Nothing to do with New Zealand music (though I reckon Phil would fit right in in New Zealand) – but a friend of mine alerted me to this link on the Cabin Porn website (don’t worry, its not porn, but rather amazing photos of awesome secluded cabins in the wilderness).
Phil Elverum from the (US) bands The Microphones and Mount Eerie lived here for a year in Anacortes, Washington. Phil’s description:
There were squirrels inside in the mornings yelling for us to get out because the cabin had been so deeply reclaimed by the forest. Still, there were some excellent times here. Watching Law & Order on a laptop, mid-winter, and the computer shutting down because the battery was too cold. Knife throwing into a tree trunk for hours. Firewood rambles. Did the artwork for “Live In Japan” in there. Fried a weird fish on the outdoor campstove kitchen. Played Monopoly by kerosene lantern. Weird semi-pioneer time.
I’m a HUGE fan of Phil’s music, plus also his artwork and photography – all of which seem to ruminate around the outdoors, seclusion and the nature in general.
Christchurch Cycle and Recreational Network
New blog dedicated to sharing ideas about how Christchurch can rebuild with Cycling and Recreational ideas in mind. A great cause and well worth checking out, with heaps of links to important information about cycle culture and improving cities.
With the big earthquake in February a whole heap of the best Christchurch businesses which were located within the CBD (or not) have become either inaccessible or have even been demolished. My local shops spent two months as a half-demolished pile of rubble; but within a couple of days of being cleared the site is pumping with new building activity – I’ve been making visits to Red Chili Thai food and can’t wait for the T-Bakery to re-open…
Some of Christchurch’s class-leading stores were caught up in the quake – Photo and Video in Merivale narrowly escaped being completed crushed like so many other Merivale stores, but after a substantial clean-up NZ’s absolutely BEST Photo and Camera store is once again trading at their old location.
Both Piko Wholefoods and the Canterbury Cheesemongers weren’t quite so lucky; Piko’s gorgeous historic brick building and the Cheesemongers entire block both torn down post-February. However Piko is now back and going strong just a km or so away though on Stanmore Road in Richmond, and the Canterbury Cheesemongers are now the sole company trading from the Christchurch Arts Center, next to where the Dux de Lux was previously trading on Montreal Street.
Lastly my very favorite store – Canterbury Cycle Trading; was unfortunately demolished after the quake made their historic, high-ceiling premise too dangerous to enter. Keith Guthrie has been trading for over 30 years and had a simply amazing collection of bicycles within the store, a one of a kind in New Zealand as it was the only store south of Taupo that specialized in Cycle Touring, and comfortable, practical bicycles… plus they have a top-notch repair and service team. Word on the street is that they did actually manage to save all the stock and have now relocated to 24 Bath Street; which is just behind the Warehouse South City.
There’s so little information about were some of these stores have gone – so if there’s a favorite store you’d like to mention, please PLEASE comment on this post.
The Christchurch Eathquake Community Journal have posted an article by prominent local music journalist Dr. Sharon McIver on her experiences at the Dux de Lux, in light of their current plight. It’s a good read for those that can (and/or want to) remember the 90’s!
“The Dux de Lux: The Unofficial Cultural Centre of Christchurch” by Dr. Sharon McIver
Along with the ‘Sugarloaf Shakedown’ event up in Auckland (a fund-raiser from ex-Christchurch musos), TV3 covered the recent opening of the Archive, plus had some old footage from Gap Filler – cool stuff! Theres some video of Valdera plus some of my pics from the other night, and a pretty sweet interview with T-Nealle. Choice!
Justin Townes Earle was scheduled to perform at Al’s Bar on March 24, Michelle Shocked was due to play at The Bedford on April 15 and Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama were scheduled for the Town Hall on April 30.
All of these shows have been cancelled.
A week later, as the enormity of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch has well and truly sunk in, Steve Marshall and his bandmates in Left Or Right are in sombre mood as they reflect on that city’s loss.
“That was absolutely crazy, eh?” Marshall says. “Who would have thought just as you rang that had happened up there?
“I’d forgotten that Logan (Hampton, brother of Left Or Right guitarist Callum Hampton) and (flatmate) Crispy were both up there during it.
“They were just about to load out their lighting rig from Al’s Bar after doing lights for the Melvins show the night before. They never got their gear out but managed to get back to Dunedin that night. They were very spooked and in shock.”
Christchurch Art Gallery – Worcester Boulevard
Was being used as the Earthquake media center. Appears to not be damaged.
Staff from the Centre of Contemporary Art are optimistic about the extent of damage to their collection. Established in 1883 to promote the arts in Christchurch, CoCA has a collection of about 200 works, mostly paintings, dating from the early 20th century to the present. The centre’s 1968 building is intact, but about 25 per cent of works in both the permanent gallery collection and the dealer gallery have fallen off the walls, says business manager Tony Dann.