IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to December 7: Nominations are now open for the Taite Music Prize 2015

Taite Music Prize launched for 2015

We are tremendously excited to announce that nominations for the Taite Music prize 2015 are now open. We are seeking the best New Zealand album released in the 2014 calendar year; entries are open to any label or distributor releasing New Zealand Music. Read on for details…

Week To Thursday, 4 December 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 4 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
2 1 2 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
3 3 15 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 21 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 - 2 Gray Bartlett And Friends (SPCA) Gray Bartlett Ode/DRM
6 7 5 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
7 6 4 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
8 11 165 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 12 76 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
10 8 44 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
11 10 25 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
12 - 21 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 18 53 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
14 9 27 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 20 268 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
16 19 2 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective SouthernCollectiveMusic
17 13 7 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
18 - 1 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
19 - 67 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
20 - 3 Introducing Darren Watson Darren Watson DRM


THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE: IN SEARCH OF THIS YEAR’S FINEST NEW ZEALAND ALBUM

Independent Music NZ is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the Taite Music Prize 2015.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the sixth year for the award.  The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish.  Recorded Music NZ – the Founding Partner of the Taite Music Prize event – kindly supply the cash prize.  Additionally through the support of Red Bull, the winner receives recording time at the Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull product.

Acknowledging originality, creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre, the Taite Music Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group.  The previous winners have all been excellent albums that demonstrate these criteria well.

The shortlisted finalist albums will be selected by votes from all current IMNZ members alongside an invited group comprising musicians, record label representatives, music journalists and radio staff.  The shortlisted albums will then be subjected to a secondary round of judging by a group of ten music judges who will collectively decide the overall winner of the Taite Music Prize.

The judges will make their decision based entirely on the music on the finalist albums.  Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process.  The winner will then be announced at a presentation in Auckland on 15th April 2015.  The ceremony will also include the award presentation of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which acknowledges New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.  This award is also determined by this year’s judging panel, which is made up of a broad section of music media and industry specialists.

Any New Zealand album released during 2014 is eligible for nomination for the Taite Music Prize 2015.  For more detail on specific eligibility and nomination forms please visit:
http://www.indies.co.nz.

Nominations close 5.00pm on 21st January 2015.

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by:
Independent Music New Zealand
Founding Partner:
Recorded Music NZ
Official Partners:
NZ On Air / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association / Native Tongue Music Publishing / NZMusic4U – Pure Capital Thinking / Media Arts Lawyers / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines / McCarthy Design
Media Partners:
iHeartRadio / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

Previous winners are:
2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 – Ladi6 – The Liberation Of (What? Music)
2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)
2014 – Lorde ‘Pure Heroine’ (Universal Music NZ)

Enter the Taite Music Prize here. 

Week To Thursday, 4 December 2014 (Streaming figures included)
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 5 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 24 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 48 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 13 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 6 7 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 9 140 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 10 76 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
8 7 2 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
9 - 95 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
10 5 50 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1

Week To Sunday, 7 December 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 5 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 10 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 24 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 9 3 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS/Warner
5 4 16 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
6 8 11 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
7 7 2 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
8 5 5 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
9 - 1 Something To Tell You Tom Lark LTPS
10 - 69 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3

On the live front

Manawa Ora: Stories from the Street, Nga Rangatahi Toa’s live inter-arts performance will be re-staged next week after it’s sell out season in October. The explosive performance features one-act plays and performance pieces, interwoven with artworks and music. All of the work is created by twelve rangatahi (youth) in collaboration with some of New Zealand’s foremost artists and produced over a week of intensive workshops. It will be repeated for one night only at Auckland’s Herald Theatre on December 17th at 7pm. The mentors for the 2014 season of Manawa Ora include: musician Ladi 6, writer/director/actor Oscar Kightley, actors Vinnie Bennett (Fantail), rapper Louie Knuxx, rapper and performance poet Tourettes, and artists Josh Paki and Bonni Tamati. A Q&A session to follow the show will allow the audience the opportunity to connect with the cast and crew.
Directed by Fantail film maker Curtis Vowell, the stories will come together to form a theatre production that brings to light tomorrow’s talent. For more reading check out the Nga Rangatahi Toa Fact Sheet pdf Read more on Cheese on Toast…

darryl baser: Petite Selfie CD ep on Powertools Records release shows in Dunedin and Christchurch – with Kahu (acoustic). In Dunedin on Thursday December 18, baser returns to the Crown Hotel where he played his first Dunedin gig in 1993 with fellow musician Tristan Dingemans (HDU, Mountaineater) who is to play a rare Kahu acoustic set. Dingemans played at baser’s first Dunedin gig with his band Eskimo Chain, so it’s also a return for him following his glittering career, firstly with High Dependency Unit, and more recently with Mountaineater. Also on the bill is rising Dunedin musician Bronwyn Halley. Baser is keen to make the events special, and is planning to take a couple of risks at each show – in Dunedin on Friday, visiting American musician and musicologist Shaun-Marie Hardy will play bass, with Dunedin music supporter, bus driver, and new drummer Beris Forde. In Christchurch he’ll share the stage with a songwriter he has long admired, Daniel Madill. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign the full-length album Raw Selfie is at European pressing plant Duophonic, so In the meantime, baser’s CDep Petite Selfie was launched by Powertools Records at the Dogs Bollix in Auckland on November 20. Facebook page for the Dunedinshow.

Fly My Pretties have announced a stellar fifteen strong cast who will bring a three-hour show of material from all five albums sprinkled with some new songs. The Fly My Pretties summer 2015 cast is: Anna Coddington, Bailey Wiley, LA Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle), Age Pryor (Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra), Laughton Kora (Kora, Jesus Christ Superstar), Kara Gordon, Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds), Jarney Murphy (The Black Seeds), Mike Fabulous(Lord Echo, The Black Seeds), Nigel Patterson(The Black Seeds), Iraia Whakamoe (The Nudge), James Coyle (The Nudge), Ryan Prebble (Spartacus R, The Nudge).
Upcoming summer shows:
The Isaac Theatre Royal Restoration Celebration
Friday February 20, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
The Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Tickets from ticketek.co.nz
Fly My Pretties with support from The Nudge are blessed to be able to perform in this amazing theatre on such a special date.

The Datsuns have handpicked support acts for their New Zealand December shows. Joining them in Auckland, Wellington and Napier is loud, fast and young rockers The Cavemen who promise to deliver high energy, psychotic, teen delinquent rock’n’roll imbibing from the altar of Little Richard and the Stooges. And sharing the stage in Christurch will be local hard rock 4-piece Pieces Of Molly who will deliver a killer riff heavy show where thunderous bass lines prowl menacingly underneath crunchy twin guitar grooves.
www.facebook.com/thecavemennz
www.facebook.com/piecesofmolly 
The Datsuns are hitting the road in support of their new trippy yet brutal album Deep SleepGet tickets here…

Auckland city’s Music in Parks events are back for summer – from January 10 to the middle of March, you can catch a huge range of performers in parks across the region. For free. In the sun (hopefully). Here is a selection of acts who will be playing: House of Shem, Tama Waipara, Sid Diamond with CydelGiantKillaJoe CoffeeTJ TaotuaDevolo and Anonymouz and South Side AssociatesTahuna Breaks supported by Batucada Sound Machine and Midnight GalleryCat Tunks & BlackSandDiva supported by Caitlin Smith Devilskin supported by The Feelersand Black River DriveSal Valentine and the Baby Shakes supported by Motor City Family Funk and Hipstamatics For the full event schedule, head here…

New release fanfare

The Topp Shop has three brand new Topp Twins goodies which will make someone’s Christmas rather Topp. Their 10-episode TV series is out now on a 2-disc DVD for only $30 – it’s a culinary journey with much heart  – the Series bring us tales from the countryside through the universal pleasure of food and love, with original songs and dollops of comedy peppered throughout.
The ‘The Very Best Of: Love Songs, Politics and Yodels’ album is also out now, as is ‘Farmer In The Dell’,  the latest addition to their series of Kids Book/CD’s with the talented Jenny Cooper and Scholastic. All four are available from the website Shop. The Twins are about to head into a busy summer, playing shows around New Zealand and Australia. Keep your eye on the Gig Guide on the Topp Twins’ website for updates.

Dark and light. Quirky but serious. Melodic but jarring. These are the moods created by ‘The Funny Side’, the new single from young band Jackal’s upcoming fifth album set to be released early next year. ‘The Funny Side’ was written in late 2013, shortly after the release of Jackal’s most recent record ‘Castle in the Air’, and has quickly become one of the popular live band’s most played (and requested) live songs. ‘The Funny Side’ is available for free download at JackalBand.com

Around the World

Canada: Music Has Strong Impact On Consumer Holiday Shopping Experience
From Music Industry News Network

The holidays are a popular time of year for playing holiday-themed music in public places, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels the same about it. Thirty-six per cent of Canadians have left a store because of the music being played, and 29% have stayed in a store due to it, reveals the latest Holiday Music Survey from SOCAN. The poll, which was conducted by SOCAN with Leger Intelligence Group, strongly suggests that music can have a dramatic impact on consumer’s holiday shopping experience.

In addition to how customers behave while in a store, music also gets them in the mood to shop. A third of Canadians say that hearing holiday music – either in stores or on the radio – reminds them that it’s time to pick up gifts.

“These results show us the important role music plays in creating the right customer experience, right down to the playlist being chosen,” says Jennifer Brown, SOCAN’s vice-president of Licensing. “Fine-tuning a music selection to appeal to different customer demographics during the hectic holiday season can be a make-or-break business decision.”

Additional highlights of the SOCAN Holiday Music Study results:

Retail businesses aren’t the only ones that might benefit from Holiday music: 64% of Canadians say that they’d like to hear holiday music in places where they need to wait (like the post office or doctor’s office), and 58% would welcome holiday music on public transportation.

Canadian shoppers enjoy listening to holiday music: Only one-in-10 shoppers claim to dislike holiday music and 82% of Canadians enjoy listening to all kinds of holiday music while they shop. Playing the right holiday music is a smart business decision.

Businesses should fine-tune their holiday playlist to appeal to different targets. For example, Boomers prefer traditional holiday carols, whereas Gen Y and Millennial shoppers are more likely to want variety in their holiday music.

Holiday music is appreciated by employees, too, with 43% of Canadians saying that they would like to hear holiday music played in their workplace.

While music helps to build the experience for holiday shoppers, it can also be rewarding for the 125,000 businesses using music to generate a steady flow of shoppers. Businesses Licensed to Play with SOCAN know the true value that music can add during this time of year.

Stingray Business, a national supplier of digital audio and visual solutions for commercial environments, works with more than 75,000 organizations across Canada that use music to improve their business.

“Ninety-eight percent of Stingray customers play holiday music in their business,” said Michel Pontbriand, Director, commercial programming at Stingray Business. “The challenge is to combine the company’s brand with regular music programming and holiday music to reflect the identity of the brand. Stingray broadcasts thousands of holiday songs from many decades covering all genres of music so all demographics are represented.”

Read more from mi2n – Music Industry News Network

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 4 December 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 4 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
2 1 2 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
3 3 15 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 21 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 - 2 Gray Bartlett And Friends (SPCA) Gray Bartlett Ode/DRM
6 7 5 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
7 6 4 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
8 11 165 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 12 76 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
10 8 44 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
11 10 25 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
12 - 21 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 18 53 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
14 9 27 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 20 268 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
16 19 2 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective SouthernCollectiveMusic
17 13 7 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
18 - 1 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
19 - 67 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
20 - 3 Introducing Darren Watson Darren Watson DRM

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 4 December 2014

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* Streaming figures for NZ are now included.

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 5 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 24 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 48 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 13 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 6 7 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 9 140 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 10 76 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
8 7 2 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
9 - 95 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
10 5 50 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 7 December 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 5 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 10 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 24 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 9 3 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS/Warner
5 4 16 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
6 8 11 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
7 7 2 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
8 5 5 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
9 - 1 Something To Tell You Tom Lark LTPS
10 - 69 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
Taite2015

THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE: IN SEARCH OF THIS YEAR’S FINEST NEW ZEALAND ALBUM

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Independent Music NZ is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the Taite Music Prize 2015.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the sixth year for the award.  The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding
creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish.  Recorded Music NZ – the Founding Partner of the Taite Music
Prize event – kindly supply the cash prize.  Additionally through the support of Red Bull, the winner receives recording time at the Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull product.
Acknowledging originality, creativity and musicianship regardless ofsales figures or genre, the Taite Music Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group.
The previous winners have all been excellent albums that demonstrate these criteria well.
The shortlisted finalist albums will be selected by votes from all current IMNZmembers alongside an invited group comprising musicians, record label representatives, music journalists and radio staff.
The shortlisted albums will then be subjected to a secondary round of judging by a group of ten music judges who will collectively decide the overall winner of the Taite Music Prize.
The judges will make their decision based entirely on the music on the finalist albums.  Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process.  The winner will then be announced at a presentation in Auckland on 15th April 2015.  The ceremony will also include the award presentation of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which acknowledges New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.  This award is also determined by this year’s judging panel, which is made up of a broad section of music media and industry specialists.
Any New Zealand album released during 2014 is eligible for nomination for the Taite Music Prize 2015.  For more detail on specific eligibility and nomination forms please visit:
Nominations close 5.00pm on 21st January 2015.
The Taite Music Prize
Presented by: 
Independent Music New Zealand
Founding Partner:
Recorded Music NZ
Official Partners:
NZ On Air / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association / Native Tongue Music Publishing / NZMusic4U – Pure Capital Thinking / Media Arts Lawyers / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines / McCarthy Design
Media Partners:
iHeartRadio / Juice TV / Kiwi FM
Previous winners are:
2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 – Ladi6 – The Liberation Of (What? Music)
2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)
2014 – Lorde ‘Pure Heroine’ (Universal Music NZ)

IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to November 30: The Singles Chart – now with Streaming figures included

These new charts reflect the first week that streaming figures for NZ have been included in our Singles Chart. Have a look and see how it stacks up…

Week To Thursday, 27 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
2 2 3 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
3 1 14 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 3 20 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 17 2 Swim Down Low Delaney Davidson Southbound
6 6 3 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
7 4 4 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
8 12 43 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
9 15 26 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
10 5 24 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
11 7 164 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
12 8 75 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
13 13 6 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
14 - 1 Plastic Lives Kitsch 1157/Rhythm/DRM
15 - 64 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
16 10 3 Quicksand Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM
17 - 49 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM gold x1
18 9 52 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
19 - 1 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective Rhythm/DRM
20 19 267 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9



Tunes Of I Win November Wildcard Chart + An Extra Making Tracks Grant 

They jumped out to an early lead on theaudience.co.nz’s November Wildcard Funding
Chart, and Tunes of I held on tight to claim the $10,000 Making Tracks grant from NZ On
Air for their song “Give In”. They were challenged right up until the last moment by Auckland
newcomers VIVID with their upbeat tune “Pull Me In”, but Tunes of I did enough to claim top
spot.

The band are clearly delighted with the win, and had a few words dedicated to the people that
have thrown their weight behind their Wildcard Chart campaign. “We’re just blown away by the
amazing support that we’ve received from our friends, family and fans. We’re extremely
excited for what this will bring and it’s also a great start to our summer tour. We want to send a
huge thank you to everyone that’s stuck by us, not just with this competition but also through
TOI’s journey. We couldn’t have done any of this without your support! Thank you! ”

Congratulations Tunes of I, winners of theaudience.co.nz’s Wildcard Funding Chart for
November 2014! You can still hear their winning song “Give In” right here. The end of
November also marks something special for theaudience.co.nz, as we enter a special double
month of the Wildcard Chart. We have officially secured another Wildcard Making Tracks grant
to give away for December and January, meaning that over the next two months, the only
place you can get a Making Tracks grant is right here at theaudience.co.nz. As it’s a special
grant and smack dab in the holiday period, this chart will run for 2 months, with the winner
being the song that gathers the most votes, plays and shares over all of December and
January.

Any artist who wants to get their hands on a Making Tracks grant just need to upload an
unreleased song to theaudience.co.nz, and share it with the world! For all you punters and
fans – make sure you’re heading along to the Wildcard Chart and having your say on who
should claim the special $10k grant from NZ On Air!

For a full list of all previous winners, click here.

Week To Thursday, 27 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 4 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 23 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 47 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 12 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 7 49 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 4 6 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
7 - 1 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
8 - 36 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
9 8 139 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
10 - 75 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2


Win the 2014 Golden Ticket

Christmas is almost here and The New Zealand Music Foundation is bringing you a present which is sure to fill music lovers everywhere full to overflowing with festive spirit.

Enter now to win The Golden Ticket 2014!

The winner of The Golden Ticket will receive a double pass to four epic shows this summer:

YOU and a friend could be seeing all of these artists this summer. And don’t think you have to come to Auckland for all of them, where they’re playing elsewhere you can choose to go there instead!

Enter Now!         Find Out More

Week To Sunday, 30 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 4 Special Six60 Massive
2 2 9 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 23 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 15 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 6 4 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 5 18 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
7 - 1 Cool It She’s So Rad RoundTripMars
8 8 10 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
9 7 2 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
10 9 18 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks

International and Industry Action

Moana & the Tribe’s “Rima ” has been chosen as one of the “Top of the world albums” by prestigious UK music magazine “Songlines”.  http://www.songlines.co.uk/topoftheworld/top-of-the-world.php  The song Water People will be included on the Songlines compilation and playlisted on British Airways in 2015.

Marcus Powell wins ‘Local Hero’ medal
Marcus Powell from Blacklistt has been awarded a ‘Local Hero‘ medal, part of the New Zealander of the Year celebrations. Len Brown was on hand to present and said “…medal winners are unsung heroes whose selflessness has had a profound effect on the lives of so many.”  Read more…

Paekakariki Lament Wins International Video Award
A Kapiti-made musical lament about lost friendships has taken one of the top prizes at this weekend’s Australian Independent Music Video Awards. “On your side”, taken from Paekakariki musician Stefan Wolf’s 2014 album “Brandnew Life”, took out the “Best International Video – Pacific” award at the ceremony held in Canberra last night.
The video was filmed in Paekakariki by the One Shot Wonder video collective and features Indy and Nicky Giles.  The video was shot on location in the streets of Paekakariki, including Beach Road, and at the iconic Paekakariki Railway Station.  The set design for indoor shots was by local Jaimee Viner, making the production an all-Paekakariki affair.
Stefan wasn’t the only New Zealand prize winner, with Auckland’s King Kapisi also amongst the winners. This year’s awards were highly contested, organisers say.  “2015 has been the most competitive field of nominations ever and very hard on the judges who give their time in support of this wonderful niche of the music and film industries.” Entries came from all over the world, including the USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Korea and Egypt. You can view the video here: Stefan Wolf – On Your Side

News from Spacific.net – NZ performers in London
Jayson Norris makes an appearance in East London at the Bedroom Bar on December 11 (Thursday). Since moving to the UK in 2004, Jayson has made a name for himself and built a loyal fanbase thanks to his tirelessly gigging, hard work and great live shows. As well as his regular nights at The Wandle and The Chatsworth, he has supported a range of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, INXS, Blue King Brown, The Black Seeds, Pete Murray and Dave Dobbyn. His latest work is his 5 track EP ‘Save My Soul’, which was recorded at Woodhill Studios in Auckland and produced by Tiki Taane. Advance tickets are £7 + b/f from Music GlueSanza or Ticketweb. And more than 10 years after their last UK performance, Trinity Roots return and play Bush Hall on January 27th, with support from Thomas Oliver. TrinityRoots, are about to head into famed Wellington recording outlet – Surgery Studios. At the helm is famed recording engineer & producer Lee (Doc) Prebble, to push record on what will be their 3rd studio album, due for release in 2015. Advance tickets are £15 + b/f from Music GlueSanzaGiganticStargreen or TicketwebSpacific.net tracks upcoming concerts by using Songkick.

2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Finalists Announced!
The top 50 finalists for the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition have been announced. The finalists were selected from over 3400 entries from around the world. Congratulations to New Zealand finalists Livi Mulholland, New Reptiles, Jesse Will and Streets of Laredo (Dave Gibson). Vanda and Young is the largest charity songwriting competition in the world – money raised goes to supporting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. To date, the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition has raised close to half a million dollars for NRMTA over the past three competitions. The winner of the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition will join the illustrious company of past Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition winners – Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013). Read the full list of finalists here.

Paying for playing live – APRA AMCOS’s end of year royalty payments.
APRA AMCOS members in New Zealand and Australia have recently received their quarterly performance royalty payments, sharing in just over $46 million, which includes $6m in overseas royalties. The 2013/14 financial year saw an increase of 51% in the number of Live Performance Returns (LPRs) received from members over the last decade, with just over $4 million distributed in LPR royalties last week. The LPR annual payment, initiated in 1980, rewards members for the live performance of their works – whether performed by themselves or others. All songwriter and composer members whose works were performed live in New Zealand, Australia or internationally are eligible to submit an LPR. APRA AMCOS is one of a handful of performance rights organisations globally which offer live performance payments to its members and touring overseas songwriters.
Quick stats – November Distribution
Number of works paid                                                       641,626
Number of New Zealand and Australian works paid      219,227
Number of New Zealand Writers paid                              4,648
www.apraamcos.co.nz

New national touring agency to be supported by Creative New Zealand
An agency to help organise and support the national touring of contemporary New Zealand theatre, dance and music will be in place by March next year. Creative New Zealand has selected PromPt Incorporated (trading as PANNZ) to provide national touring services over the next three years. It will be able to apply to an associated touring fund of up to $1.16 million for some of the costs of the tours it manages.  It is also intended that the agency will generate fees for its services in some cases. In September, Creative New Zealand called for proposals to establish a national touring agency with the aim of having it and the touring fund in place by March 2015. The new initiative follows Creative New Zealand’s reviews of the music and dance sectors, which both identified risks and logistical barriers associated with touring as ongoing issues. Established in 1998, PromPT is a fee-based membership organisation which delivers the annual PANNZ (Performing Arts Network of New Zealand) market. The annual market is a showcase for theatre/music/dance attended by festival and venue presenters. Read more…
http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/news/new-national-touring-agency-to-be-supported-by-creative-new-zealand
MakingTracks Funded Projects – November 2014
The next funding round closes Monday 1st February at 5pm.
www.nzonair.govt.nz

Artist Song Funding Type
Bulletproof feat. Jupiter Project Light Up Recording & video
Cymbol 303 & This Pale Fire Burst Of Colour Recording & video
Ginny Blackmore Love Me Anyway Recording & video
Idiio Sway Recording & video
Kamandi Martyrs Video only
Kittens Of The Internet Golden Lights Recording & video
L.A.B 28 Months Later Recording & video
Ladies and Gentlemen.. You Make Me So High Recording & video
MAALA In The Air Recording & video
Maybe Rave Footloose Recording & video
Mel Parsons Driving Man Video only
PNC Feelin’ Crucial Video only
SJD Little Pieces Recording & video
Sons Of Zion Stuck On Stupid Video only
The Black Seeds Hypnotized Again (Builders Pencil) Recording & video
The Phoenix Foundation Sunbed Recording & video
Titanium Honey ‘n’ Bees Recording & video
Twin Cities Worry No More Video only
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Your Life, One Night Recording & video
Vince Harder Shot Me Down Recording & video
Young Lyre We Go Faster Recording & video

The November 2014 Panel

  • Willy Macalister [George FM; Auckland]
  • Hayden Hare [Flava FM; Auckland]
  • James Meharry [RDU; Christchurch]
  • Damien Daniels [Smash! The Edge TV; Auckland]
  • Silke Hartung [NZ Musician magazine; Auckland]
  • Jeremy McPike [Roundhead Studios; Auckland]
  • Tania Dean [NZ On Air; Auckland]

On the live front

The Winery Tour 2015 Neudorf Vineyards Friday 27th Sells Out – New Date Announced
The Winery Tour show at Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere on Friday 27th February has sold out, and a second Neudorf show has just been announced for Thursday 26th February. The 9th annual Winery Tour is co-headlined Don McGlashan and Dave Dobbyn who will performing together. They are joined by VNZMA Legacy award winner and Hall of Fame inductees Supergroove, and Anika Moa. For more information see www.winerytour.co.nz

Three acts have been added to the WOMAD lineup: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (those of us of a certain age remember well the amazing story as it came out of Cuban musicians being spotlighted by Wim Wenders and Ry Cooder),  French For Rabbits and Wellington Batucada, who took out the WOMAD Performer Competition.  And if you purchase a WOMAD 3-day pass before December 17 you’ll go in the draw to win a return trip for you and a friend to WOMAD UK! Read more…

The Datsuns Replace Airbourne on upcoming FVEY summer tour with Shihad
The promoters of the upcoming FVEY summer tour headlined by Shihad announced that “due to unforeseen circumstances” the Australian hard-rock band Airbourne are unable to perform. Replacing them will be The Datsuns, who, themselves are headlining a tour in December ahead of Christmas. The line-up is Shihad, The Datsuns, I Am Giant and Cairo Knife FightRead more on Cheese on Toast.

Flying Out Xmas Party! Tiny Ruins, Grayson Gilmour, Yumi Zouma + More!
Holy Santa Sacks, Flying OutFlying Nun Records & Arch Hill Recordings have decided to throw another annual Xmas Party! Mark Saturday December 20 in your diary, as this year’s stellar line up is: Tiny RuinsGrayson GilmourYumi ZoumaLittle Bark & Fazerdaze. As well as the good tunes, FO will fill Auckland’s The King’s Arms with a record fair, a pub quiz and local heroes playing tunes all night long. Tickets are $20 and available from UTR.

Tattletale Saints’ New Zealand Summer Tour 2015
Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014Tattletale Saints are led by guitarist/vocalist Cy Winstanley and double bassist/vocalist Vanessa McGowan. Fresh off the back of their Tui win in January 2014, Tattletale Saints relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to embark on a 50-date tour of the United States. This time spent in the vibrant Nashville music scene inspired a change in the band’s sound, and they welcome the addition of celebrated NZ drummer Tom Broome for this, their 5thNew Zealand tour. See the dates here

Summer in the Square: 8 – 20 December, Free and live in Aotea Square, Auckland
Aotea Square is being transformed into a lush urban oasis with free live music, theatre, dance and much more! There will be live music every day – discover your favourite new band in your lunchbreak or chill to DJs and bands including Nadia Reid, Rodney Fisher, Ratsmagic, Anthonie Tonnon, Fazerdaze and more at Live at Lunch with Kiwi FM. On Fridays and Saturdays there’ll be live performances from Tama Waipara, The Tami Nielson Trio, Soul Samba Circus, and many more great acts! Presented by Auckland Live

New release fanfare

After 6 long years Macombee & The Absolute Truth have completed their album. No Man’s Land is finally here and it’s a masterpiece of epic proportions. Cinematic arrangements wrap themselves around Sarah Macombee’sexquisite voice. Add to that the beautiful harmonies provided by her daughter Poppy, and the production wizardry of Louis Bernstone and you have the ingredients of something rare and evocative. We’ve heard before of the adversity bands face in order to make an album; the trials and tribulations, obstacles they’ve had to encounter… the emotional roller coaster.  Few could claim the re emergence of a disease front woman Sarah Macombee thought she had cured.  Or the tragic untimely death of their very talented producer Ben Stockwell followed by the death of Sarah’s Mother.  We’ll get to the exploding double D’s later…What’s important is that now these exquisite songs will be available for all to hear and enjoy. No Man’s Land is due for release on December 5th 2014 via Ellamy Records and available on AmplifieriTunesand all good digital outlets. Macombee & the Absolute Truth will be performing on Saturday December 13th at the Lopdell Theatre, Titirangi, Auckland. Tickets available here.

Aston Rd is proud to release the final of the Aston Rd Sessions 2014 featuring the inimitable Estère with a new song ‘L’oiseau dans l’etoile’ performed in French. Filmed and recorded in front of a live audience Estère and her trusty companion Lola (mpc) play out ‘L’oiseau dans l’etoile’ which means ‘the bird up in the stars’.  The song is about the idea of there being a benevolent spirit (in the form of a bird) out there who is able to rectify a lot of what is wrong with the world and bring back equilibrium to the environment.  Watch Estère’s Aston Rd Session here –  http://youtu.be/EgC6g9grHcIYou can now also watch a 35 min compilation of Aston Rd Sessions on Air New Zealand international flights from Dec – Feb under both Television and Music Videos.

Video: Die! Die! Die! – Angel 
Die! Die! Die! are premiering a new video for ‘Angel’, taken from their latest album S W I M. The grainy clip was shot at an all-ages show at Mt Eden Scout Hall last October by London-based director and cinematographer Marc Swadel, whose credits include the recent Shane Meadows documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and also boasts music video work with an army of bands counting Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr among its ranks. It’s spliced with striking black-and-white snapshots of showgoers to create a kind of visual time capsule. The video is set to be part of a documentary that the director is making to mark the band’s 10 year anniversary milestone, take a look here on Under the Radar…

The Chills – The BBC Sessions takes in 12 tracks, collected from three ‘Peel Sessions’ between 1985 and 1988, and works its’ way through hits like Rolling MoonNight of Chill Blue and the festive Christmas Chimes. All tracks have been re-mastered, and now available on CD as well as LP Pre-Orders. Click here for a preview or to purchase.

Release Day – Dictaphone Blues
Just like sand through the hourglass, time has passed to the point where we now find ourselves on Friday December 5, 2015. That’s pretty much just a long winded way of saying that Mufti Day by Dictaphone Blues is out now and you should buy a copy! Edward Castelow toiled away for several months to bring you 11 tracks of big hooks, melodies and the odd jangly guitar. So why don’t you click here to buy a copy of Mufti Day on LP or here to peruse his New Zealand tour schedule.

Fat Freddy’s Drop announce iTunes Session and their only headline NZ summer show 
Straight off the plane from Tokyo and into Auckland’s Roundhead StudiosFat Freddy’s Drop recorded six tracks live to be released exclusively as an iTunes Session, and is available for pre-order Friday 28 November. The track list features recent single release Slings and Arrows from the bands forthcoming studio album; a haunting version of Dark Days, a track not re-visited since BOATS (Based On A True Story, 2005) and even Wandering Eye even makes a reprise as part of an extended This Room. Bringing the session to a close the band drop a completely new track available only on this iTunes Session, the deep techno jam Cortina Motors MK1. Released globally on Friday 12 December, the Fat Freddy’s Drop iTunes Session is available for pre-order Friday 28 November on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/itunes-session/id944824381?uo=4&at=10lrHH Fat Freddy’s Drop also announce today their only NZ summer headline show at Auckland Zoo on Valentines Day, February 14th before they return to Bays Studio in hometown Wellington to keep recording the new album. Playing between lions, rhinoceros and monkeys is nothing new for Freddys who headlined sold out shows at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo earlier this year. Fat Freddy’s Drop – Auckland Zoo tickets are here.
http://www.fatfreddysdrop.com

FOTV01- Doprah – CMJ New York 2014
Flying Out welcome you to the first episode of their new venture Flying Out TV – spearheaded by camera and competitive walking enthusiast (“what?” – ed) Ben Howe, who put both skills to the test when he followed Doprah on their maiden trip to New York for the CMJ festival. Performing tracks from their self titled debut, FOTV01 captures behind the scenes footage of the Christchurch quintet waking up with a hangover. Subscribe to the channel to keep up with future episodes.

Princess Chelsea shares new Simon Ward-directed music video
Princess Chelsea has released a music video for her latest single “No Church On Sunday”, directed by Simon Ward who has also made videos for Lawrence Arabia, Jonathan Bree and Liam Finn, amongst many others. Watch it here on Cheese on Toast.

Anthonie Tonnon is hitting the road in March 2015 to celebrate the release of his new album Successor. The 14-date nationwide tour will see the talented songwriter take his newly-named band The Successors zig-zagging around the country for most of March, with a handful of solo shows in store for later in the month. The forthcoming nine-track album was recorded with Jonathan Pearce at The Lab in Auckland and has so far been a closely guarded secret, aside from one special preview show at the Old Folks Association last month, but it will finally be officially unveiled on Friday 6th March. Here’s the details for the coinciding tour… Read more on Under the Radar.

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 27 November 2014

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
2 2 3 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
3 1 14 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 3 20 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 17 2 Swim Down Low Delaney Davidson Southbound
6 6 3 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
7 4 4 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
8 12 43 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
9 15 26 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
10 5 24 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
11 7 164 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
12 8 75 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
13 13 6 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
14 - 1 Plastic Lives Kitsch 1157/Rhythm/DRM
15 - 64 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
16 10 3 Quicksand Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM
17 - 49 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM gold x1
18 9 52 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
19 - 1 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective Southern Collective Music
20 19 267 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9

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