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September 3, 2007

Warning: Fanatical raving ahead. I’m still reeling from the shock of receiving something that is so ridiculously good, I’ve neglected to listen to anything else over the last week. While M.I.A’s debut Arular was ground breaking, Kala is the best UK hip-hop album I’ve ever heard.

September 3, 2007

Napalm Death is the pioneer band of grindcore. Formed in 1981 in the UK, they are notorious for their extreme metal, hard hitting lyrics and frequent line-up changes; they hold the Guinness World Record for the shortest single ‘You Suffer’ and they are heading our way.

September 3, 2007

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People This astoundingly beautiful album from awkwardly named Montreal Indie group Broken Social Scene remains the most significant musical discovery I have ever made. My response upon initially hearing this record was akin to the feeling one often gets whilst reading a particularly poignant passage in a […]

September 3, 2007

Christ, another hackneyed English “Indie rock” band. Like the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs before them, the Pigeon Detectives spew forth an average blend of distracting English drawling, flat guitar riffs, rudimentary drumming, and banal lyrical themes.

September 3, 2007

I’d been looking forward to seeing Bloc Party for a long time, slightly gutted, however, with the venue change from the burnt out St James (ideally situated in town for post-function drinks and trouble making) to the TelstraClear Pacific in Manakau.

September 3, 2007

Rumble in the Jungle is ‘drum and bass warfare.’ The annual NZ wide DJ competition brings out solid crew versus crew action- camouflage clad drum and bass soldiers sweating it out on the battlefield-holding their post sometimes for a solid 7 hours, keeping their eyes peeled and ears pricked to what’s ahead

September 1, 2007

What do you do when you’ve just scored the biggest show on earth? If you’re John Psathas, you adopt a lower profile. The internationally renowned New Zealand composer (and popular lecturer at the NZ School of Music) who wrote the ceremonial music for the Athens Olympics and had his face on a Wellington city billboard, […]

August 13, 2007

Reflecting Amnesty International’s UK Director Kate Allen’s belief, that the internet is “the greatest outlet for free expression since the printing press… We must not allow it to be suppressed,” Amnesty@Vic decided to throw a concert to protest against internet repression.

August 13, 2007

On their second and apparently final album, Ritalin have grated away most of the melody and harmony from their music, especially through the constantly scowling vocals. What the album does have by way of melody from the guitars kicks out of synch like a backstarting motor – and it is fucking magnificent.