In 40 YEARS IN 52 WEEKS, GARY STEEL trawls through his archives and selective memory banks to celebrate a lifetime of writing about modern music, and pens some new perspectives to mark the occasion. The subject of today’s piece: aural agony.
GARY STEEL finds that the Kaipara District Council is now refusing to accept most recyclables. Is this fair, and how are other councils around New Zealand dealing with their recycling obligations? When I moved to the Kaipara district two-and-a-half years ago it felt like a huge relief to be […]
In Witchdoctor’s famous BLINDFOLD TEST, we invite a musician into an audiophile sound lounge and play them a provocative record selection. This week, former Thompson Twins and sometime International Observer TOM BAILEY is put to the test at Auckland’s Audio Reference showroom. GARY STEEL is the DJ selector.
Her indictment of Santa’s gifts cut like a knife. “I don’t LIKE my presents! THEY’VE got the BEST presents, and MINE are no good!” She’d been over to see the kids next door and had decided that what Santa brought her just wasn’t good enough. The two girls had each […]
The Kauri Museum is a bittersweet experience for GARY STEEL.
RICHARD VAREY checks out a Kiwi-designed desktop amp that blows the lid on his preconceptions, and proves to be so much more.
In a world-first review PAT PILCHER discovers a mobile phone that could battle it out with the new iPhone X for a much smaller chunk of change.
Apple has announced its new iPhones, but PAT PILCHER is less than enthused.
PAT PILCHER unboxes Samsung’s latest premium offering to find a galaxy of peeper pleasing, high performance delight…
At Gamescom, the annual trade fair in Cologne for all things video gamey and explody, Microsoft announced a bunch of incoming titles for the Xbox and DAVID BUTTERFIELD’s here to let you know if they’re worth your time.
The mega rap phenomenon Drake has just released another record-breaking album, and its awfulness is an indictment on our lame acceptance of shit, writes GARY STEEL
A new survey shows just how much Netflix content is available in NZ. PAT PILCHER looks at the complex world of streaming and its impact on New Zealand.