Friday, 19 October 2007

No more lonely nights*




* I can't remember which song this came from but it sprang to mind somehow. Not sure why. Anywho, this was written last night while under the influence of sensory deprivation and a general sense of boredom.

You have been warned.



It is Thursday night and I've returned to an empty flat after spending some quality time with my ailing Te Papa. He was nice enough to whip up a simple if quite healthy dinner. Chicken tenderloins in a sweet chilli glaze, baby new potatoes and green leaf salad. I don't know the last time I ate such a balanced meal.

But I digress.

So much of my room has already been packed up and shifted that it almost looks like it has been ransacked by thieves with particularly good taste. All that remains to keep me company for the next few weeks are a wicker laundry basket, luchadore rubenmichi, the tall boy and my pedestal fan. Yes, even Depressed Disco Santa Bear has been packed away and moved.

I'm starting to regret removing the TV and library. With the internet cancelled in anticipation of my moving out soon, that hasn't left a lot for The Whore to do at night.

Any suggestions?

I think I might grab some books when I'm next back home. Sebastian Faulks' Engleby. Donna Tartt's The Little Friend. Tim Gautreaux's The Clearing. I've just finished T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars Of Wisdom for the third time. It may have been written in a very different time but it always brings back nostalgic reminisces of times in the desert. Sand soft like silk. Dune landscapes evolving before your very eyes.

*wipes a tear from the eye*

I think I may have sold my bed Wednesday night for a bottle of Tanqueray. My former flatmate swapped a brand new queen size for my old king single when he moved out, and I didn't exactly pay for the king single in the first place. It seemed a good idea at the time. Saved me the hassle of trying to sell it on trademe or get rid of the damn thing, and I've scored my favourite tipple for very little effort on my part.

Now until said transaction for said bed takes place in said time, I'll just have to satisfy myself with the two bottles of South gin my folks brought back with them from duty free. Honestly, it's like Disneyland but better! Damoscope will be helping me polish off at least one of them off this weekend. I hope he still has those coke float cups he borrowed back when we thought we might win the America's Cup. It's been ages since we've geeked off on electro and my god are there some great new tunes to geek off on.

And yet for all this will be a return to old habits and erstwhile tradition, this Sunday will be different to other times we've come together. Why? A few months back I introduced him to the magic of RSS feeds and google reader as well as many of the blogs I go to for new musical goodness. As happy as I am to hook a brother up, I wonder if already knowing what has come out might somehow take away from the glee of new discovery we used to revel in.

Either way it will be good to see him. He's been busy working on one film or another and we didn't manage to meet up the night of my *mumble mumble*, so we probably haven't seen each other since... well... I can't remember when. I don't think it was so long ago our last meeting predates the advent of the internet. I'm more inclined to have been quite heavily under the influence at the time. Recollections in such a state are often random in what is recalled and when.

I should probably get some sleep but my chin and cheek are making a racket against the pillow. I know I look butch and manly in that ruggedly handsome way, but I really should have shaved this morning. It hasn't grown out enough to feel itchy but it is enough to offend my pillow.

I guess I could shave now and be done with it.

Nah.

Can't be bothered getting out of my warm and comfy bed. Oh the tyranny of convenience.

Fuck I miss the internet.

Such. An. Addict.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

This just in




The internet has been disconnected at the flat in anticipation of my imminent move, so I'll be going offline for a few weeks until I sort thins out at the new place.

Try not to miss me too much.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

I'm really sorry, but...

I'm bored of all the posturing that has erupted around the arrests of peace and environmental activists this week.

The police would have needed sufficient evidence to secure the warrants for the dawn raids, justify the enormous cost of mobilising 300 police officers in an effort co-ordinated across the country, and to continue holding people and property they believe are linked to paramilitary training camps in the Ureweras.

If they didn't have sufficient evidence or got it all so horribly wrong, that will come out in the courts and people can then rightly claim their pound of flesh.

Until then, I just wish everyone would shut the hell up.

Sure it all seems quite hard to believe this might occur in this parochial Pacfic paradise, and yes many of the activists that have been questioned after the event come across as anything but potential terrorists.

I just struggle to take seriously all the claims that this is an affront to democracy and a sign of New Zealand becoming a police state. I mean, really.

Rallies defiantly supporting those that have been arrested are pointless right now, because it is too early to know whether the police got it right. Rallies defiantly calling on the government to intervene not only fail to consider how Parliament and the government would struggle to get around sub judice rules but it strikes me dumb to think people can't see the hypocrisy of demanding in one breath that government not interfere in the actions of law-abiding citizens and then in the next breath demand that the government ride roughshod over democratic conventions that ensures the separation of powers.

Un. Real.

The sooner everyone gets off their soapboxes, puts away their bleeding hearts, stops with the paranoid proclamations that society is in ruin, the better.

Maybe then we can move on to more important matters.

We've just suffered disappointing voter turn-out for local body elections that have seen some surprising changes in many council tables around the country.

Efforts will be taken to see if changing how we vote will lift voter turn-out, when arguably the biggest problem was one of candidate visibility. I don't know about you but I saw hoardings around town for people I'd never heard of, and when balanced against the myriad of calamitous candidates (those candidates who if elected would have brought ruin and damnation upon my fair city) I wasn't left with much to go on.

The new faces in the council chamber herald changes (for the better and for the worse) for your community in coming years, changes that mean materially more than most of what you read in the paper and see on the news at night.

Hell, we could even discuss whether the Stuart Price remix of Justice's D.A.N.C.E. is any good or if the song has just been remixed to death and is best left to posterity.

Sorry, I couldn't help sneaking in something about music at the end.

Monday, 15 October 2007

What would Nelly think?



Jenny Owens Young is someone I've never heard of, and after watching this I'm really not sure I want to know any more about her.

It seems nice enough but it's about her version is about as interesting as a neutered cat against Tiga's dancefloor puppet version and even Nelly's original (which is saying something against my general dislike for hip hop).

All of which leads me to wonder: why?

Sunday, 14 October 2007

This just in




I really don't feel so good.

Maybe I should have stopped at the fifth bourbon and coke.

Ugh!

And, how the fuck did I get home?

Seriously!

Son of syndication




JetPilot has been blessed once more with some whorish goodness.

Not only do we have much love for Cut Copy's new single.

Not only do we have much love for the new single from DM front man Dave Gahan.

Well.

Actually that's about all we have, but surely that's more than enough to satisfy.

Surely.

Can you feel me?

UPDATE :

Ok so maybe we have much love for the new single from Aussie electro duo Pnau.

Oh and the leaked track from Ed Banger Records stablemate SebastiAn.

Oh we're all about the music love tonight!

It's amazing I can do all this on the amount I've had to drink. Go figure!

This one goes out to Jangles

Monday, 8 October 2007

Does anyone know how to sew a button back onto a great coat?




I'm feeling remarkably unskilled today after a feral blast of wind tugged at my great coat just a little too hard for the wee button to handle.

My mother is out of the country for another couple weeks, so colour me bereft of maternal refuge.

Just this morning




... we have had vertical rain

... we have had horizontal rain

... we have had diagonal rain

... we have had rain that throws birds around

... we have had rain that scatters once-huddled smokers

... we have had rain that swirls like a water funnel

... we have had rain that tears at flags atop proud corporate towers

Good times.

Nature hates me.

Nice to know it is mutual.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

And on that note




... I think it might be time I got some sleep.

Sorry about the constipated evacuation of online items.

Syndication strikes again




DFA1979 gets some posthumous props over on JetPilot courtesy of yours truly, so go check it out here. It also showcases some of the work Keeler and Grainger have been indulging since going their separate ways.

It's quite fanboy but I can't really help it.

They rocked.

Nothing major




Colour me quite productive (or hyper manic - whichever takes your fancy) but I've been engaging in a few minor tweaks.

Like the headline says, nothing major.

I just tidied up the sidebar a bit and updated the links to many of the blogs and artists that are so hot right now.

I've also extended the number of posts per page to help balance the longer-than-earlier sidebar. If that causes problems for those of you on less-than-ideal download speeds, let me know and I'll cut them back.

Standing in the way of control




The Gossip are coming to our nation's capital the first week of December and I'm really quite keen to see them.

Although they're best known for Standing In The Way Of Control (especially since Soulwax made it the standout remix of 2006) and the more recently released Listen Up! and Jealous Girls, the song that keeps me coming back for more is the seemingly less-appreciated Yr Mangled Heart.

Canadian DJ extraordinaire and quite the gay heartthrob (I've seen the man close-up) Tiga came out with a pretty good remix of Yr Mangled Heart earlier this year, but I think I prefer the grittier, less-polished original.



I'm not sure who would be playing in support, and to be honest it worries me who it might be given the indie rock scene in this country is so very hit-and-miss.

Ooh! What about this one?




I went board game shopping with the lovely Kelly yesterday.

We did this because we haven't hung out in aaaaaaaages (I have the paper trail of disappointment to prove it). We did this because it was my birthday on Friday but couldn't hang out then. We did this because it seemed like a good idea.

You could have tasted our growing disappointment as we went from one store to the next. There are plenty of board games out there. Many of the old classics too.

Monopoly.

Trivial Pursuit.

Scrabble.

Cluedo.

Battleships.

Good board games, one and all. It just seemed that the companies had adulterated the classics to produce DVD game versions, electronic versions, Disney versions, hell there was even a version of battleships that fired a burst of air that launched enemy battleships when you scored a hit.

Admittedly the Transformers version of Risk got me more than a little excited, but the close to $100 pricetag had me more than a little reluctant.

And therein lay the ultimate joykiller. Sure the tyranny of choice is overwhelming at the best of times and the choice available is truly staggering, but the amount of money you have to invest in a board game is what leaves you thinking twice about walking away from the shelves with a game in your hands.

I know it seems almost counterintuitive to bitch about the price of modern board games when I'm quite happy to spend more on a game for the XBOX360. My only defence lies with games for the XBOX360 not relying on more than person to enjoy them.

The same can't be said for board games, no matter how cool they are.




So, we went to POPUP and bought toys instead.

Well, I bought toys at POPUP.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Copycats do come last




Vincent over at La New Shit posted this brilliant item a couple days back and I've been laughing ever since.

In the man's own words...

Will.I.Am was so sure Daft Punk would be honoured if he had sampled one of their songs in order to remix one of his, that he paid for a video to be made. Unlike what happened with Kanye, Daft Punk refused, making it impossible to market the song.

Watch the video and tell me you aren't laughing too.



I like the Black-Eyed Peas as much as I like The White Stripes, which is to say I don't. I really don't.

And then some, baby. And then some.




SFTWM favourites La Grève Générale have just finished new mixtape Sounds Like Disco Tetris as an exclusive for Stockholm Beat Connection as a promo for their gig in Stockholm... well... tonight.

I'm downloading the 59mb beast right now but don't let that hold you back from getting your grubby hands on it. So hurry up already and head here .

The tracklist for this mighty mix is:
1. Les Savy Fav – Scratch Bonus
2. 2 Live Crew – Fuck Shop
3. Cybotron – R9
4. Naast – Mauvais Garcon (Yuksek Remix)
5. Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver (Paul Epworth Phones Remix)
6. Chromeo – She's In Control
7. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Weird Science
8. Kayne West – Stronger (A-Trak Remix)
9. Codebreaker - Exiled (Miami Horror Remix)
10. MIA – Boyz (The Twelves Remix)
11. Duke Dumont – Lean And Bounce
12. Bonde Do Role - Solta o Frango
13. 2 Live Crew – Get It Girl
14. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
15. Soulja Boy - Crank Dat Supaman (Cousin Cole Remix)
16. ZZZ – Lion
17. D.I.M. – Airbus Baby (AC Slater Edit)
18. Rick Ross – Hustlin'
19. Yelle - A Cause Des Garcons (Tepr Remix)
20. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (DJ B-Stee Club Remix)
21. Afrika Bambaataa - Funky Heroes
22. The Arcade Fire – No Cars Go
23. The Arcade Fire – No Cars Go (Flufftronix Edit)
24. Bat For Lashes – Prescilla
25. Feist - My Moon My Man (Boys Noize Remix)
26. DJ Khaled – We Takin' Over (Il Hot Remix)
27. Danger – 11h30
28. Peaches – Downtown
29. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
30. Spank Rock & Benny Blanco are Bangers & Cash - Shake That
31. The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
32. Rihanna – Umbrella (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)
33. Patrick Cowley & Sylvester - Do You Wanna Funk (White Label)
34. Justice - D.V.N.O. (LA Riots Remix)
35. Sean Paul - Get Busy
36. Dragonette – Competition (Ocelot Remix)


You've got to love it for the smorgasbord of club bangers and indie treats.

"To make a tired joke, if it's 10 inches, shouldn't it be black?"




I want one, so buy me one from here.

Hat-tip to the lovely Alaina for the headline.

I'm not sure why

... but, every time I see this I think of that night in Yarraville.

I really wish I'd seen this at the film festival



This is just how I like my anime: kinetic, articulate, and far from kidsy.

It looks like it was done by the same guys who did the haunted house contri in The Animatrix (a fairly hit-and-miss affair by all accounts).

I wonder if it is out on DVD.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Do you come with your own ropes?

The perfect addition to any collection



For those of you who love these little 2.5" guys, Kid Robot will soon be releasing this 10" tall vinyl gem...



Buy me one! It's my birthday!!!

Hat-tip to the lovely Alaina for the first photo.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Call it... friend-o



This excites me a great deal.

Cormac McCarthy + Coen Brothers = movie magic

I just wish someone would hurry the fuck up and release it here in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Oh I don't know, I don't know, oh, where to begin




The organisers of the Big Day Out have made their official 1st announcement for the line-up at next year's Big Day Out in Auckland, and you'll have to colour me underwhelmed.

Yes, LCD Soundsystem would be worth the trip alone.

It just doesn't quite compare to the dream line-up of the last BDO.

Will I be making a special trip to Auckland? Not likely.

Especially not when these guys are making an appearance at the Australian BDO events, but not Auckland.

Just doesn't seem worth it.

I can't get enough of this song




No really.

I can't.

I went with a live rendition because the official music video suffers a sort of Moby-meets-boho aesthetic.

Oh and the sound is REALLY tinny.

There are handclaps, people. How can you possibly resist?

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of World Vegetarian Day

... I hate lots of meat.

What did you do to celebrate?

UPDATE : Wow! That should read "ate", not "hate". Freudian slip? It can't be a simple typo.