Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Wallace Chapman’s Sunday morning programme yesterday was so good.

    The John Kirwan interview in particular was amazing. It’s no small thing running an interview that long, but it was compelling.

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…, in reply to Deborah,

    Photos, or it didn't happen.

    I told there's video!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Iggy at the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Washington’s Banbarra in 1975

    I only heard this a couple of years ago and thought "a funky disco cover of ACR's 'ShackUp'?"

    There's a whole story to it:

    Practically everybody who punched a James Brown or Sly & the Family Stone loop into an SP-1200 knew not only what but who they were working with. Yet sometimes the greatest, most widespread breaks are shrouded in inexplicable mystery, with fluke hits turned into important building blocks for other songs.

    And break suppliers rarely came more anonymous than Banbarra.
    Banbarra’s entire discography can be summed up in exactly one 7-inch, 1975’s two-parter “Shack Up,” released on United Artists under the auspices of one “Coyote Productions Inc.” But no matter what trail you follow, any further info on this group gets cold pretty fast.

    Co-producer and guitarist Lance Quinn is a notable figure – a session player on some of 1975’s most popular disco LPs (Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye and Experience in particular), and later joining Tony Bongiovi to co-produce albums like Talking Heads: 77, Can’t Stand the Rezillos and the first Bon Jovi LP. Management and publishing firm Coyote had a hand in one other release of note – Iron Butterfly’s 1975 career-twilight LP Sun and Steel – while the firm’s principal, Len Sachs, shows up in stray Billboard articles as a pull-quote presence in marketing articles and not much else. (Even his 1999 Billboard obituary lists him as “unknown age.”)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Iggy at the…, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    The most distinctive sound system in this town is, I think, Jafa Mafia's prized 12k valve rig. It really does sound warm to to me. Proper sound system vibe.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Sacha,

    Work and Income are piss-poor negotiators, just like the current cabinet?

    It's starting to sound like they're stuck with policy settings that don't work. They have to go to the market and the market is enjoying a premium for taking poor people.

    I suspect the current climate of woo over "methamphetamine contamination" isn't helping. That seems to have well and truly slipped the surly bonds of science.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Marc C,

    ‘unaccountable’

    Also "incoherent" and "unfair".

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Marc C,

    And newly obtained papers reveal, Bennett knew for a year the emergency housing sector was not functioning, and severely underfunded, and did nothing:

    Bennett and Bill English. We don't know that they actually did nothing, but what they have been doing is starting to look like a policy fuckup of generational proportions.

    It really is starting to seem that bad.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to Alfie,

    It did sound weird, but it's probably a technical issue, because we also lost the beginning of Guyon's back-announce.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses, in reply to izogi,

    It just seems so stupid that people eligible for social housing are being instructed to borrow money for paying what’s apparently the full commercial rate to stay at motels, before becoming liable to pay it back at their own expense, which by definition of being eligible for social housing, they already can’t afford.

    The rate quoted on Checkpoint – $1330pw – is bizarrely high. Would a motel like that earn nearly $200 a night on casual rentals? I can't imagine it. And the fact that they're contracted to W&I to provide these units on a consistent basis surely means the negotiated cost should be far lower. Can anyone explain this?

    But of course, the major problem is that this unreasonable cost is passed 100% to people in the worst possible position to pay it or carry it as a debt. No wonder the minister refused to come and discuss it on Checkpoint – especially given that on Monday John Key held out this exact same emergency provision as an example of how much the government was doing to help its citizens.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses,

    A tweet from Max Rashbrooke today:

    20,000 fewer state houses (per capita) than in 1991. 34,000 ppl in severe housing deprivation who need c.20,000 homes. You do the maths.

    Response from Grant Robertson:

    and they are more difficult build/obtain than sell. Nats sold 13,000 odd in 90s, we built/obtained 10,000ish in next nine yrs

    Max estimates that the current work will get us to about where we were in 2008 by 2018. So that's something.

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