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Amplifier Newsletter #190 - 12 October 2005

Amplifier Newsletter #190 - 12 October 2005

Kia ora , The week started out with the NZ Music Awards. As always it was a very messy affair and Amplifier enjoyed its fair share of the partying. It was surprising to see the leader of the opposition Don Brash show up and in the end some of the presenters and artists couldn't help but have a crack. Fat Freddy's Drop were the big winners on the night with 4 gongs but there was also good showings by other independents including P-Money,

The Checks and Del Rey System. The moving finale with Dave Dobbyn, Yulia, Boh Runga (Stellar*), Andy Lovegrove (Breaks Co-Op), Warren Maxwell (Fat Freddy's/Trinity Roots), Ed Knowles (The Checks), Ahmed Zaoui and the Tower NZ Youth Choir performing Welcome Home was enough to move us to tears. Anyway before the hangover had cleared we flew down to the capital and had some very productive meetings with some labels and bands which you’ll start seeing the fruits of over the next few weeks.

Then on Saturday night we joined over 550 people at Bodega for the ! OdESSA, Oak Park Avenue launch. Every time we visit Wellington it becomes more and more tempting to pick up the office and move it south. Now if only there was a decent rugby team there :)

Ka kite ano. amplifier

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King Kapisi - Dominant Species - Special Edition King Kapisi is a pioneer of hip-hop in NZ, his first album, Savage Thoughts, became the first NZ hip-hop album to go Gold. Dominant Species is his latest album, a limited edition release includes a bonus disc of incredible re-mixes of "Raise Up" (by UK's finest, The Nextmen), "Whiplash" by Katalyst, "Blind Faith" by Tiki Taane (Salmonella Dub) and "Elimination Process" from Frontline's Forty One. html


Carly Binding - I See The World There are few songwriters who inspire a sense of freedom. But Carly Binding is no ordinary songwriter. Her new single, I See the World, with its huge hooks, bold guitars and gutsy vocals, is as positive and uplifting as the impending summer. I See the World will feature on her forthcoming second record 'So Radiate'.


Win tix to see Salmonella Dub, Kora and more Thanks to the good folk at Salmonella Dub, has a double pass to the Dub Conspiracy NZ Tour, a Dub Conspiracy compilation CD plus a Dub Conspiracy cap to give away to one lucky Amplifier user! ENTER HERE. a_and_more.html


Bryan Bell - Sure Seems A Long Way Down Bryan Bell the key songwriter for Dead Flowers, is near to completing his debut solo album. The debut solo album has been recorded with Chris Van De Geer co-producing. Chris was in 1990s Wildside band Second Child and now is guitarist in Stellar*. Sure Seems A Long Way Down is the first single from the album.


Daniel Gannaway Independent singer, songwriter and surfer, Daniel Gannaway has a string of albums under his belt. Daniel’s sixth solo outing Summer Storm, written and recorded in Hawaii and NZ, references laidback island life with the ukulele’s nylon strings, while wrapping it up in the kind of dynamic folk/indie-rock/electronic feel.


Based On A True Story Fat Freddys Drop Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Aotearoa Roots Album, Peoples Choice

Magic City P-Money Best Hip-Hop Album, Best Male Solo Artist

Available Light Dave Dobbyn Songwriter of the Year


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