Monday, 15 May 2017

A song about the mess that is the Auckland Public Transport System - "Big City" by Ha the Unclear

I saw a great performance of this song live at Winecellar a while back and I am glad to hear the recording turned out so well! I really like the lyrical story that underpins the song. I instantly relate as a person whom also frequents the hideous mess that is Auckland public transport. Glad to hear a local song that captures the inward battle of the Auckland commute so vividly.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Jazzy Hip Hop - E.P

A live record I engineered in Avondale inside an Industrial warehouse. It's unpolished and raw but has a sweet vibe.




Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Perils and Joys of being a Pedestrian in Auckland



It’s almost frowned upon to use ones legs in Auckland to get from a to b.
Menacing socialites barely able to see over a steering wheel drive with their
foot to the floor rushing to pick up their trim milk late while the peasants of the
path graciously hobble along forgotten. We who march upon the ash felt deem
ourselves lucky beyond all measure if we have the good fortune to even tread
upon a footpath. Many times I have witnessed tradies in their working vans
glued to a standstill at a busy traffic intersections. On my two feet like Achilles 
merciless I outstrip them galloping around the corner. It’s sad to realize how
our main roads, back streets, byways, dead end streets you name it are
peopled with less and less honest walkers. Ironically one does tend to see
a rise in exercising lunatics clad in leather jogging pants doing their very best to
suck in as many exhaust fumes as humanely possible. It almost makes me
sad as I think about their pristine athletic lungs slowly being riddled with carbon
monoxide and pollution.

Despite the gloom, something funny happened yesterday as I was trooping down
the road to a Socialist meeting on the edge of Morningside. While I was minding
my own business a heavy set leering woman of pakeha descent leaned out of
her passenger window and said hi. I said hi back while keeping a steady pace
toward my destination while feeling rather hungry. She asked me abruptly
“do you want some tits!”. I was rather surprised and taken aback then quickly  
realized this woman was trying to level me for which I pitied her. Politely I
declined her insincere and venomous offer as I being no fool saw that her
boyfriend or pimp was driving her about and didn’t want a part in any tomfoolery
. I then said to the woman in a low tone “I’m good thanks”.
She countered my genuine rejection of her advance by stating that the current
standing market rate to enjoy the sight of her bumbling breasts was a pittance
at “30 dollars” although she made her sum sound like a vast aristocratic fortune.
I dis-regard her quote entirely as I had absolutely no interest in playing into her
poisoned hand.

The next thing I know the woman’s four wheeled slug of a car zoomed off into
the sunset leaving me in peace. I silently hoped the cars smoky exhaust
propelled it’s occupants as far from me as humanely possible.

 It’s true that the undisputed kings of inner city transportation are cars.
This fact doesn’t stop me from laughing, howling even when I hear cheesy
generic car horns sing out with rage and anger, as if they owned the roads out
right. Like little lords and lasses with their hereditary authority unchecked
cars speed down the pot-holed roads with flagrant dis-regard for the safety of
young children walking home from school. Currently pedestrian’s maybe
overpowered by the might of the combustion engine. But sooner or later the
change will come and the smirk on their smug drivers faces will be lost for
good. The tables will do more than turn they will 360 flip. Then with the wink of
an eye the champions of society the glorious driver will become powerless
and unhinged as computers and algorithms direct humanities future movements
and the best route to ones desired destination. I would gladly pay far more than
$30 to strip despotic wayward drivers and their despicable passengers of the
cruel pride only afforded to them by the power that comes with having the

ability to direct the four wheels of a car. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Scurrying Ants

My mind and spirit soar brushing the vaulted ceiling.
The music in the stadium propels us all into a blissed out 
state of being. It feels as if my skull has been opened up wide
causing me to lose all control of my brain. I begin to feel woozy 
and terribly strange. My limbs jump about as if possessed, 
perhaps they no longer belong to me. 
My circular eyes flicker and snap into ugly 
snare drums untuned. My thick brown hair rattles
around like spinning crash cymbals close to breaking.
My ears are engulfed in fuzzy bass-lines 
humorous and light. My arms and legs now utterly foreign to me
are moved about by discordant guitar chords
that patter through the air like overweight pigeons. 
The elevated human crowd are now lost wandering
in a different sonic dimension. All of us 
smell of over-priced liquor and burnt cigarettes.
The crowd sways and splutters like swarming plankton.
Despite my feeling of being underwater I continue to 
sip my plain lemony drink in my recycled paper cup. 
Finally the band takes to the stage for their final encore,
with what little energy they have left to give. 
After a time the lights switch on abruptly ruining 
the show, it's playful illusion broken in two.

Immediately everyone is reduced to scurrying ants. 


Foraging for Money

My hands dug through the snow looking for money 
We wanted our due and thought it not funny 
That some fool had left our cash buried in ice 
Without our modest wages we could only eat rice 
The men despaired doubting their pays existence 
I remained calm awaiting my crews enrichment  
For under a gnarled tree in a frozen forest
Were thousands of dollars fulfilling my promise  
So I dug up the folding without a second glance
Then preceded to wave the money about like a silly fan
The others crowded around and the loud roaring began 
Our pockets transformed our spirits blurred drunk   
We burned through cash faster than our ship would be sunk  

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Desperation



Desperation had brought us all together. We had similar motivations for why we did what we had to do. 
Some of us had no job prospects, others needed more money for family, while others simply wanted a 
break from the languishing monotony of life. We did the jobs no one else wanted to do or ever thought of taking 
up. We were specialists in mopping up spilled milk and tying up loose ends. The higher the stakes were 
the more we charged. Overwhelming odds simply made us laugh. Of our small squad of five I was 
tasked with overseeing all the operations we took on trying to bring about the best outcome for all. 
Nothing compared to making away with the drugs and money and cashing them in for flowing riches.
We didn't like breaking the law none of us did but we needed more than a life offered under the law.
Living hand to mouth in one of the most expensive cities in the world was enough to break a man's spirits.
A complete lack of security, not being able to supply the bare necessities, struggling to pay the rent 
had made us monsters, lions, death machines that stalked the streets lurked in shadows and enforced 
secret codes the average citizen never knew existed. We lived in the grey zone between heaven and hell.