Some nice distractions I’ve enjoyed –
Montreux Jazz Festival have made over 50 Festival concerts available to stream for free, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana – you do have to sign up and use a special player (slight pain) but well worth it
The Sound of Belgium award-winning documentary film is available to stream for free from EBM and New Beat to Belgian house and techno! Director’s cut with 7 tracks that weren’t included in the official release.
Stay warm and safe
why we’re being presented with a zero-sum game
Outside of frequencies, I’m really concerned at Concert being gutted, its a vital avenue for a lot of music and musicians (local and international) – it’d not be nearly so bad if a slightly changed version of the current station was simply switched to am leaving room for this new “youth” station but they’re seemingly stripping all of that out
I do also wonder the impact on student radio – if commercial radio is naturally worried about the competition Student Radio must be terrified given how strapped for resources they are
as an aside, over a decade ago I worked for a digital music store (we only did local/nz music) – when RNZ played a track by a kiwi we’d instantly see sales for that song/artist, nothing else produced such a response… its not just youth that enjoy homegrown fare
They Are Us
Freedom of Speech
This is still preferable to opening the door to big businesses.
totally agree - allowing "big pot" to dominate a potential market is however only one potential outcome from legalisation, the one thing I've not seen anyone support, thankfully :)
I'd rather the state wasn't directly involved in any way other than clipping the ticket (tax) and supplying and enforcing regulation - which may include licensing the growers and sellers
I don't have the answer nor perfect solution but I do know I totally disagree with Beet's premise
The solution is simple: make it legal but don’t let anyone make money from it.
legal or illegal - someones going to be making money, the solution is to decide who and how
No body bothers growing tobacco
But they do and its a growing (sorry) pursuit from what I gather due to the continual price increases
I'm not suggesting for a second we allow the likes of tobacco companies be allowed to be involved in any legal cannabis market, thats the last thing I want... nor do I want to see a continuation of the black market for those that can't source free stuff either via contacts or their own garden - we can choose to have a state regulated market where they entrust the growing and selling to a non profit(s), with a tax regime that sees money funneled to the state - and all of it can be kept local (I am guessing)
It’s a pretty safe bet that there isn’t going to be much profit if you can grow it yourself for free.
supermarkets and fresh produce sellers might disagree with that
I have a garden but get my veges from the supermarket - why because I don't like nor care to garden and then there is also in season and quality issues to consider, same goes for cannabis
I think there is room for legal sales that aren't necessarily profitable - I don't want a fully commercialised marketplace but I also don't want access to be dominated by who you know regime for a legal substance... I'd also like to pay tax on my pot so the state is gaining additional revenue to put towards harm minimalisation and care for those whom need it
thank you Russell - you add so much needed context most outlets consistently ignore/miss
The herald articles are lazy imo... hardly noticing the year music has had locally
(official) Music Charts are a bad hangup, best left to the past or as a curiosity... the people listening to music don't care about the official chart and haven't for a very long time (if ever) and even then they reflected sales (and more recently radio paly too) not popularity - the only charts/playlists that matter are found on spotify, apple music et al, ie where the people are. Even then local acts rarely can compete on the very level playing field of the digital domain
2017 has been a stunner of a year for local artists, as RNZ gets
a bunch of really talented kiwis are making great music (as ever) and a whole lot are actually carving out careers and a living... they've all got audiences, local, globally, online and off, so they're not in the charts
As they say screw the chart
I watch a lot of old skool rave/breakbeat music videos... the comments from those who were there are most enjoyable
From the forthcoming album 'Funkadelic - Reworked by Detroiters'.
A diverse selection of remixers from today’s generation of Detroit producers and musicians, looking back at the immense legacy of Funkadelic and re-imagining it for now, With the re-interpreters chosen to prismatically represent the vastness of Funkadelic’s genre-bending music.