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Howdy all, just a couple of weeks out from the shortest day, and the weather has only recently packed a sad – remarkable, really, when you think about it.
Still, lots to be getting on with – we have a whole heap of great new posters in stock to brighten up those weary walls.
We have a whole heap of our distinctive Slow Boat tees, in trusty black and grey, along with new green and blue.
And, naturally – we have a whole heap of the latest and greatest music, new and old, for your listening pleasure.
There is the spankingly good new PJ Harvey album “The Hope Six Demolition Project” – not wildly dissimilar to its’ brilliant predecessor “Let England Shake”, but with a more global perspective; there is the excellent debut album from Minor Victories, featuring Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and The Editors’ Justin Lockey – think of a combination of those 3 bands and you’d be on the right track; there is another marvellous set of covers from that wily old fox Bob Dylan, entitled “Fallen Angels” (his singing on it is fantastic!), plus the Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of The National)-curated Grateful Dead tribute album (for the Red Hot charity) “Day Of The Dead”, featuring tracks from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Courtney Barnett, The National, Phosphorescent, The War On Drugs, Jenny Lewis etc etc spread out over a hefty 5 discs – a lot to wade through, but some real gems.
There is a new set from fine producer/ songwriter James Blake (featuring a cameo from ‘local lad made good’ Connan Mockasin!) entitled “The Colour In Anything”, a new Ladyhawke album called “Wild Things”, and Beth Orton‘s “Kidsticks”, plus soon-come tourists The Kills’ “Ash & Ice”, and some gorgeous 180gm remastered LP reissues of those iconic first four Pink Floyd LPs.
Oh, and how about former Shapeshifter-dude Devin Abrams’ excellent, soulful electronica set as Pacific Heights, entitled “The Stillness” – quite, quite lovely.
And, naturally, RIP the magnificent Prince Rogers Nelson – we have restocked all his classic albums on CD for those needing to remind themselves of his greatness (or to discover it afresh!), and there are remastered LPs to follow before year’s end. So many wonderful, wonderful songs, plus, one of the greatest musicians of this, or any era…
Oh, and still swags of pre-loved secondhand LPs, CDs and DVDs going out into the store – some really great collections lately.
What a fine old time to be had, then – come pay us a visit, drop us a line – we’d love to talk music with you, or find you a new favourite…
Peace out, The Slow Boat Crew XX
Crikey – Record Store Day at Slow Boat 2016, done and dusted for another year, and what a mighty day it was!!!
A huge thankyou to everyone who came down and celebrated with us, and in particular our terrific instore performers, Anika Moa, Orchestra Of Spheres and Mr Dave Dobbyn (and his band!) It was a terrific day, celebrated in fine spirit, and captured (and broadcast!) for posterity by those fine folks from RNZ National’s Music 101.
Whatever your feelings about the commercialisation of the Record Store Day, you couldn’t have helped but be inspired by being in a real, fair-dinkum, bricks and mortar record store, listening to some of our finest musicians performing for the love of music – so much wonderful feedback, and some terrific photos doing the rounds over on Facebook.
So – thanks again, everybody – we truly do appreciate your custom, and your energy and enthusiasm – tremendous.
A big Slow Boat group hug to you all,
The Slow Boat Crew XX
Almost unbelievably, the much loved annual fixture that is Record Store Day is rolling around again, and Slow Boat is thrilled to bring you another superb lineup of instore entertainment to accompany the best day in the record lover’s calendar.
Two short years ago, Mr Dave Dobbyn shared with us a clutch of his (and our!) most treasured songs, and when we dropped him back to the airport he insisted “next time I play in your store, it will be with a band, and we’ll have a new record out!”
And, guess what – a man of his word, he is doing exactly that! Slow Boat is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the official launch of his wonderful new album, “Harmony House” (produced by our homeboys Samuel Scott and Luke Buda, of the Phoenix Foundation) on glorious VINYL, especially for Record Store Day 2016!! He will indeed be backed by a band, and we are tickled pink that he will be joining us again!!
Also taking the stage, in her “Songs For Bubbas” mode, will be beloved entertainer Ms Anika Moa, bringing us a sparkling new set of songs for the little ones – her first volume was a smash hit, and the very newly minted Volume 2 is entirely likely to go the same way – doin’ it for the kids!!
And finally – marvellous Wellington afrobeat/ sonic architects Orchestra Of Spheres will be laying their swirling, psychedelic soundscapes and rhythmic vibrations on us, fresh from their Cuba Dupa appearance, ahead of the release of their brand new album, “Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon”, and a lengthy European tour.
And – STOP PRESS!! RNZ National’s terrific Music 101 Saturday afternoon show will be broadcasting live from inside the store!!
As well as all this, there will be a swag of desirable, limited Record Store Day vinyl releases, instore specials and other treats, maybe the odd special guest – you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!!
And finally – would ask that everyone is extra patient and courteous towards each other on Saturday, as it is likely to be really busy, and we want everyone to have a great day!
STORE OPENS; 9.00am
11am – 11.35am – Anika Moa presents ‘Songs For Bubbas 2’
2.05pm – 2.35pm – Orchestra Of Spheres
3.05 – 3.35pm – Dave Dobbyn ‘Harmony House’ LP Release!!
STORE CLOSES; 6.00pm
Please contact us for further info, media requests etc;
Phone; Jeremy Taylor 04 385 1330
Greetings, folks – hope you are all fine and fresh and feeling frisky after fabulous festive frolics… We have been here, mostly, ensuring that you are spared the deafening silence when the music ends. In fact, we only closed Xmas and New Year’s Days, and have been visited by all manner of folks from all around New Zealand and the rest of the world – people have been very kind, telling us how much they dig the store – you do tend to forget sometimes that there are plenty of places where an independent record shop is no longer represented…
Anyway, the big news has obviously been the death of the great David Bowie. One of the most iconic artists of this (or any) era, his death, from liver cancer, came just days after the release of his 28th, and now final album “Blackstar”, on the occasion of his 69th birthday. We have been stampeded with people buying the (excellent) new album (on both CD – still in stock, and LP – should have more soon), and his formidable back catalogue, and you are reminded just how much his music means to people, across a huge age range and different demographics. He was both popstar, and serious artist, both to the casual fan and to the obsessives. He dabbled in disco, glam, soul, hard rock, dance music, folk. He was both a magpie and an innovator, and a brilliant collaborator with talents such as Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Robert Fripp, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed. RIP, David Jones. What an extraordinary life and career.
Other than that – a handful of new releases instore (they will start to increase in number from about now!), plus new posters, tee shirts and a great swag of excellent music books – come check it out!!
Happy New Year, everybody – hope to be seeing you soon!!
XX The Slow Boat Crew XX
…are as per normal, but with a 10am start – we may close a little earlier too – and we are closed only on New Year’s Day!!!
Cheers, everybody!!! Happy New Year!!
Howdy all – just letting you know that we have posted some end of year best lists – you may view them here.
We will endeavour to keep these titles in stock over the festive season, along with a big old heapin’ helpin’ of new Slow Boat tee shirts, posters, DVDs et al, PLUS – a heap of new and reissue vinyl, which is now out and instore – Nick Cave, Chuck Berry, AC/DC, Curtis Mayfield, Shuggie Otis, Frank Zappa, Bad Brains, Foo Fighter, Ministry, The Byrds, Captain Beefheart, Suicide, Nine Inch Nails, Townes Van Zandt, The Velvet Underground, Willie Nelson… something for everyone, surely?!
Not to mention a terrific selection of bargain priced new music books – Nirvana, Neil Young, The Smiths, ABBA, Happy Mondays…
How may we help you?!
See you soon!!
The Slow Boat Crew XX
ps, finally, we would be remiss in not offering a huge and hearty, festive Slow Boat CHEERS to our loyal and much-appreciated customers; we appreciate that it is by your good grace (and excellent taste) that we are able to continue trying to bring you the best that the music world has to offer, and to help separate the wheat from the chaff. It has been another extraordinary year here.
Bless you all – wishing you a peaceful and musical Xmas and New Year!
nb – Slow Boat will be open every day bar Xmas Day and New Year’s Day, but hours may be reduced, just a little…
Greetings, everyone! Already gearing up for the end of the year, Xmas only about 6 weeks away!!!
Which means there’s no time like the present to stock up on stocking fillers for your music-mad giftees – vinyl, posters, tee shirts, vouchers, CDs, DVDs, Bluray – you name it, we gottem! And a whole heap of stuff that any self-respecting music fan would love to add to their collection – not least of which is the magnificent new Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series Vol 12 – The Cutting Edge”, featuring material from the great man’s imperial 1965-66 heyday. The sound of history being made, as he and his band rip through unreleased, early and alternate versions of songs from three of his finest LPs – “Bringing It All Back Home”, “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde On Blonde”. An amazing document, and available now as 2 or 6 CD sets, and 3LP (with 2 CDs!).
We also have NZ/ Flying Nun stalwarts The Chills first album in 19 years(!!!), “Silver Bullets” – chiming guitars, and a production not a million miles from their 1990 classic “Submarine Bells”, Joanna Newsom‘s fourth album, “Divers”, former Brunette Jonathan Bree‘s excellent second album, “A Little Night Music”, and a fine new EP/ mini album from recent tourists The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
On top of all of this, can we just say a great big Slow Boat CHEERS to the terrific Courtney Barnett, who filled our store with fans last week and played an awesome half-hour set before her sold out Bodega show that night – signed stuff, posed for pics – and hell, even conceded the William Webb Ellis trophy to the staff of Slow Boat – what a champ!! If anyone is still in the dark about her terrific music, I would suggest grabbing her excellent LP from earlier this year, “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” – a lock for one of the top albums of 2015.
As you were, hope everybody is doing great, catch you all soon, we hope!!
The Slow Boat Crew XX
Slow Boat Records is thrilled beyond all measure to welcome brilliant Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett to the store this Thursday, the 5th of November for a quick solo instore performance ahead of her SOLD OUT band show that evening at Bodega!
Hailing from Wellington’s spiritual sister-city, Melbourne, this is the first time Barnett has performed in Wellington after a 2014 visit to Auckland, and a memorable appearance at this year’s Laneway Festival. She has appeared on the Ellen Show and The Tonight Show, and the smart, literate songs from her releases “The Double EP; A Sea Of Split Peas” and this year’s superb full-length LP “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” have marked her as a remarkable talent whose music has really connected with an NZ audience.
We are stoked that Courtney has accepted our invitation to play some songs for us here, and will have a swag of CB ‘product’ available (from local distributors Rhythmethod) that she will hopefully have some time to sign!
Facebook invite here
Howdy, people – hope you are all doing good! We are, everyone now back on deck after some European sojourns for JT and The Coach – refreshed, revived, and full of vim and vigour!!!
LOTS of exciting stuff going on at the moment – and some great new releases tickling our tastebuds! For starters – one of the stars of Record Store Day 2015 here at Slow Boat, the tremendous Ms Tami Neilson has a new album, entitled “Don’t Be Afraid”, on both CD and LP – think; along the lines of her last album, “Dynamite!”, with more extremes – balladier ballads, more ripsnortin’ ripsnorters. Regardless, it’s highly recommended – as is the new album from her Church Tour compadre Delaney Davidson, entitled “Lucky Guy”.
Some worthy comeback efforts, too, from seasoned campaigners – there is a new New Order album, their first since the departure of bassist Peter Hook, entitled “Music Complete”, while post-Britpop likely lads The Libertines get to right their listing ship with their third album (and first in 11 years!), “Anthem For Doomed Youth”. There is a new solo effort from Rolling Stones lynchpin Keith Richards, “Crosseyed Heart” (which, we agree, is a dreadful title). There is a second album from the Davis Rawlings Machine – Gillian Welch‘ s right-hand man; she also features, and it is predictably excellent.
There have been LP reissues of long out of print titles from Placebo, New Order (I am on a bit of a jag!), Supergrass, Amy Winehouse, plus we have just topped up with classic releases from the tremendous likes of Massive Attack, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Nirvana – it is NOT, I’m afraid, too soon to start thinking Xmas, people…
And – we dug out a couple of extra GOLD VINYL copies of the latest elpee by our homeboys, The Phoenix Foundation, “Give Up Your Dreams” – yes, even with the bonus cassette still available!!
Right you are, then – we’ll be seein’ ya, bless up
The Slow Boat Crew X