Recently I had the pleasure of helping the Nelson band Minuit with an image order from our library. Their request was a stunning portrait of Ngaio Marsh for their new music video titled “Aotearoa“. The video is filled with New Zealand images (in their credits they thank “the awesome librarians at our national libraries and archives” for their help). With powerful imagery old and new they have managed to create a patchwork of New Zealand history and modern life. If New Zealand made it’s own home video, I imagine it would look something like this. The band informed me that they had 10,000 views in the first 5 days making it the #1 most viewed music clip in New Zealand that week. So, have a watch and keep supporting New Zealand music.
My dream car used to be the undulating roundness of the S type Jaguar. Nowadays, it’s been joined on the fantasy list by the Nissan Figaro (the sort of retro modern car you could imagine Audrey Hepburn nipping round town in), the Bugatti Veyron (now that’s just mental)
Stainless Style by Neon Neon is the kind of album you’d listen to on your Blaupunkt stereo system in your fantasy car. And it’d work best if your car was a DeLorean, as this is a ‘concept album’ about the maverick car designer and 80s icon John DeLorean (the time machine in Back to the future was of course a DeLorean).
It references Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia (“I told her on Alderaan”), Raquel Welch (“Raquel”)and Michael Douglas (“Michael Douglas” and his mirrored sunglasses).
This is one of my favourites of the year so far, along with Santogold. Both albums have a distinctively 80s influence – electronic, synthesizer sounds, some classic 808 beats, but with an added component of rap and a modern hip-hop edginess and eclecticism.