I'm baffled by so many people that normally wouldn't touch heavy metal with a bargepole going ga-ga over Beastwars - John Campbell being a classic example. Is it simply because they're from NZ ?
Obviously they're very good at what they do, I "get" that. But there are a lot of people that otherwise have no interest in metal, have never shown any interest previously in, say, Sepultra or Mastadon or whoever, yet are getting all excited by Beastwars.
It's as if the same people who'd previously never shown any interest in reggae were to suddenly get excited by, say, Fat Freddy's.
It simply doesn't add up.
Great to see the Snapper ep getting re-issued.
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.
Slightly off-topic, but some weird trivia on TV3 last night: Dennis Thatcher's father was born in...Whanganui. Crikey.
Great analysis of Thatcher's very dubious legacy in The Quietus here
Sorry this is off-topic, but why is the text for posts on PA all in italics ? Or is it just my computer ?
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.
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).
Great band in their day, but it's all been downhill since The Hit Parade albums 20 years ago, sadly.
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.