Posts by Ken Double

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I still have my Krypton Hits. I shall pass it on to my children who will listen distractedly to the attendant backstory before sticking it next to Godley and Creme's "Consequences" box set in the garage sale that follows my premature death in a home brewing accident. It is foretold.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Unlike the stupid floating Facebook,etc links bar The Press has recently added which renders the space bar command of ‘screen down’ useless, as it obliterates the top 3 lines of type – why woud ya do that?

    I'm afraid social media has completely addled the minds of marketers. I apologise on behalf of a benighted industry that has collectively lost its scone.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I'm depressed to see Campbell described as "lefty" in so many places. That may be news to Helen Clark. He's certainly not on Team Key but NEITHER SHOULD HE BE. (Sorry that damn caps lock keeps sticking.) Campbell's cultural background is inner-city liberal, but he's impeccably apolitical, happy to go after either the left or the right. In other words, he's a good journalist. There's a false equivalence in operation that sees Campbell as the mirror of the Henry Hosking Hydra, but an objective look at his record reveals nothing more than a journo doing his job.

    I'm inclined to sympathise with Russell's notion that maybe Campbell's audience doesn't watch telly at 7pm anymore (mea culpa) but if your own channel isn't supporting you then it's not hard to organise a fait accompli. It's the politics of this that gets you down; the creeping takeover of media by politically motivated interests. We've avoided the worst of it in New Zealand for a long time but no more.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday (Thursday) Music:…,

    Tinashe was there? She's pretty hot poop right now. A bit urban for Splore I'd have thought but that's no bad thing. All we get down here is Ciara.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Fickle Rock,

    Looks like Ms Barnett has worked out that irony doesn't have to mean detachment. She sounds almost pissed off. And her band sounds pissed off too. Cool!

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…, in reply to Sacha,

    I don't know whether to love the AMAs for boosting Iggy Azalea over the pooh poohing of the purists or resent them for Imagine Dragons. Democracy is ever messy. Must say though, Katy Perry, "Adult Contemporary"? She turns 30 and suddenly she's Stevie Nicks?

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I was one of the many voters and it wasn’t really possible to go past Pure Heroine – it’s just too important a record.

    The Horned One has thee in his power! Admit it, you secretly prefer Ladi6 don'cha? I won't tell.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…, in reply to Sacha,

    That wasn't the whole sentence Sacha. I think there was a very strong artistic case for giving the album of the year to Ladi6. Did we need another Lorde moment? (I do think she's great by the way, I just don't think that album makes the claim yet.)

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Repent Russell, they're the work of bloody Satan. I will say though on the list of winners the only one that sucked was the People's Choice which kinda fucks my populist thesis.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…,

    I've often wondered what those awards mean to the artists concerned. As a music lover I couldn't give a flying one about them. Maybe it's my creaky punk values but they've never reflected anything I've felt or believed.

    Ladi6's record is great and the withheld approbation of a bunch of jobbers doesn't alter that one jot. But does it matter to HER? Does it bug her that they didn't gong her? Because it shouldn't. It really, really, really shouldn't.

    Aside from the brilliant Taite which is about giving out money rather than raking it in I can't see the value of these bunfights. I well remember years of the NZ Music Awards tipping the hat to Peking Man or whoever else was the most co-operative act of the year and it was inevitably pathetic and disheartening. It was always the industry saying "you are acceptable to us" rather than an acknowledgement of quality.

    I know many of the people involved are well-meaning music lovers but the mean of their opinions is invariably compromise or cowardice. How many years and how much international mana did it take Flying Nun to get one act on the podium? "Ten" and "shitloads" in case you were wondering. The very fact that they felt obliged to give all the doorstops to Lorde this year shows how irrelevant they are in the face of actual power. Hats off to her for doing her bit when she could have easily decided to stay in LA and wash her hair. "Lorde can't be tonight so accepting the award on her behalf etc etc."

    If there were no Vodafone NZ Music Awards next year, would one member of the humble music-loving public give a shit? I've got ten bucks says no. And how many artists would just breathe a sigh of relief? I've got twenty that says plenty.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 64 posts Report Reply

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