Music 101

Saturday 31 January 2015, with Emma Smith

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FKA twigs
Taking her alias from the way her joints crack, experimental electronic artist Tahliah Barnett got her start as a loose limbed dancer in music videos from the likes of Kylie, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran. Now, as FKA twigs, she’s in total control of the presentation of her own music, self-directing her videos and choreography. In the country earlier this week to play St Jerome’s Laneway festival, FKA twigs talked to Sam Wicks about maintaining total control of her music.

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FKA twigs in conversation with Sam Wicks / Photo by Olivia Young.

Shonen Knife
Over the past 30 years, Osaka’s Shonen Knife have penned a mountain of cute songs centered on food, domestic animals and the cosmos. Harnessing the spirit of early New York punk and new wave, their sound captured the imaginations of K Record’s Calvin Johnson, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and saw them tour with Nirvana.  Playing shows in New Zealand for the first time in nearly two decades, original member Naoko Yamano talks with Emma Smith about the journey so far and the power of happy songs. Kawaii!

Shonen Knife and EmmaEmma Smith and Naoko Yamano/ Photo by Dru Faulkner, embellishments by Emma

Connan Mockasin in Te Awanga
The adage “there’s no place like home” certainly rings true in the case of Connan Mockasin. Having toured the furthermost reaches of the globe showcasing his sophomore album Caramel, Mockasin took to his family home in the small coastal village of Te Awanga for some much needed R’n’R. On hearing that there was a chance of a shindig, Zac Arnold travelled to see Mockasin on home turf and hear stories from friends and family.

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Connan Mockasin plays the Te Awanga Community Hall / Photo by Hayley Osterfield.

Sharon Van Etten
The Brooklyn based songsmith joins Emma to introduce a song.

Martyn Bennett
The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett was a formidable piper, DJ, producer and live performer who passed away (aged 33) in 2005. In January, the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow marked the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing with an orchestral recreation of his last album, Grit, arranged by Greg Lawson - a long-time friend of Bennett and a notable musician in his own right. Trevor Reekie talks to Lawson about the musical legacy of his late, great collaborator.

Martyn Bennett
Martyn Bennett / Photo by BJ Stewart.

Stages: Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh
This week in Stages, we visit an industrious venue that grew from the remains of industry. The Leigh Sawmill Cafe has benefited from the growing summer traffic north of Auckland, and has seen the likes of Fat Freddy's Drop and Justin Townes Earle perform there. Anthonie Tonnon takes us to see the Hipstamatics and Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes for a show titled 'Lawless in Leigh - II.'

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Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes play the Leigh Sawmill Cafe / Photo by Steve Bone.

Introducing: Strange Babes

Strange Babes
Strange Babes' Maddie North, Sam McCarthy and Leroy Clampitt.

Laneway 2015
The Auckland edition of St Jerome's Laneway Festival sold out for the fourth year, with 12,000 punters descending on Auckland’s Silo Park to see performances from the 30-odd acts, including St Vincent, Future Islands, Jungle, Belle and Sebastian and FKA twigs. Music 101’s Emma Smith, Zac Arnold and Sam Wicks cherry pick interviews with the headliners.

Belle and Sebastian

St Vincent

Little Dragon

Jungle

Iceage

Courtney Barnett

V A Edit
Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring on Laneway's Hey Seuss stage / Photo by Diego Opatowski

Playlist

2-3pm

Artist: Jon Hopkins
Song: We Disappear
Composer: Hopkins
Album: Immunity
Label: Domino

FKA Twigs Interview

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Numbers
Composer: T.Barnett, S.Sisay
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Numbers
Composer: T.Barnett, Haynie
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Numbers
Composer: T.Barnett
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Lights On
Composer: T.Barnett, A.Ghersi, T.Zogson
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Pendulum
Composer: T.Barnett, P.Epworth
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks

Artist: FKA twigs
Song: Two Weeks
Composer: T.Barnett, E.Haynie
Album: LP 1
Label: Young Turks
 
Artist: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Song: Christine
Composer: Sioux/ Severin
Album: Kaleidoscope
Label: Polydor
 

Shonen Knife Interview

 

Connan Mockasin
Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: Carmel
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel - Live At Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium 02.10.2013
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: Faking Jazz Together
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel - Live At Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium 02.10.2013
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: Forever Dolphin Love Part 1
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel - Live At Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium 02.10.2013
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: Megumi The Milkyway Above
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Forever Dolphin Love (Live Bonus CD)
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: I'm The Man That Will Find You
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel - Live At Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium 02.10.2013
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: It's Your Body 2
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Connan Mockasin
Song: Forever Dolphin Love Part 2
Composer: Connan Mockasin
Album: Caramel - Live At Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium 02.10.2013
Label: Phantasy Sound

Artist: Strange Babes
Song: Holiday
Comp: Strange Babes
Album: Strange Babes
Label:
 
 
Artist: Naram
Song: Long Way Version
Composer: Naram
Album: Long Way 7"
Label: Jahtari
 
3-4pm
 
Sharon Van Etten Artist Selection
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Song: Every Time The Sun Comes Up
Composer: Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Label: Jagjaguar
 
Artist: Don McGlashan
Song: The Waves Would Roll On
Composer: McGlashan
Album: Lucky Stars
Label:

Martyn Bennett
Artist: Martyn Bennett
Song: Chanter, Move, Liberation, Nae Regrets, Blackbird
Comp: M.Bennett
Album: Grit
Label: Real World

Artist: Martyn Bennett and Margret Bennett
Song: Cumha Iain Gairbh
Comp: Traditional – arranged by M.Bennett
Album: Glen Lyon (A Song Cycle)
Label: Foot Stomping Records

Artist: Martyn Bennett and Martin Low
Song: Spree
Comp: M.Bennett, Low
Album: Hardland
Label: Martyn Bennett.com

Artist: Martyn Bennett
Song: Waltz for Hector
Comp: M.Bennett, S.Maclean
Album: Bothy Culture
Label: Rykodisc

 

Artist: Great North
Song: Omaha
Composer: Donnell
Album: Up In Smoke
Label: Great North

 

Stages: Leigh Sawmill

Artist: Justin Townes Earle
Song: Harlem River Blues
Composer: J.Earle
Album: Harlem River Blues
Label: Bloodshot records

Artist: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Song: Smoking In Heaven, What Quid?
Composer: K.Durham, D.Durham, L.Durham
Album:Smoking in Heaven
Label: Sunday Best

Artist: Lawrence Arabia
Song: Fine Old Friends
Composer: J.Milne
Album: Chant Darling
Label: Honorary Bedouin

Artist: Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes
Song: Cass Monae
Composer: I.Luketina-Johnston, B.Sinclair
Album: Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes
Label: Private

Artist: The Hipstamatics
Song: Tightrope
Composer: N. Irvin III, C.Joseph II, A.Patton, J.Monáe Robinson
Label: Private

 

Artist: Opensouls
Song: Dollars
Composer: Opensouls
Album: Standing In The Rain
Label: FTC

 

Gig Guide
Artist: Suren Unka
Song:Uvula
Composer: Suren Unka
Album: El Chupacabra
Label:

 

4-5pm

Belle and Sebastian Interview

 

Little Dragon Interview
Artist: Little Dragon
Song: Klapp Klapp
Comp: Little Dragon
Album: Nabuma Rubberband
Label: Because Music

Artist: Little Dragon
Song: Nabuma Rubberband
Comp: Little Dragon
Album: Nabuma Rubberband
Label: Because Music

Artist: Little Dragon
Song: Let Go
Comp: Little Dragon
Album: Nabuma Rubberband
Label: Because Music

 

St Vincent Interview

 

Courtney Barnett Interview

Artist: Courtney Barnett
Song: History Eraser
Comp: Courtney Barnett
Album: The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
Label: Milk! Records

Artist: Paul Kelly
Song: The Foggy Fields Of France
Comp: Paul Kelly
Album: Stolen Apples
Label: Capitol Records

Artist: Courtney Barnett
Song: Out Of The Woodwork
Comp: Courtney Barnett
Album: The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
Label: Milk! Records

Artist: Courtney Barnett
Song: Avant Gardener
Comp: Courtney Barnett
Album: The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
Label: Milk! Records

 

Jungle Interview
Artist: Jungle
Song: The Heat, Time, Busy Earnin'
Comp: T.McFarland, J. Lloyd-Watson
Album: Jungle
Label: XL Recordings

 

Iceage Interview
Artist: Iceage
Song: Plowing Into The Field Of Love
Comp: Iceage
Album: Plowing Into The Field Of Live
Label: Matador

Artist: Iceage
Song: Forever
Comp: Iceage
Album: Plowing Into The Field Of Live
Label: Matador

 

Artist: Quarks
Song: V8
Composer: Quarks
Album:
Label:

Artist: Iceage
Song: How Many
Comp: Iceage
Album: Plowing Into The Field Of Live
Label: Matador