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IMNZ July Chart and News

IMNZ Independent Album Chart

July 2005

Rank / Artist / Title / Label / Distributor
1 / Various / Green Room 004: Hope / LOOP / Border
2 / Fly My Pretties / Live At Bats / LOOP / Border
3 / Shapeshifter / Riddim Wise LP / TrueTone / Rhythmethod
4 / Phully / Phullyosophy / LoveFunk / Border
5 / Gramsci / Like Stray Voltage / Mach(i)ne / SonyBMG
6 / TrinityRoots / Home, Land and Sea / TrinityRoots / Border
7 / Whirimako Black / Kura Huna / Mai Music / Shock
8 / This Night Creeps / The Noise of Music / 1157 Records / Shock
9 / Katchafire / Revival / Mai Music / Shock
10 / Baitercell & Schumacher / The Wall of Bass Technique / Kog Transmissions / Sony BMG
11 / Phoenix Foundation / Horsepower / Capitalrecordings / Sony BMG
12 / Kora / EP Volume / Kora / Border
13 / Die! Die! Die! / Die! Die! Die! / Capitalrecordings / Sony BMG
14 / Katchafire / Slow-Burning / Mai Music / Shock
15 / SJD / Southern Lights / Round Trip Mars / Universal
16 / TrinityRoots / True / TrinityRoots / Border
17 / The Accelerants / Blood and Bones / Wildside / Wildside
18 / Concord Dawn / Uprising / Uprising Records / Universal
19 / The Black Seeds / Keep On Pushing / LOOP / Border
20 / Savage / Moonshine / Dawnraid / Universal

Shows sales from 1 – 30 June 2005.

Compiled from outbound sales registered at selected music retailers by Media Sauce Ltd. for IMNZ. Eligibility requires IMNZ membership or by registration fee. For further information on IMNZ releases, labels or membership contact IMNZ Operations Manager Renee Jones.

July News...

One Million Dollars are making a splash on Italian radio. Their track Who You Are is currently playing on Radio Ciao and Radio Montecarlo amongst others; and they have done interviews with several publications including the influential Acid Jazz magazine. On Radio Ciao Who You Are is currently holding off the Gorillaz, Madness, Turin Brakes and Garbage with Snoop Dogg and Moby firmly in its sights on the playlist top tunes.

The Demi Whores (Powertoool Records) will support Interpol on their NZ tour. Promoter Mystery Girl sent CDs from NZ acts directly to Interpol in New York who wanted to pick their support act themselves. Interpol and The Demi Whores play Auckland's St James Theatre August 2 and Wellington's Victoria University August 3.

The Brunettes have been on the road in the US since April 7, touring with US bands the Shins and Rilo Kiley. They have performed to more than 100,000 people over 55 shows in the USA and Canada. Lead vocalists Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield will remain in the US where they will begin work on The Brunettes’ third album, scheduled for release early 2006.

Portland based film-makers Your Mom Films, who have made videos for the Shins, Dandy Warhols and the Decemberists are making The Brunettes’ new NZ on Air-funded video this month. The Lil’ Chief compilation 'Now We Are Three' featuring The Brunettes, The Tokey Tones, The Nudie Suits and Ed Cake among others is receiving good rotation on college radio.

The Brunettes’ rhythm section James Milne (bass) and Ryan McPhun (drums), also being the frontmen of Auckland bands the Reduction Agents and Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns, have returned to New Zealand, and will release their respective albums on Lil Chief Records this year and join The Brunettes later on to complete recording and tour the third album.

This Night Creeps’ album ‘The Noise of Music has been released in Australia through Building Records distributed through Shock, and the band are touring Australia from August 30th. Kitsch will release their 3rd album ‘Burning Ground’ (1157) on August 15th, featuring Evan Short (Concord Dawn) on bass and production duties. The Bleeders have played their last New Zealand show prior to heading to the US to record their debut album for Universal.

Ardijah have been invited to perform at the Native Roots and Rhythms Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico in August, as well as four other showcase gigs with local Native American artists in New Mexico and Arizona.

International Observer's second album 'All Played Out' is being released through Round Trip Mars in mid August. Amongst the lucky 13 tracks are new mixes of London, (The More) We Know, 2 Steps At A Time Sweet Jesus and Vale as well as a slew of brand new sub-bass stonkers from The Rt. Hon Tom Bailey. Kid Loco's rework of SJD's Southern Lights that has topped the Median Strip Alternative Chart will be made available alongside other fresh goodies on vinyl and disc later in the year.

Autozamm have released their debut album ‘As For Now’ on Flaming Pearl/Global Routes; this comes out under NZ On Air’s Phase 4 album scheme.

The double disc sequel to 2003's 'WestSteez' compilation 'WestSteez 2' is out now, featuring West Auckland hip hoppers such as 4th Element, Sky High, Albino, Truce Lee, Sativa Souls, Kritical Methods and many more. The project series is part funded by the Waitakere City Council. 'WestSteez 2' features 15 new songs, and a bonus free mix CD with the high-lights from 'WestSteez Volume 1' intertwined with exclusive new freestyles from 4th Element and Sky High.

Heats have started for the New Zealand leg of the World Battle of the Bands; Hong Kong heats have happened; they’re starting in Singapore and the Philippines in August and LA and Australia in September. Visit for details.

Dawn Raid are co-presenting a Battle of the Bands with Mai FM and Export Gold at South Auckland’s Chocolate City club; this runs every Thursday from August 18th to October 13th. Check out


Autozamm: July: 19th Hamilton, 21st Pakuranga, 22nd Massey University, Albany, 23rd Mt Maunganui, 28th Invercargill, 29th Dunedin, 30th Christchurch; August: 4th New Plymouth, 5th Wanganui, 6th Wellington, 11th National Park, 12th Palmerston North, 13th Napier, 18th Whangarei, 19th Paihia, 20th South Auckland

This Night Creeps and Your Black Star (USA): August: 18th Wellington (R18), 19th Auckland (R18), 20th Hamilton (R18)

Kitsch: August 12th Auckland (R18), 19th Auckland, Real Groovy Instore (AA), 26th Wellington (R18), 27th New Plymouth (R18); September: 3rd Auckland (AA), 9th Hamilton (R18), 10th Mt Maunganui (R18)

New and Forthcoming Releases

Antix ‘Twin Coast Discovery’ (IBOGA/Border) Autozamm ‘As For Now’ (Flaming Pearl/Global Routes) Billy TK JNR ‘Three Sides To Every Mirror’ (Global Routes) Definite & Bling - Dam!/Like That EP Vinyl (Capitalrecordings) Die! Die! Die! Vinyl EP (Capitalrecordings) International Observer ‘All Played Out’ (Round Trip Mars) Kitsch ‘The Burning Ground’ (1157/Shock) Phully ‘Phullyosophy’ (LoveFunk/Border) The Illphonics - The Illphonics (Capitalrecordings) This Night Creeps ‘The Noise of Music’ (1157/Shock) Various ‘West Steez 2’ (833/Global Routes) Whirimako Black ‘Kura Huna’ (Mai Music/Shock)


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