PHOTOS: BRAND NEW ZEAL PARTY - INVERLOCHY ART SCHOOL

October 19th, 2014

These pics from The Brand New Zeal Party on October 11th at Inverlochy Art School. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to the good times! (NB: Party #2 on November 1st!)


Inverlochy Art School


A Hum of Voices & Womb

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PHOTOS: ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES’ ALBEMARLE HAPPENING!

October 17th, 2014


Orchestra of Spheres

Orchestra of Spheres embark this very day for the shores of Iceland and the Airwaves Festival, and as a fundraiser for the trip they filled the coolest vacant building in the city (pending demolition) with art and music! Way to go.


The Albemarle (rear view)

Gerard Crewdson and Jeff Henderson
Gerard Crewdson and Jeff Henderson

SKLENARBIRDS!
Radical Sklenarbirds! By Erica Sklenars / Lady Lazer Light

TREEFROG PAINTING!
Live painting by Treefrog Sanders

Nathan Taare zone
Nathan Taare zone

Although this party was so expansive I couldn’t document it all, there are MANY MORE PHOTOS HERE! >> …more »

BRAND NEW ZEAL!

October 6th, 2014

ATTENTION FRIENDLY BEINGS OF WELLINGTON!

Sure, it seems the world is going to proverbial hell, but it’s spring time and the nights are light, so throw off the glum political winter and unite with your townsfolk for an early evening of adventurous and energetic sensory stimulation this Saturday!

Sonorous Circle and Wellington City Council Creative Communities presents:


Poster image by Georgette Brown

THE BRAND NEW ZEAL PARTY!

@ Inverlochy Art School
(3 Inverlochy Place, off Abel Smith St, Wgtn)

featuring:
THE ALL SEEING HAND (7.00pm)
LADY LAZER LIGHT (visual projections for A.S.H)
AURA (6.00pm)
BALLAH PLAYAH GNAR (5.15pm)
WOMB & A HUM OF VOICES (4.30pm)

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Bargain-nutritious-delicious food by KOKOMO JOE!
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Super-dooper-face-paint by RUBY GRAY!
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Avant-clowning by CALVIN PETERSEN, STELLA REID and DANIEL EMMS!
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‘Child-friendly psychedelic’ art by GEORGETTE BROWN!

ALL WELCOME!
Entry by donation, all proceeds to the artists
(& bring cash for aforementioned food! : )


ALSO IN WELLINGTON THIS WEEKEND! (Friday night)
“The Albemarle is one of Wellington’s classic historic buildings… it was once was an anarchist hang out, then a brothel, now soon to be demolished. It’s an amazing space and a friend has kindly gifted us the use of the building for a one-off gig/art happening .. we’re going to fill the place with installations, performances, projections and sound! It’s also the Orchestra of Spheres leaving party before the band set sail to the US and Iceland next week, and they’re joined by a whole heap of good friends for the night.” Be sure to RSVP if you want to attend!

& Check out this brand new OOS video by Simon Ward!

www.orchestraofspheres.com

MISCELLANY 30.09.14

September 30th, 2014

Here’s some lighter fare in lieu of some deeper discourse and new music news coming soon!

CIRCLE OF ABSTRACT RITUAL:
“This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.” - Jeff Frost


Master drummer, Nathu Solinky, plays Nagara, a type of paired kettle drums from Pushkar, India. Apparently “an indispensable component of any North Indian wedding”!


TYLER THE CREATOR ON LARRY KING LIVE:

Tyler the Creator is the rabble-rousing rapper and creative entrepreneur who was controversially denied entrance to New Zealand last year, preventing him from opening for Eminem with his group, Odd Future. “Under Immigration legislation, people who are believed to be a threat to public order can be refused entry to the country – though (the Immigration NZ Border Operation Manager) says this is the first time she can recall it being applied to a musical act… Generally it’s aimed at organisations like white supremacists and neo-Nazis, people who have come in here to be public speakers, holocaust deniers – those kinds of people.”

While he may appear at times to be mysogynist asshole, here he is being civil to the veteran talk-show host, Larry King. A curious intergenerational conversation!

GREENWALD, SNOWDEN & ASSANGE ON MASS SURVEILLANCE IN NZ

September 16th, 2014

Quite the lead-up to the elections this year! New Zealand is currently front page of the global debate on mass surveillance. T’will be an interesting week after this…

Video from The Internet Party’s “Moment of Truth” presentation on Monday night with Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bob Amsterdam speaking about mass surveillance & related issues in New Zealand (skip to 28.30 when Glenn begins):

Also, see the following articles from The Intercept:
‘New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance’
by Edward Snowden

‘New Zealand launched mass surveillance project while publicly denying it’
by Glenn Greenwald & Ryan Gallagher


John Key

END OF THE ALPHABET LABEL LAUNCH

September 13th, 2014

Compilation of new New Zealand noise out today!

endofthealphabetrecords.bandcamp.com/releases

DOCUMENTARY: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

August 26th, 2014

The inspiring story of the benevolent young computer genius who sought to allow free knowledge for the human race only to be crushed by the US Criminal Justice System. RIP Aaron Swartz.

> Watch the trailer <

> Watch the documentary in full <

MISCELLANY 21.08.14

August 21st, 2014

SETH FRIGHTENING IN AUCKLAND:
Seth Frightening plays at the glorious Wine Cellar in Auckland tonight! (it’s Thursday) with I.E.Crazy (also known as Clare Duncan of Dear Time’s Waste) and Manimanima! (the almighty Jeff Henderson).


GLASS VAULTS IN WELLINGTON:
Glass Vaults (+ new drummer?!) & friends play two ’secret’ Wellington shows, starting tonight > email privatebluebarn@gmail [dotcom] for details

THURSDAY - DOORS 8pm ($10)
Mermaidens, Encouragement, Glass Vaults, Bevan Smith

FRIDAY - Doors 8.30pm ($10)
Nadia Reid, Encouragement, Grayson Gilmour, Watercolours

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(YAYOI KUSAMA):


POLICE MILITARISATION IN AMERICA:


Police in Camo (screenshot from video below)

The following video is recommended viewing - John Oliver manages a comedic look at police militarisation in America and provides an informative summary of the current situation in Ferguson:


And ELECTION VANDALISM IN NEW ZEALAND:
To round this out, here’s a picture of NZ’s ‘honorable‘ Prime Minister, John Key:

The NZ election is held on September 20th and already there’s a whole blog dedicated to photos of defaced party billboards! Apparently election-hoarding vandalism is at an “unprecendented” level this year.

Hopefully I’ll get a more constructive look at the contenders in NZ politics soon. In the mean time, make sure you are enrolled to vote!

MISCELLANY 15.08.14

August 15th, 2014

Tonight (Friday) begins the audio-visual mini-fest, Exploded Cinema, at Wellington’s Film Archive, Nga Taonga. Starts at 7 and over by 9!

Friday 15th:
6.30 doors / 7.00 Oona Verse and Lady Lazer Light / 7.40 Samin Son and Yousuke Fuyama / 8.20 i.ryoko

Saturday 16th:
6.30 doors / 7.00 Antony Milton / 7.40 Sign of the Hag / 8.20 Noel Meek and Olivia Webb


Thanks to John Heighes, aka Milky Joe, for putting together this compilation featuring Wellington favourites Ballah Playah Gnar, The All Seeing Hand, Orchestra of Spheres, I.Ryoko, Douglas Lilburn, Mr Sterile Assembly, The Golden Awesome, John White and MORE!

“Mixed by Milky Joe for The Society for the Promotion of A Fantastic Way of Life… Headphone listening recommended… With only a couple of exceptions this is a Wellington-centric mix, and represents a very small sample of the fantastic, extra-ordinary, implausible, astonishing, surprising, improbable, unlikely, incredible, unbelievable, shocking and Microsoft Word Synonym function worthy music being made here in Wellington, Aotearoa.”

PHOTOS: ALL SEEING HAND / SETH FRIGHTENING TOUR 2014 - DAY 6

August 11th, 2014

The following photos are from 19th June on the day of the Lyttelton show at Tommy Changs:


Ben levitates


Port Hills, Christchurch


View of Diamond Harbour from Port Hills


Condemned homes on the beach at Taylor’s Mistake, Christchurch