Rufus Wainwright Toilet Action

Rufus Wainwright Toilet Action
Taken from the toilet door during a recent Rufus Wainwright concert

If The Herb Whisperer had read the most recent edition of Popbitch before heading off to see Rufus Wainwright he would have been forewarned of the demands placed by Rufus upon his audience. Therefore he would not have felt it necessary to remove the above sign from the toilet doors of the James Hay Theatre in a mild hissy fit.

Still, the second set was alright.

If I Were An Animal – the Christchurch online music show

In case you missed it first time round be sure to have a peek at If I Were An Animal – the Christchurch online music show.

The show is produced by three New Zealand Broadcasting students (Libby Dallison, Karl Stanley, and Phillip Gow) for their major project. Because it’s a project the show consists of only has four episodes but it’s quite impressive. Let’s hope they can find the time and energy to make more.

Bands and events featured include: Flip Grater, The Datsuns, the CHARTdisc 4 release party, Cairo Knife Fight, The Eastern, Kids of 88, Sleepy Age, The Unfaithful Ways, Rare Shot Blue, The Dukes, Green Like Go, and Skudderhill.

I guess what spins my wheels is that while I have seen some of these artists live, listened to them on the radio, and read about them in various music publications seeing moving pictures of the artists adds yet another dimension.

Here’s the four episodes…

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Tally Ho! presents “Radikool Emotionz”

Tally Ho! presents Radikool Emotionz

Those crazy kids over at Tally Ho! magazine have put out a FREE compilation called Radikool Emotionz featuring 17 tracks from their favourite local bands.

Been listening to it all morning and enjoying the fuzzed out angular guitars. Stand out tracks so far are from T54, O’Lovely, Secret Knives, and Psychic Powers but to be honest every listen reveals something new.

Nice to hear that a new generation likes the swirling guitar sounds of My Bloody Valentine (keeping in my mind that many of these kids wouldn’t have been born or would have been toddlers when “Loveless” was released). Also reminds me of the “Avalanche” era in Christchurch music. Fantastic stuff!!!

In Christchurch you can pick up free copies from: Galaxy Records, Real Groovy, Cosmic Corner, MAINZ and C1.

If in Wellington or Auckland try your favourite record shop.

If that fails contact Tally Ho! direct and beg for a copy.

Ed Muzik “Pump up the volume”

Ed Muzik - Pump up the volume.

Fresh from an NZ tour or a custodial sentence or a football injury at the start of a new season trying to be the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic (we suspect it could be all of the above), the latest track from Ed Muzik is “Pump up the volume” (it’s a freebie so go and get it).

Ed – don’t know if you’re reading this – “Pump up the volume” track seriously needs a Snap extended megamix to do it even more justice (excuse the pun). It finishes too soon.

For more Pump Up The Volume dirtiness go and see Ed Muzik, Rare Shot Blue and special guest Hera at The Dux de Lux, Thursday 20 May. Free entry. (But not “free champagne upon entry” like those dodgy motel honeymoon specials).

Put this in your diary now! Permanence (Joy Division covers project) at The Dux on Saturday 16 May 2009

The Ian Curtis Tribute 2009
Saturday 16 May 2009, The Dux de Lux, 9pm

Come along and celebrate the music of Joy Division. This will be PERMANENCE’s debut performance. They will be performing a set of Joy Division classics. DJ REGRESS will be playing post-punk before the band. All profits to Suicide Prevention Information NZ. Free entry!

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