Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

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 www.powertoolrecords.co.nz.

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’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKMLCJrr5AY


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: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com.

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!

www.powertoolrecords.co.nz
Powertool on Facebook

--
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland