"I humbly adore the acts of the Most High, Who has given to the synthesizer what is better than a soul, so that, when it plays, the men are silent. And their hands cover their veils to hide their emotions. The troubles of life were pushing me into the tomb, but thanks to the synthesizer, God has given me back my life." Music and Arts Writer / Publicist / Copywriter / Radio Host / DJ http://soundcloud.com/martynpepperell The Hard Deck - Every Second Tuesday, 9-11pm NZL time, www.radioactive.fm martyn dot pepperell at gmail dot com
If you are in Auckland, NZ on Saturday you should probably go to this. $10 on the door. S/O KCB, NZONAIR and 95BFM.

If you are in Auckland, NZ on Saturday you should probably go to this. $10 on the door. S/O KCB, NZONAIR and 95BFM.

KCB 95 BFM NZ ON AIR NZ

THE AUDIENCE: AMERICAN FRENCH FRIES | CLEMINTINE

On ‘Road Song’, Wellington based bedroom musician and producer American French Fries (real name: Kaine Harington) constructs a guitar-led math-rock soundworld as dusty, desolate and yet fundamentally optimistic as a road trip down an endless countryside road. Fittingly, Kaine formed the idea of American French Fries and his forthcoming debut album Don’t Make Plans or Plan To Break Them during a three week road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco in 2013.

You can read the full story by CLICKING HERE.

Built around a robust songwriting frame, ‘Old, stale, negative by new Dunedin garage rockers Clemintine is a textbook study in infectious vocal melodies buried beneath fuzzed-out guitar riffs and rollicking drums, all supported  by lackadaisical bass notes. The trio project of James Russell (guitar/vocals), Oscar Francis (bass) and Max Lake (drums), Clemintine came together in late 2012.

You can read the full story by CLICKING HERE.

THE AUDIENCE DUNEDIN WELLINGTON CLEMINTINE AMERICAN FRENCH FRIES BANDS NZ

TEMPORARY - SELECTIONS FROM DUNEDIN’S POP UNDERGROUND 2011- 2014 LP/CD

The tiny city of Dunedin, located in the Otago Region of New Zealand, is synonymous with smart bands, incredible melodies and a wholly distinct and innovative music. Thanks to The Clean, The Chills, The Bats, The Verlaines, and The Dead C, Dunedin has amassed a worldwide reputation for innovative music.

In conjunction with local Dunedin label Fishrider Records, Ba Da Bing presents a compilation on the Dunedin of today. These bands have all created their own sound separate from the shadow of their city’s past, yet they retain the air of slightly disturbed melancholia, space and distance from the rest of the world so many of their predecessors shared. Whether it is dark synth-pop, teen angst noise pop, guitar & organ jangle, or all-out psychedelic weirdness, these songs all hail from an isolated place on the edge of the world. Yet again, an extraordinary number of incredible groups are populating the scene, and the songs on Temporary are the best of the best. A Dunedin Double Plus Good, if you will.

Pre-order here: http://www.badabingrecords.com/store/products/category/temporary-nz-comp/

FISHRIDER BADABING TEMPORARY DUNEDIN NZ INDIE POP

I Love And Hate This City: The Bug Interview

MARTYN PEPPERELL THE BUG INTERVIEW

UNDER THE RADAR: PEANUT BUTTER WOLF INTERVIEW

Peanut Butter Wolf is coming to New Zealand soon. I talked to him for Under The Radar. We discussed a few classic Stones Throw Records releases. You can read the full story by clicking here.

UNDER THE RADAR PEANUT BUTTER WOLF INTERVIEW MARTYN PEPPERELL

THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES… KVKA

"In a video published on Visual Base TV’s YouTube channel in May last year, young rapper KVKA (pronounced Kuka) stares straight into the camera. Wearing a black shirt, gold necklace, red and black jacket and red backpack, he raps his ass off over a soul-saturated backbeat recalling the New York riot music endorsed by Cam’Ron’s Dipset crew in the early 2000s…"

This week on The Audience I profiled Hamilton based rapper KVKA. You can read the full story by clicking here.

KVKA THE AUDIENCE HAMILTON RAP MARTYN PEPPERELL

Memories

MARTYN PEPPERELL WEDDINGS QUOTE
"Imagine an essay and the heading or the thesis title is “Appropriate Yeezus: Appropriation, Re-appropriation and The Empowerment of the Post-Black Male.” It’s the idea of how in America the black man uses existing white images and claims them as his as a form of empowerment. Black Cobain. Black this, Black that. This is not actually really progressive. It’s this American idea of racial progression which is completely backward. You’re just appropriating something and calling it your own, something that has already died and passed… Anything and anyone within that whole movement and idea of this new Black progressive is really just taking something which has been, gone and is discarded. They’re claiming it back saying, “Yeah, we’re the Black Cobain.” By doing that you’re actually picking something old up. The real progression is something that is undefined and is new. That’s what Black Metal is."
A couple of days ago Dean Blunt took over Scratcha DVA's show on Rinse FM to debut some fresh music and explain the concept behind his forthcoming new album Black Metal. You can listen by clicking here.
DEAN BLUNT BLACK METAL RINSE FM SCRATCHA DVA PODCAST QUOTE UK

RED BULL SOUND SELECT: AZIZI GIBSON & KAMANDI INTERVIEW

If you need to know more about Kamandi and Azizi Gibson working together, here is an article about them working together. Click here.

AZIZI GIBSON KAMANDI RED BULL SOUND SELECT NZ LA BRAINFEEDER PREHISTORIC

NOISEY: AZIZI GIBSON AND KAMANDI FIND COMMON GROUND IN ‘TOAST’

Last week Los Angeles rap singer Azizi Gibson and Christchurch producer Kamandi spent a few days recording together at Red Bull Studios in Auckland. Today i debuted one of their collaborations via Noisey. You can listen to ‘Toast’ inside by clicking here.

NOISEY KAMANDI AZIZI GIBSON SONG RED BULL STUDIOS