Posts by Hugh Wilson

  • Hard News: Music: Three Festivals, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    I wasn't working at the show, but would have been in your office earlier that afternoon. Funnily enough I do recall seeing you and your then neighbour Anita there :) Still got the T shirt as well.

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  • Hard News: Music: Three Festivals,

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    Difficult for everything – including the weather – to line up for Festivals, but agree they are of enormous cultural significance in many & varied ways. Woodstock, Sweetwaters, Sunsplash, Glastonbury, BDO etc the list goes on.

    And the Massive Attack drink ticket was something I found a few weeks back – from the Auckland show down near the old Railway station/yards. Clearly surplus to my needs, as my memories of the night are a bit blurred due to booze at the show and the old passage of time. Great clip, wish they’d tour these ways again.

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  • Hard News: Music: Telling Stories,

    I can't quite recall the deets but I think HMV ownership is a bit fractured, which is partly why is survives as a brand in JP, and an essential stop at that for visiting tourists, ooops I mean diggers.

    And I always enjoy some year end lists! With the reissues, we are in the 'golden' era for quality product as Egon from Now Again has noted several times so one needs to be attuned to whats coming out and available. Happened to be in a shop yesterday where the proprietor was lamenting the fall of the $AUD and having to hold off making orders, which made me think of the reissues I need to grab (Bunny Wailer comps on Dubstore, I see you). Its a cruel habit at times, but here's to more good music and good listening in 2019 !

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  • Hard News: About that Rhythm and Vines…,

    Australian politics suffers from a disproportionate numbers of loony idiots, and while most come from the right the occassional one - such as Latham - comes from the left. He's been a total fringe character for years, reknown for saying increasinly dumb things in a futile effort for relevancy & some media attention.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Ireland

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  • Hard News: The lost ART,

    Interesting, and I can't really recall having heard of this before (but Muldoon did visit my intermediate school as the local MP in the mid 80's). Hindsight is of course a wonderful thing, and the face palm comes quickly when thinking 'why didn't this happen then, it would have been so good today'. Tempering that is my memories of both AKL traffic thru the 90s (mostly deserted roads) and the likes of Newmarket station (a desolate backwater), not to mention the massive decline in the rail network nationally which seems to have occurred over the last 30 or so years. So its tough, and yes today the need for more effective PT is compelling.

    On a side note, there are parallels of sorts to Melbourne - an extensive spoke network has been in place for ~100 years, but patronage was highest decades ago after which it declined and declined for years as people opted for the convenience of their cars. Cue rising petrol prices and population growth, and suddenly trains started getting patronage growth and suddenly the lack of ongoing investment is apparent like a pimple on yer nose (i.e the network is still run by a computer system from the 80s). Furthermore, the need for cross suburb connections are stronger now too but oops, the inner and outer circle rail lines were closed decades ago (with corridors mostly sold off, but the capital city bike trail traces the inner circle line), meaning the recent proposal for an outer ring line will cost $50 billion or so ....

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Return of the…,

    Julien is also a mighty prolific record collector, going by his Instagram, and no doubt some of the African records he's been building up over time were an influence for the new album, I still have a massive weakness for the Opensouls Hui Hui which he had a big hand in (composer and drummer perhaps?, don't have my copy of the 45 at hand), and can't understand why it isn't on the playlist at all the major stadiums around the country for big sporting events !! Move over Slice of Heaven ...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Aretha and the…,

    And theres an Aretha samples tribute mix here, 17 rap songs all up:

    http://www.unkut.com/2018/08/download-a-tribute-to-aretha-franklin-samples/

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    Yes great post Russell. Quite pleased to have the copy of Respect which would have traveled NZ’s airwaves bitd, a NZ pressing too. Released in 67 I think so now 51 years old!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Summer's coming,

    Noticed Real Groovy listed some heavy and rare NZ LP's on the Ebay - the cover of the Think LP in particular is super cool, and the Blerta cover is an early press with Renee Geyer's name blacked out

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/realgroovies/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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