1:10 Gin Wigmore 

Gin Wigmore

Gin Wigmore Photo: supplied

Gin Wigmore is on her way back to New Zealand for a fully fledged tour! Her latest album Ivory came out in April 2018 and the driving energy that has defined her career so far burns through every track.

She begins her NZ tour in Wellington of the 5th of February and will play in Christchurch and Dunedin in the following days.

She's also off to the desert to start a hotel! We check in on how all of her projects are going. 

1:35 Songcrush 

Song Crush is a new podcast and radio show in which we recommend music the old fashioned way. No algorithms were used in the making of this program - just our ears, feet and hearts.

2:15 Fire Festival in Minecraft

Fire Festival is a music festival that pulled in almost 90,000 punters - in the computer game Minecraft.

The 30 or so minecrafters decked out  Fire Festival with artwork, polygon flowers, giant virtual speaker stacks.

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Photo: Patrick Roughan

And one particularly cute touch was cuboid animals for virtual punters to gaze on as they waited for the gates to open before artists like Hudson Mohawke and a host of PC music DJs played their sets over a 24hr period.

Festival founder Max Schramp explains how to host a 2-day online music festival.

2:40 Lontalius 

Lontalius is one of the local names on the lineup at Laneway 2019. He spoke to Tony Stamp about songwriting in LA, writing in different genres, and the choice to include pronouns in his lyrics.


Lontalius Photo: Enya Umanzor

3:10 Introducing: Bored Housewives 

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Photo: Supplied

Name of project: Bored Housewives Club

Real names: Aaron Pyke and Alayne Dick

Age (of project): 1 year

Hometown: Wellington

Associated acts: The Big Friendlies

Musical guilty pleasure: Shania Twain

Formative musical experience: Alayne went from having never drummed to drumming for a comedy show in the 2018 NZ Fringe Festival, Discharge is Rotten to the Core. She’s very grateful to her Discharge pals Harri and Rosie for being her first “band”.

3.20 Opal Oceans 

Opal Ocean are an acoustic guitar duo who met in Melbourne, but who both have roots in New Zealand. They’ve been doing their first tour around the country for the last couple of weeks and play their last show in Amberly tonight.

Opal Ocean perform 'Mexicana'. (L) Nadav Tabak (R) Alex Champ.

Opal Ocean perform 'Mexicana'. (L) Nadav Tabak (R) Alex Champ. Photo: RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King

Kirsten Johnstone got them in the studio to play a couple of songs and tell their story of going from busking to the Montreaux jazz festival.

3:40 Church & AP Rangitahi tour

NZ hip hop duo Church and AP are on the road at the moment doing a tour of regional centres with an all ages show. Elijah ‘Church’ Manu joins us from the road. 

AP and Church from Church and AP

AP and Church from Church and AP Photo: supplied

4:05 The Mixtape: John Psathas

John Psathas one of NZ’s most famous composers, having written music for the 2004 Olympic games, for world renowned performers, for films, and collaborated with artists such as Warren Maxwell and Serj Tankian. He speaks to Kirsten Johnstone and plays some of the songs that have meant the most to him.

John Psathas

John Psathas Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Music played in this show


Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper
Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall
Gin Wigmore - Beatnik Trip
James Blake - Barefoot in the Park
Lawrence Arabia - Just Sleep (Your Shame Will Keep)
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen, No One's Easy To Love
Masego - Prone
Dbldbl x Trapjaw Kelpie - Bumpy


Fat Boy Slim - Weapon of Choice
Cavan Brady - Waste
Courtney Barnett - Sunday Roast
Lontalius - Optimistic
Billie Eilish - When I Was Older
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain


The Specials - 10 Commandments
Skinshape - I Didn't Know
Julia Jacklin - Pressure to Party
Lana Del Ray - Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have, But I Have It
Opal Oceans - Mexicana, J.A.M
Church and AP - Ready Or Not
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I