Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Great poster. And I remember being there for most of it. No silly countdown to midnight as there would have been in the Square. Bailter Space played last and just blasted on through into what I recall was a drizzly night. Might have been one of the last times Bailter Space played here; I recalled they bailed (!) last minute about a year back - 'didn't want to play Christchurch'. Anyway, they're still largely producing the goods.

    IF you're in Lyttelton tonight (Tommy Chang's) - or the Darkroom tomorrow, be sure to catch Aldous aka Hannah Harding at the start of her nationwide tour - wonderful voice (in the vein of Nadia Reid or Tiny Lies' Hollie Fullbrook, yet distinctive) and if she's in the mood, a stirring version of Non, je ne regrette rien.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unscripted Drama, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Aah, v good. Would that include Jeff and Russell too?! How about a Waddle of ducks (!) if NZ win the toss and bowl first today (thinking of RJ Hadlee's 7/23 vs. India @ Basin, 17.2.76). Trust the weather the will be kinder to both sides than that day.

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  • Hard News: Unscripted Drama,

    Thx for the update Richard. Looking forward to 2015. Bert Sutcliffe Oval's not a bad venue either but it unfortunately too far removed from its support base. It was great though to see one or two of the recent WC qualifiers there.

    No one really mentioned radio commentary in regard to the Eden Park test. Nothing like listening to Bryan Waddle (though one has to put up at times with excruciating advertising). On that note, I couldn't resist putting up this Bill Bryson quote as an excerpt from his musings about cricket spent while living in Australia (Downunder, 2000).

    But it must be said that there is something incomparably soothing about cricket on the radio. It has much the same virtues as baseball on the radio - an unhurried pace, a comforting devotion to abstruse
    statistics and thoughtful historical rumination, exhilirating micromoments of real action - but stretched across many more hours and with a lushness of terminology and restful elegance of expression that even baseball cannot match. Listening to cricket on the radio is like listening to two men sitting in a rowing boat on a large, placid lake on a day when the fish aren't biting; it's like having a nap without
    losing consciousness. It actually helps not to know quite what's going on. In such a rarefied world of contentment and inactivity, comprehension would become a distraction

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unscripted Drama,

    Have really enjoyed reading this thread only catching up with it now. Totally agree, nothing beats a test match. Three in a row, has NZ ever done that before on the trot, same season?

    Our side boasts a classy bowling line-up and the batting is maturing where it needs to, getting the runs and occupying the the crease - though the collapses are unnerving just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!. Will need that Bondy quick (Adam Milne?) with 145/150 km/hr pace I think to trouble S Africa and Australia line-ups down the track.But we're heading in the right direction.

    Living in the S Island, most test cricket of recent has been in Dunedin, No tests in Chch because of Lancaster Park (a diehard for the old name!) becoming a rugby/one-day only ground - and the quakes. I've trekked to one or two at the Basin since (4 years ago, the last time I went, the India test admission was I think $29 per day on the gate). But after eight very long years, test cricket could well re-appear in 2015 (vs. Sri Lanka) in Chch at the redeveloping Hagley Oval as a 'dress rehearsal' for the one-day World Cup.

    I think with the novelty value of test cricket returing to Chch eight years in the waiting, Hagley Oval being an attractive venue (parking may be an issue) plus Sri Lanka likely bringing a superb batting line-up (Jayawardene, Sangakarra, etc), there could be some decent crowds (I believe it will seat up to 20,000 for the WC one-dayers). It's an ideal opportunity to bring in a new pricing plan and other features to entice spectators.

    Early days yet and don't want to get our hopes up but can you say anything more on this Richard (@NZC)?

    By the way, on Sommett Sports (Ch 14 on Freeview), over the last couple of weeks have been catching bits and pieces of live coverage from the two-test Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka series. Those guys know how to occupy the crease - and get big scores. Jayawardene (M) especially is a joy to watch.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Can't track a review as yet but did come across this interesting (and lengthy) piece Great Still Sounds Great by Gavin Bertram in the ODT (Dec 2013) about the continuing interest in Dunedin music, e.g. the mostly cassette releases which came out on the Xpressway label, 88-93. He talks to Graeme Downes and Bruce Russell among others.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early, in reply to bob daktari,

    Gosh, from Friday just gone.The second guitarist is of course Peter Gutteridge.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Looks like it could have been taken yesterday, it's that clear and doesn't really look dated.

    I note Wayne is on bass. I recall one rollicking song in the Stones' live sets where he would swap his guitar for Jeff Batts' bass. Can hear the tune in my head but don't know the song title.

    Any word BTW on Bruce Russell's plans to release a live collection of The Stones alongside studio-captured material (as per the 'last word' in the Stones Audioculture profile)?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early, in reply to Graham Dunster,

    Graham, Minnie Dean is on SBT vol. 2. Unless vol. 3 has another version on it? A classic nevertheless. Vol. 1 at least was released on vinyl.

    Delaney and Marlon (sans Tami) kicked off the Sad But True III tour last night in ...Mapua. Yep, playing in lots of cool little places like Okarito, Riverton and Onewhero through Feb.

    Re: Minnie Dean, here's Marlon performing said tune on a Melbourne rooftop:

    I love that rather macabre line, 'winters in the south make the heart beat slow, but hearts beat slower in the garden below'.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Starting Early,

    Oh Lorde, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz? You've just won a Grammy, you must make amends.

    At least a concert in the South Island - I'm counting on you Lorde, don't let me down!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Backwards and Forwards, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    And in Lyttelton tomorrow, Friday 24th, there's a (off to US) farewell to Flora (Knight, of the Eastern and varied fiddle accompaniment to various others); featuring Flora herself of course plus others like Delaney Davidson, The Eastern, Marlon Williams and Hannah Harding,

    Not quite the Big Day Out or Laneways down south but lots of little days out this week: caught Flora last night at the Porthole in Lyttelton last night, chipping in with Hannah giving new life to the Carter Family! Flora has also at times played with Nadia Reid, who currently is in Chch this week providing musical interludes to the buskers, Nadia's set includes a stunning version of M Jackson's Billie Jean (quite unrecognisable from the original). Well worth catching (in Start-Up Mall). She's on until Sunday, adding string bass to her acoustic guitar from tomorrow (Friday).

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