Friday, May 11, 2007

LC/DC

Earplug sat down with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and he makes a great recommendation for fans new to dance music:

Read Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. Read the disco sections and check the playlists in the back, like those from Paradise Garage, the Loft, the Funhouse, and the Palladium. It was a real eye-opener for me. There are top-10 and top-20 lists from amazing DJs of that era who were really adventurous and took chances. Just track those songs down and see what you like. It's a really great history of disco and of dance music. (Via BV)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Flight of the Conchords vids
Via US site Brooklyn Vegan (a big fan, apparently); behind the scenes of their HBO series, the HBO ad for it, and their David Bowie skit, just genius stuff... see here

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Numbers
I've been studying my site statistics, cos the recent reports I've been getting are somewhat alarming. Daily visitors shot up from 50 a day to 400. It seems lots of people have been coming here looking for pictures of some girl named Paris Halfwit or something. Now I'm getting around 6,000 visitors a week. Better write something, then...

"Here's a video archive of about 40-odd vintage punk music performances. Most of them appear to have been taped between 1979 and 1983, in fine old dive bars in and around Boston. Link, link 2. Bands both famous and obscure: Buzzcocks, Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Specials, Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Dead Kennedys, Stranglers, Stiff Little Fingers, XTC... (via Boingboing)

The commentary on Public Address following Neil Finn's outburst has been fascinating reading, with one poster observing that no-one from NZ Music Month is trumpeting about the levels of NZ music on commercial radio this year (unlike previous years), as it appears to have dropped below 20% (the Govts suggested quota level).