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  • NZ Live - Marian Burns ( 37′ 00″ )

    Today on NZ Live Marian Burns is with us in our Auckland studio.

    From New Zealand Live on 24 Apr 2015

  • Music 101 Pocket Edition 36 ( 57′ 01″ )

    Don McGlashan, Stan Walker, Herbs and Jakob, winners of the 2015 Taite Music Prize.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 23 Apr 2015

  • Carrie And Lowell by Sufjan Stevens ( 9′ 08″ )

    Kirsten Johnstone discusses a stripped-back and deeply personal set from Sufjan Stevens for The Sampler.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Apr 2015

  • Kiasmos by Kiasmos ( 6′ 12″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews an electronic suite from Icelandic electronicists Kiasmos.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Apr 2015

  • Short Movie by Laura Marling ( 11′ 50″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews a new album from the prolific Laura Marling.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Apr 2015

  • Hannah In The Wars ( 11′ 32″ )

    Luggate born, London based Hannah Curwood tries an alter ego on for size on her new album Hannah In The Wars, with the help of Cure keys man, Roger O'Donnell.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • On the road With The Courtneys ( 24′ 00″ )

    Flying Nun devotees The Courtneys made a pilgrimage from Canada to New Zealand to tour the North Island last month. Zac Arnold joined the band on the road, armed with a microphone for the sound checks, the petrol stops, the sell-out crowds, and even a birthday celebration.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • Introducing New Gum Sarn ( 5′ 38″ )

    New Gum Sarn introduce their song Money Talks

    From Introducing on 18 Apr 2015

  • I Feel Good - Larry's Rebels ( 16′ 04″ )

    Back in the mid to late 60s, Larry's Rebels were one of the most electrifying pop bands on the competitive local circuit, who released a handful of hits that saw them all over the media, the charts, and the nation's bedroom walls.

    From Access All Areas on 18 Apr 2015

  • Flying Out Record Store ( 6′ 56″ )

    Record Store Day 2015 sees Flying Out, the online retailer of Flying Nun and Arch Hill Recordings, expand their operation with a bricks and mortar record store, stocking releases from labels like Captured Tracks, Secretly Canadian and Spunk. Zac Arnold visits the Flying Out Record Store, just off Auckland's Karangahape Road, and investigates how they anticipate business will change now the customer is face to face.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars ( 18′ 23″ )

    Don McGlashan's long awaited new album Lucky Stars is out this week. We investigate the album's emotional and physical landscape, way out West.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • Stan Walker in session ( 20′ 47″ )

    Much-loved New Zealand R&B and soul voice, Stan Walker, is a triple-threat, starring in the 2013 film Mt Zion, judging The X-Factor NZ, and most recently knocking out Truth & Soul, an album that sees him reinterpret 13 of his favourite soul cuts. Walker joins Emma Smith in studio for a session and a korero.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • Herbs - Whats' Be Happen? ( 9′ 00″ )

    Herbs received the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award at the Taite Music Awards this week for their 1981 mini album Whats' Be Happen? We speak to the band's manager Hugh Lynn, and bassist Phil Toms about receiving recognition for their classic album.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • Taite Music Prize 2015 ( 10′ 50″ )

    With past winners that include Lawrence Arabia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lorde and SJD, the Taite Music Prize - named in honour of music journalist, the late Dylan Taite - has an impressive pedigree. Emma Smith and Zac Arnold headed along to this year's ceremony to talk to the nominees - and the winners.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Apr 2015

  • NZ Live - Anika Moa and Jol Mulholland ( 35′ 13″ )

    Anika Moa and Jol Mulholland live in the Auckland studio.

    From New Zealand Live on 17 Apr 2015

  • Queen At The Table by Anika Moa ( 9′ 00″ )

    Melody Thomas checks out the electronic evolution of Anika Moa.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Apr 2015

  • Drylands by Mel Parsons ( 9′ 32″ )

    Melody Thomas enjoys the latest offering from singer/songwriter Mel Parsons.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Apr 2015

  • No Pier Pressure by Brian Wilson ( 7′ 48″ )

    Nick Bollinger discusses the long twilight of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Apr 2015

  • Napalm Death ( 18′ 29″ )

    UK grindcore band Napalm Death smashed punk rock and heavy metal together on their 1987 debut album, Scum, redefining the speed, heaviness, and political bite of both genres of music. Napalm Death's touring New Zealand in late-April in support of their latest LP, Apex Predator - Easy Meat. Ahead of their visit, Music 101 metal correspondent Craig Hayes talks with frontman Mark 'Barney' Greenway about the band's three decades of extreme music.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 11 Apr 2015

  • The Mint Chicks - F--k The Golden Youth ( 32′ 06″ )

    On 13 August 2004, The Mint Chicks' Kody and Ruban Nielson, Michael Logie and Paul Roper retreated to a secluded bach at Oakura Bay, Northland to begin a two-week recording session for what would be their debut album, F--k the Golden Youth. Away from outside influences, the band knocked out 13 cuts that would distil the spit and bile of their first two EPs, confounding record company expectations and intriguing their fan base. To mark the 10th anniversary of the release, The Mint Chicks and the cast and crew that played a role in ushering F--k the Golden Youth into the world recount its strange and difficult passage.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 11 Apr 2015

  • Caroles - Momentary Decline ( 6′ 57″ )

    Carole's Momentary Decline calms down the racket, with it's ten tracks experimenting with mood and atmosphere. Guitarist Reuben Winter joins Zac Arnold to talk about what inspired the change from rampage to reflection.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 11 Apr 2015


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