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April 27, 2009

How to live by the sea is Kapiti Coast writer Lynn Davidson’s third book of poetry. It is a collection of personal stories about life and love, and whether set beside the ocean, around the dinner table or on busy Cuba St, they are always inspired by the sea or nature. With feelings of order […]

April 24, 2009

Calling on past eras of pop, punk, & rock ’n’ roll, and subsequently varnishing the product with their own seasoned blend of baroque personality, which scavenges and prowls the musical palate like marauding pirates, the Decemberists have at last perfected the presentation of their theatrical music on The Hazards of Love. The record flows with […]

April 9, 2009

There were some heated responses to my review of Morrissey’s album, Years of Refusal, on the Salient website the other week. In the wake of the comments that I received I have been inspired to devise a new album rating system to aid the readers of my reviews in the future. In addition to my […]

April 6, 2009

My Brilliant Divorce is crafted for a very particular audience and must be commended for being fully aware of this and absolutely delivering what it promises. This is not, however, to say that the show is predictable. Performed by Ginette McDonald and under the direction of John Harding, this is a creative, original and entertaining […]

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 […]

April 6, 2009

Political Junkie: noun, one who has an insatiable interest or devotion to the goings on of matters political. That is me. I religiously make the journey down to Question Time at least once a week, I watch C-SPAN online. The morbid fascination eats me up: politics is a game, and games—especially ones where a lot […]

April 6, 2009

Pitchfork just gave Living Thing a 5.5. When I heard the shaky, non-catchy chorus on opener ‘The Feeling’, I was worried they had got it right. Thankfully, I opted to persevere, and ended the album feeling pleasantly surprised. By the second listen I had properly gotten over how unusual Living Thing sounds, and was able […]

April 6, 2009

For a form with such a narrow remit, the man-alone-on-post-apocalyptic-earth-and-has-to-face-his-demons-while-dealing-with-the-fact-that-he-may-in-fact-not-be-alone-after-all genre has a suprising amount of entries. The Quiet Earth is New Zealand’s bash at that very brick. Scientist Zac (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up one day to find himself seemingly the last person in the world. The top secret and morally questionable project he was […]

April 6, 2009

An engrossing and exciting non-fiction book, adjectives seldom used when describing any act of non-fiction. Heroes is a social study of eight of histories great men, from Achilles, the very model of anti-social heroism, and Odysseus, the trickster and schemer cast out of society and fights for his return, to Garibaldi, whose romantic revolutions so […]