Posts Categorized: News

Scalper – Phantom Ghost (Stream)

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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.

What Your Taste In Music May Or May Not Say About You (With A Margin Of Error Of ± 2.5%)

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  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 […]

Our new look for 2013…

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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 […]

Some Thoughts On Dave Hickey’s Huffy Retirement

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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 […]

Thrill Kill – The Leopold’s Risky Move

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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 […]

Hard Numbers Proving That The Artists Are Crazy

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…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 […]

The Big Weekend Read: Is Free Speech Absolute?

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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, […]

Blues Control Interview

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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.

The Academy Cinema Ain’t Going Nowhere, Guys – Calm Down

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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 […]

The Ongoing (!) Ballad Of

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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 […]

Don’t Worry, You Won’t Cause Bloodshed In The Middle-East With Your Art Making, Unless You’re A Well-Connected, Racist Arsehole

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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 […]