If you want to read a superb book about this somewhat misunderstood genre, I highly recommend Rob Young's excellent Electric Eden. It's a cracking read and goes well beyond any of the stereotypes about the genre - which is just as adventurous and ground-breaking as any other you care to mention.
The way much of the news media sees it, on the other hand, is OMG JACINDA’S SO POPULAR SHE SHOULD REALLY BE DEPUTY LEADER AND MAYBE EVEN LEADER
An idea not helped by the schmucks at One News who had Ms Ardern captioned as "JACINDA ARDERN LABOUR LEADER" last night in the story.
I was there. I was about as close as Simon, but a bit more to the right. What an incredible gig it was. I've seen hundreds of great gigs over the years from the obscure to the massive stars, but this was easily one of the best I've ever seen.
Those are more or less my thoughts about Skeleton Tree, too.
I'm going to the Wellington show, it'll be the fifth time I've seen he and the Bad Seeds in the past 25 years (Yes, they are indeed my all-time favourite band...).
I'm really pleasantly surprised that he's touring at all - I thought he was going to lay low for a couple of years, given the circumstances. Plus, he hardly needs the acclaim or money these days.
It'll be great to see PJ Harvey the following week, too !
This is pretty good, too:
Is there a "Bat-shit crazy, whack-bar things Donald Trump is likely to say before election day" bingo card on the internet yet ?
RIP, Helen Kelly and thank so much for standing up for workers.
I met Helen only briefly two years ago - the day after Dirty Politics was published. It was at the UBS in Dunedin and she was buying four copies. We had a quick chat about the book and I told her to keep up the good work she'd always done.
My sincere condolences to her friends and family.
I know it's a celebration, but that still didn't stop John Campbell's gushing of superlatives seem spurious.
Not at all. Thomas Oliver is a one-man Op Shop..
Steve Abel – NZ’s answer to Nick Cave
No he is not. Steve Abel is a solid, competent singer-songwriter, but nothing beyond that.
He is merely ok, in a blandly capable manner, but dull as dishwater otherwise. His songs simply don't have the breadth, depth and richness of Cave's ouvre.
None of his songs even approach 'Tupelo', 'The Mercy Seat', 'Brother My Cup Is Empty' and umpteen more.
(Sorry Jason, I realise I'm being cranky, but NC&TBS have been my favourite band for over 30 years, I've seen them four times in the past 25 years, etc, etc).