After drumming for The Broadsides and Bernie Griffen and The Grifters, Will Wood has stepped up front and recorded his first album as a solo artist. Broken Man became available on Friday, September 19th on CD and on beautiful golden vinyl. Will and his all-star band will be at Auckland’s Wine Cellar on Sunday, September 21st for an album-launch show. But in the meantime listen here as Will Wood discusses several key tracks from Broken Man exclusively on The 13th Floor.
To put it sensitively, Australian Hip Hop is an ‘interesting’ beast. Just making myself clear, I’m not talking about any of the incredible artists that world-class progressive labels like Future Classic (ie Chet Faker, Basenji, Flume), or Wondercore (ie Hiatus Kaiyote, Noah Slee, Miles Bonny) are working with. There’s also a slew of awesome producers in Oz running the entire genre gamut. There is also however, something ‘special’ about the popular mainstream Australian emcees.
Honestly, I need to get to bed before more screenings in the morning, but here are some pics I’ve taken of the people and events from that absolutely kick-ass first day.
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Tuesday 3rd March
Alexandra Park, Auckland NZ
Soundgarden, Faith No More, Judas Priest, All Time Low, Lagwagon, The Wonder Years and Crown the Empire.
The word was out…Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s show at the Kings Arms was one to watch. Sure enough, the venerable venue was sold out, with every hipster and his beard in attendance. But Barnett cut though the hype and delivered a set of searing rock and roll.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – On the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career, ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,’ the best-selling female artist of all time, MARIAH CAREY, has confirmed a one-off New Zealand show, extending her previously announced world tour entitled “The Elusive Chanteuse Show.”
This will be Mariah’s first live show in New Zealand, playing this exclusive date at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Thursday November 13, 2014. Tickets go on sale at 9am Tuesday, September 30. Visit www.mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information as the shows get announced.
Kiwi Rachel performer Rachel Dawick has just released her fourth album. The Boundary Riders takes us back to the early days of New Zealand and tells the true stories of six women and one man. According to Rachel’s web site http://www.racheldawick.com/: “Her background in drama and literature now comes to the fore in her songwriting as also in her singing as she takes on each of the six women as they emerge from this Wild West scene to tell their tale – the Washer Woman, the Goldminer, The Prostitute, The Magician, The Missionary’s Wife and the Fraudster. We are no longer sitting in the comfort of our living room but transported to New Zealand in the 1800s guided by our narrator who weaves the journeys of each of the six women.” Rachel will appear at the Auckland City Library this Friday at 5:30pm to introduce fans to her new work, which also includes a 52-page, fully illustrated book.
Rachel Dawick took time to come up to The 13th Floor to personally tell the stories of several of the characters featured on the album and in the book. Listen here to music and words from Rachel Dawick as she presents The Boundary Riders:
Regular readers will notice that my usual “Straight to Video” column hasn’t been around on the site the last week or so. I’ve put it on hold for three or four weeks while I’m on holiday in the United States. [Cue: James Brown’s “Living In America”] But that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting some content here though, as I will be attending Fantastic Fest over the coming days!