music

sufjan stevens

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we went to see sufjan stevens last week.  excellent trip in to space rock oblivion

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it was our daughter’s first proper concert too.  what a way to start a life of concert going

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you can listen to his latest album here

Gorillaz

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last date on the Plastic Beach tour tonight. 

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was excellent

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the fall

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both wonderful and frightening

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phil collins on a car

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phil collins is still very popular here.  phil collins, a couple of poisonous spiders and cockroaches are the only things i find annoying about new zealand.  all are bearable.  just about

tessa 1

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this cd was in our hire car and it was fab.  not sure what all the tracks were, but a few we knew and loved and a few we didn’t and loved.  was a shame to give it back with the car !

a nice night out

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two friends took jane and i to see a concert by national superstar (world famous in new zealand) Dave Dobbyn.  He was playing an acoustic gig in Auckland Cathedral with the Dukes.  All excellent stuff.

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black rebel motorcycle club

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i went to see brmc with a work colleague last night.

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they were excellent and plenty loud enough (concerts do seem to be a lot louder over here – probably to do with all the lovely clean air)

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this last picture is a visual representation on the volume and feedback

the pixies

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i went to see the pixies in auckland last night.  they were TOTALLY excellent

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i’ll not go on about how good they were cuz that’s a bit boring.

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but they were really fantastic.  so there.

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mac’s gold

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i went to the fantastic laneways festival yesterday.  it’s the first time the festival has visited Auckland and there were a number of teething troubles.  but the bands made it

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the venue was a pay and display carpark in the centre of town.  at least it didn’t get muddy in the rain

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the dirty three, the phoenix foundation and surf city were my favourites

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but the absolute bestest were echo and the bunnymen (despite the sounds being messed up so the keyboard was waaaay too loud). 

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the title of this post refers to some lovely kiwi beer called Mac’s Gold which jane bought me today and is a nice echo and the bunnymen reference too.

jarvis cocker

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i finally got to see jarvis cocker in concert on monday night.  i missed him by a day in both wellington and auckland due to being in the other place on the other night.

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so when i discovered he was playing in Sydney 2 minutes walk from my hotel i was excited.  but gutted when it was sold out

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but luckily i got a return ticket from the box office and enjoyed a marvellous evening.  and was transported back to the time when i was a vague aquaintance of the great man in sheffield.  in fact i once gave him a demo tape, which he lost, but apologised and said he had been looking forward to hearing my song ‘the death of bernie winters’

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both of us from sheffield to sydney.  slightly different routes.  but there you go

sisters of mercy

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i used to be a goth, a long time ago.  and i loved the sisters of mercy.  and i think i had a rather funky metal necklace which looked a bit like this too.  small world.

neighbours

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i love london.  and i love how wandering around you see history stacked up alongside and on top of itself. 

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it’s probably no coincidence that jimi ended up living next door to george handel.  they missed each other by over 200 years, but the vibes were no doubt still moving.

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bjorn again

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we saw bjorn again on saturday at my work summer party

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i hadn’t realised there was actually a number of bjorn agains each with a different ‘cast’ of musicians/performers

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on
our way home we moved out of the way to let a golf trolley through.  it
contained the keyboard player who was speaking with a broad northern
accent.  Rather different from the swenglish (swedish-english) used
during the performance !

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full set of pictures here (click on the little icon to the bottom left of the pictures to watch as a bigger slide show

a perfectly potty choir


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this choir sang at one of the village fayres we went to over the weekend.  the leader of the band was particularly amusing to watch

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stepping round the back to get a better view kezia noticed this lady was wearing one of the song sheets

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which was handy to make sure the chap behind her didn’t forget the words to the adapted version of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’

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the wood festival

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jane’s now fully in to her exam-marking season which means 4 or 5 weekends of daddy/daughter weekends as we get ourselves out of the house so she can work.  yesterday we went to the wood festival which was a great eco-hippy fest of the best degree


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this was the main stage which was solar powered and about the size of our garden shed.  although our garden shed doesn’t have grass on the roof

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there were all sorts of sensible eco-friendly things like this stick for putting (used) large cups on.  they also had eco toilets which involved a sprinkle of sawdust rather than a flush.  the girls thought they were yucky but quiet (if you didn’t listen to the sound of ‘things’ dropping on to the pits below)

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the girls did some felting, which was interesting.  this wool comes from merino sheep and was lovely

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here are a few old records used for recycling, which summed up the festival quite nicely i think

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there was a guided tour to go forraging in the local woods in the afternoon encouraging people to go and find their own dinner in the woods.  the girls didn’t fancy that much so we went crocheting instead.  here’s my effort which is basically a load of knots as far as i can see.  the girls’ efforts were much better than mine

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so that was our girls’ first introduction to a festival.  a good choice for a first experience i think as it was nice and small and friendly.  and just the right distance for a day trip.