I don’t really know what that means, I’ve just been wanting to say that for ages. Well, at least since I thought it up, which was about 2 weeks ago. Anyway, STILL HATES IT is the follow up to Ed Muzik’s 2011 ep HATES IT, with more #eqnz-inspired tunes. It starts off with CERA, a remix of the Fleetwood Mac classic, guns turned on the powers that be. Then Ed’s cover of the Strokes’ gem, dedicated to the people of CHCH for the moment that the quake hit. Next up is the Stone Roses’s sampling FEEL THE PLACE, with both the original and vocal (read: BAD RAP) version featured on the EP. Topping the EP off is Sara, an extended, dancier version of CERA, dedicated to a girl of the same name who briefly crossed my path, before heading back to Sweden. Le Sigh.
All proceeds from the sale of the EP go to an earthquake victim (me)
Earthquakes, ECan and the Extinguishing of Democracy in Canterbury
On April the 20th, 2010, I organised a protest on the steps of ECan. Around 500 people met, and marched a short distance down to the Copthorne Hotel on Durham St, where Jenny Shipley was giving a lecture to National Party MPs and supporters called “Canterbury Water - The Collaborative Response”. We gathered outside, closing down the one-way system, chanting “We can’t drink money, we can’t drink shit, you can’t steal our votes and get away with it”.
Here we are, just over 2 and a half years later, and unfortunately, they did. They have got away with it. They’ve stolen our votes. Not only did they sack the existing ECan council, but now they want to deny us the vote at the next election in less than a year as well. They say that it’s because of the earthquakes, but we know that isn’t true.
We’ve been told, at times rather patronizingly, that the people of Canterbury are resilient. Resilient enough to withstand thousands of quakes. Stoic enough to deal with portaloos and broken roads and two snowy winters in our damaged homes. Patient enough to deal with the obfuscation and bureaucracy of EQC and insurance companies. Strong enough to cope with our streets, our communities, our city being shaken to pieces. But yet, we aren’t resilient enough to tick a box. We aren’t strong enough to think about what we might want for our communities. We aren’t to be trusted with a basic human right.
I know that’s not right. You know that’s not right. You’re here today because you know that it’s not right and you want to do something about it. Scrapping ECan wasn’t about a dysfunctional council and it certainly wasn’t about earthquakes. It was about the government ensuring that a small group of industrial farmers could get the consents they needed to exploit Canterbury’s water - OUR WATER - for their own gain. These interests knew they would lose at the ballot box, and so they had the ballot box eradicated.
Prime Minister John Key - the leader who has presided over the government that has taken these unprecedented steps - was recently in Burma, where he met with Aang San Suu Kyi, the leader of the Burmese movement for democracy. Key said - and I’m not drunk enough to do an impersonation - “we see her as a person who was a beacon of democracy, freedom and hope for this country.” Noble words, from a man who is ultimately responsible for removing democracy, freedom and hope from the people of Canterbury.
Less than a month ago, most of the world breathed a huge sigh of relief as President Obama was re-elected to the White House. He gave a brilliant victory speech, but it was these words that stuck with me most: “We can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today”. We shouldn’t have to risk our lives. But we do need to keep up the fight.
Party council and theoretical physicists united in praise for Labour's Annual Conference
The president of the Labour Party Moira Coatsworth received praise from an unusual quarter today, with the NZ Association of Theoretical Physicists enthusing about the weekend’s gathering. While it was notable for being the biggest conference since the 1988 conference, the real success was in providing all 622 delegates an entirely unique experience. “Through the various media reports and posts in social media over the weekend, it was clear that while our delegates may have appeared to be in the same room, they all experiencing an entirely different conference from each other” said Coatsworth. “We had hoped to provide a personally-tailored experience, but this has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations. Upon receiving their conference packs, delegates were then randomly assigned to one of a series of alternate dimensions for the remainder of the weekend.”
Coatsworth suggested looking at the media reports as a case in point: “John Armstrong saw a coup, Bomber was able to find the conspiracy he craves, and Laura McQuillan was able to coordinate her purple media pass with her pants. Though these people were seated within about 5 metres of each other, they all had an entirely unique, totally contradictory, personalised conference experience. That’s the power of a mass multi-dimensional reality shift.”
It didn’t all go off without a hitch though - there appeared to be a problem with the dimension provided for Patrick Gower, which resulted in him asking David Cunliffe the same question all weekend long. “There was some sort of glitch, and we would like to apologise to Patrick and David for that. It was unpleasant for everyone and we’ve got people looking into it.”
Those people are likely to be researchers from the Dansing-on Callaghan Sgrave Nano-Reality Research Facility. While no-one from the facility would go on record to speak about their discoveries, a source did describe how they stumbled upon dimensional micro-reality shifting. “We were following Parliament, and noticed that there was a lot of talk about ‘Planet Key’, ‘Planet Labour’ or ‘Planet Green’. We had been searching for these planets for months without success. Then, one of our post-docs realised that they weren’t actually planets, but a series of alternate dimensions.”
Suspicions were aroused in the scientists by the apparent cognitive disconnect between John Key and John Banks. “It looks as though Key has been lying and hissing through his teeth, but when you consider that he and Banks exist in entirely different dimensions from one another, it starts to make more sense.”
The Labour Party conference was the first time in which the technology had been rolled out in a large scale public setting, and Coatsworth was beaming about its success. “This has been a fantastic conference and if you talk to delegates, they’re all buzzing - and all for different reasons. A personal highlight for me was Grant Robertson’s one-man performance of the Mikado on Saturday night, and I did enjoy watching Chris Hipkins try and get the correct change out of a coke machine on the Sunday morning too (which was caught on security camera here). We’ll be looking to do the same thing at Labour’s conference in Christchurch next year.”
CCC Media Release - NZ Cup and Show Week wraps up today Saturday 17 November 2012
Canterbury’s favourite spring festival, New Zealand Cup and Show Week wraps up today (Saturday 17 November).
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is delighted that so many Cantabrians have joined family and friends at New Zealand Cup and Show Week festival events.
"There were so many festival highlights this year.For many, the attendance of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the 150th Canterbury A&P Show on Friday 16 November, will be a treasured memory. I was proud to see so many people at the show giving the royal couple a very special Christchurch welcome," he says.
1. You’re at a party and an attractive member of the opposite sex makes eye contact with you. You take it as an accident and ignore it, until it happens again, and lasts for a considerable period of time. Do you:
A) Take charge of the situation and approach the person in a calm confident…
On firewood and the durability of plate glass windows
We played our video launch party at the darkroom in Christchurch on Saturday night. By all accounts, it went well. I say that because I don’t really know. Yes, I was there, but barely conscious. I was in a state of extreme inebriation. This isn’t something I am at all proud of - I say this as someone trying to justify their own actions, rather than a 20 year-old boasting of their proficiency at pilfering Jack Daniels then inhaling it in a suburban park. While I am ashamed of my drunkenness, that is just something for me and my liver to deal with. However, it has financial repercussions.
On the way out of the bar, I attempted to bounce-pass a log of firewood through the front window of the bar.
While I failed to successfully complete the pass, I did manage to introduce a large crack to the glass, one which requires the whole pane to be replaced. As the pane is very large (2 metres tall, almost a metre wide) and very strong (not strong enough to repel a wedge of Nelson’s finest pinus radiata) it is going to cost a large amount to replace. More than I can really afford at this point in time.
So, dear fan, dear reader, dear follower on twitter who has mistakenly clicked on this link, I am appealing to you, to your good heart, for your charity. Lots of people have listened, streamed or downloaded my music in the last wee while, but few have given anything. I want my music to be out there, to be heard. But it’s not as though I make any money from it - indeed, after incidents like this, I am actively losing hundreds of dollars in my forlorn quest to entertain. So if you have enjoyed anything I’ve released lately, I could really do with a few coins coming in.
I also have stuff for sale - a cd, a 7” record, and a t-shirt. Maybe you want one of them? They are available via the bandcamp site, but if you want to make a donation, I’ll send you something if it’s over a certain amount. If you donate $10, I’ll send my “Microarray” EP. For $20, I’ll send the cd and the 7” of “The Music Never Dies”. And for $40, I’ll send the cd, the 7” AND an Ed Muzik Gaga shirt. If you are feeling super generous / don’t know what to do with your money, then I’ll come and play a show at your place (in the greater Christchurch region) if you put $100 into the hat.
EDIT: I should have made it more clear, but the way to actually donate some money is by going over to bandcamp, and using the pay as you like process.
Did I mentioned that we’re playing tomorrow night at darkroom with Sleepy Age? That’s a rhetorical question, I know I have, over and over again, but I am a one man promo machine, so it’s kind of my responsibility to keep bumping and bumping until you’re all thoroughly sick of me talking bout it so you leave the group or go live in a cave or cut off both your ears and sellotape your eyes shut. But seriously, playing tomorrow night. It could quite feasibly be our last show in CHCH for forever. Serious.