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Newsletter Issue #305: 10 Oct 2010

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Devils Elbow

Devils Elbow is a gritty alt. country rock band formed in 2007. The band has recently released their long awaited debut album 'Sand On Chrome' recorded at Hit Your Head Music and mixed & mastered by legendary producer Ian G. Morris (Th' Dudes, Dave Dobbyn, Hello Sailor, Screaming MeeMees). The album embraces the spirit of rock greats The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Head Like a Hole and The Replacements mixed with a healthy dose of Steve Earle and Gram Parsons.

"The songs are memorable and varied in style, running a unique line that crosses through country, punk and alternative rock influences. Devil’s Elbow aren’t just copying though, they quickly carve their own path" - www.Spareroom.co.nz

Devils Elbow toured NZ in February 2010 with USA’s Grant Hart (Husker Du). To coincide with that tour the bands debut single 'KO' was released and has received repeat plays on bFM, Radio Control, RDU, Radio One, Radio Active, The Most, VBC as well as numerous other local and community stations. ‘KO’ has featured on The Rock’s ‘Off The Record’ and ‘Advanced Warning’ feature shows as well as spending weeks in the KIWI FM ‘Top 10’.

Based in Hawkes Bay, the band consists of core members Alec Withers (ex-Tempo 38) on vocals/guitar, and Andrew Gladstone (ex-Garageland) on drums/vocals. The band plays live as a duo and in various other formations including bass players, acoustic sets and featuring various 'quests'.

Devils Elbow hit the road in Oct/Nov for a string of shows throughout the country with support from Grand Prix front man Andrew McKenzie. Joining Devils Elbow on bass for the tour will be ex-Green Beaver (AUS) front man Dominic Coyle.

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Eva Prowse

Eva Prowse is a striking new-folk-pop singer songwriter who has rewritten the rules of country-folk to create a fusion of genres which undeniably proves her talent as one of New Zealand’s emerging female vocalists. She answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

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

Soak up as much as you can from other musicians, and play as much as you can with other musicians… also pick an instrument you can carry easily or fit in a backpack, I envy harmonica players…

What can you never leave home without?

Excusing myself to the ladies first, you never know when you’ll next get the chance.

What is in your CD collection at home? 

At the mo, been listening to Tessa Rain’s new album Dirt Poems, which is awesome (go Tess!), and Edith Piaf, still waiting for N.E.R.D’s new album Nothing to be released, so it’s Dr Dre 2001 in the mornings.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Oh man  there are loads - that usually involve me obviously not really knowing what I’m up to or how stuff works. But still can’t get over 3rd form musicals when, as Maria from the Sound of Music, I got changed out of my nun costume too early… hanging out in the Abbey chatting to Reverend Mother with my mufti clothes on. Get it right Prowse. 

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

Not so much a ‘gig’ but the best place I’ve ever got to sing was the Ancient Greek Amphitheatre in Epidaurus (google image it!). I was there on a field trip with a bunch of other Classics geeks from uni, and I got to test the wicked acoustics by singing in the middle of the stage, I was chuffed as… The Japanese tourists way up the top loved it too...

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

That I write all 50 Cent’s tweets for him.

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Jessie James & The Outlaws

Jessie James are supported by an impressive band of Outlaws. Comprising members of members from Hikoikoi, Fly My Pretties, Spartacus R and the Dunstan Rangers, and these questions were answered for muzic.net.nz:

How do you come up with your lyrics?

A few lines often come to me walking down the road or riding my bike, then I pick them up, or kick them off my bike. I then sit down with the guitar and find the chords to fit the melody I've come up with and go from there, usually writing all or most of the lyrics/song in one go.

Who would you most like to support live?

Gillian Welsh and David Rowlings, She is one of the best song writers of our time, David and her work together so well. Every song they write is a timeless classic. I think the Outlaws kaumatua Paddy Burgin would agree.

How do you describe your music?

I've been calling it electric folk and country lately, the best way to describe rather traditional songs that get arranged and played by a psychedelic band.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Mussel Inn hands down, you are guaranteed a wicked crowd there, who are ready for a good time and up for anything! The hospitality there is unmatched in New Zealand, well the Leigh Sawmill is similar actually. Killer feed, keen sound tech with good gear, and a night in the family log cabin out the back - all set in the glorious golden bay!

What is in your CD collection at home?

I recently got a big insurance pay out after losing most of my CD collection when our car got broken into (not to mention all the other gear they took!), so I had a masssssive splurge which was amazing! I bought up large on kiwi music, albums I'd always meant to buy but never got around to..... Little Bushman, every Phoenix Foundation album, Tessa Rain, Ladi6 and more. But Its largely made up of Neil Young, Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash and Tracey Chapman. Actually, I mostly own vinyl, reggae of course. I won't start listing, it's too good, you'd be jealous.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be? 

Thats a very hard question. On the road somewhere awesome, in summer. New Chums in the Coromandle is up there -  potutukawa lined golden sand bay, clear warm water, a stream, nikau groves up the back. Otherwise I quite like my parents lawn, with a good lunch and a cat to pat.

Jessie James & The Outlaws are Jessie Moss (vocals), James Coyle (organ, piano), Justin Firefly (banjo, guitar), Holly Beals (backing vocals), Ryan Prebble (guitar, backing vocals), Tim Prebble (harmonica, bass), Mara TK (harmonica, bass), Michael Kane (drums) and Paddy Burgin (slide, wiessenborn).

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NZ Music News

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2010: Winners

Gin Wigmore and Stan Walker are the big winners at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards announced in Auckland tonight (Oct. 7). Each scooped up four awards.

Gin collected Tuis for Vodafone Album of the Year, Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Highest Selling NZ Album.

The wins tops off a stellar year for Gin - Her album Holy Smoke has gone triple platinum, with singles 'Too Late For Lovers', 'Oh My', 'Hey Ho', and 'I Do' all featuring in the NZ top 40 simultaneously.

Stan Walker takes home Tuis for Highest Selling NZ Single, NZ on Air Airplay Record of the Year, Vodafone People's Choice and International Achievement.

The Phoenix Foundation gathered up the music award for Steinlager Pure Best Group - and add this to three technical awards that the band's album Buffalo won earlier this year.

Kids of 88 takes away the Vodafone Single of the Year Tui, while Tim Van Dammen gets the C4 Best Music Video Tui with his Kids of 88 video for Just a Little Bit.

Dane Rumble was named Best Male Solo Artist, while Anika Moa won the Madza Best Female Solo Artist category.

Rock legends Shihad are honoured for their contribution to New Zealand Music, receiving the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award and an induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.  The band formed in 1988, winning a first New Zealand Music Award for 'Most Promising Group' in 1993.

Tuis also go to:
- Best Urban / Hip Hop Album:  David Dallas - Something Awesome
- Kiwi FM Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Opensouls - Standing in the Rain
- PPNZ Best Rock Album: The Checks - Alice By The Moon
- Best Electronia Album: Bulletproof - Soundtrack To Forever
- Best Gospel / Christian Album:  Edwin Derricutt - Three Hours South
- Best Classical Album:  Simon O'Neill - Father & Son: Wagner Scenes & Arias.

Full Article

The Battle of the Bands Winners!

A capacity crowd at The Kings Arms on Saturday night set the scene for a monumental night of new NZ music; with 14 bands from around the country pouring their hearts and souls into their 15 minute sets; battling to be this year’s National Champions.

POPPY DUST from Wellington took out first place with an energetic, unique set of up tempo, very catchy pop songs that had the audience enthusiastically dancing and singing along for their entire performance.

TRIBALSTATE from Auckland were a close second place performing a tight, melodic set of well crafted rock songs, with superb vocal harmonies, musicianship and song arrangements.

NAILED SHUT, also from Auckland were the third place winners; playing a full on set of in your face metal. With the biggest crowd support of any band in this year’s event, Nailed Shut pleased their hardcore fan-base with an impressive live show also winning the TXT voting by a significant margin.

Poppy Dust have won a single recording at York Street Studios, an Allen & Heath mixing desk and a national tour which they will embark on in 2011.

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BDO 2011 First Announcement

“The sky will blacken, the ground will shudder, the earth will open up and BIG DAY OUT will once again tremble in the presence ofthe awe-inspiring TOOL. “Primal, poignant, poetic and, as always, utterly powerful” (Artist direct, July 2010). Touring Down Under for the first time in four years, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor will be fresh from the studio, where they have been slowly crafting a follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days. From Lateralus to Stinkfist, you know the music. But, backed by a video and laser light show unlike any other, TOOL live is also “the kind of visual experience you'll probably never have again” (CHARTattack, August 2009). Unmatched in the world of dark, heavy rock, California’s TOOL have over 20 years scorched themselves a place as “one of the best live bands in history” (ArtistDirect). Be blinded by their light at BIG DAY OUT 2011.”

A decade since ruling over BIG DAY OUT with a reign of fire, pyrotechnics, monstrous riffs, wicked humour and industrial savagery, RAMMSTEIN will return this summer to reclaim their sovereign territory. The RAMMSTEIN live experience is “dizzyingly ridiculous”, says the BBC. “Rock is at its best when confrontational, subversive, curiously camp and bold, which is why RAMMSTEIN are currently one of the most important bands in the genre.” Armed with their sixth album, Liebe ist für Alle da, Germany’s infamous techno-metal masters bring nothing less than the greatest show on earth: “RAMMSTEIN are in pulverising form, the crowd are going crazy, the atmosphere is electric and the firebombs launching from the stage are like World War III on apocalypse LSD” (The Quietus, February 2010). Bow down to your kings, BIG DAY OUT 2011, for RAMMSTEIN have returned.

Standing at the front line of mission BIG DAY OUT 2011 is the one-woman shock and awe campaign that is M.I.A. The Sri Lankan-British “singer/rapper/firebrand” (Pitchfork) fearlessly cuts through genre boundaries and lyrical taboos, blazing new ground from the clubs to the streets with powerhouse tracks like Galang, Paper Planes and, from her latest album ///Y/, Born Free and XXXO. On record and on stage, M.I.A. delivers “pure, flashing brilliance, a lightning cognitive connection of word, idea and sound that few do so well” (NME, July 2010). Often controversial, always compelling, M.I.A knows only one way: all guns blazing. Take cover, BIG DAY OUT.

It’s time for a new generation to plug in to the raw power of IGGY AND THE STOOGES at BIG DAY OUT 2011. The band that invented punk rock return with iconic frontman Iggy Pop rejoined by guitarist James Williamson, drummer Scott Asheton, bass player Mike Watt and sax player Steve Mackay. IGGY AND THE STOOGES will be performing songs from their landmark 1973 album Raw Power, and cherry-picking the likes of Fun House, I Wanna Be Your Dog and Down On The Street from their incendiary back catalogue of which Kurt Cobain consistently listed Raw Power as his #1 favorite album of all time and Jack White will tell you that Fun House is the best rock and roll album ever made! It’s “the most chaotic and beautiful mess you could ever want” (Boston Herald, September 2010). As Iggy says, “The Stooges and I are cocked and loaded to deliver it live on stage.” And the only place to see IGGY AND THE STOOGES deliver it this summer is at BIG DAY OUT. Don’t be the one to say you missed it.

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Jim Beam Homegrown First Announcement

One day, 6 stages, 40 bands, Kiwi music’s biggest party is returning to the Wellington Waterfront on March 5th 2010.

With 3 successive sell outs and a reputation for delivering the very best Kiwi music, Jim Beam Homegrown is upping the ante in 2011 adding a new Pop and RnB stage and a further 10 acts to an already impressive line-up.

Nesian Mystik will play one of their last ever gigs on the new Pop and RnB Stage alongside Dane Rumble, J Williams, Motocade and Hip Hop heavy weights Savage and Scribe.

After reuniting for a one off performance at Homegrown in 2009, Blindspott had so much fun they are getting back together. They will play their first gig in their new incarnation headlining the Jim Beam Rock Stage ahead of Midnight Youth, Elemeno-P and The Feelers.

The Nokia Electronic Stage will boast an eclectic mix of House, Tech, Drum & Bass, and Dubstep thanks to The Upbeats, Optimus Gryme, Dick Johnson, Clarke Gayford and purveyors of global club music Maya & Vanya.

With 5 New Zealand Music Award nominations The Phoenix Foundation will play the Red Bull Studio Live stage alongside Die! Die! Die!, Cairo Knife Fight, The Ruby Suns and the electro rap sensation Coco Solid.

On the Dub & Roots stage Tiki and the Dub Soldiers featuring the spellbinding Te Pou O Mangatawhiri Kapa Haka Group will be nothing short of spectacular. Throw in Katchafire, Sunshine Soundsystem and Salmonella Dub with 3 massive acts still to be named and you’ve got an epic day.

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