Howdy, all - September already, days growing longer and lighter, and I guess we are now in the run-in to Xmas...!

Tremendous run of live music here in the Capital lately - Suzanne Vega, our homeboys The Phoenix Foundation going toe to toe with the NZSO, not to mention the astonishing Ms Tami Nielson, who was kind enough to treat us to an instore performance (aided ably by guitar whiz Brett Adams) - I thought she might just pop in and whip half-heartedly through a couple of numbers, but nope - a simply barnstorming tour de force through some of the highlights of her superb recent album "Sassafras", and even a brand spankin' new tune, all the while dolled up in the spectacular, bejewelled gown she wore on the album's cover - bravo - the absolute bizzo!

We are presently enjoying/ looking forward to new releases from Paul McCartney ("Egypt Station", his first since 2013's "New"), Madeleine Peyroux, Dudley Benson (the towering "Zealandia", LP and CD, both with free newspaper!), The Beths' poptastic "Future Me Hates Me", LUMP, Janelle Monae, Interpol, Kanye West, Florence And The Machine, Boz Scaggs, Ry Cooder, Drake, Hollie Arrowsmith...

Really - tonnes of stuff with which to be filling your ears... So go on - you deserve it...! See you soon, X The Slow Boat Crew x