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Utopia Rag, novel in different 'persons', takes a look at 20th century New Zealand, two world wars, kids' fascination with arms, and kiwi loser pop culture. ISBN: 0-9582534-7-1.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard, is an experiment set on the periphery of Paris. It fills #48 of the subscription journal brief.

Versions Translations is European poems, particularly sonnets. Kilmog Press, PO Box 1562, Dunedin.

Some responses:
To Wormwood -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[1]
To Song of the Brakeman -- “a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[2]


photo by © Ian Laughlin

The Bilders are groups of various musicians and friends, known for their live approach to music making and a recording style that has produced “many genuine classic compositions".

Dix, John
Stranded in Paradise

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SmartGuy's release of The Utopians R Just Out Boozin' has made ther playlist of some US alternative stations. A warm analog sounds from a West Melbourne bunker studio, a phasey ballad from Auckland, a simmering live extract from the European mini-tour - what more could you ask for? On vinyl + download.

Recent memorable gigs: Bilders in Dunedin with one-off Robbie Yeats (Dead C, drums) & Greig Bainbridge (bass). Bill solo at INstants Chavirées Paris aiding & abetting aussi freinds. Also @ Wine Cellar, Auckland, presenting many songs once performed in theatre or cabaret situations. The latest Bilders album with Hamish Kilgour, David Watson (bagpipes, 335) and Miggy Littleton has pleased many. (Grapefruit Records).

UNWUCHT's 12" re-releases have been admired for their careful quality production, bringing the very best out of archival recordings. More releases are in the pipeline with UNWUCHT. A Democracy bootleg of live recordings 1982-83 has been snatched up. Two Siltbreeze Vacuum 7 inches generated plenty interest in the USA.

 

Bilders video by Mark Howden

Bill Direen works with musicians, artists and performers in non-binding non-contractual agreements.
He has, over the years, also received funding or non-alligned financial support from:
Queen Elizabeth Arts Council of NZ, Goethe Institut, Southern Regional Arts Council of NZ, Auckland University & Michael King Writers' Centre in assocaition with Creative NZ Arts Council of NZ Toi Aotearoa, Phantom Billstickers (NZ).

Sources
1. Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997
2. Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007

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