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Where you at?

More interesting non pizza related words from Bob Lefsetz:

"Everyone in the industry thinks of this Christmas as the last big holiday season for CD sales," Mr. Sinnreich said, "and then everything goes kaput."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/28/arts/music/28musi.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Love it or hate it, the "New York Times" is the paper of record. If for no other reason than most news organizations no longer DO any reporting, they just rely on wire services and print commentary/opinion. "The New York Times" sets the agenda. And when they go on a story, it has legitimacy. Wall Street, the business community, they now know what active music consumers know, that the CD is headed for extinction. With everybody clued in, its death will be hastened. THEN what?


1. Indie Retail

Survives. Just like vinyl has never gone completely away, there will be people who will want to own discs in the future, whether they be CDs or vinyl. Most of the indie stores that…

The Specials - Too Much Too Young

I had thought about making some sort of comment on digital sales finally being incorporated into our national sales chart...

then thought fuck it

What has the music charts ever meant to me

nothing

Consolidated - America Number One

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service"
Albert Einstein

Are Green Day Kicking Ass for the Working Class?

by Alexander Billet

When a band like Green Day venture into the shark-infested waters of cover songs, there is good reason to expect a symphony or groans. For the past ten-plus years, they have been the poster boys for corporate rock. Since their breakout, they have mostly conjured up images of suburban teenage angst; the perfect soundtrack for smoking cigarettes behind the gym after school and prattling on about how mom and dad don’t understand, but not a band of much substance. To the deeply committed punk rock community (where I cut my teeth), they are the ultimate heresy: “sell outs.”

In a way, the three boys from Berkeley are still trying to shake that label with their latest foray: a cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” on Amnesty International’s Darfur benefit album. If you’re both a Green Day hater and a cover-song purist (not to mention a Lennon fan), you will already be rolling your eyes. You would also be missing the point.

Even the most jaded of music fans has to admit…

What you looking at?

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its been a strange weekend and its but sunday morning

toot toot

Trent Says

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It is all over the net but hell I got nothing today but a throbbing head and a throbbing head and and an dna and well I don't feel that flash

alcohol you are my friend... anyway Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails in the Herald Sun

Q: It must be an odd time then to have a new album, Year Zero, out?

A: It's a very odd time to be a musician on a major label, because there's so much resentment towards the record industry that it's hard to position yourself in a place with the fans where you don't look like a greedy asshole. But at the same time, when our record came out I was disappointed at the number of people that actually bought it. If this had been 10 years ago.
I would think "Well, not that many people are into it. OK, that kinda sucks. Yeah I could point fingers but the blame would be with me, maybe I'm not relevant". But on this record, I know people have it and I know it's on everybody's iPods, but the climate is such that people don't buy i…

I am a Omnivore hear me roar

Where Do You Fit?

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Reasons Not To Sign With The Major Music Labels

1. They tell you what to do.

Are you following this Kelly Clarkson flap? She made an album from the heart, that she wrote. What did the label do? They shelved it for months, hoping she'd come to her senses and record some more upbeat hit tracks just like the ones she recorded before, positive not NEGATIVE! Who wants to hear about Kelly's love losses, no one in the audience ever broke up with their boyfriend!

Now you might think Kelly is a mindless twit, with a voice only. But she'll tell you she wrote hit records for others. And, she's sold a FUCK OF A LOT OF RECORDS!
Used to be selling records gave you leverage... If KELLY CLARKSON has no leverage, what hope is there for you, someone selling ONE TENTH the number of discs!

2. They're only in the disc business.

Well, we'll call it recorded music. If they ever figure out how to monetize Net acquisition, maybe their fortunes will change. But for now, the label only makes money if they sell your music. They'll do wh…

Car-nage

We need a global campaign for road safety, but not one controlled by the motor industry.

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 15th May 2007

Corporate social responsibility often resembles the adventures of The Good Soldier Svejk. In 1914, about to be conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian army, Svejk puts on his old uniform and a volunteer’s buttonhole and, waving his borrowed crutches and shouting “to Belgrade, to Belgrade!”, has his landlady push him to the recruiting office in a bath chair. Jaroslav Harsek’s marvellous creation is lauded by the newspapers for his extraordinary patriotism.

By this means Svejk attempts to persuade the authorities that he is doing everything he can to get to the front, even if, to his enormous regret, his rheumatism prevents him from having his brains blown out. By noisily volunteering to subject themselves to stricter standards, the corporations try to pre-empt the rules which might otherwise have been imposed on them. This, they hope, will allow…

Zombie War

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RISK CALCULATOR

If you had lived through the Zombie War, would you have survived?

We have prepared a questionnaire to determine what your survival odds would have been, based on a series of questions about you, your lifestyle, your skills, your location, and your flight options. Answer the questions to the right, then click the arrow once you have completed each one.


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It turns out I would only have a 39% chance of survival.


Lucky I have a survival kit






















I cheated on the test too

You are the weakest link

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Libby, Rumsfeld, Bolton and now Wolfowitz....
goodbye

dance, dance, disco

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Something in the air?

I've been rather lazy on the actual writing on this thing front of late.

Apologies for that, I've been seasonably tired and a little out of kilter with my world. Actually I take that apology back, I really don't care, so take that regular passers by!

To be honest I have been bored very very bored of late.

I'd say its the onset of winter but that simply hasn't taken hold yet, which is boring in itself - I can see the payoff being a late starting summer and that is rather depressing.

Actually I could perhaps say much of my lethargy of late is being under whelmed but over worked during NZ Music Month - a time I've never really enjoyed for the lip service paid to those whom make music in this land blah blah blah...

Local politics is doing my head in, the anti smacking thing was simply too much, I just don't understand why it was such a big deal to so many people. I can't understand the logic behind those who demand the right in law to smack their children - I do…

If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.

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So said Rev Jerry Falwell a man who said a lot of inane and inflammatory things.

He said he was a man of god and he no doubt thought as much. If there is a god, yeah right, then that god would disown a person like Rev Jerry Falwell I would imagine.

He's dead now and many will miss his thoughts and deeds of hate, ignorance and intolerance but many many more will perhaps be better off without his brand of so called Christianity.





I hope you rest in peace Mr Falwell and I know for sure this planet is better off without you and your kind of hate monger.

Just say no to religious extremists - no matter what their faith!


Dogs on film

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Variety reports that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have teamed to produce a trilogy of Tintin feature films, with each director helming at least one of the features.
As a fan of Tintin I don't think this is such a great idea.





Hear Me Scream

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Or not as the case may be, test your website to see if one of the world's most populous countries blocks your site, here

I'm not sure if this blog is blocked as part of a wider block of blogger.com or if my world has been singled out.
There is, of course, a chance its simply a matter of good taste.I used to get a number of chinese visitors, I don't know why, maybe its the nude pictures I post. In future I promise, no more piccies of me in the bath.Are ya happy now censors, my only artistic outlet crushed and one more blow against bathers

Dead C

Star Wars, uncensored

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Beat Boutique pres IZ & DIZ

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Beat Street

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Bob's 80s Meltdown

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Here's a 'mix' I did recently for a friend. Thought I'd share.

Its rough as guts, booze was involved.... and well I'm no mixer at the best of times.

The theme is music from the eighties, my eighties not the decade currently being recycled via many a average CD compilation, not that this is better its just more reflective of some of my musical experiences of that decade.

This isn't about making any musical statement, its not all tracks I'd normally play, rather its a simple mix tape for a party and as such has some tracks I adore and some I simply find mildly amusing but fit what I was interested in creating.

All tracks are played from vinyl badly, as thats what I do :) I'd quite like to redo it whilst sober but the chances of that happening are pretty much nil.











23 Skiddoo - Coup
* the sunworshippers speak
Liquid Liquid - Caravan
A Certain Ratio - Du the Du
Ciccone Youth - into the groovey
New Order - Everythings Gone Green
Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu - Doctoring t…

even more daktari

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nothing to say here's more daktari muck

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Les Jardiniers - Funky Daktari

could be a week of it, ego stroking volume 2

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daktari

one day you're going to get yours

One day you’re gonna wake up in a hostile world where your country no longer has any friends. There will be governments of other countries – former long-standing allies – that cannot afford to have anything to do with you, lest their publics angrily remove them from office for collaborating with a country as hated as yours. Nor will those governments trust yours anyway.

One Day You’re Gonna Wake Up, America.
By David Michael Green

And, like every other one since last you can remember, it’s gonna be an ugly morning.

One day you’re gonna wake up and go to your lousy job with its lousy salary and non-existent benefits. You might even remember the good job you once had. Or that the government you once supported gave tax breaks to companies like the one that exported that good job of yours to the Third World (which is what they’re now starting to call your country). Or that that same government undermined the labor unions which fought to get you your good wages and benefits.

One day you’re gonn…

Boompty is not dead!

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It's the resurrection of Bump after a 5 month hiatus! The 5th of the 5th will be the 5th birthday and to celebrate there is Kit Mclean, Scott Lelo (Soultrust), Soane & Ange playing from 10 til dawn.

techno, techno, techno... well electronic

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a depressing dose of reality

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For me, the pro-smacking rhetoric has been a depressing dose of reality in terms of New Zealand culture. It's like when your lovable old grandfather comes out with a racist remark. You are not so much shocked as embarrassed on his behalf. However it's still a setback, a diminishing of respect -- a side of him that you would rather not have observed.

But maybe it's better in the long run that you do. In a way, seeing so many people become so angry because a member of the Green Party is attempting to stop the
hitting of children is like Godzone has suddenly let its mask slip. It's not a pretty sight....Public Address

To smack or not to smack?

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Perhaps its time to evolve past the simple yet flawed concept that might is right

Welcome to

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I feel different already