Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?, in reply to TracyMac,

    rein in its paywall plans*

    D'oh! Shame!

    It didn't even occur to me I'd typed that :-)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    I have a vague feeling students’ associations are weaker these days as well, which hurts student radio and chances of them running successful shows themselves, although that may be general political bias.

    This is true. As a kid, I'd sneak in with my friends to things like Orientation gigs at Canterbury University -- there were plenty of them, quite big bands played and it was a circuit.

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?, in reply to Sacha,

    Does that involve detailed user tracking?

    Yes.

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  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    The really dangerous thing about trying to beat up a financial crisis that doesn’t exist is we’re not having a grown-up and reality-based debate about the hard calls and genuine risks down the road. And they are there.

    It screams out for a serious feature in the paper – graphics, timelines, sensible guest commentaries, choices laid out – but all we got was a wildly inaccurate sky-is-falling story quoting the perennially useless malcontents Quax and Brewer. Bah! Bah!, I say.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles,

    Just to note that you can also buy Ian's book in digital form at a price of your choosing, here.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to George Darroch,

    Another part of the book I liked was Ian's explanation of how to make a basic listings zine by photocopying and folding an A3 sheet.

    I had an interesting discussion with some music publicists at a media lunch this week (we all paid our own way) and I don't think I'd registered how challenging it can be to get press these days, but the Dom Post, for example, pretty much only has Tom Cardy on staff covering music now.

    Things have become quite fragmented: the people who want to know read Cheese on Toast and Under the Radar -- they're a small but very targeted audience -- and student radio is still there, but it seems harder now to get in the papers,

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    To put it quite bluntly, nobody at The Guardian gets to vote in New Zealand.

    True. And I think saving it up till Election Day -5 is an act of hubris.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    Dotcom announced today that Glenn Greenwald will be in attendance for the dropping of his September bombshell.

    This makes things rather interesting, not least because it guarantees global attention for whatever the bombshell is.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Ian Jorgensen,

    Well said. haha, I wish you’d just written the book instead of me.

    Nah. I wouldn't have thought about it it if I hadn't read the book.

    I've actually mulled over doing a thing called The Public Address Early Nighter -- $10 on the door for a DJ, an interesting new act and whatever. Could be a good opportunity for the parents of the latest amazing teenage bedroom producer to get their friends along :-)

    We've had 300-500 people at our Great Blend events, but half of them leave after the talking part, which always makes me a little sad.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’m sure this isn’t actually how the collecting system works, but I’ve always understood that every time the All Blacks score a try Jordan Luck makes a dollar.

    Kinda. I don't know the exact formula, but it's a small fraction of gate takings vs logged plays of music at sports games.

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