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


PHOTOS: ALL SEEING HAND / SETH FRIGHTENING TOUR 2014 - DAY 4 & 5

July 22nd, 2014


Girl the dog dons a hat for the cold weather


Split Apple Rock


Marahau morning mist


A stop on the Lewis Pass, heading to Lyttelton

PHOTOS: ALL SEEING HAND / SETH FRIGHTENING TOUR 2014 - DAY 3: CANAAN DOWNS

July 17th, 2014

After the first two shows in the South Island we had a few days off to chill and explore the area. The following photos are from Canaan Downs/ Harwoods Hole on the Takaka Hill, taken on 15th June 2014.

CANAAN DOWNS

CANAAN DOWNS

CANAAN DOWNS

CANAAN DOWNS

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PHOTOS: ALL SEEING HAND / SETH FRIGHTENING TOUR 2014 - DAY 2

July 16th, 2014

On the second day of the tour we woke up in one beautiful place, Dharma Bums in Wairau Valley, and travelled for a few hours to another, Tim’s Place in Marahau:

Wairau Valley to Marahau
Wairau Valley

Wairau Valley to Marahau
Creative space!

Wairau Valley to Marahau
Fantail

Wairau Valley to Marahau
Departing Wairau Valley

Wairau Valley to Marahau
Arriving in Marahau

Wairau Valley to Marahau
MOON!

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THIS LAND IS MINE

July 14th, 2014


A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Once again the Israel/ Palestine conflict has boiled into mass murder with over 172 Palestinians, mostly civilians, killed in the last 7 days from heavy bombing on residential areas and rocket launch sites. There have been no Israeli casualties, owing both to the lacking power of the Palestinian rockets, and the near impenetrability of the Israeli missile defense system, the so-called ‘Iron Dome’.

As the never-ending conflict continues we are reminded that violence solves nothing. The following cartoon musical shows a creative (and loose) history of the back and forth killing that has relentlessly tormented successive peoples of this area since ancient times:

For further information on the video and a breakdown of the ‘historical players’ represented, see the artist’s blog: blog.ninapaley.com/2012/10/01/this-land-is-mine/

PHOTOS: ALL SEEING HAND / SETH FRIGHTENING TOUR 2014 - DAY 1

July 7th, 2014

The NZ tour is racing along with only three shows left over the next two weekends (Auckland, Whanganui and Palmerston North) [+ a Seth Frightening 'side-show' on Thursday in AK]. Click here for > photos of the show on Saturday night in Wellington, thanks to UTR, and see below for some photos from the South Island leg of the tour, beginning Friday 13th (+ full moon!) June.


Seth Creepy on the ferry from Wellington to Picton


Marlborough Sounds


All Seeing Hand & Seth Frightening in travel mode


Wairau Valley. Hungry horse waiting for porridge


Living the dream in Wairau Valley


Full moon through the trees


The All Seeing Hand @ Dharma Bums

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SETH FRIGHTENING / ALL SEEING HAND / ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES

July 1st, 2014

Seth Frightening has a new video out for the song Dress Rehearsal Dead Meat, from his new album which is due out soon! Have a looky/listen:

Seth Frightening is currently on tour with the legendary All Seeing Hand, who released a new album last Friday called Fog & Debris:

This presumably from the band’s press release: “The All Seeing Hand have access to an eye with more precision and scope than the Five Eyes of the dominant Western powers; One Eye through All Eyes, the Empathic Eye. They have disregarded petty rhetoric on concerns of law and collated the meta-data of human experience within this vast universe; not merely the meagre digital interactions confined to the World Wide Web, but a grand repository dedicated to living action and thought. They have experienced and analysed the thinking and behaviours of this radical species whose impact is becoming extraterrestrial. And while they wish to share their findings, they want you to know that you already know; and they are willing to manipulate you into a state in which you will be even more open to the new hierarchies they herald. It is a time to fear, a time to decode, a time to rejoice!”

Partake in the All Seeing Hand and Seth Frightening NZ Tour in Wellington this Saturday with the always excellent Orchestra of Spheres! T’will be a good one.

Orchestra of Spheres
Orchestra of Spheres playing Sun Ra at Meow, 6th June 2014