Western Leader : February 7th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 8 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 NEWS PROUDLY 100% NEW ZEALAND OWNED AND OPERATED Riverstone Range 750ml Excludes Pinot Noir Coopers Original Pale Ale 375ml Bottles Carlsberg 12 Pack 330ml Bottles Heineken 12 Pack 330ml Bottles Old Coach Road Range 750ml Excludes Pinot Noir Isaccs Cider 12 Pack 330ml Bottles 1167-1177 NEW NORTH ROAD, MT ALBERT. PHONE: 820 0218 SELECTED BEER & WINE ONLY BEER & WINE BONUS BUYS Valid Monday 6th February - Sunday 12th February 2012. Limits may apply for trade customers. LIQUOR SALES AT MT ALBERT ARE UNDERTAKEN BY THE PORTAGE LICENSING TRUST. OFFERS ONLY AVAILABLE AT PAK'nSAVE MT ALBERT Please drink responsibly I.D. 25 required if under MT ALBERT 798 1999 1898 2298 2389 989 Bottle pk pk pk Bottle pk 4352341AA Labretta comes home to release new album Coming home: Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 is back in the country playing gigs next month. By STEPHEN FORBES Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see music from Labretta Suede and the Motel 6. Labretta Suede left New Zea- land with her band The Motel 6 in 2009 to take up a record deal in the United States. Two years later the former Titirangi resident is heading back to Godzone for a few summer gigs including one at the Kings Arms in Newton on February 16 and Splore Fes- tival the next day. We re coming back to release our new album Dumb and Dirty over the summer, she says. Labretta Suede and The Motel 6 was formed in 2005 and released its debut album Not Food Hungry in 2007 on its own label Charlie Horse Records. It followed it up with an EP of classic Kiwi songs called Loon-a-tiki and included everything from 60s show band tunes to late 70s punk. The band s sound covers everything from country and rockabilly to 60s girl groups and punk rock straight out of the garage. The band has been based in New York for almost three years and Labretta says it has been a bit of a culture shock adjusting to life in the Big Apple. Living in Brooklyn is a little different. We don t get to drive through a rainforest to a vol- canic beach just down the road in the weekend. Instead the best beach around is in Long Island and that has had over 10 bodies found on it thanks to the Long Island serial killer. So you could say life is rather different. But she s enjoying it. Most of our fellow friends and musicians live in Brooklyn. The music scene in Brooklyn is pretty amazing, there is always something going on. The band tries to spend as much time as it can on the road. That is what is so great about this huge country. She says the group toured the United States six times in 2011. And we have just com- pleted our album release tour for our new album as we speak. Labretta is a show-woman and has been known to take to the stage in some alluring attire -- ranging from a leopard skin bikini to a cor- set, stockings and suspenders. We are really looking for- ward to coming home to lovely New Zealand to tour the new album. We really do miss it and we re looking for- ward to showing our US rhythm section how amazing New Zealand is. Illegal dog collars Importers and hunters have been targeted in a clampdown on illegal dog-tracking collars. More than 100 devices were intercepted this summer because they dangerously interfere with other radio trans- mission services. Economic Develop- ment Ministry spokes- man Chris Brennan says while not all dog- tracking devices are illegal, some of those being used operate on the same frequency as equipment used by people travelling and working in rural areas such as forestry workers or search and rescue crews. This is an issue we take very seriously. We are particularly con- cerned that illegal dog- tracking devices could interfere with rescue services in remote areas -- for example, a search and rescue crew looking for an injured tramper in the bush. Individual hunters using illegal dog- tracking devices risk prosecution and if caught could face fines of up to $30,000. The ministry is taking legal action against those caught with devices. Visit the Radio Spectrum website, www.rsm.govt.nz or call 0508-776-463 to find out which dog-tracking collars should be avoided. Directors award A triathlon staged on Bethells Beach last year for American TV show The Biggest Loser fea- tured in an episode which won a directors award. The show won the Out- standing Directorial Achievement in Reality Programmes at the Directors Guild Awards dinner in Los Angeles last month. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development spokesman Jason Hill says it is an outstanding result to have Auckland highlighted to the United States visitor market. Other activities the contestants took part in included a sprint up the Sky Tower and workouts in the Auckland Domain. Options for artist in residence Artists keen to get close to nature are encouraged to apply to be Auckland Council s Artist in Resi- dence for 2012. The successful artist can choose to stay in either Blundell House at Tapapakanga Regional Park or Awhitu House at Awhitu Regional Park. Applications close on February 17. Go to www.aucklandcouncil. govt.nz and search Artist in Residence.
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