I like Courtney Barnett. Her font of lyrical wisdom does have a bottom but she has a great schtick and her voice is deceptively strong for one who wishes to sound so diffident. And her record is called "A Sea of Split Peas" which is awesome. I hope she makes it here too but I get the feeling she's working the Northern Hemisphere pretty hard right now.
Mind you, this is even better.....
English has really struggled to make Labour's economic policies sound looney or dangerous. He and Key both claimed that they rescued the country from imaginary deficits. Labour have more problems than Iraq right now but a lack of coherent, imaginative economic policies is NOT one of them.
Serco. The tapeworm in the bowels of government. How did they get in here? Did David Cameron have something to do with it?
Award that man the
Sibyl Ince Silver Sieve Salver
It's all down to my new Adobe Meta 4.0 predictive analogy generator.
Tech stock purchases always send pundits into an entrail reading frenzy where so-and-so's paying moonbeams for such-and-such signals a move into whatever-the-fuck so they can corner the market in people annoying each other with stupid pictures or something. But Beats - crappy headphones or no - is a real business. With, like, turnover. Over a billion a year. They make stuff and it sells for money. How they can hold their heads up in Silicon Valley I have no idea.
(Speaking of headphones, I've just discovered Grado. They make you look like a radio ham and they leak like Edward Snowden so don't bother leaving the house, but they're amazing. Serious hi fi for $160. You will hear things you didn't hear before.)
I wouldn't be surprised if Mana went with an economically literate class warrior over someone with cultural bona fides. If they can persuade poor pakeha that they're in the same boat as most Maori then they have the beginnings of a strong, inclusive political force.
I don't know if anyone out there watches "Veep" but I believe we can officially dub Slater the Jonah Ryan of New Zealand politics.
Never heard a T Rex to Doors segue before so hats off to Mr Ahbez for that. And kudos to him for declining to be "achingly melancholic" about it. Must be the influence of his very good band. Non-specific sadness seems to be the resting pose of so much Pitchfork rock these days, so yay for some yays.
My very favourite obscure-ish band in all the world (Wussy) released another stonking record (Attica!) on Tuesday.
Helped along by this from the awesome Merrill Garbus, who I swear is star material. It's been a good week in Melrose I tell you.
Stepping up to the plate seems to be Lorde's speciality. Listening to her video link I swear her accent's already trending mid-Pacific. She's scary.
I'm happy for Naked & Famous and all but God help me they're representative of a dull strand of indie pop. You expect NZ to succeed with something a little off-kilter, like... er... Lorde, but those kids are nothing more than a testament to professionalism.
And hey Auckland, if the Foundation are going to do a plugged up thing at Real Groovy then get along there pronto. Their in-store at Slow Boat last year before their UK trip was superb. Just being able to hear everything at a mellow volume was a treat. They know how to make all them boxes work the little imps.
I too wanted them to scoop the Taite but I actually thought Jonathan Bree was going to get it. It felt like the vibe among the cognoscenti.
My Dunedin Double is still in good nick
So's mine! Largely because I never played it all that much. In truth I think that record lives better in the memory.