Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Monster Weekend,

    In the end, it's the hypocrisy stupid. Because it takes precisely zero imagination to picture The Standard going up like a flaming bag of dogshit if Kiwiblog had an equally 'technical' connection with the National Party.

    I agree, it's hypocritical, and that's precisely their problem.

    But by Prentice's notably measured account, he also hosts sites for groups that are not only not connected with Labour, but almost anathema to them. The screaming and bitching from some of the Kiwiblog commenters is a bit much, especially given the interesting revelation by the Southland Times about who's bankrolling Shadbolt. There's a lot more money involved in the latter.

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  • Hard News: Monster Weekend,

    Shihad playing 'Pacifier'. My mobile phone was freaking out but I think it captures the scale of the occasion quite well. You can hear the crowd singing:

    Someone else's clip (also during 'Pacifier') of an "old dude going off to shihad". The Big Day Out is all about personal expression:

    And another: Battles playing 'Atlas':

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    Some, uh, older BDO-goers do it with the air-conditioned comfort of a hospitality room, but that's cheating.

    And I believe you when you say that you'd turn down one of those invites on principle ...

    As a BDO-goer of 14 years' standing, I have no shame in saying it's nice to have a table, a bar and a clean toilet to pop back to occasionally.

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    And we watched Bjork and then went home. Hurray for being old enough to realise that you don't have to stick around all day if you're not that interested in any other bands.

    Fair enogh, but that meant you missed possibly the best band at the whole show ...

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    Just got in after some solid after partying.

    Respect!

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  • Hard News: Castoffs of Waiheke,

    Bought for comedy reasons but unexpectedly good accompaniment for candlelit bathing, who knew that the late pontiff's rich basso voice praying actually goes very well with beats behind it? and I never would have known that if not for rummaging in the remainders.

    Listening to the Holy Father whilst naked? I'm sure there's a special punishment for that ...

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    Well! Took a rather circuitous route home (taxi drivers, I feel, should know how to get to major arterials like Mt Eden Road from Mt Smart. But perhaps that's just me).

    Especially seeing as it's just a matter of pointing the car in the right direction and driving ...

    I'd like to note several things: oh my god LCD Soundsystem ruled - I could have listened to them for hours and hours, bopping around like an idiot

    Didn't they just. That was really, really exciting.

    Bjork is a wondrous magical creature - that's seriously the most avant-garde thing anyone's ever likely to see at a stadium show, ever

    Yes, even if I did wish she'd played more of a pop show, it was remarkable art.

    Spoon were on the wrong stage; Arcade Fire did their best to battle against bad sound and slight indifference from the crowd (at least where I was standing);

    We were up at Lilyworld for the slightly delayed performance by Lady Saw and entourage. I felt like we hadn't really had a hit so far, but she was brilliant, and the atmosphere was happy and relaxed. And anyone who can get the crowd rocking to a song about her own infertility has my respect.

    Then Shihad played what I think might have been their best BDO show ever. They were majestic.

    I loved how massive Dizzee Rascal was with the punters - I leapt about like a bit of a mad person in the tent when he was on, when I could eventually get in there

    It was so hot in there. Dizzee was great but, with no international acts on in the stadium at the time and 27º temperatures outside, the crowd and heat was a show-stopper for me. (We were already in the middle of the tent for the end of Havoc's set and it packed in around us very quickly and heated up alarmingly as Dizzee took the stage.) We went over to Billy Bragg, who was a bit lacking.

    also really loved Dr Octagon/Kool Keith, who kicked my day off with a bang; managed to squeeze in Paul Kelly's 'To Her Door', which is one of my fave songs ever, and The Clean's 'Fish' (ditto). So it seems that the Boiler Room was the winner on the day, which hardly ever happens to me.

    I was a bit disappointed in Dr Octagon after a fine start when he dropped the Incredible Bongo Band's 'Apache'. And the Clean's organic rock was a perfect follow-up to LCD (in fact, the two aren't entirely dissimilar). Carl Cox was a bit doofy but kind of fun. My crew went home very happy.

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    I'm having clothing issues. Obviously, a frock is out of the question because of all the flashing problems, and I wouldn't wish the sight of me in shorts on anyone, but... to jean or not to jean? Because the jeans are a bit miserable for about three hours from 2-5, but then you're grateful for them in the cooler evening period from 5-11. Ack. Is early misery worth later comfort?

    Just popped in to Barkers to get a new pair of cargo shorts. Loadsa pockets, you see.

    The mall was full of young punters. And hi to the PA reader I chatted to in the Foodtown queue.

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    And behave yourselves!

    Awww, mum ...

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  • Hard News: Notes for a Big Day Out,

    So what happens when it gets to the promised 25 °C?

    That's down from last night's forecast of 27º.

    I'm expecting jungle weather this evening.

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