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Oct 3, 2022

Hi there,

Local body elections turn sinister with urine innuendo and none of us being particularly bothered enough to engage with it. The UK experiments with kamikaze economics. Dave listens to Simon Bridges' podcast and we check out more Clinton TV. And the Uffindel report is concluded?

Bumper music;

Big Thief - Red Moon

Lonely Guest - Pre War Tension (feat. Joe Talbot & Marta)

All Them Witches - Silver to Rust

Bjõrk - Fossora

Sep 18, 2022

Hello,

Well it happened. With the Queen dead there's a lot to discuss about the power and the drama of the institution she embodied. Also NZ's covid mitigations are no more - are we saved, done for, or a secret third thing? And we watch the Clinton gal's foray into entertainment "Gutsy"! 

Apologies to Simon Mayo

Bumper music:

The Mars Volta - Black Condolences

Jim Parker - House of Cards theme

Carly Rae Jepsen - Talking to Yourself

Cardi B - WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stalion)

There was a great dirty joke Dan made which I managed to kill accidentally in the edit where he said that last song is a kind of a mask. If you're a legend who reads podcast descriptions to the end then I guess this is your gift.

Sep 5, 2022

Howdy?

After much consideration we deliver our conclusion on the upcoming local body elections; no. The Fire and the Fury documentary is compelling and skilfully made and almost has as good a website as us, but is it the complete picture it claims to be?

Plus: Farewell, Boris? 20 years with Songs for the Deaf. The death of Mikhail Gorbachev. Gastro.

Bumper music;

All Them Witches - Tiger Pit

Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Strangers (feat. A$AP Rocky & Run the Jewells)

Wet Leg - Oh No

Queens of the Stone Age - First It Giveth

Aug 12, 2022

Well, well, well.

Our freshest MP turns out to be one of the rottenest as Sam Uffindell's bully past comes to light. The National Party exchange scandal at the top for the bottom.

National dominate headlines for some deliberate reasons too with their conference policy announcements targeting welfare and some new poll results. Meanwhile the Greens have their turn at a bizarre form of leadership challenge.

And the ethics of online ethics policing and working in the military industrial complex, as we all had to learn about of late.

Links to stuff mentioned; 

Morgan Godfery: The protective embrace of being part of the in-group

What Makes This Song Stink Ep. 7 - Machine Gun Kelly "Emo Girl"

Bumper music;

Carly Rae Jepsen - Beach House

POLIÇA - rotting

Big Thief - 12,000 Lines

Mitski - Working for the Knife

Jul 21, 2022

Hey folks,

Andrea Vance's book "Blue Blood" has just been released and at time of recording Dave had read some of it. It's a humdinger whodunnit political true crime murder mystery, says I attempting to explain the pun on Cluedo in the title. 

Also; more on the assassin of Shinzo Abe. The politics of human damage. Funeral for a computer. Catastrophes and the economic order. Breakfast. And our leaders' international conduct with both Ardern and Luxon talking it up large overseas.

Bumper music:

Simple - Dog Food (feat Denzel Curry)

Dead Cross - Reign of Error

The Mars Volta - Blacklight Shine

Silversun Pickups - Scared Together

Perfume Genius - Eye in the Wall

Jul 9, 2022

Hi!

The boys got covid! Our personal recounting of the physical tribulations of 2019's hottest viral disease.

Ex-PM of Japan Shinzo Abe's assassination has shocked the planet. Boris Johnson's semi-resignation has confounded it. And what's more "planet" than local body elections? Wellington has mayoral candidates and we try to care. Since we last talked the expected Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs Wade came to pass - what this animating bigotry clings to in our psyche.

Bumper music;

Prodigy & Andy C - Firestarter (Andy C remix)

The Bobby Lees - Dig Your Hips

Daughters - Our Queens (One Is Many, Many Is One)

Feist - The Bad in Each Other

Jun 12, 2022

Hi!

New information on the rising prominence of inner-city violence as Dan is attacked, on two separate occasions, by seagulls.

Pride and the flag. DMT and soiling yourself. The holo-Queen's jubilee. 

Can Boris Johnson survive surviving a no confidence vote?

And Luxon, by-elections, Three Waters and local government; we solve the lot.

Bumper music;

Georgia - Running up that Hill

Hand Habits - Concrete and Feathers

Perfume Genius - Describe

Buke & Gase & RAHRAH GABOR - Taste Up

May 29, 2022

Hi,

In the news; new Doctor Who and the whooping narrow arguments about media representation. Ardern in America. The nihilistic attitudes available to us in the sagging middle period of a government.

And booze... for ladies? Is there something about this moment which has admen (and admen ladies) pushing frothies to the fillies? Or is alcohol marketing just an omnipit of villainy with no rhyme, reason or gender politics?

With special thanks to Ian for the website which is in the process of being deployed and may be what you're looking at right now!

Bumper music;

Carly Rae Jepsen - Western Wind

The TImelords - Doctorin' in the Tardis

Bob Vylan - Take That

Apr 22, 2022

Hey!

A new era of Covid mitigations and the social ripples inherent within. Dave has travelled, Dan has partied - what is the new world like?

Fast food and militant Irish republicanism once found common cause in McDonalds. Dan with the deep dive.

And in proper politics, Fair Pay Agreements may be the Ardernocracy's largest non-covid legacy. Luxon's National Party stand in opposition, to this, that, themselves and everything. But are consistent arguments really lacking if they don't matter?

Bumper music; 

Hifiklub & Alain Johannes - Make Up

The Wolfe Tones - The Men Behind the Wire

Silencer & JME - Matrix Nokia

3rd Secret - I Choose Me

Apr 3, 2022

Hi,

We give our review of Deep Water, the erotic thriller tasked with reviving the genre.

Also; union building activity in the USA, and the music we are digging right now.

Bumper music;

Nas - Meet Joe Black

Big Thief - Time Escaping

Sasami - Tried to Understand

Benny the Butcher - 10 More Commandments (feat. Diddy)

 

Mar 20, 2022

Hi!

In this episode; hospitality in crisis. Wellingtonians aren't undertaking their collective duty to private enterprise in the right way, apparently.

War in Ukraine - the dark maths of the unexpected. Urgh.

The protest at parliament ended with Dan eyewitness on the ground. 

And we note the passing of Mark Lanegan. God that sucks.

Bumper music;

Press Club - When You Were Young

Queens of the Stone Age - A Song for the Dead

UNKLE - Looking for the Rain (feat Mark Lanegan & Eska)

Mark Lanegan Band - Strange Religion

 

Feb 20, 2022

Unruly, uncoordinated, lasting longer than anyone expected or wanted; it's us back with another episode.

The copy-cat protest occupation at Parliament is at once a harbinger of menace, pitifully sad, and a mirror to the city. No solutions, just urghhhhrgh.

Also; Ukraine! Bikes and Cowboys! 

Bumper music;

Beastie Boys - Too Many MCs (feat. Nas)

REM - Welcome to the Occupation

Mitski - Love Me More

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Hero of the Soviet Union

Feb 7, 2022

So; Dan's credit card got stolen and used on OnlyFans. We discuss this impact of this on the new credit lending regulations causing misery across the land, and the proposed national employment insurance scheme. In blighty, Boris scandals on.

Bumper music;

DJ Format & Abdominal - Behind the Scenes

Sir Mix-A-Lot - Put 'Em On the Glass

Andrew Bird - A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left

Barkmarket - Undone

Jan 24, 2022

Ahoyhoy; recorded Saturday 22nd before our latest covid news and after several brews; here we go: Boris! Public art. Girlboss jailpurge. Royal succession. 

Bumper music;

JASSS - Wish

Aktive - Higher

Sharon Van Etten - Comeback Kid

Daniel Hart - Blome Swete Lilie Flour

 

Jan 9, 2022

Hi, here's a lazy one to a happy new year.

We discuss Don't Look Up, a film that has become a totemic piece of media over the festive season. Media consumption as psuedopolitics reaches new heights with the director's commentary tweet. How much is forgivable in art with a message?

Our predictions for 2022 ahead, and what we talk about when we talk about inflation.

Plus sealions! Jarred farts!

Bumper music;

P Money & Whiney - Buss the Red

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy - Miracles (feat. Ty Segall)

Cat Power - Nothin But Time

Dec 19, 2021

Hi,

We're back in the room, talking Luxon & Willis, Hilary Clinton's new venture, urbanism and local democracy, Ukraine, shock rock and apples.

Bumper music

Big Freedia - Tis the Season

Dilated Peoples - Ear Drum Pop

Mollono.bass - No Silence

Big Zuu, JME & Novelist - Offline

Dec 5, 2021

Hello,

We have a service station problem and it involves sausage rolls. Blame supply chains, the youth, or plain old common sense somehow; something must be done.

In less pressing news National changed leaders again and this time... who knows? Collins exists, sort of, in at least some degree of earned ignominy. But where to now?

Groundswell protests, anti-government covid protests, and the issues missing from any of our debates about this deadly pandemic, hinged or un. 

Bumper music;

Aim & QNC - Takin' Shots (Feat. Dimes)

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

Ovlov - Eat More

Phoebe Bridgers - Day After Tomorrow

Nov 1, 2021

Buona sera.

It's still Covid o'clock in little old New Zealand. We talk the vast spectrum of vaccine hesitancy, antiauthoritarianism, through to proper conspiratorial lunacy.

Which of course leads us to; Music in politics! Dave Dobbyn! And the end of Turkish-Kiwi relations!

Bumper music;

SASAMI - Skin a Rat

Pulp - Party Hard

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - William Weld in the 21st Century

Ceza - Buna Dur Dedi General 

Oct 18, 2021

kia ora,

Technology is neat, and is holding society together whether that be by heating meals, being a computer, or causing nonspecific harm to USA spies. 

Dave got his brain broken by reading the Jakarta Method then watching Squid Game back to back. Dan's just got a proper disease.

Machine Gun Kelly, the Covid strategy, Super Saturday, James Bond and what's on the telly.

Bumper music;

Blackstar - Re: definition

Shygirl & slowthai - BDE

Dizzee Rascal & Ocean Wisdom - Don't Be Dumb

Powderfinger - (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind

Oct 3, 2021

Hello,

New Zealand may still be a team of five million, but there are very different jobs to do. Is this disunity affecting the mission? The psychology of participation in a health response, and what learning to live with the virus might actually mean.

AUKUS kicks off an inscrutable diplomatic row with the French. Why does geopolitics gotta be so dramatic?

And some fast food news, and fast food history...\

Bumper music;

Portugal. The Man - Steal My Sunshine (feat. Cherry Glazerr)

The Avalanches - Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu)

Colleen Green - Highway

The Felice Brothers - We Shall Live Again

 

Sep 6, 2021

Hi,

New Zealand's covid lockdown starts easing just as we're getting the hang of it. Masks in the time of cardio. Seymour vs health system vaccine prioritisation efforts. The National leadership spill that's more of a water feature. The human and legal wreckage in the wake of last week's terror attack. McDonald's vs justice.

Bumper music;

Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u

Quicksand - Emdr

Z-Ro - Crooked Officer

Wesley Willis - Rock N Roll McDonald's

Aug 23, 2021

NZ back in Covid lockdown! Afghanistan! Music! Sean William Scott! Chats and bants! 

Bumper music;

Ty Segall - Whisper

Tricky - Money Greedy

Mega Drive - Crypt Diver

Phoebe Bridgers - Nothing Else Matters

Aug 8, 2021

Audio now corrected 0842 9-8-2021

Hi,

National's first conference since the election give us all cause to take stock and look ahead. How much as the myth of the ideal anti-politician leader bent our discourse?

Dan watched the Woodstock '99 documentary everybody is talking/angry about. Just give me a film format to break!

Bumper music;

Korn - Freak on a Leash

Merdian Dan, JME & President T - Teachers Pets

The Offspring - Self Esteem

Jul 25, 2021

We finally watched Rising Sun and, yeah, it's trash.

In the news, gang koha, rehabilitation costs and looking after stranded wildlife come under fire from the right because they are not free. Dan sees sandwich crime. Farmers are angry. There you go

Bumper music;

Lush - 500

Czarface & MF DOOM - Jason & the Czargonaughts

Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything

Eliza Shaddad -  Fine & Peachy

Jul 11, 2021

Hi;

Toilet party etiquette; when is it ok to use the party facilities for what they were actually designed? Is Lana Del Ray your cousin?

The UK announces cessation of covid mitigations! Ha. NZ's National party wants a debate, albeit about an unsurprisingly narrow group of things.

Haiti's president was assassinated. Literal bloodletting in politics' upper circles is rare, but is it surprising? The US pulls out of Afghanistan at great speed. See War Nerd for more details.

Bumper music;

John Lewis - Baby Bay

Lana Del Ray - The Next Best American Record

Gerry and the Pacemakers - ferry across the mersey

DJ Shadow - Six Days (Remix feat. Mos Def)

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