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Progress report [May. 22nd, 2008|04:30 pm]
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[Current Location |Dunedin]
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So here I am in Dunedin, crouched at a strange (and somewhat precarious) angle, typing this on a borrowed laptop with some weird sort of not-a-mouse thing that you have to stroke like a kitten to get the pointer to go the way you want it to go. Hopefully.

Anyway on to The Loot. No music whatsoever: I went in to Real Groovy and to Records Records and got nothing at either establishment. This basically means that neither had The Terminals' Touch, Ultravox's Rage in Eden, Midnight Oil's Blue Album, Bird Noises or Species Deceases, Madness' Absolutely or 7 and that there was nothing on their New Zealand section or cheaply priced tables that interested me.

I did find a lot of books over the last couple of days though. (And the book sale doesn't even start until tomorrow...)

Yesterday, in Balclutha (yes, I already had a bag of books by the time I arrived in Dunedin...) Paul Gittins' Epitaph. (The book of the TV series. Have been meaning to pick this one up for a while.)
Hector Hugh Munro's The Complete Stories of Saki. (Mainly because I've heard good things about Gabriel-Ernest. And even if I don't end up liking the story, $5 is a small price to pay to have my bookshelves looking just that little more Literary).
Keith Topping's The King of Terror. (It's a Doctor Who book. I don't think I have it. The usual story.)

Yesterday, at a little book exchange half way down Princes Street that I can never remember the name of: Robert Perry and Mike Tucker's Storm Harvest. (As above, the usual story.)
Colin Brake's Escape Velocity. (And another usual story.)

Yesterday, at the University Book Shop: Tom Holt's Barking. (I wonder if Tom Holt's learned to write decent endings yet).
David Eggleton's Ready to Fly: The Story of New Zealand Rock Music.
Grant Smithies' Soundtrack: 118 Great New Zealand Albums. (Skimmed this one last night. Mostly good).

Yesterday, at Scribes: Arthur Ransome's Swallowdale and We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea (on behalf of someone who requested I keep an eye out for Arthur Ransome books).
Philip Pullman's The Northern Lights. (I'll finally get the chance to see what all the fuss is about).

Yesterday, at Hamblyn's: Peter Beagle's A Fine and Private Place.
Tusovka: Who's Who in the New Soviet Rock Culture. (Published 1990. Maybe I'll finally get to find out who it is that was responsible for (puts on horrendous Russian accent) DOK-TOR BOOGIE!)

Today, at the Dunedin Stamp Centre: Stanley Gibbons' Stamp Catalogue, Part 18: Japan and Korea, 5th edition, 2008. (They've finally done a decent listing of the Japanese "Prefecture" stamp series of 1989 onwards. I can finally get that part of my collection sorted out).

Today, at the University Book Shop: The Times World Mythology.
A.R.R.R. Roberts' The Sellamillion.
Unexplained New Zealand: Ghosts, U.F.O.s and Mysterious Creatures.
Nick Webb's The Dictionary of Bullshit.
Jim Butcher's Summer Knight.


From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-31 12:35 am (UTC)
If you still don't have the remastered Touch CD send an email with a
postal address to melbo#slingshot.co.nz with the obvious email substitution
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-06-05 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the message... I've managed to obtain Touch now; ordered it from Last Visible Dog directly with the plastic. (Didn't take long to receive it either; posted in Rhode Island, 30th May; received in Invercargill, 4th June. That's about the service I'd have expected with a letter from Auckland!)

Now I'm just waiting for Last Visible Dog to re-release some of the older associated stuff (hopefully they'll unearth Scorched Earth Policy or the Victor Dimisich Band some time).
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-11 01:09 pm (UTC)
No worries. Both Steve and Buck's current stance is that if anything's
more than 6 or so months old we're reasonably happy to give away sound
files / burn CD's of anything out of print, including disease/VDB or SEP
rather than see people have to pay collector prices when all they want to
do is hear the music. Kinda shocked to see DCs going for any more than
$10 -- it didn't sell a hell of a lot when it was released. I've got
iso's of the metonymic SEP/VDB CDs and will happily throw CDR's your way,
gratis, if you want, as you seem to like the stuff.
If you want to confirm that this is all A-OK, Peter's email is same as his
old label (starting with met but with a rather surprising dot after the
final c) @ clear.net.nz -- my understanding, following a bit of a debate
after kiwitapes put up a bunch of stuff, is that he'd rather the music was
exposed for free rather than not available at all, I know Steve has that
belief, and so do I, but the songs aren't my I/P.
detouring slightly, t'other band that's a stunted growth of the same
family tree is Minus 2 -- aka Terminals less Buck'n'Brian, there're
details at the seriously outdated info page at
http://homepages.slingshot.co.nz/~melbo/music/melbo_music.html#minus2 --
John Billows is remixing the unreleased, unnamed, second album (-2.2),
probably as I write this and hopefully for a future LVD release.

if you do want the CDRs of SEP/VDB I can throw in 'the Beat goes off' --
aka -2.1 or anything else you haven't heard. The -2 songs were recorded
1999 and 2001, but are probably at least 50% unrecorded VDB or pre-VDB
songs that Mr Cogle wanted to get down on tape. Galaxy Records/CHCH
probably still has TBGO with the original cover, etc. G'night!
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