The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society, A Flip And Two Twisters (2007)
This compilation of Kiwi music takes in covers, remixes, live tracks, b-sides, all matter of rarities – from Shihad covering Headless Chickens (no, really) through to Jakob and HDU (bands you don’t often find on compilations). I’ve had my copy of this, sealed, since it was released. When I first got it I didn’t have a turntable. So I kept it safe – waiting. Then it never quite felt like the time for me to listen to it all – I knew most of the material and had a lot of it and could, at the least, access it. So it stayed in a crate of sealed records – free for anyone else that came to the house to choose it. My good friend, artist Matthew Couper selected it to play one night. But it was voted down by other mates in the room – far more interested in hearing Nirvana and AC/DC and The Cult (and, given we were all off to see the reformed Head Like A Hole) that was all fair enough; those musical selections were the perfect primers for that particular evening. I don’t get to see Matt all that often now, we live in different countries. When I last saw him it was on his turf – so I didn’t travel with the record. But just recently he arrived back here and popped in to visit. We exchanged books – I gave him a copy of my book, he gave me his most recent catalogue (for his current show). Old friends, doing our thing. We attended kindergarten together – several lifetimes ago, or so it feels. Certainly many worlds have flown by. We had a cup of tea, my nearly one-year-old-son flirted and frolicked and banged his toy tambourine (his favourite). And as we caught up on our motivations and inspirations and discussed other old friends and new experiences we played this record. The perfect time had arrived. An alternative selection of some of the great music that comes from New Zealand; the music you hardly ever see (or hear) compiled.
Sample Track: Grate (Straitjacket Fits)
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