Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Friday Music: So much music I…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Freegal can be truly awful to negotiate but when one has teenage family members who have long since acquired their music from other sources, I use their cards it's almost possible to download an album a week :)

    Not sure about the quality. Variable I've found. While the tracks are 256kbs mp3, there's something lacking, can't quite put a finger on it.

    Christchurch libraries still have Freegal, Dunedin does too? I think Auckland dropped their Freegal service earlier in the year.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: So much music I…,

    And now, a Christmas shopping message from The Saints …

    Bugger, I was lining up to post that one! Looking forward to some of those delicious links.

    Said advertising, you're lying; Never gonna give me what I want; I said, smooth talking, brain washing; Ain't never gonna get me what I need

    And the brain washing is as intense as ever 36 yrs on, e.g. the incessant, rotating pre-Xmas sales for 'spavers'

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    And, in general, I think a good way forward for us will be through specialised subject blogs with multiple authors.

    Great work Russell. It's the blog I spend most of my spare time (and not so spare time!) reading and I've really enjoyed contributing to specialist topics - love the Friday Music.

    And a song for you, one you've often cited, a demo version thereof, posted by one Brian Eno

    If a Lawrence Arabia version surfaces, I'd love to see it!

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Angry Andy

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    (our west island cousins) Straylia

    Rawshark

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Memories of a…, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    He was quite something on the keys that Ian McLagan. Here's a Guardian obituary. And here's but a small sample of his pedigree, right from the intro in this version of my Small Faces' fave, Tin Soldier:

    The backing singer on that recording is PP Arnold. The link with McLagan and the Faces continues with PP Arnold who did the first recorded version of Cat Stevens' First Cut is the Deepest:

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Memories of a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Talking of party things, any report on Lawrence Arabia's Hits of the 60's last weekend? He's doing 70's Hits tomorrow I gather. I can imagine Eno's Needle in the Camel's Eye will feature which he did at the Wunderbar last month. And wouldn't the Saints' Know Your Product be cool - he has a horn section, of sorts!

    Meanwhile, Dictaphone Blues will be in party mood at the Darkroom tomorrow night with release of Mufti Day. I'm intrigued to see the red vinyl. The River Jones play support.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that…,

    Golden Dawn...tomorrow night Lawrence Arabia plays The Hits of the 60s. Something for everyone!

    Rumour has it via Kiwi FM that Connan Mockasin is in town and will join the line-up. Pity I won't see that one. Love to hear any reviews and/or pics.

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  • Hard News: Prague, in reply to stephen walker,

    When I think of Prague, I'm reminded of the Daniel Day Lewis 'doctor-turned-window cleaner' character in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

    At least, what it was. I was fortunate to get there in Sep 1989 when the country was still Czechosolvakia - or the CSSR - Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. I recall seeing one or two people being dragged off by the thuggish police in Wenceslas Square. It was full of hustlers and it was in the days when the visa required £10 compulsory exchange per day at an extortionate rate for the local krona.

    But it was fun dealing with black marketeers who would give you 4-5 times the 'official' rate if you needed topping up. Trouble was, there was not much to spend it on after accommodation; and worse, I didn't drink pilsner in those days so it was difficult getting rid of the bundles of small change notes!

    If anyone is heading to Prague, I can well recommend the Red Chair Hotel in the heart of the old town. And if time permits, the stunning World Heritage town Český Krumlov in south Bohemia beckons, once the temporary home of the at times notorious Austrian painter Egon Schiele - who was turfed out by the locals for his 'alleged employment of the town's teenage girls as models'!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen,

    It was plenty loud, but at times the bass was overwhelming

    Ditto the Chc show which I attended. I can’t recall any reggae act I’ve witnessed being that bassy. Like Vector, ASB Arena not the best sound quality. Relatively speaking, one could hardly hear Yumi Zouma in support but they nevertheless packed a lot of intensity into their half hour set.

    A coupla a days prior to Lorde, Lawrence Arabia was in town – albeit a much smaller venue (!) – highlights (of an excellent show anyway) were storming versions of Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Eno’s Needle in the Camel’s Eye

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