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Newsletter Issue #200: 14 Sep 2008

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Slave Cadaver

Thanks to Jared and Eli for answering these questions:

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

Jared: We've still yet to play it! Really for us if we get offered any other international supports they'll never top Carcass! They're basically the reason we started a band...

Eli: Other than that Christchurch was the most brutal. Awesome crowd and reception, got put up in a hotel and was a mean lineup!

Jared: The first Nightmare Before Christmas party at our old pad in Kilbirnie was one of the best too... Eli smashed his face into the headstock of the bass guitar and opened a huge gash above his eye during the first song! When we finished the set he was completely covered in blood! Think he'd been flicking it all over the front row...

Eli: Another worth mention was a party on Vivian Street when our old guitarist Dave took other peoples medication and fell into the drums at the end of the set, still playing!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Eli: The Transmission Room is our new favourite venue!

Jared: Every show we've done at Basement Bar in New Plymouth has been cool, Valve Bar locally of course... The Adelaide in Newtown is a great bar too. You can still get jugs there! Theres not a lot of good bars in NZ though unfortunatley.

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

Eli: Another album and more high profile performances.... no more shit gigs! Less Count Daveula...

Jared: A couple of weekends after Carcass a CD release with Metal Tower at Valve. Defnitley less relentless gigging! Takes its toll after a while.

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

Eli: Some of our favourites to gig with are Wrath, Necroternal, Metal Tower, Human, Backyard Burial, Destitude... for obvious reasons.

Jared: Theres plenty of good metal bands in NZ... it's good to see bands like Dawn Of Azazel doing well internationally too, they're leading the way for the rest of us.

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

Eli: Theres rumours about me all the time... most of the time it's true! I don't need to start any!

Jared: There was actually a rumour a couple years back that one of us had died! Eventually I found out it was actually the bassist from Ghost Train who'd died after a show.

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

Eli: Play whatever you like, just don't fuck with us!

Jared: Go hard and keep at it. I think we're proof that hard work pays off eventually.

Slave Cadaver is Eli the Horrible (vocals), Jay Rodeo (drums), Guy Norrhoea (bass), Josh O'Brien (guitar) and Ezkill (guitar).

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RW Entertainment

RW ENTERTAINMENT formed in late 2006. Since then it has brought a healthy number of A-list metal and hardcore bands to New Zealand shores including Children of Bodom, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Immortal, Behemoth, Deicide, Amon Amarth and Suffocation. The result of which has been a massive upswing in New Zealand's interest in live metal, with RW-booked shows getting consistently excellent turnouts and punter reviews, plus praise from the international metal community at large. The company also books and manages a growing number of New Zealand metal and rock acts including Dawn of Azazel, Subtract and Slipping Tongue, among others.

2008's next big project for the RW team is a one-off, All Ages show by recently reunited UK grindcore legends Carcass at Auckland's Transmission Room on Wednesday October 15th. This will be the last chance ever for Kiwi fans to see this veteran act live and tickets to the show are selling at an expectedly fast rate, with the concert expected to sell out soon. Following this, the team will be rounding off 2008 by bringing through US deathgrind merchants Pig Destroyer for an All Ages show at the same venue on Saturday November 1st and Aussie death metal tyros Psycroptic for a New Zealand tour in November.

Information on all upcoming RW Entertainment events is listed on their MySpace Page plus their Facebook user group.


BRUTALITEES is a Taranaki based Screenprinting company set up by musicians Dan and Chrissy with the aim of providing New Zealand underground bands and clubs with apparel at affordable prices, dressing metallers, rockers and bogans and offending grannies throughout New Zealand and the world with their own designs!

All the bands we print for we try to promote further by releasing compilation CDs which they give away free with every purchase from their own range of brutal tees, hosting shows and providing online promotion. Brutalitees have been in business for over a year now and have been producing mean quality products from their brutal shed at home with the help of graphix men, Wrath guitarist Kylie and thier bud Gal. Also employing local artist/muso Phil Pittwood and Aussie artist Miss Cherry Martini as designers. They sell their range of Brutalitees on TradeMe and through various shops and vendors thoughout New Zealand and Australia.

You can also check them out on their MySpace Page for upcoming shows and music from the BrutalibaNZ.

For enquiries, quotes and info email [email protected]


NZ Music News

APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2008 winner announced

Last night (10 Sept), the music industry's most prestigious songwriting prize, the APRA Silver Scroll was presented for the 43rd time.

The winner of the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll is OpShop - Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris for their song, 'One Day'.

OpShop richly deserve the honour as they have written a song that has been embraced by the nation. Its a beautiful example of the craft needed to raise a song above another its simple but hugely emotive. says APRA NZ Director, Anthony Healey.

We are extremely proud to showcase all the finalists and all the winners. New Zealand music and especially these songs remain vibrant and original says Healey.

Also last night, APRA in association with RIANZ proudly made another induction to the New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame The Topp Twins.

APRA Silver Scroll Award

Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris (OpShop) with 'One Day'

New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame Induction

Lynda & Jools Topp The Topp Twins

SOUNZ Contemporary Award recognising creative excellence by a classical composer

Chris Gendall with Wax Lyrical

APRA Maioha Awardcelebrating contemporary Maori music

Ruia Aperahama with Rere Reta Rere Reta

Most Performed Work in New Zealand

Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris (OpShop) with 'One Day'

Most Performed Work Overseas

Neil Finn with 'Don't Dream Its Over'

2008 Vodafone NZ Music Award Finalists Announced

Former Salmonella Dub front-man Tiki Taane dominates the finalists for the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in a list that contains the country’s biggest names in music.

Tiki Taane is a finalist in six categories; Liam Finn picks up four spots while Flight of the Conchords, Shihad and The Phoenix Foundation grab three, and Scribe and Anika Moa two.

Nokia Album of the Year
Anika Moa - In Swings the Tide
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
Scribe - Rhymebook
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Vodafone Single of the Year
Liam Finn - Gather To The Chapel
OpShop - One Day
Shihad - One Will Hear The Other
The Phoenix Foundation - Bright Grey
Tiki Taane - Always On My Mind

Steinlager Pure Best Group
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Shihad - Beautiful Machine
The Phoenix Foundation - Happy Ending

Vodafone People’s Choice Award
Horsemen Family
Parachute Band
Nesian Mystik
The DFenders

Best Male Solo Artist
Liam Finn - I'll be Lightning
SJD - Songs From A Dictaphone
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Mazda Best Female Solo Artist
Aaradhna - Sweet Soul Music
Anika Moa - In Swings The Tide
Annabel Fay - Annabel Fay

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Cut Off Your Hands - Blue On Blue
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

C4 Best Music Video
Carey Carter - Tangaroa (Tiki Taane)
Ian Hart - Her Hairagami Set (The Brunettes)
Joe Lonie - Gather To The Chapel (Liam Finn)

PPNZ Best Rock Album
Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
Shihad - Beautiful Machine
The Phoenix Foundation - Happy Ending

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
Mareko - White Sunday 2:The Book Of Mark
Scribe - Rhymebook
Young Sid - The Truth

Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Katchafire - Say What You’re Thinking
Kora - Kora
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Magik Johnson - You Are Sound
Recloose - Perfect Timing
Shapeshifter – Live

Best Maori Album
Moana & the Tribe - Wha
Ruia - 12:24 Tekau Ma Rua, Rua Tekau Ma Wha
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Best Gospel/Christian Album
All Left Out - The Conquest
Parachute Band - Roadmaps and Revelations
The Ember Days - Your Eyes Light Up

Best Classical Album
Gillian Whitehead - Puhake ki te rangi
Michael Houstoun - Inland
NZTrio - Bright Tide Moving Between

Full Article

Straitjacket Fits honoured with Legacy Award

Legendary Dunedin band Straitjacket Fits has been named as the second-ever winner of The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award for the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Formed in 1986, Straitjacket Fits exploded onto the music scene, winning critical plaudits and fans worldwide. In their eight-year career, the band made such an impact on the industry that it has won the prestigious award, which will be presented at the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on October 8.

Full Article

Iconic Queenstown Jazz Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary

An iconic Queenstown jazz festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an exhilarating ten-day programme of live music and a star-studded line up of performers.

From 18 to 27 October more than 50 bands and 200 performers will inspire and entertain at the ASB JazzFest Queenstown with a programme of 80 free events and ticketed headline concerts in ‘God’s Amphitheatre’. Haunting blues, big band swing, vibrant Latin sounds, Dixie bands, and jazz-influenced dance music are just a few of the international jazz styles that will be showcased around the region.

The star-studded line up includes Kiwi favourites Tim Beveridge and the Candy Lane Dancers, multi-talented singer-songwriter Anika Moa, violin virtuoso Fiona Pears, the Frank Gibson Quartet featuring New Zealand’s foremost drummer, Lewis McCallum, one of the country’s most versatile and exciting saxophonists, jazz fusion group Subject2Change, uptown blues specialists King Leo and The Growling Dogs and many, many others.

Full Article
Main Queenstown Jazz Festival Gigs

Beneath The Silence win the Smokefree Rockquest!

Hard rock act Beneath The Silence have won the 20th annual national Smokefreerockquest finals!

With band members hailing from Cashmere, Rangiora and Kaiapoi High Schools, the Canterbury locals made a stand out home performance last night at the Christchurch Town Hall with a sound reminiscent of Kiwi metal heroes Blindspott and Los Angeles rap metal legends Rage Against The Machine.

Beneath The Silence beat out five other high school bands to receive the coveted prize pack that includes musical equipment from NZ Rock Shops to the value of $10,000, the recording of a single at York Street Studios in Auckland, NZ On Air funding to the value of $10,000, and guaranteed support from the Edge music network for the band's first single.

Second place went to The Slur Tones from Mt. Aspiring College in Wanaka, who also picked up the prize for best song for the psychedelic rock track 'Crazy Lady', and third place getters were New York Minutes from Timaru Boys High School.

Full Article
Beneath The Silence Muzic.net.nz Profile

NZ Music Commission Farewells Long-Serving Chairperson

This week the NZ Music Commission chairman Richard Thorne stepped down from his role after five years.

Richard joined the NZ Music Industry Commission's Board of Trustees as chairman in August 2003. Having been established in 2000 with the mandate of growing the NZ music industry, the Commission was still relatively new and at the time had a staff of four.

During Richard's tenure as chairperson the organisation (now known as the NZ Music Commission) has grown considerably in capability and today is based in inner city Auckland with a staff of eight.

In addition to providing leadership through these times of expansion, Richard has made significant contributions in a number of different areas. He has been closely involved with some of the Commission's core activities including NZ Music Month, the international trade show programme and education initiatives.

Significantly, during Richard's term as Chairperson, the government has committed funding to the Commission on an ongoing basis through the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, which is providing greater security for the organisation and its programmes.

Full Article

Music therapy centre achieves milestone

More special needs children than ever are receiving much-needed help now that the country’s sole music therapy centre is seeing more than 100 clients a week.

Founded only four years ago, the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Auckland provides music therapy for special needs children of school age and younger.

With only one music therapist and a part-time administrator, the centre treated only 36 children in its first year of operation in 2004/05, raising $140,000 in donations.

The centre now sees 105 children every week, has four music therapists, a full-time director and an administrator, and in the last financial year raised $375,000 through donations.

Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust Chairman Campbell Smith says the client milestone is both pleasing and challenging.

“It certainly illustrates the need for our services, but frankly we are a long way from entirely meeting that need,” Mr Smith says. “It is great that we can help more children now, and that is solely due to the many organisations and individuals who support the Centre through donations.”

Centre clients pay only as much as they can afford, with some receiving free therapy.

Full Article

Handle the Jandal is back: biggerer and betterer

Ever wanted to make your own video to your favourite song? Be a music video star? Call the shots in your own slice of cinematic history? Or announce your arrival to the world of filmmaking covered in the glory of the coveted Golden Jandal?

Radio Active 89FM's Handle the Jandal, the nationwide DIY music video competiton, is back for 2008 and is calling for entries for this year's competition, to be held November 27 at Wellington's St James Theatre.

The deadline for entries is 10am, Monday October 13, 2008.

Full Article

Competition To Jumpstart Jazz Careers

Talented young musicians from around New Zealand are being invited to enter the AJ Hackett Bungy JumpStart competition as part of the ASB JazzFest Queenstown in October.

The competition aims to give exposure to emerging musicians and help kick start their careers.

ASB JazzFest Queenstown festival director Harvey Maguire said the competition welcomed any entry which demonstrated an understanding of the key elements of jazz.

“It’s a wide genre and we’re looking for attitude,” he said. “An entry can be a standard or a jazz interpretation of a non jazz piece, and in previous years we’ve been surprised and delighted by the talent that’s out there just waiting to be discovered.”

Open to anyone aged between 14 and 20, finalists will be selected from an initial audition round via DVD or web upload submissions. They will then be invited to participate in a free live performance in front of a judging panel and audience in Queenstown on 19 October.

Full Article

Tempo 38 Release New EP ‘Septic Proof’

‘Infamous hardcore punk band from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’, release new EP 'Septic Proof'.

Doubling as a single as well as a standalone EP, the track Septic Proof also features on the bands 2007 release ‘Brothers In Battle’ (PEE Records/Hit Your Head Music), a split CD with Brisbane based hardcore group Provoke released in NZ as well as Australia. Along with the title track this release also includes the five “Leftover” tracks from the ‘Brothers In Battle’ recording sessions in. Recorded by Nich Cunningham at Rockbottom Studios, Auckland and mastered by Martyn Zub (The Hot Lies, Hilltop Hoods, Murder Hill) @ Tracks, Adelaide, AUS.

Full Article

New single from These Four Walls

The new These Four Walls single 'Fly Home' has been released nationwide this week to radio and television stations. The song has already been picking up significant airplay on Northland's The Zone FM. It was even No. 2 on their Top 40 Rock Countdown last week.

Full Article

Liam Finn - Making headlines around the globe

After a year of dazzling the northern hemisphere with his wildly unique live show, Liam Finn has announced his appearance at this New Years Eve’s Rhythm and Vines Festival.

Liam’s debut solo album 'I'll Be Lightning' (Liberation) has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike, with the material translating to maniacal performances on the The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later with Jools Holland.

Full Article

Coco Solid presses limited edition vinyl

Coco Solid follows up her critically-acclaimed double album 'The Radical Bad Attack' with an underground vinyl pressing, due for release this month.

The limited edition 12” 'Graffiti Girls For Life' will feature nine tracks from her chart-hitting June release. Pressed in pink and complete with special edition instrumentals, this is set to be a collector’s item for fans of the group.

Full Article

Rhombus third album due in October

Rhombus is proud to announce the release of a self-titled album for the people of the long white cloud and beyond.

Set free this October 2008, the third full-length Rhombus album ranges from downtempo to the crazy and insane, mashing up socially conscious lyrics with sonic oceanic beats.

Rhombus have been working it hard on the live circuit the last couple of years, winning respect for their energetic shows at home, Australia and Japan.

Back in the studio crafting the new album the Rhombus dub scientists injected this atom smashing vibe into their South Pacific brew of dub n’ bass, hip-hop, soul, funk, and roots-reggae.

Full Article

The Woolshed Sessions Compilation

‘You can hear the landscape in these songs. The balmy simple Golden Bay surface flows over dark secret underground caves. Life is sweet with unfathomable darkness lurking. Strings summer strumming with plenty on our minds.’ Gaylene Preston, film maker, owner of the Takaka woolshed

In late 2007 a bunch of Wellington musicians got together in an old woolshed in the Takaka Valley to record some songs. From this summertime project The Woolshed Sessions band and album was born.

Distinguished by lashings of lap-steel guitar, lush vocal harmony sing-a-longs, taonga puoro and banjo punctuations, The Woolshed Sessions is a fresh approach for New Zealand songwriting.

Starring in The Woolshed Sessions are Age Pryor - guitar/vocals; Andy Hummel - guitar/vocals; Jess Chambers - guitar/vocals; Justin Firefly Clarke – guitar, banjo, vocals; Al Fraser - taonga puoro, guitar/vocals; Lee Prebble - lap steel; Peter Hill – bass; and Brett Skinner – drums.

Full Article

Songwriting Blog

Luigi Cappel has a songwriting blog, which contains information for songwriters including PR, writing, music marketing and lots more. You can find it here.

Site of the moment: APRA Silver Scroll Awards

OpShop was announced as being the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll winner this week for their song 'One Day', and this is the official website for the annual Silver Scroll awards.

APRA Silver Scroll Awards Website



Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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

Beneath The Silence

New York Minutes

Groove Generation

No Greater Power

Matt Langley

Matt Messner Music


Leader To Ruin


Congratulations to J Persson from Tauranga for winning the first of our dDub ticket giveaways. Also congratulations to M Molloy from Christchurch for winning the Greg Johnson competition!

To date, muzic.net.nz has given away over 350 prizes!

Don't miss out on your chance to win the following prizes:

Win a double pass to the following dDub gigs:

Christchurch on 26 September or Dunedin on 27 September
Napier on 3 October or Wellington on 4 October
Auckland on 10 October or Hamilton on 11 October

Win one of two copies of dDub's latest album 'Medicine Man'

Infamous hardcore punk band Tempo 38 from the Hawkes Bay have released their new EP 'Septic Proof' and we have two copies to give away!

Enter today!

Keep checking out the competitions page - more competitions are going to be added over the next few weeks including ticket giveaways to Southern Amp and to see Angel Hammer, and the new These Four Walls single and Streetwise Scarlet album!

Disturbed Review

We sent along a reviewer to the Wellington Disturbed gig, and here's what he had to say:

Hard rocking and happy to see us all, Redline fed off the mosh’s energy to get this epic concert off to a roaring start. Playing only a short 20 minute set, they still managed to fire everyone up before Altarbridge hit the stage.  They performed well and filled the opening stint like they were headlining the show and the sparse, early crowd responded to them well.  Relatively unknown by the sweaty masses, however easily capable of stepping up to the same level of energy as the international acts that followed.  It would have been fantastic to let them play a longer set.  A strong local act and one to keep an eye on for the future.

Keep reading...

You can check out all our latest reviews here.

The next muzic.net.nz newsletter is going out on 28 September and will feature Puppet and George and Queen. These Four Walls will be featured on 12 October.

There are only six newsletters to go this year so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to promote your music before the year is out by featuring in one of our newsletters, contact Lisa today!

We have space available from 12 October onwards and can also feature NZ music websites, venues, record companies and anything else that is somehow associated with NZ music.

If you would like to advertise your next album release or tour in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Lisa. It is 100% FREE to feature or advertise in our newsletter and gig mail outs!

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