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Music News - IMNZ News: Conchords Still Perched at the Top

IMNZ News: Conchords Still Perched at the Top

01 August 2008 - 0 Comments

IMNZ Independent Album Chart July 2008

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­July News

Flight of the Conchords’ TV show has received three Emmy nominations - for directing, writing, and original music and lyrics; they narrowly missed out on a nomination for best comedy series, having made the shortlist of 10 shows considered for nomination. The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards for television will take place on September 21. And last month the Conchords had a special guest open for them – Bic Runga supported them at one of their sold out LA shows; she was returning the favour as the Conchords had previously opened for her on her New Zealand tour a couple of years back.

The Ruby Suns have finished their European tour and are starting a 15-date US tour with Tilly and the Wall. In between times they’ve also squeezed in playing at the Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Festival and the (apparently muddy) Pitchfork Festival, hosted by influential music website Pitchfork.com – good work you shining Suns. Highlights according to Amee have included playing with Esau Mwamwaya, Beach House, Fleet Foxes and the Dodos. The Tilly tour will feature the Ruby Suns as a two-piece with Amee and Ryan, as Imogen has headed back to NZ to focus on her art career.

Conan Mockasin (formerly of Conan and the Mockasins) was home from the UK recently to work on a new album and play a few shows - the name change reflects the fluid nature of the band which has changed for nearly every show. Just before coming home from the UK, Conan did a stint of acting (as himself) in the Alexis Dos Santos film 'Unmade Beds'; plus he recorded a song with Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) which comes out this September on Cook’s new album 'Brighton Port Authority'. The album includes Jamie T, Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright and David Byrne, so Conan’s in good company. He’s been working on a soundtrack for local short film 'Six Dollar Fifty Man', as well as building electric mechanical instruments to take back to the UK.

Collapsing Cities have been busy since they arrived in the UK, but Steve Mathieson took the time to write a letter to Cheese on Toast (cheeseontoast.co.nz) readers which we snuck a peek at. Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq (both B.B.C radio) attended their first show - Zane championed their single Fear Of Opening My Mouth on BBC ONE and Steve Lamacq had them on his show as his 'New Favourite Band'; they’ve done a live to air on XFM, played the Great Escape festival and the Levis Ones to Watch tour and toured with the Black Kids. In the future, they’re booked for the Reading and Leeds festivals, they’ll tour with the White Lies, and they have more UK shows lined up plus a gig in Ireland. Dudley Benson is currently in Germany where his piece 'Whales, Everywhere' was premiered at the Wassermusik Festival (July 17 – 19) in Berlin. A three-night performance by a 36-person German choir, Wassermusik is an international event that sees composers write about the issue of water and its conservation; it was curated by respected German electronic musician Barbara Morgenstern.

Congratulations to New Zealand graffiti crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), who contain folk from the Disruptiv label and who triumphed at the world’s largest graffiti competition at Splash Festival in Germany in mid-July; artists Askew, Pest5, Deus, Addict, Gary Grouch and Sirum (AUS) were defending their world champs title which they won in 2006. This year’s phrase for the concept wall was “Make It Funky”; TMD placed first in the concept wall and Grey Lynn artist Deus is now officially the best tagger in the world – his family are very proud. The Potheads’ debut album ‘No Myths, Just Legends’ has just been released on Disruptiv; the crew have released four mixtapes (Sex, Drugs and Hip Hop Vol. 1 – 4) each selling more than 500 copies through word-of-mouth. The artwork for The Potheads is by TMD artist Jonny Pest5 in collaboration with SLOPE ONE. The ‘Disruptiv Mixtape Vol 5’ has nearly sold out, after only being available for a few weeks.

Te Vaka will head to China on August 6th to represent the South Pacific with five performances at the Olympic Games in Beijing, including a show during the Opening Ceremonies on August 8th. They have also been invited by the Kingdom of Tonga to perform at the Coronation of King George Tupou V; guests to His Majesty's Coronation will include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (United Kingdom), the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan and Princess Sirinhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Antagonist return to Australia for a short run taking in shows in Sydney and Melbourne in support of the Australian release of ' These Cities, our Graves' which is now available there via Trial & Error/Stomp. Antagonist were also on tour in Australia recently alongside Oz hardcore giants Parkway Drive. Kolab have been featuring recently in the What’s Hot section for Hip Hop and R&B on iTunes USA, one of the first Aotearoa hip hop acts to ever do so - one critic even likened the group to a futuristic version of the Beastie Boys. Dub Asylum returns from the wilderness with a brand spanking new digi-EP. The five song EP ‘Ba Ba Boom!’ features special guests MC Kyla, Sandy Mill, the WBC horns, and Scratch 22. It's a mash of funky breaks, skanking guitar and overweight basslines and it’s out early August through Amplifier.co.nz and other good digital outlets. Also keep an ear out for the Dub Asylum remix of Kolab.

Shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2008 from the IMNZ whanau are songs by Delani, Opshop, Goldenhorse, Wayne Mason, Collapsing Cities, The Ruby Suns, Ladi6 and Iva Lamkum. Tiki’s Always on My Mind, distributed by DRM NZ Ltd, was the first NZ digital-only single to get to #1 on the NZ singles chart and the first digital-only independently distributed single to go gold. The initial Southern Amp 2008 lineup has been announced and alongside internationals The Dandy Warhols, The Potbelleez, Testament and Gyroscope have been announced IMNZ artists Tiki, Concord Dawn, Little Bushman, Die! Die! Die!, Fur Patrol, State of Mind and Pitch Black alongside other local artists, with more announcements to come. The festival is taking place in Christchurch on Sunday November 9. Artists with Christchurch connections can now apply to play the CHART NZ Music Industry Stage, visit http://christchurchmusic.org.nz/events/southern-amp-2008/ to apply.

Savage’s Swing (featuring Soulja Boy Tell’em) last week moved up to #32 on the US Radio & Records Rhythmic Crossover Chart, beating out new tracks from Mariah Carey and Pitbull after debuting on the chart at #35 last week ahead of new tracks from Shawty Lo and Flo Rida. He’s been the most popular artist on MySpace Music in New Zealand for the last few months, with his page ticking over 2 million views last week too. He’s filming a new US version of Swing; the video is being directed by Kai "FlyyKai" Crawford who has made videos for Yung Joc, Pitbull, Akon, Gorilla Zoe and most recently Hot Stylz featuring Yung Joc. Savage has also set a new record for the highest selling Hip Hop single in Australasian music history by a local artist, with Swing featuring Soulja Boy Tell'em selling over 250,000 in the US. In new artist news, Wellington musician, singer and songwriter TJ has just signed with Dawn Raid.

Rapture Ruckus’ single Lose Control recently reached #7 in the iTunes NZ video charts, and he’s planning to take his hip-hop rock message to the US in August. In September, the Ruckus will head South, playing Samstock and other dates across the island. In August Juliagrace will team up with World Vision to tour New Zealand with stand-up comedian Paul Aldrich before heading overseas again to play at the finale of the Hillsong Women’s Event and several tour dates in Singapore. She has also found her way into homes across New Zealand as one of the faces of the Heart Foundation Campaign, and you can catch her tunes on Shortland Street too.

The Ragamuffin Children are in Europe, with several London shows under their belts and five more scheduled for August before they return for a hometown Christchurch show on October 11. Steve Abel has played his last shows for a while in New Zealand, and is currently also in Europe, introducing audiences to music from his critically acclaimed album ‘Flax Happy’ and its predecessor ‘Little Death’. Fat Freddy's Drop have put their August Europe and UK tour on hold in order to complete their album but they will be all done and dusted by November for the worldwide release of the highly anticipated recording; tickets are on sale now for the UK and French gigs. For Freddy’s fans in the South Pacific, Australian dates will be announced soon, with Aotearoa/NZ to follow. The first official single is The Camel, featuring the vocal talents of UK soul diva Alice Russell; it’s out on limited edition vinyl plus CD and digital downloads.

Arch Hill and Rhythmethod present ‘Mashed’, a live album from The Clean which features cuts from the band’s March ’07 Bangers & Mash Tour; songs include classics like Point That Thing and Anything Could Happen, along with a brand new song and a cover of the Lou Reed’s I Can’t Stand It. Cover art is by the band’s resident artist Hamish Kilgour. So far this year, The Clean have played a series of sold out shows in New York and other US cities, appeared at the NZ Big Day Out, and are now putting the finishing touches on their new studio album, to be released later this year.

Jess Chambers is best known for her work with Rhian Sheehan, Module and the Upbeats; her single Hiding Place from Sheehan’s album ‘Tiny Blue Biosphere’ reached #1 on the bNet radio charts in ’04; her vocals have been remixed by the likes of Minuit and Antix; and she has appeared on Berlin’s ‘Love Parade’ compilation – one of the highest selling dance compiles worldwide in ’06. Her debut solo album sees Chambers return to her roots, recording it with the Firefly Orchestra, a group featuring Sam F. Scott (Phoenix Foundation), Rio Hemopo (Trinity Roots), Tessa Rain (Fly My Pretties), Andy Hummel, Rob Hinkley (Good Laika) and more. The orchestra was brought together by producer/guitarist Justin “Firefly” Clarke (Fat Freddy’s Drop, Age Pryor, Sheba Williams); and earlier this year Chambers and the Firefly Orchestra gave performances at WOMAD which earned them packed houses and a standing ovation.

With their 40th anniversary looming this October, the Windy City Strugglers have a new album, ‘Shine On’, featuring original tunes and playing from Bill Lake, Ross Burge, Nick Bollinger, Andrew Delahunty, and Steve Jessup; as ever, the bulk of the material was written by singer, guitarist and Strugglers’ founder Bill Lake and songwriting partner Arthur Baysting, with contributions from vocalist Rick Bryant. They held their Wellington release party on July 10 and they are treating Aucklanders to a rare live performance at the Monte Cristo Room on July 31.

Ode Music is releasing a whole raft of New Zealand albums at the moment. ‘Gospel Music of Samoa’ is the latest release from Fereti Kurene, a member of the Kurene Family who are synonymous with Samoan music. The Ogen Trio’s album ‘Ahi’ features 6 works for Piano Trio from 5 New Zealand composers including 2007’s Classical Album of the Year Award winner John Psathas plus Gareth Farr and David Griffiths. Jane Siene recently supported Tim Finn on tour, and she is now releasing her second album ‘LoveDeathSexRoad’; recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, it was produced by Split Enz’s Eddie Rayner, Auckland-based DeSotos’ album ‘Cross Your Heart’ draws on a myriad of tastes and musical loves ranging from swampy southern roots through rock and country blues; and Neil Worboys was formerly in the Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band (which was successful in the mid-70s with New Zealand Top 40 hits Everyone Knows and Miss September). ‘Some Day Soon’ features Neil’s distinctive voice and harmonica along with quality playing from the Real Time Liners and is loosely based in the blues genre.

‘Jesus I was Evil’, the late Darcy Clay’s 1998 hit album, is now available through Ode Records; as is Liam Ryan’s ‘Mississippi to Mauao’. Ryan made his name as keyboardist and songwriter with kiwi band The Narcs in the 1980s; this album features respected jazz and blues musicians such as Steve Garden and Midge Marsden. Ryan has been in the studio recording with Australian guitarist Aaron Saxon for a follow-up album to Mississippi to Mauao; the series will eventually comprise 3 albums. Ryan’s Torch Records labelmate Carol Storey showcased her te reo ‘Mokomoko’ CD project at the July International Society for Music Education conference in Bologna, Italy.

2008 for Concord Dawn has already seen them play gigs in Australia, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, America, Canada, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine, England, Belgium and China! But New Zealand is a special wee place in a league of its own, so August 2008 sees a drum & bass tour covering a solid chunk of the country in sweat and smiles: "Twilight": A Gig And A Mix Cd, A Mix Cd And A Gig”. The mix CD has a tear-off ticket which gets you into the gig OR your ticket has a tear-off mix CD: either way you look at it you get something for free. The CD features exclusive Concord Dawn tunes as well as tracks from the Uprising drum & bass label and it won’t be available anywhere else.

Andy Lovegrove, the voice behind the multi-platinum selling Breaks Co-Op, is releasing his first solo album ‘Just A Man’ on newly formed UK indie label Tone Green, distributed in NZ by Rhythmethod. Lovegrove co-wrote Breaks Co-Op’s hit The Otherside, which spent 3 weeks atop the NZ Airplay charts, was the most played on NZ radio in ’05 and won Single of the Year at the ’05 NZ Music Awards. Whilst in NZ, Lovegrove became an active figure in the local music scene and worked with artists such as Dave Dobbyn and Kirsten Morelle (Goldenhorse) who both appear on the album. Billy TK Jr’s new album ‘Presents’ was launched on June 4, and to celebrate he completed an extensive 16-date New Zealand tour.

Music 4 Mauis was founded by Gemma McGrath in ’07 in response to NZ’s most endangered species, the Maui dolphin, being on the brink of extinction (we’ve only 100 or so alive!). ‘Music 4 Mauis’ is the first in an intended series of music compilations, and all of the artists involved – The Black Seeds, Don McGlashan, Pitch Black, Fur Patrol, Minuit, Sola Rosa, Gasoline Cowboy, The Bads, Flip Grater, Ragamuffin Children and Ariana Tikao – have given their tracks for free in an effort to aid Gemma promote the plight of the dolphins.

Maori Language Week may be over but IMNZ labels and distributors have plenty of music to help keep the celebrations going. ‘It’s a Love Thing’ is the debut release from Leon Wharekura, who began his career as back-up singer and soloist for the Billy T James Show Band. The album features covers such as Mum (made famous by Prince Tui Teka) alongside original tracks by Wharekura and the collaboration he shares with Ngamaru Raerino, and includes three songs in Te Reo. Paddy Free is half of Pitch Black, has written music for TV, film, theatre, dance and multimedia art, and is an award-winning producer and engineer for artists such as Crowded House, Salmonella Dub, Supergroove, Emma Paki and Stellar*. ‘Karekare: The Language Of The Land’ sees Paddy unite with Richard Nunns (‘Te Ku Te Whe’), a master of Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments), to create a uniquely Aotearoa sound which pays homage to the raw beauty of the NZ landscape – and in particular the titular spectacular Auckland West Coast beach Karekare. ‘Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua’ also features guest vocals in Te Reo from Tiki Taane, Waimihi Hotere, Te Wharetatao and Corrina Hunziker. Pitch Black played in London on July 24th in London at Cargo and headlined a stage at the Glade festival the weekend before.

Aonua is a musical collaboration from the South Pacific islands comprising vocalist Taisha (who has recorded and performed with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Boyz II Men and Smashing Pumpkins as well as with many local performers) and composer/producer Malcolm Smith. The music is a blend of Polynesian instruments, vocals and native wildlife mixed with contemporary sounds, with the purpose of taking the listener away to a beautiful South Pacific experience. The album was recorded in a native forest; lyrically the tracks comprise of Maori and English. Whanganui iwi radio station Awa FM has launched their very first album ‘Te Riu Papara’; it’s unique because it is totally in Te Reo Maori and in the distinctive Whanganui dialect, with the artists featured being representatives of various tribal areas of Whanganui. Every song has a different story to tell, from the recent Waitangi Tribunal claims to love stories and extended iconic Awa FM themes.

Lil' Chief Records’ latest signing is Wellington electropop duo Little Pictures, who have to be one of the most-blogged bands in the world right now. They’ve appeared in Hype Machine’s top 20, and are number 24 on Elbows along with Radiohead and Bob Dylan. They’ve also been noted by Bigstereo, Iheartcomix!, Welikeit.indie, the culture of me, Imageyenation.Com, East Coast Overdose, It's The Money Shot!!, Sydneysounder, Quiet Color, Hot Biscuits, Athens66, nickjamvendetta, moreforeplay, Panda Toes, Alan's World and Some Grey Gardens. There’s more to come too no doubt. Also from Wellington, and distributed by Rhythmethod, are 3-piece Thought Creature, who have just dropped their anticipated debut album ‘Teleport Palace’ on Involve Records. The band’s influences range from Syd Barrett, Bauhaus and Joy Division to Sonic Youth and Fugazi, as well as a range of contemporary bands, but their sound is unmistakably their own: bass-driven, psychedelic, post punk, swamp funk.

Hawera and Babylon Retreat are the first tastes of the forthcoming Rhombus album due for release in October. Essentially a hip hop beat with a tasty reggae feel, Hawera is out on limited edition 7” vinyl and digital download; and Babylon Retreat, out on 7” only, features legendary Jamaican Studio One Recordings MC Ranking Joe toasting up a storm. ‘Fly me to the Moon’ is jazz vocalist Briar Ross’ fourth album. Title track aside, the album consists of little known works that are favourites of Ross - a mixture of ballads and medium swing numbers. The album features well-known New Zealand jazz artists including Frank Gibson Jnr on drums, Julie Mason on piano, Andy Brown on bass, and Roger Manins on sax. The album is also partially dedicated to Andy Brown who sadly passed away.

Flip Grater has announced a nationwide tour in support of the release of her new album ‘Be All And End All’. For the first time, Flip will be joined on the road by her handsome backing band: Kris Wilson (banjo), Simon Hall (mandolin, electric guitar), Tim Chesney (bass) and Simon Brouwer (drums). The album itself features a choir of 12 including the voices of Anita Clarke (Ragamuffin Children), Ben Edwards (Degrees K) and Flip’s sister Helen Grater; and the first single Ring Around the Rosie is on radio and TV now. Flip has performed with The Phoenix Foundation, Dave Dobbyn, Anika Moa, Ben Lee, The Shins, and Hugh Cornwall, she has travelled to Texas twice to perform at South by Southwest, and her 2006 LP ‘Cage For A Song’ included the track Long Awaited Sigh which featured in the hit American TV show Brothers and Sisters. Last year Flip released ‘The Cookbook Tour’, a performance/travel journal and recipe book that she took on a national tour; in November and December this year, Flip will embark on The Cookbook Tour Europe, taking the concept through six countries, playing shows and collecting recipes.

She'll Be Right Records is ready to launch ‘God's Little Angle’ here; it’s the second LP by Canadian poet, writer and performer Jim Christy and is out now in Canada. The album is a mix of lyrics and music, samples, beats, song, vocal gymnastics, rap and rock, blues and syncopated eccentricities. The album was recoded and produced by Jody Lloyd and also features a grab bag of Christchurch musos such as Delaney Davidson, Le Mot Cafe, Anita Clark (Ragamuffin Children) to name a few. She'll Be Right Records and Catalyst literary magazine have collaborated for Catalyst Volume 7, featuring 7 songs, 7 poems and 7 pictures from Christchurch based/linked musicians, poets and artists in a book and CD package. Song lyrics and poems will be printed alongside each other and interpreted by an artist; musicians featured are Demarnia Lloyd, John White, Le Mot Cafe, Andy Gibson, Tono, Jody Lloyd and Lindon Puffin. The Catalyst 7 CD/Book Launch Concert is part of Christchurch Writers' Festival 2008.

Mr SJ Donnelly (SJD) has been working on his next album with the assistance of James Duncan; and James is also working on his own long-awaited full-length opus. The Naked And Famous will be sneaking a peak outside of Auks with their Peephsow tour and are also contributing to the Round Trip Mars studio frenzy, preparing for the follow up EP to ‘This Machine’; and the video for Serenade was Record Of The Week on C4.

After playing very few gigs over the past year Voom are hitting the road for the Slopes of Love Tour, joined on the bill by the enigmatic Runaround Soundsystem DJs, with the Friendly Barnicle in Wellington and the Demi Whores in Auckland. Voom’s line up features founding member Buzz Moller, with Murray Fisher and Mike Beehre (both formerly from Goodshirt) and Nick Buckton (previously from Polaar and now fronting his own project, Side Kick Nick). And watch out for new Voom music on your airwaves soon! Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand in association with CHART (The Christchurch Music Industry Trust) are presenting ‘A Toast to Freedom ‘ at Al’s Bar in Dundas Street on August 1, featuring Tiger Tones along with fellow Christchurch bands The Undercurrents, The Dialtones, Jimmy Zoom and the Beytown Grifters and from Dunedin, Onanon. The concert caps off Amnesty International’s Freedom Week.

Since their last appearance at Souhern Amp 2007, Tainted’s 2008 shows kicked off in April including a brief tour with Subtract as well as playing at Auckland's 'Mammoth Metalfest'. July sees them in Christchurch, Invercargill and Dunedin; catch a taste of their new material plus favourites from ‘The Awakening’.

Monkey Records is all about the touring over the next few months. Renee-Louise Carafice returns to NZ from her adopted hometown of Chicago for a 15-date tour of intimate venues around New Zealand with support from Tim Guy to promote her debut album 'Tells You to Fight'. The album was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary analogue recording studio 'Electrical Audio' in Chicago, engineered by Nick Abbott (engineer of Crowded House, Goldenhorse, Pluto) and produced by Ben King (Goldenhorse). 11-piece afro soul band The Hot Grits set off on a 13-date national winter tour in August warming up venues around the country to promote their album 'It's Too Drunk to be This Early'. The video for their second single ‘Headlights' has been banned by TVNZ for showing inappropriate behaviour with milk. Gypsy Fever 4 is on at the Kings Arms on August 2 with the Benka Boradosky Bordello Band, The Jews Brothers, Club Manouche and DJs Balkanetic and Rasa in what promises to be a wild night of pseudo-Cossack dancing and copious vodka consumption (and that's just on stage). The Benka Band and DJ Balkanetic are reprising their successful summer tour and taking the Gypsy Fever circus on the road in September. Monkey Records has received Outward Sound funding to attend Popkomm in Berlin in September and label manager Nigel Braddock will be heading over to scope out distribution and licensing deals for artists on his label.

Spanning the far reaches of both islands, and bypassing the major centres, P-Money, David Dallas and PNC have just wrapped up their ‘2 Rappers and a DJ’ regional tour. Opshop have just completed their massive 18-date ‘Big Energy In A Can’ tour which featured a Telecom Drop Zone at each venue for canned food donations which will be given to the Salvation Army. Their friend Luke Thompson joined them on the road. Hawkes Bay is to hold a new Maori festival which expects to attract 25,000 visitors: the Takitimu Festival, in November will include the National Maori Music Awards and will feature Ardijah along with Bic Runga, Brooke Fraser and Spacifix. The festival, which honours the waka Takitimu, is being organised by the Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Authority.

The Nomad is currently on a 9-date tour to promote his new album ‘Selected Works’, a collection of his favourite originals, new tracks and remixes featuring collaborations with MCs and musicians from both here and abroad, including Rockers Hi-Fi's Farda P, Luciano, The Mad Professor, King Kapisi, Lisa Tomlins, Antsman, Barnaby Weir and Oakley Grenell. The Nomad has been a leading light of New Zealand electronica since releasing his first original album ‘Movement ‘in 1998; he has since produced another four studio albums and an EP, with his sixth studio album in the pipeline. Young Sid and Ethical are travelling across the main cities of New Zealand as part of the Unkut Tour 08, joined by Urbanology and Auckland club DJ Substance, with host emcee Cyphanetik and local support from the likes of Red Eye Society, Flowz and Grymeworks as they play eight shows throughout the month. Young Sid's debut album ‘The Truth’ video releases have been viewed on YouTube over 300,000 times, and on tour Ethical will be performing songs off his recently released ‘Age’s Turn’ album.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Steve Abel and the Chrysalids ‘Flax Happy’, Taisha and Malcolm Smith (Aonua) ‘Aonua’, Renee-Louise Carafice ‘Tells You to Fight’, Jess Chambers ‘And the Firefly Orchestra’, Jim Christy ‘God’s Little Angle’, Darcy Clay ‘Jesus I Was Evil’, The Clean ‘Mashed’, Coco Solid ‘The Radical Bad Attack’, Anna Coddington ‘The Lake’, Concord Dawn mix CD, DeSotos ‘Cross Your Heart’, Dub Asylum ‘Ba Ba Boom’, James Duncan album, Ethical ‘Age’s Turn’, Fat Freddy’s Drop album, Flowz ‘In The Heart of The City’, Paddy Free and Richard Nunns ‘Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua’, Flip Grater ‘Be All and End All’, Hayley J Hansell ‘Space in Time’ EP, The Hot Grits ‘It’s Too Drunk To Be This Late’, Jefferson Belt / Unitone Hifi ‘Gold Dust / Up To Eleven’ split 7”, Fereti Kurene ‘Gospel Music of Samoa’, Little Pictures ‘Owl + Owl’, Kolab ‘What Comes Next’, Chris Knox & The Nothing ‘A Warm Gun’, Andy Lovegrove ‘Just A Man’, Danny McCrum and Ben Jurisich ‘These Dirty Days’ EP, The Midnights ‘Keep Calling’, Misfits of Science Bang! (single) and Can’t Leave You Alone (single), Moana & The Tribe ‘Wha’, Mr Sicc Presents J-Dubb ‘Old School Machete Funk’, The Naked And Famous EP, The Nomad ‘Selected Works’, NZTrio ‘Bright Tide Moving Between’, The Ogen Trio ‘Ahi’, The Potheads ‘No Myths, Just Legends’, Recliner single, Rhombus Hawera single and Babylon Retreat single, Briar Ross ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, Ruia ‘12:24’, Liam Ryan ’Mississippi to Mauao’, Savage Swing Remix ft Soulja Boy, Jane Siene LoveDeathSexRoad’, SJD album, Sleepy Kid (Johnny Barker) ­‘Lullabies For Macy Rose’, Sola Rosa album, Strangers ‘The Weight’, Sweet & Irie Mama, Don't Cry single, Tainted album, Thought Creature ‘Teleport Palace’, Tiger Tones ‘Tiger Tones’, Ariana Tikao ‘Tuia’, Billy TK Junior ‘Presents’, Tono ‘Love and Economics’ EP, Various ‘Bulletholes 3’, Various ‘The Disruptiv Mixtape Vol 5’, Various ‘Monkey Magic 2 CD/DVD’, Various ‘Music 4 Mauis’, Various ‘Te Riu Papara’, Leon Wharekura ‘It’s A Love Thing’, Windy City Strugglers ‘Shine On’, Neil Worboys and the Real Time Liners ‘Some Day Soon’.


Amnesty International and CHART present: A Toast to Freedom at Al's Bar: AUGUST: 1 with Tiger Tones, The Undercurrents, The Dialtones, Jimmy Zoom and the Beytown Grifters, Onanon

Badtown: AUGUST: Dunedin 14th Refuel, Wanaka 15th The Local, Queenstown 16th Revolver, Auckland 23rd Kings Arms, Wellington 28th Valve Bar, New Plymouth 29th The Basement, Ohakune 30th Hot Lava

Johnny Barker & Reb Fountain: JULY: 31st Raglan Arts Centre; AUGUST: 1st Hamilton Flow, 2nd Tauranga The Orange Zephyr, 7th Dunedin Circadian Rhythm, 8th Invercargill Gluepot, 9th Gore Old Post Café, 10th Wanaka Venue TBA

Renee-Louise Carafice 'Tells You To Fight' Album Release Tour with Tim Guy: AUGUST: 1 La Commune, Hamilton, 2 Ceramic, Wanganui, 6 Harbour Light, Lyttleton, 7 Penguin Club, Oamaru, 8 Circadian Rhythm, Dunedin, 9 Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, 10 Dux De Lux, Queenstown, 13 Crooked Mile Theatre, Hokitika, 15 Yaza, Nelson, 16 Le Café, Picton, 20 Mighty Mighty, Wellington, 21 Brooke Ale House, New Plymouth, 22 Nectar, Thames, 23 The Venue, Wharepuke, Kerkeri

Catalyst 7 CD/Book Launch: SEPTEMBER: 6 Al's Bar, 31 Dundas St, Christchurch – with musicians Demarnia Lloyd, John White, Le Mot Cafe, Andy Gibson, Tono, Jody Lloyd and Lindon Puffin. The Concert will be part of Christchurch Writers' Festival 2008 and feature all of the musicians and poets involved.

Anna Coddington: JULY: 31st Omaka Maka Marae Hall; AUGUST: Wellington 1st Bar Bodega, Palmerston North 2nd Bar Mode, Tauranga 6th Colosseum, Hamilton 7th Meteor, Auckland 8th Masonic, Auckland 9th Transmission Room

Concord Dawn: Twilight: A Gig And A Mix Cd, A Mix Cd And A Gig: AUGUST: 1st Detroit Bar, Palmerston North, 2nd Soho, Gisborne, 8th Bahama Hut, Hamilton, 9th Basement, New Plymouth, 12th Shooters, Wanaka, 13th and 14th Subculture, Queenstown, 15th Backstage, Dunedin, 16th The Civic, Christchurch, 21st Phat Club, Nelson, 22nd San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington, 23rd Zen, Auckland, 28th Cabana, Napier, 29th Coloseum, Tauranga, 30th Kings, Ohakune

DeSotos: AUGUST: 14 Auckland Broadway Bar 7 Café, 21 Wellington The Bristol Hotel Blues Club, 22 Martinborough The Circus Bar, 23 Taupo August 23.

Flip Grater 'Be All And End All' Tour Dates with support from Tim Chesney: AUGUST: 1 Dunedin Circadian Rhythm, 2 Wanaka Paradiso, 8 Wellington Happy, 9 Leigh Sawmill Café, 15 Auckland Whammy Bar, 16 Greytown Cuckoo

Gypsy Fever 4! with The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band, The Jews Brothers, Club Manouche and DJs Balkanetic and Rasa: AUGUST: 2nd Kings Arms

Gypsy Fever Tour w/ The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band and DJ Balkanetic: AUGUST: 30 Brook Alehouse, New Plymouth; SEPTEMBER 3 Le Cafe, Picton, 4 Phat Club, Nelson, 5 The Harbour Light, Lyttleton, 6 Penguin Club, Oamaru, 8 Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka, 9 Revolver, Queenstown, 10 Backstage, Dunedin, 11 Blue Pub, Methven, 13 Mighty Mighty, Wellington

The Hot Grits Winter Tour w/ DJs Uncle Barnie and Balkanetic: AUGUST: 15 Bodega, Wellington, 16 Old Church, Hawkes Bay, 17 Schnapps, National Park, 18 Le Café, Picton, 20 Penguin Club, Oamaru, 21 Blue Pub, Methven, 22 Sammy's, Dunedin, 23 Revolver, Queenstown, 24 Red Rock, Wanaka, 27 Als Bar, Christchurch, 28 Phat Club, Nelson, 30 Scallop Festival, Whitanga; SEPTEMBER 6 Galatos, Auckland w/ Dam Native

The Naked and Famous: JULY: 31st Auckland Shadows Bar with Surf City; the PEEPSHOW TOUR: AUGUST: 1st Auckland Ellen Melville Hall with Bionic Pixie & People People, 8th Dunedin Refuel with Bionic Pixie & Stefanimal, 9th Christchurch Dux de Lux with Bionic Pixie

The Nomad: AUGUST: 15 Waiheke Island Sand Bar, 16 Auckland Rakinos

Opensouls vs ElemenoP: Red Bull Soundclash: Auckland 15th The Powerstation

Voom - The Slopes of Love Tour with The Runaround Soundsystem and special guests: JULY: Wellington 31 Mighty Mighty w/ The Friendly Barnicle 9pm; AUGUST: Ohakune 1 Kings Court Lodge 9pm, Auckland 2 The Basement w/ The Demi Whores 9pm, Queenstown 7 Revolver 9pm, Wanaka 8 The Local 9pm, Methven 9 The Blue Pub 9pm

Leon Wharekura: AUGUST: all at Sky City Auckland: 6th, 14th, 21st with Urshula Boon, 22nd, 23rd with Urshula Boon, 30th

Young Sid & Ethical - The Unkut Tour 08: AUGUST: 1st New Plymouth 55 (w/ Fact), 2nd Nelson Phat Club

Thanks to www.indies.co.nz for this story.

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