This week we were sad to hear of the passing of a significant figure in the Australian (and New Zealand) music industry - Michael Gudinski. In the late 1990s one of his companies - Mushroom Records - purchased 49% of Flying Nun, eventually taking entire ownership of the company. Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd charts his relationship with Gudinski, Mushroom Records, News Corp and more.
William Daymond may be the most enthusiastic and learned Bats fan known to humankind. Here he spares no details charting the ins and outs of the band, spanning 38 years and 10 albums from go to whoa.
Anthony Phelps, the photographer behind the new book "From AK79 to the Class of 81 (Photos from 1978-1982)" talks a bit more about his experiences behind the camera during this time. We also include a few photos and the book preface.
The very successful Mermgrown was held and the Newtown Workingmen's Bowling Club over the weekend. The sunny afternoon was all about relaxed tunes, bowling on the green, picking up a few tasty snacks and quality crafts.
In anticipation of the Punk It Up music festival, Andrew Boak and Sonya Waters talk to Kate Powell about local punk - from 1981 to 2021. Punk It Up V is now happening at The Powerstation on Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6. Tickets are available at Under The Radar.
Claire Mabey, writer and founder/director of Verb Wellington, goes down the Aldous Harding rabbit hole. She explores the literary prose of the ferret, the egg and The Barrel. No comment on the hat.
Named by Radio New Zealand as one of the best acts of 2016, Les Baxters built a cult following before quietly disbanding in 2019. This LP acts as an artefact from one of the most distinctive and surprising bands to have emerged out of AotearoaView Details
Their debut single Grudge is the first heard track off their upcoming album Noise Bitch coming out in June via trace / untrace records.View Details