Friday, September 19, 2003

He aint the sharpest tool in the box...
US Vice president Dick Cheney has been spouting off about the alleged link between the Sept 11 terrorists and Saddam Hussein.
Mr Bush distanced himself from Cheneys comments, noting that ""We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in September 11." And yet, nearly 70% of Americans think there is some link, according to a recent Washington Post poll - perhaps because their leaders spent the last 18 months insinuating there was such a connection, so they could justify invading Iraq. Rumsfeld is reported as wanting to invade Iraq as far back as September 12, 2001. What a bunch of trigger-happy cowboys. Bah!

I've been enjoying the newly relaunched Real Groove magazine. I think the new format and paper stock is a definite improvement, making the excellent content look less crammed on the page. There's always been plenty to read in it, if you're a mad keen music junkie like myself, but now its much easier on the eye.
David Cohen of The National Business Review is less than impressed with it. He has a few issues with the content, and the supposed originality of it...
"The magazine's rank misdemeanour, if that's not too light a term for it, can be seen on page 22 of the current issue of Real Groove, in a column appearing under the byline of one of the magazine's flagship contributors, Sarah McHendry, and titled "My last ever column 'bout 9/11."
Alas, whether this really is her last column 'bout the events commemorated around the world last week to be published in Real Groove, the authorial rights to the piece assuredly do not belong to Ms McHendry or anyone else in New Zealand. As a matter of fact, vast swathes of the work have been lifted, virtually intact, from a number of articles already in existence overseas, most notably ­ but not exclusively ­ a well known series of conspiracy orientated weekend commentaries written for the Toronto Star by the Canadian-based journalist Michele Landsberg." Nasty.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Not Happen Inn....
The Listener's Diana Wichtel on that train wreck of a tv show, The Big Night In...."There's a defiant meaninglessness about the whole exercise that could just see it go down in history as a Kiwi television classic."
Bang - hit the nail on the head...

Monday, September 15, 2003

Man in black
Johnny Cash died last Friday. The Chicago Sun-Times called him the original punk rocker. I remember playing a song of his with my old band the Hallelujah Picassos -we were playing at BFM's Summer Series around 94, I think, and each band playing that day had to cover a Johnny Cash song (as it was near his birthday). I dug out Folsom Prison Blues, and sampled some of the vocals, and we dropped them over a menacing dub reggae tune of ours called Marshall Law dub. "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die..." accompanied by gunshots, part of the Marshall Law track. I have no idea why it worked, but it did.

World famous in NZ? - Not really, but I did get namechecked by Russell Brown in Fridays Public Address post....
"So the Auckland NPC team is now running onto Eden Park to the strains of 'R U Ready?' by Dub Asylum (aka occasional Public Address contributor Peter McLennan) - does this mean we have finally departed the era of risible radio jingle-rock as a rugby accompaniment?"

On a similar note, I am happy to report that Auckland beat Taranaki convincingly on Saturday, 24 - 13. Suddenly I have a vested interest in rugby. What a surprise.