Posts by Robyn Gallagher

  • Hard News: Friday Music: There have been…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I know there was quite a bit of discomfort with the way Shona Laing was treated by the crowd last year -- she deserved her time for a speech, but by that time at the Music Awards, people are getting boisterous, and there's not a lot you can do about that. There's some feeling that the legacy part deserves its own time and space.

    Supergroove are a fab band and are worthy of recognition,, but their induction in 2014 seems like a crowd-pleasing casting choice more than a genuine reflection that their time has come.

    The awkward thing is that as well as being an awards ceremony, the VNZMAs are also a television programme that has to keep viewers entertained. Supergroove would do that, but viewers might be less impressed with some older singer that none of the kids recognise.

    Random other thought: sooner or later the Feelers are going to have to get inducted into the Hall. And that's going to be very interesting.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: There have been…,

    I have an issue with how few women have been inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. Counting Supergroove, 15 acts have been inducted into the Hall. Of those, only three include women: the Topp Twins, Toy Love (Jane Walker) and Shona Laing. Or if you want to look at the total number of band members, it's four women versus 67 men. Bloody hell. Yeah, the music biz is undeniably male dominated, but nowhere near to the extent that is reflected in the Hall of Fame.

    Just in case Recorded Music NZ and APRA have forgotten, here are some worthy wahine: Bic Runga, Sharon O'Neill, Jenny Morris, Annie Crummer, Moana, as well as bands Ardijah and Strawpeople.

    It will be very interesting to see who is announced as APRA's inductee at this year's Silver Scrolls.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But good point: how many of the songs actually appear in the film? That's well outside my area of understanding.

    My understanding is that the film itself only has an orchestral score, with "Yellow Flicker Beat" and a couple of other songs from the soundtrack playing on the closing credits. Let's blame Prince's Batman soundtrack - popularising a soundtrack record also that had songs "inspired by" the film.

    BTW, I don't think you need to have an understanding of the Hunger Games to appreciate the song. It is ostensibly about Katniss Everdeen's story, but can also serve as a bit of commentary on Lorde's life. "They used to shout my name, now they whisper it." Aw yeah.

    And this is interesting - "Yellow Flicker Beat" was co-written by the usual team of Lorde and Joel Little, but this time it was produced not by Little, but by Paul Epworth, best known for his Grammy-winning work with Adele.

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout,

    (in Australia, which has had compulsory voting for nearly a century, the fine – strictly enforced – is $20).

    ...

    In the 2011 election, non-voters were much more likely to be young, unemployed, and poor.

    A $20 fine is pocket fluff to most of us, but where does a poor person come up with that much money?

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Alfie,

    Who’s to say that your dominant male isn’t already collecting the entire family’s EasyVote cards and tripping around a few polling booths with his mates?

    Dominant Male parks his ute down a side street and walks around the corner to the school hall.
    Dominant Male is uncomfortable in the size 12 skinny jeans and One Direction hoodie and the $2 shop blonde party wig is starting to itch.
    Dominant Male walks into the hall, goes up to a table and slaps down his daughter’s Easy Vote card.
    Dominant Male says: “Yeah, gidday. I’d like to vote. Uh, I mean… Hi. I wanna vote. Yolo?”
    Doris the deputy returning officer looks down at the electoral roll, then looks up at Dominant Male.
    Doris the deputy returning officer laughs until there are tears streaming down her face.

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government,

    Labour may have seriously lost their appeal for the general roll, but they won three Maori seats that had been held by the Maori Party or the Mana Movement for almost 10 years. That is very significant.

    I was expecting National to win, but I thought it would involve a coalition with NZ First. As things are at the moment, Labour just seem to be treated like the Greens or NZ First - just another established minor party.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Mo' Nina, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m not sure whether to be happy about the benefit for my wallet or sad that the value of such music has been driven so low.

    Yeah, that's what I was getting at. It's a mixed-feelings thing.

    The way I see it, minstrels have been making money from music for centuries. A few changes to technology in the last decade or so isn't going to have a huge impact in the long term.

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  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election,

    I made an advance vote on Monday and it was really thrilling. Today my Easy Vote card arrived and now I want to relive the thrillz all over again.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cool Dancer,

    Here's "Break the Beat" by the Chain Gang, a New Zealand attempt at Belgian house from 1990. Given the talents of all the players involved, it is a case where the whole is most definitely not greater than the sum of the parts. It reached #22 on the singles charts.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Cool Dancer,

    I've just watched the documentary Musical Minds, about Nick and JB, two music fans who have been hosting a hilarious music show on a public access TV station in America for over 10 years.

    Nick and JB are both on the autism spectrum and while the doco starts being about their show, it ends up being a portrait of two young dudes on the spectrum.

    There's not a lot of actual music in the doco (which I assume is just down to licensing costs) but music love runs through it. There's an interview with one of the film-makers here, and you can watch the whole film here:

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