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Hard News: Friday Music: Laneway 2013, Chilling in the Sun

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  • Peter Darlington,

    Thanks for that review Russ. Flume and Nicolas Jaar would've been my must-see acts of that lineup.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 868 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

    Laneway was reported last year in the media as signing up to the waterfront site for another three years.

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Thanks for that review Russ. Flume and Nicolas Jaar would’ve been my must-see acts of that lineup.

    I can pretty confidently say you'd have loved them both. I've been thrashing the Flume album since. It's great that this sort of thing is hit material.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Flume wasn't my thing, but here's a whole lot of people who felt differently....

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    The Men were probably my highlight, fresh, energetic… kept calling the The Boys by mistake.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Was a great day, I managed from Kings Of Convenience (nice they were too) through to the end of Jaar - usually tired legs and crowd boredom would see me home much earlier

    Enjoyed the rocky acts the most - a style of music that suits these big affairs, Cloud Nothings 15 minute rock wig out was most enjoyable in the baking hot sun

    Jaar whilst very enjoyable also bored me, a bit, his set would have sat better between DJs (ie no breaks), not as stand alone, lots of cutting elements and bringing them back a la teasing club styles perfectly done to bring on those chemical rushes... I wanted more songs less club as he is more than capable.

    The new spaces and added shade was very well done, sucked the bar got closed down and the beer runout just as I needed one too

    All up its a real nice day of music which the promoters have done well to improve on year after year in both lineups and venue, well done!

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 260 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss,

    ooooh it's Etta James in the sample right?

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 113 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    It is! Do you want to go?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss,

    I'm first? sweet I'd love to go!

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 113 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    Sweet. Email me using the email link under the post (or the one next to my name here) and I’ll sort that out for you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss,

    Aaand for those who missed the majestic bailterspace at Laneway (like me) they are at the Kings Arms on 5 February.

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 113 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Can I start a movement that says it is OK to grab the smart phone of anyone who holds it up at a concert and throw it as far as you can across the room. Just pay attention to the music and appreciate it instead of trying to get a bad recording of it on your stupid genital extension. Thank you . . . and sorry . . . just need to breathe . . .

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Heard this one last night:
    Q: How do you know when someone has a smartphone? A: They show it to you

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8034 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    Can I start a movement that says it is OK to grab the smart phone of anyone who holds it up at a concert and throw it as far as you can across the room. Just pay attention to the music and appreciate it instead of trying to get a bad recording of it on your stupid genital extension.

    Disagree! Even though the sound’s a bit ropey, it’s a good thing someone captured that Pink Frost cover for posterity. And I was really pleased with the video I got of @Peace doing ‘Home’ at last year’s Splore.

    Usual caveats apply, of course: don’t impede anyone else, spending the whole gig holding up your phone is lame, etc. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing per se.

    Otoh, I barely touched my phone all day at Laneway – I often have no wish whatsoever to be fiddling with a gadget in a setting like that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    It's beyond that now. As Thomas Beagle pointed out on Twitter, the more common response is feel sympathy for people who don't have a smartphone. We'd chuckle kindly last year when Media3's researcher would take out her battered Nokia ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    feel sympathy for people who don't have a smartphone

    that sounds about right #sniff

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15753 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Sacha,

    How rude! I feel your pain and join you in our phone penury situation

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Chukkkker,

    Nora I second you on The Men, they were my highlight of the afternoon, the difference between cd and live was ace -and they clearly loved playing their rock in the sun, plus Pink Frost sent (ahem) chills down my spine. But kids with phones.... There I was leaving AltJ (because they sounded exactly like the cd) got there early for Japandroids and as soon as they played the first lick got shoved outta the way by a group of kids with earplugs and cellphones. And it kinda struck me, if you're not at Laneways to hear it properly and you only want to view secondhand, why come to Laneways at all? Other than that 8/10

    Since Nov 2007 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We'd chuckle kindly last year when Media3's researcher would take out her battered Nokia ...

    My 2 year old one is still considered a boss device at University. They're not cheap, after all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8034 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    So I went to Pretty Lights last night and I’m fairly sure I was the oldest person in the building. But it was great! I wish he’d played a few more of his remixes (only Pink Floyd’s ‘Time’, from memory) and there was a spell in the two-hour set where one filthy great break started to sound like another – but mostly, wow!

    Ana, who was upstairs, has a good shot from there that she’ll hopefully share here.

    The underlying pics here are rather large because I’m having to post straight from my, er, smartphone.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    One more, then.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17973 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss,

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    It looked like this! And sounded like "wompwompwompwomp"

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 113 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sacha,

    How do you feel about someone who has no mobile of any kind?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Hmm, I guess you had to be there but the vocals on that cover of 'Pink Frost' are rather piss-weak.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Ambivalent - more useful phone just on my personal wishlist. Don't think everyone needs them.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15753 posts Report Reply

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