Sarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money.This week Sarah reviews The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, Two Days One Night and Amazonia 3D.
A marriage of Gogol Bordello and a CSquat band seems hard to imagine, yet Dirty Kid Discount appear to be the bastard offspring of such an unholy union, and the world is a better place for it. Insanely catchy yet with surprising depth, if you haven’t heard ‘A Life Amongst the Ruins’ I suggest you rectify that asap. And if you can get to the end of the album without at least tapping your foot along, well, I’m afraid all hope is lost for you.
Lyttelton band The Eastern have just released their new album, The Territory. The group, led by chief songwriter and vocalist Adam McGrath, draws a musical line from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen while adding a distinctive New Zealand accent to the mix. Recently, McGrath and fellow band members Jess Shanks, Flora Knight and Reb Fountain showed up at The 13th Floor to play a few songs from the album. Watch here as Adam McGrath talks to The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda about The Territory and the band performs three new songs.
First The Rolling Stones, now The Seekers…that’s two bands within a week that have been around, on and off, for over 50 years. The four original members of The Seekers brought their 50th Anniversary show to Auckland’s Civic Theatre. It wasn’t quite as loud as The Stones’ concert at Mt Smart, but contained almost as many hits.
It seems like everyone was there. The event was Song To Sam…a tribute to Sam Prebble, the Auckland-based musician who passed away last month. The Wine Cellar was overflowing with friends, family and colleagues, there to share stories and songs and help raise money for Sam’s family. The line-up was a vitirual who’s-who of the New Zealand indie-folk scene…The Bads, The Eastern, Bernie Griffen, Reb Fountain, Great North, Steve Abel, Hopetoun Brown, Ivy Rossiter…to name a few. Sam’s friend and bandmate Dylan Storey seemed to be handling most of the hosting duties on stage.
Along with her sister Linda, Vika Bull has been a fixture on the Australian music scene for over 20 years. Most recently, they added their voices to CW Stoneking’s latest album. But Vika Bull will be in Auckland on Friday, November 28 to perform At Last: The Etta James Story at the ASB Theatre. Vika and her big band will tell the story of the legendary singer from her beginnings in the early 1950s all the way to her death in 2012. Along the way you’ll hear classics like I’d Rather Be Blind, Tell Mama, Roll With Me Henry and, of course, At Last. Vika Bull stopped by The 13th Floor along with her guitarist Dion Hirini, to talk about At Last and recording with CW Stoneking.
Reb Fountain picked up a guitar and started singing without introduction, and the crowd fell silent at once. Fountain has a voice best described as “ethereal”: almost too good to be real. After the first song, she complimented the audience on their listening skills.
There’s a lot of live music to choose from this weekend, but you’d be hard-pressed to have a better time than spending the evening with these folks from New Orleans. Although Hurray For The Riff Raff have been around for the better part of seven years, its only with the recent release of their album Small Town Heroes that they’ve been getting any attention in this part of the world.