IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to December 14: Wishing you a musical Christmas!

Season’s greetings!

This is our last newsletter for 2014. Thanks so much for keeping up with us, and for your support of New Zealand independent music. We’ve had a huge year, and a very busy one, and we hope you’ve enjoyed some of the releases and live shows that our member labels and distributors have brought you this year.

We’ll be publishing the Independent Music New Zealand Album and Singles charts on our website over the break; and we’ll do a bumper wrap-up of the Airplay charts in the New Year.

This week, there is still plenty of news to be had – we’ve uncovered some interesting festivals, and learned which are the most popular Christmas songs in the USA.

Have a fantastic and fun Christmas and New Year!

Week To Thursday, 11 December 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 16 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 3 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
3 1 5 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
4 4 22 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 6 6 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
6 7 5 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
7 13 54 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
8 8 166 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 9 77 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
10 15 269 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
11 10 45 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
12 12 22 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 11 26 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
14 14 28 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 - 191 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
16 - 65 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
17 17 8 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
18 - 9 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
19 - 1 Lethargic Caffeine The Sparrow Thieves DunedinMusic.Com
20 - 10 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone

Taite Music Prize 2015: Nominations open – and reminder of closing date

The Taite Music Prize: in search of this year’s finest New Zealand album

Just before you get stuck into Christmas, we thought you might like a reminder that Taite Music Prize nominations close at 5.00pm on 21st January 2015. For more detail on specific eligibility and nomination forms please visit: http://www.indies.co.nz.

The Winner will be announced April 15th 2015 – with a huge thanks to our supporters: NZ On Air, APRA AMCOS, Media Arts Lawyers, NZ Music Commission, Native Tongue Music Publishing, Moa Beer, Spy Valley Wines, iHeartRadio, McCarthy Design, NZMusic4U – Pure Capital Thinking, Juice TV, Kiwi FM.

Week To Thursday, 11 December 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 25 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 49 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 14 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 5 8 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 6 141 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 7 77 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
8 9 96 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
9 8 3 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
10 10 51 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1


NZ On Air: Preserving a place for breaking NZ music on radio

New Zealand music buffs will continue to hear the newest local music on commercial radio stations throughout the country next year, with funding from NZ On Air confirmed for a total of 23 hours of local new music programmes a week across 11 networks.

As part of its music mission to get more local music heard on radio NZ On Air sponsors radio programmes that introduce listeners to new artists and new songs. In 2015 NZ On Air will spend over $330,000 sponsoring 11 NZ music programmes on diverse radio stations.

“Even with the internet revolution, 60% of the population still say they hear about new music on the radio.  In addition to funding and promoting radio-ready songs for airplay, by sponsoring these programmes we help New Zealand artists connect new songs with audiences,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

NZ On Air has also confirmed funding for a family-oriented Christmas programme broadcast on Newstalk ZB. The award-winning Christian Broadcasting Association will be back with Christmas 2014, bringing a magazine-style range of content on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The youth audience is also catered for with another year of Sealed Section, a wellness programme broadcast on ZM.

The diversity of publicly funded music is further boosted with NZ On Air’s investment in classical music. NZ On Air is continuing its support of the Resound project for another year. Resound is a project to increase the amount of New Zealand-composed music available to Radio New Zealand Concert for broadcast and for online access via the sounz.org.nz website.

Go to the NZ On Air newsletter for programme details. 

Week To Sunday, 14 December 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 11 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 25 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 17 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 4 4 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
6 6 12 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
7 7 3 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
8 8 6 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
9 9 2 Something To Tell You Tom Lark LTPS
10 10 70 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3

International and Industry Action

It’s a summer of big news and big changes for I Am Giant, who today announce the departure of lead singer Ed Martin and the addition of Ryan Redman to the line-up.  Ed has been part of the band for the last six years and has decided that the time is right to pursue a solo career.  While the band is sad to lose Ed and wish him all the best for his solo career, they’re excited to announce Ryan Redman as I Am Giant’s new lead singer. Hailing from the UK and the critically acclaimed Alt. rock band Exit Ten, Ryan will join I Am Giant on their summer tour with Shihad, The Datsuns and Cairo Knife Fight. It will be Ryan’s first visit to New Zealand, something he’s really looking forward to. Ryan’s first song with I Am Giant – Russian Doll – will be available as a free download for a limited time from Soundcloud. Get show tickets here…

Tiki Taane Mahuta – Free Tickets for Christchurch Students 
Tiki Taane and Tanemahuta Gray have partnered to create a New Zealand narrative production combining Aerial Dance Theatre with Maaori Contemporary Martial Arts and Hip Hop.Their Boosted campaign will enable more than 2,500 Christchurch School students (and their supervising staff) to attend free school matinees of Tiki Taane Mahuta at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal, to play their part in rejuvenating the Christchurch spirit after the earthquakes destroyed the larger theatre venues 4 years ago. Catch a 5 minute promo of the show on YouTube. ‘Tiki Taane Mahuta’ depicts the story of two New Zealand families across two generations and the tragedy, hope and joy that connect them. The narrative is reflected in three distinct time periods, 1996, 2013 and the ancestral realm that oversees them. This realm stars Christchurch-based Uekaha Taane Tinorau (Tiki’s father) and is created using sweeping film projections by the World of Wearable Art Design Team. The majority of the cast, crew and production team also perform in WOW. The story emerges from Tiki Taane’s albums “Past, Present, Future” and “In the World of Light” and will be presented at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch with two school matinees and 4 public shows from May 7-9, 2015. Find out more on Boosted

Glen Innes Music & Arts Centre for young people: Contribute A Note
The long held community dream of a music and arts centre for youth in Glen Innes is becoming a reality with construction of the centre expected to be finished in March 2015. The focus of the centre is to provide a multi-purpose space where young people and the local community can come together to perform, practise and learn the arts; express their creativity and talents; and celebrate their cultures. With acoustic panelling and state of the art lighting and technology, the space will include a performance stage and rehearsal area, music and drama room, dance studio, artists’ workshops and studio, visual arts classroom, and a digital edit suite as well as plenty of open areas where people can meet. And now locals can get really involved with the centre. Residents of Glen Innes and the wider Tamaki area…It’s YOUR time to shine & tell your story, and be part of the new Community Soundscapes that will adorn the Centre from its opening next year. Illegal Musik and Anonymouz have put a call-out for your soundscapes to be submitted as part of the project. Watch this video to find out how to contribute.

The Winery Tour 2015 adopts New Zealand Music Foundation as official tour charity.
The New Zealand Music Foundation works with organisations that use music to change lives such as the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, StarJam, Zeal and Strike Percussion. It also provides emergency assistance to people in the music community who experience illness and hardship. To support the New Zealand Music Foundation please click here. The New Zealand Music Foundation was set up in 2012 to support projects across New Zealand that use music in healthcare, education, rehabilitation, volunteering and all areas of society to change the lives of those in need. They also provide vital support at times of hardship to members of the New Zealand music community. The 9th annual Winery Tour 2015 features Dave Dobbyn & Don McGlashan: Together in Concert, with Supergroove and Anika Moa, playing 11 shows nationwide from Matakana in the North to Waipara in the South.
NZ Music Foundation website

New release fanfare

We’ve received a note from our friends Bannerman, who are currently beavering away in Berlin. “Hi Bannerman friends.  We hope you’re all well and not too stressed out heading into Christmas craziness.  We’ve been busy here.  We had a small but satisfying European Tour in October and picked up support slots with The Magic Numbers and Anais Mitchell.  There are good things in store for the new year too.  Which brings us to this…Our 4th album is written and we’ll be looking to record early next year in a wooded location, a couple of hours north of Berlin.  Unfortunately the lack of money bags means we need your support.
We’ve started a crowdfunding campaign:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bannerman-4th-studio-album/x/9346072
Our goal is €6000 (around NZ$9500), which will pay for everything up to and including physical manufacturing.  We’re excited about the tunes and obviously we’re optimistic that the album will come together and be a stand out in the Bannerman catalogue. So if you guys are feeling charitable and curious, we would love you to select one of the many perks available on the campaign page or donate an amount of your choice…Over the next 5 weeks we’ll be rolling out a bunch of special updates in the hope of building anticipation towards Bannerman’s 4th.  So follow our progress on facebook and well….thank you. This is new to us and it means everything to be able to keep producing our music and getting it out to you all.  Enjoy your Christmas.  Be good to each other.  We’ll see you on the other side.”
https://www.facebook.com/bannermanmusic
http://bannermanmusic.com/
https://bannerman.bandcamp.com/

Parachute have sent us a pre-Christmas update from their new Kingsland basement office! “We’ve fired up the Bublé Christmas album and prepped the barbie. Our newest artist in development Ben Mollison is upstairs in the studio working on some demos (more from him next year), Ruby Frost’s new jam is on our stereo and some New Yorkers are tipping Airports as the next big thing. No surprises there.”

Marlon Williams has released the lead single from his debut solo album which is due for release in April 2015. It’s a song titled “Dark Child” and was written by Marlon’s close friend Tim Moore, and was recorded in Lyttelton with long time producer Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson). To complement this release, Williams has announced a four-date NZ tour with his 4-piece band The Yarra Benders, playing shows in Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. Hear the single on Cheese on Toast…

Aldous Harding shares the new music video for her song “No Peace At All”; it’s directed by Martin Sagadin. View it on Cheese on Toast. 

Andrew Keoghan: Better Company 
Andrew Keoghan’s new single Better Company is a breezy, synth-laden pop song, coated with lush strings and vocal harmonies.The video captures nature’s awe-inspiring power and beauty, conveying a strong love nature (a lot) sentiment. It was directed by Kris Moyes, known for his innovative music videos for Beck and Grizzly Bear. Better Company is the first song from Keoghan’s forthcoming album Every Orchid Offering, due for release in New Zealand, March 2015. Keoghan’s 2011 debut Arctic Tales Divide, was nominated for the Taite Prize and named The New Zealand Herald’s Top Local Album that year. His follow-up has been recorded in New York and Auckland and the first single points to a more electronic aesthetic.  Keoghan has further explored his fascination with unconventional love and unexpected encounters.
YouTube link
SoundCloud link

On the live front

Holy Santa Sacks, Flying OutFlying Nun & Arch Hill have decided to throw another annual Xmas Party! This year they have the stellar line up of Tiny Ruins – Grayson Gilmour – Yumi Zouma – Little Bark – Fazerdaze. To add to the festive vibe there will be two stages, a Record Fair, a live Flying Nun Trivia Quiz, Spot Prizes (vinyl, T-shirts, cool shit!) and DJs featuring local heroes.  7.30pm Saturday 20th of December The Kings Arms, Auckland. Tickets available from Under The Radar.

Southern Sinfonia presents: Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers 
Featuring: Opera star Anna LeeseGraeme Downes, Martin Phillipps, David Kilgour and Shayne Carter
International soprano Anna Leese will sing with Southern Sinfonia in the Dunedin Town Hall on 28 February 2015, 7.30pm. But this time, the repertoire will be quite different. Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers will bring Anna and the Sinfonia together to revisit more than 20 iconic Dunedin songs, many of them from the internationally-acclaimed period known as the “Dunedin Sound”. The Chills, The Clean, Straitjacket Fits, The Verlaines, The Bats, Look Blue Go Purple, The Puddle and The 3Ds are some of the bands whose songs will be included, underlining the ever-expanding strength of rock song-writing in the city since Flying Nun released The Clean’s Tally Ho in 1981. Songs chosen for the performance include Submarine Bells, She Speeds, Pink Frost, Getting Older, Randolph’s Going Home, Tally Ho, Southern Man, Point That Thing, The Love Of Ash Grey and I Don’t Want You Anyway . But there are some real surprises in the list too, best kept for the night. Fittingly, the concert will be conducted by versatile Dunedin musician Peter Adams who works many of Dunedin’s orchestras, choirs and brass bands.
www.southersinfonia.org

Oakley Grenell December/January NZ Tour
Oakley Grenell has recently released his 4th album, ‘The Deep’. For twelve years he’s been steadily releasing his projects under his own Central Records, heading up bands The Otautahi Allstars, Departure Lounge, The Eskimo Squad and his former production moniker OG. Now simply known as Oakley Grenell, his latest production effort sees him solidify his production style with his most confident but also his most personal album to date; and he’ll be showcasing it iaround New Zealand from December 24, where he kicks off the tour at the Dux Live in Christchurch.
See full tour schedule here…

Festivals we’ve heard about: There is a huge variety of New Year and summer festivals on the horizon; here are a few that sound like festival fun with a bit of a twist…

Prana: Aotearoa’s conscious & creative celebration of New Year
Your summer holiday for the whole family and whanau in a positive Conscious Community – providing a the kind of reset button your spirit yearns for; Prana is now in its 21st year, nestled in Opoutere, Coromandel. The music lineup is: Trinity Roots, dDub, Latinaotearoa with Jeniffer Zea, DJ Bobby Brazuka, Isaac Aesili and Dj Daniel Tamenpi from Brazil, Matiu Te Huki, Niko Na Zna, Radio Rebelde, Cornerstone Roots, Mihirangi, Blue Sapphire Electroswing Collective, Robert Koffie Fugah from Ghana, SambaTron, The Conscious Music Collective, Inki, Sunny Ray, Rhubarb, Christine White, Jo Fairclough, Santiago Rebagliati, Swan Sisters, Rod Redgrave, Karen Hunter, Dave Alley, Annie Keir, Premratna, G-Love, Ra Apanui, John Pencil & Sparrow Avery and many more…In addition, there’s a day zone operates in the middle of the day from 12-4pm as a dedicated acoustic music zone, facilitated by musician Karen Hunter. Across the 5 days there is also a wide array of transformational workshops hosted by renowned New Zealand and international speakers; and the delicious One World Cafe. And best of all, there’s a dedicated Kid’s Zone.
Read more from Eventfinder…

The first Reggae By The River was a huge hit in January and they are back this December with the cream of the New Zealand reggae roots scene to play a show in Taupo, featuring The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Sons of Zion and ManaLion. Gates will open at 4pm and the event is family-friendly with Under 12’s able to attend free of charge. Read more on Eventfinder…

The Britomart Beach Party, back from 2 sold out years, is bringing the beach back to Auckland this New Years Eve.  Grapevinyl and Britomart bring you the ultimate inner city Beach Party, without having to camp. Each venue is beach themed, with international and local music acts. The 14-hour party will have 4 tonnes of sand and 7+ music zones.  Venues are: Ruakai Lane, Britomart Country Club, Northern Steamship, 1885, Orleans, Racket, Nathan Club and Basement. The lineup includes The Freestylers (Uk), Sola Rosa (Soundsystem), DJ Tamenpi (Brazil), Jupiter Project, Janine & the Mixtape, Audited Beats (Canada), Latinaotearoa (live), Sweet Mix Kids (live), Manuel Bundy, Dan Aux and many more, with a live countdown performance from Taiko Drummers. Read more on Eventfinder…

Embark on an adventure of body, mind, and soul with Wanderlust Festival. These international festivals are all-out, ecstatic celebrations, bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, mixed up with top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs, and thrilling performers, weaving together an experience that surprises and delights. In 2015, Wanderlust will take place over three days from January 29 to February 1 in Taupo. Alongside respected yoga practitioners, you can catch performances from Xavier Rudd, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Nightmares on Wax, The Twoks and the yoga disco beats of DJ HyFi. Local support includes big names like Sola Rosa, DJ Spragga, Dick Johnson, Aroha, Anna Coddington and Esther Stephens to name a few.  Read more on Eventfinder…

Off The Radar 2015 Announces First Line-Up
After a successful first run earlier this year, music and arts festival Off The Radar is returning for a second round with an epic line-up for Waitangi weekend 2015 in Te Arai, just north of Auckland. The first announcement has revealed a mix bag of artists true to the ethos of the event, which takes its inspiration from Fusion Festival in Germany. Here are the performers so far…Alphabethead, Arcee, Logan Baker, Race Banyon, Craig Brocas, Bing, Curse Ov Dialect, Simon Darling, David Dinger, Delic Exodus, Die!Die!Die!, DJ A-Sides, Dubtext, Dyse, Eavesdrop, Fiord, Hide And Tallow, Zayn Kemp, Kerretta, Knights Of The Dub Table, David Mayer, Miss June, Monster Zoku Onsomb, Kate Moss, Nam Shub of Enki, Night Gaunts, David Quick, PCP Eagles, Pauli Piper, Pippin, Dale Rohan, Nico Stojan, Juan Tellez, Tourettes, Vernon x Bastian…and more to be announced.
Read more on Under the Radar (no relation!)

Around the World

The 20 Most Played Christmas Songs on (US) Radio

FiveThirtyEight‘s Walt Hickey has compiled a list of the most-played christmas songs on traditional radio.  To do this, Hickey looked at the most recently-played songs on iHeartMedia radio stations that only play holiday music this time of year.  Hickey looked at 8,000 songs from 70 radio stations.

The top 15 songs in this list account for almost exactly 50 percent of all songs on holiday radio. The top 53 songs account for 90 percent of all the songs.

1. Sleigh Ride
2. Winter Wonderland
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
6. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
8. Holly Jolly Christmas
9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
11. Frosty The Snowman
12. Last Christmas
13. Jingle Bell Rock
14. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
15. Santa Baby
16. Silver Bells
17. Carol Of The Bells
18. Happy Holidays
19. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
20. Jingle Bells 

Read more on Digital Music News…

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 11 December 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 16 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 3 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
3 1 5 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
4 4 22 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 6 6 The Territory The Eastern RoughPeel/Rhythm/DRM
6 7 5 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
7 13 54 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
8 8 166 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 9 77 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
10 15 269 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
11 10 45 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
12 12 22 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 11 26 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
14 14 28 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 - 191 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
16 - 65 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
17 17 8 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
18 - 9 Magnetics Sola Rosa Rhythm/DRM
19 - 1 Lethargic Caffeine The Sparrow Thieves DunedinMusic.Com
20 - 10 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 11 December 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 25 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 49 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 14 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 5 8 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 6 141 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 7 77 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
8 9 96 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
9 8 3 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
10 10 51 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 14 December 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 11 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 25 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 17 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 4 4 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
6 6 12 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
7 7 3 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
8 8 6 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
9 9 2 Something To Tell You Tom Lark LTPS
10 10 70 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3

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.
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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

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