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.
Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold
Re-TROS - Hailing Drums
Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town
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.
Cart Power - What the World Needs Now
Daughters - The Hit
Marianne Faithful - They Come at Night
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...)
Hatchie - Bad Guy
Maribou State - Turnmills
Millionaire - I'm On A High
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
Joe Cardamone - Out of Road
Beck: New Pollution
Broadcast: Come On Let's Go
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.
Ty Segal - I'm a Man
The Beths - River Run: Lvl 1
Alain Johannes - Luna A Sol (Feat. Mike Patton)
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.
Don McGlashan - Bad Blood
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
Massive Attack - Voodoo In My Blood
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.
Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel
Split Enz - History Never Repeats
M O P - Ante Up
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.
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
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
The Mars Volta - Goliath (El-P Remix)
Honeyblood - Swell Love
Nas - Cops Shot The Kid
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.
Big Freedia - 3rd Ward Bounce
Kids See Ghosts - Reborn
Got a Girl - There's a Revolution
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.
Dateline; the fricken desert or something. The weather is fricken oppressive and good god we're all dying.
In other news as the weather heats up; upon which miscommunication will this government fail? Don Brash has a go of it. Do petty local government concerns warrant comparisons with Naziism (that's an easy one). But mostly this is a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fan show now, so we talk a lot about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Jess Mills - Vultures (Photek's Dub Remix)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast - I'm Just A Girl In Love
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast - Greg's Drinking Song
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast - Ping Pong Girl
Modern Australia is a bizarre mix of cosmopolitan western liberalism and hellhole deathcamp paranoid racist wasp fundamentalism. They're weird and we're sick of them. The Manus Island situation is criminal and the fact our new PM appears to agree, well, that apparently doesn't go down well in some circles.
In domestic news, procedural whoopsies sort of mar the incoming government, I guess, if you're a nerd. The TPPA morphs. And Bill English, unable to become an irresistible force, commits to being an immovable object.
Also the United States had some elections, proving two things; they haven't cancelled having elections yet, and the organised left can do things.
DJ Shadow feat. Nas - Systematic
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter
Ty Segall - Alta
Nadia Rose - Big Woman
Hey, how's it going?
For a parcel of rogues, lashed together by fate and circumstance, this new government sure makes it look easy. But not all are so happy. We run down this Spinoff article on why National's message is needed now more than ever. It's not.
In other news, National lost the copyright case brought against them by Eminem's publishing company. Ha ha. Max Key to the rescue. Also fast food, personal failings, terror, woe, gardening.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; "Even The Losers"
Ian Van Dahl; "Castles In The Sky"
Weird Al Yankovic; "Couch Potato"
It finally happened. We go over how wrong we were, how worthless our analysis has been, and why we're now totally right.
Electoral victory is only half the battle, if that, and the Doing Of Politics is far from over if anything's gonna be done. But that's not to say there isn't room for a little celebration right now.
In related news; the NZ commentariat and it's relationship to culture, the NZ commentariat and it's relationship to social media, the NZ commentariat and it's relationship to reality. Can a few choice tweets really reduce our great minds to quivering wrecks weeping for the civilising influence of europeanness?
Big Freedia - Excuse
The Afghan Whigs - Toy Automatic
Peter Gabriel - It Is Accomplished (from Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ)
So Duncan Garner wrote a thing. Nominally about immigration and infrastructure, it's been widely decried for being racist and he's roundly enjoyed the ensuing martyrdom a couple dozen naysayers have delivered him. Theories abound - lazy writing, dim thinking, or something more sinister?
Don't read it - read Stephanie Rodgers instead. Or the NZ Human Rights Commission tweeting a concerned face emoji about it.
In other news! We had an election and now we know who won? Winston Peters still sucks. We try to talk classic film (?) and Hugh Hefner died - here's You Must Remember This' episode on Dorothy Stratten which is required listening for an insight into his destructive mission.
Danger Mouse - Chase Me (feat. Run the Jewels and Big Boi)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Yo Soy La Destrucción
Alistair Hullet & Dave Swarbrick - Don't Sign Up For War
We had an election and that's the last we'll have to say about who governs us for a while. We name the blights against our democracy, from Winston Peters to the media Winston Peters makes his bread and butter denouncing.
Also, Trump vs the NFL, Clinton's new book fittingly reviewed by proxy, Snoop Dog, the politicisation of humanitarian crises, the hell we call Earth.
Camp Lo - Luchini (This Is It)
The Datsuns - MF From Hell
Carly Rae Jepsen - First Time
The Mutton Birds - As Close As This