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AuthorBea Turner

Author Archive: Bea Turner

BORN WITH a cigarette in one hand and The Trial in other, Bea meant to go on as she started. Music wasn’t her first love, but her first love ended in a fight over rightful ownership of a Velvet Underground LP and the kitchen knife, so she chose the kinder option and stuck with it. In her spare time she enjoys casting aspersions, skulking, and making sweeping statements. She never checks her facts: figures it’s a way to live a little, to have arguments with people, then meet them. She’s currently writing a collection of short stories inspired by Schopenhauer’s manifesto of suffering and the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. When it gets published, she’s pretty sure that boy will want to hold her hand.

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September 25, 2006

What grabs you immediately is Dan Michaelson’s voice. When someone says a voice is gravelly, they mean it sounds like this, except not as good. Deep and gorgeous, he sounds as though he lives off single malt whiskeys, Gauloise cigarettes and heartache.

September 18, 2006

I have a high pretentious bullshit tolerance rating. It takes a lot to outindie me. Yet I find myself to be appalled by the cover art of the second Veils album (not so much a band as a vehicle for the infuriating, fey genius that is Finn Andrews).

September 18, 2006

Art school kids are just like everybody else. Oh sure, they hide it skillfully under thoughtfully arranged outfits made from articles found in clothing bins, conversations conducted in a dense web of arcane references to exclude the casual listener, and an irritating need to talk about the death of post-moderism and their 43,927 “friends” on […]

September 11, 2006

If the name alone wasn’t enough to tip you off, Owen Ashworth, aka CFTPA, trades in tongue-in-cheek, bleak introversion.

September 4, 2006

The last time I saw The Actualities play, they were a supporting act on a Low Hum tour, and they had all the hallmarks of one to be filed under Wellington’s never ending list of “bands to watch.”

September 4, 2006

This is Dunedin-based singer songwriter Anji Sami’s debut. At just under fifteen and a half minutes, it’s a fragile little offering that certainly promises potential, but like many EPs, it is hard to judge these five songs as anything other than fragments.

August 7, 2006

There is, to be blunt, a very limited appeal to this. To not want to hurl this EP out the window requires that you, a) have a very high tolerance of the kind of pretentious self-gratifying lyrics that would drive any normal person to a Sunday shooting-spree and b) that you have devoted much of […]

July 31, 2006

I used to think life was hard. But you know… is it? Go to work, punch the clock, go home. Is that it?

July 31, 2006

It would be easy, and reductive, to sum this album up as Primal Scream by numbers. This Brooklyn-based dance-rock band have the capacity to straddle the line between indie-rock hit and dance floor anthem in a way that brings to mind the legendary Mancs’ biggest crossover smashes (think “Kowalski” and “Movin’ On Up”).

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