Sunday, 29 May 2016

Performing at "Indie Like Woah" this Friday at Big Barrel Music Festival @Tapac in Western Springs

We are pretty stoked that we can now announce the full-line up:
Violet Highway are our fantastic headliners, alongside Skinny Hobos and The Neo-Kalashnikovs, with Galaxy Bear opening. There's also a special guest to be announced early next week!
We're looking forward to an absolutely EPIC night so we suggest you get in early for your tickets at the door!

The gig is this Friday at 7:30 PM - 1 AM
Jun 3 at 7:30 PM to Jun 4 at 1 AM

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre)
100 Motions Road, Western Springs Auckland, NZ 10prints, Auckland, New Zealand 1022

Thursday, 26 May 2016

gotta stay positive amongst the spastic Auckland weather patterns

hope everyone is a having a great day blessings and peace to you were ever you are in the world
thanks for visiting my blog and checking out all the random things I post. I've been recently really busy doing university work for my Masters at Auckland University which has been fun but pretty full on. Spend a lot of time trying to get my head around some far out philosophical issues such as free will vs determinism,  Aristotelian virtue ethics revisited by Daniel Russell and political and sociological theories of  Jurgen Habermas of the Frankfurt school. I still got a ways to go on my essays but they are coming together nicely. I'm looking forward to mixing the new Yellowbelly songs and then working with my friend Lucy's band recording some stuff and Otto out of Mukus kids plus my friend Tone's band. But yeah gotta stay positive amongst the spastic Auckland weather patterns.  

no moral framework without God but at least there's free pizza

I went to a philosophy lecture on how to understand ethics and how humans can construct a moral framework without God. Instead I was presented an account with God still firmly in the picture lol well at least there was free pizza 🍕😄

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Music Video; Fazerdaze - A Little Uneasy

The music video for "Little Uneasy" is Fazerdazer's fist ever visual offering. The video premiered on The 405 blog where she described the context of the video and why she thought it was appropriate to dust off and bring out her old skateboard from retirement:

If you don't know about Amelia Murray a local musician from Auckland, NZ it's all good!??
Your just missing out on a prodigious talent with an unerving knack for aweinspiring melodies.          I also particularly like the way she programs drum machines. Which ties into my second point about the rocky band leader which is how Amelia takes a real hands on approach to writing, arranging and recording her music almost completely by herself (for her first record anyway). Make sure to checkout Fazerdazer's first release available on Bandcamp below:

I feel I should also just mention the rare and uncommon feat that the runaway success of the Fazerdazer E.P achieved on an indie level. Selling quite a few copies and connecting deeply with indie and alt minded listeners and blogs. On the back of such unexpected success Amelia hit the road touring independently around New Zealand. Afterwards she would go on to support Unknown Mortal Orchestra and most recently Australian muso Matt Corby.

Also word on the street is according to my friend Lucas who attended a Fazerdaze gig in Whammy's backroom recently Amelia mentioned that she had completed her first debut LP to be released asap. However, it's uncertain whether she will release the record on Flying Out, go indepedent, sign with Flying Nun or Archill or choose another label possibly outside NZ. We'll just have to wait and see about that one!

I was actually lucky enough to see Amelia play live at the Goldendawn a wee while ago with her full band. I was really impressed with her stage presence and how she guided the band kinda like Steve Jobs playing the role of conductor at an Apple presentation prior to passing. Ignore last sentence alas I lapsed into a Kanyeist moment of hyperbowler. At the gig Amelia's voice was just as beautiful in the flesh as on the record which is always sick. Nothing worse than having pitch correction on every note like Courtney Love was rumoured to have needed, just watch the video on youtube and brace your eardrums folks. The NZ band plans on touring the U.K soon where the brit's will no doubt love Fazerdaze who have already placed a song on a british band compilation in the past. Hopefully the band will sell some cds and make new fans inbetween having heaps of fun :)

Skinny Hobos - The Merchant of Tirau (Official Video)

Thank the devil for more local NZ music. I was beginning to suffer some serious rocknroll withdrawl, which is never ideal. Ha this is a funny video by Skinny Hobo's who I saw preform live last year and have been meaning to see for ages (sadly couldn't make it too Galatos as I got really sick on vodka which was awful!!). But man the power and riff off this song is bloody brilliant. I looked at their instagram photos and saw how many amps they used to track the guitar in the studio and I'm glad it all worked out. I also really dig the drum flourshies and fills. When I first heard the track it reminded me of the Offspring a band that was big in NZ when I was growing up. The video is one hell of hilliarous journey and the music blogger getting schooled cracked me up! nice one :)looking forward to a record from the guys soon

 Skinny Hobos perform "the Merchant of Tirau"

Directed by: Stefan Coetzee
Produced by Stefan Coetzee and Alani Lewis
Additional Camera Work: Lachlan Justice
Thanks to Shane Warbrooke & Calvin Sang

Thanks to Ding Dong Lounge for hosting the live portion of the video!


Oliver Tresidder as The Critic a.k.a. Biggus Dickus

Corne Coetzee as Repo Man Cory
Sandy Macinnes as Repo Man Steve French

Quinn the Human as Evil Hobos
- Featuring Rusty Steele as Lord Hobomort

With Skinny Hobos as... Skinny Hobos

Guest Appearances by:
Erin Greenhill
Rodrigo Hidalgo
Karl Heynen
Adam Heynen
Francis Wheeler
Josh Thoresen
Danny Champion
Matt Aickin
Hans Kim
Ayla Rachael Chamberlain
Aaron Leece
Hugh Hokopuna
Axl Scott
Michelle Jade
Jase Smithyman
Kieran Fox
Christopher Wong
Nicholas Soh
Ross Curtain
Stuart Curtain

Thank you to everyone who helped with and appeared in our video!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Music Video Premier: Speak As One - Rough Church


Going with the new flow!! We need to Speak As One!
 From the new album "Queen's Sacrifice" Fall 2016.
Animated and directed by Steve Hanft
After effects by Ashley-Martin Dunn
Greg Franco- Guitar, vocals
Kaitlin Wolfberg - Keys, theremin, vocals
Dante Pascuzzo- Bass
Carey Fosse- Guitars
Alfredo Ortiz - Drums
Recorded at Estudio and with Andrew Bush at Grandma’s, Mixed by Manny Nieto

Friday, 20 May 2016

Drunken Ramble On My Phone - After going to Bar 101

Got a light Got a light Got a light Man im lit as fuck So im really looking for a smoko While hot chicks are chuckin up food on the floor yo Girl in a red dress is ballin her eyes out apparently her man said she was a real slut Walked over to try and console her but a guy friend told me to fuck off I just laughed told him watch how your talking Mind your manners better be polite or your be eating through a straw son See um not like those other bland dudes i push back when you try mess around with my stuff But im actually a peaceful emotional human just getting drunk on the sight of all the young beautiful woman even if its real sausage party at bar 101. But at least the drinks are cheap and they play good music its generic as fuck but we make do wit it Adess tells me just take what you want be aggressive and grab someone but im more romantic i delay pleasure to increase satisfaction plus the girl i like has a boyfriend a damn shame so i dance with a brunette cause shes got curves in all the right places im having a bonanza untill her boyfriend tries playing me for a fool starts grinding on me cause hes upset his not happy at being a cuck so in a stroke of brillianxe he starts taking the piss I dont mind but i warn him he does it again ill have to remove him i roll onto greenier pastures even though her girl gives me those big ole puppy dog eyes i like her but shes not the one i want, i love good girls with pretty faces who cant dance at all but try, there arent many of them! Floral dresses and blondes grooving in a circle strangers awkwardly hooking up on the dancefloor bad girls everywhere marriage last thing on my mind.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

"Unbreaking My Heart" added to RDU 98.5 FM Playlist - Super Stoked
Stoked to see The Neo-Kalashnikovs "Unbreaking My Heart" added to RDU 98.5 FM playlist alongside tracks from Radiohead The Kills & Unknown Mortal Orchestra so cool!! especially since that particular song was recorded in the back lounge by yours truly haha 
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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Capitalist Sociological Breakdown of Radio-heads new video "Burn the Witch"

The video for this song reminds me of a satanic postman pat with a guy walking around and surveying an evil village probably a metaphor for modern society. The mayor in the video is an evil dude. Strings and synths in this tune are top notch with a chronic vocal performance by Thom Yorke. A lot the video is referencing the evils of capitalism. There is creepy cult vibe imagery that hints our how we are sacrificing the youth in society for the older to gain power and wealth. The excellently fleeting shot of the gluttonous food is dripping and drenched in the blood of the human young and animal a like.

A hanging nose hangs empty in the city centre quietly oppressing people and ever ready to kill individuals who don't support the ruling capitalist ideology.Workers in an orchard are exploited and forced to labour while their dickhead bosses drink strong booze right in front of them profiting off their hard work while they stand idle.

The viewer is then thrust into a village festival that tries to show how great and happy everyone is continuing the great big lie of the village. The early shot of a man painting a red cross foreshadows the sinister idea of the mayor and his aim of despotic rule. In the festival the facade is abandoned and the true nature of capitalism is uncovered the aim to kill all that oppose (though there are only very few brave enough to oppose hence why there is only the one man with a bowler hat).

Once the man with the bowler hat is tricked into entering into the system of capitalism uncovered or unleashed a possible hint to neo-liberalism the giant burning man is set a light with the whole town forced to watch. It demonstrates to the masses how one will get burnt alive by society and murdered by individuals drunk on power relations. It also conveys how we are forced to becoming a complicit party to the horrors of capitalism to avoid our individual head being chocked the nose.

However, the man with the bowler hat, the lead actor in the film manages to escape and run away into the bushes in the very last shot. The whole video echo's how everything in modernity is conveyed as great and awesome, where in reality everyone is tricked into thinking our lives are fantastic under the very real threat of death and painful social repercussions.

The video also highlights how the mayors, politicians and business owners get to profit from our collective working together to live a life of excessive corrupt luxury. From this point I think its interesting how the man escapes back into the wild, it kind of shows how he turns away from society in order to survive although he was very happy to be a part of it in a removed sense by merely being a spectator of the horrors. The man with the bowler hat is only thrust out of his happy disposition under capitalism when he is forced to due to the very nature of his role as a spectator. No one is allowed to examine the village and how it functions a metaphor for capitalism least the cracks holes and evil in it be uncovered like the burning man.

Finally I should mention the happy singing bird at the start of the video, this bird a metaphor for the whole animal kingdom is blissful in nature and it sees the whole disaster of human society unfold from a distance and yet through all the horrors of human society it becomes affected by our bad and destructive behaviours under capitalism the song of the bird changes animals are forced to be transformed as is man from a state of happiness to one of extreme fear and anxiety, this is because I think the bird realizes that if man is in trouble it could threaten its way of life - war, exploitation of nature and burning deforestation will harm all animals causing them to fall like human beings have from a state of naive bliss into a painful capital fuelled nightmare.

The bird also hints at human beings egotism and specism and complete lack of compassion for animals - we look down on there way of life as primitive and lacking the materialist objects of capitalism. Which is wrong because it seems the video is trying to convey at the heart of modern society a foundation is layed built on the killing, slaughtering and murdering of innocent people who don't want to live under capitalism in a false sense of consumer happiness.

I think Radiohead's video is probably about many people not being allowed to join in the fantasy of past generations of humanity who have been allowed to live inside the pseudo-masochist capitalist dream

On a lighter note

Bassline is classic fat thumping flea style with an eerie reference to the recently deceased Prince.
The lyrics are top notch in this track with the melody that has a nice minor note vibe with dyspotpian lyrics that make your brain click and start function again the chorus also has some dope ass shakers and back up vocals are syrupy. Great progressive move for the band aka adding to the legacy of RHCP

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Yellowbelly (NZ) Release New Single "Emily Joy Morrison" (Vomit Punk)

Yellowbelly have released their new single "Emily Joe Morrison" Streaming below as a "Free Download". It's the first song off their forthcoming e.p as of yet untitled. They're a heavy Kiwi rock band with plenty of snarl and a winning attitude coming straight out of Papakura.


Words from Yellowbelly;

We totally didn't rip off anyone while recording this.
Thanks to Moss at Rocawave Records for helping us record our "odd" sounds and for not saying any harsh words; thank you to the people who may or may not choose to listen.

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Emily Joy Morrison (lyrics)
Pour your crown
Burn your lungs
Tie your hair

Lick your palms
Cut yourself
Twist a smile

Close your eyes
Sharpen your teeth
Aimer un son


Released May 2, 2016 
Thanks to Moss for recording and mixing, you're a real prince. You're a gentleman and a scholar.