https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n2bjE_Y36Y&list=PLtbrBpNjlOHPUbgGtVF3Mm2tCGzKBOZv3&w=350&h=190 Our main news of 2017 was The Electricka Zoo's debut album. music.net.nz called it "a totally original, mind-warping album". It's not too late for your best-album-of-2017 lists, so get your copy today (just click the 'buy' button above... yes we're still more interested in 'the album', as a unified artform, with a theme and structure, rather than streaming … Continue reading 2017 roundup
Out now!! the new collaboration with even more legendary & underground NZ artist Snake Beings. Ngumbang is the first collaborative album by two of New Zealand’s more unusual artist/musician/filmmaker/ethnomusicologists - performed on guitars, bass, banjo, percussion, saxophones, clarinets, harmonicas, synthesisers, Okinawan sanshin, ukulele, violin, loop pedal, piano, drums and spoken word. The album was recorded … Continue reading Ngumbang
South Island Sessions
https://youtu.be/OJmvCpmHj_0 1861 revisited - my first pakeha (European) Edwards ancestors, Totara Jack and Mary, arrived in the South Island of New Zealand on board the Olympus and settled in Nelson. When I lived nearby a century and a half later, I found the address where they'd lived, just below a spot on a hill that … Continue reading South Island Sessions
The Winter: Swansong (for the Huia)
The Winter's 2004 sequel to Parataxes was a tribute to extinct New Zealand bird the Huia. After this Mike and Dave moved to Australia, and the band next played in 2009.
Crossing the Japan Alps 飛騨山脈日本
Music, video and hiking by Dave Black and Nat da Hatt - two New Zealanders living in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Rhslag1Vs&list=PLtbrBpNjlOHPJYIAfcpFt9VwphQnj_dQ_ We crossed the Hida mountains in six days, losing a few kg along the way, and passed through 長野県(Nagano), 岐阜県 (Gifu), and 富山県 (Toyama) prefectures.