Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    ND if you have time Piha/Murawai blows away most visitors and you can stop in at some wineries on the way back. But you need the time.

    I think we have the time - thanks Bart and everyone else for the travel tips! Our trip north for a long weekend at the end of the month now has a lot more structure to it. Looking forward to trying the new cycleways and a ride to top of Maungawhau. Cheers!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festive and Unconflicted,

    Hot of the press, new from Pussy Riot. Pretty powerful commentary on the current Russian political landscape. Putin sure as hell won't like it. Quite infectious, here's Chaika

    (English subtitles can be toggled on and off)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festive and Unconflicted, in reply to Eediot,

    Your link didn't work. Here's Boogie Wonderland

    Maurice was childhood friend of Booker T Jones. And i though, what the heck...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway, in reply to TracyMac,

    I don't do it often, have to really psyche myself up fro a late night. I do remember a time in the Flying Nun in-tandem touring band heyday of the 80s when bands would finish 10pm on a Thursday,then squeeze in alternating three sets finishing 11pm on a Fri and Sat.

    The start and finish times are so damn random these days especially when an extra act not on the bill gets slotted in meaning more agonising standing around or buying that drink you really don't want to buy. I think there was a thread recently where there was a discussion about touring bands playing an early set then coming back later for the late set to cater for the range of ages. Most recentl, on NY Eve Eve, Die! Die! Die! did this, They played a 4pm matinee (all ages) and then a 9 or 10pm show at the Darkroom.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    In the lead-up to Laneways, I see Delaney Davidson is doing a show tomorrow evening in Aotea Square. Delaney and Aldous Harding BTW played a superb show last weekend at the Wunderbar. One set each of six songs, each covering one of the other's (she did Eastbound, he did Merriweather).

    And then six as a duo including Roland S Howard’s I Know a Girl Called Johnny’ and the Badfinger/Nilsson ‘Without You’ ... left you wanting more. Delaney was kept on a 'short leash' - his often lengthy free-form extended mixes were reigned in to 3-5 minutes but no less compelling.

    Someone at the gig grabbed a lot of footage and has been uploading individual tracks. Here's what many thought (me too) was the highlight track of the night, the guitar-less ‘What if the Birds Aren't Singing, They're Screaming’

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    And when you're over 50, it's even more sobering! One of my best recent experiences was at the Darkroom. I caught the Dance Asthmatics show, one of the best live gigs I've been to in many a long while. Never mind they didn't come on stage until 12.30am. Lots of friendly pushing shoving and bouncing about and enjoyed being among a good mix of ages - not a hint of self-consciousness, just loved it for what it was and the space I was in at the time.

    BTW, Dance Asthmatics really have that 'something' - and are coming to Wellington and Auckland in March - get your Lifetime of Secretion Tour tickets and dates in your diaries now! Their busy drummer Brian is also in Brian Tamaki and the Kool Aid Kids and is/was in X-Ray Charles. Guitarist Joe is also in the Salad Boys.

    Not the greatest of quality but here here's the wonderfully-titled Puking Ghost aka PG

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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    I knew I'd seen it somewhere else too, well, a version of it, on the reverse of the Three Blind Mice released last year.

    RIP a local and revered artist of a non-musical sort, Barry Brickell, famed for his pottery and the Driving Creek Railway has passed away aged...80. I went on the DCR once about 20 years ago and what a fabulous feat of engineering it is. I found this early story about Barry on NZ On Screen, a short film from 1970

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Oh yes, there was many of those 'nights of chill blue' - the Gladstone and Star&Garter were also frequent targets.

    Noting in Ian's clips Martyn (with a 'y') Bull on drums, I got nostalgic and dug out Doledrums which features Martin (with an 'i') Kean

    I recall Martin Kean was also for a time in Stereolab. They played a show at a long gone cinema (name escapes me) with the Bats ca 1993. He's now a lecturer in Communication at Otago Polytech.

    I also spotted this 'Funky Dunedin' from 1986.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Agree, no matter the artist or whether we really like them or not. Like the spelling Martin Phillipps (correct) vs.Martin Philipps and that printing fiasco for NZ Music Month last year. Fortunately Martin is still with us!

    On the Chills and old footage, I recall the footage of their show with the Stones at that venue (Rhumba Bar?) in Victoria St W was reasonable, Flamethower was great, Rachel Phillipps on keys.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…,

    Out today, further David Bowie references, in the Press and elsewhere on line. Michele A'Court compares Bowie's and Alan Rickman's sexy teeth while Johnny Moore (who runs the fab Smash Palace in High St) ponders the Eagles' enduring popularity .

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