in that shop in Lorne st – forgotten the name.
Taste Records, owned by the late Dave Perkins, bless his soul. It had a listening booth with extractor fans so you could get in the right state of mind to *understand* the music.
I managed the shop briefly when it moved to High Street.
It’s cast of extras also deserves mention.
Watching it again last week I spotted myself in the takeaway bar. I have no memory of that scene even being filmed but I was quite thrilled. As I recall we were not only extras but we were also tasked by Richard as unpaid all hands on board. I have a memory of carrying stuff into BackStage and moving furnture around our flat at 27 Birdwood
.. ‘Hooligan 69’ ...
you lucky bastard ...
It changes things in that Pheu Thai likely has a mandate of sorts after Feb. 23rd when the elections’ first results are in. A few other things:
1) The armed forces heads all voted, which is taken as support for the democratic process, i.e. no coup.
2) Suthep tonight announced a major pullback of 3 of his 6 his protest sites, from Lat Prao, Victory Monument (my favourite name in BKK – in 1942 a general lost a war against Cambodia, came back and said we won, and they built a plinth) and Chaeng Wattana, the massive and kinda cool government site in the north of Bangkok. I watched the speech and he was cackling semi-coherently like a man lost.
3) 89% of Thailand voted without incident and it’s widely seen as a success for the incumbents. See image (green cool, orange some problems, brown no vote – byelections next week).
I spend the day out and about. In most of the city it was a gorgeous quiet Sunday with people out, voting and spending time with their families. Suthep had called for citywide road paralysis but there was no uptake at all. On the Rama 1 strip (the central shopping district) there was a massed gathering which they called a protest picnic, and it was really busy but mostly just people hanging out in a semi-carnival sort of atmosphere. The malls were packed and there was a massive streetmarket. Fun.
This will go on for a while but Suthep has had the wind taken from his sails, not least by the gunfight last night where his thugs in the far north of the city were captured by various media including the BBC, attacking folks who wanted to vote with semi-automatic weaponry! The whole country was severely shaken and it was lucky nobody was badly hurt. Awful stuff.
Like, it’s not fair she she hasn’t sweated it out doing a tour of grimy pubs like _proper_ rock bands do.
Yeah - it's so fucking unfair, eh? She spend a few short years honing some killer songwriting chops and had natural talent that - with others - look her to places those whinging naysayers will never reach no matter how many shitty stages they play their dues on.
I've been in a couple of similar conversations too, with one person telling me that we'll find out what she's really made of when the next album turkeys. I replied that we've already found that out - 9 weeks at number one will exist forever even if she never releases another note. Why do people need to do this?
Any word BTW on Bruce Russell’s plans to release a live collection of The Stones alongside studio-captured material (as per the ‘last word’ in the Stones Audioculture profile)?
I understand it's 'progressing' - take that to mean what you wish.
It got me thinking. In the time before Lorde, the expected path a NZ artist would take was touring NZ, then moving to Australia, then pushing to break the UK or America
I think the mould was broken by the early Flying Nun bands - for example The Clean became global champions of the alt scene without following that route. And lest we forget Pauly Fuemana topped the US charts while he was based in Grey's Avenue.
Talking of The Clean - part 2 of their story, all scrutinized and fact checked by David Kilgour, the band's unofficial historian, has just gone live today on AudioCulture, in time for tonight's gig.
I have no idea why that went up sideways. Maybe it's an iOS statement on Thailand :)
Interesting Sofie and a little one eyed I’d suggest. Here’s another eye. This was taken in Asoke about 20 minutes ago and it’s Suthep roaring to the crowd. The thing is, a month ago the crowd would’ve been large. Tonight I stood in the midst of no more than 1500 people of whom a third or so were tourists. The common comment here is how little things have been disrupted. The article talks of passport problems – the office moved long ago and people are saying there are no issues.
I thought this was one of the more interesting external articles I’ve read of late – it’s a war of attrition out there.
Sofie, it’s a Canon Powershot G1X – a super-snappy that I like. I’ve been a fan of the G line for a while.
Winston – I’d not really thought about that but you could almost say that :) He’s the “Man of The People” but only in his own mind and that of his supporters.
But I was also thinking that, in the unlikely event of another coup, ties with China give the Thai military a fallback option if the US imposes sanctions.
A couple of years back the US sent a very high level delegation to Bangkok, which included members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to talk ties (they’re after a U2 base near Pattaya on the old Vietnam War era B-52 base, now a Thai Navy base – Thailand says no). Fully aware they were coming, and without notice, the whole Thai top military strata debunked to Beijing for ‘talks’ which left the US generals talking to second level officers. The reality is China remains far more important to Thailand (and most of SEA) than the US despite western media and political dis-information about regional unease over the country. Mostly that’s US wishful thinking.
The Thai and Chinese navies have joint patrols on the Mekong now I think.
The Chinese?! Now that does thicken the plot somewhat. C
All complicated by the South China Sea of course, but the Thai military have been quite even balancing both the US and China.
Then there are all the condos and beach houses that are Chinese owned ... it wouldn't do to see a property crash here :)