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Arts

September 29, 2008

Narrow Stairs isn’t a bad album. In fact, there’s very little to complain about at all. But. The Photo Album was one of the best of the albums from the second wave of emo that developed in the 90s. Transatlanticism built on this, to be, in my opinion, straight up one of the best albums […]

September 29, 2008

Back in the day when I still had a ‘favourite band’, The Beatles were my favourite band. I’m over that phase now, but they still hold a very special place in my heart, and in my CD collection. And if I had to admit to being nerdish about anything, the Beatles are surely it.

September 29, 2008

Anonymous, Consultation Document for a Revised Structure of VUWSA Business (Wellington, VUWSA, 2008) At the start of September, VUWSA-watchers were abuzz with the news that Anonymous—the loose collective of illiterate bards whose work was amalgamated and attributed to Homer as The Iliad and The Odyssey, who later composed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and […]

September 22, 2008

Fuck I hate the scene. It’s full of emaciated 20-something kids, with skinny black jeans and vintage Reeboks and giant neon t-shirts, with elitist but narrow-minded musical tastes. The bands all play synth-heavy dance rock with inane lyrics, none of the people will even look in your direction if you aren’t wearing the right shade […]

September 22, 2008

With the number of events occurring this month, perhaps September (rather than May) should have been designated New Zealand Music Month. Admittedly, not all were in the public spotlight. The SOUNZ Contemporary Award, for example, was an easily overlooked adjunct to the APRA Silver Scrolls.

September 22, 2008

Saturday 13 September Michael Fowler Centre Che Fu is the master of uplifting, inspiring melodies and lyrics. Che can bring shivers to the back of your neck. And an orchestra has been known to have exactly the same profound effect upon the audience. The combination of the two was bound to be the recipe for […]

September 22, 2008

From within the spectre of a looming election emerges On The Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover. The show, now its second run in Wellington, is a polished gem of political satire dedicated to that thought which has crossed most of our minds but which we normally would dare […]

September 22, 2008

Directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza When I heard that a new Spanish zombie movie was making people throw-up and crap themselves in the theatre, there was no way I was missing out. And although I think I’m a pretty tough girl (I only flinched once or twice in The Dark Knight), it was […]

September 22, 2008

Released in 2003 and banned all across Australasia, this game inevitable rekindled the age of old debate of video game violence. It’s graphic killings, snuff film plot, and horror themes were feared incite teenage kids going out and suffocating people with shopping bags. So naturally, everyone downloaded it and played it. And fuck it was […]