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Newsletter Issue #457: 24 Nov 2013

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Wishing you all a musical Christmas and a Rocking New Years!

So, here we are again. The final muzic.net.nz newsletter for the year.

Next year marks 15 years for muzic.net.nz, and while it started with small beginnings, it has now evolved into an amazingly substantial website. With another new addition soon to join our family, coming up with a plan to keep muzic.net.nz going has meant we have had to make some very difficult decisions.

One of our decisions was to discontinue the newsletter... a newsletter which has been around since 2004 and has featured over 500 bands and musicians... however, after receiving an overwhelming amount of support for it to continue and an incredible person stepping forth to help out, we are now doing what we can to ensure the newsletter will be back next year. We'll keep you updated on our facebook page.

While some other changes are inevitable, we would like to assure you that muzic.net.nz will always exist in one form or another, and it will always be free.

One outstanding group of people that have supported us during the year is the muzic.net.nz team - Emma Ratuki, Sam Hill, Sean McCarthy, Jason McIver, Jesse Reeves, Amanda Ratcliffe, Matt Gardner, John Shearer, Peter-James Dries, Terry McIntosh, Aaron Smith, River Tucker, Alistar Wickens, Tony McDonald, Kerry Monaghan, Janise Kumar, Chris Chick and Annemarie Duff. We would like to thank them for all their awesome reviews, interviews and photos, and unwavering support.

We would also like to thank all the bands and musicians that featured in our newsletters as well as those we reviewed, interviewed and photographed; everyone that contributed towards our tour features and gig guide listings and everyone else who has given us their continued support.. you know who you are.

Most of all, we would like to thank you - the 8163 people who subscribe to this newsletter.

The muzic.net.nz team would like to wish you all a musical Christmas and a rocking New Years. May you all have some NZ music in your Christmas stockings!

~ Lisa and the muzic.net.nz team.


The Funky North

Formed in September 2013, The Funky North are three bro's from Kaikohe, Northland that create an organic acoustic hip hop style based on funky feel and good lyrics. We want to push the limits of our sound and genre within the parameters of very basic instrumentation; Djembe drum, 1 guitar, harmonica and 3 vocals.

The Funky North intends to do all of the things good music does; Entertain, make people dance, inform, celebrate and express feelings and ideas!

Our town and area (hell most of the world no doubt!) is struggling in so many ways - economically, socially, health, education etc etc and although The Funky North don't claim to have all the answers or ability to fix anything, we are proud and happy to be out there in a creative positive way, perhaps inspiring others around us or at least bringing smiles to dials!

Downloads/streaming: http://www.soundcloud.com/bridgemode_records

Live @:

Marty's Cafe, Waipapa - Sat Dec 21st
Ngapuhi Festival 2014, Kaikohe - Jan 25th/26th
Random street corners any given time or place!

The Funky North are Tre (vocals), Brent (guitar, harmonica) and Djamien (djembe).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Facebook Page


NZ Music News

Participants Announced For "Release - The Business Of Music Management" Program

Sucessful applicants for the new professional development program RELEASE: The Business of Music Management, have been announced. Fifteen independent label owners have been selected to participate in the six month program; twelve from Australia and three from New Zealand.

New South Wales will provide the biggest contingent: Deanne Hardwock, Jaclyn Hurst, Joel Rapaport, Michael Solo and Belinda Webster. Three participants will join them from New Zealand: Ian Henderson, Benjii Jackson and Jeremy Toy. Victorians Guy Blackman and Blake Byron Smith will also be participating, as will Luke Dalton, and Simon from Queensland. The remaining places in the program will be taken by Mark Grose from the Northern Territory, Dave Brewer from South Australia and Matt Johnson from Western Australia.

Full Article

New Christchurch arts venues get green light

An innovative project to bring artists back into central Christchurch will be realised thanks to a $443,000 funding boost from Creative New Zealand and The Canterbury Community Trust.

ArtBox, providing gallery and studio spaces for visual artists, and BeatBox, offering rehearsal studios for musicians, will form part of the new Boxed Quarter on the corner of Madras and St Asaph Streets.

"Christchurch artists have shown remarkable initiative and innovation post-quake. Supporting them now by providing much-needed exhibition and rehearsal space will also help increase the vitality of the city," says Creative New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright.

Full Article

Songs Music Publishing Taps Native Tongue To Sub-Publish Its Roster In New Zealand

(Melbourne) SONGS Music Publishing announced today that they have tapped Melbourne/Auckland-based music publisher Native Tongue to administer their roster of songwriters in Australia and New Zealand, after a heavily competitive process. The deal includes SONGS’ most recent signing, Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor, whose debut album and single are major hits in the artist’s native New Zealand and in Australia.

SONGS Founder and CEO Matt Pincus said “Chris and Jaime Gough and Native Tongue, are top-tier creative publishers operating in a fully independent context. They own their own business and make music calls as they see them. We are thrilled to have teamed up with them to maximize the opportunities for all of our writers in Australia and New Zealand.”

Full Article

'Keep Us Postered' with Big Day Out and Kiwi FM

Kiwi FM are buzzing with excitement about awarding one creative Kiwi eight tickets to Big Day Out, Friday 17th January 2014, Western Springs, Auckland.

All you need to do is design a poster for Kiwi FM and Big Day Out!

Eliminate the fear of dancing alone to Arcade Fire, Blur or Tame Impala, or having no one to smile to with that 'knowing' look during Snoop Dogg's set. You and seven friends can be together high-fiving and jiving, all thanks to Kiwi FM.

Spread the word to your creative friends, flatmates, family and the graphic-design minded, for this is their time to shine.

Full Article

New Single for Ammp

Ammp are excited to release their first single from their second album. Written about the changing roles in society and the loss of identity for some.

Check out the acclaimed music video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fenvwvYEI60. Directed by lead singer Andrew Masseurs.

Ammp's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ammpmusic 

New Releases, Tours and Gigs

Blak Sea Release 'Elephant' Single
James Reid (The Feelers) releases debut solo album titled Saint
The Vampire Trilogy of singles by Alternative Rap artist JCK
Single Release: Phoebe Hurst
Five Mile Town announce Other Ghosts EP
The Roulettes single release: First Song of the Summer
The Favoured Few Debut EP

Irish Band Kodaline Announce First NZ Show
Mudhoney Auckland BDO Side Show Announced
Lionel Ritchie & John Farnham Announce Three NZ Shows
Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion Big Day Out sideshow
The Sou’Westers Top of the South & Top of the Country
US Rock Legends The Doobie Brothers Announce Auckland Show
Elvis Costello And The Imposters Announce Auckland Show
A Family Reunion: Neilson Family Join Tami Neilson For First NZ Tour
Ellie Goulding to perform 3 NZ concerts in 2014!
Swamp Thing December Tour
Okkervil River perform 2 headlining shows in February 2014
US R&B Singer Brian McKnight & Band Announce One NZ Show
Rhythm and Vines full line up release
Seahorse Divorce - NZ tour Dec 2013

NZ Music News
Gig and Tour News
Artist News


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians have been added to the muzic.net.nz website in the last fortnight:

Letitia Lindeque Fictional Response
C2 The Funky North


Add yourself or your band to muzic.net.nz!
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New David Dallas Review

David Dallas - Falling Into Place Album Review
Written by Emma

All of our reviews and interviews can be read here.

Tour Features

All muzic.net.nz features can be viewed here


About muzic.net.nz Newsletters

This was our last newsletter for 2013!

The date for our first newsletter issue for 2014 will be announced on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, check out our newsletter archives.

If you would like to advertise in our 2014 newsletters, email Lisa.

The next muzic.net.nz gig mail out is going out on Sunday 1 December.

- The muzic.net.nz team

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