Peter Gutteridge. Photo / Christopher Andrews

The passing of Peter Gutteridge is a massive loss. His music always seemed beautifully timeless. Few people have used repetition, texture and distortion to such incredible effect. Fewer are able to convey so much with so little as he could.

Despite huge contributions to the Clean and Great Unwashed and others, it was the first Snapper EP from 1988 that really flawed me. It was and still is utter perfection; easily the best thing Flying Nun ever committed to vinyl. Although almost complete contrasts of light and shade, their two alums ‘Shotgun Blossom’ and ‘A.D.M’ come pretty close too. And who else could afford to put a song like ‘Gentle Hour’ on a b-side!

The tidal wave of re-releases of Flying Nun and related material seems to be endless, but it was truly great to see his only solo album ‘Pure’ re-issued recently, and even better some solo shows in the US. The choice of lifestyle seemed to have obvious effect. But the larger and more sustaining impact will be the incredible music left behind. RIP.

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The Moonrakers…well almost

Enjoy the beautiful squall of one part Moonrakers with Kraus as special guest…more coming soon

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New releases

Astronaut mixes cover art

These have been awhile in the making, but its nice to have new releases by Rotate the Completor, Dan McGirr and Rory Storm out now. Fore more detail check out the releases page.

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New Coolies EP Out Now

Coolies insert

Stoked to announce the release of the new Coolies 7″ EP ‘Punk Is Bread’. Its a limited run of 100 copies and is available for $11 AUS plus postage. Email nzmusic123(at)Hotmail(dot)com. Check it out here


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Epic Sweep Guest Mix

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Fantails interview

Interview: Fantails

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Dick Whyte solo

Live at the Darkroom in Christchurch, opening for Lucas Paine on his summer tour of New Zealand in February 2014.

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New stuff

Its been awhile but we’ve got a host of new stuff on its way. Some closer than others. Here’s a taste. There’s a Coolies 7″ (vinyl) single/EP coming soon. Its more punk than punkas and as near brilliant as you would expect. Similarly (W)onderful, will be new CDR albums (remember those?) by Rory Storm and Danny McGirr as well as lathes from Rotate the Completor (10″) and the Moonrakers (7″). While they’re all close to the finish line its hard to say who will make it first. Stay tuned….in the meantime enjoy the prolific genius of Felise Mikaele…

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Mary Briefcase and Old Age Records

The mysteriously wonderful Mary Briefcase from their first LP ‘Whisper Of Sheba’ released on Old Age Records in 1982. A second LP with M.Nigelp, called ‘Jupiter By Bridge’, was released in the same year. Both are brilliant but I know nothing about the musician/musicians behind them.

According to the insert of ‘Whisper Of Sheba’, the purpose of Old Age was ‘to press music which major labels stay away from. We are looking for ‘different’ music to present the listening public of New Zealand, believing there is such an audience’. The label also operated ‘Stricken Studios’ based in Auckland. The insert goes onto mention future releases by Smashed Executive (an album called ‘AT’), Mary Briefcase (an album called ‘Face At Dawn’) and Fiver Layers of Carbon. Sadly it doesn’t appear any were ever released, at least not on Old Age.

Any more information would be very well received!

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Galbraith at the Living Bridge

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