Arts

June 1, 2015

Whether you regard them as an essential component of your library, or merely a trendy hipster staple, Penguin paperbacks—especially in their ubiquitous orange form—are an integral part of the reading experience. This year marks 80 years since the very first Penguin paperbacks were published. Allen Lane, of the publishing company Bodley Head, founded Penguin Books […]

June 1, 2015

On the Adam Art Gallery website, Tim Beaglehole (academic and former Chancellor of Victoria University) talks about art as a way of seeing the world. I’ve long thought about art in this way—as a means of accessing different viewpoints and realities. There’s always something new to discover and entering into that hallowed space always feels […]

June 1, 2015

★★★ The Vaccines were formed in West London in 2010, and have since released two studio albums, toured extensively and opened for acts like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys and Muse, to name a few. They’ve just released their third LP English Graffiti, following their 2011 release What Did You Expect […]

June 1, 2015

★★★½ Pop punk heroes Four Year Strong are all set to drop their new self-titled album via Pure Noise Records. Four Year Strong is the band’s fifth full-length release—their first since being signed to Pure Noise—and there’s currently a leaked version floating around the internet. Should I be reviewing said leaked version? Probably not, but […]

June 1, 2015

House of Wolves, the new downloadable content for Bungie’s Destiny, dropped last week. Like the main title, it is both great and sometimes disappointing. Destiny is polarising. People seem to love it or hate it. Destiny is paradoxical. In some ways it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played; in others it’s undeniably, well, […]

May 24, 2015

In terms of a linear narrative I can only offer you this: on Saturday, I had acquired enough of a quiet accord with David Mitchell (either “Not that David Mitchell!” or “Yes, that David Mitchell!” depending on how you prefer to spend your free time) that he offered me a “sup” nod of recognition when […]

May 24, 2015

★★★★ California-based pop punk legends The Story So Far have just released their third studio album. The band dropped their self-titled LP via Pure Noise Records on May 19, but uploaded it for streaming a full week beforehand, after leaking singles and other teasers for the last few months (and after the whole album was […]

May 24, 2015

Well, Konami has certainly put on a clinic in how not to run a video game company. They have pretty much alienated their consumer base by making one big blunder after another—blacklisting and censoring critics, cancelling their biggest and most expensive projects, holding insane and nonsensical press conferences. I’m willing to bet no sane developer […]

May 24, 2015

The past week I had the strained pleasure of having my mother in Wellington. Part of the week included exploring the arty side of the city, including an exhibit at Thistle Hall Community Gallery, which she has kindly helped to review. Thistle Hall recently played host to Pinky Fang’s first solo show, entitled FANG SOLO, […]