Posts by Robyn Gallagher

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…, in reply to Logan O'Callahan,

    So someone streaming Led Zeppelin on his I-Phone is now influencing the singles and album charts

    I believe there's a three-year age limit for streamed tracks, so golden oldies will only show up if they've been purchased in big enough numbers on iTunes, which tends to happen when a popstar dies or when a documentary screens on TV.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Soft…,

    That looks like it’s going to be more difficult now, with big acts and back-catalogue works likely to fare well courtesy of streaming listeners who don’t react so swiftly to new releases.

    This is similar to what has already happened in the singles chart. Music by New Zealand artists just doesn't chart in the top 40 anymore. This year there has been one (1) new New Zealand single chart. It's "Free" by Broods, an amazing track, but heartbreaking that it's the only one.

    In previous years local content in the top 40 has been boosted by The X Factor (from both contestants and guest performers), but this year we're on our own. Obviously Lorde needs to hurry up with her new stuff.

    There's a top 20 singles chart of New Zealand artists and it's good for discovering new music that has just missed out on the top 40. But each week, literally half the chart is songs by Six60, another sign that people just like listening to the same familiar tunes and are less comfortable with new music.

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Jag älskar hösten. Det är min favorit säsong eftersom Nya Zeelands vintern är inte olycklig. (Ja, det är svenska och inte norska. Jag tala inte norska!)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Golden Harvest, 'I Need Your Love'.

    Because ... well, just because, really.

    Such a tune - and with such a current sound. It doesn't even need a remix to sound like a cooldude vaporwave track of '16.

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  • Hard News: Music: In music's own spaces,

    I really want to say that NZmusic was a great site, and I only ever had positive experiences from it. But I was a scary nerdy rock chick in my late 20s, not a young teen.

    The NZM community was brilliant, and I loved that some teen could get into a discussion with a proper rock star about technical drum issues. It was a place where you could find someone else who was as much of a fan of your favourite band as you were - even if literally no one else knew who the band was.

    If there's anything positive coming out of this, it's that we are talking about this and thinking how it applies to situations we're in today, not just stuff that happened in the 2000s. I broke my heart to hear what had been going on, and it's made me think about situations in online communities that I'm currently involved with and what I can do to help prevent another type of situation like this.

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  • Hard News: Music: In music's own spaces, in reply to Gareth Swain,

    Is that why the site closed down? I always wondered why it disappeared all of a sudden.

    The closing of NZmusic.com had nothing to do with the Tidball issue. I believe he hadn’t been active on the site for many years prior to it closing, with his online focus moving to his own website when that launched in 2003. Even at NZM’s peak in the early to mid 2000s, Tidball’s actions were certainly not well known amongst the general NZM user base – most of us only found out about it this week.

    To my knowledge, NZM closed because it had just fallen out of popularity. Like a lot of websites originating from the early 2000s, NZM had been superseded by the role of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

    Edit: What Heather said too :)

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  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated),

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    For contrast, what that same corner looks like today.

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  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated), in reply to Russell Brown,

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    From Patrick Reynolds at Transportblog, the Kings Arms amid high-density housing in 1940. This is what Newton used to look like.

    Back then, the King’s Arms was a classic NZ corner pub, complete with a lantern. But then the corner disappeared.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Magnificent melancholy,

    Broods have a new single out today. It's called "Free" and the while the video isn't out yet (but will be soon), the song is on all the usual digital platforms.

    It's fabulous pop, and if anyone can break the NZ music drought in the top 40, it's Broods.

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  • Speaker: Her outdoors,

    I really enjoyed reading this. It was so insightful and interesting and it had some properly hilarious lolz in it.

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