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Amplifier Newsletter 201 - 11 January 2006

Amplifier Newsletter 201 - 11 January 2006

Kia ora , So we’re starting 2006 with Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Based on a True Story at the top of the national album chart and Breaks Co-Op’s The Other Side as the highest played song on radio for 2005. What a year it was. While it would be fun to get into some crystal ball gazing I think it would be accurate to predict that 2006 will be the year when the sound of Aotearoa gets “discovered” by the rest of the world.

The new government funded Outward Sound programme will be a driving force behind this. Outward Sound has been set up to provide assistance for market development initiatives to encourage the entry of New Zealand music and musicians into global markets. Also the overseas touring of acts such as The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Salmonella Dub and The Datsuns will have a flow on effect and hopefully make foreign audiences more instantly receptive of kiwi musicians and music. So if you’re reading this somewhere outside of New Zealand, then go tell your friends that the kiwis ar! e coming.

There are some great new releases for you to check out below and remember there are only 9 more sleeps until the Big Day Out.

Ka kite ano.


Latest Goodies


Minuit - Fuji If your looking for Minuit, you will find them in the studio recording album number 2, scheduled for release early 2006. Fuji is the first single from the upcoming album.


Laughing Samoans - Old School Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i are the Laughing Samoans. If you enjoyed the Laughing Samoans in 'The best of Laughing Samoans' and 'A small Samoan wedding', then you're going to love this one. Old School sees the return of some of the funniest characters from the Small wedding as well as two elderly gentlemen from the old school.


The Kingites - The Kingites EP Maori autonomy is the driving force which aptly describes The Kingites sound. MC H-One sails his lyrical waka through the vast oceans of moana nui akiwa. Navigating The Kingites toward the infinite realm of Maori musical consciousness. With that Aotearoa hiphop/dub style, the 6 track Kingites EP is sure fire slow burner.


Live and Local The Live and local competition is counting down the moments where 1 band will be picked to play the opening slot of the Big Day Out 2006. The voting closes tomorrow (thursday the 12th) so be sure to get your last days vote in. On Friday we'll be announcing the winning band for the Live and Local and drawing the grand prize winner who'll receive 3 VIP tickets to the 2006 Big Day Out. Click here to vote for your favourite band.


Solaa - Steps In Time 12" EP The Steps In Time 12" features collaborations with vocalists Scribe, Hollie Smith, Nat Rose & USOuljah, this limited release is a genuine album sampler, containing six tracks, all taken from Solaa's forthcoming album, also titled 'Steps In Time'. Solaa incorporate a rare diversity of musicianship this is a group with combined experience in Big Band, latin, jazz & classical music.


Logan Foote - Ko Pha Ngan (Full Moon Party) Logan Foote has compiled the CD Tsunami Sound Chill to help contribute to the rebuilding of the areas effected by the 2004 Boxing Day disaster. Logan was traveling through the region at the time of the disaster and experienced first hand the tragedy that many millions of people suffered. At least $2.50 from each sale will be donated to UNICEF. 100% of proceeds generated from digital downloads will be donated to UNICEF.

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