Archive for the ‘New Zealand’ Category

Exhibition in AK

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April 7th, 2010 >> Art Stuffs, Design, New Zealand

I am constantly inspired and impressed by what my friends do. They are all ridiculously talented people. Recently, my friends DavyEddie (EDMO!) and Jake Hope have been working on art pieces for an exhibition in Auckland, NZ at Roasted Addiqtion Cafe (Kingsland). As part  of the exhibition, Davy has taken my old laptop (I’m glad to be a silent contributor, ha), built it into a table and set it up so that the user can play all sorts of games from different gaming consoles! It’s brilliant! Jake and EDMO! have then added their artistic skills to the table as you can see below.



Translation: “There is no avarice without penalty.” (by EDMO!)


Translation: “Have a nice day.” (by Jake Hope)

The exhibition begins officially on April 19th but the table will be at the cafe on the evening of Wednesday April 14th.


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April 5th, 2010 >> Music, New Zealand

I met Tourettes back in Auckland, New Zealand when I was the event coordinator for Makeshift Art Collective. His music is organically poetic, thoughtfully honest and downright catchy. He sent me through the video for his latest single, Miss You feat. Caoimhe (she has an awesome Gaelic name!). Watch this video and then go buy his latest album!

You can also check out the interview I did with Tourettes for The Big Idea.

Boy – Taika Waititi

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March 29th, 2010 >> New Zealand

Hoping this arrives in the States soon. Check out the website.

NZ Bands Touring the USA

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March 28th, 2010 >> Music, New Zealand

I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out that both The Ruby Suns and Lawrence Arabia were touring through the States and stopping in my neck of the woods. New Zealand bands have a special place in my heart. When I went to NZ for the first time, back in 2005, I instantly fell in love with the music scene. People there have a very DIY, go get ‘em type of attitude. Music seems to flow organically and a lot of the musicians are friends, intermingling in bands and lending their talents here and there. It’s a beautiful thing.

Go buy The Ruby Suns’ new album, Fight Softly and check to see if they’re playing somewhere near you.

And then see if Lawrence Arabia is coming round to you as well. And buy Chant Darling while you’re at it.

Sneak Peek: Podgypanda

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March 25th, 2010 >> Art Stuffs, New Zealand

I am lucky enough to be friends with the talented and kind Podgypanda of New Zealand and he’s been sweet enough to sneak us a little peek at a sculpt of one of his Geeks of Nature – a concept featured at his solo show at Nation Toys + Tees in Calgary, Canada in July of this year.

betty yeti

This lil’ lady is Betty Yeti, a kind and mischevious Yeti, who likes hangin’ with her best buddies Snowpal and her cute neighbor, Bigfoot Bryan. I’m loving her hair and glasses! Be ready to check out all six of the Geeks of Nature in 2D and 3D form at his solo show. And if you’re in NZ, come see Podgypanda at the Armageddon Expo in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington!

New Town, New Article in MORPH

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February 9th, 2010 >> American Life, New Zealand


Morph Magazine online has just published my latest installment of Back Again for the First Time. This time, I talk about the oddities I’ve encountered and the nostalgic breakdown.

Back Again for the First Time: Carrboro Blues

NEW Mmm… Frosted!

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January 27th, 2010 >> Music, New Zealand, Radio


My online radio show’s latest installment (number 14!) is now up on the Jam Radio webpage! What are you waiting for?? Get over there!

Mostly Misses

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January 26th, 2010 >> New Zealand

Looking back on my time in Auckland, I recognize that I took for granted the access I had to the city streets, teaming with people – the grit and grime and small spaces and clausterphobia of living in a city. The city bus, the oddities in public transit. The people-watching at public parks during summer time. The bicycling next to cars that are eagerly waiting to give you a nudge.  The street art missions into the wee hours. The anonymity of being in a sea of people. The strange outfits. The yelling, the laughing, the heartbeat of the city.

Now, back in the United States and residing in a small town, I ache for a city again. Nostalgia is a bittersweet addiction. There certainly must be a long list of amazing things about living in a more rural town but I am still just discovering it. Drives down country roads in the fall. Backyard bonfires in winter. Farmer’s markets. But being away from a city has given me some perspective on many of the nuances of city life that I miss.

Here there is much more space. In the expanses of the country it’s easy to feel small and disconnected but in saying that, I’ve also had serene moments out in the natural world here, where I found myself appreciating the beauty of nature. With time, qualities I like about living in a smaller town will continue to emerge, but it’s always so funny how you don’t fully appreciate something until it’s gone. Until you are many, many miles away, physically or mentally, or both.

How about you? Are you making sure to appreciate where you are?


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December 9th, 2009 >> New Zealand


I think it is the holidays, oh, and the fact that I generally miss the heck out of Auckland, but right now, I’d really like to take the 248 bus into town, walk to kikki.K on Queen Street and check out the xmas goodies. Then, I’d head up the hill to Real Groovy and next over to St. Kevin’s Arcade to say “hi” to Lou Lou in Oui and perhaps grab a coffee at Revel before going back home.


New Morph Column

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December 7th, 2009 >> American Life, New Zealand, Writing


As the dust settles from my trip to Chicago, Boston and NYC, I find myself back in the South…