Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Various Artists - Flying Nun 25th Anniversary Box Set (4 Discs)
Yes, folks - believe it or now, I'm still here, and so is Pee-Pee Soaked Heckhole. Don't let the dearth of new posts here lead you to believe that the demise of this blog is nigh . . . far from it. I have yet to run out of ideas or stories. By last check, I've got at least a dozen posts in various stages of development.
The tragedy of it all is that, for the past three months, I just haven't been able to complete any of them to my satisfaction. Despite this being a silly little music site of no major consequence to anything else going on in the world, it is mine own, and as such I try to put a little care, work and editing into my screeds. With that in mind, I'm constantly in search of the perfect phrasing and narrative flow to make these tales at least somewhat interesting, in the hope that when visitors come here to grab the links for my latest album posting, they just possibly might linger a bit and actually read what I've penned in relation to the music.
Unfortunately for me, that quest for the "right" line has led to stagnation and writer's block. I visit this site with a sense of shame now, looking back guiltily over the vast number of unfinished postings stretching back for months and wondering when the fog will lift, and when I'll be able to add them to the others. It's annoying, to say the least.
But there is a bright side - this has happened before, and no doubt will occur again; sometimes I just get locked up. But in the end, I always end up completing the stragglers and clearing out the backlog. So keep watching this site; I will undoubtedly be backdating quite a few postings in the next few weeks. But they will get done.
Until then, here's a stopgap to tide you over, the Flying Nun 25th Anniversary Box Set, four discs jam-packed with pure Kiwi punk/alternative goodness by New Zealand's premier independent music label. These limited-edition discs contain a semi-chronological overview of nearly all of that country's (and label's) great non-mainstream artists - some of whom you may have heard of (The Chills, Toy Love, The Clean) and many others which may be new to you (The Pin Group, Straitjacket Fits, Love's Ugly Children, Chug, The Dead C). Many of the tunes in this set have long been out of print, making it a must-have for anyone with any interest in the New Zealand scene.
The reason I'm posting this (other than as an apology for being so idle over the past couple of months) is because not only is this a great set, an outstanding overview of the evolution of New Zealand alternative music since 1980 - it's also annoying difficult to track down online. And I know that if I have trouble finding it, many, many more of you are having a hard time as well.
So here - let me make it easy for you all: Here's the Flying Nun 25th Anniversary Box Set, eighty-three tracks of Aotearoa brilliance, released on Flying Nun Records (duh) in December 2006. Enjoy these while I get my act together, and let me know what you think.
And one more thing - thanks for hanging in there with me and this blog. More to come.
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