Vinyl Hero Records Hong Kong

Vinyl digging is always about the journey not the destination. But this may have been my toughest day on the hunt yet. After stumbling by a vintage 70s clothing shop a guy gave me a business card that read PAUL 9841 7136 USED RECORDS Flat D, 5/F Wai Hong Building, 239 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po (Beside MTR Exit C1), Kowloon, Hong Kong. The bloke told me this guy [Paul] had a million records. Hong Kong isn’t much of a rock n roll town. So I eagerly thought maybe this bloke somehow scooped all the cool stuff.  We’ll get to that. First of all, this bloke does have a SHIT LOAD of records. But they’re all in a tiny apartment, stacked almost 5 foot high in places. He has a very old school apartment with no air conditioning. If you want to check out this collection, call the guy first and be very patient. He has to move stuff around just so you can enter the apartment. Remember this is Hong Kong and rent isn’t cheap. We had to wait in the lobby for about 10 minutes until I could squeeze in. DON’T bring wives and girlfriends. There’s no room inside and it’s excruciatingly hot waiting in the foyer. I bought along a toddler and the poor kid lost his mind. Now about the records. The guy loves his pop. There were Spandau Ballet posters everywhere and he seemed to love the Madonna/new romantic vibe. There was heaps of Hong Kong Kitsch but only a few boxes of rock and roll available that day (as I said,...

Pete Townshend biography review

Pete is one freaky, freaky man. While this book provides an adequate explanation (I’ll leave it to you whether you think it’s plausible) for getting caught downloading child pornography, he has had a genuinely disturbing upbringing. I’m not sure after reading this book which scares me more. He’s just a weird, disturbed guy. But hey I guess that’s why the songs are so good. What left me even more disturbed was that Pete was the businessman of the group. He wrote all the songs, formed all the companies, cashed all the cheques and did all the wining and dining. One could say he’s an out and out toff. A posh git who likes the finer things in life and only concerns himself with which art format he will consume himself in next. Despite cars, yachts and mansions, he seems not so flamboyant as just plain old bourgeois. So much so he got bored with the who dear boy and left to get a desk job at a reputable publisher. Getting chauffeured to work every day, why of course! While he drank Remy Martin literally by the pint he ultimately saw Keith Moon as a hindrance and embraced his replacement who actually, well played a rhythm and kept time. Reading Townshend’s autobiography was frankly irritating. Like finding out Frank Sinatra secretly practiced dentistry or something. He talks sparingly about guitar trashing, drugs and partying but it’s most underwhelming. The guy clearly is a workaholic and a genius, perhaps he gets bored very quickly. He almost sounds more like Keith Moon’s dad, not band mate. Anyway if you’re a Who fan you’re...

You Am I and Delta Riggs 5 Dec 2015

Tim et al I love you I really do. But tonight just didn’t do it for me [friend]. There were stellar moments and there were duds. Songs where the band was truly tight and others that sounded unrehearsed. It felt like a best of hits package more than a band with a spanking new album. At one point they had two roguish and fantastically good lookin’ singers come and join them for a few songs. While the girls did an amazing job harmonising on one intended song, they hung around for Mr Milk and it just felt like TV pantomime. Then there was a keyboard player that was on stage the whole time, towards the end of the set he basically spent errantly shaking a tambourine. It was clearly unnecessary. Davey Lane from Bosnia (well Boronia – somehow I got that little private joke) was channeling Pete Townshend and doing a bloody good job of it. He and Andy really kept the band grounded and sounding great. But Davey in particular has become the bedrock of the band. Rusty (looking more like Johnny Cash every time I see him) almost sounds not so loud these days. I’ve never seen a man shake a drum riser like Rusty does but these days he does his little Keith Moon smirks but the drums only get a light bollocking. It’s a shame, there’s no greater drummer than Rusty at full pelt. The support act, well that’s an entirely different story… Sadly I think the band just tried to cover too much material with this gig. They played something off of virtually every album except...

Differences between Agile and waterfall explained by the Ramones

These days there are two methodologies in software development: Agile (can also be called as Scrum, Kanban or Extreme Programming) and Waterfall (sometimes known as the Software Development Life Cycle or SDLC). Agile is very hot right now, but there are still people scratching their heads trying to work out the difference between Agile and Waterfall. There’s plenty of articles that tell you the technical differences. But not by way of ridiculous analogy. So let’s take two classic records and I’ll explain why one is Agile and one is text book waterfall. So let’s start by explaining Agile via the Ramones… The Ramones debut album Punk rock hadn’t really been done before – at least not the way the Ramones did it. It was loud, rude, edgy and risky. Only Manhattan’s edgy art rock scene really got it. Everyone else was just flabbergasted, offended or both. Sire Records was willing to take a punt on them. So they gave the Ramones an advance of about $6500. They recorded the whole album in seven days flat. It was co-produced by drummer Tommy Ramone and engineered by close friends of the band. Even the cover art cost about $125. Worth noting how stripped back their style was. Meaning no guitar solos, no backing singers, nothing fancy. Just guitar driven brutality. The music was so fast that 14 songs took only 29 minutes. And they played the songs even quicker live! In 1976 there was nothing out there like the Ramones. For the next 5 years, they had a new album out every year and constantly toured. In hindsight at least, there was a...
Three great movies they’ll never make

Three great movies they’ll never make

Sadly great movies never get made. For what reasons we’ll never know but here’s three potentially legendary movies that may never see the light of day. Shantaram The 2004 book by Gregory David Roberts is the true story of an Aussie junkie who escapes maximum security prison in Adelaide and flees to India. The 600 or so pages go very quickly. Gregory David Roberts does the party scene, finds a few vendettas, infiltrates Bollywood and the local mafia and finds himself a squat in the Mumbai slums. You have to keep reminding yourself it’s not a novel. The only reason this isn’t a movie is it could easily be 10 hours long! But the book is so enthralling and so rich in detail, I feel like I’ve already seen the movie in my head. So why hasn’t Hollywood followed suit and made a movie out of it? Movie rights were bought in 2004 by Warner Brothers. To move things along, Johnny Depp put his weight behind the project. As late as 2013 Aussie Joel Edgerton was being courted by Depp to play the lead role. Roberts has been pushing the script and calling himself a Hollywood scriptwriter for several years now. An Indian director Mira Nair was selected in 2007. Fleetingly the movie looked to be equally Hollywood and Bollywood blockbuster IMDB has Shantaram listed as ‘in development’ for several years now. It’s been on hiatus so long, Roberts has written a sequel. Allegedly Warner Brothers still own the rights to the script/movie, but don’t hold your breath for it coming out any time soon. Keith Moon movie Moon...