briefcase, mary

electronic artist who put out a low-scale album and ep on their own label in 1982.
picks in bold

  • jupitor by the ridge ep [1982 old age OAR001] rn
  • whisper of the sheba dawn [1982 old age]

bygone era

richard aspden, robert kay (salad daze), rowan coffey, james stephenson (who went on to join the chills), luke casey (also of salad daze, and later of eyetv and the relaxomatic project) and michael scott (also of eyetv). they had a split 7″ with the warners, and featured on onslaught‘s ‘chop chop chop’ compilation.
picks in bold

  • twisted days ep [1988 onslaught]
  • get airborne [1989 onslaught CNT008]

Brother Love

Formed by Martin ‘Brother Love’ Henderson and sharing a few members with Spacedust (i.e. John Christoffels (also of The Terminals) – bass, Pat ‘Duane Zarakov’ Faigan – drums/synth) in their original formation, then Ape Management allum Rob ‘Rock Hardman’ Haarkman, Ken ‘Ken E Bear’ Mexted and Dave ‘Dragstrip‘ Clarke, Rob Thorne in later releases, with Willy McKay floating in and out on further releases.

They made a similar sort of fuzzed out 60’s influenced stoner-rock to Spacedust, though with more country-tinged leanings, and slacker-style male vocals.

Picks in Bold

  • ‘King Acid’/’Christine’/’Penis Developer’ 7″ single [1994 New World of Sound NWOS4]
  • Every Garden Grows One 12″ EP [1994 New World of Sound]
  • My Own Worst Enemy [1996 New World of Sound]
  • Rock’N’Roll Criminal [1997 September Gurls]
  • Carkus lathe-cut 7″ EP [w/ Gene Pool Belmondo, Duane Zarakov Truly Fine Citizen 3]
  • Sin Aesthetic [2003 Kato KCD006]

Brown, Sarah

Marlborough born singer songwriter Sarah Brown released her self-titled debut album in 2006. Her first single “hands” marionette like music video received plenty of airplay on local music television. The album was recorded at the same DIY Shed used by goodshirt on both their album releases.
picks in bold

  • Sarah Brown [2006 Hark Records]

awards etc
Ovation Rockshop Songwriter of the Year

  • 2001 winnerrn

brown velvet couch

essentially trash (with drummer robbie yeats performing under his bo martak alias), but fronted by viv crowe. brown velvet couch released just a single 7″ on roof bolt, before trash splintered and disappeared in the mid 90s.
picks in bold

  • ‘once in a very blue moon’/’soft october’ 7″ [1993 roof bolt ]


semi-acoustic 4-piece from wellington fronted by aaron watson (vocals / guitar) with david leahy (bass), s. c. and d. l. clever. their sole albums varies between don mcglashan style balladry and and even a bit of uptempo ska.
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brothers gorgonzola

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one of the more popular wellington punk acts from the late 1990s and early 00s, formed in 1997 by paul tansley (guitar, vocals) and sarah radford (guitar), and later joined by dave hampton (bass) and james watson (drums). through-out the late 90s the band had a swag of high profile tour support slots, as well as being included on the vans warped tour 2000 and airplay on b-net stations across new zealand. the band eventually broke up in 2002 after the release of 4 albums, including a split with fellow wellingtonians monkey puzzle.
picks in bold

  • brubeck [1997 self-released]
  • brubeck / monkey puzzle split [w/ monkey puzzle 1997 onefoot records]
  • the demos… [1998 half pie recordings]
  • the myclonic twitch [2001 half pie recordings / shock]

burgers, the

picks in bold

  • take one patty ep [2005 split release with the eyeballs as ‘double meat side’ monsterr]

bunn, nigel

trumpets blow out of walls, guitars shoot auditory tendrils out of the earth like upward lunging ivy plants, organs drone and lurch and steam like black rain clouds from the next to last days, speckled electronic tones dance across the spectrum like gas bubbles belched out of a catfish’s burrow and into some hidden eddy that spins it miles away before it hits the surfacern- bill meyer

a texturally inclined song-smith with connections to alistair galbraith, bunn has been very slow at releasing his recorded material, with index (his debut full length) surfacing almost a decade after galbraith included his ‘goodbye god baby goodbye’ on the killing capitalism with kindness