Recent releases: 22 Octoberby Jim Pinckney
Although the title track has long been rated and oft-compiled as an obscure country soul classic, the full reissue of the HARLAN COUNTY album by Jim Ford is another welcome addition to the Light in the Attic canon. With an A-list band including Jim Keltner, James Burton and Dr John, Kentucky-born Ford shows why Sly Stone rated him “the baddest white man on the planet”, in an exemplary set incorporating distinctive originals (the Stones-y Under Construction, Workin My Way to LA, etc) and worthwhile covers (Willie Dixon’s Spoonful and Alex Harvey’s To Make My Life Beautiful) to stunning effect.
Growing up immersed in waiata (and the sounds of Bob Marley and Elvis Presley), soul singer Teeks has a voice that gives people shivers.Read more
Wellington’s CentrePort’s “marathon” quake rebuild is led by a chief executive who has lived through the experience before.Read more
We don't want any David Cunliffe cod-bogan attempts to get down with the peeps, but MPs seem to be going way too far in the other direction this year.Read more
Dame Jenny Shipley on being the first woman Prime Minister, plus coups and coalitions, welfare reform and Winston Peters.Read more