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Week To Thursday, 21 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 76 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
2 1 19 Treble And Reverb Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
3 3 21 Light Years Kora /Rhythm/DRM gold x1
4 7 7 II Unknown Mortal Orchestra /Rhythm
5 – 5 Electric Wire Hustle Electric Wire Hustle /Rhythm/DRM
6 – 32 Fly My Pretties IV Fly My Pretties /Border
7 4 47 Home Brew Home Brew /FMG
8 – 9 Left By Soft David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights ArchHill/Rhythm/DRM
9 – 26 Sing Along With The Yoots The Yoots /Rhythm/DRM
10 – 162 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x2
11 13 69 The Horrifying Truth I Am Giant I Am Giant gold x1
12 5 25 Whitiora Maisey Rika /Border/DRM
13 10 6 Girl Songs @Peace /FMG
14 – 39 A Story Fly My Pretties /Border gold x1
15 6 179 Kora Kora /Border/DRM plat x2
16 9 107 On The Road Again: Deluxe Edition Katchafire Katchafire gold x1
17 – 46 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone/Rhythm/DRM plat x1
18 16 48 Tohu Maisey Rika /Border/DRM
19 8 185 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x9
20 12 71 Covers Album 1814 /Ode/DRM
New Zealand crowdfunding site PledgeMe is going from strength to strength, having raised nearly $1 million for creative projects. They were featured on the front page of The Wellingtonian last week: http://i.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/8453318/Small-idea-big-success/ And recently, to demonstrate the power of the crowd, PledgeMe, organised a bunch of supporters, filled their pockets with a $1,000 in small change, and wandered down Queen Street in Auckland City looking for a busker. They came across the Creed family who’d driven up from Hamilton — dad and his four kids, singing their hearts out. By the time they finished their song, shoppers outnumbered the PledgeMe instacrowd and more than $1,400 in loose change buried the Creed family’s modest container. Watch their reactions: http://bit.ly/WQGXV7

There have been some great musical success stories lately. As mentioned elsewhere in thisd newsletter, Tama Waipara has just released MEDICINE MAN, the first single from his forthcoming album FILL UP THE SILENCE due out later this year. He successfully received PledgeMe funding to put toward the mixing and production costs for the album. With influences from all around the Pacific and more than a taste of the NZ spirit, the album was recorded at Brooklyn’s Bunker Studio in Williamsburg, New York, and produced by Aaron Nevezie who worked with The Black Keys on their single, “Tighten Up” from their Grammy Award Winning album, “Brothers”. The album features the likes of Grammy nominated Emily King, collaborations with drummer Dave Mason and has all the raw depth of New Zealand through a gritty Brooklyn filter.

Grammy Award winning producer Tim O’Brien (one of America’s top bluegrass and acoustic songwriters) asked the independent NZ duo Tattletale Saints to head to Nashville and record an album with him and Grammy Award winning engineer David Ferguson. The band (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Cy Winstanley and double bassist/vocalist Vanessa McGowan) recorded their successfully funded album ‘How Red is the Blood’ at the Butcher Shoppe Recording Studio in Nashville. The studio is part owned by acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine and is the birthplace of many of Johnny Cash’s hit records. Now the album is finished and ready to go! Here’s a wee story of them courtesy of Rodney Fisher’s Songs From the Backyard series: http://youtu.be/G5lYpeoiJzQ.
Week To Thursday, 21 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 21 Never Leave Me Again Opshop /DRM gold x1
2 2 3 Tell Her Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
3 – 1 Ikarus Ladi6 /Rhythm/DRM
4 5 8 Be With You Deach feat. Pieter T Empire
5 6 30 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1
6 4 15 Good Love Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
7 9 86 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 8 4 Holiday Massad LTPS
9 3 9 Winner Ria feat. Spawnbreezie M4U/Pure/DRM
10 – 1 Great Man Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG

In association with the NZ Herald we’re running a series of videos featuring the 7 Taite Music Prize finalists; in the first one we talk with @Peace. Here’s the link to the video.

And this week’s featured finalist is Home Brew’s album ‘Home Brew’

Despite what these people might tell you about Home Brew being burdens on society, or advocates for drug dependency, you gotta respect the integrity of their independence and the diligence of their work ethic.

After three years of dedication and benefit fraud, they’ve finally completed a piece of work good enough to move them out of their Mum’s place; a debut double album conceptualized by the balance of life’s extremities. One side, light. The other, dark. A dichotomy of methadone and melancholy. Infinity and finality. It’s a record that looks back at Saturday’s moment of madness through Sunday’s moment of clarity.

The album features the talents of such people as Chip Mathews (Opensouls), Christoph El Truento (Wonderful Noise) and Hollie Smith (Don McGlashan’s friend). Upon release, ‘Home Brew’ topped the IMNZ Album Chart and the NZ Top 40 album chart on release – thefirst local, #1 hip-hop debut album since Scribe’s The Crusader in November 2003. See more…
Week To Sunday, 24 March 2013
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 21 Never Leave Me Again Opshop /DRM gold x1
2 3 11 Be With You Deach feat. Pieter T Empire
3 2 18 Good Love Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
4 5 7 Holiday Massad LTPS
5 9 2 Finest Wine Six60 Massive
6 4 7 Great Man Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
7 6 5 Winner Ria feat. Spawnbreezie M4U/Pure/DRM
8 – 1 Warrior Annabel Fay /Rhythmethod/DRM
9 7 2 Tell Her Sons Of Zion TheMusicAgency/DRM
10 10 30 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1

International and Industry Action
The US-based Music Resource Group (MRG) today announced the nominees of The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) – including The Black Seeds. The nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australasia, Greenland and Europe. The 12th IMA Nominees represent an eclectic mix of established and rising talent including Ben Kweller, Band of Skulls, Bright Eyes, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Omar Sosa, Little Freddie King, Willie Nile, Killer Mike, Sarah Cheng-De Winne, Paper Lions and The Congregation, among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 12th IMA program eligibility period. Nominations also include a number of historic, archival recordings released by Smithsonian-Folkways from distinguished performers including Woody Guthrie, Louis Armstrong and Pete Seeger. Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Del McCoury, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone) and others. The Black Seeds are nominated in the Indie/Alt Rock category.

Local acts invited to perform at Britain’s The Great Escape festival have been revealed. The festival, which is seen by some as the most important date on the UK music calendar, will be held from May 16 – 18 in Brighton, UK, showcasing 300 international acts across 30 venues. NZ acts making the voyage include: Cairo Knife Fight, Lawrence Arabia, Mel Parsons and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Read more…

NZ On Air have announce the funding decisions for March 2013; 24 projects were funded out of 134 eligible applications.

MakingTracks Funded Projects – March 2013
Recording & Video
• Anna Coddington/Bird In Hand
• City Oh Sigh/Sometimes
• Delete Delete/Sedated
• J Williams/Never Let Go (featuring DJ Lenium)
• K.One/The Same You
• Lisa Crawley/Elizabeth
• Panther & The Zoo/Promises
• Seth Haapu/The Battle Sway
• Sound The Ocean/Spring
Street Chant/Blah
• The Emilys/Play It Cool
• The Eversons/Baby You’re A Jerk
• The Sami Sisters/Jump Start
• Tiny Ruins/Carriages

Video Only
• @Peace/Anaesthetised
• Anika, Boh & Hollie/Why Don’t We
• Autumn Splendour/Jeff
• Beach Pigs/Paid In Ca$h
• Donnell Lewis/If It Ain’t With You
• Ermehn/Remember When (featuring Selena Danielson)
• Pieter T/Your Love (Right Here)
• The Bads/Good Lies
• The Veils/Through The Deep Dark Wood
• Unknown Mortal Orchestra/From The Sun

April Funding Round
Applications for April close on Monday 1 April at 5pm. April funding decisions will be announced by the end of April. www.nzonair.govt.nz
New release fanfare
Great news for sludge metal fans this week! Exactly a year since the band travelled to Dunedin to record Blood Becomes Fire, Beastwars are offering the single ‘Caul Of Time‘ as a free download from www.beastwars.bandcamp.com Blood Becomes Fire is due for release on April 19th – celebrated by a special in-store performance at Real Groovy in Auckland on April 20th, where a limited 100 copies of the album on blood red vinyl will be available for sale.

Tama Waipara has just released a new single and video. Medicine Man is the first single from his forthcoming album “Fill Up The Silence”; the video was directed by the very talented Jessica Sanderson. A little different from Tama’s usual sound, he says Medicine Man is about being brave, trying to speak beyond a good singing voice and song structure. It’s available on iTunes now – and you can watch the video here

Matt Langley will release his second album Virginia Avenue on 3 May and will also be heading out on tour in support of it. His 4-date tour covers Dunedin, Lyttelton, Auckland and Wellington. Read more…
On the live front
If you’re in Auckland and some Easter Saturday fun sounds tempting, Powertool Records is holding a wee listening party from 7pm on Saturday March 30 at Golden Dawn (corner of Richmond Rd and Ponsonby Rd) just before the Gold Medal Famous and Huf FREE show. They’ll be spinning tracks from the new US/NZ collaboration Drill/I Have No Idea, also tunes from UK/US duo Factory Kids, plus a swag of lovely local artists.Oh yes, and it’s free entry for both too. Then the live action fun begins, with Huf and Wellington’s own avant-garde pop performers Gold Medal Famous.
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To celebrate Christchurch, and to mark the two year anniversary of the disastrous earthquake, Silo Park is proud to present ‘Silo Sessions – The Christchurch Edition’, a free event taking place this Saturday 30 March, 12pm – 6pm. This fantastic musical event features Lyttelton’s own Al Park, The Eastern and Lindon Puffin. The musos will pack up the songs, the traveling sacks and throw the banjos, fiddles, acoustic guitars, bullet mics and harmonicas and travel to Auckland to help raise money and awareness of the challenges still being faced by Cantabrians.

APRA/AMCOS have a special show lined up for NZ Music Month: the LIKE A VERSION NZ covers night! There’ll be a nice cross-section of artists paying tribute to some favourite local tunes, with Rackets,
No Why, Jordan Luck band, Jesse Sheehan, Drop Dead Redhead,
with DJ She’s So Rad. It’s all on at the Kings Arms on Thursday May 23 from 7pm.
Pre sales from Under The Radar: www.undertheradar.co.nz

The Gunslingers’ Ball is hitting the road in April and May, with an amazing collection of acts made up of Bernie Griffen and the Grifters, The Broadsides, John the Baptist, Tami Neilson and D Burmester and the Blinds. The tour slings out on Friday April 26 in Leigh, and ends on May 4 in Carterton. Read more…

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