Posts by Mike O'Connell

  • Hard News: Music: A Teutonic Tonic,

    It was an inspired choice. 'Why Can't I Touch It?' is such a great song

    Wonderful song, rapidly becoming my Buzzcocks favourite. Before it's time? After it's time? I dunno. Just fabulous playing on the turntable 'one louder'!

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  • Hard News: Music: Avantdale is something…, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Thanks Grant, and Blair's been in touch. I liked the L.E.D.s - Rumba from We Are the LEDs is a great track ...
    https://theleds.bandcamp.com/track/rumba

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Avantdale is something…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Hah, yes, one of JPSE's best!

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  • Hard News: Music: Avantdale is something…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    He's produced some fantastic stuff recently, eh Ian? As his recent Audioculture profile also shows, that track record goes all the way back to All Fall Down and Creeley to Is Blair planning any live outings? Rarer than Terminals' gigs! I recall that ripper show he did at the Darkroom (late 2015?) - but not much since?

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  • Hard News: Music: Avantdale is something…,

    A night not to be missed in Lyttelton - tomorrow Sat 24 November. MEDaL Dave Mulcahy (JPSE, Superette, Cranks , Sexy Animals ), Mark Whyte (Into the Void, Sexy Animals) and John Billows (Renderers, Cranks, The Ether, Dark Matter ) and, after a fairly lengthy absence from live shows, The Terminals play the Wunderbar.

    The Terminals I’ve heard are for this set (and a second outing in Dunedin on Dec 1) veering right away from Antiseptic territory - which has dominated the set in recent outings - to knock out favs from the back catalogue including that gem Uncoffined...

    Hard to find any MEDaL on-line but...with Superette's Tiger getting the redux /re-release treatment, here's a live recording from the late and lamented King's Arms, Saskatchewan...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: There's a lot…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    How did I miss that - they're great!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: There's a lot…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yeh, pretty depressing Ian isn't it. Aside from the Horncastle Arena- which I avoid like the plague, there's really only the Theatre Royal, Aurora Centre and the Foundry bar at UoC which count as bigger venues.

    For live music fans who prefer gigs, like me, at the other end of the spectrum, there normally plenty on offer each weekend. Like this one tonight at Lyttleton's Hell Fire Club Replicate! A Celebration of the Hip Priest.

    About 5 bands or one-offs for the night will Extricate from the back catalogue of the Fall. Dave Mulcahy is leading the charge, Dave Imlay (Galaxy) also in the mix, some 70s/80s offerings from Marquis Myth and I believe Stu Page who's in town will take to the kit in one of them.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: There's a lot…,

    I'd wager, however, that none of them will be quite as wild as what Christchurch Art Gallery is putting on tonight to marks its 15th birthday on the current site. ...They're some groovy fuckers at that gallery.

    You bet! It's a 5-piece ITV this time round - Ronnie 'Quasi' van Hout has returned for vocal duties. Christine Voice & Jackson Harry (2/3 of Colt 45) will bring some Snappery vibes to the mix.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News, in reply to Kebabette,

    I'll be departing the Garden City for RSD in AKL. It could well be the final RSD held at Galaxy Records, at least as we know it. It's up for sale

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: In troubled…,

    I'll do a full rundown of Record Store Day happenings in next week's post, but the lineups are taking shape.

    From what I gather, at least four locations are participating: Real Groovy, Southbound, Marbecks and the Cross Street market. Looking forward to it!

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