This week, the finalists for the Tuis for Best Country Music Album and Best Country Music Song have been announced, and we find out what were the top-selling Record Store Day releases in the US.
And we have been sent some fantastic photos from Record Store Day celebrations around New Zealand – it looked like huge fun everywhere. Visit our page to share in the action: Record Store Day around New Zealand
International and Industry Action
Cooking Up A Song Album By Anna van Riel
Anna van Riel is a singer/songwriter from Lake Hawea, and she’s creating a 12 track children’s album full of fun and interactive songs for babies up to the age of seven. As Anna says, “The first seven years are of vital importance to a child. In this phase, and at a very rapid pace, children master the skills of movement, speech, gesture, verbal and non-verbal communication, uprightness and many others. Most of this is learnt through imitation — the young child mimics everything from physical movements through to attitudes & values. The album will be a collection of my own original songs that have been extremely popular amongst my young audiences over the past 15 years of performing for children.” You can help Anna out on PledgeMe.
2015 Country Music Award Finalists
Finalists for the Tuis for Best Country Music Album and Best Country Music Song have been announced, with a number of previous finalists and winners again taking their spots on the pedestals. Finalist in the Recorded Music Best Country Music Album category are Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams for their collaborative album ‘Sad But True Volume 3’, Glen Moffatt for ‘Superheroes and Scary Things’ and Tami Neilson with ‘Dynamite!’ that has already won her last year’s Silver Scroll for the single Walk which features on the album. In the APRA Best Country Music Song category the finalists are (2014 Tui winner for Best Country Album) Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter with their song Pieces, Dunedin songwriter, film maker and first-time finalist Bill Morris with Hinterland from his upcoming sophomore album, and power-piped previous winner Tami Neilson for You Lie. The NZ Country Music Awards mark the beginning of the NZ Gold Guitar week. Both Tui awards will be announced on May 23 in Gore, alongside performances by the finalists of the MTL Songwriting Awards, the winner of the Young Ambassador Award. The awards in Gore are not to be confused with the Kiwi Pro-Am Country Music Awards being held in Hamilton on August 8, that are affiliated with the Country Music Awards in Nashville in the US. Read more from New Zealand Musician…
A $1million Boost for the Arts
The folks at Boosted are partying like it’s $999,999, and feeling like a million bucks! Boosted has granted more than $1million to New Zealand arts projects in two years. Their friends at Monster Valley and Resene have helped us celebrate by chucking paint at a bunch of folk, and covering them in vibrant colours in honour of 170 arts projects that have achieved success on Boosted, and the 6,000+ donors that have joined them along the way. Check out their celebration video.
Light up the Bridge to your favourite (IMNZ?) song.
Until this Saturday, you can turn Auckland’s Harbour Bridge into a giant interactive lightshow synchronised to music chosen by you. Just request a song and it could make it onto the playlist. Watch it live on your mobile, or at one of the great locations around the harbour. It’s playing live every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7pm until 10.30pm, from 12 March to 25 April as part of a celebration of Auckland’s 175th Anniversary. See how many IMNZ songs you can find to request – we found most of the artists in our charts! https://2degreesplaythebridge.co.nz/
New Release Fanfare
Ruban Nielson Can’t Keep Checking His Phone
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the freshest glimpse into one of the most anticipated records of the year, Multi-Love, out May 26th on Jagjaguwar. Nielson had this to say of the song: “Cant Keep Checking My Phone” is about missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online “connectivity” as a substitute for being with someone IRL. When someone you love turns into text and ideas delivered through a device, at some point they’re competing with real things like the aurora borealis, which is another thing that only really makes sense in the flesh. I also read somewhere that the universe might be holographic, and in that case maybe the distance between us is just an illusion. So do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I’ve got to get off my phone.”
Labcoats release new album O Potassium!
Some of Wellington’s great musical chemists come back to the sound laboratory for a second time with The Labcoat’s new album. The combined elements of David Donaldson, Stephen Roche (Six Volts, Thrashing Marlin), Anthony Donaldson (Teeth, Mantarays), David Long (Muttonbirds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop) and Riki Gooch (Trinity Roots, Eru Dangerspiel) make for a playful sonic experiment. O Potassium returns listeners to the sound world that exemplified the Labcoat’s 2004 release Acid and Alkaline. A blend of munted jazz, loops, vocalise, trumpets, anklung and banjoes, O Potassium is a mix of melody and mayhem.
An album launch and Labcoats gig will be held at 8pm on Saturday 25 April at Moon Bar, 167 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington. Find out more from Rough Peel Records.
On the Live Front
Herbs live and acoustic
If you are lucky enough to be near Dargaville or Maungatapere this weekend, you’re in for a treat. Independent Music New Zealand Classic Record Award recipients Herbs will be playing acoustic shows at The Northern Wairoa Hotel, 70 Victoria Str, Dargaville
on Friday April 24, and at the Poroti Tavern, 752 Mangakahia Rd, Poroti, Maungatapere on Saturday April 25.
Anika Moa to play Queen At The Table album release show in a very different Powerstation set up.
Powerstation, The Floor, Thursday May 28th – With very special guests to be announced
Anika Moa has always prided herself on doing what feels right for her at any particular time, whether it be making award winning heart on the sleeve children’s albums or casting aside the acoustic guitar to make electronic music for grownups, and today she is proud to announce an album release show with a difference. Anika Moa and her band will play her album release show at the Powerstation down on the floor with her audience around her. Anika says, “I can’t wait to play this intimate show for you and I hope you all buy your tickets quickly even if it means you miss out on your weekly smokes or wine. Neeks xx”. Queen At The Table was recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with Taite award nominee producer Jol Mulholland (The Mots, Gasoline Cowboy, Fuce, Mullholland). http://powerstation.net.nz/anika
You can also see her in June, playing two very special shows: 6 June, ‘Divas’ with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Julia Deans, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch. 25 June, ‘Divas’ with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and Julia Deans, Town Hall, Auckland. Aaaand…Watch her here in her second ‘Face-to-Face’ interview episode for The NZ Herald, this time starring Jamie McDell. And here she is grilling her producer Jol Mulholland.
Great North – final week of tour – to be completed in new tour van
Great North have reached the final week of their tour with The Bads. After rollicking around the South Island, their tour van sadly gave up the ghost (or should we say gear box) 50km out of Blenheim. Luckily their newly loaned Hiace got them back on the road and will deliver them to these venues: 24 April, Walton Street, Te Awamutu / 25 April, Space Monster, Whanganui / 1 May, The Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei / 2 May, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh. Get tickets here…
Katchafire & Kora | Friday June 26th
After blazing through 2 sold out shows at The Powerstation last July Katchafire, Kora and the Sunshine Sound System are set to put winter on hold and do it all over again. After a HUGE summer home run with The Black Seeds and Sons Of Zion, Katchafire headed straight into a US winter where they toured with renowned US reggae band Rebelution over January. After appearances at Homegrown & Tauranga’s One Love Festival, Katchafire are about to embark on their “Down With You” annual winter tour throughout New Zealand before heading back to Europe & Australia this July. Joining Katchafire once again at the Powerstation is Kora and the aptly named Sunshine Sound System. Get tickets here.
This weekend’s nationwide roundup
Thanks to Eventfinder: This weekend, don’t miss Mel Parsons in Invercargill, Wanaka or Dunedin, Katchafire in Queenstown or Dunedin, Herbs in Dargaville or Maungatapere, and for other great weekend events, click here.
Plus a few more thanks to The Audio Foundation…
Saturday 25 April
– Trip Pony, She’s So Rad, The Psychs, 8pm start, $10 entry: http://www.audiofoundation.org.nz/programmes/live-events/trip-pony-shes-so-rad-the-psychs
- NEPTUNIAN AUTUMN w/ Yoko-Zuna, Roger Manins, New Gum Sarn, Chris Wratt and Friends, Eli, LVJ, Shannalog – Huia Lodge, Auckland, 7pm start
– God Bows To Math, The River Jones, The Transistors – The Darkroom, Christchurch, 8pm start
– Nowhere, PCP Eagles, Shitripper, Hallelujah Picasso’s, The Admiral, Fireshark, The Contenders, Awkward Death, Odd Bodz, Markdown, Ginas Revenge, Lookin Up, Slughugger, Superior Vision – Whammy Bar, Auckland, 8pm start
Sunday 26 April
Gala: Ron Gallipoli, Trip Pony, For the Girl Who Has Everything, The David Merritt Poetry Experience, DJ Two Swims – 8 Goring Street, Sandringham Auckland, 12pm – 8pm
Around the World
The 25 Most-Bought Record Store Day Releases
Monday, April 20, 2015
by Nina Ulloa from Digital Music News
Updated 4/21/15 11:40 AM PST to reflect updated information from BuzzAngle.
- The White Stripes – “Get Behind Me Satan”
- Metallica – “No Life Til Leather” cassette
- Run The Jewels – “Bust No Moves”
- David Bowie – “Changes”
- The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
- The Black Keys – “Meet Me in the City”
- Built to Spill – “Untethered Moon”
- Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear”
- Bob Dylan – “The Basement Tapes”
- Syd Barrett/R.E.M. – “Dark Globe”
- Mumford & Sons – “Believe”
- Citizen Dick – “Touch Me I’m Dick”
- Ramones & Husker Du – “Sheena’s a Punk Rocker”
- Various Artists – “The Darjeeling Limited”
- Twenty One Pilots – “The LC LP”
- The Doors – “Strange Days”
- The Decemberists – “Picaresque”
- Foo Fighters – “Songs From The Laundry Room”
- Johnny Cash – “Koncert V Praze – In Prague Live”
- Social Distortion – “Social Distortion”
- David Bowie/Tom Verlaine – “Kingdom Come”
- Phish – “New Years Eve 1995 Live at Madison Square Garden”
- Jerry Garcia – “Garcia (Compliments)”
- Various Artists – “Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Vol. 2″
- The Zombies – “R.I.P. Album”
Read more from Digital Music News…
See the full Top 100 on BuzzAngle…
(Chart most likely based on US data)
Photo by Phil King on Flickr used with the Creative Commons License