IMNZ Newsletter for May 14th: Farewell to one of the greats

This week we mourn the loss of one of New Zealand’s great composers; we share the winners of the Music Managers’ Awards; and we present a NZ Music Month-sized bucketload of new releases and shows.

The MMF New Zealand, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA AMCOS, Neuw Denim and the New Zealand Music Commission are proud to announce the winners for the 2015 Music Managers Awards.
Katie Thompson & Greg Haver, Katie winner MMF Achievement Award
Artists and industry specialists alike have raised their glasses in toast to the endless contribution that managers make to the New Zealand music industry, and celebrating all those who took home awards this evening. Ashley Page took home the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year’ award for his work with Broods, Joel Little, and Jarryd James, a very-well deserved award for a manager who always goes above and beyond for his artists.  There’s a really interesting interview with Ashley in the NZ Herald. ‘Breakthrough Manager of the Year’ was awarded to duo Nick Dwyer and Dick Johnson for their work in raising the profile of their dance music project Weird Together. For the second year in a row, Scott Maclachlan has taken home the ‘International Achievement’ award, for his role in the continuing and unprecedented success of Lorde and Sol3 Mio.  The prize for ‘Self Managed Artist’ was awarded to Andrew Spraggon for his project Sola Rosa; a 15-year labour of love.  James Southgate has won the ‘Independent Tour’ award for the Devilskin ‘We Rise’ Album Release Tour.  Awesome shows aren’t possible without awesome venues, and awards were also presented tonight to the Powerstation for ‘Best Large Venue’ for the third year running, and The Kings Arms for ‘Best Small Venue’.  The ‘Industry Champion’ for 2015 was for the first time open to individuals and so was awarded to Brendan Smyth, music manager for NZ On Air.  The MMF Mentoring Program provides opportunities for new artists to have one on one time with industry specialists, and the Achievement Award recognises the efforts of a member who utilises the resources provided by the program and shows great initiative. This year the ‘Achievement Award’ was presented to Katie Thompson who has demonstrated great promise in her work with Quirky Music, who provides holistic music management for a range of independent artists. The MMF wish to say thank you to all of their sponsors – and congratulations to all of tonight’s winners!  www.mmf.co.nz

International and Industry Action

2015 NZ Music Month Summit: Meet the Music Agencies – Speakers Announced
The NZ Music Managers’ Forum together with the NZ Music Commission are pleased to announce the agency representatives who will be leading The Official 2015 NZ Music Month Summit masterclasses on Saturday 23 May, 2015. This year the NZ Music Month Summit is an intimate series of masterclasses where delegates can get up close and personal with music industry agencies and find out first-hand how to make money from their music, what funding is available, and hear tips and pointers on how to present the best application for success. The Summit was announced last week and already the registrations for these focused sessions are at 50% capacity. To secure a place at the NZ Music Month Summit please rsvp to: rsvp@nzmusic.org.nz.  The FREE event will include experienced music industry specialists including Brendan Smyth from NZ On Air, Alan Holt from the NZ Music Commission, Dean Cameron from Recorded Music NZ, Chris Archer from Creative New Zealand and Ant Healey from APRA AMCOS.
NZ Music Month Summit – Saturday 23 May 2015
Marlborough Rooms, Level 5, SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland
Midday to 3pm
Read more on the NZ Music Month website…

Jack Body passes away
Jack Body portrait_mnSOUNZ (The Centre for New Zealand Music) have noted the passing of composer Jack Body with great sadness. Jack passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon 10 May at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. An Arts Icon, extraordinary musician and generous friend to many, Jack is survived by his beloved partner Yono. “Jack worked tirelessly to help and support New Zealand composers,” says Julie Sperring, Executive Director of SOUNZ. “His acceptance and love for humanity in all its diversity flowed through into his own music and he leaves a unique, colourful and masterful musical legacy.” Jack was active to the last, closely involved in the production of the publication Jack! Celebrating Jack Body, Composer, with the realisation of a CD of his music for Atoll and with the tying up of loose ends from a career spanning five decades. Read more from SOUNZ. Graham Reid has an insightful interview with him here on Elsewhere.co.nz.

Louis Baker impresses at the Great Escape
Louis Baker was noted by The AU Review as one of the highlights on the first day of The Great Escape; here’s what they had to say, “New Zealand artist Louis Baker performed in the Queens Hotel and showed off some amazing guitar skills and an even more impressive voice. Fans of Matt Corby should check this guy out… and fans of great voices in general. Was very impressed.” Read more…

Kiwi band Six60 signs international deal
Six60 are now rubbing shoulders with some international heavyweights after signing a deal with Capitol Records. The band is also about to start a national tour which is almost sold out and the band currently has ten songs in the New Zealand Top Twenty. They began as a group of friends from Dunedin and the group has grown from covering other people’s songs to writing their own. Their Facebook page now has almost 250,000 likes. Read more from TVNZ…

Entries for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Awards are now open
Entries are now open for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Awards. This includes entries for the following awards:
– APRA Silver Scroll Award
– APRA Maioha Award
– SOUNZ Contemporary Award
For entry criteria and to enter the awards download an entry form: Download Entry Form. Also presented on the night are the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film and Best Original Music in a Series. For more information regarding these awards click here. As the only peer voted music award in New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award provides a unique opportunity for songwriters to recognise outstanding achievement by their peers. The winner of the award receives a payment of $5,000, and takes the freshly engraved APRA Silver Scroll Award into their care for 11 months. Entries for all awards close at 5pm on Monday 8th June.

Aeroplane Music Services moves to Auckland music hub.
Aeroplane Music is excited to announce its move to 80 Pitt St, Auckland – a lively location just off Karangahape (K) Rd. Aeroplane shares the 3-level space with the offices of Flying Nun, Arch Hill Recordings and the new Flying Out record store on street level. Aeroplane Music Services is proud to be 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Recent music placements include films The Dark Horse, Fresh Meat, as well as TV shows StepDave, SuperCity, Nothing Trivial and The Brokenwood Mysteries to name a few. Advertising song synchs include the recent Ford Fiesta commercial featuring Little Bark’s ‘Modern Love’.  Aeroplane is proud to represent the Warner Music master catalogue in New Zealand as well as the iconic Flying Nun and Arch Hill labels. Aeroplane publicity has helped to raise the profiles of many talented and diverse artists such as Andrew Keoghan, Tattletale Saints and The Map Room. Songbroker was launched early last year and represents artists Goodshirt and Gareth Thomas, Little Bark, Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, Mika X, Jackie Bristow, Golden Curtain, Swamp Thing and more. Songbroker also has an extensive music library for film and television productions.  www.aeroplanemusic.co.nz

Entries are NOW OPEN for the 2015 Children’s Music Awards.
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The Children’s Music Awards celebrate the songwriters who shape the colourful, wonderful, wacky worlds our kids visit through music. The awards have been going gangbusters since they were introduced in 2008, and this year the awards step it up a notch with the introduction of a music grant from NZ On Air. In addition to a $1000 cash prize, this year the winner of the APRA Best Children’s Music Song Award will also receive a $10,000 NZ On Air grant to be spent on the recording of a song and a music video. NZ On Air’s music manager Brendan Smyth hopes the addition of the grant will encourage more music to be written for children “This special Making Tracks funding for the winner is one way we can recognise the best in children’s music and stimulate more music to be written. We are also looking at how we can use our NewTracks and new AllTracks platforms to help promote children’s music.” Entries are now open for the awards in the following categories:
APRA Best Children’s Music Song
Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Album
What Now Best Children’s Music Video
The awards will be presented live on What Now on Sunday 2nd August by last year’s winner Anika Moa.
Enter here…

Aldous Harding Uk/Europe tour
Aldous Harding has just kicked off her European tour. Great Escape is first up, and then she plays shows across the mainland, in Manchester, Oslo, Amsterdam, Mannheim, Lyon, Basel, Rorscach, Wien and Berlin. Read more…

Anika Moa face-to-face with Mel Parsons
This week, Anika Moa sits down with her old friend and prolific touring musician, Mel Parsons. She may sing sweet folk songs but Parsons knows exactly how to handle Moa’s brash sense of humour and cultural insensitivity towards Southland, where Parsons hails from. She also has some embarrassing tales to tell of touring with Moa, including the time a devoted fan flung a sex toy at Moa while she was performing. Plus, she lifts the lid on exactly how Moa came to feature on her album. And it’s not a story Moa wants you to hear. Watch here on the NZ Herald Online.

New Release Fanfare

Jack Body – Passing By
This is a double album set of chamber works by one of our most revered and cherished composers, the inimitable Jack Body. With new recordings from NZTrio and Stephen De Pledge, recent recordings from Kronos Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, Stroma New Music Ensemble, New Music Works Ensemble, David Radzynski, and Ensemble Nomad, Passing By is a testament to the career of one of New Zealand’s most inspired (and inspiring) artists. Read more on Amplifier…

She’s So Rad – Tango – New Album Released May 15th Through From The Crate Records In NzZ May 29th Through MUZAI Records In The Uk And Europe.
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Having caused a general swell of attention through the release of “Cool It” and more recently “Kick Out Of Life”, Auckland shoegaze/dream pop outfit She’s So Rad release their sophomore effort, TANGO, through From The Crate Records and MUZAI Records throughout the month of May on CD, vinyl (NZ only) and digitally.

The follow up to the Taite Music Award nominated album In Circles, TANGO in Jeremy Toy and Anji Sami’s take on the shoegaze archetype with the most up to date production tools available. Almost as if the original C60 cassette tapes has been remastered to today’s lossless audio loving public – striking a balance between tradition and modernization.

 Produced by Toy, his equal love of Hip Hop and Shoegaze provided the band with a key element in many respects to the final sound TANGO boasts; earning the band attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6), The 405, This Is Fake DIY and playlisted on Amazing Radio (UK)

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“They stand out from a crop of My Bloody Valentine adoring young’uns with a penchant for sweet noise” – This Is Fake DIY Stream the album now via She’s So Rad’s SOUNDCLOUD page.

Matt Barus and LA Mitchell are Terrible Sons
Their first single is a ‘me against the world’ song, says Matt Barus, one half of the husband and wife duo Terrible Sons.  As timeless as it’s name suggests, ‘Neptune’ is a melancholic ode combining space and melody in perfect symmetry.  It is accompanied by stunning imagery directed by Arthur Gay of Candlelit Pictures. You can view their captivating debut, here <https://youtu.be/UF1x6MJHw78> Terrible Sons are Matt Barus (Dukes) and Lauren Barus (aka L.A.Mitchell), and ‘Neptune’ was released Friday May 15.

NZTrio – Lightbox
For their third Rattle release following their two Best Classical Album nominated releases, ‘Bright Tide Moving Between’ (2008) and ‘Flourishes’ (2011), NZTrio’s exceptional new recording features recent commissions by some of the finest of the current generation of New Zeland composers. Taking its title from Karlo Margetić’s Sounz Contemporary award-winner, Lightbox features works by Claire Cowan, Rachel Clement, Alex Taylor, Samuel Holloway, Gao Ping, and Chris Gendall. NZTrio is one of our leading contemporary music ensembles. Simply put, they just keep getting better, and Lightbox is an absolute stunner. 
Justine Cormack (violin), Sarah Watkins (piano), Ashley Brown (cello). Read more…

Jenny Wollerman / Michael Houstoun – Between Darkness & Light
‘Between Darkness and Light’ is a celebration of 19th and 20th century art-song from two of our finest classical musicians. This fine album features works by some of the world’s most beloved composers, Gabriel Fauré, Sergei Prokofiev, Madeleine Dring, André Previn, Maurice Ravel, Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Reynaldo Hahn, Sergei Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf and Claude Debussy. Read more…

Gareth Thomas  
‘Gone Cold’
“This is kiwi indie pop at its best”. 5 stars The Dominion Post
“…Gorgeously understated supreme talent – don’t let this one slip by” Real Groove Magazine
As the onset of winter approaches, Gareth Thomas (Goodshirt) releases his new video single ‘Gone Cold,’ the third from his critically acclaimed debut solo album Lady Alien.  The release of ‘Gone Cold’ celebrates the international release of the album Lady Alien in April 2015, available now on iTunes and Bandcamp.
 
‘Gone Cold’ follows a yearning bass vamp anchored in a spacious soundscape which then builds into Jimmy Page territory – delicate and melodic one minute, dark and emotionally raw the next.
 
The video is the story of a ‘sensitive zombie’ shot in a dark and beautiful film noir style by director Garth Badger of Thievery Studio.  Australian music blog Hhhhappy are premiering the video exclusively today.

View ‘Gone Cold’ here.
 His second solo album ‘Fizzy Milk’ is due for release in February 2016. Watch the video on Hhhhappy.

On the Live Front

Bic Runga & Tiny Ruins On Tour 
bictinyruinsNew Zealand music lovers are in for a treat as two of the country’s finest singer-songwriters join forces to dazzle audiences. Bic Runga’s accomplishments are already enough to label her a national treasure…three number one albums, a swag of hit singles and a Silver Scroll songwriting award. Bic Runga has been writing and recording her next record with this material being debuted live at these concerts. Now Bic Runga will be touring with Tiny Ruins. Songwriter Hollie Fullbrook from Tiny Ruins has seen a groundswell of support for her music at home and overseas, with fans such as David Lynch, NPR, The New York Times and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop singing her praises in the past year. Along with drummer Alex Freer and bassist Cass Basil, the band has won over international audiences touring with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Calexico and The Handsome Family. Playing over 130 shows in 2014, their mesmerizing live performances have seen recent appearances at Sydney and Perth Arts Festivals, End Of The Road Festival in the UK and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Their Most recent album, Brightly Painted One, was awarded Best Alternative Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards. These two talented women will take to the stage with their respective bands, including drummer Kody Neilson joining Runga, across some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and intimate venues, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see them showcase new material and reimagine cherished favourites in a solo capacity, with their bands, and together for a special finale. See dates on Under the Radar…

David Dallas’ Shenanigan Sessions Return This May
“I decided it was time we found a good spot and hit up a few of our friends so they can play shit you actually wanna hear”
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Hit up David Dallas’ personally hosted Sunday sessions the last weekend of every month at Auckland’s Sweatshop Brew Bar. Bringing together the DJs he rates, Shenanigans is carefully curated so you can see out your weekend to the best hip-hop and RnB tracks. Settling into the new venue and regular dates, Shenanigan is here to stay with Volume 3 taking place on Sunday 31st May. Featuring Jordache (Fire & Ice), Che Kamikaze, Mac Major and the return of long time producer/collaborator 41 by way of Japan, head down to Sweatshop Brew Bar from 2PM until late. Entry is free.
Shenanigan Vol 3
Featuring Che Kamikaze, Jordache (Fire & Ice), 41 & Mac Major
Sunday 31 May – Sweatshop Brew Bar – Auckland
2PM – late
Entry: FREE

Around the World

Community Radio And Australia Council To Take A Hit From Federal Budget
From themusic.com.au
The Australia Council and community stations around the country better buckle up.

Last wek’s 2015 Federal Budget saw the continuation of the Administered Program Indexation Pause for another two years which means that the community broadcasting sector will have to cope with further cuts to the more than 440 community radio stations in the country.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia President Adrian Basso claims the Government are continuing to withdrawal their support for community stations, even though almost five million Australians aged fifteen years and over listen to community radio each week.

“The community broadcasting sector lost over $1 million in Australian Government funding support through the initial impact of the Administered Program Indexation Pause and now faces a further substantial loss through its extension” Basso said.

“If the pause continues, the Government risks the slow demise of some in our sector, which contributes so much to the cultural life of Australia. Community stations, particularly the two thirds of community radio stations that operate in regional and remote areas, cannot absorb the pause forever and, over time, this will see services lost.”

Similarly, the Australia Council has had almost $105 million stripped from its funding to establish a new grants program run by the Federal Arts Ministry.

According to SMH, a statement released today says the Council will give “careful consideration” to its priorities, though it will remain “committed to supporting Australian artists and arts organisations.”

Australian Theatre For Young People artistic director Fraser Corfield said that he fears smaller organisations will fall by the way side with the changes.

“My fear is that it will disproportionately advantage the larger, better connected arts organisations and companies,” he said.

“Looking at the youth theatre sector, which is nationally the smallest and least funded of arts organisations, it’s going to be very difficult to get traction in that sort of funding environment.”

Read more from themusic.com.au

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 7 May 2015

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1 1 10 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 3 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan Border/DRM
3 2 4 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
4 - 1 Into Temptation Tainted Rhythm/DRM
5 5 43 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
6 7 187 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
7 - 1 The Great Cybernetic Depression Princess Chelsea Lil’Chief/Rhythm/DRM
8 11 37 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
9 10 6 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
10 9 4 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Diamond&Kowhai/Rhythm/DRM
11 4 8 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
12 17 4 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
13 13 74 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
14 - 1 The 9th Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Rhythm/DRM
15 14 5 The Road Home Paper Cranes DRM
16 19 2 Reflection Rebecca Nelson Ode/DRM
17 - 288 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
18 16 32 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
19 - 38 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
20 15 11 Our New Life Above The Ground Avalanche City LTPS

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 7 May 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 8 White Lines Six60 Massive
2 - 1 Get It Jupiter Project And P-Money feat. Young Tapz And Epic The Future LTPS
3 1 20 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
4 2 27 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
5 4 17 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 7 160 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 5 10 Purple Six60 Massive
8 6 10 Exhale Six60 Massive
9 8 10 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
10 9 62 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet plat x1

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 10 May 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 17 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 4 White Lines Six60 Massive
3 3 15 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 8 Truth Hurts Sid Diamond MTC
5 5 27 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
6 - 1 Get It Jupiter Project And P-Money feat. Young Tapz And Epic The Future LTPS
7 6 6 What You’ve Done Sam V feat. Donell Lewis FMG
8 9 6 I Wanna Be Foolish SJD RoundTripMars
9 8 2 Can’t Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
10 7 4 Grenade Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM

IMNZ Newsletter for May 11th: Peter Garrett announced for BigSound

This week, NZ On Air unveil a new plan to share more local tracks around to more people. Peter Garrett has been announced as a keynote speaker at Brisbane’s excellent BigSound music conference in September; and the IMNZ labels are busy with new music, shows – and poetry.

International and Industry Action

Nominations are open for the 2015 Best Children’s Music Album.
The Tui will join the APRA Children’s Music Song of the Year and What Now’s NZ Children’s Video of the Year in being presented in Christchurch on Sunday 2 August. Nominations for Album, Song and Video are open now. For details and instructions on entry into Best Children’s Music Album, as well as the terms and conditions, please click here and contact Sarah Leota here for a password to access the online form. Details on the Song and Video awards can be found here. Please contact Rita Luck at APRA for more information: rluck@apra.co.nz or 09 623 4718. Nominations close on Wednesday 3 June at 5pm.

AllTracks: A new approach to promoting NZ music

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A new online initiative to get more people discovering and enjoying NZ music aims to increase the number of streams of tracks by NZ artists.

The site AllTracks.co.nz is a new portal to curated playlists of NZ music in seven genres, that listeners can enjoy through Youtube, Spotify or Soundcloud. The curators, all passionate about the genre they’ve been chosen for, are hand-picking the music selections so listeners can just plug in and tune out.

AllTracks.co.nz categorises NZ music into the genres Folk & Country, Dance & Electronic, Alt & Indie, Pop, Reggae & Roots, Hip Hop & RnB and Rock & Metal. The music portal is funded by NZ On Air, as part of its push to ensure NZ music can be discovered on all the main online music platforms.

“Today we take our music with us everywhere in our pockets. And we all have different tastes. Our genre playlists mean you can discover and enjoy great NZ music without the need to create your own playlist. This is about making it easy to find the kind of NZ music you like,” says NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth.

The curators will change from time to time, but those who are kicking off the site with their playlists are:

Alt & Indie – Charlotte Ryan ( NZ Music & media specialist)
Dance & Electronic – Dan Aux (DJ, musician and Programme Director at George FM)
Folk & Country – RDU 98.5 Fm (Christchurch)
Hip Hop & RnB – DJ Manchoo (renowned DJ & music director at Flava)
Pop – Jamie McDell (Top 10 artist)
Reggae & Roots – Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties)
Rock & Metal – Bryce Casey (host on The Rock)

Barnaby Weir says he’s on board because the playlist idea can take listeners on a musical journey and he encourages people to try out AllTracks. “It can be really hard to find the music you like, but there is so much amazing musical talent out there to be enjoyed and discovered. I would encourage people to explore these playlists with an open mind, and they are bound to find something new they like or even a new favourite band,” he continues.

You can discover the playlists at www.AllTracks.co.nz and choose how you want to stream the music – on Youtube, Spotify or Soundcloud.

Sheen of Gold
Join Nga Taonga Sound and Vision  in celebration of New Zealand Music Month with a free screening of Sheen of Gold, a documentary on the Skeptics. “Directed by Simon Ogston (Rumble & Bang + Gone With The Weird), Sheen of Gold tells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential and innovative bands, that throughout the 1980s combined traditional instrumentation with electronic sounds to make some of the best music this country has produced.” – Flying Nun This screening is presented in partnership with AUT and Colab.
6pm Wednesday 13 May
AUT Auckland City, room WG126, Level 1, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Mayoral Dr
Free admission

Word Pop – Auckland

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Since April 21, words have been arriving on walls all over Auckland. Well-known poets and lyricists including Ladi6, Tiny Ruins, Grace Taylor, Ant Sang, Renee Liang, Lorde, Tiki Taane and Robert Sullivan are bringing new life to the city and engaging us with words specific to our place. Alt Group was commissioned by the Waitematā Local Board to create POP as part of an artists collective to generate creativity, fun, connections and experiences for Aucklanders. http://www.pop.org.nz/projects/word-pop/

New Release Fanfare

New video for Paper Cranes 折り鶴  single ‘Again & Again’
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is a lighthearted, fun song about escaping your troubles with someone special. Paper Cranes折り鶴 new video depicts a man who experiences that life isn’t a level playing field – and that some days everything has a way of gettin’ you down…Produced by Alexander Hoyles and assisted by Ruby Reihana-Wilson the video was shot in various Auckland locations with actor Chris Tempest followed by an ever present storm cloud. View the new Paper Cranes 折り鶴 video on Youtube or Vimeo.

Joseph And Maia Release ‘Sorrento’

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Some time after releasing their 2013 EP ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’, indie-folk duo Joseph and Maia found themselves in the Italian city of Sorrento. Sitting on the high cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea, the couple developed a lingering case of wanderlust, one that would haunt them for years. Turns out that itch extended beyond geographical longing. The songwriters were creatively frustrated too, feeling out of place, struggling with a career that only felt half-true. The duo amicably split with their label and took to their fans to fund their debut album, the aptly-titled ‘Sorrento’. It was the first step in a journey of discovery for the newly independent duo. “We spent two years trying to make a commercial record for radio.” explains songwriter Joseph Thompson, “We hit wall after wall until we realized that that making a pop record wasn’t something we wanted to do.” They set up camp in Neil Finn’s Roundhead studios and recruited a band of like minds and old souls, including renowned producer Nic Manders, drummer Brent Harris (Cut Off Your Hands), bassist Matt Short (Sola Rosa) and guitarist Si Moore (Streets of Laredo). A chance meeting with pedal steel guitar veteran Janek ‘Buck’ Croydon led to phenomenal country flourishes on three songs.  ‘Sorrento’ also sees the songwriters opening up some veins lyrically. “The record is more honest and open than we’ve ever been before”, says Thompson. “‘Sorrento’ is about not feeling in place,” continues the songwriter, “Maybe we’re all in the same state, searching for where we belong, in limbo. I feel like that’s where both Maia and I have been for a while; restless minds and spirits, searching for our Sorrento”. Read more here and find their tour dates here.

On the Live Front

The One Man Skiffle Machine returns to Wunderbar
After a stonkin’ Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine album release show at The  Wunderbar Lyttelton in April, Lil’ Chuck will be back there to do it all again with a NZ MUSIC MONTH show on Thurs 14th May. Fellow Stomper ‘Earth Sky Within’ Bryce Carter will be there as the special guest. For anyone who couldn’t make his last show, here is your chance to see what you missed!

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre Evenings
19:00, Saturday 16th May and 18:00 Sunday 17th May
In the lead up to the Raukatauri Gala Evening comes WAIATA – a series of Auckland concert events at Galatos Live, showcasing an esteemed line up of Maori musical talent under one roof for two nights. To kick things off at 7pm, Saturday 16 May we’ve got live performances from artists Troy Kingi, Emma Paki, Arihia Cassidy, Mereana Teka, Seth Haapu and Toni Huata. Then the following evening at 6pm, Sunday 17 May will feature entertainment courtesy of Majic Paora, Brannigan Kaa, Tipene Harmer, Lioness Aotearoa, Kirsten Te Rito and Anahera Higgins. Tickets to either the May 16 or May 17 event are $20 ($15 for students and senior citizens) and can be purchased in person at the centre, by emailing info@rmtc.org.nz or calling 09 360 0889. All sale proceeds go towards helping the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre change lives through music. http://www.galatos.co.nz/portfolio/raukatauri-music-evenings/

Tiny Ruins at the Auckland Writers’ Festval
Taite Music Prize 2015 finalist Hollie Fulbrook (Tiny Ruins) is to be interviewed in a session as part of the Auckland Writers’ Festival. The critically acclaimed Tiny Ruins was formed as a solo project by singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook in 2009 but has now morphed into an ensemble with bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer. They released their second album Brightly Painted One in 2014 and have since toured Australia, the US, Canada and Europe, opening for the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Neil Finn and Calexico. Fullbrook will talk about the craft of song-writing with Julie Hill. Singing is rumoured. Supported by APRA / AMCOS.
Free event, no ticket required
Saturday 16 May 2015, 4.30pm
Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive Auckland New Zealand

Dictaphone Blues announce tour with teaser video for “Lance’s Tape”
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have announced a five date NZ tour as they are about to release a new music video on “the net” on 15 May – “Lance’s Tape”. The seed of the song resides in a story that songwriter Edward Castelow heard about a ‘naughty video’ that was handed around a high school in Dunedin in the 1990’s. “This was pre-internet, a time where you had to have the guts to walk into the adult section of the video store to get your hands on such an item, or have a cool older sibling. At this high school, which will remain anonymous, you had to know the right person, they had to think that you were deserved of the tape and then you would get to dub it. The only thing that was written on this Holy Grail was ‘Lance’s Tape’” says Eddie from Dictaphone Blues. Read more from Cheese on Toast…

I Am Giant announce a six date New Zealand tour this winter.
The Kiss From A Ghost tour will be I Am Giant’s first in their home country since UK based lead singer Ryan Redman joined the lineup, and the band is excited about getting back to see their fans all over the country. Shelton Woolright is looking forward to being back behind his kit after his stint as a judge on New Zealand’s X-Factor, with his act Brendon Thomas and The Vibes reaching the top 4 in the competition. I Am Giant will be playing all the crowd favourites but bringing some new material to the stage, including the brand new single Kiss From A Ghost, the first from the upcoming EP of the same name.  Featuring all new recordings with Redman and produced by Paul Matthews and Shelton Woolright, the EP will be released later on in the year via Sony Music. Earlier in the year, the band secured a deal with FOX Sports in the USA featuring their single ‘Transmission’ in the live broadcasts across multiple codes, including the 2015 NASCAR season and 2015 USA NFL season. Support acts for the tour will be announced soon.  Tickets available through the band’s official website iamgiant.com

Around the World

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Aussie Icon Peter Garrett Leads First BIGSOUND 2015 Speaker Announce

Brisbane’s renowned BIGSOUND event is only a matter of months away, and the annual industry conference and showcase series is beginning to lift the veil on its mammoth program for 2015, led by the revelation that Midnight Oil frontman, former politician, revered activist and all-round Aussie legend Peter Garrett tops the bill as one of this year’s keynote speakers.

Joining Garrett in the keynote tier of guests for this year’s event, which takes over Fortitude Valley this September, is veteran rapper and fellow activist Brother Ali, with the two men flanked by an impressive wider first speakers’ complement of more than 20 of the world’s premier artist & repertoire representatives.

“International interest in BIGSOUND this year has confirmed something that we already knew; that it’s one of the world’s most exciting A&R markets,” BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne said in a statement. “The incredible success of Australian artists overseas combined with the strength, depth and quality of our local music communities mean that some of the world’s most influential labels, publishers, bookers and agents are now making it part of their annual calendar.”

Garrett’s address at BIGSOUND marks the first major industy appearance for the singer since his exit from federal parliament, for which he will treat delegates and attendees to an enlightening reflection on industry, public policy and his own storied career with Midnight Oil, which spanned nearly three decades and yielded more than 10 top-10 albums (including the landmark Red Sails In The Sunset, which turned 30 last year), as well as a slew of ARIA and other awards. There’s a reason that Oils fans are uniformly fierce in their allegiance for the outfit, and Garrett’s appearance should prove an eye-opening experience for anyone with an interest in Oz-rock history.

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