Thursday, April 25, 2013


ANZAC Day is, to me, one of the most important national holidays that I get in New Zealand.

It makes me think of war - something that very few of my generation has experienced and something that I  think should never be taken lightly. There is a danger in this modern world to think of war and violence as having some kind of surreal existence - especially people who live here in New Zealand.

But ANZAC Day reminds me that most of the world deals with those things every day and humankind has dealt with for 99.9% of its existence.

I am one of the luckiest people in history - to have been born in this time and in this place.

So, thank you to those people who helped bring that about.

Every time ANZAC Day rolls around I play John Williamson's version of 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - it's an incredibly moving song. And though it talks about Australia's place in the First World War, it could easily be about NZ.

So this year I thought I'd pop down my own version to throw up some tribute - I hope you enjoy.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dead Confederate

I've harped on about these guys before but I somehow missed the fact that they released an EP last year and have just released another album.

The EP, Peyote People, a more blues-themed record than their previous more grunge-inspired albums - especially Wrecking Ball. It's much less angsty and more listenable - I mean, you don't necessarily have to pissed at something to listen to this one. It's awesome - if you like Alberta Cross, who I've mentioned before on here, and not liked the previous Dead Confederate album, then try this EP out.

And now, the new album - In The Marrow - has JUST been released this month. AND...for whatever reason it didn't come as good as the EP did on first listen. I'll give it a few more goes - but for now, just check out the EP and run with that before you head the way of the album.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On TV...sheeeeeit.

Ok, if you've been following me over the past six months you may now be getting the idea that I'm making a habit of throwing myself a lot of curveballs.

The results of one of these in particular are now out.

I first told you about this late last year - I would be hosting a TV series of sorts that would be broadcast on all Air New Zealand planes with in-seat entertainment. Well, now it's live - after, it seems, some nervous vetting by Air NZ and the businesses involved - and so, if you're travelling internationally you can check me out making a fool of myself around NZ. You just need to find the series somewhere in the travel section I believe - it's called BGTV.

You can also view edited versions of the clips online - so check them out, but please watch them with the knowledge that this was my very first TV effort...with no training, script, etc... so go easy on me!

Here's me getting boozed on the job.

Friday, April 12, 2013

At the centre of the world...

At the centre of the world
There's a simple little phrase
You always talk to strangers
And entertain the fools

At the centre of the world
There's a cunning little phrase
"A ghost you cannot walk through,
Is a ghost that's not for sale"

At the centre of the world
There's a letter on your back
It grows each day with interest
And no soul collects the tax

At the centre of the world
It's a fight to stand alone
But for some it's cotton candy
In a fairground gypsy store

At the centre of the world
There's a pretty little girl
The strangers always gander
While the fools, they sing and burn.

At the centre of the world.
At the centre of the world.