Posts by Ken Double

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News,

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    Apropos this came today with the new Hop Along album (recommended) from Saddle Creek Records in the States. Imagine getting this with Frampton Comes Alive in 1976. It's verging on pathos.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Shopping News,

    I'm bemused about vinyl 2.0 but on balance I'm glad. The prices are getting heinous but it's so nice to hold new music in your hands again. And there's the hilarity of finding immaculate $50 re-pressings of records you last saw in the dollar bin at Silvio's.

    Here's a song that's probably never been on vinyl in its life:

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Rolling Funder, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Bravo!!!

    The very title of this post has set a pun-ishingly high standard.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Rolling Funder, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Good heavens. A mighty soak has fallen.

    Don't worry Ian, you don't look the same age and that's the main thing.

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  • Hard News: All Change,

    Whither the pensioners? Winston rode to notoriety on a walking frame yet there's been very little talk about them in discussions.

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  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play,

    Sad to hear of the end of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn but perhaps we should be grateful it was there as long as it was. It was originally created as a temporary pop-up to give Hallertau a presence in the city. The brewery talked ex-Matterhorn partner Sam Chapman into doing it even though he was reluctant to return to hospo. (No such luck for Sam of course, he's now running the Sherwood in Queenstown.) Matterhorn architect Al Cox designed the fit out with splendid discretion. We came up and played there once, thank you Matthew! I shall miss it as much as Auckland will.

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  • Hard News: Music: God Save the Clean, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    Thank you Jonathan. My long abandoned Billy TK/David Kilgour Venn diagram is now complete.

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  • Hard News: Music: God Save the Clean,

    Giving The Clean an award seems like giving a great racehorse a box of chocolates. And yet here we are. I think it's safe to say that 35 years ago most then APRA members thought they were an unprofessional joke, the antithesis of how to go about "making it". I hope David, Hamish and Bob enjoy this surreal moral victory in their own fabulously bemused way.

    They are the living embodiment of the genius of rock and roll, of what makes it different from jazz or classical or Tuvan throat singing. Richard and I are of one mind on "Getting Older". That song achieves immortality on the riff alone but the way it finally hooks with the black hilarity of "Why don't you do yourself in?", well, that is how the business is done kids. And as Ian points out, their greatest true accolade is probably Pavement's "Slanted and Enchanted". Go listen to "Box Elder" and marvel how musical colonialism suddenly cuts both ways.

    They are New Zealand's greatest band. Three unkempt music fans from nowhere who taught each other how to do the hoochie coo. I look forward to the next gig as much as ever.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: A beat is more…,

    We've recently bought a car than runs on electrickery and I've gotta say its near silence makes it a brilliant place for music. Certainly better than my charming but rorty old Prelude. In that respect the future is shade-wearingly bright.

    I've always hankered after one of the old school Lexus LS400s - champagne metallic of course - where Toyota went all out on the refinement and installed a fantastic audio system as standard.

    I too refuse to bike with buds in. It's attempting suicide.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Non-conforming…,

    Gotta say my impression of "Sheen of Gold" was that it wasn't a normal music doco at all. Mostly because it was about, y'know, music. No soap opera, no sin/redemption bullshit, no manufactured happy reunion gig ending. Just the musical progression of some misfits from Palmy who slowly became a phenomenally powerful rock and roll band. And then fate intervened.

    Very much looking forward to the Bill Direen film. Someone had to document him. Every Direen gig I've ever been to starts off with me thinking "Oh God this is a shambles" and ends with me wanting to give him an OBE. God bless him.

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