Michel Legrand & His Orchestra, Strings on Fire (1962) I’ve got a box of hand-me-down/inherited records I’m still going through. They’re mostly scratched or with torn (or missing) covers. But there are some gems. And some that play just fine – even if they look like they might not…and of course some that look just […]
he only liked her because she was there it wasn’t as though he’d actually want to care for her. but she was there she looked the part her beauty was her only art. she couldn’t chat she didn’t read she wouldn’t write but she would believe. he’d marry her because she’d […]
Four Years In Pictures: Offstage with Stevie Ray Vaughan 1986-1990 Janna Lapidus Leblanc Four Years In Pictures; 1st Edition A lot of Kiwi fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan know some of the story of how he fell in love with a Wellington girl and swept her away – he played here more than once in […]
I used to get a lot of hate mail – and then that turned into ‘comments’ and now it’s being tagged in an angry Facebook rant, or whatever. Sub-tweeted, but sub-humans…It’s all fair in love and blogging. But I got pretty good at receiving and reading hate-mail and figured I’d be able to pass off […]
Ray Davies Americana Sony Legacy Late in the album we finally arrive – A Long Drive Home To Tarzana and The Great Highway feel like they might almost have something to say – but until then, Americana is an embarrassment. A ghastly, turgid crawl through country-rock settings that appears to be getting a free pass […]
Being a teenager in Hamilton in the seventies involved quite a bit of drinking. There wasn’t a lot to do and it seemed like one of the ways to get out at the time though it was really only a path further into itself.
Jakob, Sines (2014) I have written about Jakob a lot – in fact I’ve even written about this album a lot – I reviewed it, I wrote a bit interview/feature as well – later we revisited that and most of the band’s career in a podcast with guitarist Jeff Boyle and there have been a […]
Earlier in the year I got to see Anika Moa’s new show for kids – taking the songs from her spectacular Songs For Bubbas albums and giving them just enough of a theatrical context. She’s a gifted performer, charismatic, funny and able to curb that potty-mouth just long enough for the potty-users to not be […]
Welcome to episode 68 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This conversation is me chatting with the journalist, TV producer, critic and an early writing hero of mine, Colin Hogg.
Salt and Fire Director: Werner Herzog Benaroya Pictures/Construction Film/Canana Films/Skellig Rock/Madman A comparison can be made between the film director Werner Herzog and the musician Neil Young. Both are prolific, headstrong, they both follow their own path – it’s paved with hits and misses; the best of their work is extraordinary, near-transcendent, the worst just […]
Harold López-Nussa Trio Opera House, Wellington (7pm) Sunday, June 11 To conclude a most excellent jazz festival the Sunday night show featured the Harold López-Nussa Trio featuring Harold on piano, his brother Ruy Adrian on drums and electric bassist Julio Cesar Gonzalez.
Elvis Presley, Elvis (1956) One of the problems with inheriting bulk-loads of records is that you find gems like this – and yet there’s no cover! My collector-tendencies bristle. I have to have the record, I am happy to hear this (and remarkably it plays well too, isn’t scratched) but there’s no sleeve. So it’s […]