Say Goodbye to the Sun NZ

She & Him - Volume Two

Well the New Zealand Summer is well and truely out-of-here. That means more time in the home studio listening to tunes, reading books and blogs, drinking mulled wine and hangin’ on the radio.

Here’s what’s new on the Starlifter Wireless.

Artists – Song – Release – Website
She & Him – In The Sun – Volume Two (LP) –
The Mint Chicks – Say Goodbye – Bad Buzz (EP) –
Tame Impala – Desire Be Desire Go – InnerSpeak (LP) –
No Aloha – Where To Be – Home Demos – [FREE DOWNLOAD]

I’ve been listening to the She & Him album constantly for the last month, it’s 50/60s motown girlie group pop with a modern take. The Mint Chicks latest EP Bad Buzz comes on a USB that you can buy from – the song I’ve uploaded from that EP is also on the 60s pop tip, albeit a bit fuzzed up. The latest Tame Impala LP is AMAZING! Think Cream, Led Zep, The Beatle with a dash of LSD, YUMMY. And of course, No Aloha. This is the second song from their demo ep that I’ve added to Starlifter. They’re Christchurch boys doing the melodic rock thing, I’m really looking forward to more from these guys.

Starlifter Classic:
Garageland – Nude Star  – Last Exit To Garageland (LP)

Garageland were one of my favourite kiwi bands in high school. ‘Nude Star’ is from their debut LP, ‘Last Exit to Garageland’. It’s a spacie psych-rock number and great for rainy days.

Tom Cosm – heaps good strong board [song review by Thom]

‘Heaps Good Strong Board’ is the latest offering from Christchurch musician Tom Cosm, a man well renowned for his musical mana, his grippingly interactive website and all round willingness to give you a great big musical backrub. Not only does this wee number come free of charge from his website (, but it is accompanied with a barrage of tips and advice on how to get behind the decks yourself. This track is unmistakable Cosm at his foot stomping best, and while he has laid the foundations of the cut with his distinctive glitchy, yet water tight electro inferno, he keeps up the interest by painting over the ‘Tom-foolery’ with a number of inter-textual pop culture references, sound bytes and alarmingly recognisable voiceovers. For a man who puts TV on par with doing dishes or filing tax returns, I was blown away by how many of these I recognised. Simply put, this track is as hooky as a tackle shop, and takes the listener on a dance ridden journey, from the opening Animal Collectivesque intro to the ‘four to the floor’ final stanza. At price that will set you back about as much as air does these days, it is guaranteed to make your toes move. Get it now!