Hard News by Russell Brown


Rocking the poets

As is well known, I'm a sucker for derivative works. I like a remix, me, and so I was always going to be favourably disposed towards Lorenzo Buhne's Wild Iron, an album of musical interpretations of the works of New Zealand poets, including Katherine Mansfield, A.R.D. Fairburn, Charles Brasch, Allen Curnow, Fiona Farrell, Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, Vincent O'Sullivan, and Jo Randerson.

Wellington-based Lorenzo -- a former member of the legendary US punk bands Fear and The Dickies -- is performing songs from the album in two Fringe shows at Happy, 118 Tory Street. The first is next Wednesday andthe second is WEdnesday February 29.

The 40-page digi-book/CD will be for sale at the shows, but won't be in all shops until next month. You can audition and order it at Lorenzo's Bandcamp (and get an immediate digital download as part of the package).

Lorenzo and his friends were interested in advertising with us, but didn't really have the budget, so we settled on a co-promotion. We get a logo on their promotional material, they get some advertising with us -- and you all get a free download of the title track.

So we're, like, media sponsors. Cool.


And, because I really have a lot of things to do before heading to Warkworth for the weekend, just one more thing. Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, has a new tune, 'We Must Go On' and a really beautiful video to go with it:

As with everything Smith releases, you can download the song from his website for whatever price you think right.

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