IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to April 6: Celebrating AK79

Punk rules

We’re just a day away from finding out the winner of the 2014 Taite Music Prize! While we’re excitedly waiting for the big night, we can announce, with great pleasure, that the album most deserving of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record has been announced – and it’s a Ripper!!!

Week To Thursday, 3 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 2 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 2 9 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 9 Aotearoa Soljah TheMusicAgenc
4 1 2 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Rhythm/DRM
5 5 18 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 4 41 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 7 130 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 17 3 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Border/DRM
9 - 1 Tiki Tapu EP Rob Ruha DRM
10 10 29 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 6 3 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
12 - 8 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
13 8 8 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
14 9 33 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 11 24 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 12 44 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 15 10 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
18 13 235 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
19 - 48 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 18 72 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1

Unknown Mortal Orchestra “II”
It’s just a matter of days before the recipient of the 2014 Taite Music Prize is announced. In our final feature looking at the finalists’ albums, this week  Ruban Nielson talks about UMO’s “II”.
Watch the video here.

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 3 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 3 13 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 2 24 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 5 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 6 32 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 - 1 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 8 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
8 - 129 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 72 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 - 42 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1


The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award

IMNZ is proud to announce the second award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2014 event. The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2014 to the ‘AK.79’  compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Kerry Buchanan (The Terrorways) and will be accepted by Ripper Records head Bryan Staff.

When told of the news this week, Bryan Staff said: “That’s fantastic! Dylan Taite was a friend whom I respected so this is a great honour.”

Duncan Grieve, freelance journalist and judging panel member said: “’I met her outside the IGA/ True Love works in funny ways’ is well-known to be the finest [opening line] in New Zealand songwriting history, and one of the many splendours AK.79 contains. It’s a collection of scrappy DIY pop, which feels like the first unified and exuberant shot from a rising young generation determined to make themselves heard. That sense of empowerment shines through every one of these sometimes derivative, often shambolic, always deeply felt recordings.”

“AK.79 – a riff-happy thrill-athon that is far and away the best local punk compilation this country has produced…Underneath the obvious aggression of these songs you can hear pure joy – the sound of working class New Zealand youth, who were bored to death with the flabby indulgences of prog rock, bursting forth with a rude, rowdy and exciting pop music of their own. As it says in the liner notes ‘…each song nails down a moment during what was a hot time for New Zealand rock’n’roll’.”
– Grant SmithiesSoundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)

“Musically quite brilliant in (many) places and truly iconic, AK.79 is a tribute – not only to the bands who played in the scene – but also to the vision of Bryan Staff, without whom, much of this music and history would have been lost.” – Simon Grigg
And in a nice piece of timing, (as if somebody had planned it!) Simon Grigg has just posted a piece on the Audioculture website documenting the album’s lively history.

The Taite Music Prize 2014 event is held on Wednesday, 16th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony.  SJD, last year’s winner of the Taite Music Prize, is scheduled to perform a live set for the gathered guests. The event will live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and will be recorded by JuiceTV.

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by:
Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)
Official Partners:
Recorded Music NZ / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines
Media Partners:
NZ Herald Online / Juice TV / KiwiFM

 Week To Sunday, 6 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 8 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
2 3 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 2 13 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 24 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 10 3 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire
6 5 4 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
7 6 2 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
8 7 2 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
9 - 43 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
10 - 1 Country Kills Popstrangers Rhythm

International and Industry Action

Recorded Music NZ has announced that digital music services are now the number one source of revenue for rights owners accounting for 51 per cent of all music sales by format, overtaking physical music products for the first time. 2013 was also a year of massive growth for streaming services and adoption by Kiwis. Music streaming revenues have tripled since 2012 and now make up approximately nine per cent of all revenues by format. There was also modest growth in digital album purchases an increase of three per cent in 2013. Whilst increases in digital revenue fell short of countering the decline in physical album purchases (down 24 per cent), vinyl sales – accounting for only a small fraction of the overall revenues – were up 29 per cent in 2013. This transition period experienced by the NZ Recorded Music industry in 2013 resulted in a decrease of 9.84 per cent in annual recorded music revenues. Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan is encouraged that the local recorded music industry is in a very strong position by which to prosper in this new environment.
“Music is always at the forefront of technology and as our industry is in a state of transition it’s encouraging to see the rapid growth and take up of streaming services by New Zealanders,” says Vaughan. “While our industry adapts and evolves, it’s quite clear that in 2014 there are multitude of ways to access and consume music – whether it is streaming, purchasing downloads or visiting the local record store.” Further information regarding the legal music and download services available to New Zealanders can be found at http://www.promusic.co.nz/  Recorded Music NZ Chairman Chris Caddick is also buoyed by the passionate support for local music and the exciting year ahead. “The value of music to the NZ economy and cultural landscape is significant. As the Kiwi music fan embraces the digital landscape, it’s clear that support for NZ Music is very strong which mirrors the phenomenal list of releases that our local artists produced in 2013,” adds Caddick.

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Arch Hill Recordings. Arch Hill’s first release in 1999 was Oddy Knocky by David Mulcahy (from Superette, JPSE) and it’s most recent was Trinine by Bailterspace. With upcoming releases in the first half of this year including Tiny Ruins and Doprah, to celebrate this 15 year milestone Arch Hill will be putting on some very special shows during the month of May (it’s also NZ Music Month)… so stay tuned!

Having always been appreciative of the support given to them by their diehard fans, some of New Zealand’s loudest sons, Beastwars,  have announced that this June they are teaming up with Granite House Records to reissue their 2011 debut Beastwars, and last year’s Taite Prize finalist Blood Becomes Fire worldwide (both nominated for the Taite Music Prize). With original pressings of each already commanding high figures among collectors of rare heavy metal vinyl, not only is this reissue welcomed news for anyone who missed out first time around, it gives new fans a chance to discover the band’s one and only maxim: Obey The Riff. Thanks to a new partnership with the Denver, Colorado-based label Granite House Records (United States) and Rocket (Australia) both Beastwars and Blood Becomes Fire will once again be available. A preorder of unique/limited edition vinyl pressings are currently available from the band’s website www.obeytheriff.comBeastwars are also touring New Zealand this May.
www.facebook.com/beastwars666
www.beastwars.bandcamp.com

Our friends in New York who run The Choice List have let us know that there is a plethora of New Zealand talent descending upon the Big Apple at the moment: Neil Finn has just played, and there are performances over the the next few weeks by Anthonie Tonnon, Liam Finn, Broods, Connan Mockasin – plus a Len Lye exhibition at The Drawing Centre in Soho, and a Rhys Darby mockumentary called ‘Short Poppies’ on Netflix.
http://toomuchpersonality.com/the-gemma-list/

And our good friends in London at Spacific.nethave let us know that there are only limited tickets available for Shapeshifter’s show at The Forum on April 12th (this Saturday); Six60 are playing at the O2 on May 15 with David Dallas; and Ladi6 has just been announced at the Bedroom Bar  on June 26. Here are some other forthcoming highlights:
17/04 Tiny Ruins // Servant Jazz Quarters, N16 8JN // 7.30-11 // £7.50
03/05 Neil Finn // Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX // 7.30-10.30 // £37.50
02/07 The Naked and Famous // o2 Empire, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £18
18/10 Fat Freddy’s Drop // Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY // 6.30-11 // £35
http://www.spacific.net/

New release fanfare

Auckland’s psychedelic power pop band Sherpa reappear with their sophomore album “Blues & Oranges”, geared for release May 16th. Two years after their Taite Prize-nominated “Lesser Flamingo” released in 2012, “Blues & Oranges” was recorded over the summer of 2013 between Roundhead Studios, Sherpa’s own personal Studios and a make shift studio in a bach by the beach, and produced by  Kody Nielson. “Blues & Oranges” will be released digitally and on vinyl only.  The album will feature their first single “Love Film” and brand new single “Quit Time”.  Sherpa will celebrate the release with a nationwide tour in May – more details of which will be released soon.http://sherpa.bandcamp.com/

Estère, the girl with the MPC she calls Lola, released her debut music video I SPY this week. I SPY was released in December as a free download on Estère’s Soundcloud page and received extensive play on b-net radio stations across New Zealand.
Written in Estère’s bedroom, on a sunny day in Newtown, I SPY is a song about greed and how the rich and powerful often disregard and take advantage of those who struggle. The video is playfully reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film and features the macabre character of Greedy Man whom Estère spies on with her telescope.  With Lola by her side, Estère has played in cities and festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Europe including Jeonju International Sori Festival, Ulsan World Music Festival, Aarhus International Music Festival and Melbournes Let Them Eat Cake. She played last night in support of Erykah Badu, and has future shows on April 18th and May 18th.
www.facebook.com/esterelola
www.soundcloud.com/estere
Watch I SPY here - http://youtu.be/3KVjT5d0OUc

Ahead of their “Return of The Blob” show this month (April), Wellington experimentalists The All Seeing Hand present a brand new single, “Show Me Your Teeth”, streaming as of today (April 7th).  ”Show Me Your Teeth” is a bit of a different monster from the band – well known for the throat-singing and alien-esque sounds emanating from his lips, the song sees Johnny Marks in a rare moment “singing in English” (to quote the band), rather than Klingon, Korean or beyond. Part of a bigger project due out in May, “Show Me Your Teeth” serves as bit of a taster ahead of not only that project, but their impending “Return of The Blob” show, on April 25th (at Puppies, with Mongo Skato and Lady Lazerlight), reprising the unnerving and otherworldly performance that took place at Campus A Low Hum 2014.
http://soundcloud.com/muzairecords/the-all-seeing-hand-show-me
http://www.facebook.com/allseeinghand

There are two Andrews in Hawkes Bay band Golden Curtain.  Andrew formerly in Arch Hill’s Grand Prix, and Andrew formerly of Flying Nun’s GaragelandGolden Curtain’s latest album, ‘Dream City’, follows on from last year’s ‘English Tuning’ and takes its title from a recurring dream set in a familiar city that doesn’t exist in the real world.  Get their album here. The band have also recently been hailed by influential music blog Caught in the Carousel, where they named Golden Curtain’s bass player Brad Gamble as one of the best around right now.

On the live front

Waterfront Auckland presents an outdoor mini art and music festival on Queens Wharf – the Queens Wharf Block Party. This is the last in a series of free outdoor festivals that have been taking place over the summer. Join them to welcome the cooler months with live painting, live music, vintage pop-up shops, artisan market food and lots of surprises along the way.
Music Lineup featuring:
Jules & Vince
The Bonzai Birds
Carnivorous Plant Society
Rock & Roll meets jazz meets psychedelic funk meets electric hip hop! Read more…

Gold Medal Famous are bringing their utterly unique performance style, plus their new EP ‘Free Body Culture’, to Auckland as a special Easter treat. Their whirlwind upper-North Island tour includes a headlining performance with the legendary King Loser on Friday April 18 at UFO, a slot as part of the Borderline Festival at Whammy Bar on Saturday April 19th, and an appearance at Tauranga’s Jizzfest on Sunday April 20thGold Medal Famous are also planning a special surprise performance in Auckland city on Easter Saturday. Read more…

Tiki Taane collaborator Dub Fx is set to play a double headline Wellington show with Opiuo  at the James Smith Basement carpark on Thursday 17 April (Easter Weekend).Tickets onsale now from Dash Tickets - http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/kncf2bjpx . . . and usual outlets including Rough Peel Music RPM (Vivian Street).Join the Official Facebook Event here - https://www.facebook.com/events/1409727619276606/ After seven years of performing in clubs, festivals and street corners all over the globe Dub Fx has released a new album “Theory Of Harmony”. Funded by a wildly successful crowd funding campaign, the album features a host of collaborations with vocalists and musicians including Tiki Taane from NZ and Eva Lazarus from the UK.

APRA AMCOS and Kiwi FM will be celebrating May Music Month with ….“COVERED!” Five NZ Bands perform covers of their favourite NZ tunes: The Eversons, Pikachunes, Voom, Tom Lark and Tyra Hammond with guest Jeremy Toy. Held at The Kings Arms Tavern, Thursday 15th May – doors 7pm. $10.00 on the night or pre sales from Under the Radar. Read more…

Anonymouz is a Music Producer whose work to date has consistently pushed and blurred creative boundaries through a myriad of works spanning a wide range of projects, audiences, genres and social demographics. Continuing on in this tradition, he proudly announces his newest work, titled “RESAMPLE: SOUTH AUCKLAND”, that will be premiered on Friday 9th May at The Mangere Arts Centre, 8PM. He utilises various audio production techniques to present a brand new composition created entirely out of sound frequencies recorded at various South Auckland locations interwoven with piano and string arrangement; it is a unique Hip Hop-based creative audio resampling method that is starting to become quite a signature of his work, having already been implemented in previous projects he has done such as:
“ Return to Hawaiiki” Artist Representative for Prime Minister John Key’s NZ Delegation to Samoa’s 50th Independence Celebrations (2012)
Auckland Museum UrbanLife Exhibition (2012)
Len Lye’s 1929 film “Tusalava” ‘Agiagia’ Exhibition Film Score Commission (2014)
Niu FM Radio Station Rebrand Imaging (2014)
The premiere of this new work will also be preceded by live performances from some special guests on the night.
Read more…

Top 20 IMNZ Albums To 3 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 2 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 2 9 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 9 Aotearoa Soljah TheMusicAgenc
4 1 2 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Rhythm/DRM
5 5 18 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 4 41 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 7 130 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 17 3 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Border/DRM
9 - 1 Tiki Tapu EP Rob Ruha DRM
10 10 29 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 6 3 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
12 - 8 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
13 8 8 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
14 9 33 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 11 24 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 12 44 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 15 10 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
18 13 235 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
19 - 48 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 18 72 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles To 3 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 3 13 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 2 24 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 5 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 6 32 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 - 1 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 8 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
8 - 129 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 72 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 - 42 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1

Top IMNZ Airplay To 6 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 8 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
2 3 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 2 13 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 24 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 10 3 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire
6 5 4 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
7 6 2 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
8 7 2 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
9 - 43 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
10 - 1 Country Kills Popstrangers Rhythm

The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award

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IMNZ is proud to announce the second award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2014 event. The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2014 to the ‘AK.79’ compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Kerry Buchanan (The Terrorways) and will be accepted by Ripper Records head Bryan Staff.

When told of the news this week, Bryan Staff said: “That’s fantastic! Dylan Taite was a friend whom I respected so this is a great honour.”

Duncan Grieve, freelance journalist and judging panel member said: “’I met her outside the IGA/ True Love works in funny ways’ is well-known to be the finest in New Zealand songwriting history, and one of the many splendours AK.79 contains. It’s a collection of scrappy DIY pop, which feels like the first unified and exuberant shot from a rising young generation determined to make themselves heard. That sense of empowerment shines through every one of these sometimes derivative, often shambolic, always deeply felt recordings.”

“AK.79 – a riff-happy thrill-athon that is far and away the best local punk compilation this country has produced…Underneath the obvious aggression of these songs you can hear pure joy – the sound of working class New Zealand youth, who were bored to death with the flabby indulgences of prog rock, bursting forth with a rude, rowdy and exciting pop music of their own. As it says in the liner notes ‘…each song nails down a moment during what was a hot time for New Zealand rock’n’roll’.” – Grant Smithies, Soundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)

“Musically quite brilliant in (many) places and truly iconic, AK.79 is a tribute – not only to the bands who played in the scene – but also to the vision of Bryan Staff, without whom, much of this music and history would have been lost.” – Simon Grigg

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(L-R) AK.79 album cover, designed by Terence Hogan / Bryan Staff, head of Ripper Records / poster advertising for AK.79

The Taite Music Prize 2014 event is held on Wednesday, 16th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony.  SJD, last year’s winner of the Taite Music Prize, is scheduled to perform a live set for the gathered guests. The event will live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and will be recorded by JuiceTV.

IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to 30 March

In this, our last week of Daylight Saving, we are cheered by the sheer quality and quantity of releases and shows that you can indulge in. There’s a fair bit of international activity too. Plus we find out which are some of the world’s most influential music blogs.

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 27 March 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Louis Baker/Rhythm/DRM
2 2 8 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 1 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
4 5 40 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
5 3 17 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 1 2 @Peace And The Plutonian
Noise Symphony
@Peace Rhythm/DRM
7 4 129 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 7 7 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
9 10 32 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
10 6 28 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 12 23 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
12 11 43 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
13 13 234 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 15 8 Forever Smashproof Move The Crowd
15 - 9 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
16 - 69 Treble And Reverb: Deluxe Edition Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 - 2 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And
The Babyshakes
Border/DRM
18 9 71 Home Brew Home Brew YG&B/FMG gold x1
19 - 11 Lucky Man Swiss DawnRaid/FMG
20 18 14 @Peace @Peace FMG

Talking to the Taite Music Prize Nominees

We continue our discussions with the 2014 Taite Music Prize finalists. This we Tom Scott from @Peace talks about ’Girl Songs’ – one of the eight finalists. Visit http://at-peace.bandcamp.com to purchase a copy.

Tom Scott from @Peace talks about ‘Girl Songs’. 

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 27 March 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 8 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 2 23 The Wire David Dallas feat.
Ruby Frost
Dirty/FMG gold x1
3 3 12 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 - 1 It’s Okay Deach feat.
Donell Lewis
Empire
5 4 4 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond Move The Crowd
6 5 31 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
7 - 2 Mother Mother Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
8 - 3 Survivors Smashproof feat.
Pieter T
Move The Crowd
9 6 19 Diamonds Ladi6 Question
10 - 2 Coattails Broods DrydenStreet



theaudience.co.nz is ecstatic to announce the winners of the March Wildcard Funding Chart: Diaz Grimm & Junior Voyage with the track ‘Light The Flame’. It was a month of strong competition and strong collaborations, as Donell Lewis put up a good fight, eventually claiming second place with the track ‘Steady Droppin ft Fortafy’. It was incredible to see the support for both artists through social media, with the votes flying in thick and fast as we approached the end of the month. In the end, Diaz Grimm managed to take down the vote and the NZ On Air grant.

“We’re humbled by the huge amount of support,” says Diaz, taking time to thank those who voted for him last month. “Just goes to show what can happen when like-minded people work together. Shout out to everyone.” Listen to ‘Light The Flame’ here.

Congratulations to Diaz Grimm and Junior Voyage, our winners of the March Wildcard funding chart on theaudience.co.nz. Remember that the end of the month only means it’s time for another battle on the Wildcard Chart, and April is already looking like an exciting one, with plenty of new tracks in the mix to fight for the Number 1 spot.

Big thanks once again to all our partners, and to everyone who continues to visit the site and vote for their favourite unreleased Kiwi music. Here’s to another great month.

www.theaudience.co.nz

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 30 March 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 7 Show No Love Donell Lewis
feat. Fortafy
DNK/FMG
2 1 12 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
3 4 3 Survivors Smashproof feat.
Pieter T
Move The Crowd
4 3 23 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 5 3 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond Move The Crowd
6 - 1 It’s Okay Deach feat.
Donell Lewis
Empire
7 - 1 Down With The King King Kapisi feat.
Mr Thing
QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
8 7 2 Bye Bye Baby Josh Leys TheMusicAgency
9 - 28 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
10 6 2 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat.
Drew And Tyree
Empire

International and Industry Action

iD Fashion Week with po-up Dunedin music store
iD Fashion Week is happening in Dunedin right now until April 6, and the must-see international fashion event – which last year featured celebrity milliner Stephen Jones, alongside a show-stopping display from iconic Dunedin and other New Zealand fashion designers – will deliver two iD Dunedin Fashion Shows on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, on the Southern Hemisphere’s longest catwalk at Dunedin’s historic Railway Station.  As part of the event, dunedinonline.co.nz presents a pop-up department store of Dunedin delights. Discover brands you don’t normally find in the shops as the best of Dunedin’s online retailers go offline for iD Fashion Week. Shop for Dunedin’s unique fashion, design, homewares, jewellery, wellbeing brands, music and hi-fi, all in one place. This curated event in the historic Moray Quarter is not to be missed.
facebook.com/dunedinonline 
http://www.idfashion.co.nz/content/friday04april2014.php

Males big in Japan
Males’ 
debut album (actually a combination of two EPs and a single) is to be released by Japanese pop label Thistime Records next week.http://www.thistimerecords.com/band/males/   The Japanese release of the album will differ slightly from the Fishrider Records release last November and features three previously unreleased songs from their December 95bFM Roundhead InSession – a brand new tune called ‘Go‘ and two cracking studio-live versions of album tracks.  Males are the second NZ band to be signed to Thistime Records in Japan - The Eversons (L’il Chief Records) were the first. Thistime Records have an established history of releasing and promoting bands/ releases from around the world in the Japanese music market. Fishrider Records is happy to have helped Males to establish their first overseas connection.  In other Males-related news, three brand new songs recorded in January/ February of this year are being mastered for upcoming single releases ahead of them working on their next album in the second half of the year. More news on the new singles/ releases and everything else later.  www.fishriderrecords.com

From the Muttonbirds to Mt Doom
The Hobbit, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Beyond the Edge. These are just a few of the films on which the next Composer in Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music has been involved. Composer, musician and producer David Long will be the eleventh Jack C Richards / Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence at NZSM, taking up the position in July 2014.  Long has had a three-decade career initially in rock music and then moving through experimental forms to writing music for moving images. He has worked on all of Peter Jackson’s films of the last decade providing, often in collaboration with the musical collective Plan 9. Most recently his work was heard in the score for Beyond The Edge, a feature documentary on Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest, the soundtrack to which was released by Rattle Records. As well as his recent work in feature films, he was a founding member of the iconic Kiwi rock band the Mutton Birds, an award-winning album producer for Fur Patrol and Dave Dobbyn, and has composed music for television, and for contemporary dancers Douglas Wright, Shona McCullagh and Raewyn Hill.
davidlong.co.nz
Composer in Residence at NZSM: 
www.nzsm.ac.nz  

Vocal tips from Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx) and Huia Hamon
Producers’ association StudioLink present their next Master Class: VocalsTips & Tricks of Vocal Sessions, The Vocalist/Engineer RelationshipThe Role of Vocal Producer, Vocal Deliverables & More! Speakers are: Sharlene Hector is an international songstress and a pro in the areas of Vocals, from Basement Jaxx, BV’s for many groups, to her own beautiful songs. Sharlene will be sharing her experience as a Vocalist in the studio and some tips about what she expects as a Vocalist and what is expected of her in a studio session. Not to be missed as she is back off to the UK!;  and Huia Hamon, an award winning NZ Singer and Vocal Producer. She loves Vocal Producing, Recording, Editing and Teaching as well as singing. Huia has worked with artists such as Pieter T, Kids of 88 and JGeeks and she will be speaking about all areas of Vocal Producing with tips for you to ensure sure your Vocalist session is streamlined. Please email - event@studiolink.co.nz - to register for the Master Class.

On the live front

Die! Die! Die! NZ tour – starts now!
While Die! Die! Die! seem to have been undertaking an international never-ending tour for the last few years, this quarter’s Australian and European dates have been scheduled around the leg of the tour that matters most: the North and South Islands of New Zealand.  The tour kicks off this Friday at the Wunderbar, Lyttelton. Proudly presented by undertheradar.co.nz - buy your tickets now!

The Borderline Festival: Holding the Line for Independent music
The Wine Cellar & Whammy Bar once again open the doors to host a crazy Easter Weekend packed with a diverse line up of artists!
Friday 18th April
1 Pals (Cellar)
2 Young Hellions (Cellar)
3 Dad Jokes (Whammy)
4 The Admiral (Cellar)
5 Hollow Grinders (Whammy)
6 Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing (Cellar)
7 Haawaaiii (Whammy)
8 Fly Nights (Whammy
Saturday 19th April
1 Toy Triptech (Cellar)
2 K5K
3 HUF (Cellar)
4 Drummy & Bonehead (Whammy)
5 Gold Medal Famous (Cellar)
6 Bespin (Whammy)
7 Storehouse Jumbo Family Bucket (Cellar)
8 Phone Sex Robots (Whammy)
9 HIGH RISK MANEUVER (Whammy)
10 Parents (Whammy)
Pre Sales will be $15 for both nights. www.utr.co.nz or Real Groovy. Door Sales $15 each night.
www.undertheradar.co.nz/gig/38464/Borderline-Festival-2014.utr

New release fanfare

Pacific Reggae – Vol.2 (Mixed by DJ Sir-vere & Club Kingz)
A smokin’ hot comp featuring heaps of amazing Pacific Reggae has just been released, including a plethora of talented local and international artists like Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People, Katchafire, BrownHill, Swiss, Majic, P‐Money & Gappy Ranks, Three Houses Down, Spawnbreezie and more, across a massive 31‐track, 2 disc set. Read more…

Infinite Life! is the fifth offering from Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour. Enveloping listeners in sultry layers of vocals, smooth strings and intricate off kilter rhythms, Infinite Life! combines warm pop songs with experimental beats, textures and weird loops. Recent singles, Lichtung + Minus Times Infinity  (the video for which was selected for the BBC Music Video Festival) give a hint of an album filled with both immediately catchy melodies along with odd sounds. Self-hypnosis collages & manipulated field recordings, anyone?  And, because we all love vinyl, we have been fund raising to help get the album pressed to LP. And in good news we are three quarters of the way to the target – so get in quick to one of the last vinyl pre-order packages containing LP’s, zines, t-shirts and other good stuff from here.

Wanaka-based singer/songwriter Anna van Riel is proud to announce the release of her new single The Funny Thing, an exciting collaboration with Aaron Tokona (of Ahoribuzz and Cairo Knife Fight fame, among other impressive accolades). van Riel, who already has two albums and an EP to her name, is releasing the single fresh off the back of a national album release tour with guitarist Robert Glen. Never one to remain idle, Anna – who is due to give birth at the beginning of May – has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to collaborate with Tokona to release The Funny Thing before her new arrival. Of the single, Anna says “The Funny Thing is based on a true story that just kind of birthed itself into a song.” Written and composed by van Riel, the song’s storyline speaks for itself. Having once found herself in an awkward love hexagon Anna has aptly put her situation into music and words. Tokona adds; “The funny thing about the truth is it is true, and when we face the things we don’t wanna see we’ll be free, which is the funny thing I love about this song”. The collaboration process with this member of New Zealand Music royalty was an experience she will not forget quickly. “Working with Aaron on the track was amazing. His natural and intuitive approach made working with him a wonderful experience.” The single is due to be released mid-year, but those who are not shy to her antics on social media will know that this is just a teaser: Anna has been busy in the recording studio with fellow Wanaka musician Civilian Sol, and fans can expect another EP to be released later in the year. Next on the agenda however, Anna will be taking a few months off to welcome her new arrival.http://www.annavanriel.com/

‘Pigalle’, Flip Grater’s brand new album, is the result of a song‐writing journey that took Grater house‐sitting across NZ, to colorful Argentina for Carnival, to the bright lights of LA and to the warm shores of Italy. Her final destination was romantic Paris, and this is where she lived alone and penniless for a year, trying to make a new band and enough money to record her next album. “I figured, why be a poor musician in New Zealand when I could be a starving musician in Paris? At least that had a romantic air to it!”, says Flip. The album is named after the Paris quarter in which is was recorded, at the famous Studio Pigalle ‐ one of the oldest studios in Paris. Its situation in the heart of Pigalle, surrounded by brothels and guitar shops and a few steps away from the Moulin Rouge was the perfect setting to record this gritty and honest album. The area has inspired many of France’s finest musicians and artists, from Serge Gainsbourg (who recorded at the same studio) to Edith Piaf (who was a Pigalle street performer) to painters who lived in the area such as Picasso and Dali. Pigalle is Flip Grater’s fourth full‐length album, following on from 2006’s Cage For A Song, 2008’s Be All And End All and 2010’s VNZMA Folk Album Of The Year Finalist ‐ While I’m Awake I’m At War.
Her NZ tour starts this week in Wellington; you can find dates here.
http://www.flipgrater.com/

Zen Mantra/Astro Children
Rhythmethod are re-releasing Zen Mantra’s album ‘How Many Padmes Hum?’ and Astro Children’s album ‘Proteus’ (MUZAI). http://muzairecords.com/artists/

There must be some collectors who who buy vinyl but don’t have a working turntable…  But instead of just looking at your vinyl you could always try listen to it, maybe with a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable, or maybe with a Music Hall MMF 7.1? If you are guilty of letting the odd eyelash or stray lint stray on your LP’s Flying Out are also stocked with Pro-Ject cleaning brushes.

NEW TRACK: TINY RUINS
Easily outdoing stadium The Black Keys and sitting beside the brain/soul melting Swans is the latest song from Arch Hill/Flying Nun Records’ Tiny Ruins“Ballad of the Hanging Parcel”which had it’s debut airing on NPR’s All Songs Consideredwill feature on the forth coming Brightly Painted One due for NZ release on May 2nd (US May 13th). Pre-sale tickets for Tiny Ruins’ performance atAuckland’s The Wine Cellar have sold out but there will be limited door sales on the evening.

Around the World

The 20 Most Influential Music Blogs…

by
Nina Ulloa of Digital Music News

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.

Read the list HERE. 

Top 20 IMNZ Albums To 27 March 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Louis Baker/Rhythm/DRM
2 2 8 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 1 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
4 5 40 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
5 3 17 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 1 2 @Peace And The Plutonian
Noise Symphony
@Peace Rhythm/DRM
7 4 129 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 7 7 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
9 10 32 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
10 6 28 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 12 23 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
12 11 43 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
13 13 234 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 15 8 Forever Smashproof Move The Crowd
15 - 9 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
16 - 69 Treble And Reverb: Deluxe Edition Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 - 2 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And
The Babyshakes
Border/DRM
18 9 71 Home Brew Home Brew YG&B/FMG gold x1
19 - 11 Lucky Man Swiss DawnRaid/FMG
20 18 14 @Peace @Peace FMG