Posts by Hugh Wilson

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

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

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

    I have a spin cleaner too! Best to do them in batches I find - double sided tape (for sleeve repair), new paper inner sleeves and new plastic outer sleeves all kept at the ready too, along with old rags for cleaning the cover of anything second hand :)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The spaceman…,

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    I’ve noticed any attached images seem to go at the start of responses, so the reason I’ve posted the newly framed print above is because its availability was referenced here a year or so ago – thanks Russell, now to find somewhere in my house where my parents won’t dwell on the image and just what Bob is up too. In all seriousness though i like this one as it includes a lot of the early logos from the Wailers initial record store ventures – i.e Wail’n Souls Records. Now to get that Red Bull app …

    And an interesting thought about Left Ear records, at least some of their releases are things that they have literally stumbled across in local record shops (and I think the new comp is of this ilk too, noting there was a NZ based collaborator). They’ve recently repressed their reissue of Leong Lau’s album ‘That Rongeng sound’ – Lau is something of a local enigma, also known as the Malaysian Elvis, and his album is also worth checking out.

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  • Hard News: Music: What the Flying Nun…,

    I enjoyed the history within Duncan Campbell's obit and if I recall right links to the Sunday jazz show had been posted up here before (upon listening to the linked episode I was struck by the back to back heaviness of the tunes featured, I think it was an African special ..) ... if anyone comes across any links to Duncan's reggae show from the 80s please post them up ...

    And good news re: Ode, Viking and Flying Nun. I was reminded of this old blogpost on the best of Ode's catalogue. Most of these are impossible to find, so it would be good if some say the light of day again:

    http://aussiefunk.blogspot.com/2009/02/new-zealand-special-ode-label.html

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Golden Dawn is…,

    Its a great sentiment, to start your own band, and I myself wouldn’t mind spinning out a bit more often (constrained by young uns right now tho), but frequently the venue is that missing or difficult element. Last Saturday night I popped out to hear some mates dj’ing at pub in Collingwood, and while it was not the busiest the music was certainly creating a good atmosphere. Anyway, the dj’s were wrapped about 11, and what did the staff put on the sound system – Chris fucking Issacs’ ’Wicked Game'album! Was so mortified we decamped to another nearby pub for a final lager … I mean, Chris Issacs, of all choices in this day in age, and that links back to the point that the venue can be the challenge, so RIP to Golden Dawn, it was clearly good while it lasted.

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