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October 4, 2010

Our Lord the Internet’s current genre du jour, ‘witch house’, finally gets its blast into the ‘Best New Music’ section of your torrents list with the debut full-length from the genre’s progenitors, Salem. Omitting the obvious fact that this genre really is just ‘80s industrial / goth jacked up with hip hop beats and bass […]

September 27, 2010

Active Since: 2006 Salient Picks: Glass Vaults, Seth Frightening, I.ryoko, Arkitype Site: From smaller beginnings in 2006, Thomas Lambert and close friend Matt Faisandier began the label as a logical step from their furious creative output. “[We] were in three or four bands or projects each at the time (In the Interest of the […]

September 20, 2010

Sets is Brandon Sayring. Brandon Sayring is Sets. He is one of the most innovative musicians operating in the country at the moment, easily. Many of you may have seen the Whanganui resident’s performances during Orientation, or opening for heavyweights like Die! Die! Die! earlier in the year. Working with a wide array of equipment, […]

September 6, 2010

Sharpie Crows Golf Course / Mass Grave EP (Mole Music) Sharpie Crows’ last release, Greed, cemented itself as one of the best New Zealand releases of last year exceedingly quickly; its hyperpolitical noise balladry ringing true with many of those dissatisfied with either one Mr. Key, the lack of visceral, angry music in Wellington, or […]

August 9, 2010

Arcade Fire—The Suburbs Merge Records Win Butler has always had a fervent preoccupation with ‘the kids’, be it the youthful escapism of debut Funeral, or anger and concern for the kids with no future on Neon Bible. Here, on their third full-length, it seems to be maturing—they’re no longer running with ‘the kids’, but they’re […]

August 9, 2010

Street Chant—Means Arch Hill Recordings In a year littered with releases from great New Zealand bands, it kinda looks like Auckland three-piece Street Chant topped them all. Their debut album Means has been quite some time coming (via Arch Hill), but turns out it’s worth the wait. Despite some of these songs being initially written […]

August 2, 2010

Age: 4 (ish) Salient Picks: Sharpie Crows, DHDFDs, Rifles, Nevernudes, Deer Park… fuck, all of them Website: After a brief hiatus, the series of pieces on New Zealand record labels has returned. This week I talked to Sam Walsh, of Auckland-based Mole Music, who are responsible for bands such as Nevernudes, ex-Wellingtonians Sharpie Crows, […]

July 19, 2010

(Or, In Which I Try Not To Say “Summer Vibes”) Bethany Cosentino, newfound beach babe, used to be in a band called Pocahaunted. Delving into quarter-hour hypnotic drone jams, she has since moved to greener pastures, in the form of Best Coast. In collaboration with Bobb Bruno, she has been spewing out hazy summer tracks […]

May 31, 2010

Label: Papaiti Records Formed: 2009 Website: Salient Picks: Mammal Airlines, BMX Rapists, EVERY SINGLE BOOTLEG “For an artist with a small fan base I think making their music accessible should be more of a priority than making money.”—Giles Thompson Papaiti Records, although decidedly smaller than previously featured MUZAI, is doing great things for music […]

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