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  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

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    You need to come to Bangkok, Geoff. These are new and they work.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    hey Geoff, you might want to check them online as well. a mate just flogged off an aussie only 78 jazz release on ebay and got over $3000.

    I've got a HMV jobbie from 1928. lovely piece of kit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    I got a bit emotional when he played this

    So, I'm kinda a marginal player in a uke band in Sydney... and we play "Stranded" in our Punk set... 'jussay'n...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • paul mckessar,

    We brought Ed Kuepper over to play at the Gluepot in 1993 and do some promo for Serene Machine, his album of that year. The Able Tasmans were the opener - with Graeme being the loudest voice we had in media in support of Ed's incredible talent it was hard to turn down his pleas for the slot. And they were a fine mix anyway. Ed's a sardonic but charming fellow and last night I thought his set was incredible from go to whoa. Television certainly had their moments - Verlaine's solo in Little Johnny Jewel and Rip tastefully working his way through Guiding Light and others made for memorable passages - but as far as unassuming musical show-officity went on the night, what Ed ripped through on "Eternally Yours" made him the winner for me. Outstanding shit.

    aukolofa • Since Jul 2007 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to paul mckessar,

    We brought Ed Kuepper over to play at the Gluepot in 1993 and do some promo for Serene Machine, his album of that year.

    Good grief. My memory sucks balls.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    That's an excellent start.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Also you should know you have been 'banned' from The Neo-Kalishnikovs blog. Awesome.

    This news has made my day. I will add this achievement to my LinkedIn profile.

    Like you said, their music is ok. They just need to keep writing, keep playing live and get better and better. But I have this horrible feeling that they consider they're already at the top of their game and anyone who says otherwise is a hater.

    But conversely, there's something really enjoyable about the Neo-K rants. I love this bit from the newest one about (i.e. against) the NZ Music Awards:

    Take Rackets for example a band from Auckland City. Not many people may know them but I am good friends with Oscar the lead singer. After all I did help him lift his car off my driveway when he went over the side with my dad for 3 hours.

    Three hours! That is the mark of a true friendship. Good on him.

    BTW, I've rewritten my banned comment as a post on Tumblr.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • tony bellew,

    I saw The Lips in Osaka this week. Another fantastic show. Hard to follow the hamster ball! Wayne Coyne did seem like a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown though. Steven Drozd appeared to nurse him through the show. Made for great viewing!

    Kobe • Since Oct 2013 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    I hadn't heard of Clara van Wel before, but that article seems positive. Anybody know what her music's like?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Tuck one in your bag for me on your next trip back? In the meantime, I acquiring a portable machine via Trademe.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Lou Reed, eh!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Lou Reed, eh!

    Got to be some great wakes for Lou.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Sad to hear. He's left so many great songs.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Hebe,


    The best place to start a New Zealand wake might be with the glorious Dunedin Double EP, or the first Hello Sailor album.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    The best place to start a New Zealand wake might be with the glorious Dunedin Double EP, or the first Hello Sailor album.

    A rather slow version of a song that Toy Love made their own.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    A rather slow version of a song that Toy Love made their own.

    I’ve got that somewhere live at The Last Resort. Always a live highlight. It’s shame the recent live album had no cover versions as they were always a highlight of the show.

    This might have to do: Toy Love do Syd Barrett in a Velvet's stylee

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    A rather slow version of a song that Toy Love made their own.

    I seem to recall a few other bands played that song too. It was a bit of a standard.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I seem to recall a few other bands played that song too. It was a bit of a standard.

    Knox's kazoo took it to a whole other level.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Not to worry Russell - I think all our memories are like that these days, especially if it had anything to do with Squid bar...

    I had to comment here on Ed Kuepper - those two Auckland shows in the early/mid 90s were very good indeed.
    The one McKessar talks about was a Flying In presents show at the Gluepot. I did the poster for it which was only allowed to be one colour and A2 size. It ended up being printed in a magenta with a nice pic of Ed with white reversed-out type. I still have a few of these somewhere. Back in the day I would collect all my poster samples until space and the matter of overwhelming screen printing ink odour became an issue. Anyway, that was one poster I would always put up on the wall at a new flat or something.

    Back to the Gluepot show - that was a standout. My first experience of Ed was actually the "Serene Machine" album. I got a lot of promo CDs back then and once in a while, amongst the fodder, one unexpected album would blow your head off. "Serene Machine" was one of these. I'd missed the Saints and Laughing Clowns first time around, even missed Ed's "Black Letter Day" album the year or two before. To me Ed was a brand new artist. Seeing him live just made listening to the albums better too - "A King In The Kindness Room" and "Death To The Howdy Doody Brigade" were further consecutive staples after that.

    When Ed came back for his second Auckland show (for the "…Howdy Doody…" album I think) I heard he was bringing a bass player in addition to the violinist but for some reason the bass player wasn't able to make it. I had some kind of far-fetched idea I could fill on bass. I mean, I _knew_ all the songs and had played along to them at home - surely Ed would be agreeable! I think even put the idea to Lesley (Paris) who politely humoured me while discarding the notion right there lol.
    Let's just say these days those notions aren't so impossible to pull together, but back then...

    That aside, I think the likes of Ed Kuepper dispel the myth that all Australian music is or was "pub rock" and there is no alternative. By 'alternative' I don't mean indie college radio outfits, I just mean alternative to. There are plenty of fantastic Australian artists who have produced a wealth of great music and who continue to do so. Maybe not so well known to New Zealanders but very much appreciated in Australia.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Knox’s kazoo took it to a whole other level.

    How could it not?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Tomorrowpeople,

    totally agree with your point about Oz bands, and I think they shared a problem with many bands here in that they struggled to translate the live vibe onto vinyl.
    back when I was playing (badly) we did a wee tour with the Deadly Hume (with original H&C pots and pans basher Greg Perano). they were a nightly revelation on stage, but that power never appeared in the studio.
    much the same story with the Hummingbirds and the Plunderers. lovely fullas too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    The Hummingbirds suffered a little on record in that kind of thin weedy production sound. I have a live cassette recording of them playing the Hillcrest in Hamilton around 1991.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Middle Ear...

    (about Oz bands) ...they struggled to translate the live vibe onto vinyl.

    that cavernous-bass-body-blow
    just doesn't cross over...
    full body impact aurals,
    not just silly little ear anvils!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • LIISA,

    Hi, sorry, late comer, but just to clarify this:

    This is pretty awesome: the whole of Chris Bourke’s Blue Smoke radio series, based on the book of the same name, available as podcasts from Radio New Zealand

    - they are available to stream on demand and embed:
    <iframe src="http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=2505820" width="100%" frameborder="0" height="62px"></iframe>
    ...but not download/podcast at this point. But stay tuned! I have plans...
    Mwa ha ha harrrrrrrrr

    Wellie • Since May 2008 • 46 posts Report Reply

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