The Gig Guide: June 2017

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Dance

Kids

Music

Theatre

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: February 2017

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

The Gig Guide: November 2016

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we’ve got of that artist’s back catalogue?

Comedy

Kids

Music

NZTrio

What gigs are you looking forward to in the near future? Anything we’ve missed? Do let us know in the comments.

Discover Japanese hip hop with Freegal

Tomorrow Sunday 1 March The Japanese Society of Canterbury will host the 4th Canterbury Japan Day. On the basis of past experience, this is guaranteed to be an event not to miss, which promises to give Christchurch residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture in all its wonderful variety.

To keep with the Japanese theme, our colleague Tomo, who works at Linwood Library at Eastgate, has selected the following songs that he used to like when he lived in Japan, most of which he still listens to.

Cover of Master Low 3 by Low IQ 01 Cover of STEPPING STONES - The Self-Remixed Best DJ Krush Cover of Futureshock Singles by Zeebra Cover of  Making the Road Hi-Standard Cover of 400[RVL] by Shing02 Cover of Tribute To Jun 2 by AGQ

  • Master Low3 by Low IQ 01 – Tomo recommends this entire album of punk rock music.
  • Kemuri by DJ Krush – DJ Krush was a pioneer of Japanese hip hop. Tomo likes “how he established a new genre of hip hop back in the ’90s”.
  • Neva Enuff by Zeebra – Zeebra is another pioneer of Japanese hip hop. His song Neva Enuff is inspired by the 2000 film Brother by Takeshi Kitano.
  • Brand New Sunset by Hi-Standard – Japanese hardcore punk by the most popular band and the driving force in the underground scene in the ’90s.
  • 400 by Shing02 – Shing02 is a multilingual rapper with a straightforward message that addresses social issues.
  • Dreamland by AGQ – A tribute song for Nujabes who died in a car accident in 2010. Nujabes was an internationally respected hip hop producer and DJ.

For a different style of Japanese music, check out Tomo’s selections in the Freegal Friday Lunar New Year post.

How to use Freegal

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

More music stuff

Falling in love with language and words again: Charlie Dark interview part one

He’s a musician, poet, teacher, remixer, runner, he’s sponsored by Nike and the British Council, has been Arsenal’s poet in residence, and he’s here to inspire young people to love language, love reading and get writing.

He is Charlie Dark, and if my brief chat with him was anything to go by, he’s exceptional at it. Listen to this inspiring interview, and if you know a young person, pass it on!

He talks about his workshops, his ‘graffiti’ approach to poetry, transferable skills learnt through performance, his failed rap career, Shakespeare as the first MC, and how he tries to inspire young people with his work. [10min 40sec, 10Mb]