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Music 101: Pod Save The Theme ep. 3 ‘Near-Death Experiences and vapourwave’

Sam Scott and Luke Rowell get loose with some voice effects to give us a somewhat-psychedelic report on actual near-death experiences, and the music people hear when they enter the proverbial tunnel of light.

Listen (duration  11′ :37″) Download: Ogg  |  MP3

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iHeartRadio Session at Barkers

We’re proud to bring you our next exclusive iHeartRadio Session, presented by Barkers, this time featuring The Phoenix Foundation.

The steadfastly Wellingtonian six-piece have been making music together for more than 20 years, and released their sixth studio album Give Up Your Dreams in August. Samuel Flynn Scott and Luke Buda then dove back into the studio to work on Dave Dobbyn’s new album, before the band headed off to tour the UK and Europe. Somewhere in between they’ve found time to head along to the Barkers flagship store on High Street in Auckland, and film a live performance of the ten tracks from GUYD. […]

Tracklist: Mountain, Bob Lennon John Dylan, Playing Dead, Sunbed, Prawn, Celestial Bodies, Myth, Trans Fatty Acid, Jason, Give Up Your Dreams.

Highlights: The gang-vocal chorus of Bob Lennon John Dylan (one of our favourite songs on 2015), the dreamy summer weirdness of Prawn, the Beach Boy-esque vocal harmonies over the Pink Floyd-ish Myth, the celebratory, bouncing exuberance of Give Up Your Dreams.

NZ Herald

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Dave Dobbyn’s Tell the World music video

In the video to his perennial hit Loyal, Dave Dobbyn – complete with mullet and alarming jersey – wandered around as a house was being packed up around him.

This time, for his latest song, Dave is standing still as a house is being built around him.

That’s the concept of the video of Tell the World, the first single off Dobbyn’s new album Harmony House which is due out in March, 2016

“Tell The World is a song written whilst lucid dreaming,” says the singer-songwriter.

“I get a lot of ideas that way. The verse is like a chorus already, but the chorus arrived in a flash a few weeks later and wouldn’t go away. It had to be a declaration and it had to have a sense of place.”

The track is the first fans get to hear of Dobbyn’s collaboration with Samuel Flynn Scott and Luke Buda of the Phoenix Foundation who came in as producers on the album.

The clifftop video is directed by Karl Lear.

“Sam and Luke loved it from the start so recording it was a quick, generous process.

“I’m very happy with the video. Nothing like working on a cliff edge to keep you on your toes.”

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Wild Bill Ricketts’s The Great Eastern music video

A music video directed by Michael Taylor for Wild Bill Ricketts track ‘The Great Eastern’. This music promo was nominated for best Music Video at the London Limelight awards 2015.

The track is from Will’s second solo album ‘West Wind‘.

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Coup De Main interview


01/12/15 19:31
by Rose Riddell

A band with longevity in their career is something of a rarity these days, especially with fans becoming more and more fickle – however, THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION have managed to overcome all odds, and released their sixth album ‘Give Up Your Dreams’ earlier this year.

They’ve come a long way since the release of their debut album ‘Horsepower’ back in 2003 – with a sound that has changed alongside that musical journey. The new album has been heralded as adventurous yet cynical at the same time – “don’t let anyone say the world is your oyster/the world is not an oyster”.

We spoke to the band’s Luke Buda about their new album, NZ music, and more – check out 5 things we learnt below…


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Sunbed music video

Thanks to NZ On Air Music

Directed by the amazing Puck Murphy!

The video premiered on Wonderland Magazine,

The band said of the track that, it “contains so few overdubs. It’s a very full arrangement, but it really is mostly just the band playing it like a band. It’s about the human obsession with UV light and what a powerful and destructive thing that can be. From turning orange with a fake tan, to melting on a tanning bed, to galaxies passing through-other stars colliding-cosmic radiation and destruction on a macro level. It’s also quite a catchy tune.”

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Trans Fatty Acid – GUYD outtake

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Music 101: Pod Save The Theme ep. 2 ‘Music and Sex’

For this week’s Pod Save The Theme topic, Sam Scott speaks with Jeremy Taylor about the hidden (and not so hidden) meanings of popular songs from past decades.

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Music 101: Pod Save The Theme ep. 1 ‘Music and Commerce’

Irregular M101 guest and contributor Sam Scott returns for summer with all sorts of fun facts and musical artefacts. This week, Melody Thomas and he explore music and commerce, and the nature of music publishing with Jan Hellriegel.

Listen (duration  45′ :55″) Download: Ogg  |  MP3

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John Kennedy’s X-Posure Podcast

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John Kennedy’s X-Posure Podcast, episode 172 on iTunes.
Recorded right after their London show on 3rd November.

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Live at the Powerstation


Photo: Joel Thomas, courtesy of Cheese on Toast

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.

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