Posts by Robyn Gallagher

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  • Hard News: The People's Choice,

    Andrew asked:

    This is a good blog site, but kind of dominated by testosterone...where all the ladies?

    There ain't no ladies here. This is the last place you'd find a lady.

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  • Speaker: This ain't a scene,

    The 'original' emo bands sound nothing like the bands that get labelled with it now

    Yeah, I remember that emo period. I was kind of into it back then, but couldn't quite work out how Jimmy Eat World emo begat Fall Out Boy emo.

    As for cutting, back in the '90s I had a flatmate who had just got over a major cutting phase. She was a serious cutter, going right down to muscle, and leaving some really major scars on her arms and legs. She was fucked up when she did it, but eventually sorted her stuff out.

    It's laughable looking at some LiveJournal emo bragging about the little scratches s/he has inflicted upon herself.

    Emo's just another form of goth. There's nothing wrong with it, but anyone subscribing to the emo culture shouldn't take themselves too seriously. I mean, I know I get my kicks laughing at the emos in Aotea Square.

    P.S. Pete from Fall Out Boy is hot!

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  • Random Play: So You Wanna Be A…,

    When I was in London, I met a kiwi, asked where he was from and he said "Dunedin...I KNOW I KNOW" and when I said "huh?" he launched this tirade about how "you North Islanders think you're so much better than us".

    A few years ago, two friends of mine hitch-hiked from Auckland down to Southland.

    They'd engage in conversation with the drivers who picked them up, which would usually involve, "So, where are you guys from?"

    They discovered that the further south they travelled, the more negative the driver's reaction was to their hometown, verging on near hostility by the time they neared their destination.

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  • Anika Moa: 'Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!',

    It would have been nicer if she wasn't so self-conscious at the start.Be a rockstaress, Anika!

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  • Random Play: So You Wanna Be A…,

    I liked Finn's comments on the one-sided Australia vs New Zealand situation:

    These are trivial matters but I mention them because some in New Zealand spend too much time worrying about Australia. If they take credit for some of our stuff it's not that big a deal. We should be calmly confident enough not to care. And anyway, they don't spend any time worrying about us.

    In other words, it's just a pavlova.

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  • Hard News: I'm in yr Beehive tellin yr…,

    LOLRUS PLZ MAYK SHURE TEH POLYTISHINZ DONT STEEL UR BUCKIT!!!!!!

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  • Hard News: Graceless Islanders,

    I too have been hunting high and low for a true Souvlaki vendor in AK...no dice.

    I'm sure this must be a reflection of immigration patterns. Could it be that Christchurch somehow ended up with a large Greek community, and hence the big souvlaki scene.

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  • Hard News: Graceless Islanders,

    I guess it depends whether you consider deciding between plastic chicken, plastic turkey, and plastic cheese is "choice". It's certainly "choice", in an sarcastic 80s meaning of "choice" way.

    If you want unlimited choice of what you can put on your sandwich, go to a supermarket.

    If you're out and about and looking for something to eat that isn't deepfried and/or slathered in fatty sauces, then Subway can provide.

    In fact, I'd rather get a Subway roll than one of those dodgy slimy filled rolled from the bakery nearby.

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  • Random Play: So You Wanna Be A…,

    My belief is that too often artists here [...] don’t have their work critiqued at every step of the process: in the writing, the recording, production, even the running order on an album.

    What I've noticed from my years hanging out at NZmusic.com, is that if a band is offered serious criticism, it is often dismissed as "tall poppy syndrome" or as being the words of a "jealous hater".

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  • Random Play: So You Wanna Be A…,

    Everyone in a band should read this blog and think about.


    I got an email from a friend once, urging me to see some band playing at the Kings Arms. "They're a really great local band," the email claimed, "so go and support local music!!!"

    I didn't go because I realised that if they were from any other country, touring here, I wouldn't see them because I just didn't really enjoy their type of music.

    By urging audiences to support local music, it sort of suggests that these bands aren't good enough to command audiences on their own, and I don't think that's helpful.

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