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 […]
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 […]
“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!”
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.
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”, […]
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 […]
Modern Sprawl, the second offering from Auckland minimalist folkie Timothy Blackman, is a rough acoustic gem. Soft and hushed, the songs here feel more like tentative confessions than statements, but therein lies its success. It’s not perfect, but that’s the idea.
The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Opera by Matthew Suttor New Zealand International Arts Festival Opera House, March 2, 4, 5 Captain Cook, the Kupe of the Pakeha, was a more complex character than his iconic image would suggest. This was revealed in Anne Salmond’s book The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, and explored (quirkily, […]
The MC/Chairperson/Salient hater was Greg Ellis, a NZ comedian of some description who throughout the night kept proceedings going in a leisurely and humorous way. On the affirmative team we had: Nandor Tanczos, some dude called Ian from Tui, and Wellington comedian Jerome Chandrahasen, and on the negating team, Darren Hughes, some dude called Hamish […]