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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The lumpen proletariat weigh in, in the comments at Stuff… sigh
It's some bleak shit. The howling lack of empathy in the "if you take drugs you deserve what you get" crowd.
But it's also indicative of the level of ignorance abroad. People literally don't know what they're talking about.
More from Stuart Nash, this time on Stuff:
Independent testing tents that let you know what's in recreational drugs could become a regular feature at New Zealand festivals, Police Minister Stuart Nash says.
"I think they're a fantastic idea and should be installed at all our festivals," he said. "But I need to see how it works and better understand the implications of it first."
The idea behind recreational drug testing is not to stop drug use but reduce harm, by letting consumers of illicit pills know if the drugs they are taking have been mixed with other dangerous chemicals.
"The war on drugs hasn't worked in the past 20 years, so it's time to change to a more compassionate and restorative approach," Nash said.