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.
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 speech on her Taite Music Prize win the previous year. The event was live-streamed to the public via 95bFM’s YouTube channel.
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
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
April 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…
NZ 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
Starting 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.
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…