MUZAI: YEAR 2 – June 24th 2011 (Whammy/Wine Cellar)

Our good friends at Muzai Records are celebrating their second birthday and are having a swish wee shindig. If you’re in Auckland at the end of the month be sure to stop by for some raucous rock’n’roll yo. Here’s the goss from the pen of Benjii Jackson…. and the email address, truth be told…..

Greetings all.

It’s been pretty amazing – that I am writing this “media release” to talk about the second anniversary when in all honesty I thought MUZAI would be over and done with by now. My key word throughout the tenure of this little label was “survival”. We’ve come this far, outlasting the dreaded first year and surviving as a new business in a recession.

In fact we’ve done pretty darn well in our first two years if I may toot my own horn for a moment. We’ve had critical acclaim with a few releases of ours (Full Moon Fiasco, Sherpa, Diana Rozz), our audiences have started to swell at venues at the M that an old friend Mittins created has started to become recognized rather thatn asked about.

So along with Undertheradar and Cheese On Toast, we’re throwing a big shindig in June (as god awful a word shindig is): MUZAI YEAR TWO, being held across both Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar from 7:30pm until late. Why two venues? On top of the huge support Rohan and staff have given us, we actually need space for the line up, including some out of towners….

Full Moon Fiasco (Wellington), Sherpa, Idiot Prayer (Dunedin), Cool Cult, Cat Venom, Kitsunegari, god bows to math, Hussies, Sidewalk Meese, Diana Rozz (DJ set).

There will be merchandise, there will be cake (no seriously, there will actually be cake), there will even be those little idiosyncratic things that apparently people have come to love about MUZAI, or completely deride us for.

But more importantly, it’s a chance for all of us to get together once a year, meet and greet each other and just have fun. It’s for us and ultimately for everyone else to come and enjoy.

Benjii Jackson
MUZAI overlord

MUZAI: Year Two plays June 24th 2011, 7:30pm – Late Wine Cellar/Whammy Bar, St. Kevins Arcade, Auckland R18

Tickets available from Undertheradar
Presale: $10 (plus booking fee).

Door sales: $15

Blitzin’ out on kiwi tunes

Sup Starlifter Massive! There’s some new tunes for ya on the wi-fi-ness.

Dr H

Artist – Song – Stuff

the Band in Heaven – Suicide Pact
Weird Wives – Head Bug
Full Moon Fiasco – Freedom Town [Wellington/NZ] Muzai Records
Hussies – Miss Anthropy [NZ] Muzai Records
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune [NZ] Flying Nun
Veelee – When You Gonna Come Home
Sleepy Age – Paul Simon [CHCH/NZ]
Digitalism – Blitz (EP Trailer)
Pikachunes – Nervous [CHCH/NZ] Lil’ Chief Records

MP3: Pikachunes – Nervous

Full Moon Fiasco – Cosmic Palms and National Tour.

Full Moon Fiasco

MUZAI Records are proud to announce that Wellington band Full Moon Fiasco are releasing their debut album Cosmic Palms (release date: August 9th) with a national tour; kicking off on August 6th at Wellington’s hallowed venue Happy.

Featuring members of Thought Creature, Kittentank, Red Country and The Pickups, you could almost call Full Moon Fiasco a Wellington super group of sorts. In fact you really should. Almost unbelievably awesome and absolutely mind blowing live, Full Moon Fiasco are the band that has been missing from your lives, mortals!

Full Moon Fiasco stems from a solo recording project by Thought Creature’s Will Rattray which encompassed a desire to explore new sonic territory outside of Thought Creature (with their honed and tight, dance friendly/post punk sound), drawing on a larger palette of multi-tracked full, lush approach to song craft reminiscent of anything by Brian Wilson or the 13th Floor Elevators. The resulting album Cosmic Palms encompasses a layered, textured sound that draws on the psychedelic elements of bands like Piper at the Gates of Dawn era Pink Floyd, and more recently Brian Jonestown Massacre. At times the album almost feels garage such as in tracks like Neighbourhood Clowns, or dream-like in Eyes and Ears and Full Moon Fiasco. An album so good, in fact, that Worlds above and Worlds Below was chosen to be in the Awesome Feeling 4 compilation put out by Real Groove.

Cosmic Palms, recorded using both four track and digital formats, is a dense wander through psychedelic territory that makes good use of old and new technology. Featuring organs, acoustic guitar dispersed with the odd killer electrified riff, a solid rhythm section and the floating, shamanistic vocals of Rattray, Cosmic Palms is, simply put, the business. Showing a solid and well thought out grasp of song structure and wicked hooks, make no mistake – it’s a catchy beast, so consider yourself warned.
After playing live as a band for the past year or more, Will Rattray, Isaac Mawson, Alice Macklow and Aidan Craig have “killed it” at numerous parties and venues around New Zealand. As such and quite rightly so, Full Moon Fiasco have developed into a force to be reckoned with – an all out aural cacophony of blistering psychedelic tones and sounds.

To support the album release of Cosmic Palms Full Moon Fiasco are undertaking a national tour from the 6th to the 21st of August.

Full Moon Fiasco Tour Dates

August 6th Happy, Wellington
August 14th The Basement, Auckland (Golden Axe, Pikachunes, Cat Venom – all ages)
August 18th The Blue Ice Cafe, Franz Josef
August 20th Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers (Bad Sav + more tbc)
August 21st Media Club, Christchruch (early show – all ages)
August 21st Goodbye Blue Monday, Christchurch

MP3s: Full Moon Fiasco – Worlds above and Worlds Below – Awesome Feeling 4 (log-in/sign-up required)

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