Originally published: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/graeme-james-the-long-way-home/#more-34180
Over the last few days of darkness I’ve been listening to expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James’ uplifting new album, seeking some kind of reassurance in humanity. If music is a healer, then I may have found some remedies here. These songs have a degree of spiritual elevation about them. Given recent events, I have little tolerance for cynical or abrasive, angry music. These songs are about community and celebration. Tracks like Here and Now (revived from an earlier release), wrap you up like the arms of good friends, joyfully dancing together in the middle of a pub room floor.
First published @ https://www.ambientlightblog.com/eminem-wellington-nz-2019
Last year there was a tourist campaign that asked the question: “Nil Ziland! Where the bloody hell are ya?!!” I’ll tell you where they were, at least tonight. Almost 46,500 Kiwis were here, at the Capital’s Westpac Stadium to see Hip Hop royalty rave it up. The buzz on this gig started way back last year. Tickets sold out in just 15 minutes, swelling the house way beyond the previous record holder, Robbie Williams (that inaugural show only scored 42,000).
CW Stoneking – Photo: Tim Gruar
First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/technology-on-winding-roads-a-c-w-stoneking-interview/
Just ahead of his appearance at the Kapiti Coast’s Coastella Festival, a part of his New Zealand tour – retro-blues merchant C.W. Stoneking talks to Tim Gruar about discovering and playing music that’s out of time, going all ‘Boogaloo’ and working with Jack White and Josh Homme.
First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/womad-2019-interviews-my-baby/
Tim Gruar continues his series about artists coming to Womad in March, this time talking to Dutch/Kiwi three piece My Baby – a group that defies the usual trappings of the music industry machinery, preferring to tour, record and produce entirely under their own steam.
First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/womad-2019-interviews-congress-of-animals/
As part of our series of interviews with artists playing at this year’s WOMAD, Tim Gruar talks to fellow Wellingtonian Ben Lemi about the new Congress of Animals Collective, mixing with the ‘Muppet-man’ and strange men in his garden.