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  • bob daktari,

    cheers for your help with The L.E.D.S CD this morning Russell :)

    This week I've been listening/watching Kitty Daisy & Lewis cover of the Canned Heat song 'Going Up The Country' its awesome

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxW3Ed7GrhQ

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 540 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You could do a lot worse than spend some of your free-offer 25 eMusic downloads on this album, because it's brilliant, and you'll be able to say you were totally into Deastro before he was famous.

    Oh, and of course, if you were thinking of actually signing up with eMusic, you could let your favourite blog site host put your name in through emusic.com's "tell a friend" feature and earn himself some free downloads (you'd still get yours too).

    Just sayin'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Minor admin note: I'm on a temporary computer this morning with IE6, and a page with no comments renders really wierdly with a huge white space. In case the maintainers wanted to know

    Anyways, I though Ladyhawke had great energy, which is probably what's driving their success. I still love the advert Suede placed before acquiring Bernard Butler (I think I have this right):
    No musos. Some things are more important than talent

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

  • Alan Perrott,

    for mine it's kraftwerk vs stereolab, and not in a good way.

    all a bit twee for my ears. I think I'd done my dash with understated kiwi shoegazers quite some time ago.

    it's cos I'm black innit...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Can I also pimp a post by Matthew Holloway on the Wellington curry list, since I know a lot of artists and creators are here?

    This concerns the ACTA treaty, currently being secretly negotiated by MED - this will, if passed in its current form, allow any content owner to search and monitor systems for copyright material *without a court order*. In other words, bug your Internet to see if you've got a pirated Metallica song on there (and if you haven't, well, move on).

    Here's the email:

    As most of you are well aware ACTA is a nasty bit of law that's being
    negotiated right now by MED. For those unfamiliar there's write-up
    here,

    http://bronwyn.co.nz/

    So the IT community are well represented (by InternetNZ, and Mark
    Harris) on ACTA but they're only part of it, and what influenced MED
    in the past was artists speaking up. So we're going through the steps
    of talking to artists and if you know any you might want to forward
    that link to bronwyn.co.nz to them. The more artists speaking up
    against this (particularly well known ones) the better -- so please do
    your bit to help out :)

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

  • Steve Parks,

    Russell, your link to the Wiki article on 'I Kissed a Girl' isn't quite functioning.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Ha Ha.

    From Wikipedia:

    Perry's mother, Mary Hudson, who is an evangelical Christian preacher, said she disliked the song, stating: "It clearly promotes homosexuality and its message is shameful and disgusting..."

    [SNIP]

    Slant and other critics suggest that Perry may be homophobic...

    Man, she just can't win...

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Thom James,

    Point Chev Countdown really is one of Auckland's finest supermarkets

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    he hadn't worked out why people start spewing comparisons when they hear his band.

    Isn't that what every armchair critic does with every band? In any case, maybe it's just that they remind us of so many things we like.

    the weirdest comparison they got was the Pet Shop Boys

    Um, I think that may have been me: I think I wrote on the Wellingtonista or Texture once that they reminded me of what the PSB would sound like if they were signed to Flying Nun. The PSB reference was more to the knowing, deadpan, not-afraid-to-sound-brainy vocals ... oh, and they haz synth, of course, but that's about it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Thom James,

    This is really floating my boat at the mo; Fleet Foxes' 'White Winter Hymnal'. Just luvverly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrQRS40OKNE

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Russell. I entreat you: do not name any further blog posts after Doobie Brothers songs. I shall go mad with this earworm. Mad I say! :)

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

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I need to (I can't say 'pimp' at present, given the discussion on Emma Hart's blog) promote my girlfriend's band, who will be putting out their debut album sometime soon, but which is mostly online anyway:

    Meow ('pop electric acoustic country music recorded on a hazy Sunday afternoon type thing')

    She would want me to mention that she used to play in a band with 'Martin', pre-Chills days, and not want me to mention that she told him that The Chills is a 'stupid name for a band, that'll never work'.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Slant and other critics suggest that Perry may be homophobic...

    Perhaps not so much homophobic as "exploiting the stereotypical image of pretty bi-curious girlies making out for the titillation of heterosexual men".

    Does it for me, though.</bloke>

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    The "I kissed a girl" link is here

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    This is really floating my boat at the mo; Fleet Foxes' 'White Winter Hymnal'. Just luvverly.

    oh yeah, iz speshiul. and a divine video too. utterly mesmerising.

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Daniel Webster,

    The L.E.D.s have always reminded me more of Ladytron than anything else, but with less lady, naturally.

    Christchurch • Since May 2007 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Grant Stone,

    At the moment I can't stop listening to the new Richard Swift EP, available for free here

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Yep, gotta say the new L.E.D.s album is a cracker.

    As for Ladyhawke, I reckon she's gonna be a flash in the pan. Her songs are insubstantial and pretty laboured, compared to, say, the far more original and talented Bachelorette.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    oh yeah, iz speshiul. and a divine video too. utterly mesmerising.

    After having scorned Fleet Foxes rather brutally in another thread, I'm gonna do a humiliating 180 and say that I agree.

    I was turned by hearing this on this podcast, where, enticingly, a beat is mixed underneath a minute or so in..it works.

    And talking of Brian Wilson....I think his new album (in his ongoing succession of one shockingly awful album followed by something quite wonderful...genius rarely equals reliability) is rather fine.

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

  • samuel walker,

    gagging for the new Timmy Schumacher single with the guy from OpShop singing on it, but no, too risky apparently.

    Its a stormer of a tune. with the kind of crossover yet credible sound that The Chemical Brothers manage with their colaborations. Plus the OpShop guy does sound gooooood [and i have never gravitated towards their sound, at all]. It has hit written all over it. fools.

    Russell. I entreat you: do not name any further blog posts after Doobie Brothers songs. I shall go mad with this earworm. Mad I say! :)

    HMMMM, i was thinking Neon Heights myself....

    for the quality junkies: 234mb version of White Winter Hymnal here

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    My 10-year-old daughter was wandering around the house last night signing, "I kissed a girl and I liked it . . ." A little disconcerting.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    My 10-year-old daughter was wandering around the house last night signing, "I kissed a girl and I liked it . . ." A little disconcerting.

    More or less disconcerting than if she's been singing "I kissed a boy and I liked it . . ."?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Is this a good place to say how freaking amazing it was to go to a Paul Weller (Sydney) gig last night... I'd've kissed him </spurious connection with thread>

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Hoar,

    While it's a friday music thing, here's a little gem that may amuse fans of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.
    The New Zealand Friendly Orchestra (NZFO) made its debut at Auckland's St Matthew's last saturday night.
    We tried our best to play the notes but some of us hadn't touched the violin (or whatever instrument) for 30 years and many were APO players picking up entirely new instruments. And then doing their best.
    We did raise over $1000 for charity. Yay.
    And had a lot of fun.
    Here is the opening piece of the concert: Also Sprach Zarathustra by R. Strauss (2001: A Space Odyssey theme)



    Warning: Musically sensitive auditors may be disturbed.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2007 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    FEELINGS ARE BORING
    KISSING IS AWESOME

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

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