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Getting Away From Her Comfort Zone
Explaining the four-year delay since her last album, Flip Grater says that in the past she has typically been quite impatient, writing, recording and releasing quickly, typically without a proper plan in place. As she tells Richard Thorne, she wanted her fourth album to be thought out and done with a bit more patience, plus she wanted the experience of writing (and recording) it while travelling around Europe. On top of that came the challenges and delays. There were financial issues with trying to get it finished, issues in dealing with French folk who, she says, seemed not to want to work (ever), and challenges like having her manager leave Paris in the middle of the project.

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OBSERVATION POST

We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
Gigs on a plane
NZM Newswire: Gigs on a plane
Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic will stage mini concerts on its new domestic airline Little Red from September.
US album sales hit historic lows
NZM Newswire: US album sales hit historic lows
Album sales in the US hit historic lows over the last five weeks, with information and sales tracking system SoundScan recording the longest consecutive stretch in its history without scanning more than 5 million units.
Ignore Labels If You Want To Get Signed
Mr Observation: Ignore Labels If You Want To Get Signed
New York based talent manager and independent artist consultant Ethan Schiff has published an interested post over at his blog schiffblog.com offering an alternative solution for bands keen to attract a label.
Making Cents via streaming services
Mr Observation: Making Cents via streaming services
Damon Krukowski of American rock band Galaxie 500 breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services and explains what the music business' headlong quest for capital means for artists today. The following is a short e
 
 
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Apr/May 2014
Apr/May 2014
In this issue:
Tiny Ruins, Liam Finn, Tami Neilson, Sherpa, Little Lapin, State Of Mind, Yumi Zouma, @Peace, Rob Thorne and more

LATEST NEWS

Last Exit to Muzai
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Last Exit to Muzai
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Name change and new album
Funkommunity are now called Sorceress and they just released a brand new album called 'Dose' more...
Finally! Estère's Debut Album.
22.04.2014
Finally! Estère's Debut Album.
Wellington's Estère has finally released her debut album digitally - for free! more...
The Phoenix Foundation Announce: Tom's Lunch
22.04.2014
The Phoenix Foundation Announce: Tom's Lunch
Wellington's beardiest band have announced a brand new EP called Tom's Lunch, and a nationwide tour to alongside the release. more...
Jazz Tui 2014
22.04.2014
Jazz Tui 2014
Nathan Haines wins his third Jazz Tui. more...
 
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The National Football League (NFL) is seeking US$15.1 million in fines from singer/rapper M.I.A after she pulled the middle finger during a performance at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
According to a review released by online music service, Spotify, only 80% of the 20 million songs on its site have been listened to at least once, leaving a total of 4 million songs unheard.
A Canadian musician is using crowdfunding to help buy back the rights to her music.
According to a study by researchers at the University of South Brittany in France, women are 31% more likely to give their phone number to a man carrying a guitar.
A two year degree in heavy metal has been labeled a “waste of time” by a British education campaign.
The Naked And Famous have released their latest musical offering in the form of an April Fools prank titled, Living Like Kings, Acting Like Queens.
TVNZ current affairs show Seven Sharp has come under fire from the Women's Refuge after a story on violence against women featured the song Smack My Bitch Up as a backing track.
Personal Fest an Argentinean music festival has made an attempt to liven up the festival bathroom experience by introducing a range of port-a-loos that play music when they're occupied.
Ken West, founder of the Big Day Out, has accused metal band Slipknot of giving him SARS during a flight out of New Zealand.
A piece of music composed from bird poo on a giant piece of sheet music has received its first performance in the UK.
A Queensland record store which closed its doors in 2007 has been uncovered as a player in a major Australian drug syndicate
Following the current trend of non-traditional music distribution, American musician Beck has announced his newest album in four years will be released as individual pieces of sheet music.
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