Why You Should Come to Laneway

Courtney Sanders of www.alwayssometimesanytime.com and www.courtneysanders.co.nz shares her reasons why you should come to LANEWAY 2013

Bat for Lashes’ haircut:
Natasha Khan took an exceptionally long hiatus in-between her last album and her most recent – and brilliant – release The Haunted Man. This was probably because she had to completely remake herself: the henna, spirit-worshipping talisman have been replaced with a slick, Ryan McGinley-photographed slice of confidence and Bat for Lashes – music included – is all the better for it. SEE:

Yeasayer’s back-catalogue:
So Yeasayer released a third studio album last year (Fragrant World) and it’s really not that good. I mean, it’s OK and if it were any other band I would probably tolerate it, but because it’s Yeasayer and because their previous two albums are INCREDIBLE, I simply can’t. Seriously, between the unashamedly anthemic pop of ‘O.N.E’ and the African-chic introspection of ‘2080’ they’re one of my favourite contemporary acts and so I say: forget 2012 and play all the songs I want! OK thanks.

Yeasayer 'O.N.E'

Yeasayer '2080'

Japandroid’s enthusiasm.
Two piece Canadian punk band Japandroids burst onto the international music radar (yes that is a thing) a couple of years back with their pun(k)chy debut Post Nothing, and they’ve just released a refined, mature follow up (Celebration Rock). I was lucky enough to discuss their album with drummer David Prowse and you know what? They just seem so pumped to be a band (and particularly to play live for their fans), that there is no way this won’t be all kinds of awesome. Thanks to modern technology we don’t have to speculate, either.

Japandroids 'Fire Highway' live:

Dan Boeckner’s new project, Divine Fits.
When BOTH of Dan Boeckner’s amazing projects, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs announced their discontinuation last year, you acted similarly to me–weeping for days alone in a dank, curtain-drawn room listening to Apologies from the Queen Mary on repeat – right?
Well anyway, I awoke from said catatonic state to a new Dan Boeckner project, a ‘supergroup’ even, with Spoon frontman, Britt Daniel. The resulting album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, sounds exactly like what would happen if you mixed Handsome Furs and Spoon together (read: great) which I guess is the whole point.

Divine Fits:

The New Zealand contingent!
Did you know that New Zealand music is GOING OFF right now? Well, I’m here to tell you that it is, and the Laneway team have picked the finest festival-worthy acts to play on January 28th. Lawrence Arabia will perform tracks from his lilting latest album The Sparrow (and, having seen him perform in the middle of the day at a festival while drunk (me, not him) once before, I can confirm this is a revelatory experience), The Eversons will belt out their brand of Kiwiana college rock, Deer Park will lull us into an alternate reality in which trumpets rule supreme, and, AFTER ALL OF THAT, The Phoenix Foundation better play ’40 Years’, arguably the best NZ Festival Song ever written!

The Eversons ‘Could It Ever Get Better’

Lawrence Arabia ‘The Listening Times’

The Phoenix Foundation ’40 Years’

For more interviews, tracks and videos from these artists head here: www.undertheradar.co.nz

Ruby Music Contributors - Dave

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Dave Parker is a bedroom producer/engineer. Sometimes he also does producing/engineering in real studios and occasionally you'll find him behind the mixing desk at a show you're at (or you could find him behind the mixing desk at a show you're not at but we're stepping in to quantum mechanics territory here). Over the past few years Dave has been busy birthing musical babies all over the show for the likes of; Ruby Frost, Great North, Teacups, Artisan Guns, Watercolours, Glass Owls, Clap Clap Riot and many more

He sometimes also plays guitar in Watercolours and wears a shark cape while playing bass in Bearcat. When not doing music related things he is an avid baker and once a year he disappears in to the surrounding orchards for a week or so to collect apples that he carefully turns in to cider. Currently he is writing this bio in the 3rd person. Dave has, in my opinion, the best taste in music ever and now you have to listen to it while you are trying to buy clothes. Lucky you.

Visit Dave's website Little Monster Studio

PLAYLIST ONE - Feel Good and Get Stuff Done
Mostly upbeat newish alternative pop, these are the sort of songs I turn to when I want/have to get something done. Hopefully this results in your shopping experiences being super productive and maybe less stressful (if you are feeling stressed) (in an ideal world your shopping experience is already pretty relaxed). One time I was having a terrible day and then the supermarket was playing a Mariah Carey song from her Christmas album and when I heard it I felt better about everything. I think that if I had a shop I'd probably only play Mariah Carey's Christmas album on repeat, but I resisted the temptation to put that on this playlist.

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PLAYLIST TWO - Motown/Fun
Most of this playlist has been compiled from mp3's of old/rare 45's that I've been collecting from various blogs for the past few years. Some of these songs might have sold very few records and maybe haven't been played for years until someone unearthed them in a box at a thrift store and uploaded them on to a blog. I really like the idea of these amazing songs, that might otherwise be lost, getting heard and loved again. But not everyone loves old miscellaneous Motown as much as me so I decided to break it up with some classics and newer songs that I felt would be sympathetic to the songs I already had on there.

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Ruby Music Contributors - Annie

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Annie is a post graduate Geography student at UoA’s School of Environment, obsessed with the natural world and the man-made urban space that we live in. She is currently focused on expressions of creativity that represent Aucklander’s through public art. Annie can be found wandering through the city with an inquisitive mind, listening to music that inspires and enables this thought process.

RUBY PLAYLIST #1 - ‘Exploration’

This playlist epitomises itchy feet, adventure, wanderlust, sunshine, holidaying, freedom, discovering new and incredible things overseas or in your own city and that indescribable feeling you get when travelling.

Annie's Top 5 from the Exploration playlist:

Lost - Frank Ocean
Free the City - Surf City
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
Get Away - yuck
There Goes the Fear - Doves

RUBY PLAYLIST #2 - ‘Too Cool’

Simply, these songs just sound really cool, and when you listen to them you feel really cool.

Annie's Top 5 from the Too Cool playlist:

Cherokee - Cat Power
Weekend - Smith Westerns
UNDER - Watercolours
Who - David Bryne and St. Vincent
Vowels = Space and Time - Grimes