Happy Days – the new album is nearly ready. Literally at the pressing plant where the new vinyl is being made fresh at Holiday Records in Auckland.
Credits: Captured/ Produced by Jan Bille in Diamond Harbour (Christchurch) August 2019. Post production and mastering by Ian McAllister at Audio Centric Christchurch. September-October 2019. No overdubs.
Cover art by Justin Summerton. Design by Panaita.com Many thanks to first edition sponsors: Holiday Records, Simon Raby, Chris Rankin, John Appleby, Dorothy Brown, Paul Hurley.
There are 8 songs. On side 1. Happy Isles, Colour of Your Skin and Alba. On Side 2: Ting Tong, Hamilton Dome, Whero, Green Man and Diamond Friday is the full track listing.
Stay tuned for release timetable for the music and the vinyl. If you are already on the mail list we will send you a special pre-release offer very soon. We are thinking it should be ready in the first or second week of Feb but hoping it is sooner.
We are also talking with some record stores which specialise in vinyl and where you can go to see and hear the physical album. The full price is $40 but fine tuning all the logistics now.
Dan the pilot affirmed that CDs are far superior. His life depends on checks. Have you checked yet? Listen to your fav track on Cleptofy and then on cd. One will sound like a goat crapping into a tin can and the other will sound vaguely like music. Better still vinyl. But that’s another story.
Taylor Swift hasn’t suffered from withdrawing from Cleptofy. Her latest album is just shy of 5 million in sales. Not bad! 5 million listens on Cleptofy would have earned her squat. She’s real smart. Have to confess I am not familiar with her music though as I don’t plug into mainstream at all at all.
Have you heard of Pop Up Shows?is this a concept unique to New Plymouth? It’s a great idea. You host a show in your own living room Check it out. If you are interested I can ask Anand to explain his idea to you. Get in touch if you are into hosting Pop Ups and I will refer you to him and we can have a rave about it on my next blog. Makes sense to use your house (if you have one) as a venue seeing as it cost a fortune to buy/rent.
It’s rare for a cafe to go the extra distance and offer live music to the people. You are invited to:
The Meeting Room*, 366 Rangatira Rd, Beach Haven, North Shore this Sunday from noon to 2pm to have a cuppa and listen to me play. Few cafes invest in live original music Please come. All details below. * Justin past the old blue dairy building by the intersection.
You have to visit the Auckland CBD to witness the exponential increase in homeless people
Property investors have had their fun in creating the biggest bubble in history. While some wait for the bubble to burst with a slump in property values. Others are experiencing the burst already in terms of not being able to afford a place to live. And where do many of them head?
Into town or head for the hills. The hills are better but if they end up in town where do they go? Well. The busiest corners and outside supermarkets of course The giant supers in town have become streetpeoplecentral Not for one or two but for three or twenty at a time hovering round the main entrances And you know what?
It’s not my problem It’s probably not your problem It’s not the governments problem Or the banks Or the landlords Or the vagrants themselves You know what It’s OUR problem Yes!
It affects everybody who arrives in our 100% clean green commercial capital delusion. It’s beyond belief that a country that hosts some of the richest people and corporates in the world is happy to tolerate this situation. The rich have a duty to offer real support as only they can afford to build for the poor. And create a building industry concerned with the equitable and not just about equity and instant returns. No one else can afford to.
One time I was playing outside a super and the manager and assistant manager told me I couldn’t play. I told them I could. See some of that story below and earlier.
That was back in the good old days when all they had to do was shoo away one street musician. Now they need to move tuneless multitudes. People with nothing to lose tend to stick around. And people who can do concerts don’t need to play where they are not wanted.
Anyway. Speaking of concerts – there is one coming up and I am happy to report that Dave Alley has agreed to be wingman.
Check out the this video from Dave.
Dave is dynamic and down to earth and puts on a performance not to be missed.
“Dave Alley is influenced chiefly by Dylan, Bowie, Bukowski et al, Fry, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Richard Thompson, Waits and the tones of Santana, Dave Alley isn’t sure who or what, musically & lyrically, he is. Ending up being a heavily refracted version of himself most of the time. Dave is a spiritually sonic cluster fuzz of atoms whizzing around and around and around, perhaps a little more so after good fresh-ground morning coffee..”
We have other guests and will keep you posted. Please come to the show and even consider sponsoring others to come in your place if you can’t come!
Was thinking that blogging is very last week and not cool. Then it occurred to me that those are great reasons to keep going.
It’s amazing how kind you people have been to me I need to write to you often
The good news is that i have something to write about now that it is possible to return to my fav venue in its hugely improved condition.
The gig is on Friday 27 October in the Pioneer Women’s Hall at the Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Square, High Street, Auckland Central.
I have good memories of my first show there. This one is gonna follow that formula. Simple renditions of my best songs old and new. Instrumentals and a bit of a chat. We might even invite a guest or two. Please make this kind of event sustainable and try to turn up or sponsor someone else to come in your place tickets are $20 as before .
Starts 7 pm and finishes late. Call me if you need more info 02102592919 or feel inclined to be on the sales team. Let’s get the word out. The more the merrier
Very grateful to Audrey Van Ryn, Andrew Howie and Phil Recordon for without their help this concert would not be possible. Also Clive for his great insight at times where I had no insight into my own behaviour.
I love both street and stage but the stage is less distracting for me and way more comfy for listeners.
Friday 27 October in the Pioneer Women’s Hall at the Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Square, High Street, Auckland Central. 7pm until 10pm. Tickets $20
Please think about supporting this one. It’s gonna be fun
Tickets Oct 27 concert at Ellen Melville Centre – buy online
$20 a ticket P.S click on orange buttons below to buy. You will be emailed directly by secure PayPal. Tickets will also be for sale on the door – bring cash. Doors open at 6pm.
The next Auckland concert coming up is at Lot23 Studio. This is a great venue which includes a cafe, a bar, a gallery, a performance space and sound stage. This will be a showcase performance and the plan is to film the show. Also performing will be MW (Marcus) Sellwood and Duncan Gillies.
The doors open at 6pm for Tapas & Drinks. EFTPOS is available. Tickets will be $25 each with a free (LH) album download of your choice to all of those who come along. You will have to be there to get the bonus album. This is a cosy space so don’t leave it too late to book. We will have door sales if space is available.
\\\\ LOT23 IS A CREATIVE HUB FOR ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, FILM MAKERS & PERFORMERS OF ALL KINDS. IT COMPRISES A MEDIA HOUSE, STUDIO, THEATRE, GALLERY, CAFE & BAR, AND HOSTS A WIDE MIX OF EVENTS \\\\
The photo below is from another gig at Lot 23 and gives you an idea of the space.
Tickets Nov 26 concert at Lot23 – buy online
$25 a ticket P.S click on orange buttons below to buy. You will be emailed directly by secure PayPal. Tickets will also be for sale on the door – bring cash. Doors open at 6pm.
One ticket $25 (NZD) 2 tickets $50 (NZD) 4 tickets $100 (NZD) Group of 10 -bring 9 of your friends & you get 2 free tickets for $200.00 (NZD)
Wondering what Lot 23 map looks like? Here is a clip from the mural making some time back to give you an idea. Also if you remember the cafe Brazil – Lot23 is where that unique coffee machine went to. That is worth a trip by itself. More history on Lot23 over here.
“The 1962 San Marco lever coffee machine was bought from the owners of the old Brazil cafe on K Rd. It uses only manual extraction techniques, meaning there are none of the fancy automated gizmos seen on modern machines. It truly is a piece of art in its own right.”
The next Luke & Friends concert show will be a convivial mix of styles from me and my bros.. Duncan Gillies & Angel Gordon. Marcus Sellwood. Basant & The Professor.
The sound is taken care of by Paul Crowther -Split Enz original drummer. We will probably record some of the show. There will be good food on offer and the venue is close to a number of famous watering holes being situated on the edge of K Rd and Ponsonby Rd so you can always come and go as you fancy. Runsheet will be to schedule that will be chalked up for all to see.
This is the 4th show of its kind and the feedback has been promising. Its gonna be a good one and nowhere could you get this standard and variety for so little outlay. If you can make it pls come or sponsor someone else to come. It costs a lot to stage this event and we don’t want to carry a deficit. So far so good so lets do it again except this time to a full house!
Any questions pls call +64 21 0259 2919. Volunteers welcome btw. We need help to get the word out.
Dave Brent on Tour
Saw this at the Capitol cinema on Dominion Rd if you are in Auckland. It’s a clever movie. It’s great how Gervais further develops a character famous as a loser in a high profile doco and gives him the ambition to risk his pension fund on the road with a band of paid friends. Ironically the band is called ‘Foregone Conclusion’
There is a beautiful twist in the way this totally awkward cringe merchant – David (everyone knows a loser when they see one) Brent wins the natural affection of the friends he previously had to buy.
The love shines thru. He gets a glimpse of insight into his own behaviour and finds love back in the world he was trying to escape. A unique tragic-comic resolution – you gotta see it!
Please use the buttons below for Oct 22 concert tickets
$20 a ticko et P.S click on orange buttons below to buy shopping cart. You will be emailed directly by secure PayPal. Tickets will also be for sale on the door – bring cash.
One ticket $20 (NZD) 2 tickets $40 (NZD) 4 tickets $80 (NZD) Group of 10 -bring 9 of your buddies & you get a free ticket $180.00 (NZD)
The concert venue is 8 Gundry St, Hall entrance off Abbey St – see photo below. In some places it might be called ‘Old Folks Association Hall’ or Coronation Hall.
The show on Friday is gonna be Hi Fi. The sound system is a top of the line Bose system. The soundman is Paul Crowther ex Split Enz drummer and inventor of the world famous hotcake effects pedal.
My guests are Duncan Gilles songwriter and Basant Madur – world renowned tabla player. The venue is a much loved long standing one. The show starts at 7pm and cost is $20 at the door or you can pay online to save time. There will be new songs played on the night. A new album is being mixed and mastered right now. Come along and be among the first to hear those songs along with some old favourites / different arrangements. Come along – save the canaries.
Trying to find a venue wasn’t easy. The auckland city art gallery auditorium was my first approach – such fond memories of doing shows there in the 80s. That venue is now five times the hire cost since Auckland (city) turned into a corporation.