Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Access: The long road to real space, in reply to nzlemming,

    Has he seen this?

    He's just about to!

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  • Hard News: Music: Telling Stories, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Thank you Russell - and here's a lovely piece of accidental synergy. Jamie Isaac's crew includes Sara Leigh Lewis' son (he does visuals), the same Sara who created the incredible AK79 images seen on AudioCulture.

    How lovely. I hadn't got to that one yet, but I shall do so.

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  • Hard News: Music: Telling Stories, in reply to Terence Hogan,

    Oh! … you’re referring to the stolen iron. Yes, fixed that yesterday thanks to Chris Bourke.

    Yes! That part.

    I knew because I was just some kid in Christchurch when the RIU Extras came out, but I recall being in the office when the plans for ChaCha were being hatched by Murray, Ngila and Max Thomson. Ngila was running her stall in the Whitcoulls corner building and really struggling at that point. Who could have guessed what she'd go on and do?

    I really appreciated learning a bit more about that building in Darby Street. What a place! Geoff Steven had an office there while I was working at RIU and of course there was Denis Cohn's gallery. I also had no idea that Philip Peacocke founded Snake!

    And then it was demolished and a bank tower replaced it and nothing interesting ever happened there again.

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  • Hard News: Music: Telling Stories,

    I should note that Simon also posted a list of his favourite reissues and compilations of 2018:

    Solomon Burke - The Best Of Atlantic Soul 1962-1965
    Cecil Payne - Zodiac
    This Kind Of Punishment - A Beard Of Bees
    John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
    Suzuki, Isao Trio / Quartet - Blow Up
    Jirō Inagaki & His Soul Media - Head Rock
    Takeo Moriyama - East Plants
    Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku - Earth Mother
    Various - J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984
    Charles Mingus - Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
    The Beatles - The Beatles And Esher Demos
    Paul McCartney - Chaos & Creation
    Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
    Various - How Is The Air Up There? (80 Mod, Soul, RnB & Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under)
    Tohru Aizawa Quartet - Tachibana Vol. 1
    John Gordon - Step By Step
    Various - Spiritual Jazz Vol.8 (Japan: Part Two)
    Takeshi Inomata & Sound Limited - Sounds Of Sound L.T.D.
    David Axelrod - Songs Of Experience
    David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence
    Tony Allen - Black Voices
    Roxy Music - Roxy Music Box set
    Isao Suzuki Quartet + 2 - Orang-Utan
    Michael Nesmith & The First National Band - Nevada Fighter/Magnetic South/Loose Salute
    Thelonious Monk - Mønk
    Various - Midnight in Tokyo Vol.2
    Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream
    Alice Coltrane - Lord Of Lords
    Eric Demarsan - Le Cercle Rouge

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to Craig Young,

    As a matter of interest, Russell, does anyone ever respond to McCoskrie’s facile antidrug populist grandstanding with some good evidence-based rebuttal?

    I covered some of his cannabis claims last year after he appeared on Q+A with Chloe Swarbrick, but I need to make time to do a full accounting. It helps that it's mostly a once-only job – his talking points don't tend to change.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…,

    Unusually, the Herald has bylined its editorial on the drug-checking issue – and the byline is that of John Roughan ...

    I'll see if I can find time later to go through the many misapprehensions and strange claims therein.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to tatjna,

    and thought drinking gallons of water would keep her safe.

    This is also the story of the first two recorded MDMA deaths in New Zealand: Ngaire O'Neill in 1998 and Dai Bowden in 2001.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to Moz,

    "having drug-free festivals is not a hardline approach"... no, it's a religious approach.

    Ironically, even Parachute was never drug-free :-)

    But yeah, that Stuff comments thread is something. People demanding that festivals crack down on drugs. Dude, in New South Wales police put on drug dog teams outside the gates, inside the gates and at nearby transit stations, and they're nowhere near drug-free – but people just die more often.

    I'm so glad our politics is different here. In government, individual National MPs weren't really hostile towards drug-checking (Know Your Stuff used to have an onsite placard that quoted Bill English: "A good idea I suppose") even if they weren't going to do anything about it.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…, in reply to tatjna,

    It’s actually pretty telling that they had to go as far as McCroskie to get an opposing viewpoint IMO.

    And oddly comforting that in this country it's really only fringe-dwellers like him trotting out this stuff.

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…,

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    And this is just straight-up fucking bullshit.

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