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Album of the Week
Sharkness - Coat Of Arms

Acceptable coats of arms are emblazoned with creatures and symbols that represent the bearer in good light - lions, eagles, scales of justice and stallions. One does not put dodos, guinea-pigs or goldfish on their coat of arms.
But Coat Of Arms the album is not your usual mix of creatures. Sharkness (Robin Hinkley) has synthetic and angular pop ditties pose with mild embarrassment alongside antisocial reels and introspective dirges. Hectic rock numbers carouse with earnest folk songs. The odd sensible ballad gazes, disapprovingly at the whole affair.
He has brought together an alluring mix of elements, forging a cohesive album that is ominous and beautiful on occasion, irreverent at times, but that is compelling from start to finish.

Single of the Week
Pieter T - Make Believe

Make Believe is the new Pieter T single, following his previous hit It Would Be You.
There is no doubt that Pieter T (Pieter Tuhoro) is carving a path to the top. With his debut album Life, Love And Lessons thoroughly thrashed and his loyal fan-base expanding, Pieter aims his sights on his second album, which fuses reggae, soul, dance and hip-hop and parallels his work with youth at risk as an ambassador for Youthline NZ.

Free Download
Fat Freddy's Drop - Silver And Gold

Blackbird, the upcoming studio album from perennial soul shakers Fat Freddys Drop, takes a step closer to touchdown with the release of new single Silver And Gold.
The single is available now as a free digital download, right here at Amplifier.
Silver and Gold will be released with bonus instrumental track Bohannon Dub on limited edition 12" vinyl in December.
Conjured up during a series of epic sessions at the band's Wellington studio, Silver And Gold started life as an unruly instrumental jam with the working title Skunkadilla. It was an entirely appropriate moniker at the time, given the track sounds like the monster love child of George Clinton, The Congos & John Lee Hooker. Underpinned by Dobie Blaze's wobbly synth-bass and the crunchy skank of Jetlag's guitar, DJ Fitchie added his straight-to-the-point banging beat.

Ariana Tikao - From Dust To Light

It has been four years since Ariana Tikao's last solo album, Tuia, which received great praise at home and abroad.
Tikao's highly anticipated release From Dust To Light, is primarily inspired by the devastating earthquake in her hometown of Christchurch.
"Dust rose above the city that day from crumbling buildings. As you can imagine, it not only affected us physically, but emotionally and spiritually," says Ariana. "From the wreckage though, people are picking themselves up, forging ahead into new growth and opportunities."

Various - How To Meet Girls From A Distance (OST)

This is the original soundtrack from the hit 2012 New Zealand film, and winner of the Make My Movie competition, How To Meet Girls From A Distance.
Artists on this recording include The Eversons, Matt Langley, Joe Blossom, The Broadsides, Leno Lovecraft and Rosy Tin Teacaddy.

These Automatic Changers - Under Arrest

Under Arrest is the first of three separate singles to be released by These Automatic Changers leading up to their debut album in early 2013.
Recorded and tracked by the band themselves utilizing theatres, churches and their own home studio to capture the source sounds, it was then handed over to award winning engineer Andrew Buckton to turn it into a cohesive piece of work.

Jamie McDell - Six Strings And A Sailboat

Since the release of her first single You'll Never Take That Away in February, 2012 has been a whirlwind year for singer songwriter Jamie McDell, and 16 November sees the highly anticipated release of her debut full-length album Six Strings And A Sailboat.
Featuring #1 NZ singles You'll Never Take That Away, Rewind and the new single Life In Sunshine, the 13 track album showcases New Zealand's brightest new songwriting talent.

Kidz In Space - Best One

The amazingly energetic pop hip-hop act Kidz In Space return with their brand new single Best One.
The song is all-new, following their debut album Ghost, which was released in May last year.

The Black Seeds - Dust And Dirt: Deluxe Edition

The Tui award winning album Dust And Dirt has been re-packaged with seven additional tracks on an extra disc, including a DJ Vadim remix of Wide Open featuring Serocee and Lyric L. The download comes with digital booklet.
The Black Seeds have a reputation for major live performances and impressive albums that display their distinctive sound that blends infectious melodies, big-beat funk, dub, soul sprinkled with fusion jazz and stirred with vintage roots-reggae.
Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, The Black Seeds' music crosses boundaries with wanton abandon to great effect. From start to finish this album pulses on many levels.

Boycrush - Everybody All The Time

Everybody All The Time is the debut EP of Boycrush from Auckland. The 4-track EP was mixed in Wellington by Signer's Bevan Smith and mastered in LA by Dave Cooley.
Recorded during 2012 in what was once a ballroom underneath the Crystal Palace in Mt Eden, Auckland.

GiantKilla - GiantKilla

Straight from South Auckland comes GiantKilla, New Zealand's own dancing MC. Filled with talent, a tight stage presence and a burning passion to rap, dance and sing. This 21 year old sure knows how to turn heads and he shows this with his self-titled album.
GiantKilla was seen free-styling as a 12 year old in a local youth performing arts programme. Since then he has been
moulded into a full blown entertainer; from securing lead roles at his high school productions to travelling to Australia and the USA, participating in hip hop dance competitions as well as rapping/singing at various events.

Devils Elbow - Broken Record Syndrome

Alt. country punk rock band Devils Elbow return with their first new recorded material since their critically acclaimed 2010 debut album Sand On Chrome.
Broken Record Syndrome is an 8-track EP (or a single with 7 'B-sides'), it contains a mix of new and not so new material recorded at various times through 2011-2012 and features a number of guest musicians.

Dennis Marsh - Sounds Of The Pacific

2011 saw Dennis Marsh release two highly successful albums. The platinum selling Maori Songbook and gold selling career retrospective Through The Years: The Very Best Of Dennis Marsh.
After a 12 month break Dennis returns with Sounds Of The Pacific, a brand new studio album of handpicked classics performed with a pacific feel.

Glutton - Glutton

Three tracks make up the digital only EP from Waiheke based musician and film maker Glutton aka good ol' Jolly Roger.
After going through the hard yards for most of his life, Roger wants nothing more than to give people good deals, spread the word and make things easy for others.

Video of the Week
Pieter T - Make Believe

The video for the new single from Pieter T featuring Sid Diamond.


Fat Freddy's Drop
Fat Freddy's Drop VS The Electric Flashback To Jerk Chicken

Warrior feat. Mark Foster and A-Trak

The Deadly Deaths
Bury It

Sun And The Wolf

Fizek - Put Your Colours On

Goodnight Nurse
Schools Tour #3

Chris Hurn
Only One I Need

DINA - Urban Pacifika Records 2006
Aue Hoki Mai - Baby Don't Go

Urbantramper - Utopia In Williamsburg

Fat Freddy's Drop
Pull the Catch

The Fanatics

Cornerstone Roots

Katie Thompson
Cruel To Be Kind

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Amplifier Release Chart
01. Kora - Light Years
02. Deach - Slow It Down (Remix) - Single
03. Various - Songs From The Inside (CD/DVD)
04. Various - Boy - Movie Soundtrack
05. 1814 - Relax
06. Shapeshifter - Monarch - Single
07. Maisey Rika - Tangaroa Whakamautai - Single
08. Bury Me Low - Bury Me Low
09. Various - Stroke - Songs For Chris Knox
10. Flight Of The Conchords - Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That) - Single
11. The New Zealand 28 (Maori) Battalion - AKE, AKE, KIA KAHA E! - Songs Of The New Zealand 28 (Maori) Battalion
12. Sons Of Zion - Good Love - Single
13. Head Like A Hole (HLAH) - Sometimes The Wolf - Single

Saturday 17 November
Heart Attack Alley
The Darkroom, Christchurch


Saturday 17 November
Lisa Crawley
Eva Street Studio, Wellington


Saturday 17 November
Beastwars w/ Bloody Souls and Proton Beast
King's Arms, Auckland

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