Wed Drive – Flying Nun and others

Today I spoke with Gemma from Diana Rozz, and Nick and Sarah from Einstein Music Journal. I also interviewed David Kilgour from The Clean, which led to a wee look at Flying Nun bands.

Mainly Spaniards – That’s What Friends Are For

The Great Unwashed – Neck of the Woods

The Axemen – The Wharf With No Name

Bressia Creeting Cake – Rocky Mountain

Betchadupa – Spill The Light

The Decemberists – Sleepless

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Woods – September With Pete

Animal Collective – Who Could Win A Rabbit

Taken By Trees – Anna (ft. Panda Bear)

Polka Dot Dot Dot – Up All Night


Monday Drive with MZA 28/09/2009

Jukebox Banger – PJ Harvey – Perfect day Elise – Is this Desire

Playlist for the hour of pleasure:
The Commodores – Easy – Greatest Hits
Cinematic Orchestra feat Roots Manuva – All things to All men – Every Day
Portishead – Roads – Dummy
Fat Freddy’s Drop – This Room – 12″
Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart – Lungs
Lamb – Trans Fatty Acid – The K and D Sessions
DJ Shadow – Midnight in a Perfect World – 12″
UNKLE feat Ian Brown – Reign – Never Never Land
Tom Waits – In Shades – Heartattack and Vine


MZA xxoxo

Wed Drive 23/09

Here’s what went down on the show tonight…

The Blow – The Sky Opened Wide Like the Tide

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator

Katsen – Let’s Build A City

Tourettes – I Think Maybe I Miss You

Camera Obscura – French Navy

Miike Snow – Animal

-Gig Guide-

Of Montreal – The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

Shocking Pinks – lovehate

The Smith Westerns – Imagine Pt. 3

Ducktails – Spring

Mark Ronson – Toxic (ft Tiggers & Ol’ Dirty Bastard)

Sage Francis – Slow Down Gandhi

CHART DISC 09 VOL. 02 Reviewed by Joe Dodgshun




Reviewed by Joe Dodgshun

In celebration of the APRA Silver Scroll Awards being held in Christchurch for the first time (heck, the first time in the South Island, even), CHART, the Christchurch Music Industry Trust, have released the second installation of CHART DISC for 2009.  On hearing the compilation was an alt-country, nu-folk themed edition I recall that I may have visibly winced. Then again, on hearing who was in the album, my ignorance of what alt-country, nu-folk actually encompasses reared its ugly head. These were amazing bands from church-town that I loved and was trying to track down tracks from anyway, score!

First and foremost of course, is the glorious track Apple Pie Bed which earned Lawrence Arabia a.k.a. Cantabrian James Milne the APRA song of the year award and it’s no wonder it won, its whimsical harmonies could make even the most cynical spinster swoon.

Lindon Puffin And The Transgressions pick up the reins with a sneak peek into their upcoming debut through Jesus Girl, a swinging track with a subtle rockabilly twang, which then segues into I Can’t Get Your Cruel Love Off My Mind from The Unfaithful Ways. This dapper crew, who came second equal at the RDU RoundUp contest, are insanely tight live and this probably counts as the most traditional country piece on the album, full of longing and heartbreak.

Continuing on, The Eastern are another part of the Lyttelton horde who frequent venues such as The Wunderbar and their song Misty And Jimmy is a full on stomping party, duelling banjo lines against lively acoustic guitars. Kim K continues the energy with a keening voice and acoustic bubble gum folk with her RDU favourite, Marionette.

Offerings from Hera (the violin drenched The Devil And Me) and The Easy Hearts bring the tempo down to make way for the brilliance of last year’s Roundup champions Von Klap. The alt-country whiskey fuelled slur of Vic’s Town recalls the more paranoid moments of Modest Mouse, perfectly setting the stage for Delaney Davidson. Davidson persists with the darkly themed theatrics and Around The World is propped up with a deliciously bloated tuba line.

Tim Chesney follows with a beautiful indie acoustic song in All We Could Do, echoed by the delicate tones afforded next to a remix by Trillion, a.k.a. Jody Lloyd, of The Bat’s Up To The Sky. Following The Leader is a perfectly formed baroque folk track caught in a daydream, lifted skywards by heavenly lilting vocals and one of many standouts on Ragamuffin children’s latest album. The aptly named Be All And End All from Flip Grater softly ends the compilation on sweet note.

Summing words? Stop reading, go get it! (From places such as Real Groovy, Galaxy Records etc. Go!)


Christchurch Peace March 3 October 2009


MEDIA RELEASE: 11.9.09   Christchurch Peace March 3 October 2009

The first World March to circle the earth calling for the end of war and nuclear weapons, and the elimination of violence of all kinds (physical, economic, racial, religious, cultural, sexual, psychological).

The World March will begin in Wellington, New Zealand on 2 October 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi´s birth, declared the International Day of Nonviolence by the United Nations. It will end in the Andes Mountains (Aconcagua, Argentina) on 2 January 2010.

The March will last 90 days, travelling through 90 countries over all six continents, celebrated by activities and events involving millions of people along and beyond its route. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and deserts, to the icy cold of Siberia and Antarctica.

The Christchurch World Peace March on Saturday 3 October follows the Christchurch Peace Walk established by Christchurch City Council and the Disarmament and Security Centre as a Christchurch Peace City initiative. It will start at 1pm at the Tautahi Pa site (Barbadoes Street and Oxford Tce) where Maori elders will share some of their peace heritage. It will then go to the Fire Fighters’ Memorial and past the Elsie Locke Park before heading to Victoria Square to the pou marking the ancient site of the Waitaha pa of Puari. The walk will continue along the Avon River where the Lantern Ceremony has been held every year since 1975 to mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days on 6 and 9 August during Peace Week. Walkers will then go to the WEA, 52 Gloucester Street to view an exhibition of photos of Mahatma Gandhi. The March will end at the World Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens about 3.30pm where the bell will be rung to connect with those who are travelling on from Wellington on the World Peace March. Speakers include Chrissie Williams, former Mayor Garry Moore and two of the international marchers.

Please visit the website for details of prominent endorsers, the international route, other activities in New Zealand etc.

One Year of Wednesday Drive w/David

So, I’ve been hosting Wednesday Drive for a year, and it’s been lots of fun! I played a bunch of my favourite tracks from the last year

Ed Muzik & The Burning Sensations – More Cowbell

T54 – Death Drive

Sleepy Age – I Know Something

The Unfaithful Ways – I Can’t Get Your Cruel Love Off My Mind

Soulsystem  – Rise

So So Modern – Piece It Apart

Charlie Ash – Come Back Lover

Haunted Love – Into The Night

Grizzly Bear – Foreground

Of Montreal – Gallery Piece

Dirty Projectors & David Byrne – Knotty Pine

Mint Chicks – Enemies

Mr Quintron – The Boss Wants To Party With You

Foals – Olympic Airwaves



Sup yo! Greetings and salutations from the RDU crew – the big news breaking from the RDU studio is that Burgers and Beers Inc have announced that they will be opening their doors on Thursday 24th September – that’s only next week!

Freaky and amazing specials on the first two days to entice you into the magic burger place including FREE BURGERS! Damn; free burgers on opening day from 11 – noon and then more free burgers from 6 – 7 in the evening…heaps of other specials over the first two days of opening – head to the rdu website for more details!

Burgers & Beers Opening Specials:

Thursday is opening day! 11 – noon Free Burgers! 12 – 1 $5 hour, 1 – 2 $7 hour and 2 – 3 $9 hour fast forward to 6 – 7 more free burgers! 7 – 8 $5 hour, 8 – 9 $7 hour and 9-10 $9 burgers!

Friday is alright for the party with the burgers and the eating! 11 – noon $5 hour, 12 – 1 $7 hour, 1 – 2 $9 hour, pause and come back for more from 6 – 7 $5 hour, 7 – 8 $7 hour and 8 – 9 is $9 hour.

Discount is on standard burgers – these are sounding absolutely wicked – hold tight Christchurch…here comes burger heaven!

Burgers & Beers Inc – 178 High St – Thurs 24th Sept…

Love RDU xxx