Music 101

Saturday 4 July 2015, with Emma Smith

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Music 101 Pocket Edition 46: Apple Music/Rackets/Eyeliner/Land

Apple Music gets a test drive, Rackets' HQ, Eyeliner and consumer alienation and Land of the Long White Stain, a documentary on touring the Auckland gothic.


Apple Music Roundtable
Apple’s new streaming and curated content service, Apple Music, launched this week, along with Beats 1, a 24/7 radio station broadcast worldwide that features ex-pat broadcaster Zane Lowe at the helm plus a selection of high profile DJs hosting speciality music shows. The M101 team and guests take Apple Music for a test drive to let you know whether it lives up to the hype.

Beats 1's Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe

Beats 1's Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe

Photo: Apple Music

A move to his hometown of Los Angeles precipitated R&B sensualist Miguel’s new album, Wildheart, and the spectre of the city haunts his latest set. The LA native talks to Sam Wicks about his dual identity as a Mexican-African American and how this steers his soulful genre hopping.



Photo: Sony Music

While attempting a deep squat midway through a Disasteradio set in 2012, Luke Rowell tore the meniscus in his right knee. The injury lead to the creation of Eyeliner, a project rooted in nostalgia for 80s/90s capitalism and smooth electronic sounds. The now healed Rowell breaks down the 1000 hours spent making his latest release, Buy Now.



Photo: Courtesy of Eyeliner


Headquarters: Rackets
For the latest instalment of Headquarters, where we drop by the creative spaces of local musicians, Emma Smith visits Oscar, Vince and Jeremy – the rock’n’roll trio known as Rackets – at Frisbee Studios, their HQ on Auckland’s Karangahape Road.


Rackets (L-to-R: Jeremy Potts, Oscar Davies-Kay and Vince Nairn)

Photo: George Rump

Land of the Long White Stain
Land of the Long White Stain is a short film documenting the travels and performances of an Aotearoa tour by Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Seth Frightening, I.E. Crazy and Shab Orkestra. Zac Arnold is with director Claire Duncan as they discuss the difficulties of capturing the essence of live performance and what it means to be a musician on the margins.

End of the Alphabet Records
Auckland based label End of the Alphabet Records has only been active since September 2014, but in that time the label has released a run of acclaimed recordings from local and international sound art and experimental musicians. Music 101’s Craig Hayes talks with label founder Noel Meek, Wellington-based musician Antony Milton, and up and coming noisemaker Fergus Nelson Moore (aka Mischancerie) about the ethos driving End of Alphabet.

Artwork for Antony Milton's End of the Alphabet Records album, There Are Other Possibilities

Artwork for Antony Milton's End of the Alphabet Records album, There Are Other Possibilities

Photo: Antony Milton



Rob Ruha live at Te Mahurehure Marae
To celebrate Matariki, Te Whanau a Apanui/Ngāti Porou singer-songwriter and APRA Maioha award-winner Rob Ruha is embarking on Matariki on the Move, a traveling concert series that will visit marae and community halls. For the shows, Ruha reworks his own waiata with the help of Black Quartet, in a fusion of Maori and classical music. Their first stop on Matariki on the Move was Te Mahurehure Marae, Auckland – Radio New Zealand’s Andre Upston was there to capture a musical meeting of worlds.   

Rob Ruha

Rob Ruha performing at Te Mahurehure Marae, Auckland

Photo: Andre Upston

Christoph El' Truento
Beat-maker turned experimental sound artist Christoph El Truento talks us through his chaos-embracing creative process, which includes homemade shakers, ping pong on kick drums and fist fulls of white sage.

Christoph El Truento

Christoph El Truento at his home studio in Point Chevalier, Auckland

Photo: Emma Smith

Introducing: Gasp