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Sheeps are a Wellington-based progressive, psychedelic post-rock band. Band members include Dean Blackwell (electric guitar, vocals), Blain Fitzpatrick (bass guitar), Grace Baker (acoustic and electric guitar), Simon Blackwell (electric guitar) and Thomas Friggens (drums).

Sheeps have played several gigs in 2017, including opening for Opium Eater during their Ennui album release and performing at the ‘Nevertheless’ Rape Crisis fundraiser. Band member Blain Fitzpatrick has also produced the multimedia Laniakea, which screened at the Roxy in October 2017.

This is going to be us tomorrow night (Thursday 25th May) at Valhalla with John, If You're Out There and Pale Lady.We're on at 8:30pm sharp.Baaahh

Posted by Sheeps on Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last edited: 29.12.17

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  • View on NZ On Screen Country Calendar - Daggy and the Dickheads

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Lifestyle ; Television

    "Enjoying sex, drugs and rock'n'roll is difficult when you have to be up early to shear sheep. Country Calendar visited Rangitikei to investigate the Dickheads phenomenon, and found the Taihape band ready to mumble when it came to discussing the hazards of mixing music with farming. The Dickheads are seen rehearsing at Dickheadquarters, in the stockyards, and yarning at the New Taihape Hotel as they head for the big time: an afternoon slot at Sweetwaters, 1982. As a former shearer, TVNZ director Keith Slater identified with the Dickheads' dilemmas. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Newsnight - Series One, Episode 171

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/Current Affairs ; Television

    "In these excerpts from TV2's late night news show, Simon Dallow watches new American boy band All-4-One perform in an Auckland record store and interviews them about the trappings of fame. Meanwhile, Marcus Lush channels Country Calendar as he investigates a novel new agri-business venture: an emu and ostrich farm near Katikati (although it's unlikely his colleagues on TVNZ's venerable rural show ever gave their watches to animals to play with). Lush's verdict? The world's biggest living birds ("because we killed the moa") are "more fun than sheep"." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Weekly Review No. 407

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Historical ; Music ; Magazine ; Short Film

    "Coverage of a major event in the history of the NZ music industry — the pressing of Ruru Karaitiana’s timeless classic ‘Blue Smoke’ — is the highlight of this NFU newsreel. It was the first recording of a local composition performed by local musicians to be manufactured in NZ (in a very exact and highly labour intensive exercise involving men in white coats). The country’s biggest airlift of sheep, sharp shooting army cadets, high flying painters redecorating a Wellington church and heavy machinery being moved across Auckland by barge also feature." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Country Calendar - Spoofs Special

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Mockumentary ; Television

    "Ask Country Calendar viewers which shows they remember and inevitably the answer is "the spoofs" — satirical episodes that screened unannounced. Sometimes there was outrage but mostly the public enjoyed having the wool pulled over their eyes. Created by producer Tony Trotter and Bogor cartoonist Burton Silver, the first (in late 1977) was the fencing wire-playing farmer and his "rural music". This special episode collects the best of the spoofs, from the infamous radio-controlled dog, to the gay couple who ran a "stress-free" flock, and more malarkey besides." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Woolly Valley - Series One Compilation

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Children ; Television

    "The magpie quardle oodled and the narrator uttered, "Welcome to Woolly Valley", in the intro to this children's TV classic. The low-tech puppet show with its rustic charm was familiar to a generation of kids who grew up in the 80s. It follows the lives of woolly-haired farmer Wally and his long-suffering wife Beattie, who live with talking ewe Eunice. Also featured is hippie Tussock, voiced by Russell (Count Homogenized) Smith. Woolly Valley marked an early piece of screenwriting by children's writer Margaret Mahy. This compilation is the entire first series." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Intrepid Journeys - Mali (Te Radar)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Travel ; Popular Factual ; Television

    "Comedian Te Radar is a natural for Intrepid Journeys - his own TV sojourns have already taken him to Palestine and East Timor. In this episode Radar travels through the landlocked African nation of Mali, much of which lies in the Sahara. On his way to the legendary city of Timbuktu he visits a festival in the desert, has a close encounter with a baby scorpion and grooves to the local drumming. Along the way, cameraman Bevan Crothers captures eye-opening imagery of brightly clothed locals and a lime-clad Te Radar, against sunlicked desert sands." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen fiveandahalfminutes

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video ; Rock

    "Simon St. Marcus and Tristen Deschain are "sheep-herders of the synthlines" (DJs) for the Christchurch trip-rock duo fiveandahalfminutes. Listing Aphex Twin and PJ Harvey among their influences, they describe their dark, atmospheric sound as "dust storms and leaking storm clouds inside hallways bent out of shape by emotion and apathy". They released their first EP Our Hallways in 2006. Daniel Batkin-Smith (also the drummer for the L.E.D.s), directed the video for the single 'Plans'." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Poi E

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Te Reo ; Music Video

    "This uplifting promotional clip is as famous as the chartbusting song. Accompanied by Jo, the breakdancing guide, for a tour of Patea and surrounds, the Patea Māori Club are captured "bopping and twirling like piwakawaka": at the local marae, in Wellington's Manners Mall, and on Patea’s main street, where milk tankers and sheep trucks pass by the Aotea canoe remembrance arch. So does the impresario himself: Dalvanius does a pūkana out a car window. In 2010 'Poi E' re-entered the charts thanks to Taika Waititi hit Boy. A documentary on the song was released in 2016." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • The Irish Connection

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Captioned ; Television

    "This high-rating 1999 documentary follows Gary McCormick to Ireland to investigate "those strands which tie" Kiwis to the Emerald Isle, from Dublin to the north, where his forebears originated in the 1870s. He meets locals, (musicians, tinkers, playwrights, scuba divers) and Kiwi expats, and talks The Troubles, Celtic Tigers, and why Irish emigrated to Aotearoa. Irish Connection was another collaboration between McCormick and director Bruce Morrison (Heartland, Raglan by the Sea). Companion title The London Connection saw McCormick examining Kiwi links to London. " (NZ On Screen summary)


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