Nuggets 245 – Justified

Nuggets 245 - Justified

A few months back I went through a ‘Justified’ phase. I watched all 4 series of this modern take on a western. While the lead actor – Timothy Olyphant  – is a bit bland, the show is well written and has excellent character actors. I particularly enjoy Walton Goggins who plays the charismatic villain Boyd Crowder.

If you haven’t caught up with the show it has a familiar plot; small town kid makes good in the big city and is then sent back to his hometown. In Justified home is Harlan Kentucky and the small town boy done good is Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Givens deals with villains who are usually his former school mates.

Flush with enthusiasm I put together this mix. In my mind’s eye the songs relate to characters with the theme song being track one. I did consider editing down a video with the characters and scenes that I was thinking of, but it didn’t happen. I have moved on and I am now fascinated by Äkta människor, a stylish Swedish Sci-fi about robots living among humans. Yep, short attention span.

Anywayz, I ended up with a most enjoyable mix. I will add some videos for the songs later.

Nuggets 211 – Punky

Nuggets 211 - Punky Punk never made it to Invercargill. I saw flashes of it on Radio with Pictures (not many kiwi bands although I remember Suburban Reptiles and The Scavengers). There was a more active scene in Auckland although it didn’t get much mainstream press coverage.

Bowie and Mick and Keith were our heroes. At home I listened to Loxene Gold Disk compilations, Split Enz, Mi-Sex, Screaming Meemees, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes, Brian Eno and later Felt, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, R.E.M.,Violent Femmes and Wire.

Neil Young was played at parties.

REM came to Christchurch in 1979 as did Violent Femmes and then I was off to the midwest of America – Mountain Dew, Football and Nixon. I was near the Appalachian Mountains so lots of Bluegrass banjo pickin’ and country music. The Bangles were on AM radio and REO Speedwagon and Rush played on the 8 track cassettes in the big Chevy trucks.

By 1982 I was in Dunedin; the Jam, the Dunedin sound and everything Velvet Underground.

So I guess I missed punk. However I have always loved the energy, the excitement, the attitude. Kids making loud music and swearing.

From the 70’s to current date here some bands with punk jizz.

I am a big fan of Bad Banana (aka Katie and Allison Crutchfield from PS Elliott) and their album Crushfield. (Get their demo here or listen unplugged here.). Katie’s new sound is a little more refined.

bad banana

I also like the riot grrrl sound that Akiko Matsuura makes with with Pre and here Comanechi. She drums for The Big Pink. I am not sure how her free punk spirit jells with the boys from the Big Pink…

She said Destroy reminds me of Auckland band Las Tatas who recently did an excellent Iggy Pop cover (here’s the right gig, but the wrong song…)

The Coverband song is from a sold out Vinyl only comp with a most excellent name. Here’s the cover to show what we are missing.

Why Diet When You Can Diet

Jello Biafra come though town the other day, another gig missed.

When I think of the Ramones now, I think of the scene from the recent Undertones doco when they explain the wonder of listening to the Ramones for the first time.

Nuggets 211 – Punky by Paul on Grooveshark

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