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SITE UPGRADE

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Hey y’all! Bear with me while I upgrade the site at long last. It’ll be developing bit by bit as time allows so please excuse any bugs and stay tuned for updates… Lots in store!!

Stars from NZ

SETH/CRAZY

Monday, January 4th, 2016

I don’t know what the lambs get up to but this lovely pair of humans had a productive 2015!


Sean Kelly (Seth Frightening) and Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy) with Midnight and Lamb #2.
Thanks Veronica CP and Joseph Griffen for the photo!

It began with Seth Frightening‘s release of But We Love Our Brothers And Sisters – his sixth in as many years & the latest in a back catalogue of unrelenting brilliance. Direct and personal while still poetic, haunting, beautiful and always in that unmistakeable Seth Frightening style.

BWLOBAS FEATURE/ REVIEW

‘…his music is full of ugly emotions. Themes include, but are not limited to; death, sex, abortion, loneliness and existential frustration, told through layers of self-deprecation and home recorded charm. It’s heavy stuff, but far from being intimidated by such subject matters, Kelly finds writing about them therapeutic’.

“I write sad songs, but I don’t write them for you to feel sorry for me. I write them because it empowers me.” – Sean Kelly

Delve into this insightful review/interview by Sam Carswell for NZ Musician > Ugly Sounds Of Undeniable Beauty

BWLOBAS VINYL!

In November, Sean and his equally talented and radical accomplice Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy / Dear Time’s Waste) toured the country to empathise with folks and promote his vinyl that had not yet arrived. Alas, it soon after came – fashionably late in beautiful bone tone – and has since been dispatched via a network of couriers. Email sethfrightening@gmail.com if you want one!

Seth Vinyl

I.E CRAZY EMERGES FROM SHELL WITH #1 HIT

“To celebrate having lapped the sun 28 times without yet flying directly into it, I’m loosing this limping beast of a song into the world.” So wrote Claire on her birthday as she released her first track under the name I.E.Crazy:

The project is a distinct departure from previous work as Dear Time’s Waste, now expressing a harder-edged character. ‘A jilted lover’, ‘a “psycho ex”, a “crazy bitch”‘, she explains of the lyrics to You’re A Stranger To Me Now (#1 on the ODT’s 2015 NZ Singles of the Year list : D)

I.E.CRAZY SPEAKS!

Be delighted and/or disturbed by Claire’s “water-related analogies” and more in this up front interview with Emma Smith on RNZ’s Music 101:

WHEN THEIR POWERS COMBINE (w/ SHOCKING PINKS)

Lastly (but not leastly) check out this incredible Seth & I.E cover of the Shocking Pinks song, Nostalgia, released as part of a collection by A Low Hum in November:

What will 2016 bring from these talented two? Keep your ears & eyes pinned & pealed!

MISCELLANY 29.08.15

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Critical writing in New Zealand is being further expelled from the mainstream media as it continues on its woeful trajectory into tabloid tactics in attempts to stay financially viable. This is worrying as it may suggest the public at large would rather pay for celebrity gossip and light entertainment instead of real, important news. Still, there are encouraging signs that critical and constructive thought in this country is far from dwindling, it may just be a little harder for most people to find…

THE HOROEKA READING GRANT

Horoeka / Lancewood
Horoeka / Lancewood

The Horoeka Reading Grant was established in 2015 by New Zealand’s reluctant intellectual ambassador and Booker-Prize winning author, Eleanor Catton, in order to encourage young and emerging writers to read extensively on a topic of their choice before writing an essay to share what they have learnt. Great idea!

Congratulations to recent recipient, Wellington-based pseudonym, Richard Meros, of Lawrence & Gibson publishing who read “recent texts on post-scarcity economics and a selection of philosophical works on abundance and gifts.”

The result is an essay on lack, abundance and NZ excess entitled ‘New Bourgeoizealand’:

“…any project that makes specific demands against government needs to be augmented by a concurrent increase in optimistic alternatives. A similar compact exists in Gramsci’s saying “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will”. Where Gramsci locates optimism in his own being – his will – the heart of this essay will focus on a similar optimism but one located in the material abundance of the world.”

Read the essay in full here > horoekareading.com/new-bourgeoizealand-by-richard-meros/

And for more essays & reading lists emerging from the grant, including one on ecology and climate change by our good pal Alex Mitcalfe Wilson, go here > http://horoekareading.com/category/essays/


DITA DE BONI SIGNS OFF IN STYLE

Dita De Boni
Dita De Boni

Siting budget restraints, the New Zealand Herald has ‘discontinued’ the opinion column of one of their last remaining voices of dissent, Dita De Boni, who signed off this week with her final scathing piece: “Government contempt too overwhelming to ignore”.

“People have asked me over the years why my columns have become more strident in tone; more “biased against” the Government. The answer’s that the examples of contempt for the public, hypocrisy, and flat-out bulls***tery have become too overwhelming to ignore.”

Read the full article here > www.nzherald.co.nz/dita-de-boni/news/

We wish her good luck and hope her passionate and insightful voice will emerge unencumbered once again!

MISCELLANY 30.09.14

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Here’s some lighter fare in lieu of some deeper discourse and new music news coming soon!

CIRCLE OF ABSTRACT RITUAL:
“This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.” – Jeff Frost


Master drummer, Nathu Solinky, plays Nagara, a type of paired kettle drums from Pushkar, India. Apparently “an indispensable component of any North Indian wedding”!


TYLER THE CREATOR ON LARRY KING LIVE:

Tyler the Creator is the rabble-rousing rapper and creative entrepreneur who was controversially denied entrance to New Zealand last year, preventing him from opening for Eminem with his group, Odd Future. “Under Immigration legislation, people who are believed to be a threat to public order can be refused entry to the country – though (the Immigration NZ Border Operation Manager) says this is the first time she can recall it being applied to a musical act… Generally it’s aimed at organisations like white supremacists and neo-Nazis, people who have come in here to be public speakers, holocaust deniers – those kinds of people.”

While he may appear at times to be mysogynist asshole, here he is being civil to the veteran talk-show host, Larry King. A curious intergenerational conversation!

MISCELLANY 21.08.14

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

SETH FRIGHTENING IN AUCKLAND:
Seth Frightening plays at the glorious Wine Cellar in Auckland tonight! (it’s Thursday) with I.E.Crazy (also known as Clare Duncan of Dear Time’s Waste) and Manimanima! (the almighty Jeff Henderson).


GLASS VAULTS IN WELLINGTON:
Glass Vaults (+ new drummer?!) & friends play two ‘secret’ Wellington shows, starting tonight > email privatebluebarn@gmail [dotcom] for details

THURSDAY – DOORS 8pm ($10)
Mermaidens, Encouragement, Glass Vaults, Bevan Smith

FRIDAY – Doors 8.30pm ($10)
Nadia Reid, Encouragement, Grayson Gilmour, Watercolours

(YAYOI KUSAMA):


POLICE MILITARISATION IN AMERICA:


Police in Camo (screenshot from video below)

The following video is recommended viewing – John Oliver manages a comedic look at police militarisation in America and provides an informative summary of the current situation in Ferguson:


And ELECTION VANDALISM IN NEW ZEALAND:
To round this out, here’s a picture of NZ’s ‘honorable‘ Prime Minister, John Key:

The NZ election is held on September 20th and already there’s a whole blog dedicated to photos of defaced party billboards! Apparently election-hoarding vandalism is at an “unprecendented” level this year.

Hopefully I’ll get a more constructive look at the contenders in NZ politics soon. In the mean time, make sure you are enrolled to vote!

I.RYOKO TIDBITS

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A video for i.ryoko’s ‘Future Window II’ by Tristan Brooks, featuring footage and field recordings taken in Guiyang and Shanghai, China in 2013.

+ A ten-minute programme on the making of the recently released album ‘Opening‘ for Emma Smith’s Music 101 show on Radio New Zealand:

And some more photos from the i.ryoko Audio Foundation residency. These ones are from February 28th, taken at the Acoustics Centre at the University of Auckland. Many thanks to the acoustics technician, Gian Schmid, for facilitating my visit.

Sounds geeks marvel at this impressive two-level reverb chamber with rotating diffusers!

The anechoic chamber is designed to have no sound reflections at all. The room itself is isolated on rubber from the rest of the building on all six sides to stop sounds travelling through the walls from outside, and the large foam spikes are designed for maximum internal sound absorption, making this the closest to silence one can get, right in the centre of Auckland city! I had the luxury of being left in here alone and didn’t want to leave, such was the profound and calming effect of silence that is sadly absent from our noisy world!

You can hear a recording of this silence at the end of the album > iryoko.bandcamp.com/album/opening

www.acoustics.auckland.ac.nz
www.audiofoundation.org.nz

MUSICAL ELECTRONICS LIBRARY

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MEL

The Musical Electronics Library (MEL) is a lending library of homemade electronic musical devices to be housed at the Audio Foundation in Auckland’s Myers Park. It is currently in development, and will be open to the public in the spring of 2014.

The idea is to encourage DIY electronics activities and they will even provide free tutoring, parts, tools and workshop space! If anyone would like to help out by building something for the library, they are encouraged to get in touch. No prior experience with electronics is necessary.

musicalelectronicslibrary.wordpress.com

MEL
Light-controlled oscillators

The curator behind the project, Pat Kraus, will playing in Wellington this weekend:

kraus

kraus.co.nz

***AND DON’T MISS OUT on a rare treat in the form of DEAN ROBERTS, SETH FRIGHTENING, CHARLOTTE FORRESTER (of Athuzela Brown) & DICK WHYTE playing @ Pyramid Club in Wellington on Sunday!***

MISCELLANY 20.05.14

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

We are pleased to say our 48 Hour film is now online after winning the ‘Incredibly Strange’ award at the Wellington finals and being nominated for ‘Sexiest Looking Short’. Perhaps you can see why…


Speaking of film, I’ve been gradually trying to make my way through Werner Herzog’s filmography, and the more I see, the more I come to the conclusion that he is the coolest guy alive! The following interview may be two hours long but it’s thoroughly entertaining and illuminating of the mad genius:

If that’s too long and you’d just like a little Herzog taste, check out his unique description of the jungle from the making of ‘Fitzcarraldo’ – ‘the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder’.


Wellington’s fantastical artist Georgette Brown is having another exhibition in a couple of weeks!


In other news – new releases from i.ryoko and Seth Frightening coming soon!!!

MISCELLANY: 04.04.14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

ENT +

PLAYING TIMES:
900 – I.RYOKO
945 – TIGERS OF THE SEA
1030 – SHOCKING AND STUNNING
1115 – ALL SEEING HAND
1200 – E N T
1245 – BALLAH PLAYAH GNAR
0130ish – DJ CHOCO MOUSSE




TOUCAN BROWN, a musical home movie – here’s a lovely doco of Athuzela Brown’s tour of the South Island with Toucan Stubbs earlier this year. Made by Theo Taylor:



The annual 48 Hour Film Festival starts tonight. Hopefully we’ll get ours in on time this time! To get us in the mood, here’s a funny old one by Taika Waititi (Director of Boy, Eagle Vs Shark, etc):

MISCELLANY : 25.03.14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

SUPPORT LOOMIO!
Loomio is a free and open-source, collaborative decision-making tool that could do wonders for the world, and it is currently being developed by some amazing people in Wellington. They’re running a crowd-funding campaign to raise development funds and have so far raised over $38,000 (with a goal of $100,000 and 22 days to go). Investigate, donate to a worthy cause and change the world for the better!

love.loomio.org/real-democracy-needs-to-include-everyone


SHOW IN WELLINGTON THIS FRIDAY:
The show starts at 9.15 with i.ryoko – and short sets to fit in the five acts by midnight!

GV AT PUPS
Poster by Lily Paris West


TIM PREBBLE – THE MUSIC OF SOUND:
This is a mini-documentary made by Wellington’s master sound-designer, Tim Prebble (with the help of cinematographer Ian Powell), made during his Auckland Regional Council residency at Little Huia. Tim also runs a reliably fascinating blog called The Music of Sound – worth a peruse!