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Arts

May 12, 2008

Attack and Release, the fifth full length from Ohio minimalist blues duo The Black Keys, is an accomplished, well-crafted slice of fantastic blues-tinged rock. It ticks all the boxes – caustic guitar riffs, stomping drums, and moody flourishes of organ overlaid with Dan Auberbach’s deeply affecting vocal delivery.

May 12, 2008

Snowfield, a.k.a. Alexander Wilson, is, according to his Myspace page, a “minimalist/hardcore/electro group”. Wilson started out as Snowfield in 2006 when he played at the first Craftwerk Craft Party as a solo noise band. The first thing I noticed about this album was the artwork; it’s pretty good.

May 12, 2008

Southland Tales is not for the viewer who delights in clarity and unambitious philosophical tangents. Director Richard Kelly set an undeniable precedent with his debut film Donnie Darko – a sci fi, arthouse-like black comedy. With such a great film under Kelly’s belt, Southland Tales was a definite disappointment.

May 12, 2008

I love Wendy’s milkshakes. They are disgusting as it’s just three litres of pig lard made to look presentable, but I love them. Sometimes you ask the girl in pink over the counter what she put in your shake and all she can do is shrug her shoulders. So much for breaking the ice.

May 12, 2008

The Painted Veil is a luscious period piece set in China during the roaring 1920s. Based on the Somerset Maugham book of the same name, it follows young doctor Walter Fane (Ed Norton) and his new wife Kitty (Naomi Watts). While Walter is smitten with the beautiful socialite Kitty, she sees the marriage as a […]

May 12, 2008

Having never seen any live professional improv before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Funk Rabbit, but one disco ball, two guys, and a DJ later it was an hour’s worth of laughter I would definitely recommend. From the moment Funk Rabbit arrived on stage it seemed that Derek Flores (of the Fringe’s ‘Chit […]

May 12, 2008

This fantastic EP is the debut offering from Auckland sixpiece An Emerald City. The band describes their sound as a mélange, where “organic instrumentation and sounds of the east meet psychedelia.” The EP itself is beautiful, dark and intense, and by employing an unusual mix of Middle Eastern rhythms and instruments, such as sitar and […]

May 5, 2008

When asked about their new album, Konk, Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard told NME, “I’ve got an ego – I want the album to do well. I want our singles to come on the radio and for people to literally have their heads blown off by them.” After the success of their first album Inside In/ […]

May 5, 2008

Album covers are a funny thing. From the looks of Sea from Shore, the first solo foray from the excellent Field Music’s David Brewis (recording as School of Language), you’d think you were in for a sop album – the cover features Brewis sitting in an in-house photo shoot, staring mournfully away from a mirror […]

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