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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:19 (nineteen years ago) link

Sunship !

Russ (Russ), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:34 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

What is this Sunship you talk of?

Guymauve (Guymauve), Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:41 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

all this ugly music

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:24 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

Concord Dawn.

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

mentalist (mentalist), Friday, 20 August 2004 02:42 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Russ (Russ), Friday, 20 August 2004 04:43 (nineteen years ago) link

I wish Drag Street Trash'd play again

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 07:17 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

Well at least it's not a Hotere I guess

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:47 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 20 August 2004 11:48 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

my bad, you did too!

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

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link


purple patch (electricsound), Saturday, 21 August 2004 00:44 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 21 August 2004 01:18 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

excellent, thanks cameron

chris andrews (fraew), Monday, 23 August 2004 23:10 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

whoops, clicky on the linky:


chris andrews (fraew), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 02:07 (nineteen years ago) link

A benefit concert is taking place in Christchurch on Wednesday, featuring nearly everyone in NZ music. Absolutely no idea what it'll be like, but please give generously.

The concert will be live on the radio from 07:00 GMT / 19:00 NZT, and locally on TV Three.

Some related links:

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018690891/marlon-williams-in-auckland

- https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/111954347/shihads-jon-toogood-on-being-muslim-changing-his-bands-name-and-keeping-the-faith

- https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018689779/illbaz-racism-in-the-music-industry-it-s-always-there


In the U.S., there are two benefit concerts: in Jersey City (Wed.) and Los Angeles (Thursday), with music by New Zealand artists who are based there. Like the concerts in New Zealand, they're named You Are Us/Aroha Nui

- http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1904/S00104/us-iyou-are-usi-concert-announcement.htm (Archived)

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 06:59 (four years ago) link

The concert will be live on the radio from 07:00 GMT / 19:00 NZT, and locally on TV Three.

Worldwide livestream video too, here.

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 03:58 (four years ago) link

It was a triumph, for the most part – showed NZ music in a fantastic light, and was planned in such a short time. The full concert video is online at the moment, with TV Three's ad-riddled and vapid coverage. Enjoy!

Estère! - (Article on RNZ)

NZ music is at a low ebb in popularity, so they'd probably raise more money by asking the All Blacks to sing, or getting Jacinda Ardern to pander to the business community. But that's beside the point. :)

A slight dampener: it turns out NZ's most successful apolitical party band are not so bright

"How dumb do you gotta be to sing a song with the lyrics 'I'm a loaded gun, got my aim on you' and 'Turns out you ain't bulletproof' at a benefit concert for a mass shooting?"

The song was Six60's "Vibes", mentioned earlier - they'd already played at the Auckland benefit concert and didn't notice any problem with it. Possibly even dumber, the Otago Daily Times printed this actual headline:
"Six60 blasted for inappropriate lyrics at Chch concert"
The band probably didn't change anything at all from their usual concert - they also introduced their own song as a "national anthem" when the show included the actual anthem and Dave Dobbyn.

Other things:

Should Spotify be forced to play more Kiwi music? (yes, duh)
- https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/05-04-2019/the-music-quota-debate-has-finally-arrived-on-spotify

or Spotify could help music even more by shutting down, frankly

AND Tom Scott has won the Taite prize for the rap-jazz Avantdale Bowling Club – some astonishing poetry on that album.

sbahnhof, Friday, 26 April 2019 10:36 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Name-change alert - hitmaker Bene has changed her name to Benee, possibly for google reasons like when the Beetles did it.

Her follow-up track to "Soaked" was "Evil Spider". One-listen verdict: she's lost it! nah just kidding, it's more of the same.

- https://youtu.be/uQ983htswu8

ILM fan's favourites Yumi Zouma are one member less, and they've gone weird with their weird single, "Bruise" (Warning: not weird)

- https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/bj9748/yumi-zouma-is-back-with-a-new-unexpected-single

They're also trying to get into one of those endless "band photo" threads


Olivia Foa'i released her second solo song, after her band Te Vaka's great success with the Moana movie soundtrack. "My Way" includes lyrics in Tokelauan, and good god she can dance


sbahnhof, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:13 (four years ago) link

Maisey Rika has posted some demos from years ago, it's the new Basement Tapes


- "KEEPING IN CONTACT" AD JINGLE (for Telecom, before it became a television channel)

- "CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS JINGLE DEMO" ... Maisey Rika with the "O Superman" voice effect. Track of the year

On TV, Aroha Bridge is back for a series of full episodes - with the voices of hip hop's Coco Solid and Rizván, about the adventures of their band Hook Ups


Also, Moana Maniapoto has become the country's most serious journalist in her show, including the immortal line, "Coming up after the break: How can we avoid the apocalypse?"

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:14 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

This is an extremely useful thread. Many thanks sbahnhof for your diligence.

neilasimpson, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:49 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Making good progress catching up on this year's music, I'm nearly at mid-April.

Astro Children's Millie Lovelock goes solo on her confessional debut album, she's never been better

Repulsive Woman - Relief
- https://repulsivewoman.bandcamp.com/album/relief


Ria Hall has seriously found the core of classic reggae as protest music. Almost as if it's still relevant today! #ihumātao

Ria Hall - "Cause and Effect"
- https://riahall.bandcamp.com/track/cause-effect


Imugi can't get any cooler, it's not humanly possible

Imugi 이무기 - "Be Here Soon" / "Greensmoke"
- https://soundcloud.com/a-label-called-success/imugi-be-here-soon
- https://youtu.be/Psce1BtWC-g

Yes, I would like to listen to the Kora/Katchafire supergroup from Whakatane with slight Dire Straits influences, thank you for asking

L.A.B. - "Personify"
- https://labmusic.bandcamp.com/track/personify

And an album curated by Hinewehi Mohi, Waiata / Anthems, has some of NZ's biggest music stars doing their songs in Māori, released for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - it was a heck of an effort:

“It was initially meant to be a bilingual album, but the artists said to me ‘I want to do it all in Maori’. Only one is a fluent speaker, so for most of them this was their first real opportunity to sing in Māori. The artists have been brave and inspirational through the recording process which has ultimately been extremely challenging for the majority of them having little or no Maori language skills,” said Mohi. “It is testimony to how important they each view Te Reo Maori as the cornerstone of our culture. This music will help us all to feel like we can participate and celebrate in the uniqueness of our national identity.”
– Music News - Introducing Waiata/Anthems, music.net.nz


sbahnhof, Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:25 (four years ago) link

Unsatisfied with the old Views, JessB brought out her New Views

Her 2nd EP features tracks with Paige and Church Leon, who is not a man of the cloth, I fear




sbahnhof, Monday, 9 December 2019 02:39 (three years ago) link

Nadia Reid's third album will be out in March 2020, Out Of My Province

- https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1912/S00045/nadia-reid-announces-new-album-out-of-my-province.htm

“The song [Best Thing] is about relationships, childhood and nostalgia. It is about intimate love and about the love between a mother and a daughter. In it, I am rigid and almost emotionless. But perhaps that is because we shot in Dunedin at 6 am... in the wintertime!” Reid quips. – (The Label/Scoop)

You've heard the quips, now see the vid


sbahnhof, Monday, 9 December 2019 02:40 (three years ago) link

Nadia Reid is so good.

Six60 are so bad.

aphoristical, Monday, 9 December 2019 03:32 (three years ago) link

Are they as interesting as that? :-)

It is strange how popular Six60 are in NZ, breaking some chart records recently... More popular than Lorde, and their concerts this summer might make them the country's biggest act ahead of Ed Sheeran. If it's any consolation, on their radio session they kinda looked like they couldn't be arsed. Only gave the poor drummer a tambourine. I can't see much reason other countries would take to them, though they've nibbled the Aussie charts this year.

Ooh, what is everyone's favourite NZ track or album of the 2010s? (apart from ilm's obvious faves The Beths and Six60.) Would love to know. I'm still not very familiar with 2010-2014 – will post a few retrospectives that are online later.

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 08:35 (three years ago) link

My favorite NZ albums of the 2010s:
John White - The Inkadies (2010)
Die! Die! Die! - Form (2010)
Cut Off Your Hands - Hollow (2011)
Punches - Etheria (2011)
Opossum - Electric Hawaii (2012)
The Shifting Sands - Cosmic Radio Station (2015)
Bespin - Osiris EP (2015)
avoid!avoid - Particle And Wave (2016)
Doprah - Wasting (2016)
Street Chant - Hauora (2016)
Fazerdaze - Morningside (2017)
Death And The Maiden - Wisteria (2018)
David Kilgour - Bobbie's A Girl (2019)

I dig The Beths, Aldous Harding, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mermaidens, etc but have never fallen for entire albums.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:47 (three years ago) link

Cheers, Gerald! I need to give Doprah another spin, I really loved Indira Force's other band New Dawn.

sbahnhof, Friday, 13 December 2019 09:23 (three years ago) link

If I'd known before now that the choreographer Parris Goebel did a rap album where she shouts song titles over a banging donk, I would've listened solely to that for the past three years

sbahnhof, Friday, 13 December 2019 09:24 (three years ago) link

each to their own of course but that list up there is pretty dull and leaves off a whole shit tonne of great music -heres another decade perspective:

Maxine Funke - Lace
Negative Nancies - You Do You
P.H.F - I Hate Myself
Centre Negative - Emotion is Cringey
Coolies - Kaka
SWIDT - Bunga
Unsanitary Napkin - Orgasmic Capitalism
Coco Solid
Opposite Sex - Hamlet
Kraus -Pudding Island
It Hurts - Estuary
Piece War- Apathy
Thistle Group
Futurians - Robots in Disguise
Randa - Orange Juice , singles etc
Vincent H.L - Weird Days
Terminals - Antiseptic
Purple Pilgrims - Perfumed Earth
Pumice - Puny
The Biscuits - The Dolly Dog Seems Alright

prob some I have forgotten ten yrs is a long time

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 13 December 2019 21:26 (three years ago) link

Thank you for these dangerous sounds! That's my Christmas party sorted.

But please, less of the "pretty dull" comments - everybody's perspective is welcome.

Having this many recommendations is a nice surprise, especially when there aren't so many fans of Kiwi music on here

(visual approximation)

UnderTheRadar: years gone by
From the archives, these were the UTR site's best-of lists during this decade:


* (2015 page was lost, possibly Kim Dotcom has it)

sbahnhof, Saturday, 14 December 2019 08:53 (three years ago) link

Radio New Zealand has done a staff poll of the 2000s + 2010s combined. It somewhat dilutes everything by trying to cover a 20-year period, but perhaps they never did a 2000s albums list.

As you'd expect, it's a triumphant victory for Pacifier, nah just kidding

"RNZ Music's top 21 NZ albums of the 21st century"
https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018724138/rnz-music-s-top-21-nz-albums-of-the-21st-century (Archive)

sbahnhof, Sunday, 15 December 2019 23:54 (three years ago) link

More from the 2010s, what did real people actually listen to? These are the NZ artists' charts for each year.

While Lorde is the biggest name internationally, at home it's much closer - the decade's two best-sellers have been Six60 and the pop-opera trio Sole Mio, who topped the EOY album chart four times from 2013–2017.
(Note* The all-NZ chart wasn't around in 2010, recorded as starting on 31 October 2011.
Streaming was added to the charts in 2016.)

2010 Singles2010 Albums*
2011 Singles2011 Albums
2012 Singles2012 Albums
2013 Singles2013 Albums
2014 Singles2014 Albums
2015 Singles2015 Albums
2016 Singles2016 Albums
2017 Singles2017 Albums
2018 Singles2018 Albums

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 23:07 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

HIGHLIGHTS from ☆ KIRIHIMETE ☆ (Xmas) and ◴ TE TAU HOU PĀKEHĀ ◷ (Hogmanay)


An album with something for everyone, everyone:

"Top Māori artists lift spirits with new visual album Mōhau
Rob Ruha, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Bella Kalolo, Majic Paora, Kaaterama and the East Coast Tira Waiata (Choir) sensation Ka Hao have united to create a powerful visual album, entitled Mōhau (For you)."

“Some songs were originals like 'Aue Wairua' which I wrote in the 90s, and some songs are new," Ruha explains. ... “Although this is the season to give, there are some people who we know are less fortunate and so they are discouraged in a way. So we thought as a collective that this project can be presented as a gift, something they can share among their family and loved ones.” – (Te Ao news)

Various Artists - MŌHAU

Now, I know we all thought Benee's breakthrough hit "Soaked" was a breath of fresh air, but because of that, she's started pumping that sound for all it's worth and "Glitter" began 2020 as the no.1 Kiwi song after becoming a meme on Ticktock, god I hate the internet

Benee - "Glitter"
- https://youtu.be/D3gmU0GOTXI

"Is being a TikTok dance good?"
"Benee probably won’t make money off TikTok, but there are few platforms as powerful for building an immediate and global following. At over 11.5 million streams on Spotify, ‘Glitter’ has been listened to almost twice as much as ‘Find an Island,’ which might surprise anyone who’s been listening to the radio lately."

Marlon Williams popped up on the Australian new year's eve concert on the ABC (on his birthday, in fact), performing two covers – a moving rendition of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy", and also "Common People", in which the mild-mannered crooner danced around the stage like a man possessed. Guess which song this link leads to:

- https://youtu.be/2CeJ23f80LY?t=1h23m16s

sbahnhof, Monday, 6 January 2020 10:55 (three years ago) link

In Rolling non-US rap thread 2020 I posted Randa's "Rock Bottom" single that I named the G.O.A.T., mainly thanks to the brilliant video with Hamish Parkinson. Having said that, Randa's follow-up "Toughen Up" is probably a better song, continuing their run of great tracks – a celebration of niceness with an anti-macho message. And the song's 'tough' rock sound would make it ideal for Radio Hauraki playlists, except that it doesn't suck

Randa - "Toughen Up"
- https://larzranda.bandcamp.com/track/toughen-up


sbahnhof, Monday, 6 January 2020 10:56 (three years ago) link

I'm not saying life in Auckland is exactly like Aroha Bridge, but the hottest ticket in town was Imugi playing the closure of a food court:

- https://youtu.be/3iB2m9254CU?t=45m30s

...so yeah, in the struggle to catch up on 2019, I'm just up to Queen's birthday. Haven't even heard Chloe Swarbrick's "OK Boomer (Remix)" yet

sbahnhof, Monday, 6 January 2020 10:57 (three years ago) link

2019 ILM poll NZominationz :

Starting with a nomination on the metal poll – Beastwars made a shock return, reuniting in the unhappy circumstance of Matt Hyde's illness. The band's frontman went through cancer treatment in 2018, just before they made their fourth album. It seems he's doing well, as they're now on an Aus/NZ tour.

You can hear, listening to the album, how cathartic it is.
The new album is simply called IV, and its cover is the work of artist Nik Keller (who also did their previous three). The Greek goddess of health, Hygeia towers over a fallen soldier, a snake coiled around her shoulders, and a sword in her hand. – (RNZ)

- https://beastwars.bandcamp.com/album/iv


On ILM's poll, art-pop duo Purple Pilgrims' album is nominated, as is the track "Sensing Me". The album features guitar from Roy Montgomery (friend of ILM!) on "Ruinous Splendour":

Purple Pilgrims – Perfumed Earth
- https://purplepilgrims.bandcamp.com/album/perfumed-earth


On the ILM tracks poll:

Mermaidens – "She's Running"
- https://mermaidens.bandcamp.com/track/shes-running

Broods – "Falling Apart"
- https://open.spotify.com/album/3emsEOWvKnlvAOj80KEqLE

And there are album noms for THE DEAD C and Aldous Harding.

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:40 (three years ago) link

UTR's various contributors reviewed the year

UTR's 2019 Favourite Music Moments
- https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/16760/UTRs-2019-Favourite-Music-Moments.utr

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:40 (three years ago) link

Some great tracks from later in 2019:



Disciple Pati – "The Boy Who Cried Woman"

^ That's a debut single from December (more info here).

Also in December, Soccerpractise brought out their second electronic album, Te Pō (The Night) with noticeably more guitars, more reo Māori, and their Banger Ratio is up by about 300%, which = bangers. It's also available as a dizzying "visual album".

- https://open.spotify.com/album/3He6sMx8TLPhEwUNtV3KGv


sbahnhof, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:42 (three years ago) link

A few more 2019 releases – Punk band Miss June brought out their first album, Bad Luck Party after several years together, with a more conventional '90s alt-rock sound but some rough edges still there ... Electro producer BAYNK released Someone's EP II to some acclaim, and he's launching a U.S. tour next week ... Surf-rockers Soaked Oats made their 3rd EP, Sludge Pop ... And pop singer/songwriter Theia wrote a beautiful new Christmas song, "Te Kaiwhakaora O Te Ao".

Other stories:

Very Obscure Vinyls: there's an exhibition about lathe-cut records that were made in tiny numbers in NZ. Some of the lathe-cuts (a cheap alternative to vinyl) are now valuable, if you're into Aldous Harding anyway. The exhibit's coming to Lower Hutt in February.

Boomer/Millennial soundclash: can choral singing prevent ageist intolerance?

Kia māia (Be bold) - Ria Hall spoke at the 2019 Silver Scrolls on the disregard for women and reo Māori music in sectors of the industry, and encouraged them to change. (Just in case it isn't clear, this thread is not "the way it is" in real life. Inclusion here is almost a guarantee that an artist will be as obscure as a 19th-century war)

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:44 (three years ago) link

Another ILMy nom I forgot, by Chaos In The CBD - the second track on this record from the house DJ brothers, last February:

"Green Dove" is an upbeat trip that's also mellow and weird, including more retro rave influences complemented by lush atmospheres. An intro of synth washes picks up another bumpy melodic bassline. The brothers then chop up the vocals, creating an immersive soundscape that invites you to shut your eyes.
– (Resident Advisor)

Chaos In The CBD – "Orange Blank" / "Green Dove"
- https://chaosinthecbd.bandcamp.com/album/orange-blank-green-dove


sbahnhof, Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:58 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Radio New Zealand have decided that youth radio is the future and they might build a station with a heavy focus on Kiwi music. Good luck with that! :-D

So, I'd like to a take a sec to mention some other places where New Zealand music is played and covered – and plz add others that you like, if any. I wrote before about RNZ's weekly show, Music 101.

IWI RADIO is where the largest number of NZ songs are broadcast every day, on the regional stations in each Māori tribal area:
- http://www.irirangi.net/iwi-stations.aspx
Three good ones for reo Māori music are Moana Radio (in Tauranga), MFM/Maniapoto FM (Te Kuiti) and Tūranga FM (Gisborne), and honestly the general pop mix on Atiawa Toa FM is better than anything that bigger and more cynical companies can come up with. The iwi stations do a great job on very low budgets, helped by the passion of volunteers, and sometimes by the automatic DJ machine that was going to take over RNZ Concert. (Don't praise the machine.)
An airplay chart is also compiled, Te Reo Māori Top 20.


- BFM (Auckland), the show "Freak The Sheep" / video channel
- Radio Control (Palmerston North), "The Local Show" / vids
- RadioActive.fm (Wellington), "The NZ Music Show" / vids
- RDU (Christchurch), video channel / "Te Ahi Top 10"
- Radio 1 (Dunedin), "The Local" / vids

...Until now I didn't know about Radio Control's mixcloud, and neither does anyone else in the world apparently. The show that I stream the most often is R1's. New host is a bit full-on, tho


- https://basefm.co.nz/category/video/local-eyes/
- https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/
- https://nzmusician.co.nz/
- https://nztop40.co.nz/

And further off the radar, there's always the Bandcamp tag New Zealand and Aotearoa.

sbahnhof, Thursday, 5 March 2020 11:09 (three years ago) link

A superb live band, L.A.B. have had their first hit together, and it's become the biggest Kiwi song of the moment – from their album L.A.B. III

L.A.B. - "In The Air"

On the charts, some local musicians have had a very good summer. In 2020 so far, L.A.B. and Benee have reached No.2 and 3 on the main singles chart, where the last New Zealander to hit No.1 was in 2017.

sbahnhof, Thursday, 5 March 2020 11:10 (three years ago) link

The collaborative song "Ka mānu" is the current top song on the reo Māori radio chart:


sbahnhof, Thursday, 5 March 2020 11:11 (three years ago) link

Ria Hall (heard in "Ka mānu") brought out her new album last week. A tribute to classic reggae bands, it's a a good follow-up to Rules of Engagement, but at 7 tracks may've been more rightly labelled as a generous EP. The instantly iconic cover is by the artist Robyn Kahukiwa.

Ria Hall - Manawa Wera
- https://riahall.bandcamp.com/album/manawa-wera


sbahnhof, Sunday, 8 March 2020 02:16 (three years ago) link

Metal band Shepherds Reign released their first Samoan-language track as a tribute to the country of heritage of their vocalist Filivaa James and guitarist Oliver Leupolu. It's possibly the first metal track to be sung in le Gagana Sāmoa, though that's hard to ascertain. The band were supporting Alien Weaponry last week.

Shepherds Reign - "Le Manu"


sbahnhof, Sunday, 8 March 2020 02:18 (three years ago) link

And for maximum tonal whiplash

NADIA REID - Out of My Province
- https://nadiareid.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-my-province


The indie-folk star's third album, its title quoting Janet Frame, was written while Reid was travelling the world. Alongside guitarist Sam Taylor, the violinist Anita Clark (Motte) returns to her live band.

Nadia Reid - "Get The Devil Out"

sbahnhof, Sunday, 8 March 2020 02:19 (three years ago) link

L.A.B. - "In The Air"

A huge hit, the song eventually rose to No.1 overall, where it's stayed for 3 weeks now. A very rare achievement for a Kiwi artist.

Benee may get her first No.1 here soon – her track "Supalonely" has gone feral on TwitClock. On an unrelated note, she's also gonna try to take over the U.S., it can't be that hard.

- https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9337519/benee-interview-supalonely-emerging-artists-spotlight

OTHER STUFF: bKIDD featured new vocalist Jarna on his rap track "Can't Take This" (a 'Visualizer' is a music video with no budget?) ... Electro artist VASILI has a stunning new album, Hidden Inside, his tenth(?) in 7 years ... Yumi Zouma released their new record, Truth or Consequences ... Some prominent Various Artists have made a Katherine Mansfield album, GET YER OWN IDEAS, MATE ... (that's not the title) ... Rappers Shiraz & LSJ had some success last year and unveiled their most polished track yet, "Whitney". They had it mixed & mastered and everything ... Estère played a session track, "Mad about Your Sea" from her upcoming album ... And, the NZSO will stream its Bach concert live on Wed 25 March at 19:30 NZT on https://nzso.co.nz/live

The coronavirus is affecting New Zealand and its musicians like anywhere else – there's a page for artists who are facing problems with money, mental health and other things:

- https://nzmusician.co.nz/news/covid-19-vs-nz-global-music-industry

sbahnhof, Saturday, 21 March 2020 03:44 (three years ago) link

Ah, that one music video TV channel we have is back! for a few months.

I guess they don't mind the comparison with Radio with Pictures...
- https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/radio-with-pictures-1976/series

sbahnhof, Friday, 27 March 2020 19:44 (three years ago) link

WOMAD festival was one of the last events to be held, in March.

But... there was a problem.

Wellington publisher Mary McCallum went to Womad with 17,000 people each day, just before the lockdown.
It’s a fortnight since people headed home from Womad in New Plymouth, some going straight into self-isolation as a preventive measure.

The problem with Womad
- https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/03/31/1107877/the-problem-with-womad

sbahnhof, Thursday, 2 April 2020 02:03 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

If a song called "Supalonely" can't get to No.1 during a human quarantine crisis, something unusual must be happening

sbahnhof, Saturday, 18 April 2020 08:37 (three years ago) link

The rapper Melodownz signed to Def Jam last year; his party piece is probably the track "Peace Signs, Gang Signs", he also did a long-distance collab with UK MC Coops on "Infinite" in 2018.

His latest single is a change of direction, heavily influenced by drill.

'“There’s a lot of drill and darker themes in music at the moment which I love also, but I just wanted to create something that makes people happy and comfortable.” Melo describes.'

- https://basefm.co.nz/melodownz-fine

reason I stick with this dude is goofy lines like
"I don't hang with nobody who not nice"

sbahnhof, Saturday, 18 April 2020 08:38 (three years ago) link

From last year, but whadevva:

LOU'ANA - "Move Along"

sbahnhof, Saturday, 18 April 2020 08:39 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Old time occasional poster/long time lurker who just retrieved his password here to say that GRG67 just put out their new album on Rattle Records last week and are very good at the jazz. Their release show was terrific and they're playing again on Thursday.


Also went to the Cakekitchen release show last week. Wasn't overwhelmed by the selections from the new album on a first listen, but when you're competing against the career highlights on almost 40 years that's an occupational hazard, and a new track (recorded during lockdown) was one of the highlights of the whole damn show.


Coming to stages in Auckland in August: black metal legends Ulcerate, whose new record is a monster.


(Since The Beths have their own damn thread I assume mentioning them here is redundant...)

dillamonster, Sunday, 12 July 2020 05:56 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

I hadn't heard GRG67 before! Happy Place is a great album, thx.

Sorry for implying earlier that Radio 1's Henny G was too "full-on", as I now realize that she is the world's funniest broadcaster and her emergency music show in lockdown was the best one of those. Furthermore, the playlist starts with someone called Lee F Blower and then the latest banger "Heatwave" by Randa, whose yet-to-be-completed album will, I maintain, be the Alb of the Decade if they do it right.

- https://www.mixcloud.com/Radio_One_91fm_Dunedin/nz-on-air-presents-the-local-9420-with-ashley-adelaide-henessey-sam-tom

It's not quite true that I spent the last ten months listening to that Soccerpractise album on repeat, but pretty close.

Election special: Underground doomcore merchants The Beths helped the Green Party back to parliament by performing at their campaign rally in Titirangi ... Meme MP Chlöe Swarbrick got a booming result in the vote in central Auckland, an achievement maybe even bigger than her appearing in JessB's first video in 2018 as a netball official ... The opening track on the Ulcerate album, "The Lifeless Advance", also happens to sum up the far-right party of that name ... And there's a Cannabis Referendum but the electoral commission were too stoned to count the results for about two weeks. Obviously, There Is No Weed-related Music in New Zealand, so I'm not sure why I'm mentioning it here.

This band "Dick Move" might be a bit political as well :-D
- https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/17818/Dick-Move-Touring-New-Album-Chop!-In-October.utr

sbahnhof, Sunday, 25 October 2020 22:40 (three years ago) link

What's Old and Still Fresh in New Zealand Music? Well for instance this 'un I wrote about long ago in the Voice:


Die! Die! Die!

Promises, Promises (SAF)

"So much for blue skies! What about the future?" Thus New Zealand's young punks Die! Die! Die! yap back at a preacher's "You must believe!" They aren't really asking, but they also aren't really that close to no-future angels of '77. Of course not---too many things under the bridge, including bridges---and while these neo-classic cage-rattlers demand come-on comparison, they don't cling to it. They've got their own sonic reflux, absorbing the news and vice-versa. So even Die! Die! Die!, with their shrieky little name and shrieky little songs (tattooing ear canals), find themselves pausing just long enough to explain, quite reasonably, "Well sir, this winter, I cannot believe." "Blue Skies" is the last stop on Die! Die! Die!'s second album, Promises, Promises. Their Steve Albini–recorded, self-titled 2006 debut's flying shards of impulsive/compulsive encounters were caught by walls thrown up, tracks tightened till they imploded: 10 songs, in just over 20 minutes. But now, on this Shayne (of Straitjacket Fits) Carter–produced set, walls are pushed out as inner space-junk expands; shards reappear as pieces of Wilson's personal blue skies, of old hopes and dreams. His shattered, scattered voice and guitar can't help planting some bizarre memory garden of l-u-v. The eloquent guts of Lachlan Anderson's bass will never digest such seeds very easily, and drummer Michael Prain's Keith Moon-style soloing-as-accompaniment dents craters in a common labyrinth-in-a-maze, where Wilson and "You!" grapple in reflective gear.
Die! Die! Die! play the Music Hall of Williamsburg March 29 and Highline Ballroom March 30.

dow, Monday, 26 October 2020 01:32 (three years ago) link

This might be new:

Die! Die! Die! - "450" / "I Seek Misery"
- https://diediedie.bandcamp.com/album/450-i-seek-misery

sbahnhof, Sunday, 8 November 2020 18:27 (three years ago) link

Vanessa Worm


stirmonster, Sunday, 8 November 2020 19:09 (three years ago) link

xpost Thanks! Should have known they'd be on bandcamp.

dow, Sunday, 8 November 2020 20:57 (three years ago) link

The NZMAs, now named the Aotearoa Music Awards, are happening tonight and broadcasting on The Edge TV and Three.

Haven't followed the charts much this year, but it looks like a very promising nominee lineup – there are sure to be prizes for the some of the ones mentioned above based on popularity and maybe artistry.

Paige, who collaborated with JessB last year, is up for the breakthrough artist and pop award. Meanwhile, Troy Kingi's band are four years into their project to make 10 albums in 10 genres with the new one, The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, and he's nominated for best single for "All Your Ships Have Sailed".

Troy Kingi - The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
- https://troykingi.bandcamp.com/album/the-ghost-of-freddie-cesar

Chaii ain't gonna win, but I love her

CHAII - Lightswitch EP
- https://soundcloud.com/chaiimusic/sets/lightswitch-ep-1

Jawsh 685's "Laxed (Siren Beat)" is up for best single because it became popular worldwide as a 20-second snippet, which is handy, as there's nothing more to the track. The video's pretty good tho.
(Then Jason Derulo saw an opportunity, etc etc)

sbahnhof, Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:52 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

the cuticles & n.t. honey (typo'd elsewhere as m.t. honey but it's n.t.) are good. crude is doing stuff again but i only heard 30 seconds of a recent gig on someone's instagram post. heazlewood has a new band called consolidated fuzz, they're probably good, i haven't heard them. i'm in a band again too, good. why do people like the veils, they're terrible.

unknown or illegal user (doo rag), Thursday, 13 May 2021 05:47 (two years ago) link

Arm Up Ehoa; The Pigs Want To Open Carry by Captain Cooked on #SoundCloud


unknown or illegal user (doo rag), Thursday, 13 May 2021 08:49 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Fazerdaze has a new song out: https://open.spotify.com/track/2qkAa6IrUy5WWizVE1rpeh?si=9u0qWliWSou70CfEOntp4g

It's got a great mid-nineties alt rock vibe. Less shoegazey than her previous work, with plenty of fuzzy grit.

It's been five years so hopefully a new album is coming soon!

The Ghost Club, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:52 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

I like the new Tiny Ruins songs, pretty indie-folk with memorable hooks.


aphoristical, Sunday, 21 May 2023 01:11 (six months ago) link

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