IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to February 15: Cats creating copyright infringement?

The finalists for the 2015 Taite Music Prize have been announced – there is a great selection of top-notch albums for the judges to choose from. Read on to find out which albums have ben selected as contenders.

We were all shocked last week to hear about the truck accident that led to the cancellation of the Foo Fighters’ benefit show for the NZ Music Foundation. The main concern was for the welfare of the truck’s driver, and there was a great show of support from the Foo Fighters themselves – who dedicated ‘Big Me’ to the injured man at their Auckland show – promoters Frontier Touring, and fans and musicians from all around New Zealand. We wish the driver a full recovery.

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 12 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 25 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 31 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 4 175 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 7 62 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
5 11 6 iTunes Session Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 6 278 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 5 12 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
8 3 86 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 15 31 Science & Survival I Am Giant GiI Am Giant
10 - 15 Fight From The Inside Into The East YellowEye
11 17 54 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
12 12 74 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 - 70 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
14 14 35 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
15 20 37 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 - 2 Caramel Connan Mockasin Rhythm/DRM
17 - 178 Jah Rydem 1814 Ode/DRM gold x1
18 - 3 Dan Cosgrove EP Dan Cosgrove Quirky/DRM
19 - 58 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
20 - 3 Taku Mei Ao: Maori Songs For Children Nga Pihi Ode/DRM


The Taite Music Prize: unveiling the finalists

Independent Music NZ is very pleased to announce that the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2015 have now been confirmed.

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. The cash prize is kindly supplied by the Founding Partner Recorded Music NZ. The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studio Auckland and a year’s supply of Red Bull product.

This year’s ten finalists, from a lengthy list of 65 nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, are:
@peace – ‘@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony’ (Young, Gifted and Broke)
Aldous Harding – ‘Aldous Harding’ (Lyttleton Records/Flying Out)
Delaney Davidson – ‘Swim Down Low’ (Outside Inside)
Electric Wire Hustle – ‘Love Can Prevail’ (EWH Ltd. / Okayplayer Records)
Grayson Gilmour – ‘Infinite Life!’ (Flying Nun Records)
Jakob – ‘Sines’ (ShootThe Freak)
Kimbra – ‘The Golden Echo’ (Warner Brothers Records)
Tiny Ruins – ‘Brightly Painted One’ (Arch Hill Recordings/Spunk Records)
Mulholland – ‘Stop & Start Again’ (Mulholland)
Tami Neilson – ‘Dynamite!’ (Neilson Records)

The ten albums in contention for the 2015 prize includes a wellspring of fresh and experienced talent with Aldous Harding nominated for her self-titled debut album (Lyttelton Records/Flying Out) and Kimbra nominated for her sophomore album ‘The Golden Echo’ (Warner Bros). Tami Neilson delivers her third album ‘Dynamite’ (Neilson Records), and is a first time finalist.

Joining them as a 3rd time finalist (all in consecutive years) is @Peace for the album ‘@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony’ (Young, Gifted and Broke). Songwriter Tom Scott of @Peace, has also previously been shortlisted as part of the group Homebrew. Also returning as a finalist artist, for the second time, is Tiny Ruins with the album ‘Brightly Painted One’ (Arch Hill / Spunk).

Jakob have been on the NZ musical landscape since 1998 and the album ‘Sines’ (Shoot The Freak) is their fourth album – this is first time the Napier-based group have been a finalist in the Taite Music Prize. Grayson Gilmour is also a first time finalist, for his fourth album proper ‘Infinite Life!’ (Flying Nun Records) – his oeuvre contains multiple film soundtrack compositions, remixes and compiled material. Rounding out the first-time finalists for 2015 is Mulholland with ‘Stop and Start Again’ (Mulholland), which is Jol Mulholland’s sophomore solo effort, Electric Wire Hustle with their sophomore album ‘Love Can Prevail’ (EWH Ltd. / Okayplayer Records) and Delaney Davidson with his fifth solo album ‘Swim Down Low’ (Outside Inside). Delaney’s career has included at least four other collaborative albums, and he is also the producer for Tami Neilson’s ‘Dynamite!’ (Neilson Records) debut album.

Christy Whelan, chairperson of IMNZ says, “We are proud to celebrate artistic freedom of expression through the recognition of New Zealand’s great albums. This year’s finalists (and impressive list of nominees) for the Taite Music Prize show that creativity and diversity amongst the recording sector in New Zealand is thriving, and with everyone seeking the coveted award it is sure to be a great night.”

Damian Vaughan, CEO of Recorded Music NZ – Founding Partner of the Taite Music Prize said, “There were some fantastic New Zealand albums released in 2014, and this year’s Taite Music Prize finalists are a true reflection of the best local recordings.”

The overall award winner will be announced on Wednesday the 15th of April at an invitation-only event at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city. The ceremony will include live performances and the presentation of this year’s Independent Music NZ Classic Record award, acknowledging a defining NZ record from our yesteryear. Last year’s recipient was the ‘AK.79’ compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979).
The voting panel to determine the finalists was made up of a broad section of music media and industry specialists alongside all current members of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ).

There will be a second round of judging by a selected music panel to decide the overall winner. The judges will make their decision based entirely on the artistic merit of the album(s). Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision-making process.

The selected finalist music panel for 2015 is made up of the following persons:
Finalist Judging Panel for Taite Music Prize 2015
Pennie Black (Programme Director, 95bFM)
Greg Churchill (NZ DJ godfather)
Sarah Crowe (Assistant Music Manager, NZ On Air)
Marty Duda (13th Floor / Radio NZ)
Lucy Macrae (Promotions & PublicityManager, The Label)

Paul Mclaney (musician / NZ Music Commission board member)
Peter McLennan (writer / musician / IMNZ board member)
Henry Oliver (Freelance writer / North & South music columnist)
Julie Warmington (Freelance music publicist)
Natalie Wilson (Music Supervisor, The Other Side Music)
11th Man – John Taite (BBC America)

The Taite Music Prize 2015
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 Studio Auckland / 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)

Eight of the ten Taite Music Prize 2015 finalists are now available to listen to in this handy playlist on Spotify!

www.indies.co.nz

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 12 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 - 1 Last Ones Left Six60 Massive
3 3 8 So High Six60 Massive
4 4 34 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
5 2 5 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 5 58 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
7 6 23 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
8 7 150 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 9 105 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
10 8 86 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 15 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 5 So High Six60 Massive
3 2 20 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
4 5 2 Running Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
5 4 3 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 7 5 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
7 - 1 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
8 8 2 Water Underground Anthonie Tonnon Southbound
9 6 22 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
10 - 33 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1

International and Industry Action

Organisations, and Being Organised
On 28th March at a workshop will be held to help musicians and music teachers, at the Waipuna convention centre in Auckland. Guest speakers include Christy Whelan – chairman for Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), Matt Ealand – Auckland director of Smokefreerockquest and Tim Carson – head of music at Dilworth School and Website administrator for Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA). This great day of learning will provide an opportunity to find what organisations are there to help you, and also give leaders of music organisations the chance to meet each other. There is also a bonus session on time management and how to be productive without feeling overwhelmed. Limited seats available so email Ryan directly at ryansbuzz@hotmail.comto reserve your seats.

The New Zealand Music Foundation thanks supporters in wake of cancelled Foo Fighters benefit show
The New Zealand Music Foundation have expressed its hope for the speedy recovery of a truck driver whose rig rolled near Taihape , causing irreparable damage to vital equipment needed for Friday night’s Foo Fighters benefit concert at the Auckland Town Hall, resulting in its cancellation.

Thankfully the driver is expected to be ok.

The charity has received messages and support from the band and fans from NZ and around the world online, by email and phone and social media in the wake of news of the cancellation.
Chair of The New Zealand Music Foundation, Campbell Smith says: “There’s no doubt that the proceeds of the concert would have allowed the charity to considerably expand our work supporting music-based projects around the country that make a real difference to the lives of those in need in NZ. But we are grateful for the support of the Foo Fighters and will continue to do our best to realise Dave Grohl’s sincere belief that the world will be a better place if music is more a part of our daily lives.” 

The New Zealand Music Foundation receives no government support and relies on donations and memberships to support music-based projects and programmes around the country that change the lives of those in need and provide emergency assistance to people in the music industry experiencing illness, distress and hardship.

The New Zealand Music Foundation supports music-based projects in healthcare, education, rehabilitation, volunteering and many other areas in communities all over NZ, changing the lives of those in need through music. It also provides vital support at times of hardship to members of the NZ music community.
http://www.nzmusicfoundation.org.nz
https://twitter.com/NZMusicFound
https://www.facebook.com/nzmusicfoundation

Into the East are riding high on Artist Signal – they are currently at #2 and in the running for a prize of $10,000. ArtistSignal is a free social music platform allowing listeners to vote for a Top Artisteach month, who then receives $10,000. This allows listeners to propel talented artists to the top of our platform and gives artists an entirely new avenue to grow their fan base. Another $5,000 is split between all remaining artists based on the amount of votes they receive during the month (excluding the #1 artist). Voters can earn rewards directly from artists just by voting. 
https://artistsignal.com/intotheeast

UMO in NYC
If you’re in the US, The North Shore of Auckland’s finest international psych-pop star Ruban Neilson and band are heading to New York this summer. Book tickets, get earplugs, see the crazy.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra 
Friday 19 June, Doors 8.00pm
Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave, Williamsburg
Tickets here.

On the live front

Fly My Pretties wing it to Byron Bay
Fly My Pretties are preparing to hit the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest and have decided it’s time for a hometown warm up. This one off Wellington show at Wellington’s St James Theatre on Saturday March 21 will feature a 15 strong cast including Anna Coddington, LA Mitchell, Eva Prowse, Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Kara Gordon, Iraia Whakamoe, Mara TK, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson, Ryan Prebble, Samuel Flynn Scottand special guests. As Pretties prepare to crank it overseas, expect all round epic-ness with new songs and a selection of favourites, and a stunning visual backdrop…
Click here for tickets from Ticketek
In addition to their two Bluesfest performances, Fly My Pretties will perform a Melbourne show at 170 Russell on April 1 and their first ever Sydney show at the Metro Theatre on April 2.
Click here for tickets from 170 Russell
Fly My Pretties are also appearing at Bluesfest, Byron Bay Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April 2015.
For more details visit: bluesfesttouring.com.au

J Mascis supports announced
Cheers Bud (Joe Sampson from T54), Dux Live, Christchurch, Thurs Feb 26
Gussie (from Mermaidens), Bodega, Wellington, Fri Feb 27
Emily Edrosa (also from Street Chant), The Studio, K Rd, Auckland, Sat Feb 28
Kahu (aka Tristan ex-HDU), Chicks Hotel, Dunedin, Sun March 1.
Mascis will perform material from his solo albums and from the catalogue of the legendary Dinosaur Jr, plus every chance of a unique cover or two. The tour Down Under keeps up a busy and productive period for Mascis, including the release of acclaimed solo album Tied To A Star, solo and Dinosaur Jr tours, and even guesting with a reformed Nirvana in Brooklyn last year. Read more on Cheese on Toast…

Greg Johnson Presents Cocktail Club @ Q Theatre
Every now and then a perfect opportunity presents itself to see Greg Johnson play. After several years’ absence Greg Johnson takes the stage at Q Theatre with a two very special Cocktail Club shows, dubbed Greg Johnson – Cocktail Club remixed. Q Theatre’s loft space presents a perfect place for Greg to present the Cocktail Club, an intimate club setting for him to perform songs from his 10 albums, plus a preview of his new material. Greg and band will play with special guests for what is bound to be a Greg classic. Don’t miss these absolutely limited capacity shows. Book now at Q for Greg Johnson’s Cocktail Club – remixed.
Thurs 26 | Sat 28 March 2015
Tickets online at qtheatre.co.nz

In House: Songs & Conversations
Following the sold out success and standing ovations of 2014, APRA and the Q Theatre are again proud to present In House – Songs & ConversationsIn House 2015 brings together four of New Zealand’s most acclaimed songwriters in a unique and intimate setting, with all proceeds going to support The New Zealand Music Foundation. This year joining Don McGlashan are Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt), Anna Coddington and Jol Muholland, with performances that explore the stories behind the music that fuels our city and our lives. Much like a house concert, each artist will perform solo or with the acoustic backing of the others, responding to a series of ’starting points’: one of their own songs that the audience would expect, one they wouldn’t, a new song, and a cover that made them think about our city in a different way. This might be a song by an Aucklander, about Auckland, or just a song that made them see Auckland in a different light.
Q Theatre
305 Queen Street Auckland
Wednesday 14th April
Tickets on sale from the 5th March – www.qtheatre.co.nz/whats-on

New release fanfare

F.O.E
Move The Crowd Records present their first release for this year – the new single from Ashley Hughes (Kidz in Space/Ethical) called ‘F.O.E’ (Family Over Everything). 
http://youtu.be/j4OHGbbFurQ

Trinity Roots ~ Citizen
The Wellington-based Platinum-selling trio Trinity Roots follow up 2004’s Home, Land, and Sea with their highly anticipated third studio album Citizen. They have expanded their palette of colours and painted an informed snap-shot of present day NZ.  With the departure of Jean PompeyWarren Maxwell (vocals, guitar) and Rio Hemopo (bass) are joined by new drummer Ben Wood (Newtown Rocksteady, Hikoikoi Reserve, Amiria Grenell, French For Rabbits). Citizen will be released Friday March 13th, and the trio will celebrate with performances at the WOMAD festival in Taranaki, 13-15 March. The band released their first single “Haiku” an urgent chugging track in September 2014 and are strongly following that up with the release of ‘El Kaptain’ a bubbling analogy “reflecting the arrogant, fiscal heavy result of the last election. A selfish Captain of a gold laden vessel for the elite… Given ironic license by the apathetic villagers – a true tale of woe!”
Listen to the new single ‘El Kaptain’ here now 
Facebook www.facebook.com/trinityroots

Carb On Carb – ‘Not Cute, Anymore’
Carb On Carb have spun out their new single ‘Not Cute, Anymore’ on Mess and Noise ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album. Cute? Or perhaps not? You decide and to help, Flying Out also have copies of Carb On Carb in stock next week on CD and digital. So, stay looped. And also in from the Out, on Flying Out TV they chat with Josh and Charlie from Yumi Zouma and go to a gig (our own actually). Gathering intel on their collective vibe songwriting, cross dressing and how they cunningly fooled their own record label Cascine Records into signing them. Watch above or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest FOTV episodes.

Paper Cranes ‘Again & Again’
After the successful 2012 e.p. ‘Oh Love’and The Audience Wildcard grant win for their single ‘Little Darling’, Auckland folk/pop band Paper Cranes release their new single ‘Again & Again’ from the forthcoming album The Road Home‘Again & Again’ is a sunny, catchy, upbeat love song driven by syncopated acoustic guitars, rolling drums and uplifting vocal harmonies, inscribing elegant lyrics to memory Fraser Browne’s love of lyrical poetry and Naomi Browne’s Japanese heritage – plus some great musicians – makes for a band that weaves beautifully crafted stories into captivating peformances using diverse instrumentation (shakuhachi, ukelele, mandolin, ocarina, harmonica, accordion). Paper Cranes‘ album The Road Home is set for release on March 20th 2015 with a nation-wide tour planned in April.
http://papercranes.co.nz/

Around the World

No, that cat purring on YouTube isn’t infringing music copyright 
Hour-long track of cat purring triggers YouTube’s Content ID system, but it’s definitely not a feline cover version of Focus track
By Stuart Dredge of The Guardian

Cats and copyright infringement: two of the internet’s most popular pursuits … together at last! Except in this case, the copyright infringement has turned out to be a red herring.

The cause was an hour-long, audio-only YouTube video of a cat purring, uploaded in March 2014 by a user named Digihaven. With less than 3,000 views, it was very much in the long (furry) tail of Google’s online video service.

In 2015, though, it’s suddenly at the centre of a copyright row, after being flagged by YouTube’s Content ID system as possibly using a song called Focus, with its rights administered by music publisher EMI and collecting society PRS for Music. By “claiming” the video, those rights holders disabled Digihaven’s ability to make money from it through advertising, according to TorrentFreak.

Even though the revenues wouldn’t even have paid for a forkful of cat food, their response has been firstly to dispute the claim, and secondly to plaster an over-dramatic “LARGE RECORD COMPANIES WANT TO TAKE THIS VIDEO DOWN! DON’T LET THEM!” message on top of the clip.

That’s not strictly true – EMI and PRS aren’t record companies, and they didn’t take the video down – and the additional message encouraging viewers to “CLICK HERE: SUBSCRIBE TO SAVE THE CATS OF YOUTUBE!” hints at a mischievous hope of turning online outrage into an audience for future videos.

There are some serious issues bubbling away in the background here, though. How did the audio-fingerprinting software used by YouTube for Content ID mistake a cat purr for a musical composition, for a start.

But there’s also a long-running debate about how the Content ID system works when false copyright claims are filed, with suggestions that music rights holders can be too trigger-happy with their claims on occasion, and questions over whether Content ID does enough to combat bogus claims.

In truth, YouTube has improved on that score over the years, shaking up its appeals process to tilt it a bit more towards creators in 2012, for example. That’s the process that applied in Digihaven’s case, as they challenged the copyright claim, with EMI having already withdrawn it.

“When it’s brought to our attention that a video or channel has been claimed mistakenly, we work with the claimant to fix it,” a YouTube spokesperson told the Guardian, confirming that the issue had been corrected.

Digihaven’s cat is free to crack on with their career as a YouTuber. Although if they want to make it big, they might need an instrument.

Read more from TheGuardian.com

Photo courtesy of http://www.incrediblethings.com/

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 12 February 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 25 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 2 31 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 4 175 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 7 62 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
5 11 6 iTunes Session Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
6 6 278 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 5 12 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
8 3 86 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 15 31 Science & Survival I Am Giant GiI Am Giant
10 - 15 Fight From The Inside Into The East YellowEye
11 17 54 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
12 12 74 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 - 70 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
14 14 35 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
15 20 37 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 - 2 Caramel Connan Mockasin Rhythm/DRM
17 - 178 Jah Rydem 1814 Ode/DRM gold x1
18 - 3 Dan Cosgrove EP Dan Cosgrove Quirky/DRM
19 - 58 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
20 - 3 Taku Mei Ao: Maori Songs For Children Nga Pihi Ode/DRM

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 12 February 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 - 1 Last Ones Left Six60 Massive
3 3 8 So High Six60 Massive
4 4 34 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
5 2 5 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 5 58 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
7 6 23 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
8 7 150 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 9 105 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
10 8 86 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 15 February 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 5 So High Six60 Massive
3 2 20 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
4 5 2 Running Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
5 4 3 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 7 5 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
7 - 1 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
8 8 2 Water Underground Anthonie Tonnon Southbound
9 6 22 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
10 - 33 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1

Big news! The finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2015 are…

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The Taite Music Prize: unveiling the finalists

Independent Music NZ is very pleased to announce that the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2015 have now been confirmed.

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. Thewinner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by the Founding Partner Recorded Music NZ. The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studio Auckland and a year’s supply of Red Bull product.

 This year’s ten finalists, from a lengthy list of 65 nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, are:

@peace – ‘@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony’ (Young, Gifted and Broke)

Aldous Harding – ‘Aldous Harding’ (Lyttleton Records/Flying Out)

Delaney Davidson – ‘Swim Down Low’ (Outside Inside)

Electric Wire Hustle – ‘Love Can Prevail’ (EWH Ltd. / Okayplayer Records)

Grayson Gilmour – ‘Infinite Life!’ (Flying Nun Records)

Jakob – ‘Sines’ (ShootThe Freak)

Kimbra – ‘The Golden Echo’ (Warner Brothers Records)

Tiny Ruins – ‘Brightly Painted One’ (Arch Hill Recordings/Spunk Records)

Mulholland – ‘Stop & Start Again’ (Mulholland)

Tami Neilson – ‘Dynamite’ (Neilson Records)

The ten albums in contention for the 2015 prize includes a wellspring of fresh and experienced talent with Aldous Harding nominated for her self-titled debut album (Lyttelton Records/Flying Out) and Kimbra nominated for her sophomore album ‘The Golden Echo’ (Warner Bros). Tami Neilson delivers her third album ‘Dynamite’ (Neilson Records), and is a first time finalist. Joining them as a 3rd time finalist (all in consecutive years) is @Peace for the album ‘@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony’ (Young, Gifted and Broke). Songwriter Tom Scott of @Peace, has also previously been shortlisted as part of the group Homebrew. Also returning as a finalist artist, for the second time, is Tiny Ruins with the album ‘Brightly Painted One’ (Arch Hill / Spunk). Jakob have been on the NZ musical landscape since 1998 and the album ‘Sines’ (Shoot The Freak) is their fourth album – this is first time the Napier-based group have been a finalist in the Taite Music Prize. Grayson Gilmour is also a first time finalist, for his fourth album proper ‘Infinite Life!’ (Flying Nun Records) – his oeuvre contains multiple film soundtrack compositions, remixes and compiled material. Rounding out the first-time finalists for 2015 is Mulholland with ‘Stop and Start Again’ (Mulholland), which is Jol Mulholland’s sophomore solo effort, Electric Wire Hustle with their sophomore album ‘Love Can Prevail’ (EWH Ltd. / Okayplayer Records) and Delaney Davidson with his fifth solo album ‘Swim Down Low’ (Outside Inside). Delaney’s career has included at least four other collaborative albums, and he is also the producer for Tami Neilson’s ‘Dynamite’ (Neilson Records) debut album.

Christy Whelan, chairperson of IMNZ says, “We are proud to celebrate artistic freedom of expression through the recognition of New Zealand’s great albums. This year’s finalists (and impressive list of nominees) for the Taite Music Prize show that creativity and diversity amongst the recording sector in New Zealand is thriving, and with everyone seeking the coveted award it is sure to be a great night.”

Damian Vaughan, CEO of Recorded Music NZ – Founding Partner of the Taite Music Prize said, “There were some fantastic New Zealand albums released in 2014, and this year’s Taite Music Prize finalists are a true reflection of the best local recordings.”

The overall award winner will be announced on Wednesday the 15th of April at an invitation-only event at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city. The ceremony will include live performances and the presentation of this year’s Independent Music NZ Classic Record award, acknowledging a defining NZ record from our yesteryear. Last year’s recipient was the ‘AK.79’ compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979).

The voting panel to determine the finalists was made up of a broad section of music media and industry specialists alongside all current members of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ).

There will be a second round of judging by a selected music panel to decide the overall winner. The judges will make their decision based entirely on the artistic merit of the album(s). Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision-making process.

The selected finalist music panel for 2015 is made up of the following persons:

Finalist Judging Panel for Taite Music Prize 2015

Pennie Black (Programme Director, 95bFM)

Greg Churchill (NZ DJ godfather)

Sarah Crowe (Assistant Music Manager, NZ On Air)

Marty Duda (13th Floor / Radio NZ)

Lucy Macrae (Promotions & PublicityManager, The Label)

Paul McLaney (musician / Board member NZ Music Commission)

Peter McLennan (writer / musician / IMNZ board member)

Henry Oliver (Freelance writer / North & South music columnist)

Julie Warmington (Freelance music publicist)

Natalie Wilson (Music Supervisor, The Other Side Music)

11th Man – John Taite (BBC America)

 

The Taite Music Prize 2015

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 Studio Auckland / 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 February 5: Zane Lowe’s big move

A raft of Awards have opened up for nominations this week: the Music Managers’  Forum Awards, the Pacific Music Awards 2015 and the 2015 Country Music Awards are all open for entries. SOUNZ are also nearing a deadline to receive new scores from New Zealand composers.

On the international front, high-flying broadcaster Zane Lowe (he’s a Kiwi, don’t you know) has some very big news for his fans.

Week To Thursday, 5 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 24 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 4 30 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 10 85 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 6 174 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 7 11 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
6 17 277 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 5 61 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
8 - 1 Moving On: Live At Quicksand Studios Katie Thompson Quirky/DRM
9 - 66 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
10 - 79 Home Brew Home Brew YG&B/FMG gold x1
11 - 5 iTunes Session Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
12 13 73 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 20 198 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
14 8 34 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
15 14 30 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
16 - 2 Let Me Take You Down… Under Various Ode/DRM
17 18 53 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
18 - 11 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
19 16 13 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
20 11 36 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill


Stephen King from Media Arts Lawyers in New Zealand this week

If you’d like to get some legal advice from a lawyer with international experience, Stephen King from Media Arts Lawyers (Australia) will be in Auckland from this Thursday February 18th to Saturday February 20th – and he’ll be available for meetings, free of charge. You can email nz@mediaartslawyers.com to set up a meeting.

Media Arts Lawyers have offices in Melbourne, Sydney – and now Auckland. They’ve just set up their new space in Kingsland.
T +64 9 378 9638
F +61 3 9329 6507

Their core business developed within the music industry, so they can assist with everything from basic advice to deal negotiation to drafting agreements to dispute resolution. Their clients include musicians, bands, songwriters, composers, producers, festivals, agents, managers, labels, publishers, distributors and content providers; and they have firm links to international law firms.
www.mediaartslawyers.com/

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 5 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 14 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 6 4 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
3 2 7 So High Six60 Massive
4 3 33 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 5 57 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 4 22 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
7 7 149 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 8 85 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
9 9 104 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
10 10 16 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM

Week To Sunday, 8 February 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 14 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
2 2 19 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 4 4 So High Six60 Massive
4 3 2 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
5 - 1 Running Anika Moa Diamond&Kowhai/Rhythm/DRM
6 7 21 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 9 4 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
8 - 1 Water Underground Anthonie Tonnon Southbound
9 10 2 So What Ty Empire
10 5 25 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant

International and Industry Action

A high note from NZ On Air
2014 ended on a high note for NZ music on radio. The last airplay chart for the year posted 19.80% New Zealand music – the best end-of-year figure for four years. Meanwhile, Six60 top the airplay charts at the moment with their Making Tracks-funded song, Special, and Alt Radio is playing 43% New Zealand music.  Read more…  

Aroha Quartet-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings Project 2015 In association with CANZ and CMNZ: Call For Scores
The inaugural Aroha Quartet-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings Project 2015 calls for scores for string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello) by New Zealand composers. This is a new collaborative project between SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, the Aroha Quartet, Radio New Zealand Concert (RNZ Concert), the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ). As a result of this initiative, 80 minutes of previously unrecorded string quartets by New Zealand composers will be made available for free online streaming through partner websites.  The project is open to all New Zealand composers (composers must be New Zealand born, resident or hold New Zealand citizenship).Submissions should be sent as a pdf to info@sounz.org.nz no later than 20 February 2015. Read more from SOUNZ.

Awards nominations now open:

Nominations are open for the 2015 Country Awards.
Entry for Best Country Music Album 2015 is open to NZ Country Musicians with recordings released between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. Entries must be submitted to Recorded Music NZ before 5pm on Wednesday 4 March. To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry please follow the link to the nominations site here. When you are ready to make a nomination, please contact Sarah Leota by email, or phone 09 361 6871, to obtain a password to access the online forms. The winner/s will be announced and the Tui trophy presented at the Country Music Awards in Gore on the evening of Saturday 23 May, 2014. Entries for the APRA Best Country Music Song 2015 are also now open. For details and to submit a nomination contact countrymusic@apra.co.nzRead more from Recorded Music New Zealand…

The New Zealand Music Managers Forum in association with NZ Music Commission and Recorded Music NZ are proud to present the 2015 Music Managers Awards
Nominations are now open for the MMF Music Managers Awards, celebrating behind the scenes superstars of the New Zealand music industry.  The managers who help some of New Zealand’s favourite artists and bands achieve fantastic results both at home and internationally.
The following categories are now open for nomination:
•       Manager of the Year
•       International Achievement
•       Best Independent Tour
•       Best Small Venue
•       Best Large Venue
•       Self-Managed Artist of the Year
•       Breakthrough Manager
•       Industry Champion
The New Zealand MMF is a community of music professionals who offer networking opportunities, mentoring and career development to New Zealand music managers.  The ultimate aim of the MMF is to improve music managers’ capacity to support the careers of the artists they represent.
Click here to nominate a manager; the entry guidelines and category definitions can be viewed here. Anyone can nominate managers they believe are worthy of recognition for their hard work.

Entries for the 2015 Pacific Music Awards are due by Monday 16 February! (TODAY)
The Pacific Music Awards Trust happily confirms, that entries for the 2015 Pacific Music Awards are now open.  Entries are due by Monday 16 February – and all entries need to be submitted via
The 2015 Pacific Music Awards will be held on Saturday 13 June, at the Vodafone Events Centre. To access the online entry system, you will require a link and password – please email info@pacificmusicawards.org.nz and these details and further information will be provided to you.

On the live front

I Am Giant announce Homegrown warm up show – Auckland
Hot off the back of a blistering summer tour with ShihadThe Datsuns and Cairo Knife Fight, I Am Giant will be playing a special intimate Homegrown warm up gig at the Kings Arms in Auckland on Saturday February 28th. This will be the first chance for Auckland-based I Am Giant fans to meet the band’s new lead singer, Ryan Redman, up close and personal before they head to play the Rock stage at Homegrown in Wellington on March 7th. The band will be playing a mix of new and old material, including new single Russian Doll and hits from their critically acclaimed second album ‘Science and Survival’, along with old favourites from their Gold debut ‘The Horrifying Truth’. 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for London-based I Am Giant who have secured a deal with FOX Sports in the USA and will be featured in the live broadcasts across multiple codes, including the 2015 NASCAR season and 2015 USA NFL season, with their single Transmission. The synch deal comes as the latest in a string of overseas successes, having reached number 12 in the USA CMJ Hard Rock airplay charts, played festivals across Europe in 2014 and another tour of Germany and UK in April. With only two New Zealand shows left before the band head back to the northern hemisphere, these shows are not to be missed!! Read more from the Music Managers Forum

The 19th Newtown Festival is fast approaching.
The Newtown Festival Street Fair on Sunday March 8th is the main event, including 12 stages, and over 80 performance acts of up and coming music from Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. The Street Fair is one of NZ’s largest markets, with 380 stalls sprawling over 11 urban blocks. Newtown Festival Programme Coordinator James Coyle is very excited about the music across the stages. “..there are going to be some special one off performances this year..” The Mainstreet Stage on Riddiford St has a world music theme in 2015, “.. music from all corners of the world, South America, Indonesia, Africa, Israel, Eastern Europe & Vanuatu.” You can click here to download your own PDF of the festival program and the fair day timetable.
Here’s a small selection of the acts performing…
The Nudge, The Courtneys, Sheep Dog & Wolf, French For Rabbits, Mermaidens, The Golden Awesome, Ha The Unclear, Eb & Sparrow, Delaney Davidson, King Kapisi, Name UL, Team Dynamite, Brannigan Kaa, Handmade Records, The All Seeing Hand, Disasteradio, Race Banyon, Sign Of The Hag, Drinking and Dancing Society.

New release fanfare

Ha the Unclear – Kosmonavt
After a string of successful singles on the student radio network (Secret Lives of Furniture, Apostate, Growing Mould), selection for BBC’s Introducing, premiere of a home-shot lyric video for Secret Lives of Furniture on US website Entertainment Weekly, and the release of the album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go, Ha the Unclear are pleased to announce the impending arrival of their new music video for the single Kosmonavt. Due for release Wednesday 18th Feb, the video was produced by Fluke Creative and made with help from NZ On Air. Filmed on location at Auckland’s Karekare Beach, the video features an astronaut who has crash-landed on a foreign beach only to find strange drones crafting the landscape. The shots draw from the lyrical themes of the song, humanity’s relentlessly futile attempts to search for and reinterpret meaning. About to be released under homespun label Woollen Records, listen to the track here. To celebrate the release of the video Ha the Unclear are playing shows around the country throughout March in Auckland, Wellington, Whanganui, Christchurch and Dunedin. We’ll keep you posted as soon as the video is up for viewing. View dates for the Kosmonavt Tour here.

Mel Parsons ‘Far Away’ 
First performed (and well received) on the road with ‘Fly My Pretties’ on the Homeland Tour, Mel Parsons has recorded a studio version of the catchy track and audience favourite ‘Far Away’, which is the first single from her forthcoming 3rd album, due in April 2015. Parsons penned the track after seeing Mark Knopfler in concert in Germany, 2013. “I was on a solo tour across Germany” she recalls. “It was my only day off in about 3 weeks. I got on the train for 8 hours to see a man whose music I have loved my whole life. It blew my mind”. Recorded at The Surgery in Wellington with Lee Prebble (Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds), Mel and co-Producer Gerry Paul called in 15 power-house singers from the Wellington music community and assembled a choir to add depth to the choruses, and the track features Craig Terris (Bunnies on Ponies) on drums, Aaron Stewart on bass, and Auckland session favourite Neil Watson (Anika Moa, Neil Finn) on pedal steel. Since her last release in 2012, Parsons has been on the road and living out of a suitcase with tours and festival performances through Australia, Germany, UK, Ireland and North America, along with countless NZ shows. www.melparsons.com 

Introducing Claudia Jardine….the latest edition to the Southern Collective stable
Christchurch-born solo artist Claudia Jardine has continued to shine since relocating to Wellington in early 2014. Already securing house-band shows at popular CBD venue Concrete and well-known supporter of singer/songwriters, Courtenay Place bar The Welsh Dragon, Claudia has grown her fan base considerably and can now count two major NZ cities as power bases.  Amongst her achievements so far are these: Smokefree Rockquest 2011 – First at Regionals (solo), Regional Women’s Musicianship Award; 2012 – Second at Regionals (solo), Regional Women’s Musicianship Award, National APRA Lyric Award; 2013 – First at Regionals (band – lead vocals), Regional APRA Lyric Award; 2014 – National Battle Of The Bands Grand finalist, won the Songwriters award. She also won the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Auckland in 2013.  Thanks to PledgeMe Claudia will be recording two singles and an EP this year. Help her along on PledgeMe.

New From Flying Nun and Flying Out
Announced: The Stones’ – Three Blind Mice
Flying Nun has just revealed this compilation featuring the all The Stones’ recorded output including tracks from the Dunedin Double, their 1983 EP Another Disc Another Dollar, plus previously unreleased live recordings. Throw in the fact it was curated by the Dead C’s Bruce Russell, has liner notes from fellow Dunedin-dude Shayne Carter, and was designed by Alec Bathgate – why wouldn’t you be locking in your pre-orders now?

In Stock: Proton Beast – Digitizer
Auckland’s Proton Beast’s new LP Digitizersees the lads move from post-hardcore towards something they call “disco doom”. Dark distortion, digitalised vocal work and Donna? We can dig it. And it’s in stock right now.

FOTVO4 Mermaidens – Live, Interview + New Track
Wellingtonian psych-pop trio Mermaidens are the topic of this weeks’ episode of Flying Out TV. Catch the interivew with Gussie, Abe and Lily, plus some sweet live footage from their recent show at the Kings Arms. On a related note, did you know can grab digital copies of their most excellent EPs Bones and O from the Flying Out store?  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to Flying Out TV YouTube channel for weekly episodes!

Preorder: Yumi Zouma – EP II 10″
Synth pop glorious-ness rains down upon us in the form of Yumi Zouma’s very much anticipated EP II - arriving in what FO personally deem to be the supreme physical format, the 10″. Only 200 copies of the EP are going to be available outside of the US (and we have box of them), so you had better get in sharpish. And, it’s translucent blue. My goodness.

Around the World

Zane Lowe to leave BBC Radio 1 for Apple 
By Vanessa Thorpe – The Guardian

Photograph: Joe Pepler/Rex

Zane Lowe, the BBC Radio 1 DJ , is leaving the network for Apple’s new iTunes radio service.

New Zealander Lowe, credited with helping to make the name of British music stars such asArctic Monkeys, Adele and Ed Sheeran, is moving to America with his wife and two sons to work at Apple. His final show in the prestigious evening slot will go out on 5 March.

Lowe, who joined the station from XFM in 2003, said: “I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship.

“The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.”

He will be replaced by Annie Mac, who currently presents the Friday evening dance music show. She takes up Lowe’s role in addition to her own show, but is stepping down from her Sunday evening late night stint.
Lowe began his music career in London with a job at the Record and Tape Exchange in Notting Hill before he was asked to appear on an MTV show. He went on to take a permanent position with the show, Gonzo.

Already popular in America and Australia, iTunes Radio is the Apple service designed to allow listeners to set up and customise their own live stream of music, tailored to their likes and dislikes.

Ben Cooper, controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “Annie has proven she is a great ambassador for new music, and I’m delighted that she’s bringing her passion and knowledge to young audiences across the week.
“I’d like to thank Zane for 12 wonderful years at Radio 1, and wish him and his family all the very best.”

The Apple service is free, although there are advertisements. Listeners with an iTunes Match account can listen to their music ad-free. In the US, iTunes Radio’s success has been described as underwhelming, but it is claimed it is already bigger than the free download music service Spotify.

Read more from The Guardian

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 5 February 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 24 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 4 30 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 10 85 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 6 174 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 7 11 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
6 17 277 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 5 61 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
8 - 1 Moving On: Live At Quicksand Studios Katie Thompson Quirky/DRM
9 - 66 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
10 - 79 Home Brew Home Brew YG&B/FMG gold x1
11 - 5 iTunes Session Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
12 13 73 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 20 198 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
14 8 34 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
15 14 30 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
16 - 2 Let Me Take You Down… Under Various Ode/DRM
17 18 53 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
18 - 11 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
19 16 13 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
20 11 36 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill

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