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Hard News: Heard any good tunes lately?

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  • Jennifer B,

    Muse and The Streets reminds me of Scribe & co at the BDO 2007 which incidentally I thought rocked the house. Nothing like a bit of bluster mixed with searing guitar. No-one much agreed with MHO tho' I seem to remember. Didn't Muse play that year's BDO too?

    Micah P Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra has crept into my heart. The music is a bit down at times but there's something very charming about it, him and the whole shebang.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2008 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Heh. And I thought Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson was going to be the most unusual collaboration of the year...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1550 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    listened to the new Dave Dobbyn album this week produced by Adrian Sherwood :shock: well produced.... wouldn't have bothered if not for the Sherwood connection (huge On U fan here)

    for the thieves help yourself to a podcast I done did

    www.stink-finger.com/bob-stink-finger-podcast-02/

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Adrian Sherwood and Tackhead at the powerstation

    I was at that gig as well; it was my 27th birthday and I also reviewed it for Real Groove.
    A Japanese band called Audio Active went on first. They were all dressed in white boiler suits and their first song was a humungous drone with the lyrics "free marijuana, free marijuana, free marijuana...". They were great.

    Sherwood and Tackhead were amazing, great stuff.

    It was also incredibly loud. I didn't realise how shot my hearing was until the next morning, when I bumped into a mate in Corner Records (RIP), who'd also been at the gig and the shop assistant came up to us and asked us to stop yelling at each other. :)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 582 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    listened to the new Dave Dobbyn album this week produced by Adrian Sherwood :shock: well produced

    With Skip McDonald too! That's just crazy enough to work ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18711 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Loving the Joe Higgs track, well done.

    Right, let's not muck around, it's Friday so two very different party tunes making most excellent use of the mother ucker (as FotC's might say).

    Pigeonhed' Battleflag gives it up to the Soprano's.

    Mylo's Drop the Pressure for any '80s heads in the house.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 884 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    it doesn't work except for maybe for the hardcore dobbo fans

    Gary Clail Sound System at powerstation = life changing, so so good!

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Not sure which parties are the ones to pimp tonight, but if you haven't eaten and drunken at Duke Carvell's Swan Lane Emporium yet, then do.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    and don't forget African Head Charge as well. now that was a band that grinned itself to death.

    finished with sherwood panning the crowd's encore demands from speaker to speaker.

    corker.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 306 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Chris Cornell produced by Timbaland

    Ehhh. Yeah, it really sucks, but it's sort of generically shitty. I was expecting something a lot more egregious, somehow.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I remember looking up at Tackhead on that stage and thinking how bloody lucky I was to be experiencing guitar, bass and drums played by the top handfull of their respective professions at the time. And yes, the ringing lasted for days.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    Dave Dobbyn album this week produced by Adrian Sherwood :shock:

    :shock: is right.

    my jaw was so wide, agape with shock, that a nearby 4 year old boy ran up and tried to stuff a tomastankengine toy into it.

    true story

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Wills,

    Am I alone in finding Brooke Fraser downright sinister? It's not just the Christian thing. It's like she's the dark heart of some precise, calculating machine whose intentions we can only guess at. If ever the Antichrist were loose upon the land, it would look -- and sound -- like Brooke Fraser.

    Yeah couldn't agree more. And I'm sure I remember reading that she was 'bored' of New Zealand and thought she'd gotten too big for it... Yeah ok Brooke, sure thing. I can imagine her introducing herself to an American record producer with a sentence deserving of nothing more than a Tui Billboard: "Well I'm really talented and in New Zealand I'm a huge celebrity, I had to leave because I just couldn't do any better there" Yeah Right.

    "Mate, I bought the ski-racks because I needed to carry the Jousting sticks... they're long form." If ever there was a radio ad that deserved a silver scroll...

    Parnell, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Wills,

    And if we're on the top of greatest gigs attended (were we kinda getting there?) - 3 words.

    Daft Punk. Melbourne.

    Absolutely mind blowing.

    Parnell, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Am I alone in finding Brooke Fraser downright sinister?

    I wouldn't say she's sinister, as such. However, regardless of how utterly mediocre her music is, I will always forgive her. Why, you ask ?
    Because her father is the truly great Bernie Fraser, that's why.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 582 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Am I alone in finding Brooke Fraser downright sinister? It's not just the Christian thing. It's like she's the dark heart of some precise, calculating machine whose intentions we can only guess at. If ever the Antichrist were loose upon the land, it would look -- and sound -- like Brooke Fraser.

    LOL, is it the nose?

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 325 posts Report Reply

  • hanuman,

    second the San Fran gig tonight.
    though it'll be full of young people.

    wgtn • Since Aug 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    "maaaate,




    im not going to unbundle...."

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    According to John Key's unauthorised biography in the Herald, Albertine was the most recent CD he bought.

    I think we should take that as a warning

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    And if we're on the top of greatest gigs attended (were we kinda getting there?) - 3 words.

    Daft Punk. Melbourne.

    Most of my favourite gigs ever are New Zealand bands but for foreign muck, Kraftwerk, Sydney, 1980 (ish) does the trick, or the last night of The Elvis & The Attractions, Hammersmith Palais circa 84/85..1 1/2 hours of encores.

    Listening to: the Mark E mix on Resident Advisor is very big right now, as is the new Paul Weller, the new Henrik Schwarz, Dixon & AME, Toby Tobias and hoping the new, finished copy, of The LEDS 2nd turns up this week in the mailbox.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    oh, and my most ardently disliked record at the mo is the bloody Fleet Foxes. Someone talked me into purchasing it...what horrible fey post hippy drivel....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    It's like she's the dark heart of some precise, calculating machine whose intentions we can only guess at. If ever the Antichrist were loose upon the land, it would look -- and sound -- like Brooke Fraser.

    Yep, and it almost was that calculated, the launch of BF. There was a minor bidding war for her as I recall at the time she was signed but there was a definite feeling of a creatable easily defined and sold product in the offing. It was very much a case of a label having a taste for female singer songwriters after the huge success of Bic Runga. But the gulf between Bic and BF was glaring...Bic had soul and was always coolly unique , Brooke has little of either.

    That radiohead article is very interesting however impatience probably had a bit to do with it... didn't their server go down because it was so popular?

    As if Radiohead care. Anyway you look at it for them it was a massive and resounding success. They made more money than they'd ever made before because they owned the master, had a huge publicity blitz and a number one US album. All in a shitty time for the old school music industry.

    Tom Yorke is grinning in that story for a reason.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    As if Radiohead care.

    only enough to abandon it as a viable business model and relinquish it to the novelty act that it was, got em good attention, worked once, not so much the next time someone tried it.

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    oh, and my most ardently disliked record at the mo is the bloody Fleet Foxes. Someone talked me into purchasing it...what horrible fey post hippy drivel....

    You do realise you can push the stop button right?

    And then, good frisbee.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6162 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    <quote>Adrian Sherwood and Tackhead at the powerstation

    I was at that gig as well; it was my 27th birthday and I also reviewed it for Real Groove.
    A Japanese band called Audio Active went on first. They were all dressed in white boiler suits and their first song was a humungous drone with the lyrics "free marijuana, free marijuana, free marijuana...". They were great.

    Sherwood and Tackhead were amazing, great stuff.<quote>

    Me too.
    Chatted with some of the Audio Active guys later on cause I had seen them a couple of times at Liquid Room in Shinjuku so I knew they were a good warm-up act.

    Missed African Head Charge, but one of my mates still raves about that gig.

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 630 posts Report Reply

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