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September 24, 2007

To the rock, to the pop, to the funk – here’s OdESSA. Recording their dazzling new album The Prize in just two and half days, this time not deleting the material from their studio’s hardrive, it looks like OdESSA are onto a winner. With their new band member, the fresh, very accomplished guitarist, Daniel Ryland, […]

September 24, 2007

Florida folkie Sam Beam (who records and performs under the moniker Iron & Wine) is fast establishing himself as one of the decade’s most compelling and crucial new songwriters. With debut The Creek Drank the Cradle, he captured the attention of the alternative-country audience with his soft, intimate crooning and low-fi recording style.

September 24, 2007

As children of the ‘80s it’s perfectly understandable to be disappointed with our current lack of everyday hover cars and robotic servants; we grew up under the impression that by the year 2000 they would be a given.

September 17, 2007

Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez has delivered another impressive acoustic effort with second album In Our Nature. This album makes no unexpected moves – it’s very similar to his debut Veneer in terms of production, aesthetic and instrumentation. Most of the songs here could have come from either album. However, what In Our Nature lacks in […]

September 17, 2007

The newest band to hit Wellington claim to have quantum leaped here from the future – to rectify this world’s relationship with technology. Alex the Kid, a four-piece ‘future pop’ band have been described as a confused boy band, or the Pet Shop Boys on steroids, and have a mission with their music; to promote […]

September 17, 2007

Nirvana – Nevermind 1991 – the year that punk broke, again… When most of you were in nappies I had spent a year watching hyper real television wars like Operation Desert Storm, suffered from Ruthenasia (benefit cuts and the Employment Contracts Act) and had a bum year in general as a typical 15-year-old. Stuck in […]

September 17, 2007

Donning their most gruesome/offensive shirts, patched up leather jackets and blackest pants, Napalm Death fans from around the country – even some from Australia – convened at the San Fran on Tuesday the 11th of September to witness one of the loudest, most brutal shows I think Wellington has even been host to. The San […]

September 10, 2007

Refused – Shape of Punk to Come There is a great story behind the strength of this album’s place in my record collection. I was 14 and had recently become acquainted with punk rock, after years of Soundgarden, Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails.

September 10, 2007

With an album title like this and an MC name like Tourettes, I can honestly say I was expecting something slightly more amusing than awful rhymes, spoken ‘poetry’, and rants about drugs and alcohol.