Hard News by Russell Brown


Friday Music: Tramadol Rock

I saw Samuel Flynn Scott a couple of times last year at the time he was suffering through a back injury in a haze of painkillers. It made for a fairly spaced out Phoenix Foundation show at the Powerstation -- and it appears the experience has also borne some grunge fruit for his periodic side project Bunnies on Ponies.

He basically goes all 90s in the first single from the forthcoming new album. The album was conceived and written over two weeks and this has the kind of unselfconscious, rockin' feel you'd expect from that. Cool. Also -- free download!

I mentioned a while back that I'd heard a track from the long, long awaited new Jakob album. The album has a name, Sines, and it's out in October. This is the opening track and it's vast and shining as you'd expect.

They're fixing to tour, too.

Nice to see Jah Red Lion (Auckland, via Santiago) turning up on TheAudience.

Wilfully, unabashedly 80s pop from New York-based New Zealander Andy Diamond:

A gem from Leftside Wobble. His rework of the Bill Withers classic:


December is looking lively. Not only the sold-out Nick Cave shows, but as of this week The Skatalites play Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and crazy old Evan Dando brings the Lemonheads to Auckland and Wellington.

Charlotte Ryan has a chat with Arthur Ahbez.


And finally, a new mixtape from the extremely reliable Gronigen DJ crew RocknRolla Soundsystem. Chunky soul edits and proper dancing grooves. This is pretty much exactly my thing. 

The RocknRolla Mixing A Go-Go Show August 2014 by Rocknrolla_Soundsystem on Mixcloud


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