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Let’s Bring Christmas to Johnsonville

Let’s Bring Christmas to Johnsonville

The year is rapidly shutting down (the world too if predictions are to be believed?) and we have some cool Christmas news. Our resident pop genius Vorn has distinguished himself by winning the Tranz Metro “Metro Factor” Award for his Christmas song ‘Let’s Bring Christmas to Johnsonville’, and the news is spreading quickly via YouTube. Check out the video here and his Dominion Post appearance here. An anthem for our times, I think you’ll agree!

Gold Medal Famous is also getting into the Christmas spirit; they’ve contributed two tracks to a Christmas EP, alongside Cliché Guevara and Heat Like Me. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

Aucklanders will be treated to a rare live performance by Bill Direen and the Bilders tonight at Whammy Bar; and he’s heading to the South Island for shows in Christchurch and Dunedin in January. Keep an eye out for Bilders tour dates on

The latest release on Powertool Records is from Transcendental Learning Collective and it’s quickly picking up a few fans. Formed by DJN (DRONE/DRONEnsemble, Rome, Crane, AFL) around 2010, the band recorded this, their debut album “SHIFT”, during 2011 – 2012 with the fluid production skills of Mike Hodgson (Pitch Black, Tinnitus) and extra extra guitars courtesy of Sean O’Reilly (King Loser, Ola, Sferic Experiment). Expect minimal guitar grooves with maximum repetition courtesy of 3 guitars and a laptop; the band say it may be satisfying to listeners of Can, Pink Floyd, Suicide, Kraftwerk, The Fall, the Gordons, Spacemen 3, Fela Kuti, trance music, with a splash of dub. They played a cracking show alongside Cat and Sock at Auckland’s Audio Foundation a few weeks back. Check out the TLC video: ‘MUNT IN E7’:

The Indie Club, held every Thursday at UFO HQ in New Lynn Auckland, is back in full effect, hosting some great bands since it recently re-started: The Favoured Few, Used to be Apes, The Deloreans, Bluebird Avenue and Come Down Kid. This week is a bit different – it’s happening on Friday 21st (instead of Thursday), and features three talented new bands – all still in school: Nightwing, Exit 420 and Between the Lines. Anyone wanting to play future Indie Clubs should email Renee:

The start of 2013 (if it arrives!) is going to be busy: more Indie Clubs, albums from Nick Raven and Brother Love, a new international version of Drill magazine, and action a-plenty from your favourite Powertool artists. And if you haven’t checked out our new collection “Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown”, make sure you do – it’s a goodie, featuring a great cross-section of artists. Have a listen on Bandcamp.
OK, now go and have a great Christmas and New Year!
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