Batucada Sound Machine in town to shake it

Cuba Street Carnival favourites Batucada Sound Machine have returned to New Zealand with a new album of tried and true road-tested tunes entitled Don’t Keep Silent, due for release January 23rd, 2012. In addition, BSM have planned their first ever comprehensive tour of New Zealand to celebrate the album release including a spot at WOMAD […]

Phoenix Foundation on Jools Holland

Hey, it’s Friday! And we haven’t done Friday music vids for aaaages. So, for your viewing and listening pleasure, here’s Welly-boys-doing-good-overseas, the Phoenix Foundation, playing live on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland show… Feel free to add your own Wellington-themed (or, otherwise) musical suggestions in the comments.

Our Hearts Will Go On

I was alerted to a music video of a long-haired fellow performing an emotional rendition of “Titanic” theme song “My Heart Will Go On”. I started watching it, and it was all going well when suddenly at the 19-second mark I realised something very important: the video was filmed in Wellington. This makes it even […]

Old Groove, new Peel

When Real Groovy closed its doors in May, many music-loving Wellingtonians were rather sad. But a curious thing has happened – we’ve got a Real Groovy back, sort of. Real Groovy Christchurch suffered damage to both its building and stock in the September 2010 earthquake, but owner Paul Huggins was determined to continue, reopening a month […]

Review: CAV&PAG

Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, and Pagliacci,  by Leoncavallo, are apparently opera’s most famous double bill. Both operas cover betrayed love and jealousy.  Both end with a death.  They are satisfyingly epic in this production by New Zealand Opera, supported by the Vector Wellington Orchestra. The curtain rises on an enormous rocky outcrop. It’s a barren […]

Pie time

Many fingers in many pies and bunny men of the moment, The Nudge have their album release gig this Friday night at San Francisco Bath House.  You’ll recognise these three from a concoction of other incarnations: Ryan  Prebble, James Coyle and Iraia Whakamoe with special guests Warren Maxwell  and DJ Electica.  $15 on the door  

Wellywood Sign Song

Comedian Robbie Ellis – who you may remember for his show-stopping performance of Manners Mall Emo Song (Buslane Through My Heart) at the 2009 TAWAs – has a new video. In reaction to the hugely unpopular plan by Wellington Airport to erect a “WELLYWOOD” sign, Robbie has put his feelings into song. Sing along!

What’s your favourite song from Wellington?

It’s NZ Music Month once again, so we wanna know what your favourite song by a Wellington artist is. Leave us a comment! If you include a YouTube link, magical elves might even embed it for you. To get the party started, here’s mine.  Super useful around Daylight Savings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdTUG0TGVI Please note: this is not […]

Smells like year-old fish and rotten eggs. But awesome!

Has it really been a year since Fishhead magazine launched? Apparently so! Consequently, they’d like to party with you! There’s be cocktail specials, free entry and Wellington supergroup The Eggs playing. Fishhead birthday afterparty Thursday March 31, 9pm-midnight CQ Bar in the Quality Hotel, 223 Cuba Street. Last one in’s a rotten…

TEMPORARY

TEMPORARY is a pop-up shop that appeared a few weeks ago in the ground-floor café space at the Garden Club on Dixon Street. We spoke to Blink, the one, perhaps insane, man behind A Low Hum. He set up the space with Matthew Davis from Flying Nun, and they’re selling “CDs, records, tapes, tees, posters, zines, books, art […]