Consider it three dollars well spent

Gazza has a new book out. It’s called “Making Music In New Zealand“. This is not a euphemism for anything. It is, in fact, a guide to making a music for budding musos (Yuck. I hate the word “muso”).

It covers basics like picking a band name (Hint: Brand names are not a good idea) and goes all the way to the more serious stuff like recording and touring. Rather than attempting to tell everyone what to do, Gareth instead had interviews heaps of musos (Why do I keep using that word?) and lets them tell their stories and give advice in their own words.

The book was launched tonight at Real Groovy, so I toodled along after work to celebrate. On the way there, I passed through Aotea Square and was surprised at the number of ladies wearing skimpy, sleeveless tops on the chilly, rainy spring evening.

Even more curious was the appearance of a red carpet in front of the Aotea Centre. A crimson gash in the midst of the grey, near-deserted Aotea Centre, about a dozen people were huddled around the barriers either side of it, watching someone on the red carpet being interviewed. Then I realised that it was the New Zealand Music Awards, and someone was trying to make like it was the Grammys. A case of “fake it till you make it,” perhaps?

Over at Real Groovy, Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns were playing up on he stage. I tried to get into them, but I got bored and wandered over to the alternative music section and was pleasantly surprised to see “Goo”, Sonic Youth’s 1990 major label debut, had been remastered and rereleased along with a bonus disk of demos. Porno. “Goo” reminds me of being 17 and skipping school and hanging out at my boyfriend’s place and smoking cigarettes and drinking cheap wine and listening to records, which is curious because I never actually did that when I was 17.

I bought Gareth’s book and got him to sign it. His inscription included the phrase, “See you online”, which possibly negates any previous indie cool that I may have had by, like, going to a muso (!!!) book launch.

But the biggest unanswered question is: When’s my book coming out, ow?

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