Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sleeve Face Update

A fine selection of entries from the NZ Sleeve Face competition happening over on our Facebook page.  Wanna enter?  You've got till 5 pm Friday 1 June...

Monday, May 28, 2012

NZ Music Month Face-Sleeving Competition

To celebrate the last week of NZ Music Month and the release of Fabulous Arabia's Unlimited Buffet on LP, we're having a good old-fashioned 'face-sleeving'* competition.

The rules are simple.  Take a photo with you and a New Zealand album or albums - following the face-sleeving guidelines below - and post it on Rhythmethod's Facebook:

The winner will be judged on creativity, subject matter and seamlessness of the finished result.

The winner will be drawn of Friday 1st June and will be notified via Facebook.

The prize will contain a stack of NZ musical goodies including records, CDs and t gotta be in it to win it!

*Face-sleeving - one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion - check out this website for inspiration:

Fabulous Arabia:  Unlimited Buffet LP
Release date:  1 June 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

One Little Plane - Into the Trees album

Music for your hot chip Friday (and beyond). This record is getting love all around the office. Out on Kieran (Four Tet) Hebden's Text Records, Into the Trees is a wee folk beauty by Chicago based musician Kathryn Bint. Hebden produced the album and Colin Greenwood of Radiohead guests on bass. Release date: 1 June 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What We're Wearing

We love our warehouse, and here comes the inevitable but, but about this time of year we start moaning that it's so much warmer outside than it is in, how the place is a fridge disguised as a distribution outfit and are continually bitching about the front door being left open. The awful arm socks and scarves go on, hoods go up, the building reeks gloriously of microwaved wheat bag, and still we complain of the cold, and how much we hate winter.

Easing the pain a little this year though are the New Zealand Music Month hoodies which have fast become de rigueur Rhythmethod warehouse attire. You can get 'em for men, for women, in all sizes, in a suitable shade of black with the target logo front and back, from all decent music retailers or at online at or Mighty Ape. Yup.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fast, Angry & Straight to the Point

“Shitripper like things fast, loud and heavy…The Auckland-based punk act only know one way forward - full throttle, and that's exactly what they deliver on this blistering nine-track EP… sure sound exhilarating in a heckle-raising, fist-pumping kind of way, and achieve the band's ambition of honouring their underground heroes Circle Jerks and Minor Threat.” – Chris Schulz, NZ Herald 

Shitripper - Shitripper is out now on CD

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Opossom - Electric Hawaii


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fabulous Fabulous Arabia Unlimited Buffet Vinyl

Coming soon on our favourite format, yes, that's vinyl, is the Fabulous Arabia album 'Unlimited Buffet'.  Best hop to it when the time comes though, cos this record is far from unlimited, it's been pressed in a (numbered) edition of only 200 copies. 

Release date forthcoming, so check back ok. 

Here, as further explanation to the content, it is appropriate to reprint the letter from the President of Economy Records found in the sleeve notes:

"UNLIMITED BUFFET is a twin-hulled power-yacht of a record.  It is a craft built with only one concern in mind:  unbridled speed.

On UNLIMITED BUFFET, the words of LAWRENCE ARABIA are yoked to the musical arangements of MIKE FABULOUS in a fashion that is - dare I say it - quite provocative indeed.

In the past, ARABIA has wrestled the wraiths of weary nostalgia - not to mention the juxtapositions and moods of contemporary banality.  UNLIMITED BUFFET rests amid that all pervading energy-field that the thinkers term "le life-style".

FABULOUS has once again trimmed his musical moustache and turned out as charming a series of anecdotes as my speakers have had the very good fortune to chuckle over in quite some time!"

Monday, May 14, 2012

Download Beach Pigs + Hear Latest Beach House

Quickly following posts on Wavves and Best Coast, today finds Beach House and Beach Pigs lined up next on the big ol' to-do-list white board.  Thematic, yes, but truly not on purpose. But if this was one of  those marketing meeting bingo boards you'd be putting a big X over the 'synergies' square. Why not break it up with a new 'found around the warehouse', a hot chip report or a big dose of label love you say.  Because we're an impatient bunch when it comes to putting stuff on here that we like, so today you get a twofer.  No cheap merchandise here mind you, top quality items only.  It's what we do.  Like a rising tide that lifts all boats.  Or something.

So here you go with Arch Hill band Beach Pigs.  A free download of their new single 'Catch Up In the Sun', plus (crazy 21st party at the beach action) accompanying video:


And if that isn't enough, it sure as hell isn't for us, Rackets and Beach Pigs are taking their CHAOTIC FULLY SICK RAUCOUS PARTY to the road on a two isle tour all the way to Invercargill and (hopefully) back.

Beginning 17 May for four weeks they aim to play anywhere and everywhere. Every day at least two shows a day, and not all slots are filled yet.  So if your house, hall or high school needs a shindig they can bring it - get over to Arch Hill and enquire, they'll sort you out.

Dates confirmed so far:

17th Thurs: Palmerston North - Bad Cave
18th Fri: Wanganui - Space Monster
19th Sat: Wellington - House Party (deets tbc)
20th Sun: Mapua - The Tap
23rd Wed: Christchurch - Dux Live
24th Thurs: Dunedin - Refuel
25th Fri: Queenstown - Dux De Lux
26th Sat: Invercargill - Louies Bar
27th Sun: Riverton - The Long Room
29th Tues: Fox Glacier - Cook Saddle
30th Wed: Franz Josef - Blue Ice
31st Thurs: Barrytown - Barrytown Hall

1st Fri: Westport - Star Tavern
2nd Sat: Wellington - Mighty Mighty
5th Tues: Rotorua - Pheasant Plucker
6th Wed: Thames - Speakeasy
7th Thurs: Raglan - Yot Club
8th Fri: Baylys Beach - Funky Fish
9th Sat: Auckland - Kings Arms

Office favourite alert, and constant on the upstairs big-boy stereo (read: can be heard all over the building) is 'Bloom', the new Beach House album. Following on from 2010's gorgeous 'Teen Dream' this album is ten songs of lo-fi airy synths, swoony electric guitar and alluring, romantic but dark reverb soaked vocals. Listen:

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Mad Scene: Blip LP out now

17 years after their last album, Mad Scene (Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Lisa Siegel (Vegetarian), Steve Thornton (Go-To Guy), Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), Gary Olsen (Straight Shooter), Josh Feldman (Professional Athlete), Cassie Tunick, Danny Tunick (Same Last Names!) and Brian Turner (WFMU Music Director) release a new album 'Blip' on Siltbreeze.  Go hassle your record shop now, and read more about it here at Siltblog.