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Hard News: Friday Music: Back to a thousand dances

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  • Doug Hood,

    Kingsland • Since Oct 2009 • 44 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Doug Hood,

    Hi Doug,

    Goth... Siouxie and the Banshees...
    from Roy Shuker's Popular Music: The Key Concepts
    Presenting a comprehensive A-Z glossary of the main terms and concepts used in the study of popular music, this fully updated second edition covers...

    ...for a comprehensive A-Z you'd think they'd at least put the middle 's' in Siouxie Sioux ie: Siouxsie Sioux
    History, eh?
    :- )

    I always thought of Goths as just Kohl Minors...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Here's your Random Factor for the day...
    working with epochsy reasons...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    epochsy reasons…

    That is so composite...
    Well plyed Sir.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report

  • Ken Double,

    Courtney Barnett was terrific when she played Bodega a few weeks ago. While I enjoyed the Split Peas EPs fine enough I wasn't prepared for the thematic and dynamic onslaught of the album. And all of that thrust was delivered live. Being the thick end of a three piece is a burden and a half and she just nailed it. I had no idea she was such a great guitar player.

    I hope everyone's booked for Kate Tempest in January. We're seriously privileged to have her here.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 119 posts Report

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Went to see Phoenix Foundation up in Hackney earlier this month. Realized I hadn't seen them play since a theatre gig they did in Wellington with SJD back in ... 2006, maybe? I was expecting a purely Kiwi expat audience (and the bar beforehand was indeed a den of Kiwi voices), but it totally wasn't really. Just ... People. Getting lost in the music, the generic twists and turns. As I was walking back to the train platform afterwards, there were these two leather-jacketed North London geezers. One said to the other: "aren't they great? So unpredictable. You don't know where they're going to go next." Indeed. And "Supernatural" live is such a homesickness heat seeking missile. Just a great gig.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    I'm pretty sure they won't be wanting the SJ Fits supporting them again - that bill turned out to be totally the wrong way round.

    one of the most impressive things I witnessed, that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Moz, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Interesting surveys. Apparently my musical tastes are very specific, in that none of the 25 samples covered the musical niches that I particularly like.

    And Doug, yes.... but. Part of being a touring musician is sucking up the nonsense and delivering a decent performance. They didn't even try. Having seen other bands really have a bad time and still pull it out, my sympathy is limited. I mean, Lemonheads had a set flat fall down and take out their amp stack, so they did an acoustic set. A really, really good acoustic set. And they were well into the grinding you down part of their tour by then, you could see it backstage. JAMC... turned up, shot up, staggered on stage, said "F*** YOU" and waited for it to be over.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1233 posts Report

  • Moz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Siouxsie Sioux ... History, eh?

    I was a bit stunned to find she'd done a live performance of Nocturne at the Albert Hall not so long ago. Which, of course, I rushed out and bought.

    Anyway, must dash off to be one of the 20 people reported in the media as attending the climate march in Sydney.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1233 posts Report

  • DexterX, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Great Song - Luv It.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Whisky business...
    Sad to see that The Last Word went into (ironically) liquidation last week.
    Hope it doesn't impact on The Dark Room, or has the ownership changed there?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

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

    Aye, I saw that Ian... at least the Auricle next door and the Institution across the way remain viable. Fingers crossed we don't lose anything else in this part of town.

    The Darkroom ownership has definitely changed. I suspect it was having troubles a couple of months back as things like tap craft beer wasn't available week after week and the weekly Brian Luv quizzes have now become much less frequent.

    This said, it's now being run in a 'more business-like manner' and looks to be on sturdy ground. Still as friendly and welcoming as ever. Another change is that there are pretty well no free gigs anymore. The Darkroom Gallery next door has a higher door charge for the boutique (usually touring) gigs (typically $20-30) while entry to the the Darkroom is usually no more than $15. I understand Marcus from Minisnap runs the bar now.

    BTW I had thought the Allen Street Rock Club closed (with some gigs diverted to the Foundry) but it is still showing up as venue for e.g. the Exploited this week. Not sure what's going on there?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 385 posts Report

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Probably off the beaten track but I'm putting this in anyway.
    To Alastair Thompson,
    Thanks and so long, wish you well with tonnes of luck out there in the big whole wide world.
    Your efforts ,I much appreciate and as Gordon Campbell noted in the tributes

    let’s hope that someone in Europe realizes what a fucking treasure has just landed in their midst

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Russell Brown,


    I would not be surprised if refunds don't turn up (where funds have already been paid by ticketing company to promoter). If the company hasn't funds to pay out all the creditors (suppliers, artists, venue cancellation fees, etc) then it would probably be illegal to refund ticket holders preferentially.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report

  • Mike O'Connell,

    An update on the Allen Street 'Rock Club' venue. Now seems to be called 'Allen Street Live". Name change is cosmetic as venue remains closed. All a bit messy.

    Churchill's in Sydenham in the meantime is back and is picking up many of the bookings that were going to Allen St. It had been operating the last year as the awfully named Club Tavern.

    Also, the historic New City Hotel on cnr of Bath St and Colombo St is making its entrance as a live venue option on Dec 19. First act up not exactly inspiring - Rage Against the Machine "tribute" anyone? Let's wait and see what further evolves. I don't ever recall it as a live venue in the past.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 385 posts Report

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

    Life’s rich taphouse history…

    …the awfully named Club Tavern

    Ummm… that was the original name of the pub on that site until some flash Harry styled it as Churchills FFS!!
    ;- )

    Originally The Club Hotel (1882) then Club Hotel & Tavern in the ’70s .
    I know ’cos I grew up (or at least developed mass exponentially) two blocks down in Orbell Street, Sydenham.

    I waited outside it many a Friday night for dad to emerge from the 6 o’clock swill so we could get the fish and chips from the Yans in the Kashmir Building and walk home – had a TAB right next door – hub of the community at times…


    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

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

    Touché! Local, local, knowledge is invaluable. Thx for that link too.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 385 posts Report

  • Hebe, in reply to bob daktari,

    middle aged people excited about music that excited them when they were still young and excited about music - while I agree and share your sentiments let them have their fun and good times... yeah?

    as a punk rock kid (not anymore) I really don't care about the (supposed) gravy train of classic lineups and albums wanting my money again* I spit in their face

    *except when I do care and then its WAHHHHHOOOOO

    Exactly this. The pinto gris pension tours are understandable for the musicians, - given the GFC often destroyed their retirement funds if they had any - but the ambience of those gigs gives me the creeps.

    JAMC were crap live when they were big, but Psychocandy was a cattle goad of a record in the midst of the bleakly smug Thatcher years and I still love it for that. It well documents a weird period when I lived like a junkie in central London and worked in the Home Counties media.

    I'll be going if I can to 1. see if I can stay upright for it, and 2. see if the Chain have learned to play live or remember the songs. (However, it may clash with the arrival of our first grandbaby: if so, no contest!)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

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