No many do moody and immersive like Auckland based UK is-he-a-rapper-or-not-rapper Scalper, and equally impressively, he just seems to get better and better as time goes on.
Posts Categorized: News
This is inevitable. But I wonder which culture will adhere to not printing weapons at home. As movable type allowed knowledge to spread, would 3d printed guns spread more violence?
There’s apparently a study out that links non-mainstream music with juvenile delinquency. Anyone reading that last sentence knows what’s coming next… The study did not say that music outside the mainstream causes bad behaviour, just that they go together. I.e. maybe smarter kids who get bored by the mainstream, also get bored with people telling them […]
We had the boys from @peace in the studio last week to talk about their upcoming EP. Barney Chunn, the latest addition to the VR team asked them a few questions and here’s what they had to say about NZ hip hop and YGB.
Happy New year to you all and welcome to the freshly redesigned VanguardRed. We heard all of you concerns over the last year regarding how you used the site and set about to making the blog reading experience a lot simpler. Late last year we noticed a large spike in visitors to our site largely […]
Old men complaining about how things aren’t like they were in their day are practically begging to be dismissed. That goes double when the old man in question is a critic, because a critic’s job is to try and keep an open mind. If they think that the state of their field is as irredeemable […]
So, the Americans have just been forced to make a decision on whether or not stripping counts as performance art. They had to because apparently performance arts qualify for certain tax breaks. So instead of the question being asked only by stoned art students, and women’s studies majors, it was dragged through the courts. I […]
I love the American feminist blog Jezebel; America is such a strange and confusing place that it’s fascinatingly refreshing to hear rational progressive views from the place. Recently, I appreciated their calling bullshit on Vienna’s Leopold Museum’s censorship of an exhibition of male nudes. Americans calling Europeans prudes – imagine. The bullshit-calling is interesting, although for […]
I got the below email from always awesome Auckland, New Zealand based sound explorer Kraus this week. I thought it might be worth sharing with you all.
…Especially the writers, but also the dancers and photographers. This was actually researched by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Apparently it’s not quite as simple as a correlation between mental illness and creativity, but rather that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are more likely to produce artists. We all know that mental illness […]
They say that as an artist, if your work is controversial, then you must be doing something right. But I’m becoming more and more skeptical about the correlation between controversy, and doing things right – it seems any piece of art can be controversial. The Australian state of Queensland has got its panties in a […]
After several months of work and development, the first issue of Vanguard Red’s digital magazine is now available for download on iPad and iPhone.
If I’m reading this release correctly, from next year, The Basement Theatre will start running all its plays on a riskshare model. What this means is that if you want to stage a show there, their fee will be 20% of the door takings, no more no less. This, of course means there’s no venue […]
That’s the question posed by this Slate magazine article. I read it a wee while back, and I just can’t get it out of my head. It’s in response to that vile Youtube film that’s been causing all the trouble in the Middle-East. It basically makes the point that for America to shrug its shoulders, […]
Originally meeting in New York, Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse started making New Age music together in the early 2000s as Watersports. Now based in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, they currently create an experimental take on classic radio rock as Blues Control. This weekend/next week they tour New Zealand.
Academy Cinema-owner John Hart made a statement via Facebook last night. And, unfortunately, it’s lead a lot of pople to think that the cinema is going away forever. It’s not, and I want to assure everyone that it’s staying put. Here’s the statement: So, news is traveling, and so sadly I must confirm that I […]
Boosted is a concept so essential, yet simple it’s hard to believe that no one’s done it before (maybe they have.) The idea is to get artists together with patrons, but the breakthrough is how simply it’s set up… At this point, I shouldn’t say too much, as the site is still under construction, but […]
You may remember that the Arts Diary went offline a few weeks ago. Well, they’re back! But they need your help. From their homepage: Many thanks to all of you who sent messages of support and helpful suggestions about funding. As a result, we’ve decided to put Artsdiary back on air, but in order to […]
I am attacking an extremely complex issue here, so I’m going to keep my analysis brief, and restrict it to what’s relevant to us artists. It’s a frightening thought that we could, from the comfort of our free nation, innocently exercise our freedom of speech, and in doing so, cause bloodshed in another country. That’s the fear […]