Ahmad Jamal Ballades Jazz Village He’s just turned 89, he’s given us more than enough already – I haven’t even heard every Ahmad Jamal album that is available, and yet a part of me is worried at how I’ll feel when he’s no longer here to make music. Because over the last decade he’s released […]
Welcome to episode 185 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and La Petite Chocolat. Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved […]
Rambo: Last Blood Director: Adrian Grunberg Millennium Media / Balboa Productions / Templeton Media Sylvester Stallone successfully resurrected the Rocky franchise – twice – so here he is with a second crack at bringing back Rambo. And just as the Rocky Balboa and now Creed movies succeeded on many levels [John] Rambo and now Rambo: […]
Turning pages is such a drag, but it’s required for reading, for writing, for igniting the brain; for starting again.
Darren Cross, Peacer (2018) I had best intentions about reviewing this – I really like it – but time has gathered up around me and surged everything forward. Darren Cross already has another new album – all instrumental too – so I’ll review that. And soon. But meanwhile I’ll give it a wee plug here. […]
Interns Headbanger (ep) 1133265 Records DK Wellington’s Interns have here done what any band should do I think – that is to say, release the good songs, go EP over album. So here we have seven smugly cynical, sharply satirical pop songs. Good fun.
Tonight, Thursday September 19, is the first “Vinyl Tap” session at The Ascot Bar in Wellington. It’s open deck DJ sessions – you turn up, you bring some records and you get allocated a slot to play some of your favourite tunes. Twenty-minute spots. Play four or five tunes, I guess. That sort of thing. Auckland […]
it was a springtime poetry session, time for spring poems, so i read the one about how you shouldn’t tell your mother to ever fuck up or fuck off or get fucked. it was based on a time when she’d bought my son an ice-cream at 9.30 in the morning and i’d told her to […]
Joan Shelley Like The River Loves The Sea No Quarter Records Over a half-dozen albums across the last decade Joan Shelley has refined her sound and perfected the craft of subtly confessional songwriting – nothing jarring at all here in the simple instrumentation and gorgeous singing. But look beneath the beautiful poetic worlds (“A haven […]
Vai is zen. Vai was amazing. Beautifully intense with a cool charm; he had the rock-star look and strut but this was no shred-guitar goon. Let me just break off here and say I had expected to find a live set by Steve Vai in 2012 to be quite ridiculous, possibly painful.
Stevie Nicks, The Wild Heart (1983) I came back from last week’s Fleetwood Mac concert newly enthralled by Stevie Nicks – she’s great, and I’ve obviously always thought so, but just lately I’ve been talking about the band and reducing her role somewhat, baffled, I guess, by her super-fans’ devotion. But, man, get her deep […]
Last week I had my first go on the Pre-Panel on RNZ. Well, actually I had my first three goes… The Panel runs from 4-5pm but at 3.45pm they have the “Pre-Panel” where Wallace Chapman introduces the guests and the question of the day and they get a producer or a guest (or whatever) to […]