Month: August 2016

Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)

First published on 13thfloor.co.nz There’s a couple of well-read publications that feature on the shelves of my local supermarket sporting CDs of recently released material and endless rehashes of classic rock era bands.  My daughter calls those mags ‘Dad Rock”.  “How many articles about The Smiths, The Doors and Pink

The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset

First printed in 13thfloor.co.nz The first time I heard the title track, Hit Reset, I had to check the box.  I thought I’d stumbled across an unpublished collection by Japan’s Shonen Knife, perhaps recording with Brazil’s CSS under the direction of Julian Hatfield or Kim Deal. I wasn’t too far

Trip To The Moon: The 13th Floor Interview

First Published on http://www.13thfloor.co.nz A Traveller’s Tale, Trip To The Moon’s sixth studio album, is the essence of over 3 year’s solid work claims Trevor Reekie.  Reekie along with multi-instrumentalist Tom Ludvigson has been recording their own unique version of trip-hop jazz and fusion since before the turn of the

Steve Abel & Reb Fountain – Meow August 18, 2016

First Published On http://www.13thfloor.co.nz Like his Auckland gig at the Wine Cellar, Steve Abel’s appearance at Meow was short and very sweet.  He starts, as any good host should, by thanking the opener Reb Fountain for her own very sweet 10 cent mixture of deprecating banter and whiskey-soaked, forlorn cowgirl

Lisa Hannigan – At Swim

First published on http://www.13thfloor.co.nz Irish multi-instrumentalist singer Lisa Hannigan initially found her feet playing with Damien Rice.  That was back a bit when she was but knee high to a grass hopper.  Now older and wiser (she’s 35), with two confident solo albums (the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut Sea Sew and

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