Access All Areas: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975
Seattle-based author Pat Thomas, author of the book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. The publication features a soundtrack of long unavailable material, released by Seattle label Light in the Attic. Thomas touches on the politics surrounding the Black Panthers, with special focus on the speeches, interviews, and music by noted activists Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Elaine Brown. He also delves in the near forgotten history of Motown's spoken word label, Black Forum. For Access All Areas Trevor Reekie talks to Pat Thomas about Black Power, the Panthers and how pop culture embraced a movement at the forefront of one of America's most tumultuous decades.

Tubular Bells for Two
Australian musicians Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have arranged Mike Oldfield's classic 1973 album for just two people, making for a precariously athletic performance at the NZ International Arts Festival 2012 this week. Hear reviews from the International Arts Festival here.

Dirty Three
Violinist Warren Ellis talks to us ahead of the band's NZ show and a new album Toward The Slow Sun.


The Sampler: Sharon Van Etten
Nick Bollinger reviews Tramp, the new album from New Jersey singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, which sees her collaborating with Aaron Dessner from The National.

Colin StetsonColin Stetson
U.S. Saxophonist Colin Stetson (pictured right, with 103 year old bass sax) visited New Zealand this week as part of Bon Iver's nine-piece band, but this sax-wielding virtuoso is an innovative artist in his own right... Stetson has played with an extensive list of indie bands and musicians including Tom Waits, TV On The Radio, and Arcade Fire, and Stetson's 2011 solo album New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges was an exploration of the apocalyptic sounds of the bass saxophone, recorded almost entirely live, without loops or overdubs. We meet Colin Stetson to talk about this physically exhausting instrument....

Robert Glasper
As well as recording a series of acoustic jazz albums for Blue Note, the now New York-based Texan jazz musician Robert Glasper has also laid down piano on recordings by Kanye West, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Jay Z and Common, among others. His new solo record Black Radio betrays his jazz roots and features Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def and Erykah Badu.

Introducing: Poor You Poor Me

Gig Guide


Four Titans - Part One: Trevor Horn and Bootsy Collins
Each year some of music history's most influential names share their stories with a hand-picked group of the next generation of beat makers, musicians and soon-to-be vocal household names at the Red Bull Music Academy.
Trevor Horn is one of the biggest names in UK Pop music production, being the mastermind behind hits from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, ABC, Malcolm McLaren and with his own group the Art Of Noise. Horn embraced the new sounds of synthesis at the turn of the 70s and rode them all the way to the top of the charts. Also in the first episode of Four Titans is bass-player Bootsy Collins. From his work with James Brown as part of the JB's to being part of George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic, he is easily one of the funkiest guys on the planet.

Bootsy at Redbull

Bootsy Collins lecturing at the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, Spain, October 23 to November 25, 2011. Photo: (c) Dan Wilton/Red Bull Content Pool

Kingston's Passa Passa Dancehall Parties
Since the arrest and deportation of a notorious Jamaican drug lord, the music scene has been disrupted.

Death Cab For Cutie
Washington State band Death Cab For Cutie have seven albums and five EPs under their belt, so there was a good range of songs to showcase on the first visit to New Zealand for the International Arts Festival 2012. We hang out at soundcheck with guitarist and producer Chris Walla and singer Benjamin Gibbard.


Music played in this show


Artist: James Brown
Song: Untitled Instrumental
Composer: Brown/Collins
Album: Motherlode
Label: Polydor

Interview:  Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey - The Sights and Sounds Of Black Power 1965-74

Album Title: Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974
Label: Light in the Attic Records

Artist: Stokely Carmichael
Song Title: Free Huey
Composer: Stokely Carmichael

Artist: The Lumpen
Song Title: Free Bobby Now
Composer: The Lumpen

Artist: Shahid Quintet
Song Title: Invitation To Black Power (Parts 1 & 2)
Composer: Shahid Quintet

Artist: Eddie Harris with Gene McDaniels
Song Title: Silent Majority (Live At Newport)
Composer: Eddie Harris with Gene McDaniels

Artist: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Song Title: Angela
Composer: Lennon - Ono

Artist: Amiri Baraka
Song Title: Who Will Survive America
Composer: Amiri Baraka

Artist: Elaine Brown
Song Title: Until We’re Free
Composer: Elaine Brown

Artist: Marlena Shaw
Song Title: Woman Of The Ghetto (Live at Montreux)
Composer: Marlena Shaw

Artist: Gil Scott-Heron
Song Title: Winter In America (Solo Version)
Composer: Gil Scott-Heron

Artist: The Original Last Poets
Song Title: Die Nigga!!!
Composer: The Original Last Poets

Artist: Dick Gregory
Song Title: Black Power
Composer: Dick Gregory

Artist: Elaine Brown
Song Title: Until We’re Free
Composer: Elaine Brown


Artist: The Rolling Stones
Song: Sweet Black Angel
Composer: Jagger, Richards
Album: Exile On Main St
Label: Virgin

Interview - Tubular Bells for Two

Artist: Mike Oldfield
Songs: Part One, Part Two
Composer: Oldfield
Album: Tubular Bells
Label: Virgin


Artist: The Maple Trail
Song: Manuscript
Composer: A Roberts
Album: Cable Mount Warning
Label: Broken Stone Records

Artist: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Song: Breathless
Composer: Cave
Album: The Lyre of Orpheus
Label: Mute

Interview: Warren Ellis of Dirty Three

Artist: Dirty Three
Song: Moon On The Land, Rising Below, Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone, Rain Song, That Was Was
Composer: Ellis, Turner, White
Album: Toward The Low Sun
Label: Anchor & Hope


Artist: The Clean
Song: Moon Jumper
Composer: Kilgour/ Kilgour/ Scott
Album: Mister Pop
Label: Arch Hill


Artist: Tom Waits
Song: Jersey Girl
Composer: Waits
Album: Used Songs
Label: Rhino

The Sampler: Sharon Van Etten

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Songs: Warsaw, Give Out, Serpents, Leonard, Kevin’s, Ask
Composer: Van Etten
Album: Tramp
Label: Jag Jaguwar

Artist: The National
Song: Fake Empire
Composer: The National
Album: Boxer
Label: Beggars Banquet

Interview: Colin Stetson

Artist: Bon Iver
Song: Michicant
Composer: Vernon
Album: Bon Iver Bon Iver
Label: JagJaguwar

Artist: Colin Stetson
Songs: Judges, The Stars In His Head
Composer: Stetson
Album: New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Label: Constellation

Artist: Colin Stetson
Song: Fear Of The Unknown and The Blazing Sun
Composer: C Stetson/ L Anderson/ S Worden
Album: New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Label: Constellation

Artist: Tom Waits
Song: Knife Fight
Composer: Waits
Album: Blood Money
Label: Anti


Artist: Recloose
Song: Permutations
Composer: M Chicoine
Album: Cardiology
Label: K7!

Artist: Beyonce
Song: Countdown
Composer: Nash/ Taylor/ Knowles/ Ester Dean/ Lamb/ Frost/ Bivins/ Morris/ Morris
Album: 4
Label: Columbia

Interview: Robert Glasper

Artist: Robert Glasper feat. Erykah Badu
Song: Afro Blue
Composer: Mongo Santamaría
Album: Black Radio
Label: EMI

Artist: Robert Glasper feat. Mos Def
Song: Black Radio
Composer: Robert Glasper, Yasiin Bey
Album: Black Radio
Label: EMI

Artist: Robert Glasper Trio
Song: No Worries
Composer: Robert Glasper
Album: Double Booked
Label: Blue Note

Artist: Robert Glasper Trio
Song: Butterfly
Composer: H.Hancock, J.Hancock, B.Maupin
Album: Double Booked
Label: Blue Note

Gig Guide Bed

Artist: Radiohead
Song: Videotape
Composer: Radiohead
Album: In Rainbows
Label: XL

Artist: The Specials
Song: Ghost Town
Composer: Dammers
Album: The Specials: The Best Of (compilation)
Label: Chrysalis

Artist: Klaus Doldinger
Song: Fiesta
Composer: Klaus Doldinger
Album: Mojo Club Presents: Dancefloor Jazz Vol 3, Work To Do
Label: Mojo

Artist: An Emerald City
Song: Circa Scaria
Composer: An Emerald City
Album: The Fourth
Label: Emerald


Artist: Kraftwerk
Song: Tour De France (83)
Composer: Hutter/ Schneider/ Hilpert/ Schmitt
Album: NME Classics
Label: NME

Four Titans - Part One: Trevor Horn and Bootsy Collins

Music details to come.

Artist: Funkadelic
Song: Let's Take It to the Stage
Composer: Clinton, Collins, Shider
Album: Music For Your Mother
Label: Westbound

BBC World Service - Jamaican Passa Passa

Artist: Bounty Killer
Song: Ready Fi Dem
Composer:Bounty Killer
Album:The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2011

Song: On The Road Again
Composer: Katchafire
Album: Katchafire

Interview: Death Cab For Cutie - Chris Walla and Benjamin Gibbard

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Song: I Will Follow You into the Dark
Composer: Gibbard
Album: Plans
Label: Atlantic

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Songs: Portable Television, Stay Young, Go Dancing
Composer: Gibbard
Album: Keys and Codes
Label: Atlantic

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Songs: Unobstructed Views
Composer: Gibbard / Walla
Album: Keys and Codes
Label: Atlantic

Artist: KTU
Song:  Wasabi Fields
Composer: Pohjonen
Album: Quiver
Label: Westpark