News anchor Siobhan Riley was innocently drawing on a map to illustrate the traffic situation in a live newscast.
Sola Rosa are feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again. The Auckland-based groove merchants head back out on the road – around New Zealand first and then Europe in October – on the back of the re-release of their debut album Solarized, featuring four new mixes of their classic Don’t Leave Home.
CAVEMAN Caveman (Shock) There are moments of melodic and cleverly arranged promise in this New York indie five-piece’s follow-up to 2011’s CoCo Beware (which this reviewer quite liked as a slow-burner but which mostly smouldered beneath the radar) but the band’s tendency to sand the edges off their tracks with synth-washed soundscapes prevents most tracks from blossoming, let alone bear any fruit. The repetition of building each track to a crescendo using that layered synth becomes tedious, detracting from layered mid-album highlights Over My Head and Pricey whose great reverbed guitar lines and thoughtful change-ups are drowned by that familiar cadence
HOW RED IT THE BLOOD Tattletale Saints (Aeroplane/Rhythmethod) There is something utterly beguiling about a musician armed with a guitar and a suitcase full of memories, which need little or no adornment. There’s nowhere to hide, the voice has to engage you and the songs have to have substance
MOTIVATION Tyree (Warner) Much has been made of the six-year gap since Tyree’s Now or Neve, during which time the South Auckland rapper has lost and re-found his muse, been part of Smashproof’s record-breaking chart-topping run with Brother and had a daughter.
Ireland, which enriched the English language with the word boycott,* has invented a refinement of the term. The new word: fethardism, meaning to practice boycott along religious lines.When, eight years ago, Sean Michael Cloney, 22, a Roman Catholic farmer, married Sheila Kelly, 22, Protestant, in London, she made the usual agreement imposed by the Catholic Church on mixed marriages: the children would be brought up as Catholics
With Phuket overrun, and Koh Samui headed that way, Koh Kood could become Thailand’s next holiday bolt-hole. This pristine isle is reached only by ferry, keeping tourist traffic low
For people who deem needles too scary and surgery too drastic, the latest anti-aging fad may appeal: facial yoga. Based on the premise that facial muscles, like any other muscle, need exercise to stay toned, enthusiasts of facial yoga say the regular practice of making kissy faces or wagging one’s tongue can reduce worry lines and wrinkles and even create a little peace within.
From the opening lines of The Fear, Peter Godwin makes it clear he does not intend to write a neutral chronicle of the land of his birth.
The milling picket lines, the fire hoses, the club-wielding police were all reminiscent of the bloody strikes of the 1930s.