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Adele – 25 (XL) ALBUM REVIEW

For some unknown reason, my Adele review was never published by the magazine I submitted it to. So, here it is, a little late but hey…

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M83 – Junk (Naive) ALBUM REVIEW

French group’s homage to ’80s nostalgia in poor taste.

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Liima – ii (4AD) ALBUM REVIEW

Efterklang plus one makes Liima, a band of real-time electronic performers with a sonic joie de vivre worth plugging into.

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Beastwars – The Death Of All Things (Destroy/Universal) ALBUM REVIEW

The final Beastwars album is a monster.

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PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island/Universal) ALBUM REVIEW

Top marks for attempting an album that’s compassionate and politically engaged, pity about the result.


Hi-Fi/Home Theatre

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Tekton Design Loudspeakers Available In NZ Through Parmenter Sound

Tekton Design’s distinctive loudspeakers are now available in NZ through Parmenter Sound.

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Headphones/Earphones

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Focal Announces Sphear Earphones

Focal has a new set of in-ear earphones. They’re called Sphear.

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Photo/Gadgets/Computers

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Small Change, Powerful Difference

How can charging a device be a problem? Ash Kramer says it is, but he fixed it!

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Music/Movies

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Christian & The 2120s – Moments (Independent) CD REVIEW

Peter Kearns realizes that plywood cacti won’t do the acting for you.

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Christian & The 2120s – Moments (Independent) CD REVIEW

Peter Kearns realizes that plywood cacti won’t do the acting for you.

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Adele – 25 (XL) ALBUM REVIEW

For some unknown reason, my Adele review was never published by the magazine I submitted it to. So, here it is, a little late but hey…

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M83 – Junk (Naive) ALBUM REVIEW

French group’s homage to ’80s nostalgia in poor taste.

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Liima – ii (4AD) ALBUM REVIEW

Efterklang plus one makes Liima, a band of real-time electronic performers with a sonic joie de vivre worth plugging into.

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Beastwars – The Death Of All Things (Destroy/Universal) ALBUM REVIEW

The final Beastwars album is a monster.

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PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island/Universal) ALBUM REVIEW

Top marks for attempting an album that’s compassionate and politically engaged, pity about the result.

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Every Day In May – Day 31: The Clean

The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. To mark the publication of Roger Shepherd’s book about his Flying Nun experience, and the last day of NZ Music Month (and hence this series) here’s Witchdoctor’s second Clean interview in two days, this one conducted upon the group’s reformation, with David Kilgour on the 9th of September, 1996.

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Every Day In May – Day 30: The Clean

The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. To mark the publication of Roger Shepherd’s book about his Flying Nun experience, here’s one of the first features ever published about a band on the label, which David Maclennan wrote for the December ’81 issue of Wellington indie music magazine In Touch.

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Every Day In May – Day 29: The Gordons, Spines, etc

The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. From indie Wellington music magazine In Touch, July 1981.

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Every Day In May – Day 28: Simon Grigg Interview

The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. The following is a transcription of a never-before-published interview I conducted with Kiwi music biz legend Simon Grigg way back on 28 January, 1986.

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