The Show: New Zealand International Film Festival

The New Zealand International Film Festival is here!!!

If you want to attend films in style why not treat yourself to a Cinemetal t-shirt as worn by RDU’s very own Splash? Splash recommends the Jodorowsky / Judas Priest look as seen below. We’re keen on the Carpenter design.

Cinemetal's "Jodorowsky" in a Judas Priest style t-shirt. Class.
Cinemetal’s “Jodorowsky” in a Judas Priest style t-shirt. Class.


And here’s the playlist in full…

Direct download: The_Joint_2014-08-09-12-14.mp3

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New Zealand International Film Festival 2013

It’s already started and we’ve been a bit slack hyping it up on the show but the New Zealand International Film Festival 2013 started last Thursday in Christchurch and runs until 18 August.

As always, lots of interesting looking music documentaries. Here are just a handful that caught our eye…

Sheen of Gold

Simon Ogston’s documentary about The Skeptics.
Screenings: Monday August 12 – 8:30pm at Northlands.
More info: Under the Radar interview with Simon Ogston
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This Ain’t No House Music!

Documentary about German count Chris Strachwitz who left Germany after World War II at age 16 for the USA and in 1960 started up roots label Arhoolie Records.
Screenings: Friday August 9 – 4:15pm at Northlands and Saturday August 10 – 3:45pm at Northlands.
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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Arrested for hooliganism in a central Moscow cathedral, the three members of the Russian art/punk/performance troupe Pussy Riot have remained able to say a great deal more about themselves in public than media coverage generally lets on.
Screenings: Damn. Missed it.
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Twenty Feet from Stardom

No one ever thinks about the henchmen. And no one ever thinks about the backup singers. Now you can put some names to faces and voices.
Screenings: Thursday August 15 – 1:30pm at Northlands, Sunday August 18 – 4:30pm at Riccarton
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Manic Street Preachers Debut TV Appearance – Video Special #3

Another week, another pile of digitally archived Memorex VHS cassettes.

This is the second episode of the second series of the Snub TV and aired in, ummmm, 1991?

Making their TV debut are a young, cheeky Manic Street Preachers full of piss and vinegar but avoiding eye contact in an endearing adolescent way – “I’d rather never have to do more than 50 (concerts) in my whole life”, “We’ll never write a love song (or ballad) ever”.

Their feature starts at the 11:20 mark. Although it’s available elsewhere on t’internet in isolation, I like the context that the whole show provides.

Their peers in the same programme? Dinosaur Jr, Spirea X, The Pixies, The Darkside, The Scientist and Front Line Assembly.

Fatboy Slim’s Debut TV Appearance… From 1986 – Video Special #2

Continuing the exploration of the pile of VHS cassettes that litter the Joint Mansion during our own personal Earthquake Recovery Process.

I think this mini Housemartins documentary was originally broadcast as part of BBC 2’s “Rock Around The Clock” music marathon on Saturday September 20th 1986. It might be horrifically twee and horribly dated but it has one saving grace (well, two if you include the performance of “Think For A Minute”). At just over the 3 minute mark there is footage of an impossibly young Norman Cook trying to mash up The Clash and Run DMC on a primitive looking pair of turntables.

For want of a better headline, I’m calling it Fatboy Slim’s debut TV appearance – nearly 10 years before he was even a gleam in Norman’s own eye.

The Way They Were – Video Special #1

As I begin to sort through all the boxes on the floor that have acted as my storage system in post-earthquake Christchurch, it’s time to make some hard choices – should it stay or should it go?

In the case of VHS cassettes the answer seems to be – go, but not before I digitize some of the contents. And then upload them.

So here’s the first in an occasional series of videos that don’t seem to be available elsewhere on the web.

It’s an early 80’s UK Channel 4 programme hosted by Tony Wilson compiling dozens of live music performances and interviews, all culled from So It Goes and other Granada TV programmes that he had hosted a few years earlier.

The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, The Fall, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Penetration, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury, Tom Robinson, Magazine, John Cooper Clarke, XTC and Joy Division, amongst others, are featured. Some of them are making their TV debuts.

The quality can be quite ropey at times (for reasons outside of my control and explained on screen) but enjoy.

Special thanks to the crew at Dangerous Minds, who have already featured the video in one of their posts.

Further fuzzy treats in the coming weeks – the first TV appearance of the Manic Street Preachers and Norman Cook as Fatboy Slim in 1984