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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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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)

Aug 12, 2018

Hi. Dan's read a bit of a book so we talk about that book. Also; rebranding ACT, Winston's tenure as PM, National's conference, the wrong shoe size, USA democrats, the whole shebang.

Bumper music;

Don McGlashan - Bad Blood

Taylor Swift - Bad Blood

Massive Attack - Voodoo In My Blood

Jul 23, 2018

Hello. Since we last talked about the odd issues kicked up by the mooted alt-right talk in Auckland, a gaggle of the more reprehensible bullshit slingers in our nation have managed to come up with an even worse opinion and several tens of thousands of dollars to back it up. Amongst these idiots, noted nominal leftist opinionhaver Chris Trotter's position is the most pitiable. This speech is so free you can't give it away. 

And in the second half, we lower our voices because the baby's gone to bed and talk about Brexit. This isn't a metaphor, but it could be. Makes you think.

Bumper Music;

Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel

Split Enz - History Never Repeats

M O P - Ante Up

Jul 6, 2018

Hi

Wellington has been visited by a giant sea creature and everything is pretty much OK. Auckland council so no way to some alt right numpts. Peters is PM and nobody much is bothered. And scientific pseudobeef causes a national meltdown, good grief.

Bumper music;

Jorja Smith - On My Mind (Preditah VIP mix)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Stove By A Whale

The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go

Jun 27, 2018

Hey,

The PM's baby is here and that's rad. It has unfortunately caused a lot of politics which has caused noted bad at politics people like Simon Bridges to talk about it. We welcome an old friend back to see how bad the takes can get.

Plus; the latest horror and hope from the states, civility, and a shocking allegation certain to scandalise the dog community.

The Bruenigs on retirement; https://soundcloud.com/ebruenig/how-does-retirement-work

Bumper Music

The Mars Volta - Goliath (El-P Remix)

Honeyblood - Swell Love

Nas - Cops Shot The Kid

Jun 10, 2018

Everybody knew meth testing houses for use was a con - the only thing that changed was the government. Now everybody involved has to grovel their way back to humanity by explaining how they turfed people out of mouldy houses over molecules of P.

Abortion is in the news and there's a fight coming, probably.

Also; international power, the press, the president, the horrors of USA's immigration system and where it sits on the overall scale of american horrors.

Bumper music;

Big Freedia - 3rd Ward Bounce

Kids See Ghosts - Reborn

Got a Girl - There's a Revolution

May 18, 2018

Hi

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.

Bumper Music!

Big Freedia - Rent

Wolf Alice - Swallowtail

Loney Dear - Dark Light

May 9, 2018

Hey,

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.

Bumper music;

Wiley - Bar

Speedy Ortiz - Backslidin'

DMAs - Warsaw

Apr 27, 2018

Hey,

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?

Bumper music;

Aimee Mann - Sugarcoated

Dr. Octogan - Polka Dots

The Black Crowes - P.25 London

Apr 16, 2018

Hello,

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.

bumper music!

Dead Combo - I Know, I Alone

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

Alison Wonderland - Awake

Radio War Nerd

Mar 31, 2018

Hello!

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.

Bumper music;

REM - Life and How To Live It

Sevendust - Dirty

Kermit - Rainbow Connection

Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life

Mar 3, 2018

Hey!

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.

And Seven Sharp make the oddest video about political memes, but we're the last people to get to this, literally.

Bumper music!

Lorde - Supercut (El-P Remix) [feat. Run The Jewels]

Lowtide - Alibi

Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88

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