IMNZ Newsletter for April 23: Finalists and in-store photos

This week, the finalists for the Tuis for Best Country Music Album and Best Country Music Song have been announced, and we find out what were the top-selling Record Store Day releases in the US.

And we have been sent some fantastic photos from Record Store Day celebrations around New Zealand – it looked like huge fun everywhere. Visit our page to share in the action: Record Store Day around New Zealand

International and Industry Action

Cooking up a songCooking Up A Song Album By Anna van Riel
Anna van Riel
is a singer/songwriter from Lake Hawea, and she’s creating a 12 track children’s album full of fun and interactive songs for babies up to the age of seven. As Anna says, “The first seven years are of vital importance to a child. In this phase, and at a very rapid pace, children master the skills of movement, speech, gesture, verbal and non-verbal communication, uprightness and many others. Most of this is learnt through imitation — the young child mimics everything from physical movements through to attitudes & values. The album will be a collection of my own original songs that have been extremely popular amongst my young audiences over the past 15 years of performing for children.” You can help Anna out on PledgeMe.

2015 Country Music Award Finalists
Finalists for the Tuis for Best Country Music Album and Best Country Music Song have been announced, with a number of previous finalists and winners again taking their spots on the pedestals. Finalist in the Recorded Music Best Country Music Album category are Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams for their collaborative album ‘Sad But True Volume 3’,  Glen Moffatt for ‘Superheroes and Scary Things’ and Tami Neilson with ‘Dynamite!’ that has already won her last year’s Silver Scroll for the single Walk which features on the album. In the APRA Best Country Music Song category the finalists are (2014 Tui winner for Best Country Album) Kaylee Bell and Jared Porter with their song Pieces, Dunedin songwriter, film maker and first-time finalist Bill Morris with Hinterland from his upcoming sophomore album, and power-piped previous winner Tami Neilson for You Lie. The NZ Country Music Awards mark the beginning of the NZ Gold Guitar week. Both Tui awards will be announced on May 23 in Gore, alongside performances by the finalists of the MTL Songwriting Awards, the winner of the Young Ambassador Award. The awards in Gore are not to be confused with the Kiwi Pro-Am Country Music Awards being held in Hamilton on August 8, that are affiliated with the Country Music Awards in Nashville in the US. Read more from New Zealand Musician…

A $1million Boost for the Arts
The folks at Boosted are partying like it’s $999,999, and feeling like a million bucks! Boosted has granted more than $1million to New Zealand arts projects in two years. Their friends at Monster Valley and Resene have helped us celebrate by chucking paint at a bunch of folk, and covering them in vibrant colours in honour of 170 arts projects that have achieved success on Boosted, and the 6,000+ donors that have joined them along the way.

 Check out their celebration video.

Light up the Bridge to your favourite (IMNZ?) song.
Until this Saturday, you can turn Auckland’s Harbour Bridge into a giant interactive lightshow synchronised to music chosen by you. Just request a song and it could make it onto the playlist. Watch it live on your mobile, or at one of the great locations around the harbour. It’s playing live every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7pm until 10.30pm, from 12 March to 25 April as part of a celebration of Auckland’s 175th Anniversary. See how many IMNZ songs you can find to request – we found most of the artists in our charts! https://2degreesplaythebridge.co.nz/

New Release Fanfare

Ruban Nielson Can’t Keep Checking His Phone
Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the freshest glimpse into one of the most anticipated records of the year, Multi-Love, out May 26th on Jagjaguwar.  Nielson had this to say of the song: “Cant Keep Checking My Phone” is about missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online “connectivity” as a substitute for being with someone IRL. When someone you love turns into text and ideas delivered through a device, at some point they’re competing with real things like the aurora borealis, which is another thing that only really makes sense in the flesh. I also read somewhere that the universe might be holographic, and in that case maybe the distance between us is just an illusion. So do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I’ve got to get off my phone.”
Listen here.

LabcoatsLabcoats release new album O Potassium!
Some of Wellington’s great musical chemists come back to the sound laboratory for a second time with The Labcoat’s new album. The combined elements of David Donaldson, Stephen Roche (Six Volts, Thrashing Marlin), Anthony Donaldson (Teeth, Mantarays), David Long (Muttonbirds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop) and Riki Gooch (Trinity Roots, Eru Dangerspiel) make for a playful sonic experiment. O Potassium returns listeners to the sound world that exemplified the Labcoat’s 2004 release Acid and Alkaline.
 A blend of munted jazz, loops, vocalise, trumpets, anklung and banjoes, O Potassium is a mix of melody and mayhem.
Event
An album launch and Labcoats gig will be held at 8pm on Saturday 25 April at Moon Bar, 167 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington. Find out more from Rough Peel Records.

On the Live Front

Herbs live and acoustic
If you are lucky enough to be near Dargaville or Maungatapere this weekend, you’re in for a treat. Independent Music New Zealand Classic Record Award recipients Herbs will be playing acoustic shows at  The Northern Wairoa Hotel, 70 Victoria Str, Dargaville
on Friday April 24, and at the Poroti Tavern, 752 Mangakahia Rd, Poroti, Maungatapere on Saturday April 25.

Anika PowerstationAnika Moa to play Queen At The Table album release show in a very different Powerstation set up.
Powerstation, The Floor, Thursday May 28th – With very special guests to be announced
Anika Moa has always prided herself on doing what feels right for her at any particular time, whether it be making award winning heart on the sleeve children’s albums or casting aside the acoustic guitar to make electronic music for grownups, and today she is proud to announce an album release show with a difference. Anika Moa and her band will play her album release show at the Powerstation down on the floor with her audience around her. Anika says, “I can’t wait to play this intimate show for you and I hope you all buy your tickets quickly even if it means you miss out on your weekly smokes or wine. Neeks xx”. Queen At The Table was recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with Taite award nominee producer Jol Mulholland (The Mots, Gasoline Cowboy, Fuce, Mullholland).  http://powerstation.net.nz/anika
You can also see her in June, playing two very special shows: 6 June, ‘Divas’ with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Julia Deans, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch. 25 June, ‘Divas’ with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and Julia Deans, Town Hall, Auckland. Aaaand…Watch her here in her second ‘Face-to-Face’ interview episode for The NZ Herald, this time starring Jamie McDell. And here she is grilling her producer Jol Mulholland.

Great North – final week of tour – to be completed in new tour van
Great North have reached the final week of their tour with The Bads. After rollicking around the South Island, their tour van sadly gave up the ghost (or should we say gear box) 50km out of Blenheim. Luckily their newly loaned Hiace got them back on the road and will deliver them to these venues: 24 April, Walton Street, Te Awamutu / 25 April, Space Monster, Whanganui / 1 May, The Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei / 2 May, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh. Get tickets here…

Katchafire & Kora | Friday June 26th
After blazing through 2 sold out shows at The Powerstation last July Katchafire, Kora and the Sunshine Sound System are set to put winter on hold and do it all over again. After a HUGE summer home run with The Black Seeds and Sons Of Zion, Katchafire headed straight into a US winter where they toured with renowned US reggae band Rebelution over January.
 After appearances at Homegrown & Tauranga’s One Love Festival, Katchafire are about to embark on their “Down With You” annual winter tour throughout New Zealand before heading back to Europe & Australia this July. Joining Katchafire once again at the Powerstation is Kora and the aptly named Sunshine Sound SystemGet tickets here.

This weekend’s nationwide roundup
Thanks to Eventfinder: This weekend, don’t miss Mel Parsons in InvercargillWanaka or Dunedin, Katchafire in Queenstown or Dunedin, Herbs in Dargaville or Maungatapere, and for other great weekend events, click here.

Plus a few more thanks to The Audio Foundation
Saturday 25 April
Trip Pony, She’s So Rad, The Psychs, 8pm start, $10 entry: http://www.audiofoundation.org.nz/programmes/live-events/trip-pony-shes-so-rad-the-psychs
- NEPTUNIAN AUTUMN w/ Yoko-Zuna, Roger Manins, New Gum Sarn, Chris Wratt and Friends, Eli, LVJ, Shannalog – Huia Lodge, Auckland, 7pm start
God Bows To Math, The River Jones, The Transistors – The Darkroom, Christchurch, 8pm start
Nowhere, PCP Eagles, Shitripper, Hallelujah Picasso’s, The Admiral, Fireshark, The Contenders, Awkward Death, Odd Bodz, Markdown, Ginas Revenge, Lookin Up, Slughugger, Superior Vision – Whammy Bar, Auckland, 8pm start
Sunday 26 April 
Gala: Ron Gallipoli, Trip Pony, For the Girl Who Has Everything, The David Merritt Poetry Experience, DJ Two Swims – 8 Goring Street, Sandringham Auckland, 12pm – 8pm

Around the World

The 25 Most-Bought Record Store Day Releases

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Monday, April 20, 2015
by Nina Ulloa from Digital Music News

Updated 4/21/15 11:40 AM PST to reflect updated information from BuzzAngle.

  1. The White Stripes – “Get Behind Me Satan”
  2. Metallica – “No Life Til Leather” cassette
  3. Run The Jewels – “Bust No Moves”
  4. David Bowie – “Changes”
  5. The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
  6. The Black Keys – “Meet Me in the City”
  7. Built to Spill – “Untethered Moon”
  8. Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear”
  9. Bob Dylan – “The Basement Tapes”
  10. Syd Barrett/R.E.M. – “Dark Globe”
  11. Mumford & Sons – “Believe”
  12. Citizen Dick – “Touch Me I’m Dick”
  13. Ramones & Husker Du – “Sheena’s a Punk Rocker”
  14. Various Artists – “The Darjeeling Limited”
  15. Twenty One Pilots – “The LC LP”
  16. The Doors – “Strange Days”
  17. The Decemberists – “Picaresque”
  18. Foo Fighters – “Songs From The Laundry Room”
  19. Johnny Cash – “Koncert V Praze – In Prague Live”
  20. Social Distortion – “Social Distortion”
  21. David Bowie/Tom Verlaine – “Kingdom Come”
  22. Phish – “New Years Eve 1995 Live at Madison Square Garden”
  23. Jerry Garcia – “Garcia (Compliments)”
  24. Various Artists – “Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Vol. 2″
  25. The Zombies – “R.I.P. Album”

Read more from Digital Music News…

See the full Top 100 on BuzzAngle…
(Chart most likely based on US data)

Photo by Phil King on Flickr used with the Creative Commons License

Snaps from Record Store Day around New Zealand

We’ve been sent some fantastic photos from record shops around the country documenting Record Store Day. Each and every store’s photos look like the day was a complete blast.

Photos from Record Store Day around New Zealand

Slow Boat Records

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Slowboat Tami Neilson

Slowboat Neil Finn
Slow Boat crowd

 

 

 

“Slow Boat had a huge day on Saturday for Record Store Day . Kicking off with a fine solo set from Jesse Sheehan, closely followed by  “Miss Dynamite”  herself – Tami Neilson ( ably assisted by multi instrumentalist Dave Khan. The jewel in our crown was N.Z. music  legend, Neil Finn ( with Lisa Tomlins and Jesse Sheehan ), raiding his massive back catalogue for an intimate and vibrant performance that had the audience clamouring for more. Needless to say, people were queueing from an early hour to get a good vantage point.We finished off with a wonderful string quartet from Orchestra Wellington who pulled songs from every musical era as the customers browsed ( taking on Kraftwerk and Lady Gaga with an alarming degree of finesse).”

Southbound Records

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Record Store Day at Southbound Records
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Don McGlashan at Southbound
SJD Southbound
SJD and friends at Southbound

“It was a huge day!

We had people queuing outside the shop at 6.30am!

The shop was so full of people all day – not only buying music but just hanging out, drinking coffee and talking about music – such a great atmosphere.

A huge turn out for SJD, Don McGlashan and Delaney Davidson – people spilling out on the street  – and the coffee and baking keeping everyone well fed & happy!

We sold out of nearly all the RSD releases, a few things left – however, some more stock will be arriving this week – so we will post on our Facebook page when it does.

Thanks to Red Bull, the drinks and Free RSD release went very well – there will be more copies of the release arriving in a couple of weeks so when they do we will contact all those customers who put their names down.

Thanks everyone for your support!

The Team at Southbound.”

Marbecks

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Lawrence Arabia at Marbecks
Marbecks Tiny Ruins RSD
Tiny Ruins at Marbecks
DJs Flat White and Long Black
DJs Flat White and Long Black

“Well, Record Store Day this past Saturday 18 April was one out of the box.  We had DJ sets from Princess Chelsea and Jonathan Bree, Flatwhite & Longblack, and acoustic solo performances by Tiny Ruins and Lawrence Arabia, who both sounded wonderful out in the Arcade. It was so good to see so many new and familiar faces browsing, buying and supporting us on the day. Thank you all.  What a fabulous community!”

Death Ray Records

Death Ray RSD 1

Death Ray RSD 2

“RSD has given everyone that was involved, Owner Apa Hutt, staff member Pinky, his friends, the 4 bands that performed and the customers that purchased $3 Bryan Browns were given a huge hangover. RSD was a mean buzz of a day from 10am until Moon closed. And we sold millions of records. And it all just ruled like a mutha. We may be a small indie store but Death Ray is cool!”

IMNZ Newsletter to April 16: A great night with Delaney Davidson, Lorde, Jakob, Herbs and Don McGlashan

The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s winner & the Independent Music NZ Classic Record recipient

Jakob proudly holding their super-heavy Taite Music Prize trophy (Photo: Jason Hailes)
Jakob proudly holding their super-heavy Taite Music Prize trophy (Photo: Jason Hailes)

The winner of the sixth annual Taite Music Prize 2015 is Jakob for their album ‘Sines’ released on Shoot The Freak.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this was the sixth 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. Jakob wins a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The Taite Music Prize is organised by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and the Founding Partner Recorded Music NZ 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 two magnums of MOA Beer.

Lorde's speech at the Taite Music Prize 2015. Photo by Jason Hailes.
Lorde’s speech at the Taite Music Prize 2015. Photo by Jason Hailes.

The award winner was announced at an invitation-only event attended by around 300 people at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city. Delaney Davidson and Don McGlashan both performed highlight sets for the gathered guests and Lorde provided a speech on her Taite Music Prize win the previous year. The event was live-streamed to the public via 95bFM’s YouTube channel.

Herbs with their IMNZ Classic Record Award. Photo by Jason Hailes.
Herbs with their IMNZ Classic Record Award. Photo by Jason Hailes.

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 to the Herbs ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, 1981) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award was presented by Moana Maniapoto and accepted by Warrior Records founder Hugh Lynn, label & artist manager Will Ilolahia, band member Dilworth Karaka. Read more…

International and Industry Action

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Record Store Day action this Saturday
Thanks to Peter McLennan of Dubdotdash for this very handy roundup…

Record Store Day just seems to get bigger every year. Here’s some of what’s on offer, with some great local reissues…

At Marbecks in Queens Arcade, they will have live performances from Lawrence Arabia, Tiny Ruins, and DJ sets from Princess Chelsea, Johnathan Bree (Brunettes),  plus vinyl on special.

Southbound Records, (9am-6pm) at their new location at 132 Symonds St, have a bunch of RSD specials on vinyl, check their Facebook page for what they hope will be available. SJD (330pm) and Don McGlashan (430pm) will be playing live instore, and Delaney Davidson will be there signing copies of a limited edition vinyl release of Diamond Dozen in gold, clear or black numbered vinyl – this release collects his lost tunes, soundtrack gems and stolen treasures from his last 10 years of recording.

Real Groovy Queen st (9am-7pm) will be hosting some exclusives on their Real Groovy Records imprint, Larry’s Rebels, and The Cleves/Bitch, plus a ton more, including a special tenth anniversary vinyl edition of the debut album by the Mint Chicks, Fuck the golden youth, on vinyl for the first time. Their full DJ schedule is below, with live performances by The Cleves and Larry’s Rebels.

There’s also a NEW record store opening in Auckland this Saturday –  Flying Out/Flying Nun/Arch Hill Records launch their store at the top of Pitt St, off K Rd. Exciting news!

Down in Wellington, Rough Peel Music at 173 Cuba St, have live performances, at 11am there’s a solo set from Adam McGrath from The Eastern. At 130pm they have the 5 piece folk band Eb & Sparrow, and later in the day, DJ outfit Eastern Bloc are coming in, time to be confirmed.

Slow Boat Records at 183 Cuba St, has live performances from Neil Finn, Tami Neilson and a string quartet from Orchestra Wellington. There will also be prize draws (including tickets to the orchestra’s performance that night), and, of course limited edition Record Store Day vinyl releases, including the 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of Shihad’s album Killjoy. Performances: Tami Neilson – 11.30am, Neil Finn – 12 midday, Orchestra Wellington String Quartet – 1.30pm

Vinyl Countdown in New Plymouth will have a day full of live music, prizes and giveaways, exclusive vinyl releases, and a free sausage sizzle. They have a short live set from Peter Jefferies at 230pm, he will also be signing copies of the 7″vinyl reissue of the single ‘Randolph’s going home’, his collaboration with Shayne Carter.

Relics in Dunedin has a ton of RSD local and overseas vinyl specials coming in store, they’re open from 9am-5pm.

Red Bull Studio is releasing a special 12″ EP on Record Store Day, featuring Black City Lights, Kamandi, Team Dynamite, and Esther Stephens & The Means  through 12 cult record stores around New Zealand. Alongside this, they will reward two hundred of the platform’s most engaged local fans with a physical copy to call their own.

The list of shops involved includes Real Groovy (Auckland), Southbound (Auckland), Penny Lane (Christchurch), Relics (Dunedin), Mint Music (Lower Hutt), Just the Record (Napier), Slow Boat (Wellington), Vinyl Countdown (New Plymouth), Deathray Records (Newtown), and Rough Peel (Wellington).” Read more on Dubdotdash…


Pacific Music Awards 2015
The finalists for the 2015 Pacific Music Awards have been announced and ten of the 21 finalists are newcomers to the awards. Both Team Dynamite and Cydel are finalists in four categories. The winner of the Best Pacific album category will be presented with a Tui and recognised at the New Zealand Music Awards later this year.  The winners will be announced at an event at Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 13 June. Members of the IMNZ whanau who are nominated include King Kapisi ”Welcome Back”,  Sid Diamond ‘Speakers Blown’, Team Dynamite ‘Shepherds Delight’, Team Dynamite ‘Coconut Lime’ (Director Eddy Fifield), Smashproof  ‘Survivors’ (Director Chris Graham). Read more from NZ Musician…


Finalists Announced for the 2015 MMF Music Managers Awards
The MMF New Zealand, Recorded Music New Zealand, Apra, Neuw Denim and the New Zealand Music Commission are proud to announce the finalists for the 2015 Music Managers Awards. A highlight on the calendar for some of the behind-the-scenes stars of New Zealand music, the MMF Music Managers Awards are being held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday 13 May.  The MMF Music Managers Awards recognise the work of managers who go above and beyond the call of duty – those who don’t simply organise their artists but are there for every single step of the way. The finalists for this year’s awards are:
Manager of the Year – Ashley Page (Broods, Joel Little), Cushla Ashton (Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver, Estere), James Southgate (Blacklistt, Devilskin, The Feelers, Lightening on Me, City of Souls), Scott Maclachlan (Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Thomston, Mt Eden, Parson James)
Breakthrough Manager of the Year – Ami Holifield (Ulcerate), Fraser Browne (Paper Cranes), Nick Dwyer and Dick Johnson (Weird Together), Tim Couch (Ha! The Unclear, Summer Thieves)
International Achievement – Andy Murnane (Savage, Janine and the Mixtape, Aaradhna), Ashley Page (Broods, Joel Little), Campbell Smith & Paul McKessar (The Naked and Famous, Brooke Fraser), Scott Maclachlan (Lorde, Sol3 Mio)
Self Managed Artist – Andrew Spraggon (Sola Rosa), Flip Grater, Mel Parsons, Nick Dwyer and Dick Johnson (Weird Together)
Independent Tour – James Southgate (Devilskin ‘We Rise’ Album Release Tour), Lorraine Barry and Rodney Hewson (Anika Moa and Benny Tipene ‘So Good They Named It Twice’), Mel Parsons (Mel & Anika Canterbury Winter Tour), Teresa Patterson (I Am Giant ‘Science and Survival’ Album Release tour)
Read more on the MMF website…


Momentum Programme 2015 – call-out

Creative New Zealand and the British Council are calling for expressions of interest from New Zealand arts practitioners to participate in the Edinburgh festivals’ international delegate programme Momentum. Momentum takes place in Edinburgh each August and is delivered through a partnership between British Council Scotland, Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Scotland. The programme provides a dynamic platform for key cultural players to engage and build relationships with organisations and individuals in Edinburgh, the World’s leading festival city. Six selected NZ delegates will be able to take advantage of a range of activities, such as bespoke itinerary planning and the opportunity to meet with key individuals and arts organisations, including the directors of Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals. The programme is an opportunity for New Zealanders to build relationships with artists, producers, curators and cultural partners from Scotland, the United Kingdom, and internationally. Apply now!

New Release Fanfare

Don McGlashan’s Lucky Stars
Don_McGlashan_Lucky_Stars_COVER-itunes_grandeApril 17 sees eminent songwriter/singer Don McGlashan unveil a rich new collection of 10 highly personal songs exploring love, regret and mortality: Lucky Stars. With a strong solo career complementing his work with bands Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and The Mutton Birds, McGlashan has penned many a song that more than a few New Zealanders would consider for the soundtrack of their lives. With a penchant for reflecting on social events within his songs, the political is personal in the world of Don McGlashan; his songs pull strings in the most callous of hearts. McGlashan started the raw material for this new album during a writer’s residence at the Michael King Writing Centre on Mt. Victoria in Devonport in 2013, crafted others at a bach on the Thames Estuary, then polished them in Neil Finn’s writing room at Roundhead Studio, Auckland with guitarist Tom Rodwell. He produced them with former Mutton Birds bandmate David Long, (who also contributes some textural guitar, organ and banjo) and enlisted former Seven Sisters and current Phoenix Foundation drummer Chris O’Connor. McGlashan acknowledges Lucky Stars contains many songs which are very personal reflections on his own life and thoughts: “I’m not adopting characters to explore an idea. I still will, but for this album I don’t seem to have so much, not taking on a role to get an idea across . . . so the ‘I’ is generally me in these songs”. McGlashan has five entries in APRA’s 100 Best NZ Songs of All Time and two Silver Scroll wins (“Anchor Me” in 1993; “Bathe In The River” in 2006). Nick Bollinger of The Listener said this: “One of our most enduring artists . . . McGlashan is that rare musician who only ever reminds us of himself.” New Zealand tour dates are to be announced soon. You can read an insightful interview Graham Reid did with Don McGlashan here on Elsewhere.co.nz

Last Exit to Muzai captured on screen
Last year Benjii Jackson, the head honcho from independent record label Muzai Records, and former IMNZ Board member, decided to return to his home country of the UK and operate the label from there. Just before decamping, the label celebrated it’s 5th anniversary with a gig at Whammy and up-and-coming filmmaker Shane Warbrooke (from THE BEMSHA SWING) felt it was important to document the label at that point. He made the hour-long documentary Last Exit To Muzai. The doco features performances from the aforementioned 5th birthday gig as well as interview footage with Benjii which provides insight into the formation of the label. The film has been released via YouTube by Busted Satellite Films, watch it here on Cheese on Toast…

The Cleves – The Musical Adventures Of The Clevedonaires, Cleves & Bitch
With the release of The Clevedonaires, aka The Cleves, aka Bitch, the best kept secret of a few is now available for all. Recorded between 1966 and 1973 this collection shows a group in constant evolution as they travel the world and traverse the musical landscape from the four part harmony folk rock opening track to garage rock, pop, psych, prog and glam rock. This musical journey starts in Clevedon, a farming community just south of Auckland where they recorded four singles on the Impact label during 1966-68. In 1968 they were booked to entertain the ANZAC troops in Vietnam. The Viet Cong’s Tet offensive soon put a stop to that just days before they were due to leave. With all of their gear packed and no bookings, they headed to Australia where they shortened their name to The Cleves and went on to become one of the hottest prog/ psych bands on the congested Australian scene. 1971 saw the release of their highly acclaimed self titled debut album. Soon afterwards they decided to try their luck in the booming UK rock scene. They changed their name once again, this time to the more confrontational BITCH. 
With only enough money to last a few months they took a huge gamble by pooling all of their money and hiring the legendary Speakeasy Club in London for a one night showcase. Guests were invited from all of the major record companies and suprisngly they all turned up. By the end of the night there were two major labels bidding with WEA eventually clinching a deal with a 10,000 pound contract. An album was recorded, mainly at Apple, George Martin’s AIR studio and Morgan Street studio. Tony Ashton and Jim Ryan (Carly Simon’s guitarist) produced, and Madeline Bell and Doris Troy provided backing vocals on several tracks. The album was completed but never released. Bitch’s two singles for WEA appear on the CD along with four tracks from the unreleased album. Read more here…

On the Live Front

Trinity Roots Announce ‘Citizen’ NZ Tour 2015
Trinity Roots are taking to the road to celebrate the release of their third studio album ‘Citizen’ with a national tour this May and June. The tour commences in Dunedin on May 14 and wraps up in their original stomping ground, Wellington. The Wellington-based platinum-selling trio launched the powerful follow-up to 2004’s Home, Land and Sea as part of their live performance at WOMAD 2015 in March. Citizen is a snapshot of the band’s progression and development since the creation of the previous two albums.  Find dates here...

Beastwars team up with Red Fang
Sludge rockers Red Fang are set for their first ever New Zealand tour in May. The Portland four-piece will be in the country for two performances off the back of an Australian tour. As a cherry on top the group will be joined by Beastwars for their shows on these shores. Tickets are available HERE at UTR.  Beastwars will also be playing their own shows in Melbourne during May; Australian tickets are available here:  www.trybooking.com

Matai Top Shelf announces full lineup for Under The Covers
Wellington events company Matai Top Shelf is proud to announce their final lineup for Under The Covers on May 1st 2015 at James Cabaret. The 12-act show will include performances from: Newtown Rocksteady, 
Tunes of I
, Myele Manzanza, Steezin’ Hawkings, 
The No Problemos, Richter City Rebels, Paddy Fred Live Band, The Strowlini Orchestra, Chocolate Box Deluxe, Melting Faces, Funkacybin and Ed Zuccollo. Sponsored by New Zealand Music Month and Uber, the show encompasses each act performing a 20-minute set that covers any number of songs from any Wellington musicians past or present. The artists are required to choose songs that are different from their usual sound, and make them their own. They have also been encouraged to pick at least one song from someone else who is also performing. This mini-festival celebration of Wellington music promises to bring a challenging night full of surprises, where even the musicians don’t know what the other acts are bringing to the table until the night begins! Facebook event page. Tickets are available now from www.nonstoptix.com


Katchafire “Down With You” Winter Tour
Before embarking on their European and Australian tours in July, August and September, Katchafire will first go on their annual New Zealand Winter tour! Don’t miss out on seeing the band showcase their favourite hits over the years, as well as showing off a few new band members to the line up. No doubt you have experienced or heard about the bands legendary performances, so make sure you get out to one of their shows in May and June! Find dates on Eventfinder…

Covered 2015NZ Music Month: Covered
APRA and Hauraki are joining forces this New Zealand Music Month, to celebrate great kiwi music.  The last two years APRA/AMCOS have put on a night at the Kings Arms called “Covered”, where five bands performed their favourite three New Zealand songs.  This year along with Hauraki, they hope to repeat the night’s success.  Thursday May 14th at the Kings Arms; $10.00 from Under the Radar. Performers are:  Tami Neilson, She’s So Rad, SJD, Jol Mulholland, Clap Clap Riot, plus Hauraki DJS. Buy tickets from Under the Radar.

Around the World

David Letterman Reveals Final Musical Guests
By Joe Lynch from Billboard.com

LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMANStarting last Monday night (April 13), there are only 28 more broadcasts of The Late Show With David Letterman to go before the late-night mainstay ends his 33-year reign.

CBS unveiled part of the lineup for his final run of shows, and it features some of the biggest names in Hollywood – George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell — as well as some substantial names in music.

Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Waits, The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile, and Norah Jones will perform on Letterman before it ends forever.

Also scheduled: Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley and Amos LeeIron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, Tracy Chapman, Chris Stapleton and Asleep at the Wheel.

The press release promises more special guests will be announced. My prediction? Bette Midler stops by for a heartfelt, emotional musical sendoff.

Read more from Billboard.com

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 9 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 6 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 2 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
3 10 94 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 4 183 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 3 39 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
6 5 4 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
7 6 33 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
8 9 286 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
9 8 20 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 7 70 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
11 18 82 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1
12 14 60 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
13 - 225 KORA Kora Border/DRM plat x2
14 11 43 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
15 - 1 Send You Sneaky Feelings FlyingNun
16 - 1 Three Blind Mice The Stones FlyingNun
17 13 82 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
18 20 180 Jah Rydem 1814 Ode/DRM gold x1
19 17 77 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
20 12 37 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 9 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 16 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 23 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 6 Purple Six60 Massive
4 5 13 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
5 4 6 Exhale Six60 Massive
6 6 6 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
7 8 156 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 7 6 Stay Together Six60 Massive
9 9 6 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive
10 10 90 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 12 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 13 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 11 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 23 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
4 4 2 Rest Of My Days Swiss DawnRaid/FMG
5 6 4 Truth Hurts Sid Diamond MTC
6 5 28 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
7 7 40 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
8 - 2 What You’ve Done Sam V feat. Donell Lewis FMG
9 10 2 I Wanna Be Foolish SJD RoundTripMars
10 - 1 Feeling Crucial PNC Rhythm/DRM

The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s winner!

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The Taite Music Prize: announcing this year’s winner & the Independent Music NZ Classic Record recipient

The winner of the sixth annual Taite Music Prize 2015 is Jakob for their album ‘Sines’ released on Shoot The Freak.

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Pennie Black, a member of the 2015 judging panel commented: “Jakob produced a beautiful, thought provoking album. Listening to Sines, one is spirited away to a mystical place, from which you don’t want to return from. The album art was a complete stand out, and complimented the emotion and creative soundscape summoned by the band.”

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Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this was the sixth 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. Jakob wins a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The Taite Music Prize is organised by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and the Founding Partner Recorded Music NZ 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 two magnums of MOA Beer.

The award winner was announced at an invitation-only event attended by around 300 people at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city. Delaney Davidson and Don McGlashan both performed highlight sets for the gathered guests and Lorde provided a short speech on her Taite Music Prize win the previous year. The event was live-streamed to the public via 95bFM’s YouTube channel.

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 to the Herbs ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, 1981) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award was presented by Moana Maniapoto and accepted by Warrior Records founder Hugh Lynn, label & artist manager Will Ilolahia, band member Dilworth Karaka.

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The Taite Music Prize

Presented by:

Independent Music New Zealand

Founding Partner:

Recorded Music NZ

Official Partners:

NZ On Air / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners:

NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association / Native Tongue Music Publishing / NZMusic4U – Pure Capital Thinking / Media Arts Lawyers / Red Bull Studio Auckland / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines / McCarthy Design / Jagermeister

Media Partners:

iHeartRadio / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

 

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)

2014 – Lorde – ‘Heroine’ (Universal Music)

Previous Independent Music NZ Classic Record winners are:

Gordons – Gordons (Flying Nun Records)

AK-79 – various artists (Ripper Records)

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