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Articles By Darryl Baser

Alanna Eileen - Single Review: Faded Image
21 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Alanna Eileen’s new single Faded Image marks a stylistic departure from much of her other work. It wavers between chocolate box and alt country.
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Anxiety Club - Single Review: Ginger In The Summer
17 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
“Our love burned-up like a Ginger in the Summer, halfway down Dominion Road...” Now if this up-tempo fun and friendly song with the above lyric, amongst many clever turns of phrase, doesn’t become a huge hit, I’ll buy a hat just to eat it.
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David Edwards - Fiff Dimension - Album Review: Other Islands: 2012-2018
13 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Fiff Dimension is an umbrella label for audio visual projects by David Edwards (AKA Dave Black), solo or with various collaborators. Other Islands is a collection of work spanning 2012 to 2018, recorded by Edwards and a wide plethora of collaborators, in a myriad of styles.
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Wendyhouse - Album Review: Banana Wine
22 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s not often you put on an album and there’s no two songs which sound the same, but that is especially true for Wendyhouse’s Banana Wine CD. The 24-track album opens with a brief but wonderful song Lucky.
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Brendan Pyper - Single Review: Falling For You
14 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The new track from Brendan Pyper, Falling For You is heavily auto-tuned into the chorus intro. This then fades into the first verse about the 20 second mark, then the chorus hits at 50 seconds, back to verse two at 1:17.
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Bartells - Single/Video Review: Extraordinary Girl
06 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
There’s something pretty cool about the whole DIY ethic, from the early Flying Nun years, and now with many artists producing their own material. Sam Bartells, who creates music under his last name, has just released the single Extraordinary Girl with an accompanying self-filmed video.
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Tempist Fujit - Album Review: Time Flies
27 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Up until this month 4-piece Northland band Tempist Fujit had released the No More Time EP and a single titled Midnight Train. This month the team of Lisa Walters (vocals, guitar), Douglas Gordon (guitar, backing vocals), Harlen Keepa (bass) and Chris Butler (drums) have finally released their first full length album.
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Dharma Dan - Newsletter Interview: Dharma Dan
23 Nov 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
After many years of exploration in meditation and Dharma, Dharma Dan shares his journey and his thoughts through the art of rap. Darryl from muzic.
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Gig Review: Tom Cunliffe & Emily Fairlight @ The Cook, Dunedin - 10/11/2018
23 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The Cook is home to a few music fans, with a few still standing or swaying from the city's craft beer festival, which had people imbibing from mid-morning. Tom Cunliffe opens up the evening's performance with the fantastic song Came My Way.
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VTMNK - Single Review: Red Wine
20 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
VTMNK ('Vitamin K') are a Dunedin duo, Latham Hunt on guitars and Veronika Bell (VK) on vocals. The pair came together spontaneously at one of Dunedin’s many open mic nights and have been performing regularly in Dunedin with a foray to Christchurch earlier in 2018.
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Superette - Single Review: Pretty Picture
16 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s been a long time between drinks for fans of Superette and Dave Mulcahy’s exceptional songwriting. However, a thirst quencher is being poured in the form of the release of the song Pretty Picture.
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DEAF - Newsletter Interview: DEAF
30 Oct 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
The band DEAF have only been together a few months but have just supported Peter Murphy and David J or Bauhaus. Darryl from muzic.
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Alae - Interview: Alae
25 Oct 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Alae are quite possibly New Zealand's hardest working musicians at the moment. The video for their latest single All Gived Up was released in early October and followed the release of another single Stone Cold in April.
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Jaggers x Lines - Album Review: Burn Cycle
05 Oct 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin EDM (Electric Dance Music) duo Jaggers X Lines have been putting in the mahi (work) over a few years; headlining their own shows and playing support slots to some credible touring acts including looping wunderkind Tash Sultana. The pairing of Eliana Gray and Morgan Smilie describe themselves as ‘alt-pop weirdos’, and it’s a fitting description.
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Hallelujah Picassos - Single Review: Voices of One
27 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The new single from Auckland indie cult band Hallelujah Picassos, Voices of One, seemed to come from out of the blue. The flip side is a Picassos' tune that anyone who listened to the student radio network in the mid to late 1990's will know that Black Spade Picasso Core was a favourite for many - possibly due to the profanity in the chorus…or maybe that was just me.
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Emma G - Interview with Emma G
27 Sep 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Emma Ghaemmaghamy has recently released her third studio single Superhero. Described as a straight-to-the-heart, raw and honest helping of acoustic rock, Superhero encourages audiences everywhere to choose love, compassion, and humanity, over racism, bigotry and conflict.
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Brendan Pyper - Interview with Brendan Pyper
27 Sep 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Brendan recently crossed genres to explore the world of Pop and RnB, and he spoke to Darryl from muzic.net.
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The Chills - Gig Review: The Chills @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 21/09/2018
22 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
As I sit here listening to Snow Bound, re-writing this from notes in bed the morning after the gig, while I sip black coffee and eat chocolate and ginger biscuits, I feel life is good. And more importantly, this LP and tour really could be perfect for relaunching The Chills globally.
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Bailterspace - Gig Review: Bailterspace with Wax Chattels @ The Cook, Dunedin - 15/09/2018
16 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Wax Chattels: wow, speed and precision. Their first two songs are at a breakneck pace; damn, what a band.
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The Chills - LP Review: Snow Bound
13 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
There's nothing like a little pressure to spur a genius to greatness. Snow Bound could just be the greatest Chills LP yet.
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Bartells Newsletter Interview
31 Aug 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
According to his brief bio on Facebook Sam Bartells is an "Auckland NZ Based Singer/Songwriter releasing new music throughout the world". His slickly produced music video for the song Our Love May Go Away has been viewed 16,000 times in its first month online.
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Die! Die! Die! - Gig Review: Die! Die! Die! @ The Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 24/08/2018
26 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The first band on for the night was Wet Specimen, starting at 9:45pm. Wet Specimen are a three-piece band born from the remnants of Opposite Sex, featuring Lucy on bass and vocals, Reggie on guitar and Chris Schmelz on drums.
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Julia Deans - Gig Review: Julia Deans @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 23/08/2018
25 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The Broken Heartbreakers front woman Rachael Bailey has the half full, yet filling, venue hanging on her every word. Her second song I'm Happy That You're Not Around leaves the listener in no doubt what it is about.
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Bill Direen and The Bilders - LP Review: Cut
23 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s kind of weird reviewing an album which came out 24 years ago. I remember Volt Studios, the enigmatic Brendan Hoffman, he even mastered a cassette release of mine in 1995… but I digress… one wouldn’t want to blather on about a venue and not the music; that would be amateurish… Dunedin, 1994.
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Gig Review: World Domination @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin - 4 August 2018
05 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The coastal settlement of Waitati just north of Dunedin has been described as a refuge for creative types for generations, like Brunswick in Melbourne, or how Grey Lynn used to be pre-housing boom, or Wellington’s Aro Valley, except Waitati is rural and more 'down home'. The good folks of Waitati wanted to buy a PA system for people to use out there, to encourage bands with talent, but not resources.
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This Sporting Life - Album Review: Alms For Children
03 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
With the postal service in steady decline it's always great when a CD arrives unsolicited. Especially when it is a band you've never hear of from 30 years ago, then you put it on and it sounds as fresh as it would have to the people who grew up with it.
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LatinAotearoa - Album Review: Influecis Et Collabis
01 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
If there’s one word which sums up LatinAotearoa’s newest offering Influecis Et Collabis, it’s collaboration. Every cut on this incredible full-length album features guest artists, and it’s a who’s who of the New Zealand jazz, blues and other similar genres.
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Michael Morris - Album Review: Slow Loris
26 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Former Dunedin musician Michael Morris has recently moved to Paris, France. He’s always had a talent for the theatrical and flamboyant.
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Nadia Reid - Gig Review: Nadia Reid @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 20/07/2018
21 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The last show of the High and Lonely tour by Nadia Reid and band took place at 50 Gorillas in Dunedin, with newish Dunedin band Die Musikband opening up the evening. Die Musikband are a four-piece of experienced musicians playing a version of what's generally known as Krautrock.
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NRG Rising - Album Review: Say Yes To Life
14 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Say Yes To Life has been described as a highly anticipated new album from whanau band NRG Rising. This group is a mother and two daughters, and right from the outset the whanau bond is obvious as the three women harmonise very well, with the sort of effortless styles which only comes from a very close family unit.
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Ashy - Single Review: Jersey
01 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Ashy (Aswini Batchelor) is an exceptional song writer who is currently recording new material in Auckland. Her single Jersey was released at the start of June, and immediately gained traction on mainstream radio.
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Lexxa - Single Review: I Got Better Friends Now
01 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Lexxa is Maude and Julia Morris, twin sisters - maybe identical, maybe not. Their press says they make "dreamy pop bangers that tear shreds from your heart but still make you smile".
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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Cook, Dunedin - 16/06/2018
17 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
They weren’t listed, but as potentially career making support slots go, Dunedin school band Bark like a Dog scored well getting to open the night for The Jordan Luck Band. 9pm and The Cook is at capacity, the PA sound is lifted, along with the tempo of the pre-show music.
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Running Stitch - EP Review: Brightside
15 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Auckland three-piece Running Stitch are a high-volume group of experienced musicians.The Brightside EP is a four-song offering which has been independently produced and released.
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The Bats - Gig Review: The Bats @ The Cook, Dunedin - 09/06/2018
11 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Jay Clarkson opened her supporting performance to The Bats with Farewell to the Highlands, her contribution to the second Zelle Records compilation of mostly southern NZ musicians’ interpreting Robbie Burns poetry. It was just her and Alan Haig for this gentle beginning to what would become a rollicking night.
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Ripple Effect - Single Reviews: Serene Sensation & Peace, Love and Harmony
30 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Ripple Effect hail from the North Island of New Zealand, Palmerston North to be exact, and are best described as an uplifting 8-piece reggae band. This fresh band has just released a couple of incredible singles on Spotify.
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Kody Nielson - Album Review: Birthday Suite
24 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Well, it’s certainly a suite based on a singular motif. One could all too easily say the words ‘concept album’.
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Sola Rosa - Single review: Leave a Light On
03 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The man behind Sola Rosa, Auckland's Andrew Spraggon, has returned with a tune as strong as anything he's released previously. A steady bass groove wends its way around a thumping kick drum which is off-set by an excellently syncopated high hat, perfectly timed between kick and snare, to be on the 'and' of the phrase.
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The Dead C - Gig Review: The Dead C & Bad Sav @ Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 28/04/2018
30 Apr 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
I’m unsure if the air of anticipation in the legendary Captain Cook was actually real, or just something I was projecting, but I felt the thrill of the chase, I was going to see The Dead C live for the third time in my life. Dunedin three piece Bad Sav opened proceedings in fine style.
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