IMNZ News to April 30: NZ Music Month has lift-off; and the man who broke the music business

Happy New Zealand Music Month! One of our favourite times of the year is here, and boy, it’s shaping up to be a busy one.

Here’s a bit of a run through of the month’s activities thanks to the NZ Music Commission
Music Month Horizontal Logo Jpeg 2015


NZ Music Month 2015 Is Here!
Today is the first day of May.  That means NZ Music Month is officially underway – New Zealand’s annual celebration of homegrown music and the people who make it!  With over 700 events around the country listed on our gig guide this year’s celebrations are busier than ever.  And back by popular demand, NZ Music Month t-shirts are available at the website.

NZ Music Month Manager Simon Woods says “NZ Music Month exists to celebrate our music makers and the music they create – its a thirty-one day cultural celebration where you will find local music coming through the nations speakers, online and in venues, clubs and community spaces across the country”.

NZ Music Commission Chief Executive Cath Andersen said For the fifteenth annual celebration there are more shows in NZ Music Month than ever before.  It’s a great reflection of the volume of talent and music there is right across the country.  We hope people all over New Zealand get out to see local music this May.”

To kick it all off, in Auckland Play It Strange & Orbitsound are hosting three up and coming artists performing at Backbeat. Goodshirt and Ha The Unclear are also playing on K Road at the Thirsty Dog. Under Cover, a mini-festival showcase of Wellington musicians covering Wellington songs is being held at capital’s Meow. For the classically minded The NZ Symphony Orchestra presents Aotearoa Plus – an invigorating mix of brand new and well-loved New Zealand music, plus a modern brass classic at the Michael Fowler Centre. In Christchurch Martin Phillipps from The ChillsMinisnap and the Swan Sisters are at the Peterborough Street Library launch the garden cities music month activities. Later that night Princess Chelsea is playing at the Darkroom. Elsewhere, Great North and The Bads are at The Old Stone Butter Factory in Whangerei. Paper Cranes with Little Brother can be found at the Little Fielding Theatre in Fielding. Mel Parsons is at the The Boathouse in Nelson. Jamie McDell plays a school concert at Mountainview High School during the day and is at The Sail Cafe And Bar that night in Timaru. Dunedin City Libraries is launching its incredible May programme with Tahu and the Takahes with a fantastic line-up of young talent including teen band Metal Fusion and musicians from Otago Girls High and Kaikorai Valley College. Yumi Zouma and Doprah launch their national tour at Queenstown’s the Sherwood.

This is only a selection of the many events happening all over New Zealand on the first day of May, let alone tomorrow which features dozens more including A Weird Night Out at the St James, Auckland, getting NZ Music Month off to the perfect start. For a full run down of events, updates, links and info about all the fantastic music on offer this May, head to:
 (Instagram & Twitter)

International and Industry Action

Jakob fans in London
Jakob fans in London

Taite Music Prize-winners Jakob tackle Europe in headlining style
Taite Music Prize 2015 winners Jakob commenced their very first headline tour of Europe last week – and rumour has it that their London show sold out. The band are touring in support of their latest new album, Sines, for which they received the hefty trophy and $10,00 cash  – which no doubt will go a long way to help them around Europe.

Smokefree Rockquest 2015
is back for another year! Regional events will start in May, with the first heat being held in Gisborne. Around 650 bands and soloists/duos are expected to enter the event, meaning a total of around 3000 people will compete over the next three months in 24 towns from Invercargill to Kerikeri. The regional events run until 2 July, then the top regional bands and solo/duos submit video footage for selection as one of six bands and three solo/duos to play off at the national final at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Auckland on Friday 11 September. Read more from NZ Musician

Reuben Bradley : An Amazing Opportunity
From Reuben Bradley, via the Boosted crowdfunding site: “We have an amazing opportunity. I am a jazz musician from Wellington, drummer, composer, arranger and band leader. Last year I recorded an album with two times Grammy nominated New York pianist Taylor Eigsti and NZ/NYC bass player, Matt Penman. At short notice, Taylor is coming down under with one of his bands. He has agreed to stay and tour with me to launch the new album. It’s an amazing opportunity, a dream come true, which I hope you will be inspired to make a reality. The album is called ‘Cthulhu Rising’ and is inspired by combining my love of horror literature and modern jazz. I have used some classic H.P.Lovecraft short stories and set them to music, taking inspiration from their dark themes.  ‘Cthulhu Rising’ is my third album, which follows the success of ‘Resonator’ (Jazz Album of the Year 2011) & ‘Mantis: The music of Drew Menzies’ (runner up Jazz Album of the Year 2013)…Creative New Zealand have been very helpful in donating to some of the tour costs, so right now I have everything I need except a finished album and I hope that you might like to help me finish it! We need $5000 to finish the album.  I really look forward to sharing this music with you.” See more about the project on Boosted.

Celebrate NZ Music Month at your local Auckland library.
There is something for every age and taste! The following free opportunities are offered to the public by the APO and Auckland Libraries, to help celebrate NZ Music Month 2015: Sistema Aotearoa Pūoru Pīrere Programme, and the Sistema Aotearoa Concert Performances at the Otara Library, Otara Town Centre.  Also Remix the Orchestra - sample session demo is on Friday 29 May at the
Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road. Letters in Wartime happens on Thursday 7 May at the Parnell Library. Letters held in the special collections at the Auckland War Memorial museum, written by New Zealand soldiers from the front during WW1, have been set to music for singers from the New Zealand Opera and full orchestral accompaniment. To find out about programmes on offer at your local library, visit the Auckland Libraries website.

NZ On Air: Making Tracks Funding Decisions for April 2015
As NZ Music Month 2015 rolls in, NZ On Air are pleased to present the latest list of new songs and music videos that will be created over the coming months. They received 119 applications this round and have chosen 24 to fund. On Monday NZ On Air will launch a new online platform. Also,  a reminder that Porirua City Council are currently taking applications for their top-up grant as part of the Bring it Home funding scheme. If you’d like to apply or have any questions please get in touch with the Senior Development Adviser at MakingTracks Funded Projects – Artists funded in April 2015: AWA feat. Sir T,  Barry Conrad,  Benny Tipene,  Charity Children,  Chris Hurn,  Ciaran McMeeken,  French for Rabbits,  Husk, I Am Giant, J. Williams,  Kong Fooey, Massad, Nadia Reid,  Rival State,  Saving Grace,  Scott Mannion,  Shapeshifter,  The Phoenix Foundation,  Tom Lark, Toni Huata, Troy Kingi, Twin Cities, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Villainy. The next funding round closes Friday 1st May at 5pm.
You can apply here.

New Release Fanfare

She’s So Rad “Breakout” EP available now
Recently Cheese on Toast  shared the music video (watch the behind-the-scenes video below!) for the remix of She’s So Rad’s boogie/disco track “Breakout” that now features guest raps from Grandmaster Caz, JayKin and Coco Solid. You can now purchase the Remix EP in digital format from She’s So Rad’s Bandcamp Page – and stream it in full. She’s So Rad’s Jeremy Toy explains the genesis of She’s So Rad (Special Disco Version) and it’s Remix EP in his blog-post here:  “One day whilst throwing some guitar and bass at a P Money track I played Pete my track “Breakout”. His response went something like this “You should get a rapper on this”… I was like “Great idea, would love to do that.” In the past I have had trouble getting rappers to work on my music as it has, I’m guessing, been to busy, too harmonically dense or not funky enough to work with a rap. Anyways, Pete says “I think Grandmaster Caz would work great on this beat…And it was a series of two emails and I was suddenly emailing the “Robert Johnson” of Hip Hop, the guy that was there when this all began, the guy that is still actively involved in Hip Hop in NYC. And guess what? He replied to me saying my beat (Breakout) was “FIRE”. Cue good feelings and confidence in own self boosted 10 fold.” Read more and listen via Cheese on Toast…

Princess Chelsea – The Great Cybernetic Depression
Princess Chelsea CyberneticPrincess Chelsea (a.k.a. Chelsea Nikkel) is proud to announce her brand new album The Great Cybernetic Depression, a collaborative release via Flying Nun/Lil’ Chief Records. Building upon the success of her debut album Lil Golden Book (2011), which spawned the hit “Cigarette Duet” (which has racked up nearly twenty million hits on Youtube), part of the inspiration behind the new record  it was to try to recreate the magic of childhood sci-fi moves like Neverending Story. Princess Chelsea is sharing new single ‘Too Many People’ from her new album The Great Cybernetic Depression, which is out this Friday May 1 via Flying Nun and Lil’ Chief Records. The twinkling track features guest vocals from Jonathan Bree, who is also on the road with Chelsea on her album release tour which is currently underway. Take a listen below…Head over here to read Under the Radar’s recent interview with Princess Chelsea about the new album. Princess Chelsea is currently on tour and will be performing in Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland over the next few days, visit Under the Radar to see tour dates. 

El Kaptan: Trinity Roots’ new video.
Trinity Roots have released the music video for their song “El Kaptain” which comes from their third studio album Citizen. In speaking about the clip Warren Maxwell of the band said: “Like most creativity, the concept for this video came out of the ‘ether’. The villainess false protagonist spurred thoughts and images from the silent film era. The lyrics were inspired from the last NZ election result which was very disappointing from two perspectives. There is a dual narrative – Dastardly instruction from a lying leader to the apathetic masses. No good will come of it!” Watch it here and check out their tour dates here

Radioglo »In Between Time«
Release date:
May 8th 2015
are a four piece rock band based in Auckland, whose diverse songs are reminiscent of acts such as Kings of Leon and The Raconteurs, along with Elbow and Tom Petty. The odd country lick gives a quirky energetic quality to Gene Bennett (Rubicon) and Heath Watson’s (Sour) shared melodic, textured vocal harmonies, and the acoustic guitar focused sound makes it warm and organic. This is further complimented with the laid back 70’s inspired rhythm section of Shannon Slade (Malakai) and Robert Maskell (Channelling Venus, the NZ’ers).  Although there is a distinct Radioglo sound, Gene says “there are no rules to what we bring to the band, which shows in the variation of songs which range from quirky upbeat to solemn downbeat”. When questioned about the album title, he said, “It was a bit of an in-joke of the time it took to finish recording the album, (although it was a lot less than Steely Dan!). But, it also doubles as a philosophical question of what exists between matter and the frequency of waves, time being a measurement of an object and/or event. Music is like a measurement of all those things vibrating.” In-joke or not, the debut is finally available, and music lovers owe it to their ears to grab this with both hands. Hear Radioglo here via Triple A Records:

Jordan Reyne releases the third chapter of the [MAIDEN​]​, Mother, Crone EP trilogy
“Maiden” is the final EP in Jordan Reyne’s “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” trilogy and is out thisweek – you can listen to the EP here. Described by New Zealand’s National Radio as the pioneer of a new sound, Jordan’s music is a blend of Celtic rock, steam-era machine noise, and Grimms’ fairytale-esque lyrics. Imagine PJ Harvey trapped in the workhouses of Industrial Revolution era England, with only Nine Inch Nails for company.

  She has just played the Whitby Gothic Weekend – previous WGW headliners include Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel, Dead Eyes Opened, Alien Sex Fiend, Clan Of Xymox, Toyah, New Model Army, Heaven 17, Visage, and Hugh Cornwell.

 Prior to WGW, Jordan had just completed a European tour – which included support slots with Laibach – to celebrate the completion of the Maiden, Mother, Crone trilogy. She has also just been booked to play Wave-Gotik-Treffen, the biggest Gothic festival in Europe, which runs from May 22 – 25 in Leipzig, Germany.

 A video has been released for ‘Birth Ritual’,  the first track from the EP trilogy “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone”.

Sam Hunt With David Kilgour & The Heavy 8s – ‘The 9th’
“It took us so long to make this LP because we were always busy and we were determined to record Sam live with the musicians. We didn’t want it to be one of those recordings pasted together long distance with Sam overdubbing poems onto pre recorded tracks etc. Or Sam sending us recordings of poems that we could record with. We needed to be in the same room. It took a while before a gap was found. So March 2014 Sam came to Dunedin for seven days where we wrote and recorded for about 4 days in an old hotel in Port Chalmers called Chicks.” – David Kilgour
Find out more about the album here.

On the Live Front


Will Wood (Lyttelton Records/Southbound) is finishing off his tour with Hannah In The Wars this weekend – catch them at these venues: May 1: Dunedin, Taste Merchants, May 3: Lyttelton, Civil and Naval (solo), 13: and then he heads to Auckland, to play Golden Dawn with Oscar Dowling. Follow Will on Facebook.

Around the World

The Man Who Broke the Music Business: The dawn of online piracy.

By Stephen Witt of The New Yorker.

Benie Lydell Glover
Bernie Lydell Glover

One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers. Late in the evening, the host put on music to get people dancing. Glover, a fixture at clubs in Charlotte, an hour away, had never heard any of the songs before, even though many of them were by artists whose work he enjoyed.

Later, Glover realized that the host had been d.j.’ing with music that had been smuggled out of the plant. He was surprised. Plant policy required all permanent employees to sign a “No Theft Tolerated” agreement. He knew that the plant managers were concerned about leaking, and he’d heard of employees being arrested for embezzling inventory. But at the party, even in front of the supervisors, it seemed clear that the disks had been getting out. In time, Glover became aware of a far-reaching underground trade in pre-release disks. “We’d run them in the plant in the week, and they’d have them in the flea markets on the weekend,” he said. “It was a real leaky plant.”

Read the full story in The New Yorker

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 16 April 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 7 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 - 1 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
3 - 1 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
4 - 1 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
5 2 3 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
6 5 40 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 6 5 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
8 4 184 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 7 34 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
10 - 11 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
11 10 71 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
12 - 2 The Road Home Paper Cranes DRM
13 8 287 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 17 83 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 - 1 Strum Strum EP Luke Thompson PureEntertainment
16 3 95 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
17 14 44 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
18 - 30 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
19 - 4 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective SouthernCollective/DRM
20 - 203 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 16 April 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 17 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 24 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 4 14 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
4 3 7 Purple Six60 Massive
5 5 7 Exhale Six60 Massive
6 6 7 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
7 7 157 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 - 5 White Lines Six60 Massive
9 8 7 Stay Together Six60 Massive
10 10 91 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 19 April 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 14 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 12 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 24 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
4 5 5 Truth Hurts Sid Diamond MTC
5 - 1 White Lines Six60 Massive
6 8 3 What You’ve Done Sam V feat. Donell Lewis DNK/FMG
7 10 2 Feeling Crucial PNC Rhythm/DRM
8 6 29 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
9 9 3 I Wanna Be Foolish SJD RoundTripMars
10 7 41 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1

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!

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.
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).
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:
- 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

BuzzAngle RSD

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

Slowboat Neil Finn 2

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

Southbound RSD
Record Store Day at Southbound Records
Don McG Southbound
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 RSD lawrence
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!”

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 16 April 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 7 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 - 1 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
3 - 1 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
4 - 1 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
5 2 3 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
6 5 40 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 6 5 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
8 4 184 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
9 7 34 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
10 - 11 Sines Jakob Border/DRM
11 10 71 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
12 - 2 The Road Home Paper Cranes DRM
13 8 287 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 17 83 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
15 - 1 Strum Strum EP Luke Thompson PureEntertainment
16 3 95 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
17 14 44 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
18 - 30 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
19 - 4 The Big Blue EP The Jason McIver Collective SouthernCollective/DRM
20 - 203 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2

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