Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs, in reply to bob daktari,

    King Loser '16 Comeback Special now available on RNZ.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

    Did anyone catch Kirstin Johnstone's interview yesterday with King Loser on Music 101? A 'must listen' - interesting for the music they've made but also the inter-relationships and where they've been since the mid-90s.I couldn't as of writing find the interview podcast. Since RNZ had a refresh of its pages, Music101 is not what it used to be, how can I say, it's less logical.

    But anyhow, a fair bit of interview was spent with Chris (Heazlewood) talking about the dark spaces he's been in, something perhaps some of us can relate to ( I know I can) and how he is close but not quite there yet in getting out - but keen as mustard to get out on the road for upcoming live shows. Celia (Mancini/Pavlova) was also present but on a different line, joining someway through - weird, Both pretty open of what they've been through. Not surprisingly, a lot of feedback was received during show. If I find it (podcast) I'll post link to it.

    Can't wait for their upcoming shows. Let's hope they keep it together. Here's an interview (posted by Peter McClennan) from Frenzy (TV3) in 1994 - features a nod by the band to 'the contemporary blues men of Northeast Valley' - Peter Gutteridge, George Henderson and David Kilgour!

    Also, another (short) bit of KL manic noise, recorded in 1993 with one Shayne P Carter on 2nd guitar. Not sure what the song is...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs,

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    Great show, about 1/12 hr set from SPC last night at Blue Smoke. Just three piano tracks, I Know Not the standout. An epic 16 min version of Seed rounded out the night.Set list attached.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sweet Inspiration,

    I’m consoling myself with this awesome 2012 live recording of ‘Seed’ that Shayne posted recently

    It’s fucking great ain’t it – just played it again now, ‘one louder’, in all its improvisational glory for the benefit of the neighbours! I was reminded of the Shayne and Wayne of old, From Andrew Schmidt at Audioculture:

    Dunedin’s The Stones were masters of the telling one-liner. “We want to be God,” guitarist Wayne Elsey told the indie masses at Punakaiki festival near Greymouth in April 1983, before chopping out “a stunning version of ‘Fad World’, crammed with guitar improvisation.

    Well, not Shayne on this occasion – though he was also the master of the telling one-liner – but Wayne’s Fad World was very much in the same vein as Seed. I don’t think that (15 min) live version was recorded. There’s a little more about it on Rob Mayes’ Failsafe pages.

    Oh, and an acoustic version of Seed which doubles as a guitar lesson!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sweet Inspiration, in reply to philipmatthews,

    The Fall photos in the Press are now linked in on the The Fall online.

    What I note on that same page is that in answer to a fan's question earlier this year Where's the wife?, keyboardist/singer Elena Poulou has left the The Fall.

    MES says: "She's resigned. She was very frustrated with it. She's got a very German head on her and sometimes you've got to look at it objectively."

    Bremen, gute Nacht!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sweet Inspiration, in reply to philipmatthews,

    That Fall article is really good...how different the world could have been if Craig Scanlon had instead been that 'Happy Fall Guitarist'! He did last in the band a good I still remember him cranking out the opening notes for Impression of J temperance at the Ballroom. Magic.

    BTW there's no Karl Burns in the extra pics. He may have been on a later flight, something about losing a passport...but he certainly made it in time as played the Ballroom and Town Hall gigs - second drummer and a bit of guitar.

    J Temperance it is, from the Mainstreet set 1982

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sweet Inspiration,

    Fatigue got very much the better of me last night and I missed Shayne Carter’s show at the Tuning Fork

    If your schedule fits you may be able to catch SPC at Blue Smoke the night before your own 'gig' with Roger Shepherd and FN luminaries at same venue

    BTW shortly thereafter, there's this across town a bit at C1 - The Spinoff After Dark - the Spinoff crew and Steve Braunias ...'with a selection of the best-looking guests from the festival' - Russell, that must include you!

    And I thought I'd slip in these, from Aldous Harding, recent recordings in France. This one, in a bathroom - Sweet Does The Skull

    The uploader is the ironically titled Le Bruit des Graviers (The Sound of Gravel). For francophiles, there's a bit more here. And also this, The World I Looking For You

    ...and one of my favs, What if Birds Aren't Singing, They're Screaming

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

    and these previously unseen Fall photos

    Happy Fall ...singer and bassist...one can only imagine the content of MES's substantial duty free bag!

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

    Thanks Ian! Ah, I got my copy from Galaxy, the last one Dave had. He may get more but there were only limited numbers printed I gather. I'd approach Luke Wood via his UoC contact details.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Reduction…, in reply to Hebe,

    I gather they formed at CPIT/Ara Jazz School. What a transition!

    Tonight, for anyone at a loose end, T54 who are about to embark on a short tour play at Space Academy (across road from Darkroom) tonight - support by Best Bets.The snappy tour poster I'm reliably informed was done by Luke Wood (who’s also in Hex Waves).

    Seeing Ian's references to band posters from 1980s Chch has reminded me that I got a copy of the just-released publication of Un_stuck : Band Posters From Christchurch City Library Archives (1980-1989), an excellent little booklet with production overseen by Luke, and assembled by some of his fine arts and second year students at Ilam. All are annotated with the story behind the poster and / or the event itself.

    Quoting:

    Imaginative new forms of music have often come hand-in-hand with equally inventive visual responses - correlatives in the form of album covers, music videos , and posters

    Too right. Luke also notes the attitude of the time was that making band posters wasn't 'real graphic design'! Also comes with contextual essays and interviews with Ilam connections back in the day; a superb addition to the history of Antipodean Gothic Christchurch.

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