Friday, March 19, 2010

Tonite on the Adventures of the Coffee Bar Kid

...It's All about WOMAD - We have an interview with Joey from Calexico and samples from the festival, music and more!

(Pst: Check out interviews, Sounds and Videos from our latest adventure:Click on the Flikr site for Photos: )

Thursday, March 18, 2010

MORE links from WOMAD 2010

WOMAD 2010 was an exhilarating mix of sounds and sights from around the world, a huge success with great performances and food in the stunning Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Any lost property contact comments / feedback please email to applications will be available here from May 2010
Check out the Taste the World recipies hereArtist applications - download form hereWomad 2011 dates are 18 19 20 March 2011

Check out interviews, Sounds and Videos from our latest adventure: Click on the Flikr site for Photos:

You can also see more check the Youtube clips:
All of these are from New Plymouth WOMAD 2010
Ojos Du Brujo in action:
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:
LA Mitchell :
Babylon Circus:
Calexico and Bablon Circus on Stage together:

And Some Official Vids:
Iva Lankum's Professional Video of 'No" :
OJOS Du Brujo Live in 2004:

also some links to the bands:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tonite it's all about Festivals: 11 March 2010

It's a short show tonight as we prepare for WOMAD in New Plymouth this Weekend. We're rushed off our feet at Groove - Tonight; Reviews & interviews of International Festival Shows: Don MacGlashin, Irya's Playground, Ship Songs and 13 Most Beautiful and a look towards tonight's show: Calexico - 7.30 at the Pacific Blue Club.

Coming to WOMAD - click to see more:

Sola Rosa feat. Iva Lankum - Turn Around.mp3 Torrent Details :

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble :

Eddi Reader:


More at Womad Website:

Review: Irya's Playground Sunday 7 March

We had Irya in the studio last week to talk about their show and their support of the Circus Performance 'Inside Out'. Swedish act, Irya's Playground are on record agreat act. On stage, though, they were a little wooden.

Lead singer Irya Gmeyner's act whilst aloof from the audience just somehow failed to really engage me. However, I got the feeling some of this was the venue itself, and Irya confirmed that with me post-gig. Rock bands find it hard to interact when the audience are sitting and this was the case for them, too.

They rattled through a number of album songs and a few newbies, mostly from the "Inside Out' show, minus the costume. Whilst all skillfully played, they just lacked some 'spark' ,something to really grab you.

Expections were "My Angel" and "Room 54" which are the two main singles from their self titled debut - Rare moments of brillance, soring above their other works.
in a contrived attempt to liven the show up Irya (pronounce 'Erry Ya') dropped in little dubious annecdotes about the band members, such as meeting drummer Eric Nilssen at a party dressed as a transvestite. But even a story of a previous boyfriend who'd turned a bank robber somehow didn't really work. Not a cringe as such - just flat Annoying interventions from Pange Oberg, Irya's partner and co-writer seemed to undermine her stage presense and frustrate her no end. But far from a stage tension, there was just blandness.

That said I was highly impressed by guitarist Jon Bergstrom's guitars (at least i think it was Jon, my mistake if not), touted as the band's 'neighbour' who they'd hijacked at the last minute to go on tour.

Overall I guess this show, heavily promoted during the "Inside Out" gigs and patronised mostly by the cast of that show, so in that sense they had a good following.

They did garner an encore and played the Church's "Under the Milky Way" - a pretty good performance.

If I sound like I'k flip flopping here it's because the show had all the potential to be great but just did't come in as expected. Sad really.

Perhaps I'm in the minority here:

"The quintet of musicians, Irya's Playground ("Sweden's alternative rock darlings"), have a great thing going and all the songs, by remarkable vocalist Irya Gmeyner, are as impressive as her OTT glamorous dress-ups."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Coffee Bar Kid Hits the Festival

What a fantastic Week!
Along side the amazing fare of interviews last week and this week - the Kid was able to interview some big stars from the festival including Don McGlashin who played in Ian Hughes Show: Ship Songs.

Ship Songs.
An amazing juxtoposition between an Irish concvict narator, the tale of a forgotten Chinese explorer and the story of how his parent met. Interwoven with interactive film (computer animation on a large screen behind huges) our wily yarn spinner talks about a nurse heading to Canada to help eskimos, really to escape the drudgery of a post war UK but along the way veers off in the direction of a Chinese Explorer who having discovered most of the known world is ordered to be struck off the pages of history by his Emperor. At the same time he refers to his own history as a convict sent to a penal colony for "simply being Irish!". Along the way he jumps ship to land in New Zealand where he flls for a dusky Maori Maiden, but is later recaptured.

Along the way the show is peppered with muscial interludes and shanties written and performed by Don McGlashin and two collaborators (Chris O'connor and Dave Khan) with naughtical beards and gruff "arrhs!" and knowing nods. The animate sequences mix with a screen that unzips to create portholes, or spread aside to become doorways or even a sick bed where our nurse tends to her patient, a hurt sailor.

Hughes assumes all the voices of his charactors moving seamlessly between them and breaking in and out of charactor to make asides with the 'band'.

This was a brilliant show. I hear it was supposed to come to Downstage earlier in the year but didn't eventuate. If it does return then book early. I'd see it again.

The coffee Bar Kid gives this show 4/5 Stars!

Monday, March 1, 2010


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Karen Hunter with Ron Samson and Aaron Coddel – Words and Groove / 5 Stars (No question)

When the lady quips “You’re so full of Oysters, there’s no room for humble pie” you’d better ‘Pull your Head in’! So begins, Guitarist/Songwriter Karen Hunter’s second excursion, building songs around eagle eyed observations (“only a boy could miss those cues” on ‘A Kiss without a Moustache’) and razor sharp witticisms, (“Let’s post pictures on facebook…on ‘Headroom’). The NZ Herald described her voice as ‘one of the most sensuous in the country’, and they’re right. Words & Groove is a delicious blend of original jazz and dirty blues (‘Long Hot Summer’), shades of Orient (‘Purify’) and lush performance poetry (‘Wheelspin’/ ‘Little by Little’)). Always innovative and entertaining, Hunter’s performance entwines personal experience with liberally embellishment, straddling danger and the mundane. Underpinning the infrastructure is the superb musicianship of jazzmen Ron Samsom and Aaron Coddell. Together the trio deliver cerebral, complex, yet delicate layers which, sweet and sumptuous like the filo of a honey baklava. Music that lingers on the palate long after the morsel is devoured.

Tim Gruar