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Music News - IMNZ: It's Ladi6's Time to Top the Chart

IMNZ: It's Ladi6's Time to Top the Chart

14 December 2008 - 0 Comments

IMNZ Independent Album Chart October 2008

You can view the latest IMNZ Album Chart on our charts page: http://www.muzic.net.nz/charts/c49648/imnz-independent-album-chart-01-nov-2008.html

December News

We have brilliant news from Savage; after picking up the Tui for International Achievement at this year's New Zealand Music Awards, he’s hit Platinum for digital/mobile single sales in the US for Swing, having done 1.1 million (so far); this has now surpassed US-released singles by Crowded House and OMC. The song also made it onto the US compilation ‘Now 29’; the CD is always a platinum seller and also features Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Kardinal Offishal, Akon, T.I., Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Kanye West and more. Savage’s new single Wild Out (Chooohooo) has been added to 5 influential US radio stations around the country, and he’s in LA filming a video for the song with platinum Latin rapper Baby Bash and Bay Area-based Samoan rapper Angel Dust (Da Stooie Bros); video director is NZ's own Chris Graham (Sione's Wedding, Scribe) and features guest appearances from US-based Polynesian record labels and artists. Savage also welcomed crunk pioneer Lil' Jon to the Universal Republic family a few weeks back during a private showcase at the office's of the New York based label, and he’s working on some potential remixes with his new label-mate. Back in New Zealand Devolo’s latest single Too Shy last week jumped from #38 on the RIANZ chart all the way to #6. Last month Brotha D was named as one of 12 ‘Heroes of Manukau City’ in a new honour gallery displayed in Westfield Manukau’s Sky-City cinema foyer; Sir Edmund Hillary, David Tua, Mayor Len Brown, Oscar Kightley and Jonah Lomu also feature among the immortalised legends.

Don McGlashan joins Neil Finn and fellow luminaries including Johnny Marr, Lisa Germano, Sebastian Steinberg, members of Radiohead and Wilco to expand the Seven Worlds Collide concept which first ran so successfully in 2001. They’ll create a studio album of new material and the results of this will be performed at three shows only at Auckland’s Powerstation from January 5 to 7. McGlashan has also  composed the soundtrack for new NZ film ‘Show Of Hands’ (out on Arch Hill), which stars Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Two and a Half Men), Craig Hall (Outrageous Fortune) and Stephen Lovatt (Neighbours). On the album McGlashan performs with his band The Seven Sisters, plus guests including Anika Moa, Reb Fountain, Voom, James Ioelu and Sean Donnelly. Our friends at Spacific.net in the UK have informed us that Don McGlashan, Adi Dick and Flip Grater will all be performing shows in London in December or January. Adi and Flip’s show is December 13 at the Spice of Life, and Don’s is January 22 at the Borderline. 

Die! Die! Die! played their fourth (sold out) Homebake Festival in Australia as well as a string of their own sold out shows around Australia; they’re back home for a bit and their next appearance is at a MySpace secret show with An Emerald City. They’ll be touring the UK in February before they start work on their new album. Top UK D ‘n B glossy Knowledge magazine said of State of Mind‘s new track Space Surfer [taken from their forthcoming second album 'Faster than Light' due March 2009], that if it was anything to go by, the new album was "one of the most promising prospects of 2009". Vince Harder, the vocalist on P-Money's # 1 single 'Everything', has his new single out too, Strobelight; you can catch it on the airwaves now. P-Money’s single Everything feat. Vince Harder (Dirty) has just gone platinum; this is DRM NZ’s 3rd single to reach platinum this year purely on digital sales following on from Tiki’s Always on My Mind (Dirty Dub) and Opshop’s One Day (174 East).  In further DRM news, iTunes NZ’s top selling single for 2008 was Tiki’s Always on My Mind (Dirty Dub/DRM NZ); and 3 of the top 10 selling albums at iTunes NZ were from DRM NZ - these were #5 Tiki’s ‘Past Present Future’ (Dirty Dub), #7 Kora ‘Kora’ (Kora Ltd) and #8 The Black Seeds ‘Solid Ground’ (The Black Seeds Ltd).

USA producer Richard Scotti has produced and released a song about the crew from Silverwood Studio entitled Silver Wood (with vocals by Russ Bonagura); he read their online bio and was moved by the story of the death of their 16 year old daughter, their travels across the Australian desert and the building of their studio and rebuilding of their lives. The family are currently in the process of refurbishing their studio (which was struck by floods in the winter) and are incorporating a performance space.

Loop and SurfAid International have joined forces to present ‘SurfAid - The Music’, a mix of conscious music to raise funds for SurfAid International, the surfing world’s leading charitable organisation. The musicians and their songs were carefully selected to reflect the situation in Nias and the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra, Indonesia, and send SurfAid’s message to a wider audience. Musicians featured on ‘SurfAid - The Music’ include Michael Franti, John Butler, The Black Seeds, Thievery Corporation, Liam Finn, TrinityRoots, Kelley James, Bob Marley, Crowded House with Eddie Vedder, and more, with all artists donating their songs to help support SurfAid International’s mission. 100% of the net profits from the sales of ‘SurfAid - The Music’ go directly to SurfAid International’s Community Based Health Programs and their Watsan (water and sanitation) programs.

Ladi6’s debut album “Time Is Not Much” entered the national charts at number 4 and she has just completed her successful national album release tour.  Throughout September she toured Europe and the UK and has just played a number of shows in Australia. This month Shapeshifter are releasing a deluxe edition of their album ‘Soulstice’ in Europe and the UK featuring bonus tracks of remixes by top UK producers such as The Nextmen and D-Bridge. Jim Christy's album 'Gods Little Angle' reached no. 7 in the album charts of Canada's CFBX 92.5 FM. Tono and the Finance Company have discovered the link between Love and Economics in their first ever music video - with the help of NZ on Air, Tono and the boys managed to inject enough money into the Dunedin economy to employ a bunch of talented locals and keep them eating as the global financial crisis hits the real economy. To celebrate the release, Tono and the Finance Company head away on an efficient little tour of New Zealand

Geoff Sewell (founding member of Amici Forever), who celebrated 6 weeks in the NZ Music Chart’s Top 5 earlier this year with his solo album ‘Believe’, has released a special double album for Christmas, featuring ‘Believe’ plus a bonus album of his Incognito Artists - opera stars from London, New York and Europe. Geoff and Incognito Artists have entertained a who's who of stars including Sir Elton John, Sir Richard Branson, David and Victoria Beckham, Nelson Mandela, the Queen and Princes Charles, William and Harry, Sir Cliff Richard and many other household names; this February for the first time Geoff will bring his world class line-up to New Zealand audiences.

Opshop will join Shihad and leading rally drivers Chris West and Haydon Paddon for the inaugural Rock n Rally next March 21, which features celebrity rally race-offs and a rock concert, with all proceeds going to Camp Quality, a charity for children living with cancer. Opshop were also amongst the performers at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre charity auction; over $150,000 was raised at the annual event. (One item up for grabs included Chris Knox's interpretation of the Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ cover, which fetched $12,500). To further help the Centre, Opshop are teaming up with Anika Moa to record a version of Dave Bobbyn’s Beside You, which was voted for by More FM listeners from a list of Kiwi classics.  Anika Moa and Opshop also form part of the bill - with Dave Dobbyn - for the More FM Winery Tour which kicks off at Ascension Wine Estate on Feb 6 and concludes on Sunday 1 March at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown. On behalf of the TraNZ Tasman rowing team, on November 29th P-Money helped to raise money for the Bridge to Bridge rowing challenge: three men in a 30ft ocean rowing boat, rowing from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Auckland Harbour Bridge – a New Zealand first! The challenge itself will take place in March 2009; the 2,200km journey should take around a month.

Volume 1 of a series devoted to legendary NZ pianist Richard Farrell (1926 - 1958) is now available through Ode/Atoll. He performed at Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall (with Sir Thomas Beecham and his Royal Philharmonic) and the Royal Festival Hall and received high acclaim from the likes of the London Times, the London Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune. He also toured Australia and appeared at a Royal Concert in New Zealand before the young Queen Elizabeth, before his untimely death in a motoring accident in 1958. Violinist Fiona Pears’ fourth album ‘Fire and Light’ features her talented Kiwi band plus the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Pears has opened for artists such as Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and the late Victor Borge and she’s recorded for many New Zealand artists including Hayley Westernra and Bic Runga. She has played at London’s Shepherd’s Bush, performed her pieces with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and joined Heather Nova on a European tour, performing her own pieces as well as filling the role of lead guitarist on the violin! Ode is also releasing her third album ‘Memories of Home’, produced by the UK‘s Ian Tilley who is known for his work with the likes of Aled Jones, Hayley Westenra and Libera

French/Kiwi collective The Mamaku Project first performed together in France in 2004, which led them through India to NZ and to the release of their debut album ‘Karekare in 2007. They now present their second (bilingual) album, ‘Mal de Terre’ (trans. – “disquiet earth”). Some of the band’s live highlights include playing WOMAD NZ, AK07, Splore, Jambalaya, Christchurch, Taranaki, Tauranga, Bay Of Islands and Nelson Arts Festivals, Garden Of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Imst Art Club Festival (Austria) and Popkomm Berlin. Carolina Moon studied with leading international musicians John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Jean Toussaint and Ian Carr at the Guildhall School of Music in London; as a soloist with the award-winning Guildhall Big Band she toured Scotland and London and performed at venues such as the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall and Bass Clef. Moving to Australia, she met her partner, New Zealand saxophonist Roger Manins, who she collaborates with on her third solo album ‘East of the Sun’, which features in its mix fresh takes on classic love songs and French chanson. Marie Haslemore is a leading light of the NZ country scene - now residing in Australia, Marie always has a full agenda of bookings. Ode has secured Marie’s catalogue for distribution and is presenting her 4 most recent releases.

Several of the IMNZ whanau were awarded at the 2008 Waiata Maori Music Awards which were presented on November 12 at the Hawkes Bay Opera House; congratulations to Carol Storey, Ruia Aperahama, Young Sid, Taisha, Tiki Taane and Moana Maniapoto who were all honoured on the night. Nominations are now open for the 2009 awards, covering recordings released in New Zealand from July 2008 to June 2009. ‘Whirimako Black Sings’ is among the finalists for the Jazz Album of the Year for 2008 alongside the Rodger Fox Big Band’s 'No Exit' and Norman Meehan's 'Modigliani'. The Tui winner will be announced at the Wellington Jazz Festival in March 2009, and will also be acknowledged at the 2009 Vodafone NZ Music Awards. The Hot Grits video for Headlights made by the Downlow Concept was the overall winner at the 2008 Handle the Jandal awards; it was ironically banned from TVNZ. Other IMNZ winners were Flip Grater’s Ring Around The Rosie (Logan McMillan), and The Ruby Suns’ Tane Mahuta (Marco Vidaurre).

Monkey Records artists have a busy start to 2009 with An Emerald City appearing at Rhythm and Vines, Canaan Downs and Big Day Out, The Hot Grits playing Highlife in Matakana on NYE, Prana, Festival of Lights, Parihaka and the Picton Maritime Festival and the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band on another Gypsy Fever tour around the country in January with DJ Balkanetic. Following his trip to Popkomm in Berlin in October, Monkey label boss Nigel Braddock has licensed five tracks to a German compilation, signed a deal with a synch agent for the UK and USA and is close to signing several other promising deals in Europe. Monkey intends to base itself in Berlin for several months next year along with An Emerald City and the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band and plans are afoot for Tim Guy and Káren Hunter to tour there as well. Renee-Louise Carafice has been awarded the Alternatui for Best Album of the Year for her debut, 'Tells You to Fight'.

Outward Sound have announced the fourth round of grant recipients for 2008. A Phase Two grant was awarded to Collapsing Cities for the UK; Phase One grants were awarded to Kora (for Europe), to Luger Boa (for Australia); to Batucada Sound Machine (for UK, Europe and Australia); to Agent Alvin (for the UK and Europe); to Kylie Harris (for the US); to The Rabble (for Australia); King Exports (to attend Midem); and to Don McGlashan (for the UK, Europe and Canada.) The latest round of NZ On Air funding has been announced; from the IMNZ family, New Recording grants (which contribute to the making of a radio single and video) going to Iva Lamkum and Miriam Clancy, Radio Hits funding (for songs which have had significant airplay) goes to aka Brown, Delani and th’ Dukes, and Music Video funding to Cobra Khan, House of Shem, Luke Buda, Motocade, State of Mind, Nathan King, Reb Fountain, Samuel Flynn Scott, Savage, the Brunettes and the Datsuns

New Zealand’s most likely candidate to be the real Santa Claus – Keith Pendergrast from the Pirongia Mountain Men – once again convincingly played his part as Father Christmas for the Mt Pirongia Lions in their Christmas celebration for children living with cancer - he helicoptered in to Pirongia School on Sunday, distributing lollies from 40,000 feet and just about breaking the sound barrier. You can catch him and his band performing at the Christmas Day Lunch cruise on the Waipa Delta; and if you’re looking for a musical stocking filler with a difference, make sure you check out his Christmas samplers: ‘Santa Rode a Harley’, ‘I Caught Santa in My Fridge’, ‘The Lazy Elf’, and the ‘Claus Brothers Mix’.

Labretta Suede and The Motel 6’s second release, the ‘LOON-A-TIKI’ EP, follows up their internationally successful debut album 'Not Food Hungry' and brings you a slice of NZ history. The band cover 6 of their favourite New Zealand songs, with some dating back as far as the late 50's; the EP includes songs by Shaft, The Scavengers and more. Del Ray is the first single from Sola Rosa’s forthcoming album ‘Get It Together’ which is due for release in February ‘09. An instrumental, Del Ray features Mariachi horns rubbing shoulders with spacey sci-fi and a loping beat like some Martian Morricone.

Hollie Smith has put her soulful imprint onto a New Zealand classic, recording a version of Herbs' 1987 hit Sensitive to a Smile; and Hollie's arrangement includes the Mt Roskill Primary School Choir. Smith’s Sensitive to a Smile is available now as a single, and is featured on ‘Light of the Pacific - The Very Best of Herbs’, which was released in November; Hollie is on tour in January. Nick Granville is a highly respected session musician who has broken out as a jazz bandleader on his debut album of originals, Wishful Thinking’. Professionally Granville has played on Dancing with the Stars, with Chris De Burgh at Mission Estate and with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, among many roles; he has also featured on many soundtracks/TV themes including ‘Fair Go’, and he currently teaches jazz guitar at the New Zealand School of Music.

Established in 2001, The Graduate Choir has been described as "a national treasure" by award-winning educator and Fulbright Scholar Dr Stuart Middleton. Directed by Terence Maskell (BA DipMus DipTchg) since its inception, ‘A Sound Came From Heaven’ is the debut album from the mixed-voice choir known for the warmth and breadth of its sound, and the album features classics such as Good King Wenceslas, O Come All Ye Faithful, and O Little Town of Bethlehem, along with the first available version anywhere of kiwi iconic track Te Harinui; there are no other known recordings available on the market of this work written by legendary New Zealand songwriter Willow Macky who passed away in December 2006.

MFT Records presents Tainted's end of tour party at Al’s Bar on Friday December 12th, with Human, Dissolution and Incarna; this is Tainted’s final show for 2008 in Christchurch. On December 13 Antagonist and others are appearing alongside the Bleeders at the Bleeders’ final New Zealand show for at least a year before they relocate to Canada. The show will be an All Ages extravaganza at West Auckland’s new Zeal venue.

Soak up eleven hours of fine Aotearoa sounds this summer at the 2009 Bush Party (formerly known as Music Mountain Matakana). Starring The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub, Little Bushman, dDub, Batucada Sound Machine, Tahuna Breaks and the Sunshine Sound System, last year’s event sold out quickly so you may not want to be slow on this one. And dDub are in demand this summer on the festival circuit; you can also catch them not only at the Bush party but also in Queenstown for New Year, plus the Auckland Seafood Festival and the Taranaki Wine and Food Festival among many other shows.

Wellington's Over the Atlantic are back in NZ to release their second album 'Dimensions'. In 2006 they were signed to the prestigious USA Carpark/PawTracks family of labels on the strength of their first album ‘Junica’, before they'd even played a single show. Labelmates include Beach House, Dan Deacon, Animal Collective and Ariel Pink. Over the Atlantic are songwriter Nik Brinkman (Psychic Powers, who’ve just been signed to US label Geographic North) and producer Bevan Smith (Signer/Aspen/Skallander). Wellington rock act Kabanaz have just released their first video single; they’re signed with Eclipse Music.

NME may have taken Collapsing Cities to their hearts but there is nothing like the warmth of a mother’s bosom for these young lads – they’ve returned home for Christmas, and have a homecoming gig at the Kings Arms on 12 December, (with the Naked & Famous and Body Corporate); they’re also supporting the Arctic Monkeys on their NZ Big Day Out side show along with legendary ex-pat DJ Zane Lowe. In their six months away they’ve chalked up almost 50 shows including festival appearances at Reading, Leeds, the Great Escape and Lovebox Weekender and they’ve played UK tours with Black Kids, Late of the Pier and Metronomy. Their debut UK single, Fear Of Opening My Mouth, was released on hip London label Way Out West, home to Late of the Pier and Cajun Dance Party; the 7” sold out and was played on radio by the likes of Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stevens and XFM. NME profiled the band as one of their “10 Hopes of the Near Future”; and the boys return to the UK in February for the release of their next single Seriously, which has been remixed by Ed Buller of the Psychedelic Furs.

In the latest metamorphosis of Pacific Curls, on ‘Pacific Celta’ Kim Halliday and Ora Barlow have been joined by Scottish fiddle player Sarah Beattie to explore the correlation between Celtic and Pacific music. Beginning in October 2004, the Curls have recorded three albums, including a collaboration with Planet Woman, who are a 5 piece fusion band of Pacific and Celtic musicians. Pacific Curls have also travelled worldwide, touring Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. R n’ B act Jamoa Jam have built a reputation on their multi-cultural sound - finalists in the TVNZ talent promoting programme Showcase, they have released four albums and travelled the world extensively and gained a reputation as being one of New Zealand’s best R’n’B groups.

Darcy Perry started out as bass player for Manawatu bluesman Tura 'Bullfrog' Rata; since then his Darcy Perry Band have entered the national charts in 2006 with their 3rd album ‘Heavy Rain’ and have shared the stage with local legends (Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble, Hollie Smith, Pluto, Little Bushman, The Checks, Golden Horse, the Hot Grits) and international artists (Buddy Guy, KT Tunstall, Keb Mo, Wilco, Ian Brown, Newton Faulkner, Fiona Boyes, Xavier Rudd, Sugarland, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, The Holmes Brothers, Watermelon Slim, Chris Cain, Lightning Red, Doc Span). After playing at the inaugural Bluesfest NZ in Whitianga the band road-tested 24 new songs, resulting in their new album ‘Phoenix’, which is available as a free download from Amplifier.co.nz until December 14.  

‘Aotearoa Earth and Sky’ brings together on DVD a selection of ancient Maori stories about the creation of New Zealand, married with exquisite imagery of the New Zealand landscape. Maori traditions are brought to life by storyteller Joe Harawira and Maori music by nga puoro (traditional instrument) authority Richard Nunns (Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider). This DVD will be available around the world in PAL and NTSC formats.  After touring with Midge Marsden and Hammond Gamble, Liam Ryan has relocated his studio to Nelson for the summer to mix his new album ‘Pacific Riviera’, the sequel to 2007’s ‘M2M: Mississippi To Mauao’; it features a collaboration with Australian/NZ jazz  guitarist Aaron Saxon and Steve Garden on drums. Whilst many folk are on holiday or on tour, the Danny Mccrum Band are recording their second album, which is to be produced by Jol Mulholland (Gasoline Cowboy, the Mots, the Nothing).

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are heading out on a Lazy Summer tour to celebrate the release of their ‘Little Bit Wonderful’ EP, starting at the Neudorf Vineyard in Upper Moutere and ending the night before the Big Day Out in Auckland City, and in between visiting Gisborne and Leigh. The Orchestra was formed in 2005 by Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, The Woolshed Sessions) and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords); other members include Stephen Jessup (Windy City Strugglers), Daniel Yeabsley (Twinset) and Sam Auger (The Lonesome Cowboy). The new EP includes Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, The Israelites, Goodshirt’s hit single Sophie, and for Christmas Feliz Navidad, as well as Walk In The Park, an original composition featuring a guest whistle solo by Amanda Billing, known to the wider public as Shortland Street’s Dr Sarah Potts.

The full line up for Sounday 2009 has been announced - Fat Freddy's Drop, Nathan Haines, Cut Off Your Hands, DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo, The Klap, DJ Insomniac, Turth and A Hori Buzz will all entertain in North Hagley Park Christchurch on January 24. Artists with careers spanning 25 years performed at the invitation-only event Homemade Jam at Vector arena on December 11. The line up included from the IMNZ crew: Nesian Mystik, OpShop and Nathan King alongside Dave Dobbyn, Elemeno P, When the Cat's Away, Hello Sailor, The Feelers, Jordon Luck, Atlas, Anika Moa, Rikki Morris and Supergroove; and Nathan King’s former band Zed reunited for a one-off performance. Homemade Jam was being hosted by YellowTM as a thank you to key customers and partners. Final artists announced for the Big Day Out from the IMNZ family include The Tutts, Autozamm, An Emerald City, State of Mind and Kolab.

The live DVD/CD from Rapture Ruckus, ‘Live at World’s End’, was released this week and it features his show from Mainstage Parachute ‘08, plus an exclusive, in-depth doco-style look at the man behind the Ruckus. The 11-track live CD includes new singles No Matter What and One and the bonus DVD includes two of his music videos. Kora, Unity Pacific and Three Houses Down feature on ‘Raggamuffin 2’, which contains tracks from all of the artists who are playing Raggamuffin ’09 on February 7; the internationals this year are Ziggy Marley, Eddy Grant, Ali Campbell, Shaggy, Arrested Development and Inner Circle.

In news in from A Low Hum, Disasteradio play in London on December 13 and then have a free homecoming show in Wellington on Dec 18th at Good Luck. You can also catch Over the Atlantic playing at Good Luck on December 11th; this is their last Welly show for a wee while. The Enright House have been invited to play at SXSW '09, and will also do a really decent looking US tour. Camp A Low Hum is all set to go from February 6 – 8 just out of Wainuiomata. As is traditional, the bands won’t be announced beforehand: organiser Blink believes the vibe of the Camp is just as important as who is playing, and that Camp is as much for the bands as it is for the people going. This will be the third and last Camp in its current format.

In the lead-up to releasing their 7th studio album ‘The Guilty Office’, the Bats have amassed plenty of fans at home and offshore, notably in US, touring there 4 times between ‘86 and ’93, and taking to the road with Belly and Radiohead. They also scored glowing reviews from Billboard, Single of the Week in the NME, high placings on the CMJ charts, use of their songs in movies and on MTV, and currently, their track North By North is the theme song to popular Australian satire The Hollowmen. Their last album ‘The Bats At The National Grid’ had a global release and received excellent reviews including from Spin, Magnet Magazine, All Music Guide and College Music Journal, and playlisting on nearly 200 CMJ radio stations. In 2006 they returned to the US for a 15-date tour including a sold out show at SXSW.

Ode is re-releasing Sara-Jane’s Christmas favourite, ‘Merry Christmas’. Loved throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, Sara-Jane has toured the US, Australia, Samoa and Tahiti; her debut album was nominated for Best Solo Artist at the Juice Music Video Awards (2004) and she won the award for Best Pacific Female Artist at the inaugural Pacific Music Awards (2005). ‘Merry Christmas’ features Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Silent Night and Hark the Herald Angel. Universal Childrens’ Audio (UCA) have 3 new titles out through Ode if you are looking for something musical for the very young for Christmas: ‘Dots – Music for Bouncy Babies’, ‘Jigglers – Music for Busy Toddlers’, and ‘The Three Bears’ Favourite Stories’ which includes Goldilocks & the Three Bears, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread Man.

Ode presents two new recordings from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: the first is ‘The Southgate Archive’, honouring conductor Sir William Southgate who has been musical director with the CSO since 1974; the 2CD set features famous orchestral works from Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms and Prokofiev. ‘Christmas In Christchurch’ features Christmas favourites from the CSO including While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, Little Donkey, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; these tunes will be well known to concert-goers. Charmaine Ford is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished contemporary jazz pianists; she picked up the Best Jazz Album award at the 2007 New Zealand Music Awards, and ‘After the Last Dance’ is the second album from the Charmaine Ford Trio following on from ‘Live at Sandwiches’. The trio also features experienced rhythm section Nick Tipping and Richard Wise; the tracks were recorded live in August and September this year.

Rhombus have announced that, regretfully, they’ve had to cancel their re-scheduled Auckland show date of 12th Dec 2008 (the original date was December 5); the band was looking forward to playing in Auckland for the first time this year. New dates are in the mix for early 2009. Goldenhorse will perform an intimate theatre show in the unlikely location of Harrington Hall in Pukekohe on Friday, December 12; Nathan King and band will be making the trip south from Auckland also to support. This show is the second for My New Favourite, which has been set up to bring entertainment to the Franklin region - Greg Johnson kicked things off in October with a sold-out show at the same venue. As with Greg's night, this evening will include members of Goldenhorse being interviewed on stage and taking questions from the audience.

Each summer since 2004 Auckland Zoo has run ZooMusic, a series of family friendly concerts which aim to raise awareness and money for key conservation projects. ZooMusic 2009 gets underway in early February and features performances from SJD, Don McGlashan, Nathan Haines, Hollie Smith, The Mint Chicks and Pluto. Each concert supports a particular project; this year the artists are raising money for the Turtle Conservation Centre, the Kea Conservation Trust and Amphibian Ark International Year of the Frog, Cheetah Outreach, and the Wildlife Protection Units of Sumatra. If you’ve yet to sort your New Year’s Eve plans, you might like to take a little Island Time and check out the Nomad and friends. Island Time ‘09 will be held at Waiheke Island’s Sandbar, overlooking the sunset on Oneroa Beach. It’s limited to 400 people, and features Sydney dub outfit The Versionaries, The Nomad live with MC Free and Lorenzo on sax, plus DJs YOniSIS (Waiheke), R.I.A. (AKL), Cadence (WLG) and Range (WLG).

Tours

2009 Bush Party: FEBRUARY 2009: The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub, Little Bushman, dDub, Batucada Sound Machine, Tahuna Breaks and the Sunshine Sound System, Music Mountain Matakana

An Emerald City: DECEMBER: 16 MySpace Secret Show, 30th - Rhythm & Vines; JANUARY: 1st Canaan Downs; 3 - Mussel Inn, Takaka; 16th - Big Day Out; FEBRUARY 5th - Cabana Bar, Napier; 13 Flow Bar, Hamilton; 14 Happy, Wellington

Big Day Out: JANUARY 16 2009: with Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds, The Datsuns, Nesian Mystik, Cobra Khan, Ladi 6, The Naked And Famous, P-Money, Cornerstone Roots, The Horsemen Family, Ethical, Brand New Math and George and Queen and more

Brand New Math: JANUARY: 16th The Big Day Out

Cobra Khan: DECEMBER: 16 Auckland Kings Arms, 18 Red Bull Live To Air across all B-Net stations; JANUARY: 16th January, Big Day Out

Concord Dawn: DECEMBER: 20th Coherent Auckland, 27th Gisborne, Rhythm n’ Vines, 31st Wellington

dDub Summer Shows: DECEMBER: 29 Revolver Bar Queenstown, 30 Mint Bar Wanaka, 31 Outdoors NYE Party Queenstown Waterfront; JANUARY: 3 Peakfest Queenstown + Kora, Salmonella Dub + more, 25 Auckland Seafood Fest Auckland Waterfront; FEBRUARY: A.R.E.A. 9 Lake Ohau + Kora, Phoenix Foundation + more, 7 Taranaki Wine and Food Okurukuru, 28 The 2009 Bush Party Matakana     

Die! Die! Die!: DECEMBER: 16th MySpace Secret Show with An Emerald City, 30th Rhythm And Vines, Gisborne

Fur Patrol: DECEMBER: 31st Rhythm And Vines, Gisborne; FEBRUARY: 19th Starry Nights, Wellington; MARCH: 14th Homegrown Festival, Wellington

Geoff Sewell & Incognito Artists Summer Tour: FEBRUARY: Hamilton, 20 Wellington, 21 Napier 23 Dunedin, 24 Christchurch, 26 Palmerston North, 28 Auckland; MARCH: 1 Tauranga

George And Queen: JANUARY: 16th Big Day Out, 24th Harbour Hotel, Raglan W/ Stirrers, Timothy Blackman

Highlife New Year’s Eve Experience: DECEMBER 31: Opensouls, The Hot Grits, Kolab: Matakana Country Farm

Hollie Smith: JANUARY: 24th Coroglen Tavern (Coromandel); FEBRUARY: 5th More Fm Winery Show  with Dave Dobbyn and Anika Moa Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, 8th A.R.E.A 9 Festival Lake Ohau, Twizel, 13th Simply Red, Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, 14th Simply Red Church Road Vineyard Napier, 15th Simply Red Villa Maria Auckland, 21st  Auckland Zoo

House Of Shem: DECEMBER: 20th Coromandel, 28th Tauranga, 29th Rhythm & Vines

Kora: DECEMBER: 19th The Whakatane Hotel Boiler Room – Whakatane, 20th The Whakatane Hotel Boiler Room – Whakatane; FEBRUARY: 7th Raggamuffin Rotorua Stadium – Rotorua

Motocade: DECEMBER: 31st Rhythm And Vines, Gisborne

OG: JANUARY: 10 OG Live Band Parihaka; MARCH 21 OG Live Band I-Nation Festival Whitecliffs

Opensouls, the Hot Grits, Kolab: DECEMBER 31: Highlife New Years Experience: Matakana Country Farm

Opshop and Autozamm: DECEMBER: 18th Auckland The Brownzy, 19th Hamilton Altitude Bar, 20th Wellington The Front Room, 21st Levin The Loaded Hog, 22nd Napier Sideline Bar - Onekawa Hotel, Christmas Eve 08 Christchurch The Civic, 26th Kaikoura War Memorial Hall, 27th Riwaka Riwaka Hotel * with The Feelers and Ewen Gilmour, 29th Lake Hawea Motor Inn With The Feelers and Ewen Gilmour, 30 Mangawhai Tavern, New Years Eve 08 Oakura New Plymouth Butler's Reef; JANUARY: 2nd Coroglen Tavern, 3rd Waihi Beach Hotel

Optimus Gryme: DECEMBER: 13th Grind – Waiheke Island, 19th Fu Bar – Auckland

Parihaka International Peace Festival, Parihaka Pa, JANUARY 9 - 11 2009: Katchafire, Kora, Little Bushman and SJD.

Shapeshifter, Tiki, Pacific Heights, Sunshine Sound System: DECEMBER: 26 Managwhai Tavern, 27 Coroglen Tavern, 28 Waihi Beach Hotel, 29 Brewers Bar Mt. Maunganui, 31 Lake Hawea Motor Inn; JANUARY 2009: 2  Riwaka Hotel, 3 Butlers Reef Hotel, Oakura

Sounday 2009: JANUARY North Hagley Park Christchurch: Fat Freddy's Drop, Nathan Haines, Cut Off Your Hands, DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo, The Klap, DJ Insomniac, Turth, A Hori Buzz.

Tainted: End of tour party: DECEMBER: 12 Al’s Bar with Human, Dissolution and Incarna.

The Bats: DECEMBER: 12 Auckland Cassette Number Nine, 13 Wellington The Adelaide

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band: Gypsy Fever Tour w/ DJ Balkanetic: JANUARY: 12th Festival of Lights, New Plymouth; 14th Le Cafe, Picton; 15th Harbourlight, Picton; 16th Red Rock, Wanaka; 17th Revolver, Queenstown; 18th Cooks Saddle Cafe, Franz Josef; 22nd Mussel Inn, Takaka; 23rd Phat Club, Nelson; 24th Mighty Mighty, Wellington; 25th Aunt Daisy's Boathouse – Porirua

The Datsuns: DECEMBER: 18th Bfm Xmas Party, Shadows Bar, Auckland, 28th Coroglen Tavern W/ Shihad, Deja Voodoo, 31st Rhythm And Vines, Gisborne; JANUARY: 16th Big Day Out Auckland

The Hot Grits: DECEMBER: 31st Highlife, Matakana; JANUARY: 1st Prana; 3rd Star and Garter Coromandel; 9th Festival of Lights, New Plymouth; 11th Parihaka Festival; 16th Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui; 23rd San Francisco Bathhouse w/ Olmecha Supreme; 24th Picton Maritime Festival

The Ruby Suns with The Dodos: JANUARY: 8 Christchurch Al’s Bar, 9 Wellington SFBH, 10 Auckland Kings Arms, 11 Leigh Sawmill Café

The Ruby Suns: JANUARY: 8th Al’s Bar Christchurch, 9th Wellington San Fran Bath House, 10th Auckland January, Kings Arms, 11th Leigh Sawmill

The Shades: DECEMBER: 31st Prana Festival – Coromandel; JANUARY: 11th The Parihaka Peace Festival – Taranaki, 16th Leigh Sawmill

The Tutts: DECEMBER: 13th Zone Bar, Whangarei, 31st Rhythm And Vines, Gisborne; JANUARY: 16th Big Day Out, 24th Massey University, Palmerston North, 21st Cuba St Carnival, Wellington

Tono and the Finance Company: DECEMBER: 18 Christchurch Al's Bar with Jimmy Zoom and the Beytown Grifters and Biff Merchants, 19 Invercargill Saints and Sinners, 20 Port Chalmers Chicks with Biff Merchants.

Unity Pacific, Kora, 3 Houses Down: FEBRUARY 7 2009: Raggamuffin: Rotorua International Stadium

Vodafone Homegrown: MARCH 14 2009: with Kora, Opshop, The Black Seeds, Tiki, Tahuna Breaks, Concord Dawn, Head Like A Hole, State of Mind, Fur Patrol, Dick Johnson, The Coshercot Honeys, Tiger Tones and DJ Reno and more.

Warwick Blair’s ‘Stars’: NOVEMBER and DECEMBER: NZ Film Archive Wellington; FEBRUARY 2009 University of Canterbury; 27 February 2009 to 22 March 2009 Auckland Fringe Festival at Galatos,

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra: DECEMBER: 20 Bodega - Christmas/3rd Birthday/EP Release Gig with MC Griffin Point, and That Bob Dylan Guy from Cuba Mall; "Lazy Summer Tour 2009" Dates: JANUARY 2009: 3 Neudorf Vineyard Upper Moutere, 10 Bushmere Estate Gisborne, 14 Leigh Sawmill Leigh, 15 Cassette Number Nine, Vulcan Lane, Auckland

WOMAD: MARCH 13 – 15: New Plymouth:  Fat Freddy’s Drop, Brendan Power, Shona Laing, Hinemoana Baker, Moana and the Tribe, Little Bushman, Arte Kanela (Australia / Spain), Bedouin Jerry Can Band (Egypt), Dengue Fever (Cambodia / USA),  Dona Rosa (Portugal), Geoffrey Gurrumal (Australia), The Gyuto Monks (Tibet / Australia), Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara Trio (UK), Lo Cor De La Plana (France), Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Mikidache (Mayotte, near Madagasgar / Paris),  The Mobile Sewing Machine (Netherlands), Natacha Atlas (Egypt / UK), Rachel Unthank & The Winterset (UK), Russ Jones – Future World Funk (UK), Sa Dingding (China), Seckou Keita  Quartet (Senegal), Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria), Ska Cubano (Cuba / UK), Speed Caravan (Algeria / France), U Shrinivas (India)

Yulia's Charity Gigs: DECEMBER 15 Cancer Society - Cancer Patients & Staff tribute concert

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


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