lady die

the international telepaths di smith (who also goes by the name lucy lurex) released several cd-r’s on the root don lonie for cash label in a solo capacity.
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labcoats, the

wellington sextet with a long history in jazz and rock circles, ex-mutton bird david long, six volts steve roache and brotherly duo david and anthony donaldson, and the new wave of ricki gooch – trinity roots and toby laing of the black seeds.
a multi-faceted 6-piece driven by the shuffling, dynamic drumming of anthony donaldson, the labcoats are well accustomed to delving into any number of musical styles with heavy dub, reggae, electronic, jazz, pop, funk, soul and even avant garde influences creeping into their music palette. with only gooch and laing not actually a part of new zealand jazz heavy weights the six volts (who are known in rock circles as the backing band for the front lawn‘s excellent debut), their debut on braille promises to be a tight and dynamic debut.
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  • acid and alkaline [2004 braille]

la gloria

la gloria original surfaced as the debut lp of empirical – aka marcel bear. this was a well-liked drone-piece contructed around bear’s unusual shimsaw – an amplified aluminium saw that creates a streaming, shimmering drone when played with a bow. eventually though, la gloria became essentially the alias of one dave coventry, with bear side-lining into a complimentary backing musician.
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  • jeremiad [1999 freedom from FF0070]

letter 5, the

late 1980s jangly-pop out of christchurch from richard james, david ford, martin kean [the chills, stereolab etc), andrew brice, campbell taylor, blair parkes (all fall down, range), damian delas, andy moore and john pitcairn.
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lets planet

caroline easther, alan galloway, murray costello, ben stewart and helen cairney.
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  • favours [1990 pagan PAL1065]
  • loving tongues [1993 pagan PACD1107]

leper ballet

christchurch 4-piece with a heavy birthday party flavour and nick-cave look-alike guitarist, comprised of janus currie (vocals), herbert palmer (guitar / accordian), kris taylor (drums) and rush jopson (bass). these guys exploded onto the local scene in late 2004, claiming an unlucky 3rd place in the annual round up band competition at the dux de lux (behind excellent wall-of-sound propogators happy palace in 2nd and under-performing victors chickenyard) before anybody had ever heard of them. somehow they’ve managed to emerge fully-formed, with a tight and effective rhythm section, some killer guitar and top notch off-kilter vocal spasms (say mark e smith meets a kiwi accent).

basically the band started when some friends of ours came to nz after living rnin europe for a few years and decided to put on a country gig. stupidly drunk last christmas, janus and i said we were in a band and we would play, so we had 2 weeks to write a few songs and perform them. at first we had a different drummer but he was shit so kris joined and after playing a bit, rush (who used to be in another band called spankdirt) asked if we wanted a bass player. so the full band has only really been together for a few monthsrn

leonard nimoy

the band that came to represent the krkrkrk label in the mid 90s, leonard nimoy were a high profile christchurch experimental, but essentially rock outfit comprised of label founder david khan, apoplexy founder and major krkrkrk contributor peter wright, tracey pagey and mikel goodwin. as a successor to tma-1, leonard nimoy were confrontational and aggressive, a cult band from the kind of city (what could be more middle-class and conservatively white than christchurch?) where such bands thrive – though their home-recorded productions we’re never exactly big sellers.
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  • the screaming cage cassette / cd-r [1997 krkrkrk KRK078]

leonard

unsigned but productive auckland rock outfit (named after the fridge!) comprised of james clark (vocals), mark stebben (bass / vocals), matt barnett (guitar / vocals), erik johansen (guitar – recently departed for spain) and andrew parkin (drums). been around since the late 90s making fairly by-the-books rock, and enjoyed a bit of commercial radio success thanks to channel z and their single ‘paul weller’.
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  • the, how does that one go? ep [1998 self-released]
  • looking up ep [2000 self-released]
  • an implied desire [2003 self-released]

letterbox lambs

wellington based 4-piece formed in 1996, the letterbox lambs were paul trigg, anton wuts, julian desmond and oscar wuts – a power-rock outfit from wellington, sharing some of shihad’s spotlight (they shared ep releases and constantly toured with their older brothers). through-out their life-span the letterbox lambs always showed a lot of potential, but after taking 4-years to release their full-length debut (eventually released on desmonds own stinkbuzz label), the band eventually just ran out of steam and disbanded in 2002.rn2005 saw the posthumous release of their self-titled 2nd album, a studio recording that contains most of the bands live ouevre from the tail end of their career.
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  • box of fluffies cassette ep [1996]
  • not a private joke [2000 stinkbuzz records]
  • leterbox lambs [2005 destroy records DR4111]

ld3

napier based indie-rock / garage outfit comprised of martian selman (drums) and deanne taumata (guitar , vocals).
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  • ld3 [2001 self-released]