The Dim-Post

July 29, 2014

A musical interlude

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 8:26 am

Every couple of months a bunch of my friends meet up for an ‘under-appreciated music appreciation society’ in which we play each other songs based on a theme. On Sunday we covered ‘covers that are better than the original’ and I was introduced to the art of Laibach, a Yugoslavian-Serb avant-garde group and their cover of Queen’s One Vision: 

 

April 30, 2013

More good news for New Zealand tourism

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 1:20 pm

We’ve been mentioned on the website Global Metal Apocalypse. They’ve been contacting various Culture Ministers around the world asking what their goverments do to promote heavy metal music. The official reply on behalf of Chris Finlayson:

There is no official government support for young people to learn instruments for use in metal music. The government does fund an initiative called Sistema Aotearoa, which enables primary-aged children from disadvantaged communities to learn classical music under the instruction of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. It is not inconceivable that these young players may one day end up accompanying power metal groups such as Nightwish as part of a full orchestra, or providing ominous strings and horns on a black metal record by the likes of Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir”.

July 13, 2012

Music post to get the previous post off the top of the screen

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 8:18 am

Or a cheap excuse to see Megan Draper sing the Zou Bisou song again?

November 26, 2011

Election day music blogging

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 7:13 am

Most mainstream media commentators fail to inform their readers that in 1985 Duran Duran formed a spin-off group called Arcadia, who released this single.

July 24, 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse

Filed under: general news,music — danylmc @ 7:47 am

A few years ago my wife and I were driving a friend somewhere and an Amy Winehouse song came up on the iPod shuffle, and my friend asked, ‘This is incredible. Who is this?’ I answered and he replied, ‘This is Amy Winehouse? I thought she was, like, a Spice Girl or something.’

I think a lot of people saw the tabloid headlines and decided Winehouse was just another tedious celebrity; another pre-packaged, auto-tuned marketing artifact – but she was the real deal: a great singer and a great artist.

Her cause of death is not yet known.

July 14, 2011

Something different

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 6:44 pm

I like this song:

 

That is all.

May 19, 2011

Budget Lockup Reax

Filed under: economics,music — danylmc @ 2:57 pm

Right. At my desk with my late-lunch meatball sub. Updates as they come through. In the meantime, here’s some not-unrelated music. (I think this was their best album so, de-facto, the best album of the 1990s and I really hate that it’s called ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’.)

Stuff reports:

Working for Families cuts reach further down than expected and will hit middle income households as well as those on higher incomes.

The size of public service cuts – $1 billion over three years – was also unexpected. The sweetener for the KiwiSaver cuts is an increase in the employer contribution to 3 per cent, matched by the employee, and a firm date for the resumption of payments to the so-called Cullen Superannuation fund in 2016/2017.

But many families, including middle income families, will be worse off – despite the Government’s earlier suggestion that only high income earners would be targeted by its cuts.

The Government says the cuts are modest – just a few dollars – and will be phased in over 7 years to lessen the pain.

But for a middle-income family earning around $70,000-a-year the combined effect of Working for Families cuts, and the requirement to top up their KiwiSaver contributions, will leave them about $20 a week worse off.

Bernard Hickey:

The government has bet the economy will come right and it doesn’t need to significantly cut government spending to get its borrowing under control.

That all makes sense if you believe in GDP growth rates of 1.8%, 4.0% and 3.0% over the next three years.

The trouble is the Treasury has overestimated GDP growth rates since 2008 by around 2-3 percentage points of GDP as households and businesses elected to repay debt.

The government is essentially betting that households and businesses will start borrowing again and stop repaying so much debt.

That’s an heroic assumption given household debt to disposable income ratios are still well above anything normal and the sort of growth implied by Treasury’s forecasts will be accompanied by floating mortgage rates of close to 8%.

DPF:

On the fiscal side the news is pretty good . . .

It goes on like that. Chris Daniels at The Herald:

What is new is the Government for the first time detailing its plans to raise between $5 billion and $7 billion by partial privatisation of its four state owned energy companies and extending private ownership of Air New Zealand.

Starting next year, the Government wants to sell off stakes in Genesis Energy, Meridian, Mighty River Power and coal company Solid Energy. The exact proportion of private ownership has not been decided but the Government will retain a majority shareholding.

Brian Fallow:

The Budget needs to be judged against the alternative of leaving the previous allowance for $1.1 billion of net new spending on the table, while the economy is still fragile, and waiting to see in May next year how strong the recovery actually is.

Because that $1.1 billion is income people will not now have. It represents less demand in economy that is still short of demand.

Finance Minister Bill English says that if the fiscal settings had been left as they were net Government debt would have peaked at 35 per cent of GDP.

Big deal. Standard and Poor’s evidently thinks so too. It has left the Government’s credit rating unchanged.

March 15, 2011

Worst song of all time?

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 8:15 am

This blog introduced a lot of people to The Room – arguably the worst movie ever made – so I feel obligated to alert you all to Friday by Rebecca Black, a strong candidate for worst song ever made. Enjoy(?):

February 17, 2011

With my mind on my money and my money on my mind

Filed under: music,Politics — danylmc @ 8:35 am

Via The Herald:

The National Government is continuing to face flak over its Community Max programme, with new revelations about a $26,000 grant to fund hip-hop classes.

This week, National’s Acting Social Development Minister Simon Power tried to blunt Labour’s attacks on the Community Max programme by reminding them of their own follies, including a 2004 grant for a mother and daughter to research hip-hop in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa and Paris.

However, 3 News last night revealed that a similar amount was given under Community Max to a Christchurch group to fund two people to teach hip-hop “as an alternative sporting option outside of the usual mainstream sports”.

I think this illustrates that a reasonable number of public servants are totally disconnected from what’s happening in New Zealand politics. The National Party mocks Labour’s funding for hip-hop tours at least once a week, and has done so basically non-stop for seven years, so you’d think that even by the apparently lack standards of Community Max the words ‘funding hip-hop’ would ring alarm bells. Apparently not.

On the subject, I’d like to plug nineties hip-hop as one of the all-time golden periods of modern music. Surely it’s due for a revival.

September 30, 2010

Bleg

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 1:10 pm

If anyone has – or knows of – ‘spare’ tickets to one of The National concerts in January I’m interested – very interested - in buying them. Damn they sold out fast.

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