Posts by Grant McDougall

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Folk Yeah!,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mt Albert: Cooperating,…,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Stories From The Centre,

    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.

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  • Hard News: Music! That one album,

    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 !

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: From Zero: Drugs and popular culture,

    This is pretty good, too:

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Is there a "Bat-shit crazy, whack-bar things Donald Trump is likely to say before election day" bingo card on the internet yet ?

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  • Hard News: Helen,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Sacha,

    I know it's a celebration, but that still didn't stop John Campbell's gushing of superlatives seem spurious.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Ken Double,

    Not at all. Thomas Oliver is a one-man Op Shop..

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After the…, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    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).

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 733 posts Report Reply

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