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. ...

Nesian Mystik

North Shore Rock'n'roll: 2004-2010

The explosion of retro-influenced rock'n'roll groups from the North Shore around 2004-2010 was remarkable given the sheer youthfulness of the bands...

Founders Theatre

The appearance of New York's rock and roll animal Lou Reed at Hamilton's Founders Theatre in 1977 was one out of the box, even if – by necessit...

On the Ball: New Zealand Rugby Songs part one

1887-1979 Rugby union is entrenched into New Zealand's psyche and is a major part of our collective DNA. A country that can boast three separate v...

Paint It, Black: New Zealand Rugby Songs part two

The 1980s and 1990s During the 1980s – a decade which generally has a lot to answer for – there was somewhat of a rugby song revival. One of our m...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 5

The relationship between popular music packaging and illustration is longstanding. As with book jackets there was an early recognition that attract...

Horrible Songs for Children: a primer

An introduction to 10 New Zealand musicians who produce music for older children. Fatcat & Fishface Fatcat & Fishface hail themselves as ...

Post Punk Christchurch 1981 - Getting Jumpy

Take a month, any month in 1981, in post-punk Christchurch, and you'll hit a vein rich with original music, rising bands and talented fly-by-nighte...

Inside the HMV pressing plant

In 1957 Morrie Hill – the Auckland Star's Wellington-based photographer – visited the record manufacturing plant of His Master's Voice (NZ) Ltd, wh...

Ritchie Pickett

Mahia Blackmore

Freedom Express

The songs of Shortland Street

May 2017 marks 25 years since Shortland Street first appeared on New Zealand television. Music has always been in the mix at New Zealand's iconic, ...

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10 television pop stars

New Zealand television had music from its first day in June 1960, with Howard Morrison among those who performed, but it took a while before the in...

The Blues Down Under

New Zealand can't claim to have produced any of the world's biggest blues stars. We are 12,000 kilometres from the music's Mississippi birthplace, ...

Songwriter's Choice: Charlotte Yates

Counting The Beat – The Swingers I liked Split Enz when Phil Judd was in it and Second Thoughts was the first pop record I proudly bought – albeit...

Ross Cunningham interviews Peter Jefferies

In December 2016 I travelled to New Plymouth to film an interview with Peter Jefferies. I'd seen him perform three times in the previous eight mont...

Dennis Huggard

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