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LAKE – Let’s Build a Roof

LAKE – Let’s Build a Roof

by / April 11, 2011 / 1 Comment

I’ve been a fan of this Olympia, Washington-based indie-pop big band since I saw them play live in the States in 2008. This is their latest outing, following Oh, The Places We’ll Go. Places is a good development from their first album, the self titled Lake, which seemed so quiet as to barely be there, [...]

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Johnny Flynn: ‘Been Listening’

Johnny Flynn: ‘Been Listening’

by / April 4, 2011 / No Comments

Johnny Flynn is the compatriot and colleague of the significantly more famous folk princess Laura Marling. There’s a lot of similarities between Marling and Flynn; they’re both blessed with beautiful full voices and they both make good use of an English folk tradition that maybe hasn’t seen its full due in indie music. And they [...]

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Music: Making Communities Since Forever

Music: Making Communities Since Forever

by / March 28, 2011 / No Comments

We live in modern times. Most people in New Zealand do not go to a church; if you live in Wellington rather than Takaka, you’re most likely to think of your neighbours as the people that steal your recycling bin rather than people you care about or rely on. But on Saturday, the last event [...]

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Bright Eyes – The People’s Key

Bright Eyes – The People’s Key

by / March 7, 2011 / No Comments

Dear Conor, So, I heard this is the last Bright Eyes album. I’m just writing to let you know that I feel I’ve often supported you when others have pushed you down. They say you’re whiney and emotional, maybe a bit annoying. I don’t think they’re wrong. I just think that you’re really good at [...]

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Butcher Blades at Mighty Mighty, Saturday 19 February

Butcher Blades at Mighty Mighty, Saturday 19 February

by / February 28, 2011 / 1 Comment

Hasn’t it been warm lately? If it is so warm, why are there mice in my house? Any sensible mouse would be reclining in a sun lounger on a purpose-built island in the lagoon in Frank Kitts Park, or floating on an airbed atop the fountain in Oriental Bay. At any location, I imagine this [...]

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Preview of The Ocean Floor, Wet Wings, City Oh Sigh at Happy, Monday 7 March

Preview of The Ocean Floor, Wet Wings, City Oh Sigh at Happy, Monday 7 March

by / February 28, 2011 / No Comments

Compatriots of oft-returning folk-pop darlings Polka Dot Dot Dot, The Ocean Floor are, like, mega-folk. Or something. They’ve flung their instrumentation so far from the standard rock two-guitar-drums-bass line up that it can’t even be seen anymore, playing in NZ as a quartet with clarinet, upright bass, guitar and violin with vocals. They take their [...]

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The Time For Love

The Time For Love

by / February 28, 2011 / No Comments

Music and love go together like warm weather and barbecue charcoal shortages. So we asked a few people which love song they like the best… ‘Take Ecstasy With Me’ by the Magnetic Fields from the album Holiday evokes many levels of swoon. The layers of percussion and synth swallow you up, and the lyrics about [...]

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Music: An Introduction to the Wellington Music Scene

Music: An Introduction to the Wellington Music Scene

by / February 21, 2011 / [ 13 Comments ]

Hey young person! Welcome to Wellington. I hope that you are already enthused about the live music possibilities that await you in this fair city. Here are some of the key venues and informational tidbits that will help you on your way to taking the scene by storm. If you care at all about what [...]

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(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer

by / October 12, 2009 / [ 8 Comments ]

I was really excited about seeing 500 Days of Summer. You see, I’m in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, most recognisible as the cute kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You, but brilliant in Mysterious Skin and Brick. Unfortunately, 500 Days didn’t match up to the other challenging films [...]

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Album Review: The Dandy Warhols – Earth to The Dandy Warhol

Album Review: The Dandy Warhols – Earth to The Dandy Warhol

by / July 28, 2008 / No Comments

This record probably sounds good if you’re stoned. I was not stoned when I heard it. The Dandys were probably stoned when they made it, even though they are getting towards old now and have children and marriages and should start to think about dropping that sort of thing. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

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