Articles by: Michael McClelland

Albums

Gang Gang Dance “Eye Contact”

Gang Gang Dance “Eye Contact”

11 minutes lingering on the first track of an album is never a good sign, but sometimes it can be. However long Gang Gang Dance took to get to the point on their opener, ‘Glass Jar’, it was a good point to start their 4AD debut on. ‘Chinese High’ has […]

June 7, 2011 × 0 comments

Features

Live: Kitsunegari EP Release at Mt. Eden Scout Hall

Live: Kitsunegari EP Release at Mt. Eden Scout Hall

Kitsunegari Saturday May 28 Mt. Eden Scout Hall, Auckland Calamity is the word that springs to mind, even for a Scout Hall show – where there’s barely ever a stage, if there’s even an audience. But Saturday night was reasonably well-attended despite it all, probably thanks to the early set […]

May 31, 2011 × 0 comments

Features

Live: 95bFM’s Fancy New Band at Kings Arms

Live: 95bFM’s Fancy New Band at Kings Arms

Fancy New Band Friday May 27 Kings Arms, Auckland I was too drunk to offer a legitimate musical perspective, so I’ll instead relate the reactions of the crowd and those around me. Ghost Wave, I’d say, was proved to be the big bFM favourite of DJs and listeners alike. Other […]

May 31, 2011 × 4 comments

Albums

The Vaccines “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines”

The Vaccines “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines”

You can answer the question of What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? by looking up their influences – “’50s rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s garage and girl groups, ‘70s punk, ‘80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music.” It hardly even requires the research to take a guess at what […]

May 5, 2011 × 0 comments

News / Tours

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Revealed (Properly This Time)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Revealed (Properly This Time)

The secret of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is out – for those who didn’t have a few suspicions already. Portland magazine Williamette Week discusses the origins and development of UMO in a few brief words with Ruban Nielson. So yeah, the former Mint Chicks guitarist is indeed the man behind it […]

February 17, 2011 × 0 comments

News / Tours

Unknown Mortal Orchestra US Tour Dates

Unknown Mortal Orchestra US Tour Dates

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s 7” vinyl release has finally started arriving at doorsteps around the world just as the man behind the music prepares to make his first public appearances. UMO will support fellow Portland locals Starfucker (also known as STRFKR) in the US for several of their tour dates on […]

January 27, 2011 × 0 comments

Features

Who Is Unknown Mortal Orchestra?

Who Is Unknown Mortal Orchestra?

A new limited-edition 7” EP by the elusive Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been announced for release this month. Though it has only been recently affirmed that this is just one individual’s work, rather than a group, it seems a whole array of shadowy figures are backing this project. In fact, […]

December 2, 2010 × 10 comments

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Kody Nielson and Bic Runga "Darkness All Around Us"

Kody Nielson and Bic Runga "Darkness All Around Us"

The unsuspecting music public was startled to see an unexpected pairing playing support to Leonard Cohen earlier this month – Bic Runga and The Mint Chicks’ Kody Nielson. Rumours of a serious side project were rectified when it was announced that they would be playing Big Day Out 2011 as […]

November 26, 2010 × 0 comments

Singles

Kody Nielson and Bic Runga “Darkness All Around Us”

Kody Nielson and Bic Runga “Darkness All Around Us”

The unsuspecting music public was startled to see an unexpected pairing playing support to Leonard Cohen earlier this month – Bic Runga and The Mint Chicks’ Kody Nielson. Rumours of a serious side project were rectified when it was announced that they would be playing Big Day Out 2011 as […]

November 26, 2010 × 1 comment

Albums

Dudley Benson “Forest: Songs By Hirini Melbourne”

Dudley Benson “Forest: Songs By Hirini Melbourne”

One’s finger is hard to place on the position Benson has taken in tackling these poems of the forest by Hirini Melbourne. Hip-hop beatboxing, call-and-response, spoken word, choral arrangements and pop harmonies are among the things that together have abandoned the pursuit of one strict genre descriptor for Benson’s latest […]

November 18, 2010 × 2 comments