Arts

March 17, 2008

It’s remarkable how people respond to technology. Our generation never marvelled at the technology of the previous generation. Telephones, computers, and even the internet were never really amazing to us, despite their all-encompassing impact seeming veritably magical to our parents and grandparents. Contrast this with the response to the announcement by French scientists a few […]

March 17, 2008

Pikelet Pikelet; noun; a small, thick colonial-style pancake, known in parts of Britain as a drop-scone or Scotch pancake (see pancake); a British regional dialect word variously denoting a flatter variant on crumpet or muffin (see crumpet). Pikelet also refers to Melbourne musician Evelyn Morris, and the name of her recent self-titled release. Pikelet’s enchanting, […]

March 10, 2008

Chuganaut, Masters of Metal and Dave Snell, Mount Street Bar, Friday 29 February This was one of the sweetest gig concepts I’ve witnessed: massive speaker stacks rattling a student cafe; opening with a hair-metal covers band in lycra and spandex; finish with a kookie damn bassy weird metal; and in between the two, hear Waikato’s […]

March 10, 2008

Dash Ambrose played to an audience of seven the evening I saw them. Those people had a really good time. The band is a musical parody duo; imagine Flight of the Conchords with only one guitarist, the other member being an American non-singer who can’t play the bongo too well. Well, it’s better than it […]

March 10, 2008

Quick history lesson: A man called Dylan Carlson created Earth in1990, which was named after the original incarnation of Black Sabbath. Earth took the pioneering heaviness of Sabbath to its absolute extreme and more or less invented the drone genre with their first release The Extra Capsular Extraction EP, which featured Carlson’s late friend, and […]

March 10, 2008

“Why do we laugh at someone falling over, for God’s sake?” asks an irate Jamie Burgess. “It’s a tragic thing. Imagine if you were the person falling over!”

March 10, 2008

Immortal are the ice masters of Northern black metal. Grim, pummelling and powerful, they have been making seriously fine blizzards of “pure holocaust metal” since 1989. However, they refuse to take themselves too seriously, shunning the religious and racial ideologies which often infect their black metal peers.

March 10, 2008

Why can’t filmmakers just let high art speak for itself? Both this film and its recent Oscar rival, There Will Be Blood, employ the self-consciously “artistic” film technique of abandoning opening credits and even going so far as to replace a simple “written by” credit with the much more fancy-sounding “written for the screen by”, […]

March 10, 2008

A little bit of this, a little bit of that! I believe these words sum up Tiki Live to a T. Tiki Live is the product of Tiki Tane’s sweet song writing skills and a powerful live performance of multi genre tendencies. Tiki has definitely shaken off the dub image that most people would identify […]

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