Californian sax player Kamasi Washington is one of the hottest musicians around right now, helping to bring jazz to audiences who might not have traditionally been interested in this style of music previously. Coming on the back of his critically acclaimed triple album from 2015, The Epic, Washington’s latest release is the eight-track EP Harmony of Difference. Released … Continue reading Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference Review
It’s that time of year again. Shudder…the Rock and Roll of Fame inductees list is out. It is time to induct the class of 2018. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know by now that I have very strong opinions about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, most … Continue reading Here We Go Again: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018
The Silver Scrolls were held in Dunedin on Thursday night, the first time they have been held in the southern city. It was an all-female final with Lorde taking out the top gong, while Flying Nun band The Clean were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, that most prestigious of New Zealand … Continue reading What To Do About the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame?
Laneway has had its first lineup announcement for the 2018 edition of the festival set to be held in Albert Park in January. After announcing two of the headliners last month in the form of Anderson Paak and Mac DeMarco, a host of other artists have now been added to the bill, with more yet … Continue reading Laneway 2018 Lineup Reveal Thoughts
It has been quite a quiet month or so for album releases, with a handful of really good albums making up for the overall lack of quality releases. This predicament has led me to combine my August and September picks into one list. This is not overly surprising as this time of year is traditionally … Continue reading August-September Albums: 2017 – Sam Picks