Posts by Robyn Gallagher

  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote,

    The inclusion of twerking on the list shows someone is still partying like it's 2013. And their soundtrack is Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" album.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    As a reminder, here's the winners list from 2013. Some of the terms have bleed through to 2014, but others, like Wewege and twerking, are solid icons of 2013.

    1. Metadata
    2. Fuckstrating
    3. Selfie
    4. Beersies
    5. Berm
    6. Big Gay Rainbow
    7. Lorde
    8. #twitteraunties
    9. Wewege
    10=Rape Culture
    10=Twerking

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Has anyone mentioned the very positive ‘twitteraunties’?

    FYI, #8 on last year's list.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    To be fair, "Lorde" was buzzier in 2013. Another word should get a shot this year.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Lorde

    The word on everybody’s dark-lipsticked lips.

    FYI, it was the #7 word in last year's poll.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit,

    Len Brown might think he's cool but he's not. There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office, both of which lead to secret hidden sex dungeons where various American presidents have engaged in secret hidden sex, sometimes with each other. Auckland is strictly in the minor league.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Memories of a…,

    Also: here's something from my fave new band, Years & Years. They were nominated for the Critics' Choice Award at the 2015 BRIT Awards (the winner of which was announced yesterday, for some reason). Their sound is like electronica, '90s R&B, and pop, which is just fine by me. This is their saucy song "Take Shelter", performed live for a Critics' Choice showcase:

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Memories of a…,

    Remember about 10 years ago when novelty mashups were a thing? Well, they still exist. Every year a laptop owner called DJ Earworm makes a mashup of the year's top tracks. This is his one for 2014:

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  • Hard News: Prague,

    The Czech Republic is entering Eurovision next year, after previously having entered in 2007.

    This is interesting because as Eastern Europe opened up, the free (and sometimes new) countries used the competition to showcase themselves to the rest of Europe. Except the Czech Republic didn't enter until 2007 (compare with Slovakia who first entered in 1993). The theory is that the Czech Republic was generally a lot stronger and more confident than other former communist countries (all the cool kids were in Prague already!) so it didn't feel the need to do the Eurovision thing until 2007, when the country was under political scrutiny.

    So now they're back again, in time for the competition's 60th anniversary. I wonder what is behind the decision this time.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Virtual…,

    The other thing that happens today in the local music business is that for the first time, the official New Zealand singles charts will include audio streaming data alongside retail sales.

    I just had a look at this week's chart and there are no big surprises.

    * There are four new songs, but they're all new releases from popular artists.
    * There are three reentries, and they're all songs that have recently been in the charts.
    * There's a new number one, but it's a new release from Six60 who are hugely popular.

    So nothing unusual. No weird old songs suddenly recharting after 25 years (that happened a couple of weeks ago with "Ice Ice Baby" - the result of a media campaign).

    At a glance, it looks pretty much like a top 40 that's logically following on from last week's one, though I'm sure there are subtle differences in chart positions. I guess this means what people are listening to is roughly the same as what people are buying.

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