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IMNZ Independent Album Chart - December 2007

IMNZ Independent Album Chart

Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor
1 Kora Kora Border
2 Tiki Past, Present, Future Rhythmethod
3 Shapeshifter Shapeshifter Live Truetone/Rhythmethod
4 Hollie Smith Long Player Soundsmith
5 Die! Die! Die! Promises Promises Tardus
6 Tahuna Breaks Reflections Rhythmethod
7 Pitch Black Rude Mechanicals Rhythmethod
8 BSM (Batucada Sound Machine) Rhythm and Rhyme Border
9 Scribe Rhyme Book Dirty Records
10 Shapeshifter Soulstice Truetone/Rhythmethod
11 SJD Songs From A Dictaphone Round Trip Mars
12 Fat Freddy's Drop Based On A True Story Rhythmethod
13 Cornerstone Roots Free Yourself Rhythmethod
14 OdESSA The Prize Border
15 Flight of the Conchords Complete BBC Radio Show Elite
16 Cut Off Your Hands Blue on Blue EP Rhythmethod
17 The Brunettes Structure and Cosmetics Lil’ Chief
18 Good Laika Heads I Win, Tails You Lose Rhythmethod
19 Shapeshifter The Riddim Wise LP Truetone/Rhythmethod
20 Chuganaut 11:11 ONE Oddbeat

(Shows sales from 1 – 31 October 2007. 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.)

November/December News

The website for global independent digital rights body Merlin (of which IMNZ Chair Mark Kneebone is a member) is now live at (www); the site will soon be available in several languages.

Hollie Smith has recorded 3 tracks with James Poyser, who has written and produced for Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Common, The Roots, Jill Scott, Mariah Carey, and Queen Latifah amongst others. After her theatre tour with SJD ended, Smith performed at an Air New Zealand function in Vancouver followed by a showcase in LA. She’s home to play the Martinborough Food and Wine festival in December. Cut Off Your Hands relocated to the UK, and their first single with 679 Recordings (The Streets, Polyphonic Spree), Oh Girl, sold out in less than 24 hours. The band have been touring relentlessly with Foals, and played NYC’s CMJ plus Iceland’s epic Airwaves festival. They’ll make a brief visit back to Australia and NZ to tour with Levity label mates Mercy Arms and appear at the Falls Festival and Big Day Out before returning to the UK to continue work on their debut LP, to be dropped next year on 679. Lewis McCallum’s track Fly or Die from the ‘Wake’ album was reviewed in tastemaker magazine Urb. So So Modern are in the middle of a huge European tour, which includes dates with the Robocop Kraus.

The Brunettes will finish their UK/European tour then head back to the Southern hemisphere for shows in Australia and here. They’ve had very positive press from the NME and London's Time Out guide; and over 250,000 Youtube viewings of the video for Her Hairagami Set. New York magazine Bust ran an 8-page photo-shoot with Heather and Jonathan, and photographer Kevin Abosch (known for portraits of Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz) has taken photos of the group too. At home the band were honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the b-Net awards, and they have a homecoming show on December 15 with Voom and newcomers the Conjurors (which features ex-members of the Ruby Suns, The Tokey Tones, Teenwolf, the Whipping Cats, Dictaphone Blues and The Cosbys). The Ruby Suns have a new 3-piece line-up and a new EP, ‘Lichen Ears’. Voom and the Reduction Agents have tracks on the very popular ‘Outrageous Fortune’ soundtrack; and Lawrence Arabia played a show in London with Jennifer Gentle.

Having sold out two London shows and an Amsterdam show, and receiving rave reviews around Europe, Shapeshifter were then a headline act for Australia’s Parklife Festival in October alongside M.I.A. and Justice; the festival covers 5 states, each with 30,000+ crowds, and the band picked up a ‘festival highlight’ tag. This summer Shapeshifter will perform at some of our top holiday locations before settling in to write their fourth studio album. They’ll be supported by MC Tiki who’s just released his acclaimed album ‘Past, Present and Future’ which stormed into the national top 10; on the decks will be legendary DJ Manuel Bundy.

A few Australian live performances of note have been announced. Cut Off Your Hands play all the Big Day Out dates, as well as the massive Falls Festival; Te Vaka will perform at the Woodford Festival in Brisbane on December 29, 30 and 31 - Australia's largest festival with 2,000 artists over 6 days. The Breakin Wreckwordz showcase to play a series of shows in Sydney and Melbourne this December features Red Eye Society, Tourettes, The Usual Suspects, Cyphanetik and DJ Substance - this will be the first time an Australian audience will have the opportunity to see the most part of the Breakin Wreckwordz collective live, and coming off last month’s It's a Monster NZ Tour, the boys are set to deliver. LOOP’s 'All Blacks - The Music' compilation was distributed through Shock records in Australia, with tracks receiving good airplay on many community stations.

Scribe’s second single My S**t has hit the Aussie airwaves, on telly channels Rage and Channel and radio station Mood Media; F.R.E.S.H. continued to pick up spins too. His album ‘Rhyme Book’ was released in October and rocked its way into the Australian Top Ten; Scribe also co-headlined an Australian tour with Talib Kweli, and a live performance on MTV’s The Lair. Rapper Mr Sicc’s underground hit Ear To The Street was featured on DJ Peter Gunz’ ‘Represent’ mix CD out now in Australia. He has performances coming up in Sydney and Brisbane soon. Back home, in December, 833 will bring out ‘Mr Sicc Presents: J-Dubb - Old School Machete Funk’.

Minuit’s new website has beaten all other contenders (including The Pet Shop Boys!) to receive the top prize for Best Music Website at the prestigious Pixel Design Awards in the US. Designed by RESN in Wellington (who have also done work for The Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation and The Upbeats) the site is a 'mini-Minuit world' where you can choose one of the cute characters from ‘The Guards Themselves’ album cover to show you around. The band have returned from a triumphant tour of Europe and the UK; and with the release of several remix 12”s in the UK, and the imminent release of their album there in 2008, Minuit have received support from breakbeat pioneers Adam Freeland, FreQ Nasty, Tayo and Rennie Pilgrim. Jay Cunning, KISS FM’s Breakbeat show host, said: “Minuit will do what The Crystal Method and NuBreed did for their countries - put New Zealand firmly on the dance scene's map.” Their live sets for Annie Nightingale's Radio 1 show and for BBC's 6 Music will air in December. Through Finland to Russia, Berlin to Barcelona, the Minuit live show rocked some serious PA systems; and the band may very well now have a vodka shot named after them in St Petersburg.

Charmaine Ford’s ‘Busy Silence’ was named the New Zealand Music Awards Best Jazz Album of the Year at the Wellington International Jazz Festival. Creative New Zealand announced their grants for the first round of 2007/2008; recipients include Bachelorette, Simon Comber, Flip Grater, Coco Solid, Steve Abel, Monkey Records, Rattle Records and Pacific Curls. On October 28 the NZ Music Managers’ Forum held its 4th Annual Music Managers awards; Hollie Smith’s managers Nicky and Morgan Donoghue were awarded Manager of the Year; Kathy Crawshaw (SJD and David Kilgour) was named Upcoming Manager of the Year – Auckland; Upcoming Manager of the Year – Regional went to Ayesha Kee for 4 Corners; and Special Achievement Awards went to Veronica Herber for dDub and JP Winger for Miriam Clancy.

Moana Maniapoto and Michael Houston were among the five artists honoured for their achievements at the eighth annual Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards on November 21; and Michael Houstoun releases his new album ‘Inland’ on December 7, which realises his long-held goal to record the music of composers he respects and with whom he has forged close relationships. ‘Inland’ features compositions by John Psathas, Douglas Lilburn, Gao Ping, Ken Young, Victoria Kelly and Mike Nock. Phase 4 recording grants have gone to IMNZ artists Nesian Mystik, Shapeshifter and Solstate; and we’d like to congratulate our bNet winners: Little Bushman, Coco Solid, Die! Die! Die!, Pig Out, Shapeshifter, So So Modern, Hollie Smith, Collapsing Cities, David Kilgour, Bachelorette, Sean Donnelly (SJD), and The Brunettes. Hannah Curwood’s album has been licensed for use on Shortland St, and she’ll be touring Central Otago in February – watch this space for dates.

There’s no shortage of excellent new releases which would make great stocking stuffers this Christmas. The Lookie Loos ‘Timing Is Everything’ EP was written, recorded and engineered within the confines of the Waikato Institute of Technology over a 3-month period; the band have played with acts such as the Coshercot Honeys, Fighting the Shakes, The Vacants and White Birds and Lemons. P-Bass Expressway have released their new album ‘Snag Bag’. The band began with a friendship between Paul Bimler aka Nava Thomas aka Confucius and Ariel White while they were living in an ashram together in the early ‘90s. They’ve played alongside the likes of Shapeshifter, Salmonella Dub, Hollie Smith and Kora, at events including Rippon and Unity; and they’ve worked hard to overcome the distance between members who are spread over four cities in Australasia.

Orpheus Entertainment are about to release the next single for OMC, Please, featuring rapper Boy C (3 the Hard Way) and Lucy Lawless. Callie Blood (singer with Dave Dobbyn, Barry Saunders, Tex Pistol and Jenny Morris), Jackie Clarke (NZ Idol judge, When the Cat’s Been Spayed, the Lady Killers) and Wayne Bell (drums for Bic Runga, Greg Johnson) are the Darlings; their debut album ‘The Cicada Sessions’, produced by Steve Garden, is out now. Also appearing on the album are Mareea Patterson (Tim Finn), Brett Adams (The Bads), Alan Brown (Grand Central Band), with Garden playing drums.

Brotha D and the Dawn Raid Family’s ‘Element of Surprise’ is the first new album from Dawn Raid in 2007; the compilation is the first in a limited edition series running under the new distribution model Villijah Nation. The set includes new music from Brotha D, Savage, Ganxsta Ridd (Boo Yaa Tribe), Mareko, Baby Down (Brownzville), Deceptikonz, Monsta Ganjah, Aaradhna, Alphrisk, Akon, Sweet & Irie, Devolo and MZRE. Aaradhna’s Faith features in Ken Loach’s new movie ‘It's A Free World’ which picked up Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival and is receiving rave review overseas. The Horsemen Family have completed their debut record ‘My Shout: The Album’, set for a January 2008 release. The album features appearances by Savage, Frum Tha Stablez, Deceptikonz, Axeman, John Matrix and MZRE with production from Mareko, DJ Montana and DJ Shady 1. The Horsemen Family will tour over summer.

The Broken Heartbreakers are based around the songwriting of John Guy Howell and Rachel Bailey. This self-titled album is their second; and they’ve supported Lou Barlow and The Handsome Family. Pianist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Crayford’s new release, ‘Big Foot’, features his long time friend and cohort Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, ex-TrinityRoots), plus singers Emma Paki, Lisa Tomlins and Hollie Smith. During the ‘90s Crayford lived and worked in New York, playing and recording with the likes of Mambo Macoco, Groove Collective, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Ware, Jay Rodriguez, Eddie Bobe and the Dave Binney group. The Big Foot Band will perform at Parihaka ’08.

Recorded/produced between London and Auckland over the last year and out on December 3, Nathan Haines’ new album ‘Right Now’ features British artists Ty, Marlena Shaw, Vanessa Freeman and Mike Patto; with Kiwis Chris Cox, Tama Waipara, Kevin Field, Joel Haines and others contributing. The new Little Bushman album ’Pendulum’ is out the same day; it was recorded in June this year by Lee Prebble (Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties, Phoenix Foundation, the Inkling), and Little Bushman are touring over summer. Tim Guy is touring New Zealand through December to promote his new album 'Hummabyes', with his band featuring Anna Coddington and Ned Ngatae, plus Anna and special guests providing support. Monkey Records has licensed a Onelung track to Yves St Laurent in Korea for an ad campaign and signed a distribution deal in that territory to release Onelung's last two albums; and they've also recently signed the Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band who will be touring in January/February on the Gypsy Fever Summer Tour with DJ Balkanetic. Creative NZ has funded Monkey Records for a CD/DVD compilation 'Monkey Magic II', and a late summer national tour.

‘Ill Gotten Gains’ is the result of 9 years of hard knocks for Missing Teeth. Since the release of their popular self-titled album back in ‘01, the boys have put out 3 7" releases, two compilations (from their own label, Puppy Killer Records) and the aptly titled ‘Disaster’ EP; and they’ve supported the likes of Unseen, Dropkick Murphys, Hot Water Music, Sick Of It All, The Bronx, Good Riddance, Bouncing Souls, Nation Blue, Strung Out, Smugglers, Sommerset, Frenzal Rhomb, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League, The Exploited, Sticky Filth, Mint Chicks and Bleeders.

LA-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow returned to New Zealand to release her album ‘Crazy Love’, which includes international luminaries Mark Punch (Renee Geyer), Larry Klein (bass - Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel), Tim Pierce (guitar - Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart), Daryl Johnson (bass - Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris), Michael Chaves (guitar - John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan), Don Heffington (drums - Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) and others; and on the live performance front, Bristow has toured with Daniel Lanois, Art Garfunkel, Madeleine Peyroux, Renee Geyer, Bic Runga, Mark Seymour, The Whitlams, The Badloves, and British band Capercaille. Bristow has recently been playlisted across 7,000 Starbucks stores in the USA.

Paul McLaney’s new album 'Diamond Side', his second on LOOP, recorded in LA with producer/engineer Michael Frondelli (Crowded House, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones). Paul is touring the album with an epic trip around New Zealand from Russell in the north to Dunedin in the south. His new video was filmed in Death Valley in the US, where the temperature was so hot that Paul had to have the soles of his boots resoled after the film shoot due to them burning (no joke). The Danny McCrum Band have released their new album ‘Awake & Restless’. The band have worked with artists including Jimmy Barnes, Tommy Emmanuel, Nora Jones, John Mayer, Katie Melua and many more; and it’s been announced that Danny McCrum and Ben Jurisich will be opening for Bryan Ferry and Joan Armatrading at the Logan Campbell Centre on December 3rd and 4th.

It’s been 7 years since the last Jay Clarkson release but those familiar with New Zealand music history will know her name; Clarkson was a member of The Playthings, They Were Expendable/The Expendables and Breathing Cage, and in 1989 Breathing Cage won the Rheineck Rock Award. She teamed up with Johannes Contag (Cloudboy, Mink), and now Jay Clarkson and the Matches are touring to release the album ‘Over the Mountain’ (Arch Hill). White Swan Black Swan have a second five track EP ‘Castle of Useless Junk’ out as an advance taster of their ‘double mini album’... it was mixed in Nashville USA by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico, Will Oldham, David Kilgour). Grand Prix are on tour with The Phoenix Foundation; and David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights are on tour in the US with Euro's Child (featuring former front man from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). Pine play a bunch of shows in Sydney and Surf City continue to carve up the live stages in NZ and across the Tasman. The Haints of Dean Hall will be out with Jose Gonzalez (who was recently heard talking the Haints up on Sydney’s Triple JJJ radio) in January and also doing a few of their own shows. The Nairobi Trio, Rhian Sheehan, Module, The Haints of Dean Hall and Ragamuffin Children are sharing a bill with Jose Gonzales at the Peregrine winery, Queenstown, on January 10.

She'll Be Right Records has just turned 10 years old, and the big She'll Be Right Records Showcase Tour finished in Wellington on 1st December at Happy, where Ragamuffin Children, The Eastern and The Incredible Braking Wheel met up with Wellington label mates Jeremy Taylor, Mark Tupuhi and Billy Wilson. The Showcase Tour sees the release of new EPs by Mustard, The Eastern and The Incredible Braking Wheel and albums by Trillion and John White. Trillion’s album ‘SILENTinvisible’ is 3 years in the making and features 32 musicians and poets guided by Jody Lloyd. Ragamuffin Children were awarded an Alternatui for Best Female Artist(s) by Counting the Beat and Waiheke Community Radio; and they’ve just signed a publishing deal with Native Tongue. John White is touring New Zealand this December with double bassist Isaac Smith, playing electro-pop as I vs Drum Machine. John is back from playing some shows in the US in support of his ‘Mogwash’ release through US label Last Visible Dog; the She'll Be Right release of this CD will be available in New Zealand late November.

Two stalwarts of New Zealand music, Otis Mace and Bill Direen, have been beetling along the length of the country. Direen’s been living in Dunedin this year, after a stint writing novels and recording songs in Europe. He’s been lauded by bands like Yo La Tengo, and was recently the subject of a radio special hosted by Graeme Hill and Chris Knox. His latest album is ‘Human Kindness’ and he’s been on tour with a new line-up of his early band ‘The Builders’. Otis Mace, who played in London using such catchy publicity lines as “Otis Mace, Guitar Ace - remember the name 'cause you might forget the face!”, has a new album, chock full of nuggets – ‘Bird In Bush Road’.

The Low Spark started as the Tomahawks in Dunedin; their track Yesterday's Drink reached number 1 on Radio One. Their album ‘Out in the Ozone’ was mixed and mastered by Dale Cotton (Conray, HDU, Dimmer, Paul McLaney, Die!Die!Die!); Graeme Downes lent his song-writing and production skills. Psych-pop pioneers The Puddle - a revolving line-up assembled since 1984 around the unstable core of George D Henderson – have released ‘No Love – No Hate’, the first new Puddle material in almost 15 years. Otara-based Pacific reggae band Three Houses Down have released their debut album ‘Dreadtown’; which includes a song in their native tongue, Tongan.

Young Sid's new video/single Undisputed was Universal's top local download for the week ending November 11, and Move The Crowd's new street album 'Speed Of Sound III' is due any minute. Ethical’s digital EP ‘Coming Of Age’ hits the web-waves next month, on which he teams with the likes of Young Sid, ex-Dirt City comrade Neesh, Kardinal Official and the X-ecutioners' Roc Radia; and his forthcoming album 'Ages Turn' is due early next year with a nationwide tour early 2008. Singer/producer Hayley J Hansell is working on her forthcoming EP 'You Are Not Who You Know'; her debut single Space and Time is due out early December and she’s celebrating with a release party at Khuja Lounge December 6th.

Since crashing into the drum and bass scene in 2004 with their self-titled debut album, The Upbeats have released material through influential imprints BC Presents, Ed Rush & Optical’s Virus Recordings, Soul:R and others; they’ve also toured Europe 4 times, the US 3 times, stopped off in Japan and made numerous trips around NZ and Australia. Along the way they’ve played alongside the cream of international drum and bass, notably Grooverider, Andy C, Roni Size, Pendulum, DJ Hype, Zinc, DieselBoy, Concord Dawn, Shapeshifter and Bad Company. The Rabble were formed by brothers Rupe and Chazz (aged 15 and 14) in the tedious summer of 2000 and wasted no time in getting out of the garage and onto the stage. Their debut album ‘The Battle’s Almost Over…’ features Mark of US heavyweights Unseen and mixing from Jim Siegel at the Outpost, Massachusetts (Dropkick Murphys, Brain Failure, Far From Finished, Blood for Blood). Brick vs Face are a 4-piece hardcore/punk band made up of likely lads originally hailing from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Whangarei; ‘Think for Yourself’ is their second studio album.

Shona Laing's songs have captured the popular imagination as well as achieved Top 10 singles success and radio airplay across NZ, America, Australia and the UK. ‘Pass The Whisper’ is a return to Shona's folk roots and features Rua's Jimmy Young, James Wilkinson, Nigel Masters, Ian Gilpin, Mahinarangi Tocker and Denny Stanway. The album includes seven new songs as well radical reworkings of Soviet Snow, (Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy, Caught and Shoulda Bin For You. There is also a bonus track from the 70's that features the drumming of Bruno Lawrence. ‘Soul Finder’ is the debut album from Cydel, who have been around for more than a decade. Childhood friends Saipele “Pele” Nili and David “Dee” Letoa evolved from the R’n’B trio 3B Chill to one of NZ’s first hardcore rap duos Overdose, and their new sound they’ve dubbed "Pac-blues". 2005 single Luv Iz single was the most played New Zealand track on radio, and they’ve appeared on Top Of The Pops, Tangata Pasifika, Pacific Beat, Street, Mai Time, Coast Live, Mucking In and the Waitangi Day celebrations broadcast on Maori TV, as well as at WOMAD, many Pasifika Festivals, Style Pasifika, the Christchurch Pacific Arts Festival many more.

Summer show season is well and truly upon us. dDub have anounced their summer tour dates and Age Pryor is supporting Anika Moa on her ‘In Swings the Tide’ tour in December. For art lovers, you can experience the passion of Bill Hammond’s paintings through the music of one of his greatest fans, Chris Knox, who performs at City Gallery Wellington's Christmas Late Night Session amid the sumptuous exhibition ‘Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning’, with local band Rosie Tin TeaCaddy. Supporting Nas on his Hip Hop is Dead New Zealand tour are P Money, PNC, David Dallas, FMS & CPC and Tommy Grafiti.

Pig Out have been picked to play the inaugural ‘V’ Block Party alongside meteoric Australian trio The Midnight Juggernauts. The ‘V’ Block Party is a free outdoor event, situated in the centre of Britomart Square precinct on Wednesday 12th December from 7.30pm. The second Big Day Out 2008 announcement has been made, and the IMNZers you can catch on the day are Scribe, Tiki Taane, Die! Die! Die!, Collapsing Cities, who join SJD, Cut Off Your Hands, Young Sid, Antagonist and Motocade. Sounday, with Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Tiki, Connan and the Mockasins, Pig Out, The Mixtape Connection with Ed Muzik, MC Sticky Fingaz and the $mix Crew hits Christchurch’s Hagley Park on January 20.

The Midnights join UB40, The Wailers, Maxi Priest, Arrested Development, Katchafire, The Black Seeds and House Of Shem for Raggamuffin on February 2nd at Rotorua Stadium. Now entering its seventh year, Soundsplash is confirmed for February 15-17 2008 with acts including Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots, Unity Pacific, Opensouls, Tahuna Breaks and Tenement Yard. Music Mountain Matakana is hosting a bush party starring Fat Freddy’s Drop and special guests Flowz and the Usos, with DJs Mu, Slave, Cian and Thief (Aus) on February 23. And watch out for the inaugural Toots & Grooves Ska Festival at Tatum Park, Horowhenua on the 25th and 26th of January ‘08.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Amy Racecar ‘Conclusions’, Whirimako Black ‘Whirimako Black Sings’, BSM ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’, Brick vs Face ‘Think for Yourself’, Jackie Bristow ‘Crazy Love’, The Broken Heartbreakers ‘The Broken Heartbreakers’, Brotha D and the Dawn Raid Family ‘Element of Surprise’, Jay Clarkson ‘Over the Mountain’, Coshercot Honeys ‘We’re All Lions’ EP, Jonathan Crayford ‘Big Foot’, Cydel ‘Soul Finder’, The Darlings ‘The Cicada Sessions’, Die! Die! Die! ‘Promises, Promises’, Bill Direen ‘Human Kindness’, Disasteradio ‘Visions’, Julien Dyne ‘The Phantom Limbo’ EP, Ethical ‘Coming of Age’ EP, Charmaine Ford, Nick Tipping and Richard Wise ‘Live at Sandwiches’, George and Queen ‘City’, Andy Gibson ‘Behind the I’, Good Laika ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’, Flip Grater ‘The Cookbook Tour’ book, Tim Guy ‘Hummabyes’, Nathan Haines ‘Right Now’, Matthew Holleman EP, The Horsemen Family ‘My Shout’, Michael Houston ‘Inland’, Shona Laing ‘Pass the Whisper’, Little Bushman ‘Pendulum’, The Lookie Loos ‘Timing is Everything’ EP, The Low Spark ‘Out In The Ozone’, Otis Mace ‘Bird in Bush Road’, Paul McLaney ‘Diamond Side’, Danny McCrum ‘Awake and Restless’, Missing Teeth ‘Ill Gotten Gains’, OdESSA ‘The Prize’, OMC Please, One Man Bannister (Matthew Bannister) ‘Moth’, one million dollars ‘Stand Up to the Shakedown’, P-Bass Expressway ‘Snag Bag’, The Rabble ‘The Battle’s Almost Over’, Ragamuffin Children ‘Werecat Lullabies’, Scribe ‘Rhyme Book’, Carol Storey ‘Mokomoko’, Strangers ‘The Weight’, Tahuna Breaks ‘Reflections’, Tiki Taane ‘Past, Present, Future’, Trillion ‘SILENTinvisible’, Trip to the Moon ‘Welcome to the Big Room’, The Upbeats ‘Nobody’s Out There’, Various ‘Area 07’, Various ‘Breakin Wreckwordz – It's a Monster’, Various ‘Old School Machete Funk’, Various ‘Speed of Sound III’, Various ‘The Hills Have Ears’, Various ‘Urban Gospel 2’, Ward 4 ‘Overflow’, John White ‘Mogwash’, White Swan Black Swan ‘Castle of Useless Junk’, Young Sid ‘The Truth’


The Broken Heartbreakers: DECEMBER: 7 Wunderbar Christchurch

Chuganaut: North Island tour: NOVEMBER: 29 Kings Arms Auckland. South Island to follow and will be after Xmas.

Jay Clarkson and the Matches Album Release Shows: DECEMBER: 6th Dux De Lux, Christchurch with John White and Issac Smith, 7th Backstage, Dunedin with Lyndon Puffin, 8th The Grainstore, Oamaru with Jeffrey and Mitchell

Tim Guy 'Hummabyes' Album Release Tour with the Tutus feat. Anika Moa & Anna Coddington: DECEMBER: 1 Mussel Inn Takaka, 2 Marahau Park Café Marahau, 3 Saracens Café Karamea, 4 Crooked Mile Theatre Hokitika, 5 Blue Ice Café Franz Josef, 6 Cinema Paradiso Wanaka, 7 Revolver Queenstown, 8 Fiordland Cinema Te Anau, 9 Backstage Dunedin, 11 Penguin Club Oamaru, 12 Harbour Light Lyttleton, 13 Le Café Picton, 14 Phat Club Nelson, 15 Sandwiches Wellington w/ Age Pryor, 22 Leigh Sawmill Leigh

The Haints of Dean Hall: JANUARY: 8th The Bruce Mason Centre with Jose Gonzales, 9th The Opera House, Wellington with Jose Gonzales, 10th Peregrine Winery, Queenstown with Jose Gonzales, The Nairobi Trio, Rhian Sheehan, Module and Ragamuffin Children, 11th the Harbourlight, Christchurch, 12th the Dogs Bollix, Auckland with White Swan Black Swan duo, 13th Leigh Sawmill Café with White Swan Black Swan duo

Chris Knox sings for Bill Hammond: DECEMBER: 13 City Gallery Wellington 6pm-10:30pm

Kora: DECEMBER 15 Waiheke Island Islola Estate

dDub Summer Tour: DECEMBER: 22nd Uncorked, Park Island, Napier with Sneaky Sound System and Opshop, 27th BW Campgrounds Gisborne, 28th PapTav Tauranga, New Years Eve - Rhythm and Vines Gisborne; JANUARY: 3rd Whangamata Hall (R15) Whangamata, 5th Star and Garter Coromandel, 12th Parihaka Peace Festival Taranaki, 19th Eco River Festival Levin, 18th San Francisco Bath House Wellington; FEBRUARY: 1st Backstage Dunedin, 2nd Als Bar Christchurch.

Die! Die! Die!: DECEMBER: 14 4:20 Auckland, 31 Rhythm And Vines Gisborne; JANUARY: 18 Big Day Out

Fat Freddy’s Drop, Shapeshifter, Ladi 6 with Parks: 31 DECEMBER The Big Drop Off - Wellington Shed 6, Queens Wharf ; FEBRUARY 23 A Bush Party with Fat Freddys Drop, Flowz, The Usos, DJs Mu, Slave, Cian and Thief: Music Mountain Matakana

Paul McLaney: ‘Diamond Side’ Album Release Tour: DECEMBER: 1 Dargaville The Comm, 2 Whangarei Salut, 9 Russell The Pub 2.30pm

P Money, PNC, David Dallas, FMS & CPC and Tommy Grafiti with Nas: November: 28 TSB Bank Arena Wellington, 29 Logan Campbell Centre Auckland.

Age Pryor with Anika Moa: DECEMBER: 6 Backstage Dunedin, 7 Al's Bar Christchurch, 8 School of Music Nelson, 9 San Francisco Bathhouse Wellington, 11 Salut Whangarei, 12 The Centre Kerikeri, 13 Transmission Room Auckland

The Rabble: December: 15th Auckland Ellen Melville Hall w/ Badtown and The Explicit

Shapeshifter with MC Tiki and Manuel Bundy: DECEMBER: 26 Coroglen Tavern Coromandel, 27 Waihi Beach Hotel Waihi, 28 Butler’s Reef Hotel Oakura/New Plymouth

White Swan Black Swan ‘Castle of Useless Junk’ EP Release shows: DECEMBER: 8th Mighty Mighty, Wellington

1157 Records Presents another Punk Rock Xmas: DECEMBER: 14 Kings Arms Auckland with Bleeders,
Antagonist, Cobra Khan, Ryan Thomas

Big Day Out 2008: JANUARY 18: Scribe, Tiki Taane, Die! Die! Die!, Collapsing Cities, SJD, Cut Off Your Hands, Young Sid, Antagonist and Motocade

Phat 08: Shapeshifter, Opensouls, The Upbeats

Ragamuffin: FEBRUARY 2: with The Midnights, UB40, The Wailers, Maxi Priest, Arrested Development, Katchafire, The Black Seeds and House Of Shem - Rotorua Stadium

Rippon 2008: FEBRUARY: 2 Shapeshifter, Connan and the Mockasins, Little Bushman, Tiki, Tyra & the Tornadoes – Rippon Vineyard

Sounday 2008: Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Tiki, Connan and the Mockasins, Pig Out, The Mixtape Connection with Ed Muzik, MC Sticky Fingaz and the $mix Crew hits Christchurch’s Hagley Park on January 20.

Soundsplash 2008: FEBRUARY 15-17 2008: Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots, Unity Pacific, Opensouls, Tahuna Breaks and Tenement Yard.


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Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



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