Simon Sweetman looks like he's too young to remember the "bad old days" of New Zealand music, when there was no airplay, even for insanely popular bands (Screaming Mee Mees, Blam Blam Blam, Toy Love, etc) - and when Crowded House had to get airplay overseas before they got played here. Mainstream radio may play the Exponents and the Dudes nowadays, but they sure didn't when those songs were originally released.
As far as I'm concerned, THAT'S what Music Month is for - a celebration of where we are now compared to where we were then, and yes a chance for New Zealand musicians to promote their music to a wider audience than otherwise. The Press had a snarky column this morning too, along the lines of "we interview a New Zealand band every week and review New Zealand records often - why should we acknowledge Music Month?"
Strange attitudes, yes - but perhaps born out of lack of knowledge of how far New Zealand music has come in the last 25 years....
BTW - you're not the same Dave Patrick who lived in Waiuku, mid 70s onwards? If so, gidday...
Yes I am - you must be the same Rob Hosking who was 1-2 years behind me at school? If so, gidday back - small world...
Is it too nerdy of me to recognise quite a few of those cassette inlay cards, and also to notice that the TEAC C90s that I used to live off (bought by the box of ten for about $20 as I recall) aren't there?
That's one thing that opera singers have all over most other vocalists - they are LOUD without amplification.
The Press was all over the Kiri vs Hayley thing as well - because Hayley is from Christchurch, and the Press feels almost duty-bound to defend to the hilt all things Cantabrian (best newspaper in New Zealand? - give me a break).
And in a household where the musical tastes range from the afore-mentioned Scandinavian death metal via Flying Nun, punk, Dido, My Fair Lady, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd and Michael Ball to Wagner, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, we have one Hayley CD that never gets played, and no Kiri. We must be Philistines.
I joined IHUG back in the day when they started their "unlimited data" offers on dial-up ("14.4k modem - knock yourself out, download as much as you like"). Netscape was the only browser I used back then, and until version 4 it still was. But 4 was just too much bloat, plus it crashed on a couple of sites I used to visit regularly.
So for a couple of years or so I was forced to use IE (4, then 5) until Firefox appeared. Since then, Windows Updates are the only things I've touched IE for.
Made the front page of the Press, because he apparently thought Christchurch people were "sexy".
But Fallowell also thinks Christchurch people have "spontaneity, madness and sexiness".
He refers to The Press as "the best (newspaper) in New Zealand".
In an earlier interview, he said Christchurch was a place "with a certain urbanity".
Spontaneity, madness and sexiness, perhaps. Highest anti-depressant and Ritalin prescription rates in New Zealand? Definitely.
And anyone who thinks the Press is the best newspaper in New Zealand cannot be taken seriously. Best newspaper in Christchurch, maybe.....
xtra screens my spam for me except for some fake Trade Me stuff. Of course only God knows what else is not getting through... Oh what the hell probably only endless forwarded jokes and baby pictures only the mother could love
Ihug have been "fixing" their spam filter for about 4 months now, and you can no longer check the filtered emails online, they're just gone forever...
What I *would* like to see filtered though are those insidious chain emails that promise good luck if you forward some trite garbage to every contact you have, and dire consequences for people who don't. I've received them from supposedly intelligent people, who would throw a physical chain mail in the bin, but who somehow seem to disconnect their brains when dealing with emails
Once again, Newtown Ghetto Anger NAILS the real issue
Am I too cynical in thinking that the anti-EFB campaign by the Herald is largely driven by venality, as they stand to lose a lot of advertising dollars in election year if lobby groups rich enough to buy Herald ad space are limited in their spending?
Not at all - I can't remember the Herald leading the "defence against democracy" charge with such vigour when the Brethren were spending up large.
Firefox + Adblock Plus means "what ads?" for me as well. it's amazing the amount of screen real estate you can regain by blocking the ads.