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
Radical Sklenarbirds! By Erica Sklenars / Lady Lazer Light
Live painting by Treefrog Sanders
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)
Bargain-nutritious-delicious food by KOKOMO JOE!
Super-dooper-face-paint by RUBY GRAY!
Avant-clowning by CALVIN PETERSEN, STELLA REID and DANIEL EMMS!
‘Child-friendly psychedelic’ art by GEORGETTE BROWN!
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!
MISCELLANY 30.09.14September 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 NZSeptember 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
END OF THE ALPHABET LABEL LAUNCHSeptember 13th, 2014
Compilation of new New Zealand noise out today!
DOCUMENTARY: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOYAugust 26th, 2014
MISCELLANY 21.08.14August 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
POLICE MILITARISATION IN AMERICA:
Police in Camo (screenshot from video below)
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.
MISCELLANY 15.08.14August 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!
6.30 doors / 7.00 Oona Verse and Lady Lazer Light / 7.40 Samin Son and Yousuke Fuyama / 8.20 i.ryoko
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 6August 11th, 2014
The following photos are from 19th June on the day of the Lyttelton show at Tommy Changs:
Port Hills, Christchurch
View of Diamond Harbour from Port Hills
Condemned homes on the beach at Taylor’s Mistake, Christchurch