Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    A coupla a days prior to Lorde, Lawrence Arabia was in town – albeit a much smaller venue (!) – highlights (of an excellent show anyway) were storming versions of Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Eno’s Needle in the Camel’s Eye

    Damn, he and his band knock out some great covers. Last tour it was the Velvet Underground's 'I Found a Reason' (which actually sort of made me cry a little bit) and ELO's 'Livin' Thing'.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Yep, all that. I think it’s no coincidence that she talks up Kanye so often.

    And as well as being on trend, it’s always going to be a lot cheaper touring with a two-piece band than a giant entourage.

    Yeah, this too. It’s much more viable these days to be a solo artist who can draw on collaborators as required.

    I think it's quite significant that Janine Foster (aka Janine and the Mixtape) has just signed a deal with Atlantic Records in the US. It makes sense for labels too to sign individuals.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen, in reply to Sacha,

    I always assumed Randa was a woman. Interesting.

    Born female, identifying male.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Whoa! I had always assumed that Randa was American- or Canadian-born. His accent sounds so authentic that it didn’t seem possible it was just a performance gimmick. His speaking voice sounds mid-Pacific, kind of like Rachel Hunter.

    I did wonder, but nothing in the bios says he was born in North America. I figured it was just a matter of "you're soaking in it", culturally-speaking.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West,

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Dastardly Bounder,

    The Avondale art community has also taken control of their own destiny – the recent “Whau the People” arts festival in the old Three Guys site was really good. Impressive installation art works, performance, interactive arts. All good.

    Yes. I know a couple of people involved in that -- they moved to Avondale from a CBD apartment and they're basically what you describe: arts people looking for a little more space and getting engaged in their new neighbourhood. Fingers crossed it works out in the way you envisage.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to llew40,

    The area is full of people in similar positions to ourselves – people who have lived elsewhere and returned to Auckland and NZ aspiring to live in a vibrant, varied city and making a contribution to that in their own way. I don’t think of that as ‘un-cooling’ the area.

    Heh. My choice of headline seems to be taking up more of the discussion than I intended. My main motivation was really looking at that big demographic change in Western Bays. It's quite a shift.

    Intensification is happening – albeit not in a particularly planned way. But in my street alone nearly half of the sections have already been sub-divided.

    I’m even OK with the idea of Unitech getting to develop some of their extensive land holding for residential purposes.

    Totally. It seems like a no-brainer. Transportblog had an intriguing post on the way bus/cycle/foot traffic could be integrated in the development.

    But yes, point well made about the way Unitec has approached it.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West,

    Interest.co.nz has the story of an Avondale do-up selling for $870,000 -- which even in 2014 is a lot for the area, given that refurbishment would easily take it over a million.

    But as interest points out:

    But the main attraction was undoubtedly the land and its zoning.

    The house sits on 653 square metre section and according to Bayleys the land is zoned Residential 7B which allows one dwelling per 200 square metres of land.

    So the section could potentially accommodate three dwellings.

    On top of that the site will fall within a special height zone under the Auckland Council's proposed Unitary Plan, which would allow buildings up to 20.5 metres high, enabling multi level town houses to be built.

    Avondale is a mature suburb and has traditionally been regarded as working class.

    Many of its residents will be retired folk living in homes similar to this one.

    If their sections are able to be subdivided, they could be sitting on their own little gold mines.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Yamis,

    That’ll learn me for reading a post and then replying to it and not reading the post underneath which basically answers it, and makes similar points, though more succinctly :) haha

    It was interesting, though -- especially the rail part.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Jesus,stop making out that the bayboomers were fiscal saints, they never were. They spent like crazy fuckers. I was there.

    Everyone had a great time!

    But quite a lot of them now are happily in million-dollar houses that cost them $30,000. There's that.

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