Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The Government appointed ’commissioners’ at ECan took a further (almost) $1 million bite out of ECan operational coffers

    We can make what the prospective ECan candidates think of this and other aspects of the ECan interregnum at a number of public events including next Tuesday, at Garry Moore's Tuesday Club (which Greg cites in his post). I've been to a few of these TC events, they're very well moderated (plus the beer is good!) with voices from across the political spectrum have been given an airing - or at least been invited to contribute.

    There's an impressive looking trio standing under the People's Choice banner. It's noted that the S Canterbury candidate has been elected 'unopposed'. And former Johnnies frontman and punk of old, Rik Tindall, is back for a second crack.

    It's not clear who is being lined up as appointees. And who appoints the chairs, the govt or the Councillors/Commissioners? From talking around, it could be 3-4 of them. I guess the govt will see who is elected and choose accordingly. Of the up to six appointees, two will be nominated by Ngāi Tahu.

    Also, I'm wondering at first new ECan meeting, will the Commissioners still be referred to as such - or will they all be addressed as Councillors?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…, in reply to andrew r,

    Music aside , I think the new Albert Park site will be a treat in its own right. Lots of lovely shady trees, etc. Worth the hike up from the S Island. Oh, and I'd be there to see Fazerdaze!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cinema of Loss, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Allen Meek, and correct me if I'm wrong, is a lecturer in Media Studies at Massey. Have been re-enjoying giving the Victor Dimisich Band a few spins (the Siltbreeze release with extra cassette recordings) and listening to his fine guitar work, e.g., on Native Waiter

    Christchurch’s Roy Montgomery is back with his first release in a decade – a four-LP box set

    Many here and everywhere are anticipating this. I believe there is a fuller Wire interview in the wings. Roy has no plans to tour the release, however, he did do a recent 'gig' at the Darkroom, a show-and-tell session on how he put Headquarters together.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cinema of Loss,

    Oooh, this looks good, something for the diaries in October, a string of nine shows by Bill Direen and the (various) Bilders. There are also associated 'BD reads' and 'unplugged' shows.This ain't no ordinary one line-up does all tour - check the extensive personnel list, tailored for each venue. Gosh, we might even see the rarely seen Allen Meek from the early EPs make a re-appearance. Stephen Cogle will join the Chch line-up.

    Oh, why not, here's the Alligator Song

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cinema of Loss,

    Space Academy is hosting tonight what looks like a German duo, Kraus and Motte. The former has at least included ‘pounding Neanderthal rock’ in his repertoire! I hadn’t heard of him until this week even though he’s been around 10-15 years.

    And of course, Motte is aka Anita Clark. She’s performed in recent times with John Chrisstoffels (Dark Matter, Terminals) and Indy,from Doprah. Could be the low-key highlight of the year.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bombathon Begins, in reply to MarkHarris,

    Mark, it's at Unit 9, 48 Lismore St, behind the AMI, as in Jade(d), stadium in Waltham. A suitably industrial space. Not quite visible from the street, go through (normally open) sliding iron gates, then a dog leg to the right. It sometimes doubles as a gallery plus there's Henry's and Henry's (the core of Log Horn Breed) recording studio adjacent. It's all pretty informal and amicable as you might imagine - and BYO booze!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bombathon Begins,

    Oh, and punters in the garden city may want to catch Hex Waves and Sere, the latter touring the release of their eponymous LP. Followed later in the evening (or slightly overlapping with) that night - if anyone has the energy :-) - at Log Recordings, Danish industrial noise-ist Puce Mary.

    Here's Sere with Hazy

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bombathon Begins,

    The Others Way festival takes over K Road for the second year this evening ...The lineup includes...Salad Boys, Yoko Zuna, Yumi Zouma, Ghost Wave, Kane Strang and more …

    Some great S Island on show. Be sure to check out Kane Strang - here's Winded

    And the Salad Boys, here's a set they did for KEXP Seattle last year

    Joe the SB guitarist is also in Dance Asthmatics and T54. Ben the bassist also in the DAs - though a v different sound. The DAs ain't playing Others Way but here goes the anarchic PG aka Puking Ghost from Cassette Store Day in 2014

    Cassette-only releases can be found for Salad Boys, Terror of the Deep (Wgtn) etc over here on Melted Icecream.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Bombathon Begins,

    You’ll also note a special comeback from those rascals King Loser.

    Worth checking out the KL interview from Music 101: King Loser - '16 Comeback Special. Two shows in Chch: Darkroom, Sat 10th - $20 door sales only - and a 'matinee' performance at Log Recordings on the Sunday.

    I hadn't realised Celia managed Into The Void - and had sung with The After Dinner Mints 'in pub residencies, at racehorse launches and champagne breakfasts'. More on KL at Audioculture.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I really enjoyed being witness to the musicians interacting with each other, tbh. It was a good night.

    Was indeed. Bruce Russell was the wild card and I liked his story about him being an initial conduit for US interest in FN. Had hoped, with reference to Time to Go, Stones and Wayne Elsey along the way, we might have got a bonus sonic interpretation of Down and Around - but would have have needed 20+ extra minutes to fit in! Oh well, another time perhaps.

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