Red Hot Peppers

Look Blue Go Purple

The Verlaines

The Tumbleweeds

Graham Wardrop

Graham Wardrop - luthiery

Luthiery has been a growing interest for Graham Wardrop since the late 1970s, early 80s when he lived on the Barrenjoey Peninsula, north of Sydney,...

Songwriter's Choice: Robert Scott

Known for his musical talent and songwriting skills within classic New Zealand groups The Clean and The Bats, as well as solo work and side project...

The Captain Cook Hotel

The Captain Cook Hotel did not impress the great New Zealand writer Maurice Duggan in 1960. Duggan, spending the year in Dunedin as Burns Fell...

Begg's: the Musical and Electrical Centre

In 1943 the Begg's chain of stores ran a series of advertisements in the New Zealand Listener titled "The story of music in New Zealand is the ...

Cassandra's Ears

The Original Dunedin Sound - 1966-1970

At the end of 1966 … When the Cellar Club opened at 8A Manse Street on Christmas Eve 1966, there were queues back along the street and around the ...

New Zealand musical comedy

In the austere 1950s, comedy and novelty records – featuring original songs or spoofs set to well-known classical or pop tunes – were Saturday nigh...

Jim Pilcher’s sixties scrapbook

Jim Pilcher has never played an instrument. "I'm probably tone deaf,” he says. "I just love music and I love what goes on behind the scenes.” In th...

Sneaky Feelings

Flight of the Conchords

Buster Stiggs

Ten tracks where hip hop meets jazz

Historically, hip hop has been more closely related to funk than any other genre of music. However, the 1990s brought a wave of jazz hip hop that h...

Rino Tirikatene

Charlotte Yates

Songwriter's Choice: Rikki Morris

When I was asked to name my 10 favourite New Zealand songs I immediately thought "that is impossible!” Futile even. How many brilliant Kiwi songs h...

Des and Juliet Rainey

Low Fidelity

Flashbacks of Dunedin's Record Stores When I hear that record, I can remember exactly where I was. That's the cliché, and for my generation, radio...

Roy Colbert in Rip It Up

Gentle, generous and gracious, Roy Colbert also had a puckish wit and could be a wicked raconteur. His letters and emails should be collected and p...

The Bilders Tour Europe

Bilders do the autobahn - Arno Loeffler Bill Direen: A Memory of Others is a feature-length road documentary chosen to screen at the New Zealand...

New Zealand classics that aren't - part one

New Zealand's rich musical past includes many songs that belong to us and are, in their recorded form, simply standards. New Zealanders young and o...

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New Zealand classics that aren't - part two

The Hi-Revving Tongues ‘Rain & Tears’ (Zodiac, 1969) The 1968 international hit by Aphrodite’s Child was not a hit in New Zealand and then-Phi...

Terry King: the Progressive Years

Terry King in the early 1980s Run an eye over the production and recording credits for some of the most enduring independent music recorded in t...

Ross Cunningham interviews Karl Steven

I first met Karl Steven in early 1994 while working with a close friend of his on the New Zealand music programme Frenzy. We would regularly find o...

Songwriter's Choice: LA Mitchell

Suddenly Strange – Bic Runga "Fire inside my shoes,” she said. I'm starting here with Bic Runga. Her album, Drive, was a lightbulb moment for me. ...

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