Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son (Fantasy Records)

Originally featured at www.13thfloor

Has one of the greatest guitarists found God or is he just borrowing a pew and a couple of psalm books? At 71, he may be getting on but going backwards to move forward has always been Ry Cooder‘s creative direction. New album The Prodigal Son might not be his best since the Buena Vista Social Club but it’s still damn good!

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Coastella 2018

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For photos by McKenzie Jennings-Gruar click ‘McKenzie’s Album’ in the menu above

WOMAD 2018 Diary

WOMAD Day 1

(Words only – originally published at https://www.13thfloor.co.nz/womad-2018-day-1/)

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Drummer – Thievery Corporation – Photo: McKenzie Jennings Gruar

A capacity crowd have packed out the Bowl of Brooklands, in New Plymouth, this weekend for one of New Zealand’s favourite all-ages festivals.  From the get-go there’s colour, revelry, food, spirit, passion and, of course, music!

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Electric Wire Hustle: Ready For The 11th Sky

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Published on 13thfloor.co.nz

The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar fills us in on the latest from Electric Wire Hustle…

Following on from the release of the award-winning Love Can Prevail, Wellington’s Electric Wire Hustle are set to release their third album, The 11th Sky, which continues themes of surreal storytelling, first seen on 2014’s Aeons EP This new album further pushes the boundaries of conventional genres with grainy electronic beats, smoky vocals and driving synths, further expanding their psychedelic/soul-sound.  It’s like David Lynch meets Motown, but with the essence of Aotearoa.

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Punk Legends Stiff Little Fingers – The interview

Interview first published at www.13thfloor.co.nz

“Live fast, die young,” and “Not fade away,” surely apply to the first punk generation that exploded in a blitzkrieg of bile and fury in the 1970’s. The mantra was like some anarchic politico-SAS mission. Yet a few of the old guard endure – The Sex Pistols reformations or the return of the Buzzcocks… and it was no surprise to discover that Irish Punk heroes Stiff Little Fingers just celebrated 40 years of stickin’ it to the man. The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar got right to the point in his interview with lead singer Jake Burns.

TG: Weren’t you supposed to create the chaos and get out?. Yet here you are 40 years on.

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