While her music isn't my cup of tea, I think that at 16 she's been thrown in the deep end far too early. Popular music history is awash with people that were successful in their mid-teens and chewed up, spat out by the music biz only a year or two later, only to fade into obscurity and irrelevance.
While she may be "taking it slowly" history isn't on her side in terms of her still being relevant in the medium or long term.
Also, the "market" - for want of a better term - for commercial pop music - for want of a better term - is very, very fickle, again, as history shows.
The bill passed on Wed evening. By 7.45 am the next morning on my way to work, I saw in massive letters on the footpath outside National list MP Michael Woodhouse's office this graffito: JOHN KEY IS BIG BROTHER.
I disagree. It's pretty hypocritical of the Aussies to whine about people booing Cooper when their cricket team sledge at every opportunity.
But I digress, for I live in Dunedin, where tomorrow I shall have my photo taken with THE RANFURLY SHIELD !!!!
As an aside, any ideas why Andrew Schmidt's excellent Mysterex blog is no longer around ? I've just searched for it and it appears to've been removed / taken down.
Any ideas if Andrew has a new website and / or blog ?
I took a pic backstage at the FN 10th anniv. gig at Sammy's, Dunedin of Robert Scott, Paul Rose and Dominic Stones all standing next to each other wearing Clean t-shirts. Paul had the pic as his F/b profile pic a little while ago.
Trick Mammoth are pretty good, but Millie Lovelock's main band, Astro Children, are even better, I reckon. As the name suggests, they go for a more droney, shoe-gazey, space rock approach.
Drummer Sam Valentine is also the bassist for the more poppy, surf-pop Males, plus he writes a music column each Saturday for the Otago Daily Times.
Apart from these acts, there's also several other very, very good young bands around Dunedin at present; I reckon the local scene is the best it's been several years' primarily due to these bands and their associated bands.
I'm baffled by so many people that normally wouldn't touch heavy metal with a bargepole going ga-ga over Beastwars - John Campbell being a classic example. Is it simply because they're from NZ ?
Obviously they're very good at what they do, I "get" that. But there are a lot of people that otherwise have no interest in metal, have never shown any interest previously in, say, Sepultra or Mastadon or whoever, yet are getting all excited by Beastwars.
It's as if the same people who'd previously never shown any interest in reggae were to suddenly get excited by, say, Fat Freddy's.
It simply doesn't add up.
Great to see the Snapper ep getting re-issued.
Regarding Gillard, it's a numbers game. She's a got a majority of precisely one and is loath to risk it.
If she had a majority of, say, 20, I suspect there'd have been more progress in Australia.
Slightly off-topic, but some weird trivia on TV3 last night: Dennis Thatcher's father was born in...Whanganui. Crikey.