Jobs and Julius

13 November, 2011

Earlier today trying to explain to a friend in the RSA what we miss about the place i got stuck but here it is in spades courtesy of an m&g article about Julius’  more recent shenanigans


film feeding frenzy…

4 November, 2011

… two performances that left me slackjawed in awe last year:

“Pope” played by Ben Mendelsohn in Animal Kingdom, and

“César” played by Niels Arestrup in Un Prophete.

To call these supporting roles does them no justice. See for yourself

Jimmie Dale Gilmour

Jimmie Dale Gilmour

Then, at the end of UnProphete that haunting version of Mack the Knife running over the credits which turns out to be Jimmy Dale Gilmour from his 2000 album “One Endless Night”. It’s little “mental problems” Smokey from the bowling alley in the Big Lebowsky. Walter puts a gun to his head over an argument about his (Smokey’s) foot being over the line.


well ain’t that kick in the head…

4 November, 2011

… look out for the imminent release of “Crazy Clown Time”, David Lynch’s 1st solo album release. What can i say, um… it’s a swampy aural weirdly dirty aural scratchy lol nasty aural lynchean mindfuck go listen Here Now!! … that wonderful dirty old man, up to fabulous new tricks …thanks my larnie and James for the heads-up…


hey Robin!!

19 December, 2010

So good to hear from you. Just the other day i downloaded the Happy Ships album via the Shifty site. Nostalgia overcame me. Recorded in part at 11 Wilson Road, yes? I remember your story about Hamish’s tantrum, something about musical competence / incompetence, and, having killed everyone’s creative muse, retires to the garage / recording room to meditate for three hours in the dark.

Remarkable how fresh that music remains nearly 30 years on.

Here are a few songs (very easy listening) for you…

Mack The Knife – A gorgeous rendition by Jimmie Dale Gilmour which i first heard over the end-credits of Un Prophete. Jimmie Dale Gilmour, incidentally turns out to be the little fellah in The Big Lebowsky whom Walter threatens with a gun over a little argument during a friendly bowling match.

Lost – King Midas Sound. Fabulous 21st Century dub

Addiction – Matthew Herbert.

… and, saving the best (and pretty startling) for last …

My Reckless Parts – Bill Orcutt

Cheers for now.


hello James…

2 December, 2010

… a quick post to say thank you so much for the Japanese sirloin recipe. I have made it twice already, delicious. Sirloin btw is a very esteemed cut here in NZ, more so than rump which i remember was more expensive in the RSA.

Come visit and taste for yourself. And please spare me that “…would love to but…” refrain. There’s a good market for snap-in-and-just-do-it Ruby skills heretoshore, particularly in Wellington, would pay for your trip and stay and more in no time, plus accommodation is taken care of…

Otherwise, a quick snapshot of what i’m listening to at the moment…

  • Woke on a Whaleheart – Bill Callahan
  • The World of Arthur Russell
  • Kind of Blue
  • Chance Meeting (the very 1st Nurse with Wound album… strange is not the word… )
  • Brian Wilson reimagines Gershwin
  • Hanky Panky (The The sampler doing Hank Williams songs)
  • After Robots
  • Faust IV
  • Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy Cornell 1964
  • Concrete – André van Rensburg

… oh and ¼Zones – so messy, so forgotten and yet i stand by the spirit of it all, so many little moments, particularly in the so naive improvised pieces, fixed there in the early eighties, clumsy echoes of overseas influences and yet timeless… i’m a fan, can’t help it, sorry.


singing the praises…

20 November, 2010

… of the good old Paramount toward the end of Courtenay Place. For anyone with an interest in cinema beyond the mostly mindless shite offered in cineplexes worldwide, look no further than this seedy gorgeous old movie palace for a selection of worthwhile (putting it very mildly) films.

Look at this list, and that’s all either running now or will be before the end of November.

And there’s more…

Finally, just can’t wait for A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop, which is… wait for it… a remake of Blood Simple set in the Chinese Desert.

She is married to the richest guy in town, runs a noodle shop and is fucking the cook behind her husbands back. She buys a gun to whack the husband. Meanwhile, hubbie, onto them, has hired a cop to kill her and the cook lover… you know the story…

my god, i’m already in stitches, it hurts, lol!!!


it gets better…

3 November, 2010

Paul does indeed have The World of Arthur Russell somewhere in his collection – though not yet listened to. He also refers me to this blog where you can download both this and another album, The World of Echo… and it is magnificent.

Arthur Russell – A strange wonder from the closing years of the last millenium. I reckon he’s in Heaven.

But as i say, it gets better, well, stranger maybe, no, better and stranger dammit …

The aforelinked experimental etc blog, – a world of bizarre shit i kid you not – harbours a goldmine of mini posts and links related to the weirdest arcana of the New Zealand underground – i think a very deep underground – mostly pre-millenial.

I have the more recent Dirt Beneath the Daydream compilation commissioned by The Wire last year. Here also is a link to the socalled preterite, and as is so often true, here lie buried gems …