John Prine – class act. Songwriter’s songwriter. I feel like everyone knows this. Or should. Some don’t – but then they’ll know some of his songs at least. Like Sam Stone, famously covered by many and perhaps in particular Johnny Cash. But the original is here. This is Prine’s first album and I say all […]
Cécile McLorin Salvant & The Aaron Diehl Trio MFC Tuesday, March 13 This was always likely to be one of the festival highlights – Miami-born, New York-based jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and backing band The Aaron Diehl Trio.
There’s a generation out there, maybe even two, that is financially superior and intellectually inferior, and this is the cause of a lot of the tension in this world. They have worked hard for it – of course. Well, at least in as much as they can tell. If you haven’t achieved it’s your fault […]
Ricky Gervais: Humanity Director: John L. Spencer Netflix In his first stand-up special since 2010 Ricky Gervais wastes no time being desperately irreverent. This of course is default-setting stuff for Gervais. He has no interest in checking his privilege, not when he can whip it out and waggle it in your face. He was broke, […]
Okay, it’s sorta weird – to me at least – that I had never heard this. Never heard any of it. Not only did I love The Byrds (and how could you not?) but I’m a huge fan of Gene Clark’s contributions in particular. And one of my all-time favourite albums by anyone ever is […]
Welcome to episode 107 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. Here’s a chat with Dennis O’Brien – he is the owner of Slow Boat Records in Wellington. But he also had a solo career as a musician – if you click on that link on his name you’ll be […]
Nothing’s shocking, it’s all been done before, I let my avant-garde down, and no one cares anymore. It’s lying, breathless, wordless – unspoken, broken, sore. You’ll find it right where I left it, drowned on this killing floor.
Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert – Movie w/ Live Score performed by NZSO (Conducted by Hamish McKeich) TSB Bank Arena Sunday, March 11 I was looking forward to this – the nostalgia of the original Star Wars film (episode IV: A New Hope) with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ full […]
Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night (1974) I come and go with Tom Waits but in some ways this is my favourite albums of his, the most special to me might be the better way to put it. I discovered it as a CD – and it needed to be that way. You see […]
A C Grayling: Democracy in Crisis Renoulf Foyer, MFC Sunday, March 11 This Writers & Readers session was a straight-up lecture by British author, philosopher, public intellectual A C Grayling. The topic Democracy in Crisis coming from his latest work, Democracy And Its Crisis. He also spoke the previous night, although I missed that on […]
David Byrne American Utopia Nonesuch It’s almost incredible to think it’s been some 14 years between David Byrne solo albums. That’s because he’s busy writing operas, staging shows, sending out e-newsletters, publishing books, collaborating with old pals (Brian Eno) and new friends (St. Vincent) and scoring soundtracks. He’s doing anything he can to not agree […]
Flamin’ Groovies – a simply kick-ass band that I only know about through compilations. For some (odd) reason I never followed through, never went looking for the albums. Well, that’s what this book – and this challenge – is about I guess. So here we have Teenage Head, the band’s third album. Released in 1971. […]