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  • 3410,

    Okay, it ain't music, but check out this vid containing amazing octopus camouflage abilities:

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    In an eerie thematic parallel with Home Brew...

    That's quite possibly the first (and only?) time anyone has dared type that phrase. I'm surprised how much I like the song, too.

    As for Ben King, the man can do no wrong. He was the friend of a friend in the early days of Goldenhorse, back when he was practically hairless, so I'm impressed with his subsequent beard-growing abilities. Is this a side effect of Speights consumption?

    I've been listening to The Mutton Birds almost obsessively recently, as a way to try to get myself into the right headspace for writing a post on my love for Auckland (and for New Zealand as a whole) but I haven't really gone out of my way to watch any of their videos until today. I had forgotten how long ago this all was:

    It seems like the only recognisable part of Dominion Rd in that song, the only part that's still there so obviously, is the volcanic rock kerbs.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 859 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    In an eerie thematic parallel with Home Brew...

    That's quite possibly the first (and only?) time anyone has dared type that phrase.

    It certainly amused me to do so.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18725 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    For once, I have music, rather than animation:

    Okay. Animation too:


    And I got directed to this Inside New Zealand double doco about a week about, which saw me watch the whole thing on youtube:

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2996 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I was impressed by AA Gill’s session at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival

    I was rather pissed off that I could only attend one session this year (cash flow and prior engagements), but it was a doozy. ATC staged a wonderful (and free) reading of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, with a lively discussion headlined a Victor Roger. I still can’t understand why this play has never had a profession production in New Zealand, apart from the large cast.

    BTW, did every interview with Gill have to bring up that damn baboon? If you're looking for case studies in Gillesque prickery you're hardly stuck for choice...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11877 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Returning to a previous Friday theme -- how many remixes of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' can there be? Scientists consulted by this blog say, frankly, we don't know.

    The more the merrier, I say.

    I found Temple Cloud this morning, who is very Adele-esque, and has apparently been used on a KFC ad.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Finally, The Knobbz' "Culture?" in its uncut glory @ NZOnScreen.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4162 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Only just noticed this.

    It’s a dub of one of the worst songs ever – Foreigner’s ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ -- and it’s actually really, really nice.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18725 posts Report Reply

  • mike.t,

    For NZ music week - Berlin Based NZ producer Lucky Paul with his first release coming out on Somethinksounds next month.

    With a nice remix done by Gang Colours.
    http://hypem.com/#!/item/1bew1/Lucky+Paul+-+Thought+We+Were+Alone+%28Gang+Colours+Remix%29

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    I like this vinyl direction. And the beauty is that you can go back to crate digging to find pre-loved gems at (relatively) cheap prices. Last album I grabbed was 300% Dynamite off Trade Me. Reggae most certainly is best played 'Pon de Needle.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 884 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Today I present the video for the 1986 Peking Man song "Good Luck to You". You should watch it for four reasons:

    1. The fierce dual sibling power of Pat and Margaret Urlich. Clearly they are not to be messed with.
    2. Much of the video is set at the late, great cafe DKD.
    3. There's ample footage of 1986 Auckland, a year before the crash. Back then the city was golden and full of dreams.
    4. It's also a pretty cool pop track.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    Have you seen the UK video for Dominion Road? It painfully looks like it was made in the mid '90s, and it's like someone was trying to style the Mutton Birds as a downunder Oasis :-(

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • Karen Crisp, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There's ample footage of 1986 Auckland, a year before the crash. Back then the city was golden and full of dreams.

    Omg I can't watch it. I moved to Dunedin from Auckland in 1984 to get away from the agressive upward mobility that was going on then.

    Auckland • Since May 2008 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Have you seen the UK video for Dominion Road? It painfully looks like it was made in the mid '90s, and it's like someone was trying to style the Mutton Birds as a downunder Oasis :-(

    I saw it but tried to forget it.

    Some day I'd really like to put together a Youtube playlist of "music videos capturing iconic aspects of Auckland" because I'm nerdy like that. Like the Finn Brothers' Won't Give In:

    If any place looks like it was designed to belong in a music video, it's the Britomart train station.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 859 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 859 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    And now for something completely different: 25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they're from the Future (via Jamie Dubs.)

    Seen it before, never mind seeing it again. It is well trippy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18725 posts Report Reply

  • kiwicmc,

    Saw Bourdain and Gill at the Sydney Writers Festival yesterday, they were very funny - and bounced off each other brilliantly. They had Tony Bilson (long time Sydney chef) as the moderator/interviewer. Don't think he added too much, but he kicked things off I guess. A.A. Gill was pretty merciless when he asked any stupid questions which was entertaining.

    Sydney, Australia • Since May 2008 • 61 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Bell,

    Oh, I do love Friday post-a-video day.

    Taking things in a different direction to the music posted above. Here's a clip of some advocacy that Aram Barra (guest on Media7) was involved in - Drug lords celebrating prohibition at the UN drug meeting this year.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Ah, was bopping around to this as a nipper...

    Hope you like.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 547 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Tim Michie,

    Ah, was bopping around to this a a nipper...

    Fantastic little pop song. Loxene Golden Disc finalist, 1972. As a member of the Shevelles, Rangi Parker had a pretty decent career outside NZ too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18725 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Sundae,

    Thanks very much for the props, Russell. I might add a little clarification.. NZ Music Month was just a coincidental time to launch it.. these sessions will be regular, not just in May. I made the boss confirm that during my speech, so now I have witnesses..

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    The latest Children Collide video is the very definition of a one-taker:

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    "Every Day is Sunday" reminds me strongly of this-Mika and Jackie Clark tackle Sam Sheppard's "Haere Mai, Everything is Ka Pai":

    I had a flatmate (young pakeha guy from New Plymouth) who had a recording of an early version of this song and was _obssessed__ with it. He once came across a busker on Queen St who knew it and insisted that the two of them jam variations on the song for a good twenty minutes. I've always wondered who sang the version that he had-might it have been Rangi Parker? I can't seem to find a discography online.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 859 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    And now for something completely different: 25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they're from the Future (via Jamie Dubs.)

    It's oddly reminiscent of the Montreal Expo 67 buildings after the event closed. The site was actually used for an on-location shoot for the Galactica Original episode "Greetings From Earth".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4162 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    ...and looking like a high street
    Zambesi, Street Life and Workshop ad
    I'm thinking stylist work by
    Ngila Dickson
    or Megan Douglas
    or Angela...
    possibly a Kerry Brown
    shoot or Phil Peacocke maybe

    oh the memory cells I have lost...

    where are my old copies of ChaCha?

    the past is being unearthed...
    I did just pick up 4 (four) copies of
    the Captain Sunshine comic #1
    at the market last week...

    another plea to the gallery...
    is anyone out there sitting
    on the artwork to issue two
    or any of those full size in-store stand ups
    Colin, have you still got copies?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4698 posts Report Reply

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