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Back to the vinyl vault - Z.Z. Hill

By Audio, Music and Vinyl

The first of my vinyl memories posts caused a tiny flurry of excitement so I thought I’d make it a weekly affair — as I go through the collection deciding what to keep and what to flip. (Spoiler Alert: All of it!)

Back in 1983 I was loving music — pretty much all of it — but I was going through a pretty enthusiastic Northern soul phase. Thanks to a series of Kent/Modern compilations put out by British enthusiasts I was hearing all sorts of stirring stuff. I even thought for a while I might try and collect the whole set.

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Vinyl memories

By Audio, Music and Vinyl

I’ve been carting around boxes of vinyl records from flat to flat and house to house since I was a kid. Lots of my records were bought from the plentiful record stores around the East End of London where I grew up and therefore carried half way around the world when we emigrated to New Zealand in 1986.

Recently I found myself thinking that it might be time to finally flick these things on — they take up space on shelves and the turntable never gets used. I’ve become used to lying on the couch lazily choosing music from my entire collection using an iPhone as a remote control. Yup, I thought — time to de-clutter a bit. But me being me, I couldn’t just take them off to a record store or thrift shop — I had to give them one last listen first.

Big mistake. They actually sounded quite good and I found all those memories flooding back — flipping through record bins in High Street record shops, or queuing up outside before they opened to get a highly prized new release. Stuff I haven’t done for a long time.

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“At the Movies”

By Asides, Audio and Cinema

Lynn Freeman’s Arts on Sunday show returned from the Summer break yesterday but film correspondent Simon Morris was given an extra week off (something to with Matinée Idle I suspect).

Because of that, I was asked to fill in and spent a pleasant half an hour chatting with Lynn about what’s been happening over the last couple of months (plus at the end another little ride on my anti-film; pro-digital hobbyhorse):


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By Audio, Cinema and Radio

I’m filling for Graeme Tuckett on Nine to Noon for the next few weeks. This morning Lynn Freeman and I discussed Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Despicable Me (and 3D generally) plus Tom Reilly’s Gordonia. That was a lot to squeeze in to just over 10 minutes so it got a little breathless.

Listen here or download from the link below:



As an added bonus, here’s my review of the novel Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett from last Thursday’s show:



Review: “Two Little Boys” by Duncan Sarkies

By Audio, Literature, Music and Wellington

Two Little Boys cover This morning I hustled across town to Radio NZ House on The Terrace to review Duncan Sarkies’ new novel “Two Little Boys” for Nine to Noon. You can click here (for a week at least) to listen to what Kathryn and I had to say. As is often the case when I’m doing something for the first time (or for the first time in a long time) it was not a 100% satisfactory performance but I’ll let you be the judge. It is a good book, though, and I recommend it to you.

And when you’ve listened to the review (only 6 minutes and 23 seconds, although it felt a lot less…) you can listen here to the song that inspired the title of the book. This version features not only the legendary Rolf Harris (who made it famous) but also Liam O’Maonlai from Hothouse Flowers. This version is from a 1993 ‘Stop the Killing in Northern Ireland’ charity/protest album called Peace Together:
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