Posts by Grant McDougall

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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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  • Hard News: Music: In before Christmas,

    Still problems with the autoplay, Russell.

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  • Hard News: Music: In before Christmas,

    Sorry this isn't on topic, but looks like Leslie Longstone is falling on her sword over the Novopay debacle.

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  • Hard News: Music: In before Christmas,

    I use IE on Windows 7 and the top clip started playing automatically. It was a bit embarassing as a) it was loud and b) I'm in the public library.

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  • Hard News: Music: In before Christmas,

    Is the bar in the Street Chant clip an actual bar in Auckland or just a studio mock-up ?

    Either way, it's a cool clip.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: A Year of It,

    Can't say I've bought a lot of albums this year, but the local music scene here in Dunedin has been absolutely over-flowing with new, young bands. I reckon I've gone to more gigs this year than in the past five or six years combined.

    Two gigs really stood out: Astro Children, Opposite Sex and Die ! Die ! Die ! at the Crown in May, and Space Bats Attack, Astro Children, A Distant City and Idiot Prayer at 12 Below a month or so ago.

    Radio One has also been having free gigs for card-holders during the year, so it's been a heap of fun to also see Strange Harvest, Dudley Benson and others I can't remember live this year.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer Live,

    Myself and a few others are flying up from the South Island for the Neil Young concert in Auckland. It'll be awesome.

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  • Hard News: The Velvet Underground Etc., in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Slow Boat's owned their site for decades, so rent prices are no excuse for their steep prices.

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  • Hard News: The Velvet Underground Etc.,

    Cale's autobiography What's Welsh For Zen ? is a superb read, he's very warts'n' all in discussing himself and there's great anecdotes through out it.

    James Young's account of life as Nico's Keyboardist, Songs They Never Play On The Radio is hilarious and includes a section on touring NZ with Headless Chickens supporting.

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  • Hard News: Judging the judges,

    I'd love to see the NBR do a story on judges as they did in about 1994. They anonymously interviewed several experienced lawyers about all 30 or so high court judges and asked their opinions on them.

    The lawyers sure didn't hold back. Most judges were criticised, several very, very heavily, with only a few not receiving criticism.

    If the NBR can do it once, surely they can do it twice ?

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