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Independents Day in NZ this Friday, plus New Chart

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We have a slightly different newsletter for you today – the very first international Independents Day starts this Friday, it commences in New Zealand, and we wanted to let you know about it. It’s a chance for us to team up with our independent label association cousins around the globe to celebrate independent music, and we’re pretty excited.

We’ve also got the latest IMNZ chart for you. And if you’re curious to know what else our labels and distributors are up to at the moment, normal transmission will resume very soon and we’ll have a big serving of news from our labels and artists for you in the next week or so.


IMNZ Independent Album Chart
Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor
1 Flight Of The Conchords Flight Of The Conchords Rhythmethod
2 Tiki Past, Present, Future Dirty Dub
3 HDU Metamathics Shoot The Freak/Border
4 Kora Kora Kora/Border
5 Samuel F. Scott And The BOP Straight Answer Machine LOOP/Border
6 dDub Medicine Man Vunderchick/Border
7 Hot Grits It's Too Drunk To Be This Early Monkey/Rhythmethod
8 An Emerald City An Emerald City EP Monkey/Rhythmethod
9 The Naked And Famous This Machine EP Round Trip Mars
10 Dick 'Magik' Johnson You Are Sound Border
11 Geoff Sewell Believe Ode
12 Dudley Benson The Awakening Border
13 Bulletproof Dark Times, Desperate Measures Uprising
14 Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra The Heartache EP Rhythmethod
15 Flight Of The Conchords The Complete BBC Radio Show Elite
16 Little Bushman Pendulum Rhythmethod
17 O.G Moving On Central/Rhythmethod
18 Tahuna Breaks Reflections Rhythmethod
19 Dubwize Presents Snypa Levi The Sojourner Rhythmethod
20 Fat Freddy's Drop Based On A True Story Rhythmethod

(Shows sales from 1 – 31 May 2008. 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.)

Independents Day 2008 starting in New Zealand

The first international Independents Day is happening this weekend – and it is kicking off in New Zealand! To celebrate, IMNZ is releasing a very limited edition digital album replete with much-loved New Zealand artists alongside some exciting newcomers, plus exclusive cover versions by well known international indie artists covering their favourite independent songs. You can also vote for your favourite New Zealand independent albums and possibly win a tasty stack of CDs for your efforts.

Independents Day 08 is an international three-day celebration of independent music which will run from Friday July 4 to Sunday July 6 this year. IMNZ (representing over 70 of the country’s independent record labels and distributors) is teaming up with independent record label associations from around the globe to make some serious noise about the great independent music being released all over the world. Artists under the IMNZ umbrella include Fat Freddy’s Drop, Geoff Sewell, Flight of the Conchords, Hollie Smith, SJD, Opshop, Kora, the Nothing (with Chris Knox), and elsewhere the independent music sector was the first home to artists including The Beatles, Elvis and Coldplay and is still home to artists such as Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Bjork.


The very very very limited edition Independents Day 08 album comes out on Friday July 4. It’s only on sale for three days so put that date in your diary! After Sunday July 6 the album will be remover forever, so it’s a bit of a collector’s item. It’s only available online, so from Friday you can head to Amplifier, Digirama, iTunes, Vodafone or Telecom to check it out.

Local artists include Little Bushman, Tiki, the Naked and Famous, Tiger Tones, The Brunettes, Shapeshifter and many more, and our international guests are the Prodigy, the Charlatans, Devendra Banhart and the Infadels. In a nice tribute to the history of the indies, the international tracks showcase the artists’ favourite independent songs; and a TV show is being produced which follows the progress of the UK covers album.

You can find the album tracklisting and stores at

Independents Day 08 – VOTE FOR THE TOP TEN NZ INDIE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME (or since 2000 anyway!)

You can vote for your favourite New Zealand independent albums released since 2000 (when IMNZ was formed). Voting is open for a week and closes at 9am on Friday July 4. All will be revealed when the Top Ten is announced later that day. Voting is open to the public and we’re also rounding up the Top tens of a variety of New Zealand music experts which we’ll feature on our website.

Vote at (**or email me and I’ll send you a voting form)

Independents Day 08 - THE AUCTION
The auction will provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to grab a piece of musical history, with musical rarities and personal artist collectibles all going under the hammer. Lots include signed Radiohead artwork, sets of signed Roots Manuva albums, Chris Slade (AC/DC) drum signed sticks, Kim and Kelly Deal-signed Breeders EP and posters and rare Arcade Fire singles. Proceeds go to charities in each participating country such as the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund in the UK and Musicares in the US.


What is happening with Independents Day 08 internationally?

Independent label organisations in the UK, US, Australia, Spain and other countries around the world are also presenting their own albums, polls and auctions. The other participating countries’ Independents Day 08 albums can also be purchased. You can visit this link for international details:


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