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  • Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Think by Courtney Barnett ( 9′ 13″ )

    Melody Thomas discusses the downbeat debut of Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Mar 2015

  • Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr. ( 9′ 51″ )

    Nick Bollinger peers under the lid of the first solo album from Vancouver soft-rock piano man Tobias Jesso Jr.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Mar 2015

  • Toumani and Sidiki by Toumni and Sidiki Diabate ( 10′ 33″ )

    Nick Bollinger catches up with Malian kora master Toumani Diabate at WOMAD Taranaki 2015.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Mar 2015

  • The Secret Life of Music Collectors ( 22′ 27″ )

    Zac Arnold talks with a range of collectors of musical ephemera.

    From The Secret Life Of on 28 Mar 2015

  • Introducing :Wurld Series ( 4′ 18″ )

    Wurld Series with Oh Well, for Introducing.

    From Introducing on 28 Mar 2015

  • SJD - Saint John Divine ( 9′ 13″ )

    SJD released his new album Saint John Divine this week, he chats with Emma Smith about one of the songs from it - 'Invisible Man'.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Mar 2015

  • Pokey LaFarge In Session ( 14′ 44″ )

    Ahead of a near sold-out NZ tour, North American roots musician Pokey LaFarge heads into the Radio NZ Studios to play pared back versions of a couple of his new songs.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Mar 2015

  • Death and the Maiden ( 15′ 19″ )

    Dunedin trio Death and the Maiden join us to talk about their dark synth debut, Death and the Maiden.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Mar 2015

  • SXSW 2015 ( 18′ 08″ )

    A music industry conference and festival which sees around 2000 acts and tens of thousands of people descend on Austin, Texas, SXSW 2015 is wrapped up last weekend. Music 101's Shaun D Wilson and Yumi Zouma's Josh Burgess report live from deep in the heart of Texas.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Mar 2015

  • Cheap Trick ( 11′ 56″ )

    Trevor Reekie catches up with Cheap Trick founding member, Rick Nielsen, ahead of the band's forthcoming New Zealand tour.

    From Access All Areas on 28 Mar 2015

  • Graves ( 10′ 41″ )

    Music 101 metal correspondent Craig Hayes caught up with Graves' guitarist Josh Hughes to discuss the band's brain-battering sound, Graves' lyrical vitriol, and where they see themselves sitting on the punk/metal spectrum.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Mar 2015

  • NZ Live - Greg Johnson ( 38′ 45″ )

    Greg Johnson performs live in our Auckland studios.

    From New Zealand Live on 27 Mar 2015

  • Tomorrow is my Turn by Rhiannon Giddens ( 6′ 19″ )

    Nick Bollinger checks out the solo debut from Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Mar 2015

  • Common Ground -The Songs of Bill Broonzy by Dave and Phil Alvin ( 15′ 31″ )

    Nick Bollinger talks to Americana veteran Dave Alvin about his brother, the blues, and the songs of Big Bill Broonzy.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Mar 2015

  • Citizen by Trinity Roots ( 7′ 49″ )

    Nick Bollinger immerses himself in the genre-mixing new album from TrinityRoots.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Mar 2015

  • Lead Belly ( 16′ 16″ )

    A definitive new retrospective collection covering the work of Huddie William Ledbetter aka Lead Belly – Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – has just been released. Trevor Reekie talks to Jeff Place from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, who curated the collection.

    From Access All Areas on 21 Mar 2015

  • The Lonesome Pine Specials in Session ( 12′ 06″ )

    Named after a Carter Family song, The Lonesome Pine Specials dust off some old-timey US folk songs with authentic nasal three-part harmonies, courtesy of Ben Wooley (Unfaithful Ways), fiddler Flora Knight (The Eastern) and Hannah 'Aldous' Harding.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Mar 2015

  • The Secret Life of Music Teachers 2 ( 24′ 15″ )

    Melody Thomas – herself a one-time ukulele teacher – speaks to music teachers, students and musicians about what it takes to be a good music teacher, and a good student.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Mar 2015

  • Introducing: The Admiral ( 3′ 35″ )

    Garage rock outfit The Admiral introduce their song, 'Hangin' Around'.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Mar 2015

  • Fall Out Boy ( 8′ 22″ )

    Fall Out Boy's principle songwriter and band mouthpiece, Pete Wentz, talks to Sam Wicks about straddling the pop/punk divide.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Mar 2015

  • Blink’s Camp A Movement ( 14′ 29″ )

    Best known for his Camp A Low Hum music festivals, Ian 'Blink' Jorgensen declared the 2014 to be the last. This year he is back at the same location under a slightly different name to celebrate A Movement, an impressive 10-volume photo archive. Yadana Saw finds out when Camp is not really camp.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Mar 2015

Coming up

  • In The Sampler Nick Bollinger reviews the first solo album of Tobias Jesso Jr. and talks to Toumani Diabate, and Melody Thomas discusses the debut of Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett


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Blink - A Movement

Blink at Camp A Low Hum
Blink at Camp A Low Hum 2012.

Ian Jorgenson a.k.a. Blink is a music entrepreneur responsible for the long-running underground New Zealand music entity A Low Hum, which has involved him putting out magazines, CDs, DVDs vinyl and cassette releases, touring bands around the world, hosting the annual music festival Camp A Low Hum, which Radio NZ has covered since it started in 2007, and running the Wellington music venue, Puppies (now closed). He also curated the inaugural Squarewave Festival of electronic music during November 2013.

Blink has written books on topics such as DIY Touring The World - a practical guide for NZ bands, and the epic The Problem with Music in New Zealand and How to Fix It & Why I Started and Ran Puppies, which he discussed with Kim Hill, whilst also picking some choice tracks for Playing Favourites with Ian Jorgenson (Blink).

He's had a say on the way Music Royalties are collected and distributed, and interviewed Fugazi lead singer Ian MacKaye for Radio New Zealand.

But first and foremost he is a photographer - hence the pseudonym "Blink" - and his latest project celebrates that craft.

A Movement is a 10-book collection of Blink's favourite 1000 photos from the past 15 years, featuring 300 mostly local music acts.

Music 101 talk to him about the project at it's launch - a one-day mini Camp A Low Hum.

You can read Ian's comments about, and see some of the photos from A Movement on the Public Address website.

There is also a companion film Movement, about touring.