Peter Rabbit Director: Will Gluck Sony Pictures Animation Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 6)
Aristotle believed the brain was merely a cooling system. That human beings did all their thinking with their heart. Some days I’m not sure he was wrong. Many times I wish he was right.
On the night when she mentioned she’d barely been holding it together he totally fell apart. He fell hard and heavy and quickly. That news the final blow. She didn’t know he’d been struggling too. And now what was there to do: She crumbled softly. If there was one thing she knew they’d grow together. […]
The Wellington Film Society’s program continues. I missed the screening of Une Femme Est Une Femme – but I won’t be missing this coming week’s offering. The Illusionist (or L’Lillusioniste) comes from French comic writer, musician, animator and film director Sylvain Chomet. I loved The Triplets of Belleville but have yet to see The Illusionist.
Neil Young + Promise of The Real The Visitor Reprise Neil Young’s 2010s output is going to rival his 1980s for being wilful, stubborn, stylistically diverse – and “non-representative”. The gap is widening between the truly great Neil Young albums too. But you think he gives a fuck? Or ever has for that matter? Right […]
girlboss Body Con [ep] Ball of Wax Records A couple of years back I saw girlboss – then just a duo – and I’ve been waiting for some recordings ever since. Now, it’s a full band – still based around the singing and songs of guitarist/vocalist Lucy Botting, but augmented not only by Douglas Kelly’s […]
Welcome to episode 108 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. Here’s a chat with a guy called James Buttery. He’s a record collector. He’s the co-host of a brand new podcast called The Good, The Bad & The LP. He’s also the host of a YouTube channel where he […]
April means Record Store Day and this year it’s Saturday, April 21. Our friends at Slow Boat Records always put on a terrific day with instores and the very best of the Limited Edition Record Store Day-only vinyl reissues and special releases. In previous years they’ve hosted Neil Finn, Tami Neilson, Dave Dobbyn, Anika Moa, and others. They’ve opened up […]
He took the song along on a journey, melodic and soulful. It wasn’t long; the journey brief. But my belief lasted longer – and stronger – than any song or piece of writing could stretch. Words will fail when fingers flail; when imagination – creativity – runs free. I dare not attempt to […]
Elton John had it wrong – or rather Bernie Taupin if you prefer. Sad songs are not the ones that say so much – it’s only a special type of sad song; where there’s hope peeking through, where there’s an attempt at stoicism – the head being held high, an aim to move on, an attempt at rebirth or a […]
Neil Young & The Bluenotes, This Note’s For You (1988) I like this album – although it’s by no stretch great. Worth it though for the title song (and its video) and the story around it. Worth it, too, because all of Neil Young’s albums contain SOMETHING. There’s always something good or something so mesmeric […]
I’m usually on RNZ once a month to have a chat about some new albums. But the other day I got the call up to present a Music Feature for the Afternoons show. The topic was Music Feuds – and so I discussed The Beatles/Yoko Ono, Simon & Garfunkel, Marvin Gaye’s divorce from Anna Gordy […]