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Taite Music Prize nominations closing

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Nominations for the 2012 Taite Music Prize close this Monday January 23rd . If you released a great New Zealand record in 2011, or you know someone who did, get nominating! Head here for more info: IMNZ Charts to January 15: Taite Music Prize nominations closing
Week to 15 January 2012

Nominations for the 2012 Taite Music Prize close this Monday January 23rd. If you released a great New Zealand record in 2011, or you know someone who did, get nominating! Head here for more info:

And here was me thinking it may be a bit of a quiet week news-wise – I couldn’t be more wrong! There are some really interesting things happening out there for some of our labels and artists…Plus, if you want to catch up with our Chart activity from Christmas and New Year, check out to see who was riding high over the holidays.

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label /Distributor Certification
1 1 14 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x2
2 12 15 I Love You… Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra /Rhythm/DRM
3 2 24 The Horrifying Truth I Am Giant I Am Giant
4 4 63 The Liberation Of Ladi6 /Rhythm/DRM gold x1
5 5 9 The Rose Tint: Deluxe Edition David Dallas Dirty/DawnRaid
6 3 13 Covers Album 1814 /Ode/DRM
7 10 10 Deadly Summer Sway The Checks /Rhythm
8 11 8 Tally Ho! Flying Nun’s Greatest Bits Various FlyingNun
9 8 131 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x9
10 17 16 The Late Night Plays Whirimako Black /Ode/DRM
11 6 128 Kora Kora Kora/Border/DRM plat x2
12 7 130 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop /Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 18 45 In The World Of Light Tiki Taane DirtyDub/FMG/Rhythm/DRM
14 9 24 Hope Nature Forgives the feelers /Border
15 13 67 On The Road Again Katchafire Katchafire gold x1
16 – 24 Blood Will Out Head Like A Hole /Rhythm/DRM
17 16 104 Jah Rydem 1814 /Ode/DRM gold x1
18 20 21 Sing Along With The Yoots The Yoots /Rhythm/DRM
19 14 93 The System Is A Vampire Shapeshifter Truetone/Rhythm/DRM plat x1
20 – 39 Baby, I’ll Play The Thomas Oliver Band /Rhythm/DRM
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label /Distributor Certification
1 1 14 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x1
2 2 25 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x2
3 3 5 My Baby Pieter T Handmade/Rhythm/DRM
4 4 25 Rise Up 2.0 Six60 Massive plat x1
5 5 3 I Promise Savage feat. Ria DawnRaid
6 6 48 Like Water Ladi6 /Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 8 13 Forever Six60 Massive
8 7 12 Monarch Shapeshifter Truetone/Rhythm/DRM
9 10 3 Let It Go I Am Giant I Am Giant
10 – 15 Glory Glory Head Like A Hole /Rhythm/DRM

NZ’s first creative crowdfunding platform PledgeMe will re-launch this month with a brand spanking new website and celebratory party. The online initiative is the brainchild of Wellington-based entrepreneurs Anna Guenther and Camilo Borges, and offers Kiwi creatives alternative options in funding their projects.
In a similar vein to American crowdfunding giant, users of can post project ideas online for people to help fund in return for a creative reward. Following its inception in 2011, more than $10,000 has been raised through the site, with Wellington band St Rupertsberg raising $1800 in seven days to fund the post-production work on their first album. The site has also helped secure funding for post-production work on a documentary featuring Kiwi artists living in Berlin.

PledgeMe founder Anna Guenther said “…All types of creatives can use PledgeMe – we’ve helped fund projects in film, music, art and journalism and there is potential for so much more. I believe what we’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg…”

A refurbished version of will launch on January 25, followed by a shindig at Meow in Wellington on Friday, February 3. Entertainment will include live music from Jeremy Mason, Amy Bowie, Mangle and Gruff and more. Those that arrive before 8pm will get a dollar pledged to the PledgeMe project of their choice.

For more info see,

1 1 10 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x1
2 2 25 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x2
3 3 10 Sunday’s Best Clothes OPSHOP /Rhythm/DRM
4 6 9 Let It Go I Am Giant I Am Giant
5 5 14 Dasvidaniya the feelers /Border
6 4 24 Already Home Annabel Fay Siren
7 7 7 I Promise Savage feat. Ria DawnRaid/FMG
8 9 4 Start Lookin’ Round David Dallas Dirty/DawnRaid
9 8 21 Glory Glory Head Like A Hole /Rhythm/DRM
10 – 1 My Baby Pieter T Handmade/Rhythm/DRM

International and Industry Action

The Phoenix Foundation were one of the recipients of the latest round of Outward Sound funding. Outward Sound is managed by the New Zealand Music Commission (NZMC), and provides assistance for market development initiatives, encouraging and supporting the entry of New Zealand music and musicians into global markets. The Phoenix Foundation received an Instant Action grant to cover costs related to an appearance on highly rated UK music show Later… With Jools Holland. With an estimated viewer ship of 1.5 million this show is considered a major promotional coup. Also making an appearance this episode were Coldplay, Ryan Adams and the Waterboys. Other recipients this round were Cut Off Your Hands and Avalanche City.

It has been announced that this year’s Big Day Out will be the last ever on NZ soil. Festival promoter Ken West says the BDO is no longer financially viable to hold in NZ as well as Australia. The festival was downsized to four stages this year, seeing the end of a second main stage, Lily World and the Local Produce stage. In a press release, West cited the changes as a goal to recapture the magic of early Big Day Out shows. The demise of the festival was confirmed last night via the official BDO twitter account: “This year will be New Zealand’s last Big Day Out. Come party with us this Friday. It’s been an amazing 18 years here in Auckland.” A line-up of local and international acts will lay the iconic festival to rest this Friday, 20 January at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. Tickets are still available from and selected outlets.

Creative collaborations between musicians and artists have resulted in some of the most memorable pop culture images of the last 50 years. Think iconic images such as Sex Pistols God Save The Queen, or The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s famous collaboration (you know, the banana one). Next week, Beck’s is launching an initiative where local artists will join with local musicians to design a series of limited edition labels for Beck’s bottles. Scratching off any of the labels won’t be an option with artists Rainbow Monkey, Andrew McLeod and Gavin Hurley collaborating with musicians Cut Off Your Hands, Ghost Wave and Parallel Dance Ensemble to each design a series of labels inspired by a song from each band. Beck’s has also run a competition in design/media tertiary establishments around New Zealand to find a talented, up-and-coming artist whose work will be featured as part of the campaign on one of the labels. The winner will be announced on January 26th 2012. Not only will over 1.6 million Beck’s bottles be sporting a completely original work of art, but those who purchase a promotional 12 pack can also receive 4 free music downloads of their choice powered by It’s the Beck’s Music Shout! And with millions of tracks to choose from, music and art lovers are bound to find tunes to tickle their taste buds as much as the refreshing golden lager inside the bottles. The limited edition bottles will be available in store and in bars for 3 months starting 1st February 2012.

Creme Magazine is running an exclusive competition to meet Massad at the Bloom Family Festival this Saturday, January 21st at Matakana Country Park. Massad is performing in the Variety Hour at 5pm – the prize winner will win a day pass for her and four of her BFFs to attend the festival on Saturday (plus there are a couple of adult passes so parents can come too.) BLOOM is a 3-day festival at Matakana Country Park from Jan 20-22 this Friday to Sunday, with live music and a range of unique attractions such as circus, comedy, sports, horse arena, Royal NZ Ballet. For more info about BLOOM visit:
Want a slice of NZ Music memorabilia? Or perhaps, just a door in poor to average condition? Well, you’re in luck! Three doors from the flat that housed members of roots band Six60 have been put up for auction to raise money for Dunedin Hospital. The doors were rescued from the firewood pile by local PlaceMakers owner Justin Macready after a refurbishment of the 660 Castle St address – home to three members of the band while studying at Otago University in 2005. The TradeMe auction is for one of three doors, complete with two Six60 autographs and custom artwork, and a signed copy of the band’s platinum selling debut album. Funds raised will go towards a theraputic chair for the Oncology and Haematology department at Dunedin Hospital. View the auction here:

New release fanfare

Riding the wake of their successful European summer tour, Batucada Sound Machine return to New Zealand audiences with a new album of road-tested tunes entitled “Don’t Keep Silent”, due for release January 23rd, 2012. In addition, BSM have planned their first ever comprehensive tour of New Zealand to celebrate the album release including a spot at WOMAD 2012. This 10 piece onslaught of pacific-soul, latin, afro-beat and hip-hop have a reputation for their polished, high-energy performance, which has seen them conquer audiences at a host of renowned festivals; including the main stage at Sziget Festival (Hungary), Horizonte Festival and Kulturarena (Germany), Larmer Tree Festival (UK) and the City of London Festival to name a few. The release of Dont Keep Silent comes 3 years after their debut ‘Rhythm & Rhyme’ which received rave reviews both locally and abroad. Band leader and musical director James Hughes explains that this new album, “retains a percussive-heavy approach to our music, but has been developed through a much more collaborative effort by the song-writers”. This has resulted in strong messages, and a spectrum of heavy tunes, introspective tunes, and straight-ahead dance tracks. The album was recorded at The Lab, Auckland (Ollie Harmer) and mixed by Bob ‘Bassy’ Brockman (NYC) and will be released through Border Music and DRM NZ.

Parachute Band will release a new double album titled ‘Matins: Vespers’ on January 27, coinciding with the 2012 Parachute Festival at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek. The latest album from the five-piece is a nod to the ancient rhythms of worship music, with the name taken from old canonical offices used by the traditional church for generations. Over the festival weekend, Parachute Band will play two separate sets dedicated to each disc.
On the live front

Loop has announced the Fly My Pretties cast that will be performing at Tuborg Summer Sunday on 29 January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Music Mountain, Matakana. This will be your last chance to catch Fly My Pretties IV live in New Zealand alongside heavy weights Kora, Little Bushman and Tahuna Breaks and up and comers The Nudge, Electric Wire Hustle, AHoriBuzz and @Peace. With their fourth album – a limited CD/DVD package – due for release in late February, the collective will celebrate the release by appearing exclusively at the festival with a set that consists of the Fly My Pretties IV songs plus some classics featuring special past guests. A rotating musical collective, the Fly My Pretties cast appearing at Summer Sunday showcases a range of New Zealand’s musical diversity and talent, including: Aaron Tokona, Age Pryor, Amiria Grenell, Anna Coddington, Barnaby Weir, Flip Grater, Fran Kora, Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle, Jarney Murphy, Justin “Firefly” Clarke, L.A. Mitchell, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson, Ryan Prebble and Flox (Hayley King). For more info see:

The Underground Festival, curated by Ryan Kershaw, is happening in Auckland on the 10th of March. It was created to give kiwi creative types a chance to display their art and music. Starting at 3pm with hot rod rides and a bouncy castle for the young and young at heart, there will be some great live music as the day progresses, with stalls out the back of the Kings Arms. Stalls include custom nail art, rock star portraits, mixed media art, new rock n roll hair salon ‘Live and Let Dye’, body piercing, Roller Derby and more. As it gets dark, some of the best underground rock in NZ music can be heard live and loud Best of all it is FREE to get in.Come and enjoy a day where you can relax, be yourself and enjoy the music! Words to live by right there.

With most of you are back at the grindstone this week, here is some important information regarding the Great Kiwi Beer Festival – hopefully it should help brighten your week up knowing that this is just around the corner! It will be held at Hagley Park, Christchurch on Saturday February 25. The first round of breweries has been confirmed, with about 20 independent breweries named so far, and more to come. The organisers are also pretty chuffed with their music programme which features The Black Seeds, AHoriBuzz, The Nudge, The Unfaithful Ways plus DJs Nacoa & Seth Hamilton. You can check out their website here and Facebook page here for regular updates.

Wellington’s own funk soul sista Iva Lamkum has announced a home show at Mighty Mighty on Saturday February 11th. Known for her performance on the Sola Rosa single ‘Turn Around’, Iva’s soulfully rich voice delivers a funk-soul sound peppered with elements of jazz and rock which is skillfully backed by her talented 4 piece band, made up of some of Wellington’s finest musicians. Iva will be playing tracks from her highly anticipated debut album, including the new single ‘Raise Your Glass (Way Back)’.

New Performance Festival, an eight day series of genre-bending events, will take place in Auckland from February 17 – 25. Numerous locations around the City of Sails will host everything from The Ping Pong Pit; everyday conversation over competitive matches of the popular game, The Barbers Chair; guest monologues while under the snips of a barber and Late Night Music; performances from local musos including: Wellington’s Orchestra of Spheres, Superstars of Westlynn and Flying Nun signees Badd Energy. All for a measly five bucks. For more info visit,

Christian music festival Parachute has cut the price of their family passes to as low as $1, in a reaction to the tough economic climate. Traditionally, the family passes are $460 which cover two parents and up to three children. The new initiative will offer families, with no limit on the number of children, the option to pay what they can afford. The passes are available to any family who would like to attend the 2012 festival, held at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek from January 27 – 30. Parachute founder Mark de Jong says “The last few years have been tough for the purse strings of Kiwis. 2011 was one of the worst, between the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch and the global financial crisis. As organisers of one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest music festivals we’ve seen the effect of these tough financial times on many families.” See for more details.

The timetable for this year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been released. The third annual event will see 22 local and international artists kicking out the jams across three stages at Auckland’s Silo Park on Monday 30 January. Gates open at 12pm, with Kody Nielson’s Opossom opening up the floor at 12.30pm.

The Otago University Students Association has announced the line up for Orientadium MMXII, a five-day stretch of orientation events taking place in February (20 – 25). Dunedin’s newly re-branded Forsyth Barr Stadium will host the week long celebration which will include performances from Shapeshifter, Shihad, David Dallas, Bulletproof & Jessie G, Home Brew, Cairo Knife Fight, PNC & P-Money, Sunshine Sound System, Knives at Noon, Nightshade and Dudstown Sound System. Tickets will be available from Ticket Direct from January 16. For more, see

Having just finished a national book release tour and touring and filming as a cast member of Fly My Pretties, Flip Grater returns to her home of Canterbury for one final NZ summer show. Flip will perform at the Nor’Wester in Amberley, North Canterbury as part of the Summer of Riesling Festival on Wednesday 25 January. The performance will be Flip’s final NZ concert before she heads to Europe for the remainder of the year to live and record an album in Paris. Originally from the eastern suburbs of Christchurch City, Flip is no stranger to North Canterbury. Her father John Grater and his wife Michele Cherry own Stonecircle Organics, an organic farm in Amberley and Flip visits the region several times a year. Flip’s love of food and wine is demonstrated clearly in her recent book The Cookbook Tour Europe, an acclaimed travel journal about the music and culinary adventures of being a touring musician. As well as presenting its usual menu, the Nor’Wester will be creating a special menu for the evening celebrating local food and Riesling. Get in quick as bookings are strictly limited! Tickets available at

Not only can you catch the mighty Beastwars at the Big Day Out tomorrow at 2.15pm – you can relive the glory the very next day at Newmarket’s Lucha Lounge, where they’re playing with Viking Weed on Saturday 21st.

Around the World

Indie Music Trade Group A2IM Offers Different View Of Anti-SOPA Protests

It’s not just the RIAA and big music companies that support SOPA. In another example of the divisions within the music and media industries over proposed anti-piracy legislation and today’s anti-SOPA protests, the American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) today offered this statement:
“Today a number of websites are shutting down in protest of proposed anti-piracy legislation. They are taking a unilateral action to make their content unavailable. However, under current law, A2IM members whose copyrights are infringed upon cannot take similar action. Our independent labels and their artists have no practical way of taking down illegal links to their music from rogue foreign websites accessed via U.S. search engines.

We urge these search engines to support U.S. content creators by working toward anti-piracy legislation acceptable to all. Let’s have a debate that genuinely acknowledges that the voices within our joint communities are deep, broad and diverse and let’s all agree that doing nothing is not an option.

The media has portrayed the issue as that of two giant industries (movies & music and technology) in conflict, as though this was a battle solely between very rich businesses. In fact, our members are small and medium sized independent businesses that invest in the creation of music and whose very existence is being threatened by the availability of illegal content online. We look forward to solution-oriented discussions among all parties.”
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