Review: Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell Deluxe Edition by underground

The cynics among us sees re-releases of albums as little more than poorly disguised attempts to squeeze every last cent from adoring fans. Bad Religion’s deluxe edition of 2007’s New Maps of Hell, is more than just a slipcase, an artwork booklet, a bonus DVD and a couple of “classic” posters.

The original 16-track album was, arguably, the punk album of 2007, despite concerns from some fans they had sold out, after the first single “Honest Goodbye” showed a slower, softer side to the band. Such fears were allayed, however, as the album mixed the passion and pace of their eighties’ releases and the precision and song quality of their later albums. The classic Bad Religion sound rings throughout, from the vocal backing “oozin’ aahs”, the fast power-chords, the melodic leads, to the thunderous trademark drumming.



So is it worth fans buying the deluxe edition if they already own the original album? Continue reading


The Olympics: Why I reluctantly watched every minute I could by underground

This is an opinion piece I had published in AUT’s student newspaper Te Waha Nui. Based largely off posts that I have previously posted on undergroundnetwork, I try to balance my love of sports and my passion for human rights, in regard to the recent Olympic Games in Beijing. A real juggling act!

Politics, protests, patriotism and the pursuit of sporting perfection

Every four years I plant myself in front of the television for two weeks and wear down the cushion of my couch. I find myself enthralled by sports I would otherwise not even have a passing interest in, learning the finer points of gymnastics, dressage, handball and synchronised diving. I eagerly await our anthem blaring over the speakers in a packed stadium, with our hero standing in front of our flag, with our gold medal shining around their neck.I love marveling at the skills of the athletes, getting consumed by the drama of the competition and reveling in the emotions of the winners and the losers.

But should I be watching these Olympics? Continue reading

Anti-Flag in New Zealand and Australia by underground

Anyone who checked this band out at this year’s Big Day Out or Taste of Chaos a few years back will be excited about the news that Anti-Flag is returning to New Zealand and Australia in December. Considering both those shows the band played as many tracks as possible in the short-length sets the band were allotted, they should be exceptional at their own headlining shows. I understand the gigs are likely to be charity shows, where the band asks fans to bring something to donate to the chosen local charity. I reckon this is awesome, because it is one thing to see a band sing about caring and politics and shit, but this is an active way to make a difference, involve fans and help the community the band is touring in. Continue reading

New Te Waha Nui online! by underground
August 24, 2008, 10:07 am
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AUT’s student newspaper Te Waha Nui has hit the shelves for the first time this semester. Not only do we students have a paper we can be proud of, we now have a great new website which shows off our hard work. Although there is a strong political focus because of the upcoming election, there are some great features,  brilliant opinion pieces (mine included!) and fine reviews. I encourage everyone to check it out.

It was stressful producing a paper, especially as we were running behind most the time, but it was a valuable experience. In the end it came out better than I had expected. There are always creases to iron out and things to sort out, but we can be proud of what we achieved. I look forward to the next issue coming out in a fortnight, as I reckon it should be even better.

This first issue I became the default sports reporter, which I enjoyed, but I’m keen to write some great politics story for future issues. I also hope to write a good feature profile in the future…

Instead of shooting each other… by underground

If nothing else, the Olympic games provides a fortnight of positive, feel good stories to relive us of the troubles of the world. I think this story does just that, providing a glimpse of hope for the Caucus region as Georgia and Russia fight over the disputed South Ossetia. Amusing that a Georgian and a Russian join each other on the podium for shooting’s women’s 10 metre pistol though! Continue reading

A New Zealand parliament without Winnie? by underground

A recent poll has shown Winston Peters’ political days to be numbered, with Tauranga voters preferring National’s young candidate Simon Bridges. As New Zealand First is languishing beneath five per cent threshold, the media once again contemplates a parliament without Winnie. Many in the media would be pleased to see him go, as no doubt would many voters. He is never far from controversy and the latest concerns over donations may perhaps be the final straw for the electorate. Could he really be gone in a few month’s time? Continue reading

Is that a dictaphone in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? by underground

Like the last election, apart from releasing fresh policy (bribes) that would appeal to the electorate, the only way Labour could win this election is by depicting National as dangerous and possessing a secret agenda. Their attempts to cast Key as “slippery” and question the party’s lack of transparency, have failed up to this point. However, Labour can perhaps relax, as National has helped them no end by confirming that there is a difference between the public message and the private reality, which the public were treated to discovering in this week’s leaked recordings. Continue reading