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# 249524 14-May-2019 23:38
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To acknowledge NZ Music Month, I'm asking if anyone has stories of gigs, concerts, encounters and memories of Kiwi bands, artists and songs, old and new, that you or someone you know experienced.

 

 

 

Kiwi music never gets talked about nearly enough, so let's discuss our music here.

 


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  # 2237131 15-May-2019 08:07
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I watched the two episodes of Anthem, was way cool, forget what channel, not near TV right now

 

Here it is

 

https://www.primetv.co.nz/anthems

 

 


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  # 2238157 15-May-2019 09:22
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Love Kiwi music. Earliest memory was of Supergroove playing the River Bar in Gisborne, in I think 1990 (eeeek showing my age there). Aside from that, there were many a gig I attended at University, including The Exponents - where Jordan Luck got blind drunk and refused to play until the crowd were let on stage, his band left him behind at the end and he got beaten up by the crowd when he tried crowd surfing. I had a great view of this as I was stage crew at the time :-D - Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Che Fu, The Feelers, King Kapisi etc etc. Was a semi regular at the local band scene (The Stomach in P North) back in the days, not so much these days though.






 
 
 
 


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  # 2238175 15-May-2019 09:52
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Two of my favourite albums at the moment are The Beths "Future Me Hates Me" and Aldous Harding "Designer"

 

 

 

Well worth checking out.





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  # 2238227 15-May-2019 10:26
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Was just listening to Savant on the way into work, miss that band

 

 


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  # 2238297 15-May-2019 12:05
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The Anthems series is excellent, and I love the way Prime regularly provides excellent local and international music documentaries.





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  # 2238370 15-May-2019 13:56
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I never really concern myself much with the nationality of the artists, even if I know it.

Not sure why it's important? It doesn't make the music better or worse.





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  # 2238400 15-May-2019 14:54
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Geektastic: I never really concern myself much with the nationality of the artists, even if I know it.

Not sure why it's important? It doesn't make the music better or worse.

 

I think there is value in actively seeking out "local" music and - assuming you find something you like - supporting the artists accordingly.

 

NZ artists don't appear on the world music stage as frequently nor are they promoted as heavily (or with as much financial backing) as their US and UK contemporaries.

 

By intentionally seeking out "NZ Music" you can find yourself discovering artists that you may not otherwise have come across.

 

 

 

ETA: By engaging with the local music scene, you also have greater opportunity to see those acts live, to connect with other like-minded fans and to obtain interesting physical releases or limited edition merch etc.

 

 

 

Of course as you say "NZ Music" ≠ "Good Music" - there is as much dross here as there is anywhere else, but the above should be incentive enough if those things interest you!





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  # 2238407 15-May-2019 15:02
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Well, point me somewhere. As long as it's not The Usual Suspects (Dave, Bic, etc!) Or Crowded House.





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  # 2238411 15-May-2019 15:21
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Geektastic: Well, point me somewhere. As long as it's not The Usual Suspects (Dave, Bic, etc!) Or Crowded House.

 

 

 

As a middle-aged pommie, I am far from an expert on the local scene! Was merely musing over the reasons one might actively seek it out...

 

That said, my two recommendations above (The Beths & Aldous Harding) would still stand, as would the last Marlon Williams album. Die Die Die are also pretty decent if you like noisy guitars.

 

If you are a metal fan, you might enjoy Alien Weaponry and I like what I have heard of Mermaidens





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  # 2238413 15-May-2019 15:24
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^^^^ 

 

 

 

All of those above should be on https://bandcamp.com/ if you want to sample tracks and buy/stream their albums. My favourite digital music store as someone who still likes to keep a local, lossless library!





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  # 2238424 15-May-2019 15:31
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Oh - forgot Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin! Worth a spin...





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  # 2238591 15-May-2019 19:29
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Geektastic: Well, point me somewhere. As long as it's not The Usual Suspects (Dave, Bic, etc!) Or Crowded House.

 

 

 

There's several names I could throw at you. Superturtle, Blu Fish (they remind me of Blam Blam Blam for some reason), Bene, Gretel, Bay Street to name a few Auckland acts I've heard. Superturtle isn't that new but still.


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