I was at that Logan Campbell New Order concert, and as I recall, it was a pretty good night out. Lots of knobs being twiddled, very little stage banter, but enjoyable at the time. It really was a horrible venue though - shitty sound everywhere unless you were right up the front or standing by the sound desk.
I missed Simple Minds at Sweetwaters, but that was the year some of the main acts also played a one-day thing in Christchurch, and I did see them there. They blew everyone else away completely, even the headliner (I can't even remember who it was now).
does anyone else think that Pitchfork has got it's head stuck up it's own arse?
Pick me - I really don't get some of the stuff they rave about - twee "indie by numbers" nonsense most of it seems like.
I can't remember too much that I've bought this year, but Beastwars' album has been immense - Call Out the Dead and Damn the Sky especially. WOLD's new album came out 3 days ago, so I haven't heard it yet but will probably buy it like I have all their others - if you want to listen to some unlistenable black-metal-noise, they're your guys :)
The Bats, Victoria Girling-Butcher, Cairo Knife Fight, Gillian Welch, Primordial and Subrosa were also all excellent release. Black Boned Angel's The Witch Must Be Killed was last year, otherwise it would have got a highly commended as well.
Re people not voting. Was anyone else aware that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t vote?
The irony is, nor do the Exclusive Brethren - but that didn't stop them attempting to bad-mouth the Greens or bankrolling Brash and co in the 2005 election.
Thanks, Ian, for such fullsome information. Are the Kaiapoi and Rangiora cinemas still open?
Kaiapoi is still closed, with the building due to be demolished early next year and no word yet of a new venue. The Rangiora Town Hall was closed for about 6 months after February's quake when the lath and plaster ceiling basically collapsed, but the hall itself and the movie theatre have been open again for a few months now.
Whoever coached them to kick away possession deserves a slap.
Absolutely - we stopped playing the way we'd been playing all tournament and started playing the way everyone else who we'd beaten had played We're the ones who are supposed to field aimless kicks and counter-attack with a vengeance. Damn near choked again, but who cares now - one point is enough.
Here's hoping Sonny Bill picks up a one-game ban for his yellow card and we never see that particular side-show in an Al Black jersey again - or at least until he's played some rugby and got rid of the league-isms in his game (running with ball in one hand, instinct to take the tackle rather than look for support when he's broken through, no-arms tackles), and earned his place in the team.
Waimakariri electorate billboards:
LOTS of Clayton Cosgrove signs up in Belfast and Rangiora, only his photo, includes "Party Vote Labour" tag.
Not as many National signs as I'd expected (given National won the party vote quite handily last election) - all signs include Smilin' John along with Kate Wilkinson, and have "Party Vote National". One sign vandalised - Key's head has been neatly excised.
Couple of Rahui Katene billboards in Belfast.
No Greens, ACT, Mana, New Zealand First or anything else.
The point of my earlier post was not a focus on Key's leadership but on his stupidity, immaturity and ability to deliver not much.
I cringed too when he came out with that big dopey "look at me, I'm important" grin on his face at the All Black - Japan game last night, and the wave to the crowd. Add to that the "Go the mighty All Blacks" at the end of his speech at the opening ceremony, and he doesn't really come across as a statesman, more a big kid in a lolly shop.
That first issue of Volume is really depressing reading - MORE bands that aren't coming to Christchurch, but are only doing Wellington and Auckland.
I had to import my copy of Inflammable Material from Australia because you just couldn't buy it in New Zealand. Cost me $20 from an ad in the back of Rip It Up, back when new albums were only $7.
My punk epiphany came at my 6th Form accrediting party in 1978, when someone had brought Never Mind the Bollocks, Go 2, and Rattus Norvegicus and managed to play a couple of tracks before being shouted off. There was just this tremendous sense of excitement from the music that grabbed me and never let go.
And on the accent thing, my mother speaks very nicely (not Received pronunciation, just very "correctly") - she went to St Cuthberts where they were all taught to speak that way. Our children don't speak kiywiy because we've tried to impress on them the same sorts of clarity of speech as my mother was taught, more because it's a lot easier to get your ideas across if you can speak clearly than because they need to speak "properly".