23 May 2019
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Articles By Darryl Baser

Emily Riordan - EP Review: Waves
14 May 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Waves is a brand new 4-song EP from Emily Riordan. Waves was mastered beautifully by Sam Johnson at Rhythm Ace Studio.
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Escape - Album Review: Take Me To The Field
11 May 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
This album is excellently engineered and produced very well, with each instrument captured and tweaked to perfection. Ben Ruegg has done an incredible job, and it's a job he should be praised for.
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Grant Duncan - Album Review: Radiant Sublime
16 Apr 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Grant Duncan is an ex-pat kiwi living and working in Japan. He recorded Radiant Sublime at Momura Studio, in Tokyo.
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Gig Review: Tally Ho 3 @ Town Hall, Dunedin - 13/04/2019
14 Apr 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
The idea of an orchestral concert featuring some of the best known songs from the often debated ‘Dunedin sound’ began with two main drivers: Verlaines founder and music lecturer Graeme Downes, and ‘godfather’ of Dunedin music, Roy (Roi) Colbert, having its first installment in 2015. While Downes again led the evening from the stage, the spirit of Roy who passed away in 2017 was also in the room.
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Alae - Single Review: Help You Now
10 Apr 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Alae have released their new single Help You Now. It’s the first track to be issued since the release of the Henry St album last year.
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Repairs - Single Review: Thanks for the Advice
07 Apr 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Auckland band Repairs have dropped a blistering hot new song Thanks For The Advice. In their press the band describe Thanks For The Advice as “Power-emo-post-pop”.
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Caroline Easther and the Cinnamon Girls - Album Review: Lucky
03 Apr 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
The name Caroline Easther has been in the lexicon of New Zealand’s music industry since the heady Flying Nun days when she drummed with The Chills and the Verlaines. Now after a career behind a drum kit she’s staking a place centre stage as a songwriter with her debut album Lucky.
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Caroline Easther and the Cinnamon Girls - Caroline Easther in conversation with Darryl Baser for Muzic.net.nz
27 Mar 2019 // interview by Darryl Baser
On April 6th at Meow in Wellington, singer/songwriter & ex-Chills Drummer, Caroline Easther will step out from behind her beloved drum kit and take to the front of the stage. Armed with her guitar and backed by her band The Cinnamon Girls, she’ll be presenting a collection of haunting indie-pop songs from her debut solo album Lucky, released on April 5th.
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Armchair Insomniacs - Album Review: Armchair Insomniacs
25 Mar 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Originally released a year ago, this is still a solid and credible album, with the band deciding to put it on 180 gram vinyl.In an age when the word ‘diverse’ is rapidly becoming overused, this is a diverse album.
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Bartells - Single Review: Mistaken
17 Mar 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Auckland’s Sam Bartell, who plays under the name Bartells, is a contemporary singer-songwriter with a country streak as wide as the Mississippi. He’s working towards an Australisian tour next year and is dropping new tunes like leaves drop in Autumn.
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Rob Joass - Album Review: Pencarrow
28 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Pencarrow is the third album released by musician Rob Joass, who calls the Kapiti Coast home, or Turangawaiwai, if you will. With more than 25 years as a musician under his belt he’s no stranger to writing, playing and recording music to a high standard.
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Seafog - Album Review: Animal Lovers
27 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin band Seafog have been together through the mists of time in one way, shape, form or another for many years with singer and guitarist Robin Sharma. Animal Lovers is the third album from Seafog and was released by Zelle Records.
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Abby Wolfe - Gig Review: Abby Wolfe @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 23/02/2019
24 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Abby Wolfe, along with her drummer and keyboardist took to the stage about 10.30pm.
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Ciaran McMeeken - Gig Review: Ciaran McMeeken & Dan Sharp @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 16/02/2019
17 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
As a disclaimer, I knew absolutely nothing about neither Ciaran McMeeken nor Dan Sharp prior to the gig, so I arranged my +1 to be Dunedin songwriter Bronwyn Halley. She’s in the same generational band as Ciaran, and as it turned out, was a very knowledgeable accomplice.
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Furniss Brothers - Album Review: Cloudwatcher’s Soul
16 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
The debut album from brothers Matthew & Ben Furniss, is a concept album with a single loosely themed narrative of the kidnapping of the muse 'Cloudwatcher' and the eventual reuniting with the central character. The melody and lyrics manage to tie the theme together quite well.
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Little Dove - EP Review Buried in the Backyard
16 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Not particularly loquacious, and certainly not overly verbose, are probably the best ways to describe the web pages of an Auckland 17-year-old woman who’s recording music as Little Dove. Her Bandcamp page says “This EP is a collection of music made, entirely and messily in my little sleep out, by myself.
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Tiny Ruins - Album Review: Olympic Girls
15 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
As a proud owner of the Tiny Ruins mini LP Hurtling Through, which was recorded with Hamish Kilgour (The Clean, The Great Unwashed etc) my anticipation levels for this LP were high. Not quite Johnny Cash eating cake in a bush high, but pretty up there.
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Electric Universe - Album Review: Electric Universe
11 Feb 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Tauranga based band Electric Universe says 2019 is a year of completion for them, with their self-titled album being one of a few projects being completed during the course of the year. The band’s name should give a little away; the first four songs, from City Boy through to Acid Train, all having influence from Hendrix to Santana but with the subtlety and restraint of Hendrix, and not the album length solos of prog rock.
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Superette - Interview: David Mulcahy from Superette
04 Feb 2019 // interview by Darryl Baser
David Mulcahy is somewhat of NZ music legend. He's been writing and recording music since the early 1980's and as a member of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, Superette, Spider, Eskimo and many others, he's gathered a significant back catalogue of memorable albums, EPs, singles and videos.
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Mike Puke - Album Review: The Sound of Puke
25 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
The Sound of Puke is possibly the best, and most fitting, title for an album ever. The album begins with the title track, The Sound of Puke which starts with a sample of The Sound Of Music straight from Julie Andrews' mouth, but don’t worry she’s vocally run over before she can say ‘music’, as Mike sings "Puke" over her singing the word ‘music’…If you’re unsure what I mean, give it a listen.
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Alanna Eileen - Single Review: Faded Image
21 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Alanna Eileen’s new single Faded Image marks a stylistic departure from much of her other work. It wavers between chocolate box and alt country.
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Anxiety Club - Single Review: Ginger In The Summer
17 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
“Our love burned-up like a Ginger in the Summer, halfway down Dominion Road...” Now if this up-tempo fun and friendly song with the above lyric, amongst many clever turns of phrase, doesn’t become a huge hit, I’ll buy a hat just to eat it.
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David Edwards - Fiff Dimension - Album Review: Other Islands: 2012-2018
13 Jan 2019 // review by Darryl Baser
Fiff Dimension is an umbrella label for audio visual projects by David Edwards (AKA Dave Black), solo or with various collaborators. Other Islands is a collection of work spanning 2012 to 2018, recorded by Edwards and a wide plethora of collaborators, in a myriad of styles.
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Wendyhouse - Album Review: Banana Wine
22 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s not often you put on an album and there’s no two songs which sound the same, but that is especially true for Wendyhouse’s Banana Wine CD. The 24-track album opens with a brief but wonderful song Lucky.
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Brendan Pyper - Single Review: Falling For You
14 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The new track from Brendan Pyper, Falling For You is heavily auto-tuned into the chorus intro. This then fades into the first verse about the 20 second mark, then the chorus hits at 50 seconds, back to verse two at 1:17.
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Bartells - Single/Video Review: Extraordinary Girl
06 Dec 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
There’s something pretty cool about the whole DIY ethic, from the early Flying Nun years, and now with many artists producing their own material. Sam Bartells, who creates music under his last name, has just released the single Extraordinary Girl with an accompanying self-filmed video.
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Tempist Fujit - Album Review: Time Flies
27 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Up until this month 4-piece Northland band Tempist Fujit had released the No More Time EP and a single titled Midnight Train. This month the team of Lisa Walters (vocals, guitar), Douglas Gordon (guitar, backing vocals), Harlen Keepa (bass) and Chris Butler (drums) have finally released their first full length album.
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Dharma Dan - Newsletter Interview: Dharma Dan
23 Nov 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
After many years of exploration in meditation and Dharma, Dharma Dan shares his journey and his thoughts through the art of rap. Darryl from muzic.
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Gig Review: Tom Cunliffe & Emily Fairlight @ The Cook, Dunedin - 10/11/2018
23 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The Cook is home to a few music fans, with a few still standing or swaying from the city's craft beer festival, which had people imbibing from mid-morning. Tom Cunliffe opens up the evening's performance with the fantastic song Came My Way.
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VTMNK - Single Review: Red Wine
20 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
VTMNK ('Vitamin K') are a Dunedin duo, Latham Hunt on guitars and Veronika Bell (VK) on vocals. The pair came together spontaneously at one of Dunedin’s many open mic nights and have been performing regularly in Dunedin with a foray to Christchurch earlier in 2018.
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Superette - Single Review: Pretty Picture
16 Nov 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s been a long time between drinks for fans of Superette and Dave Mulcahy’s exceptional songwriting. However, a thirst quencher is being poured in the form of the release of the song Pretty Picture.
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DEAF - Newsletter Interview: DEAF
30 Oct 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
The band DEAF have only been together a few months but have just supported Peter Murphy and David J or Bauhaus. Darryl from muzic.
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Alae - Interview: Alae
25 Oct 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Alae are quite possibly New Zealand's hardest working musicians at the moment. The video for their latest single All Gived Up was released in early October and followed the release of another single Stone Cold in April.
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Jaggers x Lines - Album Review: Burn Cycle
05 Oct 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin EDM (Electric Dance Music) duo Jaggers X Lines have been putting in the mahi (work) over a few years; headlining their own shows and playing support slots to some credible touring acts including looping wunderkind Tash Sultana. The pairing of Eliana Gray and Morgan Smilie describe themselves as ‘alt-pop weirdos’, and it’s a fitting description.
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Hallelujah Picassos - Single Review: Voices of One
27 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The new single from Auckland indie cult band Hallelujah Picassos, Voices of One, seemed to come from out of the blue. The flip side is a Picassos' tune that anyone who listened to the student radio network in the mid to late 1990's will know that Black Spade Picasso Core was a favourite for many - possibly due to the profanity in the chorus…or maybe that was just me.
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Emma G - Interview with Emma G
27 Sep 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Emma Ghaemmaghamy has recently released her third studio single Superhero. Described as a straight-to-the-heart, raw and honest helping of acoustic rock, Superhero encourages audiences everywhere to choose love, compassion, and humanity, over racism, bigotry and conflict.
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Brendan Pyper - Interview with Brendan Pyper
27 Sep 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
Brendan recently crossed genres to explore the world of Pop and RnB, and he spoke to Darryl from muzic.net.
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The Chills - Gig Review: The Chills @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 21/09/2018
22 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
As I sit here listening to Snow Bound, re-writing this from notes in bed the morning after the gig, while I sip black coffee and eat chocolate and ginger biscuits, I feel life is good. And more importantly, this LP and tour really could be perfect for relaunching The Chills globally.
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Bailterspace - Gig Review: Bailterspace with Wax Chattels @ The Cook, Dunedin - 15/09/2018
16 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Wax Chattels: wow, speed and precision. Their first two songs are at a breakneck pace; damn, what a band.
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The Chills - LP Review: Snow Bound
13 Sep 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
There's nothing like a little pressure to spur a genius to greatness. Snow Bound could just be the greatest Chills LP yet.
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Bartells Newsletter Interview
31 Aug 2018 // interview by Darryl Baser
According to his brief bio on Facebook Sam Bartells is an "Auckland NZ Based Singer/Songwriter releasing new music throughout the world". His slickly produced music video for the song Our Love May Go Away has been viewed 16,000 times in its first month online.
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Die! Die! Die! - Gig Review: Die! Die! Die! @ The Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 24/08/2018
26 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The first band on for the night was Wet Specimen, starting at 9:45pm. Wet Specimen are a three-piece band born from the remnants of Opposite Sex, featuring Lucy on bass and vocals, Reggie on guitar and Chris Schmelz on drums.
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Julia Deans - Gig Review: Julia Deans @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 23/08/2018
25 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The Broken Heartbreakers front woman Rachael Bailey has the half full, yet filling, venue hanging on her every word. Her second song I'm Happy That You're Not Around leaves the listener in no doubt what it is about.
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Bill Direen and The Bilders - LP Review: Cut
23 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
It’s kind of weird reviewing an album which came out 24 years ago. I remember Volt Studios, the enigmatic Brendan Hoffman, he even mastered a cassette release of mine in 1995… but I digress… one wouldn’t want to blather on about a venue and not the music; that would be amateurish… Dunedin, 1994.
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Gig Review: World Domination @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin - 4 August 2018
05 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The coastal settlement of Waitati just north of Dunedin has been described as a refuge for creative types for generations, like Brunswick in Melbourne, or how Grey Lynn used to be pre-housing boom, or Wellington’s Aro Valley, except Waitati is rural and more 'down home'. The good folks of Waitati wanted to buy a PA system for people to use out there, to encourage bands with talent, but not resources.
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This Sporting Life - Album Review: Alms For Children
03 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
With the postal service in steady decline it's always great when a CD arrives unsolicited. Especially when it is a band you've never hear of from 30 years ago, then you put it on and it sounds as fresh as it would have to the people who grew up with it.
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LatinAotearoa - Album Review: Influecis Et Collabis
01 Aug 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
If there’s one word which sums up LatinAotearoa’s newest offering Influecis Et Collabis, it’s collaboration. Every cut on this incredible full-length album features guest artists, and it’s a who’s who of the New Zealand jazz, blues and other similar genres.
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Michael Morris - Album Review: Slow Loris
26 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Former Dunedin musician Michael Morris has recently moved to Paris, France. He’s always had a talent for the theatrical and flamboyant.
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Nadia Reid - Gig Review: Nadia Reid @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 20/07/2018
21 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The last show of the High and Lonely tour by Nadia Reid and band took place at 50 Gorillas in Dunedin, with newish Dunedin band Die Musikband opening up the evening. Die Musikband are a four-piece of experienced musicians playing a version of what's generally known as Krautrock.
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NRG Rising - Album Review: Say Yes To Life
14 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Say Yes To Life has been described as a highly anticipated new album from whanau band NRG Rising. This group is a mother and two daughters, and right from the outset the whanau bond is obvious as the three women harmonise very well, with the sort of effortless styles which only comes from a very close family unit.
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Ashy - Single Review: Jersey
01 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Ashy (Aswini Batchelor) is an exceptional song writer who is currently recording new material in Auckland. Her single Jersey was released at the start of June, and immediately gained traction on mainstream radio.
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Lexxa - Single Review: I Got Better Friends Now
01 Jul 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Lexxa is Maude and Julia Morris, twin sisters - maybe identical, maybe not. Their press says they make "dreamy pop bangers that tear shreds from your heart but still make you smile".
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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Cook, Dunedin - 16/06/2018
17 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
They weren’t listed, but as potentially career making support slots go, Dunedin school band Bark like a Dog scored well getting to open the night for The Jordan Luck Band. 9pm and The Cook is at capacity, the PA sound is lifted, along with the tempo of the pre-show music.
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Running Stitch - EP Review: Brightside
15 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Auckland three-piece Running Stitch are a high-volume group of experienced musicians.The Brightside EP is a four-song offering which has been independently produced and released.
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The Bats - Gig Review: The Bats @ The Cook, Dunedin - 09/06/2018
11 Jun 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Jay Clarkson opened her supporting performance to The Bats with Farewell to the Highlands, her contribution to the second Zelle Records compilation of mostly southern NZ musicians’ interpreting Robbie Burns poetry. It was just her and Alan Haig for this gentle beginning to what would become a rollicking night.
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Ripple Effect - Single Reviews: Serene Sensation & Peace, Love and Harmony
30 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Ripple Effect hail from the North Island of New Zealand, Palmerston North to be exact, and are best described as an uplifting 8-piece reggae band. This fresh band has just released a couple of incredible singles on Spotify.
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Kody Nielson - Album Review: Birthday Suite
24 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
Well, it’s certainly a suite based on a singular motif. One could all too easily say the words ‘concept album’.
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Sola Rosa - Single review: Leave a Light On
03 May 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
The man behind Sola Rosa, Auckland's Andrew Spraggon, has returned with a tune as strong as anything he's released previously. A steady bass groove wends its way around a thumping kick drum which is off-set by an excellently syncopated high hat, perfectly timed between kick and snare, to be on the 'and' of the phrase.
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The Dead C - Gig Review: The Dead C & Bad Sav @ Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 28/04/2018
30 Apr 2018 // review by Darryl Baser
I’m unsure if the air of anticipation in the legendary Captain Cook was actually real, or just something I was projecting, but I felt the thrill of the chase, I was going to see The Dead C live for the third time in my life. Dunedin three piece Bad Sav opened proceedings in fine style.
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