new zealand

10 Breathtakingly Isolated Lighthouses

Lighthouses have perhaps always been inherently paradoxical. On the one hand, they’re beacons of terra firma, drawing ships lost at sea back to civilization. On the other hand, they convey such a lonely existence, perched solitary on a weathered rock, inhabited by some hermit or perhaps totally abandoned. We think lighthouses are best taken alone, spiring up from the waves and fog: the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet, if only we could live in one. The following photos at least allow us to daydream. We’ve collected ten of the coolest and remotest lighthouses in the world, for your reclusive pleasure. … Read More

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10 Great New Zealand Bands You Should Know

If your knowledge of New Zealand’s music scene doesn’t extend beyond Flying Nun Records and Flight of the Conchords, then rejoice — there’s a shitload of excellent Kiwi music just waiting to be discovered! With the excellent new album by James Milne — aka Lawrence Arabia — out this week, we thought it’d be a fine time to survey some of the other great music coming out of the North and South Islands. (We’re focusing on indie stuff here, so there’s nothing from the world of New Zealand dub, which is probably a whole separate post in and of itself.) Anyway, suggestions are, as ever, welcome. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned that you can use your Nintendo Wii console to throw a swinger’s party. We were stunned by this surreal footage that Logan McMillian shot just minutes after New Zealand’s catastrophic earthquake. We wanted to be half as cool as Winona Ryder’s 1985 yearbook photo.… Read More

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Exclusive: The Bats Frontman and the Clean Bassist Robert Scott Talks the Return of Kiwi Rock

New Zealand-bred pop is on the uptick, albeit a few decades after the movement’s original era. And, in the wake of the recent rediscovery of acts like the Clean, the Bats, Tall Dwarfs, and the Chills, two of Kiwi-land’s best-loved bands are ready to return.

Known for wistful, understated guitar pop, the Bats will release The Guilty Office in June. A few years older and a bit more experimental, the Clean will unleash Mister Pop this September (it’s their first release of new material since 2001’s Getaway). In anticipation of this sudden surge in Antipodean creativity, we rang up the Bats singer/songwriter and the Clean bassist Robert Scott to talk Flying Nun, fallen stars, and what it’s like to juggle two seminal underground acts. … Read More

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