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reviewed | Paper Towns OST

The album is pure indie-pop crack, pulled together to form a cohesive list of summer anthems the songs (some new and some old) should nicely complement the film once it’s released. We anticipate how each track will be used in the film, because even on their own it’s a good listen to imagine them accompanying a film adaptation of Paper Towns by John Green- directed by Jake Schreier.

With tracks from HAIM, Santigold, Sam Bruno (whose Search Party track is already a summer jam in the states), Vampire Weekend, Vance Joy, Grouplove and Nat (who plays Quentin) and his brother Alex Wolff, you know it’s going to be great.

‘Radio’ by Santigold is arguably one of my favourite tracks from the album, it’s anthemic, something you want to listen to while driving down a highway.

However you also get some laid-back tracks too like ‘Used to Hunt’ by The Mountain Goats, nice track you can chill out to.

Sam Bruno’s track, ‘Search Party’ was released a month or so ago and certainly seems to embody the film’s essence. Check out the music video, below.

Get the album on iTunes.

See the whole tracklist below:

1. Santigold – Radio
2. Twin Shadow – To the Top
3. Sam Bruno – Search Party
4. Kindness – Swingin Party
5. Vance Joy – Great Summer
6. Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
7. Son Lux – Lost It To Trying (Paper Towns Mix)
8. Saint Motel – My Type
9. Galantis – Runaway (U & I) (Svidden & Jarly Remix)
10. HAIM – Falling
11. Grouplove – No Drama Queen
12. De Lux – Moments
13. Alice Boman – Be Mine
14. The Mountain Goats – Used To Haunt
15. The War on Drugs – Burning
16. Nat & Alex Wolff – Look Outside

NZICF 15 | Lloyd Langford

Welsh comedian Lloyd Langford, in his NZ debut, gives a pretty laid back performance that keeps audiences both engaged and entertained as he recounts stories and his observations which stay within the realm of the everyday- mostly. He delivers this all in an understated way that allows you room to breathe, in between the laughter of course.

Kind enough to let you know that it’s a show not a hostage situation, so you don’t feel too restricted or obligated to stay, Langford is funny without trying to metaphorically get in your face. Which wasn’t the vibe one got from staff who ushered you in and made you sit right in the front if you were early, much like assembly at school just sans the boring principal.

Langford’s perfected a sort of chilled-out vibe that puts the crowd at ease, or perhaps it’s just his personality. Whatever the case he builds an easy rapport with his audience as he delivers some well thought-out material on topics that range from the absurd things he’s read and strange encounters with strange human beings to his thoughts on the world and how we live nowadays.

There are certain sort of comedians that get up there and deliver good banter and Langford’s one of them, his jokes aren’t too outrageous and shocking although you’ll probably never look at a pigeon the same way again. (Not that I’ve always look too favourably on pigeons, rats with wings. Rats…with wings.)

If you’re a fan of soup and a good laugh check out his final show tonight Saturday 2 May 2015 7:15pm – 8:15pm, at the Classic Studio Level 1. Pre-purchase tickets on Eventfinder or Ticketek or reserve tickets and pay on arrival at least 20 mins before the show. Or just rock up, door sales from 5pm.

If you miss it, he’s also an act in The Big Show which goes til the 9th.

NZICF 15 | Ronny Chieng – You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About

Multi-award winning comedian, Ronny Chieng, lets you know from the get-go that he’s not here for the weak-minded. Letting you know immediately, and repeatedly, what he thinks is stupid.

The first part of his set is an aggressive tirade about the idiocy of those using Facebook to complain about, well, Facebook. Relateable stuff, no doubt, but the aggressive technique with which he flies through the earlier jokes lacked a certain artfulness that he seemed to build up to from the halfway point onwards.

But it’s funny and there’s a part of you that thinks ‘ha yes I do that sometimes… sometimes’. You’re guilty of giving your Facebook feed the side-eye when you see someone post about ‘privacy’ and their rights to it, or you can relate to or know people who play the ‘who can care less about this shit’ game until the ‘organiser’ of the group takes over.

Part of the humour stems from his supercilious approach to his material from giving advice to his 15-year-old self to hating the ‘no frills’ approach to life. There are pop-culture references, outside of Facebook, for days and I appreciate his elaborating on his interactions with a particular Twitter troll.

Check him out upstairs in the Loft at Q Theatre before the Comedy Fest ends and you miss your chance to hear his extensive list of awards… as read out by himself. It’s a good time.

NZICF 15 | A Really Rough Ride with David Correos

Awkward from the start, and uncomfortable in parts, A Really Rough Ride with David Correos is an hour of self-deprecating, anecdotal, humour. Save for a couple of hit and missers, the hour ended on a high point that made you forget the few jokes that landed a bit flat.

Marketed as some kind of a ‘ethnic chameleon’ owing to his Polynesian body, Asian eyes and dirty Mexican mustache- his words not mine- Correos calls himself a Bounty Bar, brown on the outside, white on the inside (having been raised in Christchurch) and not many people like him.

With an almost too excitable presence, you’d know this if you’ve encountered his YouTube page, Correos took to the stage with an enthusiasm that was underpinned by his willingness to embrace the weird and commit to the persona. You’ll probably learn more about him than you ever wanted to.

However where he lacked in social graces he made up for in laughs. Relatively new to the comedy scene Correos made himself well at home on the stage and established a tentative rapport with the audience with insightful (?) life advice, dodgy but hilarious dance moves and a few funny stories.

‘Real fear lies in the unknown,’ is one such pearl of wisdom that you can wholly agree with come the end of the show. When you see Correos this Comedy Fest make sure you don’t sit too close to the stage. If you’re curious about what you’re in for, have a look at his YouTube vids- while it may not completely prepare you it’s still an indication of what to expect.

Dates: Sat 25 April & Wed 29 April – Sat 2 May, 10pm

Venue: Cellar at Q Theatre, Auckland

reviewed | Kimbra’s The Golden Echo

Released August 15th, Kimbra’s 12-track second album The Golden Echo is nothing short of an ultimate modern pop record, ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, much like its creator. Sonically, the album is a riot of genres from a 70s disco ‘Miracle’, and spectral space-age hip-hop ‘Goldmine’, to a Prince-influenced funk track in the form of ‘Madhouse’. Kimbra’s not about following any rules, however she’s got them pop tropes weaved throughout each track down pat.

The sing-songy electro-pop ‘90s Music’, released as an early single, is one of the first tracks we heard- telling of young nostalgic love. An emotionally resonant piano ballad, ‘As You Are’, adds a rather mellow tone to the record, and with a string arrangement by Van Dyke Parks there’s a lovely sound that comes through with the layered voices. The album boasts some interesting collaboration partners, which include drummer John JR Robinson, (Michael Jackson’s main studio drummer, who played on five of the tracks), as well as several special guests: Muse’s Matt Bellamy (‘90s Music’), bassist Thundercat, rapper Flying Lotus, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth, Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (‘Carolina’), R&B singer Bilal (‘Be Everlovin’ Ya’), and mega-star John Legend (‘Nobody But You’).

The experimentation pays off, both sonically and lyrically, as Kimbra plays with narrowness on ‘Mad House’, and running away in the hopes of new beginnings in ‘Carolina’, to the vulnerability that follows succumbing to temptation on ‘Be Everlovin’ Ya’.

While I can’t say the album is perfect, it manages to throw you into a pop-fueled daze that sees you tappin’ your foot along to each track. Because the album itself is just fun, an interesting array of music that doesn’t bore you.

Grab the album, if you haven’t already done so.








seen | SIN

Ever CAPSLOCKRaged or felt ‘Super Jelly’ when looking at someone’s holiday photos whilst lounging about doing nothing at all? Perhaps you’ve slept with the wrong person or, in a red-haze, keyed someone’s car? Maybe you binge-ate/drank/watched without even thinking to share with someone else or felt so absolutely sure of yourself- blinded by hubris?  Well then, welcome to humanity.

The Outfit Threatre Co present SIN, created by the SIN ensemble and directed by Sarah Graham, set over seven days as a tropical storm approaches, we’re given 15 Aucklanders on the edge of morality and basic humanity. With a strong cast, consisting of Amanda Tito, Andrew Ford, Arlo Macdiarmid, Brad Johnson, Bryony Skillington, Cole Jenkins, Chris Tempest, Ema Barton, Gypsy Kauta, Kate Vox, Mel Bailey, Nicole Jorgensen, Paul Lewis and Ryan Dulieu, the performance presents the Seven Deadly Sins to the audience with a contemporary look at wrath, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, greed, and pride, and how each of these rather outdated notions of wrong and wrong affects a modern New Zealand society.

Social commentary through a skewed perception of the acceptability of sins in modernity.

The play starts off with one character addressing the audience, he’s eating an apple- oh yes an allusion to the original sin- we’re going ALL in with this aren’t we? The monologue leads into a well-choreographed dance sequence evoking each sin, visually, managing to successfully set the tone for the evening. There’s a seamless shifting onstage between single vignettes, which are actually interconnected by plot or character (or our apple eater sauntering around the fringes providing a myriad of voices and comments that serve to aggravate or accompany a character onstage), that is achieved with flair.

Enough moments of levity and well-delivered lines illicit laughter and moments of rumination, awkward or no, as the play builds- gathering momentum as characters work toward the climaxes in their storylines. There’s an earnestness in the performances that show through even at weak points, the actors manage to successfully tow the line between ridiculous and reasonable as they portray a range of characters that ’embody’ Aucklanders from all walks of life, simulating a range of perspectives on how these sins are embedded in everyday life.

Thoroughly enjoyable, save for a clown- must there be a clown?– we suggest you catch a performance before the show ends on the 18th of July.

When: 09/10/2014- 18/07/2014
Show times: 9-12 July, 8pm / 13 July, 6:30pm / 15-17 July, 8pm / 18 July, 7pm & 10pm
Venue: Q Theatre – Rangatira
Duration: 120min (incl. interval)
Ticket price:$25-$35 (service fees apply)

reviewed | Broods Debut EP

I realized the other day that this particular song I really liked at the tail-end of last year, ‘Bridges’, came from Auckland-based brother-sister pop duo Caleb and Georgia Nott, otherwise known as Broods. When I first heard it I thought it had an Ellie Goulding-esque track sound to it. The prominent synth lines may have something to do with this. 

The self-titled EP, made with talented Joel Little,  may see more comparisons drawn to another New Zealand artist who’s become an international success. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but as a couple of Kiwi artists wanting to make it on their own out there, they probably want to be remembered for their own unique sound rather than riding on anyone else’s coattails. Pun not intended, I promise.

All six tracks consist of Georgia’s mellifluous voice which, at times, is joined by Caleb’s lower one on some rather catchy melodies. When the two voices sing at different points during particular songs, the sounds are perhaps more indicative of a less folky Of Monsters and Men (‘Pretty Thing’, ‘Taking You There’) than anything.

However the introspective lyrics coupled with the almost synth-happy transcendental tunes make for a pleasant experience. ‘Sleep Baby Sleep’, has a laid back beat to it that carries the track and really compliments Georgia and Caleb’s voices,  ‘Never Gonna Change’ seems to speak of a relationship stuck in a rut and the loathing that comes with being unable to get out of it. It also features some ambient sounding tones dredged up by synths, as does ‘Coattails’. All in all the EP is an excellent dubut, one that can only be a portent of things to come. 

Track List:

1. Never Gonna Change

2. Pretty Thing

3. Bridges

4. Sleep Baby Sleep

5. Taking You There

6. Coattails

If you haven’t already done so, go grab the EP and have a listen.