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Sandra Bell

 

" Sandra began her musical career in Auckland in the late 80s with recording on Industrial Tapes. Other releases included Marie and the Atom and the Kiwi Animal. On her move South she teamed up with Peter Jefferies(This Kind of Punishment) who produced her first solo album Dreams of Falling. Released by the legendary label Xpressway in New Zealand in '92 and on a Belguim label worldwide. This brought her international recognition in the Indie music scene, leading to a tour of the US with Peter Jefferies and Alaster Galbraith in '94. In '95 she released Net on the Dunedin label IMD, which also met with critical acclaim. Relocated to Berlin in '96 at the encouragement of some German fans and in '99 she released "City of Sorrows" on USA label VHF. White Nights is her first release for this millenium.

 

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PT129: Sandra Bell - Ampelmann (CD Single) 2013 Powertool Records

1.Ampelmann 2.Ampelmann (Techno Mix) 3.The Miners

US: $5.00

NZ: $8.00

PT116: Various Artists - Bulletholes 4: Exploring The Unknown(Compilation Album) 2012

1.Feyodor - Get Well Soon 2.Black Watch - The Stars In The Sky 3.Attics & Cellars - Sheep And Wolves 4.Vorn - A Safe Pair Of Hands 5.Rough Church - Goodbye To Greg 6.Sandra Bell - Caveman 7.Brother Love - Gravity Is A State Of Mind 8.One Man Bannister - You'd Never Know 9.Juan Los Bastardos - Peice You Off 10.Dragstrip - Do Do Do 11.Enshrine - Side Of My Own 12.Starfire - Monster 13.AJ Sharma - Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore 14.New Hang Ups - The Girl In An Adult World 15.Malcontent - Meet Me In Wellington (Lie To Me) 16.Black Wings - Black Ice 17.Doubtful Sounds - Painting By Numbers 18.Gold Medal Famous - Gold! Metal! Famous! 19.Azalia Snail - Helaine's Journey 20.Cat & Sock - Exploring The Unknown

US: $13.95

NZ: 20.00

 

PT100: Various Artists - Powertool Records Retrospective (Double CD Album) 2010 Powertool Records

Disc 1: 1.Joed Out - Sweetest Friend 2.The Puddle - You Are A Animal 3.Mikael H. - Sometimes Loneliness 4.Vorn - Tired Car Parts 5.One Man Bannister - How To Beg 6.Momzer - Henry M. 7.Sandra Bell - Wonderland 8. Surf Friends - Life With You 9.Factory Kids - You Gotta Rain 10.Gina Rocco - Housepainters Are Falling 11.Infinite Flying Kick - Mr Sad Robot 12.Dragstrip - Death / Mountain 13.Brother Love - Oncoming Storm (Melanie) 14.Feyodor - The Intoxicating Entrapment Of Emotional Attachment 15.Poison Arrow - Compromise City 16.Mixture - Sweet Girlfriend 17.Greg Franco - Guarantees 18.Ward 4 - Mile 19.Enshrine - You Left Your Mark On Me 20.The Temporary Thing - Violet

Disc 2: 1.Bilders - Rosko 2.Lost Universe - Pizza & Cheap Wine 3.Jetty - Purakunui 4.Sparrow - This Is How It's Done 5.Venture Electric - Heather Nova Vs. Johnny Cash 6.Bridget Martin - Mandy 7.The Weather - Everything Is Real 8.The Shrugs - Half Fish Half Man 9.Secretboyfriend - Beenstung 10.Fats White - 2u 11.Azalia Snail- Scenescape 12.Rimu - Mobile Noise 13.Friendstealer - Chocolate Bears 14.Federales - Country Life 15.Famous Famous - Nothing I Need 16.Robert Scott - Calculator 17.Bored Gordon - Seaside Suicide 18.AJ Sharma - Singledome 19.Dead Souls - One More Little Death 20.Mark Airlie - Kia Kaha Anaru

 

 

US: $13.95

NZ: 20.00

KW027: Kaleidoscope World Series #26 Saturday 30th May 2009. at the Masonic Tavern, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

1.ROSS HARPER - eyes like a gypsy 2.HEROES AND VILLAINS - now that you're gone 3.SANDRA BELL- industrial night 4.LOST UNIVERSE- pizza and cheap wine 5.THE RANDOMS - follow you down 6.HANGMAN - grind 7.AUDIO PILOTS - hurricane 8.WITHOUT CONSCIOUS THOUGHT - drop dead juliet

US: $7.95

NZ: $10.00

 

PT081: Sandra Bell - White Nights (CD Album) 2008

1.Wonderland 2.Fatal Shore 3.Five Nights 4.Expect 5.Walking The Lane 6.In The Bar 7.Homage To DKB 8.Saved

US: $13.95

NZ: 20.00

PT078: Various Artists - Bulletholes 3: The Best Is Yet To Come(Compilation Album) 2008

1.Mark Airlie - Song For Lynn 2.Sparrow - The Quiet Revelation 3.Venture Electric - Leave Alone 4.Mixture - You Want An Answer 5.Dead Pan Rangers - 10 Speed 6.Rough Church - Book Junkies 7.The Puddle - No Love No Hate 8.Dark Beaks - Away You Go 9.Bill Direen - Song Of The Bloodsucker 10.Sproutts - I Want To Be A Sproutt 11.The Shrugs - Your Criminal Past 12.Cabbage Bomber - Retrograde 13.Gina Rocco & Robert Scott - Picnics 14.Feyodor - Claws 15.Joed Out - Replacement Car 16.Robert Scott - Project Aqua's Gotta Go 17.Vorn - Black Forest Clocks 18.Sandra Bell - Fatal Shore 19.Ward 4 - Mile 20.The Weather - All Your Dreams

US: $13.95

NZ: 20.00

SGS002: Sandra Bell - The Fatal Shore / Robert Scott - Project Aqua's Gotta Go (Double A-Single) 2008 (From the compilation album'Bulletholes 3: The Best Is Yet To Come')

1.Project Aqua's Gotta Go 2: The Fatal Shore

US: $5.00

NZ: $6.00

Azalia Snail/Sandra Bell Tour Oct 2008 By Sandra

Tues 1st October Dunedin Mid evening, and Dianne Civil (drummer) , Azalia Snail(USA), and Andrew Maitai(Powertoolrecords boss and tour manager) arrive at Maitland St after a day long journey from Wellington, bearing crayfish from Kaikoura . 3 years after Azalia and I met in Berlin , the tour of New Zealand is on! Azalia flew from LA a few days ago, and after a nasty tummy bug is now in good form. I first heard of Azalia in the 90s with her album ĎSienna Goldí and was a huge fan so it is a dream come true that she agreed to come over for the release of my CD ďWhite NightsĒ and her collected works ďPetal MetalĒ and do a tour.

Wednesday 2nd October Dunedin Dianne and I have to practise! Andrew suggests the front lounge so I inform the elderly neighbours and we get into it. John White who is joining us on tour comes and plays violin, and it sounds great. Dianne then practises with Azalia, and they have a set together. We have a lovely dinner with Jay Clarkson and Tony who plays with David Kilgour and Ben...

Thursday 4th October Dunedin - Chicks Another quick practise and my amp gives up after half an hour! Itís been fixed last week, but obviously they didnít get the problem! Bugger, will see how it goes tonight, and take extra amp in case it gives up again. Text from Chris Mathews Ė he has to cancel as support as has too much to do for the upcoming Headless Chickens tour which is disappointing... but these things happen. Out to Chicks for a sound check and we are greeted by a very amicable Hector who runs the bar. The PA doesnít sound good. Thank God for Dianne ( a phrase I repeat many times over the next ten days)who is a sound engineer and figures the bass speakers arenít working because the plug has retracted back into the speaker itself(this was after asking the barperson to unplug her noisy vacuum cleaner from the multibox which didnít end up to be the problem) .Out comes Hector to the rescue with a screw driver to remove the back of the speaker and in a while its fixed. Itís a great atmosphere in Chicks as people come in. I like the way that the locals who used to drink there havenít noticed that itís now a cool band bar, or probably that the bar has changed at all, and frolic around dancing to the music like in the good old days. John white plays some wonderful new songs, in his gentle enchanting style. My set , and the amp gives up after half an hour again so change to the other little one and persevere, the show must go on! Vocals turned up, one has no idea on stage how you sound to the audience, itís all a matter of blind faith most of the time. Azalia plays and it sounds divine...

Friday 3 Oct Dunedin Circadian Rhythm Amp cutting out means have to use little bass amp from Clare OíLeary in Wellington .Andrew and Azalia head to Channel 9 to do 5.30 interview organised by the stalwart Darryl Baser. Dianne comes back from a day with friends in Seacliff in time for fish and chips then sound check. Thank god for Forbes Williams doing the sound, he gets everything sussed. We return home to change clothes (yes we are girls) and me to greet babysitter then back to Circadian. People are starting to come already and Andrew is in situ at the door. Azalia is in raptures about the samozas at Circadian, the best she has ever had, and is very impressed with the lovely Sue who runs the place. John does another wonderful set. I am impressed that they are all new songs, he is a prolific writer. I am also entranced by the beauty of the songs, it is like being transported into a lost world listening to him. Then Bob Scott is up. Another prolific writer who always seems to have new material, Bob also does a wonderful set. I perform and it is so fabulous to be drumming with Dianne again, she is so distinctive and intuitive. We first played together 20 years ago. She drummed on my 2nd release an EP called Blackbirds and performed with myself and Merlene Chambers at a performance art piece I did at a sculptural exhibition in Auckland in the 1980s in a piece about the destruction of old buildings in Auckland that metamorphosised into the song Industrial Night . She was in the band Vibraslaps with Clare Oleary and others around this time. We also played together in Dunedin in a womenís free noise band called Fomentations with Francisca Griffin and Emma Milburn 2000. John has decided to play violin on every song, which is great and fills in the space that not having a bass player leaves, as well as totally enhancing the pieces. Azalea up next and itís hard to believe that she is actually here in Dunedin, after first hearing her music in the early 90s and adoring it. Her sounds capes are mesmerizing and captivating and audience is transfixed. A great night. And yeh to all my work buddies for turning up. I drive home alone to get there in time the babysitters curfew and oh no as I am racing up Manor Place I see that I am being pursued by a police car. I pull up and he comes over, i am doing 70k in 50 k area. Bugger! I do as I am told, and apoligize, as he hands me the $120 ticket.

Sat 4 Oct Dunedin-Chch The Media Club I drive my son Florian out to the airport; he is staying with friends in Wellington while I am on tour. Load the van and we are off north, well first to North East Valley to collect a tape of Waste The Earth that Gavin Shaw has made for Andrew, then to collect John from Port Chalmers. As we drive across the hills to Waitati, the hills seem alight with yellow gorse, which as a noxious weed I hate but from a distance looks startling. First stop is Oamaru to visit The Grain Store and say hello to Donna and Geoff. Geoffís band is practising for a gig tonight and as usual Donna looks like a walking art piece with her delicate combination of fabrics and textures, and as usual as Donna is a tireless worker, she is preparing mail outs, hand printing the envelopes for an upcoming White Swan Black Swan gig. Walk around searching for penguins but wrong time of day. See the elusive Penguin Club which were originally supposed to play at, but got double booked. I see my favourite Oamaru graffiti ĎBobby Sands Livesí. Glad its still there. On to Chch with John driving and we receive texts from friends warning us of gale force winds in Sth Canterbury. It is pretty windy at times, but John manages to hold the wheel and all is OK. In Chch we get lost as everyone feels disoriented with the one way systems and lack of landmarks, but get to The Media Club about six. We meet the guy I have called Mr Grumpy who shows us into the gorgeous room we are to perform in. It has gilt ceilings and a big round mirror behind the stage. John is joined by Russell on drums tonight, who I know from The Empire days . Setting up the sound system we realize something is wrong and itís not working. Mr Grumpy doesnít know much about it and is distracted by the 21st in the main bar which is obviously going to make him a lot more money than we will. We wait for a bar person to show, but she canít fix it either. Itís irretrievably broken so we have to put the vocal mikes through our amps. The night seems doomed as not many people show up. Mr Grumpy doesnít help by not giving us as much as a free coke, expecting us to pay for all our drinks.However, the night was saved by the quality of the audience rather than the quantity in the shape of my dear old friend Paul Stephenson an avid record collector/dealer and Stephan and Mick from the Terminals. They have never heard Azalia before and just love her music, and become big fans. We stay with Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean who have graciously opened up their house for us, and are playing with us the next night at Harbourlight.

Oct 5 Sunday Chch Harbourlight In the morning I realise as I try to get up that I have put my back out and am in excruciating pain. Only day 4 of the tour and I am injured! Knew i should have made some type of effort to get fit before, but too late now. We had planned to visit Paul Stephensonís record stall at the Riccerton Market Ė Paul texts and he canít go as has put his shoulder out, however we decide to go anyway. After getting lost heaps including ending up at a womenís expo instead we find the market , in a very pleasant setting amongst trees at the edge of the raceway. Dianne and Azalia head off to look for clothes, while Andrew and I head to the food stalls. Andrew and I go to visit Paul, as I want Andrew to see Paulís music collection plus his house with a CD player, record player and old 4-track in every room including the bathroom, not to mention his juke box filled with NZ rarities. Azalea and Dianne opt for a walk in the Botanical Gardens, including a visit to the azalea gardens. Out to thru the tunnel to Harbourlight at Lyttleton and sound check which is kindly organised by Paul, and yes the PA is working! Harbourlight is gorgeous old theatre with tables and a great place to see bands. Minisnap is up first and plays a great set. Love those vocals Kay! Mick and Stephan and Paul are there again, and its fab to see Demarnia Lloyd in the audience. Highlight of the evening has to be a saxophone player who Andrew spotted in the audience and asked to play jamming to Azalia and the final jam ďI Feel Loveí with Paul Kean joining on bass. The evening is filmed by azalea so watch out for it on U-Tube! I want to go to the Wunderbar afterwards as I have heard so much about it, and apparently the decor is based on a bar I know in Berlin called Barbie Deinhoffs. It hasnít got the Barbies, but it is reminiscent of Berlin bars and a fab place. We meet the band who is playing there that night who are also touring and swap notes and have a general chat. A friend Azalia has made takes her back to give her a bag of carrots which she returns with triumphantly, and we munch on them on the way back into town.

Oct 6 Chch-Westcoast Franks Off we head to Greymouth over the Arthurs Pass. The weather is beautiful as we pass some stunning scenery. I am excited about going to the Westcoast as its my birthplace and hold a special place in my heart, and am really keen for Azalia to see the best part of NZ! Actually Dianne and John havenít been here either so cool for them too. We arrive in Greymouth in the afternoon, and the others look around, including locating the op shops , and Andrew and I go up to see Rex Bourke who has organised the gig for us and is playing support. Rex lives in a stunning house looking over Greymouth and we are entertained by his bass player and cat until he gets out of the shower. We go down for sound check and nice Rex works tirelessly getting the sound right and says I can use his amp, which incidentally is same brand as mine, a Rocket, but a later model and working! Dianne, ever resourceful, has found us a hostel up the road. Itís called the Ark, and is very picture-esque, a two storied ex-seminary, with huge palms outside. All the rooms are named after animals, and decorated accordingly. Andrew and I are in Panda (hello Panda 1, Panda 2), Dianne is in Sheep. Unfortunately sheep is upstairs and past a lot of other animal rooms, and is full of images of, well, sheep. Should be easy sleeping there. Back down to eat. Andrew has told us about the fantastic Tibetan dumplings cooked by the Tibetan monk downstairs and they donít disappoint, they are fantastic, as is the other food. A got -to -go place to eat if you are in Greymouth, with a great hostess Nell. The crowd arrives and Rex has done a great job gathering the locals. They are a neat bunch but obviously havenít seen each other for ages as they talk a lot through our sets. Cos itís just one smallish room itís obvious as usually it wouldnít matter. I wondered whether to just turn up the volume and drown them out but didnít and soldered on. Azalia had trouble with her sound, and felt a bit downhearted after. Rex and his band were incredible, sort of Stooges like. Lots of CDs sold. I ran into two guys who had played at a gig Bob Scott, myself, Emma Milburn, Richard Baker did years ago at Barrytown Hall. That gig was one of my favourites ever. The West Coast people came over and did a gig at the Empire afterwards. Noel Ward was the link. Anyway back to The Ark with a 6 pack. As Az and John havenít booked in, John opts to sleep in the van, and Az to sneak into Sheep. Az talks John into also sneaking into Sheep, as the room is empty apart from Dianne. We party in Panda and have a fab time, enjoying sitting on the panda quilt and smoking out the window.

Oct 6 Greymouth-Nelson The Independent. We saunter out of the Ark to quiet drizzling rain, and munch on a few dumplings as we head to Hokitika as I have some family business to attend too. Az and Dianne find the Op Shop (they could write a NZ guide) and we rendezvous on the beach which is stunning white skeleton of a tree too long beside the sea (from the song of mine Gilt). Dianne and I are transfixed by the amazing stones many of which she can name, and wander over the beach collecting them. Az takes some footage of me for a video against background of knotted tree trunks and ominous approaching waves. Off we head to Punakaiki to the rocks and then head to Nelson. I text Michael Stephenson in Dunedin to see if he knows someone we can stay within Nelson. For hours, through Reefton and Buller there is no mobile phone coverage. Apart from wanting to hear from Michael, itís quite a relief to be away from mobiles .We find the Independent Theatre run by some very nice people. He was not expecting so many of us and only has two vocal mics set up, but provides us with a PA and box of leads, mics etc. We persist for ages trying to connect it all, but time is running out and itís not working so abandon it all and just mic up the amps. Mathew Thornicroft, our support ,has not turned up as show time approaches; he dropped his bag here earlier and was off to an art opening. Mat turns up just before we start and is a tad under the weather, so doesnít perform but joins the audience instead. Not a great crowd but the theatre is nice and itís good to play in a space where the audience can hear clearly. An elderly lady apparently has her fingers over her ears during my set and leaves in the break Ė obviously not her thing. Some guy seems to have a thing against omnichords and Americans and is bantering with Azalia and he leaves too. Ah well the rest of the audience looks happy. I link up with Robyn, an old Dunedin friend, who has graciously offered a friendís house to stay in. We lose Mat who wanders off into the night. As we havenít eaten the gang want to go to the only place open, oh no McDonalds. Walking there I suddenly start to feel really weird. I know the thought of McDonalds does this to people, but this was definitely not good. McDonalds looked surreal and creepy as I walked in and I knew I had to leave immediately as I felt like I was going to pass out. Robyn stays with me as I prop myself up against a wall and try to understand what is going on. I presume I am having some sort of adverse reaction to some tabs I have been on for my back. Eventually the others finish their tucker and we drive windy roads and arrive at a house set on the hills looking over the bay, following directions left by our hostess Karen to our beds.

Wed 8 Oct Nelson-Wellington Mighty Mighty In the morning I realise I am still alive (hooray) and look out to the most stunning views of the bay. We have tea with our charming hostess who has put up a band of strangers, and head to Picton. Thank god the weather is good, as more weather texts from our various friends had informed us the winds had been so bad yesterday the ferry had been cancelled. Picton looks like something out of the Mediterranean, blue sea and sun and little yachts in the harbour. We have half an hour to spare so head off for a wander. At rendezvous time John has not appeared and Azalia is freaking out we will miss the ferry. However John cruises back in a few minutes and off we go to catch the ferry. We have a band sticker that gives us priority but no flashing lights like the journey down. I am waiting for Radio Active to ring for an interview but they donít, when I ring them they thought I was meant to ring them, didnít have my number, and now itís too late, ah well. We lug our little amps up to the bar and position ourselves next to the little stage which looks like some sort of cage for animals. No-one is remotely interested in us, and after about an hour John starts to play fiddle as we sit around. I decide to play and position myself in the galley/cage thing. A man brings a baby over to listen. She is spellbound as I rock and roll (literally) and quietly sing some songs. Then she becomes downright excited and stands up jiggling and smiling. NZ music fans start young these days. Well at least I know I have made one person happy! She cries when Dad takes her away. We arrive in Wellington and find Mighty Mighty, driving the van down Cuba Mall with John guiding us and clearing the crowds. Then the lugging of gear up the stairs, but it is all worth it when we see Mighty Mighty- itís gorgeous with pink/red velvet curtains, gilt furniture, palms and a long bar. Sound checks with the lovely Sally Rees, a Dunedin and Berlin friend. Az and Andrew are doing a radio interview, John has gone to friends, so Dianne and I head out to Clare OíLearyís and Cathyís were we are staying the night, and my son Florian is. They live at Breakers Bay and have a delicious meal ready for us. So great to see my son Florian, who now considers Clare and Cathy Mums, and me as the real Mum, but he is not quite sure how to relate to me (maybe 3 Mums is just too much to handle). Back to Mighty and thus for me starts the most chaotic and probably worst performance of the tour. Vorn are up first and are very slick with his distinctive tongue-in cheek lyrics which at times are hilarious. I notice the keyboard player accidently knock the monitor off stage at one point, but donít think anything much of it. On I go and boy do I have vertigo from the ferry, so I am wobblying around trying to look like I have everything in hand, but secretly hoping I wonít topple over and make a complete ass of myself. Do one weird out of tune singing line in the first song, bugger, but make it thru the rest of the song OK. Canít hear my vocals at all, is it because I turned the amp up? Start the next song, Fatal Shore, and John seems to have spilt something on stage and has leant down to fix it up and is mucking around. Eventually he starts playing and off we go. A few songs thru and I realise the fold back has gone altogether so John asks Sally to investigate. I look down during one song and she is fiddling with the monitor and bang on it goes, it had been damaged in the fall by the Vorn keyboardist. Jeepers in business now, but what a shame I didnít realise before, as I sung most of the set without fold back. Cos my lyrics are so vital to me if I canít hear myself canít really get into the song, so am disappointed in my performance, but the last few songs are OK. The brutally honest Campbell Walker says exactly the same thing later. Anyway, got to take the ups with the downs. Az up next as I chill in the smokerís room. Andrew tour manager is chilling tonight too and has drunk all the artistsí beer! He is usually so competent, tolerant and easy to get along with, I forgive him, and besides the bar staff didnít tell us what our limit was. I have a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new, and both Rich and Sally from Mighty are wonderful and generous hosts. This is our last night with John White as he is stopping here to do some recording with his new band ďThe BluenessĒ. It has been fabulous having him with us and we will miss him.

Oct 9 Wellington-Wanganui Eye of the Night. After a leisurely morning when everyone kept returning to bed, then getting up again (except AZ and Dianne who went in search of the Laundromat) we head to Wanganui. We find a bunch of keys in the van, bugger we have Clareís house and car keys. We call into Paekakariki to catch up with Michael OíLeary, Poet and Earl and dear friend at his bookshop. After a few distinctive Earlish jokes reminiscent of Oscar Wilde, we deposit the keys there and continue on. We pass the turnoff to Ratana which we unfortunately donít have time to see; I went there years ago and loved it. Infact it must be 20 years ago since i was in this area. I have wonderful memories of hitching up the Wanganui River to see James K. Baxterís grave in Jerusalem. I got taken in by locals (manuhiritanga) and looked after, and taken to meet the nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor who knew Hemi. It was a formative and important experience for me both in terms of my cultural understanding and identity in terms of my creativity. Driving across the Wanganui River we are very impressed at how pretty Wanganui is- apparently it has had a lot of money pumped into beautifying the main street and we are impressed. We pull up outside Eye of the Night, and Al greets us. As we walk up the stairs we discover it is in fact Als flat. Al has set the place up beautifully, the lounge is the band room, he has a sleeping place for bands. As darkness approaches itís amazing how it transforms into a venue. A good crowd comes, but the enigmatic ex-Dunedinite and fellow poet David Merritt does not show, citing a broken down car next day by email. Neither does an ex-schoolmate of mine who told Al he was coming, which is a shame. The sound and lights are fabulous, the audience relaxed and friendly and we have a great night. Someone brings a huge chocolate cake, and I enjoy standing out on the roof (the smoking lounge)and looking over the backs of shops and into the night.

Friday Oct 11 Wanganui-Auckland Whammy Bar Tea with Al in the morning, who explains the concept of Eye of the Night is based on a bar called Schokoladen in Berlin, which is part of an ex-squatted house, who have their artists stay over and feed them etc. I know this place well, having performed there and hung out there a lot. Al was there with Coco Solid who he is the sound/lightening person for. Al gets Az and I to write our names with spray cans on the wall beside his house, and then we are off for breakfast. I go to my first op shop on the tour and score heaps, buy some jeans and a jacket I wear for the next 3 days. We bypass Hamilton, where we were meant to play, but the venue La Commune closed down and onto Auckland. Azalia is playing support for Alastair Galbraith in a sound foundation/altmusic gig. Hooray! Dianne, Andrew and I have the night off! Lots of ex-Dunedinites turn up and the place is full. Peter Wright plays a wonderful piece of music but its deafeningly loud and I have to run to the loo and stuff toilet paper in my ears. Alastair plays a nice set of newies and oldies, bringing back some memories and creating new ones. He is a treasure.

Sat 12 Oct Auckland The Wine Cellar Hang around town waiting for Radio B interview with Renee Jones in the afternoon - its surprisingly cold for Auckland. Us Dunedinites always expect tropical weather when we come to Auckland. After the interview we hang around in a cafe and bars until sound check. Rowan at the Wine Cellar is also a treasure, and sets things up well for us. I play first and it was great to play my final song Industrial Nite( about Auckland from the vista of DKD cafe many years ago) actually IN Auckland. It was like the song had come home. The mischievous and delightful Chris Knox is up next playing on a cute travelling guitar. Heís a classic and it was great to hear some of his new songs. Az finishes the night Ė Dianne joins the spirit of the times and is wearing a silver top to match Azalias and I hear someone in the bar refer to the ďSilver ChicksĒ! Go girl! I have now ensconced myself at the bar, engrossed in conversation with some friends I havenít seen for years, and also with Rohan who keeps putting on such darn good Dunedin music- Jay Clarkson, Cloudboy etc and our wonderful record boss and the person who made this all possible, Andrew. Next day I jet south with my mental list of lost/mislaid property- my jacket, my jersey, my Shure 57 mic and the Terminals CD! Azalia is back to the States in a few days. We had a great time playing rock goddesses for a while, and hope that we bought lots of joy along the way. Dunedin Oct 21 2008

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