Budget time! Labour's first in a bit and it manage to confound and meet expectations, silence and incense critics, make and not make sense. Because we sure didn't read the thing it serves best as gauging a combat profile of the opposition who have to talk about why it's bad. This didn't go well.
Also; Royal wedding! Israel, Gaza and reductionism. Korea(s). Fear.
Big Freedia - Rent
Wolf Alice - Swallowtail
Loney Dear - Dark Light
Everything's gone to hell and you can't even pretend to make a t-shirt in NZ these days. What's the worst type of rich person? Grimes and Elon raises eyebrows. Shoes. Korea's peace, Iranian war. DJ Khalid.
Incel terrorism and the associated reckons. Those Clarke rumours and the little cesspit that spawned them. And Bridges just can't catch a break.
Wiley - Bar
Speedy Ortiz - Backslidin'
DMAs - Warsaw
Tonnes is up. In all the talk of the first 6 months of the new government, there's still plenty of post-mortem to do on the previous one. Was the health crisis a beat-up? Is Collins waging a war on snowflakes? Who's in charge of this crowd?
Also; Kayne West is Kanyesque. The final Anzac day of the WW1 centenary has been. Which war was your favourite?
Aimee Mann - Sugarcoated
Dr. Octogan - Polka Dots
The Black Crowes - P.25 London
Cogent war opinions are above everybody's station and ability - maybe that's the point. Many's the time I've talked my face off about this injustice or that and later remembered I'd forgotten to also add that the whole sorry state of slaughter and waste makes sense when you remember this conflicts are the first look some other countries get of weapons they're considering buying. This is one of those times. Syria was already a multi-sided battle torn hellscape, and now they've got to deal with the French.
In other wars; New Zealand will hold an inquiry into the allegations our troops killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan. An inquiry is when somebody looks at all available evidence and comes to the same conclusions as reporters who studiously refuse to do likewise have, apparently.
Also; Jezza Corbyn and antisemitism, the new poll result, tide pod patent infringement; the good stuff.
Dead Combo - I Know, I Alone
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
Alison Wonderland - Awake
Sorry for the delay. In this episode; never bet against the popular sentiment that airlines can eat dirt and cry about it. Political intrigue abounds with clandestine coffees and inarticulated Ruskie scares in the air.
The internet has already taken a few bites of this, but Dan has read Jordan B Peterson's 'Twelve Rules For Life'. This book has been widely criticised for its gender politics and its failure to unseat the IceTV Guide to Life's 20-year stranglehold on the slacker self help crown. It has also been criticised for being bad. Dan gives his report herein.
And Jonathan Coleman manages to both bow and slink out of public life simultaneously.
REM - Life and How To Live It
Sevendust - Dirty
Kermit - Rainbow Connection
Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
Things move fast when you're slow. English is out and *checks notes* Bore Smidgins is in. National now face either the complete unknown or a spiral of well-worn tedium - no in-betweens.
Donald Glover, Barak Obama and Hilary Clinton are all coming to New Zealand, which is nice.
Lorde - Supercut (El-P Remix) [feat. Run The Jewels]
Lowtide - Alibi
Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88
Ha ha, it totally happened; Bill English quit two weeks after saying he wouldn't. Now a gallery of ghouls compete for his place for the honour of leading a divided party to defeat and another round of soul-searching in 2020.
Plus related-to-various degrees; allegations of dimwittery regarding an MP's use of snapchat put the world's worst detectives on the hunt for an antagonist. Trump and Russia and monsters under the DNC's bed. Meanwhile Labour actually appear to be making social progress.
Link to War Nerd interview preview with Yasha Levine on the military origins of essentially the entire internet. Yes even that bit.
Ty Segall - Every 1's a Winner
REM - Crush With Eyeliner
MIA - Go Off
Stephanie joins us to talk Jacinda's baby news and what this might mean for representation in politics in the years ahead, and all of politics ever.
Also the TPP or whatever it calls itself was signed to next to no fanfare or opposition. One of the lightening rods for political dissent under the previous administration just whistles home under this one - what gives?
Also, the weather still sucks. Pay equity in NZ and especially professional sport. Mills and Boone romance novels. Good stuff.
At the Drive-In - Amid Ethics
The Preatures - Is This How You Feel?
Unknown artist - Trad.
Sorry for the long wait, but here it is! Our annual end-of-year roundup with Mike from Riot Radio.
2017 was an amazing if puzzling year for music and there is PLENTY to talk about. Witness our bonus length Best of 2017 Spotify Playlist which is only the songs we absolutely couldn't do without. Honest.
1st third Dave (Dandy Warhols to UNKLE feat Mark Lanegan)
2nd third Dan (Japandroids to Warbly Jets)
3rd third Mike (Generationals to Fazerdaze)
As well as being awesome, music has also been very political of late. So this is an episode about that, too.