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  • R A Hurley,

    if i might talk about the Gregory Brothers for a moment...

    since i first followed a link to a (very early) Autotune The News clip i have thought that, while awesome, there was more potential rather than actual brilliance on display...

    each subsequent video was better than the previous one... a little more actual genius and a little less potential... but i always had the feeling they were working up to something truly grand... and with the latest ATTN, i think they have arrived...

    i know you've probably all already seen this... but i can't take the chance that some of you haven't... go... go now...

    ATTN #8

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Or for the embed:

    The ultimate sign of their arrival is surely the appearance of T-Pain himself!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    excellent... thank you Russell... i wasn't sure how to do that...

    such a shame they saved the Supertop... i only ever went there once... i think it was to see Pearl Jam (that's how long ago it was)... and - as i recall - they seemed really quite annoyed about it... "thanks for inviting us to play in your... ummm... tent," Eddie Vedder said at one point, to general smirks from the rest of the band...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Here's the Fab Four performing the play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night's Dream on British TV in 1964

    Russell, I love you for posting this. A lot.

    Here's another oddity, which I've been showing to everyone: a Bollywood version of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.

    (Why do some of these people look like puppets?)

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

  • George Darroch,

    You'd like to see Daft Punk in the tent? Me, not so much. They should be seen in open stadiums, in front of the pyramid of doom.

    Also, I think the latest Auto-tune the News is a little less than some of the others. For me the standouts were 2, 5, and 6. The latest one is just a chance to say 'look, we got T-Pain!'.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Anyone looking for some (I hope unintentional) laughter, might want to pick up the new Listener and marvel at Douglas Lloyd Jenkins' penetrating analysis of why Kiwi men dress so badly. (Not on line, and I hope will never be so.)

    "A sustained case of Gay Panic", apparently. And I thought I was badly dressed because I just didn't give a twopenny fuck. I'll just leave my toaster oven out by the letterbox, because its one sleep 'til Melbourne -- and I'll be shopping for second-hand books and a new cardie.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    An interesting insider description of Aspergers from teenager Alex that some might relate to.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    And since it's a Friday afternoon, and we'reon the subject of Pitch Black, I'll throw in some tangential Trentemoeller. If you like Pitch Black's atmospherics you'll more than likely enjoy his warm dark sounds.

    There's less raw work by Trentemoeller, but this is pretty special.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    "(BTW How do you embed it?)"

    Just throw the plain Youtube link out there and it automagically does the work for you.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Thanks George but that is not quite a logical enough sequence for me to follow - but I will keep trying. BTW that clip has nasty ads you need to remove before viewing.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    And I thought I was badly dressed because I just didn't give a twopenny fuck.

    Perhaps related to the repeated complaints by leaving French ambassadors about how boring and badly-dressed New Zealand women are.

    (That'd be an interesting national motto, wouldn't it? "New Zealand: We Know How To Look Good, We Just Don't Give A Fuck".)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Sartorial comment: NZers, as a rule, do not regularly wear khaki chinos, jorts, or jirts. Therefore, we are made of win.

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

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Sartorial comment: NZers, as a rule, do not regularly wear khaki chinos, jorts, or jirts. Therefore, we are made of win.

    I don't know what any of those are and I'm not sure I want to.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    All American men, without exception*, wear pleated khaki pants. They may also, to a lesser extent, wear denim shorts ('jean shorts', or 'jorts'), and denim shirts ('jean shirts', or 'jirts'). You know how you can always tell if someone's an American tourist from those khaki pants they wear? Them.

    *There actually may be many exceptions, but I don't know any of them because I never moved in the right circles.

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

  • R A Hurley,

    Here's another oddity, which I've been showing to everyone: a Bollywood version of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.

    this is many kinds of awesome... i especially find myself intrigued by the complete reworking of the lyrics to embrace a kind of destiny/fate/true love angle... as though holding hands (without some kind of karmic sanction) was just not chaste enough...

    or, of course, it could be terrible subtitling...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • R A Hurley,

    Also, I think the latest Auto-tune the News is a little less than some of the others. For me the standouts were 2, 5, and 6. The latest one is just a chance to say 'look, we got T-Pain!'.

    maybe... but i think the wonderful interweaving of refrains at the end shows a degree of compositional forethought and careful craft that suggests something more than a chance to show off T-Pain...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    Sartorial comment: NZers, as a rule, do not regularly wear khaki chinos, jorts, or jirts. Therefore, we are made of win.

    I wear denim shorts on occasion; this is mainly because I went to school with sk8rz. Pleated pants of any fabric, however, are a crime against humanity when worn without a suit or dress jacket.

    As an aside, one audience member at a concert I sang at over the weekend was a tall, thin elderly man wearing black dress shoes and socks, tweed walk shorts, tweed jacket, a Waitakere conservation t-shirt, and a (silk?) cravat. He looked ace.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Horth,

    All American men, without exception*, wear pleated khaki pants.

    Hey don't diss my man like that - he never wears Dockers, or jirts or jorts. You can even tell the tourists (I guess from the Midwest?) in Seattle by their Tuck-in, fanny-packs and very white shoes and socks.

    Seattle • Since Aug 2009 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Thomas Watts,

    We're due soonish for a first reveal of this summer's lineup.

    Sources say Limp Bizkit will be playing. I'm not convinced that they've been away long enough to be a novelty act.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2008 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    don't diss my man like that - he never wears Dockers, or jirts or jorts

    Mine's also American and he doesn't either, so my assertion is false from the get-go. :)

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

  • Craig Ranapia,

    (That'd be an interesting national motto, wouldn't it? "New Zealand: We Know How To Look Good, We Just Don't Give A Fuck".)

    Or the motto of New Zealand Fashion Week: We know you're not a colour-blind child prostitute with an eating disorder, but where's the fun in that?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Sources say Limp Bizkit will be playing.

    How can you take seriously a band whose name sounds like the aftermath of a boarding school circle jerk?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    Do let your offshore indie friends know.

    Can people overseas access TVNZ online as I posted a link for the 7 Worlds Collide doco on a list and they couldn't access it in the states?

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Can people overseas access TVNZ online as I posted a link for the 7 Worlds Collide doco on a list and they couldn't access it in the states?

    Nah, they can't.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Can people overseas access TVNZ online as I posted a link for the 7 Worlds Collide doco on a list and they couldn't access it in the states?

    They can't. There are however a few clips from it on Youtube you can send them.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

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