You may recall a project launched a while ago to compile the illustrative work of Chris Knox into a definitive, high-quality book. It didn't hit a fairly ambitious crowdfunding target, but the plan hasn't gone away and Beatnik Publishing's Chris Mousdale and Sally Greer are working with Chris and Barbara Ward on compiling material for Grafix Knox. Ian Dalziel, well-known in this parish, is, as he always does, helping out with things.
The publishers are very interested in hearing from any readers who have unique pieces of Knox artwork or paraphernalia that could be included in the book – personal artworks, cards or whatever. They're digitising work as it comes to them and the hope is for the book to be published next year. They'd also be interested in hearing from anyone who can offer access to an A2 or even A3 scanner.
If you can help, please contact the publishers Beatnik c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm under pressure of time today, but I could do no better than commend to you Pop Lib's one-track-a-day New Zealand Music Month project. It's a really nice bit of curation that features tracks from artists you might not have heard, along with a Street Chant album out-take and a whole live set from Dunedin's Birdation.
Over on Audioculture, John Dix writes about the lesser-known (but legendary) Ponsonby bar The Alhambra.
And Matt Goody covers the little gem that was Robert Scott's comic and cassette label Every Secret Thing.
And for The SpinOff's Throwback Thursday, Gareth Shute recalls the notorious 1978 Eyewitness report that alerted New Zealanders to the presence of punk rock in their midst. Related: there's a fundraiser for medical treatment for former Suburban Reptile and Swinger Buster Stiggs, who needs kidney treatment as a consequence of cancer.
New Chelsea Jade! I'm not sure whether it was recorded in New Zealand or in her new base in LA, but it's nice:
Loop Recordings artist MIloux has had a couple of her tracks remixed by Suren Unka and Katana respectively. I really like Suren's moody effort – and it's a free download.
On a completely different tip, the unofficial Flying Nun vault has come up with a Goblin Mix song recorded live at The Cricketers in Wellington in 1985. It's a Phil Moore tune I don't think was ever properly recorded or released:
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