The Phoenix Foundation – Mountain

The new Phoenix Foundation track ‘Mountain’ (first single off their forthcoming album ‘Give up your Dreams‘) and accompanying video are very good. Enjoy. And head over to their website to get your hands on some of the fantastic looking limited edition copies (12″ vinyl!) of the new album.

The Phoenix Foundation: Bob Lennon John Dylan

The new Phoenix Foundation video is very good. That is all. (From the Tom’s Lunch EP, which you can listen to and buy over at bandcamp).

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.

The Phoenix Foundation – Bright Grey

With a shiny US record deal under their belts, The Phoenix Foundation are getting ready to take over the world with their upcoming third album entitled “Happy Ending” (which dispenses with – disappointingly – the equine-themed nature of their previous two releases: “Horse Power” & “Pegasus”).

Here’s the first single and video from the album, shot, I’m told, in Island Bay, and directed by fellow Wellingtonian and Oscar-nominated film-maker, Taika Waititi.

A Friday night and a Saturday morning

Down at the City Gallery on Friday night they are running another one of their Late Night Sessions, where you get to cruise around the big exhibition (this time it’s the biennial Prospect show) in relative peace and listen to lovely live music while you do so. And all for free.

City Gallery’s popular late night Friday returns. Wander through Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand to a backdrop of independent and electronic sounds by local performers. Featuring Peneloping, Tc Wedde with Luke Buda, and Aspen.

The lovely Luke Buda is of course in The Phoenix Foundation, as is (the equally lovely) Tc Wedde. Aspen is also lovely and also known as Signer, and is one half of Over the Atlantic and one half of Skallander. And the "medium-core girl-boy plinkpop!" Peneloping also have a very good reputation as a live act. Having experienced Late Night Sessions many times before – from the point of view both of a performer and a patron – I can heartily recommend this event.

The Phoenix Foundation – Pegasus

The Phoenix Foundation’s second album Pegasus is out now, and has followed the lead of recent releases of fellow Wellington bands Fat Freddy’s Drop (Based on a True Story) and Shihad (Love is the New Hate) by going straight into the top 10 of the NZ album charts. Ten years ago it would have been […]

Ready to Roll

Despite the fact that it’s New Zealand Music Month, there’s no shame in celebrating the fact that the #1 and #2 spots in the New Zealand album charts are taken up by Wellington bands. Wellington’s original and now reborn rock riff-meisters Shihad‘s sixth album Love is the New Hate is being kept at only being […]

Phoenix Foundation sign with FMR

Local lads The Phoenix Foundation continue their well-paced rise to the top of the musical pile, with the news that they’ve signed a deal with Festival Mushroom Records (FMR). The band have apparently been the subject of a ‘bidding war’ amongst at least a couple of the bigger Auckland-based labels, with some fine wining and […]