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Newsletter Issue #261: 08 Nov 2009

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The Black Seeds

Thanks to Mike Fabulous for answering these questions:

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

The best gig in recent memory has to be a show we did in Hamburg near the end of our US/European tour. We had a great set, came out and did a three song encore, but even after the lights had come up and the music was put on the audience wouldn't stop cheering... for a full five minutes. We realised they weren't going to let us leave and so we went back on and brought the house down with an impromptu version of Senegal. It was wild, reminded me very much of the early days of the band for some reason. Thanks Hamburg!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Hmmm, tough. So many different venues with so many quirks but I guess my favourite New Zealand venue would have to be the Mussel Inn in Takaka. It's tiny, brews it's own beer and has a piano. I also like... Wellington Town Hall, Christchurch Town Hall, The Powerstation, Mighty Mighty and The Leigh Sawmill Cafe.

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

I would like to see more of The Ruby Suns and Bachelorette because I love their music and wish they were my friends. I have never seen The Ruby Suns live, except on YouTube. I would also like to see my Nautical Disco outfit 'Star-Board' rise to the top of the cruise ship circuit, and play a homecoming gig at The Tug Boat in Wellington.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

To be honest, there aren't really that many. I'm too organised/responsible/afraid of being embarrassed. The rest of the band calls me 'Uncle Dad' and I'm usually the first to go to bed. However, I have plenty of embarrassing stories about other people.

How did you come up with the band name The Black Seeds?

I didn't!

How do you describe your music?

I don't, I just play it!

What can we expect to see from The Black Seeds over the next year?

We're just about to release a live album which we've been wanting to do for a very long time! It's only available from our website and live shows which is cool. We're doing some great festivals over summer, looking forward to Rippon and Homegrown. After summer we'll probably start hanging out and doing some recording. We'll also be going back to Europe and the States so it's really a question of trying to squeeze everything in, which isn't a bad postition to be in.

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

Learn to trust your instincts in all matters. The mind only gets in the way, especially where music is concerned. Listen to all kinds of music. Be prolific, don't judge what you do and don't look back. Warm your body up thoroughly before you play. Be nice.

The Black Seeds are Barnaby Weir (vocals, guitar), Daniel Weetman (vocals, percussion), Mike Fabulous (guitar, percussion), Nigel Patterson (keyboard), Jarney T Murphy (drums), Tim Jaray (bass), Jabin Ward (saxophone) and Andrew Christiansen (Trumpet).

Website Links

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Official Website
MySpace Page
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The Black Seeds are on tour now with John Brown's Body!
Tour Press Release



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

January 2009, the Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Friday night in the sun with a couple of thousand people in a good mood. Glorious.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

When venues show you love it makes your job so much easier. A good night can become great when you're made to feel welcome. We can't choose just one.

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

There are heaps of New Zealand bands we love and we wish them all the best.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

We've successfully blocked them all out.

How did you come up with the band name Urbantramper?

One of the band members took magic mushrooms and walked around Wellington. The name 'urbantramper' was written in the ripples of the concrete footpath.

How do you describe your music?

Future folk.

Future - because we are in a state of becoming and our music is an aural representation of unrealised dreams.

Folk - because we write simple songs that everyone can play and sing along to.

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

We will be playing sporadically around the country and are to release a 'workers' EP in March/April 2009. A concept album about working.

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

Listen to Jeffrey Lewis' 'Don't Let the Record Label Take You Out to Lunch'.

Be nice to other bands, venue owners, bar staff, everyone...

Listen to the lyrics of Syd Barrett's song 'Waving my arms in the air'.

Friends, family and your health are important too.

Urbantramper is
Lake (vocals, guitar) and Eli (vocals, glockenspiel).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
MySpace Page
Amplifier Page

Urbantramper's latest album 'Rise and Ride Toward' is out now.

NZ Music News

Parallel Dance Ensemble watches weight, wins Jandal

With a video that featured loads of colour, plenty of lips and lots of lollies, Parallel Dance Ensemble won the Golden Jandal for best video, as voted by the audience at last night's Radio Active 89FM Handle the Jandal DIY Music Video Awards.

The awards were held last night at Wellington's Embassy Theatre and featured the naming of six technical category winners among 15 finalists that were shown on the big screen – a rarity for music videos in New Zealand.

Handle the Jandal is the annual competition for Do-It-Yourself New Zealand filmmakers to create music videos for local bands and artists. All videos must be completely self-funded and may only use New Zealand music.

The category winners for the 2009 Handle the Jandal DIY Music Video Awards are:
(Producer's name, Band, Song)

Best Use of Exploitative Tactics to Promote A Band:

Judah Finnigan and Ben Forman: Highlife, Berserk

Best Editing:

Joe Fish: James Duncan, A Obvious

Best Cinematography:

Kimberley Brown: Electric Wire Hustle, Perception

Best Concept:

Lisa Dunn: Parallel Dance Ensemble, Weight Watchers

Best Animation:

Preston McNeill: Isaac Aesili, With You In My Bed

Rising Star 2009:

Greg Pawsey: Cougar Cougar Cougar, Satans Blues

And the Golden Jandal for the peoples' favourites:

First: Lisa Dunn for Parallel Dance Ensemble's Weight Watchers
Second: Mike Gray for El Schlong's The Baddies Are Coming
Third: Judah Finnigan and Ben Forman for Highlife's Berserk

The finalists received prizes that included filmmaking services and equipment from Panavision, Sticky Pictures, Portsmouth and Park Road Post.

Full Article
Official Website
Handle The Jandal Feature

STROKE – Songs For Chris Knox

On June 11 this year musician, artist, father, writer, film critic & jandal wearer Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke at his home in Grey Lynn.

Everyone wanted to do something to help. So a bunch of his muso mates from NZ and around the world have gotten together to do what they do best to celebrate Chris’ music by recording versions of his songs.

The resulting album is a chance for Chris’ many fans and friends to contribute to his future.

The double CD ‘STROKE – Songs For Chris Knox’ is being released in New Zealand on Monday November 16.

The album will be released on Chris’ own label - A Major Label & distributed by Rhythm Method. The stunning cover was designed by Chris’ fellow Tall Dwarf, Alec Bathgate and uses Chris’ favourite colour combination of yellow & black.

Full Article
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Gig Listing

Pulzar FM Provides Listeners Opportunity To Celebrate

Christchurch – Pulzar FM celebrated its 10th birthday, Sunday 25th October with 400 listeners.

Founded by two Canterbury entrepreneurs, Pulzar FM began life in 1999 as a low power dance music radio station broadcasting in the inner city of Christchurch. On May 22nd 2008, Pulzar FM obtained the first frequency auctioned in the Christchurch area since 1991.

The station gave away over 200 double passes to listeners and advertisers over the proceeding two week period, supplying the opportunity to enjoy some of Christchurch’s best DJ talent on a lovely warm Sunday afternoon at a mystery location, revealed to be the Tai Tapu Hotel hours before the event.

Full Article
Official Website

Womad 2010 - Music And Performance From Around The Globe

An African music legend, funky French punksters, an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club, eight horn-playing brothers and "the voice of the Sahara" are among the stellar line-up of artists heading to New Zealand for WOMAD New Zealand 2010.

The programme for WOMAD New Zealand 2010 was tonight (SUBS: 28 October) launched at Parliament and includes more than 250 performers from 19 countries.

WOMAD New Zealand 2010 takes place at New Plymouth's Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl from 12-14 March. Tickets are on sale now.

With artists hailing from almost every corner of the globe - Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand - WOMAD New Zealand 2010 is truly an international event.

Full Article
Official Website
WOMAD Listing

Shihad Confirmed For Homegrown

Shihad have now been confirmed to headline the Jim Beam Rock Stage at Homegrown 2010.

Collapsing Cities have also just been added to the Nokia Indie Stage and The Upbeats have also been added to the Smokefree Electronica stage.

There are still 3 bands to be announced including the headline act for the Moro Dub & Roots stage.

Full Article
Official Website
Homegrown Feature
Homegrown Listing

Rippon Festival Announces Line-Up - Festival Now Also Sold Out

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated organisers have announced the line-up for next year's Rippon Festival, which features Fat Freddy's Drop, The Black Seeds, Little Bushman, Iva Lamkum, Pacific Heights, Minuit, Eru Dangerspiel, Electric Wire Hustle, The Mint Chicks, and Opensouls. The biennial event is scheduled for Waitangi Day, Saturday 6th February next year at Rippon Vineyard.

In less than three weeks, all tickets for Lake Wanaka’s Rippon Festival have been sold. With no gate sales available, keen music lovers have been quick to secure their tickets to the popular musical event.

Full Article
Official Website
Rippon Listing

Parihaka International Peace Festival welcomes Tiki Taane

Taranaki's iconic Parihaka International Peace Festival welcomes award-winning performer Tiki Taane, and a full 40-piece troupe to the 2010 Festival.

Tiki's set will feature his band, the Dub Soldiers, and Te Pou o Mangataawhiri, the kapa haka group formed in 1921 by Te Puea Herangi. "Parihaka is the one festival I've been wanting to play for years," says Taane.

Full Article
Official Website
Parihaka Listing

Fly My Pretties Fan gets Tattoo of Fantail Motif - Interview

Paul Williams from Christchurch moved to NZ from the UK in May 2000. He originally came over for a one-year working holiday but loved it so much that he never went back! He has just finished getting a Fly My Pretties piwaiwaka (fantail) tattoo to honor the local group and to tie his roots to Aotearoa. The tattoo artist is Karla Hansen from Streetwise in Newmarket. Karla has also tattooed musician Hollie Smith who featured in the second Fly My Pretties incarnation The Return of Fly My Pretties (2006).

Full Article


Other News

NZ On Air October Funding Decisions

Gimar 'Grind Hustle' Free Album Download

New Music for Knives At Noon

Agent Announce New Single

Nort's Second Self-Titled Album Delayed

Site Of The Moment: Kiwi Tabs

Kiwi Tabs is one of the most popular links on our links page and is the largest database of guitar tabs to kiwi music.

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