I meant to mention Evan Dando at the Dogs Bollix having to face down some hooting drunk who bellowed his way through Dando's set: "I remember what it was like the first time I had a drink," said Dando. Sarcasm doesn't work on yobs.
(I'm told he got off the stage and belted someone in Wellington. Anyone confirm that?)
He was well out of it when he came with the remnants of MC5.
Out of it or what? Bob Dylan at the Supertop being so far gone at one point he looked at the hat in his hand and you could see the cogs turning: "uh hat . . . head?"
By the way I have tinnitus and it isn't pleasant. I blame (and thank) Cheap Trick at the Auckland Town Hall. Brilliant!
Oh, and a table of middle-aged women at Shona Laing's gig about two years ago in the Town Hall Concert Chamber. One of them kept calling out for her favourite Shona song, "1927, 1927".
(When Shona did sing 1905 the woman didn't appear to recognise it until Shona was halfway through.)
That's what the second glass of chardonnay can do to you, folks.
UMMMMMMMM . . . . Sydney?
You have never heard about the "Opera House"?
The last great 20th century work of genuinely iconic [ and i don't mean in that mundane NZ use of the word "iconic": aka Dave Dobbyn, Marc Ellis] national symboliism.
I'm thinking public architecture which might just be a rather more amorphous and longterm-thinking concept/conceit.
(Hmm "The Statue of Liberty said 'come' " -- John Lennon)
Sorry pal and with all due respect, but you you might need to get into a bigger world than the one you live in.
A wharf is only a wharf .. . if that all you think it is.
By the way. I welcome the input here of "the Lesser Spotted Architect Bird".
But is that too rare and precious a breed to feed at this pecking ground?
The best scene in Don't Let It Get You is where the very black fly crawls around in Lew Pryme's pure white hair while they are driving along singing. Oh and the young Kiri of course!
William Clauson touring again? He'd be at least in his late 70s because he looks about 30 on the cover of the EP recorded in 1959/60.
I think a recognition of Maori music and culture was much more common in certain parts of New Zealand at that time than we might think, and/or have been led to believe. But then again because I knew a lot of Jewish people I called auntie and uncle I thought everyone in Auckland knew Jewish people . . . until I went into the real world!
" . . .the new Ironbank Building on K Rd - best bit of new city design I've seen here for ages. We can do good contemporary architecture . . ."
Hmm, I saw that the other day and with it's block lettering, menacing and impenetrable facade etc i could only think "neo-fascist bank" of the kind you might have seen/see in Mussolini's EUR outside of Rome.
Not my kind of architecture, but let's hear what others have to say.
Over to you architects/designers . . .
thanks for the comments . . . and the correction, stewart. duly made. (great song, as you say, another weird one from them)
Sorry Evan, put you crook: I meant to write 648 NOT 698. I counted ONE word more than their count of 647.
Everyone wants to know whether hyphenates count as one or two words: one I guess.
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" also carries the same pay weight as "dole" or "poor". If you get my drift.
just waking up from xmas/new year and shaking the sleep out of my brain so thought i'd respond to a couple of points.
cheers stephen for your insight: yes i was painting with a brooooaaad brush for the purposes of making a point. fully understand the complexity of what happened in japan (actually in truth i don't understand global economics at all!) and that things deflated rather more slowly -- and stayed down -- than i suggested.
i did love how so many japanese could say as if it were one word "whentheeconomicbubbleburst".
and certainly don't panic is maybe better than don't worry: but my point was about "worry". in one of those 'it won't happen overnight but it will happen' scenarios we must of course remember to be cautious etc etc but to worry endlessly just feeds the problem (as i see the negative mainstream media in nz enjoying doing, the herald started a thing about 'how many jobs lost today' before xmas but that seems to have sensibly been sidelined)
i can't speak for liam but take your point (although the iceland joike is just that, a joke) and he too was just going for the broad sweep. nice final paragraph of his though.
and me getting back to japan?
Ha! i wish. certainly not on the horizon though am aiming for korea again this year so you never know.
And to greg: nope i know buffalo daughter and it wasn't them although i'd love to see them live, i play their pshychic album a lot (when megan is out!)
my favourite japanese "band" was two guys busking near yoyoji park called paper knife: just two guitars and a beat box and they were beatles-meets-bacharach with a DIY twist. i bought their cassettes (hand drawn covers, like daniel johnston) and play them all the time.
thanks for responding.
and happpy new year to you all
Yes, I am aware that Real Groovy has not now got a store in Dunedin, and I am sure there are as many reasons as there are conspiracy theories about why/why not.
I guess what we tend to forget about when it comes to music is that a record shop is actually just another business. If it makes a buck it stays in business, if it doesn't then . . .
And also that Real Groovy, just like JB Hi-Fi, Uncle's and the Number 1 Shoe Warehouse was expansionist.
I'm a pragmatist when it comes to things like this: to survive they probably had to ditch a store and that was it. Also the deal they have cracked is because the managers of the stores in ChCh and Wellington bought the shops to keep them going.
I have no idea what happened in Dunedin. Maybe no one thought to, or wanted to, buy it? (If not, why not?)
If I am looking at it through rose-tinted glasses then so be it: but I am not so naive to think that RG is anything but a business.
This from Chris Hart's e-mail, the emphasis mine: "The Auckland store will join forces with the Wellington and Christchurch stores (purchased by local management) in order to bring the nation’s biggest retail chain, selling new, rare and second-hand music, back to its former glory."
Yep, money talks etc and while we might have emotional attachment to the corner record store (like Roy Colbert's etc) or love the smell of vinyl in the morning, the end of the ledger is where it is at.
And Solomon King on scratchy old vinyl at my house is still singing "there was music before, there'll be music again . . ."
Speaking of Wikipedia entries on musicians: up until a fortnight ago the occupations listed for Australian alt.country Kasey Chambers were "singer-songwriter, musician, lesbian".
I put this to her during an interview to be published in the Herald in advance of her Kings Arms concert with her husband Shane Nicholson (August 5) and she laughed.
Then she said, "what do you think of that Shane?" and he fired back with dusty and droll immediacy, "I think you should quit that job".
Seems someone else thinks so too -- that particular "occupation" is now no longer listed.
I'm not a motor racing guy at all but driving cautiously to work today (yep, cheaper to drive and get earlybird parking than take the uncertain public transport allegedly available) I ws chuffed for Dixon -- and a thought immediately occured.
If he's up there with Bruce McLaren, does he now get an intermediate school in Auckland named after him?
And a song by NRA???