Amplifier Newsletter #232 - 16 August 2006
Amplifier Newsletter #232 - 16 August
Kia ora , So this afternoon we emptied the Amplifier office and went and checked out the formal announcement of the reforming of “iconic” kiwi rock group Th’ Dudes. It’s been 26 years since they last performed together and messers Urlich, Dobbyn, White, Morris and Hambling looked like they could still cut the mustard.
No one at Amplifier had see the band perform before, so hearing them play one of their most famous songs, Bliss, was strangely like watching your father’s band playing a few covers down at the local RSA. Th’ Dudes will be touring NZ with Hello Sailor and Hammond Gamble this October (or “Rocktober” as it’s rather predictably been labelled by tour backers Radio Hauraki). Check out the tour dates here.
Ka kite ano.
Florence Hartigan - Live at the Hopetoun Alpha
Her music has been compared to Bic Runga and to Frente, her single "Green" has been played on the radio and performed live on TV2. Now Florence Hartigan is releasing her debut album - recorded live at the Hopetoun Alpha with the incomparable Wayward Five - Vanessa McGowan (Sole Survivor, Sarah Brown) on bass, Johnny Barker (Jester) on drums, Justin "JJ" James (The Septembers) on keys, Jessica Hindin (Barrage) on violin, and newcomer Jonny Love on guitar.
Win a Flying Nun - Little Brother T-Shirt
Thanks to the stylish people at Little Brother we've got three Flying Nun t-shirts to give away to 3 lucky Amplifier.co.nz NZ music fans. There is one t-shirt from the Little Brother AK79, Gordons and The Bats designs to be won. To go in the draw just answer the simple question. ENTER HERE. Little Brother garments have an almost indescribably reserved style to them. Rather than screaming at you with branded logos and heavy price tags, they exude a quietly-confident sophistication.
Mo'Reece - Jim Jam EP
Mo'Reece's funky new acoustic tinged pop song Jim Jam, was recently released with a hot new Jim Jam video and an EP containing remixes and bonus tracks from his forth coming album due out in August 2006. Mo'Reece says he drew inspiration from NZ boxing legend David Tua during his world heavyweight title fight with Lennox Lewis.
Shapeshifter- Bring Change 12" Single
Shapeshifter have been heralded as a musical phenomenon for their groundbreaking live shows, incredible live instrumentation & organic approach to songwriting, receiving widespread critical acclaim for their work. The lead single from their forthcoming album 'Soulstice' (available now as a pre-sell!) is the wicked atmospheric d&b roller 'Bring Change', featuring an incredible lead vocal from P Digsss, who – as illustrated beautifully on 'Soulstice' – has developed into a superstar.
Nesian Mystik - So Good
NESIAN MYSTIK's groundbreaking Poly-urban sound saw this group burst out of high school and into the hearts of New Zealanders, topping the charts with a string of hit singles and a four times platinum-selling debut album Polysaturated. Now with Freshmen, described as a feel good album, drawing influences from Old Skool, Soul, Funk, R'N'B and Hip Hop while upping the production sophistication and adding new musical flavas to the mix. Both albums Freshmen and Polysaturated are now available as mp3 downloads.
Samuel Flynn Scott - War Over Water
While the world wages war over Oil, Samuel Flynn Scott of the Phoenix Foundation foretells a time when War will be waged over Water. The Hunt Brings Us Life is a study of mythic archetypes and their relationship to breaking up with your girlfriend.
Download Solstate - Alright Now feat Boh Runga
Solstate are a new hard rock band from auckland.currently recording their debut album. Solstate's debut single "Alright Now" feat Boh Runga" is climbing the rock charts and being played on the rock and other local stations. "Alright Now" is available for download.
Laughing Samoans - Old School
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 days.