Shaft: Downhill Racer (1996)

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By Princess Chelsea in New Music on Saturday 17 December 2011

Shaft are the project of Bob Cardy (from Flying Nun band The Axemen). Bob Cardy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop, rock and soul and is a truly exceptional songwriter with a very unique singing voice. Shaft is his straight up rock n roll project and Downhill Racer sounds as timeless as any Rolling Stones […]

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Vassafor: underground black metal from New Zealand

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By Princess Chelsea in New Music on Saturday 17 December 2011

Vassafor is the project of Phil Kusabs (also a touring member of Blasphemy and oddly enough one time member of Flying Nun band, The Chills) who writes, produces and engineers their work. Emotive, dark, ritualistic and intelligent metal that I’ve been enamoured with since seeing them open for Mayhem earlier this year. Beautiful scary, and […]

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New Zealand band Tokey Tones’ song Twice Is Nice

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By Princess Chelsea in New Music on Saturday 17 December 2011

The Tokey Tones are the recording project of Scott Mannion and Li Ming Hu. The two mini albums, Caterpillar and Butterfly, were released simultaneously in 2003 and were a big influence on me in my teenage years. Mannion tinkered with old pump organs, celestes, glockenspiels, and analog synthesizers for a few years before completing these […]

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Sidewalk TV

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 15 December 2010

My friend, Simon Sun, rocks out as the frontman and chief songwriter in Brooklyn-band Sidewalk TV, an intriguing mesh of interwining guitar lines, subtle keyboard effects and four to the floor beats. The band clearly draws sonic references from the embers of the late 80s UK pop resurgence (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream), but there’s […]

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A collection of classic Flying Nun music videos

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By Zolton in New Events on Tuesday 16 March 2010

My favourite record label, the New Zealand-based Flying Nun — home to seminal acts such as The Chills, The Bats, The Clean, and The Verlaines — has been reinvigorated recently with the return of the label’s founder, Roger Shepherd, to steer the reigns and return this wonderful low-fi cottage industry back to its rightful glory. […]

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The Chills’ Heavenly Pop Hit

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By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 26 January 2010

At first listen, The Chills were like nothing else when they burst out of the relatively cloistered confines of the Dunedin student set way back in the early 1980s. Only, in retrospect, they were kinda like so much of the rest of the Flying Nun roster: lo-fi, wearily melodic, understated, and joyously brash in their […]

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Tall Dwarfs Slide

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By Zolton in Video on Wednesday 23 December 2009

Tragically, Chris Knox, the grandfather of low-fi New Zealand pop, had a stroke a few months back, which has left him considerably restricted and probably out of the Kiwi music scene that he worked so hard to foster. This 1980s track, Slide, was a classic Knox production: melodic, slightly unnerving, gloriously challenging – never an […]

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The Chills’ Pink Frost

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 9 September 2009

The Chills were the first band I ever saw. Well, actually, they were the first band I never saw, despite my best intentions. I was fifteen at the time, and my friend got word that the seminal Flying Nun act, who hailed from the deepest, darkest trenches of Dunedin, New Zealand, were to play a […]

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