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by emira » Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:35 am

Jemaine and Bret in their acceptance speech for Best Group at Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards said, that they’re barely even a group and The Phoenix Foundation should’ve won this. I guess it’s not because TPF is more than two people band, but because they’re really the best.

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Wellington’s Phoenix Foundation take their name from the bosses in MacGyver; collect fifteen indie points right there. Normally a choice of moniker like that would only tell you the band watched TV in the ’80s, but, being New Zealanders, it also falls in with the country being sealed in a tongue-in-cheek pop culture time-warp. If you’ve ever seen HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, you’ll know how easy it is to make cracks about far-flung Kiwis, each of them portrayed as floundering bumpkins who all drink together back home. Turns out that the Phoenix Foundation are not only on first name terms with folk-clowns FotC—when collecting their Best NZ Group 2009 award, Jemaine Conchord told the crowd the trophy should have gone to the Foundation—but they’ve also had the nod from Crowded House’s Neil Finn, arguably New Zealand’s most famous export next to lambs’ knuckles, bar staff, and Edmund Hilary.

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For me, getting to know the Conchords equaled discovering this band. So here is:


sargifster wrote:
#rockout# Phoenix Foundation thread! #rockout#
#love3#


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Conrad Wedde (guitars, keys), Will Rickets (percussion), Warner Emery (bass guitar),
Richie Singleton (drums), Samuel Flynn Scott (guitars, vocals), Luke Buda (guitars, vocals, keys)


The Phoenix Foundation is a band from Wellington which made a wonderful soundtrack to Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs Shark. Most of the songs from the soundtrack were taken from first two albums of TPF (Horsepower, 2004 and Pegasus, 2005). Their third album Happy Ending was released in 2007 and Taika directed the videos for their songs: "40 years" and "Bright Grey".

Eagle vs Shark is not the only film where their songs have featured. This year, you could see Paul Middleditch’s Separation City in New Zealand cinemas with some songs made by these boys.

At the moment they’re working on the fourth album.


So, where can you find TPF?

Official website
Official MySpace profile thephoenixfoundationnz (my personal recommendation)
Official facebook profile
Official Twitter account (something new to them)

Three band members (as far as I know) do their solo or side projects.

Sam Scott plays with the other band called The Bunnies on Ponies
Official MySpace profile
He tweets a lot as well: here's his twitter account
and has got a You Tube profile

Luke Buda (my favourite band member, because of patriotic reasons ;)) released his first solo album “Special surprise” in 2006.
Luke's MySpace profile
Special Surprise official website
Taika directed a video “My Imminent Demise”.
Luke was also an extra in Eagle vs. Shark. He was dressed as a bear at the Animal Party at Jarrod's place. Very suitable. If you’ve got stills, you’re very welcome to post them here. Acquiring new computer skills, I've made the screencaps by myself:

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Richie Singleton has released his solo album “The Walls of the Well” as Rebel Peasant this year.
Official website
MySpace profile

Some photos from The Phoenix Foundation myspace:

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I think Jemaine's love for omnichords comes from the friendship with the guys from TPF

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Bret looks very pixie here or he just met another ogre

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working on the soundtrack;
notice Taika's tee! I've got a hoodie with this logo; Breterosexuals will know why

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now Luke gives you the floor
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by gezyka » Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:28 pm

Yay!! A thread for these guys, finally! They're one of my favorite bands. [image] [image] [image] [image] [image]

You've done a great job, emira! :D [image]

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by laura » Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:39 pm

[image] a Phoenix Foundation thread :D

Great job [image] - looking forward to checking out those links.
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by chrissycubana » Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:42 pm

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when i became interested in fotc, i also looked up the phoenix foundation's songs, and loved what i heard.

yay for a thread to [image] about them!
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by emira » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:18 pm

Thank you, thank you [image] .

That was just to start with and here is some good information for good people in New Zealand:

status on their myspace page on 3 Oct:


The Phoenix Foundation will be joining the bill with Jarvis Cocker on his NZ tour in December. Hoorah!


and here are the upcoming shows:


The Phoenix Foundation 03/12/2009 20:00 at Wellington Town Hall (with Jarvis Cocker!), Wellington

The Phoenix Foundation are delighted to be playing support for Jarvis Cocker on his two date NZ tour. Along with what will be an amazing show from the former Pulp front man it is also a chance to see TPF in the iconic Wellington Town Hall. Brilliant. Tickets are available from Ticketek www.ticketek.co.nz and Real Groovy Records.

The Phoenix Foundation 04/12/2009 20:00 at Powerstation (with Jarvis Cocker), Auckland

The Phoenix Foundation are delighted to be playing support for Jarvis Cocker on his two date NZ tour. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster 09 970 9700 www.ticketmaster.co.nz and Real Groovy Records.


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by sargifster » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:43 pm

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Beautiful thread... [image]

Can't wait to fill it with news on the new album. ;) [image]
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by gezyka » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:51 pm

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by emira » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:53 pm

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by sargifster » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:06 pm

The Red Bull Sessions are all fantastic. *whispers* Check out Age and Liam Finn and the WIUO and everyone else.

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I have to include this from Samuel Flynn Scott as it gets regular plays on my ipod:




From the poem by Sonya Clark, winner of the 'Best Lyric' in the NZ Post National Schools Poetry Awards 2008.
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by gezyka » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:08 pm


emira wrote:


Wow! Those links are great! [image]

I can't take credit for finding them! The links were sent to me some time ago. :D
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by emira » Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:38 am

Twitter:


samuelfscott RT @FeedLinks: The Phoenix Foundation – Hitchcock: awesome video http://bit.ly/1a3m2n



samuelfscott Oops just retweeted something totally crap. From now I only RT to boob links.


I don't think so and I hope not... Hitchcock was the first song that made me fall in love with TPF and I was flying like those cars in the video or Lily at the party [image] [image] .

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by gezyka » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:07 am

Here are the track listings for TPF albums and EPs that have been released so far.
The links are to the "official" videos. (If I missed any, let me know! #aziz# )

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CHINA COVE (2001)

1. Loaf
2. Buenos Dias
3. Haute Cuisine
4. Aurianus (The Opusanus)
5. Healing Hands


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HORSEPOWER (2004)

1. Sister Risk
2. Let Me Die A Woman
3. This Charming Van
4. The Swarm
5. St Kevin
6. Bruiser (Miami 4000)
7. Sally
8. Celebrate!
9. Going Fishing
10. Lambs
11. Wildlife
12. The Drinker
13. Blue Summer


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PEGASUS (2005)

1. The Morning Pages
2. All in an Afternoon
3. Hitchcock
4. The Posh Tiger
5. Through the Woods
6. Cars Of Eden
7. Damn The River
8. Sea World
9. Slightest Shift In The Weather
10. Nest Egg
11. Twilight


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HAPPY ENDING (2007)

1. Bright Grey
2. Bleaching Sun
3. Slumber Party
4. Gandalf
5. 40 Years
6. Irrelevant Noise
7. A Day in the Sun
8. Pure Joy
9. No One Will Believe Me When I'm Dead
10. Omerta
11. Burning Wreck
12. Sugar


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MERRY KRISKMASS (2009)

1. The Krisk
2. Everybody's Money
3. Forget It
4. Party Below
5. Wrestling With Demons
6. The Man Next Door
7. Merry Kriskmass


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BUFFALO (2010)

1. Eventually
2. Buffalo
3. Flock Of Hearts
4. Pot
5. Bitte Bitte
6. Skeleton
7. Orange & Mango
8. Bailey's Beach
9. Wonton
10. Golden ship


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THE DO SON EP (2010)

1. Middle Dream
2. Dickheads Abound



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I'll keep adding to this as new material is released. :)
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by emira » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:29 am

That's ^^^ amazing, gezyka! Can I make something like that with Eagle vs. Shark soundtrack, or you're already preparing it?
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by gezyka » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:05 pm


emira wrote:That's ^^^ amazing, gezyka! Can I make something like that with Eagle vs. Shark soundtrack, or you're already preparing it?

Sure, go for it! :D I thought about it, but then didn't I guess since they didn't do all the songs...but they certainly did most of them! [image]
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by emira » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:35 pm

Yay [image]

Sam Scott has just left the comment on my myspace profile:


12 Oct 2009 11:19
Hi thanks for the add.
You know that The Phoenix Foundation has a strong Polish connection? Luke was raised their.

cheers
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