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Hard News: Friday Music: There have been many worse years

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Orwell that ends well...
    ...it's 1984, Hakanoa Street, the Tall Dwarfs release a new EP, - Chris, as always made myriad nifty promotional cards, and Fimo badges - I think I got that one for Christmas...
    We also made The Brain That Wouldn't Die under the house, well Chris made it - with a Nun star studded cast, and me as a hunchback...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    or a regular weekly blog..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    See sea bed for shore...
    I'm really, really liking Blair Parkes' recent visual recordings on New Brighton beach...
    ...like this one of Beach Glass

    Check out the rest:
    - on the beach
    - birds and crabs
    - fish

    Now there's a man who should do a guest photopost here...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Timmy Hayward, in reply to JP Hansen,

    What happened to Emma Paki?

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    other finds included:
    Badges!
    from back when we did need steenkin’ badges
    Red Mole (Barry Linton graphic)
    Wide Mouthed Frogs (Not sure who created that graphic – I was gonna say Fane Flaws, but the Wide Mouthed Frogs were all female I think – supplying Tina Matthews and Jenny Morris for The Crocodiles… )

    Toy Love – a very restrained badge…

    and a Peter Posa record (with friends)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    steenkin’ badges

    zing

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    She's So Rad have taken a track from Kimbra's 90s-inspired album and wound it back to the 80s.

    Careful, the artist again known as Prince might be calling his lawyers for pinching his ideas. ;)

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I’ll tell you one thing about the decline of music retail that’s good for the consumer: the pricing.

    I bought one of the Sony 4CD compilations from JB HiFi this morning: Pure 60s – 136 songs (most of which you’d like to have on a jukebox) for $9.99. That’s about seven cents a song.

    Yeah, I could play them all on Spotify, but having them ripped to lossless on my hard drive is pretty cool too.

    Only problem: metadata. Gracenote is a mess for this sort of compilation, and you sometimes have to choose a tracklisting without being able to see it first. I still don’t know how to get rid of the Japanese tracklisting I picked for a soul compilation, short of laboriously re-entering every detail myself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You could take the idea a step further and have Paul Henry do his bit before anyone arrives.

    In a totally different venue and all.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You're using iTunes? no suggestions there. But if you have a Windows machine, and your music is sitting in properly labelled files in a non-itunes directory structure, it would be easy enough to download Media Monkey or Foobar to retag your music. MM is particularly powerful.

    If it is in itunes, it might even be worth extracting the problem music out of it, deleting the entries from iTunes, using another product to retag, and then reingesting it into itunes. I did this for a friend a wee while back - it didn't actually end up being too much of a faff, and worth it for hundreds of oddly-tagged tracks.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to nzlemming,

    I know just the venue. Dark, fairly loud music, a pretty stern audience ... and gags are available.

    But I do agree with the suggestion that the lifetime awards be made first. Splendid plan.

    Also, yes, where are the women in this category?

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    facing the music...
    But how much is the artist getting?
    any of the the 136 artists?
    or their estates?

    Great for the consumer, but it just doesn't seem fair ...
    ... do they get a say?

    ...or are they licensed to be sold for a pittance with Sony probably taking the lion's share for production of the object - sorta like the F Nun box set which cost so much to produce none of the artists saw a cent - but way worse...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    While I’ve still got my ‘grump’ on…
    Some ‘parsing’ thoughts on ‘our’ seat on the UN Security Council…

    Prime Minister John Key told the UN General Assembly last year: “Sometimes you have to speak up even when it is embarrassing or inconvenient to others.

    Oh, right, you mean like the Donghua Liu allegations that Key was happy to spread around, or just calling opposing voices 'Left Wing Conspiracy Theorists' …
    I see…

    Having said that, this was truly an ‘Mfat-ic’ victory, now that they have been seen to talk up the Foreign Affairs talk – and won – they are now walking the Trade side up – in other words they gave lots of good reasons

    "We have worked very hard on the bid for close to a decade because we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world’s top table,” he (Key) said,

    (plus unquantified inducements) to be elected, but now we see the real reasons!

    Speaking after the ballot for five new non-permanent Security Council members, New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said membership would provide an opportunity to discuss trade and economic relationships with other member countries.

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    and the other real reason:
    John Key’s Legacy Bucket List:

    McLay will sit on the council but there will be occasions when McCully will take the seat and Prime Minister John Key is also expected to sit on the council at ceremonial events, including possibly next year’s General Assembly.

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    Moral (f any):
    ‘When you put the ‘I’ in tact
    it becomes tacit…’

    : – (

    PS: Just heard the weather report
    - grizzle is clearing in Chchch…
    :- )

    PPS: apologies for threadjack, I couldn’t decide which ‘political’ thread it would fit best under – so I went with the underlying ‘paying the piper’ and ‘facing the music’ theme (while probably preaching to the choir)…
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Lovely glass. Just North of Mendocino in Northern California, where my brother lives, is a little cove called Glass Beach. Many years ago, rubbish from the local settlement of Fort Bragg was pushed into the sea, and over the decades glass bottles have been ground by the raging surf, to create a beach of tiny, smooth coloured glass fragments mixed with pebbles. I still find little pieces hiding in the bottom of jacket pockets.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    …or are they licensed to be sold for a pittance with Sony probably taking the lion’s share for production of the object – sorta like the F Nun box set which cost so much to produce none of the artists saw a cent – but way worse…

    The standard is that the company absorbs such cost. The artists would get a straight cut of the wholesale price pro-rata-ed by the number of acts regardless of the packaging cost. I think the primary reason that nobody got anything much from that was lack of sales. It was pricy and didn't do much biz - which is a shame as it was a mighty fine selection I thought.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report Reply

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