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IMNZ Independent Album Chart

IMNZ Independent Album Chart

August 2006

Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor

1 Don McGlashan Warm Hand Arch Hill/Rhythmethod
2 Fat Freddy's Drop Based On A True Story Rhythmethod
3 Fly My Pretties The Return Of Fly My Pretties LOOP/Border
4 Solaa Steps in Time Rhythmethod
5 Hollie Smith Hollie Smith EP Rhythmethod
6 Voom Hello, Are You There? Lil’ Chief/Elite
7 Fly My Pretties Live at Bats LOOP/Border
8 Opensouls Kaleidoscope Rhythmethod
9 Ishta Ishta Monkey Records/Global Routes
10 Cassette Cut For Summer Tardus
11 Katchafire Homegrown Dub Mai Music
12 Twinset Flavour Country LOOP/Border
13 Dudley Benson Steam Railways of Britain EP Rhythmethod
14 Mt Vaea Band Mama King Music
15 Suicide Dogs Breakin’ Away Rhytmethod
16 TrinityRoots Home Land and Sea Border
17 Shapeshifter Riddim Wise LP TrueTone/Rhythmethod
18 Connan and the Mockasins Uuuu...It’s Teasy Rhythmethod
19 Kora EP Volume Border
20 4 Corners The Foundations Disruptiv/Rhythmethod Amplifier

Shows sales from 1 – 31 July 2006.
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.

August news

Firstly, big ups to the NZ Music Industry Commission, who have provided a financial commitment to IMNZ for the next 12 months so that we can continue our work for New Zealand independent record labels. On you, mates. Check out for more about what they do for the industry.

Huge congratulations to the TMD Crew - which featured Askew from Disruptiv - who won the first Write4Gold World Final for graffiti and aerosol art, held in Chemnitz, Germany on August 5. They triumphed over international teams drawn from 21 worldwide regional finals.

Global Routes tell us that the Dead C are celebrating their 20th year with a double 'best of’ compilation and a trip to the UK to play at Thurston Moore's Nightmare Before Xmas All Tomorrow Parties in December. David Mitchell has released his first solo record under the nom de plume Leather Apron; it's an acoustic 10" on the UK longlostmusic label. Pumice (aka Stefan Neville, also in Chris Knox’s Nothing) is touring the US; check his myspace site for details - there is a great photo of him playing in front of Byron Coley and Thurston Moore's psychedelic vinyl archive.

Dawn Of Azazel recently played 23 dates on the Decades of Death 2006 U.S. tour alongside Vital Remains, Incantation and Sin Of Angels. They are working on new material, and planning their second Australian tour for 'Sedition' later this year. The second pressing of 'Sedition' will be released in September and be distributed in the U.S. and Canada through Red; it features a bonus video for the track The Road to Babylon.

LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa are establishing a North American office in Los Angeles this month. LOOP founder Mikee Tucker, along with music businessman Bennett Freed (who signed Wham!), music publisher Todd Bisson and Jeff Jacquin of Kurfirst-Blackwell Entertainment have gathered a team of USA music industry professionals to support the venture; these folk include Earth Wind and Fire’s Maurice White and their business manager Art Macnow, Delilah Films’ CEO Stephanie Bennett and partner Jim Mervis. LOOP releases Paul McLaney's solo album 'Edin' in September; it was recorded by Dale Cotton in the old Dunedin New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation studio.

Savage took out two awards from his four nominations at the first Australasian Urban Music Awards held in Australia on July 21: Best R&B Single for Moonshine and Best Hip Hop Album for the ‘Moonshine’ album. DawnRaid Entertainment CEO Brotha D was given the Urban Hero award. Scribe and P-Money won Best Hip-Hop Single for Stop the Music, and P-Money won Best NZ Club DJ.

One Million Dollars have a track on a Hungarian compilation from Radio Café 98.6 in Budapest (the band were also #1 on their playlist in July). Tracks from their first album ‘Energy State’ have now been on 22 compilations in New Zealand, Australia, Hungary, Germany and the UK. Their new album ‘Soup Kitchen’ is out September 11.

Die! Die! Die!’s album is set for release in the US and UK early next year, and the band has picked up a major UK booking agent in Primary (Babyshambles, Oasis, Kylie Minogue etc). They’ve been touring the US and Europe since SXSW, spending the last couple of months in New York playing a residency at The Annex, where they play their last two shows (including one with Dirty Pretty Things) before hitting the UK for gigs including Barfly and Artrocker shows. They’re due back in New Zealand later in the year.

Connan and the Mockasins are keeping busy on the live front in London, and they are supporting the Black Keys on August 30. Suicide Dogs have a string of shows booked in Los Angeles this month.

Resulting from some information circulated by IMNZ to its members regarding playlisting opportunities, dDub have charted on college radio station CIUT-FM Toronto (with a listenership of 8 million); and they’re also on the DanceHallStyle Reggae Show on France’s Radio Mega, and National Radio in Australia.

World Battle of the Band heats are now running in Auckland and Wellington, and continue for August and September, while heats begin soon around the rest of the country. The World final is in Hong Kong in November, and the national final is October 7th at Hysteria.

Ritalin (as well as Ruptus Jack) are playing the Wasted Festival on September 2 in Melbourne, Australia; joining a line-up that includes Angelic Upstarts, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, No Idea, Distorted Truth, and many, many more.

Deceptikonz’ second album is being mixed in New York by acclaimed producer Emile (Ghostface, Fat Joe, MOP). Aaradhna does a promotional tour of Australia in September for the release there of her album ‘I Love You’. Ill Semantics’ first single, On & On, from their new album ‘Good Musik’ is on the radio now. MC NFA from Australian rap collective 1200 Techniques has just released his debut solo album ‘Cause & Effect’, which features a collaboration with the Deceptikonz, Who Wan Test? MTV is back on New Zealand television from August 18, and Savage and Aaradhna performed at the launch.

The Bacardi B-Live OE: Brazil project travellers returned last month; 5 New Zealand musicians went too Brazil to collaborate with local musicians, record new music for an album and film the event for a documentary. The New Zealand musicians involved were Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties, Flash Harry), Recloose, P-Digsss (Shapeshifter, The Sunshine Soundsystem), Hollie Smith and Maaka McGregor (Wai 100%).

IMNZ artists have scored some tasty support slots over the next month or so: The WBC are one of the bands supporting Swedish band Skaladdin, Missing Teeth support Unseen, Suicide Dogs support Peter and the Test Tube Babies, the Sneaks support the Buzzcocks, and Lawrence Arabia is supporting Okkervil River before he heads off to play in Australia.

Tainted’s When Winter Reigns shows were a success; with fans driving from Timaru for them. They are hoping it may become an annual event. Tainted’s September tour dates are below; Sinate join them in Wellington.

The Minuit album 'The 88' has now achieved Gold sales status in New Zealand; this is a first for both the band and its label Tardus Music.

Music from Trillion’s album ‘The Gray Between Shadow and Shade’ featured in the winning Christchurch entry for the 48 Hour Film Competition, The Escort; and Trillion are working on a new album complete with international collaborators from the USA, UK and Australia. The new Trillion band (Jody Lloyd - vocals, turntable, Rick Harvie - drums, Rich Densem - bass, Sam Hopley - guitar, vocals, & Mark Duff - synth) is about to start playing live.

The Indie Club has had its last fling at the St James Grand Circle – however the crew are surveying new premises so watch out for the Club’s return at a new venue. After a break of five months Drill Magazine returns with issue 18, and features Bill Direen, Lily Green, The Lovehaters, Vorn, The Dark Beaks and many more.

The Nudie Suits are playing the farewell gig of beloved Auckland venue the Odeon on September 16 (it is going to become an Italian restaurant). It will also be Johnny Pain's last gig as bass player for the Nudie Suits before he moves to live and work in Singapore for a year.

Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns’ groundbreaking album ‘Te Ku Te Whe’, which brought the sounds of pre-European Maori instruments to the fore, has been remixed by the likes of Salmonella Dub, Pitch Black, SJD, Stinky Jim, Sola Rosa, The Nomad, Warren Maxwell (ex TrinityRoots) and Epsilon Blue; the resulting album is out September 4. Olympic composer John Psathas’ ‘View From Olympus’, comprising three concertos, is also out on Rattle on September 22.

4 Corners have just completed an Auckland schools tour their nationwide release tour for ‘The Foundations’ is in full effect, with Maia Rata, special guest MCs, DJs and B-boys.

Pearl’s debut album 'No Ordinary Day' is out now via Jayrem; their new single Fall At Your Feet (the Crowded House tune) is the third Pearl track to make it onto the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc.

‘Cage for a Song’, Flip Grater’s debut album on Maiden Records, is out now. Christchurch-based Flip has performed at SXSW and shared the stage around New Zealand with artists Ben Lee, The Shins, Hugh Cornwell, The Phoenix Foundation, SJD, and Anika Moa.

The first video Blaze ‘Em from Cyphanetik’s debut album ‘Commercial Suicide’ is out August 31, and the album itself will be in stores October 2nd through Shock Records.

Cobra Khan release their debut EP ‘Sleepless Lions’ September 18th, and they’ll tour the North Island in September and October. Both Cobra Khan and Cold By Winter have tracks on the forthcoming ‘Taste of Chaos’ compilation due for release in September. Antagonist are currently on the road in support of their debut album 'These Cities, Our Graves'.

PNC's Just Roll single is out, from his debut album 'Rookie Card' which in stores September through Dirty Records.

Shapeshifter’s album is out August 28 and their album release shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be orchestral affairs.

New and Forthcoming Releases

4 Corners ‘The Foundations’, Antagonist ‘These Cities, Our Graves’, Beatrootz You Know (single), Big Belly Woman ‘Dignity’, The Cattlestops ‘Cattlestoppin', Cobra Khan ‘Sleepless Lions’, Cyphanetik ‘Commercial Suicide’, Flip Grater ‘Cage for a Song’, Haints Of Dean Hall ‘The Haints of Dean Hall’, Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns ‘Te Ku Te Whe Remixed’, Ill Semantics ‘Good Musick’, John Psathas ‘View From Olympus’, Lawrence Arabia ‘Lawrence Arabia’, Leather Apron (David Mitchell) 10”, MC Mas Musicman single, One Million Dollars ‘Soup Kitchen’, Paul McLaney ‘Edin’, PNC ‘Rookie Card’, Reb Fountain ‘Like Water’, Richard Leschen ‘Heavy Waters’, Shapeshifter ‘Soulstice’, Shaft ‘Down in Your Life’, Solaa ‘Steps In Time’, Stylus ‘Gain Control’, Suicide Dogs ‘Breakin' Away’, Twinset ‘Flavour Country’, Tyree Robertson ‘Gladeye’, Whirimako Black ‘Whirimako’.


4 Corners: September: 1 Auckland Real Groovy (instore), Auckland Youthtown (8pm - all ages), Auckland Rising Sun (R18), 9 Ohakune Hot Lava, 15 Christchurch Coyotes, 16 Dunedin 12 Below.

The Dukes: August: 31 Blue Pub Metheven, September: 1 Bar Xcel Timaru, 2 Dux de Lux Christchurch, 21 Westpac Centre Christchurch (opening for INXS)

Gahu: September: 2 Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium 3pm
Real Groovy Auckland instores: September: 1st 4 Corners, 15 Cobra Khan, 29 Sinate

Shapeshifter: South Island: September: Nelson Friday 1, Greymouth Saturday 2, Queenstown 5, 6, 7, Invercargill Friday 8, Dunedin Saturday 9, Christchurch Friday 29

Tainted: September: 9th The Phat Club (R18), Nelson; 16th The Crown (R18), Dunedin; 22 the Valve (R18), Wellington with Sinate; 23rd OS9 (all ages), Wellington with Sinate.

Trillion: September 22: The Mussel Inn Takaka

Twinset - Flavour Country Tour: September: 7 Auckland Khuja Lounge, 8 Leigh Sawmill Cafe, 9 Wellington Cabaret.


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