Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: An inspirational record

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  • Russell Brown,

    And one more from the archives:

    Fiona has scanned and posted a hugely important Listener feature from August 1981, in which Tony Reid and Phil Gifford reporting from the Springbok tour find a country "unrecognisably changed, angrily divided and threateningly alien."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Russell Brown,

    see you at The Adults

    Yep. In tonight. MagikJ has been remixing them already too.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Ghostfunk: Ghostface Killah mixed with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music. It's been on high rotation since I got it (yesterday).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to recordari,

    see you at The Adults

    Yep. In tonight.

    I'm going tomorrow night with some of my Media7 crew. Might tap you tomorrow for set times.

    MagikJ has been remixing them already too.

    Tune!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Hadyn Green,

    Ghostface Killah mixed with…

    Right there. That’s where you had me.

    Thin Lizzy vs Pixies – The Boys Are Back In Heaven

    "Rock me, Phil". Or something.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Right there. That’s where you had me.

    You, beat-lovin' lady, need to open your digital wallet and get yourself some local hip hop in that @peace record.

    Just sayin'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    OK since it's Friday, I have a very cool music-sciency video to share: make your own dancing alien blobs!! Srsly.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Can anyone give me a quick rundown of what the different formats mean for the @peace download. It sounds really beautiful and I want to to purchase but not sure what each is, other than MP3. Is it just bigger file is better?
    Skip that request - I just found the explanation on the site.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Marcus Turner,

    Viva Vox Choir

    Since Nov 2006 • 212 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Can anyone give me a quick rundown of what the different formats mean for the @peace download. It sounds really beautiful and I want to to purchase but not sure what each is, other than MP3. Is it just bigger file is better?

    FLAC is - give or take - about 4 times better than 320 (it equals CD quality, essentially). Worth it, if you can afford the bandwidth and want higher quality. For most listening purposes 320 is plenty sufficient. v0 is a variable bitrate mp3 (at the highest setting, ie a variable version of 320; a bit smaller in file size, but with similar performance). Not too familiar with the performance of the others formats.

    Recommendations, in short:
    For hifi? FLAC
    For iPod? 320

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to 3410,

    seconded.

    @Peace, loving it Russell, smooth and laughs.

    Interested in indigenous folk music? (scroll to bottom to play)

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Marcus Turner, in reply to chris,

    Thanks Chris. That film looks excellent.

    Since Nov 2006 • 212 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Lilith __,

    Oh, cornstarch! Is there nothing it can't do?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    You can listen to it --

    You know I can't afford to buy you wine and camembert
    but we can put some candles on the fan and have a chandelier

    I like the way he with the words.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Thrash Cardiom,

    I really enjoy these Friday columns. I love the new music I hear through them. Here's an NZ one I found through National Radio a month or so back - Sheep, Dog & Wolf - Ablutophobia

    CHB • Since Nov 2006 • 55 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nzlemming,

    one step furthur...

    Oh, cornstarch! Is there nothing it can't do?

    Ken Kesey has been using it for years...
    <possibly NSFW>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ken Kesey has been using it for years...

    Balls, Holmes?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Mahoney,

    I'm looking forward to a quiet hour or so to enjoy that @peace album. In the meantime, my pick for one of the best records to come out of NZ is "Little Death" by Steve Abel. Here's a vid of him singing a wonderful duet with Kirsten Morrell.

    Since Apr 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    Just watched the @peace video....
    How on earth did they get into my old student flat to film that music video?

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Russell, have you or the Cactuslab boys changed the timeout on the blog? Normally, I leave the pages I’m reading open for days without having to relogin but today it’s happening every time I come back to it. Chrome on Win7. And not just HardNews, but all the PA blogs.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Alert for Chch bibliophiles...
    a reminder about the fridge full o' books:
    Think Differently Book Exchange
    - Gap Filler project #7
    Launch: Sunday 17 July, 3 - 5pm.
    Former Herbal Dispensary site,
    cnr Kilmore and Barbadoes Streets

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    Russell, have you or the Cactuslab boys changed the timeout on the blog? Normally, I leave the pages I’m reading open for days without having to relogin but today it’s happening every time I come back to it. Chrome on Win7. And not just HardNews, but all the PA blogs.

    The upgrade this week -- which will deliver the much-requested "jump to first unread comment" feature, among others -- has been throwing up an array of bugs.

    This one might take a little longer to resolve because the CactusLads are at Bar Camp Auckland all day, but I've passed on the report.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the much-requested "jump to first unread comment" feature

    Excellent. Looking forward to hearing how they've approached that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I need to talk up Ben Sollee, a US celloist who is doing wonderful things in a folk/pop blend. This is an official video:

    But watch the same thing live and you’ll see him treating his cello a bit like a bass guitar.

    The guy is also an activist against the crazy mountaintop coal mining where they blow the whole top off the mountain and push it off into the valley to get to the stuff.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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