IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to October 12: Which are the most influential blogs?

Blogs are a big part of music discovery these days, and the folk at Digital Music News have weighed up which are some of the most influential in Around the World. Closer to home, the finalists in the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced, along with this year’s Legacy award recipients being announced, and the technical  award winners unveiled.

Week To Thursday, 9 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 7 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 13 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 10 17 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
4 - 1 Deep Sleep The Datsuns Hellsquad/Border
5 - 3 Laid Back Man Cam Luxton DRM
6 5 4 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
7 4 2 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
8 3 5 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
9 12 157 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
10 17 18 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM
11 - 9 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
12 13 14 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 8 36 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
14 9 45 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
15 18 59 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
16 20 65 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 11 260 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
18 7 68 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
19 6 2 Rima Moana And The Tribe Rhythm/DRM
20 19 21 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill



Updated New Zealand contact details for The Orchard

The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. The Orchard. Distribution done right.

For more information go to www.theorchard.com or check out this video.

If you want to contact The Orchard’s representative for New Zealand, email newzealand@theorchard.com

Week To Thursday, 9 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 3 40 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 4 8 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
4 2 2 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
5 7 5 Take Us Back Titanium LTPS
6 5 20 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 - 1 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
8 6 9 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
9 8 35 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
10 - 1 Mama We Made It Derty Sesh feat. Donell Lewis MTC

Week To Sunday, 12 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 4 2 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 11 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
4 2 12 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
5 5 3 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
6 6 8 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 - 1 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
8 7 7 Take These Shots Savage DRM
9 9 6 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 - 6 King Or Queen Sid Diamond feat. Mikey Mayz MTC

International and Industry Action

Katie Thompson in World’s Largest Online Music Contest
Self-managed artist Katie Thompson is a force to be reckoned with, not only when she takes the stage but also when it comes to the online music world. After reaching the top spot on theaudience.co.nz in May she went on to be the  first Australasian artist to win global competition Artist Signal. Not one to rest on her laurels she’s aiming for the trifecta – Global Rockstar. Global Rockstar has been labeled the “worlds largest online music contest”.  The online competition is seeking to uncover the next music phenomenon with the winner taking home a cash prize of USD 25,000. Organisers state that in 2013, more than 2,400 artists from 73 different countries took part in the Global Rockstar pilot project. A multi-stage process will be used to select the Global Rockstar 2014. The national preliminaries begin on 1 September and last until 4 November 2014 – after which the winner from each country will have been decided. Katie needs as much support as she can get to go forward and represent New Zealand.
Vote for Katie here: www.globalrockstar.com/artists/katie-thompson
Download the FREE app for your smartphone or tablet – search “Global Rockstar” in your device’s app store.

2014 New Zealand Music Award Finalists
NZ Musician have kindly compiled a list of the finalists, and winners to date, of the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. The main event will take place at Vector Arena in Auckland on November 20, and the Critics Choice event contenders will perform a live showcase at The Kings Arms in Auckland on October 29 with the winner being announced on the same night.

Starting with acts who have already won an award, we’ll move down to the finalists for each category:
Best Album Cover 
Winner: Anna Taylor & Ken Clark – ‘The Nihilist’ (Liam Finn)
Best Producer
Winner: Joel Little – ‘Pure Heroine’ (Lorde)
Best Engineer
Winner: Joel Little – ‘Pure Heroine’ (Lorde)
Auckland Council Best Pacific Music Album:
Winner: Sol3 Mio – ‘Sol3 Mio’
Best Country Album
Winner: Kaylee Bell – ‘Heart First’
Best Folk Album
Tattletale Saints – ‘How Red is the Blood’
Best Jazz Album
Winner: Nathan Haines – ‘Vermillion Skies’
Legacy Award
Supergroove
NZ On Air Critics  Choice Prize line-up
Estére
Lake South
Randa

2014 NZ Music Awards nominees
Album of the Year
Tiny Ruins – ‘Brightly Painted One’
Ladi6 – ‘Automatic’
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’
Sol3 Mio – ‘Sol3 Mio’
The Naked And Famous – ‘In Rolling Waves’
Single of the Year
Broods – Bridges 
David Dallas – Runnin 
Ladi6 – Diamonds
Lorde – Team
The Naked And Famous – Hearts Like Ours  
Best Group
@Peace – ‘@Peace and the Plutonium Noise Symphony’
Sol3 Mio – ‘Sol3 Mio’
The Naked And Famous – ‘In Rolling Waves’
Best Male Solo Artist
David Dallas – ‘Falling Into Place’
Liam Finn – ‘The Nihilist’
Stan Walker – ‘Inventing Myself’
Best Female Solo Artist 
Tiny Ruins – ‘Brightly Painted One’
Ladi6 – ‘Automatic’
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’
Breakthrough Artist of the Year 
Doprah
Broods
Sol3 Mio
Best Rock Album
Clap Clap Riot – ‘Nobody/Everybody’
Blacklistt – ‘Blacklistt’
Ekko Park – ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow Today’
Best Pop Album
Benny Tipene – ‘Toulouse’
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’
Stan Walker – ‘Inventing Myself’
Best Alternative Album
Tiny Ruins – ‘Brightly Painted One’
Grayson Gilmour – ‘Infinite Life!’
Liam Finn – ‘The Nihilist’
Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
David Dallas – ‘Falling Into Place’
Ladi6 – ‘Automatic’
PNC – ‘The Codes’
Best Roots Album
House of Shem – ‘Harmony’
Mark Vanilau – ‘Dark Horizon’
Tama Waipara – ‘Fill Up The Silence’
Best Electronica Album
Bulletproof – ‘#Listen’
Opiuo – ‘Meraki’
Sorceress – ‘Dose’
NZ On Air Best Music Video
Campbell Hooper – Hearts Like Ours  (The Naked And Famous)
Thunderlips – Stranger People  (Doprah)
Tom Gould – Runnin  (David Dallas)
Best Maori Album
House of Shem – ‘Harmony’
Rob Ruha – ‘Tiki Tapu’
Tama Waipara – ‘Fill Up The Silence’
Best Gospel Christian Album
Lifestyle (of Worship) – ‘Lifestyle (of Worship)’
Mosaic Music – ‘You Surround’
Saving Grace – ‘The Urgency’
Best Classical Album
Dame Gillian Whitehead – ‘Alice’
Jack Body – ‘Poems of Love & War’
Voices 16 – ‘Voice of the Soul’
People s Choice Award
Lorde
Sol3 Mio
David Dallas
Broods
Stan Walker
NZMusician

TRINITY ROOTS  start to crack the Aussies with their ‘HAIKU’ 
Yes its true – Trinity Roots’ first single, Haiku, from upcoming new album has been added to playlist on massive Aussie radio Triple J’s digital radio station Double J - go you good things!  You can listen to it here.

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition now open for entries
APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) are pleased to announce that entries for the 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition – the largest charity songwriting competition in the world – are now open. With thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, this year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of A$50,000 and join the illustrious company of past Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition winners – Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013). Three runners’ up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of new sponsor, AEG Ogden. This year’s competition will also include the Encouragement Award with a cash prize of A$2,000 which has been graciously donated by last year’s winners, The Preatures. The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, supporting talented songwriters whilst raising much needed funds for music therapy that has been proven to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida. The competition is open to songwriters worldwide with each applicant paying an entry fee of A$50.00 per submission with money raised going directly to supporting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. To date, the Vanda & Young Song Competition has raised over $485,000 for NRMTA over the past three competitions.
The 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition will be judged by a panel of songwriters and industry professionals.
Entries close on the 24 October 2014.
Visit www.apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp for more information and terms and conditions.

Little Oceans in the Big City
As part of Parachute’s Artist Development initiativeLittle Oceans have become familiar faces at Parachute H.Q. The Parachute crew have gotten to know them through strategy sessions and their work downstairs at Parachute studios, where they’ve just put the finishing touches on their new single ‘Northern Eyes’. Josh checks in with an update on life in the big smoke, 4am smash n’ grabs and the evolution of the band’s sound.
Read the update here.

On the live front

Auckland Jazz Festival – 17-26 October 2014
The inaugural Auckland Jazz Festival presents 10 days of local and international jazz, across some of your favourite venues from 17-26 October 2014. Featuring international guests the Mike Nock Trio(Sydney), Benny Lackner Trio (Berlin), Francisco Torres (USA) with Rodger Fox; with The Troubles (Wellington) alongside many great local groups: The Troubles, Yoko-Zuna, The Jazz Age, Trudy Lile, Allana Goldsmith, Ruckus, Spammerz, and more. The Auckland Jazz Festival is presented by CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa, with 1885 Britomart, Tom Tom, The Golden Dawn, The Portland Public House, Hallertau and others. Visit aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz for more details.

Jam Jar-Tober Tour
Jam Jar Management is going on tour, taking acts Melting Faces,Tunes Of I and Pea Stew on a three-date hikoi around the South Island to play the mainstage at Wanakafest Community Festival 2014! Tunes of I are a six-piece dub/roots/psychedelic band born out of the NZ School of Music in 2011. After a number of lineup changes they’re bringing their brand new drummer south ahead of a new single release in November and a 22-date Summer Tour kicking off in December of this year. Melting Faces are a 4-piece psychedelic garage folk blues soundscape who released their EP ‘From the Boardroom’ earlier in 2014. This 3-date tour also doubles as their EP release shows in the South Island. Pea Stew is a music producer who also features in national acts Brockaflower and Paddy Fred. His live shows feature an enigmatic combination of self-produced beats that he assembles using various instruments including keyboard, bass and MPC and cements together with improvisational transitions to create a seamless performance.

The Grand Ole Topp’ry: North Island Tour Dates Oct 22 – Nov 2
Our National Tour kicked off October 1st.  We have had a great time down South and look forward to bringing this show – our take on the famous Grand Ole Opry with some of New Zealand’s hottest country music stars – to a town near you. So if you haven’t bought your tickets yet click here . The Southland Times described it as “sheer all-round entertainment …the show is a slam-dunk hayride to hitsville.” So saddle up and join us for a rollicking good show at a theatre near you. See ya’ll there!

MINUIT: The Final Fling
Saturday 1st November – The Granary, Nelson
Minuit ‘The Final Fling’ presents “The Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball”
NELSON SHOW. FINAL FLING TICKETS. OUT NOW!
http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/114782/minuit-the-final-fling
This is a big one. It’s where it all began. And it’s where we’re kicking off our Final Fling. Costumes / Masks / Makeup encouraged. The “Skeleton Crew” will be in attendance to facepaint your needs. A Mexican-styled bar will be in place courtesy of Elsewhere. With DJ support from Serpico Beats and CIA. 8pm until the stroke of midnight.
Tickets are limited. Do not miss out. TICKETS OUT NOW
TicketDirect http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/114782/minuit-the-final-fling
Or in person from Theatre Royal, Nelson.
And if you haven’t already, you’d be a fool not to follow Minuit’s Facebook page  for more crafty announcements, photo journals, touching memories and giveaways coming over the next couple of weeks.

New release fanfare

Electric Wire Hustle –  ‘Love Can Prevail
Okayplayer Records and Somethinksoundsjoin forces to present the New Zealand duo’s second LP. Their critically-acclaimed self-titled 2010 debut thrust the group into the international spotlight and achieved cult status following its release, garnering support from the like Gilles Peterson and Benji B on BBC Radio, which has continued with the release of their latest singlesIf These Are The Last Days and By & Bye. Deep and rootsy the EWH sound draws influence from an array of cultures and traditions, always on the pulse their ‘far out’ approach to soul, rock, beats and blues separate them from near enough every band in todays contemporary music spectrum. The group recently returned from a string of US live dates, including a much praised set alongside Questlove at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, marking an end to their 4 year hiatus.

Jakob ‘Sines’
It’s been eight years in the making but the day has finally arrived, Sines by Jakob is now out in New Zealand and Australia. Already garnering positive reviews on home turf and from across the ditch, it’s only a matter of time before more roll in. All CD orders for Jakob are now in the post with vinyl editions expected to send at the end of November. Click here for a taster ofSines or go whole hog and buy a copy of LP or CD.

@PEACE and Dictaphone Blues share new music videos
@PEACE have premiered their brand new music video for “Matter” over at Vice’s Noisypage. You can watch the clip, which is beautifully shot and directed by Motion Sickness Studios here. It’s imagines band and the Young, Gifted and Broke collective as they might be in fifty years time, attending one of their own funerals. It also features Keisha Castle-Hughes as a funeral home cleaner.
http://vimeo.com/108850651
Speaking with Noisy, @PEACE’s Tom Scott explained the inspiration for the clip:
“It was inspired by the little sandwiches they have at funerals. It was my great uncle’s funeral. He’d died totally absent and I doubt he could’ve told you his own name. The funeral just reinstated to me the meaninglessness of this shit…” To co-incide with the video’s release Tom Scott, aged by 50 years, graces the front cover of this week’s issue of THE FOLD which is out today.
The music video for DICTAPHONE BLUES’ “Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave” doubles as a report from this years Shredisloe Cup. It’s hilarious. Watch it here.
Read more from Cheese on Toast

Emily Edrosa – New Video – Animal
Last week saw the release of a video forAnimal, the opening track to Emily Edrosa’slatest eponymous EP. Side project for Street Chant’s Emily Littler, Animal’s video was filmed by her sister Anna, with the track being one of six that detail how life, death and the various spaces between are communicated and occupied and experienced through the all-pervasive lens of the internet. Click the above image to watch Animal or here for details on her performance at November’s instalment of The Other’s Way

Around the World

AIR announces its new CEO
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) has announced Dan Nevin as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Nevin takes over from ex-General Manager Nick O’Byrne, who announced his departure in June after a five-year tenure. AIR’s last CEO was Stuart Watters, who exited in 2009.
Nevin steps into the role from his position as Digital Music Manager at JB HI-FI; prior to that he was AFL Media’s Digital Marketing & Subscriptions Manager, Internet Operations Manager at book retailer REDgroup and perhaps most notably the General Manager of Export for Shock Records, a post he held for over 12 years from 1998 – 2010.
Read more on TheMusicNetwork.com…

The 20 Most Influential Music Blogs…
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
by
Nina Ulloa
We often discuss which bands are getting the most online buzz, like in the 50 most blogged artists list. But who is talking about these bands and creating the buzz?
Enter this list of the most influential music blogs, Style of Sound created a list of the top 100. They included web-only sites, no blogs that are associated with print magazines, newspapers, or radio stations. I’ve included the top 20 here so you can see who the major players are.
Their list was created using a scoring system based on post frequency, quality, SEO, social media, and Klout score. It isn’t perfect… they excluded XLR8R because they thought it was still a print magazine, but they’ve been web only since 2011. They also list Tiny Mix Tapes ahead of Resident Advisor, which I’m not so sure about.
All of that aside, this will give you general knowledge of the most important music blogs. If you care, I’ve put stars next to the ones that I read regularly.
1. Pitchfork*
2. Consequence of Sound
3. Tiny Mix Tapes
4. Resident Advisor*
5. Stereogum

Read the full list here on Digital Music News…

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 9 October 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 7 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 13 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 10 17 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
4 - 1 Deep Sleep The Datsuns Hellsquad/Border
5 - 3 Laid Back Man Cam Luxton DRM
6 5 4 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
7 4 2 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
8 3 5 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
9 12 157 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
10 17 18 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM
11 - 9 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
12 13 14 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 8 36 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
14 9 45 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
15 18 59 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
16 20 65 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 11 260 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
18 7 68 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
19 6 2 Rima Moana And The Tribe Rhythm/DRM
20 19 21 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill

Top 10 Singles – Week To Thursday, 9 October 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 3 40 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 4 8 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
4 2 2 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
5 7 5 Take Us Back Titanium LTPS
6 5 20 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 - 1 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
8 6 9 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
9 8 35 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
10 - 1 Mama We Made It Derty Sesh feat. Donell Lewis MTC

Top IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 12 October 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 4 2 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 11 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
4 2 12 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
5 5 3 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
6 6 8 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 - 1 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
8 7 7 Take These Shots Savage DRM
9 9 6 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 - 6 King Or Queen Sid Diamond feat. Mikey Mayz MTC

IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to October 5: Ashei picked for international competition

White rabbits!

Our friends across the Tasman, AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association) have just celebrated the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, and as we can testify from previous experience, they know how to put on a good night. Recent visitor to our shores, Courtney Barnett, was one of the night’s winners – head to Around the World to see who else was a winner on the night.

Week To Thursday, 2 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 12 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 5 4 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
4 - 1 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
5 3 3 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
6 - 1 Rima Moana And The Tribe Rhythm/DRM
7 13 67 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
8 9 35 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
9 10 44 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
10 - 16 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
11 18 259 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
12 8 156 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
13 11 13 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
14 - 1 Dan Cosgrove EP Dan Cosgrove Quirky/DRM
15 7 24 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
16 16 28 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
17 12 17 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM
18 15 58 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
19 19 20 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
20 14 64 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1



Introducing our new friend – The Orchard

The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. The Orchard. Distribution done right.

For more information go to www.theorchard.com or check out this video.

 Week To Thursday, 2 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 - 1 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
3 3 39 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 7 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
5 4 19 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
6 2 8 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
7 8 4 Take Us Back Titanium LTPS
8 - 34 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
9 7 19 Start A Revolution Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 - 5 Bloodstream Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone

Week To Sunday, 5 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 11 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
3 3 10 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
4 - 1 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 9 2 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
6 6 7 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 5 6 Take These Shots Savage DRM
8 10 5 One Day Alone Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
9 7 5 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 4 4 Take Us Back Titanium LTPS

International and Industry Action

Folk and Jazz album entries close next week
A reminder that nominations are now open forBest Folk Album 2015 and Best Jazz Album 2015! 

Entry for these awards is open to recordings released between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014.

 Entries must be submitted to Recorded Music NZ before 5pm on Wednesday 15 October.
 To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry for Best Jazz Album please follow the link to the nominations site here. To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry for Best Folk Album please follow the link to the nominations site here.
 When you are ready to make a nomination, please contact Sarah Leota by reply email

Ashei In Global Online Competition To Win $10,000

Quite possibly one of Christchurch’s most driven rock bands, Ashei have their eyes quite literally on the prize in the form of a $10,000 kitty given away on an international online fan voted-based competition for emerging artists, called ArtistSignal. Fans can vote for their favourite acts once per hour, 24 hours a day, for an entire calender month. In return, fans can claim rewards offered in returns for the amount of votes they place in the month. At the end of each month, ArtistSignal awards one artist with the most votes $10,000USD to go towards the development of their music career. Another $5,000USD is split amongst all other competing artists from around the globe. Just 7 days in to this month’s competition so far and Ashei have truly taken off, having cleverly prepared their fans, friends and family for the weeks leading up to October. But nothing could have prepared them for the silent giant that was about to wake up in the form of a dutch metal band called Stream of Passion; who have an impressive 97,000 FB fans, had a successful $70,000 crowd-funding campaign, and have worked under labels to release 3 past albums. Shaken, but not losing sight of their goal, Ashei have fought to recruit as many new passionate voters as they can to maintain their lead on the competition. With Stream of Passion recruiting more and more of their expansive amounts of fans each day, Ashei need New Zealand’s help to secure the victory and make it all the way to the end to collect the hard-earned prize.
Register to vote for Ashei here:https://artistsignal.com/referrer/139779
Vote for Ashei hourly here:https://artistsignal.com/asheiband
Download the FREE app for your smartphone or tablet – search “ArtistSignal” in your device’s app store.
www.weareashei.com

On the live front

Our Songs From the South as part of Arts Festival Dunedin 2014
‘Our Songs from the South’, happening in Dunedin this weekend, is a concert of acoustic collaboration featuring Dunedin’s very own Delgirl with Invercargill’s Into The East, and introducing Jake Cropley. This will be an extravaganza of folk, country and roots music at its finest with a grand finale of all the performers together on stage featuring much loved songs from the South of their own and of others. Delgirl have previously landed the Recording Industry Association (RIANZ) Award for Folk Album of the Year, for their debut long player ‘Two, Maybe Three Days’  Ride’ in 2008. Since busting onto the scene as a pair of Southern unknowns, Graeme Woller and Liv McBride of IntoThe East have gathered a strong following thanks to their crystalline sound that has been described as Fleetwood Mac with the poetic & harmonic charm of Simon & Garfunkel. Into The East have picked up nominations for Best NZ Folk Album, along with a nomination for the highly regarded Taite Music Prize, and won APRA Album Of The Year and Band Of The Year at the 2014 Southland Entertainment Awards. Jake Cropley is a year 12 Kings High School student, and winner of the ‘Play It Strange ‘ Commonwealth Games baton song competition. Venues and ticket information here. 

The Black Seeds are coming to Christchurch this Cup and Show Week
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest bands and with a solid foothold in Europe and North America, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of multi-platinum selling albums, and a masterful live show that has been filling dance floors across the globe for over a decade. Read more…

The Doqument ‘Blank Canvas’ 
Bringing together four of New Zealand’s next generation of hip-hop talents, Auckland-based group The Doqument return with the release of their sophomore album Blank Canvas – Wall & Piece. Available for a pay-as-you-please rate from bandcamp from 23 October 2014, the new release showcases world-class lyrical ability layered confidently on nostalgic beats and collaborations with rappers such as David Dallas and PNC. A collector’s edition physical album will be available with ticket purchase to their Album Release party at Auckland’s Access Nightclub on Thursday 23 October. The release party will feature a live performance by The Doqument + special guests, and DJ’s P-Money, DJ Sirvere, Scizzorhands and Mac Major. Consisting of $ikeOne (MC), imaGe(MC), Shaqles (Producer/MC), and Mac Major(DJ), the four-part team have been turning heads for both their solo and group outputs.  Alongside capturing the attention of David Dallas and PNC, between them they have also gained the endorsement of artists such as US rapper KRS One (“Thank you for being Hip-hop” is what he told MC $ikeOne), performed alongside Bone Thugs n Harmony and Freddie Gibbs and released their debut LP The Rookie Album.
Check out their video for ‘Legacy’ ft David Dallas here and ‘Avant Garde’ ft PNC here.
Tickets for the album release show at Access Bar, K Rd are available now for $10 from dashtickets.co.nz and include a physical copy of the album.

Into the Void: Rare Auckland show
After premiering in Christchurch, the Into the Void documentary is screening at Auckland’s The Academy Cinema on Friday 17th October, followed by a performance by the band at Whammy Bar. On the 18th the film screens at Devenport’s The Vic, followed by a solo performance by Paul Sutherland.
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Aaradhna – Sweet Soul Music for Labour weekend
Fresh from LA to New Zealand, leading soulful songstress Aaradhna is returning home this October for shows in Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua. Taking her ‘Sweet Soul Music Tour’ on the road as part of a Labour Weekend Music Special, Aaradhna will play in Rotorua and Tauranga off the back of her performance at Auckland’s SoulFest, which also features big internationals including MaxwellD’Angelo and Mos Def. Taking time out of her recording schedule with legendary label Truth & Soul – whose team who became household names producing and writing with huge acts such asAmy WinehouseAdele and Aloe Blacc -Aaradhna is excited to return home and give Kiwi fans the first taste of some of her new material. Aaradhna is also looking forward to playing Raggamuffin Music Festival at Auckland’s Trust Arena on Saturday 13 December, alongside huge acts including UB40’s Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey VirtueChronixxIce Cube and Cypress Hill. Tickets for Tauranga and Rotorua shows are available now from Eventfinder.
Raggamuffin VIII: Saturday 13 December – The Trusts Arena – Auckland: Tickets available now from ticketmaster.co.nz

The Winery Tour 2015 Featuring Dave Dobbyn & Don Mcglashan: Together In Concert
Plus Supergroove and Anika Moa
Civic Events, promoter of the annual Winery Tour, is proud to announce the tour dates and line up for the 2015 run of the famous summer tour. Headliners are two New Zealand music icons, Dave Dobbyn & Don McGlashan, performing together, joined by the legendary Supergroove and the Queen of the Winery Tour, Anika Moa. Now in its 9th year, the Winery Tour has been streamlined. The 2015 Tour will play nine shows in nine wineries around New Zealand between late January and the start of March, with all shows played on a Friday or Saturday or the day immediately prior to a public holiday. It’s one of the best line-ups, in the best winery venues, on the best days for enjoying a night out for fans. With nine shows on offer across nine spectacular outdoor venues, The Winery Tour is the best tour in New Zealand. The 2015 Tour will visit the following regions – NORTH ISLAND: Tauranga, Auckland, Matakana, Havelock North, Martinborough, Hamilton & New Plymouth; SOUTH ISLAND: Upper Moutere (Nelson) & Waipara (Christchurch). Tickets (and bus/ticket packages) go on sale on Tuesday 28th October at an Early Bird price of $69 plus booking fee (ticket only). The Early Bird price will end on 30th November, the ticket price will then increase to $79 plus booking fee (ticket only) from 1st December.  Tickets can be purchased via the Winery Tour website www.winerytour.co.nz and Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz.

New release fanfare

1814 ‘Perfectly  Ugly’  
With their sweet grooves, soulful vocals and strong messages of peace, love and harmony, 1814 are one of NZ’s most loved reggae bands. ‘Perfectly Ugly’ is the first single from their upcoming 4th album, due for release in early 2015. You can expect the same inspiring music and just a taste of what you’ll hear at their summer gigs, as 1814 are favourites on the Aotearoa festival circuit. They’re also an award-winning group and have charted at #1 on the Independent Music New Zealand Album charts. Listen here… For upcoming  gigs and more information go to:
www.1814.co.nz

FiveA – debut single
FiveA releases his debut solo single ‘My Fault’ on Empire Records this Friday October 10. You can listen and pre-order it here from iTunes.

@Peace vinyl
@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony, the debut album from @peace, is available now on deluxe double LP (plus gatefold) through HHV.DE in Europe and through Rhythmmethod in New Zealand. Read more… 

Goodshirt ‘Sierra Leone’ 
Goodshirt are pleased to announce their latest creation, a dynamic 80’s synth fuelled cover version of the 1983 kiwi pop classic ‘Sierra Leone’ by Coconut Rough. The band enjoyed jamming on it so much they started playing it live, hence the cover single was born. Goodshirt enlisted New York animation company Circle Line Projects, the cooperative of Ana MouyisZachary Zezima and kiwi spatial artist, Tim Brown to make the music video, giving them total creative license. Inspired by the song and by the works of Len Lye, the creators combined different media such as live-action footage on green screen, hand painted textures and imagery, video, digital animation and animation scratched into 35mm film.  The new video is premiering exclusively on the NZ Herald website this week. View the video here. To celebrate the release, Goodshirt are giving away their single for free on Soundcloud. Goodshirt are performing at The Tuning Fork on December 17th playing support for Evan Dando and the Lemonheads. Stay tuned for forthcoming singles and shows in the near future.

Angelo King & Jono Das ‘The Lion & The Lotus’
Stream ‘The Lion & The Lotus’
https://thelionandthelotus.bandcamp.com/album/the-lion-the-lotus
The release of ‘The Lion & The Lotus’ is a collaborative side-project to pre-existing personalities within the NZ Hip-Hop scene.  Angelo King, MC from NZ Hip-Hop heavyweights Third3ye has teamed up with self-released producer, Jono Das, piquing interest from tastemakers in the scene such as writer, radio host and mentor Martyn Pepperell as well as Base FM Breakfast host Dylan C.
Download ‘The Lion & The Lotus’
https://thelionandthelotus.bandcamp.com/album/the-lion-the-lotus
In a ‘PIKDAT Profile’ Jono Das commented on the birth of this colab and friendship.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Beau Jefferies, ‘The Lion & The Lotus’  is not constrained to be a collaboration only between the two but instead hosts many of their contemporaries within the local hip-hop scene such as beat maker Christop El’ TruentoThird3ye member MeloDownz, Yayne, eo, and Danny Watts. The release of this EP comes of the back of the release of three singles; ‘Take Flight’, ‘UniVerse (Prod. Christop El’ Truento)’, and the latest release ‘Indigenius’ feat MeloDownz (Third3ye). Angelo King weaves a web of intricate lyricism, fusing expansive subject matter with acute reflections of socialised constructions. Jono Das’ beat-driven soundscapes smoothly propel tastefully crafted jazz-influenced drum samples with crisp production.

Dad Jokes join MUZAI
Having toured Canada, the United States and Australia, Auckland (NZ) punk-duo Dad Jokes now settle into a new home – MUZAI Records, who are set to release their new EP, Bad Friends, from October 24th 2014*. With Ian and Matt previously making appearances opening for Astro Children and BBQ-ZAI in 2014, long has been the discussions between both Dad Jokes and MUZAI Records working together after the release of True Love, their previous work released through Arcade Recordings. What listeners get is the release of a four track EP, Bad Friends – recorded after the band played punk festival Ottawa Explosion by Nick Botka (with help from Michael Ryan Dellinger) at Seattle’s Vera Project. Proudly wishing to inform readers of this media release that it was recorded direct-to-tape, the EP is evocative of the band’s live performances; that being a track-by-track sing along best accompanied by mountains of pizza and beer. Mastered by Auckland engineer/musician Tom Anderson only heightens the scuzzy beauty of such an EP.
“Bad Friend” on Soundcloud
Dad Jokes on Facebook
MUZAI Records

Flying Nun: 4 great re-issues
Flying Nun are pleased to announce their new Re-Issue Club (or Ric as we sometimes call it). The first episode of the club features FOUR crowd funded Flying Nun vinyl re-issue projects. As well as pre-ordering them individually, they are also be available as a special discounted bundle. Unlike most of the recent Flying Nun reissues, all four albums were originally released during the 1990s, and one has never been pressed to vinyl before. These releases will all be double LPs with plenty of B-sides, out-takes and previously unreleased bonus material…once there are 100 pre-orders of each album, Flying Nun will put them into production.
The re-issues are:
1. HEADLESS CHICKENS – Body Blow
2. GARAGELAND – More Exits to Garageland
3. BRESSA CREETING CAKE – S/T
4. SUPERETTE – Tiger

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Around the World

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have come to a close for another year, with Mansfield rockers Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett and ascendant Melburnian Remi all emerging as the major victors of the evening, which is orchestrated by AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association).


REVIEW AND GALLERY OF THE NIGHT HERE


Barnett and the lads of Violent Soho both took home two awards apiece — the former for the presitigious title of Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Single/EP (Avant Gardener), and the latter for their world-beating third LP Hungry Ghost, which gave them both Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album (a category in which they faced stiff competition from the likes of DZ Deathrays and sleepmakeswaves) as well as all-round Best Independent Album.

Remi picked up one award – he staved off fellow nominees L-FRESH The Lion, Allday, Horrorshow and Thundamentals for Raw x Infinity to take out Best Hip-Hop Album – but also walked away $50,000 richer as the recipient of the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant. That kind of victory can be simply life-changing for an artist – just ask last year’s winners (and 2014 Hard Rock Album nominees) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Brissy-bred pop juggernauts Sheppard came away with the title of Brakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year, which should surprise no one who’s looked a chart in the past year – love it or hate it, their ubiquitous singleGeronimo catapulted them to almost-instant fame, with debut album Bombs Away keeping up the momentum. Fellow Brisbanites Halfway also walk away a prize up on when they walked in, taking out Best Country Album (forAny Old Love from esteemed fellow nominees including the Perch Creek Family Jugband, Davidson Brothers and Sara Storer.

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2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards winners
Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Winner – Remi
Best Independent Artist – Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Album, presented by Rdio – Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year, presented by PPCA – Sheppard
Best Independent Single/EP, presented by Levi’s -Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Best Independent Label – I OH YOU
Best Independent Hip Hop Album – Remi – Raw x Infinity
Best Independent Country Album – Halfway – Any Old Love
Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Dan Sultan– Blackbird
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album -Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
Best Independent Jazz Album – Paul Grabowsky SextetThe Bitter Suite
Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single – Peking Duk – High
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – RÜFÜS –Atlas
Best Independent Classical Album – Gurrumul/Sydney Symphony Orchestra – His Life And Music

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 2 October 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 12 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 5 4 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
4 - 1 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
5 3 3 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
6 - 1 Rima Moana And The Tribe Rhythm/DRM
7 13 67 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
8 9 35 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
9 10 44 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
10 - 16 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
11 18 259 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
12 8 156 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
13 11 13 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
14 - 1 Dan Cosgrove EP Dan Cosgrove Quirky/DRM
15 7 24 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
16 16 28 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
17 12 17 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM
18 15 58 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
19 19 20 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
20 14 64 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 2 October 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 - 1 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
3 3 39 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 7 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
5 4 19 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
6 2 8 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
7 8 4 Take Us Back Titanium LTPS
8 - 34 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
9 7 19 Start A Revolution Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 - 5 Bloodstream Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone

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