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Hard News: And we may never meet again ...

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  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    And the driving.............lots of driving....
    That drummer looks familiar...of course!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Aidan,

    Music videos never did Midnight Oil justice. Live and loud is how they were to be enjoyed.

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/RO7n2m8O_og

    Starter for 10 anyone, what's the kiwi link with Midnight Oil ?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Righto. Bought a new turntable, the Sherwood PM-9805, $199 from the JB HiFi online store -- $250 less than the list price on the Sherwood NZ website, $100 less than it was instore at the local JB and about $60 cheaper than on the Australian JB online store. No built-in USB recording, but the turntables with that seemed crappier and more expensive.

    Looking forward to it arriving now ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18839 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That sounds very reasonable. The USB recording turntables I have seen have been the low-end Numark with a phono-preamp / USB card inside.

    Are you using an old amp - I didn't think modern amps had phono ins? Or have you got a DJ-oriented soundcard like the Native Instruments Audio 8. They have built in phono ins?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4447 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Are you using an old amp - I didn't think modern amps had phono ins

    A not-too-old JVC receiver, which does have phono input. Pre-amps are expensive!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18839 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    T = starter for 10...

    ... what's the kiwi link with Midnight Oil ?

    I got the Mondo Rock one wrong,
    but this time I'm pretty sure the answer
    is that noted Masochist, Suburban
    Lounge Lizard and Swinger:
    Wayne Stevens

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4879 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    That looks like a nice turntable - this may be a silly question, but have you checked your amp has a "ground" connector for the turntable (I'm assuming it has, if you've already checked that it's got a phono input).

    The USB-direct turntables I've seen invariably look a bit tinny and plastic, and I have no idea whether you can swap their headshells or styluses for anything decent - that's always put me off them. I really really want one of these but they're about $500 and never on special. I'll have to live with my 30 year old Sansui for a bit longer :(

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 237 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That was quick. The bonus for 5 was going to be where is he now, but Wikipedia lists it there anyway.

    Something of a contrast from Suburban Reptiles

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to JP Hansen,

    JP, thanks so much for that link. I love that song and this is a wonderful version.

    Re Adam Hills, his show is good - he's very good; he's got the right mix of larrikin and charming bloke. His music quiz show, Spicks and Specks is very good and includes Hawera's very own Alan Brough.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2230 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Aidan,

    All those tracks - the Church, Midnight Oil, Icehouse, etc are awesome. And chalk me up for another who loved that Do Re Mi anthem. :-)

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 477 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Going way upstream to the discussion on download limits and large game files, Internode here in Oz act as a mirror for Steam (and other) game content, and it doesn't come off your download quota. I've only got a 30GB plan, and I've never exceeded it. It's certainly in their interests for you to download multiplayer-type games so that you can get your nice fat plan to play them. They also stream various internet radio offerings for free.

    I'm a bit surprised that ISPs like Orcon haven't got with that kind of programme yet - I have to say that it's going to be one of the slight annoyances about returning home to NZ.

    As for purchasing music, I'm one of those people whose CD purchases have increased mightily since being able to download samples. I just wish there were more than just the iTunes monopoly (since I am not an Apple fan, and nor do I think we should have to obtain horrible-on-Windows clunky software for the sole purpose of purchasing/playing music) for buying subscriptions to the various labels' offerings - I'm not going to sign up one-by-one to Sony Music, EMI, Universal, etc.

    I love Amplifier for what they do for NZ offerings, and think that's a model that could stand to be deployed more widely. Especially if you can re-download your subscriptions on demand (-ish - I'd certainly understand if there were limits to how frequently you can download previously-purchased music over a specified time period).

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 477 posts Report Reply

  • Dale Griffiths, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks - the technology is getting too hard, I remember 78s

    Te Wai Orea • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Hi Paul,

    I assume you're talking Reckless, not Gimme Shelter? :-P

    Yeah, Spicks & Specks started again this week, thank goodness. I’m am huge fan – brilliant show. I only found Adam Hills talk / guest show while searching to see when S&S was due to start again.

    I have been watching old Never Mind The Buzzcocks to bridge the gap, but Mark Lamar is starting to annoy me – all prick, all the time.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    I want to a James Reyne gig at the Powerstation in the early 90s - it was bloody amazing.

    And then I remembered this ridiculous cover from the Andrew Denton radio show (Wuthering Heights).

    Better Reyne cover (April Sun with Mark Seymour)...

    Oh, and another two from Denton, Barnsey does ABBA;

    Kelly does Prince;

    And one more...

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 199 posts Report Reply

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  • Peter Darlington, in reply to TracyMac,

    I love Amplifier for what they do for NZ offerings, and think that's a model that could stand to be deployed more widely.

    Word up. Love what Amplifier do and a key message is their interest in and devotion to NZ music. Their d/l system is actually really basic, they just leave it up to us to be adults and grab the music. All my NZ music for the last half decade or so has been from those folks.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    Starter for 10 anyone, what's the kiwi link with Midnight Oil ?

    I was tempted to say, this...

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4261 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    Oh wow. I LOVE this thread. I just watched the video for James Reyne's 'Motor's Too Fast.' What a lift! I knew the song well enough, but the video is stone cold brilliant... While it's ostensibly a bog-standard entry in the Corey Hart 'Sunglasses At Night' oeuvre (enigmatic women, immaculate yet somewhat over-ambitious hair, people running for no readily apparent reason) it turns into something truly excellent near the end. Initially Reyne spends all his screen time looking like he's got to go tell a mother of four her husband is dead the moment the director calls "cut." But they must have been using marginal one-step-above-the-blooper-reel footage or something, because when Reyne is standing in the swimming pool trying to look all serious-like, just before they cut away, you can see him start to smirk. Or when one of the enigmatic women kisses him on the neck, and his Seventh Seal grimace starts to dissolve into laughter. As if to say, "It is 1987, and Men In Suits still run the music industry, and they seemed to think this muscle shirt was a good idea. Trust me, I think this is as ridiculous as you do..." Just that tiny glimpse behind the otherwise po-faced exterior was enough of a humanising touch to make the whole enterprise awesome. It went from cloying nonsense to an episode of Yacht Rock.

    Who knows. Maybe this is how it was done before the internet. Maybe artists had to send coded messages embedded in their own goddamn work. "I'm in here. I'm OK, but I don't know how much longer I can keep this up. Send help."

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    Oops. I actually came in here to post some Australian music videos. Here are two of my favourites. One from the actual, sun-blasted Australia where everything is poisonous... Venom P. Stinger's classic "Walking About"

    And one from the more mythic Australia of Dave Graney. Somehow, this song seems to capture something fundamental about Australia for me. Although I haven't the faintest idea why.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Righto. Bought a new turntable,

    that was quick. I had thought I’d quiz a few friends and might have scared up an older english made turntable for you.

    With infinite patience a friend over years of visiting flea markets in AK has lucked onto a few things. Including the turntable I use, a Rega Planar for $25.

    Enjoy that vinyl.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Been trying for two days now to read Selwyn Manning's story on Scoop about Key's dissing of Jon Stephenson. I just cant get that page to load which seems odd, everything else loads. Just not that page. Can someone who can open it put a link here, please.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to andin,

    Manning on Key on Jon Stephenson - try this.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to andin,

    Rega Planar for $25.

    Nice. Got mine for nothing, although I had to manufacture a counter weight, which I used for 15 years before replacing the whole tone arm for $265. Glass plate Planar 2. Manual as hell, but love it's sound. Have been a bit of a tin-arse with stereo gear. Bought a stereo cabinet once for $45 off Trademe and it came with Bose 201 Series II speakers. Think they were made in 1987, but sound perfectly fine to me.

    Anyway, when it comes to Hi-fi, always good to keep your head on...

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to andin,

    With infinite patience a friend over years of visiting flea markets in AK has lucked onto a few things. Including the turntable I use, a Rega Planar for $25.

    $25?? Holy crap, paid $1000 for mine in 1989. :(

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to ChrisW,

    Thanks. Dont know why I couldnt load it.

    Holy crap

    My thoughts exactly.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

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