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Newsletter Issue #466: 02 Nov 2014

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Welcome to November

All on board for November! This year is flying by with Winter now a distant memory, we can now look forward to Summer and the great music festivals and tours fast approaching!

Christmas is almost here too, so time to start thinking about the gift of giving.. for the music lovers in your lives, a CD always goes down a treat (or vouchers if all else fails!)  The muzic.net.nz website and thiis month’s newsletter should give you a few ideas!

Featured this month is an interview from Wellington band, Needless Cane..

Elsewhere, we also have articles on upcoming tours/festivals and recent releases, be sure not to miss out!

October came and went and left a trail of explosive new albums and singles from some of our favourite bands like The Datsuns and Black River Drive to name a few, and a popular  month of birthdays for many people, famous and not so famous! John Lennon, Brian Johnston, myself included!

However, the month of October also left behind a musical talent.

Muzic.net would like to acknowledge the sad passing of musician, Sam Prebble, October 24th. Sam was a valiant part of the Folk music scene, contributing his many talents to a myriad of known bands such as Bond St Bridge (of which I was a reviewer for their 2011 album, Spring Summer Awesome Winter), The Broken Heartbreakers and Mermaid and Mariner, and many more.

Sam and his music will be missed by everyone here at Muzic.net.nz.

- Kerry

Needless Cane

Needless Cane are about to embark on our second New Zealand tour, which we are looking forward to. This tour will span across both islands as we have two shows down South at Dunedin and Christchurch and then the North Island we’ll be playing for the first time in Palmerston North and Auckland, then finally we’ll be concluding our tour back home in Wellington at the event Horrolition.

After the tour, we have plans to work on an album, a process that will go throughout 2015 so there won’t be much activity going on in the live front, the album will feature a lot of works that, myself, Morgan and Grem have worked on these couple of years, in a way it will be quite personal to us because the three of us connected really well together during these writing/ jam processes

We’d like to take our time with the album as we don’t want it to feel rushed or have a release within a month of it being recorded like some performers have done as this will be our first release and we want to leave a mark on the people that hear it.

I do have plans for the band to venture outside of New Zealand, during the album release we will be aiming to do an Australian tour with the hopes of also playing further than that such as Europe, Japan, United States and Brazil (I hear they are huge fans of bands like us).

Thanks to Morgan and Cane for answering these questions:

Where is your favourite place to relax in NZ?

Morgan My mums place in Akaroa. Coffee, food and nature. Nice.

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

Morgan Transit of Venus, I saw them perform their Nosferatu: Rock Opera vs Silent Film at Fringe Festival 2012 and it blew my mind.

Do you have any plans for future collaborations with other musicians? Who would they be?

Cane I have a few that I’d like to do a collaboration with, one of the bands being The Neo-Kalashinkovs, they are one of my favourite bands out there in the music scene and I love the rock n roll presence that they bring to the stage and instead of being jaded like many of the bands that I used to be into, The Neo’s get up onstage and just don’t care and to me that is rock n roll.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

Cane Back in 2011, we played a show in Christchurch, which was by far the best crowd that we had performed to; the energy between us and the crowd was outstanding! It pushed our limits as performers. For me personally that will always remain one of my favourite shows to date.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Morgan From a lot of things but mostly from the other members of the band.

How did you come up with the name Needless Cane?

Cane I've always been inspired by artists who create a bigger persona of themselves but combine that with the band as well, even though my name is the band name it's the idea of something bigger than what we are as individuals, it’s a superficial Frankenstein creation that is made to be a monster.

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

Morgan Full length album and perhaps another music video.

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

Morgan Fake it 'til you make it.

Tell us about your next release.

Morgan It's definitely going to challenge what people think they know about Needless Cane. A lot more complex and diverse.

Cane It will be an evolved sound especially from our previous releases.

What can you never leave home without?

Morgan Cigarettes!!

Needless Cane is Needless Cane, Morgandrodyny and The Grem.

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NZ Music News

2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards - The Winners

2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards - The WinnersTami Neilson and Joshua Neilson have won the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award with their song Walk (Back to Your Arms). The soulful, retro-flavoured blues ballad was chosen as this year’s winner by APRA’s membership, made up of over 10,000 New Zealand songwriters and composers.

The award was presented at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards - a highly anticipated annual event that recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement in the craft of song writing. As is tradition for the awards, the finalists’ songs were covered in unique and inspired ways by other artists on the night. Walk (Back to Your Arms) was treated to a world-pop cover by a 16-piece Indonesian Gamelan bell orchestra, with a growling Tom Waits-inspired vocal by The All Seeing Hand’s Jonny Marks.

Walk (Back to Your Arms) is exceptional, true to its genre and original in every aspect. It’s an honest and beautifully formed song” says APRA’s Anthony Healey. “Tami is wonderfully talented, a view obviously shared by her song writing peers and she and her brother Joshua are hugely deserving of this prestigious recognition”.

The night also saw Lorde’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor and her producer Joel Little pick up two awards. Their song Team won the Most Performed New Zealand Work in New Zealand, and Royals won the Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally.

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NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize winner

NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize winnerRanda has been named as the winner of the NZ On Air Critics’ Choice Prize in the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Finalists Estere, Lake South and Randa each performed a live set at the King’s Arms in Auckland last night (Wed. Oct. 29) in front of a packed crowd and a panel of 11 music critics.

The judges were tasked with selecting just one recipient; a musical prodigy they believe has the potential to become a future Tui winner.

Following an impressive set Auckland based Randa took home the $10,000 recording and music video grant from NZ On Air.

Full Article

Vodafone NZ Music Awards finalists announced

The countdown is on. With only 35 days until the country’s biggest night in music kicks off Recorded Music NZ has revealed the artists in the running for Tui glory at the 49th annual Vodafone NZ Music Awards.

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each.

Other front runners include previous Critics’ Choice nominees The Naked And Famous, the hugely popular sibling duo Broods, solo-act turned band Tiny Ruins and seasoned Tui winner and 2013 VNZMA co-host Stan Walker – all claiming three spots each.

Liam Finn gains two finalist nods, as do roots artists House of Shem and Tama Waipara.

Full Article

Ryan Kershaw Songwriting Workshop

A special songwriting workshop is happening in Auckland on Wednesday November 12th. After the successful ‘Make Your Living From Music’ seminar held in August, Ryan Kershaw is holding a songwriting workshop at APRA with special guest Marcus Powell (Blindspott/Blacklistt). Songwriting advice will be given on being confident as a songwriter, where to write, developing good habits for songwriting, how to get (and stay) inspired, song structure, using song titles, putting meaning to music, how to write solos, and how to use hooks more effectively.

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APRA AMCOS Announce 2014 NZ Music Hall of Fame Inductee Douglas Lilburn

The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have had a significant impact on New Zealand life and culture through music. APRA AMCOS is proud to announce that Douglas Lilburn will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

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NZ Musicians - Tours and Releases

Luger Boa Announce December Shows
Tui Award winner FleaBITE brings the jungle drums to town
AAA Records Presents: The Symphony of Screams new video and joint tour with 71 Sunset
Six60 release single Special
Kitsch Plastic Lives - The New Album In Stores & Online 21.11.14
Stitches / SansArcade / Rock Roadtrip
Important announcement regarding Shihad FVEY LIVE summer date changes.
Aston Rd Sessions #7 - Thomas Oliver Lead Me On/What I Can Say
SOL3 MIO announce Christmas In The Vines show for Havelock North
Trust Punks Announce Album Release Tour!
Devilskin Announce Revised Surrender Summer Tour Dates
Madam Tsunami debut album - a new wave of discontent 
Smoothy, Superturtle and Salon Kingsadore gig
Nathan Haines To Release New Album 5 A Day On November 28
Julian Temple Band Tour
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Sell out Auckland show
The Jury & The SaintsFocus Single Release
New Jakob album Sines is released to international anticipation
Minuit: The Final Fling - Nelson Show and Second Auckland Show Announced
Punk Rock and Hardcore festival 'Up Your Alley' announced for November
Dudley Benson Announces New Remix Album
Announcing Salvation, the new album by Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men
Clash Of The Titans Summer Tour with Dragon, The Exponents and The Feelers
Jason McIver Collective Tour

International Musicians - Tours

Solid Presents Sharon Van Etten - NZ Tour 2015
Foo Fighters To Rock Auckland And Christchurch In 2015
Jimmy Barnes sells out his Dunedin show
How To Dress Well Announced For One Auckland Performance
Spandau Ballet To Head To Auckland To Promote New Best Of Album And Documentary
Billy Idol finally returns to NZ with special guests Cheap Trick and The Angels
The Script Return To NZ In 2015

Summer Festivals

Splore 2015 shapes up to the festival of the summer
WOMAD 2015 Line-Up announcement
The First Announcement Of NZ Bluesfest Sideshows Has Arrived

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Gig and Tour News
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Muzic.net.nz News

Changes to muzic.net.nz

The muzic.net.nz team has been very busy during October, with the following changes taking place:

- Musicians and bands can now add links for Bandcamp, Reverbnation, Soundcloud and iTunes to their artist pages.
- Over 40 new artist pages have been created.
- MightyApe links are now showing up on artist pages, when a particular release can be brought through the MightyApe website.
- Our FYI forums have been updated.

More changes will be taking place during November, so watch this space for more info!

New Artists

The following musicians have been added to the muzic.net.nz website during October:

Legend of the Condor Heroes ReZist Ha the Unclear
Mulholland Chelsea Jade Ophelia
Gospel Madam Tsunami Scott J Mason
All Dead Superstars Bright Child Death And The Maiden
Randa Greenfog Leathur Tattoo
Black City Lights Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes Sol3 Mio
Trust Punks Kulus Man of The World
Buzz Moller Fazerdaze Grand Rapids
Soda Boyz Tami Neilson Groeni
Jonathan Bree Weird Together Aldous Harding
Pea Stew Marlon Williams Orchestra of Spheres
The Heart of Katherine Alexander Wildwood Holly Arrowsmith
Black Science Delaney Davidson Emily Edrosa
Avarin Red Dawn Ovus

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New Reviews

Ezra Vine - Celeste EP Review
Written by Ria

Blatant Honesty by L.A.Z
Written by James

Broken Down Doors By Dyslo & Kelly Rose (Beats By Soulchef)
Written by James

Scott J Mason - Animal Guilt EP Review
Written by Andrew

Clap Clap Riot with Buzz Moller and Fazerdaze @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 18/10/2014
Written by Andrew

Dragonstone EP Review

Written by Kerry

Beastwars Live at San Fran, Wellington 10/10/2014
Written by Alistar

Bunnies on Ponies - Heat Death of the Universe Album Review
Written by Tony

Benny Tipene - Bricks Album Review
Written by Andrew

Meridian Vibe @ Whammy Bar, Auckland 11/10/14
Written by Andrew

Sola Rosa - Magnetics Album Review
Written by Andrew

An Electric Heart Album Review
Written by Peter

Kitsch @ Lucha Lounge, Auckland - 11/10/2014
Written by Nick

Villainy @ the Kings Arms, Auckland - 3/10/14
Written by Andrew

All of our reviews can be read here.

New Interviews

Mulholland Interview - Stop And Start Again Album
Interviewed by Ryan Kershaw

All of our interviews can be read here.

New Photos

The Upbeats
Tiki Taane
Photos by Bradley

Photos by Lou

Photos by Calden

Clap Clap Riot
Buzz Moller
Photos by Stella

All of our photo galleries can all be viewed here.

Tour Features

All muzic.net.nz features can be viewed here

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