I love you to death!

Laura Macfehin looks at the horror flicks that best fit your every Valentine’s Day mood. OK, so I’m a little biased in that I truly believe every holiday is made better with a horror film, but I think that a very strong case can be made for horror being the perfect Valentine’s Day match.  SureContinue reading “I love you to death!”

Do you remember rock ‘n’ roll radio? An interview with Retrogasmic podcast host D.D Deluxe

Time to grab a cocktail, turn on the wireless and join D.D Deluxe and fellow Retrogasmic podcast host, Hettie La Bombe for a groovy trip back in time. Think of it as your very own space-time portal to all things retro, vintage and kitsch. The Retrogasmic podcast, brought to you by New Zealand retronauts D.D.Continue reading “Do you remember rock ‘n’ roll radio? An interview with Retrogasmic podcast host D.D Deluxe”

The Art of the Answer Song

Oh answer song, why do I love you so?  The sixties were undoubtedly a great time for pop music… one of the great celebrations of teenage angst where pop stars were able to create these great mythic landscapes where star-crossed lovers lived out extended dramas involving heartbreak, parental disapproval and gory and/or fiery deaths.  TheContinue reading “The Art of the Answer Song”

Classic Beach Reads to Revisit

“Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay.”  ― Grace Metalious, Peyton Place In 1956 the book that would spawn nine sequels, two movies, two television series andContinue reading “Classic Beach Reads to Revisit”

Art Attack: An interview with Neryl Walker

Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and designer Neryl Walker is all about girls! girls! girls! Neryl Walker has women on the brain! Whether it’s sultry semi-nude ladies draped languidly over sofas, beehived beauties rocking out on guitars, or buxom broads dressed in pussycat outfits – she draws them all! Hers is a distinctive style which recalls commercialContinue reading “Art Attack: An interview with Neryl Walker”

The Curse of Valentino’s Ring

Rudolph Valentino had the world at his feet when the star of the silver screen met an untimely death.  But did a mysterious ring and it’s supposed curse send him sooner to his grave?  Laura Macfehin looks at the legend of the so-called ‘ring of destiny’ and the troubled lives of the people caught inContinue reading “The Curse of Valentino’s Ring”

The Handmade’s Tale: Little M Creates

Welcome to the sixth installment of The Handmade’s Tale! This week Natasha meets British-based jewellery maker, Little M Creates. Ever hankered for a brooch featuring Vladmir Tretchikoff’s iconic green lady? Or fancy having Bette Davis’ terrifying visage (circa What Happened to Baby Jane?) swinging from your earlobes? If quirky statement jewellery is up your alley,Continue reading “The Handmade’s Tale: Little M Creates”

All Kooped Up: An interview with lounge lothario Koop Kooper

Natasha Francois chats to Cocktail Nation radio host and arbiter of all things swank, Koop Kooper. Koop Kooper vividly recalls visiting his grandparent’s home as a child and being dazzled by the mid-century furniture inside. He would lie on the couch watching old movies from the ’50s and ’60s while his mother and grandmother sippedContinue reading “All Kooped Up: An interview with lounge lothario Koop Kooper”

Meet the Mad Monster Lady!

Classic movie monsters like the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Phantom of the Opera have had an ardent fanbase from their first appearances on the silver screen; probably because of their ability to evoke terror and sympathy in equal parts.  One such fan is artist Audrey Funk; and her renditions of these monsters on canvasContinue reading “Meet the Mad Monster Lady!”

Interview with illustrator Johnny Moondog

Natasha Francois talks to rock ‘n’ roll legend, vintage store proprietor, former waiter, pool cleaner, dog walker, burger flipper and radio host Johnny Moondog about his career as an illustrator/ animator. Johnny Moondog first discovered the power of the pen when he drew a picture of a blue dragon for a classmate  he had a crushContinue reading “Interview with illustrator Johnny Moondog”