Music is important to me. I don't play an instrument, but I like to listen.
At varsity in Dunedin the gigs kept me warm.
Over the years I built up my record collection, boxes and boxes of LP's, EP's and 7 inch singles, only to lose everything in a burglary.
Travel and family commitments intervened. Time passed. CD's replaced records, and records gave way to MP3's.
I miss records.
A disk crash deleted the MP3 collection, and I started again from scratch.
Starting again was difficult. I found myself buying the same music. Boring. I read music magazines to find out what I might like, but I didn't learn much. The radio wasn't much better. I visited record stores but just got lost, rows of bands I had never heard of.
I resolved to spend 12 months listening to as much music as I could; where possible avoiding bands that I knew, trying to find out what was out there, and what I liked.
By 2007 there was no shortage of music to listen to. Music blogs share the tastes of 1000's of music lovers. I joined Emusic.
To keep track I burn MixCd's, 21st Century mixtapes. The CD's catalogue my exploring. I give them to friends. Sometimes they email me back with comments and suggest other bands to listen to.
Six years on here is a website to share my love of music.
Laneways was hot and crowded, a bad place to find a beer in a hurry. Girls, Yuck and the Horrors were worth the wait. A friend said that that the line-up was a bit indie wimpy and I agree. More thrash next time please. How about Royal Headache and Total Control from Australia, the Screaming Females, Milk Music and The Men from the USA, the UK’s Black Tambourines and Christchurch’s gift from the rock gods, the T54’s? If you need some alt wimpy, give us TV Girl.
PS, run do not walk to your PC and download this Black Tambourines EP. It’s free. I almost took out some other tracks to make way for more of their excellent thrash. It’s that good.
The picture is of course from UFO. I can’t work out which SHADOW operative this was, but she’s not the one that later married Michael Caine.
Meanwhile, back at Laneways, here are The Horrors…
True Widow (and here). Sometimes I wonder whether I should keep up my Emusic subscription. I hear a band I like, head over to Emusic to download the album only to find that the band isn’t there, or the label isn’t available in NZ. Bandcamp is only a click away and there the music is only a few dollars or is free. Emusic came through with this slowcore band (although they term their art stonegaze). Thick sounding guitars chug chug chug in languid jangly style. Excellent.
Siesta on Sunday are from 毛呂山町 so I am guessing that they are Japanese.Their tunes are free here. This song is fab, ultimate shoegaze. Not so enamoured of the tunes when the singer is nearer the top of the mix.
More scary clowns. More importantly tunes from the Weed Hounds from their excellent demo, Dude Japan (download more here) who seem to be breaking up, Four Eyes, Archers, some excellent yelping from the Libyans from Boston (not sure if they have any association with the country), another track from T54 (yeah), grungy 12 inch’s from Milk Music and other guitar driven goodness.
Will post tunes soon.
I have been playing with the track listings, so no guarantee that the above photo matches what’s on offer….