Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker
Kevin Parker, the brain behind the biggest psychedelic group of the past five years, talks Emma Smith through his latest album Currents.

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker

Emma Smith and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker Photo: Courtesy of Emma Smith

Moon Duo
When the Wooden Shjips are away, Moon Duo will play… a few dates in New Zealand! Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada of Moon Duo unravel their latest effort Shadow of the Sun with Zac Arnold.

Moon Duo

Moon Duo Photo: supplied

Introducing: Unmap


Unmap Photo: Supplied


DJ Yella
As Dr Dre’s production partner in seminal LA hip hop outfits World Class Wreckin' Cru and N.W.A, DJ Yella's place in a pantheon of West Coast rap pioneers is assured. Cruising through Auckland City from his hotel to a Karangahape Rd club, Yella breaks down his 30-plus year hip hop history for Music 101.


N.W.A (L-to-R: Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, MC Ren) Photo: Courtesy of DJ Yella

Anatomy of a Song Series 2: Jakob 'Magna Carta'
Anatomy of a Song is a radio series produced by our friends at RDU in Christchurch, in which Spanky Moore and selected New Zealand musicians dissect the different elements of one of their tracks, getting to the bottom of what makes that song special. This week he looks at Jakob’s ‘Magna Carta’.


Jakob Photo: Supplied

Cheap Thrills Magazine
With the rise of online content and instantaneous social media, music magazines have fallen by the wayside. Zac Arnold talks with the editors of Cheap Thrills, a Christchurch-based publication with a focus on music before profit margins.

Cheap Thrills Magazine

Cheap Thrills Magazine Photo: Courtesy of Cheap Thrills

Gig Guide


Orchestra of Spheres China Tour Diary
In October 2015 Orchestra of Spheres toured China. With long-time collaborator, VJ Lady Lazer Light, the band played shows all around the country, at festivals, DIY spaces, punk bars and BBQ restaurants, taking their unique South Pacific demolition disco sound to Chinese ears for the first time. Join the band for the whirlwind trip, as they navigate their way through the train stations and back alleys of some of the biggest cities on the planet, meeting a smorgasbord of local artists, musicians and street hawkers.

Orchestra of Spheres live at B10 in Shenzhen, China

Orchestra of Spheres (L-to-R: Woild Boin, Baba Rossa, EtonalE, Mos Iocoss) Photo: 叶熙杰

The Sampler - Sam Philips: The Man Who Invented Rock n' Roll
Rock ’n’ roll has its creation myths, and one of the more popular versions has it all starting with ‘Rocket 88’.  Nick Bollinger ponders whether Sam Phillips really was the man who invented rock ‘n’ roll, or – like a lightning rod – was he just there to catch it when it struck?


Music played in this show


Artist: Pond
Song: The Place Behind a Duck
Composer: Pond
Album: Frond
Label: Hole in the Sky

Kevin Parker interview
Artist: Tame Impala
Song: The Moment, Let It Happen, The Less I Know The Better
Composer: Parker
Album: Currents
Label: Modular

Artist: Courtney Barnett
Song: Depreston
Composer: Courtney Barnett
Album: Sometimes I Sit And Think Sometimes I Just Sit
Label: Milk

Moon Duo interview
Artist: Moon Duo
Songs: Wilding, Ice
Album: Shadow of the Sun
Composer: Moon Duo
Label: Sacred Bones

Artist: Mermaidens
Songs: Seed
Album: Seed Single
Composer: Mermaidens
Label: Flying Out

Artist: Introverted Dancefloor
Song: Happiness is Such a Mess (Will Slugger remix)
Composer: B. Smith
Album: Introverted Dancefloor EP
Label: Carpark Records

Introducing Unmap
Artist: Unmap
Song: Luv Songs
Composer: Unmap
Album: Frizeta EP
Label: Self-released

Artist: Electric Wire Hustle ft. Deva Mahal
Song: March (Haioka remix)
Composer: Electric Wire Hustle, Haioka
Album: Single
Label: Self-released


Artist: Dr Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg and D.O.C.
Songs: Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') 
Album: The Chronic
Composer: C.Broadus, C.Wolfe, D.Spradley, G.Shider, G.Clinton
Label: Death Row, Interscope

DJ Yella interview
Artist: Eazy-E
Songs: I'mma Break It Down
Album: Eazy-Duz-It
Composer: L.Patterson 
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: N.W.A
Songs: Straight Outta Compton
Album: Straight Outta Compton
Composer: O.Jackson, Sr, L.Patterson, T.Curry 
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: N.W.A
Songs: Parental Discretion Iz Advised
Album: Straight Outta Compton
Composer: O.Jackson, Sr, L.Patterson, T.Curry 
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: N.W.A
Songs: Gangsta Gangsta, Fuck the Police
Album: Straight Outta Compton
Composer: O.Jackson, Sr, L.Patterson
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: Eazy-E
Songs: We Want Eazy
Album: Eazy-Duz-It
Composer: L.Patterson, T.Curry 
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: N.W.A
Songs: Boyz-n-the-Hood
Album: N.W.A. and the Posse
Composer: O.Jackson, Sr
Label: Ruthless

Artist: N.W.A
Songs: Dopeman (Remix)
Album: Straight Outta Compton
Composer: O.Jackson, Sr
Label: Ruthless, Priority

Artist: World Class Wreckin' Cru
Songs: World Class
Album: Rapped in Romance
Composer: World Class Wreckin' Cru
Label: Kru-Cut Records

Artist: Erykah Badu
Song: Mr. Telephone Man
Composer: Badu
Album: But You Caint Use My Phone
Label: Universal

Anatomy of a Song Series 2: Jakob - 'Magna Carta' 
Artist: Jakob
Song: Magna Carta
Composer: Jakob
Album: Sines
Label: Shoot The Freak

Cheap Thrills Magazine interview
Artist: The Dance Asthmatics
Songs: Liquid Lunch
Album: Lifetime of Secretion
Composer: The Dance Asthmatics
Label: Melted Ice Cream

Artist: Kraus
Songs: The Wings of the Horse
Album: Workers in Kontrol
Composer: P. Kraus
Label: Kraus

Artist: The Clean
Songs: Getting Older
Album: Oddities
Composer: The Clean
Label: 540 Records ‎


Orchestra of Spheres Tour Diary
Artist: Orchestra of Spheres
Songs: Hypercube, Isness, Toadstone 
Album: Nonagonic Now 
Composer: D.Beban, H.Thomas, I.Smith, J.Coubrough 
Label: Sound Explorers

Artist: Orchestra of Spheres
Songs: Electric Company, Moro Con, 
Album: Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music
Composer: D.Beban, H.Thomas, E. Grant, J.Coubrough
Label: Sound Explorers

Artist: Orchestra of Spheres
Songs: Moo, Bliss Raag
Album: Unreleased
Composer: D.Beban, H.Thomas, E. Grant, J.Coubrough
Label: Sound Explorers

Artist: South Acid Mimi Dance Troupe
Song: Nunudugu
Composers: Shiyang, Wang Yixiao and Wei Lin.
Album: Single
Label: Private

Artist: Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
Song: That's Alright Mama
Composer: A. Crudup
Album: Single
Label: RCA

The Sampler - Sam Phillips

Artist: Various
Song: Rocket 88
Composer: Brenston
Song: Mystery Train
Composer: Parker/Phillips
Song: Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll
Composer: Scott
Song: Moanin’ At Midnight
Composer: Burnett
Song: Rats in my Kitchen
Composer: Estes
Song: Every Night
Composer: Jones Brothers
Song: Troublesome Waters
Composer: Karnes/Rippetoe
Song: How Lucky
Composer: Prine
Album: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll
Label: Yep Roc

Artist: Tiny Ruins
Song: Tread Softly
Composer: Hollie Fullbrook, Christy Moore, W.B Yeats
Album: Hurtling Through
Label: Flying Nun

Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
Song: Hot Fun in the Summertime
Composer: Stewart
Album: Anthology
Label: Epic

Artist: Eastern Bloc
Song: Soda
Composer: Artur Aldridge, Marek Pesyznski
Album: Flamingo EP
Label: Private