Backstage With The Modern Dancers

Canadiana-indie-folk-country act Great Lake Swimmers have recently released a video for Backstage With The Modern Dancers off their latest album Ongiara.

Not sure whether the Great Lake Swimmers albums are available in NZ music stores but you can download the lot from the great little Canadian independent music store I say buy the lot! If you like Wilco, Sparklehorse, M. Ward, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Neil Young, ghostly vocals and banjos you won’t be disappointed. My little 4 month old quite likes em too.

Contact FM presents the Third Annual Hamilton Circle Jerk

Circle Jerk 2007

It’s time once again for Hamilton’s biggest and best celebration of local music. More than a dozen local artists will join forces for one huge show, performing their own and each others’ songs at The Third Annual Hamilton Circle Jerk. Proceeds of this show will help Contact FM’s continued support of Hamilton music.

The Third Annual Hamilton Circle Jerk
Hamilton bands celebrating Hamilton music
Saturday 26 May at Ward Lane. Bands start 9:30

Check out photos from the Hamilton Circle Jerk 2005 and 2006 at

Hey ho! Let’s grow!

ILLICIT CLOTHING have baby gear! I haven’t spent any time in Auckland since I’ve been back in NZ so I didn’t know until someone told me today. There’s hoodies, onesies, bibs and rock n roll feeding bowls!

Now I need to find some hair accessories for Edie’s Robert Smith look, some spider hair clips or something. Unfortunately I’m too late to get a hand screenprinted Robert Smith onesy.

Hopefully I’ll get to The Cure in NZ if enough people can convince them by signing the “we need a Cure tour” petition, even better demand The Cure come play Auckland

World hack champs

I hate calling it hacky but anyway check out the Up & Go World Hacky Champs. There’s a live comp as well as an online comp.

hack champs
Major prize – $7,000 California beach package for two, includes 5 nights accommodation and NZ$1000 spending money.

Regional prizes (total prize pool)
1st – Motorola MOTORIZR Z3 mobile phones, $50 cash and chance to compete against New Zealand’s best in the Final on 2nd March ’07 in Auckland.
2nd – Phillips SA1110 GoGear MP3 players and $25 cash.
3rd – $50 cash.

Dunedin (North Ground) 12pm, 22nd February
Christchurch (Cranmer Square) 12pm, 23rd February
Wellington (Victoria University) 12pm, 26th February
Palmerston North (Massey University) 12pm, 27th February
Waikato (Clyde Park) 12pm, 28th February
Auckland (AUT) 12pm, 1st March