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RIP: Bernie Worrell

Bernie WorrellP-Funkster Bernie Worrell has passed away after battling lung cancer. He was 72. Along with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell was one of the architects for the Parliament-Funkadelic sound contributing his keyboard playing and songwriting skills to albums like Maggot Brain, America Eats Its Young and Mothership Connection. He also played with Booty’s Rubber Band, Fred Wesley’s Horny Horns and, most notably, Talking Heads.

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Click here to listen to Cosmic Slop from the 1973 Funkadelic album of the same name:

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway (Warners)

red-hot-chili-peppers-the-getaway-ltdWhat do we expect from a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album? Boundless jumpy energy, heavy funk rock, with a beat you can mosh too? Well, if those are your expectations, then your frame of reference for RHCP is at least ten years out of date. Consider the following: The median age of a Red Hot Chili Pepper is 53. Guitar freak John Frusciante bowed out of the band over five years ago. Loudness producer Rick Rubin has been replaced by coolness producer Danger Mouse. Did you really expect their new material to be a harkening back to Blood Sugar Sex Magik? Continue reading

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The Black Death II – Whammy Bar June 24, 2016

Black Death IIThe 13th Floor’s Kate Powell goes over to the dark side…

One of the things that pisses me off about music journalism is when the writer in question pretends to intimately know subgenres. It makes their writing hollow and trite, whilst completely disrespecting the music in question. So I will prefix this review by saying that I do not actively listen to extreme metal, and what limited knowledge I have of the genre arises purely from some kind acquaintances within the scene. Continue reading

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M83 – Junk (Pod)

M83-Junk1Creatively speaking, it is rare that anything happens in isolation. Nostalgia, the desire to relive a moment, an aesthetic, a way of thinking, has ebbed and flowed throughout history. The last fifteen years or so, the indie music landscape has been largely indebted to the music of the past, as countless bands have referenced a myriad of genres and styles to mixed effect.  Anthony Gonzalez of French synth pop band M83 has made an entire career out of crafting well-textured delightfully nostalgic gems. Continue reading

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An Announcement For The Closure Of Bodega – The End Of An Era

bodegainteriorFrom the owners of Bodega Murray Hepple and Catherine Popert.

It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington. Whilst unhappy at this turn of events, we are proud of our history in bringing so many and such a wide variety of seminal, local, national and international acts to the Bodega stage. Continue reading

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BRONCHO – Double Vanity (Dine Alone)

broncho“Doo, doo, doot-doot-doot-doot”

You may have heard these “lyrics” from Class Historian, BRONCHO’s catchy indie single from 2014. It’s one of those tracks that weasels into your brain, leaving you humming it throughout your day till you arrive at the point where you begin to hate it, but don’t let that soil your view of BRONCHO. Hailing from Norman, Oklahoma, the quartet has continued to develop their increasingly interesting sound of avant-garde garage rock (if that can be considered a thing) into something definitely worth your time. With almost non-stop touring through the years, BRONCHO has opened for bands ranging from Social Distortion to Cage the Elephant to Billy Idol. Continue reading

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Central Intelligence (Film Review)

Central IntelligenceDir: Rawson Marshall Thurbur

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

Here is an experience I never thought I would have: watching a film where Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shines. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber is an established comedy filmmaker who has had hits (Easy A, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and misses (We’re the Millers) and, against my expectations, this one turns out to be a hit. In fact Central Intelligence is filled with a lot of pleasant surprises. Continue reading

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Flightless)

Nonagon-Infinity-itunes-4000x4000-640x640Nonagon Infinity has been crafted to be an album that can be played as an infinite loop. Pretty good for a band whose name will tongue tie you just trying to say it. Continue reading

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Watch Mark Wilkinson At The Tuning Fork

markwilkinson1Australian Mark Wilkinson recently performed at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. The 13th Floor cameras were there and captured Mark performing a couple of songs during the sound check. Mark also sat down to have a bit of chat with Marty Duda.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (Film Review)

ID4RHEADER-1Dir: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward

The original Independence Day, twenty years ago, focused on a simple central conceit — Earth, the underdog, manages to survive an alien invasion by the sheer human ingenuity of a few brilliant individuals who then lead the whole world to unite and fight an alien evil. Continue reading

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Methyl Ethel – Inhuman Spectacle (4AD)

Methyl EthelLike fellow Aussie psychedelic dream poppers Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel hail from Perth and mine similar territory on their debut Inhuman Spectacle. If anything, they are a bit more downbeat and less poppy than their Western Australian compadres. Continue reading

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Tina’s High Horse: Ru Paul’s Drag Race

In response to the Orlando shootings I was going to discuss the media narrative, gun control, why any civilian would really need an easily reloadable 50 round weapon, that might just seem is only designed to mow down as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. I was even going to talk about the relativity of religious extremism and how Christians have also managed to slaughter many people and have too punched above their weight in terms of oppressing the wimmins and the gays…. But I think we need another think piece on this, like we need another testicle. Instead, I will leave these two images here…ru6ru7

 

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Strange Little Birds – Garbage (Liberator)

Garbage Strange Little BirdsIt’s as if they never stopped – as if 4 years has passed like a flash since their comeback album Not Your Kind of People.  Irish dark femme Shirley Manson, drummer Butch Vig, bassist and guitarist Duke Erickson and guitarist Steve Marker pick it up where they left off setting up the tone for Garbage’s sixth album, Strange Little Birds Continue reading

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Watch Alanna Eileen at The 13th Floor

Alanna EileenMelbourne-based folk singer Alanna Eileen is in New Zealand to record her first full-length album at Ben Edwards’ studio in Lyttelton. On the way she stopped by The 13th Floor to talk to Marty Duda and to perform a few songs…two of which will appear on the as-yet-unrecorded album. And she is performing several shows while in the country including one tonight at The Wine Cellar, so stop in and check her out.

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Willie Watson: I Was Really Feeling The Pressure (Interview)

Willie WatsonWillie Watson was a founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show, one of the leading Americana bands of the past decade or so. But Willie up and left the group in 2011 and has since released his first solo album, Folk Singer Vol 1, a collection of newly-recorded traditional folk songs. Watson will be performing at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Thursday, July 7th along with Nashville-based Josh Hedley. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Willie Watson recently to talk about his upcoming show and discovered that going solo hasn’t been all that easy for Mr Watson. Continue reading

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