Wellington based folk musician Matthew Pickering is a lover of words, and capturing histories in song form. His music follows a strong folk tradition of storytelling, neatly presented in an acoustic format of banjos, picked guitar, fiddle and gentle piano melodies. Pickering draws influence from the likes of M. Ward, Tim Buckley and Joanna Newsom.

In 2006 he released is debut recording 'The Planetarium' EP, followed by the beautiful 'The Burnside Church' album released in 2011. On the 1st October 2012, Pickering is releasing his third musical offering ‘Up at the Bunkers’ - a lovely, considered seven-song collection that speaks of couch-surfers, seaside adventures, gatherings of friends and other tales.

‘Up at the Bunkers’ was recorded over several months at the Surgery, engineered by Lee Prebble with a rag-tag band of talented friends helping in the musical arrangements including Brendan Schenk (banjo) who also performs in Pickering’s live band. They will be performing a national tour of intimate venues and house concerts during October. 



If this were buzzfeed, my invitation to my lunchtime concert would go like this:

"Songwriter makes incredible sacrifice in order to perform six heartwrenching songs; you'll never guess what the fifth one will be and the reason why."

I'll be having my lunch slightly earlier than normal (that's the sacrifice). 12.45pm at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.
This is tonight at 6pm, and Leah and I are performing my song "Hands Up". Should be a colourful ceremony at the St Paul's Cathedral. When we dropped off our gear, they were putting up all the flags, so it should look great!
The National Observance will be held in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on the evening of Commonwealth Day followed by a reception at Parliament.
Awesome doco on one of the most iconic recording studios of the last 50 years. Home to Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Nirvana, Neil Young and co. Famous for its drum sound and Neve desk. Interesting to see the impact of digital music recording on the analogue way of doing things, and pretty choice that Dave Grohl, who directs the film, gives the desk a new life by buying it and putting it in his own studio. Well worth a watch if you like rock and grunge and/or are interested in the recording process.
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Hey y'all! My wife and I recorded a wee cover version of a song we played at a wedding recently. Great song and fun to play with my wife! (PS subscribe to our youtube channel for more good stuff!)
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I grew up listening to Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album. This documentary celebrates 25 years since its release. I never knew how much controversy there was surrounding it, as Paul Simon violated a UN cultural boycott in order to record with the South African musicians. This is a great doco about the tensions of the time and making of the album. Well worth a watch!
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THE L.A TIMES ON THE MERGING OF ART AND MARKETING: "The upshot is a narrowing of the gap between art and marketing; the artists succeeding now are those capable of making one feel like the other, all-purpose entertainers at ease in the varied settings of today's busy mediascape.",0,1680712,full.story
On Jan. 8, his 66th birthday, David Bowie surprised music fans around the world with the announcement that he'd secretly completed a new studio album.
'Up at the Bunkers' out October 1st.


4th October- Fairfield House, Nelson. 7.30pm. w/ New Vinyl
6th October- Arthur Street, Timaru. 12-2pm.
6th October- The Theatrette, Oamaru. 8pm. w/ a special guest
7th October- Ice Festival, Christchurch. 12-1.15
7th October- Le Cafe, Picton. 7pm.
11th October- The Mayfair, New Plymouth. 8pm.
12th October- Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island. 7.30pm. w/ Bond Street Bridge
13th October- Wine Cellar, Auckland. 8pm. w/ Bond Street Bridge
26th October-St Peters Hall, Paekakariki. 7.30pm
27th October- Tararua Tramping Club, Wellington. 7.30pm