Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Music Story,

    My buddies The Onedin Line play ...in Dunedin tonight.

    Aye Mr Baines...and in Chch we have a couple of goodies lined up. Tonight at Log Recordings there's the second installment of the Civil Union Album Release Tour, Until now I think, all bands on the Melted ICe Cream label have made cassette-only releases - vinyl is a relative novelty in their world! One can get a copy tonight of Civil Union's 'Lovedrunk, and I quote, 'on record, that's right, vinyl, THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE HEARD'.

    And tomorrow at the Museum, sees the second installment of RDU's 40th anniversary live band sets, Kill Your Television which features a rare live showing of Scythes, a Bruce Russell and Jason Greig (Into The Void) combo. Apparently Jason has been (re)introduced recently to the acoustic guitar (!) - so who knows what we might get. Can't wait.

    Further out, I've heard the full line-up of Into The Void will play at the Wunderbar with Hex Waves on June 10.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 280 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Got Knox?, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    ...John Parish

    Said Mr Parish has recently produced an artist I hadn't heard of before, another Mali export Rokia Traoré. She sings mostly in French and her native Bamana. Here's Tu Vole (You Fly)

    Plus on that same 2016 album Né So, that song made so memorable by Billie Holiday

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Got Knox?, in reply to Moz,

    Paul Sutherland (in Into the Void in his spare time) may know how to access an A3 scanner. I think he's behind the Christchurch City Libraries music poster collection which no doubt has involved a fair amount of scanning. Mostly Chch band posters from Gladstone, Star and Garter 80s era, some Clean but no CK or Tall Dwarfs..

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Got Knox?,

    Surely any CK will have to feature the cover art from Fall in a Hole?! Talking of which, 'Happy Fall guitarist' Marc Riley, in his dulcet Salford tones, has interviewed (second time in a year) Lyttelton songstress Aldous Harding - who is BTW recording her second album with John Parish of PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse etc collaboration fame, in July. She knocks out recent compositions I'm So Sorry and Horizon in and among some amusing banter. There's a mutual 'declaration of love' to close!

    And it's Friday so here's Marc and the lads, totally wired in NYC 1981

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Got Knox?,

    any readers who have unique pieces of Knox artwork or paraphernalia that could be included in the book

    I just spotted a reference to Jesus On A Stick Sedgewick - Teddy X on a Stick on a site called Bored In A Record Shop. At the time (2014) the author couldn't place which JOAS it came from. Or if it came from another CK work.

    Anyone know for sure? How many were in the JOAS series BTW? I still have a solitary copy of #3.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Just marvellous, something fabulous (and free) to attend within walking distance of home and I’m in bleedin’ Auckland, ain’t I!

    It was marvellous Ian! John gave a nice little introduction, explaining theremin history and who has used it and media where it's been popularly used. There was the obligatory question,'can you play the theme from Midsomer Murders?' Short answer. No. Why? it's technically difficult. John 'dabbles, said he's need 10hrs a day practice - something which Celia Sheen is highly proficient at.

    John's theremin is a $1,000 Moog job (Moog BTW have a nice little tribute to its founder, Leon Theremin). The man himself was no slouch, as you'd expect (a brief demo piece, in Russian):

    But the gremlins are stopping me uploading for the moment a bit of evidence of how good the performance was. The variable pitch on the theremin allowed John to move above the more-or-less steady pitch of Anita's violin. So at times it sounded like he was playing bass cello (as he does in Dark Matter) and then higher than the violin, Both instruments were equally compelling in a 20 min odd performance.

    What was really good, in the unusual daytime setting for a performance like this, in a busy public library, was more folks gathered to watch as they came in and the bunch of kids watching were enthralled by this 'magic' hands-off instrument. it was a pleasure watching these younguns of all walks come up give it a go with some came back for seconds as if free icecreams were being dished out!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    Just had to do it. If you want to know the meaning of meaninglessness then I'll see you ...today... in The Other's Way, courtesy those lads in gladwrap!

    And for good measure, this live compilation - three tracks: I Don't Want to See You Again, The Other's Way and Anyone Else Would. I hadn't seen this before (ufortunately just segments - can;t find them in their entirety

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    If you're aat a loose end in Christchurch tomorrow, as part of NZ Music Month, Shirley Library (2pm) hosts The Terminal's John Chrisstoffels on the theremin, appearing with with Anita Clark (of Devilish Mary and Holy Rollers) on the violin playing as Motte. Should be a lot of fun.

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

    Aah, Golden Harvest, featuring Kevin Kaukau (one of the four musical Kaukau brothers, originally from Turangi) playing lead guitar with his teeth! They were pretty well one-hit wonders but right up there in comparison with the disco coming out of the US at the time.

    Graham Reid gave them a write-up in 2012 plus they reunited for a one-off in 2013 the Waiata Māori Awards.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    Nailed it

    that Marlon boy just gets better and better. Here's his classic Face to Face interview from mid-2015 with the inimitable Anika Moa:

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