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May 23, 2011

England is fucked – that’s the general message PJ Harvey is trying to get across with her concept-heavy eighth solo album. The songs on Let England Shake traverse some rocky lyrical terrain, with some describing it as Harvey’s ‘war album’. Death, loss, and the Anzac trenches all feature, but at the centre is England, its […]

March 14, 2011

By the time I saw them on Sunday, Olmecha Supreme and The Barons of Tang were on to their second gig of the day – both played in the Newtown Street Fair earlier in the day, as well as the after party. Not that you would have noticed, there was no hint of tiredness or […]

March 14, 2011

This casual BYO gig at the Newtown Community Hall was technically part of the Newtown Festival, which has expanded from a street fair into a plethora of gigs and events in Newtown. As well as the delight of music scene stalwarts Ginger Brown and the newly-formed-from-bits-of-other-bands Nudge, a vegan meal was on offer for $5 […]

March 14, 2011

We haven’t had many opportunities recently to get together, have a bit of a boogie and come over all starry eyed about Wellington—not since the Cuba Street Carnival got shifted from annual to biannual and denied the extra funding it desperately needed before being canned this year altogether. So the Newtown Festival has a bit […]

April 6, 2009

“Um… excuse me. Have you guys paid? … Uh, do you think that’s maybe something you would feel like doing?” So apparently I’m out of the loop and gigs start at 10:30 these days—I and several others had arrived at Happy before anyone was on the door. But Johanna from Little Pictures was so nice […]

February 23, 2009

Every year, the NZ Campus Activities Network (NZCAN) pick out one of the country’s most promising up and coming bands to tour the country, entertaining the hordes of students at university Orientation weeks. Last year it was Tahuna Breaks, and this year it’s Wellington five-piece The Thomas Oliver Band. They’ll be performing at every Uni […]

October 6, 2008

I sat down for a chat this afternoon with Joshi Jenkins and Jackson Hobbs of the slightly deranged, loud, and brilliant local band Sharpie Crows. They’ve existed for the past two years under various different incarnations, and are making a name for themselves with their angry, distraught, frenetic, never cheerful but always unique garagey rock […]

October 6, 2008

Thomas Voyce, one of the core members of Rhombus, is also a tutor of Sonic Arts at the NZSM, and he once gave me a crap mark for a composition I did in a first year paper. Granted, the piece was pretty uninspired, devoid of creative spirit and rushed out in a couple of days, […]

September 29, 2008

I don’t know if I should be disgusted by this pointless rehash of the worst of 80s cock rock, or simply mystified. After all, this ‘artwork’ passed through so many hands before it got to me. Songs were written, worked on, performed, recorded, mixed, produced, compiled into an album that was pressed, designed and publicised […]