Allen Toussaint
Nick Bollinger remembers the “musical giant” from New Orleans, who passed away this week.

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint Photo: Nick Bollinger

Introducing: Wormstar


Wormstar Photo: Georiga Schofield, courtesy of Cheese on Toast

Susan Alcorn
Pedal Steel innovator, Susan Alcorn has plucked the pedal steel out of its country and western roots and into the world of noise, improvisation and free jazz. Currently touring Aotearoa as part of the Audio Foundation’s Alt Music series, she talks with Emma Smith about the microtonal universes hidden in each string.

i.e Crazy
Claire Duncan formerly of Dear Time's Waste has a new alter ego under which she has released a brand new song. Emma Smith speaks to Duncan at her sunny home.


Tomorrow People
Starting out in the hope that someone, anyone, would play their music at a BBQ, Tomorrow People quickly surpassed their own expectations with the release of their chart-topper, One in 2012. They join Emma Smith to talk about the follow up, Bass and Bassinets, which came out this week.

Zach Saginaw began his career as a jazz drummer, before starting to release electronic music under the name Shigeto in 2009. Tony Stamp caught up with Shigeto over a flat white on Auckland’s K Rd, where they chatted about his creative process, painting with sound, and Zach’s love of spicy foods.


Shigeto, live at Cassette Nine, Auckland Photo: RNZ / Emma Smith

Anatomy of a Song: Soulware 'Return to the Source'
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 Soulware’s ‘Return to the Source’.


Soulware Photo: Supplied


SJD live at the Mercury Theatre
Following his win of the Best Producer Tui at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards, SJD performed his latest album Saint John Divine, in full, at the Mercury Theatre. RNZ engineer Andre Upston was their to capture the show.

Sean Donnelly and Matilda the Cat

Sean Donnelly and Matilda the Cat Photo: RNZ / Emma Smith

The Sampler - Joanna Newsom
Nick Bollinger reviews Divers by Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom Photo: Annabel Mehra

Music played in this show


Artist: Allen Toussaint
Song: Pelican Parade
Composer: Toussaint
Album: The Wild Sound of New Orleans
Label: Ornithology Rec

Remembering Allen Toussaint 
Artist: Allen Toussaint
Songs: Yes We Can Can, Tipitina and Me
Composer: Toussaint
Album: Our New Orleans
Label: Nonesuch

Artist: Irma Thomas
Song: It’s Raining
Composer: Neville
Album: Time Is On My Side
Label: Kent

Artist: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Song: Fortune Teller
Composer: Neville
Album: Raising Sand
Label: Rounder

Artist: Labelle
Song: Lady Marmalade
Composer: Crewe/Nolan
Album: Nightbirds
Label: Epic

Artist: Allen Toussaint
Songs: What Do You Want the Girl to Do?, Southern Nights
Composer: Toussaint
Album: Southern Nights
Label: Reprise

Artist: The Band
Song: Life Is A Carnival
Composer: Robertson/Danko/Helm
Album: Cahoots
Label: Capitol

Artist: Lee Dorsey
Song: Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky
Composer: Toussaint
Album: Gonh Be Funky
Label: Charly

Artist: Dr. John
Song: Right Place Wrong Time
Composer: Rebennack
Album: In The Right Place
Label: Atlantic

Artist: Alan Toussaint
Song: What Is Success?
Composer: Toussaint
Album: The Complete Warner Recordings
Label: Warner

Artist: Motorhead
Song: Overkill
Composer: "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
Album: Overkill
Label: Sanctuary

Introducing: Wormstar
Artist: Wormstar
Song: Better Reasons
Composer: A. Angrignon 
Album Turning Red
Label: Wormstar


Interview - Susan Alcorn 
Artist: Susan Alcorn
Song: Sapphire
Composer: Alcorn
Album: Concentration
Label: Recorded

Artist: Webb Pierce
Song: Slowly
Composer: Pierce/ Hill
Album: Slowly
Label: Decca

Artist: Susan Alcorn
Song: Sapphire
Composer: Alcorn
Album: Concentration
Label: Recorded

Artist: Muddy Waters
Song: I Can't Be Satisfied
Composer: Waters
Album: Muddy Waters
Label: Chess

Artist: Susan Alcorn
Song: The Silence Was Your Grey Butterfly Urine and Bedsores
Composer: Alcorn
Album: Concentration
Label: Recorded

Artist: Ray Price
Song: Crazy Arms
Composer: Seals/ Mooney
Album: Crazy Arms
Label: Columbia 

Artist: Susan Alcorn
Song: Silence Like a Breaking Glass
Composer: Alcorn
Album: Concentration
Label: Recorded

Artist: Dear Time's Waste
Song: The Drought
Composer: Duncan
Album: Some Kind of Eden
Label: Private

Interview- Claire Duncan aka i.e. crazy
Artist: i.e. crazy
Song: You're a Stranger To Me Now
Composer: Duncan


Artist: Marcia Aitken
Song I'm Still in Love
Composer: Aitken
Album: 500% Dynamite
Label: Soul Jazz

Interview- Tomorrow People
Artist: Tomorrow People
Song: Souljah Feeling
Composer: Tomorrow People
Album: One
Label: EMI

Artist: Tomorrow People
Song: No Rush, Get It Back, Writing's On The Wall
Composer: Tomorrow People 
Album: Bass and Bassinets
Label: Warner

Artist: Missy Elliot 
Song: WTF (Where They From)
Composer: Elliott/ Williams
Album: WTF single
Label: Atlantic

Interview -Shigeto
Artist: Shigeto
Song: Pulse
Composer: Zachary Saginaw
Album: Intermission
Label: Ghostly

Artist: Sun Glitters
Song: Mouth (Shigeto Remix)
Composer: Victor Ferreira
Album: Tight EP
Label: Lefse Records

Artist: Shigeto
Song: City Dweller
Composer: Zachary Saginaw
Album: Intermission
Label: Ghostly

Artist: Shigeto
Song: Brown Eyed Girl
Composer: Zachary Saginaw
Album: Full Circle
Label: Ghostly

Artist: Shigeto
Song: Gently
Composer: Zachary Saginaw
Album: Intermission
Label: Ghostly

Artist: Hundred Waters
Song: Cavity (Shigeto Remix)
Composer: Hundred Waters
Album: The Moon Rang Like A Bell (Remixed)
Label: OWSLA

Anatomy of a Song: Soulware
Artist: Soulware
Song: Return to the Source
Composer: Soulware
Album: Return To The Source
Label: Optimus Gryme Recordings



SJD Live at the Mercury Theatre
Artist: SJD
Songs: I Saw The Future, Little Pieces, Unplugged, I Wanna Be Foolish, Invisible Man, Superman You're Crying (encore)
Composer: S. Donelly
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording


Artist: Father John Misty
Song: Bored In The USA
Composer: Josh Tillman
Album: I Love You Honeybear
Label: Bella Union

The Sampler: Joanna Newsom- Divers
Artist: Joanna Newsom
Song: Divers, Anecdotes, Sapokanikan, Leaving The City, Waltz of the 10st Lightborne, Goose Eggs
Composer: Newsom
Album: Divers
Label: Drag Cit