Brooklyn-based instrumentalists Ratatat have channelled the guitar histrionics of Queen’s resident astrophysicist, Dr Brian May, on their fifth studio LP, Magnifique. Ratatat multi-instrumentalist  Mike Stroud tells us about taking cues from rock’n’roll royalty.

Ladi6 - The Alpha Sessions
Ladi6 has embarked on a residency at Auckland and Wellington institution, The Matterhorn, crewing with her go-to players Parks, Julien Dyne and Brendon Haru plus a series of special guests. Ladi talks to Sam Wicks about using the month-long stint to workshop new ideas and get her match fitness up.


Karoline Tamati: "This is my dream, which wasn't the way in the beginning." Photo: RNZ / Aleyna Martinez

MUM Club
Situated up a flight of stairs off Auckland’s Vulcan Lane, Cassette Nine's MUM Club has been a staple of the city’s Friday nightlife for the past seven years. Zac Arnold talks to the personalities who have curated the club night with international acts like METZ, BadBadNotGood and Unknown Mortal Orchestra alongside local talent.

Bassist of The Shocking Pinks performing at MUM Club night

The Shocking Pinks performing at MUM Club night Photo: What Happened Last Night/Cassette Nine


APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2015
APRA Head of Operations Anthony Healy talks us through the Top 20 songs put forward for this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award, plus the nominees for the 'Lost Scroll' of 1981.

Phil Dadson: Sonics From Scratch
The sonic explorations of From Scratch founder and intermedia artist Phil Dadson are explored in Simon Ogston and Orlando Stewart’s documentary, Phil Dadson: Sonics From Scratch, playing at this year’s NZIFF. Emma Smith meets up with the man at the centre of the doco to talk about his lifetime of adventures in sound.

Phil Dadson

Phil Dadson Photo: Courtesy of NZIFF

Deathgasm, a homegrown horror comedy, has been hailed as a cult classic since its release overseas earlier this year. Part Evil Dead, part Braindead, the gory splatter-fest is a headbanging homage to all that is over the top about heavy metal and horror. Craig Hayes catches up with Deathgasm director Jason Lei Howden to discuss guitars and gore.

Deathgasm characters Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) and Zakk (James Blake)

Deathgasm characters Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) and Zakk (James Blake) Photo: Courtesy of Jason Lei Howden/Timpson Films

Introverted Dancefloor
Introverted Dancefloor is the latest alias of Bevan Smith, who has previously released material as Aspen, Signer, Skallander and Over the Atlantic. Under his new moniker, Smith has just released a new single 'Happiness is Such a Mess'. Yadana Saw asks why it has been so long since we've heard from him and how Smith manages to keep generating new musical personas.

Gig Guide


The Secret Life of Synaesthetes
For some people, music is more than an auditory experience – bass notes are purple, strings in unison have a muscle-like texture, and manuka honey evokes b-flat major 7.  Emma Smith meets a handful of artists with synaesthesia and talks to leading synaesthesia experts about what these extra sensory traits could mean for all of us.

Introducing: Mimsy Cable

Mimsy Cable

Mimsy Cable Photo: Stephanie O'Connor

The Sampler: Totó la Momposina – Tambolero
Jim Pinckney reviews the revitalised sounds of Colombian legend, Totó la Momposina.

Music played in this show


Artist: Ratatat
Song: Wildcat
Composer: Ratatat
Album: Classics
Label: XL

Artist: Ratatat
Song: Countach, Nightclub Amnesia, Cold Fingers, Primetime, I Will Return, Intro, Magnifique
Composer: M.Stroud, E.Mast
Album: Magnifique 
Label: XL Recordings

Artist: Springwater
Song: I Will Return
Composer: P. Cordell
Album: Single
Label: Polydor

Artist: Queen
Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Composer: F.Mercury
Album: A Night at the Opera
Label: EMI

Artist: M.I.A.
Song: Swords
Composer: M. Arulpragasam
Album: Matahdatah 
Label: Interscope


Ladi 6 Residency
Artist: Julien Dyne feat. Ladi6 and Parks
Song: Who Are You
Composer: J.Dyne
Album: Single
Label: From the Crate

Artist: Ladi6 
Song: Walk Right Up
Composer: Tamati, Park
Album: Time is Not Much
Label: Ladi6

Artist: Ladi6 
Song: Automatic Slow Ride
Composer: Tamati, Park, Haru
Album: Automatic
Label: Ladi6

Artist: Ladi6 
Song: People Talking
Composer: O'Bryant,Tamati
Album: Automatic
Label: Ladi6

Artist: Tama Impala 
Song: The Moment
Composer: K.Parker
Album: Currents
Label: Fiction, Universal


Artist: Harts
Song: Lovers In Bloom
Composer: G.Hart
Album: Daydreamer 
Label: Offtime Music

Mum Club
Artist: Surf City
Song: Dickshakers Union
Composer: Surf City
Album: Surf City
Label: Arch Hill Recordings

Artist: Slayer
Song: Angel Of Death
Composer: Jeff Hanneman
Album: Reign In Blood
Label: Def Jam Recordings

Artist: Die! Die! Die!
Song: Harmony
Composer: Die! Die! Die!
Album: Harmony
Label: Golden Antenna Records

Artist: The Sneaks
Song: North Shore Pussy
Composer: The Sneaks
Album: The Sneaks
Label: Kingsland Racquet Society

Artist: Sharpie Crows
Song: Thank You Ladies For The Spread
Composer: Sharpie Crows 
Album: 12 Omeros
Label: Flying Nun Records

Artist: Wilco
Song: More...
Composer: Wilco
Album: Star Wars
Label: dBpm


Artist: Salad Boys
Song: Dream Date
Composer: Salad Boys
Album: Metalmania
Label: Trouble In Mind


Artist: Triumphs
Song: Beekeeper
Composer: Triumphs
Album: Beekeeper​/​Bastardknocker
Label: Monkey Killer Records


The 1981 Lost Silver Scroll
Artist: The Clean
Song: Tally Ho
Composer: Robert Scott, David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour
Album: The Clean: Compilation
Label: Flying Nun

Artist: The Screaming Mee Mees
Song: See Me Go
Composer: Michael O'Neill, Peter van der Fluit, Lawrence Landwer-Johan, Tony Drumm
Album: Screaming Meemees: Stars In My Eyes, Songs & Singles 1979-1981
Label: Propeller

Artist: The Swingers
Song: Counting the Beat
Composer: Phil Judd, Wayne Stevens, Mark Hough
Album: Counting the Beat
Label: Mushroom

Artist: Blam Blam Blam
Song: There is No Depression in New Zealand
Composer: Don McGlashan, Richard von Sturmer
Album: Blam Blam Blam
Label: Propeller

Artist: Split Enz
Song: One Step Ahead
Composer: Neil Finn
Album: Waiata
Label: Polydor

Interview: Sonics From Scratch, Phil Dadson
Artist: Phil Dadson
Song: Obliquely, To a circular mirror, Ecliptic, Peel the unseen, Waipiro
Composer: P.Dadson
Album: Sound Tracks - Solo Improvisations
Label: ATOLL

Artist: Protomartyr
Song: Why Does It Shake
Composer: Protomartyr
Album: The Agent Intellect
Label: Hardly Art

Interview: Deathgasm
Artist: Midnight
Song: Evil Like a Knife
Composer: Midnight
Album: No Mercy for Mayhem
Label: Hell’s Headbangers

Artist: Elm Street
Song: Metal is the Way
Composer: Elm Street
Album: Barbed Wire Metal
Label: Stormspell Records

Artist: Emperor
Song: Inno A Satana
Composer: Emperor
Album: In The Nightside Eclipse
Label: Candlelight Records

Artist: Bulletbelt
Song: Deathgasm
Composer: Bulletbelt
Album: Rise of the Banshee
Label: Self-released

Artist: Beastwars
Song: Realms
Composer: Beastwars
Album: Blood Becomes Fire
Label: Self-released

Artist: Skull Fist
Song: Bad For Good
Composer: Skull Fist
Album: Chasing the Dream
Label: NoiseArt Records

Introverted Dancefloor Interview
Artist: Introverted Dancefloor
Song: Happiness is Such a Mess
Composer: Bevan Smith
Album: Introverted Dancefloor
Label: Carpark Records

Artist: Aspen
Song: Bathroom Tall Boy
Composer: Bevan Smith
Album: Album
Label: Elephant Music

Artist: Signer
Song: The Glass Ceiling
Composer: Bevan Smith
Album: Next We Bring You The Fire
Label: A Low Hum


The Secret Life of Synesthetes
Artist: Leopold Stokowski & The Philadelphia Orchestra
Song: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Composer: Dukas
Album: Fantasia OST 
Label: Festival

Artist: The Mint Chicks
Song: ABC Reharmonised
Composer: Nielson/Nielson
Album: Bad Buzz

Artist: Alphabethead
Song: Beautiful Fence 
Composer: Morrison 
Album: Quartz Plumage

Artist: Edan
Song: I See Colours
Composer: Edan
Album:Beauty and the Beat
Label: Lewis Recordings

Artist: Straighjacket Fits
Song: She Speeds
Composer: Carter
Album: Life in One Chord
Label: Flying Nun

Artist: Diving
Song: Synesthesia
Composer: Hill
Album: Synesthesia

Artist: Pharrell Williams
Song: Baby feat. Nelly
Composer: Williams
Album: In My MInd

Artist: Kristin Hersh
Song: Snake Oil
Composer: Hersh
Album:The Grotto
Label: 4AD

Artist: 50 Foot Wave
Song: Hot Pink Distorted 
Composer: Hersh
Album: Free Music
Label: Reincarnate

Artist: Andrew Bird
Song: Pulaski at Night
Composer: Bird 
Album: I Want To See Pulaski At Night
Label: Grimsey Records

Artist: LJ Rich
Song: , Gothenburg Trees, London Sunset Sounds Like This, Flying Through Colour 2, 
Composer: Rich
Album: ljrich.wordpress.com

Artist: Eyeliner
Song: Pinot Noir
Composer: Rowell
Album: Buy Now
Label: Beer on the Rug

Artist: Nancy Ambrose King
Song: Metamorphoses After Ovid for Solo Oboe Op. 49 02 Phaeton 
Composer: Britten
Album: Evocations
Label: Boston

Artist: Frankie Knuckles
Song: Your Love
Composer: Knuckles
Album: Your Love
Label: Btech

Artist: Jorge Montilla & Hamilton Tescarollo
Song: Sonata for E-Flat clarinet and piano: IV. Molto vivace
Composer: Montilla/ Tescarollo
Album: La Revoltosa
Label: Clarinet Classics

Artist: Eurythmics
Song: There Must Be an Angel
Composer: Lennox/ Stewart 
Album: Be Yourself Tonight

Artist: Alphabethead
Song: Interzone Intermission
Composer: Morrison 
Album: Quartz Plumage

Artist: The All Seeing Hand
Song: Clot
Composer: The All Seeing Hand
Album: Mechatronics
Label: Muzai

Artist: Shapeshifter
Song: Out Of Love 
Composer: Shapeshifter
Album: Real Time
Label: Kog Transmissions
Artist Myung-Whun Chung / Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique

Song: Couleurs De La Cite Celeste 
Composer: Messiaen
Album: Myung-Whun Chung Conducts Messiaen
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Artist: SSELLF
Song: Rainbows Don’t Look Like That
Composer: SSELLF

Artist: LJ Rich
Song: This Morning’s Sunrise
Composer: Rich
Album: ljrich.wordpress.com

Artist: Encouragment
Song: East Moon Rising
Composer: Encouragment


Introducing: Mimsy Cable
Artist: Mimsy Cable
Song: The Coral Reef
Composer: Mimsy Cable 
Album: The Coral Reef EP
Label: Gold Estate Records

Artist: Quantic
Song: Creation (East LA)
Composer: Holland
Album: The Western Transient
Label: Tru Thoughts

The Sampler: - Totó La Momposina
Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: Tambolero
Composer: Francisco Bolaños
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: La Acabacion
Composer: Traditional
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: Curura, La Candela Viva
Composer: Antonio Fernandez
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: Chi Chi Mani, La Sombra Negra
Composer: Paulino Salgado
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: Adios Fulana
Composer: Antonio Maria-Peñalosa
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist - Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores
Song: El Pescador
Composer: José Barros
Album: Tambolero
Label: Real World

Artist: Fruko y Sus Tesos
Song: Cachondea
Composer: Estrada
Album: Salsa Explosiva 
Label: Musica Latina International

Artist: Westley Holdsworth
Song: Temples
Composer: W. Holdsworth
Album: Temples sinlge
Label: Westley Holdsworth