Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

    Great to see the Snapper ep getting re-issued.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 547 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Treasure at the End of…,

    Regarding Gillard, it's a numbers game. She's a got a majority of precisely one and is loath to risk it.

    If she had a majority of, say, 20, I suspect there'd have been more progress in Australia.

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  • Hard News: Thatcher,

    Slightly off-topic, but some weird trivia on TV3 last night: Dennis Thatcher's father was born in...Whanganui. Crikey.

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  • Hard News: Thatcher,

    Great analysis of Thatcher's very dubious legacy in The Quietus here

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  • Speaker: Torture in the neighbourhood -…,

    Sorry this is off-topic, but why is the text for posts on PA all in italics ? Or is it just my computer ?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cool Return, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I think the new Cave album is poor myself and I saw that as someone for whom they're my all-time favourite band.
    The actual songs are ok at best. There just seems to be little focus and effort put in to them. they meander along and really fail to grip me. But worst of all are the lyrics, far and away his worst lot in over a decade.

    I liked Abbatoir Blues / Lyre and Lazarus, but Push The Sky Away is a letdown.

    I think he's now at the same stage as, say, Neil Young or Leonard Cohen. A formidable reputation based on a long run of classics in his first 10 years or so, but now well into being patchy, quality-wise. There'll be a good album or two, then a clunker.

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  • Hard News: First, admit it's broken,

    Just before the US presidential election I bumped into a friend and asked how his daughter was (she's married to an American and they've lived in Chicago for almost 20 years).

    He said they were ok, but about to arrive back in NZ to live. "They reckon America's f--ked", he said (meaning politically, economically, socially).

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 547 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: At long last the…,

    Great band in their day, but it's all been downhill since The Hit Parade albums 20 years ago, sadly.

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  • Hard News: The Next Act,

    I was never a fan of Holmes, even less so given the over-the-top obits refered to above.

    As for Seven Sharp, what a dog's breakfast. It seems confused and directionless. I thought the piece on post-traumatic stress disorder was a good, solid article, but why have it at the end instead of the start ?
    The rest was irrelevant, bland puff-pieces.

    Also, there is no need for three presenters. Have that many reiterates the lack of leadership and direction. Time is wasted letting them all bang on, rather than just hitting into a story.

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  • Hard News: Music: Summer Season,

    I went troppo in the Portil pre-Christmas sale, bought assorted albums by Augustus Pablo, Toy Love's Gluepot live, the Verlaines' Bird-Dog and Some Disenchanted Evening,Judee Sill Big Black's Songs About F--king and a few more including Len Lye's Composing Motion, a comp of the sounds made by his kinetic sculptures.

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