2–3pm

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman, the pioneering free jazz composer, alto saxophonist and musical philosopher died this week, aged 85. Local sax man and director of the Audio Foundation, Jeff Henderson, talks us through some of Coleman’s most inspiring musical ideas.

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman Photo: Geert Vandepoele

Reinier Baas and the More Socially Relevant Jazz Ensemble
Dutch jazz guitarist wunderkind Reinier Baas and his More Socially Relevant Jazz Ensemble were in town for the Wellington Jazz Festival. While the quintet were grappling with the acoustics of an opera hall, Yadana Saw checked in with the collective and found the definitive answer on what to call their homeland: Netherlands or Holland?

Reinier Baas, Maarten Hogenhuis, Mark Schilders, and bassist Stefan Lievestro

Reinier Baas, Maarten Hogenhuis, Mark Schilders, and bassist Stefan Lievestro Photo: Yadana Saw

Headquarters: Kraus
We head to the home studio of future-primitive, guitar/recorder/DIY synth/tape loop supreme commander, Kraus.

Kraus in his home studio

Kraus Photo: RNZ / Emma Smith

3–4pm

Groovehouse Records
Groovehouse Records is a South Auckland music institution, with a growing roster of soul, R&B and Pacific reggae artists. Included in the label’s ranks is Southside soul duo Cydel, who are nominated for five Tuis at Saturday’s Pacific Music Awards. Ahead of the ceremony, Cydel’s Saipele 'Pele' Nili and David 'Dee' Letoa talk to Sam Wicks about 18 years of Groovehouse.

Cydel

Cydel (L-to-R: Saipele 'Pele' Nili and David 'Dee' Letoa) Photo: Courtesy of Cydel

Tokimonsta
Los Angelean DJ and producer Tokimonsta is in the country this week, spinning sets that weave in hip hop, R&B and electronica influences. Off the back of her latest release Desiderium, she talks with Emma Smith.

Tokimonsta

Tokimonsta Photo: Courtesy of Tokimonsta

The Sampler: Jamie xx  In Colour
Nick Bollinger reviews the solo debut of The xx founder Jamie xx.

Introducing: Commune 84

Commune 84

Commune 84 Photo: Ukiah Brown

Gig Guide

4–5pm

The Secret Life of Band Names
The artist currently known as Samuel Scott, Sam Scott, Samuel F. Scott and Samuel Flynn Scott has always struggled with how to represent himself in the music world – and it turns out he’s not alone. In the Secret Life of Band Names, Scott goes deep into the world of band names and pseudonyms, picking the brains of artists from gender-queer hip hop sensation Randa to rock icons Shihad (formerly known as Pacifier), to see how other people fret over what to call themselves.

Samuel Scott, Trip Pony (Priya Sami) and Randa (Mainard Larkin)

Samuel Scott, Trip Pony (Priya Sami) and Randa (Mainard Larkin) Photo: Yadana Saw

R.A. the Rugged Man
R.A. Thorburn, better known as R.A. the Rugged Man, is a bona fide yet largely unheralded rap legend, having made music with names like The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy’s Chuck D throughout his colourful two decade-plus career. In the country this week for shows in Wellington and Auckland, he presents a listening session of true school hip hop classics, with selections from MC Shan to Slick Rick.

R.A. the Rugged Man

R.A. the Rugged Man Photo: Courtesy of R.A. the Rugged Man

HDSPNS
Over the last four years HDSPNS have woven themselves into New Zealand’s musical fabric with pioneering the D.I.T. (Do It Together) movement and the delivery of two EP. With the release of their debut /ˈen(d) ɡām/, Zac Arnold joins the band to delve into its eccentricities and reflect on how their friendship has evolved over time.

HDSPNS (Clockwise L-to-R Ben Leonard, Liam Kiely, Richard Dugdale, Toby King)

HDSPNS (Clockwise L-to-R Ben Leonard, Liam Kiely, Richard Dugdale, Toby King) Photo: Courtesy of HDSPNS

Music played in this show

2-3pm
Artist: Prime Time
Song: Street Blues
Composer: Coleman
Album: Tone Dialling
Label: Harmolodic

Jeff Henderson on Ornette Coleman
Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Peace
Composer: Coleman
Album: The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Label:Atlantic

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Free
Composer: Coleman
Album: Change of the Century
Label:Atlantic

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Free Jazz Pt 1.
Composer: Coleman
Album: Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
Label:Atlantic

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Faces and Places
Composer: 
Album: The Ornette Coleman Trio at the "Golden Circle" Stockholm
Label: Blue Note Records

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Good Old Days
Composer: Coleman
Album: The Empty Foxhole
Label: Blue Note

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Holiday For Heroes
Composer: Coleman
Album: Skies of America
Label:Columbia Records

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Intersong
Composer: Coleman
Album: Naked Lunch OST
Label: Milan

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Song: Rock The Clock
Composer: Coleman
Album: Science Fiction
Label: Columbia
 

 

Reinier Baas Interview
Artist: Reinier Baas and The More Socially Relevant Jazz Ensemble
Song: The Second Coming of Homonculus
Composer: Baas
Album: RNZ Concert Recording 
Label: RNZ Concert Recording

 

Artist: Arthur Russell
Song: Hiding Your Present From You
Composer: Russell
Album: Corn
Label: Audika

 

Headquarters: Kraus
Artist: Kraus
Song: Why Oh Why, Cardigan in Cashmere
Composer: Kraus
Album: Unreleased
Label: Radio NZ

 

Artist: King Loser
Song: '76 Comeback
Composer: 
Album: You Cannot Kill What Does Not Live
Label: Flying Nun

3-4pm

 

Groovehouse Records
Artist: Cydel
Song: I Love You, I Apologise, Girl Next Door, Just Be Cool, It's Alright, Slowly
Composer: S.Nili, D.Letoa
Label: Groovehouse Records

 

Artist: Team Dynamite
Song: Tonight
Composer: Team Dynamite
Album: 
Label:

Artist: Saun and Starr
Song: Look Closer (Can't You See The Signs)
Composer: Saun and Starr
Album: Saun and Starr
Label: Daptone

Tokimonsta Interview
Artist: Tokimonsta
Song: Saw Sydney (Pharrell 'That Girl' Flip) 
Composer: Lee/ Williams
Album: unreleased
Label: Soundcloud DL

Artist: Tokimonsta
Song: Dusty Stars
Composer: Tokimonsta
Album: Desiderium
Label:Young Art

Artist: Tokimonsta
Song: Go With It (feat MNDR)
Composer: Lee/ MNDR
Album: Half Shadows
Label: Ultra

Artist: Tokimonsta
Song: Realla
Composer: Lee
Album: Desiderium
Label:Young Art
 

 

Artist: Yellow Magic Orchestra
Song: Firecracker
Composer: YMO
Album: Computer Game
Label: Horizon 

 

The Sampler: Jamie xx
Artist: Jamie xx
Song: Gosh
Composer: Smith
Song: Sleep Sound
Composer: Smith/Brothers/Augello-Cook
Song: Obvs
Composer: Smith/Mitzogucchi
Song: SeeSaw
Composer: Smith/Hebden/Madley-Croft/Buffett/Mehl/Robinson
Song: Stranger In A Room
Composer: Smith/Madley Croft/Sim
Album: In Colour
Label: Remote Control
 

Introducing: Commune 84
Artist: Commune 84
Songs: Bolan
Composer: U. Brown, C Redwood
Album: Bolan/M I N D single
Label: Commune 84

 


Artist: T Rex
Song: 20th Century Boy
Composer: Bolan
Album: Tanx
Label:EMI

 

4-5pm

The Secret Life of Band Names
Artist: The Beatles
Song: You Know My Name
Composer: Lennon McCartney
Album: Mono Masters
Label: Parlophone

Artist: Home Brew
Song: Datura/White Flowers
Composer: Home Brew
Album: Home Brew
Label: Young Gifted & Broke

Artist: @peace
Song: 
Composer: Tome Scott , Lui Tuiasau, Chris El Truento
Album: @peace
Label: 

Artist: Shihad
Song: Stations
Composer: Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenburger, Phil Knight
Album: Churn
Label: Wildside

Artist: Shihad
Song: Deb’s Night Out
Composer: Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenburger, Phil Knight
Album: Deb’s Night Out EP
Label: Wildside

Artist: Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Song: Eeling
Composer: Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Album: Eeling
Label: Self Released

Artist: Tommy
Song: Tomorrow I Might Go
Composer: Tommy Benefield
Album: Tomorrow I Might Go
Label: Loop

Artist: Trip Pony
Song: Open Up
Composer: Priya Sami 
Album: Gem
Label: 

Artist: Totems
Song: Kuri
Composer: Totems
Album: The Dream Is over
Label: KCB


Artist: Randa
Song: Frankenstein
Composer: Mainard Larkin
Album: Summer Camp EP
Label: 

Artist: Randa
Song: Ranger
Composer: Mainard Larkin
Album: Summer Camp EP
Label: 

 

R A The Rugged Man Interview
Artist: MC Shan
Song: The Bridge
Composer: S.Moltke, M.Williams
Album: Down By Law
Label: Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records

Artist: Eric B. & Rakim 
Song: Microphone Fiend
Composer: E.Barrier, W.Griffin Jr.
Album: Follow the Leader
Label: Uni Records

Artist: Slick Rick
Song: Children's Story
Composer: R.Walters
Album: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Label: Def Jam, Columbia, CBS

Artist: LL Cool J
Song: Jack the Ripper
Composer: J.Smith
Album: Going Back to Cali single
Label: Def Jam

 

HDSPNS Interview
Artist: HDSPNS
Song: Apophenia, 249,
Composer: HDSPNS
Album: /ˈen(d) ɡām/
Label: HDSPNS

Artist: HDSPNS
Song: Kite Height
Composer: HDSPNS
Album: EAI EP
Label: HDSPNS

Artist: HDSPNS
Song: Archipelago, HH,
Composer: HDSPNS
Album: /ˈen(d) ɡām/
Label: HDSPNS