I love Creedence. Always have. John Fogerty’s brand of bluesy swamp rock is perfect party music for all ages; there is something infectious in those rock melodies and boogie rhythms. And, okay, if it’s not your party it’s certainly mine. CCR is one of those bands that, for me, was just always around. We had […]
Jaki Liebezeit has died. He was 78. Best known as a founding member of CAN he also played on albums by Jah Wobble and Philip Jeck as well as Depeche Mode and Brian Eno (he’s one of a handful of magnificent drummers on Before and After Science). But it’s his work with CAN that resonates – […]
Most years – between Xmas and NYE – I turn up at the San Fran and play a bunch of Kiwi tunes. Old favourites, some new things, some obscure album tracks and b-sides and of course plenty of the ‘obvious’ (bit) hits. It’s all in the spirit of fun and a loose, lazy summer vibe is the aim. The tunes you might put on around home.
It was good fun to do this again at the end of 2016 and so I thought I’d turn that setlist into this playlist.
Give it a whirl, as the songs says…
Click here to check it out.
On that first day of school I cried and cried my eyes out Just turned five and bloody hopeless There were four Davids in the class – Powell, Marsh, Scarrow and Stewart and they all wept too I managed to calm down and entered the strange new world of school We had a red-flamed headmistress […]
I am an outsider and I lack the valve for nostalgia so there is no way back in. I am okay with that. I like it outside. Not much going on through the window anyway.
I once mentioned Starship’s awful We Built This City in a post – and some people defended it, some were being facetious and some agreed while others agreed it was/is downright awful. I hated it so much I bought the single. (It had been voted worst song of all time and then I saw it […]
Dave Dobbyn, Harmony House (2016) I was right on board when this album came out – reviewed the album even got to sit down and talk for a couple of hours with DD for the podcast. I’m a huge fan of Dave Dobbyn’s music – and this was his first album after a (long) 8-year […]
I love Split Enz. When I think about it (which I’m only just doing now in order to create a subject to blog about) they are probably the band I have liked the longest – equal with The Beatles. I have been aware of the music of the Enz as long as I can remember, […]
Welcome to episode 46 of Sweetman Podcast brought to you by Phantom Billstickers. A chat with the film composer, arranger and musician Victoria Kelly. I loved chatting to Victoria. We’d met, just briefly, only one other time – but I’d enjoyed her work as part of the SJD band and on stage with Neil Finn […]
The other week I went for a stroll in to town, regular haunts – Slow Boat Records, the second hand bookstores…and I popped into Alistair’s Music; a shop that sells sheet music and instruments. Alistair’s Music, on Cuba St, is run by Alistair Cuthill and his wife Catriona. I’ve known Alistair and Catriona for well […]
Field Music (Measure) is the third album by British band Field Music. The band is basically brothers David and Peter Brewis (with some occasional outside help). Have you heard it? Do you know about them? I’d heard the name before but I hadn’t heard the band’s 2005 debut Field Music, nor the follow-up from 2007, […]
Gorillaz, Gorillaz (2001) I remember the song Clint Eastwood and loving it straight away. (And I’ve never got sick of it). But I wasn’t straight away sold on Gorillaz. See, I wasn’t at all a Blur fan and I wasn’t that into Damon Albarn. Wasn’t sure if he was any sort of real deal, or […]