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  • Introducing - Midnight Gallery ( 4′ 5″ )

    Auckland Hip Hop outfir Midnight Gallery with their track Memory.,

    From Introducing on 21 Jul 2014

  • French for Rabbits tour diary ( 22′ 30″ )

    Beginning at Brighton's industry showcase 'The Great Escape', Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald ramble around Europe, taking in the sights of Switzerland, Austria, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and charming audiences along the way.

    From Adventures in Musicland on 19 Jul 2014

  • Jungle ( 9′ 12″ )

    With a series of beautifully choreographed music videos, disco falsettos to make the Bee Gees proud, and a tight live show to support their debut album, Jungle are a fast rising act on the UK music scene. We find out about why the duo's initial releases were shrouded in mystery. Kirsten Johnstone speaks with Tom McFarland about the groups beginnings... [participants] Kirstin Johnstone, Tom McFarland,

    From Radio NZ National Music on 19 Jul 2014

  • The Sampler - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ( 17′ 36″ )

    Nick Bollinger Graham Nash about a new box set marking the 40th anniversary of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's historic 1974 stadium tour.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 19 Jul 2014

  • The Surgery ( 14′ 14″ )

    The Surgery Studios, run by Lee Prebble, has been a hub for Wellington bands for over a decade.

    Emma Smith caught up with Lee now residing in new premises, after the original Surgery, set up in a building earmarked for demolition, was finally bowled this year.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 19 Jul 2014

  • Farewell Tommy Ramone ( 16′ 11″ )

    Tommy Ramone, drummer, producer and last surviving founding member of The Ramones died this week. He was 65. For Music 101 Trevor Reekie talks to Monte A. Melnic, friend, tour manager and author of the best selling book On the Road with the Ramones. Also joining the conversation is kiwi musician Jean McAllister from the NZ band the Drongos who recorded with Tommy Ramone in New York in the late 70's.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 19 Jul 2014

  • Hilltop Hoods ( 10′ 50″ )

    Adelaidean rap trio Hilltop Hoods are one of Australia's biggest hip hop exports, but their meat and potatoes boom bap has yet to cut through in New Zealand. Hilltop Hoods' MC Suffa tell us why he thinks NZ hip hop acts are winning the Trans-Tasman battle. [participants] Sam Wicks, Suffa

    From Radio NZ National Music on 19 Jul 2014

  • Womad 2014 Live: Hollie Smith, Dub Inc. ( 51′ 10″ )

    Hollie Smith and her three-piece band keep the impending rain away with a compelling set that showcases Hollie's indisputable vocal talent. Plus a set from respected French roots and reggae band Dub Inc. This seven-piece multi-racial band prove popular with Aotearoa's reggae-loving audience.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Kris Stanley - Sinistrous Diabolus ( 37′ 29″ )

    Kris Stanley (aka N.K.S) joined Christchurch doom/death metal merchants Sinistrous Diabolus in the early 90s, and the band is responsible for New Zealand's first world-class extreme metal release, 1993's Opus One. Stanley has also played with Diocletian and Witchrist, two of New Zealand's leading extreme metal bands, and he currently plays in sludge metal band Stone Angels.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Adam Thompson - Farming the Population ( 27′ 33″ )

    Wellington-based Adam Thomson is a radio DJ, promoter and vocalist with technical death metal band Farming the Population. Thomson recently organised the NZ Technical Death Metal Fest, and is a freelance website developer who's put his skills to use recently by re-launching the New Zealand Metal forum.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Chris Rigby - Convulsion, Dying of the Light ( 40′ 2″ )

    Chris Rigby was there at the birth of extreme metal in New Zealand, playing in Christchurch death metal and grindcore band Convulsion in the early 90s. Rigby has been a promoter and musician, and his Subcide zine (which continues on in web-form today) was one of the earliest publications to document extreme metal at home. Rigby has also played in extreme metal bands Meat Yard and Chapel of Gristle, and today is one-half of industrial metal duo Dying of the Light.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Phil Kusabs - Vassafor ( 33′ 49″ )

    Phil Kusabs (aka VK) formed Auckland-based black metal band Vassafor in the mid-90s, and the band has gone on to become one of New Zealand's most internationally respected extreme metal bands. Kusabs is a self-taught sound engineer and has worked with a lengthy list of bands from New Zealand and overseas, in the studio and live on stage. He's just back from Europe, where he toured with Swedish death/black metal band Irkallian Oracle, and played in the ranks of Canadian extreme metal outfit Blasphemy at Norway's Inferno Festival.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Rigel Walsh - Dawn of Azazel ( 31′ 52″ )

    Rigel Walsh's band Dawn of Azazel is routinely cited as one of the groups that reenergised the extreme metal scene in New Zealand in the early 2000s. Dawn of Azazel have toured around the world, and the band's debut, 2004's Law of the Strong, is regarded as a seminal work in New Zealand's extreme metal canon. Dawn of Azazel are just back from Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida, where the band recorded their upcoming, and fourth, full-length album.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Exordium Mors ( 34′ 41″ )

    Exordium Mors is one of New Zealand's leading black/thrash bands. Vocalist Mark Anthony Brooks (aka Scourge) and guitarists Raj Singarajah (aka Black Mortem) and Santi, spoke to Craig Hayes about everything from their roots in extreme metal to their inspirations and live shows. On 5 July 2014, Exordium Mors released their full-length, The Apotheosis of Death.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • South of Heaven - Marko Pavlovic - Creeping House of Capricorn ( 44′ 22″ )

    Marko Pavlovic is an Auckland-based musician playing in black metal trio Creeping and doomy death and stoner rock band House of Capricorn. Pavlovic's also played in New Zealand metal bands like Abystic Ritual, Asphyxiate, Graymalkin and Vassafor, and has also guested on releases by French band Glorior Belli and Christchurch's Stone Angels.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2014

  • Jazz Footprints for 16 July 2014 ( 53′ 25″ )

    Since sailing on his yacht to New Zealand from his homeland Germany in 2002, bassist Olivier Holland has made an impact on the local jazz scene, performing with many of the top musicians around the country while also keeping up collaborations with other European jazz artists. He lectures at The University of Auckland and has recently submitted his PhD thesis on bass playing technique.

    From Jazz Footprints on 16 Jul 2014

  • Free West Papua Concert ( 14′ 38″ )

    SJD, Steve Abel and Mara TK join a legion of fine local performers supporting the West Papua Action Group. Nick Atkinson talks to Maire Leadbeater and Paul Bensemann about a forgotten nation ruled with an iron fist from Jakarta.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 16 Jul 2014

  • Heaven For You by Marlon Williams and Melody Pool ( 3′ 26″ )

    A rare duet recorded live the day before Marlon and Melody began their national tour this July.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Jul 2014

  • Wet Wings ( 11′ 5″ )

    After a hiatus that could easily have been permanent, Wellington-via Christchurch group Wet Wings have returned with a new mini album of experimental pop duets. We talk to core members Darian Woods and Lucy Botting about the advantages of making music for the internet, and what keeps a band going when relationships within it change.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Jul 2014

  • Introducing - Hopetoun Brown ( 5′ 45″ )

    Hopetoun Brown, with their debut recording Demanding Blues.

    From Introducing on 12 Jul 2014

  • Tom Rodwell - Southern Journey ( 24′ 4″ )

    Auckland blues musician Tom Rodwell's recent journey to the American south took him to the Georgia Sea Islands, where he came face to face with the private heart of African American music - gospel, spirituals and the enigmatic 'ring shout' tradition. Meeting descendants of some of the earliest slave communities in the US, Rodwell listened to a culture that refuses to be erased from history.

    From Adventures in Musicland on 12 Jul 2014


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Music Documentary Films

20,000 Days on Earth
20,000 Days on Earth. Supplied.

Music 101 features two new factual films about music: local film maker Florian Habicht follows U.K. band Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, and A Life in the Death of Joe Meek explores the career of a genius music producer and DIY pioneer.

On Sunday Morning Wallace Chapman talks with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard about their Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth.

Grab the popcorn for this selection of Radio New Zealand features about music docos in film format:

Rodriguez - Sugar Man

Mexican American singer-songwriter who produced two folk rock albums in the early 1970's, but disappeared from the music scene until he was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. March 2013.

This Ain’t No Mouse Music - Arhoolie Records

A social anthropologist drawn into documentary through the work of film maker and mentor Les Blank, Maureen Gosling has been telling stories of indigenous peoples and regional musics for over thirty years.

RiP - A Remix Manifesto with Brett Gaylor

Canadian film maker Brett Gaylor's multi-award winning documentary 'RiP: A Remix Manifesto' raises questions about the sampling culture, copyright laws and fair use - and it’s a movie you can dance to. July 2009.

Downloaded - Napster

The rise and fall of the peer-to-peer music service that started the digital music revolution. From its first strokes of code in 1998 to the much-publicised lawsuit brought against it by Metallica, Dr Dre and the RIAA. November 2013.

Chants R&B - Rumble and Bang

Christchurch garage rock band 'Chants R&B' was one of the wildest acts in the country in the mid-60s. A couple of film-makers collected live footage from that time, and interviews with the band and fans to produce 'Rumble & Bang'. July 2012

Skeptics: Sheen of Gold

An insight into one of New Zealand's most influential alternative bands. From July 2013.

A Band Called Death

Filmmakers Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino on the making of the documentary A Band Called Death, about the early 70s Detroit band the New York Times has dubbed "punk before punk was punk". August 2013.

Guitars from the Leafy Suburbs

Auckland's North Shore has been a musical breeding ground dating back to the 60s, 70s and 80s - when Screaming Mee Mees sold 4000 copies of 'See Me Go' in a week and went straight to number one. later bands like The Checks, The Veils, White Birds and Lemons and The Electric Confectionaires kept the Shore music scene alive. They were documented in a film called 'Guitars from the Leafy Suburbs'. October 2008.