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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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

Sunship !

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

What is this Sunship you talk of?

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

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

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

I wish Drag Street Trash'd play again

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

Well at least it's not a Hotere I guess

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

my bad, you did too!

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


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

excellent, thanks cameron

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

whoops, clicky on the linky:


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

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

nm, "1000 Eyes" is just great

sbahnhof, Sunday, 25 March 2018 07:40 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

i love the Chelsea Jade record which was released yesterday


monotony, Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:23 (one year ago) link


"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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

two weeks pass...

^ These are they



sbahnhof, Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:56 (one year ago) link

The Beths now have a thread, imaginatively titled The Beths

sbahnhof, Sunday, 9 September 2018 05:24 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Some recent-ish stuff:

Haja, an all-star album featuring current NZ artists: Aaradhna, Chelsea Jade, Estère, JessB, Kings and Raiza Biza.

As well as that, it's a fusion of musical styles from Sudan and New Zealand. Surprisingly it was put together by rock frontman Jon Toogood, of Shihad – he first heard the Gisma Group and aghani al-banat, "girls' music", when he got married in Khartoum, Sudan. The band recorded there with him, some of which is on this album years later.

- https://open.spotify.com/album/1lCMWkUACs5TaPm7Y1KABa

- https://www.noted.co.nz/culture/music/jon-toogood-married-african-roots-nz-hip-hop-new-album



Maybe for Discogs reasons, the label insisted on reviving the bad-but-good name "The Adults", which Toogood's supergroup used in 2011, although the two albums are quite different.

btw, Estère's radio Mixtape is highly ILM-friendly, but don't let that put you off. She even knows the words to "Akanamali" :D

sbahnhof, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:08 (one year ago) link

Jazz hip-hop band Avantdale Bowling Club, fronted by Tom Scott of the influential rap group Home Brew, as he reflects on life and fatherhood. The band includes Julien Dyne (drums) and Guy Harrison (piano/trumpet).

- https://avantdalebowlingclub.bandcamp.com/album/avantdale-bowling-club


sbahnhof, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:09 (one year ago) link

And one of the sleeper hits of the year by a New Zealander, Robinson's "Nothing to Regret", it's for the young people


After streaming success in NZ and Australia, the song is one of the nominees at the New Zealand Music Awards 2018.

sbahnhof, Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:10 (one year ago) link

"Our culture is your culture"


Who won the Silver Scroll, you don't wanna barely know, but Ria Hall won the Maioha Award with her song "Te Ahi Kai Po" from Rules of Engagement.

‘Te Ahi Kai Pō’ is about healing after war, and trying to find hope in times of despair. It draws on Ria’s own family history, telling the story of the Battle of Te Ranga (just south of Tauranga), where, in June 1864 the British Army took retaliation for the earlier battle at Gate Pā. Over a hundred Māori died there, some buried where they fell.

At the ceremony, local soul singer Teeks delivered a moving performance of ‘Te Ahi Kai Pō’, supported by Nick Dow and Ngā Tumanako kapa haka group. – (RNZ)

sbahnhof, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:00 (one year ago) link

The Scrolls' main award went to Marlon Williams' ballad with Aldous Harding, "Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore", with its pleasingly literal video:

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsJIDptF-2c

Williams' ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’, a duet with fellow Lyttelton musician Aldous Harding, explores the pair’s break-up. Williams said it was an honour to receive the award and paid homage to the other finalists. "To hear my name in your company is something that I treasure," he said.

sbahnhof, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:01 (one year ago) link

Great tune.

triggercut, Saturday, 6 October 2018 04:56 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

And at the NZMAs in November, Williams won best album for Make Way for Love. Other highlights included JessB's medley performance featuring Rubi Du, and Upper Hutt Posse's Te Kupu, who filibustered the broadcast for 15 minutes by listing the names of everyone they'd ever worked with.

sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

END OF 2018 is near, so if you want you can post your best of the year... perhaps using the classic "fake awards ceremony" style, such as "Best gangsta indie EP" or "Most improved DJ".

This was Chelsea Jade's debut album Personal Best, 10 tracks of VERY tight pop tunes, and one o_O title track

- https://open.spotify.com/album/05JyBFPtta56x6uBvIfnal


sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

The new album by Yoko-Zuna and a host of guests, Voyager, continuing their cool electro-hip-hop-jazz thing. Though with the cover artwork, they're positioning themselves as the Daft Punk of New Zealand :-)

- https://yoko-zuna.bandcamp.com/album/voyager


sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

Coco Solid and Queen Kapussi feature in the 9-piece rap collective Fanau Spa:

- https://fanauspa.bandcamp.com/album/fanau-spa


We each possess a different lens, voltage and ancestral life that the world rn needs to hear from - and we know this record serves a purpose bigger than what we could do as individuals. Ngā mihi mega ki a mātou katoa.

- (UnderTheRadar)

sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:03 (one year ago) link

There's a whole heap of recent stuff I still need to hear, but in the meantime, from earlier in 2018, some unofficial awards:

Best conscious rap / Most conscious rap: STOP THE VIOLENCE produced by Icepro, who's worked with youth musicians in Palmerston North for years

Best song title you wouldn't think was necessary in this day and age: CHILDREN DON'T BELONG IN JAIL, Luke Buda & Don McGlashan

I have felt very upset and outraged by the reports coming out of Nauru, especially the stories of children as young as five engaging in serious self harm.

We wrote this song to raise awareness of what is happening in offshore detention, in the hope that more people will sign up to the campaign to pressure the Australian government to end the horror they have created for these little kids and their families.

sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:04 (one year ago) link

Best compilation imo:

Shoegaze emo band from Wellington, Bad Friend, released their Best Of, so far. It is eleven minutes long

- https://badfriendnz.bandcamp.com/album/best-of


sbahnhof, Friday, 7 December 2018 21:06 (one year ago) link

The bad friend EP is great, yeah - in associated acts, the namesake EP that's just come out is v.dreamy: https://namesake.bandcamp.com/album/4-songs

Some EOY stuff:
Under The Radar's best albums/videos/songs moments: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/news/15341/2018-End-Of-Year-Roundup.utr

The Spinoff's best local albums/singles: https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/21-12-2018/the-definitive-very-best-new-zealand-music-of-2018/

Great to see the Shiraz & LSJ video "Where Tha Pape$ @" in the former - their "Clubsmoking"'s another great no-fi video.

etc, Friday, 21 December 2018 17:10 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Namesake are very chill!

Two tracks nominated for the ILM 2018 EOY that weren't already mentioned:

Yumi Zouma's beautiful dreampop song "Powder Blue / Cascine Park", from their EP III:

- https://yumizouma.bandcamp.com/album/ep-iii


With EP III, they grab us by the hand and take us out on a gorgeous adventure.

“Powder Blue / Cascine Park” is the first destination, and it's spellbinding. Delicate beats, a chiming guitar, and (Christie) Simpson’s stirring vocals recreate the feeling of summertime bliss. – (TheRevue.ca)

Dance track "Arbuz" by Kiwi-Italian-Melburnian producer Chambres, with vocals from Abigail Knudson:

- https://chambresband.bandcamp.com/album/arbuz


I'm stunned that October got two separate nominations, that's my AOTY! Thank you, nommers. (and sorry for calling you nommers)

sbahnhof, Monday, 28 January 2019 07:23 (ten months ago) link

A few other 2018 things...

The solo debut Shine Your Light by Kaaterama, who's in the successful pop group Maimoa. Her first single "He Iti" is getting the iwi radio plays, but most impressive imo are her soulful tracks "Mr. Man" and "Paiheretia", with the choir of Te Reanga Mōrehu o Rātana:

- https://open.spotify.com/album/1mOUoRm61WqW68aA4wE2KA


Maybe even more chill than Namesake(!), the first EP by twin-sister duo Tāl (Shalina and Shantini Sandran), including Indian tabla and sitar:

- https://talduo.bandcamp.com/album/t-l-ep
- https://nzmusician.co.nz/music/tal-tal-ep


sbahnhof, Monday, 28 January 2019 07:24 (ten months ago) link

In other Māori-language music in 2018, the collaborative album Te Kākano went to number 1 on iTunes in September, recorded by Pere Wihongi, Mere-Arihi Pipi-Takoko, Makaira Berry and Hamiora Tuari.

On the artier side, Allana Goldsmith brought out The Waka Kura Sessions, and Gisborne's Miss Pou made her debut.

Kiko released a blues-rock EP, Ranginui Blues, including the video to "Patupaiarehe", in which the band get attacked by the fairy-like being of the same name, it's a good watch

Also, taonga pūoro! - Rolling Classical 2018

sbahnhof, Monday, 28 January 2019 07:26 (ten months ago) link

In the singles chart this week, Six60's "Vibes" ended 6 (six!) months as the top NZ song. "Long tail"/"dumb algorithm" doesn't begin to describe it...

The new No.1 is Bene and her laid-back track "Soaked" - https://youtu.be/ubE_ac2wYPQ

sbahnhof, Monday, 28 January 2019 07:27 (ten months ago) link

We posted about the Broods single earlier – their album will be called Don’t Feed the Pop Monster. Hopefully it'll turn out to be the best thing ever and/or a Gaga rip-off, just so we get more funny interview quotes like

Caleb: "I left my phone in LA so I’ve just been off the grid. It’s amazing. I have no idea what’s going on in the world. Or what time it is. I’m just watching the sun."


Georgia: "I don’t like the word lucky. I think we’re fortunate."

sbahnhof, Monday, 28 January 2019 07:28 (ten months ago) link

that Bene song is so good. Looking forward to the Broods album, all of the tracks they’ve released so far have been enjoyable to varying degrees.

monotony, Monday, 28 January 2019 08:43 (ten months ago) link

It's only Bene's second song to be released - the first was "Tough Guy" in 2018. Guess she must've played more songs live this summer.

Apparently "Soaked" first became a radio hit in Australia, on Triple J's 2018 EOY list.

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 09:00 (ten months ago) link

And Broods' album is out, UNLEASH THE MONSTER

- https://open.spotify.com/album/1zVzO9st0ZXLCH6YmgAzYF

1-listen review: it's good! I like it nearly as much as the Chelsea Jade album, with which it shares quite a lot in common sonically, nice word. Critics seem to agree it's a 5.0 out of 10.0, and skim-reading their equally mediocre numerology, it's because the band haven't changed their sound. Which reads more like a dig at electro-pop than anything. (There's one track that might be a baggy Madchester tribute... if that helps.) But "Peach" is prob the bangin'est song on there.

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 09:01 (ten months ago) link

Another album from the ILM poll:

By experimental electronic musician OMIT, Clinton Williams – the vast 5-album set Enclosures 2011-2016

- https://endofthealphabetrecords.bandcamp.com/album/enclosures-2011-2016 (also released on Picadisk)


OMIT employs home-built instruments constructed from modified electric motors and salvaged sound sources to create a startlingly original soundworld. It is a world he inhabits alone, isolated in the small town of Blenheim in southern New Zealand, but it involves a deep exploration of the human condition. Over the years OMIT’s music has become less noisy and more sparse and minimal, as open signal patterns and oblique textures pass each other in haunted spaces.

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:05 (nine months ago) link


Nadia Reid's new song, and a radio interview:

- https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20190213-1310-nadia_reid_live_and_solo-128.mp3

"She will release her third album later this year, and previews one of the songs from it, which was written after a New Years Eve in Levin. It's called 'All Of My Love'." – (RNZ)

sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:58 (nine months ago) link

And as mentioned in the interview above, Teeks has got an orchestra!

- https://www.noted.co.nz/culture/music/teeks-apo-soul-man-orchestrates-next-big-move

Teeks is also performing at WOMAD 2019 (Aotearoa section) along with Nadia Reid, Charlotte Johansen, Finn Andrews, KORA, Niko Ne Zna, Ria Hall and The Black Seeds.

sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:59 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...



“My concept was simply a commute. A journey through places and people, spreading loving vibes. At the same time, putting a positive light on the middle east. I was doing this in respect to all the underground artists who have to hide away because of their art. Covering up felt empowering and badass.”

– UnderTheRadar.co.nz

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:34 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 months 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 months ago) link

one month passes...

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

neilasimpson, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:49 (three months 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 (one week 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 (ten hours 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 (ten hours ago) link

Nadia Reid is so good.

Six60 are so bad.

aphoristical, Monday, 9 December 2019 03:32 (nine hours ago) link

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