Monthly Archives: May 2014

Winter Warmers

 

A wintery blast is a good excuse for bringing out your cosy coats and knitwear which Dunedin designers are so good at producing. Here’s a mix of some of our favourites, with a dose of vintage thrown in.

Snow on Mount Cargill

Snow on Mount Cargill

Trenchcoat by Hi There by Karen Walker from Belle Bird. Worn with dress from Slick Willy's and pants by Company of Strangers.

Trenchcoat by Hi There by Karen Walker from Belle Bird. Worn with dress from Slick Willy’s and pants by Company of Strangers.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d. Worn with skinnies by NOM*d, Dr Martens and vintage scarf.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d. Worn with skinnies by NOM*d, Dr Martens and vintage scarf.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d

Morse coat by Company of Strangers. Worn with leggings by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa.

Morse coat by Company of Strangers. Worn with leggings by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa.

Vintage cashmere cape and skirt by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with boots from Maher and vintage scarf.

Vintage cashmere cape and skirt by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with boots from Maher and vintage scarf.

Willowy cardi by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with necklace by Annie Blackberry.

Willowy cardi by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with necklace by Annie Blackberry.

Pure wool blazer bought off TradeMe (only $10!). Worn with dress by NOM*d and pants by Company of Strangers.

Pure wool blazer bought off TradeMe (only $10!). Worn with dress by NOM*d and pants by Company of Strangers.

 

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Opposite ‘Opposite Sex’

An extra dimension was injected into the Dunedin music scene when bassist Lucy Hunter and drummer Tim Player moved from Gisborne to Dunners to bring us eery but energetic experimental pop music. Now, joined by guitarist Reg Norris, this charismatic trio are Opposite Sex. Lucy and Tim took time out from their busy work and music schedules to chat to us about their band and how it came to be.

Tim Player and Lucy Hunter outside The Green Acorn Cafe, Dunedin

Tim Player and Lucy Hunter outside The Green Acorn Cafe, Dunedin

Lucy and Tim have travelled different musical paths to get where they are now:

Lucy explains “… I played piano and trumpet when I was growing up and just learned bass, just after [high] school, but Tim hadn’t played anything at all.” There is pretty much no instrument that Lucy hasn’t dabbled with.

Prior to Opposite Sex, my ex-boyfriend was Connan Mockasin so I played with them [Connan and the Mockasins] a bit and that got me into music I guess. After that I had a band called The Ravishes and that was alongside Opposite Sex.”

Tim and Lucy at Chick's Hotel

Tim and Lucy at Chick’s Hotel

What strikes us about Lucy, though, is her unique voice, which ranges from angelic in recordings to frantic and punk-like in live performances.

Lucy at Chick's Hotel

Lucy at Chick’s Hotel

Tim, on the other hand, had no musical experience prior to Opposite Sex. Nevertheless, he is very talented and musically knowledgeable.

All I can say is that I grew up listening to music from a young age …” He credits international bands The Birthday Party and Half Japanese and NZ band The Blueness as inspirational. He mainly plays drums and a bit of free-form guitar.

Opposite Sex has been making music since 2010 and is no stranger to the Dunedin music scene. They feel at home here and have enjoyed supporting local bands, including The Puddle, Snapper and Space Dust. Lucy and guitarist Reg more recently played in a side project called Sonny Carver and have contributed to the massive Dunedin collaboration Operation Underground by playing at a porch session. However, a real turning point for the band was being discovered by Fishrider Records owner, Ian Henderson.

It was sort of through [Ian’s band] The Puddle and Ian got in contact with us … he’s always been supportive,” recalls Tim.

Under the FIshrider label, the band released their debut album ‘Opposite Sex’ in 2011 and are now working on a new album, ‘Hamlet’, which will be out later in the year. Lucy, the main songwriter, describes the process:

“Usually I’ll lay down the bass line and the vocal melody but I still have it in my head for quite a long time before I put it to music …”

Lucy and Tim with a CD of their debut album ‘Opposite Sex’

Lucy and Tim with a CD of their debut album ‘Opposite Sex’

Studying for an English degree definitely adds flair to Lucy’s songwriting.

… I’ve done quite a few crime papers and a gothic fiction paper and I’ve been writing some really gothy songs which I wouldn’t have done before, so I guess that’s been directly inspired by university stuff.”

Lucy at Chick's Hotel

Lucy at Chick’s Hotel

Lucy and Tim hinted that the new album will be darker, with longer, more complicated songs than their previous album. Since Reg joined the band, the guitar sound is more “distorted and aggressive”.

Reg and Lucy at Chick's Hotel

Reg and Lucy at Chick’s Hotel

The band members were stoked about the opportunity to support Wellington-based band Shocking Pinks at Chick’s Hotel, Port Chalmers last Saturday.

Opposite Sex performing at Chick's Hotel

Opposite Sex performing at Chick’s Hotel

We’re really looking forward to hearing their new album, ‘Hamlet’. Good luck guys!

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Record Fair at Taste Merchants, 10 May

There’s more to Taste Merchants than wine and gigs. They also hold occasional vinyl fairs. We popped along to one last Saturday and enjoyed perusing through the eccentric, the classics and the undiscovered treasures. There was something for everyone! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the next fair. One of the things we love about Dunners is that events like this happen!

Darren holds Gram Parsons' 'GP' (1973)

Darren holds Gram Parsons’ ‘GP’ (1973)

Taste Merchants

Taste Merchants

Francisca holds poster from her last gig as the bass player of 1980s band Look Blue Go Purple. Dave from Relics holds Dead Moon's 'Trash and Burn' (2001) and Mastodon's 'Live at Brixton' (2013) ... “a good rocking band”.

Francisca holds poster from her last gig as the bass player of 1980s band Look Blue Go Purple. Dave from Relics holds Dead Moon’s ‘Trash and Burn’ (2001) and Mastodon’s ‘Live at Brixton’ (2013) … “a good rocking band”.

Fraser holds Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' (1992) … “he's the man” for founding G-funk gansta rap.

Fraser holds Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ (1992) … “he’s the man” for founding G-funk gansta rap.

Jess on coffee glams up the room!

Jess on coffee glams up the room!

Richard holds 'Vorwärts' (2011). This German compilation album, meaning forward in English, includes established (e.g. Can) and more recent (e.g. S.C.U.M.) artists.

Richard holds ‘Vorwärts’ (2011). This German compilation album, meaning forward in English, includes established (e.g. Can) and more recent (e.g. S.C.U.M.) artists.

Queen's 'The Miracle' (1989)

Queen’s ‘The Miracle’ (1989)

 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2014

 

The ultimate mother’s day gift has to be a bouquet of flowers that lasts forever. Kabuki Doll’s Jess Covell makes the most adorable felt flower bouquets including a mix of wild flowers, and bunches of poppies or daisies. So that’s exactly what we decided to buy for our mum, especially since our cats eat the real thing. We also picked up a $10 vinyl from the record fair at Taste Merchants – blog post to come.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those deserving mums out there! And, for those in Dunners, enjoy the fabulous weather we’ve had all weekend.

Bouquet by Kabuki Doll ($30)

Bouquet by Kabuki Doll ($30)

Bouquet by Kabuki Doll. Vinyl from record fair at Taste Merchants.

Bouquet by Kabuki Doll. Vinyl from record fair at Taste Merchants.

All you need for Mother's Day: flowers, good music and a feline friend!

All you need for Mother’s Day: flowers, good music and a feline friend!

 

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What Are You Wearing May?

 

A real mixture this month – guys, girls, groups, designer, vintage, op-shop, local and overseas.

Hannah and Rosie. Hannah wears vintage dress from Wellington and denim jacket gifted to her by Rosie. Rosie wears a 'Death and the Maiden' tee and shirt from Toffs.

Hannah and Rosie. Hannah wears vintage dress from Wellington and denim jacket gifted to her by Rosie. Rosie wears a ‘Death and the Maiden’ tee and shirt from Toffs.

Kate and Jack. Kate wears top from Void and pants from Quest. Jack wears top from Quest.

Kate and Jack. Kate wears top from Void and pants from Quest. Jack wears top from Quest.

Shareen wears op-shop and scarf gifted to her by a friend in India.

Shareen wears op-shop and scarf gifted to her by a friend in India.

Hazel, Kieran and Matt. Hazel wears pants by Shakuhachi, jacket by Stolen Girlfriend's Club, sunglasses by Karen Walker and bag by Status Anxiety. Kieran wears top from Hydro Surf and op-shop. Matt wears op-shop.

Hazel, Kieran and Matt. Hazel wears pants by Shakuhachi, jacket by Stolen Girlfriend’s Club, sunglasses by Karen Walker and bag by Status Anxiety. Kieran wears top from Hydro Surf and op-shop. Matt wears op-shop.

Jess wears vintage and Kabuki Doll necklace designed by herself.

Jess wears vintage and Kabuki Doll necklace designed by herself.

Eleanor and Chris. Eleanor wears cardigan bought in Wellington and shoes from San Francisco. Chris wears shoes by Banks.

Eleanor and Chris. Eleanor wears cardigan bought in Wellington and shoes from San Francisco. Chris wears jumper bought online.

Nada wears vintage dress and jacket from Paper Bag Princess.

Nada wears vintage dress and jacket from Paper Bag Princess.

 

 

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