Central Library Event: Raising Awareness on Waste Products – Issues and Solutions

Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over three years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

– What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?
– How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.
– Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.
– Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This event is free – everyone welcome. Free zero waste nibbles will be provided from 5:30pm, the talk will start at 5:45pm. This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip’s travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wednesday, 13 February – 5:30 to 7:45 pm at the Wellington Central Library
Ground Floor – Young Adult Area

Environmental Awareness: Books to Help Heal the World

Waste Not book cover

In preparation for the Zero Waste event presented by The Rubbish Trip crew, February 13th at Central Library, here are some titles to get you in an eco-mood. We hope they inspire you to live a more sustainable 2019!

Waste not: make a big difference by throwing away less / Erin Rhoads
“We are surrounded by stuff that we often use once and then throw away. But what to do about such a huge problem? Erin went from eating plastic-packaged takeaway while shopping online for fast fashion, to becoming one of Australia’s most popular eco-bloggers. Here she shares everything she’s learnt from her own funny, inspiring–and far-from-perfect–journey to living with less waste. Including genuinely accessible and easy tips, this book is perfect for both the novice and the eco-aware.” (Adapted from catalogue)

No impact man : the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet, and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process / Colin Beavan
“Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man’s decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year–while still living in New York City–to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television. Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more eco-effective’ and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Zero waste home : the ultimate guide to simplifying your life / Bea Johnson
“This is a guide to simplified, sustainable living from the author of the popular blog zerowastehome.blogspot.co.uk. Living sustainably should not mean forfeiting either comfort or style. In this book, Bea shows what green living looks like and offers a practical, step-by-step guide to diminishing our environmental footprints and improving our lives. It all comes down to the 5 Rs – refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot.” (Adapted from catalogue)

The Earth and I / James Lovelock 
“This illustrated anthology is a guide book for being human in the 21st century. Conceived by James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia theory, the book encourages holistic understanding. Much as Gaia theory considers our earth as an integrated whole of living systems, The Earth and I brings together an all-star lineup of contributors from across the scientific spectrum to offer wide understanding who and where we are.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash / Edward Humes
“In Garbology, Edward Humes investigates trash; what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Garbology reveals not just what we throw away but who we are and where our society is headed.” (Adapted from catalogue)


We look forward to seeing you at the event. There will be delicious zero-waste nibbles and a bit of time to meander before the talk begins.

Axel’s Monthly Mix – September Playlist

​Genres explored: Cool Jazz, Soundtrack, R&B, Ambient Techno, Experimental/Electronic, World/Psychedelic Funk Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Noise-Rock, Soul, Ghetto House.

Three to Get Ready [The Dave Brubeck Quartet]
Another 2014 revelation for me has been the discovery of Dave Brubeck’s “Classic” Quartet. This was the first jazz album to go Platinum in the US ever (over 1,000,000 copies sold), and still remains one of the biggest selling jazz albums of all time. For people like me who are just starting to skim and discover the world of jazz, this record serves as a firm reference point, as much as Coltrane’s Love Supreme, and Davies’ Kind of Blue. The 2009 Legacy Remaster Edition we have at the Central Library contains 3 discs: the first CD is the original Time Out -though pristinely remastered (compared to older remasters); the second CD features live recordings of the quartet from 1961, 1963 and 1964; and the last one is a DVD where we have Mr. Brubeck giving an interview and playing his ol’ piano friend.

Prelude and The Sound of Music [Irwin Costal, Julie Andrews]​​
This soundtrack was the biggest-selling album in the UK in 1965, 1966, and 1968 and the second biggest-selling album of the entire decade (yes, even beating The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper!) Yet, it is not hard to imagine why! How many young souls around the world has the movie touched? The songs, brilliantly arranged and composed, will inevitably connect with the kid inside us, and always live in our memory.

Loving You (Demo) [Michael Jackson]
Xscape is the second compilation released after Michael’s death 5 years ago. I have to admit it took me a while to settle into the fact that more of his material is being excavated and release without him being part of the production, especially considering the perfectionist that he was. To compensate for that, I was happy to find that this deluxe edition includes the original 8 songs of the album plus the original demos of each song. In the sleeve you can find a brief background for each of them, including the recording year and the personnel involved. It is very interesting to compare the the project’s vision for a 2014 pop album -produced by BIG names in the industry (Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, J-Roc), and the raw material -dating back to the decades of the 70s in some cases. This demo song is my favourite of the album.

Oneiroi [Laurel Halo]
After her praised debut album Quarantine was released through the now well-established Hyperdub record label (Flying Lotus, Code9, Burial) -and was named Album of the Year by the Wire magazine, Halo’s career took an important step forward. We had the immense pleasure to have her perform last year in Wellington at a venue that unfortunately reached its last days earlier this year. I would like to honor the great moments that Puppies owner Blink (same organizer of the unforgettable Camp a Low Hum festivals -also resting in peace) has brought to us in the short-lived yet very successful follow-up to the one and only Happy Bar. Farewell Puppies!

A Sound Like No Other [Various Authors]
This album takes us through a galactic journey of oscillators, experimentation, and electric friends. As Kubrik might have done, the trip starts with the echoing voice of local pioneer Douglas Lilburn who, instead of throwing a bone up to the sky, concentrated all his efforts in a vision which produced the first electronic music studio in Australasia, founded in 1966. This studio is still operational, electrifying the brains of the students of Sonic Arts in the Victoria University of Wellington. Among interplanetary dialogues and cosmic field recordings, we are transported to Lilburn’s early days in the many songs that Wellington artists have produced along the years. This wonderful compilation has just made its way to our shelves thanks to the initiative and curation of our very own librarian John, who also produced this homegrown mix. As he emphasises in the booklet, “Buy the music. Support Local artists”. This CD is also free to borrow!

Henna Henna [The Bombay Royale]
I selected this song because Spotify couldn’t retrieve any of the songs of their very successful debut album. This Australian band toured NZ last year, and I thought it would be nice to give them a shout from our library. Here’s a video that shows how cool they are.

Moth Wings [Pond]
As a preview of ex-Tame Impala bassist Nicholas Allbrook’s new solo release Ganough, Wallis & Fatuna (which of course is on its way to our shelves), I offer you a taste of acid drops from one of his other projects, Pond. I recommend watching this video to cement the experience this young Aussie is channeling.

Chatterboxes [Deerhoof]
I got exposed to this band through a friend who had the amazing experience of watching these guys perform at noise-loving Taipei. Their act was solid, very intense and LOUD. If you are into the sounds of Boris, Lightning Bolt, Stereolab, and appreciate seeing a girl playing a Hofner Bass then I’d encourage you to dig for more of their music.

You and Me [Penny & The Quarters]
This song was brought from the grave into the spotlight thanks to director Derek Cianfrance’s decision of featuring it in a romantic scene for his movie Syndetics book cover Blue Valentine. The rest of the soundtrack is mostly composed by Grizzly Bear, interestingly.

Feel My M.F. Bass [Paul Johnson]
Hardcore Traxx is an overdue compilation that honors one of the earliest and most prolific House labels: Dance Mania. These high-speed beats will still make anyone shake these days. If you manage to play this tune without distorting your headphones or speakers, then consider yourself a happy owner of decent music gear 😉

Axel’s Monthly Mix – August Playlist


This month I am going to aim the spotlight at tracks from the commonly overlooked Box Set section within our Central Library music collection. Box sets can be found just around the corner from where the two CD Players live (did you know you could borrow headphones and comfortably enjoy any album?), on your right as you walk past the trays of CDs. The bigger box sets (vinyl-sized boxes), are next to the Librarian’s Choice display, which is on your left as you pass through the entrance of this wonderful sound and vision world.

Box sets are for fans, aficionados, collectors and addicts who want to have it all and take an inner dive to the lands of their favourite bands. Another attractive tip: these costly sets (sometimes reaching hundreds of dollars!) can be lying in your bedroom for a week for a mere dollar! This is August’s selection:

Vitamin C [Can]
Can aficionados will be pleased to find this multi-disc boxed-set of the defunct band. After excavating 50 hours of material ranging from jams, live sessions, out-takes and of course, multiple sonic experiments including chainsaws and kitchen paraphernalia, we’re left with a work that must be celebrated as the culmination of Can’s trajectory, packed in a solid vinyl-sized box which features a generous booklet with a lot of photos of their cool studio spaces. The Lost Tapes are not to be missed!

Search and destroy [Iggy and the Stooges]
A punk-rock milestone, this box of Raw Power includes:
CD1: 1973 original Raw Power.
CD2: Live at Georgia, Atlanta, 1973.
CD3: rarities, outtakes & alternate versions from the Raw Power era.
CD4: DVD Documentary on Raw Power.

La Femme D’argent [Air]
This anniversary edition of the band’s debut album Moon Safari includes the original release from 1998, a second CD with live sessions (mainly recorded @ the BBC studios), and a DVD where one can indulge in Video Clips + “Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing”, a documentary produced during Air’s first tour. Here we get to know Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel intimately as they tour around New York, London and Paris for their first time, while enduring crazy working hours, having funny interviews, and emanating musical insights.

Credulidad [Luis Alberto Spinetta]
This is a personal favorite as not only is Spinetta one of the most beloved musical characters from Argentina, but also because I bought this limited release in Buenos Aires in one of my many visits. Once back in Wellington my desires for it to be heard made me approach the library about donating this copy, and to my delight it was kindly added to its amazing musical repertoire. This is the best introduction to South America’s humblest rock star.

Tell Me Why. [Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young]
This invaluable set gives us the opportunity to indulge in a marathonic 137 songs of Young’s early days, 47 of which have never been released. The massive archival effort has won it a Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package. A must for all those gold-rushers!

I Wanna Be Sedated [Ramones]
In case you haven’t got enough with The Stooges, here are more drilling punk-rock tunes to make your flatmates either bang their heads or bang at your door!
This collection brings 85 songs of broken-jeans, leather jackets and distorted reefs + a documentary filled with music videos, interviews, and a cool comic book telling the story of the band, which is heightened by the 3D glasses that come with it!

X Offender [Blondie]
If Punk Rock is a foreign world for you, then search no further! No thanks! :’70s Punk Rebellion will provide you with a very insightful look back to when this genre was born, and will educate you in the development of the movement into its different grounds. Classics and hidden obscurities, this box contains a 100+ pages book filled with frames that depict the “worst of times and the best of times”, and a thorough text that will fill you up with what you need to know.

Octopus [Syd Barrett]
If bands like Herbal Mixture, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, The Attack, The Smoke, The Virgin Sleep, Orange Bicycle, or Kaleidoscope ring a bell, or if “Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers” make you feel warm and giggly inside, then you would know what to expect. If not, then it is time for you to take the magical mystery tour into the land of the Psychedelic Confectionery from the UK Underground and enjoy the trip. This compilation focuses on the years 1965-1969; the peak of psychedelia. A short bio of each featured band is included in this informative volume.

Sir Duke [Stevie Wonder]
If you don’t feel like reading a full-text biography of the Magic Man, here’s a way of getting to know him> through amazing portraits (he was as fashionable as Miles Davies -sunglasses and all!), friends and family’s testimonies, promotional old posters, and much more while enjoying the 4-disc chronological record of his greatest hits.

Slip On Through [Beach Boys]
This is one of my favorites too. We acquired it sometime last year, and I remember it catching me eye straight away, with its yellow, orange and golden lush case. The signatures of the boys on the first page are so real I had to check with the cataloger if they were actually hand written. Though they were not, they certainly give one the sense that this is a limited edition we’re having in our hands. The 6 discs surf around the band’s entire well-known career, with an addition of 60 previously unreleased tracks, which of course are composed of enough rarities to turn anyone on.

Axel’s Monthly Mix – June Playlist

In this month’s blog post, I’m going treat you to some of the best tunes and bands I have bumped into while wandering about our awesome catalogue 😉

Genres explored: Pop; World/Brasil; Psychedelic Rock; Indie Pop; Jazz; Experimental Rock; Folk; Singer Songwriter/Argentina; Space Rock; Minimal Techno.

Jenny Wren [Paul McCartney]
As a rotund Radiohead fan that I am, I saw myself lost in a spiritual trip of awe and wonder following other projects directed by one of the best-known music producers alive: Nigel Godrich. My favorite works of the sixth Radiohead include: Talkie Walkie (Air), Sea Change (Beck), The Eraser (Thom Yorke), and his current involvement with Atoms for Peace. The fact that George Martin himself suggested Sir Paul to hire Nigel as his producer for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard gives us some indication of the calibre of his genius. The result? 4 Grammy nominations, including Best Non-Classical Producer of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Vinco [Caetano Veloso]
I was walking along Cuba Street after work the other day while Abraço sounded on my headphones. When this song came up, time slowed down and I was merged with the vibrations inside my ears. It was Friday night, and the Cuba Street Food Market was in full swing; I was a camera, registering life as it unfolded magically in front of me. Invisible as a ghost I floated like a lukewarm cloud through the people admiring each and every nuance of all phenomena. The spell lasted till the final and long cymbal of Vinco resonated and faded away.

Little Zombies [Morgan Delt]
For all us lovers of Psychedelia, Morgan Delt is someone we should all be keeping a close ear at. If you have been enjoying releases like Tame Impala’s Lonerism, Temple’s Sun Structures, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, or Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s II, then you’ll be in for a delightful trip! This new-wave of young Byrds and Floyds are following up what their heroes left on the table in the Great 60s Banquet, recycling and pushing new dishes with sauces of the past and condiments of the future.

Pink Frost [The Chills]
I’ve been doing a bit of my Kiwiana homework for the past months, and it was so that I discovered one of my favorite bands who defined what is known as the Dunedin Sound. Interestingly enough, I found this song not in any of The Chills’ albums I was digging at that time, but in this compilation of cool songs proposed by MGMT.

Alice in Wonderland [Bill Evans Trio]
I am not a Jazz-head for no better reason than not having dived deep enough in this amazing anti-world of teased amorphous grooves. Last month I had one of those breakthrough moments in which the universe conspires to force us to TUNE IN and CONNECT. This happened driving a car in Wellington, but it served me like the equivalent of seeing the band in a live gig and becoming an instant, die-hard fan.

Squeeze Me Macaroni [Mr. Bungle]
This was one of the albums I could not resist in trying out as it passed through my hands one day. Its cover, the band’s name, and the titles of its songs were crying my name, so I fell from grace and sold my soul to Mr. Bungle. And what a ride! I know nothing about this band and would rather keep it that way. All I suspect is that Les Claypool, creator of South Park’s intro tune and front man of funk-metal band Primus, had something to do with this!

Cello Song [Nick Drake]
Another 2014-discovery has been the sweetness and kidness of Nick Drake. My attention was drawn when I saw the album cover of Bryter Layter being referenced in Japanese experimental-drone-metal band Boris. As a Boris aficionado I HAD to give the original a go, and voilà, I was in love!
We recently acquired his Tuck Box, which includes his 3 official releases (Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon) and 2 extra posthumous compilations including out-takes, alternate versions, material from his early days, as well as full-booklets with lyrics, photos and interviews of friends and family.

Igual que Ayer [Lisandro Aristimuño]
As James Blake, Lisandro just makes me drift into a place that I can best describe as Teletubbie-land, in which all is love and smiling-baby-suns. This is an album I have been hearing since its release in 2012, and still adore. Enjoy!

Walking with Jesus [Spacemen 3]
I got given this album as a present. It was fished from the bi-annual Book Sale we throw at the Central Library (which also includes CDs, DVDs, magazines, audioBooks, and much more!). I had no idea who Spacemen were, and so, full of surprise and excitement, I found myself surrendering to their spacey, psychedelic and mellow tunes. From the best album of theirs I heard so far, I leave you to the mercy of this sparse psychonaut duo.

Track A1 (Original Mix) [Richi Hawtin]
I can undoubtedly say that Richie is my favorite DJ. His ever-fresh music, delicate taste, never-ending energy, natural charisma, and of course his unstoppable power, put him straight away up in my standard of electronic musicians. Not only an amazing DJ, he is also a talented producer who is concerned in the many facets that are involved in a night out dancing, as much as the in the release of a new album; fliers/invitations design, lightening, marketing, venue mise-en-place, photography and video, and even the fashion aesthetics are paid meticulous attention to. He is a conceptual artist -offering a full sensorial experience in all his creations and events; a vanguardist, leader and pioneer who not just embraces the latest technology: he designs it; an educator, who is always keen to throw a masterclass in the hottest music conventions; and not least, a rockstar.
Label owner and musical visionary, Richie has always been an adventurer of sound and technology, pushing the limits of techno, while inspiring over a generation of electronic music enthusiasts worldwide.


Axel’s Monthly Mix – April Playlist

Genres Explored: Psychedelic Rock/World/Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock/Industrial Rock/Experimental Electronic/Ambient Electronic/Popular [Stack]: Alt Rock, New Wave, Pop Rock, Hard Rock.

Muchacha Ojos de Papel [Almendra]
This outstanding track is one of Argentina’s most influential rock songs, from one of Argentina’s best rock albums. Composed by Luis Alberto Spinetta -who sings it with his unmistakably sweet voice- and released in 1969, it shook and shaped the youth of that generation, and its first performance erected an epic milestone.

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye [Leonard Cohen]
I will admit that it was not until very recently that I attentively listened to Leonard Cohen for the first time. It was after a dear friend described how magical Cohen’s gig was at the Wellington Town Hall earlier this year. She showed me a video from his latest world tour and I was blown away,instantly falling in love with this charismatic and profound creature. Watch and listen to this to know what I am talking about.

I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass [Yo La Tengo]
Recently played in Wellington at the Opera House pleasing YLT fans and likers.

Came Back Haunted [Nine Inch Nails]
I am NOT a fan of NIN, but I swear for David Lynch who directed the potentially seizure-inducing video for this song. Check it!

Black Refraction [Tim Hecker]
As soon as one pushes play to Virgins, one’s soul gets taken to an infra-world; it’s like death itself is summoned to tell us “it’s not your time yet, but I’ll give you a glimpse”, before covering our being with a thick blanket of darkness, where the air is heavy and humid. Yet the claustrophobia is ecstatic; the only way out is to let go and tune to the trance of the throbbing, noisy rhythm.

Little Fluffy Clouds [The Orb]
Mention The Orb to someone, and if they happen to know the electronic duo they’re most likely to reply with something about Little Fluffy Clouds and talk about the time of bands like System 7, The Future Sound of London and Orbital -especially for all of those who had the immense pleasure of listening to Alex Paterson himself perform a heroic set recently at Meow. Consider that this track was released in 1990 and it still sounds fresh! Enjoy the ambient house vibes from these guys who’ve been DJing for over 20 years and have collaborated with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, David Gilmour, and confidently sit along pioneers like Brian Eno.

And from our current CD STACK Display’s Spotlight:

​Hunting Bears [Radiohead]
Vocals processed through an Ondes Martenot, jazz solos, Krautrock vibes, smartly tuned vocoders, muffled microphones using egg boxes, complex rhythmic and harmonic moments, kick-ass guitar riffs and much much more make this one of the greatest alternative rock albums of the 21st century.

(I don’t want to go to) Chelsea [Elvis Costello]
This is one of my favorite Costello tunes. It may be for its ska vibe driven by the groovy bass, the careless vocals, the spiky guitar or the playful organ, but when I play this I play it loud and get up on my feet and groove it!

​Every Picture tells a Story [Rod Stewart]
From Rod-at-his-best comes a musical reminder of a great rock album.​

Brighton Rock [Queen]
This album has Brian May power-chording like a severe metalhead, bringing a distinctive guitar tone that has as much character as those of David Guilmour or Jimmy Page. Picking the strings with coins and crafting his own mathematical guitar (which he built with recycled material when he was 16!), May elevates Queen’s music to Heavenly Rock. Air-Guitar-Heroes, here we go!