Music 101

Saturday 20 December 2014, with Emma Smith

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  • Music 101's Favourite Songs Of 2014 ( 56′ 28″ )

    It's that time of year when music fiends are making lists and checking them twice, assessing the year in music that was. In the spirit of the season, Music 101 tasks a selection of our favourite music minds to come up with - and riff on - their favourite song of 2014.

2–3pm

D’Angelo - Black Messiah
After a 14-year absence, D’Angelo – the great soul vocalist and multi-instrumentalist music critic Robert Christgau dubbed “R&B Jesus” – is finally back on the scene with Black Messiah, an album that dropped with little warning this week. With only a handful of days to digest its soul, funk and R&B contents, drummer, beatmaker and D’Angelo-phile Riki Gooch talks to Emma Smith about the significance of this Second Coming.

D Angelo Greg Harris
D'Angelo / Photo by Greg Harris

The Sampler wrap up 2014
Nick Bollinger presents his favourite New Zealand music releases of 2014.

Mongo Skato
From hardcore to experimental house, Mongo Skato talks us through his musical progression.

Introducing: Taste Nasa

Taste Nasa Maddie North
Taste Nasa / Photo by Maddie North

3–4pm

The Datsuns
Cambridge sons The Datsuns are back in town for the summer, kicking out the jams across a series of headlining shows before they ally with Shihad, I Am Giant and Cairo Knife Fight for their rock-fueled summer run. Street Chant singer/guitarist turned Music 101 correspondent Emily Littler checks in with The Datsuns’ Dolf de Borst before the band put rubber to the road.

The Datsuns Georgia Schofield
The Datsuns' Dolf de Borst, Ben Cole, Christian Livingstone and Phil Somervell / Photo by Georgia Schofield

Johnny Thunders
Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38, was the iconic guitarist for the New York Dolls and later the Heartbreakers, bands that would influence the English punk movement and a score of LA hair metal bands - despite being marginalised by the industry.
Trevor Reekie talks to Nina Antonia, long-time friend of Thunders and author of Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood, about the life and hard times of a rock ’n’ roll icon.

Johnny Thunders and Nina Antonia courtesy of Nina Antonia
Johnny Thunders and Nina Antonia in 1986 / Photo courtesy of Nina Antonia

Anatomy Of A Song – Lawrence Arabia, ‘Apple Pie Bed’
RDU’s Spanky Moore gets inside contemporary New Zealand hit tunes – this week he takes a scalpel to Lawrence Arabia’s Silver Scroll Award-winning ‘Apple Pie Bed’.

Gig Guide

4–5pm

Music 101’s Top Tracks of 2014
It’s that time of year when music fiends are making lists and checking them twice, assessing the year in music that was. In the spirit of the season, Music 101 tasks a selection of our favourite music minds to come up with - and riff on - their favourite song of 2014.