Sitemap - 2021 - Sounds Good!

Happy New Year 2U

It Was The Best Gig Ever # 24: U2, Auckland 1993

Diane Arkenstone: The Healing Heart

Poem: Starter

Some Tributes to Joan Didion

In Praise of Paul Hertzog’s Martial Arts Soundtracks

What A Good Score! – #2: The Piano by Michael Nyman

The Boxing Day Morning Movie and Other Summer Holiday Cinema Excursions

Poem: December 26

RNZ Feature: The Music of Billie Holiday

X-ma-ass Music: 2021 Edition

Bill Charlap Trio: Street of Dreams

Christmas Holiday Goodreads!

Steely Dan: NORTHEAST CORRIDOR: Steely Dan Live!

What A Good Score! – #1: Local Hero by Mark Knopfler

Mel Brooks: All About Me!

Remembering Bad Boy Bubby

Poem: The Photographs We Take Are Always Of The View Once The Mountain Is Climbed, Never The Gateways You Walked Through Along The Way

Tangerine Dream: Probe 6-8

Poem: Tailoring

What A Good Score! – New Series

Chuck Berry: Live From Blueberry Hill

The Magical Movie Music of Paul Hertzog

Poem: Just Perfectly Too Much

All About Mel

In Praise of 2021's TV Shows (TIME Magazine's List)

Books That Blew My Mind # 9: “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris

Poem: Learning

Succession Season Three Ends Tonight!

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 51 – Toto, “Past To Present 1977-1990"

Leo Birenberg & Zach Robinson: Cobra Kai - Season 3

Poem: I Wrote My First Poem Over 30 Years Ago

Willie Jones III: Fallen Heroes

The White "Albums"

Some Albums That Got Me Into The Blues: The Starter Kit

Poem: Billie Holiday’s Voice In My Ear

Short Story: Neighbourhood Fragments 1-9

The Santaland Diaries

Poem: Ever Since Charlie Watts Died I’ve Been Tryin’ To Play Along To Art Pepper’s Walkin’ Blues

Kiss: This!

TIME For A Best TV List of 2021

Joe Farnsworth: City of Sounds

Poem: Why Didn't You Write About My Experience When You Were Writing About Your Experience?

In Praise of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

RNZ Reviews: December 2021

Poem: The Purple Spoon

The Beatles - Get Back: Film

V/A: I’ll Be Your Mirror - A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

Spotify Wants To Rule The World - 2021 Wrapped

The Nostalgic Pull: Forever Grateful

The Shadow Of Yesterday’s Triumph

Oh The Places A Neil Finn Show Can Go!

Demian Dorelli: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, a Journey on Piano

Poem: Fine Night

The Only Peter Jackson Film I Wished Was A Little Longer

Stubs: # 287 PJ Harvey, Wellington, 2017

Sting: The Bridge

Poem: I Love Them

Unfinished Intro To A Life-Long Essay Celebrating Drums

Magic and Loss: The Song

Poem: In His Room

Getting Back: To Where Nostalgia Belongs

Poem: Nothing Gold Can Stay

RNZ Feature: Marvin Gaye - Troubled Man

Richard Ashcroft: Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1

In Praise of 'The Morning Show'

Poem: Habitual Filling For Us Both

Brian Wilson: At My Piano

Neighbourhood Fragments (Nos. 1-9)

Carter Burwell: The Morning Show - Season 2 (Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack)

Poem: Imagine

The Little Mermaid – The Pantomime: Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 10)

In Praise of Tom Scharpling

Top of The Morning Show

Tom Petty's Music: My Introduction

Poem: Talking To Neneh Cherry About Seven Seconds

Poem: Cuts Deep


Collecting Film Scores Gives Me A Reason To Reconnect With The Movies

In Praise of The Tank and The Bangas Tiny Desk Concert

Raising The Roof – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Collaborate Again!

Poem: American History Lesson

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert

Revisiting Scratch 22 – Distance From View: 10 Years On…

Poem: Just Read The Label

The Return of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good!

Meet Tom Scharpling, Best in Shows

So You Think You Wanna Be A Freelance Writer...

Poem: The Very Best Awkward Ending

The Things You Find Out On The Side Are Sometimes The Best Bits of Interviews

Collecting Film Scores Is Giving Me Reason To Reconnect With The Movies

Poem: A Real Mix

Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham

Good Mourning: Remembering The 'Good Morning' TV Show (1996-2015)

Poem: Cycle

Sweetman Podcast # 273: Dai Henwood

The American Dollar: Right This Way (ep)

This Music Clip Makes Me Cry. I Love It So, So Much.

Poem: A Softening

This Really Is Spinal Tap!

That Terrible George Harrison Doco

Notes From Various TED Talks

Poem: R & R

It Was The Best Gig Ever # 23: Violent Femmes, Wellington 1995

Poem: Damn Problems

Free Public Reading: Slapping Culture In The Face - Writers Against National Library Disposals

RNZ Reviews: November 2021

Curb Your Enthusiasm is Back (S.11)

Poem: This Christmas

The Soundtrack Makes You Want To See The Film (Again)

Poem: no weeding

Tori Amos: Ocean To Ocean

I Hope Live Is Dead: I Hated That Band So, So Much

R.I.P. Pat Martino

Poem: This Current Apocalypse

Poem: In Memorandum of Understanding

Sweetman Podcast # 272: Jean Sergent

Rediscovering She Loves You by the Twilight Singers

Poem: Fall In The Sea/Eventually

I'm On Substack - It's $5 A Month - I've Written Over 100 Newsletters, Come Join Me!

Poem: Eaglehawk Down

New Adventures and MJ

Science Fiction Double Feature: Writing and Reading Sci Fi

Illuminating Samantha

Poem: Remonstration

In Praise of John Carpenter

The Magic of 'Taxi'

In Praise of Lana Del Rey

Poem: Harbinger

RNZ Feature: The Music and Movies of John Carpenter

Live Through This: Theatre

The Soundtrack To Buying A Michael Jackson Ticket

Poem: The Continuing Saga of Loving Fleetwood Mac

Writing and Reading Science Fiction

Remembering The Tour of Duty Soundtracks

In Praise of Audible Plus

The Music and Movies of John Carpenter

The Soul of The Music Is What Matters

Poem: Mail Delivery

V/A: PAURA - A Collection of Italian Horror Sounds From The CAM Sugar Archive

Poem: You’ve Got To Want To Believe

Love Thy Neighbour - The Complete Series: DVD

How Heavy Is Your Metal?

Lana Del Rey Is Back And Now I’m A Fan

Poem: Silver Springs

The Velvet Underground: Film

Now Music Is Saved Somewhat From TV Advertising

Poem: Matters of The Art

An Unpaid Ad For Audible Plus

Lionel Richie's Back To Front

Poem: Rage, like a wave

R.I.P. Ronnie Tutt

In Praise of 'Sad' Songs

The Velvet Underground Documentary

Poem: Controlled ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

In Praise of Aro Vision/Aro Video

The 27 Club

Poem: Rainbow Shit

Seeing Simon & Garfunkel. Twice.

In Praise of The "Final Girl" Trope

The Tour of Duty Soundtracks

Poem: Seems Telling, No?

Hir: Theatre

Here’s One More Missive…

Poem: The Block

Georgia Pritchett: My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Love For Sale

The Bottle To Battle To Death Album Cover In The Frame Above The Stereo

Who Is Your Favourite Final Girl?

RNZ Reviews: October 2021

Poem: Standing Up

What's The Worst Music Bio You've Read?

Poem: Two Good Things

Reb Fountain: Iris

So Many Sad Songs Saying So Much For Us All

Simply The Best. And Then Some Of The Rest As Well

Badges. Badges. Badges. Badges. Badges. Badges.

Poem: How Long Is A Piece of String Theory?

Georgia Pritchett’s Brilliant Mess

Poem: Don’t Forget To Remember

Happy, Happy Gig Memories

Cassandra Peterson: Yours Cruelly, Elvira

Those Early Musical Experiences That Stick

Right now on Aro Vision!

Poem: Scheduling Apocalypse, Now

The Great Kiwi Love Song

Poem: Developments

The Neil Young Admiration Society

What’s The Saddest Song You Love?

Poem: Pops-Music

Ben Living: Crystal Lake Tapes vol. 1

What’s Your Favourite Dylan Album?

Poem: Aquarius Music

RNZ Feature: Is this month 30 years ago the biggest in music history?

Please Listen To Iris By Reb Fountain A.S.A.F.P.

R.I.P. Lonnie Smith

Poem: Always Worried

Reading Elvira

Nirvana's Nevermind at 30

Poem: Data In Flames

Daniel Davies: Signals

Poem: Out Living / Us All

My Top 10 Stephen King Movies

Yann Tiersen: Kerber

Taking Novelty Songs Seriously

Short Story: Spelling It Out

Poem: The Fading Lights

Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind: 30 Years Today

Frank Kimbrough: Ancestors

Poem: Deselfing

In Praise of The White Lotus

Genesis: The Last Domino?

Poem: Coincidental

The Not-So-Great Gatsby

Poem: I Am Becoming More Like Myself

In Praise of 'Lindsey Buckingham'

Remembering Norm Macdonald

Poem: That’s Not Nothing

Charlie Was Their Darling: The Greatest Drummer for The Greatest Rock and Roll Band

Poem: The Ghost Finding His

Ranking Quentin: Tarantino Worst to Best

Billy Idol: The Roadside (ep)

Lindsey Buckingham

Poem: Talent

R.I.P. Norm Macdonald

Joseph Bishara: The Spiderweb Meditations

Rewriting School Field Trips

Poem: There’s No Name Suppression In New Zealand

Moritz von Oswald Trio: Dissent

Poem: Facts

Top 10 Tarantino – Worst to Best

Reading In Stolen Moments

Poem: The Most Learning I Ever Did At School Was In One Day On A Field Trip To The Abattoir

Clickbait: TV

R.I.P. Warren Storm

Poem: Non-Fiction

Books That Blew My Mind # 8: “The Executioner's Song” by Norman Mailer

Warren Storm Was a Legend, The King of Swamp-Pop

Poem: Urban Threnodies

Charlie Hunter Trio: Live At The Memphis Music Mansion

In Praise of Brushes

My Favourite Author That I’ve Never Read

Lockdown Poetry

Poem: Cuppa

F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm: 2X1=4

Bobby Gillespie and Jhenny Beth: Utopian Ashes

Some Lockdown Viewing

Poem: Recipe

I Clicked on Clickbait And Absolutely Did Not Believe What Happened Next!

Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross & Nick Chuba: Dr. Death (Original Series Soundtrack)

Linda Lavin: Love Notes

Poem: September 5, 2021

Red Spot Rhythm Section: Won’t Back Down - A Roots Tribute To Tom Petty

TVNZ Rebooting The Apprentice Was A Truly Horrifying Thing

Poem: King Collection

RNZ Reviews: September 2021

Kanye West: Donda

Brushing Up

Movies of My Life # 24: Uncut Gems

Poem: Average Perceptions of Time

Belated Half-Time Report: Some of the Albums I’ve Loathed This Year

The TV Show Is On A Loop For You To Find Your Placeholder Friends

My Favourite Author That I’ve Never Read

Poem: Localised Distribution of Feelings

Some Lockdown Reading

Ben Living: The Haddonfield Recordings

What's On The Box This Lockdown

Poem: Gig / Economy

R.I.P. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Patricia Barber: Clique

Poem: So Proud. So Very Proud.

R.I.P. Sonny Chiba

John Coltrane: Another Side of John Coltrane

Poem: On The Dreams We Had As Children

In Praise of Lockdown Listening Selections

My New EBook: Lockdown 2 - Electric Avenue (Poems)

These New Albums Stink!

Poem: The End?

Marco Beltrami and Miles Hankins: Nine Perfect Strangers (Original Series Soundtrack)

Jim Keller: By No Means

Poem: Bill Conti Scores The Great American Novel

My Reading is a Blur

Poem: The Arcane

Sweetman Podcast: Lockdown Hiatus

The Chair In A Single Sitting

It Was The Best Gig Ever # 22: Guns N' Roses, Auckland 1993

Boris Giltburg: Beethoven 32, Vol 9 – Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32

In Praise of Ditching Your Record Collection

Lockdown Stocktake

Poem: Two Fires

In Praise of Loving Crap Albums: The First 50 in the Series

Lindy West: Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

Poem: Flashback - The First Time I Took Acid

Dee Gees / Foo Fighters: Hail Satin / Live

Lorde: Solar Power

Poem: Clashing

Lockdown Listening Diary

Poem: No Reservations

Kevin Hays, Ben Street & Billy Hart: All Things Are

Sweetman Podcast # 271: My Talk at the 2020 Manawatu Writers Festival

Lockdown Reading 2021

Belated Half-Time Report: Some of the Albums I've Loved This Year

Los Lobos: Just The Greatest Band From East L.A.

Poem: Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Good Night

Amy Winehouse in The 27 Club: Ten Years On

Thomas Newman: The Little Things (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Poem: Girls And Boys At The Havelock North Public Swimming Pools

I Thought You Were Good White Lotus…But You’re Not Good. You’re Just Another Lying Ol’ Dirty Birdy.

R.I.P. Nanci Griffith

Theo Parrish: Smile

Poem: Scores

Clark: Lisey’s Story (Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack)

Moby: Reprise

Poem: Three Strikes

Sweetman Podcast # 270: Tarns Hood

The 50 Crap Albums That I Love!

Poem: In A Poem’s Favour

In Praise of Stephen King. Again.

Joshua Chuquimia Crampton: 4

With You, Shortly - Little fictions

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 50 – Santana, “Spirits Dancing In The Flesh”

Poem: Poems Are Funny

Do You Ever Rewatch Television Shows Anymore?

Poem: Go With The Flow

Winding Up: Theatre

My New EBook: With You, Shortly - Little fictions

Gig Review: Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Party (August 7, Wellington)

Poem: What A Gig. Weird To Say? So Be It.

RNZ Reviews: August 2021

In Praise of Reading About Fleetwood Mac

Sweetman Podcast # 269: Andrew Gladstone (Garageland)

Poem: Hit

In Praise of Bon Scott

Just The Greatest Band From East L.A.

Poem: Shit Job

Movies of My Life # 23: Misery

In Praise of 'Masterclass'

Poem: Here Is That Apology I Owe You

Adam Nussbaum: Lead Belly Re-imagined

The Best Book About Movies

An Evening of Poetry and Music: National Poetry Day at Schrödinger's Books (Aug 27, 2021)

Movies of My Life # 22: The Big Lebowski

Poem: Brushes

Faye Webster: I Know I’m Funny haha

The White Lotus

For The Band Spines In Its 40th Birthday Year

Poem: Late Stages

Paula Green's Poetry Shelf: Thirteen Poems About Song

Lucinda Williams: Runnin’ Down A Dream - A Tribute to Tom Petty

Poem: Finishing

Yola: Stand For Myself

Sweetman Podcast # 268 - Catherine Robertson

Los Lobos: Native Sons

People Who Show You New Music Used To Be Important

Poem: Better Than Johnny Cash

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex: The Bench

Acute Inflections: 400

Poem: The Overdues

Cave dwelling

Erik Wøllo / Michael Stearns: Convergence

Poem: Is This Even?

Asking For Horror Fiction Recommendations

Cristobal Tapia de Veer: The White Lotus [Soundtrack from the HBO Original Limited Series)

The Joy of Misery

Poem: Weird Flex, But Ok…

Stubs: # 286 Misery, Roxy Cinema, Wellington, 2021

Poem: For Anyone

Monica Heldal: Ravensdale

Poem: No Jump

David Crosby: For Free

Thinking About Amy Winehouse...Ten Years On...

Poem: Diegesis

Stubs: # 285 – Things I Know To Be True, Wellington, 2021

Sweetman Podcast # 267 - Sam Duckor-Jones

Poem: Not For Any Book

An Unpaid Ad For Masterclass

Molly Lewis: The Forgotten Edge (ep)

Poem: Bad Shortcuts

Bob Dylan: Shadow Kingdom

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Angel Dream (Songs from The Motion Picture “She’s The One”)

In Praise of Selima Hill

The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang Live On Copacabana Beach

Poem: Philosophy of the World

I’ve Already Seen The Best Beatles Documentary Ever – Many Times…

Poem: My Dinner With Andre(w)

RNZ Feature: 40 Years of Grace Jones' Music

Happy Birthday Stewart Copeland!

Poem: Banter

Brooke Blair & Will Blair: Night Stalker - The Hunt for a Serial Killer

Sweetman Podcast # 266 - Jeff Kingsford-Brown

Mt. Erebus - a short story

Poem: What They Needed To Put Together Was A More Inclusive Workplace To Meet Both The Needs And Demands of Not Just That Day But Any Day

V/A: The Way of Darkness - A Tribute to John Carpenter

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 49 – “Poetic Justice”: Music From The Motion Picture

Drive-By Truckers: Live at Plan 9 July 13, 2006

In Praise of 'A Love Supreme'

The Big Lebowski On The Big Screen

Poem: Let’s hear it for the meritocracy!

In Praise of Audiobooks

In Praise of 'Walking On The Chinese Wall'

Stubs: # 284 – The Big Lebowski, Roxy Cinema, Wellington, 2021

Poem: Eventually

Koreless: Agor

Poem: Excalibur

From The Archives: Little Did I Know, When I Bought “Blow By Blow”…

Sweetman Podcast # 265 - Ben Elton

Poem: Enabling Consistency

Bon Scott Would Be 75 If He Was Alive Today - And He'd Be Scratching...Not Just At The Inside of His Coffin But Also All Over His Fuzzy Nuts

Miley Cyrus Should Play Anita O’Day In A Biopic

The Beautiful One: Five Years Gone / Five Years On

Poem: Case Study In Genius Branding

In Praise of Hanif Abdurraqib

So many books, yo!

Ten Songs Only Warren Zevon Could Have Written

Poem: When And Where

Movies of My Life # 21: Friday The 13th Part Two

What Is Happiness?

Alexander Taylor: Scream, Queen! – My Nightmare on Elm Street (Original Soundtrack)

Poem: Always, Too Much

Elling: Theatre

RNZ Reviews: July 2021

Poem: Many More

Kodama 木: Moonlight and Rain

Liz Phair: Soberish

Meet Raw Meat Monday


Poem: Where I Should Leave This.

DJ Houseplants: Self-Titled (ep)

Sweetman Podcast # 264 - Jo Marsh aka JoJo Bellini

Lucy Dacus: Home Video

Poem: On Twitter

In Praise of José James

DUCK! Poetry! Lookout!

Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Ding Dong. You’re Dead.

In Praise of YouTube, The TV Channel!

Linktree: Simon Sweetman

Poem: Belittling, Ultimately.

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward: I’m A Stranger Here

In Praise of Tom Stoppard

Poem: Nightmares On Mainstream

R.I.P. Gift of Gab

In Praise of Laura Dern

The Genius-Stroke of Uncut Gems

Poem: Aug 28, 1990

Willy’s Wonderland: DVD

In Praise of Charlie Watts

Poem: Ontological Arguments Are So Last Century

Playlist: There's Worse People

In Praise of Snooker

Poem: Feb 12, 2000

WWE Elimination Chamber 2021: DVD

Short Story: When Peter Gabriel Drank All My Whiskey

In Praise of Enya

Poem: I Am Unfashionable But It's Largely For The Sake Of My Mental Health

Poem: June 25th and 26th, 2009

Russell E.L. Butler: Emotional Bangers Only (ep)

I Know I’m Funny Haha

Sweetman Podcast # 263 - Rikki Morris

Poem: Reserve

Writing Horror

My New EBook: Wrestling Is Fake. That's What Makes It So Real - Selected Grapplings (2005-2015)

Poem: Two Levels

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band: Leftover Feelings

Nathan Fake: Sanxenxo (ep)

Poem: Critical Alignment for Spiritual Journeys on This Earth and Wherever Next

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 48 – Boris Gardiner, “Everything To Me”

The Horror Movie Sleepover

Poem: Bloody Loops

Trevor Gureckis: Servant – Season 1 (Soundtrack)

Bill Kwan: No Ordinary Love – The Music of Sade

Stubs: # 283 – Mansfield: In Her Own Words - Wellington, 2021

Poem: I Have A Crush On Pop Culture

Joan Armatrading: Consequences

Cande y Paulo: Cande y Paulo

Poem: My Favourite Kill of All Is Mrs. Vorhees’ Head Being Chopped Off In Slow-Motion

R.I.P. Janet Malcom

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Marc Ribot: Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus [Reissue]

Poem: Pearl Fishing with Peanuts

Tom Vernon: Amber Fade (ep)

R.I.P. Fane Flaws

Poem: To The First 500

Remembering(s) Sinead O'Connor

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 262 - Ben Tolich (Mali Mali)

Menahan Street Band: The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band

PVA: Toner (ep)

Books That Blew My Mind

Poem: Golden!

My Kate Bush Story: Geeking Out While Seeking Out Her Music

Alan Howarth: Indigo RA

The Best One Trick Pony: Paul Simon's Most Underrated Album

Poem: Let’s Talk Telephoto Lenses…

Playlist: Shut Up And Listen

Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell: Burn

The Podcast You Need If You Love Books About Music

Roger McGough Had Done Enough - And Long Before He Wrote A Poem To Save My Life

Gig Review: The Nathan Haines Octet (June 12, Wellington)

How Not To Make A Movie

Poem: Had Baby Haiku

Hélène Grimaud: The Messenger

Poem: The Luck Of The Draw

Gig Review: Michael Houstoun and The Rodger Fox Big Band ft. Erna Ferry (June 12, Wellington)

When In Doubt, OST!

Poem: Half Time At The Housewarming, The Fire Roaring, The Pass-Around Food Is Lovely…

Poem: Several Twitter Users.

Playlist: Make A Jazz Noise

Poem: What’s That Got To Do With The Price of Fish?

Promising Young Woman and Unhinged is The Double Feature I Am Here For

Gig Review: Newbop Quintet (June 10, Wellington)

No Guilt, Only Pleasure! Always!

Friends: The Reunion

Poem: 10cc

RNZ Feature: Looking Back On The Best of Bonnie Raitt's Career

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 261 - Father Christopher Orczy

Do Audiobooks Count As Reading? Hell Yeah!

Three-Layer Cake: Stove Top

Poem: The Hope To Not Repeat

Martin Gore: The Third Chimpanzee E.P.

Movies of My Life # 20: Lost Highway

Poetry in Motion: PIM - July Edition - Featured Guest Simon Sweetman

Carmen Maria Machado: In The Dream House

Poem: Cultural Appropriation

Bill Laurance & The Untold Orchestra: Cables Rewired EP

Friday The 13th Part Two Is The Best Horror Movie Sequel Of All Time, Of All Time

TV Shows That Meant The World To Me: #13 – Chappelle's Show

Poem: Boomerang

RNZ Reviews: June 2021

My Top 10 Stephen King Books

Poem: Ditch

Poem: Jimmy Cliff, Arriving Angry

Facta: Blush

Movies of My Life # 19: The Apostle

Poem: Goodbye Charles Bukowski

Charlie Is My All-Time Darling

Poem: Efficiency.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: First Train Smokin

Poem: Henry Rollins Writing Haiku…

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 260 - Kate Spencer

In Praise of Graphic Novels

Poem: Social Media

Books That Blew My Mind # 7: “You’re A Good Sport, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz

Poem: Or So It Appears

Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi

Nelson Riveros: The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery

Poem: Please

Poem: What Makes You Think You’re The One?

Frederick Johnson & Andre Reiss: Duo

The Bend: We Disappear

Poem: Haiku

Chris Benstead: Wrath of Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

So No One Told You Reunions Were Gonna Be This Grey

Chrissie Hynde: Standing In The Doorway - Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan

Poem: It’s Sunday Morning.

Poem: Halation

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 47 – Elvis Presley “Elvis’ Greatest Shit”

Tamil Rogeon: Son of Nyx

Poem: Meeting Roger

To One Of The Greats In Celebration of a Milestone Birthday

Stephanie Nilles: I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag – The White Flag

Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor: Time No Changes

Getting Tusked!

Poem: Listening To Tusk, Thinking It’s The Greatest

Wrath of Man: Film

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 46 – Lou Reed “Metal Machine Music”

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt: Made Out of Sound

Poem: I’m In With The Non-Crowd/I’m Non With The In-Crowd

Ryan Adams: Wednesdays

Poem: 80 Lines For Bob Dylan On The Occasion of His 80th Birthday

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 259 - Jonny Potts Says Happy 80th Birthday Bob Dylan

B-I-O  P-I-C: Find Out What It Means To See…

Dan Wilson: Vessels of Wood and Earth

Weezer: Van Weezer

Poem: Coming Out of Lockdown

R.I.P. Roger Hawkins

Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne

Billie Eilish: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

Poem: Marvin Gaye’s Album Turns 50 But Paul Mooney Doesn’t Get To Turn 80

Amy Winehouse: Live At The BBC [3CD]

Micky Dolenz: Dolenz Sings Nesmith

Happy 40th Birthday Spines!

R.I.P. Paul Mooney

Poem: That Night When Ronnie O’Sullivan Beat Mick Price With A 147 Snooker Break In Five Minutes For An All-Time World Record, Yo!

Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra & 10 Poets: We Come From The Sun

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 258 - Caitlin Smith

Billie Eilish Can’t Write

Poem: Stop being silly! You’re being stupid!

Luke Adam Hawker: Together

Chick Fight: DVD

Poem: The Best Way To Get Through It Is To Get Through It

WWE Best of 24 - 2020: DVD

David Buckley: Nobody (Music From The Motion Picture)

Poem: When You’re Too Old To Cut The Mustard You Can Still Lick The Jar

Ben Brown (ed): How Did I Get Here?

Lost Girls: Menneskekollektivet

My Favourite Sport On TV

Poem: Went To Christchurch For A Family Party

Caroline Shaw, Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish & Sō Percussion: Narrow Sea

Poem: Skipping Brunch

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 257 - Florian Habicht

Steve Miller Band: Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977

Poem: Encyclopedic Knowledge

A Love Supreme/A Love Supreme/A Love Supreme/A Love Supreme/A Love Supreme…

DJ Toner Q4tet: Blessed Are The Weird People

You Can Read A Book In A Single Sitting And Experience So Many Worlds

Nobody: Film

Poem: There Aren’t Enough Batteries Left To Power This World

Bonnie Raitt: Rainbow Room Blues - Philly Broadcast ‘72

The Archives: Carry Me Home - A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Poem: Dose

Non-Clickbait Headline About TVNZ Fully Supporting Donald Trump With Their Latest Move

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog: What I Did On My Long Vacation (ep)

Spines: Backstory. Spines Live 1986.

Poem: Alone In Public

Scott DuBois: Summer Water

Ulysses Owens Jr. Big Band: Soul Conversations

Poem: I Was There Mate, Gladstone, 1982

Sunday Stories: Mother's Day, Booktown, Back To Work On It All...

Vincent Herring: Preaching To The Choir

Poem: The People Working In Theatre Only Get Mondays To Themselves

Mandy Barnett: Every Star Above

RNZ Reviews: May 2021

Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Volume 1

Olivia Jean & April March: Palladium (ep)

Little Did I Know, When I Bought “Blow By Blow”…

Poem: Steely

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 256 - Mark Rogers

Poem: Mum Made The Milos

Chris Abrahams / Mark Wastell: A Thousand Sacred Ships

Pink Floyd: Live At Knebworth 1990

Go To Raw Meat Monday - Meet Your Next Favourite Local Comedian

Poem: When The Cheque Clears

Dianne Swann: The War On Peace of Mind

Poem: Pwned In The U.S.A.

Dinosaur Jr: Sweep It Into Space

Poem: I Survived Y2K

Kajillionaire: DVD

I Went And Saw The Film Nobody And I Liked It A Lot And That Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Person But It Might Mean I’m Incredibly Privileged 

Poem: Pics Or It Never Happened

Things I Know To Be True: Theatre

John Jeffrey: Passage

Poem: Depression

Up Early To Prep-Prep-Prep, Busy Day To Cap A Cruisy Week

Stubs: # 282 – Laurie Anderson: Here Comes The Ocean, Wellington, 2020

Mali Mali: Kill and Throw (ep)

Poem: (This) Man’s Best Friend

Featherston Booktown (May 6-9, 2021): Pop-Up Poetry (Saturday May 8)

Poem: Duet

Happy Pink Floyd At Knebworth Day!

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 255 - Matthew Pender on Prince

The KLF & The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu: Come Down Dawn

Steve Cropper: Fire It Up

Poem: Conversate

The Ben Elton Interview

Alela Diane: Live At The Map Room

Poem: Just One Of Those Things

Alexa Tarantino: Firefly

Tom Jones: Surrounded by Time

Poem: We Have A House

Short Story: A Sound Unlike Any Other (For Gibson Les Paul or SG)

Lara Solnicki: The One And The Other

Miley Cyrus Should Play Anita O’Day In A Biopic

Poem: Scenes From The Soap Opera In Transliteration

The Holidays, The Bubble, Billy Preston, Ben Elton and Anita O'Day, o'yeah...

Blanck Mass: In Ferneaux

Authors I Admire: # 17 Owen Marshall

Poem: Yet Another Poem About Anita O'Day

RNZ Feature: The Life and Legacy of Billy Preston

The Beautiful One: Five Years Gone / Five Years On

Peter Frampton: Peter Frampton Forgets The Words

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 254 - Steve Braunias

Poem: Window Shopping

Nathan Salsburg: Landwerk No. 2

R.I.P. Jim Steinman

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 45 – Yes, “Big Generator”

John Key’s Jazz Monsters: Dune Dancing

Poem: Still, Breathing


TRANSMISSION – The Verbatim Play About NZ’s Covid Response That Deserves To Be Filmed For Netflix, And To Tour The Country Endlessly, If Not The World

Poem: After A Song

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go

Brandi Disterherft Trio w/ George Coleman: Surfboard

Short Story: Mt. Erebus

Poem: It’s Weird How A Random Memory Will Just Pop Up Like This

Neil Cowley: Hall of Mirrors

Jordan Rakei: Late Night Tales

Promising Young Woman and Unhinged is The Double Feature I Am Here For

Norah Jones: ‘Til We Meet Again (Live)

Sting: Duets

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises

Poem: Made With Love

Pasquale Grasso: Solo Ballads

Fighting the Flu To Do What I Do

Poem: Watching Twin Peaks 30 Years Later

Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracutu

If In Doubt, OST!

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 253 - Margot Pierard

Bob Dylan: The Best of The Bootleg Series

Mikael Tariverdiev: Visions in Black & White

Poem: Skipping Reels of Rhyme

WWE TLC - Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020: DVD

Review: The Mirror Book by Charlotte Grimshaw

Poem: Unfinished…

Reggae Angels – with Sly & Robbie: Remember Our Creator

This Poem Punches My Heart In The Guts

Vijay Iyer Trio: Uneasy

Poem: Church Is A Verb

Charlotte Grimshaw: The Mirror Book

I Think Lost Highway Will Always Be My Favourite David Lynch Film

Nils Frahm: Graz

Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Respiration

Short Week, Pockets Deep

Merry Clayton: Beautiful Scars

Poem: For Whom

Fatman: DVD

Tenderlonious: Tek-88 (ep)

'Selling Old Records' and 'Finding New Favourites'

Poem: Ani DiFranco Might Have Been The Original Slam Poet For All We Really Know (Or Care)

José James: New York 2020 (Live)

Poem: Old Skies

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 252 - Mike McKeon (aka Dr Blue)

Poem: Blood Is Thicker Than Water

The Podcast You Need If You Love Books About Music

Little Feat: Meanest Blues of All (Live 1973)

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter: Three Feral Pieces (ep)

Poem: Clean Closet

Poem: I Nearly Killed A Dog One Day

Donato Dozzy: The Tao (ep)

Poem: Middle Management

Some Good TV and Film Articles For You

Gig Review: Wil Sargisson & Margot Pierard (April 3, Hawke's Bay)

Catching Up On The Homework I Set Myself...

RNZ Reviews: April 2021

Have A Good Friday – Have Some Good Music…

Poem: There’s A Photo

Tower of Power: 50 Years of Funk & Soul, Live at The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – June 2018

Poem: Good Enough

Poem: For The Next In Line

Vinnie Colaiuta and Mark Isham: Hard Candy

The Existential Importance of Reading The Mirror Book

Poem: We Went To Buy A DVD Player

Billy Collins: Whale Day And Other Poems

Poem: Malodour

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik: Somit

Neil Young: Young Shakespeare

Quickly, In Praise of Laura Dern

Andra Day: The United States VS. Billie Holiday (Music From The Motion Picture)

Crowded House Live at Napier's Church Road

Poem: 5pm At The PAK’nSAVE Carpark in Hastings Is A Mood

Out of the house, but the House is about to get Crowded...

R.I.P. Larry McMurtry

Short Story: And We Know

Ten Songs Only Warren Zevon Could Have Written

Poem: Heard Mentality

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 251 - Mere Boynton

Poem: Now Is The Winter Of Our Disco Tent!

Aretha Franklin: The Genesis of Aretha: 1960-1966

Galya Bisengalieva: Aralkum

The Brilliant Hanif Abdurraqib

Ani DiFranco: Revolutionary Love

Poem: Hey Graham Bell, ‘TV Icon' Is Actually Spelt R-A-C-I-S-T C-U-N-T

Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough

Amanda Sewell: Wendy Carlos - A Biography

Poem: Jordan Luck Cares

Pino Palladino/Blake Mills: Notes With Attachments

The Apostle is a Perfect Film

Ringo Starr: Zoom In - EP

Richard Pryor: 'Craps' (After Hours) - 50th Anniversary

Poem: Swing

It's The End of The Week As We Know It...And I Feel Fine

Poem: Making American Recordings

Pearl Charles: Magic Mirror

My Kate Bush Story – Geeking Out While Seeking Out Her Music

Poem: The Good Grief!

RNZ Feature: Kate Bush

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 250 - Greg Smith

SIX60 - Till The Lights Go Out: DVD

Poem: Your work and accomplishments are being recognised

Sophie Hutchings: Scattered On The Wind

A Poem To Save Your Life

Rebecca DuMaine & Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday

Michael Allred w/ Steve Horton and Laura Allred: BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams

Poem: n. -1

Gig Preview: Noise Drone Repeat, Valhalla, Wellington (Wed, March 31, 2021)

The Brianna Thomas Band: Everybody Knows

Poem: Eight Arms To Hold You

Gig Review: Bill Bailey – En Route To Normal (March 14, Wellington)

Stubbleman: The Black Bird Tapes (ep)

My Top-Ten Re-Watchable Sitcoms

Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. III - Run For Your Life

Poem: Hype of Deliverance

So Many Wormholes...

Moby: Live Ambient Improvised Recordings, Vol. 1

Dylan Taite Rolls One In His Grave And Discusses The Latest Abomination That Is Masquerading As An Award And Still Dares To Use His Name

Tindersticks: Distractions

The Best One Trick Pony

WWE Survivor Series 2020: DVD

Poem: Richard Pryor Addresses A Fucked Up Nation

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 249 - Gavin Hewitson

Short Story: The Right Club

A Rainy Day In New York: DVD

Poem: Melting Moments (Filled With Love)

Gavin Learns Podcast: Episode 32 - Simon Sweetman

Max Merritt: I Can Dream

YOU Writes Very Well – So Nice, We Bought It Twice!

Poem: The Latest – Greatest - Book

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 44 – Sophie B. Hawkins, “Tongues and Tails”

A Vinyl Affair – Wellington’s Record Fair: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern

Kristiana Roemer: House of Mirrors

Poem: Bad Poetry

Shirley: DVD

Gwenifer Raymond: Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain

Chappelle’s Show Is Back – But Will It Get Cancelled?

Poem: Team Sport

Poem: i-Time

Chris Abrahams: Appearance

Dakota McFadzean: To Know You’re Alive

Poem: Right On The Rock

Yay! It's The Weekend!

RNZ Reviews: March 2021

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Way Down In The Rust Bucket

Poem: Great Show

Anja Lechner and François Couturier: Lontano

All I Am Saying Is Give Yoko A Chance!

Tani Tabbal Trio: Now Then

Just Checking In To See What Condition My Subscriptions Are In...

Poem: Seven Times More Fun Than Most Parties

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 248 - Nadia Freeman (Miss Leading)

Books That Blew My Mind # 6: “Wilson” by Daniel Clowes

Poem: Kind Regards, Thanks Again, and Talk Soon?

UPDATE: Ethersonic Presents LENS_01 (NZ Fringe) - New Shows + One Cancelled Date

Bill And Ted Face The Music: DVD

The Top 10 Stephen King Books I’ve Read

Poem: Like and Subscribe

James Blunt: How To Be A Complete and Utter Blunt - Diary of a Reluctant Social Media Sensation

Poem: Dude, Where’s My Bro Noun?

Diane Schuur: Running On Faith

The Australian Dream: DVD

Poem: Dear Ngā Mihi,

Melvins: Working With God

Stubs: # 281 – Cock, Wellington, 2019

If You Know What I Stream…

Poem: Nostalgia Is Just Emotional Pornography

Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto: Quartermass Seven

Inheritance: DVD

But I Digest...

Ian Nathan: Stephen King at the Movies

Poem: Raindance

Force of Nature: DVD

Willie Nelson: That's Life

Neither Daft Nor Punk

Poem: Dropping Bombs

Joel Ross: Who Are You?

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 247 - Talia Marshall

Poem: Coming Third

R.I.P. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon: Noon

Poem: Good Sports

Stoppard: In The Name of Love...

John Densmore: The Seekers - Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists)

Will Bates: Bliss (Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Poem: mulligan

The Weather Station: Ignorance

Books That Blew My Mind # 5: “The Dark Stuff - Selected Writings on Rock Music” by Nick Kent

Poem: “It Was Like Watching Myself Die”

Sara Dallin & Keren Woodward: Really Saying Something (Sara & Keren) – Our Bananarama Story

Substack: "Sounds Good!"

John Patitucci / Vinnie Colaiuta / Bill Cunliffe: TRIO

The Chinatown Deep Dig

Poem: Welcome To Dunbar Sloane

Sun Ra: Haverford College, Jan. 25, 1980 (Solo Rhodes Piano)

Eric Binder Trio: Hard Bop

Poem: Billy Collins’ Voice

WWE Clash of Champions 2020: DVD

Oysterhead in the Grand Pecking Order: A 20th Anniversary No One Will Celebrate?

Ethersonic Presents LENS_01: NZ FRINGE

A New Journey...Sounds Good!

Poem: Tribute to James Tate Before I Even Knew Who He Was –

V/A: For The Love Of You

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 246 - Jeremiah Ross (Module)

Music, Movies, Books...the good stuff!

Poem: Burning Out

Adam Crystal: Bonding (Original Music From the Netflix Series)

William Stuckey: Love Of Mine

Short Story: Won't Get Fooled Again

Miles Davis: The Lost Septet

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So

Poem: Self Improvement

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 43 – Candy Dulfer, “Saxuality”

V/A: Music For Falling (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Poem: Because You Have Applied For All Of Them

The Tremeloes: Moonlight Hour (Live 1970)

Poem: Children of the Cornucopia

Tania Giannouli Trio: In Fading Light

Short Story: Social Media

Andy James: Tu Amor

Poem: Eagles Fly Alone

The Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart: Film

Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin’ 1965-1976

Poem: Fuck Up Cyril Connolly

R.I.P. Milford Graves

Matthew Restall: Elton John’s Blue Moves (33 1/3)

Poem: Branching Out

R.I.P. Chick Corea

Torben Ulrich & Lori Goldston: Oakland moments - cello, voice, reuniting (rejoicing)

V/A: True Colours, New Colours

Poem: Father-Son Bonding Moment

Sir Richard Bishop: Oneiric Formulary

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 245 - John Wareham

Poem: The Kids of Today

The Look of Love: Theatre

Poem: Plastering The Cracks

Leonard Cohen: The Moon’s Too Bright

RNZ Reviews: February 2021

Yello: Point

Cool Summer: The Musical Rediscoveries of 2020/2021

Poem: Rama

John Powell: Film Suites, Vol. 1

QOW Trio: QOW Trio

John Carpenter: Lost Themes III - Alive After Death

Poem: Like Anthropy

The Staves: Good Woman

Poem: Empty-Pocket Philosophy


Cecil Taylor / Tony Oxley: Being Astral & All Registers: Power of Two

Poem: Bad Gateway Drugs

Till Brönner & Bob James: On Vacation

Poem: Which

Sweetman Podcast: Episode 244 - Maggie Tweedie

Poem: The First Two Years Near Uni

Hans Zimmer & David Fleming: Hillbilly Elegy (Music from the Netflix Film)

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 42 – John Martyn, “Heaven and Earth”

Poem: The ethnographic mirror

JD Allen: Toys / Die Dreaming

Short Story: Party On

Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp: Dark Matrix

Tall Tales & True: Poetry at Paraparaumu Library, Sunday, February 7, 2021, 2-4pm

Poem: The Chicken/The Road/The Question of Why/No Joke/No Joke At All

R.I.P. Double K (Michael Turner)

James Taylor: Over The Rainbow - The American Standard EP

Poem: Insistence

Billy Cobham: Live in Montreux (Live 1987)

Short Story: M-Path

Poem: Seemingly By Fluke

Books That Blew My Mind # 4: “Faithfull” by Marianne Faithfull

Poem: Chef’s Kiss

It Was The Best Gig Ever # 21: Emmylou Harris, Wellington 2001

Tom Morello: Comandante (ep)

Poem: Masters Of The Universe

Sofa’s First Gig: It Was 25 Years Ago Today…

Noah Preminger: Contemptment

Poem: Three Birds In A Fire

Sly & The Family Drone: Walk It Dry

Poem: A Better Score

Shit That’s Good! Crap Albums I Love # 41 – Gary Moore, “Still Got The Blues”

Robin Guthrie / Harold Budd: Another Flower

Poem: Promising Dumb Punchline

J. Pavone String Ensemble: Lost and Found

Poem: The shed in the paddock miles from nowhere but I was there

Roberto Bravo: Tributo a Ennio Morricone

Books That Blew My Mind # 3: “Can’t and Won’t” by Lydia Davis

Poem: This Time (To Right)

Nathan Micay: Industry OST

Poem: Speaking OF Tongues

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger: Force Majeure

Poem: A Guiding Rhythm Always


Poem: No One Told You

Yussef Dayes Trio: Welcome To The Hills

Short Story: The Despondency of Taking A Break

Grand River: Blink A Few Times To Clear Your Eyes

Poem: Another Couple of Balls and An Extra Set of Fingers

Stubs: # 280 – Waiheke Island, Auckland, 2021

Mike Edison: Sympathy For The Drummer - Why Charlie Watts Matters

Sleaford Mods: All That Glue

Poem: Sustain-Ability

Khatia Buniatishvili: Labyrinth

Poem: Trivial Pursuit/s

Playlist: "It's Been Five Years" David Bowie Tribute

Blanck Mass: Calm With Horses (Original Score)

Poem: Two Things

DJ Setlist: “It’s Been Five Years” – Tribute To David Bowie, San Fran, Saturday, January 9, 2021

Stubs: # 279 – Queen Elizabeth Park: Miniature Train, Masterton, 2021

Poem: Road Running, Road Running…

Sammy Hagar & The Circle: Lockdown 2020

Sweetman Podcast on Hiatus: Summer Holiday Break

Kevin Keller: The Front Porch of Heaven

Poem: What’s In A Name?

The KLF: Solid State Logik 1

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard A True Star…Live!

Poem: I Often Think of When Sinead O’Connor Made The Best Music And Stood So Proud

"It's Been Five Years..." David Bowie Anniversary Drinks and Tunes: DJ Set

Rob Simonsen: The Way Back (OST)

Poem: The Start of The Worst Summer I Ever Had

ML Buch: Skinned

R.I.P. MF Doom

Poem: 2020 Becomes 2021