Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    I must implore that The Phoenix Foundation are certainly not playing an acoustic set at Real Groovy tomorrow. We will be playing the 7” stuff straight up.

    Ooh. I will fix that now.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    My personal pick was Jonathan Bree’s The Primrose Path.

    Great record. As Havoc observed in your interview on Wednesday, there was no one in that lineup you wouldn’t want to win.

    once Lorde was nominated it was the obvious and appropriate choice and the way she accepted it was exceptionally classy.

    Most people probably wouldn't have got the reference, but it was interesting that she specifically mentioned the vocal she agreed to do for the new @Peace album but couldn't. Any sane person would have forgiven her for having to bail on it as her world was blowing up last year, but it obviously weighed on her mind. Again, classy.

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…, in reply to Yamis,

    He’s had a bloody hard time of it by the looks of it but has come through it like a champ.

    I read that and marvelled that anyone could be that well-adjusted. Great story.

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…, in reply to Sacha,

    Cheers, Ross. There’s so much to learn about disability that I’m amazed media producers don’t see it as rich ground for stories. Really doesn’t make sense.

    What we have seen is increased visibility of disability in screen drama. The autistic-savant trope can be shallow, but programmes like Bones and The Big Bang Theory do at least introduce the concept that some people's experience of the world is profoundly different to others'. And the career of RJ Mitte, who played Walter White's son in Breaking Bad, is really interesting.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Within Sony TV there is a channel called Moshcam.

    And we have Samsungs, so we can’t get it, but we can get stuff you can’t. The proprietorial approach to content by the set manufacturers is not helping the digital transition one bit.

    There’s a concerts channel on Apple TV, but it costs money and it’s rubbish. I don’t know about you, but I want to see current shows, not rebroadcasts of concert DVDs.

    But I reckon that live-events concept is quite powerful. Not just concerts, all kinds of things people might want to virtually be at.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

    Bryan Staff missed his moment on stage (cue jokes about being late to one's own funeral), but I found him and fetched him so Hugh could interview him.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503078&gal_cid=1503078&gallery_id=142467

    I like this bit:

    "The point about AK79 is not what I did in putting the record out, it's what I did in opening the floodgates. And after me, you see, there was Simon Grigg with his labels, Roger Shepherd with his. And I proved with AK 79 that any fool can do it."

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…, in reply to Adrian Coysh,

    I am on the Auckland Branch Committee of HRINZ, the professional body of HR people. I have just set up a new special interest group focused on Diversity and our first event is on May 1st, discussing Disability Employment.

    Damn. I already have two things on on May 1. Perhaps Sacha can make it. Do the people at Elevator know about it already?

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  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…, in reply to Adrian Coysh,

    Nice meeting you recently, Adrian -- thanks for coming here.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to debunk,

    They note that “many of these substances are actually naphthoylindole (or other) derivatives rather than cannabis derivatives.”

    Fair enough. They all have an affinity for the cannabis receptors in the brain, but “synthetic cannabinomimetics” is a more precise term than “synthetic cannabis”. Turns out all the JWH chemicals are in the naphthoylindole family – so they’re analgesics.

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