Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 14 May 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 11 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 5 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
3 5 44 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 2 4 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan Border/DRM
5 8 38 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 6 188 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
7 11 9 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
8 10 5 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Diamond&Kowhai/Rhythm/DRM
9 14 2 The 9th Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Rhythm/DRM
10 - 22 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
11 12 5 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
12 13 75 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
13 9 7 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
14 17 289 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
15 - 96 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
16 - 69 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
17 - 84 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
18 18 33 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
19 - 78 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
20 - 43 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 14 May 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 White Lines Six60 Massive
2 3 21 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
3 4 28 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
4 5 18 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
5 7 11 Purple Six60 Massive
6 8 11 Exhale Six60 Massive
7 9 11 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
8 6 161 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 8 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive
10 - 8 Stay Together Six60 Massive

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 17 May 2015

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 18 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 5 White Lines Six60 Massive
3 3 16 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
4 6 2 Get It Jupiter Project And P-Money feat. Young Tapz And Epic The Future LTPS
5 4 9 Truth Hurts Sid Diamond MTC
6 5 28 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
7 7 7 What You’ve Done Sam V feat. Donell Lewis FMG
8 8 7 I Wanna Be Foolish SJD RoundTripMars
9 - 31 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
10 9 3 Can’t Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm

IMNZ News to May 25: Starbucks, and stacks of tunes

We’ve reached the last week of NZ Music Month 2015 already – but don’t think that things are winding down by any means. There is a HUGE stack of great new releases – you can enjoy working your way through them over the course of this week if you’d like to investigate some new tunes. We also have an update of the musical status of Starbucks.

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McLaughlin Law Music Newsletter:  Recording Agreements – Part 1

McLaughlin

Introduction

There is no doubt that the idea of a lucrative ‘Recording Agreement’ with a record label that will set you up for life has traditionally been the Holy Grail for most musicians. However the music industry has evolved a lot in recent years. For example, more and more artists are now choosing to record and release their work independently. Also today, more than ever before, the term ‘Recording Agreement’ in the music industry can in fact refer to a number of different arrangements, each of which have very different implications.

Traditional Approach
In its traditionally used sense, most people think of a Recording Agreement as the arrangement whereby a record company advances you money to pay for the recording of your music and meets all the other costs associated with manufacturing, promotion and distribution of your music.  In return for all these services the record company will take the majority of income earned from sales of your music and will pay you a specified percentage of such income, what we know as ‘royalties’.

Pay Back

It is important to note that under one of these traditional Recording Agreements you will still have to pay back to the record label from the royalties otherwise due to you, the money the record label advanced to you to pay for your recording costs.

Exclusivity

There are also two other very important points to note about the traditional Recording Agreement.  Firstly the arrangement is exclusive.  This means that for the period of time that the agreement is in place you will only be allowed to record and release music for the record label.

Read the full article here

New Release Fanfare

Janine And The Mixtape Releases XX EP On May 22
Janine XX
Little Mixtapes Records and Atlantic Records have announced the release of XX EP, the new project from New Zealand-born singer/ songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / producer Janine and The Mixtape. The highly anticipated XX EP (released on May 22 in New Zealand) debuted in the Top 10 US, currently sitting at #3 in the US R&B/Soul charts – her second Top 10 US debut within the last 12 months. XX EP arrives on the heels of last year’s acclaimed DARK MIND EP and its breakthrough remix, ‘Hold Me (Feat. Pusha T).’ The original version of ‘Hold Me’ has drawn more than 2.7 million plays on SoundCloud while also earning featured play on VH1’s smash reality series, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.  Now based in Brooklyn, Janine and The Mixtape – known to friends and family as Janine Foster – began performing at open mic nights in her native Auckland when she was but 14 years old. Released initially by her own Little Mixtapes Records in 2013, DARK MIND immediately shot Janine and The Mixtape into the spotlight – as well as the top 2 on the iTunes Store’s “Top R&B Albums” chart. The EP – which also includes the hit single/video, ‘Little Bit’ (featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood) – received worldwide applause, with high praise coming from such outlets as MTV,BillboardVIBE VixenComplex, and VIBE, which ranked Janine and The Mixtape among their “R&B Secret Society: 26 Acts You Should Be Listening To.”   Janine and the Mixtape website…

Jack Body – Songs Of Death & Desire
The late Jack Body was somewhat prescient – he had been working on this; which was due for release  – as it turns out – on a date which happened to be two days after his death. Originally conceived as a ‘theatrical entertainment’ and first heard at the 2013 Auckland Festival, “Songs and Dances of Desire” consisted of twenty movements, five of them cabaret dances. Now recomposed by Body into this orchestral song cycle Songs of Death and Desire, these sumptuous songs, full of drama and passion, are given powerful performances by the NZSO and select vocalists. Includes arrangements of arias from Bizet’s Carmen performed by the sensational Chinese male soprano Xiao Ma, and with settings in Spanish and Maori of texts by women about love and life, songs that are greatly enhanced by vocal contributions from Anna Pierard and Mere Boynton. Read more on Amplifier…

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi Love
While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia’s roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre’s legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where’s he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together. In many ways, the album is Nielson’s reckoning with and reinterpretation of the promise of the ’60s. Have the ideals from that period of searching optimism, and the corresponding progress towards more fulfilling relationships and a more just society, truly been been met, or as Nielson believes, are we all still searching? Viewed through the prism of today’s progress (or lack thereof), Multi-Love speaks to a more complicated and tricky view of love, enlightenment and racial harmony. “Puzzles” literally begins with what sounds like windows shattering and someone sweeping up the pieces of broken glass, an indictment of recent racial tension in Ferguson and elsewhere that show a country off course. Read more from Marbecks…

Miss June Matriarchy EP
Every now and then, that young New Zealand band comes along, and it just has that something special. In the case of young Auckland band Miss June, there are a number of special things.  A four piece who came about by fluke, when vocalist/guitarist Annabel Liddell needed a band for a last minute gig; her instinct that jazz musicians would learn the tunes in time was spot on, and so was the chemistry. The same four artists are now on the cusp of releasing their debut EP less than a couple years after that first formidable show.  Punk/Rock/Pop it depends on the moment, what is consistent are the inspired, witty lyrics and their skilful musicianship. This inimitable combination ensures that with their live shows, Miss June are owning it. Be it their headlining spots, touring with Shonen Knife, or stadium shows supporting The Foo Fighters – they’re quickly proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. Now that energy has been captured on their debut EP, Matriarchy.  https://www.facebook.com/missjunenz

Astro Children – Play It As It Lays
Perhaps tired of the mainstream attention paid to the past rather than to the present, the first single from Astro Children’s forthcoming EP (‘Plain and Fancy Killings’) sums up the feelings of a disenfranchised new generation of musicians from Dunedin. Not that paying tribute is a problem – more so the continual shadows of old cast over not just a city, but a musical scene. Once more a nod to the literary world, this time to author Joan Didion, “Play It As It Lays” – much like Didion’s work – is permeated with anxiety and a foreboding dread.  And if you must draw some comparisons to the past, British music anoraks may wish to draw comparisons to The Raincoats; while those in the South Pacific might wish to unearth the works of Queen Meanie Puss and their examples of restrained aggression.

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Anthonie Tonnon shares music video for “Water Underground”
The video was filmed by French-New Zealand filmmaker Delphine Avril Planqueel. Read more from Cheese on Toast

Dictaphone Blues “Lance’s Tape” tour and new video
The song is the fourth and final single taken from Dictaphone Blues’ album “Mufti Day”. The seed of the song resides in a story that songwriter Edward Castelow heard about a ‘naughty video’ that was handed around a high school in Dunedin in the 1990’s. “This was pre-internet, a time where you had to have the guts to walk into the adult section of the video store to get your hands on such an item, or have a cool older sibling. At this high school, which will remain
anonymous, you had to know the right person, they had to think that you were deserved of the tape and then you would get to dub it. The only thing that was written on this Holy Grail was ‘Lance’s Tape’”. Catch the band playing live on the Lance’s Tape Release Tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. Starting in Auckland this Friday May 22 at Whammy Bar (that’s tonight!) Watch the video here, and find the show dates on Under the Radar

Scalper – The Emperor’s Clothes – LP
Appearing as “MC Nad”, Scalper started off his musical career performing in the underground hip-hop crew Made In Britain (M.I.B.). Later in the decade Scalper became a member of the British-based multi-ethnic hip-hop world fusion music group Fun-Da-Mental, as a live vocalist. The group were well known for their heavily political attitude, strong Islamic affiliation and energetic fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms. Scalper made the move to New Zealand in 2007, after first visiting with Fun-Da-Mental for the 1997 WOMAD festival. Basing himself on Auckland City’s west coast, Scalper began working creatively in his new home, leading to the release of 2010’s “Flesh & Bones”. The album was very well received by New Zealand press, who labelled it “beautifully formed…finely tuned” and “What could be New Zealand’s most polished and accomplished album for 2010′′. Scalper released his sophomore album “Butchers Bakers” on March 19, 2012. Now in 2015 we’re treated to a new chapter from Scalper’s songbook – “The Emperor’s Clothes”. Initially only available on vinyl, this album sees the wordsmith and producer delve deeper into the dark imagery that he’s so adept at conjuring. LIMITED COPIES! Scalper on Facebook…

Tasty Brown – Chapter Two – CD
TastyBrown is the new sound of New Zealand/Aotearoa. This seven piece ensemble based in Hamilton, New Zealand started in their kitchen in 2010 with a vision to play their own music to the masses. The TastyBrown family are set and ready to bring their unique flava again to the NZ Music scene and beyond as “Chapter Two” creates the New Journey, the New Sound. It has been self funded and produced entirely by the members of TastyBrown from the humble surroundings of their own home built studio. Jay Tamati & Paul Northover are the driving force behind the new album, Jay responsible for recording, producing, mixing & mastering the whole Album along side Paul with an ensemble of Co writers and feature artists to create this new master piece that is T. BROWN – CHAPTER 2. Read more on Amplifier

Radioglo – In Between Time – CD
Radioglo
are a four piece rock band based in Auckland, whose diverse songs are reminiscent of class acts such as Kings of Leon and The Raconteurs, along with Elbow and Tom Petty. With the release of their debut album, listeners will be able to discover the depth and breadth of the material, which contains an inert catchiness that lingers on. The odd country lick gives a quirky energetic quality to Gene Bennett (Rubicon) and Heath Watson’s (Sour) shared melodic 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).

Diaz Grimm: Debut Album “Osiris”
diazgrimmDiaz Grimm is excited to announce the release of his debut album Osiris. Entirely self-funded and self-released, Osiris is the culmination of a year’s worth of work for Diaz. Named after the Egyptian god of life, death, and rebirth, Diaz describes the album as being “the soundtrack for a movie that doesn’t exist yet.” Being raised with hiphop but falling in love with electronic music, Diaz is bringing a fresh new sound to the table in 2015. Heavily influenced by creatives such as Kanye, James Blake, Steve Jobs, James Cameron, Diaz plans on creating a movement worthy of the history books. A behind-the-scenes look at Diaz in the Red Bill Studios can be seen here, documenting part of journey of recording Osiris. The album debuted at #19 in the New Zealand albums chart. diazgrimm.com

New The Phoenix Foundation album out August 7th – New single Mountain out now!
From TPF: “Hello my friend! WTF!? We are all set to return with our sixth studio album ‘Give Up Your Dreams’ on 7 August. New single ‘Mountain’ is streaming now via Stereogum.  The album is called Give Up Your Dreams. We are not slaves to the consumerist jail of ambition and achievement! We are not on Oprah, there is no free car under our seat! Join the GUYD revolution! “THE WORLD IS NOT AN OYSTER”! We at The Phoenix Foundation have woken from our dreams and now we live in a fantasy. A fantasy of GUYD. Join us, GUYD will guide you and beguile you.  You can pre-order GUYD now via iTunes with an instant download of Mountain also available on gold coloured vinyl and CD. To make the most of the cult of GUYD we have also put together very limited deluxe packs with signed gold viny, sleep mask, pillow case and signed CD to help you sleep without the tyranny of dreams”. MOUNTAIN ON SOUNDCLOUD.

Enter Barker’s Haunted House
Johnny’s recent new solo project, Barker, has resulted in a soon to be released debut album, Sleepwalking. ‘Haunted House’ is Barker’s first single and music video from the new album. Funded by NZ on Air, it was created by Barker’s 48 hour film team Lense Flare, produced by Rachael Blampied with director of photography Drew Sturge and directed by Barker himself. Featuring a young girl, played by Johnny’s niece Eva Glengarry, the video explores the idea of losing the one thing that makes a person whole, in turn making them dangerous and unstable.  Filmed in the neo noir style, the video takes inspiration  from films such as Blade Runner, The Matrix, Looper and Children of Men.  The ‘Haunted House’ video is premiering exclusively on Australian indie music blog Hhhhappy. ‘Haunted House’ is now available for purchase from iTunes and Amplifier

Glass Vaults – Sojourn Teaser
Last week we announced a vinyl pre-order campaign for Wellington’s Glass Vaults‘ new album Sojourn. While it’s not out till September, if you are wondering what it sounds like, they have released a teaser video featuring snippets of the 11 tracks. If you like what you hear, why not help get it pressed to 12″ LP via their crowd-funding pre-order campaign here.

On the Live Front

Remix the Orchestra sample session demo
Friday 29 May, 4pm – 5pm
Meet young remix artist Loxmyn and hear him demo his original music. Bring your own instrument or rapping ability, and hear what can happen when you are sampled by Loxmyn and remixed! Avondale Library. See more happening at Auckland Libraries

The Alliance Française Music Festival
is coming to Auckland again this year. Inspired by “La Fête de la Musique” aka Make Music Day – an international event celebrated in more than 100 countries – the Alliance Française Music Festival will present artists from both the local and international music scenes. Join them for a merveilleux music marathon! Estère, Boagan and Twistin’ The Swing are the main acts of a 7 hour performance of music of all genres: electro, jazz, swing, reggae,… More info on www.alliance-francaise.co.nz/afmusicfestival/

Are you ready for Salvation?
Bernie Riverhead webBernie Griffen
and his band The Thin Men are again touring their original style of blues-based folk music, starting with:
– Titirangi RSA, Auckland, 8 PM, June 5
– Warkworth , Walton Park Motor Lodge, 8 PM, June 6
– Riverhead Tavern, Auckland, 2 PM, June 7
Hard to categorise, Griffen’s music has been dubbed “roughhouse folk”. “National music treasure” is how reviewer Brian Thomas on Sounds Good To Me described Griffen’s Salvation album launch show at The Great Southern Tuning Fork, Vector Arena in Auckland in September.  The Thin Men are Bernie Griffen (vocals, guitar, banjo) Kirsten Warner (acoustic guitar and vocals) Scott J. Mason (drums) Brendan Turner (bass).  The Thin Men are assisted by Scott J. Mason (Mulholland), and Brendan and Alison Turner (recently touring with The Bads and Great North). LINK TO SINGLE I’M CRYING TOO: https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=Bernie%20Griffen%2C%20Crying%20Too

Around the World

Starbucks and Spotify Link Up to Bring Digital Music Into Stores
From Digital Media Wire
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AdWeek reports, “This fall, the two companies are teaming up to equip all employees in Starbucks’ 7,000 domestic stores with free Spotify Premium subscriptions that normally cost $10 a month—the subscriptions will ultimately power the in-store music. The coffee chain’s 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members will be able to stream the playlists baristas concoct and vote for what kind of music they would like to listen to, location by location. What’s more, the listening and voting features can be done on either the Spotify or Starbucks app.” Read more.

After ditching CDs earlier this year, Starbucks is not giving up on providing music to its customers thanks to a new partnership with Spotify.

This fall, the two companies are teaming up to equip all employees in Starbucks’ 7,000 domestic stores with free Spotify Premium subscriptions that normally cost $10 a month—the subscriptions will ultimately power the in-store music. The coffee chain’s 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members will be able to stream the playlists baristas concoct and vote for what kind of music they would like to listen to, location by location. What’s more, the listening and voting features can be done on either the Spotify or Starbucks app.

Spotify users will also receive points—or stars, in this loyalty program’s vernacular—they can put toward earning free coffee and food.

It’s the first time Starbucks is extending its loyalty program to reward its members for doing more than just buying coffee, but it’s also the latest step in building the chain’s app into the go-to app for other brands.

For the past year, rumors have swirled that Starbucks is building a mobile platform that it will sell to brands looking to break into mobile payments. In September, the brand inked a deal with Uber to include a button on its app that lets users book rides. In March, mobile accounted for 18 percent of Starbucks’ U.S. revenue.

“It’s only a matter of time before Starbucks opens up its app and payments platform for other brands to use,” said Sean Cullen, evp of product and technology at Fluent. “Over the past few years, other large organizations such as Amazon and Major League Baseball have seen tremendous success reselling capabilities built for internal use, externally.”

Meanwhile, the exposure in Starbucks stores and on its mobile platform could give Spotify’s subscription business a boost. The music-streaming service has 60 million users, only 15 million of whom pay for music.

Read more from Digital Media Wire…

McLaughlin Law Music Newsletter: Recording Agreements – Part 1

McLaughlin

Introduction

There is no doubt that the idea of a lucrative ‘Recording Agreement’ with a record label that will set you up for life has traditionally been the Holy Grail for most musicians. However the music industry has evolved a lot in recent years. For example, more and more artists are now choosing to record and release their work independently. Also today, more than ever before, the term ‘Recording Agreement’ in the music industry can in fact refer to a number of different arrangements, each of which have very different implications.

Traditional Approach
In its traditionally used sense, most people think of a Recording Agreement as the arrangement whereby a record company advances you money to pay for the recording of your music and meets all the other costs associated with manufacturing, promotion and distribution of your music.  In return for all these services the record company will take the majority of income earned from sales of your music and will pay you a specified percentage of such income, what we know as ‘royalties’.

Pay Back

It is important to note that under one of these traditional Recording Agreements you will still have to pay back to the record label from the royalties otherwise due to you, the money the record label advanced to you to pay for your recording costs.

Exclusivity

There are also two other very important points to note about the traditional Recording Agreement.  Firstly the arrangement is exclusive.  This means that for the period of time that the agreement is in place you will only be allowed to record and release music for the record label.

Ownership

The other REALLY important point to be aware of is that even though they will pay you royalties, the record label will in fact own forever the recordings you make for them under a Recording Agreement, although your rights to the underlying songs you’ve written that feature on those recordings (often referred to as ‘publishing rights’) will always remain with you.

Less Common

Although most people still talk about ‘Recording Agreements’ the reality is that in large part because of the cost and risk to a record label of signing an artist to a full blown Recording Agreement, these types of agreements are much less common now than they were even a few years ago.  In their place some of the other variations of the traditional Recording Agreement discussed below are much more widely used these days.

Licensing Agreements

The first of these variations is the Licensing Agreement.  A Licensing Agreement can have all the same characteristics of a Recording Agreement with a couple of key differences.  These are essentially that you are responsible for funding the recording process but in return you do retain ownership of your recordings.

Limited License

Under a Licensing Agreement you licence the record company the exclusive right to use your recordings for a certain amount of time and the record company will still itself meet the costs of the manufacturing, promotion and distribution of your recordings.  Also just as with a Recording Agreement you will receive a royalty from the record label on sales of your music and in many cases some form of upfront advance against these future royalties to help you with your recording costs may be able to be negotiated with the record label.

P&D Agreements

The other main variation of the Recording Agreement which is perhaps one of the most common these days in New Zealand is what is known as the Production and Distribution Agreement (P&D for short).  A P&D Agreement works in a very similar way to the Licensing Agreement in that you deliver completed recordings to the record company and the record company has the exclusive right to release these recordings for an agreed period of time.

No Promotion
The big difference between the P&D Agreement and Licensing Agreement however is that under a P&D Agreement there is no promotion done by the record company.  Rather the record company is only responsible for physically producing your music in the form of CDs or vinyl and then distributing these into store as well as of course encoding and uploading your music to the various digital music services.

P&D Plus
In some cases a record label may also offer a slight variation on the P&D Agreement called the P&D Plus, under which the record company will perform some promotion and marketing for you in return for a slightly larger share of the income than they would otherwise take under the straight P&D Agreement.  Under a P&D Agreement the majority of income also goes to the artist rather than the record label.

Distribution Agreement

The final main variant on the Recording Agreement that we commonly see today is the simple Distribution Agreement.  This operates just like a P&D Agreement except you are actually responsible for providing your manufactured CDs or vinyl to the distributor who then as with the P&D Agreement distributes your music to traditional retailers and also in digital form to online stores. Along these lines digital only Distribution Agreements are also now offered by some record labels and online music services.

Next Time

Now that we’ve got some of the basics sorted, in the next edition of our Music Law Newsletter we’ll take a look at some of the key terms to be aware of in agreements with record companies and distributors.

http://www.mclaughlinlaw.co.nz/

 

IMNZ Newsletter for May 14th: Farewell to one of the greats

This week we mourn the loss of one of New Zealand’s great composers; we share the winners of the Music Managers’ Awards; and we present a NZ Music Month-sized bucketload of new releases and shows.

The MMF New Zealand, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA AMCOS, Neuw Denim and the New Zealand Music Commission are proud to announce the winners for the 2015 Music Managers Awards.
Katie Thompson & Greg Haver, Katie winner MMF Achievement Award
Artists and industry specialists alike have raised their glasses in toast to the endless contribution that managers make to the New Zealand music industry, and celebrating all those who took home awards this evening. Ashley Page took home the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year’ award for his work with Broods, Joel Little, and Jarryd James, a very-well deserved award for a manager who always goes above and beyond for his artists.  There’s a really interesting interview with Ashley in the NZ Herald. ‘Breakthrough Manager of the Year’ was awarded to duo Nick Dwyer and Dick Johnson for their work in raising the profile of their dance music project Weird Together. For the second year in a row, Scott Maclachlan has taken home the ‘International Achievement’ award, for his role in the continuing and unprecedented success of Lorde and Sol3 Mio.  The prize for ‘Self Managed Artist’ was awarded to Andrew Spraggon for his project Sola Rosa; a 15-year labour of love.  James Southgate has won the ‘Independent Tour’ award for the Devilskin ‘We Rise’ Album Release Tour.  Awesome shows aren’t possible without awesome venues, and awards were also presented tonight to the Powerstation for ‘Best Large Venue’ for the third year running, and The Kings Arms for ‘Best Small Venue’.  The ‘Industry Champion’ for 2015 was for the first time open to individuals and so was awarded to Brendan Smyth, music manager for NZ On Air.  The MMF Mentoring Program provides opportunities for new artists to have one on one time with industry specialists, and the Achievement Award recognises the efforts of a member who utilises the resources provided by the program and shows great initiative. This year the ‘Achievement Award’ was presented to Katie Thompson who has demonstrated great promise in her work with Quirky Music, who provides holistic music management for a range of independent artists. The MMF wish to say thank you to all of their sponsors – and congratulations to all of tonight’s winners!  www.mmf.co.nz

International and Industry Action

2015 NZ Music Month Summit: Meet the Music Agencies – Speakers Announced
The NZ Music Managers’ Forum together with the NZ Music Commission are pleased to announce the agency representatives who will be leading The Official 2015 NZ Music Month Summit masterclasses on Saturday 23 May, 2015. This year the NZ Music Month Summit is an intimate series of masterclasses where delegates can get up close and personal with music industry agencies and find out first-hand how to make money from their music, what funding is available, and hear tips and pointers on how to present the best application for success. The Summit was announced last week and already the registrations for these focused sessions are at 50% capacity. To secure a place at the NZ Music Month Summit please rsvp to: rsvp@nzmusic.org.nz.  The FREE event will include experienced music industry specialists including Brendan Smyth from NZ On Air, Alan Holt from the NZ Music Commission, Dean Cameron from Recorded Music NZ, Chris Archer from Creative New Zealand and Ant Healey from APRA AMCOS.
NZ Music Month Summit – Saturday 23 May 2015
Marlborough Rooms, Level 5, SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland
Midday to 3pm
Read more on the NZ Music Month website…

Jack Body passes away
Jack Body portrait_mnSOUNZ (The Centre for New Zealand Music) have noted the passing of composer Jack Body with great sadness. Jack passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon 10 May at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. An Arts Icon, extraordinary musician and generous friend to many, Jack is survived by his beloved partner Yono. “Jack worked tirelessly to help and support New Zealand composers,” says Julie Sperring, Executive Director of SOUNZ. “His acceptance and love for humanity in all its diversity flowed through into his own music and he leaves a unique, colourful and masterful musical legacy.” Jack was active to the last, closely involved in the production of the publication Jack! Celebrating Jack Body, Composer, with the realisation of a CD of his music for Atoll and with the tying up of loose ends from a career spanning five decades. Read more from SOUNZ. Graham Reid has an insightful interview with him here on Elsewhere.co.nz.

Louis Baker impresses at the Great Escape
Louis Baker was noted by The AU Review as one of the highlights on the first day of The Great Escape; here’s what they had to say, “New Zealand artist Louis Baker performed in the Queens Hotel and showed off some amazing guitar skills and an even more impressive voice. Fans of Matt Corby should check this guy out… and fans of great voices in general. Was very impressed.” Read more…

Kiwi band Six60 signs international deal
Six60 are now rubbing shoulders with some international heavyweights after signing a deal with Capitol Records. The band is also about to start a national tour which is almost sold out and the band currently has ten songs in the New Zealand Top Twenty. They began as a group of friends from Dunedin and the group has grown from covering other people’s songs to writing their own. Their Facebook page now has almost 250,000 likes. Read more from TVNZ…

Entries for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Awards are now open
Entries are now open for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Awards. This includes entries for the following awards:
– APRA Silver Scroll Award
– APRA Maioha Award
– SOUNZ Contemporary Award
For entry criteria and to enter the awards download an entry form: Download Entry Form. Also presented on the night are the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film and Best Original Music in a Series. For more information regarding these awards click here. As the only peer voted music award in New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award provides a unique opportunity for songwriters to recognise outstanding achievement by their peers. The winner of the award receives a payment of $5,000, and takes the freshly engraved APRA Silver Scroll Award into their care for 11 months. Entries for all awards close at 5pm on Monday 8th June.

Aeroplane Music Services moves to Auckland music hub.
Aeroplane Music is excited to announce its move to 80 Pitt St, Auckland – a lively location just off Karangahape (K) Rd. Aeroplane shares the 3-level space with the offices of Flying Nun, Arch Hill Recordings and the new Flying Out record store on street level. Aeroplane Music Services is proud to be 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Recent music placements include films The Dark Horse, Fresh Meat, as well as TV shows StepDave, SuperCity, Nothing Trivial and The Brokenwood Mysteries to name a few. Advertising song synchs include the recent Ford Fiesta commercial featuring Little Bark’s ‘Modern Love’.  Aeroplane is proud to represent the Warner Music master catalogue in New Zealand as well as the iconic Flying Nun and Arch Hill labels. Aeroplane publicity has helped to raise the profiles of many talented and diverse artists such as Andrew Keoghan, Tattletale Saints and The Map Room. Songbroker was launched early last year and represents artists Goodshirt and Gareth Thomas, Little Bark, Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, Mika X, Jackie Bristow, Golden Curtain, Swamp Thing and more. Songbroker also has an extensive music library for film and television productions.  www.aeroplanemusic.co.nz

Entries are NOW OPEN for the 2015 Children’s Music Awards.
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The Children’s Music Awards celebrate the songwriters who shape the colourful, wonderful, wacky worlds our kids visit through music. The awards have been going gangbusters since they were introduced in 2008, and this year the awards step it up a notch with the introduction of a music grant from NZ On Air. In addition to a $1000 cash prize, this year the winner of the APRA Best Children’s Music Song Award will also receive a $10,000 NZ On Air grant to be spent on the recording of a song and a music video. NZ On Air’s music manager Brendan Smyth hopes the addition of the grant will encourage more music to be written for children “This special Making Tracks funding for the winner is one way we can recognise the best in children’s music and stimulate more music to be written. We are also looking at how we can use our NewTracks and new AllTracks platforms to help promote children’s music.” Entries are now open for the awards in the following categories:
APRA Best Children’s Music Song
Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Album
What Now Best Children’s Music Video
The awards will be presented live on What Now on Sunday 2nd August by last year’s winner Anika Moa.
Enter here…

Aldous Harding Uk/Europe tour
Aldous Harding has just kicked off her European tour. Great Escape is first up, and then she plays shows across the mainland, in Manchester, Oslo, Amsterdam, Mannheim, Lyon, Basel, Rorscach, Wien and Berlin. Read more…

Anika Moa face-to-face with Mel Parsons
This week, Anika Moa sits down with her old friend and prolific touring musician, Mel Parsons. She may sing sweet folk songs but Parsons knows exactly how to handle Moa’s brash sense of humour and cultural insensitivity towards Southland, where Parsons hails from. She also has some embarrassing tales to tell of touring with Moa, including the time a devoted fan flung a sex toy at Moa while she was performing. Plus, she lifts the lid on exactly how Moa came to feature on her album. And it’s not a story Moa wants you to hear. Watch here on the NZ Herald Online.

New Release Fanfare

Jack Body – Passing By
This is a double album set of chamber works by one of our most revered and cherished composers, the inimitable Jack Body. With new recordings from NZTrio and Stephen De Pledge, recent recordings from Kronos Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, Stroma New Music Ensemble, New Music Works Ensemble, David Radzynski, and Ensemble Nomad, Passing By is a testament to the career of one of New Zealand’s most inspired (and inspiring) artists. Read more on Amplifier…

She’s So Rad – Tango – New Album Released May 15th Through From The Crate Records In NzZ May 29th Through MUZAI Records In The Uk And Europe.
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Having caused a general swell of attention through the release of “Cool It” and more recently “Kick Out Of Life”, Auckland shoegaze/dream pop outfit She’s So Rad release their sophomore effort, TANGO, through From The Crate Records and MUZAI Records throughout the month of May on CD, vinyl (NZ only) and digitally.

The follow up to the Taite Music Award nominated album In Circles, TANGO in Jeremy Toy and Anji Sami’s take on the shoegaze archetype with the most up to date production tools available. Almost as if the original C60 cassette tapes has been remastered to today’s lossless audio loving public – striking a balance between tradition and modernization.

 Produced by Toy, his equal love of Hip Hop and Shoegaze provided the band with a key element in many respects to the final sound TANGO boasts; earning the band attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6), The 405, This Is Fake DIY and playlisted on Amazing Radio (UK)

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“They stand out from a crop of My Bloody Valentine adoring young’uns with a penchant for sweet noise” – This Is Fake DIY Stream the album now via She’s So Rad’s SOUNDCLOUD page.

Matt Barus and LA Mitchell are Terrible Sons
Their first single is a ‘me against the world’ song, says Matt Barus, one half of the husband and wife duo Terrible Sons.  As timeless as it’s name suggests, ‘Neptune’ is a melancholic ode combining space and melody in perfect symmetry.  It is accompanied by stunning imagery directed by Arthur Gay of Candlelit Pictures. You can view their captivating debut, here <https://youtu.be/UF1x6MJHw78> Terrible Sons are Matt Barus (Dukes) and Lauren Barus (aka L.A.Mitchell), and ‘Neptune’ was released Friday May 15.

NZTrio – Lightbox
For their third Rattle release following their two Best Classical Album nominated releases, ‘Bright Tide Moving Between’ (2008) and ‘Flourishes’ (2011), NZTrio’s exceptional new recording features recent commissions by some of the finest of the current generation of New Zeland composers. Taking its title from Karlo Margetić’s Sounz Contemporary award-winner, Lightbox features works by Claire Cowan, Rachel Clement, Alex Taylor, Samuel Holloway, Gao Ping, and Chris Gendall. NZTrio is one of our leading contemporary music ensembles. Simply put, they just keep getting better, and Lightbox is an absolute stunner. 
Justine Cormack (violin), Sarah Watkins (piano), Ashley Brown (cello). Read more…

Jenny Wollerman / Michael Houstoun – Between Darkness & Light
‘Between Darkness and Light’ is a celebration of 19th and 20th century art-song from two of our finest classical musicians. This fine album features works by some of the world’s most beloved composers, Gabriel Fauré, Sergei Prokofiev, Madeleine Dring, André Previn, Maurice Ravel, Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Reynaldo Hahn, Sergei Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf and Claude Debussy. Read more…

Gareth Thomas  
‘Gone Cold’
“This is kiwi indie pop at its best”. 5 stars The Dominion Post
“…Gorgeously understated supreme talent – don’t let this one slip by” Real Groove Magazine
As the onset of winter approaches, Gareth Thomas (Goodshirt) releases his new video single ‘Gone Cold,’ the third from his critically acclaimed debut solo album Lady Alien.  The release of ‘Gone Cold’ celebrates the international release of the album Lady Alien in April 2015, available now on iTunes and Bandcamp.
 
‘Gone Cold’ follows a yearning bass vamp anchored in a spacious soundscape which then builds into Jimmy Page territory – delicate and melodic one minute, dark and emotionally raw the next.
 
The video is the story of a ‘sensitive zombie’ shot in a dark and beautiful film noir style by director Garth Badger of Thievery Studio.  Australian music blog Hhhhappy are premiering the video exclusively today.

View ‘Gone Cold’ here.
 His second solo album ‘Fizzy Milk’ is due for release in February 2016. Watch the video on Hhhhappy.

On the Live Front

Bic Runga & Tiny Ruins On Tour 
bictinyruinsNew Zealand music lovers are in for a treat as two of the country’s finest singer-songwriters join forces to dazzle audiences. Bic Runga’s accomplishments are already enough to label her a national treasure…three number one albums, a swag of hit singles and a Silver Scroll songwriting award. Bic Runga has been writing and recording her next record with this material being debuted live at these concerts. Now Bic Runga will be touring with Tiny Ruins. Songwriter Hollie Fullbrook from Tiny Ruins has seen a groundswell of support for her music at home and overseas, with fans such as David Lynch, NPR, The New York Times and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop singing her praises in the past year. Along with drummer Alex Freer and bassist Cass Basil, the band has won over international audiences touring with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Calexico and The Handsome Family. Playing over 130 shows in 2014, their mesmerizing live performances have seen recent appearances at Sydney and Perth Arts Festivals, End Of The Road Festival in the UK and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Their Most recent album, Brightly Painted One, was awarded Best Alternative Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards. These two talented women will take to the stage with their respective bands, including drummer Kody Neilson joining Runga, across some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and intimate venues, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see them showcase new material and reimagine cherished favourites in a solo capacity, with their bands, and together for a special finale. See dates on Under the Radar…

David Dallas’ Shenanigan Sessions Return This May
“I decided it was time we found a good spot and hit up a few of our friends so they can play shit you actually wanna hear”
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Hit up David Dallas’ personally hosted Sunday sessions the last weekend of every month at Auckland’s Sweatshop Brew Bar. Bringing together the DJs he rates, Shenanigans is carefully curated so you can see out your weekend to the best hip-hop and RnB tracks. Settling into the new venue and regular dates, Shenanigan is here to stay with Volume 3 taking place on Sunday 31st May. Featuring Jordache (Fire & Ice), Che Kamikaze, Mac Major and the return of long time producer/collaborator 41 by way of Japan, head down to Sweatshop Brew Bar from 2PM until late. Entry is free.
Shenanigan Vol 3
Featuring Che Kamikaze, Jordache (Fire & Ice), 41 & Mac Major
Sunday 31 May – Sweatshop Brew Bar – Auckland
2PM – late
Entry: FREE

Around the World

Community Radio And Australia Council To Take A Hit From Federal Budget
From themusic.com.au
The Australia Council and community stations around the country better buckle up.

Last wek’s 2015 Federal Budget saw the continuation of the Administered Program Indexation Pause for another two years which means that the community broadcasting sector will have to cope with further cuts to the more than 440 community radio stations in the country.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia President Adrian Basso claims the Government are continuing to withdrawal their support for community stations, even though almost five million Australians aged fifteen years and over listen to community radio each week.

“The community broadcasting sector lost over $1 million in Australian Government funding support through the initial impact of the Administered Program Indexation Pause and now faces a further substantial loss through its extension” Basso said.

“If the pause continues, the Government risks the slow demise of some in our sector, which contributes so much to the cultural life of Australia. Community stations, particularly the two thirds of community radio stations that operate in regional and remote areas, cannot absorb the pause forever and, over time, this will see services lost.”

Similarly, the Australia Council has had almost $105 million stripped from its funding to establish a new grants program run by the Federal Arts Ministry.

According to SMH, a statement released today says the Council will give “careful consideration” to its priorities, though it will remain “committed to supporting Australian artists and arts organisations.”

Australian Theatre For Young People artistic director Fraser Corfield said that he fears smaller organisations will fall by the way side with the changes.

“My fear is that it will disproportionately advantage the larger, better connected arts organisations and companies,” he said.

“Looking at the youth theatre sector, which is nationally the smallest and least funded of arts organisations, it’s going to be very difficult to get traction in that sort of funding environment.”

Read more from themusic.com.au

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 7 May 2015

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1 1 10 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 3 3 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan Border/DRM
3 2 4 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
4 - 1 Into Temptation Tainted Rhythm/DRM
5 5 43 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
6 7 187 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
7 - 1 The Great Cybernetic Depression Princess Chelsea Lil’Chief/Rhythm/DRM
8 11 37 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
9 10 6 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
10 9 4 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Diamond&Kowhai/Rhythm/DRM
11 4 8 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
12 17 4 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole Rhythm/DRM
13 13 74 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
14 - 1 The 9th Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Rhythm/DRM
15 14 5 The Road Home Paper Cranes DRM
16 19 2 Reflection Rebecca Nelson Ode/DRM
17 - 288 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
18 16 32 Red Grey Blue Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM
19 - 38 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
20 15 11 Our New Life Above The Ground Avalanche City LTPS

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