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Knox may seem over-exposed after a lifetime of music in this country, but at the Big Day Out in Auckland he proved to have as much, if not more, energy and passion than some of those Big Name Bands on the main stage. And a great deal more humour.
Over the course of his set he pulled a growing crowd, which he raced off into at the end, still...
Bill Direen is an auteur whose work covers pop and experimental music, poetry, European literature and much else.
As a graduate of the DIY punk years he has seldom resorted to anything approaching hi-fi -- and these recordings (some mere fragments) from an attic in Switzerland and other such places have a ragged edge as you might expect. Just...
Elsewhere always has a warm place in its heart for young band full of energy, ideas (if not always original) and enthusiastic execution.
And this Auckland three-piece has all those.
While I might hear 60s garageband pop-rock, the Clash and Chris Knox -- and a worrying lurch into prog-psychedelia on She Knows -- that doesn't change the fact...
Lately on my Kiwi FM programme I have been playing quite a lot from Chris Knox's albums and thoroughly enjoying rediscovering them. (Like Mike Leigh movies and city buses you often didn't feel the need to catch them because another would be along soon enough).
Knox has been prolific and always offers good value -- his last one Chris Knox and...
What can you say? The Clean recorded live during their '07 national tour.Really, enough said: David Kilgour's guitar just gets more mercurial and expressive over time (if sometimes pulling back from the edginess of previous decades) and Hamish and Robert create and ride these often oceanic surges of sound. But nuance is everywhere also.Magic at...
Right from the beginning -- aside from a short period as a jobbing songwriter for the Pickwick label in ‘64-’65 -- Lou Reed’s lyrics had a literary quality.
With the Velvet Underground his songs would take the listener to an immediate location (“standing on the corner . . .”) or conjure up characters...
Martin Phillipps looks bad. His skin is pasty, he’s unshaven and his eyes look like an owls in an arc light. He’s been up for 24 hours and although it’s only lunchtime he’s going to hang out until the Iron Maiden concert that night. He’s tired ... though an 18-hour flight from the States does that to anyone. But...
Funny that people say how wild the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks album
was. Heard it lately? They sound like a pop band, albeit an angry one, and
musically didn't move too far from verse-chorus, like the young Beatles and the
Something similar applies with New Zealand's now legendary Toy
Love, the Chris Knox-fronted...
"Musique concrete" has generally had a bad rap. The problem lies in the
"musique" part of the equation. Being constructed from found sounds or by mixing
up sounds into some other form, musique concrete doesn't conform to a definition
of "music" as most understand it. Put it this way: you can't whistle
There has often been a spiralling quasi-psychedelic quality to the Clean, but this time out the mood drops back into a more gentle, thought-provoking, marijuana-ambient sound which recalls moments from guitarist David Kilgour's solo albums.
There is a lovely langour to many of these pieces, the long and rolling rhythms, the leisurely pacing...
There's an unstated but obviously very sensible practice that most critics adopt: you never review a show or album which is raising money for a good cause. If the show is lousy and you say as much then that can be misread as you not supporting the cause. Same goes for an album. Didn't like the kiddie choir at the Plunket show means you are...
We'll make this a quick product description to coincide with this great alt.American band playing in New Zealand -- here is a remastered 23-track collection which draws on their singles, tracks from their classic albums (Slanted and Enchanted, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Brighten the Corners) and adds three early songs from before their...
If there were awards in local rock for candour beyond the call of
duty, then Graeme Downes, linchpin of the formative and formidable
Flying Nun band the Verlaines (1981-97), would be saying “Thank
you” at the podium more than most.
Always a straight shooter, Downes settles over lunch to chat about
the long overdue...
Quite why anyone thought there ever was a "Dunedin sound" is bewildering -- without even hearing a note of the music all you had to do was look at the cover of the famous "Dunedin double" album of mid '82 to see how each of the four bands -- the Stones, the Chills, Sneaky Feelings and the Verlaines -- thought of...
We shouldn't feel too sorry for the profoundly talented Grayson Gilmour -- but I do sympathise with him at the moment: being the first act signed to the resurrected Flying Nun label means that has become the story and not this quite superb album.
I have heard and seen Gilmour interviewed repeatedly and most of the time has been taken up with...
Singer-songtwriter Blackman appeared at Elsewhere previously with his very interesting EP Modern Sprawl, and this is his short (half an hour) nine-song debut album recorded in Berlin in December last year -- which must have been cold.
With sole assistance from a drummer in a few places, these are Blackman's naked ruminations (some...
Bannerman is New Zealand singer-songwriter Richard Setford whose purpose in life seems to be to confound those who would easily pigeonhole him. He appeared at Elsewhere previously with his quietly intense EP (here) which stood at some distance from his work with the roiling Batucada Sound Machine and the soulful One Million Dollars.
They are found at the back of cartons at record fairs, under beds in long abandoned houses and sometimes stored lovingly -- but rarely played -- in the collections of the obsessives. They are those great, and not that great, singles by Kiwi artists which existed either in limited pressings or were simply so awful the artists themselves tried to...
Bilders (sometimes Bildrine) is the nom de disque of Bill Direen -- and that French there is not being pretentious as Direen spends much of his time in France, and the Mean Time album was largely recorded in Paris this year. The Mindful album was recorded in Berlin in 2008 as an art collaboration between singer/guitarist Direen and Jon Evans...
Auckland two-piece Surf Friends -- guitarist/singer/drum machine handler etc and bassist/keyboards/singer Pete Westmoreland -- are starting out in almost exactly the same place as the early Clean and Chills whose sound they effectively hijack completely for some tracks on this interesting . . . and eventually quite convincing album.
Brian Eno once said that there would come a time when the Velvet Underground were discussed in the same breath as the Beatles with regard to their influence and importance. He said that when very few people in rock culture had really given serious consideration to this band out of New York which recalibrated the coordinates of rock music....
We all have musical moments
written into our autobiographies. The emblems afterwards -- the
album, concert ticket or scar beneath the eye -- are inadequate to
convey the emotion you experienced, whether it was when Tina Turner
belted out your favourite-ever song to you personally (and 35,000
others), or when you got nailed at Zwines in...
The new bio for David Kilgour starts with an arresting claim, "David Kilgour is a guitar god for guitar atheists". The evidence for this is of course his work in the Clean, with his band the Heavy Eights or on albums under his own name.
Kilgour redefines a kind of electrifying electric-pastoral psyechedleic sound which can equally...
Inspired by everything from the Pixies and Neil Young's El Dorado EP, sonic noise and folk music, the 3D's were a Flying Nun band which inspired passionate loyalty for the visceral power of their sound and often weaving, beguling melodies (from singer Denise Roughan as well as the guitars).
The re-release last year of their early albums...
The previous album by Malkmus (formerly of Pavement) with the Jicks was the very trippy Real Emotional Trash.
But here, after touring again with Pavement, he gets into the studio with Beck Hansen as producer for 15 focused songs which place emphasis on, if nothing else, audability.
His words -- droll, slightly self-torturing and...
There are some musicians you don't want to meet. For me Neil Young is the never-again category for rudeness, and Henry Rollins just as matter of personal safety. He was a nice guy actually, but he almost broke my hand.
It was on his first tour to New Zealand and he was in his ranting-poet mode rather than fronting some...
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