Friday, June 08, 2018

Hampshire and Foat - Nightshade library music vol1

"Athens Of The North released Nightshade on June 5th, another chapter in Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire prolific collaboration. Drawing inspirations from the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Nightshade is a testament to the artists deep passion for that era

This new Hampshire and Foat project should not come as too much of a surprise to those familiar with Greg and Warren's music, influenced heavily by not just jazz but the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s along with film soundtracks from the same golden era.

Greg and Warren are avid collectors of this music, with Greg sending me links night and day to LPs he has picked up digging on his travels. This constant search sends him down new musical pathways and often sparks whole new concepts for projects. .

We had talked for a long time about doing a library style LP (something Greg is very passionate about) so during different recording sessions Greg and Warren started laying down various tracks, which eventually were selected for Nightshade Side one is 5 tracks in very distinct styles, musical paintings for the big screen. The vast sound of the Japanese influenced ‘Jasmine’, The Spaghetti Western melancholy of ‘Mariposa Lily’, The call to action that is ‘Antonio's Theme’, the breezy vintage sports car in the sun that ‘Coastal Drive’ portrays, and ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, a late night Poirot-esque piece.

Side B is a classic library suite, which Greg describes as a “Detective's theme with different variations on the motifs”.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist June 2

Amerie - One thing (Mr K organ mix
Donald Byrd - Love has come around (Combo re-edit)
Stro Elliot - Feel 4 Chaka
Fred Wesley and the JBs - You can have Watergate....
Sly & the Family Stone - Thank you for talkin' to me Africa
Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings - Better things
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye Kenny Dope remix (extended)
Sly n Robbie - Make em move
Shinehead - Raggamuffin dub

Tribute mix to Bobbylon (listen above):
Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind
2R2S - Homegirl
Trip To The Moon - I can change (DLT remix)
3 The Hard Way feat Bobbylon - Hiphop holiday
2R2s - Take you home
Unitone Hifi feat Bobbylon - Turn around
Halleujah Picassos - Yardy

Reggie Stepper - Cuh oonu
Super Beagle - Dust a soundboy
Jr Reid - Bubblers
Horace Andy - Just say who
Gregory Issac - All I have is love
Barrington Levy/Beenieman - Murderation
Nextmen - Blood fire
Rebel MC - Champion DJ (Shy FX mix)
Rebel MC - Comin on strong
Jazmine Sullivan Need u bad (Moody Boyz remix)
The Equals - Black skin blue eyed boys
The Clash - Revolution rock

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Soul Sugar + Sly n Robbie

Man, this is sweet. Out on digital/12" vinyl plus Sly n Robbie in there too.

"Soul Sugar drop their own reggae version of Marvin Gaye’s "I Want You" French outfit Soul Sugar – the brainchild of Guillaume “Gee” Metenier – deliver yet another soulful reggae 12”, this time a cover version of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 classic "I Want You". Jamaicain native Leonardo Carmichael sings lead vocals and legendary drums and bass duo Sly & Robbie add their flavor to the mix, with two versions on side B."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Sola Rosa EP drops

Features guest vocals from LA Mitchell, Kevin Mark Trail and Noah Slee.

“This EP I feel is like a bridge between our 2015 album MAGNETICS, which was quite synth and beats focused compared to where we are headed with the next album, which is more live instrument based. I felt these tracks needed to be released separately as they have their own voice in the Sola Rosa timeline,” says Soa Rosa main man Andrew Spraggon.

“I also love the remixes on this EP. Flytones are from Istanbul. I had been following them for a little while on Instagram. They post some really inspiring clips of their Dilla-esque, neo soul jams. I am also a huge fan of Canadian duo Potatohead People and their underground hit album BIG LUXURY on Bastard Jazz. It’s great to be able to reach out to producers I love and respect and collaborate”.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blundetto new album out May 25

"A calm atmosphere that has enabled Blundetto to approach Slow Dance in a more solitary manner — very differently from preceding outings in which friends, family, and inspired collaborators all came to sing, to blow, to play keyboards... Always happy to let improvisation and happenstance make the difference, Blundetto focused his ears and spirit on what is a constant in his whole discography: the echo that one hears rather clearly in the musical mosaics that were Bad Bad Things (2009), Warm My Soul (2012), and World Of (2015), that is to say the Kingston sound responsible for so many of his emotions — reggae.

Rough up the roots, harden the vibe, digitalize dancehall, and fall headlong into soulful rocksteady beats driven by the perfect diction and inalterable voice of the legendary Ken Boothe — jolted all the while by super-fat bass lines and jungle dubs. The samplers stayed in their cases; this party was for instruments only, with Blundetto playing them all.

This fourth Blundetto album features guests like Biga Ranx, Dame, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Cornell Campbell, Little Harry, Biga, and Blackjoy.

With sounds that are rounder than usual, this album’s slow tempos don’t budge though everybody is running around all over the place like maniacs. Also, despite its apparent minimalism, rich detail is revealed to those who listen closely."

Out May 25, LP/CD/Digital

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Magnificent Tape Band debut with "The Subtle Art Of Distraction"

The Magnificent Tape Band - The Subtle Art Of Distraction album cover

Sweeping orchestral soul with wonderful vocals... "Released on the 25th of May on Leeds Jazz & Soul label ATA Records, the debut LP from The Magnificent Tape Band "The Subtle Art Of Distraction"takes the blueprint laid out on their debut single"Patterns In My Mind"and builds on it, developing their sound into something richer and with more depth.

Recorded entirely on vintage analogue recording equipment packed into a disused garage in Leeds, the LP features the vocal talents of Gospel-inspired soul singer Rachel Modest who has provided vocals for several releases on the label including her own debut single"I Try".

The Magnificent Tape Band are the alter egos of ATA Records founders Neil Innes & Pete Williams, who were the creative driving force behind the debut album by The Sorcerers, for which they wrote and produced all the tracks as well as contributing bass and guitar performances.

Sheffield born, Rachel Modest developed her unique vocal ability within the churches and gospel choirs of her local community. Now based in Leeds she has developed a powerful and soulful vocal style that takes inspiration from artists such as Madeleine Bell, Dee Dee Warwick, Dusty Springfield and at times delivers a performance that resembles the falsetto of The Delfonics William Hart.

The Subtle Art Of Distraction" immediately brings to mind the more experimental psychedelic soul records of the late 60s/early seventies by incorporating driving clavinet, loping drums and swirling organ and Mellotron alongside Rachel Modest's ethereal vocals."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist May 12

Roupe - Joe Baxil
Beats International - Invasion of the estate agents
Dutch Rhythm and Steel - Down by the river
Billy Preston - Advice
Luther Ingram - Baby don't you weep
Bobby Womack and the Valentinos - I found a true love
Sue Ann Jones  - I'll give you my love
The Shirelles - Boys
The Brownettes - Baby don't you know
Lyn Collins - Take me just as I am
Vicki Anderson - Don't throw your love in the garbage can
The Believers - Mr hot pants
The Sorcerers - In pursuit of Shai Hulud
Buttering Trio - Cacti juice
Khruangbin - Two fish and an elephant
Rae and Christian feat The Congos - Hold us down
Specials - Ghost town
Eddy Grant  - My turn to love you
Art of Noise - Moments in love
Tom Tom Club - Wordy rappinghood
Evelyn King - Love come down
Millie Scott - Prisoner of love
Peaches and Herb - Freeway
Bernard Edwards - Your love is good to me
Snap - Sidewalk city
IQU - Witchcraft
Collision - Mr music
Sola Rosa - Leave a light on

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy

Via Bastard Jazz: "Comprised of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to their signature sound, drawing influences from 90’s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house and boogie/funk.

Supporters such as Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, DJ Spinna, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg have also played formidable roles in championing the sound of Potatohead People worldwide.

Now with three years since their last release, 2015’s critically acclaimed debut album Big Luxury, Potatohead People are back their long awaited new album Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy.

The record picks up right where the pair left off, showcasing a leap forward in production chops, musicality, and songwriting. Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy will be out worldwide May 11th, 2018 via CD, Digital & LP".

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Sandy Mill ep out now

Local singer Sandy Mill recently dropped her debut ep, A Piece Of Me (vinyl/digital). I've had the pleasure of working with her on several Dub Asylum songs, she is an amazing vocalist.

It's a slinky, soulful bunch of tunes, take a listen....current fave is track two, Light Of Day.

Via UTR: "A Piece Of Me spans hook-packed groovy numbers, slow-burning balladry and two upbeat remixes from Misled Convoy and Dean Webb.

Originally hailing from Gisbourne and of Ngati Porou descent, Mill performed alongside Don McGlashan and Sean Donnelly (SJD) in The Bellbirds, and has worked with the likes of local groups New Telepathics, Dub Asylum, and with international heavy hitters Basement Jaxx, Gary Numan, and more.

Mill is celebrating both the record's release and International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 4  with her live band at Auckland's Lula Inn, and will be performing at the annual Borderline Music Festival in early June.

The new collection features a tonne of special guest collaborators, including Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad), Milan Borich (Pluto), Dianne Swann (The Bads), Darryn Harkness (New Telepathics), and the aforementioned Donnelly."

"Coinciding with the release of her new EP “A Piece of Me”, legendary New Zealand vocalist Sandy Mill, who has worked with Basement Jaxx, Boy George, Gary Numan, Neil Finn and others, has been announced as opening act for another legend, the US/UK ‘60s soul icon PP Arnold, who performs at the Powerstation Sunday May 20.

The first single of Sandy’s EP, “Giftbox” is inspired by the great singers of the 60’s and blends the power of American soul and the honesty of UK pop, which very much makes Sandy perfect company for PP."

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist May 5

Bassomatic - Fascinating rhythm (Henry's lost dub)
Idris Mohammed - Could heaven ever be like this (Leftside wobble edit)
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd st rhythm band - High as apple pie (slice 2)
The Parliaments - I wanna testify
The Puffs - I only cry once a day now
Ray Charles -You're about to lose your clown
Harlem Gospel Travellers - He's on time
Cannibal and the Headhunters - Land of a thousand dances
The Versatile Johnny Lewis - Unchain my heart
The Impressions - Keep on pushing
Major Lance - Hey little girl
Jan Bradley - Mama didn't lie
Jerry Butler - I'm a telling you
The Impressions -Talking about my baby
Major Lance -  Um um um um
The Impressions - We're a winner
Curtis Mayfield - Future shock
El Michels Affair - Behind the blue curtains
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings  - Let them knock
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings  - Mama don't like my man
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings  - Better things
Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - Ohkey dokey pt2
Southside Coalition - Power play
Bernard Wright - Haboglabotribin
Gwen Guthrie - Aint nothing going on but the rent
Bobby Broom - Saturday night
Richard Eriwata - Weekend
Five Star - Let me be the one
Chakk  -You (mix two)
Cleo Sol - Why don't you
Blundetto feat Kid Charlemane - History dance
Jessica Lauren - Teck et bambou

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist April 28

Chaka Khan - Heed the warning
Prince - Hello (12" dance mix)
The Coming of Moses - Striving for tomorrow
Puzzle People - French fried boogie
Modified Man - Kingswood drive
Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella -Nigeria
Idris Akamoor and the Pyramids - Tinoge ya ta'a ba
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra - Crosstown traffic
Blackjob feat Suz - Queen in my empire
Dennis Brown - Hold on to what you've got
Richie Phoe - Mr big man dub
Unitone Hifi - Wickedness increased (2018 version)
Wild Bill Ricketts feat Mara TK - Mangi mangi
Tubbs - It's love
Video Kid - Dawn skate
Jet Jaguar  - Gomennasai
Bic Runga - Something good (Submariner mix feat Tha Feelstyle)
MC Lucia - Subscribe 2 me
Ermehn  -Walls of steel (SOS mix)
Smashproof - Ordinary life (Moody Boyz dub)
Fat Freddy's Drop -Flashback (Jazzanova mashed bag remix)
Sandy Mill - Light of day
Open Souls - Rise up pt1
Mark de Clive Lowe - Relax unwind in San Juan (Afrojas version)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jessica Lauren's new album Almeria out May 4

Some tasty jazzy bizznizz... "Since the early 1990s, keyboard player Jessica Lauren has been a familiar part of London's alternative music scene. Jessica's keyboard skills have augmented the live performances and studio recordings of world renowned artists such as Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason, Japan's United Future Organisation, and UK soul diva Juliet Roberts.

Her previous Freestyle album 'Jessica Lauren Four' (2012) highlighted Jessica's minimalist approach, something rare and refreshing in the jazz world: she instills her compositions and playing with a refined sense of space which makes her music as much about what she doesn't play as what she does.

The albums' opener - Kofi Nomad is a deeply percussive afrocentric epic, featuring the beautiful baritone saxaphone of Tamar 'Collocutor' Osborn, one of the most in demand woodwind players working today, underpinned by a powerful foundation of percussion courtesy of Richard Ọlátúndé Baker, Phillip Harper and drummer Cosimo Keita Cadore.

Jessica’s amazing skill for writing simple, understated yet superbly memorable and catchy hooks remains undiminished. Highlights in this new collection are almost too numerous to mention, but Amalfi is a breezy bossa, which conjures up images of easy living days and sun dappled Mediterranean coastlines, whilst the angular and brooding Simba Jike has something of an Eddie Harris style deep, dark groove over which Jessica riffs and solos beautifully on grand piano - and Tamar once again blows freely, whilst 'level' Neville Malcolms' upright bass figure roots the entire thing in a solid, almost primeval sound."

Almeria, the new album from Jessica Lauren coming out 4 May on Freestyle Records (CD/LP/digital)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist April 21

Neneh Cherry and The Thing - Dream baby dream (Four Tet remix)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Hard boiled babe
Aural Exciters - Maladie d'amour
James White and the Blacks  - Contort yourself (August Darnell remix)
Prince - Housequake (7" edit)
Major Lance - Hey little girl
Otis Brown - Southside Chicago
Gene Washington and the Ironsides - Got to get through to you
Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY -  My god has a telephone
Harlem Gospel Travellers - He's on time
Gene Chandler - No peace, no satisfaction
The Esquires - You've got the power
The Hesitations - Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Jimmy Castor  - Ham hocks Espanol
Young Holt Unlimited  - Soulful strut
Darondo - Luscious lady
Eddie Billups -I need someone
Misha Panfilov Sound Combo  - Oliver Robotron
Cannonball Adderley - Mercy, mercy, mercy
Ella Fitzgerald - Mas que nada
Sunlightsquare Latin Combo - I believe in miracles
Tito Puente - Take five
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica
Bonnie Pointer - Ah shoot
Parliament - Up on the downstroke
Dalvanius and the Fascinations - Who said that
The Johnny Rocco Band - She's knocking at my door
Prince Tui Teka - Heed the call
Tyra and the Tornadoes - Hui hui

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Headless Chickens frontman scattered Grant Fell's ashes on stage at Civic's Wintergarden

From Radio NZ: "The Headless Chickens won the prize for Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award for their 1988 album Stunt Clown. Guitarist and vocalist Chris Matthews then produced a small vial of deceased bandmate Grant Fell's ashes and sprinkled them on the stage.

Speaking on RNZ's Morning Report the Taite Music Prize co-host and Music 101 presenter Alex Behan said it was "one of the stranger situations" he had been in as MC.

"I spoke to members of the band afterward and they feel it was their moment to have and that they were meaning it in the best of faith."

Musician Moana Maniapoto said she was "horrified" and that it was "absolutely bizarre".
"[It was] kind of disrespectful to a lot of people in the room.

"I understand the love they have for their musician but they didn't give anyone else in the room a choice in the matter," she said.

"There's no doubt we all love the Headless Chickens and Grant Fell. You know, he is adorable and a wonderful musician but I find it hard to believe that someone could grow up in New Zealand and think it is okay to do that."

Maniapoto presented the 2015 Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award and said winners Herbs would never have sprinkled the ashes of dead band members.

"They are there in spirit, they are there in the words, they are there in the music. Much like Dylan Taite is and that's what the award is named after. Human remains are tapu."

Fells' partner Rachael Churchward said "On the night, Chris asked if he could scatter a little on the stage and I agreed. It was spontaneous. Grant was proud of his Ngāpuhi whakapapa, as am I of my own family's Māori heritage. We were not setting out to shock or offend anyone, but Grant wanted his ashes scattered in places he loved - and he loved being on stage playing music.

"I think anyone who knew Grant understands that he would have loved this. I understand this was not in line with tikanga, but we all come from different places and we don't adhere to every tradition. Music is a big part of our identity too."

via Stuff: "Former Headless Chicken member Rupert E Taylor understood some people felt awkward about the gesture.

"I felt like he was there with us and it was a total magic moment for me. I waved his ashes into my face and all over my Workshop suit. It was a surprise and it should happened, he should have been there with us," Taylor said.

"It was a total surprise to me and it was absolutely wonderful and magical.

"But we are old whānau, we've known each other, we've lived together since the 80s. We are family and for Rachael, who is part Māori, to do that was an amazing thing, it was a beautiful thing."

Taite Prize nominee Teeks said on Twitter "First time I’m glad I didn’t win an award. Wouldn’t have gotten on stage with those ashes under my feet. Huge congrats to Aldous, still extremely humbled to have been nominated don’t get me wrong, but I was raised in a culture where that shit isn’t ok.

"PS not to diminish or take away from the Taite Music Prize in any way. Big up’s to @IndiesNZ and everyone else for giving us the chance to celebrate NZ music in this way. Don’t think anyone saw that coming."

Rob Ruha responded last night on Twitter saying "Wanna know how to clear Māori's out of a gig? Tip someones ashes all over the floor... #TaiteMusicPrize #OutOfIT #CultureClash"

The organisers and event hosts (IMNZ/Auckland Live) released a statement saying they were "unaware of plans to scatter the ashes of the late Grant Fell from the Headless Chickens during the Taite Music Prize. This was not scripted into the ceremony. Tangata whenua have been consulted and will be performing a blessing at The Wintergarden in the coming days."  Radio NZ reported the organisers refused to say what happened to the ashes.

Musician Tama Waipara told RNZ "Do you really need to know the tikanga to know that maybe it's not cool to sprinkle  someones ashes all over a place ... who then deals with the removal of those? The cleaners? ... why should they have to manage that? ... so many levels of not considering or thinking about how that impacts other people."
As Teeks observed the following day after the ceremony, "... I’m sure no offence was intended, totally understand the sentiment behind it and why they thought it might have been a good idea. I guess the thing we need to realise is that we live in two different worlds."  

It was the 2nd year in a row that a Flying Nun act has been chosen for the Independent Classic Record award.Taite Prize winner Aldous Harding is on Flying Nun, so the night was something of a clean sweep for the label.

For more on The Taite Prize itself, go and read The Spinoff on Taite Music Prize finalists: 'Why are most of the finalists white? And why do they nearly all have guitars?'

"... The economic barriers are immediately identifiable, but the main concern is access. The nomination process seems to suggest a preference for nominees who are on labels. Half of the finalists belong to Flying Nun, the champion of the ‘Dunedin Sound’ which, unsurprisingly, has traditionally been – and remains – very white. The initial nomination fees for independent artists (distinct from artists on independent labels) are disproportionate and unaffordable for many wishing to nominate themselves. It’s basically a gamble."

Radio NZ's livestream still available, watch below:


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What's happening for Record Store Day across NZ, this Saturday?


Here's some happenings for Record Store Day across the land. Excited to see the brand new booklet from Death Ray Records, a handy guide covering indie record stores around NZ!

Real Groovy, Queen St:
"We've got some of the sickest freebies, releases, exclusive deals and bands performing that you could imagine! This year is going to be our biggest to date - do not miss out!

Some of our FAVOURITE companies are helping us out on the day including Brothers Beer, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Tom & Luke, Proper Crisps, Red Bull and Vans New Zealand.

We also have some of New Zealand's finest bands gracing our stage on the day - Polyester (12pm), Bloodbags (1pm), Unsanitary Napkin (2pm)
Wax Chattels (3pm), and SWIDT (4pm)."

Marbecks, Queens arcade, Queen St:  
"We're super pleased to have Hopetoun Brown (10am), the fabulous Sandy Mill & her band (1pm) - Sandy will also have her brand new new EP available on vinyl, Dave Weir (3pm), and Te Huhu (420pm) playing on the day. Plus 530pm-ish is a Mystery Artist.

On the turntables this year we have Russell Brown, CDogg420, 95bFM's Gin and new kids The Mezzanine Level, plus more to be announced.

On the shopping front, we will have some exclusives, $100 vouchers hidden in records, 10% off ALL CDs in store, 1000 LPs on sale and more discounts besides."

Southbound, Symonds St: 
"Over 300 Exclusive Record Store Day Releases. Limited Edition Vinyl release of UNITONE HIFI ’s debut album Wickedness Increased - fully re-edited, remastered, and in the case of the title track, re-produced from scratch. Only 300 copies worldwide!

BFM Live Broadcast from 8am. Store opens at 9am. Discounts All Day! (50% off all secondhand Vinyl, 10% off all new stock and  that includes RSD releases, and over 300 marked sale stock (
no customer loyalty card clicks). Free music merchandise with purchase! **

We like to look after our customers at Southbound, so while you wait or browse, there will be free coffee and yummy home baking until midday. In keeping with the ethos of Record Store Day, all purchases are on a first come first served basis.

** while stocks last

Flying Out, Pitt St: 
"We will have a shop full of unusual special releases, as well as a sale on all non RSD stock. Flying Out has put together a killer lineup of live acts performing instore including Wax Chattels, and Carb On Carb, plus DJ sets from Whammy bar, UTR, Vixen, Def store, Audio Foundation and more."

The Cross Street Market (Cross st, behind K Rd) has DJs all afternoon (12-6pm), and Tito from Rebel Soul Records will be there selling vinyl.

Rough Peel Music, Cuba St:
"We are super proud to have Trinity Roots playing live instore to celebrate RSD and the release of "True" on vinyl for the first time, 17 years after its original release, out on Rough Peel Records.
We will have DJs throughout the day made up from some our regular customers.

And of course there will be whatever RSD releases we manage to get our hands on, as well as a fully stocked shop and some delectable second hand rarities for sale.

Here is the lineup:
9-30am: Shop opens / 10-00am - 11-00am : Grant and Helz / 11-00am - 12-00pm : Nikki / 12-00pm - 1-00pm : Andy / 1-00pm - 2-00pm : Trinity Roots / 2-00pm - 3-00pm : Graham / 3-00pm - 4-00pm : Prak / 4-00pm - 5-00pm: Pinky

If you can't make it in then you can tune in on Rough Peel Radio 107.1fm as we will be broadcasting the whole day."

Slow Boat Records, Cuba St
"We will be doing our best to bring you an array of the Record Store Day limited vinyl releases from the various companies, as well as some very special instore performances!!

We are also thrilled to announce that Finance and Associate Arts Minister, and Wellington Central MP, the Honourable Grant Robertson has accepted our invitation, and will be in attendance.

The festivities will run a little like this: STORE OPENS; 9am

2pm: Instore performance from Mermaidens – Wellington trio Mermaidens released their second album “Perfect Body” through Flying Nun in 2017, and will be joining us to perform selections from it as well as tracks from a future release.

3pm: Instore performance from Tiny Ruins – the Auckland-based folk-pop group are centred around singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, and will be joining us to premiere songs from their forthcoming third album, through British tastemaking label Bella Union, along with commemorating the vinyl reissue of their 2011 debut “Some Were Meant For Sea”, which we will have copies of, and that you can get signed!!

STORE CLOSES; 5pm. There will also be a raffle, and some spot prize giveaways."

Death Ray Records, Newtown
"We've got 20% off everything except RSD releases for the day. So kinda like a decent regulars discount but you all get it.

Got 5 x $20 pot luck vouchers. Buy some records and go in the draw.

Food? who knows maybe some baking, chips or lollies but no beer as last time we got in 12 doz for you's and some stink person dobbed us in to the council and Boss Dude had to sample them all himself!

Probs have some of those mean chicks do some DJing during the day and we might even have a band or 2? Who knows nothings sorted!

Boss Dude has been super busy working on New Zealand's 1st ever on the street, in the back pocket Record Store Guide featuring 22 stores from around NZ. RSD will be the 1st day to pick up one of these rad guides from most of the indie record stores around NZ. 

So we'll be having a lil party at MOON 1 in conjunction with the Vinyl Lovers of New Zealand (VLONZ) Wellington meet up we'll have István Ping Clover James Paratii James Buttery and other DJ's playing wax from 6:30pm

So please come to our tiny little store and show your support so Boss Dude can maybe start paying himself $6p/hr."

Vinyl Destination will be celebrating RSD, check here for info.  

Palmerston North Pop up record fair
"Once again in celebration of RSD ( International Record Store Day ) We're hosting a pop up record fair in Palmerston North at Brewers Apprentice.

Brewers Apprentice has been home to the last 2 record fairs in Palmerston North and this time around we're celebrating the magnificent vinyl plates with a family friendly event.

There will be record painting area for kids ( yes you can paint on actual records and weather permitting a bouncy castle in garden. So why not come down wet your whistle have a feed and rifle through some crates of records That Beatles record you've been searching for just might be there"

" Join us again at Vinyl Countdown for the huge annual event that is Record Store Day! This year Record Store Day is on Saturday April 21st. Kicking off at 9am, we will have a day crammed with exclusive releases, special deals, giveaways, a free sausage sizzle and a prize draw for everyone who makes a purchase during the day. And of course we'll have the VINYL CLUB providing sounds on vinyl from 10am. This is a fantastic community day and everyone is welcome!"

Family Jewels Records will be getting into it with a discount day from 12-6pm, and have a special celebration planned in the evening at Deville called Golden Years, spinning vinyl from 1977-1987.

Check out Penny Lane, and Galaxy who have "Rare & collectable goodies! Featuring DJs: Pinacolada Soundsystem, Missy G & Skew-whiff from midday. Darkroom Bar will be open." Heres a handy roundup from Chch Libraries.

Relics is getting into it, they say " As always we have ordered a ton of stuff that will hopefully arrive in time for the day... New Zealand stores are the first to celebrate RSD in the world - so sometimes it can be a nerve-wracking few days beforehand! Exciting times SAT 21 APRIL !! Usually we don't know exactly what we've been supplied until the day,so it will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVED in store..."