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Amplifier Newsletter #230 - 2 August 2006

Amplifier Newsletter #230 - 2 August 2006

Kia ora , It’s been a slow news week but Amplifier got a scoop when we were the first people to get official word from the Finn camp that Crowded House are definitely not reforming. Check out the story here. ng.html

Anyway given the absence of gossip and rumour we’ve busied ourselves putting more downloadable content on the site. So a big Amplifier welcome goes out to Puppy Killer Records (one of the nastier label names) and Tardus Records whose catalogues are now available in iPod friendly MP3 format. And for some more hot kiwi tunes, CD’s and videos check out the selection below.

Ka kite ano.


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Suicide Dogs - Breakin' Away

Their 100% self-funded, self-made and independently released debut album Breakin' Away from Suicide Dogs was recorded at Puppy Killer Records World HQ with Dave Hine [Missing Teeth, Poisoners] behind the desk. Sixteen tracks of angst-fuelled rock presented in a wicked digipak for a cheap-as-a-bottle-of-cider price.


SmokeFreeRockQuest and TheSet Prize Pack

The annual SmokeFreeRockQuest that lets school bands compete to find the top kiwi school band is on again. To celebrate this year's SmokeFreeRockQuest the kind people at TheSet have given us 5 SmokeFreeRockQuest/TheSet prize packs to give away to some lucky Amplifier competition winners... ENTER HERE. theset_prize_pack.html


Sole Survivor

Sole Survivor is the collaborative efforts of Vanessa McGowan and Matiu Sadd. The pair called upon friends and fellow musicians Godfrey De Grut (Che Fu, New Loungehead), Lewis McCallum, Kevin Field (Nathan Haines), Rota Barrington (Batucada Sound Machine), Neil Watson (Anika Moa) and Adi Dick (Fly My Pretties) to be part of this exciting new band. The group first performed at the AK05. Soon after the dynamic went into the studio to record an EP to be known as the 6pack project. The 6pack project EP will be released on August 7th online right here at Amplifier.


Falter - Schools Tour Video Diary

Falter have been churning through the NZ High Schools for the past few months on the intensive Boost Mobile Schools Tour. You can check out their antics with eight episodes of their tour diary. Also the Falter track "Message For You" is available as a free download.



Although mostly instrumental, this music attempts to explore themes relating to the origins of the human species. Based in Raglan, this evolving collective is inspired by the classic Baldwin Fun Machine organ. The tracks are warm and organic, with touches of sampled drums and electronic flashings, mixed with some dubbed out delay makes the fun machine roll like the Manu Bay left hander.

Staff Selecta Inside Sommerset Tammy

Rumours The Mighty Asterix Mark

Maybe Tomorrow Goldenhorse Stephen


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