|There’s a bit of a visual these running through thids week’s news – the Show Me Shorts Film Festival have awarded their inaugural music video award; Ha The Unclear’s new video has been noticed internationally, and the Into The Void documentary opens.In Around the World, Digital Music News speaks to the new Vice President of the USA’s independent record label association, A2IM – former Riot Grrrl Molly Neuman.
International and Industry Action
Ha The Unclear Premieres Video with Entertainment Weekly
The inaugural Best Music Video Award of theShow Me Shorts Film Festival was won byAlix Whittaker and Thunderlips for Glare by last last year’s Critics Choice Award winner and 2014 Taite Prize finalist Sheep, Dog & Wolf. The beautiful video received a lot of praise from the judges, who were impressed with the storytelling and artistic vision. Thunderlips are also responsible for the video of Doprah‘sStranger People for which is a finalist in the running for best music video in the 2014 NZ Music Awards. Read more on NZ Musician…
Festival-goers heading to Rhythm & Vines and Rhythm & Alps, will have access to some new festival tech on their wrists, thanks to event partners Spark and Spotify. In a New Zealand first, every Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and BW RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristband will allow attendees to connect, collect and share their festival experience, as part of the #MyFestivalStory initiative. Spark GM of Home, Mobile & Business Jason Parissays #MyFestivalStory was inspired by a similar campaign implemented by Spotify at Coachella earlier this year, which proved a huge success. “Using the same RFID technology, My Festival Story takes it up a few notches, providing an interactive digital snapshot of your unique festival journey – the places you visited, photos, bespoke playlists and acts you saw, the number of steps you took – to share with your friends on social, and re-live years later, all thanks to Spark and Spotify”, says Paris. Rhythm Group festivals and live events around the world have used RFID for some time; providing festival-goers with a seamless, cashless experience and shorter queues. Creating a unique #MyFestivalStory will be free for festival-goers. Those wanting to take part just need to sync their wristband to their Spotify account before the festival by visiting www.myfestivalstory.co.nz, or at Spark Hang Out on-site. Post-festival, participants receive an email with a link to their #MyFestivalStory, where they’ll be given the option to share their story with their friends on Facebook. Read more…
On the live front
Sam Prebble Tribute concert announced
The Black Seeds are in Christchurch this Cup and Show Week, playing the Bedford this Saturday November 15. Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest live 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 on Eventfinder
Dream pop duo French For Rabbits have announced a NZ tour to support the recent release of their debut album Spirits. The pair start in Oamaru on December 4, play Christchurch and Nelson before heading to Napier, wending their way around the North Island to finish in Wellington on December 20. Here’s their music video for “The Other Side”.Read more from Cheese on Toast…
Brother Love and Darryl Baser visit Auckland
New acts announced for the Rhythm n’ Vines New Years festival include Chase & Status, Broods, Grandtheft, Delta Heavy and Chicago house legend Derrick Carter. Also joining the line up at @Peace and Mi-Sex among a whole host of other acts. Here’s the complete list of acts: Bastille> Netsky Live>Chase and Status (DJ Set)>Zane Lowe > Chet Faker > Danny Brown>Just Blaze > Ta-ku > Jagwar Ma > Broods>London Elektricity & MC Wrec > Mø>Grandtheft > Delta Heavy > Etc!Etc! > DC Breaks>Derrick Carter > P-Money > Mr Carmack>@Peace > State Of Mind > Addison Groove > PNC>KiNK (live) > Meta and the Cornerstones > Little May>Midland > The Funk Hunters > Trei > Mi-Sex > Kamandi>Aroha > Borderline > Chores > Dan Aux > Dean Campbell>Dick Johnson > Estère > Frank Booker > Holly Arrowsmith>Matt Drake & Tom McGuinness > MC Tali & Chiccoreli>PleasePlease > Sid Diamond > Summer Thieves > Team Dynamite > Terace > Thanks > Third3ye > Tim Phin > Tim Richards>Young Tapz > Yumi Zouma>Ben Walker > Brazilbeat Sound System > Cymbol 303 > Drax Project>G A S P > Haki > Hamish Pinkham > Jamie Fitzgerald > Jono Fektious LAKES > LMC リアム > Manuel Darquart > Mike Ross > Polo >Race Banyon > The Black Club with Mac Mylo > Uni-Fi > Witters Read more…
New release fanfare
Introducing the Jason McIver Collective
Flying Nun Cassettes
Into The Void opens at Rialto in Auckland and Dunedin today
She’s So Rad have shared the first singlefrom their forthcoming sophomore album. The song is called “Cool It” and the new album, due out early 2015 is called Tango. The band say, of the new single, that it’s “a modern shoegaze number written by Anji Sami in the hopes of inspiring people to “not loose their shit” in times of stress. It draws on influences from Cocteau Twins and Slowdive with some searing lead guitar that may make you want to play Siamese Dream from beginning to end.” It was produced by Jeremy Toy, recorded by Toy and Jol Mulholland at The Lab in Mt Eden, Auckland. The track was mixed by, Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Supergrass, Silversun Pickups) at his Los Angeles studio.
Around the World
Molly Neuman: From Riot Grrrl Founder to Indie Label Advocate
In September of this year Molly Neumanreplaced Jim Mahoney as Vice President ofA2IM (American Association of Independent Music). She was originally a founding board member of A2IM, becoming involved with the association when it was first starting up in 2005. Neuman has been very involved in a wide variety of roles in the industry, allowing her to truly understand the needs of independent labels and artists.
In the 90s, Neuman was one of the driving forces behind the riot grrrl movement. She created key zines and was a member of numerous bands, including Bratmobile, The Frumpies, and The PeeChees. She later went on to fill a number of roles, including managing bands like The Donnas and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
I was born about a decade too late to experience riot grrrl firsthand, but it had a profound impact on me when I was a teenager discovering music. The Donnas and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were also very important to me at different points in my life. Molly Neuman’s work has had a direct impact on not only me, but so many people that I know and continue to meet. I was very interested in speaking with her to find out more about the work she’s done and the work she intends to do for indie labels.
Could you give a brief history of your music career?
We wanted to cover women artists of all genres, interview bands, and document a part of the musical landscape that we didn’t see being documented terribly well. From that point we aligned ourselves with other bands and women who were making fanzines, and that basically became the riot grrrl scene.
That was in the early ’90s and we started touring and putting out records. We were all going to college through most of that time, so we were doing a lot of things in school breaks.When we graduated I moved to the Bay Area and began working at Lookout. And Lookout was already in place, Green Day and Operation Ivy had already been signed. I had nothing to do with those things. I was part of the label making a transition post-Green Day to different staff, offices, trying to mature a little bit.
Then I moved to New York and was offered a job at eMusic, so I started working there in 2006. I had never been on the retail side of things before. That was a really helpful, new perspective to have. It was early days in digital music, relatively speaking. Rhapsody was around, but it was the only streaming service at that point. It was a good time, and we were focused on independents for the most part. Then that changed and we started working with the majors for a number of years. Then in 2013 I went to Rhapsody and was there for a year and change. I learned a lot, I was doing a lot of publishing work and international licensing.
Then A2IM had an opening which I couldn’t help but apply for. I had been on A2IM’s original board when it was founded, ten years ago next year.”