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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: December – Fly My Pretties/The Hopkinsville Goblins/Brooke Fraser/The Eversons/Stir It Up

    16.12.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageString theory.
    The brainchild of Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker of Loop Recordings ‘Fly My Pretties’ (for anyone who doesn’t already know) is a collaboration of contemporary musicians who assemble periodically to record live albums in various locations. Their shared objective is to exchange ideas, then perform and record songs written by different members of the band in front of live audiences. A central part of the ethos that governs FMP is the addition of new talent and perspectives with each album. Sixth album, ‘String Theory,’ holds true to this, with the concept of each guest to explore their own existence through time and space with their own unique stories. It showcases 14 musicians and 18 new songs by Weir and returning members Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle & Ryan Prebble from The Nudge, Jarney Murphy & Nigel Patterson from The Black Seeds, Mike Fabulous (Lord Echo), and Ria Hall; but also features newcomers to the FMP family: Bailey Wiley, Laughton Kora, Tiki Taane, A Girl Named Mo, Ills Winter, and Miloux. What’s different from previous versions of FMP is that in the past guest collaborators brought their own fully formed songs to the show. This time all new material was written in sessions a month out from the shows, and the 18 new songs were then refined and polished across four days at Auckland’s Lot23 to be performed four times in Auckland and five times in Wellington. The real talent of the endeavour lies in creating a cohesive whole from all the individual elements. The writing deadline aids this, in that choices had to be made in terms of a songs direction & elements. While the aim of performing these tracks soon in a live context adds a requirement of precision in the construction of the tracks, that will produce the most efficent arrangements capturing the essence of each songs story, but also leaving room for the flourishes and character that each individual performance brings out. With such a mix of strong male/female vocals & stories it’s hard to elevate some over others but tracks by Ills Winter, A girl named Mo, and Miloux are all highlights. Loop records here. Facebook here. Website here. 13th Floor interview here.

    Cover imagePosts from Planet Earth / The Hopkinsville Goblins.
    Electro-acoustic punky funk-rock studio only project, supposedly recorded using clapped out instruments, 2 track / 4 track tapes and outdated software in different garages, living rooms and basements around New Zealand. A weird mish-mash that has a murky Lo-Fi charm reminiscent of the Athens sound of early REM jams. Blog here. Elsewhere piece here. Spotify here.

     

     

    Cover image[A] sides.
    Signed to Sony at just 18, Brooke Fraser has proved to be one of Wellington’s most successful music exports. Her 2003 debut What To Do With Daylight made her a household name with hits like Better and the timeless Arithmetic. The title track to her 2007 follow-up Albertine celebrated her passion for Africa while the album gave us the massive singles Deciphering Me and Shadow Feet, & won an APRA Silver Scroll. Flags, released in 2010, opened the international floodgates with the worldwide smash Something In The Water, a Gold selling single in six countries. Last album Brutal Romantic recorded in the UK saw her develop her sound more in an electronic direction with the singles Kings & Queens and Magical Machine. Prefigured by IV, a collection of 4 unreleased tracks released earlier this year, ‘A-Sides’ brings together fourteen singles from Brooke’s fourteen-year career along with a brand new track ‘Therapy’ recorded with Joel Little in Los Angeles. Fraser has had a hand in many of Hillsong’s bigger hits, but this collection focuses on her shift from the early folk that had her tagged as a Christian singer-songwriter, to more fully fledged secular modern electro-pop artist. Plenty of great familiar tracks here that chart her growth as an artist. New single ‘Therapy’ hints at even further musical shifts. Website here. Facebook here.

    Cover imageStuck in New Zealand / The Eversons.
    More catchy tunes from the now London based The Eversons. The retro teenage skinny-tie power pop comes off like a cleverer version of Weezer, or Rooney, backed up with a seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of musical styles and pop culture. Novelty single Weird Year is also great fun. A great one to rock out with for summer. Lil’ Chief records.Facebook here. Website here. Elsewhere review.

     

     

    Cover imageStir it up : Aotearoa’s tribute to Bob Marley.
    Not strictly a ‘Wellington’ release but rather a New Zealand compilation, however 7 of its 15 tracks are from Wellington artists so it seems fitting to highlight it here. Universal Music commissioned New Zealand some artists to interpret songs from Bob Marley’s catalogue, and the result is ‘Stir It Up’ curated by Elsewhere’s Graham Reid. There’s no denying the influence of Reggae in New Zealand music & Bob Marley specifically. The message in his songs resonated heavily within the socio-political context of NZ in the 70s, and the timeless nature of his songs still inspires and influences, as demonstrated in this compilation as contemporary artists connect with the spirit & legacy of his music. Features Wellington artists Tomorrow People, Aaradhna, Trinity Roots, Thomas Oliver, Drax Project, David Grace (who fronted 80s Wellington reggae band ‘Dread, Beat & Blood’), and Hollie Smith. Hard to pick a fave among the Welly tracks but Trinity Roots & Thomas Oliver definitely bring it. Facebook page here. Elsewhere piece here. Website here.


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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: November – Soft Hair/Jonathan Crayford/Strikemaster/DADS/Klezmer Rebs

    02.12.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageSoft Hair.
    ‘Soft Hair’ is the self titled collaboration (long in the making apparently) of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (La Priest, Late of the Pier), with the album cover making a pretty good motif for the music within. If Prince’s early 80s backing band crashed on a deserted island populated by decadent, slinky, long haired natives who liked to get down & dirty, this is the kind of music that would probably result. Proto-Indian rhythms, cheesy synths, burbling electronic noodling, pervy lyrics. Is it all a knowing pastiche? A sly nod at the homo-erotica of tough guy rock bands? It’s hard to tell if they’re serious about any of it, from the sometimes deliberately creepy lyrics to the 80s PC game music, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a hell of a lot of fun to be had in listening to all the weirdness. Hailed as part of a wave of New-Bromantic bands. Bandcamp here. Facebook here.

    Cover imageEast west moon / Jonathan Crayford, Ben Street, Dan Weiss.
    Once of our most successful Jazz exports Crayford works here with the same rhythm section on the critically acclaimed Dark Light (2014). The music was all apparently composed by Crayford while living in Berlin and the title of the album (and title track) delve into the compass point’s as a geographic metaphor for the differences in cultures & peoples ideas on how to live, with the ‘moon’ representing the common denominators that link all of us. The modal pieces seem meant to work together as a whole canvass rather than a collection of individual tracks, while his playing seems to draw on the dark hued impressionistic style of Europeans like Enrico Pieranunzi. Website here. Rattle here.

    StrikemasterSun for a change / Strikemaster NZ.
    Local metal band Strikemaster formed in 1981 and played regular gigs round NZ for about a decade, including opening for international big names Uriah Heep and Motorhead (both 1984), and playing on Telethon. In 1992 they went on indefinite hiatus. That came to an end, when in 2013 they played a reunion gig at Bodega. Enthused by the crowd response, they decided to work on their first CD studio release 35 years after forming (following self released cassette ‘Play it Loud’ in 1989). With seemingly as many 80s ‘hard-rock’ influences as Metal, the band may be out of step somewhat with the current sound or genres of metal, but they prove that punchy melodic hard rocking songs are the card that always comes up trumps. Tons of fun. Facebook here. More info here.

    Cover imageRemember the days/The Dancing and Drinking Society.Cover imageRed delicious.
    Two albums Wellingtons very own 1920′s and 30′s era New Orleans Swing Blues Band, debut album ‘Remember the Day’ & follow up ‘Red Delicious’, both from 2015. There is a mixture of ‘old time’ genres at play here from swing blues, New Orleans, swing, jazz and blues, mostly traditional classics but with the occasional original tune from one of the band. Between the four musicians they play 10 instruments between them (guitar, banjo a large selection of horns, washboard and kick drum and more) and although some of the songs are 100 years old they prove there is still plenty of life in these songs. They play a regular Saturday gig at Orpheus Restaurant & Bar so make sure you check them out live. Bandcamp here. Facebook here.

    Cover imageAlways a pleasure
    Klezmer (composed of the Hebrew words kley and zemer meaning ‘vessels/instruments of song’ or more freely translated ‘musical instrument’) is an engaging style of world/folk music born out of the Yiddish/Jewish culture of eastern Europe in the 1800s and 1900s. Wgtn’s Klezmer Rebs formed as a breakaway from another group, Sam Gezentsvey’s Klezmer Orchestra which was far too structured for these rebellious band members. The Klezmer Rebs play an eclectic mix of up-beat ethnic dance and wedding music, along with traditional and modern klezmer works and English language tracks. Their 4th CD ‘Always a Pleasure’ serves as a bit of an all round introduction of their various musical facets, from the traditional ‘Der Heyser Bulger’ to the more modern Django Reinhardt’s ‘Minor Swing’ and some band originals. A good primer for their next live performance. Website here. Facebook here.


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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: October – Electric Wire Hustle/Phantasticus/Rob Joass

    28.10.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageThe 11th sky.
    Just when you think Electric Wire Hustle can’t get any better they (or rather Mara TK, the last man left of the original three piece band) up their game yet again. His fantastic voice sits comfortably in that late period Marvin Gaye/Leon Ware pocket, but the sound of ‘The 11th Sky’ is harder and fuller. Moving away from the patented psychedelic Neo-soul of the last 2 albums they move into a sonic realm of darker, heavier, beats that envelop Mara TK’s analogies to Maori mythology, and metaphysical concerns on the pressures of money, love and expectations that weigh down peoples journey towards a better place within themselves. A real sense of searching for meaning pervades the album, and the benefits of being a one man band include the freedom to add whatever you want into the final mix, such as a harpist on ‘Golden Ladder’, lovely strings on ‘I Light A Candle’, and vocalist Deva Mahal (the sister of Ahmed Mahal aka. Imon Star of Olmecha Supreme, who is now based in New York) on ‘March’. Website here. Bandcamp here.

    Cover imagePhantasticus acousticus.
    Phantasticus has been plying their unique brand of high-energy gypsy jazz in Wellington since their beginnings in 2012. A 5 piece high-energy gypsy-flavours ensemble featuring a total of 24 strings spread between 5 musicians, with a mix of both original compositions and Django Reinhardt style classics. Check out ‘Sunday Cocek’ on You Tube here. Website here. Bandcamp here. Facebook here.

     

     

     

    Cover imageBlack and white.
    Rob Joass has been part of the Wellington music scene since the 90s, as a solo act, then as founder of the folk-rock outfit Hobnail Boots (later Hobnail) and The Shot Band. He released his first solo CD Rainlovers in 1995. 2014’s ‘Black & White’ was his return to solo work after 18 years and is a fully formed set of laid back acoustic narrative based songs. The 18 years of playing gigs and life in general seem to have added a wealth of knowledge and experience to his songcraft, and every track tells it’s own story in a real and mature way. His voice and playing here remind me a bit of cultish American singer-songwriter Darden Smith, who has the similar ability of weaving Americana, folk & pop influences into poignant slices of real life. Website here. Bandcamp here.


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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: October – Teeth & Tongue/31 Days in Wellington/Eva Prowse

    20.10.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageGive up on your health.
    Teeth & Tongue is the moniker of Melbourne based, Wellington raised songwriter and musician Jess Cornelius. Her family moved to Wellington when she was 11, and music was the one constant, her parent’s record collection played a huge role in fuelling her desire to make music. She entered a couple of local “battle of the bands” comps while at school, but it wasn’t until a move to Melbourne at 19 that she fully tapped into her musical potential. 2008 debut record Monobasic received critical acclaim from Australian media, and her 3rd album Grids led to three The Age Music Victoria Award nominations, for Best Band, Best Album and Best Female Artist. Latest album ‘Give up on your health’ is a swirl of Giorgio Moroder 80s synths, but underneath the fantastic production is a set of serious songs that focus on fracturing relationships, isolation, and past regrets. Electro-pop tends to veer towards cool beats, hip choruses and emotional detachment, but Cornelius and her backing band plunder the digital sounds to record the messy analogue organics of real human interaction. Website here. Bandcamp here. US Thatmag review.

    Cover image31 days in Wellington : the album.
    Zoe Elliott and Tim Vaughan-Sanders are the couple that have created 31 Days In, where they spend 31 days in one location on 31-day months – painting a new artwork each day. Last year they spent August in Barcelona, October in Western Australia and March in Wellington – Tim’s home town. The Wellington project was extended to include 31 tracks from local bands and musicians, who submitted a track which gets paired to their art for that day to raise funds for food rescue organisation Kaibosh. The album is a ‘Who’s Who’ of the current Wellington musical landscape and includes the following artists: Andrew Laking, Glass Vaults, A Girl Named Mo, Maple Syrup, Shuedet, Wellington Sea Shanty Society, Israel Starr Musiq, Fraser Ross, The Polly Johnson Set, Jet Jaguar aka Michael Upton, Finn Johannsen, Chris Tse, Daniel McClelland, Chambres, yosh, Echo Beach, LOST BiRD, Étienne de Silhouette, Cosimo, Carlos Navae, Terror Of The Deep, Kat McKenzie, Towers, Rosy Tin Teacaddy, Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band of Wellington NZ, Full Moon Fiasco, French for Rabbits, Timothy Blackman, Lake South ft. Nadia Reid, Electric Wire Hustle and The Andy Gibson Project. Bandcamp here.

    Cover imageHumid nights.
    Great new album from Eva Prowse, that forsakes the violin country/folk of her first album I can’t Keep Secrets and jumps right into the electro-pop world of bubbly midi’s, bouncy pop tunes, and fond musical memories of growing up in the 80s. She first explored this territory in 2013 with Henry Marks as the duo ‘H & Eva’ and the EP Crazy Eyes but this time it’s her voice & songs that are at the forefront, and that EP now sounds like a tentative stab in a new direction that is now fully formed with ‘Humid Nights’. Sits comfortably alongside any of the many international artist’s working within this retro synthy sound. Definitely one of the best ‘Wellington Releases of the year. Website here. Pick up a copy on Bandcamp here. Follow her on Facebook here.

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    Wellington on Vinyl…..

    22.09.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

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    Hidden underneath these overlays are 5 albums from Wellington bands. First person to guess them all wins a download code for one of these albums…

     

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    Vinyl is back and our new vinyl collection will be launched via a party on the afternoon of Saturday the 24th of September between 12:00 and 4:00pm. You can expect copious giveaways, informative and entertaining talks and non-stop music! More info here as well as some reviews of upcoming titles in our new collection, which includes a substantial amount of Wellington material such as…

    Brothers and Sisters of the Black LagoonBrothers and sisters of the black lagoon.
    Third album by the Wellington psychedelic funsters, this showcases their wide range of styles from funk to Latin to electro to prog to fuzzed-out rock, all in a broad kiwi accent. If New Zealand ever get their space programme together, this album would be the perfect soundtrack, as well as providing a handy packing list.

     

     

    But We Love Our Brothers and SistersBut we love our brothers and sisters.
    More amazing music from Seth Frightening, the first full length album since his 2010 debut The Prince & his Madness. His lovely eerie double-tracked vocals float above sinuous guitar lines and weird odd moments of noise and disquiet.

     

     

     

    Time Killed The ClockTime killed the clock.
    Expanded from a mini EP Dan Boobyer’s full length LP ‘Time Killed the Clock’ is full of short atmospheric tracks, with his voice multi-tracked for effect. The deliberately lo-fi recording evokes an older style of folky blues songs & singing that doesn’t seem calculated or deliberately nostalgic, just a vehicle for the type of songs he likes to sing..

     

     

    Extra note:
    If you’re a vinyl fan the National Library has recently changed their interloan policy to allow inter-library loaning of their vinyl records. You can now interloan many of the New Zealand & Wellington titles they have in their collection. This is what they have available (catalogued so far), but it is growing rapidly.

     

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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: August – Aaradhna

    15.08.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageBrown girl.
    New album from Aaradhna produced by Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele), recorded live in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, mixed by Dan Parry (Grammy Winner for Adele’s 21) and mastered by Tom Coyne (D’Angelo – Voodoo / Adele / Amy Winehouse). Aaradhna’s albums always have a retro feel which highlights her love of older musical styles, whether it’s 50s doowop, 60s Motown or 70s soul, however she always surrounds those styles with plenty of contemporary sounds & flourishes, and more importantly always brings her unique sense of integrity & emotion to everything she does, as well as the incredible power of her soulful voice. ‘Brown Girl’ is her most personal album yet, directly addressing the racism she experienced growing up and the breakdown of a long term relationship, and has been getting a lot of attention with a review in the Guardian calling the title track a career defining moment. NZ Musician interview here. Herald review here. Stuff review here. Facebook here. Buy ‘Brown Girl’ here or here.


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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: August – Ariana Tikao/Battle-Ska Galactica/Joe Blossom/Daniel Boobyer/Olmecha Supreme/Lilah/Nikita the Spooky & a Circus of Men/The Beatgirls

    12.08.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageFrom dust to light.
    2012 album from Ariana Tikao. A lovely mix of Te Reo & English tracks, mostly acoustic with some subtle chamber style violin & cello backing on a few tracks that really enhance the songs.More about Ariana here. Buy some of her music here. Facebook here.

     

     

    Cover imageEverybody’s got an opinion.
    Founded in 2009 Battle-Ska Galactica are an Original 7 piece Retro Futuristic, Intergalactic Blending of Jamaican and 2 Tone Ska. Fun jams. Buy some music here. Facebook here.

     

     

     

    Cover imageNocturnes.
    Originally from Waituna, now based in Wellington,‘Joe Blossom’ formally began his solo music career with this debut album ‘Nocturnes’ in 2011, though under his real name (Sean O’Brien) he has been making independent music in Wellington and the Manawatu since the 1990s where he kicked off with bands ‘The Livids’ and ‘The Sentimental Plastic’. ‘Nocturnes’ is a great collection of synthy/dancy art rock, influenced by Roxy Music & 70s Bowie. Stand out tracks include the tongue in cheek ‘Scenestar’ & ‘How the Mighty fall’ which features Grayson Gilmour on guitar & vocals. More about Joe Blossom here. Buy some music here. Facebook here. Check out his new 2016 album ‘All of the above’ which is also getting great reviews.

    Dan BoobyerTime killed the clock EP. Part 1.
    Mini-album from Dan Boobyer, that he would go on and expand into a full-length vinyl album. Short atmospheric tracks, with his voice multi-tracked for effect. Good stuff. More about Dan Boobyer here. Buy some music here. Facebook here.

     

     

    Cover imageObsoletism.
    Olmecha Supreme is the funky futuristic roots ship captained by legendary Wgtn. emcee, producer and multi-instrumentalist Captain Imon Starr. Acoustic instruments mix easily with quality beats, retro sounds, soulful vocals and lyrics. More about Olmecha Supreme here. Buy some music here. Facebook here.

     

     

    Cover imageChristmas.
    Drone/Experimental group ‘Lilah’ are Louis Reeve, Jo Cain and drummer Christian Williams who released their first S/T album in 2014. 2016 release ‘Christmas’ moves into a more consistently melodic direction. There are still droney instrumentals, but they mix with shoegazy tracks, alt-rock and other styles. All the songs are built on strong melodic frameworks so it all hangs together. More about Lilah here. Buy some music here. Review here.

     

    Cover imageBig Sur.
    ‘Nikita the Spooky and a Circus of Men’ is one of the musical projects of Nikita Tu-Bryant, who is also lead singer of FLITE. ‘The Big Sur’ is primarily a folk album, the touches of violin & cello lending the lovely lilting songs lilting the bands self described ‘cinematic’ feel. Buy some music here. Facebook here.

     

     

    Cover imageMotown / The BeatGirls.
    Nice polished Motown tribute from Wellington cover-band institution ‘The Beatgirls’. With a repertoire from 1940’s Andrew’s Sisters, 50’s rock’n’roll, 60’s girl groups, Beatles, Motown, 70’s Soul, disco and funk, 80’s and 90’s to 2000’s beyond, they have performed at arts festivals and corporate events around the world, and are also the only act to have performed at two consecutive Olympics Games organisers’ events (Sydney and Athens). More info here. Facebook here.

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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: July – Mara TK/Miles Calder & The Rumours

    28.07.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    WellingtonMusicBlog17Hīkoi : soundtrack.
    Original soundtrack to Nancy Brunning’s play Hikoi. The ambient soundscape is performed by EWH frontman Mara TK and Johnny Lawrence. The title track features Hone Tuwhare’s 1975 Land March poem, and other tracks merge spoken word sections with his acoustic sounds. Have a listen at Bandcamp here.

     

     

     

    WellingtonMusicBlog18The crossing over / Miles Calder & the Rumours.
    Miles Calder & The Rumours are a five piece alt-country band. The seven tracks on ‘The Crossing Over’ EP were recorded live over 2 days in 2013 at Surgery Studios in Tasman Street, with Ryan Prebble at the helm. A nice set of lilting, melodic tunes that encompass all the best traits of then genre. ‘The Avenue’ was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for 2013, with Calder’s song in the top one percent of all entrants, and the EP was nominated for the 2014 Taite Music Prize (Best Album) and the Recording Industry Association New Zealand ‘Best Country Music Album’. More on the band here. Facebook here. Check it out at Bandcamp here.


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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: July – Beastwars

    21.07.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageThe death of all things.
    More beautifully sludgy metal from Wellington’s premiere purveyors of ‘The Riff’. Internal band dynamics made this the most difficult (and for lyricist Hyde the most personal album yet). Anger and unease seethes beneath every song, but the tension results in what many are calling their best album yet. On hiatus after a brief tour, one can only hope they return at some point for another chapter in their music.

     

     

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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD: July – Hobnail/Bakers Eddy/Maple Syrup

    14.07.16 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Cover imageString things.
    Hobnail evolved from the band ‘Hobnail Boots’ a stalwart celtic/country band who have been part of the local music scene since the mid 1990s. This incarnation of the band features original members Rob Joass and Jo Moir, Hamish Graham who has been in the band since their 2nd album and drummer Caroline Easther who joined the band in 2007. ‘String Things’ is a special release for their 21st anniversary, featuring re-recordings of some favourites from their catalogue, some new songs and some covers. Some of their best old tracks, some nice covers of tracks from The Pogues & Neil Young, and years of playing together all combine into a great new collection. More info on the band here. Facebook here. Buy some music here.

     

    Cover imagePlastic wasteland.
    First EP from this young Karori rock group who won the 2015 ‘Battle of The Bands’ contest, beating out 43 other bands and netting some recording time at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios and a mixing desk. A small European tour followed, and in in March they opened for high-profile US rockers Highly Suspect at The Powerstation in Auckland. The 3 track EP is full of infectious melodies and impressive songcraft for such a young group. Definitely going places. More on the band here. Connect with them on Facebook here. Buy some music here.

     

    Cover imageAce & Gab’s honeymoon.
    We really liked Vera Ellen’s solo album Monte Casino, and now she is part of Maple Syrup, a new 4 piece that melds a grungy garage 90s alt-rock aspect with the pop sensibilities that were on display on Monte Casino. Riffy guitar lines, catchy melodies, rocking tracks. Makes you remember why you like new bands. The vibrancy and sense of purpose. The adherence to old forms, yet that energy and discovery. Just really really good. Facebook here. Buy/listen to the album here.

     

     

     

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