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  • Jungle ( 3′ 54″ )

    Modern soul boys Jungle, led by childhood mates Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, took to Laneway's Mysterex mainstage in the late afternoon, attracting one of the festival's biggest crowds with their disco-infused take on soul music. Before their set, the West Londoners talked to Sam Wicks about expanding their ranks on stage.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • St Vincent at Laneway 2015 ( 7′ 42″ )

    Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent talks about process and performance ahead of her 2015 Laneway performance with Emma Smith.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Courtney Barnett at Laneway 2015 ( 6′ 49″ )

    Melbourne based songsmith Courtney Barnett talks with Zac Arnold at St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Iceage at Laneway 2015 ( 6′ 07″ )

    Danish four piece Iceage talk with Zac Arnold at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Auckland 2015.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Little Dragon at Laneway 2015 ( 7′ 27″ )

    Zac Arnold caught up with Yukimi Nagano and Erik Bodin of the Swedish quartet to talk about creating their latest album, Nabuma Rubberband.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Belle and Sebastian ( 16′ 34″ )

    Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on chasing the illusive muse from song to screen, and their 2015 album Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Stages: Leigh Sawmill ( 17′ 17″ )

    Visit an industrious venue that grew from the remains of industry. The Leigh Sawmill Cafe has benefited from the growing summer traffic north of Auckland, and has seen the likes of Fat Freddy's Drop and Justin Townes Earle performing there. Anthonie Tonnon takes us to see the Hipstamatics and Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes for a show titled Lawless in Leigh II.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Access All Areas: Martyn Bennett ( 13′ 52″ )

    The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett was a formidable piper, DJ, producer and live performer who passed away (aged 33) in 2005. In January, the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow marked the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing with an orchestral recreation of his last album, Grit, arranged by Greg Lawson - a long-time friend of Bennett and a notable musician in his own right. Trevor Reekie talks to Lawson about the musical legacy of his late, great collaborator.

    From Access All Areas on 31 Jan 2015

  • Introducing - Strange Babes ( 5′ 28″ )

    Auckland's Strange Babes, with their song 'Holiday'.

    From Introducing on 31 Jan 2015

  • Sharon van Etten ( 7′ 54″ )

    Sharon Van Etten joins Emma Smith from a New York laundromat to introduce a song from her 2014 album Are We There.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Shonen Knife ( 11′ 55″ )

    Over the past 30 years, Osaka's Shonen Knife have penned a mountain of cute songs centered on food, domestic animals and the cosmos. Harnessing the spirit of early New York punk and new wave, their sound captured the imaginations of K Record's Calvin Johnson, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, and saw them tour with Nirvana. Playing shows in New Zealand for the first time in nearly two decades, original member Naoko Yamano talks with Emma Smith about the journey so far and the power of happy songs. Kawaii!

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • Connan Mockasin ( 12′ 53″ )

    The adage "there's no place like home" certainly rings true for Connan Mockasin. Having toured the furthermost reaches of the globe, showcasing his sophomore album Caramel, Mockasin took to his family home in the small coastal village of Te Awanga for some much needed R'n'R. On hearing that there was a chance of a shindig, Zac Arnold travelled to see Mockasin on his home turf and hear stories from friends and family.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • FKA Twigs ( 15′ 03″ )

    Taking her alias from the way her joints crack, experimental electronic artist Tahliah Barnett got her start as a loose limbed dancer in music videos from the likes of Kylie, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran. Now, as FKA twigs, she's in total control of the presentation of her own music, self-directing her videos and choreography. In the country earlier this week to play St Jerome's Laneway festival, FKA twigs talked to Sam Wicks about maintaining total control of her music. First up, twigs relayed the events of her morning ahead of her headlining set.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jan 2015

  • A Short History of Jazz - The 1950s (Cool Jazz & Latin) ( 53′ 42″ )

    Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August last year, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its early beginnings in the 1900s through the 1930s and 1940s to the 1950s. In each programme, New Zealand School of Music lecturers and music specialists perform the music from and discuss an era of their expertise. The 1950s - Find out more about the style of modern jazz music that arose following the second world war with Norman Meehan. (RNZ)

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Jan 2015

  • Introducing - Mimi Gilbert ( 5′ 03″ )

    Mimi Gilbert with her song I've Got Love

    From Introducing on 24 Jan 2015

  • The Birth of Mirth ( 10′ 24″ )

    Whangarei-based songwriter Katherine McDermid-Smith on writing, recording and releasing 100 songs in 100 days for her project

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • A Centenary of Sun Ra ( 25′ 22″ )

    A look at the career of one the 20th century's great composers, band leaders and eccentrics, Sun Ra. A mysterious and elusive figure, for most of his life Sun Ra constructed a web of myths and legends that stretch from ancient Egypt to outer space. An early pioneer of electronic keyboards and a musician driven by the search for new sounds and ways of constructing music, Sun Ra formed a big band, the Arkestra in the 50s. The band has survived for over six decades, even outliving its founding father, and has been responsible for some of the most out-there music ever heard on planet earth. Orchestra of Spheres' Daniel Beban takes us for a ride through the music of Sun Ra.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Royal Blood ( 9′ 14″ )

    Over the course of just two years, bass-and-drums British rock duo Royal Blood have gone from performing their very first gig in a small local pub to being hailed as rock's new saviours. Their debut album Royal Blood entered the UK charts at number one, was named the fastest-selling rock debut in the UK in three years, and went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Melody Thomas speaks with bassist and singer Mike Kerr ahead of the duo's performance at St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Auckland on Monday.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Access All Areas: Mark Rye, founder of RockHistory ( 16′ 15″ )

    Mark Rye has a background that has seen him work for pioneering prog-rock label Harvest records in the early 70s and in artist management. Most recently, Rye has called upon his contacts to provide anecdotes for his website, as well as a recently published book, Over Under Sideways Down. Rye tells Trevor Reekie about his memories of many of the people he has worked with in the UK music scene.

    From Access All Areas on 24 Jan 2015

  • How To Dress Well ( 12′ 36″ )

    How To Dress Well is Tom Krell, the Chicago, Illinois singer-producer and philosophy PhD candidate who has taken an R&B deconstructionist approach to song writing across his three-album catalogue. In the country this week to play Auckland's Kings Arms, he talks to Sam Wicks about the heady issues which lace his latest release What Is This Heart?

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Dudley Benson reviews Bjork's new album "Vulnicura" ( 22′ 35″ )

    Bjork enthusiast and chamber pop musician Dudley Benson joins Melody to review Bjork's ninth album "Vulnicura".

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

Coming up

  • In The Sampler Nick Bollinger reviews a stately new set by Marianne Faithfull, the 21st century blues of hip-hopper-turned soul man Son Little and country music with a metaphysical twist from Sturgill Simpson


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