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Newsletter Issue #275: 28 Feb 2010

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Connan Mockasin

What will your next release be?

Either the first BARB record which is Liam Finn, Lawrence Arabia, EJ Barnes, Seamus Ebbs and myself or the first SOFT HAIR record which is Sam Eastgate and myself.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Having your ego stroked.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Te Awanga in the Hawkes Bay.

How did you come up with your band name?

I used to make mockasins out of quad bike tyre with sheep skin. and my first name is Connan.

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

once wanted a back tickle so much that I opened my bedroom window at night and put a lamp on my back for the moths. and that I like japanese girls!

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Connan will be on tour to promote his new album 'Please Turn Me Into The Snat', which was released 22 February 2010. Full tour details can be found here.


Danny McCrum Band

What can we expect to see from the Danny McCrum Band over the next year?

We're currently planning a tour, we're supporting Jimmy Barnes at The Powerstation in Auckland on April 6th and we will possibly be back in the studio very soon too.

What will your next release be?

Our second album 'Say What You Mean' only came out in October, so it's a bit too soon to say.  Although we might release a couple of new singles later in the year.

How do you believe the Danny McCrum Band fits into the NZ music industry?

I'm not sure. We seem to have quite a unique sound, but then again we don't really compare ourselves to anyone else. We just enjoy making music and work hard at what we do. I guess we fit because we're in NZ, performing and recording here. If there was a particular sound or mindset we were supposed to adopt, I never received the letter.

How do you describe your music?

I call simply call us a rock band. Maybe funk/rock if I have to elaborate. We don't care about defining ourselves with the right phrase. For some reason some people have called us a blues band, but I can't figure out why. I guess these people have never heard real blues before. We've also had the odd person assume we're an Irish band because of the band name. As if people with Irish names could only possibly play Irish music! It's very strange. But we're a rock band through and through.

What inspired you to start the Danny McCrum Band?

Matt Harvey (bassist) and I were in a previous band together that wasn't going very well. Our drummer was causing us endless problems and the band was going nowhere. I was ready to leave and Matt came to me and suggested we make a new band, that we set it up properly, get good people involved, make sure it's fun and professional and basically give ourselves a clean slate. He was also the one who suggested the band name. Ever since the band has gone from strength to strength.

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

Supporting Eric Clapton at Vector was my favourite. It was fantastic to work beside Clapton and his band and the show went really well.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Same way as everyone else... through the many internet options of communication. The main ones are our website and facebook.

*To sign up to the Danny McCrum Band's email newsletter or learn more about the band, visit their website: www.dannymccrum.com

The Danny McCrum Band is Danny McCrum (guitar, vocals), Matt Harvey (bass), Glen Child (drums) and Luke Fitzgerald (keyboards).

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The Danny McCrum Band released their second album 'Say What You Mean' in October 2009.


Shaun Garea - Faith In Dark Colours

US band Faith No More were just in town and the bassist Billy Gould (who also runs US indie label Koolarrow Records) met with local director Shaun Garea (from NZ bands Dezmadore and The Gangstas of Folk) and offered support for his latest film project 'A Dream of Dark Colours'.

A Dream of Dark Colours will be a feature film shot in NZ and is based on the novel 'The Trial' by Czech author Franz Kafka. The story follows Joseph K who awakes one morning to find himself placed under arrest by a mysterious court and is never told what he is charged with, Garea says 'its very relevant today, the story hasnt aged, it deals with power, government, frustration and absurdity'.

Work has been underway now for well over a year with Garea shooting a 'video presentation' which featured several key scenes from the script in order to better convey his vision for the project, this presentaion featured local actors: Charles Grubb, Janina Matthewson, Grant Edgar, Adam Jones and also US actor Stig Eldred (now based in Christchurch) whose film and tv credits include Dick Tracey, CSI NY, King Kong and more! The scenes were put together then scored by 'Honoured Artist of the Ukraine' Anatoliy Zelinskyy with his soulful viola.

Now with Billy Gould backing the project with his bands from Koolarrow Records hopes are very high to get this project shot over the next two years but there is still alot of work to come.

Acting as Consulting Producer is Richard Bell (who runs film based production company Shuriken and also has an extensive history overseas in music videos and film) whose experience is an ivaluable tool in shaping the future of the project.

Garea is interested in promoting NZ as a viable filming location for more than sceneic pictures and wants anyone interested in Kafka, Indie film or 'anything relevant really' to drop him a line here at: [email protected] 'If anyone wants to help, offer support, all are welcome!'.

To check out a bit more about the film, see a trailer and/or see a message from FNM bassist and Koolarrow CEO Billy Gould pop into: www.adreamofdarkcolours.com


NZ Music News

One Love 2010: Top Ranking

"Nothing but sunshine, good sounds and good vibes"

Held between 11am and 7pm on Saturday the 6th of February (Waitangi Day) at the Hataitai Velodrome in Wellington, One Love 2010 Top Ranking - the 13th edition of Radio Active 89fm's yearly One Love outdoor music festival was as always - a success on several different levels.

Attended by an audience of roughly 10,000, punters enjoyed a diverse selection of folk, experimental music, traditional Maori instrumentation, reggae, dub, roots, ragga and dancehall.

Co-headlined by obvious big hitters Don McGlashan and Sola Rosa, Top Ranking also yielded surprise left-of-centre performances from Lyttleton Folk collective The Eastern, Ngä Taonga Puoro revivalist Richard Nunns and his experimental band The Etymologists – and a brilliant dancehall ragga jam session between Scottish reggae soundsystem Mungos Hi-Fi and a selection of singers such as locals Ras Stone and Silva and Sola Rosa's UK ex-pat lead vocalist Spikey Tee.

Full Article

Festival back with a (tuneful) bang

New Zealand's biggest combined jazz and blues event comes back with a bang in April, starting with a concert honouring one of jazz's all-time greats.

Popular Australian brass musician James Morrison will open the New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on April 5 with a Tribute to Louis Armstrong - an opening concert that is guaranteed to get the Christchurch festival started on the right note.

Other international acts confirmed to perform over the six days of the festival include legendary pianist and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian Auger.

Full Article

Unison Powers Up Erupt Festival

Unison Networks has powered up the ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival coming on board as the event’s new principal sponsor, the company announced.

Unison Chief Executive Ken Sutherland said putting the power behind Erupt Lake Taupo Festival is based on a natural synergy with the Taupo community.

“Unison has a long-standing commitment to support regional community events. With Unison’s support the spotlight will be on ERUPT and together we can showcase and grow the event,” Mr Sutherland said.

Full Article

No Love Lost Music Video Launch

This Sunday marks the web release of Wellington Party Rock outfit No Love Losts new music video ‘Whiskey & Dry’.

This single marks the beginning of a build up to the release of their 3rd Full length album & 1st full studio release, which will be a CD & DVD Package available exclusively online.

The DVD is live footage from San Fransisco Bathhouse of one of their many sold out shows with one of their pyrotechnic display’s in full roar.

It will be viewable on their Youtube, Facebook & Myspace pages at 8pm on Sunday the 28th of Feb.

You can view it at:


New album for Jackie Bristow

Jackie Bristow, one of New Zealand’s best-kept ex-pat secrets has returned home for the release of her third album, FREEDOM.

The Gore-born singer songwriter has spent most of her career outside of New Zealand. Over the past year, Bristow has established herself in Austin, Texas after being based in Sydney and LA.

Bristow offers a blend of pop, alt country and roots music that is fresh, modern and uniquely her own. In 2009 she toured the US, Japan and Australia, and is currently touring New Zealand to promote Freedom.

Full Article

Aum - 'Happiness' EP

Latest release from Hamilton electronic duo AUM titled Happiness, features five new tracks from the two producers delving into the more Ambient/Downbeat realms of electronic music. Taking a step back from their Dec 09 Dubstep release titled Aletheia, the Happiness EP conjures up an at times 'Eno' like nostalgia with a contemporary twist on modern production values and rich sonic textures, inducing moments of both beauty and uneasiness.

Full Article

And one last thing...

Crash Test For Favourite Things are currently looking for a new bassist. If you think you can help, check them out on MySpace.


Muzic.net.nz News

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- Isis Gig Review - 15 Feb 2010 @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington

- Green Like Go - self titled EP review

- Splore 2010

- River - 'Shadows' album review

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