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Arts

March 9, 2009

The guitars come in with a roar; there isn’t a synthesizer in sight, let alone the influence of a laptop. It’s as if hip-hop never existed. It’s 2009. It’s Morrissey’s new album! I see the words “Play Very Loud” written on the back of the sleeve. Sure thing Moz! The attention grabbing vocals and crunching […]

March 9, 2009

Every once in awhile a modification for a popular game comes along, and everyone wants to play it. Its ground breaking, its fun, and it consumes all your fucking time. On top of all that, its usually free. There have been some great mods floating around the internet of late, and there is a great […]

March 9, 2009

In the late nineteenth century Joseph Hatch, former mayor of Invercargill, killed a lot of penguins. He boiled them and sold their oil. After numerous mishaps and some loss of life, both human and penguin, the government revoked his licence. In Hatch we are party to a recreation to a slideshow he took across the […]

March 9, 2009

Like a zombie apocalypse, the Fringe Festival overran Wellington from 6 February to 1 March. Dead-eyed artisans stumbled through the streets forcing flyers for their show into any passing person’s clammy paws and sometimes gnawing on that same person’s head for sustenance. All in all, I saw 21 shows in the Fringe. Full reviews of […]

March 9, 2009

Seeing New Pornographers play last year, possibly the lowest point of the already disappointing show was the absence of lead female vocalist Neko Case. Possessing an immediately distinctive voice, part Zoey Deschanel country-twee, part Stevie Nicks’ strength, yet wholly her own, it’s a drawl that defined her earlier works, defined solely by the alt-country tag. […]

March 9, 2009

A week before the release of The Mint Chicks’ third album, Screens, I had a chat with Ruban Neilson. We discussed everything from recording in the Dandy Warhols Odditorium to his favourite zoo animal: the giraffe. Much to my surprise, talking with Ruban was similar to talking with a young child—a little shy at first, […]

March 9, 2009

The Game was supposed to save hip-hop on the West Coast, the home of Dre, 2Pac, Snoop and Ice Cube. He played his cards well on his first two albums, starting out as Dre’s protégé on The Documentary before turning upon his mentor on Doctor’s Advocate, gaining respect in the process. Released at a time […]

March 9, 2009

San Francisco Bathhouse, 26/02/09 The first time I heard Of Montreal was in snowy Ohio, four years ago. This awful girl put on ‘Wraith Pinned to the Mist & Other Games’ and all it took was the intro—melodic bassline, topped with salt shaker beats—to hook me like a flopping fish on the end of a […]

March 9, 2009

There will always be a place in American cinema for a small story that is well told. In 2003 Tom McCarthy gave us this with the exceptional The Station Agent. After a five-year hiatus from directing, and a stint acting in The Wire its great to see McCarthy return with a sophomore film that in […]