Showing posts from October, 2006

One for today... actually more than one

Dead C: Helen Said This/Bury 1990 (Stiltbreeze Records)

Helen Said at around 14 minutes long - I adore long songs, especially if they do not a aweful lot, be they electronic or guitar focused.

Its the Dead C's 20th anniversary this year, thus there are a few articles cropping up about this New Zealand band, notably one by Phillip matthews in the Listener and a interview ans review of their 2CD compilation in the October Real Groove magazine by my good friend Alan Holt.

I've been a fan since I got The Live Dead See cassette which came out on Xpressway in 1988, Xpressway being my perhaps favourite ever NZ label, more Nun than Flying Nun and less prone to duff releases, and well out there musically as only a label not seeking nor needing the trappings of the business end of this industry can be.

I must have almost everything the Dead C and Xpressway released, on cassette, vinyl and in the latter phases CD, I also managed to grab a huge chunk of the various US label releases that the…

Being a man... well... it is Bob we're talking about

So yesterday I decided after much deliberation to try and 'fix' the clothes dryer, because its been making one hell of a racket recently.

Now fixing stuff isn't a trait I consider myself adapt or even remotely interested in, but I figured to get a 'man' in would cost about what a brand new clothes dryer would cost, and as the thing isn't mine (left here by a old flatmate, who will one day hopefully want it back) I have no interest in spending money on fixing it.

I figured that something must be caught somewhere in the mechanism (or whatever makes the damn thing work) and thus it makes a kinda screeching noise, which I assume isn't good for it and it definitely isn't something I enjoy, well maybe some years ago when I was a big industrial music fan but I'm older now and my ears are delicate or at least my mind is - it was Sunday after all.

So I took to the thing with a screwdriver thingy and a sense of dread. I managed to get the back metal covering off…

Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer

10/28/06 "The Independent" -- -- Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians?

We know that the Israelis used American "bunker-buster" bombs on Hizbollah's Beirut headquarters. We know that they drenched southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in the last 72 hours of the war, leaving tens of thousands of bomblets which are still killing Lebanese civilians every week. And we now know - after it first categorically denied using such munitions - that the Israeli army also used phosphorous bombs, weapons which are supposed to be restricted under the third protocol of the Geneva Conventions, which neither Israel nor the United States have signed.

But scientific evidence gathered from at least two bomb craters in Khiam and At-Tiri, the scene of fierce fighting between Hizbollah guerrillas and Israeli troops last July and August, suggests that uranium-b…

Consignment to hell & a tribute to a brave soul

The following is taken from a article posted on Tom Dispatch, it concerns Iraq, (yeah I can't get over this war... sorry to them that can ignore it), and concerns the Blogger River, whom I follow. The article isn't here in full, I've left out most of that which doesn't concern River - check the link below for the full article which will also allow you to read part one of Tom's posts.

This is part 2 of a dispatch on the Bush administration and Iraq. Part 1 was Losing the Home Front. One of the sections below is devoted to Riverbend, the pseudonymous "girl blogger" of Baghdad. For it, I read the collection of her blog entries that the Feminist Press at CUNY published in 2005, Baghdad Burning, Girl Blog from Iraq, and then the newest volume, Baghdad Burning II, More Girl Blog from Iraq, just now being published. These represent an unparalleled record of the American war on, and occupation of, Iraq (and Riverbend writes like an angel). The two volumes are simp…

Kinda & baby goats (kids)

The following is culled from an interview with Norm Chomsky (NC):

Ex: And what keeps you motivated?

Ch: I'll just tell you a brief story. I was in Beirut a couple of months ago giving talks at the American university in the city. After a talk, people come up and they want to talk privately or have books signed.

Here I was giving a talk in a downtown theatre, a large group of people were around and a young woman came up to me, in her mid-'20s, and just said this sentence: "I am Kinda" and practically collapsed. You wouldn't know who Kinda is but that's because we live in societies where the truth is kept hidden. I knew who she was. She had a book of mine open to a page on which I had quoted a letter of hers that she wrote when she was seven years old.

It was right after the U.S. bombing of Libya, her family was then living in Libya, and she wrote a letter which was found by a journalist friend of mine who tried to get it published in the United States but couldn&#…

Reverse Psychology... well it is Friday

So I purposefully made a chripy cheerful post to give me what I thought would be a happy cheerful day this week.

Well that bastard backfired... the weather turned to mush and I had one of them days when I kept making silly little mistakes all day that whilst esily picked up and corrected really did me head in.

In fact my week has been plagued by dumb cockups, a week of thumbs, which considering I do a lot of typing is just so frustrating.

So today I am purposefully angry, life sucks, the world is stuffed and the weather shitehouse.

Just typing that makes me feel great already...

I might just have to drag out Arab Strap's'The First Big Weekend' to get me in the mood. A stunner of a track IMO, possibly the greatest ever song about going and having a big weekend, ever!

I've the song on a few different albums, a couple of compilations and of course the album it came off, yet I'd still prefer the 7".... yep some can never be satisfied.

OK, its on now... played this mornin…

A red letter day

Dear Mr/Ms Firefox

After being recommended your product by someone I trust, I dumped IE7 and made the switch to Firefox.

Now I was lead to believe that Firefox would bake me a chocolate whiskey cake overnight and I was very much looking forward to such a delight this morning.

You can perhaps understand my dismay when on getting up I was confronted with a carrot cake not a chocolate whiskey cake.

Now I have nothing against the humble carrot cake, they have there place in the cake hierarchy but I think you'd agree that a carrot cake is vastly inferior to a chocolate whiskey cake.

Could you please enlighten me on where I have gone wrong? For I do wish to continue to use your product but I cannot with all good faith continue to do so if carrot cakes are to be my reward.

I'm sure I have all the correct extensions installed, (four 1.04, baking powder 7.32, easter eggs hidden under dashboard 2, butter 5, sugar 3.9, chocolate yum 9), and configured in the correct manner, or did I miss somet…

Reasons to be cheerful

It looks like its going to be a beautiful day My ISP has doubled my monthly data cap at no extra charge (wahooo 10g!!!).. now if they would just make it faster I think my body clock has finally adjusted to daylight saving Sources suggest that by switching to Firefox I can awake to a freshly baked chocolate whiskey cake... hell for that I'd convert to believing in god... so a internet browser is a no brainer Its a short week thus a week for shorts (is there ever a week that isn't for shorts?) Um, if I was to buy a lotto ticket today I recon I'd win $7 million... so I won't buy a ticket, what do I need money for

smile its going to be one of them days

How safe is your vote

Its feels odd watching and studying US elections, mainly for the mere fact I am not American.

I wouldn't care much for anyone who took exception to much of what my country does and can empathise with all Americans who don't appreciate people like myself who do comment on that nations actions.

However, my nation doesn't have the power, be it military or economic, to do what the US has been doing for generations - that is having so much power over the fate of how our world is run. There is so much that the US has given that has made our world both safer and a nicer place to live and unfortunately there is much that isn't so pleasant.

I buy into the almost disneyfied notion that the US can be a source of so much good for us all. The US has the power to enact real change that countless millions of us would benefit from. Unfortunatly this is not enacted upon much by the US in its dealings with the world, contary to what we are taught and how we are preached to that would have …

Fighting for the 8-hour working day

The first Labour Day in New Zealand was celebrated on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend. It celebrated the struggle for an eight-hour working day, a right that New Zealand workers had been among the first in the world to claim, when in 1840 the carpenter Samuel Parnell had won an eight-hour day in Wellington.

The date, 28 October, marked the establishment of the Maritime Council, an organisation of transport and mining unions, in 1889. The fledgling union movement was decimated by defeat in the Maritime Strike the following year. Despite this, the first Labour Day in 1890 was a huge success. In Wellington, the highlight was an appearance by the elderly Parnell, who died just a few weeks later. The union movement began to recover slowly under the Liberal government from the mid 1890s. The Liberals' industrial conciliation and arbitration system, introdu…

Music Awards, IE7 and a lazy Sunday

So I went along to the awards the other evening and had a great night - I cleverly managed to miss most of the presentations - snuck out and sat in a pub across the road sipping on a few pints of Tetleys and then rejoined the throng for the booze up after party.

The awards were as awards are, that is something that don't really interest me, nor do I care for much.

Saying that I think the awards what I saw and actual end tally weren't too shabby, a credit to the state of our local music scene, I guess.

They are actually something I would normally get worked up about as they tend to celebrate the more mundane or medicore of this art form I love.... but I've better things to be jaded about, (refer to much of whats is going on in the real world), right now than some trinkets given to a bunch of musicans - some of whom rightly deserved their industry and in one case public acolades. Christ I hope I'm not mellowing.... nah fuck that.

Was great to catch up with a bunch of people …

Proof this man is evil

Stop the slaughter

viva the PPFP!!!
(Peoples Popular Front for Pumpkins)

Wahooooo River is back

am over the moon this morning as River has added to her blog.

This has been the longest time I have been away from blogging. There were several reasons for my disappearance the major one being the fact that every time I felt the urge to write about Iraq, about the situation, I'd be filled with a certain hopelessness that can't be put into words and that I suspect other Iraqis feel also.

It's very difficult at this point to connect to the internet and try to read the articles written by so-called specialists and analysts and politicians. They write about and discuss Iraq as I might write about the Ivory Coast or Cambodia- with a detachment and lack of sentiment that- I suppose- is meant to be impartial. Hearing American politicians is even worse. They fall between idiots like Bush- constantly and totally in denial, and opportunists who want to use the war and ensuing chaos to promote themselves.

The latest horror is the study published in the Lancet Journal concluding that ove…

Putting your money where your mouth is

Bono, Preacher on Poverty, Tarnishes Halo With Irish Tax Move

By Fergal O'Brien

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Bono, the rock star and campaigner against Third World debt, is asking the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. At the same time, he's reducing tax payments that could help fund that aid.

After Ireland said it would scrap a break that lets musicians and artists avoid paying taxes on royalties, Bono and his U2 bandmates earlier this year moved their music publishing company to the Netherlands. The Dublin group, which Forbes estimates earned $110 million in 2005, will pay about 5 percent tax on their royalties, less than half the Irish rate.

``Among the wealthiest people I suppose it's the norm,'' Jill Cassidy, 23, said on South King Street near a plaque marking the site of Dublin's Dandelion market, where U2 played some of its earliest concerts. ``In U2's position, it does come across as quite hypocritical.''

The tax move has tainted the image …

Bob gets up early

So he can iron a shirt

It must be close to 10 years since I last ironed a shirt and for a first go I'd give myself a 8/10.

I feel ill.

*runs off to put shorts and a t shirt on*

NZ Music Awards

I don't like music awards - well some I don't mind cause its a fine opportunity to drink far too much with good friends, ignoring the actual awards themselves. Oddly enough they're bloody expensive nights out, more so than most nights I actually enjoy... not that I can complain, I haven't had to buy a ticket, so its only a few drinks at after party or whatever... not that I intend doing after parties... but probably will...

I'd rather spend money on a night clubbing or a days drinking in a grotty garden bar with chums or some vinyl or well just about anything.

However this year I have no choice, I gotta go, I gotta wear long pants.... I intend wearing a suit

I feel like throwing a little boy tantrum as well, which is not a good look at my time of life

oh well chin up pip pip

When is enough, enough?

I spend too much time reading about the state of the world, too much time watching various current affairs and news programmes and too much time thinking and wondering waht it all means.

I spend too much time thinking about my opinions, second guessing the motives of the news sources I turst and don't trust.

Perhaps I have too much time....

I got up this morning to find a ucky rainy day, not my preferred way to start the week, in fact it was almost enough to make me want to crawl back into bed... but alas one must get up.

I've mentioned it before and may as well again, I am a creature of habit, always changing and mutating but habits or routines are the backbone fo my world, thus its get up, coffee, cigarettes and a flick through my daily news and opinion sources on the web, on with breakfast TV (all the news one needs on our screens minus the pretense at being earnest) and the daily attempt to put off getting up (showering and dressing) for as long as possible.

I don't read …

Day Six in the forest

Bit wonky on the camera angle but we're getting there, the tree not the photography skills - they are beyond help.

The price people pay for a 'safer world'

"A single death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic." - Joseph Stalin

Seems we're not far off the point where those whom have died as a consequence of the US, opps I mean Coalition of the Willing's pre-emptive invasion of Iraq will just be a statistic.

A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people
have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have
died if the invasion had not occurred.

The estimate, produced by interviewing residents during a random sampling of households throughout the country, is far higher than ones produced by other groups, including Iraq's government.

It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in December. It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.

The surveyors said they found a steady increase in mortality since the invasion, with a steeper…

A night at the races

I'm not a gambling man, yet tonight I'm off to the nags with a bunch of friends to celebrate a birthday.

Its been years since I last went to the races, I bet in our modern smokefree world that the public bars have lost much of their atmosphere.

That might not be a bad thing.

Now the real bet, is will Bob be sober and upstanding enough to go out afterwards....

giddy up

Legend - a word over used in the dance scene...

....and sometimes under used when talking about certain key figures.

I've missed enough legends over the past little while cause I was broke and not feeling like socialising

Now to make up for lost time :)

Kevin Saunderson - Detroit
(Inner City/E-Dancer/KMS)

As part of the Elevator World Tour, Kevin Saunderson is celebrating 20 years of the seminal club track 'Good Life' with a brand new audio and visual show which is sure to rock even the most seasoned clubber.

Kevin Saunderson elevated the deep sound of Detroit Techno and took it from the underground into the hearts and souls of music lovers the world over with his Inner City and E Dancer recordings. Hailing from Detroit, Kevin was one of the ‘Belleville Three’. Alongside Juan Atkins and Derrick May, they helped shape the post-disco Motor City funk that became known as Detroit Techno. A blend of futuristic rhythms, lush chords, twisted melodies, and hipshaking basslines, setting the pace for dance music over the last 20 years,…

Five mixes, one album and a 12" for the day


Cajmere vs Green Velvet - MOS Sessions 2CDKerri Chandler @Dancefloor 23/9/06 mix - downloaded from the internetwebNo Assembly Firm mix - downloaded from the internetwebDerrick Carter live at Smart Bar July 28th, 2006 - downloaded from the internetwebBob Daktari's wanna be DJ set made in a computer program - made on me puter
toe tappingly fun


The Puddle - Songs For Emily Valentine (Powertool Records)
I love the Puddle, George Henderson is a god, often overlooked when compared to his peers such as Peter Gutteridge, the Kilgour borthers, Martin Phillipps et al.


Recloose - Landed remixes (Music For Freaks)
the remixes are cool but its the megamix that I dig, I can't help but giggle a little everytime I listen to it

throw in some serious radio time and my day is musically complete

Today was a day where

I got rained on and the wind was cold...

I cope with wearing shorts all year, yet spring can be the hardest month to get though.

Yes sometimes the worlds problems seem small compared to mine

North Korea tests nuke

Yep the world just got safer.... :(

Day Five in the Forest

A bit of an overcast grey day which doesn't do this weeks picture any favours. Last weeks looks much better, tis all about the sun.

I've been thinking

I should go and see more live music, I love gigs, its what i grew up doing, jugs of beer, live bands and falling down on the way home.

I think I am going through my second childhood again

Now I had the perfect opportunity to go and see some bands tonight and I stupidly turned down tickets and now realise it was right next door to another event I intend to pop in to.

Might have to do both

Could be a fun night out, hic....

US Detainee Bill

Has the USA just become a fascist state in law not just action?

nope, not a word of it in the news

I must be wrong then

phew, I wonder whats on the telly

One of them weeks

Daylight savings kicked in this week, which is always a reason for celebration, summer it seems is on its way... yippeeee (Auckland winters are not cold enough nor anything enough for anything but waiting for them to end)

Like the cows (or is that the farmers) this time change is really playing havoc with my internal clock. Leaving me tired and just a little grumpy.

I am also in one of those 'the world is fucked' phases, where the sheer volume of horrific things happening on this planet suggests that things are not looking bright for us inhabitants of this little globe.

I was watching the PBS (I think) news on Triangle last night and their summary of events just made one want to cry.

We can do better as a species, surely.

I might have to go and listen to some gay disco (read Bob's term for house music - not meant to be offensive) this weekend to cheer me up or at least dull my senses.

Normally I really hate clubbing - the music might be what I adore but the culture of clubs here…

I really miss....

...doing radio.

Its not an ego thing, hell I am a crap radio personality, I prefer not to talk to be completely honest.

I have a lot to say, generally, and aren't too shabby at saying it, sometimes. But radio is just not my medium for anything other than music.

I like it that way, it suits my style. Why talk when a song/track can say it for ya, in a manner that is both fun or at least rocking.

So its days like this, the suns out, I'm home enjoying a wine or two, my dear friend Mark is spinning records and them ones I would so love to share via radio waves get dropped into his mix and, I, just miss the chance to inflict them on people via a medium that can't be equaled for certain tracks.

Take today's example, a Recloose mega mix by the Freaks, two artist whom I dig, The Freaks I adore. Now a megamix in this day and age is best confined to a live awards show, where its all about the artist royalties... not a 12" release.

Still, The Freaks are not one to confine themselve…

Seems I'm not alone... River I hope you are ok

I've been following the life of a woman via her blog in Baghdad for what seems like a lifetime now... it hasn't been updated for almost two months.

I have no idea who she is or anything but what she has written, but for me (and others) she is the human face on the Iraq Occupation/War, a war and occupation I cannot even begin to imagine. Sometimes it would be nice to have some sort of faith, for if I did I would be praying for her.

I've been quietly worrying about her.... seems I'm not alone:

Does anyone have information regarding Riverbend - Iraqi girl blog: Baghdad Burning: Her blog has not been updated since Aug 5th and many of us who admire her are worried about her safety. If you have information regarding her well being please email me at

I hope you are alright River, post soon.

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Day Four In The Forest

After what was a stunner of a week, today its raining.

I see the council are going to chop down a bunch of trees in the inner city... better not take mine :(