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July 12, 2015

Trigger Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people. Restorative justice has cropped up more in the news over the past few years. However, the process involved generally follows the same model: “Family holds restorative justice meeting with [murderer/attacker] of [family member].” When I wanted to talk to […]

February 21, 2011

There are two universities trapped inside Victoria University. One wants to free your mind. One wants to free your wallet. Salient discusses the implications of both. “Oh wow, that’s really interesting. What career track is that?” This is the question faced by Joel, a Nietzsche-reading, Russian Lit/Slavic Languages double major in the film Adventureland. He […]

September 27, 2010

Artist: Surf City Album: Kudos Label: Arch Hill Recordings They’re on Arch Hill, their name is a reference to a Jesus and Mary Chain reworking of a Brian Wilson standard, and the first track on their debut album sounds like all of the above. The reverb on each snare hit could be direct from Psychochandy, […]

September 20, 2010

Xiu Xiu, with support from Glass Vaults and Siamese Live at San Francisco Bathhouse, 11 Sept. Xiu Xiu is one of the more polarising bands to have visited Wellington in the last couple of years. Given the relatively small size of the night’s crowd it struck me that most of us are firmly entrenched in […]

September 13, 2010

The Clientele—Minotaur Label: Merge There are few bands I can think of who have simultaneously been as prolific and as consistent as The Clientele. By my count they’ve released four EPs, five LPs, and a singles compilation, and, in this author’s opinion, every one of them is worth a listen. With each release, the band […]

August 16, 2010

47 Diamantes, Glass Vaults, Old Grey Wolf and TV DiSKO. Live at the Burgundy Room (downstairs, Bodega), 31 July. The Burgundy Room is an underutilised space. Its small dimensions, low ceiling, underground location and twilight-style (think circadian, not vampiric, guys) lighting ensure even an audience of thirty will make the venue feel both intimate and […]

August 9, 2010

When the ever-blank expression of Keanu Reeves was broken momentarily to utter the line “I know kung fu,” he was doing more than just acknowledging his readiness to take on Laurence Fishburne in a mind- and gravity-bending fistfight. He was also stating a truism. Neo knows kung fu because we all know kung fu. From […]

July 12, 2010

Glass Vaults are a Newtown-based duo comprised of Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, and have been making quite the buzz around Wellington with their excellent live set over the last few months. With the release of their excellent self-titled debut EP they’re proving that the attention, which is rapidly spreading throughout the interwebs, has been […]

May 17, 2010

Before launching into the review proper, let’s spare a moment for some a modicum of praise for Flying Nun’s decision to make Grayson Gilmour its first new signing. Having him on board makes several quite significant statements. Firstly, it reasserts the label’s commitment to an underground, DIY aesthetic, as Gilmour is well known for his […]