It's a sad day here in Dunedin, Russell. I first met Roi in the late '80s and last spoke to him only late last week in George St.
The first words he ever spoke to me were "Are you going to Snapper tonight ?". I was and they were superb, of course.
In the early - mid '90s and, after I came back here, in the early '00s, I was lucky enough to hold the fort at Records Records if was on holiday out central or away for a few days or whatever.
A rather considerable proportion of my record collection was bought at the shop. My friends and I always used to marvel at how cheap they were, compared to what you'd pay in Auckland or Wellington.
He was, of course, a font of knowledge about music - and often hilarious anecdotes about various NZ musicians - but also about sport, too.
Thanks Roi, you were one top bloke.
the artist himself was due to appear in court today. Any updates would be very welcome.
He's pleaded not guilty and has been remanded at large to appear again in August, according the ODT
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.