Here's a somewhat accurate account of the music on this week's Music 101



2015 Critics' Choice Prize
The M101 team was in amongst at Thursday night's 2015 Critics' Choice Prize, which was taken out by Auckland shoegaze-ists Bespin. We bring you highlights from the performances.

Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre have always centred around Anton Newcombe’s burning desire to make music. Zac Arnold and Newcombe discuss psychedelia in the modern age and how Newcombe’s kept the creative fires burning for over two decades.

Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre

Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre Photo: Courtesy of Brian Jonestown Massacre

Space Monster
Facebook news feeds have been all a flutter this week as Whanganui’s alternative hub Space Monster announced its closure over social media. A favourite destination for both local and international acts, Space Monster put Whanganui back on the touring map, hosting the likes of Lawrence Arabia, Delaney Davidson and even Japan’s Guitar Wolf.  Yadana Saw speaks with Space Monster's Jack Mitchell-Anyon about his decision to close the venue and what this means for the provincial city’s alternative arts and music community.

Whanganui's Space Monster

Whanganui's Space Monster Photo: Uncle Leigh Mitchell-Anyon


On the back of their nominations for seven ARIA awards, Sydney electronic multi-instrumentalists Hermitude are set to play Auckland’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in the New Year. Ahead of the duo’s latest visit, Angus Stuart aka El Gusto talks with Emma Smith.

The Sampler: Mo Kolours
Jim Pinckney takes a listen to Mo Kolour’s percussive Peckham panoramas on Texture Like Sun.

In the six years since the release of HEALTH’s last album, Get Color, the band have dived headfirst into gaming music, composing the soundtrack to third-person shooter Max Payne 3, and covering The Units for Grand Theft Auto V. Zac Arnold talks with HEALTH about recalibrating their sound on the new album, Death Magic.


HEALTH Photo: Courtesy of HEALTH

Introducing: Élan Vital

Élan vital (L-to-R Renée Catherine, Nikolai Sim, Danny Brady)

Élan vital (L-to-R Renée Catherine, Nikolai Sim, Danny Brady) Photo: Nina Harrap

Gig Guide


The Phoenix Foundation Live at the Powerstation
On Friday 2 October, The Phoenix Foundation debuted material from their latest album, Give Up Your Dreams, at Auckland venue The Powerstation. RNZ’s Andre Upston was there to capture the prog-indie sextet’s technicolour pop performance.

The Phoenix Foundation live at The Powerstation

Sam Scott of The Phoenix Foundation live at The Powerstation Photo: Joel Thomas, courtesy of Cheese on Toast

Anatomy of a Song: Electric Wire Hustle's Golden Ladder
Anatomy of a Song is a radio series produced by RDU 98.5 FM in Christchurch, which explores the sounds and processes used to produce a recorded song, using classic tracks from well-known New Zealand musicians. Each episode sees Spanky Moore at a mixing desk with an artist to dissect the different elements of one of their tracks, and to get under the hood of what it is that makes that song special. This week it’s Electric Wire Hustle’s ‘Golden Ladder’.

Electric Wire Hustle

Electric Wire Hustle (L-to-R: Mara TK, Taay Ninh) Photo: Loop Recordings

Music played in this show


Artist: Sheep, Dog and Wolf
Song: Breathe
Composer: McBride
Album: Egospect 
Label: Lil Chief

Artist: Moon Duo
Song: Wilding
Composer: Moon Duo
Album: Shadow of the Sun
Label: Sacred Bones


Artist: Boss Christ
Song: Party At Boss Christ's House
Composer: Boss Christ
Album: Born Of Wolf
Label: Private

Artist: The Dobermen
Song: Balisong Boogie
Composer: The Dobermen
Album: Cemetery Circuit 


Interview: Hermitude
Artist: Hermitude
Song: Searchlight, Ukiyo, Hyper Paradise
Composer: Hermitude 
Album: Dark Night Sweet Light
Label: Elefant Tracks

Artist: Young Tapz
Song: Killa
Composer: Young Tapz
Album: TBC

The Sampler: Mo Kolours
Artist: Mo Kolours
Song: Don’t Poison All The Water, Orphans Lament, A Soul’s Journey, Foundation, Keep Cool, Pass It Round
Composer: J. Deenmamode
Album: Texture Like Sun
Label: One Handed Music

Artist: Mo Kolours
Song: Texture Like Sun
Composer: Dave Greenfield, Hugh Cornwell, Jean Jacques Burnel, Jet Black
Album: Texture Like Sun
Label: One Handed Music

Artist: Mo Kolours
Song: Harvest
Composer: Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Chris Jasper 
Album: Texture Like Sun
Label: One Handed Music

Artist: Shigeto feat. Ian Finkelstein
Song: City Dweller
Composer: Z.Saginaw, I.Finkelstein
Album: Intermission
Label: Ghostly International

Artist: Grimes
Song: Belly of the Beat
Composer: Grimes
Album: Art Angel
Label: 4AD

Interview: HEALTH
Artist: HEALTH
Song: Victim, Stonefist, Salvia, Men Today
Composer: HEALTH
Album: Death Magic
Label: Loma Vista

Artist: Goat
Song: It's Time For Fun
Composer: Goat
Album: It's Time For Fun
Label: Sub Pop

Introducing: Elan Vital
Artist: Elan Vital
Song: Albtraum
Composer: Elan Vital
Album: Deeply Meaningful Volume 3

Artist: Gideon Bensen
Song: All New Low
Composer: Gideon Bensen
Album: All New Low
Label: Puncture

Artist: The Chills
Song: Warm Waveform
Composer: The Chills 
Album: Silver Bullets
Label: Fire Records



The Phoenix Foundation: Live at the Powerstation
Artist: The Phoenix Foundation
Song: Mountain, Celestial Bodies, Give Up Your Dreams, Jason, Buffalo
Composer: The Phoenix Foundation
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording



Artist: Osunlade
Song: Better Man
Composer: Osunlade
Album: Peacock
Label: Yoruba

Anatomy of a Song: Electric Wire Hustle
Artist: Electric Wire Hustle
Song: Golden Ladder
Composer: Electric Wire Hustle
Album: Aeons
Label: EWH