WORTH A MENTION
What we’re loving on the box, the web and wherever. THE BOX: Need some southern hospitality? Timothy Olyphant is eerily Clint Eastwood-like in the modern day cowboy-cop show Justified and I can’t get enough of his stone-cold swagger. Based on Elmore Leonard tales, the show concerns a United States marshall who returns home to Kentucky and is forced to confront his roots and a host of double-crossing crims. The show’s formulaic structure is easily overcome by its colourful characters and rich banter. Since I began writing this, the brains trust at TVNZ has moved it from 9.30pm, Thursday, TV1, to 11pm Wednesday. They’ve replaced it with – wait for it – a British reality cop show. And they wonder why everyone just buys DVDs. Justified returns on August 31. SOUNDS: Country music never sounds better than in the middle of winter, turned up loud on a car stereo while the fan thaws out the windows. The Handsome Family’s Twilight and Son Volt’s Trace are receiving particular attention. However, the almighty king of cold morning Americana remains Bruce Springsteen’s stripped-back masterpiece Nebraska. INTERWEB: gigposters.com. Collecting silk screen concert posters can be a hobby fraught with framing expenses and limited wall space, but you don’t mind admiring small digital versions of poster art. This website is a real treat, and very easy to navigate to find the bands or artists you like. JUNK: Have recently discovered Eagle Eye-brand crinkle cut fries. By god, they wipe the floor with Wattie’s and McCain – and they’re cheaper.