21 January 2010

Attack, Massive Styles!!

OK, I am trying to calm down after *just* finding out that MASSIVE ATTACK are playing in Auckland NZ, March 25th at Vector Arena. No words... I have no words!

(Except) Last time they announced a show I got tickets, but it was postponed... then cancelled. I got to see them in London at a festival, but FINALLY, FINALLY we get a Massive Attack Concert.

Surely today can't be bad after this news :)

Iconic British dub-dance act Massive Attack will play a single New Zealand show in March.

The band, known for bass-riddled albums like Mezzanine and 100th Window and helping to pioneer trip-hop in the '90s, will perform at Auckland's Vector Arena on March 25.

Martina Topley-Bird will also be performing.

Pre-sale tickets are released on January 22 and come with a digital copy of the band's new album Heligoland.

They then go on sale to the general public on February 4.


Stuff.co.nz

20 January 2010

Coachella 2010

A line-up from heaven! Oh to be going *sigh*...

FRIDAY APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.

Tickets are on sale Friday 1/22 at 10AM for the 4/16-18 event. Three-day weekend passes are $US269.00, plus surcharges.

Check out all the details at the official Coachella website

18 January 2010

Golden Globes 2010

Updated with winners (in bold): 18 Jan 2010
I love the hype of the Golden Glodes, Emmys, and the Academy Awards. The nominations for 2010 67th Golden Globes are out! They will be held Jan 17th.

Movie leaders: Up in the Air (6 noms; 1 win), Nine (5 noms; zip), Avatar and Inglourious Basterds (4 noms each; 2 and 1 win).

TV leaders: Glee (4 noms; 1 win), 30 Rock, Damages, Dexter and Big Love (all with 3 noms; 1, zip, 2, and 1 win).

The awards will be handed out on Jan. 17. Here's the complete list of contenders:

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Avatar
• The Hurt Locker
• Inglourious Basterds
• Precious
• Up in the Air

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
• Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
• Helen Mirren, The Last Station
• Carey Mulligan, An Education
• Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
• George Clooney, Up in the Air
• Colin Firth, A Single Man
• Morgan Freeman, Invictus
• Tobey Maguire, Brothers

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• (500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
• It's Complicated
• Julie & Julia
• Nine

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
• Marion Cotillard, Nine
• Julia Roberts, Duplicity
• Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• Matt Damon, The Informant!
• Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
• Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
• Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
• Coraline
• Fantastic Mr. Fox
• The Princess and the Frog
Up

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
• Baaria (Italy)
• Broken Embraces (Spain)
• The Maid (Chile)
• A Prophet (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• Penélope Cruz, Nine
• Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
• Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo'Nique, Precious
• Julianne Moore, A Single Man

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• Matt Damon, Invictus
• Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
• Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
• Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

BEST DIRECTOR
• Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
• Clint Eastwood, Invictus
• Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

BEST SCREENPLAY
• Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
• Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
• Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Michael Giacchino, Up
• Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!
• James Horner, Avatar
• Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man
• Karen O and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things Are

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
• "Cinema Italiano," Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine)
• "I Want to Come Home," Music & Lyrics by Paul McCartney (Everybody's Fine)
• "I Will See You," Music by James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by James Horner, Simon Franglen and Kuk Harrell (Avatar)
"The Weary Kind," Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)
• "Winter," Music by U2; Lyrics by Bono (Brothers)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
• Big Love
• Dexter
• House
Mad Men
• True Blood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
• Glenn Close, Damages
• January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
• Anna Paquin, True Blood
• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
• Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
• Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Hugh Laurie, House
• Bill Paxton, Big Love

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• 30 Rock
• Entourage
Glee
• Modern Family
• The Office

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
• Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
• Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
• Tina Fey, 30 Rock
• Lea Michele, Glee

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
• Steve Carell, The Office
• David Duchovny, Californication
• Thomas Jane, Hung
• Matthew Morrison, Glee

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• Georgia O'Keefe
Grey Gardens
• Into the Storm
• Little Dorrit
• Taking Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keefe
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
• Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
• Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
• Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
• Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
• Chiewetel Ejiofor, Endgame
• Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
• Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keefe

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• Jane Adams, Hung
• Rose Byrne, Damages
• Jane Lynch, Glee
• Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Chloë Sevigny, Big Love

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• Michael Emerson, Lost
• Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
• William Hurt, Damages
John Lithgow, Dexter
• Jeremy Piven, Entourage

10 January 2010

Update

I can't believe the last day of my holidays is over. I spent it pretty much sitting on my butt: I watched the rest of 'Nurse Jackie' season one, then 'Inkheart', 'The Strangers', and 'Paranormal Activity'. While doing that I surfed the net, managing to buy ahead bday presents for three friends with upcoming bdays. Now I'm fighting with a goddamn headache thanks to the handheld shaky camera work on 'P A'.

Anyway, the last week of my holidays have been quiet and relaxing. Last Sunday I caught up with Alex and Mark again, which was great. Monday I did some shopping at the sales with Mum (and actually bought quite a few bits and pieces), then went over to Rob's to watch a DVD (we settled on 'Big Trouble in Little China' - awesome!). Unfortunately he was/is still feeling off-balance and a little dizzy from his ear infection, so we decided to cancel our holiday up north.

Tuesday, Rich and I went and saw 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' then visited the library (where I finally got said movie's book - at one point I was 400th in the queue!). Wednesday I caught an afternoon movie with Rob ('The Lovely Bones' - it was ok). Thursday a group of us went to Awhitu Regional Park for a picnic lunch (fantastic, relaxing day!). Friday I couched: finished The Host by Stephenie Meyers (finally!), and watched some DVDs... Actually, that was pretty much how Saturday and today went i.e. watching stuff and reading.

All and all it's been a lovely break. I'm not looking forward to being back at work, though I am looking forward to catching up with my friends there. Hopefully Monday will be a chilled day of catching up and getting slowly back into the work-groove.

Looking back, this time last year (Saturday I think), I was a witness at Dione and Luke's marriage... one year ago man!

Anyway, better go. I am wondering if I can still salvage my last holiday evening - perhaps a drive and some legen--dary Panmure chicken on rice kebabs...

Later xo

09 January 2010

Meow

(Translation: Happy New Year, from Phoebe, and also stop taking photos of me you stupid human)

02 January 2010

Cocaine... the drink!

Holy crap. It's back on the shelves with its original name. 3.5 times the caffeine of Red Bull! And the flavour??! “Highly carbonated, roughly cherry-flavoured, with a slight burning sensation in the back of the throat”. Mmmmm burning sensation LOL!

Read about it here

I know where to buy some if anyone is curious enough!

Over New Years we sampled 'Cocaine' ourselves... Verdict? The taste was ok. The caffeine seemed to pack no more punch than 'V'



2010

Well, here we are. Another year. I'm just enjoying being on holiday - no work for 2 weeks = bliss!

The weather has mostly been good to us in Auckland - today is gloriously sunny (though hot hot hot; skin blisteringly so!). I'm just fine sitting with the doors open, a cool breeze blowing through the house (I might have to brave the sun soon though - need to hunt & gather some lunch up!).

Xmas was lovely - great start, middling middle, and nice ending. The five of us had a family champagne brekky at the homestead and opened presents. Everyone seemed to be super-happy with their gifts, and we had a relaxing and fun time just hanging out.

We all headed out west for Xmas lunch - that was ok... but the least enjoyable part of the day (we're all trying to plan an Xmas this year that doesn't include the middle meal - honestly, who needs all that food?!)

For the evening we we went from west to north for dinner with Mum's sister - I got detained by my cousin to play Wii... which I think we did almost the whole time (pausing briefly for a BBQ, then pavlova dessert).

Boxing Day and a day or two after gave us a reprieve from all the food and drink - I spent it mostly watching DVDs (and caught up on all of Californication season 3), a brief shopping trip, and catching up with friends (hung out talking with Alex and Mark for 5 hours!!).

Angela and Paul have been up from Christchurch staying since 29th (they go home tonight). We've had a pretty quiet time - dinners, a trip to the movies; just chillaxing.

New Years Eve was low key - the four of us, plus Mum and Dad dropped in to watch the fireworks (at the Sky Tower, which we can see from my place). Unfortunately Rob has been sick the whole time, so no time with him (and no kiss at New Years midnight :( ). It's quite possible that A & P think he is a figment of my imagination!

On that note, Rob and I were supposed to go away 4th Jan, home 8th, but it will probably be more like 5th or 6th now, as he needs to get better. Hopefully we can get away for a couple of nights (planning on going up north).

Anyway I guess that is all for now - just a quick summary of the last week or so.

Happy New Year!

01 January 2010

Movies Seen [2010]

My movie consumption is much lower than what it used to be, but it seems to be on the rise again...

2010=35; 2009= 39; 2008=35; 2007 = 31; 2006 = 23; 2005 = 56

...I still try to keep track by posting them here!

01 Jan: Sherlock Holmes
05 Jan: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
06 Jan: The Lovely Bones
12 Jan: Fantastic Mr Fox
15 Jan: The Time Travellers Wife
19 Jan: Whip It
07 Feb: It's Complicated
24 Mar: Alice in Wonderland, IMAX 3D
27 Mar: The Men Who Stare at Goats
01 Apr: Clash of the Titans 3D
23 Apr: Date Night
04 May: Kick Ass
05 May: How To Train Your Dragon 3D
31 May: Iron Man 2
03 Jun: Sex and the City 2
05 Jun: Boy
08 Jul: Micmacs
10 Jul: Predators
21 Jul: Twilight Sage: Eclipse
26 Jul: Cemetery Junction
07 Aug: Inception
31 Aug: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
14 Sep: Going the Distance
24 Sep: Grown Ups
27 Oct: Buried
03 Nov: Resident Evil 4 in 3D
19 Nov: Red
22 Nov: The Social Network
05 Dec: The Girl Who Played With Fire
08 Dec: The Kids Are All Right
12 Dec: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
13 Dec: Love Crime
15 Dec: Tron Legacy 3D
22 Dec: Winter's Bone
27 Dec: The Tourist

(On the down-low: Paranormal Activity, Up In The Air, The Invention of Lying, The Hurt Locker, Law Abiding Citizen, The Blind Side, Precious, The Expendables, The Ghost Writer, Triangle, Splice, Machete)

Concerts Rocked [2010]

12 Mar: The Pixies @ Vector Arena [Review] [My Night]
17 Mar: The Dead Weather @ PowerStation [Review]
25 Mar: Massive Attack @ Vector Arena [Review] [My Night]
27 Apr: Wilco @ Auckland Town Hall [My Night]
29 Apr: Vampire Weekend @ Bruce Mason Centre [Review]
29 Jul: Florence and the Machine @ Trusts Stadium, Waitakere [My Night]
03 Aug: Band of Horses @ Powerstation [My Night]
07 Oct: Wolf Gang @ Bacco Room [Review]
26 Nov: U2 @ Mt Smart [My Night]