Thought I'd throw this in the mix, The mystery of Mingering Mike: the soul legend who never existed.
Yep, that was an excellent yarn.
Courtesy of Gilles Peterson, tracing the history of London's Pirate Radio stations. These (and Peel) made me fall in love with radio. The chaos and freedom of the north and east London dub pirate stations was a joy.
Jealous of your weekend Auckland, very very jel....
Plastic People, the small, famous basement club in Shoreditch, London, closed down last week, after more than 20 years. Floating Points and Four Tet played the final night and have posted the recording of the whole evening (just shy of six hours of it) to Soundcloud:
Brilliant set list, that. We all know DJ'ing isn't brain surgery but apparently neither would trouble Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) too much as, when not beat bashing, he's currently completing his PHD in neuroscience.
Top that Diplo!
I consider myself of around average intelligence and have used an app before, so it should be easy right, but nothing, NOTHING, has made me feel as lost, hurt and confused as the Spotify UX. It’s likes it actively hates music, listening to music, or people who do in fact want to listen to music.
I am genuinely relieved to confirm that it's not just me.
Not only that but it's so overbuilt it's as slow as a wet week to load, search etc... Nasty experience. One day someone will create a music service that is a pleasure to use.
My other main memory is, groggy after 24+ hours of travel, having to pick up the 50kg chest from the moving luggage carousel. And, fortunately, getting it first time.
Now, if you manage any further record store capers and just happen to come by the Forward Down A Channel One 12" by African Youth, snap it up! ...and we can negotiate a hearty reward for bringing that little gem home to papa. :)
I certainly have vague anxiety inducing memories of trying to get overstuffed vinyl cases back to NZ via hand luggage. For purchasing new vinyl copies of classics from all genres at a decent price, you can't go passed Dunedin online shop "Noise Worth Hearing". Brilliant for reggae, funk, hiphop, punk etc...
Facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/NOISEworthhearing/info?tab=page_info
Trade Me account is here http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Profile.aspx?member=3466679
I'm most excited about track one. Not only is it a new track from Stromae, but it also features Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim and Ms Yelich-O'Connor herself. Hurry up, 17 November!
I don't really understand all this hating on David Cunliffe and the parroting of what various know-nothings in the media have declared about him. He had a conversation pre-election with my young daughter and she was pretty damn astute in her assessment, judging him to to be a genuine guy. Sure, he has stumbled along the way but there have plenty around helping him trip.
My partner went to see him speak here in Nelson (I was spinning tunes on the radio) and she said he was relaxed, warm, genuine, and spoke from the heart. Pretty much nothing like the uptight guy we saw on the 6.00pm news every night.
As someone who's thinking I greatly respect put it, "if you want to defeat Slytherins, you must become Gryffindor." Also, you need a Harry Potter (male or female).
In this analysis, Cunliffe's a Hufflepuff, right?