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  • Craig Ranapia,

    In theory she could do both, but I’d be surprised if there weren’t duties for nominees – let alone artists who perform at the awards, which isn’t unlikely in her case – in the days before. Officially, she’s still playing the show, but officially she’s not yet a nominee. I would certainly expect an amicable resolution if she can’t do Laneway.

    Sure, because I'm pretty sure Lorde (and her management) are sensible enough to know being a diva -- and you know, blowing contracted gigs -- isn't really how her brand works. At least, I hope it doesn't. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    So this time, there will be a compulsory pre-purchase $50 pass per car, with the $50 refunded on arrival if the car contains three or more people.

    Gah. I didn't see any mention of this when I bought tickets in April.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Star eats tourist!
    Could be tomorrow’s headline -
    It’s not looking good for Comet Ison…

    Comet ISON is making its closest approach to the sun, and evidence is mounting that the nucleus of the comet has disintegrated. Watch the head of the comet fade dramatically as it approaches the sun in this SOHO coronagraph movie:

    from Spaceweather.com

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    It would be a really tough call for camp Lorde - Grammys is a big deal in their most important market (a shedload of free marketing), a performance or award would really cement her as this years Biggest Deal for those who've not already reached this forgone conclusion! Laneway on the other hand... is possibly a low paying (by their now standards) gig given they no doubt signed the deal prior to her blowing up - businesswise one would pick the Grammys without a second thought.... but one also doesn't want to let down the hometeam - massive dilemmas, for the management team and Ella herself

    I've tried hard to stop listening to Lorde remixes and mashups... it became a little of an obsession... but this one is perhaps the best one I've heard/grabbed, Lorde and Donna Summer - so understated, so not doing anything... so freaking awesome:

    https://soundcloud.com/djmada/lorde-donna-summer-royals-i-feel-love-mada-bootleg

    Really feel for the BDO (NZ) team over Blur - can't say I care the bands not coming but the publicity sure ain't going to help

    Tune of the week for me; George Michael's Outside as reedited by Sis - TUNE!

    https://soundcloud.com/djsis/george-michael-outside-sis-1

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Dastardly Bounder,

    The ORB! and DJ Shadow! and I must say I'm very excited about The Dastardly Bounder being on the line up.
    ahem...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2012 • 61 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

    OMG Lorde and Donna Summer, thank you sir.

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Did someone say mashup?

    Oh good, I'll drop this:

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    just as a public service, Southbound Records are doing tickets for Lee Fields for $32 - I saw him in London and gotta say as a sweaty soul revue style thang, he's hard to beat.

    and as a personal celebration - finally scored Cliff Richard's Green Light album what I've been fiending for for yonks. in Groovy's $2 bin and everything.

    yeah yeah it's Cliff and everything, but this is a pretty cool slice of summertime, yacht rocky vibes...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Dastardly Bounder, in reply to Dastardly Bounder,

    The Orb doing Little Fluffy Clouds at The Fridge in Brixton.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2012 • 61 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just to note I’ve fixed the incorrect date for Laneway 2014 – it’s actually January 27. I’ve been out giving a little talk and I can’t edit posts on my phone. Gah.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    That raze track is/was magic used to have two copies of the 12' and drop an ever so slightly off sync double track in the middle and then roll it back in #thosewerethedays

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to bob daktari,

    It would be a really tough call for camp Lorde

    All fair points, well made Bob. But I'm in Team Russell -- she looks like she's got her head on straight, and is surrounded by good people, so I'm sure however it shakes out it will be done amicably and sans diva-tude. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I agree with you both on that count - Lorde and her management have shown some serious good smarts and down to earth openness and honesty - I'd imagine Ella really wants to play to her friends here and Laneway is the perfect place to so, as a punter I really want to see her play there... and think the grammys are pretty meh at the best of times

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    ... profile of the band for which he is best-known: Trinity Roots. There's some lovely stuff there, too: photos and clips of an unplugged performance of 'Little Things' and a lovely pre-show warm-up session from 2011.

    This reminds me of seeing Trinity Roots in the early 2000s at Jubilee Park in Richmond as part of a council summer festival. Grant Smithies was playing a warm up DJ set when they arrived and started setting up gear. Warren Maxwell did a little tuning on his guitar then plugged in. Smithies was playing some big extended Gil Scott Heron soul/funk mix as Warren just started quietly strumming along, slowly but surely adding melody and then building it up into an absolutely gorgeous full on workout. All off the cuff and absolutely magical. Grant had a big shit eating grin on his face so was obviously pretty chuffed.

    Just a shame it was in the days before smartphones made it easy to record these things.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to bob daktari,

    My expectation is that she'll be at the Grammys -- it's just too big to miss -- and that the Laneway promoters will get a make-good gig. She could even curate her own support acts. The alternative would be her playing no NZ shows this summer, which I don't think anyone wants.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    also: RIP Lewis Collins.

    he inspired a great many forward rolls and a longterm yearning for a white Capri 2800.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Kind of in memory, I found this and will watch it later.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    This is fantastic. David Bowie, 'Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    too big to miss

    I'll say. let's be real about it

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19728 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Lyall,

    Not exactly a mashup but The Orb's version of Hotel California:

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 60 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Re. the conflict of interestings, maybe Lorde could phone it in - by way of live feed to a not-particularly-big screen?

    Also: I enjoyed this tear it down and put it back together acapella.

    http://laughingsquid.com/the-florida-state-university-acabelles-perform-wonderful-a-capella-version-royals-by-lorde/

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    also: RIP Lewis Collins.

    he inspired a great many forward rolls and a longterm yearning for a white Capri 2800.

    I think you might enjoy this:

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Michael Savidge,

    Bird on a wire…

    maybe Lorde could phone it in…

    Live Aid style,
    or as a hologram!
    or avatar?

    or perhaps…
    her geared up for
    live motion capture
    in LA,, relayed and
    translated into movements
    of a giant singing animatronic
    unicorn at Laneways!
    - Magic!

    Don’t take the brown acid, though…

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I Oorta known better, dept
    Comet Ison survives! Just...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7947 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    James Murphy should be the next Doctor. That remix adds several other dimensions to a very solid base. Rightly, I’m hearing it on the b every day.

    This isn’t new, it’s been floating around for a few months now, but goodness this is goodness:
    https://soundcloud.com/disclosuremusic/help-me-lose-my-mind

    It’s going to be a good summer. And Lorde should play the Grammys.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

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