One of New Zealand’s best exports plays the international cybercircuit, and you can see her live – from home

Jordan Avatar“one of the most extraordinarily fascinating live shows I have ever seen on stage… one of the best – if not the best – folk performers out there today… she’s spellbinding”. (Cat on the Wall, UK)

You can experience Jordan Reyne live at her next cybergig – in Second Life, at Key West on Saturday March 14. 

Tired of missing your favourite acts when the play overseas? Our very own Jordan Reyne is leading the charge in a whole new world of performances, via concerts in the Internet-based world of Second Life. Reyne even has her own Second Life ïnworld” booking agent.

Jordan SL live shotAn internationally renowned performer, Jordan Reyne hails from New Zealand, and after a series of critically-acclaimed releases in New Zealand, left her homeland for Germany in 2005. She moved on to the UK in 2011 and currently lives in London, touring Europe annually.

Reyne’s fully-booked – and wildly eclectic – concert schedule over the next couple of months includes support slots for Laibach, Matt Howden, Goth heavyweights Rhombus, and festivals including Whitby Goth Weekend, Last Cry 30th Anniversary, Fadein Festival and Celtic Emotions. Aside from being in demand on the terrestrial touring front, Reyne has firmly established herself in the virtual realm of Second Life. She has held a residency at popular Second Life club Key West.

Described by New Zealand’s National Radio as the author of a new sound, Jordan is a 3 time Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) nominee, and has lent her voice to projects from Cafe Del Mar through to Lord of the Rings. A prolific writer and performer, she has ten internationally acclaimed albums to her credit and has and toured the UK, Poland, Germany, Denmark, the US and New Zealand.

Jordan’s wide appeal and uncategorisable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk), Laibach, Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House. Her festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts (NZ), Wave Gothic Treffen (Germany), The Big Day Out (NZ / Aus), Frankfurt Music Messe (Germany), Soundedit (Poland), Whitby Gothic Weekend and many more.

Her new EP ‘Maiden’ – the third in her [MAIDEN​]​, Mother, Crone trilogy – will be released on April 2nd this year.

JORDAN REYNE SHOW DATES:

March 14 (NZ Time), Key West, Second Life, 9am NZ Time
Look for the show with these details:
JORDAN REYNE DEEZEL-LIVE @ KEY WEST~
Duration : 1 hour
Cover : Free
Maturity :MModerate
Category : Live Music
When : 03/01/15 01:00 PM (14/3/2015, 9am NZ time)
Location : Key West Island (116, 100, 30)
Set a reminder for the show.

March 21, Horns Erben, Leipzig, Germany (with Matt Howden)

March 25, Fabryka Klub, Krakow, Poland (support for Laibach)

March 26, Palladium, Warsaw, Poland (support for Laibach)

March 30, HRP Pamela, Torun, Poland 

April 17, Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK (with Rhombus)

April 25, Spa Pavillion, Whitby, UK (Whitby Goth Weekend)

May 1, The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Rhombus)

July 3, The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK (Last Cry 30th Anniversary)

August 28, Leiria Castle, Leiria, Portugal (Fadein Festival)

October 30, Theater Meißen, Meißen, Germany (Celtic Emotions 2015)

October 31, UfA Fabrik, Berlin Germany (Celtic Emotions 2015)

 

More dates for the UK, Germany, Poland and Slovenia to be announced soon.

Follow Jordan on Songkick for notifications https://www.songkick.com/artists/263643

www.powertoolrecords.co.nz

www.jordanreyne.com

HOW TO WATCH SHOWS IN SECOND LIFE

The world of online performance is huge. Performers from all over the world broadcast their gigs live via webcam platforms and virtual realitites. This is a how to on attending a show in Second Life. From my 5 plus years of performing on verious platforms online, Second Life as it has by far the strongest music scene and community of all the platforms – as well as performers from all over the world.

1) Installing the Second Life Viewer

The first step into the virtual reality of SL is downloading the Second Life browser software. The software requires quite a high spec graphics card and computer, so if you aren’t sure if your computer is up to speed, check the system requirements here http://secondlife.com/support/system-requirements/

To install the software, head to Second Life.com and click on the big orange “join now” button at the top right of the screen. Clicking on it will take you to a page where you are asked to chose an avatar. There are various groups of avatar kinds from vampires to boats to librarians. Don’t worry too much about which one you chose because you can change them later.

Once you have selected an avatar, you will be asked to choose a name. After chosing a name, you will be asked your real life name, email address date of birth and so on. This is an annoying feature now required by law to get “verified” for sims that require you to be over 18.

Once you have entered your details, click on “create account”. You will then be asked what kind of account you want. Select “free”. A dialog box will open asking you to save the second life software someplace on your computer. Save the software someplace where you know where it is, then, once it is downloaded, double click on it to install it.

2) Verifying your Account

After you enter your data and install the software, you will receive your email asking you to activate your account, click on the link in it (it should open Second Life for you, which looks like the image below).

At the bottom right, enter your avatar name and password and log into Second Life. Your avatar should “rez” (appear) on your screen in the virtual world of Second Life. This is the welcome island, and this is your first day as a Second Life resident.

3) Finding your way round

While you are on the welcome island, it helps to figure out how to do a few key things: walk, fly, chat, search and teleport – you will need these skills for just about everything you do inworld.

Walking: The arrow keys on your keyboard will make your avatar move forward or backwards. If you find her/ him /it leaping into space, use your mouse to click anywhere in the main viewing area, then use the arrow keys again.

Flying: on the bottom, someplace in the middle, is a button called “move”. If you click on it, you will see little icons. The one on the far right is the “fly” icon. Clicking on it will make your avatar spread its arms and hover. Use the arrows near the “fly” icon to go up or down.

Chat: there is always a chat window on the far left at the bottom, though how to access it varies slightly from viewer to viewer. In the new viewer (December 2011 release) you will need to click on the “chat” icon (bottom far left) to make the chat textbox appear. By clicking the triangle on the right of this box, you get a larger chat area which is easier to use. You will see what anyone else in the area says via this box, and you can chat in it yourself by typing and hitting return.

Search and teleport: “Search” is found on the column of icons on the far left hand side of the SL viewer. It is shaped like a magnifying glass. Click in the magnifying glass and a dialog box that looks something like a web browser will open on your screen. At the top there is an area that says “search”. Down the left hand side are some tabs, which are like “types” of listing – there is events, people, shopping, ect. Search is the cornerstone of life in SL, especially in the music scene. It is where you can search for places to explore, eg: haunted forest, or something and also, most importantly, where you search for gigs.

4) Searching for Gigs

You can hunt for gigs by venue or by person. For example, try typing the name of a musician in the search then hitting return (if you don’t have friends playing in SL already, you can use mine – just “jordan” will actualy do but my full name in Second Life is “Jordanreyne Deezul”). You should get a list of results which will be a mix of events, possible people matches and so on. To narrow that list down, hit the “events” tab to the left. Your display will then hone in on the results where anyone with that name is playing a concert (if you used my name, usually it will be me. Unlike real life, there are not so many musicians called Jordan in SL).

  • Attending gigs

You can attend events by clicking on the event listing. Clicking on it will display a more detailed listing with several buttons on the bottom including one that says “teleport”. Clicking on teleport will whisk your avatar off to that place. You will probably land a little way from the show and have to walk a bit to get there, so many people prefer to message freinds in Second Life that they know are at the show and ask for a direct teleport. Most musicians are busy messing around with other things so won’t be able to teleport you, but most also have bookers and managers you can ask. My manager in SL is Sparkie Cyberstar. Messaging Sparkie will get you a teleport. The other way is to sign up to the group for musicians you like. Before a gig, the performer sends a message to everyone in the group telling them they are about to play. They also open up a chat window to everyone in the group and offer teleports. My group is “the darkness of Jordanreyne Deezul” and you can find it in search and join.

Some more great Indie/ originals Musicians to get you started:

Pol Arida (UK). A passionate and political musician with an amazing guitar style and vocals.

Liz Aday (Australia). Another serious innovator who plays Guitar, sampler, loops, vocals.

The Follow (USA). Vocals, guitars, bass and drums.

Neal Hoffman (UK). Guitar and vocals.

Sky Galaxy (USA). Piano, samples and vocals.

Guitar Zane (USA). Guitar and vocals.

Dragonfly (Canada). Electric guitar, samples, vocals.

6) HEARING Your First SL Gig.

To actually hear anything, you will have to click on the “play” triangle in the top right of your browser window to hear the music (where it is does vary from version to version). If at first it doesn’t work, toggle (ie turn press it again to stop it, then a third time to start it again). Sometimes you have to toggle a few times before the music will kick in. If it still doesn’t, click on the cog just below the triangle. This brings up a series of faders and you can check that none of them are on zero.

Chances are, people will say hi in the chat when you arrive, so watch the chat (bottom left) for anyone addressing you. You can ask for help if you don’t hear anything. Once you can hear, sit back, feel welcomed and enjoy.

 

Troubleshooting:

Trouble Running Second Life

The key issue in being able to run SL is usually your graphics card. If you aren’t sure how to find out what kind of graphics card you have – try this:

Go to the bottom right of your computer where it says “start”. Click on start, then “all programmes” and slide your mouse over to the left hand column to where it says “control panel”. Select that, then find “system”. Click on “system” and a dialog box will open. One of the tabs ner the top of that dialog box will say “hardware”. Click on that tab. You will then see an image near the top, with a button to the right just underneath it. It should have the words “device manager” on it. Click that, and a list will appear with all the hardware your computer has.

On this list will be “graphics cards” with a small plus sign next to it. Click on the plus sign and the details of your graphics card will appear. For more info on the graphics card you can right click on it’s name and select “options” which will give you further detail.

If your computer meets the minimum graphics specifications laid out in the system requirements list, then we can head straight on over to the Second Life website and download the software. If you still aren’t sure, then just try downloading it anyway – sometimes the best was to find out is by just giving it a try.

Trouble Hearing Audio

If you hear the music stutter, it may mean your own connection isn’t fast enough to keep up. You need a fast and constant connection speed in order to play or listen online. I recommend a hard wired connection always, as wifi is prone to bursts of high speed followed by periods of low speed which can interfere with your broadcast, or a broadcast you are listening to.

 

 

 

5 Epic King Missile IV prize packs to be won

Epic Pale Ale 4 Pack - SideWe’re most pleased to announce that we have five rather Epic prize packs to give away to one lucky person in each centre who buys themselves a pre-sale ticket to King Missile IV before the show.

Buy a ticket to the shows in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin or Christchurch and you could win:
A brand new King Missile IV t-shirt
A copy each of the unreleased new King Missile IV and LoveyDove CDs
Dan West “Does It Suit You?” CD
Psychic Maps ‘”1st (Second) Lo-Fi Record” CD
Vorn “More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse” CD
A.J. Sharma “You Are a Traveler” CD
Dance Asthmatics “Liquid Lunch” cassette single
AND a 4-pack of super tasty Epic Pale Ale
Basically, you’re winning music from every band on the tour.
***How to win: Buy a ticket before midday on the day of your chosen show, and then email Renee: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com with your name and ticket number.
***We’re extending this prize offer to the good people who’ve already bought tickets: again, email: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com with your name and ticket number.
***We’ll email the winner.
***Get tickets here:

King Missile poster tour final 339Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Psychic Maps
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42268/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Sunday February 15 – The Cabana, Napier –  King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Golden Curtain
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42964/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and the Vorn band
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42270/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and A.J.Sharma
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42595/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove-.utr

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and The Dance Asthmatics
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42596/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove-.utr

King Missile tour firing on all cylinders with support act announcements

King Missile poster tour final 339When King Missile tour New Zealand for the first time ever this February, they’ll be bringing with them a show jammed to the gunnels with entertainment. As if the headlining act itself isn’t enough to provide an action-packed evening, the lineup includes 2 US supports plus a choice local act in each centre.

The King Missile band includes the duo LoveyDove, expert performers in their own right. They’ll take the stage to play their “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. Here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia Snail) meets West Coast guy (Dan West), and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll. And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s West Coast boy Dan West is also a performer with an impressive pedigree, and he’ll be showcasing his own perfectly-penned tunes during the tour. West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement). He has performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK) and scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html. Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ has just been  released here.

Each centre will also host a quality New Zealand act as part of the bill:

Simon McLaren’s Psychic Maps will be making a rare Auckland appearance at the King’s Arms on Thursday February 12.

Facebook event page / Tickets
Golden Curtain join the bill at the Cabana, Napier on February 15. Their album ‘Dream City’ was picked as one of the best of 2014 by US music blog Stereo Embers.

Facebook event page / Tickets
The full Vorn band will be in action at Bodega in Wellington on February 18. Expect songs from Vorn’s critically acclaimed 2014 album ‘More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse’, and other gems.

Facebook event page / Tickets

A J Sharma makes a rare live outing at Chick’s in Dunedin on February 19.

Facebook event page / Tickets

And to finish the tour, huge King Missile fans the Dance Asthmatics play at Churchill’s on February 20.

Facebook event page / Tickets

 

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland – with LoveyDove, Dan West and Psychic Maps

Sunday February 15 – The Cabana, Napier –  with LoveyDove, Dan West and Golden Curtain

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington with LoveyDove, Dan West and the Vorn band

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin – with LoveyDove, Dan West and A.J.Sharma

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch with LoveyDove, Dan West and The Dance Asthmatics

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West.

King Missile IV add South Island dates to their inaugural NZ tour

King Missile IV add South Island dates to their inaugural NZ tour

FullSizeRender 58.8kbWe at Powertool Records were ridiculously excited when we announced that King Missile IV (pronounced “King Missile the Fourth”) were making their very first visit to New Zealand. And now we’re even more elated to tell you that we can now confirm two South Island shows – Thursday February 19th at Chick’s in Dunedin, and Friday February 20th at Churchill’s, Christchurch.

The latest, perhaps greatest version of the unique and hugely influential King Missile is led by poet, songwriter, author, and intellectual property analyst – whatever that is – John S. Hall, who will be bringing his current band members Azalia Snail and Dan West (who are also known as the duo LoveyDove).

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland

Saturday 14th February – Woodcock Festival, Tauranga

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West. 

Dan West and Azalia Snail/LoveyDove

Dan West

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Dan West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement).

He has also performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK)and is currently one half of LoveyDove.  He scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html

Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on New Zealand-based label Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ is just about to be released.

Azalia Snail
Azalia Snail has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums, and is recognized as a pioneering force in the “lo-fi” movement of the 1990’s. Many influential labels have released her music, including Sub Pop and Dark Beloved Cloud, who launched their label with a split 7” by Azalia Snail and Sebadoh. In 1996, she was commissioned by MTV to score the music for the program “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”, and she il has also composed music for several indie features and short films. She has toured consistently throughout the USA and Europe with such acts as Low, Sebadoh, The Black Heart Procession, Sportsguitar, and Illyah Kuryahkin. In 2000 Snail won the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Genre.

She is currently in LoveyDove with Dan West.

LoveyDove
This duo make “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. And here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia) meets West Coast guy(Dan) , and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll.

And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s influences include: Trio,The Teddybears, Illyah Kuryahkin, Dustry Springfield, T Rex, The Kinks, Love, Doves, The Troggs, Petula Clark, the Monkees, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Debussy, Stravinsky, Love American Style, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke.

LoveyDove on Bandcamp

LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’ b/w ’Beppe of Italy’

Watch LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’

Watch LoveyDove’s Space Station 76 tribute: ‘Less is Never More’

Tickets are available from www.undertheradar.co.nz

Auckland ticket link

Wellington ticket link.

Dunedin/Port Chalmers ticket link

Christchurch ticket link

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King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time; and Brother Love with Darryl Baser play Auckland this week

King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time

KMIV PR pic 21kbWe at Powertool Records are pretty much completely over the moon to announce that King Missile IV is making their first ever visit to perform in New Zealand in February 2015.

The latest, perhaps greatest version of the unique and hugely influential King Missile is led by poet, songwriter, author, and intellectual property analyst – whatever that is – John S. Hall, who will be bringing his current band members Azalia Snail and Dan West (who are also known as the duo LoveyDove).

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland

Thursday 19th February – Bodega, Wellington

More dates TBC

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West.

Dan West and Azalia Snail/LoveyDove

Dan West
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Dan West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement).

He has also performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK)and is currently one half of LoveyDove.  He scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html

Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on New Zealand-based label Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ is just about to be released.

Azalia Snail
Azalia Snail has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums, and is recognized as a pioneering force in the “lo-fi” movement of the 1990’s. Many influential labels have released her music, including Sub Pop and Dark Beloved Cloud, who launched their label with a split 7” by Azalia Snail and Sebadoh. In 1996, she was commissioned by MTV to score the music for the program “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”, and she il has also composed music for several indie features and short films. She has toured consistently throughout the USA and Europe with such acts as Low, Sebadoh, The Black Heart Procession, Sportsguitar, and Illyah Kuryahkin. In 2000 Snail won the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Genre.

She is currently in LoveyDove with Dan West.

LoveyDove
This duo make “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. And here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia) meets West Coast guy(Dan) , and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll.

And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s influences include: Trio,The Teddybears, Illyah Kuryahkin, Dustry Springfield, T Rex, The Kinks, Love, Doves, The Troggs, Petula Clark, the Monkees, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Debussy, Stravinsky, Love American Style, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke.

LoveyDove on Bandcamp
LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’ b/w ’Beppe of Italy’
Watch LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’
Watch LoveyDove’s Space Station 76 tribute: ‘Less is Never More’

UTR_LogoTickets are available from www.undertheradar.co.nz
Auckland ticket link
Wellington ticket link.

 

 

 

Brother Love with Darryl Baser in Auckland – Darryl’s first Auckland show in over 20 years!

Bro Love D BaserPowertool Records is pretty chuffed to let you know that two unique South Island acts are making the lengthy trip to Auckland to play a show on November 20 – and for one of them, it’s been a very long time between drinks.

Brother Love’s Free Association are visiting for two shows, on Thursday November 20 at the Dog’s Bollix, and Friday November 21 at New Lynn’s UFO.

Their special guest on Thursday night at the Bollix is alt-country (emphasis on the “alt”) singer/songwriter Darryl Baser, playing Auckland for the first time since 1991. Baser started in music early indeed – he drummed off and on since age 4, and picked up the guitar at 11; later joining a Clash covers band and a synth-pop band in Weymouth, Dorset, UK. The songwriting bug kicked in, and Baser played wherever he could, from busking in Hamilton to support slots for bands such as The Axemen. In the interim, he’s also been a music journalist for Critic, the Otago Daily Times and Radio National NZ – so he’s well versed in life on either side of the microphone and pen.

Baser’s forthcoming album ‘ Raw Selfie‘ – out shortly on Zelle Records through Powertools – was recorded on his trusty LG Optima smart phone in his lounge, and includes road sounds at times – and in one song you can hear the phone buzz as messages come through. Baser figured, if one can take selfies on their phones, why can’t one also record an album?

Whilst we await the finished ‘Raw Selfie‘, he’s putting out the ‘Petite Selfie‘ EP in time for next week’s show. Many of the songs on ‘Petite Selfie‘ were recorded to minidisc in the same lounge, pre-prepped by Barry McConachie, with mastering by Danny Manetto (Drop Dead Redhead and many other bands).

Baser says, “I’m looking forward to playing my first shows in Auckland since supporting a band called SMAK at Cameron’s in 1990/91 it’s been a long time between visits…”

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Brother Love was formed in Christchurch in 1993 as a live vehicle for the music of guitarist/songwriter Marty Henderson. Over their 2-decade career, Brother Love’s various indie star-studded line-ups have gained the notice of record labels in New York and Germany, with the band touring the US twice. The Brother Love band have played shows with bands such as Bardo Pond, Fuzzhead, Mark Arm’s Bloodloss, San Francisco’s Monoshock and Barbara Manning, the No-Neck Blues, Dead Moon, King Loser and Sebadoh. In 2000, they were featured on the soundtrack of feature film ‘Snakeskin’. In 2013, the group released the retrospective compilation “20 Years In A Rockin’ Boat” on Powertool Records, and they have since been working on new material for both vinyl and CD/online.

Listen to Brother Love here

Joining Brother Love’s Free Association at UFO on Friday November 21st is a very cool lineup, with George D. Henderson’s New Existentialists, as well as impressive young bands The Debris and Mucus Kids.

Powertool artists play Auckland and Wellington on November 6

Matthew Bannister, Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds on the road

Matthew Bannister and The Nukes – Auckland
Nukes BannisterMatthew Bannister is making a rare Auckland appearance at the Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Thursday November 6th, performing as a special guest ahead of The Nukes.

Out of the beautiful west of Auckland come The Nukes, for a night of roots music with a twist. The Nukes discharge three part vocal harmonies, blistering riffs and riotous rhythms to produce a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk. They play The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork this November as part of a tour to celebrate the arrival of their second album Lucky Ones. Very special guest for the show will be Matthew Bannister (ex Sneaky Feelings.)

In 2011 The Nukes featured as part of the TV Doco Bill Sevesi’s Dream and in 2012 they released their debut studio album ‘Each to their Own’ (which now has a companion songbook so players can follow along!). Album no 2, Lucky Ones, has burst out of the blocks fully formed, striding purposefully forth in a perfectly cut suit, waving with a presidential smile. On their live performance:
“‘Original’, inventive and entertaining. The performance skills, personality and banter between the musicians are excellent.  There was overwhelming positive audience feedback from the concert (Spiegeltent -Taranaki Arts festival ) and that was one of the reasons I brought them back for WOMAD 2012.” – Drew James Artistic Director WOMAD / Taranaki Arts Festival

Matthew Bannister, under the name One Man Bannister, last year released the ‘Evolver’ album – a tribute to the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’, which received rave reviews from every quarter. Recently he’s been performing his own material with his band The Changing Same; the EP ‘Make Up My Mind’ was released recently.

VECTOR ARENA PRESENTS
THE NUKES
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MATTHEW BANNISTER (EX SNEAKY FEELINGS)
THE GREAT SOUTH PACIFIC TUNING FORK @ VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 2014, DOORS 7.30PM

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster, $20 pre-sales

Show details are here.

Listen to The Nukes here.

Listen to Matthew Bannister: One Man Bannister – Evolver and The Changing Same.

Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds – Wellington and Whanganui
GMF DSGood news everyone! Wellington avant-garde electropop trio Gold Medal Famous joins forces with dual city Wellington/Auckland jangle-guitar pop group The Doubtful Sounds to play Wellington and Whanganui in the first week of November.

Fresh from an international live collaboration as Selective Yellow, Chris Wilson from Gold Medal Famous and James Noble from The Doubtful Sounds thought it was time to make the virtual a reality by bringing the bands together In Real Life. Selective Yellow recently performed a special cross-country show, Birmingham’s Network Festival, with James beaming in from the UK and Chris performing in New Zealand, resulting in a unique online instrumental duet.

Gold Medal Famous recently grazed the headlines again with the pre-election update of their infamous song ‘John Key is (Still) a Dick’ on the Powertool Election EP; which followed on from the recent release of their metal album ‘Album of National Significance’.

Watch the video for Gold Medal Famous  ‘Bastard Lizard‘ here.

The Doubtful Sounds have just released their second studio album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’. It’s a step up from their very well-received debut ‘The Pop Album’, in quality and sound – and a more challenging set of songs. It starts off recognising its pop roots (Fell in Love) before rebalancing that with a heavier side of life, especially with Mayday (to be released as a single in late November), before delving into alt country and acoustic darkness (Well of the Saints) as the album closes.

Listen to The Doubtful Sounds’ new album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’ here.

Gold Medal Famous with The Doubtful Sounds
6 November at Meow Edward St, Wellington. 8pm doors. $5. Two bands because it’s a school night.
8 November at Space Monster, Whanganui. 8pm $5. Plus special guests.