Category Archives: Music

The 11 Discs of Christmas

Music is memories. Music conveys to me a sense of time and place, and brings back the people who I was with. I hear anything from the Forrest Gump soundtrack, and I’m instantly transported back to the last long summer, 94/95, … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, OK Computer

There’s a kind of alchemy which happens when you’re finishing high school and going out into the world, when you’ve got time to engage in mass culture and enough money to go places and begin exploring things. Somewhere around getting … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Chicago

When I was about 14 my family moved from Auckland to Wellington, and in the first few months that we were back, before school had started, I had a certain amount of free time – no homework, only a handful … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Louis and the Good Book

I’ve never really been quite able to describe myself as an atheist. It has just never really felt like a label that fit me, at least partially because it feels like a denial of my childhood. I was raised a … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Blood on the Tracks

I came to like Bob Dylan somewhat reluctantly. I’d always been of the view that his was a genius best experienced through interpretation, of which there is no shortage. I grew up with Jimi Hendrix’ redefinition of “All Along the Watchtower”, … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, The Indifference Engine

As my explanation for why this made my list, I was tempted to just post the YouTube videos of Cup of Brown Joy, even though it’s a different remix on this album, and Fighting Trousers. I think this album has arrived at a … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Scheherazade Opus

Jazz may be an ill-defined musical term, but it’s pin-point precision compared to “Classical”, which people talk about all the time and which seems to mean anything written for an orchestra not in your own lifetime. My first serious girlfriend … Continue reading

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