Hey folks, the Mixtape Connection is back!
This time gracing the fine CBD of Christchurch, playing a free show at Darkroom Bar!! This farewell party for our dear friend Netta will feature various DJ sets from some of the city’s finest and best looking Indie, Electro and Rock DJs.
Dance Armstrong AKA Ed Muzik will appear from your wildest sexy dreams,
Mr Bert Johnson from Throwing Shapes on RDU,
Tim, the Pinacolada Soundsystem, host of the ‘On The Decks’ show, also on RDU,
Myself, Dr Hitchcock rockin the Radness,
And not to mention a guest cameo appearance from DJ FALSE FACT.
This party will also be broadcast live on StarlifterRadio.com for those getting their Friday night vibe on and house parties around the world. Tune in via VLC, iTunes or another compatible program using starlifter.net.nz:8000/radio.m3u. Alternatively you can use the stream player on the Starlifter Radio front page.
Mixtape Connection: Farewell Internetta
Friday, 24th October 2013
Bar opens at 5pm, DJs start at 9pm
Come on down for a good ole boogie!
Welcome to the first NBA (or Netta, Benet and Andrew) Show. Much radness has been rammed into this wee window of radio bliss, so enjoy. It’s also one of the first shows that has broadcast from the Starlifter Studio since the move from Melbourne to Christchurch.
Review by Darlene Brown
I was sent the new Sunken Seas EP to review, titled Cataclysm. I admit I hadn’t heard of these guys, but that’s not saying much seeing as I’ve been out of the country for almost four years. Dr Hitchcock informed me that they used to be called Tiddabades (with one of those cafe e’s at the end…wherever they may be located on a keyboard). That name I had seen, mainly on band posters…but hadn’t heard in an aural sense of the word.
I decided before I read anything about them, I’d listen to the music. I didn’t know where they were from, what style of music they played…all I saw was the cover of the EP, which has a half naked woman holding her hands out. At that time I had been inundated with the whole Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke thing, so it was a little bit of a minus to see that.
However, my immediate thoughts upon hearing opening track Asylum, with its building bass line, mournful yet slightly hopeful vocals building into a wail, went pleasantly to Joy Division and The Horrors. No Cyrus-ian boogeyman around the corner to scare me, phew. Track two; Seesaw – more of a solid, industrial heavy sound reminiscent of Bailterspace, definitely into that. The third track Slide Away, with its searching, melancholy lyrics and lead guitar riffs sound quite similar to A Perfect Circle. Last on the list, title track Cataclysm tied together the elements that made up the rest, and let me “hear” the Wellington based four piece in their own right.
I like the influences Sunken Seas have brought together in this standalone release. When I read Nick Roughan – previously in renowned group the Skeptics – recorded, mixed and mastered this offering, part of the appeal became clearer.
Looking into this groups previous incarnation Tiddabades, I realised just how different this group has become – if I’d heard them independently, I wouldn’t have guessed they were the same band. Tiddabades was the Warsaw/Rapture mixed with Kaiser Chiefs to Sunken Seas Joy Division/Horrors/A Perfect Circle menage a trois (there’s that e again!). Perhaps a clue to this stark change is reflective of New Zealand’s current state of political affairs, illustrating a desire most share – for a Cataclysm.
Happy New Year! If you’re in the Southern hemisphere I hope all your Summer has been hot, sparkly and rad. If you’re in the North I wish you all the traditional white, chill vibes you get this time of year.
Starlifter Radio had one of it’s biggest years ever in 2012. We had live fortnightly radio shows from Blue & Green with Shaun Parker, Hottest Whatever, Human Pleasure with Bill, Aqua Oyster Cult, Islands and myself with Mixtape 3051. We also snuck in a few live event broadcasts from Delicious Dose and Fran’s Birthday Party Thank-you so much to all who were involved and had so fun with us. I’d also like to personally like to thank Fran, Lu, Rob, David, Bill, Shaun, Greg, Mishka, Markj, Tom Cosm, Ez, Muz, Antz and my darling panda wife Claire.
I don’t think we’ve ever had that many live broadcasts on Starlifter in a single year before and it was bloody marvelous. Alas such a pace can be hard to maintain and in 2013 there will be less live radio shows. Starlifter is steering it’s bow from tuneage to tech. 2012 was a big year for Starlifter in the realm of geek. I’ve discovered the PirateBox, the Raspberry Pi, Minecraft as well as a deeper love for GNU/Linux and the free and open source movement. So although there will be plenty of tunes on the dirty ‘ole ‘lifter be expecting some fantastic tech and tings from Starlifter Digital.
I’ll leave you with this from the original uber Tech Lord Carl Sagan:
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”