Max Merritt’s death

Today is a sad day. It's grey & gloomy in Melbourne. Max didn't like grey days. He'd met lots of them in the years he & the band lived in the UK in the early 70s. When I interviewed him in Santa Monica in 1997 he'd commented, "It was very hard to get up & … Continue reading Max Merritt’s death

Who’s been doing what in the last few months …

I'm always curious about how people use their time. I guess that's part of being an Occupational Therapist (OT) & purposeful use of time being one of the things the OTs frequently address. Below are the things I know about but I suspect other Kiwi musicians will be beavering away but doing it quietly. Barry … Continue reading Who’s been doing what in the last few months …

The issue of getting songs written by NZ songwriters played on radio in NZ during the 1960s & 1970s

This post was inspired by some of the details in the latest Mike Chunn book A Sharp Left Turn. Mike (ex-Split Enz) worked for APRA (NZ) in the 1990s. You all know I am writing about NZ musicians in Oz. As part of this book there will be introductory sections that cover topics like the … Continue reading The issue of getting songs written by NZ songwriters played on radio in NZ during the 1960s & 1970s

Heinous Hounds (including Dave Hogan) at the Espy March 8, 2020

When I arrived set-up & soundcheck were underway. Not all the band was there so Dave (the Kiwi in the Hounds) had taken the opportunity to test a new song with Matt Dwyer (rhythm). Matt played. Dave sang. They were happy with the result but as Matt told Dave how it would go with the … Continue reading Heinous Hounds (including Dave Hogan) at the Espy March 8, 2020

Mike Rudd in Spectrum at the Madder Lake 50th anniversary Feb 23, 2020

Last year it was Madder Lake supporting Spectrum for the latter's 50th anniversary. On Sunday it was Spectrum supporting Madder Lake for their 50th. The show at the Way Out West Club in Newport was an afternoon one. It's a great venue with lots of light coming in. It's well laid out and could accommodate … Continue reading Mike Rudd in Spectrum at the Madder Lake 50th anniversary Feb 23, 2020

Stars (including Roger McLachlan) at Basement Discs Friday Feb 21, 2020

Basement Discs is such a great venue for a 45-minute lunchtime show. Though, I suspect it is somewhat alarming for musicians cos at one point Mick Pealing made a comment about being able to see all our faces. For the audience we can each see all band members without the need for any head movement … Continue reading Stars (including Roger McLachlan) at Basement Discs Friday Feb 21, 2020