For those who aren't aware, New Zealand has a flourishing independent music scene, with Auckland in particular punching well above its weight in terms of the number and calibre of acts who are writing and producing music that competes with the best from so called 'cultural capitals' around the world. One band primed for great things in 2013 are Auckland-based 3-piece, Popstrangers, a trio made up of singer/guitarist Joel Flyger, bassist Adam Page and drummer Dave Larson.
Photographer - Frances Carter / Lilly Ansible
Introducing Bipolar Sunshine
‘I hate brown sauce’, Adio Marchant comments as we sit down at a greasy spoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. He picks up the Heinz bottle enthusiastically. ‘Ketchup works on everything.’ Casually dressed in a black tee and baseball jacket, the former member of Kid British orders himself a black coffee and a full English breakfast. ‘That’s why I wanted to come here’ he says. I notice he’s without his signature old-school specs. He explains how he lost them a couple days in the rain while putting up his hood.
Photographer - Greg Walsh
Marika Hackman Interview
Marika Hackman shares with us her moody, folk-infused sounds for the track ‘Cannibal’ ahead of her mini-album That Iron Taste, releasing at the end of February. Charlie Andrew of Alt-J, the 2012 Mercury Prize winners, produced the Dirty Hit album. Marika and Charlie are collaborating on a full-length album projected for later this year. ‘Listening to Laura Veirs made me start taking songwriting much more seriously’, the photogenic artist says of her inspirations. ‘More recently, bands like Warpaint have led me to a more grungy sound’.
The Anonymous Sex Journal: Pilot Issue, or Foreplay01/02/2013
The Anonymous Sex Journal is a compendium of secretly submitted anecdotes about our sex lives. Awkward, touching, weird and surprising, the debut issue is made up of twenty-one stories, which have been left as submitted and true to their tone.
ALA CHAMPFEST - Issue 0629/01/2013
Ala Champfest is a textural print publication, with a philosophy dedicated to Curiosity and Investigations into Creativity and Cultural Insight. With an emphasis on craftsmanship and passion, Ala Champfest is published to inform and inspire all creative minds through the international art, design, travel and style communities.
Space Creeps: You Are Not Alone Tonight, by Niamh Peren25/01/2013
New Zealand filmmaker Niamh Peren (now based in Australia) offers her dystopian interpretation of Space Creeps' track "You Are Not Alone Tonight". Expanding on the loose Romeo and Juliet theme explored in the song (which borrows samples from Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film), Peren presents an unsettling and unconventional music video for the Auckland-based band. This is the second time the two parties have worked together, with Space Creeps composing the soundtrack to Peren's 2010 documentary, The Great Bunny Hunt.
Chris Sullivan Interview
By Princess Julia
Gregarious, with a down to earth nature, Chris Sullivan has the kind of get up and go we mere mortals can only dream of. He's a big chap with a personality to go with it, fond of a lively debate - he's a fiercely proud Welshman through and through. Now in his 50's Sullivan is still quite the man about town, father, husband, writer, documenter, artist, style icon, singer and all round good egg, to top it all his enthusiasm and sincerity about his many passions give him a forward thinking attitude that knows no bounds.
This Is Noise 004: Mike G03/01/2013
As we are now into a new year, we return with our This Is Noise series with a new addition from LA based DJ/Producer, Mike G. With a selection diverse in range and genre blending, artist Mike G's approach to music parallels our look into progressive culture through influence.
Peroni’s “Amici di Peroni” Lunch, Waiheke Island, NZ20/12/2012
Late last year, Peroni Nastro Azzurro held the first Amici di Peroni lunch at Oneroa vineyard on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Catering to a list of invitees that included some of NZ's most influential creative and business figures, Hayden McMillan, head chef at TriBeCa - one of Auckland's top restaurants - created a 5-course degustation menu designed to compliment Peroni. Take a look at the video to see how the event went down.
Leo Fitzpatrick: "Just Born Dead" Book Signing18/12/2012
New York's Karma Bookstore will host a book signing of Leo Fitzpatrick's new publication, Just Born Dead, this Tuesday, December 18. The event will run from 6-8pm. Check out Aaron Bondaroff's film below featuring readings of Just Born Dead by a few notable New Yorkers.