SURF FRIENDS NEW VIDEO - 'THE SEA'
Filmed around Auckland and the stunning Te Arai coastline, the video was put together by filmmakers David Duffin, Kurt Oram, Zac Arnold and the band. Featuring aerial beach shots captured using homemade remote controlled helicopters, The Sea contrasts two characters (played by band member's Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland) under the pump* at their day jobs and their escape to the ocean.
VERLAINES RE-ISSUES ANNOUNCED
Formed in 1981, The Verlaines have gone on to be one of Flying Nun's most important acts, releasing nine albums, countless singles while influencing musicians around the world. Now these two records will be available again on 12" LP, CD and digitally.
Pre-orders are available now.
NEW SURF FRIENDS SINGLE + ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT
To celebrate the release Surf Friends are heading to a town near you on an epic 10-date tour of New Zealand, starting at The Lucha Lounge, Auckland on Saturday November 16 and finishing in Mount Maunganui on December 7. Read on to check out the full tour dates, album trailer, cover and track listing.
WATCH GRAYSON GILMOUR'S NEW VIDEO
Grayson Gilmour has released his new single and video - 'Minus Times Infinity'.
Directed by Jesse Taylor-Smith (Pond, Dear Times Waste), Minus Times Infinity has also been selected to screen in London as part of the upcoming BBC Music Video Festival. Filmed in a remote forest, it sees the Wellington musician facing off against a giant animatronic dragon (lovingly named Boris).
Surf Friends - The Sea (Trailer)
What's the next best thing after a brand new music video? A trailer for said music video, that's what.....
T54 - IN BRUSH PARK ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
With their debut album out now, Christchurch trio T54 have announced a New Zealand tour starting later this month.
Tour dates below and pick yourself up a copy of In Brush Park here.
Saturday 23rd Nov, Darkroom, Christchurch (w/ Transistors)
Friday 6th Dec, Cassette 9, Auckland
Saturday 7th Dec, Mighty Mighty, Wellington
NEW T54 VIDEO + ALBUM ANNOUNCED
Like the song, is loud and catchy but with a menacing undertone. Watch the video for Return of the Worm here:
T54's debut album In Brush Park is set for release on November 1, read on for more details, a full track listing and sneak peek at the cover art...
SHARPIE CROWS - NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
12 Omeros is the latest release from Auckland's industrial tropicana pioneers Sharpie Crows.
Building on last year's compilation Nostalgia Kills, 12 Omeros is the four-piece's debut album.
Featuring ten tracks, 12 Omeros is now available digitally (with additional bonus b-sides hidden in there), plus if you are in quick enough - on limited edition b(h)and made CD, each with a unique message on the disc, and lovingly wrapped in a 12 Omeros poster.
BEACH FOSSILS NEW ZEALAND SHOWS
Beach Fossils are coming to New Zealand!
Mystery Girl, Flying Nun, bFM & undertheradar welcome to NZ … BEACH FOSSILS
NEW ZEALAND SEPTEMBER 2013
SEPTEMBER 23rd 2013 – BODEGA, Wellington
SEPTEMBER 24th 2013 – KINGS ARMS, Auckland
Beach Fossils began in 2009 as Dustin Payseur’s solo project, but before long a full band – including DIIV‘s Zachary Cole Smith – had coalesced around him to bring his dreamy washes of shoegaze to life.
New Sharpie Crows Song
We have just launch a new online music mail order and download store - we call it Flying Out
It sells Flying Nun Records, Arch Hill Recordings plus a whole bunch of stuff from our friends - Captured Tracks, Muzai, Fishrider and more. Just generally old and new records we like. It is mail order and downloads for people who, like us, like music. Some was previously unavailable. Keep checking back because we will always be adding new stuff.
Ghost Wave Announces Debut Full Length, Ages, Out August 27th in the U.S. on Flying Nun Records
Flying Nun Records will release Ghost Wave’s debut full-length, Ages, on August 27th in the U.S. Ghost Wave’s Ages is the first new release since the seminal New Zealand independent label announced their partnership with Captured Tracks (DIIV, Wild Nothing, Mac DeMarco) in America. The album is out 28th of June in New Zealand via Arch Hill Recordings
Ghost Wave’s sound sits perfectly between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee "Scratch" Perry. At its inception, the brainchild of Matthew L. Paul, Ghost Wave was a project relegated to a small room in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul, along with collaborator Eammon Logan, self-recorded what became their self-titled EP; a collection of sunny and warped songs characterized by jangly guitars underpinned by motor-style rhythms and a unique melodic sensibility. The EP caught the attention of the international tastemaking blog, Neon Gold who praised first single “Sunsetter” as “two and a half minutes of sun kissed 70’s bliss.” Pretty Much Amazing described the EP track “Hippy” as an “invincible lo-fi summer jam, the one that fits the fireworks and the too-fast driving.”
SKEPTICS DOCUMENTARY + RE-ISSUES
Photo © Stuart Page
Two SKEPTICS albums' - III and Amalgam - are to be re-issued this August through Flying Nun and Captured Tracks.
The re-issues also coincide with the release of 'Sheen of Gold', a documentary film about the SKEPTICS which will have it's world premiere at the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival. Directed by Simon Ogston ('Rumble & Bang' + 'Gone With The Weird' ), 'Sheen of Gold' tells the story of one of New Zealand's most influential and innovative bands, that throughout the 1980s combined traditional instrumentation with electronic sounds to make some of the best music this country has produced. You can watch the trailer below.
Both SKEPTICS III and Amalgam will be re-mastered and re-issued on LP, CD and Digitally. More details here
THE BATS USA TOUR DATES
The Bats are set to the tour the USA for the first time since 2006.
The 12-date tour starts on May 30 at the Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, TX - for full details and tickets click here
THE CLEAN AND BIRD NEST ROYS REISSUES
The Clean's debut album Vehicle plus the collected works of the Bird Nest Roys are now set to be re-issued. Following on from the The Bats and Snapper EPs re-issued for Record Store Day, we decided to tackle the longer format, and The Clean's first full-length studio album Vehicle seemed the perfect fit. The upcoming re-issue will also include the bonus live EP In-A-Live from the same reunion tour. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP set that includes not just that great piece of cover art (done by guitarist David Kilgour), but a full colour booklet with liner notes from the band, photos, posters and a pull out In-A-Live 12" sleeve.
Born in the hills west of Auckland, New Zealand the Bird Nest Roys had a brief but brilliant lifespan. Formed in the mid-1980s the six-piece released one LP, one EP and a 7" single in the space of four years. Now, we've packaged them up for your listening convenience. Re-issued for the first time will be the bands entire discography including Whack It All Down and their 1987 self-titled album. Simply titled Me Want Me Get Me Need Me Have Me Love, the release will be available on 2xLP gatefold with previously unseen posters, flyers and photos, as well as digitally and on CD.
GORDONS TO RECEIVE CLASSIC RECORD AWARD
New Bats and Snapper Reissues For Record Store Day
We are pleased to announce two amazing EP reissues this Record Store Day (April 20) in partnership with Captured Tracks.
First up, the debut self-titled EP from Snapper, orginally released in 1988, packed with dark and spaced pop jams this 12-inch quickly went out of print. Another Southern band's debut EP is also being offered up on Record Store Day with The Bats' 'By Night' being made available for the first time in nearly 30 years. Both EPs will be available on limited edition 12" vinyl and are exact replicas of the original release.
BADD ENERGY - UNDERWATER PYRAMIDS OUT NOW
Check out their latest video for 'Riot' , directed by Thom Burton, an anti-apathy attack ‘Riot’ sees the group return to their love of punk - and if you are in Auckland this week, the band are playing a release show at Cassette 9 on Friday (March 15).
BADD ENERGY – UNDERWATER PYRAMIDS
March 15: BADD ENERGY w/ MELTING POT MASSACRE + TRUST PUNKS at Cassette 9, Auckland. $10 entry.
New David Kilgour Single for Free
David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights have a new single, 'Christopher Columbus', available digitally now for free (or whatever you choose to pay).
You can have a listen below, or head to Arch Hill Recording's bandcamp to download a copy:
Recorded by Tex Houston in downtown Dunedin last year, the track features David Kilgour on guitar/vocal/keys along with Thomas Bell (bass), Tony de Raad (guitar) and Taane Tokona (drums).
David Kilgour and The Heavy Eight's play Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, Dunedin on March 8 + 9, and WOMAD, New Plymouth on March 17.
BADD ENERGY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND SHOWS
Get ready for the unveiling of Underwater Pyramids, the latest album from noize quartet Badd Energy - the band's (Coco Solid, Sam Moore, Trixie Darko and J.Suave) second album is set for release on March 15 on 12” LP, CD and download.
Check the album cover above by artist Eli Orzessek, and the band have just announced two album release shows:
BADD ENERGY – UNDERWATER PYRAMIDS
OUT MARCH 15
March 9: BADD ENERGY w/ YUCKY BOYS + FREAK MAGNET at Puppies, Wellington. $10 entry
March 15: BADD ENERGY w/ MELTING POT MASSACRE + TRUST PUNKS at Cassette 9, Auckland. $10 entry.
Flying Nun & Arch Hill Afternoon Grill
Announcing the Flying Nun & Arch Hill Afternoon Grill with...
Two Stages at either end of the room
7.15PM - Snapper
6.30PM - Street Chant
5.45PM - Solid Gold Hell
5PM - Transistors
4.15PM - Ghost Wave
3.30PM - Surf Friends
The Kings Arms, Auckland - Sunday the 17th of Feb from approx. 2pm
Flying Nun Partners up with Captured Tracks
We are very pleased to announce we will be teaming up with New York record label Captured Tracks to set up a Flying Nun US office. The partnership plans on releasing currently out of print titles including the most prominent and most obscure releases, from the earliest releases through the catalogue. Check out the annoucement via Pitchfork here.
Captured Tracks are a label who have recently made waves with a series of great releases from artists like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Mac DeMarco, Diiv and others.
Holiday Office Hours
Our offices will be closed between December 21 - January 7. Any orders made between those dates will be sent out first thing on January 8.
Thanks for your patience and wishing you all a happy new year! See you in 2013.
New Logo Tee
Our latest tee has arrived just in time for summer (if your in the southern hemisphere).
For this one we pulled out another logo from the archives. We were never quite sure what the name of design was - so we have gone with 'Flying Nun Angel'. Used during our '25th Anniversary', it's an unique angel, a one-eyed cupid deliverying records. No one knows what the record is either, but its bound to be good.
Shows This Weekend
A couple of shows a happening this weekend in Wellington with the Sharpie Crows releasing their new 12" LP Nostalgia Kills at Puppies (118 Tory Street). Joinging them will be Mean Girls and Team Ugly from Auckland.
There is a special presale offer with a ticket and a copy of the LP for only $20! You can grab them from here.
Grayson Gilmour wins Best Score Award
You can check out the soundtrack here
New Badd Energy Video
The surreal and unsettling video is the brainchild of Auckland director (a.k.a Moppy and Wilberforces band-member) Thom Burton.
How Do You Sleep, along with a special remix by Mexico’s José José José is available for download here:
Toy Love Hits The Charts
Pre-Order Sharpie Crows - 'Nostalgia Kills'
Two Bats shows this weekend
That great band-of-the-south are back to remind us how sweet, lovely and connective pop songs can be - with The Bats playing two must-see shows this weekend at the Leigh Sawmill Café and Bodega, Wellington.
Fri November 2nd Leigh Sawmill Café
142 Pakiri Rd, Leigh 0985
Doors from 8.00pm
Show from 9.30pm
Pre sales www.undertheradar.co.nz & Venue
Sat November 3rd Bodega, Wellington
101 Ghuznee Street, Wellington 6011
Doors from 8.00pm
Show from 9.00pm
Pre sales www.undertheradar.co.nz & Rough Peel
Robert Scott playing Auckland this weekend
Following on from the news that Toy Love are the 2012 Legacy award recipients – Real Groovy Records in Auckland have announced a series of Toy Love related material.
Along with the upcoming Toy Love double LP, there will also be limited edition 7", a DVD plus some t-shirts. All available from Saturday November 3.
Toy Love to receive Legacy Award
A huge congratulations to Toy Love who will recieve year's Legacy Award for the NZ Music Award and be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.
Plus we are teaming up with Real Groovy Records to release a double LP of Toy Love material on November 3, along with a bunch of other Toy Love related goodies, including a special DVD collection.
Flying Nun On The Move
We are making a few tweaks up here at Flying Nun. Nothing major. For the most part it is business as usual.
The main change is that we will be moving operations up from Wellington to Auckland. Flying Nun will continue re-presenting, re-packaging and re-discovering music worth caring about. Equally importantly, we want to make sure the music is accessible to fans from all around the world.
The head office will now be located in Auckland, alongside Arch Hill Recordings. Ben Howe (from Arch Hill) will become general manager, Roger Shepherd will work as a consultant and shareholder (based in Wellington) and Matthew Davis will move to Auckland to carry on as the local label manager.
In the current environment it makes sense for labels and independent music businesses to consolidate and share resources. In order to succeed we must keep the focus on working with great bands, making sure they are properly looked after and taking them to the world. We think this is the future for Flying Nun - from vinyl through to online.
New contact details are:
PO Box 68-194
Ph +64 9 5229314
Two singles and one 12” EP, live shows only in Christchurch between May 1981 and January 1982, a reunion single in 1993; and that’s all folks. Now, over 30-years since their (and the) first release on Flying Nun, all the Pin Group material has been bought together for a complete re-issue.
Compiled by Bruce Russell, Ambivalence sees all the Christchurch act’s material fully re-mastered and repackaged with reproductions of the original artwork by contemporary artist and Pin Group associate Ronnie van Hout. Plus, each copy of the LP comes with a bonus CD featuring live tracks from the band's 1981 show at the Gladstone Hotel, Christchurch.
Kill Red: A Beersingle
Following in a tradition of bands and beer that has existed throughout the ages, T54 thought it was time they got their own brew too.
So the Christchurch band wrote the song 'Kill Red', the Dux brewed a beer, found some old bottles and now they are one. Plus the band are taking it on a taste tour around the country.
Check out the single below and click here for the tour details.
Grayson Gilmour's Japan Shows
Grayson Gilmour is heading to Japan for some solo shows in Tokyo this month.
July 18 - Rock Action at Club Asia - w/ birds melt sky, 夕暮レトロニカ, She Her Her Hers, MOROHA, pocketlife, luvrap group, Boys get hurt DJs
July 20 - Alternative Current at Ruby Room - w/ thatta, Icon Girl Pistols, Kate Sikora & Martin Leroux
July 21 - Young Folks at Heaven's Door - w/ Day and Buffalo, Miila and the Geeks
August 1 - Moon Romantic - w/ 4 Bonjour's Parties, Yosi Horikawa
Time To Go Now Available
Time To Go explores the early history of Flying Nun from 1981-86, a ‘heroic period’ of lo-tech recording, handmade covers and ‘extended play’ 45s.
Rather than being simply a ‘greatest hits’ from this period, the compilation brings together a collection of tracks from key South Island bands that were active during that time.
More information click here
Tally Ho! It's A Print
It's been a bit of a while, but finally we have the limited edition art print for our 30th Anniversary compilation, "Tally Ho! Flying Nun's Greatest Bits".
There are only 200 of these beauties, each individually signed and numbered by artist and illustrator Henrietta Harris. Plus every order includes a copy of the compilation CD and free postage.
The Most Fun You Can Have… Playlisting
Grayson Gilmour has just released his first feature length soundtrack for the film The Most Fun You Can Have Dying and with a couple more in the making he has offered a little insight into the process – via a video playlist on our blog here.
The soundtrack features 20 tracks with music composed by Grayson along with songs from New Zealand bands Jakob and Wilberforces, is available now digitally here. Directed by Kirstin Marcon, The Most Fun You Can Have Dying is out in NZ cinemas now and the kind folk at Rialto have offered a bunch of double passes for us to giveaway, just email us with your address to win.
Nunlog: Bruce Russell's 'Time To Go'
He has also written a column for Volcanic Tongue which is well worth checking out as well (some good photos too).
Verlaines 'Untimely Meditations' Out Now
So, what to expect from these "Untimely Meditations"? Like most Verlaines’ albums there are no two songs alike. But there is a theme throughout of expressing what it is to be born into this time and place. It is outspoken and confrontational and yet again showcases singer-wongwriter Graeme Downes fine talents.
Bats Postcards + Video
Look what recently arrived in the mail - The Bats postcard series!
And they are now available to order so you too can recieve them in the mail (and send them in the mail if you so wish). Plus The Bats have another new video for their latest album Free All The Monsters - this for the instrumental track Canopy.
Graeme Downes Lecture Series
A senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Graeme will be talking about a songwriter's occupation - what the word occupation means or entails when it comes to writing songs, James K. Baxter, Friedrich Nietzsche, MTV, Fox News, National Identity, sovereignty . . . and anything else that comes up.
Graeme Downes - "Untimely Meditations", A Songwriters Occupation.
Wednesday 22nd February 6.00 pm - Free
Chancellor 1, 16th Floor, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace Wellington
Thursday 23rd February 6.00 pm - Free
The Loft, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street Auckland
Popstrangers Head South
That's right, Auckland trio Popstrangers are heading to the South Island again for a couple of shows in early March.
You can catch Popstrangers on:
Friday March 2nd – FUSE 2012 - The CPIT Orientation Festival at The CPSA Ballroom, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
Saturday March 3rd – ReFuel, Dunedin w/ Opposite Sex & Hunting Bears.
Ba-Zing! A New Badd Energy Song + Tour
Badd Energy have just released the video for “Ba-Zing” their latest single from their upcoming second album Underwater Pyramids. Once again the video is directed by Jason Howden (who did their earlier "Third Eye" music video), and sees the foursome hurtling through a video game vortex and mean digital streets.
Plus if you are in New Zealand Badd Energy have got seven gigs around the country this month.
New Bats T-Shirt and Video
It's summer (well, in New Zealand at least) and you can't go past a good t-shirt for the wardrobe. Thankfully The Bats have a bunch of new tees for their new album Free All The Monsters. Featuring artwork by Robert Scott, it's fast becoming the Flying Nun office uniform.
Plus the band have a new video for 'Spacejunk' off Free All The Monsters. Directed by John Morrison, the clip captures the band playing at The East Brunswick Club in Melbourne with five different cameras going at once.
NEW ALBUM FROM THE VERLAINES
In the meantime you can purchase a digital copy in advance, or pre-order a CD copy from our online store. Plus, you can also get a digital copy of the album as an immediate download when you pre-order the CD from here.
The 3Ds - Hellzapoppin 12" LP Out Now
Released in 1992, Hellzapoppin, was The 3Ds first full length album, and is now available for the first time on 12" LP. Plus, the digital album now comes with the bonus track - the band's cover of Brian Eno's 'Baby's on Fire', which was orginally released as the B-side to the Outer Space 7" single (FN241, 1992).
CLICK HERE TO ORDER A COPY OF HELLZAPOPPIN ON 12"
Popstrangers - 'What Else Could They Do' Video
It has been a busy year for Popstrangers, nominated for this year’s Critic’s Choice Award, performing at CMJ in New York and performing as part of Flying Nun Record’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.
Now the Auckland-based trio – Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson - have a new video for ‘What Else Could They Do?’.
GARAGE ISSUE 6
As the year comes to an end, so does our Garage zine re-issue series. Issue 6 was the last Garage zine and features a great photo of The Clean on the front cover as well as pieces on Straitjacket Fits, The Chills, Fetus Productions, The Bats and many more. You can also listen to the Richard Langston compiled podcast for this issue here.
BLOG: Tally Ho! 30th Anniversary
The Flying Nun 30th Anniversary month of November is over. Most anniversaries are over a long holiday weekend but it’s a bit tricky fitting 30 shows (and 20 odd bands) into that many days. So, what was an idea for a simple celebration that would be an excuse to see some favorite artists new and old expanded into a month long event taking in all the main centres. I blame enthusiasm, so we returned to our roots in a sense.
Tally Ho! Flying Nun's Greatest Bits
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary we thought it was about time for a compilation that explores the label's history. It was no easy task, and resulted in many a discussion and what we came up with were 40 tracks put together in this package here - Tally Ho! Flying Nun's Greatest Bits
F IN MATH - AETHER TEENS VIDEO
On the eve of touring New Zealand with Alphabethead, as part of the Flying Nun 30th Anniversary, F IN MATH releases a new single and video for the track AETHER TEENS from his ‘Couch EP’ released earlier this year.
The video, directed by Simon Ward (Disasteradio, Bang Bang Eche, Golden Axe), features, in our humble opinion, some of the best animal costume dancing in a long time.
30 Shows Has Nunvember
Tickets are now on sale for the Flying Nun Record’s 30th Anniversary shows in November, with 30 shows featuring both past and present acts from the label.
Follow the 'read more' button for the full schedule and tickets.
GARAGE ISSUE 5
Garage Issue #5 is now available, again, and you can download the PDF version of the music zine below. This issue focus' on Chris Knox, with editor Richard Langston hitch-hiking to Auckland at the time to interview him, while the cover is a photo of Chris Knox from his Enemy days. Check out the podcast that accompanies the zine here.
Plus Richard Langston and Roger Shepherd go head to head in this week's issue of Volume Magazine (dedicated to our 30th Anniversary) Talking Heads section, where they talk about how it all began and music journalism in New Zealand in the mid-1980s. Listen to the full audio of the conversation here.
The Bats - 'Free All The Monsters' Out Now + New Video
THE BATS release their eighth studio album today ‘Free All The Monsters’. Recorded at Seacliff, a former asylum in the grand Victorian style just outside of Dunedin, New Zealand, and masterfully produced by Dale Cotton (HDU, Dimmer), it captures some of their strongest songs to date.
Plus, the new video for second single 'In The Subway' is out today. Directed by bassist Paul Kean, it aptly features the band playing in a subway
NEW BADD ENERGY SINGLE
'Third Eye' is the latest single from our newest signing - Auckland-based band Badd Energy.
The exciting video was directed by visual artist Jason Howden and produced by Sarah Wensley. And is suitably apt, taking you away to a world of pyramids, fantasy and pyschedelic adventure.
NUNVEMBER TICKETS ON SALE WITH EVEN MORE ACTS
Shayne P. Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer) will be taking his Last Train To Brockville shows down south to Christchurch and Dunedin with Ghost Club, while The Subliminals reform for a series of shows with The Clean (ArchHill/Merge Records) across New Zealand.
Also joining the celebrations are Fetus Productions and X Features for a special one off show, as well as The Verlaines, Solid Gold Hell and The Puddle.
In turn, Flying Nun Records are pleased to announce their latest signing Badd Energy – who will play the 'New Nun Night' to launch the month in Auckland and Wellington.
Garage Issue 4
We are up to Issue 4 in our series of digital republications of the Garage zine. In this issue there is coverage of The Puddle, Look Blue Go Purple, The Chills, Victor Dimisich Band and cover stars Doublehappys. Plus former Garage contributor Ian Henderson (Fishrider Records) has written a piece on Garage, and there is another podcast compiled by editor Richard Langston.
New Barkers x Flying Nun T-Shirts
Following the Flying Nun EP T-Shirt series last year, Barkers and Flying Nun Records have teamed up again to release 4 new T-shirt designs.
The second set features EP artwork from The Clean's 'Boodle Boodle Boodle', Look Blue Go Purple's 'Bewitched' and Straitjacket Fits' 'Life in One Chord', along with the new Flying Nun Records logo (designed by artist Paul McNeil).
Alongside the t-shirts we are offering special Tee and CD bundles for each release.
Popstrangers' New Single
So turns out we are 30 this year and thought we should hold a party or two to celebrate. With over 20 shows throughout New Zealand during November, the anniversary features both past and present Flying Nun acts, along with some very special guests paying tribute to our 30 years.
While, it wouldn’t be a party without live music, we also have a bunch of new releases and re-releases out soon on CD, digitally and Vinyl. Plus an exciting handful of new bands signed to the label.
GARAGE ISSUE #3
It's ok, It's Alright, Oh Yeah!
It's the third issue of the Garage zine. Now re-issued as a free PDF download. Originally released in the mid-1980s, edited by journalist Richard Langston, the music zine tracks the history of many of the early Flying Nun bands in Dunedin.
Plus each issue comes with a podcast featuring a fine selection of music picked by Richard Langston to accompany each issue.
NEW BATS SINGLE - FREE ALL THE MONSTERS
F IN TEE SHIRTS
Robert Scott Art Exhibition
Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats) is having some of his art exhibited at Auckland’s City Workshops Gallery (28A Burliegh St, Grafton). The exhibition is on now till August 21, with a range of paintings and sketches by Robert.
The second issue of Garage is now available as a free pdf download. Originally published in the late 1980s by Richard Langston, we are digitally re-publishing the six issues of the Garage music fanzine through the rest of the year as part of the Flying Nun 30th Anniversary .
And if you need something to listen to while reading, Richard Langston has compiled a podcast for the issue.
Nunlog: Philistines at the Gate
It was announced in Dunedin last week that the Otago University Students Association was looking to put its bNet station Radio One up for sale. The move follows a review into the finances of the association that owns the station, and supplies it with a modest annual subsidy.
Help Save Radio 1.
Write a submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our 30th anniversary we are republishing the Garage fanzine online throughout the rest of the year and here it is - Issue 1 in PDF format for you to view or download (for free as well - used to cost a $1).
Plus Richard Langston has compiled a podcast mix tape as a musical companion to the first issue. This choice reflects the music of the time that inspired him to write, edit, print and staple his fanzine of musical life in Dunedin during the mid 1980s.
The zine child of journalist Richard Langston, Garage was first born in Dunedin in 1984 featuring the Great Unwashed on the cover, while inside are pieces on The Verlaines, The Chills, Tall Dwarfs and much more.
And find out more about Garage over at our blog.
NUNLOG: F in English
F in Math is Michael Logie’s solo adventure in electronic music. The inventive playfulness and humour cannot disguise his innate sense of melody or the strength of his underlying musicality. From playing bass with, The Mint Chicks, Michael Logie is marking out his own part of the lab, towards the wayward back, as the high achieving F in Math.
F IN MATH - COUCH EP OUT NOW
The solo project was born out the realisation that one can playelectronic music live without ditching your beloved bass or pretending to twiddle knobs.
David Beniston, bassist and founding member of the Able Tasmans died suddenly of an aneurism at his home in Melbourne on May 7th. He was the bassist on the Able Tasmans’ Tired Sun EP and the album Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down.
The funeral was in Melbourne on Saturday 14th May but there will be a memorial service in Whangarei in a month or 2 where his ashes will be sprinkled on Mt Parahaki near his old family home.
All Able Tasmans salute this lovely man and outstanding musician. We really didn’t deserve somebody that good, we just lucked on him and we can’t believe we’re not going to see him again. Special thoughts and sympathies from us to his partner Rosemary, his Mother Frances and his sister June.
- The Able Tasmans: Craig Baxter, Graeme Humphreys, Leslie Jonkers, Peter Keen, Stuart Greenway, Craig Mason, Ron Young, Jane Dodd
THE 3D's - EARLY RECORDINGS 1989-90
“Sandy Denny and Ozzy Osbourne had a baby, and they called it the 3Ds”
The compilation features seven previously unreleased demo tracks, alongside digitally re-mastered versions of the band’s first two EPs - Fish Tails (1990) and Swarthy Songs For Swabs (1991).
To celebrate the release we have put together a special 3D's Bundle which includes a copy of both the Early Recordings compilation CD and the band's 1996 EP Dust, along with a 3D's 'Swarthy Songs For Swabs' EP t-shirt and limited edition poster featuring artwork by David Mitchell.
THE 3D'S - EARLY RECORDINGS 1989-90
AVAILBLE NOW ON CD AND DIGITAL ALBUM
NUNLOG: SHAYNE P. CARTER TRACKS BACK
Shayne P. Carter is one New Zealand's greatest musical identities. He has constantly pushed and developed his art, but always maintained an uncompromising integrity. He has produced a large and important body of work that is not always fully comprehended due to the fragmented way it has been presented over the years. Bored Games, Doublehappys, Straightjacket Fits and Dimmer were all recognisably fine bands but the common dominant creative force in each of them is not always clearly perceived as Shayne P Carter. The two upcoming live dates and souvenir CD compilation we are making for the show will hopefully help start to redress that clouded reality.
Last Train To Brockville CD Out Now
The collection, put together for the recent Last Train To Brockville shows in New Zealand, spans Carter's music career from the Bored Games - 'Joe 90' to early Dimmer material, stopping off on the way via Straitjacket Fits and the Doublehappys - including the rarely heard 'Some Fantasy'.
Nunlog: Space Was The Place
50 years ago today Yuri Gagarin hurtled around the planet earth in a beat up armour plated piece of future space junk. The first man in space was blasted into and then slung around the planet at speeds of up to 30,000 kph for almost 110 minutes before being plunged back home. He was spared certain death by jettisoning and parachuting the final bit back. He got off lightly compared to the previous space dogs and later space monkeys.
GUEST NUNLOG: Graham Reid - Robert Scott: Ends Run Together
Years ago when I was a music writer/journalist at the Herald I interviewed Robert Scott of The Bats and The Clean. I don't remember all the details but it must have been about how he was juggling two jobs as it were, however he was still committed to The Bats for a long time to come.
My final resonating line was – complete with an embarrassing spelling mistake – “Robert Scott, the once and future Brat”.
Robert Scott 'Ends Run Together' on 12" LP
Nunlog: Christchurch Earthquake
I have been trying to write something about the Christchurch earthquake for a couple of weeks now and continue to find it very hard to do. The scale of the disaster is so impossible to comprehend and ones’ perception of it all is constantly challenged and altered as one learns more.
Nunlog: A Campus A Low Hum
We were off to Campus A Low Hum (CALH). Three days of fine weather, at a great location to experience an unknown lineup of like-minded music from all over New Zealand and around the world. Blink, the man who started it all, has been running this annual event for five-years now and has expanded each year to encompass more than just music.
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Nunlog: Children's Hour Burn My Face
I was Auckland last week to see Children's Hour perform to a gathering of music fans at the Laneways Festival. Held in Aotea Sqaure in central Auckland the site has pedigree as the focal point for the infamous Queen Street Riots in 1984. I was dubious about the locale but it works well. Grass to sit on if you need to, the handy Town Hall clock to keep time by and plenty of aesthetically friendly trees to soften the brutalistic style of much of the surrounding architecture, all combined to welcome and relax my naturally agitated frame of mind when venturing outdoors.
Flying Nun x Barkers Tees
We have teamed up with Barkers Clothing for a new range of Flying Nun tees.
In addition to printing the classic Flying Nun ‘fuzzy’ logo tees for the first time in a decade or more, the first series is based around classic Nun EPs.
Deerhoof vs. Evil on Flying Nun
Think back to when you were 16.
No one could tell you what to do. You were a force to be reckoned with – filled with the undeniable feeling that you could take on anything and win. Having formed in 1994, Deerhoof has now reached that fateful age and by rites it’s their turn to go out and challenge the world.
The result – the band’s eleventh album, is 'Deerhoof vs. Evil', and Flying Nun Records are excited to announce they have joined forces with Deerhoof and Polyvinyl Records for the New Zealand album release next year.
Nunlog: The Chills 30th Anniversary
I visited Dunedin a lot in the early 1980s but gradually shifted further away (from Christchurch to Auckland and then London). I’m close again now in Wellington and realised the many of the people I know well from that time are still in Dunedin, still my very good friends, still very creatively active and still maintain an interest in things social.
Like my earlier visit this year Dunedin was so hot and sunny I managed to get sunburnt again. So hot that I had to check out the Emerson’s Brewery who are very nice people who are currently making a series of Flying Nun themed tap beers.
New Grayson Gilmour Video
Watch the video for Grayson Gilmour's new demo single 'Humble Punk Rock'.
David Wood (1964-2010)
David Wood - Straitjacket Fits bassist (1986-1994)
The Chills 30th Anniversary
The Chills, are pleased to announce a special one-off show in Dunedin on Saturday 27 November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band.
November 30 years ago Martin Phillipps and a fledgling band are invited to play an unadvertised support slot for 2 other local bands: 'The Clean and 'Bored Games', in Maori Hill Dunedin. In what became a seminal moment, Martin Phillipps, Peter Gutteridge, Jane Dodd, and Alan Haig took to the stage and the first Chills was on!
Download a copy of the Anniversary postcard here.
Nunpod..… and the maggots dance, 1…2…3…
With the recent release of The Dead C's new album 'Patience' , we asked guitarist Bruce Russell to put together a podcast, he made up the rest of the rules around what he played, and sent us a track listing on the back of a postcard.
Originally broadcast on Volcano Radio in Lyttelton, community radio - live and local.
Blog - Records Records
Dunedin's 'Records Records' sadly closed over the weekend - for years it was the hub of the city's music scene and an essential stop for anyone visiting Dunedin.
After starting Flying Nun Records in 1981 I started working with a number of Dunedin based bands so I was spending many weekends in that town catching live shows by the likes of The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, The Stones, Sneaky Feelings and many many more but the highlight was always a visit to Roy (“Roi” to his friends) Records Records at the bottom of Upper Stuart Street.
The Dead C 'Patience' and Much More
That trio of noise subvertors (or sabateurs depending on your position to the stereo) the Dead C return with their new album 'Patience' and our good mates in the States Ba Da Bing Records have hooked us up. Indeed, not only with copies of the new album (on CD and 12") but also the full array of the Dead C catalogue including the recent 12" re-issues of previous Flying Nun releases 'Eusa Kills' and 'DR503'.
So a warm welcome to the Dead C. It is good to have you here.
Down To The Wire Today
Today's Track (2004)
In 2004 we re-released two classic compilation's as a double CD - 'In Love With These Times' and 'Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps'. Opening the second disc was The Chills 'Heavenly Pop Hit' - which also happens to be today's download over at Down To The Wire.
Today's Track (2003)
Flying Nun celebrated it's 21st birthday in 2003 (who did the yardie?) and it was also the International Year of Freshwater. Furthermore, The Verlaine's released their retrospective compilation 'Your Too Obscure For Me' - which includes today's download at Down To The Wire - "Doomsday".
Today's Track (2002)
The Clean achieved a huge degree of success in 1981 completely on their own terms without having to concede to industry norms at all. Their success was won on the back of a grass root following that coalesced into a formidable market for New Zealand and alternative music in the 1980s. Intelligent, talented and confident in the value of their music and how they presented it but always humble and self-effacing as well. “Whatever I do it’s right, whatever I do it’s wrong”.
Today's Track (2001)
Today's Track (2000)
Today's Track (1999)
It's 1999, and we are going to party like it's...etc etc. 1999 also saw the release of the Sneaky Feeling's retrospective compilation 'Positively George Street' and you can head over to Down To The Wire for today's download of their song 'Husband House' - as well as a whole lot of history on the internet in NZ.
Today's Track (1998)
1998 saw the launch of the Lunar Prospector, not to mention the Straitjacket Fits Best of compilation - so it only seemed right that today's download at Down To The Wire was the Fits' 'Hail' off their in 1987 debut album.
From material preserved and made available by The Film Archive
Today's Track (1995)
From material preserved and made available by The Film Archive
21 Years, 21 Downloads
To coincide with the launch of the website downtothewire.co.nz – The Story of New Zealand’s Internet today (Monday October 11), we are offering a free download a day.
As part of the celebration of 21 years of the Internet in New Zealand, each track corresponds with a moment in the label’s history, starting with Jean-Paul Sartre Experience’s ‘Inside and Out’ from their 1989 album ‘The Size of Food’.
BLOG - Bat Blog Back
The Bats are always busy. All have jobs and even other bands and solo projects on the go. Robert Scott has been in the USA with his other band The Clean as well as doing his own thing talking and playing around the Portland Oregon area. But Bat activity never ceases.
Robert Scott Live Stream
BLOG - The Joys of Vinyl.
Today Flying Nun releases its first record in over 15 years. Yep, today you can buy the Die! Die! Die! album ‘Form’ on vinyl. You know, a record. Flat round black things with grooves that can be played on either side when pulled out of its attractive 12” cover.
DIE! DIE! DIE! - AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Following on from their mammoth 25-date New Zealand tour, Die! Die! Die! are going west.
Ahead of the Australian release of FORM (on October 1 via Flying Nun/Remote Control) the band have announced a series of shows across the southern continent.
ROBERT SCOTT - ENDS RUN TOGETHER OUT NOW
Ends Run Together is the third solo album from Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats), an outstanding collection of 13 engaging songs, as likely to appeal to any fan of great alternative pop as much as to those already familiar with his past projects.
To Robert’s guitar and voice (which has never sounded better) are added the talents of fellow Clean-er David Kilgour, and miraculously, even Lesley Paris (Look Blue, Go Purple) has been coaxed back onto a drumkit for some of the songs.
Jam-packed full of pop hooks, Ends Run Together features everything from squalling guitar rock, dreamy pastoral folk, through to the driving krautrock-ish pop of first single Daylight.
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ROBERT SCOTT - TOO EARLY
There is something otherworldly about Too Early, the latest noisy, melodic piece of psych-pop from Robert Scott’s new solo album Ends Run Together.
Featuring a crashed UFO and a lost visitor from another world, the video, by Melbourne music video maestro John Morrison, seems to capture this feeling perfectly.
DIE! DIE! DIE! 'TALK TALK'
Die! Die! Die! are set to appear on TVNZ's 'Talk Talk' show this Saturday.
The band is performing on the television show as part of an episode with Flying Nun owner Roger Shepherd, screening this Saturday (August 28) at 9.10pm on TVNZ 7.
The upcoming episode features Roger Shepherd talking about re-acquiring the label, reflecting on its history and the way forward, so it made perfect sense to get Die! Die! Die! to play some songs off their new album FORM.
THE BATS RE-RELEASES AND TOUR
After neglecting NZ for a couple of years while touring UK/Europe and Australia (twice!), The Bats are very pleased to announce their NZ SPRING TOUR.
To coincide with the tour, Flying Nun is set to re-release three classic Bats titles, including their 1987 debut Daddy’s Highway and their 1990 best of Compiletely Bats.
Both these albums, alongside 1995’s Couchmaster, have now been re-mastered and will be availble from September.
NEW DIE! DIE! DIE! TOUR VIDEO
Proving once again that Die! Die! Die! don’t do tours by halves - from house parties to arenas, from schools to community halls – the band has just completed a mammoth New Zealand tour, playing 25 shows, including supporting The Pixies, in just over 20 days.
In turn, proving once again that Blink (A Low Hum) doesn’t run tours by halves, as well as booking, promoting and tour managing one of the most intense local tours in recent memory, he also found the time to shoot and edit some highlights of the tour.
NEW ROBERT SCOTT ALBUM AND FREE DOWNLOAD
Robert Scott’s list of music projects over the years reads like a who’s who of alternative New Zealand music.
From his role as bass-player, song-writer and non-Kilgour in legendary New Zealand noisy jangle-pop pioneers The Clean and as singer, guitarist and songwriter in The Bats, he also helmed the acclaimed Magick Heads, not to mention fronting a bewildering variety of less well-known groups from the long running Electric Blood to the short-lived Gina Rocco & the Rockettes.
In turn he has contributed to numerous other Flying Nun groups, while drawing and painting the cover art for many memorable Flying Nun album sleeves. Therefore it seems fitting that his latest solo alum, Ends Run Together, has found its way onto the new Flying Nun Records.
Die! Die! Die! Add More Shows
As if 15 nationwide shows were not enough, Die! Die! Die! have decided to add more dates to the FORM album release tour.
So if you missed them first time in the North Island fret not, the band plan to return with five extra shows next week.
Straight off the ferry from their Southern sojourn they will play an all ages show in Wellington on August 4, followed by dates in Ohakune (August 5), Hamilton (August 6) and Auckland on August 7. Then to wrap it all up another all ages show in West Auckland on August 21.
ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN
Welcome to our new website. It's been a while in the building and we are just getting started. There is a lot more to come and we have many plans for this little place - in fact as you can see we have even got Roger his own 'website construction suit' to explore this vast internet landscape.
Indeed after the re-purchase of Flying Nun Records by founder Roger Shepherd late last year there has been plenty to do. We’ve got nearly 30 years of music to care for, restore and re-release. Just as importantly, there’s a bunch of new bands for us to hunt out and help out. It has all just begun, and the plan now is to take it quietly, step by step, in an organised and sober manner. Of course the reality will be rather different...
Grayson Gilmour on CMJ
Having braved the elements for his album release tour around the country - unfortunately the Dunedin show was cancelled but the southern freeze - Grayson has been busying himself with plans for the rest of the year - while drinking plenty of tea.
Die! Die! Die!
FORM is Die! Die! Die! like you have never heard. It is the album they always wanted to write, and the one you knew they would.
It calls upon all the parts, plus more, that make this band so exciting but never allows you to stop and put your finger on one.
Whatever you call it, its relentless, reckless and sometimes menacing. It has all the ferocious energy and bursting melodies of their previous releases, and while it can tear through you one moment, it also shows a band trying on something different.