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Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the country, cool in the city

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    “We were not provided with a comprehensive list of requirements from the outset and this was thrown at us haphazardly over a large period of time,” says Liam, “with many delays in terms of them responding to our requests.

    This is how local bodies make sure their communities can't have nice things because they've gone elsewhere, or worse, never happen at all.

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

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the hipperdrome?

    ... transfer my bush festival to a racebourse or cancel it...

    making them play in a racially divided French Stock Market seems a tad harsh in the current climate - je suis Dick?...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7896 posts Report Reply

  • Patrick Xavier,

    Since Nov 2006 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan,

    Laneway is on Monday 26th, not Friday 30th.
    http://auckland.lanewayfestival.com/

    Wellington • Since Sep 2013 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • David R,

    Thanks for hipping me to Norman Jay, playing for free, no less!
    Truly, Auckland is blessed :)
    *Puts on some of the Norman Jay Good Times CD's in giddy anticipation*

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Andrew Schmidt has a remarkable insight into Christchurch music folklore pubpishing on Audioculture this week. The Mollet Street story, featuring The Doomed, The Vauxhalls and more

    Mollet Street is alas a mere shadow of its former self. I don't have any photos at hand and the Google Maps vehicle doesn't appear to have traversed Mollet St (Colombo St view is more post-quake, Durham St end more pre-quake).

    If you check out the most recent Central Chch Projects and Precincts Map, that part of town is destined for the so-called South Frame.

    In Andrew's post, Johnny Abort aka Dick Driver is I think meant to be the 'Hoon from Hornby'! Alas, I was too young for the Mollet Street scene by a couple of years.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Bevan,

    Laneway is on Monday 26th, not Friday 30th.
    http://auckland.lanewayfestival.com/

    Sigh, of course it is. Thanks for pointing that out.

    In my defence, it was late last night when I added that bit, and there had been wine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

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

    Alas, I was too young for the Mollet Street scene by a couple of years.

    Yeah, me too. I just started being able to go to gigs after that era.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    The Straitjacket Fits and Thundercub clips are not only both great rockin' pieces, but also one hell of an object lesson in how much video technology has progressed.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to David R,

    Thanks for hipping me to Norman Jay, playing for free, no less!
    Truly, Auckland is blessed :)
    *Puts on some of the Norman Jay Good Times CD’s in giddy anticipation*

    I know, right? Amazing. I hope Auckland turns out big-time for this treat.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    I don’t have any photos at hand

    Back then photographer Peter Towers took many photos at Mollett Street gigs of the time that have sadly yet to see the light of day – despite my urgings – hopefully one day…
    The Basket Cases (aka The Detroit Hemorrhoids) also played Mollett Street and if they weren’t they’d be in the crowd, me too – Jane and Paul later joined Toy Love after the band played with the Enemy in Chchch and Dunedin.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7896 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Cubey,

    Kim Hill spoke to Norman Jay in 2008.

    This was from the time when we had to take the music out, sorry.

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 65 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    with all due respect to the Fits fullas, I think it's Shayne who's doing all the rocking there. I would love to have seem him banging that out with a truly kickarse rhythm section.
    it's a time and place thing I guess and while as Grant notes above, video tech has come a long way, the musicianship on show around these parts has come even further. my old chops wouldn't come anywhere near to passing muster now. the punk DIY vibe was brilliant, but a few lessons wouldn't have gone amiss...

    also, Turnaround in the sun sounds like bliss. I saw Norman Jay at that 'orrible bar on High St across from De Bretts a few years back and he was a bit house heavy for mine. there wasn't much in the way of old soul/ funk/ reggae.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • MxDEJ,

    Being a bit too young to have caught them at the time, I'd often heard that Straitjacket Fits live beat the hell out of their recorded stuff. That always struck me as a pretty big call, given how good their catalogue sounds. But, wow, That Video!

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    It pays to choose a friendly district. When Kiwiburn started up, Taupo DC not only didn't require a resource consent for festivals shorter than a certain number of days, but even gave us a grant from the visitor promotion budget. Very helpful people.

    I believe Rangitikei have also been very helpful - KB (it's next week BTW!) needs a resource consent but it has been relatively easy to get.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to MxDEJ,

    Being a bit too young to have caught them at the time, I’d often heard that Straitjacket Fits live beat the hell out of their recorded stuff. That always struck me as a pretty big call, given how good their catalogue sounds. But, wow, That Video!

    Absolutely phenomenal live band on a good night. I saw them umpteen times from just before their landmark first ep came out to the above-mentioned BDO finale. A couple of times they played a shocker, but generally they really could rip your head off.

    As for their recordings, the albums certainly have their moments, but they also lack the sizzle they had live - and I've seen / heard plenty of Shayne Carter interviews in which he says much the same.

    It always puzzled me why they simply didn't do what several of their contemporaries to very good effect and simply go into Writhe Recordings in Wellington with Brent McLaughlin as engineer, rather than faffing around in pricey, flash studios in Auckland or LA and coming out none the better.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Something for Dunedinites diaries for February 28...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7896 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    As for their recordings, the albums certainly have their moments, but they also lack the sizzle they had live – and I’ve seen

    I had the pleasure of attending a friend's 50th in Auckland (Bluestone Room) late August last year. Five bands played incl. an unexpected set from Mr Carter (who happens to be also my friend's guitar tutor!) who played a riveting, albeit short set of SF and Dimmer tracks. I was impressed how he took the time to source and replace his broken top E string, rewarding fully the appreciative audience upon band's return.

    On the same bill, Superette came out of retirement 'just once more' with Silverside (Dave Mulcahy and Mark Banfield) closing the evening, entertaining us with slices of Vega/Rev-style electronic synth/punk.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Ross McA.,

    Great to see that video of Dailing A Prayer- Mr Carter is on the money!
    I had just returned from Aus in 1986 and went down to the pub to see SJF, who totally blew me away. I had a friends stereo walkman and recorded some of both nights. The levels are all maxing out but the energy on the first night is powerful. And the batteries ran out before She Speeds- damn! Not sure where the cassette is now... must send a search party under the house.

    Since Mar 2010 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    it really doesn’t seem that fear was well-founded

    Those unfounded fears mmmm...
    Thats all some pe-ople live for... poor bastards.
    Give up yer job, and live a little... wont hurt ya.
    Yes flippant, I know
    but we're all gunna die
    Some just cant work that out.
    As for ISIS the fools think they get a life after death
    and all the raisins they can eat
    SUCKERS...
    There'll be a bit a funk at Ruapuke, which is a beautiful spot.
    Just in case you dont know.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1887 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    One for Mr Fletcher

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the Trip is over...
    Kim Fowley has died

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7896 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Kim Fowley has died

    I liked the story about him chasing a bunch of noisy kids away from the back of Stebbing Studios during the recording of Street Talk’s album – “Small boys got no part in this hustle”.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    That Thunderclub track is great: kind of Holy Fuck-ish while still being totally its own thing.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    “Small boys got no part in this hustle"

    teeworthy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19697 posts Report Reply

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