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  • The Exponents live at the Powerstation ( 28′ 8″ )

    Jordan Luck and the original line-up of the Dance Exponents played 'The Gluepot Reunion' in late 2013, alongside Hello Sailor and others, bringing together various alumni of this legendary Auckland venue.

    Equal parts concert and audience sing-along, this 'greatest hits' set from the perennial live favourites was recorded for posterity at the Powerstation by Radio New Zealand Nationals' award winning music engineer Andre Upston on 1 November 2013.

    The songs are: 'Sex & Agriculture', 'If Only I Could Die (And Love You Still)',‘Christchurch’, 'I'll Say Goodbye (Even Though I'm Blue)', 'Who Loves Who The Most', 'Why Does Love Do This To Me'.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Stages: Kings Arms ( 15′ 13″ )

    This Auckland venue is a rite of passage for bands - and gig-goers - from around the country and one of the best places to catch an international act on the way up. It's just shy of its third decade, which in music venue terms makes it an institution. Anthonie Tonnon visits The Kings Arms, and its matriarch, Maureen Gordon.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Introducing Trip Pony ( 5′ 48″ )

    Trip Pony, with her song Daze, featuring JayKin.

    From Introducing on 12 Apr 2014

  • Aldous Harding ( 14′ 49″ )

    Anika Moa could be credited with discovering Hannah Harding. She was busking on the streets of Geraldine, trying to raise the funds for a ticket to Anika's show that night, and ended up on stage supporting the headline act. It was a sweet story that gained her national attention and a new friend. Harding released her debut album under the moniker Aldous Harding this week. Ben Edwards of Lyttelton Records and Marlon Williams co-produced this first record. Nick Atkinson had never met Aldous Harding so he began by asking Marlon to point her out.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull ( 14′ 37″ )

    Ian Anderson, flute player and creative musical director for more than 40 years with his band Jethro Tull, is equal parts musician, composer, producer - and a very astute business man. Since they formed in 1967, Jethro Tull has sold more than 60 million albums. This April Anderson releases a new solo studio album called Homo Erraticus on his own Calliandra Records label. Trevor Reekie talks to Ian Anderson.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • The Spies ( 11′ 11″ )

    Wellington in 1979: A fairly unlikely bunch of musicians, artists and vagabonds went almost unnoticed in the squats of Wellington's Bosworth Terrace, playing and recording together, loosely grouped under the banner of "The Spies". Matthew Crawley speaks with The Spies' George D Henderson about the rather unusual circumstances that led to the recording of The Spies album The Battle Of Bosworth Terrace, and why it's taken 35 years for it to surface.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Suren Unka ( 9′ 21″ )

    22 Year old Suren Unka is an Auckland based electronic producer who became infatuated with the drums at his church when he was a young'un, eventually joining his big brother's metalcore band. Aged sixteen he began dabbling with electronic music, inspired by local acts Shapeshifter and State Of Mind. He's about to release his debut LP, El Chupacabra - Kirsten Johnstone speaks with self-described 'gear nerd' Suren Unka.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Grayson Gilmour live in session ( 23′ 37″ )

    Wellington songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grayson Gilmour performs a set of songs from his new album Infinite Life live in the Music 101 studio.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Apr 2014

  • Into The East live session ( 12′ 24″ )

    This famous Invercargill acoustic duo are touring the nation with Twizel native Sarah Conlon. They're all performing live in the studio with Nick Atkinson.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 10 Apr 2014

  • Los Coronas ( 7′ 45″ )

    Los Coronas are a band from Madrid who formed back in 1991, and are still going with their blend of surf rock guitar, mariarchi trumpets and flamenco rhythms. They were one of the last bands to perform on the soggy Sunday at WOMAD 2014. Kirsten Johnstone caught up with them for a quick chat.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Introducing - Will Wood ( 5′ 27″ )

    Will Wood with the song Four Floors.

    From Introducing on 05 Apr 2014

  • David Dallas Live ( 27′ 50″ )

    On Waitangi Day 2014, Papatoetoe rhymesmith David Dallas played a hometown show with his band The Daylight Robbery at South Auckland's Barry Curtis Park. Radio New Zealand was on hand to record his mid-afternoon performance.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Stages - Chick's Hotel ( 15′ 14″ )

    Twelve kilometres out of Dunedin, a long way from students and student bars, is Port Chalmers. It is a beautiful, eerie port town with enough industrial noise to ease the tinnitus of the musicians who call it home. Chick's Hotel is a dark, looming building that holds a few secret rooms and 19th century ghost stories, and allows bands from around the world to add to the noise.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Dawn Raid Entertainment 15th Anniversary ( 17′ 22″ )

    April 11 2014 marks 15 years since the founding of Dawn Raid Entertainment, the South Auckland record label established by Danny 'Brotha D' Leaoasavaii and Andy Murnane when they were fresh out of business school. Dawn Raid Entertainment used Phil Fuemana's influential Urban Pacifika Records as the blueprint for their burgeoning empire, and went on to bring the world artists like Aaradhna and Savage. Sam Wicks talks to Andy Murnane and Brother D.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • DJ Lemon on the Kilbirnie Fire ( 4′ 35″ )

    Wellington's DJ Lemon talks with Kirsten Johnstone about the loss of his extensive roots, reggae and house music record collection in the Kiwi Self-Storage fire in Kilbirnie.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • The Sampler - Flip Grater ( 7′ 17″ )

    Nick Bollinger listens to Flip Grater's fourth studio album Pigelle, recorded in Paris.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Buzz Moller live in session ( 9′ 54″ )

    Buzz Moller is playing as part of an Auckland show called In House: Songs and Conversation, alongside Shayne Carter, Anika Moa, and Don McGlashan. Nick Atkinson got Buzz Moller and his guitar into our Auckland studios to tell us how this gig differs from the usual.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Under the Influence: Nirvana ( 23′ )

    We go behind the scenes of a history-making concert: Nirvana live in Auckland, 1992.

    Bandmates Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic played at the Logan Campbell Centre on Sunday 9 February, 1992, where they were supported by local noisemakers The 3Ds and Second Child.

    Music reporter Sam Wicks talks to some of the characters who witnessed Nirvana’s one and only New Zealand show, including Doug Hood, Mikey Havoc, Chris Van der Geer, and David Saunders.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 05 Apr 2014

  • Frankie Knuckles "The Godfather of House" ( 13′ 53″ )

    The "Godfather of House", Frankie Knuckles, died this week at the age of 59 Heralded as a major protagonist in the evolution of dance music, the Bronx-born DJ and producer transplanted the dynamism of New York's downtown disco scene of the 70s to mid-west America. Under the shadow of the anti-disco establishment, the electronic-influenced energy of his Chicago clubs The Warehouse and later the Power Plant ushered ina new wave of club culture, while his early foray into production produced a series of prototype house records which would prove influential in shaping the sound of dance music as we hear it today. DJ and Author Bill Brewster sheds some light on Frankie's illustrious career and his place in the pantheon of music culture.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 04 Apr 2014

  • NZ Live - Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band ( 37′ 56″ )

    Laura Collins & the Back Porch Blues Band, featuring Wayne Mason. New Zealand Live from Wellington today.

    From New Zealand Live on 04 Apr 2014

  • Itran Flamenco Project ( 7′ 13″ )

    Dancers and musicians direct from Barcelona prepare for a series of live shows with an intimate studio session.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 03 Apr 2014

Coming up

  • Part 2 of BBC series Noise: A Human History looks at the age of oratory. Written and presented by Professor David Hendy and produced in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive

  • In Stages, Anthonie Tonnon heads to Lyttelton, and visits a venue with nine lives which may also be the country's most visually disarming bar – The Wunderbar

  • In Music 101 we attend the Taite Prize ceremony, visit The Wunderbar in Lyttelton, hear about guitarist Mike Bloomfield, get an exclusive from Maori TV's ambitious ANZAC concert, introduce Spycc and experience the Dave McArtney Tribute Show

  • This year’s Easter Service comes from the Transitional Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch

  • It's an hour of blues and rock 'n roll as Memphis roots-rockers Lucero close out the first season of Beale Street Caravan for 2014

  • Tune in to Global Village with Chris Heim from Wichita Public Radio’s KMUW for an eclectic mix of the latest and best in new world music


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Dave McArtney Remembered

Dave McArtney Silver Scrolls by Nick Atkinson

Dave McArtney, 2011. Photo: Nick Atkinson, RNZ

It is a year since the death of musican and tutor Dave McArtney

All Around This Town: the Dave McArtney Tribute show brought friends and family together to pay respect to the Hello Sailor and Pink Flamingos’ player who penned hits including ‘Gutter Black’, ‘Pink Flamingo’ and ‘Virginia’.

Radio New Zealand recorded Dave Dobbyn, Hello Sailor, Shona Laing and others putting their spin on McArtney classics live at The Powerstation. Listen out during Music 101 on Saturday 19th April, Nights on Friday 25th April, or visit our online Dave McArtney collection.