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Newsletter Issue #475: 02 Aug 2015

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August Newsletter

Welcome to August Everyone!

The past few months have been a flurry of activity for new music here at Muzic.net.nz and there has been so many great reviews, gigs and new albums, both released and soon to be released.

One of New Zealand's biggest Rock/Metal acts, Devilskin have been getting rave reviews for their new single, Mountains and the hype surrounding their upcoming new album and Mountains And The Moon tour is pretty exciting. They also recently celebrated We Rise going Platinum.

The best thing about being part of the Muzic.net.nz team is having access to all music news as it comes to hand and no doubt the excitement of new, undiscovered music and getting to review it. Hearing new music takes you to different places and reaffirms the passion we all have for music.

This this month's newsletter we take a step back at some blast from the past with our Where Are They Now feature kicking off with The D4. Yours truly also gives you a rundown of one of the Muzic.net.nz team's own, alternative-rapper James Castady-Kristament (JCK) and his new video single, You're Not Tupac.

We also have a chat with Auckland rockers, Magpie Claw, and you can also check out how some of New Zealand's bands got their names - you will be pleasantly surprised and fascinated with what we found!

Perhaps it may give you or others you know inspiration for band names. We would love to get your feedback on this, and let us know how your band got its name!

- Kerry and the Muzic.net.nz team.

Where Are They Now? The D4

 Circa 2005- Left to Right, Dion Palmer, Vaughan Williams, Jimmy Christmas and Daniel, 'Beaver' Pooley.

When The D4 featured in our newsletter on 20 March 2005, they gave had just released their new album Out of My Head, which featured the single Sake Bomb. They were also about to head off to the UK to complete a tour around Europe with The Hives.

With all that going on, they gave us:

The D4 Book of Rules
(Warning - content may offend some people)

1. Get a shit-kicking, lowdown, filthy rock n roll group together consisting of 2 members from riotous local bands, a stranger from the South Island and a maniacal drummer from the darkest depths of the Hauraki Plains.

2. Call the band 'The D4' and never tell the truth as to why.

3. Write some damn good songs, become the wildest, dirtiest and most exciting live band the country has seen. Hone your skills until women swoon and brave men tremble at your name.

4. Release an E.P through local legend label Flying Nun, the quality and sheer excitement of which forces them to stump up funds for an album.

5. Make the album and call it 6Twenty. Secure releases in every major territory in the known world while touring heavily anywhere and everywhere, building on your reputation as a sonic explosion of fire and noise.

6. Tour the record for 2 years solid through Europe, the USA, Japan and Australasia, playing major festivals (Glastonbury/PukkelPop/Reading/Leeds/Fuji Rock/Little Stevens Underground Garage Festival/Livid/Big Day Out/Homebake etc.) and as many club dates as is physically possible. Find time to also appear on only the finest and widely aired TV shows known to mankind (Letterman is a good choice). Do a million interviews and lie in all of them (see rule 2.)

7. Come home and sleep for 2 weeks.

8. Leave home and head to England under pressure from all sides to make a second record faster, and much better, than the first.

9. Rent a complete shit-hole of a flat in South London and move the band all in together, get on each others nerves and use the tension and complete wasteland around you for inspiration to write a whole bunch of great new songs.

10. Ride the dirty old Northern Tube line day after day to a secret studio location to demo the new material with a couple of guys known only as 'the Dirty Geezers'.

11. Get wasted and wreck the flat.

12. Repeat

13. Give the new songs titles like Too Stupid To Live, Trust Nobody, Sake Bomb, What I Want and Stops Me Cold.

14. Find a studio outside of London, making sure that it lies within the flight path of any surviving WWII aircraft in the area, thus ensuring the excitement levels of the drummer only ever increase, and never decline.

15. Set the band up together and spend the 10 days catching the perfect takes needed for the album. Record live onto tape, and go back to the songs only to perfect the vocals. Bring in Hammond organ players & Harmonica players, record live with them then realise they weren't necessary and fire them. Track the album swiftly and furiously, pausing only to fit in the odd game of fuss-ball or a kick about on the lawn.

16. Head back to London to mix the thing, but also find time to have a quick fling with one Alan Moulder (producer of acts such as N.I.N. & Smashing Pumpkins) and record two additional tracks with him for kicks. Put them on the album.

17. Reluctantly (ha!) leave South London abode and return to New Zealand to find small gifted children to assemble the artwork, make the videos, and prepare to launch the glory of the new-born album on the eagerly waiting world...

So Where Are They Now?

Jimmy Christmas (guitar, vocals) (pictured) formed Luger Boa after The D4 decided to take an indefinite break. Christmas described the band as "pop-oriented", but with the "intensity of The D4". Their album Mutate or Die was released in 2009 and catapulted them into the public view, largely due to Christmas's fame from The D4.

Dion Lunadon-Palmer (guitar, vocals) moved to New York and formed a band called The True Lovers. He also plays bass in A Place To Bury Strangers, and he has performed with The Snitches, Marty Sauce and The Source, Nothing At All, The Rainy Days and The Scavengers. Dion now manages Stuka Records.

Vaughan Williams (bass) joined The Shocking Pinks. Vaughan was also in Dimmer and he has also performed with Shayne Carter.

Daniel ‘Beaver’ Pooley (drums) has previously performed with The Satellite Spies.

Magpie Claw

Magpie Claw are a rock band from Auckland, who formed at MAINZ. They are currently rehearsing, polishing their current songs and constantly writing and adding new songs to their set list. Magpie Claw are playing at the Ding Dong Lounge band contest on 7 August alongside Halo of Ashes, Helgorithms, Blood Buffalo and Skelter, and they answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about Magpie Claw?

We want NZ to know that we have a bunch of really crazy and cool songs and ideas and you should check us out online and at our upcoming gig!!

How would you describe Magpie Claw’s music in one sentence?

It's like hard rock meets blues and then they merge with a bit of hip-hop and drive through the desert and end up in Vegas… check out our songs, it will make more sense then.

What is Magpie Claw’s long term goal?

At the moment we’re focusing on short term goals, like writing heaps of songs and developing our sound, but looking ahead a little, it would be great to get some international support slots and start work on an album.

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

Lots of shows, single releases and some crazy music videos.

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

The advice I give everyone, if you’re a musician in New Zealand, go to MAINZ. It's such a good place to learn everything you need to know about being a musician. Our whole band met and formed at MAINZ, taking everything we’re learning and putting it into our band has made things run really smoothly.

How did you come up with the name Magpie Claw?

We had this idea about wanting a name that had a bird theme to it, Calum came up with ‘Magpies’ which was taken and we just played with different words till we found Magpie Claw. 4 Magpies is a new beginning and we’re a four piece so it works pretty well.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

A lot of our ideas come from us all just hanging out after rehearsals and something silly or funny happens, then we start writing a song about it, it starts out funny and then turns into a serious song. We’re all songwriters and we all contribute and draw inspirations from different places. One of our early songs has quite a strong Jack White inspiration about it and we also look up to Tom Petty as a songwriter.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

We’re just getting started so at this point we’ve only played one proper show which was at the launch party for Radio Teapot, MAINZ radio station. It was really fun and we can’t wait to play more shows!!

Magpie Claw are Calum McKay (vocals), Travis Cave (drums), Salman Khan (bass) and Ashlee Grigg (guitar).

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JCK - You're Not Tupac (single)

Alternative rapper and Muzic.net.nz team member, JCK aka James Castady-Kristament has just released the video single, the aptly named, You're Not Tupac, from his third album, Land Of The Wrong White Crowd.

It's bizarre and perfectly suited to the already unique JCK, for those familiar with his music and previous videos.
Gothic imagery, a suggestive dancing party girl and a Lion all make up the creatively parody affected video and its content.

But let's not forget the creepy girl that looks like an escapee from an mental institution.

Parody is what JCK does best with this single, and lyrically he excels at taking you through a really weird trip that kind of leaves you a bit shaken at the end.

The video is a bit of a head spin and you have to take it for what it is, which is probably why JCK has a big following. It's pretty simple, the repeating of the aforementioned images and haunting ones of JCK with black contacts. Although not my choice of music, it is well crafted as he raps about wannabe rappers imitating 90's rap icon, Tupac Shukar, encouraging those to 'be real' The irony is not lost on me and I'm sure the fans will dig this new single.

Check out the video for You're Not Tupac

JCK is James Castady-Kristament

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More info

Single Review: Cogs 'n' Wheels
Single Review: Tipee Tipee Taa Taa

How Bands Got Their Names

This month, we take a look at something a bit different and check out some of the hilarious and strange ways that some bands got their names.

Sound the Ocean - from a Shakespeare play which had the line "Go sound the ocean, and cast your nets" in it.

- from a famous horse that was painted by George Stubbs in the 1700's of the Marquess of Rockinghams's horse - Whiustlejacket.

Voe - stands for Vengeance of Excalibur.

Devilskin - Jennie wrote some poignant lyrics to the song Fade, one of the first tunes we wrote, the lyrics were about a soured relationship and it struck me that people can act like they want by wearing a different skin. Some people will wear a Devils skin to act like a devil take it off and pretend they’re a saint. (As told by Paul Martin, bass).

Module - named after a Windows Module Error.

DateMonthYear - from a London hospital admissions form.

Kong Fooey - from the 70's cartoon Hong Kong Phooey.

Both Sides of the Line - a song title sung by rockabilly singer, Wanda Jackson.

Human - the album title of favourite band Death.

This Flight Tonight - a tribute to artist Joni Mitchell.

Cobra Khan - A he-man toy.

Maibox Skipole - the band's first microphone stand, which consisted of a skipole propped up in an upside-down mailbox. The skipole then went on to be taped to a cymbal stand to provide a third mic stand.

Esra Dekan - is Naked Arse backwards

Kasium - initials from two current and one past member.

The Nomad - The Nomad is Damon Schwalger, and Nomad is Damon spelt backwards.

Ashei (now known as Decades) - found in a horticulture book, it's part of the Latin name for a tree that makes gin.

The Phoenix Foundation - the Government contractor that employed Angus MacGyver as a field agent in Seasons 2 through to 7 (1986-1991) of American action-adventure TV series, MacGyver.

Goodshirt - Frontman, Rodney Fisher’s friend, Melanie Lynskey bought a shirt for him from an Op Shop in Beverly Hills. One day, Rodney’s dad commented on the shirt , saying “That’s a good shirt.” And the rest is history…

Salmonella Dub - Salmonella Dub got their name from the "bad-taste" dub versions of popular songs they used to break the ice with in their early sets.

NZ Music News

Winners announced for the 2015 Children's Music Awards

APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ are all wiggly with excitement to announce the winners for the 2015 New Zealand Children’s Music Awards – celebrating music written for children.

The awards were presented live this morning (Sunday 2 August) on TV2’s What Now by last year’s double winner, songstress Anika Moa. 

The big winner from the awards was FleaBITE, who took home two awards – the Recorded Music Best Childrens’ Music Album (Tui Award) for The Jungle is Jumping, and the What Now Best Children’s Music Video Award for Don’t Sit Under the Poo Tree, created by Stephen Templer and Ross Payne.

The APRA Best Children’s Music Song was won by Levity Beet and Daniel Stryczek for their song There’s One in the Bush, a laid back earworm about Aotearoa’s native dinosaur, the Tuatara. Multi-instrumentalist and all round clever dude Levity also takes home the inaugural NZ On Air children’s music grant – a $10,000 grant for the recording of a song and a music video.

Full Article

MMF announces festival bookers speed networking session

Back by popular demand, the Music Managers Forum are proud to present the return of the Festival Bookers speed networking session to be held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday 29 July. Members interested who are based outside of Auckland will be able to schedule Skype appointments with the festive bookers throughout the evening.

An outstanding line-up of bookers from some of the best music festivals in the industry will be answering questions and giving advice to music managers interested in gaining valuable insight with helping artists on to festival line-ups. This is a very rare opportunity to allow MMF members to meet face to face and learn from those at the top of their field.

Full Article

Local artists team up for good

What do you get when you cross a brewer and a band on social media? Random acts of kindness, say Ron Trigg of mike’s Brewery, and Andre Manella of Sonic Delusion.

Beer, music and social media - it’s the happy brew of Sonic Delusion, mike’s Brewery and a hashtag that aims to inspire impromptu acts of kindness from New Plymouth to Zurich. Each local artisan is launching his own Without Warning - an album and a craft beer respectively - and celebrating with spontaneous generosity under the hashtag #withoutwarning.

“I’ve been shouting coffees, paying for people’s parking, and rocking up to local offices at 5pm on a Friday with a box of mike’s craft beer,” says Andre Manella, of the random acts of kindness he’s been surprising people with. “I did a beach clean-up with my kids, too - that one was for the penguins.” Fans have jumped on board with random acts of kindness that included delivering care packages to midwives, contributing towards a stranger’s petrol at the pump and donating firewood and movie tickets.

Full Article

APRA Silver Scroll Awards – 2015 Top 20 + 1981 Top 5

The Top 20 songs in line for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Award have been announced, featuring some of the biggest names in music alongside the new blood of New Zealand’s songwriting community.

The winner of the APRA Silver Scroll Award is decided by the votes of APRA’s members - over 10,000 New Zealand songwriters and composers. Voting for the award is now open, and closes at midnight on Sunday 9th August.

2015 marks the 50th presentation of the APRA Silver Scroll Award, and as a part of the celebrations the ‘Lost Scroll’ of 1981 – the APRA Silver Scroll Award that was never awarded – will also be presented. All singles released in the 1981 eligibility period have been narrowed down to the Top 5 songs, and now, alongside the award for 2015, APRA members will also decide the winner of the 1981 APRA Silver Scroll Award.

Full Article


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New Reviews

Check out our latest reviews at the links below:

Album Review: Matt Bodman and the Valentine Grind - Hallelujah Circus
Written by Peter

Album Review: Finn Johansson - Two Thousand and Fourteen
Written by Ria

Album Review: Avalanche City - We Are For The Wild Places
Written by Andrew

EP Review: Jupiter Project - #Get It Boyz
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Album Review: Illuminus - Until The End (Remastered)
Written by Kerry

Album Review: Illuminus - Fading By Degrees
Written by Kerry

Shepherds Of Cassini - Album Review: Helios Forsaken
Written by Tony

Album Review: Sonic Delusion - Without Warning
Written by Kerry

EP Review: Dudley Benson - Muscles
Written by Andrew

Album Review: Wellington Sea Shanty Society - Now That Is What I Call Sea Shanties Vol. 02
Written by Andrew

Album Review: New Gum Sarn - New Gold Mountain
Written by Peter

Single Review: Brøke - Up
Written by Peter

EP Review: Bakers Eddy - Plastic Wasteland
Written by Kerry


All of our reviews can be read here.
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New Photos

Check out our latest photo galleries at the links below:

Marlon Williams with Laura Jean
Photos by Amanda

Brooke Fraser
Photos by Dominic and supplied by Bradley

Gin Wigmore
Photos by Bradley

Photos by Stella


All of our photo galleries can all be viewed here.
Email [email protected] if you would like us to photograph you.

NZ Blokes Interview with I Am Giant

Francis from NZ Blokes sat down with Shelton and Paul from I Am Giant to discuss recent events with the bands line-up changes, X Factor, their new music, new video, and new tour with Dead Letter Circus and Brendon Thomas and the Vibes!

Watch the interview here

Rap It Up Interview with Bobby

Check out this Rap It Up interview with Bobby by James Castady-Kristament (JCK).

Interview with Bobby


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