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Newsletter Issue #186: 08 Jun 2008

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Elemeno P

Thanks to Dave for these answers:

What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

In recent times, last summer tour in fact we played this huge gig down in Hawea. We played just as the sun was setting behind this massive mountains in front of the stage. 4000 people were having a great time and I just felt super lucky to be doing what we do in such a beautiful place...a little hippy I know but true.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I do have a soft spot for the Power Station...I think it's called Bar Retro now. It was the first venue Elemeno P played at so it will always be special.

What can we expect to see from Elemeno P over the next year?

A new record, a nationwide tour, a few more singles

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

The Mint Chicks because they as so innovative with their songs whilst still being little pop gems.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

That I've voluntarily checked myself into a b-side celebrity rehab clinic.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Take the money...

--- Elemeno P's self titled album is out now!

Elemeno P is Dave Gibson (vocals), Scotty Pearson (drums), Lani Purkis (bass) and Justyn Pilbrow (guitar),

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Shayne Malone

What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

I would have to say Shake The Lake, Hamilton in March. There were over 2500 people there and we were on right before OpShop. We hung out with Jason at a party afterwards and he is a great guy full of great advice. We sold a few albums and were flooded with messages and emails after the gig.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I like Altitude in Hamilton. They are great there.

What can we expect to see from Shayne Malone over the next year?

We have an important showcase in May, and after this we hope a couple of great videos and more great shows, also the next album will be complete in a year from now, and whatever great opportunities are presented over that period.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Atlas, OpShop and The Feelers. They are just great bands.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

That we have sold 15,000,000 albums worldwide, are touring with Foo Fighters and have the highest views on youtube.com than any other artist in NZ (oops, that one is true! Haha Well one out of 3 ain’t bad).

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Be true to yourself and play what music you love to play, not to please anyone else. And write great songs, not just ok ones. Push yourself higher than the expectation line. We need more of this in this country.

Shayne Malone is Shayne Malone (vocals, guitar), Odee Williams (rhythm guitar), Jon Bell (bass) and Natt Malone (drums).

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Grace Lawry

What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

I would probably have to say Tealight Acoustics in June 2006 when Jessica Something Jewish (USA) and Alps (Aus) played. Most awkward night ever! Everyone was expecting an acoustic show, there was low lighting, candles, coffee... and both the acts ended up being electronica and, well, alternative. The sole member of Jessica Something Jewish was also slightly drunk and decided to sit on me for part of his performance. Probably not the best gig I've played, but certainly one of the most memorable.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Cityside Baptist! First home of Tealight Acoustics, many fond memories.

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?

I'm doing a mini tour of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Wellington in June, and I am releasing an album in September, recording for which is also due to start in June. I'm hoping to play a few shows in Australia later on in the year too.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Sam McCarthy (Goodnight Nurse, CapGunHero) because I think he is seriously one of the most talented people I have ever met. He also produced my first EP, titled 'The Greatest Of These'. That kid is going places.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourself?

That I was really Japanese.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Work hard and enjoy yourself. It may sound cliche but that's probably because it's the truth.

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Music News

Antagonist's 'These Cities, Our Graves' bonus edition in stores tomorrow!

June 9th see’s the New Zealand release of 'These Cities, Our Graves' (Australian Bonus Edition) which includes 2 bonus tracks 'Distance' and 'Stranger'. Released in Australia May 24th through Melbourne label Trial & Error to coincide with Antagonist’s ten date national Australian tour alongside Ozzy Hardcore giants Parkway Drive.

Antagonist has quickly made a name for themselves both in New Zealand and Australia as an extremely hardworking band. Taking a different approach Antagonist's music and message could be described as 'Modern hardcore with old school ethics'. Its raw metal core at its purest, it’s most sincere. Not watered down or compromised in anyway; they keep the frantic intensity of hardcore, while utilising a heavier edge derived from metal.

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Coco Solid preview new material exclusively for MySpace secret show!

MySpace.com has announced that Coco Solid will perform songs from their new album exclusively at a MySpace Secret Show in Wellington on Wednesday 18th June, the first to be held in the capital. The gig will be the first for them since early 2007 and will be a special treat for fans as they preview material from their highly anticipated forthcoming album 'The Radical Bad Attack'.

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Bing Turkby is so flash

In another world first for Palmerston North, the entire Bing Turkby back catalogue is now available on a flash drive. The ‘Turkby drive’, as it has been dubbed, includes 11 CDs’ worth of songs, 3 music videos, 4 humourous “musical instruction” videos, and a photo of Bing’s cat in a box.

“I got the idea from someone’s blog on the internet”, said Bing. “It was such a good idea that if I didn’t think of it, someone else would have to think of it for me, and they did.”

Bing’s record label, TurkbyTone Rekkids, is currently posting a new musical instruction video every month on YouTube and also at www.myspace.com/turkby to whet the public’s appetite for all things Bing.

Other notable releases in unusual formats include Ringo Starr’s last album (available as a wristband flash drive), and the cassette-plus-chewing gum-and-comic releases from fellow Palmerston North band Rungled several years ago.

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Kiwi country storms island festival

Kiwi artists have taken a trio of awards at a major trans-Tasman singing contest on Norfolk Island.

Auckland-based and Whangarei-born country singer Annette Hawkins has been named 2008 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year competing against artists from both sides of the ‘ditch’.

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MTV Kickstart NZ Winner Announced

On 30 May Christchurch finalist Clap Clap Riot has been crowned the winner of MTV Kickstart 2008. The out and out rock ‘n’ roll band beat out finalists Bear Cat, Cause for Alliance and Lydia Cole from Auckland and Tauranga’s Trigger Theory.

The national winner was announced at tonight’s concert in Auckland in front of a live audience recorded for an exclusive show that premieres on MTV, Sunday June 22 @ 8pm.

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Melissa Partridge and Bruce Dennis Sing Winning Tunes

Melissa Partridge’s self-titled recording ‘Melissa’ is the best country music album for 2008.

The Dunedin-based singer-songwriter received the Tui for the RIANZ Best Country Music Album 2008 in Gore tonight (May 30) at the NZ Country Music Awards.

At the same event, Bruce Dennis’ ‘Aint Gonna Run’ was named the APRA Best Country Song for 2008.

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S³ Pacific Music Award Winners Announced

Te Vaka and Scribe lead the list as Pacific music celebrates bumper year.

Te Vaka and Scribe have taken double honours at the S3 (pron: ess-cubed) Pacific Music Awards 2008 announced tonight (May 31) in Manukau City.

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Nominations about to close for Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2008

Nominations for the 43rd annual RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2008 close on Friday week (June 13). Entries can be made online at www.nzmusicawards.co.nz.

Unless otherwise specified, only New Zealand recordings commercially released between 1 June 2007 and the end of May 2008 are eligible to be entered for the annual awards.

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Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently. Check them out:

Bryan Christianson

Ghost Echoes

Chetan Ramlu


Bruce Dennis



Congratulations to the following winners:

Redline - 'Trapped Inside' album:

- J. Britt, Christchurch
- K. Clarke - Auckland
- G. Bates - Timaru
- M. Collins - Dargaville

Shihad - 'Beautiful Machine' album:

- J. Schrader, Inglewood
- C. Smith, Auckland
- M. Kelly, Wellington
- L. Burns, Dunedin
- B. Fowlie, Tairua

Goodnight Nurse - Tickets:

- S. Hill, Wellington

El Schlong - 'The Baddies Are Coming album:

- J. Miller, Palmerston North

Cripple Mr Onion - 'Antigravity' album:

- L. Thomas, Auckland
- R. Holland, Christchurch
- K. Bellamy, Tokoroa

Elemeno P - Tickets:

- K. Mabey, Tauranga
- H. Missen, Napier

Anna Coddington - Tickets:

M. Morgan, Wellington

Enter these competitions today for your chance to win more prizes:

Bulletproof - 'Dark Times Desperate Measures' album

The Shrugs - 'How To Knit A Pony' album

Elemeno P - 'Elemeno P' album

Monkey Magic 2 - compilation with DVD

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band - 'Danse Macabre' EP

The Hot Grits - 'It's Too Drunk To Be This Early' album

New Reviews

- Redline - ' Trapped Inside' album review
- Samuel Flynn Scott - 'Straight Answer Machine' album review

We still have spaces available in the last June newsletter (22nd) and July (6th and 20th), so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to contribute towards our newsletter by writing a guest editorial or by featuring in it, please email Lisa. We can also feature NZ music websites, venues and record companies.

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