I've been failing to read Public Address for ages (I'm on too many mailing lists and kind of stopped reading most things), but just dived in again with the World of Food back catalogue. Really enjoying the journey, thanks for sharing it.
In terms of the year in music - my go-to albums were all local, possibly borne out of my tendency in recent years to buy CDs only at gigs: Lake South, Fazerdaze, and Glass Vaults. For the live experience I can't recommend Glass Vaults and/or SoccerPractise highly enough. Such joy. (Looking forward to Julia Deans touring her new release too, having heard that excellent title track at a number of her shows over the last few years.)
I don't recall having heard of The Stridulators, so was surprised their song was so familiar. Hadn't realised the Headless Chickens track was a cover! Nice to hear the original, thanks.
This sort of thing is why I keep up my subscription even though I haven't had much time to read Public Address for a while. Thank you for a little bit of light against the dark.
I'm surprised I haven't seen 'journalism' mentioned. Feels like I've heard that word far more often than in previous years.
Cheers for the link to the Anna Coddington/Dick Johnson collaboration. Maybe you missed this a few years back? Such fun, catchy as:
Great piece, thanks for sharing Russell. Is it just me or did you & Jordan Luck look like brothers in that photo with the other Dance Exponents?!
This news makes me sad, as a lifelong Listener reader prone to wincing at mistakes. I wonder if I'll be noticing more of those in future.
What’s the music like?
I've only got the Wellington one to go on, they seem to have a different person in charge of playlisting it each time so it does vary. But they post their playlists on their Facebook page after the events - below is the one for the night that I went:
Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
Crystal Castles – Year Of Silence
The Kills – Cheap And Cheerful
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Paloma Faith – Upside Down
Justin Timberlake – Señorita
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Black Tongue
Battles – Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo)
Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her
Hot Chip – Don't Dance
The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For?
N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
Lykke Li – Get Some
SJD – Baby You're Oh So
Basement Jaxx – Where's Your Head At
I think I only knew four or five of the songs, recognised a few other artists (although Peaches made me think of Girlschool for some reason), but most of them were pretty danceable and I didn't hate anything - Justin Timberlake was probably the least enjoyable, Ms Stefani & Basement Jaxx the most fun. I thanked the playlister afterwards for playing heaps of female vocalists, I find that tends to be unusual on the rare occasions I'm out for a boogie.
Is there somewhere nice to sit down and take a break? (I see they’re a bit stern about talking on the dancefloor.)
I expect that depends on the venue, and if it's Wellington, how much you like sitting on a wooden floor! They're currently using the upstairs of Thistle Hall and had no seating that I could see. There were toilets available downstairs but it's pretty spartan. I gather the point is to go there and have a dance, not to catch up with your mates :)