Friday, January 23, 2004

Choke on your biscotti
Starbucks coffee terminology examined. Why tall equals small.

GW Bush said in his State of the Union speech that "hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure..." And yet Lyle Lovett is too scared to leave the US and play here, just like US author E Annie Proulx, who delayed her visit here til after the Iraq War. Feel secure?
Russell Brown noted that "After Bush's State of the Union speech last year, a couple of correspondents ticked me off for being churlish about the billions promised to fight Aids in Africa. Well, a year later, not a penny of those billions has been allocated - and 2005 Aids funding has been cut."

Its a great weekend for getting out and checking some local sounds, Dancing in the Streets up on Beresford Square in K Rd friday night, and BFMs Summer Series in Albert Park on sunday. Summer in AK is looking mighty fine right now.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Love is the drug.
"Always follow your own way rather than look to others. And get very good lawyers - if you can have them as part of your family that's even better."
Singer Bryan Ferry (playing here late January) offers up some practical advice to musicians starting out.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Belinda Henley makes stuff up.
TV3 gets thumbs up for its Big Day Out coverage, putting it near the top of its friday night news bulletin, with a live cross to the event with TV3s entertainment reporter Belinda Henley live at the BDO. She introduced her prerecorded report, which included the Black Eyed Peas, who, according to Henley, had been here twice before, but this was their first time at the Big Day Out. WRONG!! If she'd done her research, or read the numerous interviews in magazines or newspapers with the band in recent weeks, she would know they played here at the Big Day Out 3 years ago, with some controversy - one of their members got stopped at Customs and sent home after being found in possession of some dope. Thumbs down.
TVOne managed a live cross as well, with some amusing comments from their reporter on interviewing Metallica - she was surprised at their backstage area - a room for guitar tuning, a room for dressing, a room for eating, but when you've sold 90 million records, you can get whatever you want, she observed.

Apparently The Darkness are getting so popular in the UK that there are tribute bands dedicated to them. Three of them so far - The Lightness, The Daftness, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Darkness. As reported in the latest issue of Q magazine. Honest.
Lyle Lovett is chicken.
Get this for a load of crap...

NZ show too risky for Lyle
16 January 2004 Dominion Post

Two thousand disappointed country music fans are waking today to the news that Texan crooner Lyle Lovett has pulled out of his New Zealand International Arts Festival concert.

Lovett's agents told the festival last night that he was cancelling his Australasian tour because of fears over the safety of international travel.

"Due to the heightened security level placed on all travel by the US Government, Lyle Lovett has decided that international travel is too risky to be attempted at this time," his agents said.

Festival artistic director Carla van Zon said she regretted Lovett's decision. Other American artists were coming to the festival and she did not believe there would have been any risk to the singer in New Zealand.

Along with Australian media personality Clive James, Lovett's March 10 show at the Wellington Town Hall was one of the first to sell out in the festival, with all 2000 tickets gone by the end of last month. Refunds are available from the Ticketek office where the tickets were bought.

What's he scared of? The Julia Roberts backlash? The Wellington wind blowing his hair the wrong way? Get over yourself, man!