IMNZ Newsletter November 14: Videos and Riot Grrrls

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.

IMNZ Board member speaks at AWME

Ahead of this week’s AWME conference in Melbourne TMN (The Music Network, Australia) spoke to IMNZ Board member Craig Pearce, co-founder of Triple M Management Ltd, co-manager of The Black Seeds and manager of The Phoenix Foundation. Pearce will take part in the panel titled ‘An Island In The Middle Of The Pacific’ alongside artist managers Cushla Aston, Scott Grafton and Jeffrey Stothers on Saturday November 15. Tickets can be purchased at
Read the interview on TMN here…

International and Industry Action

Ha The Unclear Premieres Video with Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly has premiered a video for Ha the Unclear’s single ‘Secret Lives of Furniture’. Showcasing the New Zealand quartet’s gift for blending off-kilter pop with dynamic vintage rock, the song appears on their recently released album, ‘Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go‘. Watch the video for ‘Secret Lives of Furniture’. Frontman Michael Cathroshared the following with about the inspiration behind the song and its video: “‘Secret Lives of Furniture’ is about a coffee table that has become infatuated with its owner and is left broken at the landfill after the owner passes away. We wanted to incorporate that anthropomorphism in the video. We spent a day walking around Mt. Eden putting up posters of missing furniture imagining that everyone’s furniture was running away because we hadn’t been treating them well enough. Maybe they had all gone underground to form a secret society and plan some kind of furniture revolt.”

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, 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 local music community was shocked and heartbroken last month with the news that Sam Prebble had passed away. He died on 23 October 2014. Musician friends have gathered together to put on a tribute show for Sam on Sunday 23rd November at The Wine Cellar to honour and remember Sam and to help raise funds for his family, and especially his partner. There will be music from The Eastern, Great North, Bernie Griffen, Steve Abel, The Bads, Reb Fountain, Dylan Storey, Brendan Turner, Hopetoun Brown, Dave Khan, Callum Gentleman, Tom Cunliffe, Scott J Mason, Rodney Fisher and many more. Entry by Koha from 5.30pm. Read more on Cheese on Toast…

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
Brother Love are making the trek to Auckland from Christchurch, playing the Dog’s Bollix on Thursday November 20, and UFO on Friday 21. For over 20 years in a rockin’ boat, Brother Love’s various indie star-studded line-ups have gained the notice of record labels in New York and Germany, with the band touring the US twice. The Brother Love band have played shows with bands such as Bardo Pond, Fuzzhead, Mark Arm’s Bloodloss, San Francisco’s Monoshock and Barbara Manning, the No-Neck Blues, Dead Moon, King Loser and Sebadoh. Hear them here. Their special guest on Thursday night at the Bollix is alt-country (emphasis on the “alt”) singer/songwriter Darryl Baser, playing Auckland for the first time since 1991. The songwriting bug kicked in, and Baser played wherever he could, from busking in Hamilton to support slots for bands such as The Axemen. In the interim, he’s also been a music journalist. Baser’s forthcoming album ‘ Raw Selfie’ – out shortly on Zelle Records through Powertools – was recorded on his trusty LG Optima smart phone. Baser figured, if one can take selfies on their phones, why can’t one also record an album? Darryl’s Facebook page. JoiningBrother Love’s Free Association at UFO on Friday November 21st is a very cool lineup, withGeorge D. Henderson’s New Existentialists, as well as impressive young bands The Debrisand Mucus Kids.

Raggamuffin lineup
ft Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue, Jamaican star Chronixx and American hip-hop legends Ice Cube and Cypress Hill will headline Raggamuffin VIII in Auckland on Saturday 13 December. Featuring two stages, the festival line-up also includes Pacific reggae artist Fiji, Jamaican leading lady Etana and top-shelf Kiwi acts including Katchafire, Aaradhna, P-Money, Sammy Johnson featuringBrownhill, House of Shem, Sons of Zion, DJ Sirvere, Che Fu & The Kratez, Tomorrow People and Jafa Mafia Crew with special guests. Read more on Eventfinder…

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
Born from the ashes of Alt/Industrial metal bandHeathen Eyes arises Auckland-based acoustic pop/folk band The Jason McIver Collective. Under the Heathen Eyes banner, they saw success on TV and radio with the single Ocea, and have played extensively, including early 2014 at The Powerstation. Via Southern Collective Music they bring you The Big Blue, their new E.P. released on Monday 1st December 2014. Debut single The Crystal Pool will be performed on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show on 27th November, the day after they kick off their North Island tour in support of the launch. The band are currently sitting second in the WOMAD 2015 Band vote, behind Batucadain top spot. Listen to Crystal Pool here.

Flying Nun Cassettes
If Burger Records can sell 100,000 cassettes in 2012, I’m sure we can go through about 20 in 2014. Especially as they are some of your favourite reissues from Flying Nun Records! And just think, when you whip one out to show your friends there won’t be any annoying debates about whether the sound quality is better than digital copies, plus fits in your pocket and if you are sick of hearing the same 10 songs you can always dub your favourites off the radio! FO now have cassette copies of:

Into The Void opens at Rialto in Auckland and Dunedin today
After a series of one-off screenings INTO THE VOID, the documentary film about a band, that, let’s be honest, not many people have heard of, opens at Rialto in Auckland and Dunedin today. “Inspired by Black Sabbath, INTO THE VOID was once jokingly referred to as Christchurch’sSpinal Tap or Bad News” says film reviewerJames Croot in The Press, continuing, “Known for their drinking as much as their music… the band was formed by for ‘arts school assholes’ as something to do on a Saturday night in late 1980s Christchurch”. Yes, the film is about a band that not many people have heard of (they’ve produced two albums over their 25 years+ existence) but it’s more about the joy of what it’s like to “waste time” and enjoy being in a band; remembering that commercial success and/or recognition is not the be all and end all of being in a band and making music, and that some people do it purely for the fun. Read more and watch the trailer on Cheese on Toast…

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.
You can stream “Cool It” here – it will be available via Bandcamp from Monday 17th Nov.

Around the World

Molly Neuman: From Riot Grrrl Founder to Indie Label Advocate

by Nina Ulloa of Digital Music News

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?
Molly Neuman: “My very very beginning was as a band member, my dream was to play music. I started when I was at the University of Oregon. My best friend and next door neighbor in the dorms and I started our band. We also wanted to be a part of the radio station that was beginning to be formed at the University of Oregon, but it didn’t end up getting off the ground while we were there. Until the station could be launched we decided to make a fanzine.

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.
People sold a lot of records then, it was a different climate in the music business entirely. I ended up working really closely with a lot of the artists we signed. From there I started doing management for The Donnas and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I wore a lot of different hats for a number of years. I still worked at the label and had done all the different jobs you do at an independent label, from radio promotionto publicity to A&R.

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.”

Read the rest of the story on Digital Music News…

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more for Digital Music News. In her spare time she heads music blog West Coast Fix. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u


IMNZ Album Chart to November 6


Week To Thursday, 6 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 4 21 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 - 1 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
3 1 11 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 2 17 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 5 6 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
6 - 23 Everything Is Ka Pai Various Pure/DRM
7 9 161 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
8 10 72 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 8 9 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
10 13 8 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
11 6 3 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
12 15 49 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
13 - 1 Spirits French For Rabbits Southbound
14 18 264 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
15 - 62 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
16 12 40 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
17 11 18 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
18 - 23 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
19 7 11 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
20 - 66 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1


IMNZ Singles Chart to November 6


Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 6 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Special Six60 Massive
2 - 1 Walk (Back To Your Arms) Tami Neilson Southbound
3 2 20 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 1 3 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythmethod
5 3 44 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 4 12 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
7 8 9 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
8 - 1 So What Ty Empire
9 7 2 Colours Titanium LTPS
10 5 47 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1


IMNZ Airplay Chart to November 9


Week To Sunday, 9 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 20 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 6 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 1 Special Six60 Massive
4 4 12 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 3 7 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
6 7 5 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
7 6 15 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
8 9 2 365 Dictaphone Blues feat. Emily Edrosa BFTU/Rhythm/DRM
9 - 1 Wash My Brain Rackets BFTU/Rhythm/DRM
10 5 10 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM

IMNZ Album Charts to October 30


Week To Thursday, 30 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 10 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 3 16 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 - 4 Laid Back Man Cam Luxton DRM
4 5 20 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
5 6 5 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
6 1 2 Sines Jakob Border
7 - 10 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
8 19 8 Eb And Sparrow Eb And Sparrow Southbound
9 8 160 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
10 10 71 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
11 14 17 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
12 15 39 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
13 7 7 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
14 - 4 The Latest Fallout The Latest Fallout SouthernCollective/Rhythm/DRM
15 11 48 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
16 20 4 The Road Out Liam Kennedy-Clark Quirky/DRM
17 - 214 KORA Kora Border/DRM plat x2
18 9 263 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
19 12 4 Deep Sleep The Datsuns Border
20 - 1 Pages Rasela DRM


IMNZ Singles Charts to October 30


Week To Thursday, 30 October 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 2 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
2 2 19 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 43 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 11 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
5 7 46 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 8 23 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 - 1 Colours Titanium LTPS
8 5 8 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
9 - 136 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
10 - 21 Start A Revolution Devilskin Rhythm/DRM


Renee Jones
Operations Manager
Independent Music New Zealand
PO Box 68-890, Newton, Auckland

Ph: +64 9 376 0115 // 021-309-310
Email: renee

IMNZ Airplay Charts to November 2


Week To Sunday, 2 November 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 19 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 5 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 5 6 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire/Warner
4 6 11 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 9 9 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
6 3 14 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
7 7 4 Braver Than Most Ezra Vine LTPS
8 8 15 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
9 - 1 365 Dictaphone Blues feat. Emily Edrosa BFTU/Rhythm/DRM
10 - 1 Grenade Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM


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