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.
In 40 YEARS IN 52 WEEKS, GARY STEEL trawls through his archives to celebrate a lifetime of writing about modern music, and pens some new perspectives to mark the occasion. The subject of today’s piece: 1979.
Twenty years ago GARY STEEL interviewed Warren Ellis of so-called post-rock trio Dirty Three.
To celebrate New Zealand Music Month, GARY STEEL dredges up a bunch of old stories and interviews. Today, his 1998 interview with the post-Unitone HiFi duo project of Stinky Jim and Angus McNaughton, Soundproof, as well as a chat with Pitchblack’s Mike Hodgson.
Twenty years ago GARY STEEL interviewed German electronic legend Burnt Friedman.
In 1988 Witchdoctor’s GARY STEEL was editing teen pop magazine RTR Countdown and in February of that year he jetted off to New York with five competition winners to catch Michael Jackson at Madison Square Garden.
In the final instalment of our three part Pink Floyd retrospective, GARY STEEL reviews the band’s 1988 concert at Auckland’s Western Springs.
Celebrated British composer Max Richter performs two of his works this weekend as part of the Auckland Festival. GARY STEEL had a wee chat with the man behind the epic Sleep and Vivaldi Recomposed.
Frank Zappa is dead! Long live Frank Zappa! GARY STEEL witnesses the great man’s resurrection through the musical reinvention of son Dweezil Zappa and his ‘crack’ band.
Dweezil Zappa’s Auckland gig has remained steadfastly under the radar, but GARY STEEL gives it his heartiest endorsement.
Next month Dweezil Zappa brings his father Frank’s music to New Zealand for the first time since 1976. LYNN ANSELL talked to the virtuosic guitarist/bandleader about what we can expect from ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants’, a title that reflects the huge spat currently playing out between the Zappa siblings in Hollywood. [Note: Lynn consciously chose not to talk about that, because as Frank Zappa used to say, ‘Music is the best!’]
Ron Kane was an American who loved NZ music at a time we barely acknowledged it, a record collector supreme, and part of a very strange musical group himself. GARY STEEL pays tribute to a good friend who died earlier today.