Upcoming Choice-As shows!

Hey it’s almost time for the very last Camp A Low Hum, but if yer missing out on going this year you’d be pleased to know both Christchurch and NZ in general get a whole bunch of cool bands on the bill playing side-shows up and down the country.

Kicking off in the next couple of weeks there’s Anthonie Tonnin (aka Tono of The Finanace Company fame) with the super sweet Shenandoah Davis (from the States) playing shows at the Hilltop Tavern tonight (Thursday, Jan 30th), the Wunderbar tomorrow (Friday, January 31st) and the darkroom on Wednesday (Feb 5th), whew!

For the electronically-inclined, Ninjatune whizz Daedelus is playing Dux Live on Wednesday (Feb 5th) too – so how’s that!

Last but not least, punky dudes Bare Grillz – a fantastic trio of upstanding gents from the sprawling urban metropolis of Newcastle, Australia are back after lighting up Camp a couple years back. I LOVE these guys, and can’t wait for their Wednesday (Feb 12th) show at Darkroom with similarly fantastic Auckland indie-rock duo Carb on Carb, and local math-rock-y good tunes lads Coate, and hardcore-y cool rock tracks with shouting kids Winter.

Bare Grillz have got a new album appropriately titled Friends: http://bare-grillz.bandcamp.com/album/friends

And Carb on Carb have a new music video out for their single Eden Terrors: Eden Terrors by Carb on Carb

Yumi Zouma’s 2nd release

Christchurch via Paris/New York trio Yumi Zouma have been making a massive impact on the blogosphere since the release of their first single The Brae last week.

Named after a hill-bound street in the Garden City suburb of Mount Pleasant which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the song is a wonderful, subdued track that captures the feel of the New Zealand summer.

Featuring former members of Christchurch group Sleepy Age, Yumi Zouma seem fully formed and ready to take on the world, and have already released a follow-up single – the bass-driven groove entitled Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up.

Look for their debut EP next month on US label Cascine.

Upcoming Christchurch shows

There’s a couple HUGE Christchurch shows coming up, one of which completely flew by me until today. Firstly US electronic duo Matmos are playing that new Electronic/Experimental-orientated venue Third Door Down (7 Lincoln Lane, off Lincoln Road) on Wednesday, January 22nd and then I was surprised to hear that classic British punk group Stiff Little Fingers are playing Churchill’s Bar (441 Colombo Street) on Feb 18th. Continue reading Upcoming Christchurch shows

Merzbow coming to Dux Live

So next Thursday (November 21st) is quickly creeping up, and that means Japanese extreme noise LEGEND Merzbow will soon be in town, playing Dux Live (of all places!) with Lyttelton’s Stanier Black-Five and Rotorua’s Acclimate. Here’s what Audio Foundation have to say:

One of the most extreme and uncompromising musicians of the 21st Century is coming to New Zealand this November – playing all major centres!!! Worshipped internationally for his brutal, speaker destroying sonic assault, underground Japanese industrial noise musician Merzbow (Masami Akita) is a true legend for both his relentless solo releases since 1980 (via Tzadik, Digital Hardcore, Extreme, Relapse and his own ZSF Product) and his crucial collaborations with heavy-hitters Boris, Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV), Eye (Boredoms) and more! DON’T MISS OUT on this pivotal tour by the definitive dark master of Japanese noise – presented by Altmusic. Bring earplugs, this show will be LOUD!

Delving deep into otherworldly extremes of industrial, metal machine noise and beyond, Merzbow’s blistering output runs the gauntlet of his definitive brand of Japanese noise – from charred & blackened subterranean lows to interstellar cosmic highs. Punishing, remorseless frequencies pour forth in a relentless onslaught of pure sound, decomposing electronic textures devolve into tsunamis of brutal guitar wreckage. Impossible to pin down due to his uncomprehendingly vast ouvre, simultaneously contemplative & aggressive, Merzbow’s sound is way beyond music, it simply IS.

“Think of those artists who overpowered the grind of their eras: Bach, Wagner, Miles Davis, The Beatles – all of these people were consistently displaced of their time by the striking originality of their work… there is a case for including Masami Akita (Merzbow) in such a group.” – Pitchfork
“Everyone should own at least one Merzbow record.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“Though the work is largely atonal and non-harmonic, it is bursting with timbre and texture and vibrancy” – The New Yorker

Special thanks to Asia New Zealand Foundation for their support of this tour.
Presale tickets available via Undertheradar – http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/

Hula Hope at Darkroom

Formerly of St Petersburg and Urbantramper – laid back folky Wellington singer-songwriter Elinor Chisholm is now performing under the name Hula Hope, with a lovely little album called ‘Lamp’ up on BandCamp and upcoming shows around the country, before departing for a European tour in September.

Citing influences like Jonathan Richman, Feist and the Chiffons – ‘Lamp’ actually has quite a distinct kiwi feel, with Chisholm’s vocals (at times layered in echo-chamber reverb) feeling very rural grounded. Steve Abel pops up with a few guest vocals too, and at times the album can be quite dreamy (the ending refrain of ‘Sins’), country-tinged (‘Do You’) or folky sounding (‘Plenty of Stones’), its a pleasant set of songs.

Continue reading Hula Hope at Darkroom

The Skeptics – Sheen of Gold

The Skeptics [Photo © Stuart Page]
The Skeptics [Photo © Stuart Page]
Hey so the New Zealand Internal Film Festival is on at the moment, and of particular interest to NZ Music fans is the Skeptics Doco ‘Sheen of Gold’, put together by film-maker Simon Ogston.

The Skeptics were a one-of-kind New Zealand group, and had a particularly interesting lifetime which came to an end with the passing of their vocalist David D’Ath’s from leukemia in 1990.

Under the Radar did an interview with Ogston here, you can watch the trailer here, and you can buy tickets (for the solitary Christchurch screening) here.

Songs for Christchurch: Album Release Show

Songs for Christchurch
Songs for Christchurch

We are pleased to announce the album launch of Songs for Christchurch at a free concert on February 24 at 12pm in the Re:START mall. Songs for Christchurch is a unique music-driven fundraising effort responding to the devastating earthquake that occurred in February 2011. It is a compilation album consisting of songs donated by 21 local and global artists, including Grammy-award winners Imogen Heap and Flight of the Conchords.

This musical effort towards the city’s recovery was made possible through donations and all proceeds from the album go towards community projects that are focused on reconstituting Christchurch.

The project has three goals: raising as much money as possible for the projects in Christchurch, promoting Christchurch and New Zealand artists to overseas audiences, and putting on a free live concert in Christchurch’s CBD.
Raised monies will go to community projects in Christchurch run by the following four organisations: Gap Filler, The Festival of Transitional Architecture, Life in Vacant Spaces, and Architecture for Humanity.
The album launch, presented by Art Beat, will feature 5 of the artists from the album: Delaney Davidson, The Nudge, Electric Wire Hustle (sound system), AHoriBuzz, Jessie James and the Outlaws. The concert is also the culmination of four months of performances organised by Art Beat, who have made it possible for some 450 musicians to appear on stage.
The artists featured on the Album:

International: Imogen Heap
Christchurch: AHoribuzz | Delaney Davidson | The Eastern | The Unfaithful Ways
New Zealand: Tim Finn | Flight of the Conchords | The Black Seeds | Electric Wire Hustle | Greg Johnson | Spartacus R | LA Mitchell | Jessie James and the Outlaws | The Black Seeds | Fly My Pretties | Dear Frontier | The Nudge | Ladi6 | The Yoots | Mara TK | Fat Freddys Drop | Giles McNeill

Project Director: Barnaby Bennett
Artwork: by NZ Illustrator John Baker and designers Alexandra Clark and Maia
With support from: Munki Studios | Native Tongue | Stebbing | Freerange Cooperative Ltd | Christchurch City Council | Fledge | Loop Recordings | Sony Music | Girlie Action
All proceeds go to: Architecture for Humanity | Gap Filler | Festival of Transitional Architecture | Life in Vacant Spaces

The Project Director, Barnaby Bennett, and some of the artists will be available for interview to discuss the project.
For any media queries or interviews, please contact Emma Johnson (songsforchristchurch@gmail.com, 027 622 1727) or visit the website:

Bailterspace – Strobosphere out today!

Bailterspace - Strobosphere
Bailterspace – Strobosphere

Well holy moly.

After 14 years, Bailterspace are back with their first new release since 1998’s Photon EP!

I previously mentioned the early single ‘No Sense’ is available via streaming on the Arch Hill BandCamp (see below) – however the album in full is now available, and on tasty vinyl too! You can order direct from the good folks at Arch Hill here.

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A Low Hum News – July 2012

D.I.Y. Touring the World
D.I.Y. Touring the World

For those of you who were interested in getting hold of (A Low Hum head guy) Blink’s brilliant D.I.Y. Touring the World book, but were unable to make it to his release shows, he’s now released the book on-line for download using a Pay-As-You-Like set-up.

Check it out here.

‘D.I.Y. Touring The World’ is written principally as a handbook for unknown underground bands on how to tour the world to play music. However, if you’re not in a band, hate music, or don’t even want to tour the world, you’ll still gain some important insight—even if it’s only tips on how to live on the fringes of poverty.

– Blink

Oh and Blink has more big news too:

Firstly tickets for Camp A Low Hum 2013 are now on sale here (Facebook group: here and YouTube ighlights from 2012: here).

Secondly he’s gonna be opening a venue in Wellington:

Holy crap indeed… this is exciting/nerve wracking. I’ve been thinking about it for years, but always found excuses. Well I’ve now bit the bullet and will ride that crazy train for a wee while at least. Yip. After years of bitching about the shortcomings of venues around the world, I am a few months away from opening my own in Wellington. Better be good right?

As well as awesome parties, another function of the bar/venue will be a rehearsal studio – something seriously lacking in Wellington.

As a rehearsal space it will be second to none (I hope); Only one band can use at a time, full backline (drumkit, bass/guitar amps, keyboard stands, etc…) is provided as well as a full PA and prices are negotiable. If your band is super broke, you might be able to exchange your skills or labour with the venue instead of money.

The rehearsal space will be operating from 1 Sept. I will accept limited casual bookings but I am mainly looking for bands who want to set aside a regular weekly spot. So get in touch now and we’ll work out a plan! alowhum@gmail.com

As well as “bands” I’ll offer crazy good deals for those bedroom producers who want to try out a live set, hear their stuff on a bigger PA and/or want a different environment for testing mixes.

There will be more details on the venue in future mail-outs, so keep reading!

And Lastly, big Disasteradio news:

Ok, well, firstly the epic video for DROP THE BOMB is finally here. Made by the SKYRANCH team and set in the same world as the incredible video for NO PULSE. I make a split second cameo in there somewhere.

More exciting than a new video from Skyranch? In just a few weeks time, Disasteradio will be touring through CHINA! I’m really jealous ‘cause I’m not tagging along on an experience few NZ bands get the opportunity to do.

Disasteradio China Tour 2012
July 19th – Beijing
July 20th – Shanghai
July 21st – Wuhan
July 22nd – Changsha
July 23rd – Kunshan
July 24th – Wuxi
July 27th – Hangzhou
July 28th – Suzhou
July 29th – Nanjing
Aug 1st – Zhengzhou
Aug 2nd – Xian
Aug 4th – Chongqing
Aug 5th – Chengdu

If you’re in China or just want to know what’s going on, follow Disasteradio on http://www.facebook.com/disasteradio

Win A Lawrence Arabia – The Sparrow – Prize Pack

Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia

Under The Radar are running a promotion at the moment; when you purchase tickets to Lawrence Arabia’s upcoming New Zealand tour (including a Christchurch show at St Michael’s on July 13th) you stand a chance at winning a copy of the album on CD, T-shirt, tea towel, sticker, and limited edition 7″ Lick Your Wounds single.

check out the details here.