Showing posts from June, 2007

Greenskeepers - Go

Love this act, love this song... house with simple drum programming, solid basslines and the most important thing sometimes, (not always mind), a cracking sense of humour.

This one being a triffle rude.... ooo er... my fave remix is the no Assembly Firm one, it so rocks... not many videos for 'dance' tracks let alone remixes though.


BZP to be Banned in NZ

As a strong supporter of all currently banned 'drugs' being legalised I am saddened by the decision to ban BZP based pills.

I don't believe there was any need for a ban and as history has shown, prohibition does not work.

Here was an opportunity for our govt to act in both a responsible manner that allowed those whom were of age to choose what they put into their bodies and thus how they lived their lives.

BZP is way safer than booze & fags.. yet the govt will not be banning these proven killers.

This is not a decision that democracy can be proud of.

Stop molly coddling us and let us live our lives.... as long as our actions don't endanger others and a substance has not been proven to directly limit ones physical safety and life why prohibit it?

Whilst I am no fan of these 'party pills' I have and would have continued to avail myself of them from time to time -I reckon I use them in very low doses about once every 10 months.

As a member of SAC the ramifications of…

Bobs big day in town

I took the opportunity to work from home yesterday, due to construction going down in the office.

To celebrate the glorious day that it was - cold and very sunny (well cold for Auckland alright), I decided to have a extended lunch break and to venture into town.

Now town for me is a long 5 minute walk up the road and then down into the central city... I very rarely go into town, cause it bores me... I'm a bloke, i don't like shopping so I minimalise my exposure to retail hell whenever possible.

So into town I go, I had one intention on my mind, to hopefully stumble upon the missing volume of Phillip K Dick short stories for which I have been searching for over a decade. So my first stop is JB Hi Fi, a bulk music/DVD/games emporium that is newish here - a big aussie chain. It was frightening, in both good and bad ways - horrific in decor and not a pleasant place to be... but crikey what a lot of stuff... I found Joy Division CDs for $7, which seemed a good deal, let my fingers fli…

Mid week reading

Dunno what my ISP has done but I get virtually no spam these days, tis great....

At school however I still get a daily fix of around 30 emails suggesting I could be a bigger and harder man if only I was to purchase the right product..... most are simply arse but one variety really shows some spammer has a sense of humour:

Hello my friend!

I am ready to kill myself and eat my dog, if medicine prices here ( are bad.

Look, the site and call me 1-800 if its wrong..

PS My dog and I are still alive :)

Mornings are for coffee

Anyone notice that the insurgents setting off car bombs and the like in Iraq have suddenly morphed into al-Qaida according to most media?

Well by most I mean those outside of New Zealand for here we've moved on, Iraq doesn't really exisit anymore, far too much snow down south and cats up trees for our media to spend much time on the middle east... a shame for it really does seem to be once again on the brink of something not nice.

So whats up in the middle east or whats up with the media?

Nothing good it seems.

its the middle yeah meltdown baby

Where is the modern day Hunter S Thompson's covering the US presidential campaign, a fear & loathingon that campaign trail would be a wonderful thing....

Meanwhile only 70something days til the rugby world cup


Quiet weekends in front of the box can serve up good and bad things

Good: Tycoon Toys - a documentary on rich peoples obsessions.... an episode with these billionaires and their Tank collections, awesome!

Bob imagines the trainset he'd create if a billionaire....

Bad: Alexander - the Oliver Stone movie... Bob's review "piece of shit". The highlights were the many ad breaks, then at least I got some exercise as I popped outside to scream.

Verdict - don't be afraid of books kids.

It is all about context


You never listen to a word that I said / You only seen me / For the clothes that I wear

Public Image Limited (PiL) formed in 1978 by vocalist John Lydon (ex-Sex Pistols), ex-Clash guitarist Keith Levene, and bassist Jah Wobble.

PiL are often regarded as one of the most challenging and innovative bands of the post-punk period.

Public Image Limited - Public Image (1978)

One of the all time great songs IMO, I will never tire of it...

PiL - Flowers of Romance (1980)

PiL - (This is Not a) Love Song (1983)

I was obsessed with this song as a young teen. It was funny, it was ironic, it was nothing like that which my mates liked!

Public Image Ltd - Rise (1986)

Off the wonderfully titled and designed album/compact disc/cassette...

Anger is an energy Anger is an energy Anger is an energy

Unfortunately there is no video for my fave track of theirs, Socialist/Chant/Radio 4 from the fucking amazing Metal Box. Which has recently been reissued, I so need to get me the reissue cause I only ever had the original dubbed onto cassette (yeah... Bob Daktari killing the music industry since ages ago).


Shortest Day Of The Year

Things to do on the shortest day:

Wear Shorts (but of course)
Find a reason to finish/leave work early (done)
Listen only to EPs (albums are so passe on a day like this)
Walk with a limp (for shits and giggles)
Get angry at a band you've never heard of (done - see below)
Watch a youtube clip or three (done - see below)
Shake your fist at the sky and yell something inane (am saving this one for later)
Um... wot else... look confused and scratch head (done)
Sleep for a long time (done, last night)
Dream of midgets/little people having sex (I am hoping/praying this doesn't happen.. am I watching too much Boston Legal??)
Wonder if its the longest day in the northern hemisphere (will google this later, one assumes it must be so)
Build a wall of cardboard and create a pretend insurgent camp behind it (in progress)
Argue a point not cause you believe it but for the sake of a argument (chances are high, I am in a funny mood)
Wear Shorts (yes you can wear two pairs at once - done)
Post something sill…

This Mortal Coil - Song To the Siren

Spent a lot of time last night in the world of youtube, TV cannot compete with being able to call up that which interests you then and there.

Now all Bob wants is better quality video and sound and decent internet speeds to capture that which I wanna view in our odd little technological backwater.

By god I love this song, a love affair that started in, I reckon, 1984. As the single I have this on 16 Days was released in 83, thus it would have taken some months before it hit New Zealand shelves, so we'll say '84.

I used to play this a lot, back in my early student radio days and more lately on my George FM show, which I must have left about a year ago now - I dug playing this on George, of which i guess I did so maybe 3 times, it was a sure bet to get loads of texts from people blown away by well just how fucking beautiful this song is.

Liz Fraser in top form with a voice to die for.

This Mortal Coil - Song To the Siren (1983)

If memory serves I got the single cause I was a big Moder…

Disappointed of Onehunga

I'm quite critical of our media... hell I'm critical of just about everything... I can't help myself.

Some would and do call me bitter or cynical or more often both - I can deal with that as I am cynical and sometimes bitter. Who isn't?

Since I was a child I've grown up with a certain publication, a weekly magazine, it is like Coronation street, a constant in my very inconsistant life. It provides me with much food for thought, reinforces some of me existing beliefs and has always introduced me to subject matter I wouldn't normally bother with.

Of late, the last few years, I got the magazine on subscription and being a chap who likes his routines I would read the mag, pretty much cover to cover, on a Saturday afternoon and it took most of a afternoon to digest it. I'd then refer back to the magazine over the course of the week, re-reading some articles and using it for reference for that most vital of tasks - working out what to desensitise my mind with on the…

Musical interludes that make me smile

The past couple of walks to work I've come across a gent playing the flue, he stands under one of the motorway overbridges which I walk under on my daily wander.

Its only happned twice but I do hope this chance encounter continues, for not only does his flute playing sound quite accomplished, its a jolly fine sound to walk past each morning.

You can't really talk to a flautist due to the nature of how one interacts with a flute, I do hope my smiles and Fridays claps were indication enough to show my pleasure to the man.

Over summer I had a similar experience, pretty much everyday as I returnd home someone in the block of apartments in which I live plays the bagpipes, and it just happened that each day as I got home they would be playing. I am no big bagpipe fan but I really enjoyed the minute or so of play I would hear before entering the building.

Sometimes its the little things that make your day... to these players I can say thank you and play on.

Afghanistan: The west has to accept that there is no military solution

by Jonathan Steele
The Guardian
June 15, 2007

The honest way forward in Afghanistan is to understand the south is lost and refocus efforts on Kabul and the north

Kabul -- The team that wrote President Bush's Prague speech on democracy this week have clearly never visited Afghanistan. Otherwise they would not have had the president quoting a Soviet dissident who compared "a tyrannical state to a soldier who constantly points a gun at his enemy". The guns that most Afghans see pointed at them are held by Americans, and they are all too often fired. At least 135 unarmed civilians have been reported killed over the past two months by western troops, mainly US special forces.

The deaths by ground fire and US air strikes have become so frequent that last month the upper house of Afghanistan's parliament did something it has never done before. It called on the Nato-led forces to cease taking offensive action against the Taliban and asked the Afghan government to talk to the insu…

Cabaret Voltaire

Oh yeah baby, a weekend of it....

Four more clips from this very important band for me and well a hell of a lot of loons around the globe.

Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' For Jesus 1981

Simply godlike, you can imagine the influence this sort of track had on the early techno producers of the time.

Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar 1982

A track I still pull out a lot, it makes me smile...

It's one I played heaps when the whole electro clash thang was kicking off here and also a time I was booked to push play on record players in clubs, not often but often enough for me. A awesome track and like most of Cabaret Voltaires music years ahead of its time...

Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria 1984

Sensoria from their second album for Virgin (Microphonies) is one of the great 12"s of all time IMHO, one I used to start almost all my radio shows with, in 85.

I'd get to the station at 3pm on a Friday, the station started broadcasting at 3, cue Sensoria up and run off to another building, turn the transmitte…

Now thats what I call music

Cabaret Voltaire came from Sheffield, England.

Initially comprised of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson, the group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland that was a center for the early Dada movement.

Their earliest performances were dada-influenced performance art, they later developed into one of the most prolific and important groups to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music.

The band formed in Sheffield in 1973 and experimented widely with sound creation and processing, seemingly more interested in sound itself rather than song. They eventually turned to live performance - generally attracting hostility from Sheffield's working-class audiences. For a while Sheffield was the city I looked to for music, it was my Chicago (for the house types that I know visit here)

In 1978, Cabaret Voltaire signed to Rough Trade Records. With Rough Trade they released several highly acclaimed musically exper…

Their elitist, corporate version of 'democracy' is not ours

Eyewitness from G8 riots
Whose World is This?
by David Rovics

Singer David Rovics appeared on stage during the G8 counter-demonstrations, incorporating them into his "G8 Warm-Up Tour" of northern Europe. He sent this account.

The riots in Rostock, Germany began around 3 pm last Saturday. In European riots outside of G8 meetings and such, generally all sides refrain from using lethal weapons. (If anybody breaks with this tradition - such as Genoa in 2000 or Gothenberg in 2001 - it is always the police.) The riots on Saturday were part of a long series of such confrontations around Germany, around Europe, around the world.

On one side were many thousands of police brought in from all over Germany, dressed in space-age green or black riot gear. On the other were thousands of mostly young men and women, mostly German but including participants from all over Europe and a smattering of other places, many wearing balaclavas or bandanas over their faces, most dressed in black.

These even…

Fighting for Freedom

Reporting on life behind the wire: The Sudanese journalist held in Guantanamo Bay

Sami al-Haj is a Sudanese journalist who was captured on his first assignment for Al Jazeera and has been detained without charge in Guantanamo Bay since June 2002. But, remarkably, imprisonment hasn't stopped him reporting on life behind the wire. Andrew Buncombe tells his story and talks to those he left behind

Published: 09 June 2007
The Independant

Sami al-Haj spends his days alone, thinking of his wife and the son he barely knows.

He spends his time thinking of the world beyond the razor wire, of the world away from the walls and bars, the orange jumpsuit he is forced to wear and the military guards that oversee him. He thinks too of his fellow prisoners incarcerated along with him at Guantanamo Bay and the anguish they endure.

And when he gets an opportunity – which is rare – he tells someone what he has seen.

Haj – prisoner identification number 345 – is one of around 380 detainees still being held a…

Good Times

I don't often have many good things to say about our Telly Programmers, cause generally they offer us poooze. But credit where credit is due, I am over the moon with TV2s decision to air Sienfeld reruns at 6pm.

Over the moon. For too long I have tried to make good with our networks news hour, only to get frustrated at the almost complete lack of actual news. Their standards are continuing the downward spiral and well, like many I have found more than enough ways to stay in touch with the evenst shaping our planet, ways our TV channels here simply can't compete with, means devoid of the celebrity bullshit, the voyeristic 'human interest' stories, the obsession with crime and the really bad political coverage.

So now I can happily fill that 6-7pm hour - an hour I want to be a sloth on the couch and be either informed or entertained. It may be thanks to two reruns, Seinfeld & Friends, but thats enough for me. Both are enough to have me chortle a little and neither make …

I Got Nothing

A wintery day
Slept in
Feeling frazzled
Naked trees
Days fly by

Why music really is getting louder

Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent

Dad was right all along - rock music really is getting louder and now recording experts have warned that the sound of chart-topping albums is making listeners feel sick.

That distortion effect running through your Oasis album is not entirely the Gallagher brothers' invention. Record companies are using digital technology to turn the volume on CDs up to "11".

Artists and record bosses believe that the best album is the loudest one. Sound levels are being artificially enhanced so that the music punches through when it competes against background noise in pubs or cars.

Britain's leading studio engineers are starting a campaign against a widespread technique that removes the dynamic range of a recording, making everything sound "loud".

"Peak limiting" squeezes the sound range to one level, removing the peaks and troughs that would normally separate a quieter verse from a pumping chorus.

The process takes place at mastering,…

Crass - Systematic Death

I was and am still such a huge fan of Crass and their vision of anarchy and peace taking the intellectual hippy ethic of the 60s into the punk era... and beyond.

Bands like Crass had a profound effect on my thinking at the time and as such have had a huge influence on my outlook on life. I used to reference them in my sociology essays at Uni in the 80's.... ahh simplier times, or were they? Where are the political bands of today, god knows the world needs them... and no, U2 and Spearhead don't count!Crass - Poison In A Pretty Pill

The The - This Is The Day

Always puts me in a good mood this old clunker.


Really want to go see this band but Pig Out aren't on til 2am at the earilest and to be honest I don't think I can be arsed staying up that late....

I guess that makes me sad and old, or just tired perhaps?

Probably have a few quiet ones at Supperclub and listen to the techno kids :)

Scott's off to NYC so best we celebrate


DEVO - Through Being Cool

Black Gold...

It always come back to oil... or energy, more ways to rape our planet to ensure nothing survives...

Baghdad Burns, Calgary Booms
by Naomi Klein
The Nation

The invasion of Iraq has set off what could be the largest oil boom in history. All the signs are there: multinationals free to gobble up national firms at will, ship unlimited profits home, enjoy leisurely "tax holidays" and pay a laughable 1 percent in royalties to the government.
This isn't the boom in Iraq sparked by the proposed new oil law--that will come later. This boom is already in full swing, and it is happening about as far away from the carnage in Baghdad as you can get, in the wilds of northern Alberta. For four years now, Alberta and Iraq have been connected to each other through a kind of invisible seesaw: As Baghdad burns, destabilizing the entire region and sending oil prices soaring, Calgary booms.

Here is how chaos in Iraq unleashed what the Financial Times recently called "north America's bigges…

Pig Out - Disco Bag

Five For Queens Birthday

Bn1's mix CD, he gave me last weekend, awesome it is
Various - Xpressway Pile Up, my all time fave NZ music compilation
Waydes bits & bobs minimal CD, I like this minimal lark
Dubtstep Allstars 3
Skull Disco Compilation

I can't decide on this dubstep stuff, I am enjoying the trying to work out if I really dig it or just like it quite a lot.

Happy Birthday Liz!

Sunday on the couch


Things that go _____ in the night


Derrick May

Photo taken by Night Rider

I like this


Pre Supper warmup, perhaps


Oh dear... wot the hell are they doing

So EMI recently announced they would offer their digital catalogue at a premium price unencumbered with DRM.

This was great news, as trusting ones customers is something this stupid industry has done a real bad job at of late.

But alas all is not as one would seem, DRM has taken a new form in these non DRM files…
With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.

Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too

What the hell are these people thinking?

When you're competing with free stuff one might suggest that at the very least your product should be a good if not better.

The key to selling online is to remove any barriers to making that sale.

For some in…