Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Put the band in…,

    There are worse ways to spend $12.50 than to give it a try, believe me.

    It's brilliant, It's one of those absolute standouts which will stand the test of time. Tono's a great storyteller both in his lyrics and the banter between songs.

    Thes lyrics from Water Underground are particularity poignant for me. With a scientific background, having worked for this organisation when 'they were taken down' and soon thereafter drawing the short straw, they resonate strongly.

    called it a national crisis
    you were in bed with the press
    you understood from experience how to
    make it fast and hard to digest oh you
    left them dumbfounded, unemployable
    chose their replacements yourself
    all their science from the cities couldn't keep you
    from the water underground

    Couldn't find a clip for Water Underground, but damn it, I could choose anything - Successor's that good. Here's 'Sugar In The Petrol Tank'.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    …they also died because of very bad leadership and planning, is Key putting his hand for honouring that as well.

    Hands... I recall James K Baxter's 'The Gunner’s Lament' (1965), about a dying Maori soldier in Vietnam - which he concludes with these burning lines:

    ‘And go and tell Keith Holyoake
    Sitting in Wellington,
    However long he scrubs his hands
    He’ll never get them clean.’

    The Gunner's Lament is by the way on the The 9th, Sam Hunt and David Kilgour's upcoming release - brought to my attention earlier today over at Friday Music Put: the band in a lounge - hat tip to Matthew Goody!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    In Dunedin, there's a great exhibition Rule of Law and War at the univeristy's law library, a special display highlighting interesting legal matters of contemporary relevance.

    Worth having a deeper read on just how extreme was NZ law’s reaction to the First World War in Andrew Geddis' post on Pundit, Lest We Forget (cross-posted from the University of Otago Law Library) - the forced conscription, jail for sedition and heavy restrictions on 'enemy aliens'. Even visiting the pub was no easy matter.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…,

    For Ian... Martin Phillip(p)s plays in the Garden City twice within a week! Martin '3 p' Phillipps (The Chills) at the Peterborough St Library on May 1. And Martin '2 p' Phillips - a guitarist nonetheless - plays at the Darkroom this Saturday with his band God Bows To Math - with River Jones and Transistors in support.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…, in reply to Matthew Goody,

    Thanks for that Matthew. Sheep Effect... ah, I'm pretty sure Rex Visible played guitar in place of an absent Alister Parker. They were pretty raucous. Also notable for Nocturnal Projections and Children's Hour playing their first S Island shows, the latter doing a second set in a small tent across from the stage.

    Otis Mace 'guitar ace' also played. He's still active going by these recent performances in Auckland. I see he's played with John Segovia - a product of many Christchurch 80s bands. Here's an old interview with Andrew Schmidt I came across.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Nice. His solo sets at a couple of Chch libraries were a highlight of NZ Music Month in 2011. Will be good to hear these translate to a fourth album.

    I also came across The Wastrels' The Jenner Affair and was reminded how fine a song Angels in Silence remains (with intro by Sharon Crosbie):

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…,

    Getting back to the theme of this post, Penny Lane in Sydenham was absolutely humming yesterday. Armfuls of stuff, all vinyl half price (except DD's Diamond Dozen), heading out the door. Nice that the sleeve artists Scott Jackson and Sam Harrison happened to be on hand with Delaney during the signings.

    I picked up a European pressing of Nina Hagen's Unbehagen. When I listened again to 'Herrmann hiess er' (Hermmann was his name), I thought, I've heard this before, and checked the archives of Radio With Pictures. The only opening title they appear to have is this later one ca 1984, Marginal Era's 'This Heaven. I was right - looking down the list of comments, 'Thee Trev Ov Palmerson North' (sic) noted the Nina Hagen sequence was his favourite

    And from the same 'Era' (Fraserhead from The Joint, if you're tuning in) something that I thought was lost but captured by NZ On Screen is Iggy Pop's 'I'm Bored' filmed on his 1979 promotional visit.

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

    Cool! BTW I couldn't help but notice the counter for your posts appears to have been 'stuck' at 5466 for while now.

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

    While I’m freeing old frozen photons – here’s a couple of shots of Naked Spots Dance

    Keep freeing up those photons! NSD eh. Saw them at the '83 Punakaiki Festival - a bizarre night when they played, Two perhaps three mud or body painted topless dancers - very King Kong-Skull Island-esque - and as I write realising Fran Walsh later married Peter Jackson!

    It was a prelude to the Stones and their set - Andrew Schmidt on Audioculture description matches my recollection:

    “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.

    I note on the Three Blind Mice the live recordings from venues like Rhumba and Victoria Uni. I'm pretty sure Rex Visible (whose Not Really Anything, in an early noisy VU form also played) and David Merritt recorded many of the band sets including the Stones. Coz they played Fad World the following week on RDU when they both (for while) hosted what became Sheep Technique.

    I don't know what happened to those recordings. And I don't think I've ever seen captured photons from that event - but perhaps someone somewhere does?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 181 posts Report Reply

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

    I get a sense that there might be more photos taken inside the Gresham than inside the Gladstone! I didn't realise Alister Parker was in the BC/DH.

    BTW what was the camera Ian? One of those 'click and print' Instamatics? Many of my family's prints from that era came out with that infamous pinky-orangy hue.

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