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Hard News: Friday Music: Old, New, New, Old

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  • Che Tibby,

    A clutch of five or six songs is a nice place between a taster and conventional album length (which, let's face it, is an artefact of the compact disc) and the price is usually appealing

    especially when so many albums are padded with b-list songs.

    <quiet voice> album length is an artifact of vinyl, CDs aren't much longer or shorter</quiet voice>

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • tim,

    this is a really great mix of NZ artists & remixes, put together by The Jewel School

    https://soundcloud.com/dan-aikido/the-jewel-school-new-zealand-music-mix-2014

    free download at sound cloud

    Wellington • Since Sep 2009 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Che Tibby,

    <quiet voice> album length is an artifact of vinyl, CDs aren’t much longer or shorter</quiet voice>

    The arrival of CDs changed the nominal length of an album – and not generally for the better. A vinyl record is rarely longer than 40 minutes. An album on CD isn't often shorter than that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby, in reply to Russell Brown,

    hmmm... i need evidence, despite google telling me you're right :D

    surely the longer CDs are the equivalent of double-vinyls?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    CD duration was set to carry Beethoven's Ninth. And speaking of Beethoven... whatever your thoughts of Classical, this will be quite a feat.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    You can rely on Vadim. He always comes correct.

    How about the Norwegian mustachioed maestro Todd Terje bringing the jazz funk disco to warm up the winter chill?

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Tall Dwarfs Easter 1985 poster by Chris knox
    with support from The Fold and Birds Nest Roys
    one of several fine old posters that have just put on Trade Me today…

    including a silk screened 6 record release F Nun poster from '85

    and even a fairly ordinary John Cale poster I did back in '86
    ; – )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Not to mention this Martin Phillipps Chills Kaleidoscope World poster

    a Gordons poster

    and a Verlaines one too

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    and I even found a video from the 1988 gig this Upper Hutt Posse poster advertises

    and who can forget such UHP classics as:

    and:

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    album of the year for me thus far, can't see it being beat.

    I can't get enough of the Robert Palmer cover/rework of Johnny & Mary with that Brian Ferry chap singing... added bonus of a cracking fan-made video featuring Cherry 2000 visuals

    original

    dammit it now feels like summer, win!

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    and there’s a No Tag and a Johnny’s poster, plus this Chris Knox Stones Tall Dwarfs classic, too
    (NB: Simon Grigg, I’ll email you higher res versions of all these for Audioculture)
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    hey Russell, I get what you're saying about the Roys, but I reckon their Ain't Mutatin' remains one of the - not as many as there should be - FN recordings that still stands up - and the vocals are more, ahem, tuneful...

    on another kick, very happy to finally get a copy of Buffy Sainte Marie's batshit Illuminations album, this is one of the more straight forward offerings,

    http://www.discogs.com/Buffy-Sainte-Marie-Illuminations/release/2228379

    it makes a nice companion piece to Julie (Let's all Go to the Zoo) Felix's Lightning album

    otherwise, still pissed at the referreeing this morning. Croatia wuz robbed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    oops, where's the edit button? wrong Buffy link, was looking for the track name...

    that's betterer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Upper Hutt Posse

    *love* Te Kupu is still around, but no releases since 2007 as far as I can see.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Bird Nest Roys are one of the most intriguing fronts of Flying Nun fandom: a bunch of West Auckland oddballs who never played outside New Zealand, but who to this day have fans in far-flung places and among indie nobility like Pavement.

    I remember arriving in Bristol 1987/8 and being confronted by all these excited Flying Nun fans who were well up with the play, eager to hear about the FN scene in New Zild - though somewhat disturbingly, these sames fans were also Neighbours fans!!

    I should be so lucky ...the first question I fielded wasl 'did you ever see the Bird Nest Roys live?' to which I could happily say I saw them at least twice - in Chc as I recall it, mid-80s playing with the Chills at the short-lived (now totally gone) Zetland (which I believe was a fish and chip shop in its earlier days). BNR also played killer live cover versions of Shocking Blues' Venus and the Hollies' Bus Stop.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 383 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to bob daktari,

    album of the year for me thus far, can't see it being beat.

    I can't get enough of the Robert Palmer cover/rework of Johnny & Mary with that Brian Ferry chap singing... added bonus of a cracking fan-made video featuring Cherry 2000 visuals

    Ha, nice, hadn't seen that. Think the whole middle section of the album just moves along beautifully. Great for home, car or party!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Johnston,

    Pretty sure I saw The Bird Nest Roys open for Sneaky Feelings at The Cricketers (or maybe the Clyde Quay) in Welli sometime in the mid-80s - maybe Ian Dalziel has a poster for that to jog my memory!

    Wellington • Since Sep 2013 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thanks for all these, Ian -- nice work!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Johnston,

    Pretty sure I saw The Bird Nest Roys open for Sneaky Feelings at The Cricketers (or maybe the Clyde Quay) in Welli sometime in the mid-80s – maybe Ian Dalziel has a poster for that to jog my memory!

    That recording of 'Jaffa Boy' is from a gig in Wellington, 1986. Maybe that's you, Pete! Maybe we can hear you clapping!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Peter Johnston,

    Sneaky Feelings at The Cricketers (or maybe the Clyde Quay)

    Pretty sure it was the Cricketers…
    I’m having stroboscopic flashbacks of a upstairs in a monolithic concrete building, no bits of Oriental Bay intrude, there is weaving…
    … though what was I doing back in Wellington mid ’80s,
    hmmm I may be confused – but I do remember The Cricketers early ’80s

    I do remember a much earlier SF and Verlaines double bill at Cosgroves that was sparsely attended but pretty darn magical…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to bob daktari,

    album of the year for me thus far, can’t see it being beat

    Okay, you guys have sold me on that one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to tim,

    this is a really great mix of NZ artists & remixes, put together by The Jewel School

    Wow. That's quite a track listing. I'll get that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

    I enjoyed the Entrain post Russell, having attended one of those south west of Nelson in 93 or 94 … don’t quite recall, but it was in the days of parties like Hura (I think that was it), labels like ‘Flying Rhino’ and shops like Cyberculture. Followed up my sole Entrain attendance with a couple of the early 'Gatherings', and recall the Pitchblack guys camping next to us at one of those !

    One a slightly different tip, heres a mix exploring “the spirits of vintage funk and jazz records which have found their way into contemporary rap music” from talented DJ & designed Mike 2600 that I’ve been enjoying & some might like:
    https://soundcloud.com/mike2600/music-haunted-by-the-ghosts-of-records-past-vol-i

    Also enjoyed Peter Mac’s NZ music mix, which he posted up this week: http://dubdotdash.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/move-on-up-mix-1.html

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 166 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    The people behind the Twitter and Tumblr-based “DIY Digitisation” project RIU Classic have beeen steadily scanning and posting pages from the bottom of what I presume is a big, found stack of back issues of Rip It Up magazine. They’re up to September 1979.

    Just been ploughing my way through it- fascinating stuff, particularly in terms of what music has lasted and what hasn’t. Nice to see so many reviews and interviews by my friend (and former history teacher) George Kay, jeez he was bloody prolific in those early years.

    However, as cool as it is to read the scanned copies, a more professional “digitisation project” is definitely order to make it more user friendly (as you would expected, some of the pages are faded or crumpled)- something for Creative NZ to fund, perhaps?

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 448 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    parties like Hura (I think that was it)

    Hara - precursor to Splore

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19699 posts Report Reply

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