DO I HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?!? Heeeeeee! Hee hee heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Anywho...I must say it's been delightful to discover NZ music....at least by way of the Black Seeds and the Phoenix Foundation. Anybody have suggestions as to what I might try out next (or at least what I might be able to get my little hands on in the States?)
You hear that noise? That was the sound of my head exploding. Oh Val, you've unleashed the beast. Oh dear. You've said the magic words, and now you'll never manage to shut me up. But hmmmm....... What to recommend, what to recommend.......... I wish Indigo were here so we could have a quick whispered "band meeting" to talk these important things over. She's far cannier than I am about finding the really good stuff. But I'll start, and it should only be a minute or two before her Age Pryor Antenna twitches in her sleep and wakes her up. Stand by for the small blonde missile.
First up are the big three: The Conchords' Folk the world
, Bret's Prototype
, and his Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
. Picture a small, very fierce-looking turnip giving you the stink eye. These are non-negotiable. You must have them. And you will love them. They may not be available in the US, but they are worth every NZ penny.
Once you've covered the basics, ooooooh! **Turnip gleefully rubs her hands together**
You're in for such a treat! Probably the best choices to make are Fat Freddy's Drop
and Fly My Pretties
. I just checked, and both of those albums are available on US iTunes, if you like the instant gratification of downloading.
I saw Fat Freddy's Drop live here in London last month, and they were just so groovy and mellow and heart-poundingly good. For the full exegesis, see this
blabitty blab I wrote in the "What are you listening to?" thread. There are blurry, pretty pictures and links to their videos, so you can get a feel for The Drop's beautiful noise. I cannot possibly recommend this album enough. I love it. I love it so much, I'd like to take it back around the bike shed and give it hickeys.
Fly My Pretties is also ludicrously fantastic. It's less a band, and more.......a way of being. I know that sounds cryptic and unhelpful, but when you hear them, you'll understand. It's a loose, constantly shifting constellation of Wellington's finest musicians who, in the the quiet winter months a few years ago, got together for some jam sessions. Out of those sessions evolved a kind of musical collective, a meeting of musically kindred minds, and they decided to play a handful of live shows and record them for posterity. Their two albums are the result. (See here
for a sneak preview.) Fly My Pretties includes lead singer of the Black Seeds, Barnaby Weir, as well as Dan Weetman, Mike Fabulous and Lee Prebble. There's also the lovely Sam Scott from the Phoenix Foundation, and that quiet, eternal, exquisite force of nature, Age Pryor. If that doesn't sell you on Fly My Pretties, then nothing
will. And we cannot be friends.
That'll do. It's a beginning. It's enough to get you going. And oh, may you have a fraction
of the joy I've had at spending time with such heart-breakingly wonderful musical company. Val, you deserve all the best tunes in the world, my sweet darling - and they're out there, just waiting patiently for you to find them. Go git 'em, girl!