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  • Richard Stewart,

    Shadow was impressive at the Powerstation back in 2011, and this live show mix with Cut Chemist featuring some pretty obscure soul tracks is one of my all-time favourites - all done from 7" vinyls . I'm hoping he might do a side show...

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    And more Kiwis hitting the international big time.

    I'm not quite sure I like the sound of "atmospheric death metal" - although my tastes do tend towards the heavy, but I did quite like this quote:

    "We're not about making money, that's why we have jobs. We really love playing this music and it excites me like nothing else."

    These artists ain't starving to maintain their authenticity.

    (oops, left a couple of words out of the first sentence. Fixed)

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Chiles,

    http://www.otr-festival.co.nz/
    Heres a new festival you might find interesting.

    Waikanae • Since Oct 2013 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Aural be damned...

    I'm not quite sure I like the sound of
    "atmospheric death metal"

    But, I thought you were soaking in it, over there, in Beijing...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    But, I thought you were soaking in it, over there, in Beijing...

    The taste and smell of it I'm quite used to - and the taste of it's riverine version from the fish I ate in Changsha (google heavy metal Xiang River, it's quite scary), it's the sound of it I'm unsure of.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan,

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    also on this weekend, Hallelujah Picassos with Loud Ghost, Bloodbags, plus DJs Stinky Jim and Peter Mac, Kings Arms on saturday, $15 on the door. Picasso core is one of a kind!

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to peter mclennan,

    I've heard that Peter Mac guy haz steel drum tunes.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Gah. Sub-optimal this morning and can't get into the CMS on my phone.

    - TNAF didn't win the Critics' Choice their year - that was Street Chant, who totally rocked.
    - DJ Shadow is actually a native of California.

    - And as Peter has let you know, the Picassos play the KA tomorrow night.

    I'm going to lunch now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Michael Chiles,

    out and about...

    Here's a new festival you might find interesting.

    ...and another arrival on the Chchch event scene is the Festival of Transitional Architecture - all on this long weekend!!
    (including a twilight market tonight, that I didn't get my act together to sign up for, dammit)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Russell Brown,

    - DJ Shadow is actually a native of California.

    Yep San Francisco/Berkeley based I think. Originally part of Quaanum group of artists loosely including Lateef, members of Blackalicious, Dan the Automator, Qbert etc... All worth checking out.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    The Lips seem to have removed that tweet. A grumpy post argument lapse by tired dudes on the road? They are a great band to follow on instagram. They still act pretty unhinged.

    I like all the critics choice bands. In fact I just about like everything nominated at this years VNZMAs. I'd be fine with losing the alternative album award to Lawrence Arabia or UMO. Both great records.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Max Rose,

    Neneh Cherry AND Four Tet?! Glorious!

    But speaking of festivals, the one I’m looking forward to is next month’s multi-city Square Wave Festicval. Billed as an electronic music festival, I was a little sceptical at first that it only referred to a limited and indie-friendly subset of electronic music (somewhere around the chillwave, vaguely post-dubstep & low-fi semi-ironic hip-hop area). There’s a lot of that, as you’d expect from A Low Hum production, and I’m looking forward to many of those sorts of act (Black City Lights, Golden Axe, Randa) as I make my way through the huge lineup there’s a lot more diversity than I first thought.

    I’m really loving Roland Tings’ bouncy minimal-ish techno:

    And I’m also bracing myself for Container’s raw distorted beats, especially since seeing him messing around with modulars in the doco I Dream of Wires. He comes from the punky/noise/cassette scene, but his recent material would be pretty damned danceable if you’re in the right mood:

    I was hoping for a bit more on the ambient/experimental side, but I’m still plenty excited.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    David Dallas' new album "Falling Into Place" is brilliant. It reminds me of the Native Tongue stuff from the late '80s, and also a bit of the Death Row sound from the early '90s, but it mainly sounds like a product of Auckland and New Zealand in 2013.

    I'm particularly in love with the two tracks he did with Ruby Frost, proving here's a lot more to her than being an X Factor judge. And all hail "Southside", a song which revels in the delights and achievements of South Auckland, rather than getting all dramatic about "mean streets". Plus "How Long" is the best seduction jam I've heard in years. Babies are going to be conceived to that track.

    It's on Spotify or you can buy it on iTunes. In the meantime, here's the first single. "Runnin'".

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    David Dallas continues to impress. I love him.

    Also you should know you have been 'banned' from The Neo-Kalishnikovs blog. Awesome.

    For those not in the know 'The Neos' are NZs best blog-troll band. They are pissed off at everything and it is thoroughly entertaining. They have really been ramping it up of late, subtly implying death threats etc.

    Their music is actually not awful. You could imagine them getting a bit better and actually being quite popular but alas they are burning bridges at an alarming rate.

    People might say 'don't feed the troll' but where is the fun in that? (sorry if I seem mean, I don't intent to be mean, I can identify with much of their angst I just never voiced it quite so much when I was at that stage of my life).

    #nzmusic.com

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Also you should know you have been ‘banned’ from The Neo-Kalishnikovs blog. Awesome.

    For those not in the know ‘The Neos’ are NZs best blog-troll band. They are pissed off at everything and it is thoroughly entertaining. They have really been ramping it up of late, subtly implying death threats etc.

    It's like it's some sort of conceptual art project where they burn a new bridge every week. Very entertaining to follow, but I don't think they see it that way.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    David Dallas’ new album “Falling Into Place” is brilliant. It reminds me of the Native Tongue stuff from the late ’80s, and also a bit of the Death Row sound from the early ’90s, but it mainly sounds like a product of Auckland and New Zealand in 2013.

    Thanks for reminding me about that. He's a talented man.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere,

    (the name comes from a video game, i think)

    That'd be right. It's this one; something of a theme for the young McBride who was previously in the band Bandicoot, named after another (and probably best forgotten) PlayStation original, Crash Bandicoot.

    Full disclosure, as his cousin, I'm extremely biased, but Daniel is a stupidly talented artist, and Egospect is an amazing album; I'm please he's a finalist. All three sound grand actually. This sea of talent is inspiring.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Max Rose,

    But speaking of festivals, the one I’m looking forward to is next month’s multi-city Square Wave Festival.

    Wow , that's really quite a roster -- and nearly all of it in Wellington. Thanks for the heads-up -- I'll do something in the blog next week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere,

    Full disclosure, as his cousin, I’m extremely biased, but Daniel is a stupidly talented artist, and Egospect is an amazing album; I’m please he’s a finalist. All three sound grand actually. This sea of talent is inspiring.

    Absolutely agreed. Three very purposeful artists there. I'm really looking forward to the actual night.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Pete,

    Neneh with Robyn guesting? O Yeah

    Since Apr 2008 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    That was Ed Kuepper's first ever show in Auckland. I don't want to wait so long for the next one.

    Nah. I saw him at Squid in the mid-90s, supported by Abel Tasmans. He had just released A King in the Kindness Room (I had to look that up) at the time and it was just him and a violinist.

    Unfortunately either his plane was delayed or he got held up at customs and didn't arrive until really late. He must have come on after midnight and despite the fact that he must have been knackered, got right stuck in. Unfortunately close to three hours of Abel Tasmans left me desperate for air so I must have only stayed until 1ish (it was a school/work night).

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I adore Brainfreeze so much. (Although the last time I saw DJ Shadow there were some pretty ropey vocalist spots that made me cringe a bit. Was that the Powerstation show? Probably.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Just to divert attention from what is going these days in music: chanced on an amazing collection of old 78s, in good condition, at a Save the Children fair last Saturday. Meticulously-labelled boxes of 1930s/40s core jazz eg Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Jose Turner, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman etc eand a few novelty items (Hari Kari & His Saki Sippers). Obviously some old bloke's treasured collection. I am now tracking down a means to play them.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Only just found out this week that George Duke was RIP in August this year. Who?
    Not everyone loves Frank Zappa but I grew up on diet of his work and George Duke was keyboard/vocalist in possibly the best incarnation of Frank's band in the mid-70s. There is no good live version of Inca Roads that I can find on YouTube so this link is just to the audio. Feast yourself on the combined talents in this track and know that I am sad on the one hand but happy at the thought of the jam sessions in heaven now that George and Frank are back together.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    What a fantastic find.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

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