Monthly Archives: February 2011

Christchurch – 24/02/11 – Christchurch Town Hall – Queens of the Stone Age

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Wellington – 22/02/11 – Wellington Town Hall – Queens of the Stone Age

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Auckland – 21/02/11 – Logan Campbell Center – Queens of the Stone Age

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We’re all Etonians now

Since the theme of this page is the ‘death to conservative music journalism’ I think a recent article in The Guardian is exceedingly poignant.  It talks about, among other things the heavily conservative strain running through British Popular culture. The link is here and I will let you read it. I mean, it is well written, if a little, okay a lot, depressing. For those unacquainted with British politics, here’s a recap: In May 2010 the Conservative Party won, by way of a sleazy coalition agreement, the leadership of the United Kingdom.  They replaced a tired and, it seemed, long-in-the-tooth Labour administration headed by a tired, and long-in-the-tooth leader Gordon Brown. We all remember Britain for such musical acheivements as The Beatles, The Libertines, Oasis, the Kooks and Take That. You may remember Labour from such events as the 1997 British elections, Tony Blair hanging out with Noel Gallagher and … Read more

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Worst Albums Of All Time: Metallica (The Black Album)

Now, I’m certainly prepared to admit that Metallica did some pretty good work in the eighties before this record was released. Or at the very least I’ve been assured of this fact by many many guitar enthusiasts and rock fans over the years, quite often by the kind of people that refuse to listen to an album if it doesn’t have a tapping solo and a section in 15/8 timing or whatever, but often by normal, sane adults as well. I’ll admit there’s some good music on the early stuff, especially Cliff Burton’s bass playing, and the speed metal of most of Kill ‘Em All is pretty decent as well. So I’m aware of the early stuff – much like Aids or Cholera, I’m not thrilled that it’s there but I’m prepared to acknowledge its existence. The aforementioned albums are cult classics, and since I’m not a member of that … Read more

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Introducing the Worst Albums of All Time Chart

As a regular feature on Riot Radio, we’re going to be reviewing the worst albums of all time, and charting and ranking them on a chart of awfulness. Kind of like the Grammys but without the corporate sponsorship and cynical self back-patting. How its going to work – we want nominations for albums you think are truly awful. Let’s forget the likes of Justin Bieber and Britney Spears for now (although I’m not ruling them out totally – Ke$ha in particular deserves attention) and focus on albums or bands that are actually liked by some otherwise sane adults: U2 and Coldplay are good examples. Special attention will be given to albums that are considered classics but are actually thinly disguised, overproduced pieces of shit – anything by Prince for example. After every “review” we’ll chart the results on our ultimate Worst Album of All Time Chart, and we’ll see what … Read more

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Tips for getting your music pressed on vinyl

This is an article I originally wrote for the Facebook group I work for a NZ music website named MusicHype and we recently released our first vinyl compilation – The NZ Indie Mixtape, a collection of up and coming NZ bands as selected by our members. Getting something released on vinyl is an intimidating concept, and as we found out, there is a bit of a learning curve involved. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of our experiences and what we’d learned with anyone that may be thinking of releasing music on vinyl. What company to go with? This was a really tough one for us, as most vinyl pressers expect a certain amount of knowledge on your part as to what you are paying for. It’s hard to know what you’re getting for your money and what’s included in the price. Most companies will send … Read more

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Wellington – 01/02/11 – Wellington Town Hall – Laneway Wellington Mini Festival

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