Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…,

    could see myself standing in a field slightly altered and really getting into ELO.

    That reminded me of ...Violinksi, an ELO spin-off, a vehicle for Mik Kaminski, ELO's violinist at the time. I think you'd have to be in a really altered state to enjoy this!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer in the Winter, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Hands up anyone who caught the church tour where he duetted a hymn with Tami N. Crazy good.

    At St Michael's and All Angels in Chch. It was 'Oh Holy Night'. Wonderful it was. I can't find a version by the two but Marlon and Tim Moore (composer of Dark Child) do a back yard, in-yer-undies version!

    I used to see Marlon a lot when he did solo nights in the Porthole in Lyttelton. Often joined by Hannah Harding for some equally stunning harmonies, One of favorites was The Trees They Do Grow HIgh, an old English folk number popularised by Joan Baez. Here 'tis, recorded in Switzerland last year.

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  • Hard News: Ali, in reply to Russell Brown,

    while Foreman, another black man, becomes the isolated bad guy.

    Foreman also gained no rapport with the Kinshasa locals starting when he emerged from his plane with his alsatian, a powerful repressive symbol of Sese Seko's awful regime.

    My memory is hazy too on the detail and timing of the '74 and '75 fights but I do recall being let out of school early on both occasions to see them. Around that time too, boxing was genuinely popular locally and was the main activity at clubs like Crichton Cobbers - which has now re-branded as 'fitness for everybody'!

    Hah, I was actually at the same school as pugilist Kevin Barry and his younger brother. They were scary as kids. Now I may have been mistaken in my interpretation - as a puny schoolkid in the '70s - but these guys seemed more intent on using boxing as a stand-over technique than a self-defence aid.

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

    an image search indicates it’s probably Ian Watkin as Uncle Les in Braindead

    Aha,no hadn't caught up with Neil Purvis. But I can see how my winter Sundays are going to be spent!

    Muldoon, what a character - he even called in the airforce (a solitary Skyhawk?) for Sleeping Dogs. Couldn't ever imagine 'popping down to Bellamy's' for an ale with Key or Joyce.

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

    *ITV – Playing at The Wunderbar June 10th!!

    Can anyone place the still on the UTR page? I love that reference to the late great (very recently) departed Ian Watkin and was reminded of his involvement in BLERTA - and started watching segments the madcap Pythonesque Blerta Revisited - brilliant!

    And with NZ ON Screen being a superb repository of Watkin's back catalogue there's plenty on offer including his role as the axe-wielding title character in the surreal, no-dialogue short Blackhearted Barney Blackfoot from 1980. And in a short, which might be quite difficult to make today, he plays a well-meaning but dim tour leader, trying to make Wellington sound exciting (!) there's Loose Enz - Graham's Mum and the Goulden Tour from 1982.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Music Story,

    Meanwhile, here’s ‘Alien’ in its anxious fucking glory. That’s Chris Knox on climactic backing vocals:

    Must have missed it - only just listened now. Fantastic. Mike Dooley on the drums?

    Here's a version of Alien by Bill Direen aficionado TT Gegenschrey and the 'Berlin Bilders' - it's a bit messy

    But this is better, Gegenschrey doing his own thang - Sonic Sunset - he's a bit of a whizz on electric violin

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Music Story,

    This might be a little out of left field but better here than not. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago a performance by John Chrisstoffels (Terminals, Dark Matter) and Anita Clark (Devilish Mary, Motte, Spudgun, etc). Well here it is, well half of it, recorded by someone else who was present that day

    BTW John also popped up on Saturday as part of the 'string section' for the Bats' performance at Canterbury Museum, on the 'slimline' electric cello he uses in Dark Matter. Quite droney.

    On the same night, and while the Transistors have never been quite my thing, it was their final performance - a lot of fun - and there was...crowd-surfing at the Museum! Earlier in the night, Bruce Russell and Jason Greig combined in a mind-blowing 25 minute piece of noise and distortion - with even a bit of melody thrown in in places.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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