When I spoke with Martin Phillipps from The Chills for my book On Song it was to discuss the song Pink Frost. Phillipps acknowledged that this was the song that would outlast him, the one that would be remembered. He mentioned cover versions of the song – just one way that he knew the tune […]
Welcome to episode 55 of Sweetman Podcast brought to you by Phantom Billstickers. A chat with musician Riki Gooch. Riki is a drummer, DJ, producer, beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with Trinity Roots, Spines and Fat Freddy’s Drop, recorded and toured with Bic Runga, been a long-time collaborator with Leila Adu and Jonathan Crayford; […]
I had this idea that the “Greatest Music In The World” was all the soul, funk and R’n’B, maybe a little touch of blues and jazz – if I could only listen to that for the rest of my life I’d be happy. Turns out it makes for a decent setlist too I reckon. It […]
Bob Dylan, Slow Train Coming (1979) Just the other day I’m talking about how much I love New Morning – and I do! I love loads of Bob Dylan’s albums and not just the obvious ones. But then I dig this out – give it a listen for the first time in ages. Always loved […]
I often talk about the (musical) influence from my parents – mum and dad’s music collection was a lot of fun to work through as a kid. I learned a lot from it – obviously it was the starting point and I’d head off in search of information and more music (pre-internet days). The Beatles […]
Every time I write anything about The Beatles someone tries to pull out the “overrated” card. It’s null/void here sorry, calling the Beatles overrated is just stupid. You might not personally enjoy their music – or maybe you’ve just not heard very much of it (I don’t know you and already I feel sorry for […]
Hyperbole – it still has its uses. Hopefully. Tonight I’m doing a DJ set that I have dubbed The Greatest Music In The World. I am not even the greatest DJ in my street. But it’s not about my skills, it’s about the music – it’s always about the music. And though I love music […]
In his first visit to New Zealand in nearly a decade Chris Rock will perform one NZ show as part of his Total Blakout world tour. He’ll be at Vector Arena, Auckland, Saturday, July 1, 2017. The tour marks his return to the stand-up stage with all-new material. It’s set to be one of the […]
Ernest Hemingway is one of the great voices of American literature. His raw, gritty take on life was developed through his work as a journalist and war correspondent and his short stories and novels are filled with his, now widely mimicked, take on minimalism and realism. Hemingway cloaked emotional drama in his stories by using […]
Sun Kil Moon, now the most endearing of the Mark Kozelek pseudonyms, will perform at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork in Auckland, Sunday, May 28, 2017. Tickets, via www.ticketmaster.co.nz (0800 111 999) will be on pre-sale at 11am, March 24. And then on sale (general) from 9am, March 27, $55 + booking fee.
I’ve seen The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion a few times. Always great, worth seeing. Most recently I saw them a couple of years back and they really nailed it. The trio slammed out songs, pummeled them in fact; the actual idea of the song was less relevant than the concept of pushing a riff in […]
Henry hadn’t wanked in a while. When he told his mate Fred this exact fact Fred replied, “go on mate, pull the other one”. And Henry gasped. For that is exactly what he had been doing.