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Written by: 17 October 2016 5 Comments

Was listening to some old mixes today and the idea of some of the places that i enjoyed music the most over my life struck me.
They mostly aren’t the nightclubs and venues for me.

Sitting in Geezer Guy’s lounge being schooled on Dnb, dub and weird stuff. Such a great place to just soak it in listening to one of my fave djs with Stinky Jim and Mark Burgess chipping in. This is where i first heard Super Discount and Rhythm & Sound.

Friday Nights at Inmusic, with the ever changing cast of characters popping in with cool new shit on the rubbish sony stereo. Mark Nola deserves a special mention here as does the proprietor Simon Woods, this is where i heard Jeffrey Lewis for the first time and discovered there were more Moodymann records!

Nat and Nomes flat in Grey Lynn, just a fun atmos with revolving djs playing all sorts before everyone went out, Nic and Simon Beeston being the obvious stand outs but everyone had a crack.

anyone else got some cool spots?


  • Mick said:

    Probably the biggest influence in my music exposure over the past 15 years has been BiS radio shows which I’ve listened to just about everywhere; trains, work, walking, jogging. If it weren’t for Sweeney’s massively varied array of guests my record collection wouldn’t be half of what it is.

    I’ve also enjoyed listening to music at all the bmpers houses and flats over the years.. It’s always guaranteed good music. obviously.

  • Bob Daktari said:

    every bedroom I’ve ever had to myself – where I had the space and place to immerse myself in sounds others didn’t want to share – honourable mention Brown St (Ministry Of Brown) Ponsonby surrounded by stacks of CDs with a stereo whose volume was stuck so everything was quiet and daily up internet was a thing – I still prefer to listen to music quietly…

    the lounges, open spaces of all the flats and places I’ve lived where music was shared or at least on constantly

    my one and only ever walk person – my friend and constant companion on my OE… it had a radio so KissFM (while still a “pirate”) and pirate stations were my door to new sounds… the 10 cassettes I played over and over and over again

    the warehouse spaces and countertops at places I’ve worked – where new, wacky and just dumb sounds were shared and shit talked about music

    the hula hut on tuesdays (for a short but beautiful time in my life) when Mark and I would go through the new promos drinking for free

    The BMP get togethers… where a saintly few shared music, friendship and laughs – my most cherished group of musical friends

    any venue where the freaks and geeks ruled… and music was the focal point of peoples reason for being there – rockafellas ham town, various clubs in london

    currently my office – one of the few places left in my world where my default is new music not heard before

    so many places… I’m going to weep now cause fond memories

  • Bob Daktari said:

    crap I forgot – the studio of Radio Contact 1440 IXC and Contact 89FM… the record library and shows I did justified my obsession for and with music… and the dozens and dozens of freaks whom I met while there (the sort of community neither B nor George ever had)

  • Benny said:

    Always enjoyed turning up to wherever Mick was residing for a mix and a few drinks, this was where the seminal stinkfinger “pop and tuck” podcast was conceived. Any chance to hang out w/ any or all the BMP and play some records is generally a good time.

    These days I do a fair bit of my listening while commuting which allows me time to soak up new music while staring out the train window, or listening to some banging techno while negotiating a crowded station. Having a turntable here this year has made for much more vinyl being purchased – good times enjoying tunes at home just by myself or acting as in house dj for my girlfriend.

  • The Ninja said:

    Good point. I love the dance, but it’s not where I discover music really either.

    It was usually someone’s lounge, deck or backyard followed by a chat on why it was good or why it was shit or how it sounded like something else good/bad.

    Now it’s walking with headphones on. Not quite the same.

    Time for me to have a weep as well.

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