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IMNZ September Chart and News

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IMNZ Independent Album Chart

September 2006

Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor

1 Shapeshifter Soulstice Truetone/Rhythmethod
2 Fat Freddy's Drop Based On A True Story Rhythmethod
3 Hollie Smith Hollie Smith EP Rhythmethod
4 Opensouls Kaleidoscope Rhythmethod
5 Solaa Steps in Time Rhythmethod
6 Ishta Ishta Monkey Records/Global Routes
7 Fly My Pretties The Return Of... LOOP/Border
8 Don McGlashan Warm Hand Arch Hill/Rhythmethod
9 Miriam Clancy Lucky One Rhythmethod
10 Mt Vaea Band Mama King Music
11 Dudley Benson Steam Railways of Britain EP Rhythmethod
12 Concord Dawn Chaos By Design Uprising
13 Voom Hello, Are You There? Lil’ Chief/Elite
14 4 Corners The Foundations Disruptiv/Rhythmethod
15 Suicide Dogs Breakin’ Away Rhytmethod
16 Fly My Pretties Live at Bats LOOP/Border
17 Cassette Cut For Summer Tardus
18 Antagonist These Cities, Our Graves 1157
19 TrinityRoots Home, Land and Sea Border
20 Fat Freddy's Drop Live at the Matterhorn Rhythmethod Amplifier

Shows sales from 1 – 31 August 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.

September news

Welcome aboard new IMNZ members Hellsquad Records (The Datsuns), Maiden Records (Flip Grater), and Move the Crowd (Juse, Tyree). Great to have you with us!

A fresh batch of NZMIC Outward Sound recipients were announced this month, including IMNZ artists Savage, Tyree and John Psathas. Well done to 2006 Silver Scroll recipient Don McGlashan and 2006 Maioha recipient Bennett, both on IMNZ labels; and to the other IMNZ finalists James Milne (Silver Scroll finalist), and Mahinarangi Tocker and Rihitapuwae Tocker (Maioha finalists).

Bernie Griffen represented IMNZ at Popkomm, attending meetings of the Worldwide Independent Network on our behalf. Nigel Braddock from Monkey Records also attended Popkomm, and he’s spending ten weeks in Europe promoting his label and researching venues with a view towards organising tours there next year.

Tyree, whose album ‘Now Or Never’ was released this month in New Zealand, has been invited to support Jay Z along with Rihana and Ne-Yo on their Australian tour at the end of October. Tyree's album will be released in Australia through Universal Music, although no date has yet been confirmed.

Die! Die! Die! have signed with Tardus Music and have an EP, ‘Locust Weeks’, due for release in November. They will return to New Zealand and tour the EP. Minuit are about to embark on a 14 date tour of the UK and Europe to promote the release of the 12" single Fuji, which will be available in 16 territories from mid-October.

The Ruby Suns have signed a 2-album deal with UK label Memphis Industries, who release bands such as the Go! Team, Dungen and Field Music. The band's first album will be released at the end of this year in the UK through Memphis Industries and in Europe through V2 (under the name The Ruby Suns rather than Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns). In September, Ryan did a show in Melbourne with a band of locals, including Gus from Architecture in Helsinki and Jamie from the Raylenes. Back home, the Ruby Suns are taking part in a national tour as part of A Low Hum at the end of October and then supporting Animal Collective in Auckland and Wellington in November.

Videos of Agent Alvin and the Video Kid tunes were runners-up in the Handle the Jandal independent video awards; Charlie Ash’s O Baby took out the top peoples’ choice spot.

Cyphanetik’s debut album ‘Commercial Suicide’ is in stores October 2nd through Breakin Wreckwordz/Shock with a cast of guests including Mareko, Red Eye Society, Maia Rata, Tyna & JB, Louie Knuxx, Nate D and Tommy Harmonik; with production from BW’s Exile. Starting out with the Insomniacs in 2001, Cyphanetik has gone on to support the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes and others. He’s also spent the last five years running the Breakin Wreckwordz label, which recently expanded to Australia.

Metallers Sinate have their second album due out at the end of September; entitled 'Violent Ambitions', it was recorded and mastered in Sweden. Tainted and Antagonist have support slots on the Blindspott national tour. Tainted and Sinate are joining forces to tour here with State Of Integrity (Australia) in November. Cobra Khan’s debut ‘Sleepless Lions’ is instores now, and they’ll be touring throughout September/October. Locals Cold By Winter, Cobra Khan, Tomorrow Comes In Silence and The Rabble join the international Taste of Chaos lineup.

John Psathas’ album ‘View From Olympus’ launched in Wellington on September 22, and late September sees the NZSO presenting the premiere of John Psathas' second Saxophone Concerto featuring Italian soloist Federico Mondelci. Jazz ensemble Mundi have been featured on Australian ABC Radio National’s Daily Planet show.

The Datsuns’ third album 'Smoke & Mirrors' is out October 2; and a limited edition CD/DVD will feature documentary footage of the band and the videos for Stuck Here For Days and System Overload. The single and album will also be available as a download on release. The band are touring the UK and Europe at present, and New Zealand tour dates will be announced soon.

PNC’s debut album ‘Rookie Card’ has just been released on Dirty Records.

Ill Semantics’ new album ‘Good Musik’, featuring the single On & On, is released October 2, look out for guest appearances from Aaradhna, Flowz, Adeaze and Lemuel. The record is a joint venture between Ill Semantics’ label Illegal Musik and Dawn Raid imprint Clientele Records. The Deceptikonz return with their album ‘Heavy Rotation’ in stores October 25, produced by New York producers Emile (Jay-Z, Madonna, D-12, Dead Prez) and Sol Messiah (Ghostface, Fat Joe, MOP). Right now Aaradhna is recording an album of Motown and Stax soul classics for release in December; Murray Cammick is A&R supervisor on the project.

Out now is Whirimako Black’s ‘Soul Sessions’, which features a selection of jazz tunes from yesteryear, many of which are sung in te reo Maori. The band features members of Nathan Haines’ tour band. Whirimako has been touring songs from this album with guitarist Nigel Gavin. Speaking of Nigel Gavin, he and Lorina Harding are embarking on an extensive nationwide spring tour, playing 38 dates and covering everywhere from Kerikeri to Oamaru.

Superette are playing a couple of one-off shows to celebrate 10 years since releasing their debut (and only) album ‘Tiger’, they’ll be joined by Voom (who Superette played their first gig with) and Mestar, who are about to release their second longplayer ‘Shut the Squizwot Factories Down’ on October 2nd.

Te Vaka perform in Dunedin as part of the Otago Festival of the Arts on October 11; they also have a new DVD due out. And the drums are beating over the launch of npme’s (new pacific music ensemble) debut album ‘Mareureu’ at the upcoming 10th Wellington International Jazz Festival in November; the album fuses improv jazz with Cook Island log drumming, and is a collaboration between Andrew McMillan and log drummer Taiau Nicholas, one of the few women teaching Cook Island log drumming.

Christchurch’s Flip Grater has just released her debut album ‘Cage For A Song’. She performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, earlier this year and has played shows with artists such as Ben Lee, The Shins, Anika Moa, The Phoenix Foundation and SJD, and now she’s off on her first New Zealand tour, ‘The CookBook Tour’. This solo tour will see Flip traveling big and small town New Zealand in her Lada station wagon, playing and collecting recipes for a cookbook/tour stories book due for release next year.

Definite and Bling’s album ‘Flavourism’ is released on October 9 on Capitalrecordings. The album’s release follows their popular single tracks Jump Up, Daamm! and Like That.

Julien Dyne and Steph Brown from the Opensouls, plus guests, have a new residency, named Live Organ Jazz, at Joy Bong Thai restaurant on Saturdays.

New and Forthcoming Releases

4 Corners ‘The Foundations’, Antagonist ‘These Cities, Our Graves’, Cobra Khan ‘Sleepless Lions’, Cyphanetik ‘Commercial Suicide’, the Datsuns ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, Definite & Bling ‘Flavourism’, Flip Grater ‘Cage for a Song’, Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns ‘Te Ku Te Whe Remixed’, Ill Semantics ‘Good Musick’, John Psathas ‘View From Olympus’, Leather Apron (David Mitchell) 10”, MC Mas Musicman, Mestar ‘Shut the Squizwot Factories down’, npme ‘Mareureu’, One Million Dollars ‘Soup Kitchen’, Paul McLaney ‘Edin’, PNC ‘Rookie Card’, Reb Fountain ‘Like Water’, Richard Leschen ‘Heavy Waters’, Shapeshifter ‘Soulstice’, Shaft ‘Down at Your Life’, Solaa ‘Steps In Time’, Te Vaka DVD, Tyree ‘Now or Never’, Whirimako Black ‘Soul Sessions’.


Lorina Harding & Nigel Gavin Spring Tour 2006: October: 3: Whitianga – Eggsentric Café, 6: Kerikeri – Wharepuke, 8: Rawene – Copthorne, 11: Pukeatua – Out In The Styx Café, 12: Raglan – Tongue & Groove, 13: Putaruru – Plaza Theatre, 15: Leigh – Leigh Sawmill, 17: Gisborne – Works Café, 18: Havelock North – Diva, 19: Taupo – Plateau (free), 21: Wanganui – Stellar, 24: Palmerston North – Celtic Inn, 26: Masterton – Café Strada, 27: Petone – Wellington Bluegrass Society, 28: Petone – Workshops 10am Lorina, 1pm Nigel, 28: Lembas Café – Raumati South; November: 6: Dunedin – New Edinburgh Folk Club, 7: Gore – Ashby School of Music, 8: Invercargill – Wishbone Café, 9: Te Anau – Black Dog Café, Fiordland Cinema, 11: Wanaka – The River House, 12: Alexandra – Orchard Garden Café, 14: Franz Josef – Blue Ice Café, 15: Hokitika – Crooked Mile Theatre, 16: Greymouth – DP1 Squared, 17: Granity – Drifters Café, 18: Karamea – Rongo Backpackers, 19:Takaka – Mussel Inn (free), 23: Marahau – Marahau Park Café, 24: Nelson – Boathouse, 25: Picton – Le Café, 28: Christchurch – Al’s Bar, 29: Lyttelton – Harbour Light, 30: Oamaru – Penguin Club; December: 1: Moeraki – Fleur’s Place, 2: Geraldine – Easy Way Café

Lil’ Chief Records: September: 30 Voom - Seafood Festival, AK; 30 Shaft, the Bads, the Dylan Storey Band – Shanghai Lil’s, AK; October: 4 The Ruby Suns, The Howling Bells (Aus/UK) - King's Arms, AK, 5 The Nudie Suits, Dudley Benson – Craftwork, St Kevins Arcade, AK; 6 Shaft, the Situations - San Francisco Bathhouse Wellington

Flip Grater: Yaza Café Nelson – October 6, Mussel Inn Takaka – October 8, Happy Wellington – October 12, Aqua Velvet Raglan – October 14, The Wine Cellar Auckland – October 18, Eggsentric Café Whitanga – October 20, Attiyo Raz Taupo – October 21

Gahu: Whangarei Jazz & Blues Festival October 7 and 8; Queenstown Jazz Festival October 18 - 23

dDub: September: 30 The Backstage Dunedin; October: 6 Galatos Auckland, 7 Waihi Beach Hotel, 9 Juice TV Awards Auckland, 13/14 Nelson Arts Festival, 21 Pettigrew Arena Napier with Kora and Katchafire.

1157 Records: October: 8 St James Auckland - Taste of Chaos (AA) - Taking Back Sunday (USA), Thursday (USA), Anti-Flag (USA), Underoath (USA), Senses Fail (USA), Saosin (USA), Cold By Winter, Cobra Khan, Tomorrow Comes In Silence, The Rabble; 12 Grumpy Mole Rotorua (R18) - Blindspott, Antagonist, Take The Willing; 13 Real Groovy Instore Wellington (AA) - Cobra Khan; 13 Altitude Hamilton (R18) - Blindspott, Antagonist, Full Nelson; 13 Bar Bodega Wellington (R18) - Cobra Khan, Not Quite Right, Damaged; 13 Zeal Wellington (AA) - Cold By Winter + Guests; 14 Valve Wellington (R18) - Cold By Winter + Guests; 14 Live at the Break Palmerston North (R18) - Cobra Khan + Guests; 14 Studio Auckland (AA & R18) Blindspott, Antagonist, Second Theory, Tomorrow Comes In Silence.

P-Money and PNC: October: 14th Babalu’s Whangaparoa.

Superette, Voom and Mestar: October: 27th San Francisco Bath House Wellington, October 28th Kings Arms Auckland.


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