Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: CWC 2015: Contains graphic horror,

    That just looks appalling. My immediate reaction - other than how inept and garish it is - is that having the batting and bowling figures prominently displayed is a clunky attempt to match the excellent ball-by-ball stats / commentary on cricinfo - and failing miserably.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour, in reply to DexterX,

    Looking at the vast numbers that do not vote - are they smarter than me having reached the conclusion earlier than I - that the appearance of democracy - an election every three to four years - just doesn't matter - the machinery and intentions of government chug on regardless of the worth of a person's vote.

    As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    from memory the dance floor in the Provincial (the basement) was about the size of my flat kitchen at the time …. it was likely a small crowd

    No, it was actually the reasonably large upstairs bar, which could fit about 300 or so in it, IIRC.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Imagine if no one had got their phone out. Imagine if the pub-crowd had merely had a giggle and a good story to tell their families when they got home.

    There is, believe it or not, precedence for this...

    Back in the late '80s, a mate of mine was playing in a covers band at The Provincial pub in Dunedin, one Friday evening. During their set, the crowd slowly parted...to reveal a couple "in congress" in the middle of the dance floor.

    Also in the late '80s or early '90s, the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were playing a most unlikely gig - the Toga Party at Massey University's Orientation...when the band realised that couple in the front row were "in congress".

    All I can say is "Eeuw".

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    All very well and good, but I suspect it'll be divorce lawyers, not privacy lawyers, that'll be acting in this case it'd appear.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Auckland…,

    the usual agonising scheduling conflicts

    Always go to see the one you haven't seen before or are least likely to have a chance of seeing again. Russell gives the example of a Race Banyon / Courtney Barnett clash.

    Race Banyon is an NZer, so far more likely to play Auckland and other NZ cities again, whereas Courtney Barnett is an Aussie and given her increasing popularity, much less likely to play NZ much over the next few years.

    Do it while you can.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Auckland…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    I note mention of Fishrider Records Is the owner, Ian Henderson, related to George Henderson of the Puddle?

    Brothers, Ian's the youngest. I think.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…, in reply to MxDEJ,

    Being a bit too young to have caught them at the time, I’d often heard that Straitjacket Fits live beat the hell out of their recorded stuff. That always struck me as a pretty big call, given how good their catalogue sounds. But, wow, That Video!

    Absolutely phenomenal live band on a good night. I saw them umpteen times from just before their landmark first ep came out to the above-mentioned BDO finale. A couple of times they played a shocker, but generally they really could rip your head off.

    As for their recordings, the albums certainly have their moments, but they also lack the sizzle they had live - and I've seen / heard plenty of Shayne Carter interviews in which he says much the same.

    It always puzzled me why they simply didn't do what several of their contemporaries to very good effect and simply go into Writhe Recordings in Wellington with Brent McLaughlin as engineer, rather than faffing around in pricey, flash studios in Auckland or LA and coming out none the better.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    The Straitjacket Fits and Thundercub clips are not only both great rockin' pieces, but also one hell of an object lesson in how much video technology has progressed.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed,

    Oops ! Sorry David, shouldn't have assumed it was a leather jacket. Also, I'm clearing getting confused with some other clip that I'd heard was filmed on the Close To Home set.

    Great story, you young punks must've been pinching yourself about getting to see the Igster in action.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 670 posts Report Reply

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