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  • Russell Brown,

    This might be the latest-breaking major tour news I've ever seen. Prince and his piano are coming – this month!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This might be the latest-breaking major tour news I’ve ever seen. Prince and his piano are coming – this month!

    If you happen to get an early warning of where tickets can be obtained, could you please, um, not tell anyone else until you've told me. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double,

    Key's avoidance of any situation outside the House where he may be challenged is a pattern, doubtless a strategy and definitely a disgrace. And he gets away with it.

    Oh yes, God, Prince. Something will go wrong. Bound to.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Eediot,

    That Ska doco is awesome!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    Oh joy, entertainment ;-)
    I see the Herald is running a “spot the difference” game.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    And we can always rely on Winston to explain the metaphor.

    What am I to make of that? Steven is a bit of a political Sampson without hair.

    (I am, of course assuming that the Herald reporter (Ooh! Look! It's Claire!) means Samson of the Delilha fame!)

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Wow – part three of Music Moguls, on music PR, is way the best of the three.

    Great, if alarming insights into the way music PR influenced tabloid newspapers and the role of political spin in Tony Blair's embrace of Oasis and Creation Records. The actual story of Noel's famous Blair endorsement at the Brits – the whole band were out of their minds on MDMA – is amazing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Muphry's Law

    means Samson of the Delilha fame!

    ahem ... Delilah
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ahem … Delilah

    and you, Sir Dalziel, are the successful applicant for the job of proofreader at the Herald.

    ;-)

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Eediot,

    RIP Maurice

    (Although the version on Live At Rio is the definitive original in my opinion. Dare you not to dance around the kitchen to that!)

    EDIT: Fixed your embed. For YouTube clips, just paste in the URL, nothing else.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I'm going to use this thread to tell a story from my current research project. The Dunedin 'sound' goes back further than many might imagine. In the early-mid 1960s, 'Teen Time' at the YMCA was Dunedin's answer to Liverpool's Cavern. Local bands would play to crowds of young people and the music was broadcast on 4ZB. On other occasions YMCA director JB Munro played DJ. One band which played there regularly was Wayne Mowat's The Discords, later changed to the Cord 5.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Eediot,

    Your link didn't work. Here's Boogie Wonderland

    Maurice was childhood friend of Booker T Jones. And i though, what the heck...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Goody, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the role of political spin in Tony Blair’s embrace of Oasis and Creation Records.

    They managed to get Oasis, but let’s not forget Labour also tried to recruit Pulp and Jarvis Cocker which didn’t go so well. It did produce a great rejected Pulp tune Cocaine Socialism that told the whole story and was later reworked with more radio friendly lyrics into “Glory Days"

    Toronto • Since Mar 2015 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Matthew Goody,

    They managed to get Oasis, but let’s not forget Labour also tried to recruit Pulp and Jarvis Cocker which didn’t go so well.

    Not only music. According to the author of this rather interesting parody they co-opted public sculpture as well. Perhaps that's why Christchurch has been "gifted" an Antony Gormley statue.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Hot of the press, new from Pussy Riot. Pretty powerful commentary on the current Russian political landscape. Putin sure as hell won't like it. Quite infectious, here's Chaika

    (English subtitles can be toggled on and off)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Goody,

    to the author of this rather interesting parody

    Wow, thanks for posting this.

    Strange coincidence, as I know Scott and my wife used to work with him.

    Toronto • Since Mar 2015 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Booker T Jones.

    Who did the music for this forgotten gem of a movie which uses Martin Luther Kings death as a leaping off point. The picture quality is shite but in most other aspects it rises above blaxploitation effortlessly

    HDPA needs to pull her horns in judging by that Harold column YUK!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • krothville, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What a bummer, looks like part three has been taken down from youtube...

    Since Sep 2014 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to andin,

    Who did the music for this forgotten gem of a movie which uses Martin Luther Kings death as a leaping off point.

    Booker T. Jones

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Fundamental as anything...
    Meanwhile across the Tassie - a new chorus of 'Advance Australia Fear' is added

    A New Zealand musician has been kicked off a popular festival's line-up, after kissing a policeman's gun during his set.
    Kody Nielson, best known for his former band The Mint Chicks with his brother Ruban, was playing under his Silicon monikor at Laneway Festival's Adelaide leg when the incident happened.
    Afterwards, the musician tweeted he had been kicked out of Laneway Festival and fined.

    What they are doing to themselves is fundamentally strait-laced - Sydney's nightlife is all but gone, even McDonald's has shifted from the inner city, Kings Cross is dead ...

    A Sydney restaurant has been questioned by NSW Police over its "unsavoury" and "antisocial" wine list.

    The restaurant, 10 William Street in Paddington, was advertising "wine by the glass" on its blackboard when NSW Police entered the small Italian-style bar on Saturday night.

    Police told the venue's manager that they were concerned the blackboard was too close to the front of the terrace-turned-candlelit bar and could encourage heavy drinking.

    see:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/76665739/restaurant-questioned-by-police-over-unsavoury-and-antisocial-wine-list

    and

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/partys-over-for-rogue-traders-20160106-gm0pge.html

    and

    http://stoneyroads.com/2015/06/sydney-could-you-please-chill-the-fuck-out-with-the-nanny-state-vibes

    So it's not just Kiwis the bullies that run Oz hate, they hate Australians too...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    So it’s not just Kiwis the bullies that run Oz hate, they hate Australians too…

    This is bizarre, isn't it? I've seen a couple of stories about the strict (and weirdly arbitrary) new liquor rules, but it clearly goes further than that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    a TT's wet dream, OTT of OT proportions...*
    a confluence of Christians - many elected Baird without knowing they were getting a proselytising wowser.

    The Sydney Morning Herald described Baird's government as "the most devout in living memory," with a concentration of powerful religious figures in its upper echelons.

    The Police Chief is apparently also fervently evangelical...
    see a detailed overview here;
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/05/sydneys-fun-police-have-put-out-the-light-of-the-nightlife-the-citys-a-global-laughing-stock

    *That's Tee Totaller; Over The Top, and Old Testament for those initially confused...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Booker T. Jones

    Yeah I used to have that on vinyl, bought in Sydney many years ago.
    I sold it in a depressed, needed money state of mind, fuck it!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Putin sure as hell won’t like it. Quite infectious, here’s Chaika

    Wow. That’s quite something. They sure are brave. More background here.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

    A minute late to this one

    Good looking on the Ska clip. The accompanying reference to Jamaican political figures of the 70's prompts me to mention Marlon James' 'A brief history of seven killings', the 2015 Booker winner. I'm still reading it, but as it is set in the 1970's (in Jamaica) its undoubtedly given me a deeper and richer understanding/perspective on that period and how reggae, and Bob Marley in particular, interfaced with it. Simple sentences, such as time for the big tree to meet the small axe, really cut through (excuse the pun). Recommended.

    On the early reggae tip, I've been enjoying the mixes down by a chap named Dj Bluewater for many years now - he seems to specialise in rocksteady 45 mixes - there are a bunch on mixcloud and they can also be downloaded from his site here:
    http://djbluewater.com/rocksteadymixes.html

    And on the Booker T front, I am pretty sure I have Uptight on a (Stax) NZ pressed 45 but would have to have a forage to confirm 100%. Thinking about how things must have worked back then really intrigues me - local offices, local pressings etc - noting that similar set ups also existed in Australia. My Friend Kris Holmes has an amazing collection of NZ pressed 45s which I've always thought would make good fodder for a Waxpoetics special or similar, but nothings ever materialised on that front. Maybe its just me (and one or two others) who find these things interesting!

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

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