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Hard News: Friday Music: That Hammer Time

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  • The Ruminator,

    It was everything I hoped for.

    Since Apr 2013 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Brilliant. I didn't know you wrote for Select. Loved that mag.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    My friend pointed out to me this Vice post: Rave and Hardcore YouTube Comments will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

    It's basically just a collection of people having a moment as they fondly recall their old-skool clubbing days. Really quite sweet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Chip Matthews,

    I........I mean.....just....thank you. My brother was more into Hammer than I. He went to the NZ show whilst I stayed at home, perhaps listenin to some country or the likes. Such a great story, bro.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Fox,

    My surreal MC Hammer encounter happened when I saw him at a music festival held in a medieval square in Brasov, Romania in 1995 (along with Kenny Rodgers, Status Quo, The Temptations and 2 Unlimited). Dont ask how i ended up there, its a long story. Although Hammer was way past the height of his fame and I had little interest in making the effort to see him, what i witnessed was a truly amazing spectacle. His stage set had a cast of thousands and to this day I rate it as one of the loudest tightest and funkiest gigs I've ever seen. The sheer energy of the performance obviously a testament to his uninterruptable work out regimes

    Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    In a New Zealand music month week, it's gratifying to mention that P-Money's Gratitude album entered the US iTunes Hip-hop album charts at 59 on Wednesday, thus becoming the first ever NZ hip-hop album to chart in the US. It's now bumped up to #43.

    It's also an amazing record that I've been playing non-stop all week.

    Oh, and AudioCulture goes live a week today at 10am.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    In a New Zealand music month week, it’s gratifying to mention that P-Money’s Gratitude album entered the US iTunes Hip-hop album charts at 59 on Wednesday, thus becoming the first ever NZ hip-hop album to chart in the US. It’s now bumped up to #43.

    It’s also an amazing record that I’ve been playing non-stop all week.

    Thanks Simon -- I meant to check that out but haven't had time to get to it. The album is streaming in full on Soundcloud.

    Oh, and AudioCulture goes live a week today at 10am.

    WA-HEY!!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    If you mention Bobby Brown, I am almost physically compelled to post this clip (also starring Whitney, natch) from his reality show, Being Bobby Brown. So here it is.

    I couldn't possibly comment upon whether staying off drugs was still on his mind at this point.

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

  • Ross Mason,

    Countless (well, three) people

    Many.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Oh, and AudioCulture goes live a week today at 10am.

    Congratulations on the impending birth of this big baby.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • p_money, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Hey Simon, thanks for the kind mention! I must point out that although this is a huge achievement for me and my team it is not actually

    the first ever NZ hip-hop album to chart in the US

    That honour belongs to my friend Savage and his 2008 release 'Savage Island' which reached number 25 on the RIAA Rap Album Chart. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savage_Island_(album)
    Savage also sold a certified 2 million copies in the US of his hit single "Swing".
    These are outstanding (and widely overlooked) stats! Just wanted to shed a little light on that : )

    Since May 2013 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    A couple of music-related pics for Friday. Two icons (to use that much-abused term) : a canopy and one of Elvis’s cars

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Ethan Tucker,

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    So impressed that you worked with Graham Linehan! In the spirit of Geoff's post, here's a couple of pics from a visit to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum in Seattle last month. Hope the links work.

    Jimi Hendrix's hand-decorated guitar from his last London show, 1967

    Jimi Hendrix's guitar from Woodstock, 1969

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ethan Tucker,

    So impressed that you worked with Graham Linehan!

    As I said, lovely man. Haven't seen him since then, but I thought I should tweet the link to this post.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to p_money,

    That honour belongs to my friend Savage and his 2008 release 'Savage Island' which reached number 25 on the RIAA Rap Album Chart.

    Whoops, sorry Peter, that was the word that was buzzing around social media a couple of days back.

    Either way, wonderful album and extraordinary feat.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Glyn,

    Thanks for the music update Russell - please do this regularly. I remember Select! A (younger) friend of mine is currently LA/West Coast correspondent for NME. She seems remarkably sane despite interviewing and reviewing all sorts of major league musos on an almost daily basis. What fun...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ethan Tucker,

    Jimi Hendrix’s hand-decorated guitar

    I actually met Jimi Hendrix, in a corner store on South Mouton Street in London. He was buying a pack of tissues, he had a cold, I was star struck...

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Glyn,

    Nice to meet you at the book launch today, Glyn.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Glyn,

    And you Russell.

    I've just been listening to the new Daft Punk opus on You Tube. It's pure disco to begin with, morphing from Chic into 7os prog and alarmingly even Ozric Tentacles and Hawkwind. I think it will grow on me and many other people...it feels like a classic 70s concept album already

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

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