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Hard News: Friday Music: Walking Distance

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  • JacksonP,

    I hope they can bury their demons, and turn it into something good again. I'll certainly be giving them a chance. More grass (underfoot) will certainly help.

    The National would be a good bet for next year, preferably along with Nick Cave, Bowie, The Veils... do you think they'll take requests?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Meanwhile, I found security at Vector a bit stressy

    I too have had a gutsful of Vector security and I am not alone.
    I was refused entry to the "Arena" with a beer I had bought from the bar, can't remember who was playing, Weller I think. They made me go back to the bar to drink it,
    there I had the misfortune to be accosted by a very drunk punter who proudly told me that he had been thrown out once but got back in by buying another ticket,
    Another time an acquaintance regaled me with a delightful story of slipping up and into a puddle of vomit in one of the entry lobbies, then being told to "Watch it" by security. Security? pah!.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I've been instructed out of Dunedin that if we decide to sell, it will have to wait 'til after January. I mean, where would she sleep when her efforts to get here are part of her ticket price which she has managed every year it has bin whether in oz or here.
    Hadn't heard from her for ages then alert! BDO IS Back!!! see you in Jan !
    No hi, howsit, nuffink. My best friend (sniff sniff ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If you got to the Coachella website today and choose Channel 3 of the live stream, you can see the kind of production Tom's talking about.

    I'm not sure I like the whole EDM thing, though. Just been watching Baauer DJ to a huge crowd and it seemed banal and boring. Like someone who's copped all Diplo's moves and made them really bland.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    Hope this link works for those outside the GFW: Psy has a new song.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A front page story on Coachella in today's LA Times describes scaled back sound volumes and 'comfy chairs' to meet the needs of concert goers. We were in that neck of the woods last weekend and shade and buckets of water seemed more appropriate,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2524 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    A front page story on Coachella in today’s LA Times describes scaled back sound volumes and ‘comfy chairs’ to meet the needs of concert goers. We were in that neck of the woods last weekend and shade and buckets of water seemed more appropriate,

    There are a lot of people there not wearing a lot: 90º at 6pm!

    Even Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes was wearing a bikini top on stage. I'll say it: she has a lovely tummy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    get out the dancing girls

    Don't forget the dancing boys as well! Nothing better than good house and good dancing boys. The music not so difficult, but a really good dancing boy? Difficult to find. But oh so worth it.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Coachella temperature update. Still 26º C at 12.30am.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    I’m not sure I like the whole EDM thing, though. Just been watching Baauer DJ to a huge crowd and it seemed banal and boring.

    Baauer I don’t really like. But the key thing is perhaps the generation gap. Baauer, Avicii and Shrillex are all 25 or under in age (deadmau5 is 32 and Calvin Harris is 29). Dance music badly needs an injection of younger generation of DJ’s that a younger crowd can identify with. After all, the currently mighty David Guetta is 45, the fabulous Carl Cox is 50, Paul Oakenfold (who?) is 50, Pete Tong is 52, and Tiesto is 45 I think – you get the picture. The 1990s generation are in serious need of renewal. Trance in particular seems to have completely run of creative steam. Now I personally think Avicii in particular is more a brand that a credible musician. He is everywhere, but marketed like a line of expensive handbags rather than as a musician as far as i can see. But they have virtue of youth and they are introducinga whole new generation into dance with THEIR generations sound, rather than the stuff the oldies over 35 have been listening to for 20+ years.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2202 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Moby's set was pretty interesting. A bit of generic EDM at first, then the hits. And a MASSIVE production, as per your description of the way things are trending.

    It was great, but I found it a bit exhausting to even watch after a while. But then I switched over to the Xx, who were utterly boring, and switched back.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Dance music badly needs an injection of younger generation of DJ’s that a younger crowd can identify with. After all, the currently mighty David Guetta is 45, the fabulous Carl Cox is 50, Paul Oakenfold (who?) is 50, Pete Tong is 52, and Tiesto is 45 I think – you get the picture.

    Yes agreed. My 18 yr old is into the likes of Lunice (TNGHT) and d'n'b DJ Netsky who are both early 20s. There's also guys like Lapalux and James Blake etc... but they're more downbeat noodly rather than four to the floor house music. In terms of Deep House I love Local Talk Records from Sweden. Regular new releases and effortlessly funky business to get your dad-ass down to.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 946 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    "the chills". Why your favourite music sounds so good. It's Science.

    They showed that listeners' dopamine levels in pleasure centers surged during key passages of favorite music, but also just a moment before—as if the brain was anticipating the crescendo to come.

    Are you really on drugs? Apparently so.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to George Darroch,

    Are you really on drugs? Apparently so

    If my brain is eggs, then on dubstep it's definitely scrambled eggs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10560 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    I too have had a gutsful of Vector security and I am not alone.

    I basically refuse to go to events at Vector, to the extent that I prefer to fly to Australia to see acts than go through the miserable experience of having to walk around on egg shells at Vector. Lucky for me that I can afford the airfares, I guess.

    The security and the concession holders conspire to make going there an unpleasant experience. If you want a taste of what it like to be inside a youth correctional facility in the United States, then I am reasonably sure Vector is a good indicator.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2202 posts Report Reply

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