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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also presented at the ceremony was the Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and that also define who we are. This year’s panel have given the nod to the Herbs ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, 1981) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award was presented by Moana Maniapoto and accepted by Warrior Records founder Hugh Lynn, label & artist manager Will Ilolahia, band member Dilworth Karaka. Read more…

International and Industry Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Momentum Programme 2015 – call-out

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

New Release Fanfare

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

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

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

On the Live Front

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

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

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


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

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

Around the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more from Billboard.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also presented at the ceremony was the Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and that also define who we are. This year’s panel have given the nod to the Herbs ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, 1981) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award was presented by Moana Maniapoto and accepted by Warrior Records founder Hugh Lynn, label & artist manager Will Ilolahia, band member Dilworth Karaka.

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The Taite Music Prize

Presented by:

Independent Music New Zealand

Founding Partner:

Recorded Music NZ

Official Partners:

NZ On Air / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners:

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

Media Partners:

iHeartRadio / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

 

Previous winners are:

2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)

2011 – Ladi6 – ‘The Liberation Of’ (Question? Music)

2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ (Seeing Records)

2013 – SJD – ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)

2014 – Lorde – ‘Heroine’ (Universal Music)

Previous Independent Music NZ Classic Record winners are:

Gordons – Gordons (Flying Nun Records)

AK-79 – various artists (Ripper Records)

IMNZ Newsletter and Charts to April 5: Announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ Award

The Taite Music Prize: Announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ Award
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IMNZ is proud to announce the second award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2015 event.  The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media / industry specialists, who have given the nod this year to the Herbs’ ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, July 1981) mini-album as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Moana Maniapoto and will be accepted by members of the band and label. Read more

Meet the Taite Music Prize 2015 finalists
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We have our own YouTube channel – come and meet the Taite Music Prize finalists speaking about the creation of their albums. We have interviews with Mulholland, Tiny Ruins, Delaney Davidson, and Aldous Harding online now, with one more being posted each day until all 10 finalists are on your screens.

International and Industry Action

The Axe Attack is back and ready to rock with its own iHeartRadio NZ radio station!
NZME has announced that metal DJ and high profile musician, Paul ‘The Axeman’ Martin, is joining the internet radio revolution on iHeartRadio NZ.  The show will continue to feature the best in heavy metal music from New Zealand and around the globe. Carolyn Luey, Head of iHeartRadio NZ says, “When the news broke the legendary Axe Attack show had no home, passionate heavy metal fans from all around the country were up in arms. With 28 years’ experience on the airwaves and a loyal fan base the decision to include The Axe Attack on iHeartRadio NZ was a no-brainer.” The Axe Attack is absolutely free and can be found at http://www.iheart.com/live/the-axe-attack-6848/

3 From 3 at the Vodafone NZ Music Jazz Awards
This year the Tui Awards for Best Jazz Album was an all-Rattle Records affair, and the clean sweep affirms Rattle’s vision for a contemporary jazz series that champions creative excellence. Congratulations to The Jac, Dog and Jonathan Crayford for producing three outstanding albums. Of course there can only be one winner, and the 2015 Tui Award for Best Jazz Album went to Dog. This is an exceptional album by any standard – world-class musicians playing world-class jazz. Salute, Dog! rattlerecords.net

Aurenda claim the March 2015 Wildcard Chart
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’s Wildcard Funding Chart continues to grow into 2015, and we are delighted to announce that the winner for March 2015 is Auckland’s Aurenda, with their track “Tunnel Vision”. It was a close race, but in the end Aurenda managed to fight off challenges from the likes of 3Guesses and Mitch Alderlieste to claim the $10,000 Wildcard Making Tracks grant from NZ On Air. The band also dropped a few hints as to what might come from the funding. “Can’t really say too much at the moment but Roundhead Studios, the Bassmen and a couple of production companies we have worked with in the past will be on the cards for the recording and video. Congratulations, Aurenda, winners of theaudience.co.nz’s Wildcard Funding Chart for March 2015! We can’t wait to see what the band does with the Making Tracks grant, and you can still listen to their winning tune “Tunnel Vision” here. We now enter April, and the competition is already heating up with the likes of Summer Thieves and Parabola West jumping out as early contenders for this month’s chart. Head along to the Wildcard Chart to vote for your favourite! For a full list of all previous winners, click here. Read more

London calling
Our friends at www.spacific.net like to keep us up with the play in London, and they’ve told us that Devilskin, Tahuna Breaks and the Sola Rosa Soundsystem are all playing shows in that fair city over the next few months.
The Black Heart :: Devilskin :: 14/04/15
The Borderline :: Devilskin :: 15/04/15
The Hoxton Bar & Kitchen :: Tahuna Breaks :: 26/06/15
The Hoxton Bar & Kitchen :: Sola Rosa Soundsystem :: 20/08/15
16/04 Blair Jollands // Rabbit Hole,
18/04 Electric Wire Hustle // Oslo,
25/04 Jakob // Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen,
28/04 Brooke Fraser // Dingwalls,
21/05 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Islington Assembly Hall,
10/06 Princess Chelsea // Birthdays,
07/08 Katchafire // Indigo2,
23/09 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Shepherds Bush Empire
For more information, visit Spacific’s Songkick page.

Brand New Depot (Devonport) Sound Recording Studio; and Youth-Friendly Directory
The facility now includes two separate recording studios. The new larger studio is ideal for high quality multi-track recording of bands, solo artists and live demos. The upgraded smaller studio is great for voiceover work, editing and music production. Both studios can be combined to create isolation booths for vocalists and amps during live tracking sessions. Also, a directory and map of youth-friendly places in Devonport is being developed by Loretta Riach, year 10 student at TGS, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award requirements. Devo’s Youth-Friendly Places project actively acknowledges and includes young people in the community, helping to create the sense that Devonport is their place/turangawaewae. Practically, it provides an informative, attractive directory for young people, of places that are inclusive, welcoming and interesting/fun. You can find more photos and news on Facebook and at depotsound.co.nz.

Creative New Zealand is calling for proposals for collaborative arts projects between New Zealand and Asia-based organisations.
The Asia/New Zealand Co-Commissioning Fund, established last year, offers financial support with the next funding round closing on Monday 18 May. A total of $250,000 is available each financial year until 2017. Organisations to receive funding from the first round of funding in 2014 included Wellington theatre company Little Dog Barking and the Auckland Festival of Photography. Proposals made to the fund must include presenting partners in New Zealand and at least one of the following countries: China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore. The work needs to be suitable for presentation to domestic and international audiences by July 2017. New work costs are supported under this fund; not presentation costs. Priority will be given to proposals where the presenting partners are also investing in the development of the new work. More information on the Asia/New Zealand Co-Commissioning Fund and how to apply

New Release Fanfare

Mel Parsons ‘Drylands’
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cold-called one of her musical inspirations, iconic Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith, asking him to lend his voice to a song from her new album. Upon hearing the tracks, Sexsmith enthusiastically joined the project, contributing vocals to the song ‘Don’t Wait’ – a true testament to the quality of Parsons’ songwriting and commitment to her craft.  ‘Drylands’ is Mel Parsons’ stunning 3rd full length album, and was recorded at Lee Prebble’s Surgery studio (The Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds), Wellington, in late 2014. Co- produced by Parsons and Irish-Kiwi Gerry Paul, the album is a sonic side-step from her last two releases while remaining true to the singer-songwriters’ essence – the telling of a good story. As with her last release, Mel Parsons’ touring companion and long-time friend Anika Moa features heavily as a backing vocalist on the album. Co-producer Gerry Paul (who tours internationally with Grammy-winning bluegrass star Tim O’Brien) plays most of the electric and acoustic guitars on the album, with Bunnies On Ponies’ Craig Terris on drums, and Parsons’ longtime bassist Aaron Stewart rounding out the rhythm section. In addition to Ron Sexsmith, other international guests on ‘Drylands’ include renowned Irish cellist Vyvienne Long (Damien Rice), and ex-Waterboys bassist Trevor Hutchinson on double bass. New York-based New Zealander Andrew Keoghan lends haunting vocals to the mellow retrospective ‘Friend’. Parsons has hit the ground running this month for the release of ‘Drylands’, with performances at WOMAD & Festival of Colour, along with Fly My Pretties shows at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia before embarking on a 22-date nationwide tour of New Zealand with her band. The first single from ‘Drylands’ is a gutsy new recording – complete with choir – of audience favourite ‘Far Away’, originally performed with Fly My Pretties. Listen to Far Away here, and find her Tour Dates here.

Anika Moa – Queen At The Table
Hot on the heels of the Tui Award winning album Songs For Bubbas (2014) featuring the APRA winning Children’s Song Of The Year, Anika Moa has turned her attention back to her never departing fan base with her fifth solo studio album Queen At The Table. Queen At The Table was recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with producer Jol Mulholland (The Mots, Gasoline Cowboy, Fuce, Mullholland) taking on production duties, giving the album a synthy, electronic touch and as always, Anika shines on Queen At The Table with her soaring vocals, tender voice and personal lyrics. ‘Running’, the first single to be released from the album is a bangin’ pop song, underpinned by Moa’s songwriting strength and that undeniable voice. Moa states, “It’s a bit of a break up song, about one of my mates, Ureka Roa or something….” Listen on iTunes.

Estère releases a remix of ‘I Spy’.
One year ago, out of her bedroom in Wellington, Estère released her self-produced/self-titled album as a free download featuring the lead single ‘I Spy’.  Having recently released the album in Europe to positive accolades from media outlets including Elle Magazine (France) who described it as ‘inventive and brilliant’ she has also re-released the album digitally in New Zealand with two exclusive remixes – Grayson Gilmours re-invention of ‘Patchwork Solider’ and Wellington producer Paddy Fred’s remix of ‘I Spy’ a maximisation of minimalism through infectious percussive layers and rich electronic textures. Listen to the remix here – http://bit.ly/1INdlki You can catch Estère live on her album tour this month.

Head Like A Hole – Narcocorrido
In 2012 Head like a Hole released ‘Blood Will Out’ – their first album in a decade, which wowed fans and audiences alike with the powerful ‘Swagger of Thieves’ and anthemic ‘Glory Glory (Hallelujah)’, proving again that they weren’t just a brutal live act but a force to be reckoned with in the studio. After a couple of years of touring, imbibing and writing, the band recently released a new track ‘Creedence’ on 7” vinyl, with a Australian reprobates Seedy Jesus on the other side of the split single. Now they are back with 2015’s ‘Narcocorrido’ (Spanish for Drug Ballad), ready again to fuzz up the airwaves and speakers across the country. There are themes to twist the imagination and riffs to twist your head with songs like ‘7000 Days’ about the UK’s notorious criminal Charles Bronson, ‘Trouble Again’ detailing past misadventures with various substances and the genre twisting ‘Mexico’, a semi true story about guitarist Nigel Regan’s father spending a night in jail on the border of US and Mexico. Listen on iTunes.

She’s So Rad share video for “Breakout” (Remix)” feat Grandmaster Caz, JayKin, Coco Solid
She’s So Rad
released a disco 12″ back in March 2013 as a wee deviation from their usual shoegaze-y kinda material. They are soon to release their sophomore album Tango which continues, mainly, in that shoegaze kinda of vein, but to put a cat among the pigeons, so to speak, they’ve just released a remix of a track from that aforementioned disco 12″ with raps from Grandmaster Caz, JayKin, Coco Solid. Yep the Grandmaster Caz. Check out the video clip for the remix which is directed by Simon Ward with arts by Richard Pilkington (Quarks) and Daif (Golden Axe). View on Cheese on Toast…

Re-Release: Shayne Carter and Peter Jefferies 7″ Randolph’s Going Home is getting reissued by Flying Nun for Record Store Day. The soul-wrenching track, backed with Hooked, Line and Sunken can be streamed on Soundcloud ahead of the April 18 release.
Hope you already got your tickets to Shayne’s shows at Whammy in Auckland this weekend – he’s sold the joint out…

On the Live Front

Princess Chelsea reveals details of new album and tour
Princess Chelsea has revealed details of her long awaited sophomore album, The Great Cybernetic Depression which will be released via Lil Chief / FLying Nun on 1st May 2015.
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), the new record is a sparkling, glittering epic, weaving layers of synths upon synths to create a magical universe. Influenced by 70s electronic music such as Kraftwerk, her style was described by Gorilla vs Bear as being ‘retrofuturistic’. Part of the inspiration behind it was to try to recreate the magic of childhood sci-fi moves like Neverending Story.
To celebrate the album release Princess Chelsea will be touring in April / May before heading to Europe and The United States in May for a three month tour. Read more from Cheese on Toast

A Weird Night Out at The St James
On Saturday the 2nd of May, Weird Together & Celery Productions in Association with NZ Music Month, Smirnoff Vodka & Pandora Internet Radio Bring You a Weird Night Out at the St James THEATRE.

 When the well-loved St James Theatre on Queen Street closed in 2007, it felt like the end of an era for quality live entertainment in Auckland. For the last eight years, its absence has weighed heavy. On Saturday the 2nd of May, the recently renovated venue reopens its doors. On the night, it will play host to loved annual Auckland Festival A WEIRD NIGHT OUT: presented by global club music big band WEIRD TOGETHER, Celery Productions, NZ Music Month, Smirnoff Vodka and Pandora Internet Radio. A multi-zone celebration of meaningful live entertainment, arts, and our local cultural diversity, A WEIRD NIGHT OUT will feature energetic performances and DJ sets from a top-tier bill of contemporary New Zealand entertainers. The line-up includes WEIRD TOGETHER (LIVE), P-MONEY, PEACEKEEPERS feat MC TALI, RED BULL SOUND SELECT artists HIGH HØØPS, KAMANDI & RACE BANYON, as well as THOMSTON, AZBO, and other SPECIAL GUESTS.  Special thanks to George FM, Becks & Familiar Strangers.
8pm start time, 3am close. $35 Earlybird tickets are available from iticket.co.nz. Read more from the NZ Music Commission

Around the World

Court ruling on whether Australian ISPs must hand over customer data over movie downloads

From www.news.com.au, April 8th 2015
Dallas Buyers Club

A landmark court ruling handed down this week will have lasting implications for the ongoing fight against illegal downloading and file sharing.

The Federal Court Justice, Nye Perram handed down the verdict in favour of Dallas Buyers Club LLC at 2.15pm yesterday.

The Hollywood studio had requested that iiNet (and a few other Australian ISPs) divulge the identity of customers whose IP addresses were found to have shared the film Dallas Buyers Club illegally.

The company owns the rights to the movie and identified a total of 4726 IP addresses that engaged in the illegal activity. The ruling means that the company will now be given the contact details of the offenders and will be able to pursue them directly for compensation. Read more on www.news.com.au

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 2 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 5 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 - 1 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
3 4 38 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 3 182 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 2 3 Citizen TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
6 6 32 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
7 9 69 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
8 11 19 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
9 12 285 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
10 10 93 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
11 13 42 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
12 14 36 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
13 15 81 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
14 - 59 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
15 17 42 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 - 68 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
17 - 76 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
18 - 81 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1
19 - 202 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
20 - 179 Jah Rydem 1814 Ode/DRM gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 2 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 15 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 22 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 5 Purple Six60 Massive
4 4 5 Exhale Six60 Massive
5 8 12 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
6 5 5 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
7 6 5 Stay Together Six60 Massive
8 9 155 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 7 5 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive
10 - 89 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 5 April 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 12 So High Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 10 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
3 3 22 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
4 - 1 Rest Of My Days Swiss DawnRaid/FMG
5 4 27 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
6 6 3 Truth Hurts Sid Diamond MTC
7 - 39 Mother & Father Broods Massive plat x1
8 - 77 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 8 3 Doomsday Black River Drive Rhythm/DRM
10 - 1 I Wanna Be Foolish SJD RoundTripMars

The Taite Music Prize: Announcing this year’s ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ Award

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IMNZ is proud to announce the second award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2015 event.

The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media / industry specialists, who have given the nod this year to the Herbs’ ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, July 1981) mini-album as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Moana Maniapoto and will be accepted by members of the band and label.

When told of the news this week, Dilworth Karaka (Herbs) said: “Thank you, that is much appreciated. It was our first bunch of songs that we’d ever recorded and was a strong indicator for the political material we would carry on to do – the memory has carried on, and it’s still our most popular record.”

Peter McLennan, author, musician and judging panelist said: “Herbs’ recording debut ‘What’s Be Happen?’ holds up as a vital slice of our cultural history and a landmark for Pacific reggae. Dropping in the dark days of the 1981 Springbok Tour, the mini album showed the band pulling together a strong set of six originals  ­– they knew they were doing something right when people started asking them about a song off the EP, ‘Dragons And Demons’, wanting to know which Bob Marley album it was from. It’s still a crucial recording, to this day.”

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Top: Herbs ‘What’s Be Happen?’ (Warrior Records, July 1981) – the cover image is of police action to clear Bastion Point in May, 1978 Bottom: Herbs in Mascot Studios, early 1980’s – Dilworth Karaka, Spencer Fusimalohi, Fred Faleauto, Phil Toms, Toni Fonoti. Images courtesy of www.audioculture.co.nz

The Taite Music Prize 2015 event is held on Wednesday, 15th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony. Delaney Davidson and Don McGlashan are scheduled to perform live sets for the gathered guests.

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