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Hard News: Music: In before Christmas

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  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Russell Brown,

    never doubted it would be...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 306 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The Richmond Road party band from the 90s are back!

    This week, 'Refugee' and 'Born to Run' get the treatment.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • Barnard, in reply to Emma Hart,

    The other Tim Minchin Xmas song also bring tears...of laughter

    Wellington • Since Nov 2012 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Barnard,

    Cheers, Barnard, I've just played that for my daughter, who loved it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4340 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    How could I have forgotten the first professional gig of Jon Bon Jovi "R2-D2, We wish you a Merry Christmas" from the Star Wars Christmas album of yore.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    it's end o' year bubbles o'clock here, so that's my excuse for a little selfindulgence...hic

    I share Danielle's enthusiasm for Nancy Wilson...have you heard this one?

    I've also finally found a decent copy of Helen Shapiro's finest hour - the single is insanely rare, but I spotted it last week on the English-pressed comp...top blue-eyed Northern soul styles

    also flogged off enough rubbish to afford for this...your starter for ten: what telly theme did this inspire?

    have a merry wotsit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 306 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    I share Danielle’s enthusiasm for Nancy Wilson…have you heard this one?

    Tune! Well, all of them, really.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    hey matey, I'm here all week...not really, but do try the veal.

    and this...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 306 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    now I'm just the early doors boozer who won't go home, and I seem to be the only one left at the party, but I wanted to plus one on the Builders references above before heading back to the fan-damly.
    aside from the odd - at times very odd - Builders album still lurking at home, I had a lovely wee while chatting with Mr Direen at ye olde Shakespeare. A nice bloke and no mistake. With his own teeth and everything.
    And I'm not certain why but I have a suspicion his stuff will endure in better health than much of other the stuff of that ilk.

    that said, if anyone has a copy of this slice of made Peruvian madness, I'd be well up for sorting out some kind of rental agreement - Vampi Soul comped it a wee while ago, but I really want/ need the 7''...just love the hi-hats.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 306 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Barnard,

    Great stuff! Just what a Jewish boy needs to get through Christmas

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2285 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Mr Direen

    Us Southerners (& Melburnians) get a chance in the new year:

    Sunday 13 January
    Tago Mago, Melbourne
    with Barry Stockley (bass), Jess McCann (accordion) and Tama Stockley (dr)

    Wednesday 16 January
    Dark Room, Christchurch
    Music and readings
    Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado

    Friday 18 January
    Taste Merchants, Dunedin
    Music and launch of Percutio magazine 2013
    Readings and acts by contributors to Percutio 2013, followed by music by Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado

    Saturday 19 January
    Taste Merchants, Dunedin
    Readings and acts to be announced
    Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4678 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Just been reminded how apocalyptic Johnny Cash could be (and such a wonderful voice and musician)

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2030 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Great to see Mr Direen back in Chch soon, The last time I recall he was down this way was a gig at the now demolished El Porto Santo in Lyttelton, Dec 2010. Mick Elborado is always good on bass accompaniment, Stuart Page of course on drums. What always amazes me is the dexterity Bill has and the sounds he gets from playing guitar without a pick.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Bill Direen

    Well hell; it's Mayan New Year's Eve and I'm waiting for the apocalypse, which then led to thinking about my old friend Tom and how he would've been enjoying today enormously. Then Bildireen comes up...so I shall mention (because it's fated -- and I can see Tom's mouth and the cigarette smoke curling and twitching at that thought) the song he wrote called Beating Hearts about Aztecs and sacrifices.

    Tom Scully was a good friend; we spent a lot of time prowling, ranting, smoking and hanging out when we were meant to be at journalism school. As this google turned up "he left the gig early".
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/bill-direens-notes-for-underground.html

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2575 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    your starter for ten: what telly theme did this inspire?

    Unfortunately, my Friday evening alcohol addled brain is unable to fathom which TV theme was inspired by this (slightly brilliant) tune... On the other-hand, It is hugely evident that said tune was (more than a little bit) inspired by "Wild Thing" by The Troggs.

    P.S. all else you've posted is also (at least) slightly (if not more-so) brilliant - cheers!

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    the song he wrote called Beating Hearts about Aztecs and sacrifices.

    Hey maybe it's a genre.

    I always liked Robyn Hitchcock's Mexican God:
    Cruel, magnificent, roasting your people
    I am secure at the end of your rod
    Cut out my heart and it flies to the ceiling
    Time will destroy you like a Mexican god

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3376 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Crank this Christmas epic.

    Since Nov 2006 • 866 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to FletcherB,

    The TV theme is of course that of Futurama.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 874 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hebe,

    beet red heart....

    Tom Scully was a good friend...

    ...me too, from South Intermediate and sporadically thru High School and beyond - he went off to St Bedes (I think that's where he met Bill) and then he ended up at Cashmere, we met up and camped together on the hill at the the first Ngaruawahia Music festival, Tom slid down during the night... I'd run into Tom at the Gresham, and gigs, often with Bill...
    Every time I drive past Studholme Street I think of him and his family...

    Noahpocollapse... the great arc

    Mayan New Year’s Eve and
    I’m waiting for the apocalypse
    ...because it’s fated

    The great cycles turn, baktun the future
    one spiritual/symbolic age ends
    another begins...

    Some astrologers say the Age of Aquarius actually begins in 2012. That’s because they believe the star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion marked the ancient border between the constellations Leo and Cancer. This star moves to within 30o of the September equinox point in 2012, meaning that Regulus leaves the sign Leo to enter the sign Virgo this year. Presuming equal-sized constellations in antiguity, that places the border of the constellations Pisces and Aquarius at 150o west of Regulus, or at the March equinox point. By this reckoning, the Age of Aquarius starts in 2012. {source}

    Popol reign...
    The cyclic nature of it all, makes me wonder about the connections ,, coincidences and holographic distribution of concepts at all levels (and that's just before breakfast!!) - the Mayan trickster ball game heroes drove their mythology, the Hero Twins must battle Seven Macaw to save mankind.
    Do we know where glider pilot Richie McCaw (7) is at the moment?
    Is he flying to the breakdown of civilisation, even as I type?

    Hey maybe it’s a genre.

    The Mayans dallied with numbers
    and tallied with string ( Quipu )
    Give 'em enough trope...


    and this Budd's for you ambience chasers, too...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4678 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    .DWFO #6: "A Christmas Carol (Suite)"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1186 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Alan Alan Alan! So excited to see that linked here! I absolutely love 'The Clapping Song'! (In fact it may have been the genesis for our household theory that all songs containing handclaps, numbers, days of the week, or spoken word interludes are awesome. Which doesn't necessarily hold up under scrutiny, but we still have a weakness for them.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1186 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    Not music, but audio links anyway:
    Two BBC4 programmes on 21/12/12 (so they’ll be around for at least a week; possibly longer) are connected to A Recent Thread. (I’d have put the links there instead, but, well.)
    (i) The Listening Project: parents of an autistic boy
    (ii) More or Less: US gun crime statistics

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 874 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The cyclic nature of it all, makes me wonder about the connections, coincidences and holographic distribution of concepts at all levels (and that's just before breakfast)

    Can I just say, Ian, that you come across as the most interesting bloke? And, I suspect, a more than useful ally for doing cryptic crosswords.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 126 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A Christmas song from Sun Ra's wonderful, slightly mad, doo-wop era:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

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