Quick-fire reviews of all 68 albums nominated for the 2024 Taite Music Prize: Part one (alayna - Erny Belle)
The 2024 Taite Music Prize will honour a New Zealand album released in 2023. A massive 68 albums (and EPs, so long as they're longer than 25 minutes) are nominated for the first round this year, which 1200 judges will cut down to a shortlist for 10 judges to tackle in April. Rather than wait for the experts to weigh in, Max decided to listen to every album exactly once and fire off a quick review. It’s a big job, and 68 happens to divide by four, so that’s how many parts this ridiculous exercise will run over. Let’s go with part one! -> HERE <-
Exploring the hashtags on Bandcamp, I happened upon the experimental synth-pop of Hamilton based The Steak Place. How have I not stumbled across ‘The Steak Place’ before? They have roughly yearly releases going all the way back to 2001?! There is barely a mention of them on the internet… but that needs to change, because there is some fantastic music on this release.
Read our review of the latest album HERE.
It’s a New Year, and my resolution is to look forward, not backwards, as I feel I have done since the pandemic began. So, it is perfect timing for a new album from Auckland’s synth-heavy Anecdata.
Read our review of the album -> HERE <-
"We play happy sad music, and the live show leans into the happy side." Leighton Edwards and the rest of Cowboy Dan have a lot of happy stuff to talk about: their first ever vinyl release, their first Hamilton gig since 2018, and a new band member. Even when we threw a gloomy conversation starter his way, it went nowhere. Get all the good news straight from the Cowboy's mouth here.
As keyboard player for Bitter Defeat, I’ve sometimes daydreamed about being questioned regarding who my favourite synth player is. I haven’t yet... but if I was pushed for something international, my answer would likely be Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, early Depeche Mode). We review his new, rather surprising album.
Read the review -> HERE <-
It has taken a number of years for Southern Tribe’s debut album, ‘Polyphon’, to come to fruition. What do we think of it?
Read our review -> HERE -<
As a young university student, I returned home for a visit to the family farm. Trying on my mother’s glasses I could suddenly see flowers in the distant paddocks, all in sharp focus. Hearing the songs on 'Brave Words (Expanded and Remastered)' by The Chills has been similar - a feeling akin to obtaining some magical aural aids for ears that I never fully appreciated weren’t working properly. Read our review of the album -> HERE <-
HUP reviews the astounding debut release from Kirikiriroa-based Mike Alpha Xray, a covers album for the indie head nonetheless. Skip over HERE to read more and listen to Mariachi Mutton Birds and other gems.
They've supported My Chemical Romance this year, and they've been working on a new album since before the pandemic. Just before their current tour hits Hamilton, Max emailed a few questions to Miss June. This is your big chance to learn the secret to lasting a decade as a band ("none of us are assholes or addicts"), feel bad for not being as useful as Annabel Liddell was during Covid ("I worked 2 and a half years non-stop in the hospital as a surgical house officer"), and find out where and when we can all "expect to feel liberated".
It's all right --> HERE <--
The Changing Same's brand new album came out today, with a launch gig happening on September 30. We were given an early listen to The Changing Same Go To The Movies and you can read what we heard ---> HERE <---