June 7th, 2010


That was the month or so that was

About the only thing of any real interest was visits to book sales so they get most of this write up.

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But back to Dunedin. There were a couple of good finds at the University Bookshop as well:
Whites Aviation: Classic New Zealand aerial photography. I've already got a couple of Whites Aviation atlases, but this is a worthwhile work in its own right: not only does it include a high proportion of aerial photography not found in those atlases, but the print quality is also much better in this collection.

And finally: Nick Bollinger's 100 Essential New Zealand Albums. This is quite an important work and itself essential reading for people interested in local rock music but who have only started building up a collection. The only issue I have with it is the same issue anybody else would have with it: namely, that their favourite albums aren't all included. Due to this sort of collection inevitably being the compiler's personal favourites, this is completely to be expected and more a personality quirk than a flaw.

Anyway, for the record (pun not intended but if it amuses you, go for it) these are the differences of opinion I have with it:
Th' Dudes' Right First Time is included, in preference to their (more consistent and with better songs) second album Where Are The Boys.
Split Enz' Waiata, itself one of my "guilty pleasure" albums, is included, in preference to their much better "transitional era" album Dizrythmia
The Hulamen's Beer and Skittles is an excellent EP, but it's only an EP, with only about 20 or so minutes of music on it. If I was going to include EPs, there'd have been a couple of the Clean's efforts in my "31 Albums" list. The Hulamen are way overdue for a CD release; there's got to be something else around that they could use to fill up a CD - if nothing else, they could find some Holidaymakers unreleased oddities or live recordings.
The Chills' Soft Bomb was the weakest of their four full length albums.
The Exponents' Something Beginning with C has their biggest hits, but albums like Grassy Knoll or Expectations had more depth.
There is also a notable lack of anything by the Terminals - not even their recent (and excellent) Last Days of the Sun gets a mention.

And on this note... as you may have noticed, with the last album cover showing up a week ago, you've now got your friends-pages back now.