What's New in New Zealand Music?

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I posed this question in another thread, but figured I should ask it generally. I'm currently up for a job in New Zealand (at Victoria University). I was well into all things NZ about a decade ago, mainly the Flying Nun stuff of course, but also the noisy side of things. I'm wondering if people could recommend some new things that might be of interest (and might actually give me a headstart in the interview process).

And of course, if the job comes through, I'll buy a pint when I get there.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dunedin to thread! Arc Cafe people to thread! INTERNATIONAL TELEPATHS woo!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sunship !

Russ (Russ), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Are the Arc Cafe people still doing things? I've got a couple of their comps, but have lost track. What's up in Wellington (if anything). Where's it happening there now? I was there about 10 years ago (and managed to see the Puddle on one of George's good nights).

And of course I'll also buy you a pint when I get there.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What is this Sunship you talk of?

Guymauve (Guymauve), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was big into all the flying nun stuff about 10 yrs ago too, then lost track. i was actually in NZ in march of this year, and i was pleasantly surprised to find Bike and Dimmer. both arose from the ashes of straighjacket fits. dimmer has a vaguely portishead-ish air, but with male vocals, and bike is noisy indie rock, if you want really quickie/insulting summaries.

chr1sb0y (chr1sb0y), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't mind the SJF spinoffs, but I preferred Bike of the two. Shayne Carter's got a new one out doesn't he?

Guymauve (Guymauve), Thursday, 19 August 2004 17:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm undecided about them, but I have a generally favorable take on the Shocking Pinks.

JC-L (JC-L), Thursday, 19 August 2004 17:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Here you go! http://www.noizyland.com/home/homepage.asp
That'll give you some idea of what's going on.

Bill E (bill_e), Thursday, 19 August 2004 20:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What’s new in New Zealand music – that’s a big question…

In terms of a unique NZ sound, a couple of acts from Wellington are making huge waves with the public, and bypassing the music bizz circus – Fat Freddy’s Drop and Trinity Roots. Trinity have two self-released albums, Freddy’s have some 12”s on overseas based labels, but rumour has it a (double?) album in the works. Both acts fuse soul/dub/reggae/funk/electronic but in a very deep, very cool way. New Zealand hiphop has been getting the big push recently too – Scribe, Deceptakonz, P-Money, Che Fu etc.

On major labels, there's the straight up rock of The Datsuns, The D4 and about a hundred thousand million lesser bands...

In Wellington there’s real healthy little avant rock (if that’s what you call it) scene based at a venue called Happy – saw an incredible band there last night called The Elephant Men- manic vaguely free jazz but with trad rock line up and f*cked up vox. In terms of indie guitar music, Marineville (Wellington) are fine band – due to release their second album this year some time. And of course the Phoenix Foundation (Wellington) are great. Lots of other little bands here doing cool stuff – The Chandeliers, The Timeless Sounds, The Labcoats. Plenty of talented musicians with open minds…

There’s always exciting sh*t happening here underground, eh? Most of those great Dunedin bands are still going in some capacity and tour every once and a while. Saw The Renderers here in Wgtn last week and they were incredible (still).

Hmm this probably didn’t help – it’s mostly pretty hard to access if you don’t live here! Try googling ‘bnet awards” – that’ll list the nominees for the national “college radio” (in American parlance) awards – most good new acts will be there…

steve kerr, Thursday, 19 August 2004 20:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sunship = birchville cat motel related power trio rocksplosion. sorta high rise, but totally unhindered by good taste.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Thursday, 19 August 2004 21:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hey steve!, hows wellington man? i didn't know you posted here..

NZ artists to check out:
mint chicks (auckland spazz-new-wavey-punk with real good songs)
pumice (ultra-varied lo-fi/experimental outfit)
futurians (fucked-up dunedin yobbos with a penchant for noise)
disasteradio (c64-totting keyboard whizzo)
die! die! die! (ex-carriage h - explosive scuzz-rock / screamo from auckland)
silo (former substandard guitarist danny bare's new chch neu-type krautrock duo with rustle covini on drums - ex-aesthetics)

+ birchville cat motel, sunship, crude, spacedust, renderers, terminals, greg malcolm, bruce russell, minisnap, bats, shocking pinks, trillion, operation rolling thunder, undercurrents, coolies, international telepaths, goldenaxe etc etc all making great shit..

the a low hum fanzine / tours are always a good place to start..oh and my site too, of course..

chris andrews (fraew), Thursday, 19 August 2004 21:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hey steve, i should get you to help me out with some of the up and coming wellingtonians for my site.. gimme an email about the likes of the labcoats (looove donaldsons' drumming..) and whatnot, i need to profile all the new bands surfacing with self-released eps and the like

chris andrews (fraew), Thursday, 19 August 2004 21:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

all this ugly music, i remember when new zealnd used to have nice music. lil cheif is gonna save me though cause they have the brunettes and the new alec bathgate and the ed cake record and the nudie suits and the tokey tones and somone else, oh yeah old axemen people or something.

terminals are godlike, are they still going? stephen cogle, sigh.
where's the new bats album, i know someone stole their computer with the album on it but i think that was a long time ago.

keith m (keithmcl), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

all this ugly music

Ugly roolz OK. Then again I love the Dead C.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'm glad someone said crude, the guy totally gets no respect. ditto for the aesthetics, who rock.

last i heard of the terminals people, three of them were carrying on as the minus two.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Just to second the International Telepaths, Mint Chicks, Pumice, Cat Cat Cat! (new Cd is surprisingly great), Space Dust, Coolies. Edmund Cake's new Cd's meant to be super.

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Someone recently sent me a copy of an album by Nesian Mystic, and it seems pretty interesting on a first listen. Anyone know anything more about them?

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Etc does, hopefully he'll show up and tell us all about them/hiphop and so on

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the Tranquilizers are fantastic, but they're based in Melbourne now so i don't know if they count.

purple patch (electricsound), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Concord Dawn.

Don't know how new they are but they are new to me.

mentalist (mentalist), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the new ed cake is ok.. not as good as bressa creeting cake, but certainly better than goldenhorse.. the new bats album is due at the end of september (its called 'herbert' and is being mixed at the moment by john kelcher).
yes ther terminals are still going strong, though not much in the way of new material.. most the band lives in chch these days. i managed to book a gig with them earlier in the year, alongside the renderers and hamish kilgour doing a solo acoustic set. was a GREAT night..
maryrose has a new album due under the name 'maryrose crook and the renderers', and brian has a new solo album recorded too.. though it might be a wee while before he releases it.
oh and keith - i love the new brunettes, jonathan's a really striking song-writer these days.. the new alec bathgate is almost ready, and according to tim bathgate its a lot more 'rock' than the first album.. he reckons its really good.

chris andrews (fraew), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hi-Tone Destroyers and Ho'Dogs R.I.P.

Russ (Russ), Friday, 20 August 2004 04:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I wish Drag Street Trash'd play again

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 07:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

andrew, roddy lives with me in london now. constant pain are playing our first gig in almost a year (when zarakov and greg cairns were here)next friday.

cameron, Friday, 20 August 2004 10:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh that's cool, hope you record something. Got the CP singles out a week or so ago, they're GOOD.

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh wow I just realised I have this big H Kilgour painting "Dunedin Star" or something in my closet but it's entirely trapped behind heavy boxes, what a bummer

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well at least it's not a Hotere I guess

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If it was I might be tempted to move the boxes tho

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

thanks andrew . we are gonna work on getting some form of the long-threatened-touted-blah-blah-drunkenly-bragged-about-never-seen-the-light-of-day double album 'terminal peace' out somehow. someway. maybe w. live at the windmill tracks! mind you, if we can just hold off two more years, it'll be our tenth 'anniversary'.

cameron, Friday, 20 August 2004 13:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Does anybody want copies of those ultra-limited clear vinyl singles that David Kilgour released ages ago? I'm selling them for any reasonable bid. E-mail me.

southern lights (southern lights), Friday, 20 August 2004 15:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dudes y'all forgot the futurians, cortina, batrider and rainy mcmaster. otherwise you got it covered. (i want to kiss everyone who mentioned the international telepaths on the bottom!)

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Friday, 20 August 2004 21:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hey i didn't, i mentioned the futurians.. missed batrider though (fucking excellent lead solos from julia, tobys a great, active bass player..etc) haven't heard rainy and only a bit of cortina (which is pretty great).

hey cameron, i run the http://thebigcity.co.nz nz music site, and you guys keep coming up, but ive got fuck all info on contant pain or your and roddys other stuff..

chris andrews (fraew), Friday, 20 August 2004 22:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

my bad, you did too!

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Friday, 20 August 2004 22:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hey di, how long is duane away for?

did you get a copy of the ep?, i seem to be getting good comments about it so far.. i might do a 2nd run if the foxy digitalis review comes out positive

chris andrews (fraew), Friday, 20 August 2004 22:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i haven't been down to roy's yet, sorry! i have been avoiding record stores like the plague, but i will pick it up on my next payday. duane isn't away, i was just talking to him last night.

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Friday, 20 August 2004 22:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i caught the brunettes when they playe here in sydney a few weeks ago. a bit on the twee side but very nicely done. their track 'boyracer' is a goodun.

goldfoot, Saturday, 21 August 2004 00:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


purple patch (electricsound), Saturday, 21 August 2004 00:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey Cameron one night I got drunk and told Duane I'd finance releasing "Terminal Peace"'s release, it was a good idea but I'd rather you guys did it

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 21 August 2004 01:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well that was a good sentence, maybe I'm drunk right now

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 21 August 2004 01:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I dunno if Demarnia Lloyd is still recording, but her record a few years ago was really lovely.

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Saturday, 21 August 2004 05:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah she is - though current the band are spread across the world.. i got an email from her a couple weeks back..

chris andrews (fraew), Saturday, 21 August 2004 07:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

who's wardagger?, geez its a bit weird when y'all yanks know about our bands before we do!

chris andrews (fraew), Saturday, 21 August 2004 07:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wardagger are a kinda Swans-y sludgy band, fuzzed out, kinda Burzumy but even lower-tech. It's on Battlecruiser, a sidelabel of Campbelle Kneale's Celebrate Psi-Phenomenon. One kinda long track that hits the spot.

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Saturday, 21 August 2004 14:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

chris, i will try to compose some kinda deluded, self-mythologising spiel about c.p. and our various other shadow organs and will send it to you. it might take a week or two before i have time tho'.

cameron, Monday, 23 August 2004 10:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

excellent, thanks cameron

chris andrews (fraew), Monday, 23 August 2004 23:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

heh, both people i thought of when i saw this thread title posted to the thread. one of them i didn't even know posted/read ILM. hi geoff!

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Monday, 23 August 2004 23:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Happy to surprise you fh. Been a while. Back in Montreal for a bit, then off to Helsinki for a bit. And I've been shortlisted for a job at Victoria Uni in Wellington. Hence my question. Which leads me to ask what people thought of that Chris Knox soundscape-y thing. I haven't heard it. I know that's probably a classic stereotype of the non-NZ New Zealand music fan, but I know it raised some hackles. I haven't been a fan for years now (though I admit to looking forward to Alec Bathgate's new one).

Guymauve (Guymauve), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 00:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hey thats good timing.. those in the wintry south take note:

btw, im the bass player for the idols, and dj as 'self-titled'.. Fleurs' got a great night planned!

chris andrews (fraew), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 02:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

whoops, clicky on the linky:


chris andrews (fraew), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 02:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

...formed from the ashes of popsters zed they have a nifty tune out called 'crawl' which is blooody good considering I don't normally like the angsty indie guitar pop shit

The blush response

...a kiwi super group of closet 80's synth pop lovers that sounds almost better than the real thing and could almost be lost masters from an original 80's band with promise whose tunes never got released

pollywog, Monday, 2 April 2007 01:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Geir Hongro, Monday, 2 April 2007 12:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Fantastic new NZ Indiepop compilation, definitely will follow up on a mess of these bands:


Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 29 September 2014 23:44 (three years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Hmm this probably didn’t help – it’s mostly pretty hard to access if you don’t live here!

Eleven years later, things are a bit better! To hear about Kiwi music, Radio New Zealand's Music 101 show archive is a revelation, hours of interviews and features every Saturday, mainly NZ artists. The NZ On Air Music page on Soundcloud shares a lot of new tracks too, a bit hit-and-miss by nature. But even those two don't come close to covering everything.

Young Gifted & Broke is a music/art collective with some cool stuff on it. @Peace (At Peace) have split up now, but they left off with an album last year, @Peace & the Plutonian Noise Symphony, very woozy and spacey, got compared to Outkast a lot. They also featured on 'May 11th' with Team Dynamite. The two @Peace MCs are now in Australia as the Average Rap Band (funny interview with Tom Scott and Lui Tuiasau here). Some other tracks I like on the same label – 'Heartbeat' by Esther Stephens and the Means ft. Hone Be Good, and 'Culture Clash' by Estère. Hmm this probably didn't help.

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:22 (three years ago) Permalink


This is an amazing collection of what is good in NZld underpants now and recent past.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:02 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The Stream of Nonsenseness EP's video has dropped – or in this case, five videos. This Average Rap Band is above average if you ask me. The intention was for Scott and Tuiasau to record some rap 'exercises' as a respite after their previous projects, and it shows – it's great fun.

Video playlist is here (for all the tracks except the interlude)


flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Sunday, 25 October 2015 02:36 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Now for the best bit of the thread, where we see what NZ music finished 453rd in the ILM End-of-Year 2015 polls! Well, this some of it – there may be more Kiwis in there. At this point it's basically "what etc put" (hope etc doesn't mind), and omitting stuff already mentioned here.

Descriptions are from the artists/Bandcamp and other wordy people. Suffice to say, there's some cracking stuff in here...


Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing – Scrying in Infirmary Architecture (comedy folk gothic industrial no wave post-punk religious)

Ron Gallipoli – Agrocomplex (ambient experimental industrial tropical Auckland)

She's So Rad – Tango (fuzz)

Mareko – Hong Kong Food City (all the real life shit…)

Coolies – Kaka (punk reggaeton beatmaking female mc oi)

(mine:) Caitlin Blake – Neo Tokyo EP (samamammmple-based)


She's So Rad – "Cool It" ("mad Brian May")


i.e. crazy – "You're a Stranger (to me now)" (alternative blood yodel breakups)

And with a staggering 2 votes, The Magnets with their excellent song "Lorde", well done her. Yet another prestigious award :)

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 10:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Lately I've been easily impressed with:

Scuba Diva's "Marimba" (a sparse yet hooky slice of... uh... good)

A great interview with Mille Lovelock from Astro Children http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/201787465/astro-children

And a new track from these guys and girls: Stack & Piece x CampusKit - "Break Control" (feat. Diaz Grimm, LarzRanda and Samahra Eames)

^ Clearly, it's a celebration of the cricket season, through the coded messages

"I won't let it bounce away"

and LarzRanda's

"I feel less afraid and a lot more BOWLED"

http://img.cricketcb.com/i/news/fth/300x200//stories/2015/mar/28/prv_97813_1427603303.jpg defend dammit

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 10:02 (two years ago) Permalink

I quite like Death And The Maiden, Fazerdaze, and Shifting Sands. All sort of neo-shoegazey indie.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...


albvivertine, Saturday, 30 July 2016 08:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Really enjoying what Margins is doing https://marginslabel.bandcamp.com/releases

mickcsmith (micarl), Sunday, 31 July 2016 01:03 (two years ago) Permalink

^ Thx! Love that K2K track.

Not an entirely new song, but the new Poi E movie is really good. It's not so much a doco about the song as about the people who were involved – perhaps that's why it seems (to me) to also be a film about loss. Even as the song endures, some key players are no longer around to talk about it, and a question is asked in the movie, "what if Poi E hadn't existed?". It's still well worth remembering how unlikely a hit it was.

The Maui Dalvanius Prime documentary on NZ on Screen covers slightly different ground, but it tells some of the same story.

sbahnhof, Monday, 8 August 2016 09:25 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Silver Scrolls awards are on just now - http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/silver-scrolls/silver-scrolls-2016, with live video on RNZ.

sbahnhof, Thursday, 29 September 2016 06:34 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Not quite a "best of 2016", but Loop's mixtape from May was pruddy good. Featuring Bailey Wiley, Miloux and Yoko-Zuka:


But the year belonged to Aaradhna:



A previous NZ Music Awards event had inspired her to pen ‘Brown Girl’, she said. “There was this guy and my friend heard him shout so many racist things, and that’s what pushed me to write this song.”

“I have always dealt with those moments ever since I was young.”

In solidarity with Aaradhna's courage, we at ILM have decided to place a bunch of bands in the category of white people, or something

sbahnhof, Monday, 2 January 2017 22:40 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Thinking of making a thread on this subject (not only for NZ):


sbahnhof, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 05:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I wonder if that's a result of the Equalise My Vocals & assoc panels/agitation? Fingers crossed, eh.

Like what I've heard from the new SWIDT album, Stoneyhunga.

Glad Kings & Alien Weaponry made the Silver Scrolls longlist but I suspect/dread it's gonna go to one of the alt-folk-y types this year.

k2k's got a new EP out on Margins if you haven't heard it, sbahhof.

etc, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 09:35 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought the k2k ep was getting a 7" vinyl release but I can't seem to find it..

mickcsmith (micarl), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 22:09 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

What's been new in 2017?


Apart from

Estère, who's on fire rn


So far she's released half the album, My Design, also including "Ambition" https://youtu.be/zJdyRmg5n1s

So Below in club banger mode


Indi (Indira Force) is having a good year – a solo album Precipice (title track here) and an astonishing ambient collaboration with violinist Anita Clark, The Dying Light:


And K2K's extremely chill EP, as mentioned [NOT VINYLED YET]


sbahnhof, Monday, 23 October 2017 02:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Has anyone mentioned Surf City? They're almost a Flying Nun circa early 90s pastiche but with some great songs. If the Flying Nun roster were like the Premier League table, I'd have the Chills, the Bats, the Clean and Straitjacket Fits occupying the Champions League spots, Surf City would be somewhere towards the bottom of table with Garageland.

Grantman, Monday, 23 October 2017 10:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Hey Grantman, you may like Search & Destroy: Flying Nun &
Flying Nun 25th Anniversary box set

Surf City got mentioned in the Arch Hill records thread – some stuff is on Bandcamp/Spotify, but the Kudos album isn't available to stream apparently.

sbahnhof, Friday, 27 October 2017 23:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

2017 NZ albums, what are yours?

A posse of ILMers are losing their shit over Thread of Aldous Harding - eccentric 'gothic folk' NZ singer songwriter so that's good.

The NZMA awards on Thursday, several awards went to Lorde obv - also two for SWIDT's Welcome to Stoneyhunga as mentioned by etc. This was their performance:

- http://www.maifm.co.nz/home/vids/2017/swidt-perform--player-of-the-day--at-the-vnzmas-2017.html

- http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/lorde-and-jacinda-ardern-gave-us-the-defining-moment-of-the-nz-music-awards

Apparently Maisey Rika withdrew herself from the Māori Artist award, in order to support the younger musicians. It was won by Teeks' smooth soul EP, The Grapefruit Skies.

A few more albums...

Ria Hall makes a play for history with Rules of Engagement, an album years in the making, and which should have appeal well beyond 2017:

- https://riahall.bandcamp.com/album/rules-of-engagement


The key inspiration for this work is the letter scripted by Henare Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi) in March 1864 to the Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey. This letter outlined the way in which both Māori and British should conduct themselves during war, namely the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) in my tribal area of Tauranga Moana. This code of conduct was known as the Rules of Engagement, and is where this album takes its name from.

Forgot to mention Tei's mixtape from earlier in the year, OMW:

- https://teimusic.bandcamp.com/album/omw


And Yumi Zouma's latest, Willowbank, as nom'd elsewhere:

- https://yumizouma.bandcamp.com/album/willowbank


For the making of Willowbank, Yumi Zouma's members — Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, Christie Simpson and Sam Perry — settled on a plan to reunite for the New Zealand summer. To complete what would become their first significant work written and recorded entirely in their home country, they rented a studio in Christchurch’s semi-demolished CBD, on one of the few remaining blocks that still characterizes the city from before it was destroyed by a series of earthquakes. “It was as though there was a brief pause in all of our lives and we finally felt like a band from New Zealand,” said Burgess. “We were on home turf and creating from a place that felt fundamentally natural.”

sbahnhof, Saturday, 18 November 2017 21:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Hey, sbahnhof, keep forgetting to thank you for boosting the Ria Hall album and Estère EPs - while I'm probably not as up on them as you are, spending more time listening to them has been great. The whole Loop Recordings / Wgtn jazz-school thing had put me off a little (early aughts PTSD), but they're both a lot richer than that. Having an Irish transplant / Erykah Badu fan asking for local recommendations was another good reason to engage, as well. Could have sworn I'd mentioned the tei. mixtape here, but must have been somewhere else.

Quite a strange choice of group name, but this came out of nowhere to pretty great effect:

Babyface - Dirty South Pacific

Looking forward to the new Coco Solid mixtape, COKES, on Waitangi Day, eh.

etc, Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

Under The Radar's EOY playlist and roundup are pretty catholic:



etc, Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

My god, with this kind of voting bloc, something Kiwi might even reach the top 777!

Thanks for your panic-nominning, Etc, it's all here

- ILM's 2017 End of Year Tracks & Albums Poll / NOMINATIONS THREAD

That SoccerPractice album is very good, I'd totally overlooked it:

- https://soccerpractise.bandcamp.com/album/soccerpractise

- http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018623054/soccerpractice-discuss-their-excellent-debut

Other NZ stuff in the EOY includes Lorde, Aldous Harding and SWIDT, and others?

Mermaidens' album Perfect Body

- https://mermaidens.bandcamp.com/album/perfect-body-3


Nadia Reid's Preservation

- https://nadiareid.bandcamp.com/album/preservation


sbahnhof, Saturday, 13 January 2018 11:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

That Nadia Reid album is so good, feel like a lot of ppl on ilm would like it?

just sayin, Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

really great recommendation, thanks! video is cool too


kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I have a soft spot for "Richard" - she's great live, too. Some surprisingly Eno/Buckley-ish textures on the album.

Meanwhile, a few days until

etc, Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Don't forget Coco Solid's Aroha Bridge is coming back too. It's a cartoon and almost a documentary:

- https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/aroha-bridge-2013/series

Some great concerts are taking place for Waitangi Day 2018 in some locations...

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018630566/waiata-on-waitangi-day

sbahnhof, Sunday, 4 February 2018 01:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Finally, a song to sing when someone is carrying a bag which looks heavy:


(story of the song & video on this page)

Oh yeah also

New Zealand has an act called Jeremy Corbyn Sound System

They played this festival, and that's all we know so far

- https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/13413/A-Gathering-In-The-Forest-Announces-Lineup-For-2018.utr

sbahnhof, Saturday, 3 March 2018 10:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Astro Children's new single is more chill and less lo-fi for them. Surprisingly they've put a donk a synth on it.

And frontwoman Millie Lovelock interviews as entertainingly as ever:

- https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/09-03-2018/astro-children-the-only-dunedin-sound-i-have-ever-cared-about-is-my-own/

No one in Dunedin is safe! Also, that grafitti thing that she mentions (Chills mural defaced by a new band seeking notoriety), doesn't really make anyone look good...

Dear BBC 6 Music listeners – sorry & you're welcome for The New Radiohead, NZ band Groeni (pronounced...."Groany"?), who may not have realized they were such a tribute act. But hey, it's working for them. Even got played on Radio 3's Late Junkshop, so they're def doing very well. Luv u Groany.

(The R3 host calls them "Groiny", in fact)

sbahnhof, Sunday, 11 March 2018 07:45 (six months ago) Permalink

And now

once an hour :D


Etc's linking of this interview-article about Tomorrow People is a good reminder that reggae is really popular in NZ, so it probably needs a mention itt :-) Or is it just Six60 dominating the NZ-only singles chart?


Imagine five months of that with a 6-track EP - they controlled the NZ-only chart even more with a full album, though their sound is less reggae-ish now. Bands like that might be the Kiwi music with the most long-running appeal in NZ – helped by reggae's prominence in movies like Mt Zion starring Stan Walker, and The Pā Boys. It can't only be people at BBQs listening to it...

Sort've wished the interview had teased out things re, say, their popularity vs Ria Hall's rather than putting all NZ reggae / Aotearoa roots / dub / whatevs stuff in the same basket. (etc)

Well, Rules of Engagement got to number 6, but maybe it's a simple case of being more 'challenging' thematically that it didn't become more popular? Dunno if interludes in Te Reo from the '60s are what the kids are streaming these days. I hope they are, but not at all sure. BTW, don't reggae and roots mean the same something similar? Obv Tomorrow People are playing a very poppy variant of those. Reggae is usually best imo when it's political and extremely pissed-off, like Herbs, or, uh, Sons of Zion? (For bemused ILMers, the music's popularity here goes back to the Māori rights and Pacific anti-nuclear protest movements of the 1980s.)


In pop atm, the solo musician October is on a run of four decent-to-great singles, but might win the Unpopular Populism star prize without some urgent Spotify fixing. New song "1000 Eyes" is her most polished, but maybe least distinctive https://youtu.be/dPtzNAoI1OU ... The previous one "All She Does Is Stare" was more representative of, as one writer cautiously called it, "a zero f***s approach". She don't give a fly*** eff.


sbahnhof, Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:39 (six months ago) Permalink

nm, "1000 Eyes" is just great

sbahnhof, Sunday, 25 March 2018 07:40 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Hamish Kilgour of The Clean Has A New Solo Album Coming Out This Summer

Ba Da Bing will be releasing Finklestein, on July 6th

It’s our second record with Hamish, and we’re happy to brag we’re the only label who has ever released a Hamish Kilgour solo record! Take that Cleano Productions!

The Clean member Hamish Kilgour's second-ever solo album, Finklestein, flips the singer/guitarist/drummer's path taken on All of It and Nothing. Having previously gone for intimate, minimalistic performances, Finklestein displays a chock-full production quality akin to a fairytale. It's a fitting change, seeing as the songs are based around a children's story Kilgour conceived for his son about a kingdom that invents a way of dealing with their depleting gold resources. The songs include organ, saxophone, pedal steel, piano, vibraphone, harmonica, even footsteps (Hamish is renowned for his stepping), most of it performed by Kilgour and his producer/collaborator Gary Olsen at Olsen's studio, Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn. Originally conceived as being a children's book as well as album, Finklestein rides roughshod through this fairytale world with grace.

Finklestein took a year to record, as Hamish's involvement with a large part of the Brooklyn music scene, as well as dates with recent New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductees The Clean, split his time. His songs benefit from this elongated recording period, as each track creates its own space within the Finklestein world, mixing instruments and melodies in a rainbow of ways. Yet it's Kilgour's songwriting sensibilities that hold the album together, his charismatic and loose arrangements within a congenial environment of musical play.

For more information, please write Ben and Katie at press at badabingrecords.com

dow, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:57 (four months ago) Permalink

Thought there was a thread all about The Clean and/or their kind of music, but couldn't find one.

dow, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Apparently there are nine threads for them O_O They win ILM! Most recent two you could use are The Clean - Compilation + The Clean Anthlogy and there other material

sbahnhof, Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:16 (three months ago) Permalink

NZ Music Month, or is it?


Pop musician October has released her album, Ultra Red. A set of beautiful pop songs disguised as ugly industrial fuzz:

- https://open.spotify.com/album/3sLYZtrcfagCOYEv8L1IBa


Rei has unveiled his Māori-language hip hop EP, Rangatira:

- https://musicbyrei.bandcamp.com/album/rangatira

- http://musicnation.co.nz/rei-releases-groundbreaking-te-reo-maori-ep-rangatira


JessB is a possible new hip hop star – she brought out the EP Bloom in March. Latest video is "Set It Off", with cameos :)

- https://basefm.co.nz/jessb-set-it-off

- https://soundcloud.com/ogjessb/sets/bloom-ep


Estère's two-part album is done now, My Design, On Others' Lives:

- https://estere.bandcamp.com/album/my-design-on-others-lives

Also recently, the new album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food ... Metal band Alien Weaponry's bilingual debut album, , is out tomorrow ... New Zealand's fourth most popular independent music award, the Taite Music Prize, was criticized for an exclusionary voting system, and during the ceremony the ashes of the Headless Chickens' Grant Fell (Ngāpuhi) were scattered onto the stage, a major no-no in Māori culture due to the sanctity of human remains ... Coco Solid was unimpressed with NZ music's response to the gender equality campaign Equalise My Vocals: "Now what? The industry needs to use it's resources and platforms for better & not leave it to 2 tired queer women of colour with a crowdfunded 5k to do all the fucking work".

David Dallas brought out the video to "Probably", the fourth single from the album Hood Country Club cos he's South Auckland AF

- https://youtu.be/meLtp1tYr_c

NZ Music Month coincides with comedy festival month, and some talented comedians have invented the genre of Centrist Reggae:

- https://twoheartsnz.bandcamp.com/track/legalise-it (warning, extreme content)

And the top Kiwi song of the moment: those angry reggae punks Sons Of Zion, with the furious "Drift Away":

- https://youtu.be/tq4adoBJCU8

sbahnhof, Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:54 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

As RMNZ has introduced a second NZ top 20 for the week's fastest-rising songs, here are some things that are bubbling under the charts under the charts:

Hi-Nes and Krisy Erin join the elite with "Never Get Me Back":

- https://youtu.be/IAVixrS8UuA

Raiza Biza brings the chill beats in "Marco Polo" ft. Bobandii:

- https://open.spotify.com/track/6WQC0R3sDNSIp4yIFcHUS3

Country-folk artist Emily Fairlight released her heartbreaking album Mother of Gloom. It's a bit sad...

- https://emilyfairlight.bandcamp.com/track/drag-the-night-in

(Recommended if you liked Like Splitting the Head From the Body by Womb, from earlier in 2018)


On a much sunnier note, pop band Drax Project dropped their Noon EP, but their single "Woke Up Late" has been on the NZ chart forever:


And for maximum tonal whiplash, metal band Alien Weaponry bring the opposite of chill on their debut album , in Māori and English, an LP that hit the top 5:

- https://youtu.be/5kwIkF6LFDc

sbahnhof, Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:07 (two months ago) Permalink

TBH, all I really want to do is post episodes of Aroha Bridge and The Māori Side Steps to confuse our non-Kiwi viewers until the thread reaches 100 posts.


sbahnhof, Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:08 (two months ago) Permalink

i love the Chelsea Jade record which was released yesterday


monotony, Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:23 (two months ago) Permalink


"Laugh It Off" is one of the 20 songs that might win the Silver Scroll, the prestigious "artists' choice" award. All nominees are here:

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018652990/the-apra-silver-scroll-award-2018-top-20-announced

...Chelsea Jade and 19 indie songs :-) Well, not quite, and there's a lot of really nice music on the list, but it isn't as "diverse" as they claim – it was selected by only nine people, and it shows. In the whole list there's one rap song, lots of downtempo/MOR stuff, no female Māori artists, no songs fully in Māori... (Songs in Māori have the Maioha Award, but that gets much less publicity.) At least they didn't nominate Groany, but it's all very "Music 101 on a Saturday afternoon". I'm not a big SWIDT fan, but "Conquer" leaps out of the speakers against this field.

The voting system has some problems similar to those the Taite Music Prize was criticized for. Artists enter their own songs, and must be APRA members, which shouldn't be necessary imo, if they're truly seeking the best NZ songwriting. This year's awards come after the 2017 Silver Scroll, when APRA voters chose an all-female top 5 for the first time.

Anyway in conclusion, here's Groeni, I mean, Rob Ruha.


sbahnhof, Thursday, 26 July 2018 08:27 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Beths, also on that Silver Scroll shortlist, have an album out too and it's the most glorious bored squally pop https://open.spotify.com/album/4NK0WVg7ZK0rIrcwFKjTIU

The new Broods single is great too!

monotony, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:14 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

^ These are they



sbahnhof, Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Beths now have a thread, imaginatively titled The Beths

sbahnhof, Sunday, 9 September 2018 05:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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