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by jencloher
I lost both of my parents at the end of 2011. My mother to Alzheimer’s Disease and my father to Parkinson’s. I’d grieved for years before they died, watching as their quality of life declined. As hard as it was to lose them in close succession, the overridin...
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On the 4th of March, 2007, I moved to Auckland at my father’s request. A year earlier, my mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Although both my parents grew up in New Zealand, they’d moved to Australia before I was born, returning twenty years later when ...
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i found these lyrics recently by a songwriter called Jeffrey Lewis. they epitomise pretty much what goes on in my head on a daily basis. today i went to major matt’s to remaster my old album & on the L train in the morning, i was pretty sure i saw will oldham,...
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Piha Beach lies 30 kilometres west of Auckland but it feels much further away. It is remarkable for its black sand, the remnants of a 16 million year old volcano. Perhaps you remember Jane Campion’s gothic masterpiece The Piano? Piha was the star of that film. The dange...
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On Saturday the 14th of May 2011, a Melbourne institution will close its doors. Perhaps aptly named in these changing times, The Last Record Store, there was a collective sadness felt by many of Melbourne’s independent musicians when the words ‘Closing Down ...
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I recently took part in Women of Letters at Bella Union Trades Hall in Melbourne. The premise as constructed by curators Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire is that 5 women each read out a letter on the same topic to an audience. My panel consisted of Mia Timpano, Laura ...
by jencloher
America – big cars, big food, big dogs. Nice people. I just spent the last 5 weeks traveling about the States – L.A, San Fran, NYC and Texas. I stopped in L.A where I spent some time with Mia Dyson. We wrote a duet together, which was rather curious, not wha...
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On Sunday the 7th of March I experienced the most moving concert of my life. Sitting side of stage in the dark, I watched Archie Roach perform a raw and heart-wrenching tribute to the life of his partner and musical soul mate Ruby Hunter. Archie had been named as the Po...
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I’ve been reading everyone else’s top ten albums of the year and stumbled across Paste magazines top 100 albums of the decade. It got me thinking – what were the top ten albums of the last decade for me? I thought it would be hard. So many great albums, how would ...
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The flight to Perth is like going to New Zealand or Asia. You get a good old fashioned proper meal with wine and beer if you so desire – none of this snack pack rubbish with more packaging than actual food. Then a B grade movie and an icecream. Before you know it ...