I was an avid fan of Mastermind. Couldn’t get into the re-boot. As a kid I watched it – obsessed. Even the topics/questions I didn’t really understand. I certainly ‘got’ that people were smart, passionate, engaged, a bit mouth-breathy at times…but it was just inspiring watching these nerds dribble out the least-necessary information ever about something they loved to death. Or at least had read up on big time. Read More
There to the left is a picture of a water bottle. I’m sure many of you spotted that straight away and had it all worked out before you read this. You looked at the picture and just drew your own conclusion. You didn’t need me to tell you what it was. You knew already. It was obvious. In fact it was, er, quite clear.
Others perhaps started reading the text first but now that they’ve looked at the water bottle, following the prompt, they’re also sure they would have worked it out for themselves.
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Ben Riley has died. He was 84. So, a good innings – sure. He was one of my favourite drummers. He is one of my favourite drummers. His playing – of course – lives on. So strong, so subtle, so supple, understated – and yet he was always right there, riding hard on the cymbal at times. And even when he was sitting back, hiding deep in the tune, he was playful, mysterious, a slight off-kilter thing happening, doing his own dance within the rhythm, around it, inside it.
Riley is best known for his work with giants of jazz – Thelonious Monk, Kenny Barron, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Alice Coltrane, Red Garland…
Dig deep you’ll find him on great albums by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin, Sam Jones and Andrew Hill. He was active with his own group – Sphere (a thinly veiled Monk tribute) – and recorded a small handful of records as a leader in his later years. He also popped up on a Michael Franks record. I remember doing a double-take when first reading the credits; then dropping the needle again swiftly, suddenly finding something in a record I’d almost dismissed on first listen. Read More »
All I Had To Do Was Listen To Carly Binding’s Album Every Day For Two Weeks And I Might Win A Home Theatre System – A Fair Trade (Nearly) – And No Questions Asked…Or So I Thought…
I’ve worked in a couple of music stores. Back in the day. The first time around I was a student and it was part-time work and it was great and the perks (beyond the then-crucial “Staff Discount”) amounted to some signed CDs now and then, a few promo/advance copies and a few free gig tickets. All great perks by the way. I’m not knocking it – it was a big part of how I got by then, and it was always a treat. I got to take home a copy of Faith No More’s Album of The Year before it was sale, same too with Radiohead’s OK Computer. This was a big deal back then. I appreciated it. Read More »
The show was announced – just Prince, a piano and microphone. Three weeks later the show happened. In that time I wondered how I could get there, if I could get there. I concluded, pretty swiftly, that there was no hope. I had never seen Prince. And never would. This was the only time he was playing New Zealand it would surely be the last.
I knew enough about life not to complain too much – we had a young kid and one main income. It wasn’t going to happen. I mentioned that to Katy – said it was a bummer, but “oh well..”
She smirked. And said that maybe, just maybe there was a chance I would get to go. She – as is always the case – knew more than me. Read More »
‘his charismatic presence kept the audience’s energy levels high’ – Belfast Times
Strong has sold out venues all over the world, testament to the impact the film and music had on the world. Read More »
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist Big Boi is returning to New Zealand for two headline performances in March, 2018.
The Atlanta-born rapper, producer, songwriter – and one half of Outkast – will play the Studio in Auckland on Friday, March 16 and Meow in Wellington on Saturday, March 17.
Get your tickets here:
“The second Sepultura entered the stage the whole place went absolutely crazy. Neck-breaking headbanging, mosh pits and crowdsurfers were there right from the first minute to the very last note” – Heavy Metal Bands Info (Sepultura Review) Read More »
How Bizarre is 20 years old. In fact a little older now even. When I was asked to write a book about important/favourite songs I was encouraged to make it a personal selection but there was a list supplied of obvious contenders. Top of that list was How Bizarre.
By the time of this show – April 2016 – my relationship with most promoters had deteriorated. So much so I pretty much couldn’t get in to the ‘big’ shows. And the Dominion Post expected a review but didn’t expect to have to do anything about it – they wouldn’t even ask for review comps; they were desperate for content and to not rattle cages or ruffle feathers. If a promoter said no they didn’t point out that they’d helped to promote the show by announcing it, maybe running an interview and ads – and that review comps to cover the event should really be part of the arrangement, a signing off of sorts. Nah, too hard to point that out – just blame the reviewer and do nothing. So I was left for most of my last couple of years to sort review tickets myself. Oftentimes I couldn’t – the promoter said no, or just didn’t even answer a request. And I missed out. And the paper did too. Now they don’t even care to run reviews most of the time. Read More »