he says he waited 20 years to put a poem to music. and then it hit and he couldn’t wait any longer. i know i could…
Alice In Wonderland – The Pantomime Direction: Susan Wilson (written by Simon Leary and Gavin Rutherford) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Nov 16 – Dec 22) Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 8)
Anxiety Club Francine (ep) (Independent/Bandcamp) I was impressed with Anxiety Club’s earlier EP, Black Heart – and they’ve created three more songs that burst from the speakers for new EP, Francine – it’s onward and upward for this Wellington-based group. They’ve added young journeyman guitarist Chris Armour to the group. He combines with lead singer […]
T-Bone Burnett & Jay Bellerose & Keefus Ciancia The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space (Instrumentals) Verve Label Group Earlier this year T-Bone Burnett, along with master drummer Jay Bellerose and keyboard-wizard Keefus Ciancia released one of my favourite records – a favourite for this year and maybe for all time; an apocalyptic tone-poem of spoken-word over beautiful, […]
he reckons i’m funny and she’s kind – and though he loves us equally it is in different ways she says, “i’m also funny!” i think about how hard I’m trying to be kind.
I really enjoyed this month’s session at The Fringe. Wasn’t really feeling it last month but felt better about my own work this time around I guess – and just in general it was a very nice vibe. Another diverse open-mic with 15 poets performing, everything from sing-song and an actual song from a musician […]
John Williams / Maria Farantouri, Songs And Guitar Pieces By Theodorakis (1971) I would have bought this because I loved John Williams when I was a kid – and it was my essay-writing music at university – and I wouldn’t have known who Maria Faratouri was until I first heard this. Same with the composer […]
The Jeff Beck Group Twilight of the Idols: Classic Broadcasts From San Francisco and London – 1967-1968 Code 7 – Shockwaves Here in one place – and with mostly very reasonable sound quality – is a set of BBC Sessions and some live radio broadcasts from the Fillmore West in San Francisco; charting the early […]
FANE presents In Conversation with Margaret Atwood live on stage across New Zealand in collaboration with Andrew Kay, Phil Bathols and BBC Studios Australia. The dates are a celebration of the global publication of The Testaments, Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to her seminal work, The Handmaid’s Tale. The evening will also feature Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works and […]
This poem doesn’t have a river in it but don’t worry, there’ll still be a flow… There’s no flowers or death and no symbols either – of any kind… And I lied about there being any sort of flow at all.
The Bootleg Beatles Opera House, Wellington Thursday, November 14 I’ve seen The Bootleg Beatles before – so they’re not the only repeat-offenders. They were very good. And I’m not (often) a fan of tribute acts. But a) it’s The Beatles. And b) this is a very good-natured, well-meaning, deftly executed tribute show. It’s about celebrating […]
Ronnie Wood with His Wild Five Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry BMG Right Management (UK) Ltd Well-meaning they’ll say. “Live” the album title tells us – but is it less about the celebration and more about pinpointing an excuse for the sloppiness? Ronnie Wood can play, and I’ll defend that every time […]