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Hallelujah Picassos - Picasso To The Core
This September saw the release of the first new Hallelujah Picassos recordings for nigh on 20 years, the topically-titled EP ‘Bullet That Breaks The Key’. Listening to the EP – three songs written in the last year along with a remix– writer Owen Harris found himself transported back to the late ’80s, when ‘Picasso core’, the band’s self-coined term for their unique blend of "ska-punk-reggae-pop-thrash-hip hop-hardcore”, was all over student radio, and their live performances never failed to ignite. Owen talked with founding members Roland Rorschach and Peter McLennan.

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photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN

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OBSERVATION POST

We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
A goodbye to Peter Gutteridge
Silke: A goodbye to Peter Gutteridge
Gigs on a plane
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New York based talent manager and independent artist consultant Ethan Schiff has published an interested post over at his blog schiffblog.com offering an alternative solution for bands keen to attract a label.
 
 
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Oct/Nov 2014
Oct/Nov 2014
In this issue:
NZ On Air, Majic, Broods, Miho Wada, Sola Rosa, Little Bark, Eb & Sparrow, Jesse Sheehan, Von Voin Strum, Terror Of The Deep, Freddy Fudd Pucker, The Prophet Motive, French For Rabbits, Hallelujah Picassos
Sound Techniques (SEE EMAIL W STEPHEN BUCKLAND)

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