Posts by Simon Grigg

  • Hard News: Auckland: The songs of the city, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Blair is yet another unsung mainstay of NZ Music!

    Careful what you wish for ID - you may be the perfect person to write this for AudioCulture. He's on our priority list ...

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  • Hard News: Auckland: The songs of the city,

    Wow - some company to be in, I'm flattered. I'm being funnelled straight from a long hall flight to this but Emma, Dave and Phil on the same stage is kinda unmissable.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Paul Baker,

    I’d certainly recommend trying it out during the 3-month trial period, but make sure you turn off the auto-renew feature in preferences until you are sure you want to continue to subscribe once the pay period kicks in.

    Which is what I did.

    I too am kinda liking Beats 1 for a vaguely adventurous background noise and I'm hearing pop that I'd miss otherwise.

    What I don't like is the attempt to overlay an homogenised Western ideal of what pop music is on the planet. I think that's a little ugly. As a Thai guy said to me "it's not our music" - and it's not. It's not what kids listen to here. At least in this part of the world, it's kinda alien and perhaps falls into that oft-stated mis-notion that Western tastes dominate the world.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    The quiet impending giant in the Asian music streaming market is Line. It exists on just about every smartphone in the region as the dominant messaging service and launched its music service in Japan and Thailand in May. A month in it has 58m subscribers and is soon to launch across East and SE Asia.

    Oh, and it offers a food delivery service and an Uber type service as part of the package.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too

    We used to regard Tony's store as a MAJOR centre :)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    That was the rumour but it wasn’t true. See Me Go was a genuine #1 (by a massive margin) that week. The single was delayed and delayed (primarily because an exec at Festival decided to remix it without asking whilst we were on tour – it was a dogs breakfast so we pulled it and had to wait for new pressings) so that the limited edition 12” was completely sold out for weeks and there was a big demand for the non-limited 7”.

    The band had no members working in stores at all (although one mate – Adam Holt at EMI downtown but they were not a major singles outlet). The day of release saw queues in Queen Street – I watched the frenzy in Sounds Unlimited in Queen St – and it was nuts. I made the call to delete the 7” at 4000 copies sold that week despite protests at Festival Records (no-one deleted a #1 I was told) and so it was. Thus it was unavailable in the second week from the wholesaler and dropped from 1 to thirty something. In week one we sold 500 12” and about 4000 7”. In week two it was gone. The rumours began. Radio Hauraki complained to RIANZ about chart rigging but RIANZ concluded it was a genuine #1.

    It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: They even taxed…, in reply to Sacha,

    The yachtie or a different dude?

    Different. The musical one was director of RadPics for some years and a well known keyboard player in Wellington.

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  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’d just point out that had almost any other British politician been PM in 1941 (especially the crypto-quislings on the Conservative benches) Britain would probably have surrendered to the Nazis.

    That’s true, but thereafter his grasp became increasingly tenuous, heading towards deluded. Invasions of the Greek Isles, the coast of Malaya, Sumatra, Norway, commando raids into France and so on were all either plans that wiser men (as in Brooke and Roosevelt) blocked, or were bloody disasters.

    Brooke on Winnie:

    …..And the wonderful thing is that 3/4 of the population of the world imagine that Churchill is one of the Strategists of History, a second Marlborough, and the other 1/4 have no idea what a public menace he is and has been throughout this war ! It is far better that the world should never know, and never suspect the feet of clay of this otherwise superhuman being. Without him England was lost for a certainty, with him England has been on the verge of disaster time and again…… Never have I admired and despised a man simultaneously to the same extent. Never have such opposite extremes been combined in the same human being

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  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to steven crawford,

    I meant to say, before I mangled my last comment, is that it’s embarasing to have a Primeminister who partronised the Iraqi people by making grand statements about sending a small group of New Zealand soldiers, and I paraphrase; to show the Iraqi army how to have the balls to fight ISIS. He must think that winning the rugby World Cup is more awesome than it really is.

    Yes - the imperial superiority on show is stomach turning. Lest we forget that the Iraqis on both sides here are as often as not the same people who handily defeated the US, UK and Australia a few short years back.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Two Sevens Clashed, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Nice to see Mr Terence Hogan (graphic designer par excellence) leaning at the back there, by the Zappa heads…

    Yeah Terry and Frank was a rather perfect coincidence. Also in the shot is my then flatmate David Herkt, my then girlfriend Yvette Parsons, future Oscar winner Kim Sinclair, RipItUp's Anne Louise Martin, and another flatmate, Jay Tidball, who took a lot of shots of the Auckland live scene around the time and is brother of Andrew.

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