Newtown Festival 2023 Lineup Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 22nd December, 2022 9:09AM

  
  

Pōneke’s free multi-stage festival and street fair Newtown Festival is making a mighty return on Sunday 5th March 2023, happily back in action following a year off due to pandemic curveballs. The hard-working organisers have announced today the straight up stonking, massive music performance programme for the must-attend annual event — featuring over 130 acts (we honestly lost count) from all across the motu who’ll be bringing the party at the traditionally sun-soaked, family friendly extravaganza. Explore the full lineup and look forward to even more announcements to come in the new year…

"It’s been too long without a Newtown Festival but we’re back baby! Shout out to the programmers who do exquisite work, the wider team for the unglamorous jobs that need to be done, the arts community for simply being, and a big mihi to the many many fantastic artists bringing their creativity and energy to Newtown."


Newtown Festival 2023

Sunday 5th March — Newtown, Wellington (free, all ages)

Featuring… agatha pantha, AJA, Aw B, BAD TASTE, Beans Maries, Belladonna, Big Girls with REACT, Birdmann & Egg, BIRDPARTY, BLEEDING STAR, Bright Sky, BTD Bitches, BUB, Buck Rogers, Buddy Nice, canadian tuxedo, Capoeira Angola Street Roda, Carb On Carb, Circus Hub Students, Cool Kids Play Hard, Cotton Daisy Backstep, Crash Bandihoot, crone, Crying Club, Culture Embassy Band, DÄHTM, Damon Manning, Danica Bryant, Death Without A Priest, DEE, deepState, Dick Move, Dirty Spoons, Displeasure, DJ Ayesha, DJ Kerb, Feilding’s Best Dancers, Footnote New Zealand Dance, Fun & Funner, Girl Best Friend, Goodnight My Darling, Greta O’Leary, Half Hexagon, hanbee, Hannah Davenport, Hawaiian Dance Wellington, Hemi Hemingway, Hoot’n’Annies, impress, Iskra, Jaedyn Randall, Japes, JDK, Judy Virago, Julia Bromley, Julia Deans, Katelyn Reed, Kelly Chaproniere, Kenny’s First Set, King Fish, Kirsten Te Rito, Klezmer Rebs, Krakerjack!, Kubatana & The Moringa Dancers, Landlords, Laura Oakley, Luke Buda, MĀ, Major Minor, Matt Joe Gow, Matthias Goed, Meg Theron, Mekar Bhuana Aotearoa Balinese Gamelan & Dance, Mikki Dee, Mirror Ritual, Mo etc., MOTTE, Move It Danceworks, Mr Fungus, Mr Wizowski, Mystery Waitress, Mystori, Nicole Maisey, ODA Dance Studio, Ollin Yoliztli, Orlęta Dance Ensemble, Orzeł Dance Ensemble, Peyton Morete, POP O.D., Rachel Andie, RadioActive.FM DJs, Recitals, Regina Hegemann, Renee Milner, Rio Trio, Ripship, SING! Community Choir, Sinjin, Solid Gold Dance Crew, Sounds Almighty Sound System, Ssendam Rawkustra, Steppa D, Storytellers from Wellington’s Polish Community, Sugarfoot Stomp, Swamp Shack Crew, Tarrant Dancers Traffic Angels, Te Kahureremoa, Te Kapa Haka o Te Kura o Ngā Puna Waiora – Newtown School, The Circus Hub, The Nudge, The She Jays, The Warratahs, To The Front Campers, Toby Sussex, TOOMS, Topknot, Unlawful Arise, Vera Ellen, Victor Victorious, Vietkids, Wallace, Warm Regards, Welcomer, Wellington Batucada, Wellington Chinese Sports & Cultural Centre, Wellington Fire and Flow Club, Wellington Youth Circus, Willow, Womb

More info available at www.newtownfestival.org.nz

Linksnewtownfestival.org.nz/
instagram.com/newtownfestnz/

Luke Buda Covers Sparklehorses Painbirds Frank Blacks Sir Rockabye

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 9th December, 2022 1:51PM

  
  

2022 Taite Music Prize Finalist for his solo album BUDA, The Phoenix Foundation co-founder Luke Buda graces this Friday with COVERS 3, the latest instalment in an ongoing series initially sparked during the lockdown era. Revisiting "songs from two of his most beloved albums from the ’90s", Buda serves up a mellow, analogue synth-infused reimagining of Sparklehorse’s ‘Painbirds’ (from 1998’s Good Morning Spider) featuring backing vocals by Anita Clark (Motte), plus a tender take on Frank Black’s ‘Sir Rockabye’ (from the Pixies frontman’s 1994 solo record Teenager Of The Year) on his new two track release. The icing on the cake is a vibey accompanying video for ‘Painbirds’, "filmed in my backyard by my son" Nico Buda — hit play below…

‘COVERS 3’ is out today on major streaming services.

Linkslukebuda1.bandcamp.com/album/buda
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/lukepbuda

Live Photos Luke Buda The Wine Cellar Auckland

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 11th July, 2022 10:17AM

  
  

The Phoenix Foundation co-founder Luke Buda (Moniker, Teeth) returned to Tāmaki Makaurau on Friday for a two set celebration of his 2021 solo album BUDA. Part of a whiplash, long-awaited nationwide tour squeezed into the latter portion of last week, the 2022 Taite Music Prize finalist was joined on stage for all dates by bandmate / regular collaborator Anita Clark (Motte). Respecting the organisers’ request to not photograph Clark at The Wine Cellar gig, Dave Simpson turned in a superb selection of snaps documenting Buda performing songs from his latest record (plus selected TPF faves and more). Click on the thumbnail pics below to view the full image gallery…

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lukebuda1.bandcamp.com/
monikermusic.net/
davesimpson.org/

Listen To Nude Tuesday Soundtrack ft Jemaine Clement Reb Fountain Moniker More

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 8th July, 2022 2:10PM

  
  

Flight Of The Conchords co-founder Jemaine Clement scratches his musical itch on the soundtrack to new motion picture Nude Tuesday, co-starring the aforementioned Aotearoa actor / comedian / musician in the role of "relationship and sexual healing guru" Bjorg Rasmussen. In line with the film’s improvised gibberish dialogue, the soundtrack is largely sung in the entirely made-up, Swedish Chef-like language of Zøbftańlik. Featuring music by composers Moniker (aka The Phoenix Foundation’s Lukasz Pawel Buda, Samuel Flynn Scott and Thomas Conrad Wedde) and Cam Ballantyne, the soundtrack showcases reimagined versions of Talking Heads’ ‘Road To Nowhere’, The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’, Cat Power’s ‘Sea Of Love’ (originally by Phil Phillips) and more. Reb Fountain sings in Zøbftańlik on multiple tunes, Clement stays in-character as Bjorg throughout and Australian badman Kirin J. Callinan pops by the studio to help cover ‘Islands In The Stream’ by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

As luck would have it, Moniker’s Luke Buda is touring his solo album BUDA with Anita Clark tonight at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Wine Cellar, on Saturday at Lyttelton Coffee Company and on Sunday at Oamaru’s Grainstore Gallery [details HERE]. Watch the original motion picture soundtrack trailer starring Clement and hit play below…

‘Nude Tuesday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’ is out today on major streaming platforms.

Linksmadmanfilms.com.au/nude-tuesday
facebook.com/nudetuesdayfilm

Listen To Luke Buda and Anita Clarks Live Session For RNZ

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Tuesday 5th July, 2022 10:04AM

  
  

Ever-dapper co-founder of The Phoenix Foundation, Luke Buda gave RNZ listeners a special sneak preview of his forthcoming Buda Plays Buda tour, playing a live session last weekend with bandmate and regular collaborator Anita Clark (Motte). Chatting candidly with host Charlotte Ryan and performing an intimate, stripped-back selection of tunes from his third solo album (and more) Buda and Clark sound lush and graceful as they unfurl ‘Don’t Think In Bed’, ‘I’m A Bit Out Of Shape’, ‘Candy’ and ‘Special Surprise’ in the RNZ Wellington studio — with the cherry on top being a dream-pop take on Roxette’s 1987 hit ‘It Must Have Been Love’.

The 2022 Taite Music Prize finalist’s long-awaited nationwide tour with Clark begins this Thursday 7th July at Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s Vogelmorn Hall, concluding in Oamaru on Sunday. Secure your spot, grab yourself some swish Buda merch and listen up to RNZ Live: Luke Buda over on their site HERE.


Luke Buda with Anita Clark

Thursday 7th July – Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington w/ Ebony Lamb

Friday 8th July – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Kraus [late show sold out / early show tickets available]
Saturday 9th July – Lyttleton Coffee Company, Christchurch w/ Junus Orca & Instant Fantasy [sold out]
Sunday 10th July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksrnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018847974/nz-live-luke-buda
lukebuda1.bandcamp.com
monikermusic.net
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
instagram.com/motte_ettom/

Supports Announced For Luke Buda Plays BUDA Tour with Anita Clark

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Thursday 30th June, 2022 1:15PM

  
  

2022 Taite Music Prize finalist Luke Buda has lifted the veil on special guests for his BUDA PLAYS BUDA tour with live bandmate Anita Clark (aka Motte) — hitting Auckland, Wellington, Lyttelton and Oamaru in July. Performing stripped-back versions of tunes from The Phoenix Foundation co-founder’s acclaimed 2021 solo record, Buda and Clark will be joined on their musical travels by Ebony Lamb (performing songs from a forthcoming new album), synth / guitar icon Kraus, and the otherworldly soundscape duo of Junus Orca & Instant Fantasy. Here’s the updated tour details…


Luke Buda with Anita Clark

Thursday 7th July – Vogelmorn Bowling Club, Wellington w/ Ebony Lamb

Friday 8th July – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Kraus
Saturday 9th July – Lyttleton Coffee Company, Christchurch w/ Junus Orca & Instant Fantasy

Sunday 10th July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out director Richard Falkner’s video for Luke Buda’s ‘Who Would Want To Be Lonely?’ from BUDA…

Experience the visualiser for Junus Orca & Instant Fantasy’s 2021 release ‘To Breathe So Heavenly’…

Linksmonikermusic.net
thephoenixfoundation.co.nz/
instagram.com/ebonylambsuccessfulfeelings/
instagram.com/kraus_music_nz/
instagram.com/junusorca/
instagram.com/instantfantasy/

MOTTE Announces Third Album Shares Single Only I

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Thursday 23rd June, 2022 4:37PM

  
  

Anita Clark‘s solo project MOTTE returns with the cinematic first single from her forthcoming third album Cold + Liquid, the follow up to 2017’s stunning Strange Dreams LP. Having kept busy touring with the likes of The Phoenix Foundation, Luke Buda and Don McGlashan in recent years, as well as soundtracking a myriad of films and theatre performances, MOTTE made her way back to Lyttelton to record again, at first writing purely instrumentally due to a period of vocal cord paralysis. As a listen to lead track ‘Only I’ will make clear, Clark’s voice returned, adding another rich source of sound in addition to field recordings from the Oamaru Freezing Works, beneath the deck of a cement cargo ship, shifting boulders, snapping twigs, and her signature, swooping violin. ‘Only I’ is paired with a jaw dropping clip featuring dancer Jareen Wee and shot by Pōneke filmmaker Will Agnew. Watch and listen below…

MOTTE’S album ‘Cold + Liquid’ is out August via Ba Da Bing! Records.

Linksmottemotte.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/motte_ettom/

Luke Buda Plays BUDA Tour Announced with Anita Clark

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Thursday 2nd June, 2022 10:02AM

  
  

Spotted pulling up outside the Taite Music Prize ceremony in a Rolls Royce on Sunday, finalist Luke Buda (Lukasz Pawel Buda) has announced a four date nationwide tour with violinist Anita Clark (Motte), performing songs from his new solo album BUDA in July. A long time coming, overcoming significant hurdles thrown in the Te Whanganui-a-Tara songwriter’s direction due to the global pandemic (and resultant stop / start restrictions on live shows), gig-goers can look forward to stripped-back versions of tunes from his acclaimed 2021 record, some faves from his bountiful back catalogue with The Phoenix Foundation, plus "if the mood is right: a Roxette cover."

"After several Covid related setbacks it is finally happening… Hear the songs from “Buda” played by Buda (with Anita Clark) in a stripped back setting. Come and bear witness to a man singing about his lack of fitness, and his inability to keep on top of day to day life admin, while swimming in a pool of reverb and gratuitous delay. Float away on a gentle cloud of spaced out violin and dreamy synths."


Luke Buda with Anita Clark

Thursday 7th July – Vogelmorn Bowling Club, Wellington
Friday 8th July – Wine Cellar, Auckland
Saturday 9th July – Lyttleton Coffee Company, Christchurch
Sunday 10th July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Luke Buda’s video for ‘Candy’ from his 2021 album Buda…

Press release:

“Since the release of his 2022 Taite Music Prize nominated album “Buda” in October last year, Luke Buda (Te Whanganui-a-Tara) has been desperate to play some sweet local music for the local crew down at the local bar! After several Covid related setbacks it is finally happening.

Luke Buda and Ōtautahi Violinist Anita Clark (Motte) head out on an intimate 4 date tour to play the songs from “Buda”, as well as some old The Phoenix Foundation favourites and… if the mood is right: a Roxette cover.
Hear the songs from “Buda” played by Buda (with Anita Clark) in a stripped back setting. Come and bear witness to a man singing about his lack of fitness, and his inability to keep on top of day to day life admin, while swimming in a pool of reverb and gratuitous delay. Float away on a gentle cloud of spaced out violin and dreamy synths.

Linksmonikermusic.net
thephoenixfoundation.co.nz/

Live Photos French For Rabbits Luke Buda Old St Pauls Wellington

Chris Cudby / Photography by Bruce Mackay
/ Monday 2nd May, 2022 1:11PM

  
  

Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s French For Rabbits overcame all the obstacles thrown their way to bring their The Overflow album launch tour back home, playing a Saturday evening headline event in the resplendent surrounds of Old St Paul’s. The 2022 Taite Music Prize finalists were joined by for the occasion by special guest (and fellow finalist) Luke Buda with Anita Clark (Motte), and will be supported by folk artist Fables for the final leg of their journey at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Tuning Fork on 13th May. Gaze upon a selection of Bruce Mackay‘s stunning snaps of show in the historic cathedral by clicking on the thumbnail images below…

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instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/DarkerArtsLive/

Listen To Don McGlashans New Album Bright November Morning

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 25th February, 2022 11:15AM

  
  

Aotearoa music icon Don McGlashan (The Mutton Birds, Blam Blam Blam) has unveiled Bright November Morning, his fourth studio album released under his own name. Recorded in collaboration with fellow luminaries The OthersShayne P. Carter, James Duncan and Chris O’Connor — the new record also features contributions from Anita Clark (Motte), Luke BudaEmily Fairlight, Hollie Smith and The Beths, the latter two lending their backing vocal talents to title dropping second track ‘John Bryce’. A full feast of tunes from one of our finest musical storytellers, Bright November Morning includes earlier singles ‘Now’s The Place‘, ‘Go Back In‘ and ‘All The Goodbyes in the World‘ alongside seven fresh insta-classics. Originally set to tour Aotearoa in March and April, but now holding fast until the Omicron coast is clear (seemingly alluded to on sweeping closer ‘Start Again’), McGlashan opened up this morning on social media about his mixed feelings surrounding launching a new record during troubled times…

"HI all. It seems absurd to be talking about releasing a record against the backdrop of current world events, but here we go. At last the album’s out!! I was beginning to wonder if it was all a figment of my imagination, but it’s really happening! Thanks to all of you for being so patient, and thanks to the incomparable team that played on it, recorded it, mixed it and brought it to you.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers Don."

‘Bright November Morning’ is out today via major streaming services.

Linksdonmcglashan.com

Don McGlashan Drops Single Video All The Goodbyes In The World

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Diane Smithers / Friday 11th February, 2022 3:55PM

  
  

Two weeks out from the release of his fourth solo album Bright November Morning, Blam Blam Blam and The Mutton Birds legend Don McGlashan shares single ‘All The Goodbyes In The World’. Following tracks ‘Now’s The Place’ and ‘Go Back In’, the third delightful sneak peak from the collection sparked from a jam with The Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda, who then handed the chords over to McGlashan, saying "That riff is still kicking around, why don’t you write some lyrics and a tune for it?". Where ‘All The Goodbyes In The World’ and its charming, rainy day visualiser are the good news, there is also bad news. Given the nature of our unpredictable future with Omicron, McGlashan and his team have decided to cancel the album release tour, with tentative plans to re-book for November. Those who bought tickets via UTR have been emailed. For now, let’s embrace all the bittersweet goodbyes – we can always save the hellos for later…

‘Bright November Morning’ is out Friday 25th February.

Linksdonmcglashan.com

Luke Buda Shares New Solo Album BUDA

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 15th October, 2021 10:42AM

  
  

It’s been thirteen years since his previous solo record, but plenty of sonic adventures in-between, as The Phoenix Foundation co-founder Luke Buda unveils his new album to the world. Unabashedly big-hearted and panoramic in scope, the Te Whanganui-a-Tara songwriter serves up a ten sparkling songs on BUDA, including current radio hit ‘Who Would Want To Be Lonely‘, cinematic lead track ‘Here Comes The Wind‘, lovely dream-pop confection ‘Candy‘ and previously teased contemplative cut ‘Don’t Think In Bed‘. A small army of special guests dropped by Buda’s studio to lend their own magic touches, including Don McGlashan, Fat Freddys Drop’s Joe Lindsay and Toby Laing, Riki Gooch, all the members of The Phoenix Foundation, novelist Damien Wilkins (who wrote lyrics for three songs) and Anita Clark aka Motte — who contributes backing vocals to every track.

Channeling the spirit of timeless guitar pop while sounding fresh like an ocean breeze, Buda conversely doesn’t flinch from tackling the thornier aspects of everyday life on the record, as such highly relatable titles as ‘I’m A Bit Out Of Shape’, ‘My Naked Body’ and ‘Brain Jail’ (featuring the line: "Forgot my levy to the ACC / And now they’re coming after me")
suggest. Adorned with an iconic cover image of Buda paying respect to his Polish roots, the record is indeed a spellbinding journey from top to tail, gathering together what may well be his finest tunes to date. Listen below and help support the artist (whose launch tour has been postponed due to Covid, new dates to be announced) by copping some snazzy merch over on his Bandcamp page here

"I worked on it for about two years, and it has been finished for about two years, so it is with a great big sigh of relief that I finally pushed this baby out.

There’s a lot of different sounds and vibes and also many of the assorted human feels inside the record. It’s fun to listen to it on headphones!" — Luke Buda

‘BUDA’ is out now digitally, on vinyl LP and compact disc over on Luke Buda’s Bandcamp page HERE.

Linkslukebuda1.bandcamp.com/album/buda
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/lukepbuda

Listen To UTRs October 2021 Playlist

C.C. / Tuesday 12th October, 2021 2:38PM

  
  

Holy smokes it’s October already. Marking the three quarter point of the second whackiest year for Aotearoa music this century so far (it’d take a lot to beat 2020) is the latest edition of our UTR playlist. Compiled and fussily sequenced by housebound editor Chris Cudby, this month’s selection features tunes by Bad Taste, Karl Steven, Leaping Tiger, deepState, Luke Buda, Vera Ellen, Brandn Shiraz, Hollie Smith, Connan Mockasin, Don McGlashan, Sulfate, bb gurl and lots more. Hit play below and if you like what you hear, sign up for the regular stream right HERE

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buymusic.club/list/utr-utr-september-2021-playlist-bandcamp-links

Luke Buda Shares Single Who Would Want To Be Lonely

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 5th October, 2021 12:47PM

  
  

With synths sparked from a walk through Aro Valley and a chorus refrain plucked from a long lost voice memo, the latest single from Luke Buda ‘Who Would Want To Be Lonely?’ is songwriting simplicity at its best, jangly guitar and all. Today’s indie-pop slice is the third release from Buda’s forthcoming solo album BUDA, which will grace our ears in full next Friday, and follows dreamy singles ‘Candy’ and ‘Here Comes The Wind’ (plus bonus ‘Don’t Think In Bed’ live recording). ‘Who Would Want To Be Lonely?’ is a perfect match for a bit of cloudy day melancholy, with album contributor and fellow Wellingtonian Anita Clark (Motte) providing some stellar backing vocals amidst the lovely plucked melodies.

To celebrate his first solo album in twelve years, Luke Buda is putting on one hell of a tour party, hitting more than ten venues in the coming months. Find out more below, and listen to what Buda himself called a "bit of sweet cheese"…


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Luke Buda

Buda Album Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday 16th October – Dive, Dunedin

Sunday 17th October – Grainstore, Oamaru

Thursday 21st October – The Boathouse, Nelson

Friday 22nd October – The Mussel Inn, Golden Bay

Saturday 23rd October – Framingham Wines, Blenheim

Friday 29th October – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 30th October – The Common Room, Hastings

Friday 5th November – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 6th November – Whammy, Auckland

Sunday 7th November – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Tickets available via Banished Music

Luke Buda’s solo album ‘BUDA’ is out Friday 15th October, vinyl and CD preorders are available now.

Linksinstagram.com/lukasz_buda/
lukebuda1.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/lukepbuda

Luke Buda Shares New Single Candy

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Doug Johns
/ Friday 3rd September, 2021 8:42AM

  
  

The Phoenix Foundation co-founder Luke Buda has generously brought enough ‘Candy‘ for all to enjoy this Friday morning. The second official single revealed from Te Whanganui a Tara-based songwriter’s first solo album in twelve years BUDA, ‘Candy’ is a heavenly dream-pop confection — drenched with gorgeously warm guitar tones and lyrics recalling halcyon days of young romance. Gearing up to tour nationwide with band this spring and currently conducting some highly engaging pop musical research over on his Twitter page, Buda has also just unveiled stylish visuals for ‘Candy’, created visual effects artist Puck Murphy.

Buda opened up about his sparkling new offering: "It was a sincere attempt at making a generous and sweet sounding guitar-pop number… I tried to take my cynical cheese filter off and just allow myself to make something that felt nice and breezy. Once I had done that I ended up feeling like I had to subvert it at least a little bit, hence the dark robot voice."


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Luke Buda

Buda Album Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday 16th October – Dive, Dunedin

Sunday 17th October – Grainstore, Oamaru

Thursday 21st October – The Boathouse, Nelson

Friday 22nd October – The Mussel Inn, Golden Bay

Saturday 23rd October – Framingham Wines, Blenheim

Friday 29th October – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 30th October – The Common Room, Hastings

Friday 5th November – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 6th November – Whammy, Auckland

Sunday 7th November – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Tickets available via Banished Music

Luke Buda’s solo album ‘BUDA’ is out Friday 15th October.

Linkslukebuda1.bandcamp.com/album/buda
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/lukepbuda
twitter.com/LukaszBuda

Watch Luke Budas Live Video For Dont Think In Bed

Annabel Kean / Monday 23rd August, 2021 11:21AM

  
  

As daffodils begin to bloom and quivering lamb cry atop One Tree Hill, The Phoenix Foundation co-founder Luke Buda dons a lace cravat and shares a festive ‘Christmas Session’ version of a new song as spring descends. Appearing on his forthcoming solo album BUDA, the aptly named tune ‘Don’t Think In Bed’ is the lockdown ballad we all needed, and makes for a complementary slow jam after the flurry of lead single ‘Here Comes The Wind’. Recorded out of boredom, Buda suggests ‘Don’t Think In Bed’ might just "help you use up 4 minutes of your day", although with reflective lyrics advising against ruminating on earthquakes and polluted waterways before you fall asleep, there’s potential for many more minutes to be occupied post-listen with existential discussions. Gather your bubble and soak up the sounds of BUDA, due out in full this October along with an eleven stop release tour


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Luke Buda

Buda Album Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday 16th October – Dive, Dunedin

Sunday 17th October – Grainstore, Oamaru

Thursday 21st October – The Boathouse, Nelson

Friday 22nd October – The Mussel Inn, Golden Bay

Saturday 23rd October – Framingham Wines, Blenheim

Friday 29th October – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 30th October – The Common Room, Hastings

Friday 5th November – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 6th November – Whammy, Auckland

Sunday 7th November – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Tickets available from 9am, Wednesday 4th August via Banished Music

Luke Buda’s solo album ‘BUDA’ is out October 15th 2021.

Linkslukebuda1.bandcamp.com/album/buda
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/lukepbuda

Luke Buda Announces Buda Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Monday 2nd August, 2021 11:17AM

  
  

Co-founder of The Phoenix Foundation, Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s Luke Buda is a man with a plan for the second half of 2021. Teasing the forthcoming launch of his first solo album in twelve years Buda with the cinematic gloriousness of lead single ‘Here Comes The Wind‘, he’ll be embarking on a full-scale release tour hitting venues throughout Te Ika a Māui and Te Waipounamu in October and November. Recipient of the 2009 APRA Silver Scroll Award for his work co-writing Lawrence Arabia’s evergreen ‘Apple Pie Bed‘, Buda won’t be all on his lonesome for the tour, as he’ll be joined for all dates by live bandmates Olivia Campion (Yumi Zouma, Mystery Waitress), Jacqui Nyman (Bret McKenzie Band) and Anita Clark (Motte).

Repping a sonically diverse, multi-decade career, including soundtrack work for Taika Waititi (with Moniker) as well as the fabulously noisy Teeth, Buda promises to perform tunes not only from the new album but from throughout his solo back catalogue — also hinting at the inclusion of some Phoenix Foundation songs and even music from the Hunt For The Wilderpeople original soundtrack.


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Luke Buda

Buda Album Release Tour

Friday 15th October – Space Academy, Christchurch

Saturday 16th October – Dive, Dunedin

Sunday 17th October – Grainstore, Oamaru

Thursday 21st October – The Boathouse, Nelson

Friday 22nd October – The Mussel Inn, Golden Bay

Saturday 23rd October – Framingham Wines, Blenheim

Friday 29th October – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 30th October – The Common Room, Hastings

Friday 5th November – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 6th November – Whammy, Auckland

Sunday 7th November – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Tickets available from 9am, Wednesday 4th August via Banished Music

Launching on 15th October, take in the psychedelic visuals for Buda’s lead single ‘Here Comes The Wind’ — vinyl preorders are available via Luke Buda’s Bandcamp page here.


Press release:

Luke Buda (he/him) is a songwriter based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Buda’s music finds influence in the warm strums that emanated from Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, the dreamy vocals of supreme 1970s soft rock and disco, and the digital delays and drum machines wafting out from the UK in the early 1980s.

Throughout October and November, Luke Buda will travel the length and breadth of both Te Ika a Māui and Te Waipounamu, to celebrate the release of his new album Buda (his first solo excursion in twelve years).

Attendees will be treated to a blend of Buda’s sincere but sardonic musings about feeling old and tired and anxious about everything. To make things extra spesh, Buda has enlisted the help of cream of Aotearoa’s indie crop. His live band features Olivia Campion (Yumi Zouma, Mystery Waitress), Jacqui Nyman (Bret McKenzie Band), and Anita Clark, (Motte, as well as appearances alongside Lawrence Arabia, and The Phoenix Foundation).

Luke promises to perform every song from Buda, as well as favourites from 2005’s Special Surprise & 2008’s Vesuvius. Just to tease he’s implied there may even be a couple of sneaky Phoenix Foundation tracks in the mix, as well as a few tunes from the Hunt For The Wilderpeople OST.

Linkslukebuda1.bandcamp.com/album/buda
instagram.com/lukasz_buda/
facebook.com/lukepbuda

Live Photos Come Together Goodbye Yellow Brick Road The Opera House Wellington

C.C. / Photography by Bruce Mackay
/ Monday 19th July, 2021 10:36AM

  
  

A cavalcade of Aotearoa superstars shared their love for the classic tunes of Elton John at Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s regal The Opera House last Thursday, as part of the latest edition of the Come Together tribute tours to sweep the nation. Their mission was to perform John’s seminal 1973 LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and you can bet there was some fancy eyewear and outrageous outfits on display. Cast your eyes on Bruce Mackay‘s sensational snaps of Jon Toogood, Luke Buda, Laughton Kora, Deva Mahal plus more in action — click on the thumbnail images below to view the full gallery…

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Listen To UTRs July 2021 Playlist

C.C.
/ Thursday 8th July, 2021 9:32AM

  
  

We’ve made it past the halfway point of this crazy mixed up year that is 2021, thankfully (crossed fingers) not as much of a madhouse for our music community as 2020 was though. The fabled UTR playlist is back in a jam-packed July edition, assembled and sequenced by editor Chris Cudby — a candid snapshot of what we’ve been spinning on the office jukebox with your listening enjoyment and exploration in mind. July’s selection features fresh cuts from Aotearoa and beyond by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Womb, Aldous Harding, Sulfate, Troy Kingi, Data Animal, Alien Weaponry, Dateline, Luke Buda, Reb Fountain, Ade & Connan Mockasin, crone, Mercedes Cambridge, deepState, The Fuzzy Robes and loads more. Press that play button below and if you haven’t already, go on and hit follow right HERE [Bandcamp purchase links for most tracks available HERE]…

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Luke Buda Unveils Single Video Here Comes The Wind Announces New Solo Album

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Doug Johns
/ Wednesday 30th June, 2021 10:02AM

  
  

Co-founder of Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s perennially popular The Phoenix Foundation, fans of Luke Buda will be over the moon with the announcement of his first solo album in 12 years Buda, heading our way on 15th October. Perhaps named in reference to his famously gusty hometown, lead single ‘Here Comes The Wind‘ is indeed an auspicious return from the capital city dwelling artist. The song sweeps listeners away in dreamy waves of guitar-pop gloriousness, closed out spectacularly by a solo that’ll transport your mind to other realms, with Buda singing words supplied by New Zealand novelist Damien Wilkins.

Sounding both starry-eyed and a tad world-weary, ‘Here Comes The Wind’ is accompanied by eye-zapping psychedelic projected visuals (check out the great Buda logo design), sporting VHS FX by Greg Hodgson and Bryson Rooney on DOP / editing duties, created with the support of NZ On Air. Keeping the vibe right on the track are Riki Neihana Gooch on drums, Anita Clark (Motte, who sung on every track on the album) on violin and vocals and William Ricketts on percussion, while the long player will also feature guest contributions from Don McGlashan, Joe Lindsay and Toby Laing from Fat Freddys Drop, Dayle Jellyman, Jacqui Nyman and all the members of The Phoenix Foundation. Describing his forthcoming record as "a collection of songs mostly recorded in his garage over the last three years," Buda will be celebrating the single’s launch in style at Tāmaki’s The Wine Cellar on 8th July with Dream Chambers, the ethereal electronic project of Jess Chambers.

Luke Buda notes on the creation of ‘Here Comes The Wind’: "Once the words were there, everything else fell into place. I knew I wanted it to be an epic guitar journey and it was incredibly fun to just go for it and play a fully indulgent guitar solo. It’s like a good cheese board at the end of the meal, almost too much, but so satisfying."

Luke Buda and Dream Chambers

Thursday 8th July — The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Here Comes The Wind’ is out now via major streaming services.

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Come Together Elton Johns Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Concert Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Come Together – Live Rust
/ Tuesday 11th May, 2021 10:35AM

  
  

The latest in the Come Together concert series of classic albums performed by Aotearoa all-stars has announced for July, this time treating audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to the sounds of Elton John’s seminal 1973 LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Joining forces for the occasion will be the formidably talented combo of Jon Toogood (Shihad), Luke Buda (Phoenix Foundation), Laughton Kora (Kora), Mel Parsons, Deva Mahal, Jol Mulholland, Brett Adams, Matthias Jordan and Alistair Deverick, performing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road plus a bonus set of hits and deep cuts from John’s ’70s period.

Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road remains Elton John’s best selling album to date, including not only his iconic ballads ‘Candle in the Wind‘ and the title track, but also such rough ‘n’ tumble numbers as ‘Bennie and the Jets‘ and ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting‘, a dynamite combo sure to make for an unforgettable evening. You’ll have to head along to find out if our NZ musical heroes will embrace the famously flamboyant artist’s over the top visual style (I’m already imagining Luke Buda in sequinned flares and huge sunglasses) — mark the details below in your diary and stay tuned for info on two more Come Together concert series happening in 2021…


Come Together – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Featuring… Jon Toogood (Shihad), Luke Buda (Phoenix Foundation), Laughton Kora (Kora), Mel Parsons, Deva Mahal, Jol Mulholland, Brett Adams, Matthias Jordan, Alistair Deverick

Thursday 15th July – Opera House, Wellington
Friday 16th July – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Saturday 17th July – The Civic, Auckland

Tickets on sale from Thursday 13th May via Ticketmaster and Ticketek

 

Check out the promo video for early 2021’s Come Together Live Rust NZ Tour…

Behold incredible 1984 footage of Elton John performing ‘Bennie and The Jets’ at Wembley Stadium…

Press release:

Announcing the first album concert tour of three for our COME TOGETHER series for 2021 — Elton John’s Magnus Opus – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!

After the huge success and rave reviews for Brothers in Arms, Abbey Road and Live Rust from Come Together 2020, we are bringing you more!

In July as part 1 of 3 of our Album Concert Tours for 2021, the Come Together supergroup of Kiwi artists and musicians will perform Goodbye Yellow Brick Road live in concert along with a bonus set of classic hits and deep cuts from Elton John’s golden 1970s period.

In the early 1970s, Elton was in top form. With seven Top 40 singles in two years and, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, topping charts, Elton was reaching the peak of his career. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road became even bigger with 30 million records sold – arguably every 1970s household in New Zealand had the album.

Opening with the compositional masterpiece ‘Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding’ and followed by absolute classics, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Bennie & The Jets’ and the underrated gem ‘Harmony’ – there is a reason the album is consistently included on the list of greatest albums of all time.

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The Chills Share New Single Worlds Within Worlds

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Friday 30th April, 2021 11:28AM

  
  

Two weeks before The Chills unleash their seventh album Scatterbrain, they’ve shared with us a fourth amuse-bouche, ‘Worlds Within Worlds’. The new track is a mystical, classic Chills cut, and a totally new facet to the LP following singles ‘Monolith’, ‘Destiny’ and ‘You’re Immortal’. Martin Phillipps and his band are touring Scatterbrain throughout Aotearoa in May, having already hit Oamaru, Dunedin and Wanaka this month, wrapping up the April leg tonight in Ōtautahi with support from Silver Scroll-nominated group Mousey. Mousey joins the bill for the Nelson show this Saturday, before the support role baton is handed over to Luke Buda, Devil’s Elbow, Bitter Defeat and Purple Pilgrims over coming weeks. Listen to the stunning new drop from The Chills below, and find out where you can catch them live, including an iconic double header with The Bats on the day of their album release…


The Chills – Scatterbrain Album Release Tour

Friday 30th April – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Mousey

Saturday 1st May – Wakatu Hotel, Nelson w/ Mousey (solo)

Thursday 6th May – St. Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki w/ Luke Buda

Friday 7th May – Meow, Wellington w/ Luke Buda

Saturday 8th May – The Cabana, Napier w/ Devil’s Elbow

Sunday 9th May – The Dome, Gisborne w/ Bitter Defeat

Thursday 13th May – Totara St, Mount Maunganui w/ Bitter Defeat

Friday 14th May – Powerstation, Auckland w/ The Bats, Purple Pilgrims

Saturday 15th May – Town Hall, Raglan w/ Bitter Defeat

Tickets available via Banished Music

‘Scatterbrain’ is out on Friday 14th May via Fire Records, pre-orders are available now.

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banishedmusic.com/tickets

Luke Buda Dream Chambers Auckland Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 28th April, 2021 11:35AM

  
  

Pōneke icon Luke Buda throws off the songwriting shackles of The Phoenix Foundation with today’s announcement of an exceedingly rare solo performance sans band, playing a double headline show at Tāmaki’s The Wine Cellar this July with Dream Chambers, the ethereal electronic project of Jess Chambers. Beloved throughout Aotearoa and beyond for his multiple Silver Scroll nominated work with TPF, high profile soundtracks with Moniker and TPF on Taika Waititi‘s Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy (to name but two), and as a member of cosmic guitar noise tunesmiths Teeth, the indefatigable artist is gearing up to regale punters with songs from throughout his back catalogue. He’s promising "old faves from his previous solo albums, a Moniker soundtrack classic or two and, of course, some Phoenix Foundation songs. If you’re lucky he might even cover some Roxette."

Now based in Nashville, Tennessee and exploring the world of modular synthesis following a highly successful songwriting career (which netted her the 2009 APRA Best Country Music Song award), Jess Chambers has three albums under her belt as Dream Chambers so far, co-founded Hyasynth House (an electronic music collective for femme and non-binary creatives), and is currently back in Aotearoa for a visit. We strongly suggest you grab tickets for this special one-off event while you can, details below…

Luke Buda and Dream Chambers

Thursday 8th July — The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to Luke Buda’s superb 2020 cover of Beck’s ‘Cyanide Breath Mint’…

Experience a new live performance clip of Dream Chambers in studio…

Press release:

Luke Buda (Pōneke) and Dream Chambers (Nashville) have announced a one off gig at the Wine Cellar in Auckland on July 8th.

Luke Buda is coming out of solo retirement.

Having spent the last 12 years making albums and touring with The Phoenix Foundation, composing Taika Waititi movie soundtracks with Moniker, and channelling cosmic guitar noise with Teeth, the multiple Silver Scroll, Taite and NZMA finalist is heading to Auckland to perform some new solo music.

He’ll also play old faves from his previous solo albums, a Moniker soundtrack classic or two and, of course, some Phoenix Foundation songs. If you’re lucky he might even cover some Roxette.

Dream Chambers is the name for APRA award-winning singer-songwriter Jess Chambers’ ethereal electronic music.

Known in New Zealand for her delicately orchestrated folk albums and her work with The Woolshed Sessions, Rhian Sheehan, and The Upbeats, Jess relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2012 where she encountered a vibrant and welcoming underground electronic music scene and began a transformative journey into the world of music technology.

In the last 9 years, she has performed as Dream Chambers extensively in the US, co-founded Hyasynth House an electronic music collective for femme and non-binary creatives and, released three albums ranging from electronic-pop experimentalism through to drone and vocal soundscapes. Her sound, created using a mass of modular synthesizers, sequencers, and vocal processors, counterpoints heavy sub-bass with crystalline granular vocal samples and, shimmering arpeggios.

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Listen To Cave Circles New Album SHIPS

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Natasha Turner / Tuesday 27th October, 2020 11:05AM

  
  

Pōneke multi-instrumentalist Riki Gooch and collaborator Brett Stanton have distilled the mid-spring feeling and summer anticipation into nine delectable electronic tracks on new album SHIPS. Released under the Cave Circles moniker, the collection is dedicated to the greatly missed Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight, Fly My Pretties), and features a cornucopia of vibrant local contributions including Borrowed cs, Benny Salvador, JY Lee and Luke Buda. SHIPS’ first single ‘Benzo’ dropped one month back, setting the scene for mellow tracks like album closer ‘Dan Dan’, playful vocals like those heard on spooky disco number ‘Disco Saviour’ and the poetic ‘Mōrena, bird pies’ featuring young talent Kiva Parsons-Pirihi. Whether you’re after a low-key boogie or a pre-party soundtrack, SHIPS will hit the spot…

Cave Circles’ ‘SHIPS’ is out now via Secret Angels.

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The Phoenix Foundation Reveal New Video For Decision Dollars w Hollie Fullbrook

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Wednesday 14th October, 2020 10:20AM

  
  

While dedicated UTR readers will have already yelled at their screens "hold up there’s already a video for ‘Decision Dollars’, this news story is a rip off!", The Phoenix Foundation have in fact served up a second round of somehow even fancier visuals for their woozy hangover anthem, featuring Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins fame. Singer Luke Buda stretches his acting skills to the limit in the new clip directed by Bryson Rooney and made with the support of NZ On Air, playing the role of "a lonely, middle-aged man who finds joy in the uplifting chorus of a classic power ballad." I don’t know if I’m completely sold on the line "I’m never going to drink again" but the emotions expressed definitely feel real (especially when Buda pines for an ice cold cola). You can catch the Pōneke gang on their extensive nationwide tour this November celebrating the forthcoming release of their first studio album in five years Friend Ship, enjoy ‘Decision Dollars’ below…


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

Friday 6th November – St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

’Friend Ship’ releases on Friday 16th October, preorders are available here.

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Listen To Cave Circles Benzo From Upcoming New Album SHIPS

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Natasha Turner
/ Wednesday 30th September, 2020 2:33PM

  
  

Pōneke multi-instrumentalist and all-around musical magician Riki Gooch has revealed the first single from an upcoming "new album for the ears" named SHIPS from his ever-shapeshifting Cave Circles project. The creation of Gooch and Brett Stanton, who contributes to every track on SHIPS, the impossibly lush ‘Benzo‘ conjures daydreamy feelings of South Pacific fantasy with a future-friendly twist, creating maximum curiosity as to what the rest of the album will sound like. There’s an impressive lineup of guests on the nine track record including JY Lee, Luke Buda, Borrowed CS and Benny Salvador — keep it locked for SHIPS’ launch on 23rd October, catch Gooch performing at the Audio Foundation’s stacked Now Here This! festival, and do your earholes a favour with ‘Benzo’…

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Watch The Phoenix Foundations Karaoke Video For Decision Dollars

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 30th September, 2020 10:48AM

  
  

We’ve all felt dusty at various times or even just the other day, wishing we’d chugged down some Powerade before hitting the hay to stave off the brutal after-effects of an epic night on the razz. The Phoenix Foundation know that feeling well and have unleashed what may be their most relatable song yet with ‘Decision Dollars‘, a collaboration with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and the latest tune unveiled from the Pōneke gang’s long awaited latest album Friend Ship. Handling lead vocal duties on the woozy new power ballad, Luke Buda pours every drop of emotion into ‘Decision Dollars’ — accompanied by a swanky karaoke style clip created by audio-visual wizard Luke Rowell (Eyeliner, Disasteradio) with support from NZ On Air, encouraging us all to join Buda on his hung over tale of woe. He yearns for an "ice cold Coca Cola" while I recommend you try a cool refreshing 50/50 blend of orange juice and Sprite to get you physically and psychically back on track. We’re guessing ‘Decision Dollars’ may well be a fave anthem for the band on their forthcoming Friend Ship tour, hitting venues throughout Aotearoa this November…


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

Friday 6th November – St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music from 9am, Friday 14th August

’Friend Ship’ releases on Friday 16th October, preorders are available here.

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The Phoenix Foundation Share Tranquility Ft Hollie Fullbrook Jeff Henderson

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb / Tuesday 14th July, 2020 2:36PM

  
  

It’s been a big year for Wellingtonians The Phoenix Foundation, with their loveable classic album Buffalo hitting a milestone worthy of reissue, and the Buffalo 10 Year Anniversary Edition hitting shelves with bonus unreleased recordings. A few months on, and there are still more songs coming, which vocalist Luke Buda explains as multi-instrumentalist and band member Conrad Wedde having "about 1000 tracks just sitting around waiting for Sam [Samuel Scott] and I to put words to". Today’s TPF gift is aptly named ‘Tranquility’, featuring clarinet from composer Jeff Henderson and additional vocals courtesy of Tiny RuinsHollie Fullbrook. Have a moment of meditation with this delightful collaboration…

‘Buffalo 10 Year Anniversary Edition’ is out now via Universal Music New Zealand.

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tinyruins.bandcamp.com/

WellingtonNZ Save Our Venues Fest Samuel F Scott Luke Buda Estre Lontalius More

C.C. / Thursday 28th May, 2020 9:44AM

  
  

Pōneke’s San Fran, site of countless amazing live shows and cornerstone of NZ’s independent touring circuit, are hosting a special streaming event tonight in support of the Save Our Venues initiative, to keep our gig culture alive as we navigate particularly turbulent waters. Necessarily happening behind closed doors but streaming direct to digital devices for your viewing pleasure, local champs contributing to the festival include Estère, Lontalius, Samuel F. Scott & Luke Buda (The Phoenix Foundation) and more, brought to you by WellingtonNZ.

As everyday life returns back to something resembling ‘normality’, it’s crucial to remember Aotearoa’s venues are still operating under quite stringent level 2 conditions and need all the support they can get, so they can continue to bring you the awesome live events we’re all desperately craving. Scope out the full details for the livestream and tune in from 7.00pm…

The WellingtonNZ #SaveOurVenues Online Festival

Thursday 28th May – watch via the WellingtonNZ Facebook page / simulcast on RadioActive.FM, 7pm til 9.30pm

Featuring… Samuel F. Scott & Luke Buda (of The Phoenix Foundation), Estère, Lontalius, Name UL, KITA, Transistor, hosted by Yadana Saw

Show your love for Wellington’s independent venues via donating to their Boosted / Givealittle fundraising campaigns:

Valhalla (Wellington) – donate here

San Fran (Wellington, #welovesanfran) – donate here  

Meow (Wellington, #welovemeow) – donate here

Moon (Wellington, #welovemoonnewtown) – donate here

Watch Estère’s stunning video for ‘Rent’ from her 2018 double album My Design, On Others’ Lives…

Listen to Luke Buda’s cover of Beck’s ‘Cyanide Breath Mint’, recorded and released last month during lockdown…

Press release:

Show your love for Wellington’s venues with a free, online, one-night-only music festival in your living room – The WellingtonNZ #SaveOurVenues Online Festival!

This event will be streaming from the WellingtonNZ Facebook page, and simulcast on RadioActive.FM

Join us from Wellington’s San Fran stage to your home, and let’s celebrate the iconic venues we love this NZ Music Month by directing all support to the current local Save Our Venues NZ Fundraising campaigns.

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saveourvenues.co.nz/

Luke Buda Covers Sonic Youth Judee Sill

C.C. / Wednesday 13th May, 2020 10:26AM

  
  

Continuing a creative splurge which seems to know no limits, Luke Buda of Pōneke’s The Phoenix Foundation has lifted the veil on the second in a series of covers EPs, recorded at home under lockdown conditions. Casting his gaze on works by iconic US noise-rockers Sonic Youth and ’70s songwriting visionary Judee Sill, COVERS 2 serves up renditions of ‘Little Trouble Girl‘ and ‘Emerald River Dance‘. Buda reimagines Kim Gordon and Kim Deal‘s Shangri-Las style original as a celestial synth-washed anthem (with guest vocals from Samuel Flynn Scott) and brings a lushly layered approach to Sills’ timeless tune – he shared his thoughts on his latest collection via social media

"Featuring a version of Emerald River Dance by poor old sad Judee Sill. It includes this line “The deeper sorrow carves in the heart of your being the more joy you can contain.” which is quite severe IMO. As ever thanks to the mysterious Ice Blocks for the drums and Old Mate Watson for blowing compressed air through the metal pretzel known as a trumpet.

And Sonic Youth’s Little Trouble Girl. The original features a shared vocal duties by Kim Gordon and Kim Deal. The coolest singing bass playing Kims of all time. More powerful even in some ways than Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Il. Anyway this version features shared vocal duties by me Luke Buda and also Samuel F. Scott (Bunnies On Ponies). It is the first time we have shared vocal duties together, honestly. Thanks you Samuel F. Scott! And of course, thanks again to the mysterious Ice Blocks this time for Roto Toms."

The Phoenix Foundation’s ‘Buffalo 10 Year Anniversary Edition’ is out on Friday 5th June via Universal Music New Zealand.

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