IMNZ Charts to April 10: Lorde wins 2014 Taite Music Prize – and shares her winnings

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Lorde wins the 2014 Taite Music Prize

The winner of the 2014 Taite Music Prize was revealed last night at Galatos Live in Auckland – Lorde received the award for her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’. She was in the US so unable to be at the awards, but she sent a lovely video acceptance speech – in which she graciously offered to divide her $10,000 cash prize and accompanying studio time amongst the 7 other finalists. Read on for more about the evening; which also included the presentation of the IMNZ Classic Independent Record award, and a great performance by last year’s Taite recipient, SJD.

Looking to Easter weekend, there are plenty of musical diversions on – including 2 different jazz festivals – and of course it’s Record Store Day this Saturday April 19th – check our listings to see what’s happening at your local. Plus there are some very eclectic new releases.

And we explore Cooking with Kelis…

Week To Thursday, 10 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 3 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 - 1 Pigalle Flip Grater Rhythm/DRM
3 2 10 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
4 17 11 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
5 5 19 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 7 131 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
7 10 30 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
8 6 42 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 13 9 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
10 11 4 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
11 18 236 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
12 14 34 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 12 9 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
14 16 45 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
15 15 25 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 - 30 Automatic Ladi6 Question
17 20 73 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1
18 4 3 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker LouisBaker/Rhythm/DRM
19 19 49 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 - 70 Light Years Kora Rhythm/DRM gold x1

The Taite Music Prize: Announcing this year’s winner, and the Independent Music NZ Classic Record recipient

The winner of the 5th annual Taite Music Prize 2013 is Lorde for her album ‘Pure Heroine’ released on Universal Music New Zealand.

Grant Smithies, one the 2014 judging panel said: “..this was the year when a diverse bunch of grizzled music industry veterans/ writers/ record snobs chose a smart, challenging and original underground pop LP as the best record made here in the last 12 months. Lorde’s LP was a rare example of an underground pop record being so damn good, it went mainstream, not just here, but worldwide.”

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this was the fifth year for the prestigious award. The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. Lorde wins a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as she wishes. The Taite Music Prize is organised by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), and Recorded Music New Zealand kindly supplies the cash prize. The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull product, alongside a KiwiFM marketing campaign.

The award winner was announced at an invitation-only event attended by around 300 people at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city. SJD, winner of last year’s Taite Music Prize, performed a live set for the gathered guests. The event was live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online.

The panel to determine the finalists was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists. The finalist judges made their decision based entirely on the artistic merit on the album. Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process.

Also presented at the ceremony was the Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and that also define who we are. This year’s panel have given the nod in 2014 to the ‘AK.79’ compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award was presented by Kerry Buchanan (The Terrorways) and accepted by Ripper Records head Bryan Staff.

When speaking about the recognition, Bryan Staff said: “That’s fantastic! Dylan Taite was a friend whom I respected so this is a great honour.”

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by:
Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)
Official Partners:
Recorded Music NZ / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines
Media Partners:
NZ Herald Online / Juice TV / KiwiFM

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

*Photos by Jason Hailes

www.indies.co.nz

Week To Thursday, 10 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 10 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 2 14 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 25 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 4 6 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 5 33 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 10 43 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
7 8 130 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 - 2 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
9 7 5 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
10 6 2 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant


Record Store Day – Aotearoa roundup

This Saturday April 19th
Our friends at DubDotDash have kindly done a roundup of Records Store Day activity across the country – so, with many thanks to them, most of this information is courtesy of the blog, with a few new announcements included.

Southbound Records at 69 Mt Eden Rd have over 100 local and international Record Store Day releases available, plus 50% off all secondhand vinyl.Live in-store performances from Delaney Davidson and Tami Nielson. There will also be free coffee and homemade baking on offer, plus free eco music bags with purchases. Here’s a list of RSD exclusives they’ve got in stock so far…

Real Groovy on Queen St has a bunch of exclusive Record Store Day vinyl they are releasing, plus live performances from Phoenix Foundation (2pm) and Spelling Mistakes (4pm), and DJs all day. DJ/performance schedule is here.

Conch Records at 115A Ponsonby Rd will also be getting involved with RSD special releases and goodies. They have a live instore PA from She’s So Rad, and also a huge collection of rare secondhand dance vinyl going out on the shelves (pulled from the collections of Clinton Smiley and Nick D).

My Generation over in Browns Bay will be taking part, with RSD specials.

Marbecks in Queens Arcade has 25% off all vinyl for RSD.

Alien Records in New Lynn will be showcasing their massive vinyl spread – and they’ll also have a table in QEII Square downtown when Gold Medal Famous perform their pop-up show at 12.30pm on Saturday.

My Generation in Browns Bay also have an instore tattooist.

Down in Wellington, Slowboat Records has a live instores from Louis Baker, Julia Deans, and Dave Dobbyn.

Rough Peel Music (RPM) has the Mantarays live instore plus The Spotlight Kid, Dangerzone and Hells, Ants on 78, Lo Fi Sherriff, Mayhem Sound, Cory Champion and Omega B, with an evening show at Laundry.

Death Ray Records have live mueic from 2pm, with Tom Watson, Tuatara (Ryan Prebble/Ben James), and Aldous Harding, plus DJs. Live Music from 2pm

New Plymouth’s Vinyl Countdown has exclusive RSD special releases, records spinning all day outside the store thanks to at least 25 of our VINYL CLUB regulars, special in-store and website deals, free giveaways, a sausage sizzle with proceeds going to charity, and a prize draw at the end of the day for everyone who has made a purchase on the day. And we’ll publish the Vinyl Countdown video that has been made especially for Record Store Day.

Napier – Just For The Record

Nelson – Everyman Records – Special releases- first in first served:
Scavengers, Scavengers
La De Das, La De Das
Spelling Mistakes, Feels So Good

Christchurch – Pennylane Records,

Galaxy Records X-Ray Charles Live Instore!!!
Rare & Collectable Vinyl from the Vaults!!!

Dunedin – Relics Music has Kahu and Paul Cathro live instore at 5pm. 14% sales instore all day.

Local vinyl also out for Record Store Day: VARIOUS: DUNEDIN DOUBLE - The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones, The Verlaines (Flying Nun) 2 x 12″ EP
BORED GAMES - Who Killed Colonel Mustard (Flying Nun) 12″ EP
AND this gem: SUBURBAN REPTILES Saturday Night Stay At Home 7″. A limited gold vinyl edition will be available to the first 20 buyers in-store at Real Groovy with a bonus colour photo print signed by photographer Paul Hartigan of the band in action.
dubdotdash.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/record-store-day-in-ak.html

Week To Sunday, 13 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
2 2 5 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 3 14 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 6 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 4 25 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 7 3 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
7 - 29 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
8 - 67 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 8 3 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
10 5 4 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire

International and Industry Action

Finalists Announced for the 2014 Music Managers Awards
The MMF New Zealand, Recorded Music New Zealand and the New Zealand Music Commission are proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 Music Managers Awards. It is an event managers and other industry guests look forward to each year, and this year the MMF Music Managers Awards is to be held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday May 14.

New Zealand music managers today work tirelessly for the love of their band and are far more than a manager of affairs; they’re a booking agent, record company, travel agent, merchandise seller, driver, counselor and at times even a wardrobe assistant. The MMF Music Managers Awards recognise the blood sweat and tears of those working frantically behind the scenes of New Zealand’s most popular acts.

So without further adieu finalists for the 2014 Music Managers Awards are;

Manager of the Year
Ashley Page – Joel Little / Broods
Rebecca Caughey – Shapeshifter / Ladi6
Scott Maclachlan – Lorde / Sol3 Mio
Teresa Patterson – Six60 / Iva Lamkum / PleasePlease / I Am Giant

International Achievement
Andy Murnane – Aaradhna / Savage
Ashley Page – Joel Little / Broods
Scott Maclachlan – Lorde / Sol3 Mio
Teresa Patterson – Six60

Breakthrough Manager
Dean Lawton – Sons Of Zion
Elizabeth Woollacott – Horomona Horo / Waiora
Natalia Sheppard – Tali
Vanessa McGowan – Tattletale Saints

Best Independent Tour
Dean Lawton – Sons Of Zion ‘Two Drop Summer Tour’
James Southgate – Blacklistt Album Tour
Scott Grafton – Batucada Sound Machine – 2014 B2kada European Tour
Teresa Patterson – Six60 March/April NZ tour 2013 & I Am Giant Razor Wire single release tour Jan/Feb 2014

Self-Managed Artist of the Year
Awanui Reeder – Awa
Daniel McBride – Sheep Dog & Wolf
Mel Parsons – Mel Parsons
Vanessa McGowan – Tattletale Saints

Lorraine Owen from MMF says, “New Zealand music is continuing to shine both locally and on the international stage. The list of finalists this year goes to show how far our talent and their managers have come over the past 12 months, and we are proud to say New Zealand managers – MMF members or not – are amongst the best in the world”.

A massive thanks to our sponsors – for without who these awards would not be possible. Some of 2014’s amazing prizes include:

  • Advertising campaigns with Groove Guide, New Zealand Musician, 95bFM, Kiwi FM, Eventfinder and Phantom Billstickers
  • Production hire from The Production Company
  • Spotify subscriptions
  • Shoes from Converse
  • A professional photo shoot from Alexander Hallag
  • CD Manufacturing run from Stebbing Recording Centre
  • One Day Recording at The Lab Recording Studios

http://www.mmf.co.nz/

On the live front

Gold Medal Famous are bringing their utterly unique performance style, plus their new EP ‘Free Body Culture’, to Auckland as a special Easter treat this weekend. Their whirlwind upper-North Island tour includes a headlining performance at UFO with the following musical gems: The Buster Wilson Experience; Vornsolo, including material from his brand new album ‘More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse’; and Chris Heazelwood and Sean O’Reilly. GMF are also doing a pop-up show in QEII Square at 12.30 in the afternoon on Saturday 19th; then playing the Borderlinefestival on the 19th and Tauranga’s Jizzfest on Sunday 20th.

The National Jazz Festival returns to Tauranga for the 52nd year this Easter, featuring five fantastic, jazz-packed days of live music. With an outstanding lineup of Kiwi and International acts, including: Jackie Ryan (US), Midge Marsden, Sisters of Swing, George Washingmachine (AUS), Miho Wada, Adam Page, NZ Jazz Awards, Jezebel of Jazz, plus… Swing into Dixie, Tauranga Big Band, Auckland Jazz Orchestra, House of Jazz ‘n’ Blues, Hurricane Party (feat. Recloose) and more… And once again, the festival is hosting the Tui Award for Best Jazz Album. The 2014 finalists are:

  • Reuben Bradley for his album Mantis
  • Phil Broadhurst for his album Flaubert’s Dance
  • Nathan Haines for his album Vermillion Skies
    http://www.jazz.org.nz/

This Easter the Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival serves up an all-star line-up of talent across four all-weather venues. Over 100 musicians will perform over the 3 days. Buy tickets at www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz. The Festival kicks off on Good Friday with the ever popular “Good Friday Groove” – an all-day family-friendly event held at a Rangihoua Estate – this year featuring The Phoenix Foundation, Five Mile Town, BlackSandDiva, Jan Hellreigel and Jesse Sheehan. The Evening Concert Series on Friday and Saturday evenings this year features a double bill of headline acts at each venue, including Sola Rosa, The Eastern, George Washingmachine & “Feel the Manouche” (Australia), the Wellington City Shake-Em-On-Downers, the Nairobi Trio and guests, Sal Valentine and the Baby Shakes (a 10 piece high energy swing outfit) and Cousin Alice (UK). The late night Supper Club – only at Easter on Waiheke is there the chance to enjoy this late night club environment – specifically designed to cater to the festival faithful. On Friday BlackSandDivaand on Saturday Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes begin each session by creating an up-market soulful swinging dance environment – this is followed by cutting edge Jazz into the wee small hours from Germanys’Solid Brew and new-comers In Transit. The Grand Finale concert on Sunday evening showcases the huge variety of entertainment presented over the weekend, rounding off another great Easter Jazz Festival on Waiheke Island. Door sales only for this event – so get there early to avoid disappointment! Read more…

The first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival is on next Saturday April 26th. Designed as a one day outdoor event, it features quality acts from overseas and New Zealand: Doobie Brothers, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Fly My Pretties, The Black Seeds, The Johnnys andKing Leo. Gates open at 11 am with first act kicking off at 12 midday. You will have the opportunity to sample your favourite food from the market stalls along with beer and wine from Blues & Roots bars. What better way to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere than with family and friends at the picturesque Queenstown Event Centre and the surrounds of the Wakatipu Basin, get on board for this special day! Ticket details.

Born out of the studios that were situated on Great North Road, Arch Hill Recordings will celebrate its’ crystal anniversary on the May 30. Since its’ inception Arch Hill’s catalog has grown to over 50 albums and EPs, so to celebrate 15 years of hard work Ben Howe is putting on a two stage shindig at The Kings Arms, Auckland. Featuring the likes of Don McGlashan, Doprah, Ghost Wave, Street Chant, Surf City, Tiny Ruins, Transistors, guest DJs, there is also a record fair and more surprises to be announced. Tickets are available now from undertheradar.co.nz, with the first 100 only $10!!

New release fanfare

Seventy One Sunset are a four piece rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Drawing from collective influences ranging from classic rock through alt/indie, experimental, grunge and metal, 71 Sunset have created a unique sound in the often cliché realm of modern rock. Epic hooks, thundering rhythms and an underlying air of surrealism provide the foundations of their creative power. With an eclectic variety of topics, ranging from the day to day human condition through to deeply philosophical meanderings, their songs will make you sit up, listen and think! The Band’s hard working professional attitude has earned them great support in NZ, with their debut single ‘Mule’ featured on ‘Off the Record’ segment on the ‘Rock FM’, and you may heave seen them supporting I Am Giant and These Four Walls.Facebook page

Atoll Records presents ‘Voice of the Soul’ by 16 singers from Voices NZ Chamber Choir with musical director Karen Grylls. Voice of the Soul is a metaphor for a journey of traditions, storytelling and passionate music of the senses. For the listener, this CD experience is rather like walking around a gallery, where the exhibits are musical rather than visual. The voices of the instruments seduce us into the world of each new piece and fill us with expectation. Powerful taonga pūoro is provided by Horomona Horo.Read more…

‘Naga’ is a new album of contemporary compositions for the New Zealand School of Music gamelan orchestras, Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya. For three weeks of July 2013, the New Zealand School of Music’s two gamelan ensembles (the JavanesePadhang Moncar and the Balinese Taniwha Jaya) toured six Indonesian cities. Their fourteen performances included a concert at the Yogyakarta International Gamelan Festival, as well as joint concerts in schools and universities such as Gajah Mada University. This was the fourth tour for Padhang Moncar and the second for Taniwha Jaya (their first to perfrom in Bali in a joint concert with three other Balinese groups). The core repertoire comprised twelve new compositions created especially for this tour by composers from within both groups. These works are now recorded and released by Rattle on the album ‘Naga’. Read more…

Following the release of virtuoso new singles ‘Mr. Cover Up’ and ‘No‐Operative’ across January and February, seminal DnB duo State Of Mind present their fourth album, ‘Eat The Rich’. The album celebrates some of the best work of their career to date – their ability to fuse darker, hard‐edged sounds with genuine dance floor credibility. As well as NZ rapperPercIEve’s appearance on the storming, tear‐out anthem ‘Mr. Cover Up’, the duo also join forces with promising songstress Sacha Vee on the wonderfully eerie ‘Black Raven’. With a European tour in support of the album set to commence in March, ahead of further headline dates in Australia and New Zealand throughout April, ‘Eat The Rich’ is set to cast State Of Mindinto the spotlight like never before. Facebook page

Midge Marsden has enjoyed a well‐documented music career spanning four decades in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK; and he’s just released his new album ‘Back to the Well’. An early career change and passion for rhythm and blues and roots music led a sixteen‐year‐old Midge to join the 1960’s bandBari and the Breakaways. At the end the 60’s Midge joined the NZBC working in radio, however music performance pulled him in again with the Wellington cult band The Country Flyers; followed by several years in Australia with The Phil Manning Band. On return to New Zealand in the mid 80’s he began a solo career forming The Midge Marsden Connection and then The Midge Marsden Band. Midge’s career highlight was the platinum selling album ‘Burning Rain’ in 1990. TBased on the very successful album: ‘Travel n Time’ (2008) with sales of over 4000, Midge started work (in 2012) on the new album. In collaboration with songwriters Neil Hannan, Arthur Baysting, and Alex Deane, Midge drew from life experiences growing up in Taranaki, performing and touring in America, his early music life in Wellington. Also included are cover versions of some much‐loved songs that ‘fit the concept’ of the record. The outcome is a very different and personal themed album. In his own words Midge says ‘this is a project unlike anything I have done before and I hope that people enjoy the end result ‘Back to the Well’.-on iTunes

Smashproof, who achieved New Zealand’s longest run at number one by a Kiwi artist with their song ‘Brother’ (feat. Gin Wigmore) releases a compelling follow-up video with‘Survivors’.

Like the ‘Brother’ song and video,‘Survivors’ is a raw black-and-white portrait of social issues in Aotearoa, filmed by the same award-winning director Chris Graham; 
and featuring a bold vocal performance, this time by popular RnB artist Pieter T.

 Chris Graham won the Tui award for Best Music Video with‘Brother’ in 2009, while the song wonSmashproof Tuis for both Highest Selling Single and People’s Choice.

 The ‘Survivors’music video was filmed entirely at Rosehill Intermediate in Papakura, where Smashproofmember Tyree Tautogia is a teacher aide, 
and features school students as actors in a story that details the pain and triumph of the song’s key characters, Jeremiah and Talia.

 

As well as being funded by NZ On Air, the music video was co-produced – and released in conjunction with – Live For Tomorrow, a project by youth organisation Zeal, which encourages young people to believe in the possibilities of their future. 
Live For Tomorrow previously partnered with ‘Survivors’ feature artist Pieter T on the music video ‘Tomorrow’, encouraging a healthy dialogue around the issue of youth suicide.

 The video is online and at television now. Watchhere 
Fans of the song and music video are encouraged to share their stories of overcoming using the hashtag #ImASurvivor. 
Stories can also be submitted to Live For Tomorrow at .


The‘Survivors’ single is now available for purchase on iTunes

Around the World
With Edjing You Can Create DJ Mixes on Any Mobile Platform…

Monday, April 14, 2014
byNina Ulloa – Digital Music News
If you’re looking to DJ on your mobile device which app should you use? There’s a pretty cool app called Pacemaker for iPad that lets you pull music from Spotify and iTunes… But what if you don’t have an iPad or a Spotify Premium subscription?

Enter Edjing, a DJ app for tablets and phones. It is available on iOS, droid, Windows, and Kindle. In 2013 the app was named “Best App of the Year” by Google Play.

You can load up songs from your local music library, Deezer Premium, or SoundCloud (no Spotify).
Read more…

Did You Know Kelis is a Trained Chef? Learn Her Recipes and Hear Her Playlists…

I previously featured Supper, a Spotify app that pairs food and music. Supper pairs recipes with playlists, and their selections are curated by experts in each field.

Now Supper has found a guest curator who is an expert in both music AND food… Kelis.

Kelis has taken over Supper to promote her new album Food, dropping on April 22nd. The album fittingly features songs called “Breakfast”, “Cobbler”, “Jerk Ribs”, etc. Did you know that Kelis is a certified Le Cordon Bleu trained chef? The fact that she drove around SXSW handing out homemade “Jerk Ribs” suddenly makes even more sense to me.

Kelis is letting us in on both her recipes and her music taste. On Supper, Kelis shares her recipes for apple farro, jerk ribs, new york vanilla bean cheesecake, and more. She’s paired this with playlists for both cooking and eating. In addition, Kelis has chosen some of her favorite restaurants to share recipes and playlists as well.

I really appreciate the thought and passion that’s gone into this partnership between Supper and Kelis. It’s genuinely made me excited for the release of Food. I saw Kelis at SXSW, and was extremely impressed, but getting a view into her combined passion for food and music has made the album release a little more personal.
Read more…

When Nina Ulloa isn’t writing for DMN she’s usually reviewing music or at a show. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Email: renee
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Top 10 IMNZ Albums To 10 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 3 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 - 1 Pigalle Flip Grater Rhythm/DRM
3 2 10 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
4 17 11 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
5 5 19 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 7 131 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
7 10 30 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
8 6 42 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 13 9 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
10 11 4 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
11 18 236 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
12 14 34 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
13 12 9 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
14 16 45 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
15 15 25 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 - 30 Automatic Ladi6 Question
17 20 73 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1
18 4 3 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker LouisBaker/Rhythm/DRM
19 19 49 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 - 70 Light Years Kora Rhythm/DRM gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles To 10 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 10 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 2 14 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 25 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 4 6 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 5 33 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 10 43 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
7 8 130 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 - 2 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
9 7 5 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
10 6 2 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay To 13 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
2 2 5 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 3 14 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 6 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 4 25 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 7 3 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
7 - 29 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
8 - 67 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 8 3 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
10 5 4 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire

IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to April 6: Celebrating AK79

Punk rules

We’re just a day away from finding out the winner of the 2014 Taite Music Prize! While we’re excitedly waiting for the big night, we can announce, with great pleasure, that the album most deserving of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record has been announced – and it’s a Ripper!!!

Week To Thursday, 3 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 2 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 2 9 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 9 Aotearoa Soljah TheMusicAgenc
4 1 2 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Rhythm/DRM
5 5 18 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 4 41 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 7 130 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 17 3 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Border/DRM
9 - 1 Tiki Tapu EP Rob Ruha DRM
10 10 29 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 6 3 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
12 - 8 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
13 8 8 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
14 9 33 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 11 24 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 12 44 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 15 10 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
18 13 235 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
19 - 48 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 18 72 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1

Unknown Mortal Orchestra “II”
It’s just a matter of days before the recipient of the 2014 Taite Music Prize is announced. In our final feature looking at the finalists’ albums, this week  Ruban Nielson talks about UMO’s “II”.
Watch the video here.

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 3 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 3 13 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 2 24 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 5 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 6 32 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 - 1 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 8 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
8 - 129 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 72 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 - 42 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1


The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award

IMNZ is proud to announce the second award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2014 event. The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2014 to the ‘AK.79’  compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Kerry Buchanan (The Terrorways) and will be accepted by Ripper Records head Bryan Staff.

When told of the news this week, Bryan Staff said: “That’s fantastic! Dylan Taite was a friend whom I respected so this is a great honour.”

Duncan Grieve, freelance journalist and judging panel member said: “’I met her outside the IGA/ True Love works in funny ways’ is well-known to be the finest [opening line] in New Zealand songwriting history, and one of the many splendours AK.79 contains. It’s a collection of scrappy DIY pop, which feels like the first unified and exuberant shot from a rising young generation determined to make themselves heard. That sense of empowerment shines through every one of these sometimes derivative, often shambolic, always deeply felt recordings.”

“AK.79 – a riff-happy thrill-athon that is far and away the best local punk compilation this country has produced…Underneath the obvious aggression of these songs you can hear pure joy – the sound of working class New Zealand youth, who were bored to death with the flabby indulgences of prog rock, bursting forth with a rude, rowdy and exciting pop music of their own. As it says in the liner notes ‘…each song nails down a moment during what was a hot time for New Zealand rock’n’roll’.”
– Grant SmithiesSoundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)

“Musically quite brilliant in (many) places and truly iconic, AK.79 is a tribute – not only to the bands who played in the scene – but also to the vision of Bryan Staff, without whom, much of this music and history would have been lost.” – Simon Grigg
And in a nice piece of timing, (as if somebody had planned it!) Simon Grigg has just posted a piece on the Audioculture website documenting the album’s lively history.

The Taite Music Prize 2014 event is held on Wednesday, 16th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony.  SJD, last year’s winner of the Taite Music Prize, is scheduled to perform a live set for the gathered guests. The event will live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and will be recorded by JuiceTV.

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by:
Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)
Official Partners:
Recorded Music NZ / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines
Media Partners:
NZ Herald Online / Juice TV / KiwiFM

 Week To Sunday, 6 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 8 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
2 3 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 2 13 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 24 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 10 3 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire
6 5 4 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
7 6 2 It’s Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
8 7 2 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
9 - 43 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
10 - 1 Country Kills Popstrangers Rhythm

International and Industry Action

Recorded Music NZ has announced that digital music services are now the number one source of revenue for rights owners accounting for 51 per cent of all music sales by format, overtaking physical music products for the first time. 2013 was also a year of massive growth for streaming services and adoption by Kiwis. Music streaming revenues have tripled since 2012 and now make up approximately nine per cent of all revenues by format. There was also modest growth in digital album purchases an increase of three per cent in 2013. Whilst increases in digital revenue fell short of countering the decline in physical album purchases (down 24 per cent), vinyl sales – accounting for only a small fraction of the overall revenues – were up 29 per cent in 2013. This transition period experienced by the NZ Recorded Music industry in 2013 resulted in a decrease of 9.84 per cent in annual recorded music revenues. Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan is encouraged that the local recorded music industry is in a very strong position by which to prosper in this new environment.
“Music is always at the forefront of technology and as our industry is in a state of transition it’s encouraging to see the rapid growth and take up of streaming services by New Zealanders,” says Vaughan. “While our industry adapts and evolves, it’s quite clear that in 2014 there are multitude of ways to access and consume music – whether it is streaming, purchasing downloads or visiting the local record store.” Further information regarding the legal music and download services available to New Zealanders can be found at http://www.promusic.co.nz/  Recorded Music NZ Chairman Chris Caddick is also buoyed by the passionate support for local music and the exciting year ahead. “The value of music to the NZ economy and cultural landscape is significant. As the Kiwi music fan embraces the digital landscape, it’s clear that support for NZ Music is very strong which mirrors the phenomenal list of releases that our local artists produced in 2013,” adds Caddick.

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Arch Hill Recordings. Arch Hill’s first release in 1999 was Oddy Knocky by David Mulcahy (from Superette, JPSE) and it’s most recent was Trinine by Bailterspace. With upcoming releases in the first half of this year including Tiny Ruins and Doprah, to celebrate this 15 year milestone Arch Hill will be putting on some very special shows during the month of May (it’s also NZ Music Month)… so stay tuned!

Having always been appreciative of the support given to them by their diehard fans, some of New Zealand’s loudest sons, Beastwars,  have announced that this June they are teaming up with Granite House Records to reissue their 2011 debut Beastwars, and last year’s Taite Prize finalist Blood Becomes Fire worldwide (both nominated for the Taite Music Prize). With original pressings of each already commanding high figures among collectors of rare heavy metal vinyl, not only is this reissue welcomed news for anyone who missed out first time around, it gives new fans a chance to discover the band’s one and only maxim: Obey The Riff. Thanks to a new partnership with the Denver, Colorado-based label Granite House Records (United States) and Rocket (Australia) both Beastwars and Blood Becomes Fire will once again be available. A preorder of unique/limited edition vinyl pressings are currently available from the band’s website www.obeytheriff.comBeastwars are also touring New Zealand this May.
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www.beastwars.bandcamp.com

Our friends in New York who run The Choice List have let us know that there is a plethora of New Zealand talent descending upon the Big Apple at the moment: Neil Finn has just played, and there are performances over the the next few weeks by Anthonie Tonnon, Liam Finn, Broods, Connan Mockasin – plus a Len Lye exhibition at The Drawing Centre in Soho, and a Rhys Darby mockumentary called ‘Short Poppies’ on Netflix.
http://toomuchpersonality.com/the-gemma-list/

And our good friends in London at Spacific.nethave let us know that there are only limited tickets available for Shapeshifter’s show at The Forum on April 12th (this Saturday); Six60 are playing at the O2 on May 15 with David Dallas; and Ladi6 has just been announced at the Bedroom Bar  on June 26. Here are some other forthcoming highlights:
17/04 Tiny Ruins // Servant Jazz Quarters, N16 8JN // 7.30-11 // £7.50
03/05 Neil Finn // Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX // 7.30-10.30 // £37.50
02/07 The Naked and Famous // o2 Empire, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £18
18/10 Fat Freddy’s Drop // Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY // 6.30-11 // £35
http://www.spacific.net/

New release fanfare

Auckland’s psychedelic power pop band Sherpa reappear with their sophomore album “Blues & Oranges”, geared for release May 16th. Two years after their Taite Prize-nominated “Lesser Flamingo” released in 2012, “Blues & Oranges” was recorded over the summer of 2013 between Roundhead Studios, Sherpa’s own personal Studios and a make shift studio in a bach by the beach, and produced by  Kody Nielson. “Blues & Oranges” will be released digitally and on vinyl only.  The album will feature their first single “Love Film” and brand new single “Quit Time”.  Sherpa will celebrate the release with a nationwide tour in May – more details of which will be released soon.http://sherpa.bandcamp.com/

Estère, the girl with the MPC she calls Lola, released her debut music video I SPY this week. I SPY was released in December as a free download on Estère’s Soundcloud page and received extensive play on b-net radio stations across New Zealand.
Written in Estère’s bedroom, on a sunny day in Newtown, I SPY is a song about greed and how the rich and powerful often disregard and take advantage of those who struggle. The video is playfully reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film and features the macabre character of Greedy Man whom Estère spies on with her telescope.  With Lola by her side, Estère has played in cities and festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Europe including Jeonju International Sori Festival, Ulsan World Music Festival, Aarhus International Music Festival and Melbournes Let Them Eat Cake. She played last night in support of Erykah Badu, and has future shows on April 18th and May 18th.
www.facebook.com/esterelola
www.soundcloud.com/estere
Watch I SPY here - http://youtu.be/3KVjT5d0OUc

Ahead of their “Return of The Blob” show this month (April), Wellington experimentalists The All Seeing Hand present a brand new single, “Show Me Your Teeth”, streaming as of today (April 7th).  “Show Me Your Teeth” is a bit of a different monster from the band – well known for the throat-singing and alien-esque sounds emanating from his lips, the song sees Johnny Marks in a rare moment “singing in English” (to quote the band), rather than Klingon, Korean or beyond. Part of a bigger project due out in May, “Show Me Your Teeth” serves as bit of a taster ahead of not only that project, but their impending “Return of The Blob” show, on April 25th (at Puppies, with Mongo Skato and Lady Lazerlight), reprising the unnerving and otherworldly performance that took place at Campus A Low Hum 2014.
http://soundcloud.com/muzairecords/the-all-seeing-hand-show-me
http://www.facebook.com/allseeinghand

There are two Andrews in Hawkes Bay band Golden Curtain.  Andrew formerly in Arch Hill’s Grand Prix, and Andrew formerly of Flying Nun’s GaragelandGolden Curtain’s latest album, ‘Dream City’, follows on from last year’s ‘English Tuning’ and takes its title from a recurring dream set in a familiar city that doesn’t exist in the real world.  Get their album here. The band have also recently been hailed by influential music blog Caught in the Carousel, where they named Golden Curtain’s bass player Brad Gamble as one of the best around right now.

On the live front

Waterfront Auckland presents an outdoor mini art and music festival on Queens Wharf – the Queens Wharf Block Party. This is the last in a series of free outdoor festivals that have been taking place over the summer. Join them to welcome the cooler months with live painting, live music, vintage pop-up shops, artisan market food and lots of surprises along the way.
Music Lineup featuring:
Jules & Vince
The Bonzai Birds
Carnivorous Plant Society
Rock & Roll meets jazz meets psychedelic funk meets electric hip hop! Read more…

Gold Medal Famous are bringing their utterly unique performance style, plus their new EP ‘Free Body Culture’, to Auckland as a special Easter treat. Their whirlwind upper-North Island tour includes a headlining performance with the legendary King Loser on Friday April 18 at UFO, a slot as part of the Borderline Festival at Whammy Bar on Saturday April 19th, and an appearance at Tauranga’s Jizzfest on Sunday April 20thGold Medal Famous are also planning a special surprise performance in Auckland city on Easter Saturday. Read more…

Tiki Taane collaborator Dub Fx is set to play a double headline Wellington show with Opiuo  at the James Smith Basement carpark on Thursday 17 April (Easter Weekend).Tickets onsale now from Dash Tickets - http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/kncf2bjpx . . . and usual outlets including Rough Peel Music RPM (Vivian Street).Join the Official Facebook Event here - https://www.facebook.com/events/1409727619276606/ After seven years of performing in clubs, festivals and street corners all over the globe Dub Fx has released a new album “Theory Of Harmony”. Funded by a wildly successful crowd funding campaign, the album features a host of collaborations with vocalists and musicians including Tiki Taane from NZ and Eva Lazarus from the UK.

APRA AMCOS and Kiwi FM will be celebrating May Music Month with ….“COVERED!” Five NZ Bands perform covers of their favourite NZ tunes: The Eversons, Pikachunes, Voom, Tom Lark and Tyra Hammond with guest Jeremy Toy. Held at The Kings Arms Tavern, Thursday 15th May – doors 7pm. $10.00 on the night or pre sales from Under the Radar. Read more…

Anonymouz is a Music Producer whose work to date has consistently pushed and blurred creative boundaries through a myriad of works spanning a wide range of projects, audiences, genres and social demographics. Continuing on in this tradition, he proudly announces his newest work, titled “RESAMPLE: SOUTH AUCKLAND”, that will be premiered on Friday 9th May at The Mangere Arts Centre, 8PM. He utilises various audio production techniques to present a brand new composition created entirely out of sound frequencies recorded at various South Auckland locations interwoven with piano and string arrangement; it is a unique Hip Hop-based creative audio resampling method that is starting to become quite a signature of his work, having already been implemented in previous projects he has done such as:
” Return to Hawaiiki” Artist Representative for Prime Minister John Key’s NZ Delegation to Samoa’s 50th Independence Celebrations (2012)
Auckland Museum UrbanLife Exhibition (2012)
Len Lye’s 1929 film “Tusalava” ‘Agiagia’ Exhibition Film Score Commission (2014)
Niu FM Radio Station Rebrand Imaging (2014)
The premiere of this new work will also be preceded by live performances from some special guests on the night.
Read more…

Top 20 IMNZ Albums To 3 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 2 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
2 2 9 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
3 - 9 Aotearoa Soljah TheMusicAgenc
4 1 2 Louis Baker EP Louis Baker Rhythm/DRM
5 5 18 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 4 41 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 7 130 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
8 17 3 Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes Border/DRM
9 - 1 Tiki Tapu EP Rob Ruha DRM
10 10 29 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 6 3 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
12 - 8 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
13 8 8 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
14 9 33 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 11 24 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
16 12 44 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
17 15 10 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
18 13 235 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
19 - 48 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 18 72 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles To 3 April 2014

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 3 13 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 2 24 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
4 5 5 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 6 32 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
6 - 1 Death Of You I Am Giant I Am Giant
7 8 4 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
8 - 129 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 72 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 - 42 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1