Review – Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off The Floor

Norah Jones is a frustrating artist to pin down. Industry types always want to bag her as a jazz artist, but she’s turned her hand a pretty much everything – Country, Americana, Blues.  There’s her tongue-in-cheek indie-rock band El Madmo and her honey-sweet doo-wop Garage outfit Puss ‘N’ Boots.  A

Album review: The Beths – Jump rope gazers

During the six-month recording of this album, Elizabeth Stokes (vocals, guitars), Jonathan Pearce (lead guitar, producer), Benjamin Sinclair (bass) and Tristan Deck (drums) started to think about all the friends that had left their hometown, Auckland, to pursue their passions overseas.  Remaining in touch with mates who’d scattered to the four winds became harder and harder.  The band knows

Album review: JARV IS – Beyond the Pale

Explain yourself, Mr Cocker.  What is this beast, you have created?  “JARV IS… an ongoing live experience because life is an ongoing live experience” exclaims the press release, “THIS IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM – it’s an ALIVE ALBUM.”   A bold and pretentious claim.  Don’t believe the hype.  But give

Stay at home festival!

Says it all, folks.

Reb Fountain’s brilliant new album

Reb Fountain – Self-titled (Flying Nun Records) I first met Californian born Reb Fountain during her tour of her 2008 ‘Holster’ album when her bandmate Sam Prebble (also performing as Bond Street Bridge) introduced us at Blink’s wonderful Happy Bar in Wellington. That album still sits on my high rotation