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TMBG – and crosstown trips

On Saturday night at the Croxton Bandroom we saw They Might Be Giants playing a 1990s vs 2000s concert. The night before they'd done a 1980s vs 2010s concert. It was great stuff, very enjoyable. Now that I've heard Instanbul, Doctor Worm and Birdhouse In Your Soul live, I can die a happy man. And there were lots of other great songs - here's a full set list. I particularly loved Man It's So

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So darling share this wine with me, we’ll be together on the eve of World War 3

Friday night concert! I was sold on Things Of Stone And Wood - though my compradres were really going for the support act, Club Hoy. It might be cruel to call TOSAW a one-hit wonder, though none of their efforts charted as well as Happy Birthday Helen. But the song was on an album called "The Yearning" (1993) which I really really liked back in the day... perhaps apart from the title track, whi

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In the town where I was born

I don't have "get rich quick" schemes. I kind of have "get moderately well-off, gradually" schemes. The worst one has been buying shares. I got a tip that shares in Xero (the online accounting software company) would skyrocket. And they did, from about $6 to something like $40. But that was before I got around to buying them. By the time I bought them, they'd dropped to about $25. They subse

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Good riddance

Since I don't have a transport-related post ready at the moment, here's a quick one about music. I'm loving the Sonos system. I'd been warned that buying extra speakers for it was addictive, and it's true. I just got another Play:1. They're the smallest of the range, but they still pack a punch. (All Sonos speakers are $50 off at the moment, until the end of the year... help me, I don't need mo

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TreatYoSelf: Sonosed

Brace yourself... a non-transport-related blog post. A couple of years ago I bought a Yamaha surround sound setup, which has been fabulous. I'd single out the sound track on Mad Max Fury Road in particular; very immersive. Heck, even later seasons of the West Wing had some subtle surround going on, adding to the viewing experience. I've used it for music too, and it sounds great. I copied

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Multi-room music (and Star Wars)

Star Wars episode seven is officially out today on DVD and Blu-ray, but I managed to buy it yesterday -- some shops with a name starting with Big and ending in W jumped the gun, as did some with the initials J and B, apparently, though the large W establishment is selling it for $23 (on Blu-ray), which seemed like a pretty good price. It had been available on iTunes and other digital servic

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Oh oh la la: Ocean Colour Scene live

Ocean Colour Scene played last night at Max Watt's (formerly known as the HiFi bar -- I assume the current name is a pun about loud music, rather than being named after a person). As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've wanted to see them play live for decades, but this is their first tour of Australia. The tickets were a Christmas present from Marita. We got there about 8:15... there was n

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Ocean Colour Scene touring Australia

Back in the day I watched the 1998 movie Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and liked it. Then I watched the 2001 TV spin-off Lock Stock which was okay I guess (it was notable for having Martin Freeman in a couple of episodes, in one of his early roles). But what really grabbed me was the theme music, an instrumental version of a song called July by Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene -- possib

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Hi fi part 2: the kitchen radio

After buying the new livingroom hi-fi, my thinking was I want a device for the kitchen that does DAB+ for digital radio (eg music such as Double-J without relying on the vagaries of the internet connection) and can also do AirPlay (eg for music from iTunes on the Mac). Devices that do both DAB+ and AirPlay in one kitchen-sized unit seem to be extremely scarce. The only one I've found was sold b