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At The Drive (formerly known as The Egonomist); your premier source for rants, raves and arguments on topics from Politics to News to Social Trends, with a focus on New Zealand but with an eye to the world. Each week Dan and Dave will bring you new episodes. Sometimes deep and philosophical, sometimes filth and vitriol, we aim to be a voice of informed malcontent.
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Jul 25, 2021

We finally watched Rising Sun and, yeah, it's trash.

In the news, gang koha, rehabilitation costs and looking after stranded wildlife come under fire from the right because they are not free. Dan sees sandwich crime. Farmers are angry. There you go

Bumper music;

Lush - 500

Czarface & MF DOOM - Jason & the Czargonaughts

Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything

Eliza Shaddad -  Fine & Peachy

Jul 11, 2021

Hi;

Toilet party etiquette; when is it ok to use the party facilities for what they were actually designed? Is Lana Del Ray your cousin?

The UK announces cessation of covid mitigations! Ha. NZ's National party wants a debate, albeit about an unsurprisingly narrow group of things.

Haiti's president was assassinated. Literal bloodletting in politics' upper circles is rare, but is it surprising? The US pulls out of Afghanistan at great speed. See War Nerd for more details.

Bumper music;

John Lewis - Baby Bay

Lana Del Ray - The Next Best American Record

Gerry and the Pacemakers - ferry across the mersey

DJ Shadow - Six Days (Remix feat. Mos Def)

Jul 1, 2021

Hi;

The Wellington City Spatial Plan passes a council vote, with little thanks to bewildering positions adopted by putative progressives siding with arch conservatives against housing affordability and, well, progressivism. Is urban greenery supposed to mean something?

Donald Rumsfeld is dead, ending one of the world's greatest KD ratios of all time.

And lord knows the meat of this will wait for another episode, but Collins is doing bad things, badly.

 

Bumper music;

Babylon Zoo - Spaceman

Buse and Gase - Bubbles

Lucy Dacus - VBS

Kira Skov & Mark Lanegan - Idea of Love

Jun 14, 2021

Hey everyone,

Canonical chaos reigns as the Ardern Cinematic Universe risks an unauthorised expansion. Nick Smith appears to have even made a hash of resigning in disgrace. Dan's watched some TV, Dave's watched some art. Both have had beers. And we never found the film we wanted...

Bumper music is as follows;

Mitski - Washing Machine Heart

The Datsuns - MF From Hell

Wolf Alice - Feeling Myself

Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands - Summer In Your Eyes

May 31, 2021

The Fartlow saga, the Free Speech Union, the ethonographic football hooliganism history, Cummings vs the UK govt, and the budget bringing you the hits of the 80s, 90s and today.

Bumper Music

Tomahawk - Predators and Scavengers

KFC Murder Chicks - What's Inside Your Mind

boygenius - Salt in the Wound

Ukandanz - Tchuhetén betsèmu

May 16, 2021

Hi.

The government announces that all workers can bargain for better pay, except those who have to bargain with the government. Are industry-wide employment agreements a return to the seventies?\

The destruction of Palestinian homeland and the danger of whatabboutism. The details are far from simple - the morality is not.

Some news from Invercargil, and a familiar villain appears closer to home...

Bumper music;

Leftfield - Inspection (Check One)

Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS and MY DRESSES (feat. Ada Rook)

Only Fools and Horses theme

VOLA - Head Mounted Sideways

May 4, 2021

So; National's response to the health sector shakeup means war... race war? We talk the weaponisation of your very soul via the hijacking of atrocity acknowledgement. Coffee opinions, music opinions, movie legacy opinions.

Bumper music;

LFO - Summer Girls

(a different) LFO - LFO

Royal Blood - Typhoons

LFO - West Side Story

Apr 19, 2021

Haven't we met before?

We kick off with a recap of the past 18 months. In a word; eventful. In two words; event lousy.

Prince Philip's shock death brings the argument against the argument against monarchy back in frame.

And we missed election night 2020 so have a go at recapturing the dark bitter magic of the event, and where that spell has gotten us to now.

Bumper music;

Guns n Roses - November Rain

Shygirl - BAWDY

Cherry Glazerr - Ohio

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire

Nov 25, 2019

Screw it, we're conspiracists now. Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Epstein, Michael Bloomberg - Dan has a theory of the lot. 

Additionally we discuss some recent music releases, gigs we can't get to, wishes unmet, and NZ First.

Bumper music;

DJ Shadow - Drone Warfare (feat. WAs & Pharoahe Monch)

BRONCHO - New Karma

Charly Bliss - Threat

Nov 3, 2019

Welcome back. Try keeping up with the news these days and it'll drive you barmy. Britain goes back to the polls to see if they will go back to the polls. Famous canines of the USA. Vegan abuse. Dan visits a toilet. Fun times!

Bumper music;

Jedi Mind Tricks - I Against I

All Them Witches - 1X1

That Dog! - Your Machine

Michael Stipe - Your Capricious Soul

 

Sep 16, 2019

Hi!

First things; you have until the 19th of September to submit on the Abortion Legalisation Bill. HERE IS THE LINK GO ON.

Fast food news meets Invercargil news meets MBCs with a tale that brings the nation's racism into sharp relief and our butchery expertise into surprise use.

The UK aflame! Wow, so where to from here and how we got here in a hovercraft in the first place.

In NZ; the Labour party in deserved disgrace for their apparent wilful mishandling of sexual assault complaints within their power structure. National sucking at just regular politics. 

Bumper music;

Pixvae - La Fuga

JME - Don't @ Me

 

Aug 11, 2019

Hi,

Stuff is kicking off in Kashmir; a grim reminder that there is more than one way to end this planet. A bitter history of colonialism, sectarianism and cynicism coming to a head sounds a bit like everywhere else in the world too, eh.

Back home; the first parliamentary step towards abortion law reform passes, and the issues at the heart of Ihumātao are at the heart of New Zealand itself.

Also we talk talking, eating, and ASMR.

Bumper Music;

Chance the Rapper feat. Death Cab For Cutie - Do You Remember

Lucy Patané - En Toneles

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

Jul 21, 2019

Hey kids, rock and roll.

50 years ago today the moon happened. We discuss the suspicion and paranoia that has infected the understanding of all power relationships since, occasionally with good reason. 

Also, in the United States the president's slurring of the 'squad' manages to be both ethnofacism ratcheted to a new frightening degree, and just another banal increment in this same old goopy crud that was there from the start. Dangerous times all 'round.

Bumper music;

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Half Manne Half Cocaine

Nas - N.Y. State of Mind

R.E.M. - Man on the Moon

Jul 8, 2019

Hi there.

Milkshake warfare in the streets. Radical centrism's part in the culture wars. Dave turns paranoid. Dan watched the dem debates. And with Johnson a hair's breadth from the prime ministership of the UK, what the bloody hell is going on over Europe ways?

Bumper music;

Hatchie - Not That Kind

Cave In - Shake My Blood

Bad Religion - Faith Alone

Jun 17, 2019

Hello,

The ACT party had a rebrand - at least that's what they'll tell you. Is Seymour doing enough, or doing it well enough, for people to care about this sort of stuff?

Tapu te Ranga suffered a tragedy, and Orangi Tamariki appeared to cause one. Amongst the many racisms is a tragic paternalism, and when New Zealand history is lauded for having less of the violent kind between coloniser and colonised it would pay to mind how insidious what we got truly was.

And the UK is going to be run by somebody. Strange but true.

Bumper music;

Chase & Status ft Cutty Ranks - Retreat2018

Tim Heidecker - When I Get Up

Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands - I Study Horses

Jun 3, 2019

Hi. Here we are. 

Somebody stole the budget and we've got to solve a series of increasingly devilish riddles to get it back! Why are so few MPs actually talking about the weed referendum? Are we in the midst of a culture war in New Zealand or is everybody just weird and shitty? Also, Bob Hawke died, which tells you something. 

Bumper music;

Skepta - You Wish

Hellrazor - Landscaper

Charly Bliss - Blown to Bits

May 5, 2019

Hey,

The slushies! Ha ha ha.

With that out of the way we move on to an almost total fast food and drugs episode. KFC is Wellington's hottest new night spot. Burger King highlights mental health with menu based shitposting. They've been testing everybody's piss at the sewer outlet and here come the drug reckons.

Bumper music;

The Bird and The Bee - Panama

Pile - Your Performance

Black Grape - Get Higher

 

Ps; if the last episode felt familiar, I uploaded the wrong audio initially so you may have ended up with an episode from a few months ago. Delete that and redownload to get the real deal. I suck at this, I just started.

Apr 28, 2019

AUDIO CORRECTED

Welcome back, us.

Dan was on holiday and this was served consecutively with our usual tardiness. This is our first episode since the Christchurch attack and that's bigger than this cast. We're back; on our bullshit. Mostly.

Bridges vs Emo Jr Staffer; mate. The coalition govt's taxation revolution vs one wrinkly boi. Mayor Pete vs the ghoulish spectre of American politics.

Bumper music;

Mark Lanegan Band - Stitch It Up

Little Simz - Boss

Rain Phoenix feat. Michael Stipe - Time is the Killer

Mar 10, 2019

Hi,

The tax working group recommendations still hang in the air like a piñata. Some drool at the goodies within, others want to hit it with a stick. This makes for some excellent online comments.

Also; Richard Prebble exists, and we try to work out how characters from 90s-00s tv shows would have voted in 2016.

Bumper music;

The Prodigy - Breate

Charly Bliss - Capacity

Pile - Bruxist Grin

Feb 28, 2019

Hi. Bernie Sanders has announced he's going to run for president; oh boy. Can the next couple of years' worth of infighting and rhetoric be predicted this far out? Sure. Have we used this title pun before already? Don't sure.

Venezuela still! As if the world wasn't already an unbearable cynical pit of fire, this serves as a reminder of the weaponisation of the humanitarian instinct and all the wars it has precipitated before. Luckily there are punchable billionaires in the frame to anchor you to the hellish reality.

As Brexit starts to resemble the sort of thing David Blane would do to himself in public we take a look at British exceptionalism. 

Also! Lime scooters, Capital Gains Tax, and the www.righttoselfid.nz campaign.

The Taiping rebellion was the deadly one in the 19thC and the Boxer rebellion was the less deadly one in the 20thC. You don't need to write in about that but feel free to write in I guess? It would be nice to hear from you. 

Bumper music!

Princess Nokia - Biohazard Butterfly

Capone-N-Noreaga - Y'all Don't Wanna

Carly Rae Jepsen - No Drug Like Me

Feb 16, 2019

Good grief,

National have not had a great time with a recent poll showing them to have slipped behind Labour for the first time in twelve years of Newshub polls. Are things made better or worse by a new attack ad which appears to either consciously or accidentally push certain buttons of their detractors? Or is sometimes a sausage just a sausage?

In all the other news, oppositionitis is not contained to New Zealand as Democratic party infighting in the states highlights the never ending layers of ridiculousness engendered by the two-party system. And we, noted Venezuela experts, know exactly what is going on in Venezuela. 

Bumper music;

Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold

Re-TROS - Hailing Drums

Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town

Dec 12, 2018

Hi,

Seeing a word cloud about yourself must rank as one of the more unusual tortures, even when it's a nice one. This is the latest in our irregular saga on when and how Simon Bridges is going to get a clue. I'm honestly never going to get sick of this and hope he sticks around forever.

George HW Bush died, which was a surprise.

The Grace Millane tragedy shames all men.

Bumper Music;

Cart Power - What the World Needs Now

Daughters - The Hit

Marianne Faithful - They Come at Night

Oct 29, 2018

Hi. The Jami-Less saga got incredibly dark incredibly quickly, and the only winners in the equation were those too slow to get their reckons off in the midst of it all. What began as a popcorn event turned into a picture of abuse and decline right before our eyes, ears and microphones.

In other news the Saudi regime butchered a journalist. Just cut him up. This and the run up to the US midterms paint a very bleak picture of the world (and this was recorded before details were known about the Pittsburgh shooting, or much about the pipe bomb mailer, and before Brazil's election - the list goes on...)

Bumper music!

Hatchie - Bad Guy

Maribou State - Turnmills

Millionaire - I'm On A High

Oct 8, 2018

Hello good citizens. New Zealand First had a conference where they unveiled their "One Of The Good Ones" immigration policy. Simon Bridges had yet another week, begorrah. And plastics!

Also Dan takes on city hall with a home brewed vendetta against the mayor.

Watch out for Dan's appearance on Balls After Dark

Bumper Music:

Joe Cardamone - Out of Road

Beck: New Pollution

Broadcast: Come On Let's Go

Sep 24, 2018

Hi, sorry about that. Dan's "read" another book, this time it's presidential. Find out what bits made him fall deeply in love with the Donald.

Meanwhile, to Simon Bridges, Trumpism is both a slur and an ethos where you can denounce your not-like-him opponents for being like him then also be like him yourself in the same breath. Things are going great for Simon.

Britain sucks. And we explore for probably the third time the cultural party desert that is ages 11-14.

Bumper Music!

Ty Segal - I'm a Man

The Beths - River Run: Lvl 1

Alain Johannes - Luna A Sol (Feat. Mike Patton)

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