Bill Direen

Record Labels: Grapefruit Record Club, SmartGuy, Zelle/Powertool/South Indies

Publisher: Indie, Alpha Books, Percutio Publications, in situ, Titus.

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Hi & thanks for visiting the site.

It's been a very busy year, with gigs and the music documentary 'A Memory of Others'.

Here are a few links:

radiolive (Auckland)-- music of bill direen
13th Floor extended interview
NZ newspaper stuff -- bill-direen-feeding-the-spirit-of-the-people

And here is a page with PDF downloads of books that have sold out their first printing:

Complimentary PDF downloads (fiction)

Some reviews of recent books
Simon Sweetman
Erik Kennedy
Lindsay Rabbitt

LP re-release of a 2008 albumin NZ and Germany/Austria hit the mark.

Bandcamp tapes from the last Bilders Europe tour.
Download has photos by Arno Loeffler, that do the band proud.

 

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The film by Simon Ogston (Bellbird Pictures) has premiered in NZ to rapt audiences
in the NZ International Film Festivals. Trailer here.

BEATIN HEARTS
The reissue by Grapefruit (USA) is stirring hearts
in USA and li'l ol' NZ.
Great responses.
Bill Direen album reissue

John Morrison has made a new video of the 7" EP
(4 new songs recorded in NZ and the USA,
with screenprinted covers)..
VIEW IT HERE
Bill DIreen Measly Love video


Buildermash EP was a collaboration with The Ghosts, Simon Joyner (US), David Nance (US),
Steve Cournane, Chris Deden (US), Stuart Page, Andrew McCully and Pete Scott (London/Auckland).


SmartGuy
Analog sounds from a West Melbourne bunker studio,
a phasey ballad from Auckland, a live extract from the European mini-tour --
available on vinyl + download. .

"The Utopians" was among our Top Ten most played records on KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, CA  (#1).
MESS AND NOISE http://messandnoise.com/articles/4669060 –
"... the acidic hilarity of ‘The Utopians R Just Out Boozin’’. It’s cranky and fuzzy ....
... has a sneaky pop sweetness. Direen’s live-wire volatility
always comes across loud and clear, no matter the collaborators or musical setting."

A new compilation with an unreleased solo song recorded in Brooklyn by Bill Direen is now available in the U.S.
SmartGuy Compilation Melchior Direen

The nine date tour of NZ left a lot of smiling faces.
For more info see Music.


It was a great pleasure to drive the length of New Zealand with Simon and crew (Jeff Smith, who co-directed Chants R&B doc Rumble and Bang).
Jonathan Ganley photographed the Auckland show.


The Ferocious Project was at Pyramid Club, April 7-9 2016
with Mark Williams on guitar, Jo Contag on Drums and Bill D on words
with additions from R.A.K. Mason, Robert Burns and Anonymous (13th century).
Labels are being courted.

Bill Direen live at Audio Foundation Auckland
Photograph - Jonathan Ganley 22 October, 2016

Bill Direen Tour 2016

 

Writers Music poster 2016


Enclosures 2 is available at selected bookshops and online @ $24.95 (NZ). Postage is included for NZ and overseas (for single orders).
ENCLOSURES #3 is due mid-2017.


PROJECT: Ferox collaboration went off a treat at Pyramid Club, Taranaki St, Wellington. 7-9 April 2016. Most recent assembly of Ferocious Beelzebub members was during Bill's tour on October 15th Wellington.
Beelzebub Poster
See also Music

Collected Fiction download
Passive erasure of a people in captivity. An Englishman entangled in a petty art theft in Paris. A wealth-connected virus. Overdose and coma. A population wakes up in a biosphere, is fed regularly, develops its own laws and stimulants, and is divided between law-enforcing cannibals and dreamers. A madman hears the voice of God and prophesies the downfall of his city; he goes mad when his people are not destroyed. New Zealand at war in a post-apocalyptic ecological nightmare. This is the stuff of my novels so far (1997-2016).
Sample them for free here
.

The latest issue of lit-mag Percutio (2016) is out! The 2015 issue has been reviewed.
Percutio/JAAM Commentary at Jacket2.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard (novel, 2012) was set on the outskirts of Paris. brief #48.

Wormwood (novel, 1997) -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997]

Song of the Brakeman (novel, 2006) --“a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007]

Music News

Bill DIreen Oakland

For a no bullshit summary of Bill Direen careering from garage &punk to lo-fi through theatre and out the other side to the no-star present. Dynamite Hemorrhage hard copy magazine.

Watch for: a "gaelic-folky" offering on the Robert Burns compilation from Euro-kiwi Zelle Records & Dunedin Music.com.

Recent gigs: Dunedin: Readings and music with debate. Solo workout at Auckland Audio Foundation. Reunion of 1985 Bilders the following night. A Dunedin one-off with Robbie Yeats & Greig Bainbridge. Solo spot at Instants Chavirés Paris aiding & abetting Australian friends from Mad Nana.

Album Flavour of the Meat with Hamish Kilgour, David Watson (bagpipes, 335) and Miggy Littleton has pleased many. It was part of a subscription series of four but single copies can be had. (Grapefruit Records).

UNWUCHT's 12" re-releases admired for careful quality production of archival recordings. A Democrazy bootleg of live recordings 1982-83 has been snatched up. More from Unwucht in the pipes.

Two Siltbreeze Vacuum 7 inches generated plenty interest in the USA.

Sales of CDs (2006-2010) have come to an end, definitively.


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