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Album of the Week
The Ruby Suns - Christopher
Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It's a breakup album, but as one listen will tell you, not necessarily a sad one.
It's McPhun's fourth record for Lil' Chief and Memphis Industries, third for Sub Pop and first mixed by an A-list engineer: Chris Coady of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance and a zillion more.
It's out on LP as well.
Single of the Week
Jesse Sheehan - Illuminated
This is the follow up single to Jesse Sheehan's last single from the A Crack In Everything EP.
Illuminated signifies the first in a new recording cycle from the rising star. The song explores unbridled ecstasy of a single moment, the intent to convince someone of this feeling, and the desperate frustration from this intent not being realised.
Ray Columbus and The Invaders - Every Nite
Every Nite is the debut album from Ray Columbus and The Invaders. The line up on this release was Puni Soloman (bass), Jimmy Hill (drums/vocals), Dave Russell and Wally Scott (guitar) and of course Ray Columbus (vocals).
The record was produced by John Dawkins and originally released in 1963, but is now available digitally thanks to Zodiac and DRMNZ.
Dulciana - Above The Clouds
Above the Clouds by Dulciana showcases the dulcet tones of singer, Little Lapin (AKA Lucy Cioffi) and is guaranteed to get your toe tapping.
It's the catchy theme song for the new TVNZ comedy/drama series, Agent Anna. Featuring Robyn Malcolm in the lead, this series follows a recent divorcee as she tackles earning a living as a newly qualified real estate agent.
Paul Lestre Group - A Nite At the Hi Diddle Griddle
The Paul Lestre Group had a residency at the Hi Diddle Griddle nightclub on Auckland's K-Rd, one of the country's first licensed "dine and dance" venues.
On piano for this recording is Lyall Laurent, Bob Ofsoski is on bass and the guitarist was one of the city's leading jazz players of the day, Ray Gunter. Paul Lestre himself plays a variety of instruments, from saxophone to violin.
Music in Parks - Cockle Bay Reserve, Howick, Auckland
Gango Rey and Kantuta shared some infectious tunes as part of Music in Parks at Cockle Bay Reserve, Howick on Sunday 13 January.
To view the full gallery - click >HERE<
Late 80's Mercedes - Diamonds
Diamonds hails the arrival of Late 80's Mercedes to the world of original music with 6 of the 7 songs penned and arranged by the band members themselves.
As the process of choosing, honing and eventually recording the songs took shape, a theme began to emerge reflecting cinematic influences such as Oceans 11, James Bond and maybe even a little Get Smart!
Zkabby Jams - Hey
Zkābby Jams (pronounced Skar-bee) is a phenomenally talented band born out of Edgewater College in Pakuranga, Auckland.
In the latter part of 2012 they became the national champions of the Smokefree Pacifica Beats 2012. Hey is their debut single, celebrating the joyful spirit of summertime.
June Hayes - Journey For The Return Home
Listen to the upbeat, occasionally bittersweet songs on June Hayes' Journey For The Return Home, one of 2013's first new Kiwi artist releases, and you wouldn't guess that the amazing musical creativity of the 13 all-original tracks is born of a series of unimaginable events.
June, of Ngapuhi, Ngati Pukenga and Ngati Maniapoto ancestry, was well-known on Auckland's live music entertainment scene as a jazz singer with a 'voice like velvet', having played concerts, festivals, corporate events, weddings, parties and everything in between with various musicians and big bands, including an appearance at the Brecon International Jazz Festival in Wales some years back.
Strahan - Posters
Posters is the new album from Strahan.
The Psalmist's vocation is a strange thing. He's charged with defining that invisible line between earth and sky. His eyes to the horizon and a pen that traces the lines of the road beyond it, giving voice to that which is and which is not yet.
He lives in a strange state of disrepose. His songs are hallelujahs born from wartime, they're lamentations of violence and beauty. And all the time, they're these temporal views through a shaded glass, an ersatz alter.
Luke Casey & Tinpot Guru
Holiday Hair is the new single from Luke Casey & Tinpot Guru and it's available as a free download between now and the end of the weekend.
Luke Casey has an impressive musical pedigree. Born in London in 1972, he was exposed to music at a very early age. His uncle, Andy Parker, was drummer for legendary English rock group U.F.O.
Music in Parks - Three Kings Reserve, Auckland
On Saturday 19 January, I Am Giant played at Three Kings Reserve, Auckland, as part of the city's Music in Parks series.
The headliners were supported by 71 Sunset, Ekko Park and Fire At Will.
To view the full gallery - click >HERE<
TOP VIDEOS THIS WEEK
The Deadly Deaths
Boh Runga & Carly
Fly My Pretties
Catch the Light
Trip To The Moon
Catch My Fall
Amadou and Mariam - Hope (Fat Freddy's Cover)
Post No Bills
Only One I Need
Fat Freddy's Drop VS The Electric Flashback To Jerk Chicken
Utopia In Williamsburg
Cruel To Be Kind
Amplifier Release Chart
01. Kora - Light Years
02. Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams - Sad But True (The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting Volume 1)
03. Deach - Slow It Down (Remix) - Single
04. Various - Boy - Movie Soundtrack
05. Various - Songs From The Inside (CD/DVD)
06. Shapeshifter - Monarch - Single
07. The New Zealand 28 (Maori) Battalion - AKE, AKE, KIA KAHA E! - Songs Of The New Zealand 28 (Maori) Battalion
08. Minuit - Last Night You Saw This Band
09. Various - Stroke - Songs For Chris Knox
10. Katrina Bristow - Home
11. The Black Seeds - Dust And Dirt: Deluxe Edition
12. Laura Hunter - Don't Be Afraid To Love - Single
13. Aotearoa Maori Chorale - Maori Songs Of New Zealand Volume 2