Ten more essential New Zealand albums

One hundred albums. It might sound like a lot, but in putting together my book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, there was still a surprising numbe...

Top 10 surf guitar tracks

The surf guitar sound has been surprisingly resilient in New Zealand, ever since it washed ashore in the early 1960s. Here are 10 of the best from ...

Rhythm and Vines

From the original concept as a one-night party for friends, Rhythm and Vines has evolved into the country's biggest multi-day New Year festival, ...

Billy T James

Going Up

First published in Rip It Up, August 1984  -- The Mockers are feeling a little spoiled. After years of folding themselves in the back of vans or,...

The Ruby Suns

Sound and Vision: Album Design 2

How do we visually identify music? In the era of downloads and digital files we might see a tag or jpeg, the vestigial remnant of the 20th century ...

Bunny Walters: a 2014 interview

Starting out as a successful young pop star and cabaret performer in the early 1970s and going on to enjoy commercial work singing advertising jing...

Columbus Invades America

In July 1966 Columbus arrived in San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay area, to a flurry of articles in the local press. Most of these played on the o...

Ray Columbus and the Rolling Stones

Ray Columbus loved telling stories, and none more than the time his band the Invaders supported the Rolling Stones on their Australasian tour in 19...

Bunny Walters

Mockers Reflect

In the mid-1980s The Mockers were one of the biggest bands in the land before three of the members headed overseas to eventual oblivion. But unlike...

Flying Nun in Australia – the Mushroom years, 1990 to 1993

In October 1990, just over a decade on from Toy Love's final Australian performance, Chris Knox returned to Sydney for two shows. In stark contrast...

Top 10 songs about death

Ka Mate Written by Te Rauparaha (circa 1820), performed by the All Blacks (1987) It's quite surprising to reflect upon the fact that our most pop...

Ray Columbus and The Invaders

Volume: Making Music In Aotearoa

Putting together an exhibition that encompasses the whole of New Zealand music while appealing both to the general public and the people who are mu...

Collapsing Cities

Dunedin Sound - the sound of honesty?

The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening is a visual celebration of the early years of the city's post-punk music scene, which became so identi...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 1

In 2002, along with Nick Bollinger and Katy Yiakmis, I worked on an exhibition called Sound Design. In it we attempted to gather together a selecti...

Anna Coddington

John Williams

Tim Armstrong

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10 live sound engineer-musicians

Every live scene relies on the seldom acknowledged sound engineers, who ensure the music from the band onstage is faithfully presented to the audie...

Writing Social End Product – New Zealand’s 1960s music history magazine

I was mad for How Was The Air Up There? – the K-tel Records compilation of indigenous 1960s sounds released in New Zealand in 1980. It was New Zeal...

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