Posts by Ken Double

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Radio With…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That could almost be it. I just found that myself and it seems it was posted only two months ago. Syl playing piano and all! I see Johansen anticipated the Icelandic football team by 35 years too. God bless German television is all I can say.

    The cheque's in the post.....

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Radio With…,

    The thing that impressed me most about Barry Jenkin other than his is irreproachable dude-ness was that he was a man of strong opinions, not all of them entirely sane. There's a transgressive thrill about the ability to say what you REALLY think on national television without breaking character. We did get to see a lot more Little Feat than was strictly necessary but I remember him hyperventilating about this clip of David Johansen doing "Frenchette" in a small club somewhere and my God it was epic. Who knows where it is now. I'd pay money to see that again.

    I hope Kidjo's "Remain in Light" is as good in reality as it is in my head. I'd better listen on the weekend.

    Speaking of strong opinions, I'm boosting the new Tracey Thorn as the best thing she's ever done. It's got the toughness and tempos required and it's a love letter to analog synthesis.

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  • 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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