I was alerted to a music show on National Radio last week featuring an interview with old friend and bandmate Andrew Spittle, now lost in the mists of the far north somewhere. The half hour interview was great, and some long overdue coverage for the man who puts a new meaning to productivity. However theContinue reading “Dating Godot”
Purely by chance, later in the evening following the Chavez screening I got to see a rare live video of the last ever performance of New Zealand music group The Skeptics. I have long regarded this group as certainly the most interesting band to come out of New Zealand. Their music is strange, dark, magicalContinue reading “Skeptics”
After a busy few months, it’s been good to do a half-week of work and spend some time getting mind, body and soul together. My friend Peter has been helping to organize screenings of videos and films at the Arc in Dunedin for Indymedia with some success so J. & I headed into town toContinue reading “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Hugo Chavez documentary”
It’s a constant surprise (and a disappointing one) how so many New Zealanders have such a low expectation of their collective future. The recent “Labour” Government budget was hailed as some kind of major breakthrough for “struggling Kiwis.” How wrong can you be? After decades of right-wing, dishonest politicians saying one thing and doing another,Continue reading “How low expectations mean Government’s can do what they like”
Yes, the rumours are true – the Alpha Plan have finally managed to crack the soundtrack game. New short NZ feature Bogans is a movie about three bogans (overseas readers – this is New Zealand vernacular for petrolheads/boy racers/young men with V8s) who decide to head to the Big Smoke (Wellington) to land work asContinue reading “Eye of Sauron versus Plan of Alpha”
Media Lens analyses the Reagan funeral and associated media hysteria I’ve taken this article below from the latest Media Lens website. It echoes some of my thoughts on the matter in an articulate and reasoned way. Death does not make someone ‘a good guy’ when their actions led directly and indirectly to loss of life,Continue reading “Reagan”
Horizontal sleet from south meets my window. Sole outdoors activity today – cutting kindling with a blunt axe. Time for a reading list: China Mieville (Perdido Street Station and the even better sequel/companion volume The Scar) Iain M. Banks (Look to Windward was my scifi book of year 2003 – now I’m rereading Feersum Endjinn)Continue reading “Wintering”
A musical time lately in the Deep South. We got to see the Verlaines play a few songs and spend what seemed like hours waiting around for the tv people to give them the nod at the ‘National Anthem’ down at Otago University on Saturday night. Still a great time had by all etc. OnContinue reading “Ice Land”
I’m considering how to release my record. After doing the sums, it’s going to be too hard to do a run of CD’s. I’ve decided to release it online, on my site, as mp3’s. Just do CD’s for those who ask. Maybe do a few Geraldine singles, if the pressing plant is still going. IsContinue reading “New mp3 . . . plus some thoughts on the future of rock . . .”
You find some funny websites . . . but this takes the cake . . . “Minnescoota”
Apparently the comments setting is now working. I like this new Blogger system. And I’m still burning those CDs . . . finished by midnight.
So much for the big plan for a daily post on the blog. A tsunami of paid employment has swept through town lately, not that I’m complaining (much.) I just wish I could even it out with those long months of dreary unemployment in my early twenties. The last month my normally 3/4 fulltime jobContinue reading “Work ethic”
Returning from a journey to the north with the remarkable news: Christchurch is still there. Personal events led to a visit at short notice to the city of the plains, coinciding with the Highlanders versus Crusaders clash – which meant every motel, hedge and hutch were filled by out of towners travelling in for theContinue reading “Channel surfing in Blandrovia”
Now got the beast onto my website.
You can now click thru to my website in the links panel (as well as Indymedia NZ)