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FMAmp3 on 04/18/2012 at 01:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Quint Baker, "Hand"

Quint Baker is an experimental home-fi / collage pop artist from Auckland New Zealand. He releases Creative Commons visual art on flickr, and today's MP3 can be found on his Kill Mommy Records netlabel release, Psychic Cat'z Golden Fleece.

"Hand" recalls the retro-futurist pop stylings of Broadcast or Pram, through the home-taped aesthetic of Ariel Pink.

The track was originally ntroduced to the FMA by Breitband, a radio show from Deutschlandradio Kultur.

-Jason

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Countrymike on 06/13/2011 at 02:45AM

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BunnyJAK live at Waiheke Radio

On Satuday 28th of May 2011 we broadcast the first live to air performance from Waiheke Radio's new studio - and what a performance! bunnyJAK are a new local three-piece with a fine pedigree. Bede Taylor has been involved with some of the island's best bands in recent years - Clench, Three Legged Horse and tank&Pump. He has a whisper to a growl vocal style and he writes lyrics that can be darkly humourous and cuttingly honest. Frankie Hill has performed solo and in local groups on and off over the last decade or so, and was also part of Fatal Jelly Space, an all female group who put on a ferocious live show and put out one record on Flying Nun in 1990. A few years later and they would have been heralded in the riot grrl scene. They are joined in bunnyJACK by a third guitarist Kevin Glazumina, who has previously played with Taylor in tank&Pump.

You can listen to the full recording of the show here: http://www.waihekeradio.org.nz/node/1333

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Countrymike on 12/16/2009 at 09:16PM

tank&PUMP live on Waiheke Radio

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When I first moved to Waiheke Island the nickname The Rock might have applied to the geography but it didn't strike me as a moniker that applied to the music scene at all. Singer-songwriters and aged jazz singers, with the odd badly-formed reggae band dominated the small scene.


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Countrymike on 12/16/2009 at 09:16PM

tank&PUMP live on Waiheke Radio

tank&PUMP

When I first moved to Waiheke Island the nickname The Rock might have applied to the geography but it didn't strike me as a moniker that applied to the music scene at all. Singer-songwriters and aged jazz singers, with the odd badly-formed reggae band dominated the small scene.


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BTurner on 12/07/2009 at 06:18PM

New Zealand's Axemen at WFMU (MP3's)

Axemenlive It's a chore enough these days for any kind of overseas band to land a U.S. tour on any scale, so its was nothing less than a pleasant surprise when we learned that New Zealand's Axemen had a pretty extensive one lined up with Columbus, Ohio's Times New Viking this fall. The Axemen started in Christchurch in 1981, a time when New Zealand and Flying Nun records in particular were stirring up a major musical waves (ones that were felt in countless 1990's US indie bands and are still being felt today especially disciples like TNV), yet the sweeping, strummy pop element that was evident in many of the Nun's stable was only a part of the fuzzy picture that was the Axemen. The band's central core of (Little) Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan, and Stu Kawowski recorded in both cheapo home mode and in traditional studios, but setting had little to do with the wide-swing of directions that are evident wherever you drop a needle (or cue up a tape). There's tons of basement weirdness nodding to the more antisocial Velvets and Swell Maps moments, scatterings of drunken White Album recreation attempts, even moments where they sound like Royal Trux way before their time. When they played at Union Pool in Brooklyn last week I could swear they were going for a Stackwaddy/Doors thing, but then they became Half Japanese with Stevie playing sax solos on guitar. In Axemen recordings, they have one song about Elmer Fudd that sounds like Psychic TV, and another that is totally inspired by Grandmaster Flash. They even did a full album of Elton John songs. I have a feeling that if Flying Nun gave them the giant studio budget like they did Straitjacket Fits they would have come up with an album just as great as their Big Cheap Motel and Scary! Part III cassettes that Siltbreeze thankfully reissued in 2009. Check out the clip below (and more after the jump) of the band on a 90's NZ kids' TV show (promoting their Peter Wang Pud album!), and dig in to their November 20th visit to my radio show, engineered by Jason Sigal and Alex Yockey. Thanks for Terre T for leaving us all the food the Reigning Sound didn't eat earlier that day, there were some fancy pastries!


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