    Nothing!!

    But The Ian Dalziel Book Orphanage and Silverfish Petting Ranch is well underway...

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I'd like warhol room in the art gallery with all your collections. Amazing art of that period.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

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