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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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Sep 4, 2017


Since we last yakked, Labour topped the polls, there was a debate we watched and one we didn't, scandal aplenty and the world went to hell.

Jacinda Ardern is on the warpath and English kind of looks like a div. Can a man and a woman just have a discussion about the economy or is our political language to ripe a minefield for subtle gendered snipes?  

 Meanwhile, Antifa are smeared, Winston Peters gets down, and nobody has the right amount of money - not the poor, not the rich, and not Steven Joyce.

Bumper Music!

Living Colour - Program

Vera Blue - Lady Powers

Woody Guthrie - Tear The Fascists Down

Melvins - Euthanasia

Aug 27, 2017


Charlottesville is the unvarnished truth of America. Has the idea that sectarian clashes only happen to other people been one long PR job? The experience of seeing the world for what it is and not what its statues, stories and structures suggest is jarring. 

Peter Dunne runs away. Are the dead rats swallowed in his ejection now to be regurgitated? That's an unpleasant sentence. The questionarification of New Zealand elections is a thing. Gareth Morgan is still a mondo plonker.

Bill English appears to be no better at this than last time, and Jacinda Ardern is very good. But what becomes of us, my darling, if we win? Are we destined to become monsters ourselves?

Bumper music;

The Dandy Warhols - Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Skarkey)

Filthy Friends - Windmill

David Rawlings - Cumberland Gap

Jasiri X - What If The Tea Party Was Black?

Aug 13, 2017


Here are the links to Stephanie Rodgers and Leilani Momoisea on Metiria Turei, whose story is hard to see as anything other than an indictment of so many of this country's attitudes. 

Also, hey, nuclear war.

In other news, a dude from Google puts the man in manifesto. Te TOP launch their bad campaign which is bad and they are bad for doing it. And in this time of uncertain leadership, can Mike Hosking reunite the nation?

This was recorded Saturday 12th NZ time so prior to the murder in Charlottesville - yet another event against which have a few political laffs feel so inadequate.

Bumper music:

Ace of Base - All That She Wants

Speedy Ortiz - Everything's Bigger

Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II

Motörhead - Eat The Rich

Aug 4, 2017


In a bit of a week, the unthinkable happens for the fourth or fifth time as Labour suddenly loses its leader. But has it gained a saviour?

Turei is still a goddamned hero, end of.  We discuss the recent Black Hands podcast sensation.

And what of our masculine culture is upstream of our abstract economics? Dan got cat piss on him. TOP are bad. And you can die in this country if you have the wrong address.

Bumper Music!

Dead Cross - Idiopathic

Björk - Thunderbolt

SWIDT - Player of the Day

Alanis Morissette - Ironic

Jul 22, 2017


It's a politics bonanza with the Greens' conference managing to outshine New Zealand First's one to the point we forgot to even mention it here. Metiria Turei's shock admission that she found it necessary to lie to Work and Income in order to avoid depriving her child came as a surprise to literally zero people familiar with our welfare system. National, unable to really criticise people not working for a living or claiming housing expenses, left it to proxy rules-hardout David Seymour to attack.

Also other policies recently announced by Labour and the Greens would slowly begin to un-munt the nation, and find support in unusual corners.

The odd politics of race and empire held by cardigan centrists gets a road-test, with darling Macron dropping some clangers. Radiohead shrug off the BDS movement's call to stand up, in one of the more shrugsome episodes in the band's history. Here's that story about Little Steven.

Hot n Spicy is back, baby. And here's that skateboard...

bumper music!

Dizzee Rascal - Wot U Gonna Do?

John Farnham - You're The Voice

Speedy Ortiz - Screen Gem

Feist - The Wind

Jul 9, 2017


The bloody rugby! Am I right? Dan and Dave talk sport. Here's a link to a look at the future of football. Does rugby really influence domestic NZ politics? 

The impalpable moral landscape of Bill English gets a feeling out from the media as drug decrim/legalisation appears on the horizon. Brands and conservatives talk the talk at Pride events but do they walk the walk?

Gareth Morgan appears on every visible surface like that scene in Malkovich while his political party advocates raising the drinking age. Is "I Told You So" synonymous with "evidence based policy"? Shane Jones gets a hat. And the left's quest for the centre cuts a swathe of disillusionment, but what on earth else can their voters do?

Bumper music;

Haim - Something To Tell You

Agent Fresco - See Hell

Sugababes - Round Round (nb; would this be 'kunekune' in te reo? write in pls)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Ballad of the Sin Eater (ps, read this amazing heartbreaking profile of Leo here, he's a hero)



Jun 25, 2017

Hi team!

It has not been Bill English's day, week, month, or even year. When gunning for leadership Bill told caucus he'd be much better at it this time as his parenting days are mostly behind him, so how did the actions of his 20-something greasy protege suddenly lead to calls for his resignation?

Grenfell Tower is a crime scene. We try our best here at ATDT but we goofed the audio on this section. Not wanting to re-do a segment on such horrors we've left it as is. It is, technically, listenable. I'm seeing if Barclay has a backup...

Corbyn goes from strength to strength - how do we cope with a politician who actually says what we're actually thinking?

And the other stuff - Labour, labour, immigration, Peters, Harawira, the glistening vision of a new dawn for humankind, that sort of thing.

Bumper music!

The Magpie Salute - Omission

Section Boyz - Who Needs a Hook?

Marianne Faithful - That's How Every Empire Falls

Run The Jewels - Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost)

and because I forgot last episode;

JME - No You Ain't

Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards - To Have and to Have Not

Aimee Mann - You Never Loved Me

Sting - Fields of Gold



Jun 13, 2017


Did you see the UK elections? Did you see the result coming? Did you see the state of the bloody thing!

In other, lesser news; terrorism and civil liberties, why aren't the Greens the Nats (for the 50th time), neighbours at war, Katy Perry vs Taylor Swift, immigration policies, and Gareth Morgan's glib charity posturing.

May 30, 2017


Trump's World Tour. The tragic Manchester attack. KFC. UK's election. Wonder Woman? Can't type more, gotta sleep.

Bumper Music:

Millionaire - Body Experience Revue

Nadia Rose - Tight Up

Happy Mondays - W.F.L. (Think About The Future mix)

Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling

May 21, 2017


Chris Cornell's tragic passing and what it might mean for our culture's attitudes to mental health, big pharma, ageing, art and the catharsis believed to be at the heart of alternative music. Also Dan hurt his foot again which touches on a lot of the same stuff.

Corbyn is actually putting up a fight in old blighty just as the tories push for the violent killing of red dogs - coincidence much?

And Trump in Saudi Arabia - same as it ever was. Assange is slimy. Russia is a thing.

Bumper music;

Fazerdaze - Lucky Girl

Chris Cornell - Follow My Way

Jimi Hendrix - Foxex Lady

Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

May 10, 2017


We struggle, really, to make sense of the breaking news that Trump has fired the guy investigating him. Does fascism require a certain deftness of efficient political control or is it all just grifting mobsters in sharp uniforms? France has an election, which is more than can be said about some people, South Korea excepted.

Dan heroically watches Shipley and Clark's 9th Floor episodes. We celebrate Tax Freedom Day, which is a dumb day for idiots. 

And the Government does everything it can to make the Pike River story feel as odious and dark as it possibly can.

Bumper music;

Charly Bliss - Ruby

At The Drive In - Hostage Stamps

Skating Polly - Hail Mary

Puff Daddy - Come With Me

Apr 22, 2017


RNZ have a new interview series with past NZ Prime Ministers. Dan's checked it out, Dave hasn't. This is his story of their story.

The Labour Party announced something to do with immigration, and then it was all just shouting.

Unions flexing like they're on the pull; the aged care equal pay settlement, and the spinning of the Government's reluctant part in it, are sights to behold. And not even the backbone industry of our nation - fast food - is immune to industrial strife.

And the UK is having extra politics.


bumper music;

Lana Del Ray - Love

DJ Food - Mr Quicke Cuts The Cheese

Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing


Apr 13, 2017

Hello again,

This is part 2 of episode 12, which we spun off as it got quite long and also, while we don't go into much detail, hearing any discussion of chemical attacks on civilians isn't something that I've found very easy to deal with when the topic lurches into the fore in everyday conversations about current affairs. So I want to signpost this as much as possible here.

The world's response, the Trump admin's response and social media's response to the attack are each uniquely terrifying things. With no quick fix or clear moral path, what is to be made of us idle witnesses of atrocities?

Bumper music:

Wagner - Die Walkure Act 1 Ochestervorspiel

Vaughn Williams - The Lark Ascending 

Apr 13, 2017


All of a sudden, multiple stress points appear in the NZ government. Corruption charges, PR misfires and economic bullets fired squarely into our own ecological feet. Does the left hand know what the right wing is doing? Did Key take the only good EA with him? Bloody shambles, mate.

Also a snake does hard drugs, Sonny Bill Williamson becomes the altar for a nation's reckons, and could you withstand a vigorous deplaning?

This is part 1 of 2.  In part 2 we talk a great deal about Syria, the recent chemical attach and the USA's strike in response. Because of the length and the fact some people may want to skip any conversation about such attacks we've split these episodes up. 

Bumper music:

Jesus Chris Superstar film OST: Overture

Mark Lanegan: St Louis Elegy

The Dandy Warhols: Hard On For Jesus 

Apr 5, 2017


First in the news is Bill English's very own #pizzagate. Food is culture - just what does this circular monstrosity tell us about New Zealand's soul?

This week it's all about peninsulas. Korean tensions abound against an uncertain international stage. And Britain may not be in the Barksdale clan, but it will go to war over that rock.

And there's that Pepsi ad...

Finally, the revelations in Hit and Run may be shocking, but it's the flimsy denials which really shake your belief in the NZDF.

Bumper Music:

Pile - Hairshirt

Massive Attack - Babel

The Feelers - Right Here Right Now

The Afghan Whigs - Demon in Profile

Mar 24, 2017


This was recorded last weekend, before all the news happened.

Dave's finished the book, and there's a lot to unpack. The fog-of-war as applied to journalism, with Syria Opinions and Dave calling Michael Weiss "David" throughout. Also Max Key.

Dan answers some moral quandaries. The government - this or the next - must take a pro-choice position on abortion. We must all just stay engaged, man. And intergenerational warfare reigns for another week.

Bumper music:

Nolay - Gotta Love It

Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Aimee Mann - Patient Zero

Silversun Pickups - The Pit

Mar 12, 2017


It's time for a quiz - let's find out how Tory Dave is.  Dan poses some ethical dilemmas. The new Labour Party leadership take a stand on pizza topping. And The Daniel Blakification of New Zealand's social services.  We break down more doors than that kid on the BBC. Plus, more from that book...


David Slack on the state of housing

Laura McQuillan on gender/generation stereotypes

Stephanie Rogers, Morgan Godfrey & Eric Crampton on RNZ re raising the super age

Drew Fairweather on This Week In Atrocity

Bumper music:

Mark Lanegan Band - Beehive

The Jam - Eton Rifles

Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

Tom Waits - Lie to Me

And because I forgot to list last week's episode's bumper music, it was;

Anderson .Paak - Come Down

The Clean - Tally Ho

Shaggy - It Wasn't Me

Supergroove - Can't Get Enough

Mar 5, 2017

Good evening,

Regional New Zealand is struggling in real life but is literally a dream for Dan.

Jacinda Ardern played a bonus stage to gain experience and suddenly levelled up. Jane Clifton, who's name I utterly forgot during the episode, had this to say.

Bill English has had a bit of time to settle into the job of leading the nation, but apparently decided nah. 

But mostly; an ex-MP wrote a sexy novel about MPs. It is utterly amazing.

Feb 19, 2017

Hello! Sorry about the delay!

I know we said we wouldn't be on this every episode but the Trump administration is just too bizarre. Is there a wider geopolitical game of statecraft here, or is it all just dumb, ugly graft?

We resurrect MBC's for a Fake News Special - the topic; pornography.

And we get deep stuck in to the recent kerfuffle regarding Willie Jackson and the Labour Party. Is there a divide between unreasonable wooly liberal identitarians and good keen kiwi economic battlers? Did one of them tell you that? Did he have a moustache? In the battle between progressivism and conservative leftist sexism the fault of the progressives? We apparently need to ask?

Bumper music:

Honeyblood - Ready for the Magic

Sky Ferreira - I Blame Myself

Color Me Badd - I Want To Sex You Up

Wagner - Das Rheingold: "Sanft schloß Schlaf dein Aug'"

Feb 5, 2017

Hi, we're back for the first episode recorded this year, 2017.

A fair bit has happened. But first, birth! How does post-collapse survivalism account for the miracles of modern medicine which only society provides?

Trump has been president for only a few short  catastrophes but already the doom is setting in. Check out the podcast This Week In Atrocity as mentioned in this episode coz it's not like we're gonna be able to keep up all by ourselves.

Kevin and the art of party economisation. Dan comes face to face with a wild call out.

And it's election year - the MoU between Labour and the Greens gives NZLP some leeway to its right, but is social conservatism the way to play? How anti-Winston is it possible to be? This recording has been overtaken by events so I'm not sure we stand by the conclusions we come to here, given how strawy this camel is getting.

And Peter Thiel's pisstaking of the NZ polity leaves us all red faced, but specifically the dolts who can't see beyond their industry.

Bumper music:

Wiley - Back With A Banger

Yello - Oh Yeah

Bombfunk MCs - Freestyler

Murder 1 - No Woman No Cry

Jan 6, 2017


It's that time of year again where we round up the best, worst, most embarrassing and disappointing moments of 2016 in popular music. We stayed relatively sober and focused this year and the results this time are are, at the very least, listenable. 2016 was a morbid year, but far from moribund.

Featuring our musical correspondent Mike of Riot Radio.

Our full best-of 2016 playlist can be found here:

Playlist is roughly first third Dan, middle third Mike, final third Dave.


"Rock Music: I don't know what's wrong with it" - An interview with Street Chant's Emily Edrosa

Dec 28, 2016


Coming to you live from Day 0 of the Israeli-Kiwi conflict - we are apparently at war. NZ supporting a vote to restate the long and widely held international position on plainly illegal settlements was the provocative act.  Poor Bill English has been prime minister 30mins and already has to deal with this nation entering the bloody conflicts of the middle east.

In other news, English might be on to something with prisons. He probably is not on to much with the families of the Pike River miners.

Joining us this episode is Mike of Riot Radio, who'll be back in episode 5 for our annual music roundup extravaganza.

Bumper music; The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky

Dec 10, 2016

Hey, John Key only resigned.

2016: All Politics All The Time comes through with another massive hit. Key's gone, out of nowhere into nowhere. Do we actually have a pundit class or are we flying blind (or at best, with one eye)? What does Key's resignation mean for the disaffected factions he kept a lid on? Did Collins make a massive mistake? Again? Are things about to get... worse?

And, as Bill English revisits his old early 2000s ambitions, so to does Kevin with DJ Shadow.

Bumper Music:

Mozart - Requiem 

DJ Shadow - Stem/Long Stem (feat. Duncan Garner)

Black Grape - Squeaky

Carly Rae Jepsen - LA Hallucinations 

Nov 28, 2016

Hey now,

We had an earthquake since we last chatted. Is it too soon to ask "what's up?"

In a new age of strong-man politics - Trump, Putin, Duterte et al - will it be unusual in the future for a world leader to die at 90? Fidel Castro checked out this week, leaving his cafe empire to the residents of his home city; us.

Trump remains president-elect, and yet the left is the problem apparently. Is "identity politics" alienating navel gazing, certain to ruin our chances with the salt of the earth?  Or is it a target you can move about at will when you're angry about getting owned. If nobody is arguing in good faith, could it actually be many things?

Is fake news a problem? Can the media reform? You'll never guess what the answer is. Take our quiz to find out. 

Bumper Music:

Sad13 - Fixina

Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan

Empire of the Sun - Two Vines

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You

Nov 13, 2016


This is about fascism arriving, and being accepted, into the United States.

Audio links: Lamia Imam talks to Kim Hill, Chapo Trap House re Clinton's loss.

Bumper Music:

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor

Rich Robinson "Only A Pawn In Their Game" (Bob Dylan)

Divine Inspiration "The Way (Put Your Hand In My Hand)"

A Tribe Called Quest "The Donald"

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