September 27, 2008

Floriade 2008

We just spent the day at Floriade here in Canberra. Just gorgeous!

Here's a handful of pics:
(click to view larger size)

September 25, 2008

Motown 50

Motown Records are celebrating 50 years by putting their library to the vote!

You can decide the fifty favourite Motown tracks that will be compiled on a special release coming out on December 1st to mark Motown's 50th Anniversary.

If you're a bit rusty, the official voting website has all the listings to choose from, audition online, and you can put your favourites in order. There's also another official Motown 50 website which gives you a bit more of the classic Motown feel. I particuarly liked the downloads section where I now have a classic picture of Stevie Wonder in front of his piano from 1967, as my PC wallpaper.

What seemed like an impossible task, here's my Top 5 Motown tracks:
  1. MARVIN GAYE - Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  2. EDWIN STARR - Twenty Five Miles
  3. TEMPTATIONS - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
  4. DIANA ROSS - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  5. ISLEY BROTHERS - This Old Heart Of Mine

September 24, 2008

Don't ask for help on the internet

Upon seeing this and having a laugh at it, the fact remains: one little slipup like this and the potential for exploitation can quickly get out of control.

This guy (the kid in the pic below) asked in a forum for someone's help to clean up this picture so he could frame it for his Dad's birthday.

It's a fairly large pic, and you'll need to scroll.

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September 8, 2008

New radio stations coming your way

As a result of the May 2008 radio frequency auction, there are a bunch of new and independent radio stations coming to a NZ city near you.

Here's the release - for which I've added the local frequencies and links for you to check.

Location Station Name / Frequency
Auckland Big Radio (106.2fm)
Christchurch Pulzar Broadcasting Company Limited (105.7fm)
Dunedin (104.6fm)
Hawkes Bay Kidnappers Country Rock (100.7fm)
Invercargill (105.2fm)
Kapiti Beach FM (106.3fm)
Nelson (105.6fm)
Rotorua (100.7fm)
Taranaki The Most FM (100.4fm)
Taranaki (105.2fm)
Taupo (106.4fm)
Tauranga (105.4fm)
Timaru Blue FM (100.3fm)
Wanganui (105.6fm)
Wellington FM 105.3 (105.3fm)

One More Gig!

Blogs n Roses recently pointed me to ThisDayInMusic where they indulged a music junkie's wet dream, with this question:

Which dead rock star would you bring back to life for one more gig?

Here's the conclusion to the poll:
(I've also included the band they were from - for noobz)
  1. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. John Lennon
  5. Jimi Hendrix
  6. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  7. Bob Marley
  8. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
  9. Johnny Cash
  10. Jeff Buckley
  11. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  12. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera)
  13. Frank Zappa
  14. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
  15. Janis Joplin
  16. Bon Scott (ACDC)
  17. Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
  18. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
  19. Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters)
  20. Keith Moon (The Who)

Other artists outside of this top 20 included:
  • Joe Strummer (The Clash)
  • Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
  • Steve Clark (Def Leppard)
  • Joey Ramone (The Ramones)
  • Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
For me personally, I would add:
Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Michael Hutchence (INXS) and Jackie Wilson.

Anyone who is dead, you'd want to see live one more time?

September 3, 2008

RIP Don La Fontaine

I was genuinely shocked when I read the news this morning that Don is "no longer in our world"... Don certainly set a very high standard and proved that you didn't need an ego to be brilliant - even if it's poking fun at yourself.

God no longer has the deepest voice in Heaven!

Video Featuring Don (@MagicHugs)

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