Heavy Metal degree labeled "waste of time"
A two year degree in heavy metal has been labeled a “waste of time” by a British education campaign. ...more
The Naked And Famous release new April Fools track + video
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. ...more
TVNZ use Smack My Bitch Up backing on violence piece
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. ...more
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. ...more
"Slipknot gave me SARS" - Big Day Out promoter Ken West
Ken West, founder of the Big Day Out, has accused metal band Slipknot of giving him SARS during a flight out of New Zealand. ...more
Artist makes music from bird poo
A piece of music composed from bird poo on a giant piece of sheet music has received its first performance in the UK. ...more
Do you want drugs with that CD?
A Queensland record store which closed its doors in 2007 has been uncovered as a player in a major Australian drug syndicate ...more
Beck to release new album as sheet music
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. ...more
Musicians create soundtrack for British rail service
British rail service Gatwick Express has launched Express Tracks, a free music service which provides a soundtrack to the journey from London’s Victoria Station to Gatwick Airport. ...more
The big four hire student piracy police
Filesharing blog TorrentFreak.com has that reported the big four record labels (EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music) are utilizing a task force of students to hunt down other students who pirate music.
Grog on the rise in music videos
Research at the University Of Otago (Wellington) has shown the use of alcohol in music videos has increased by nearly 5% overall from 2005 to 2010 ...more
Avid Recording Suite Installed at Heathrow
London’s Heathrow Airport is now the home to an industry standard recording studio, installed in Virgin Atlantic’s swankiest lounge, The Clubhouse.
Sony suing themselves...?
Australian singer-songwriter Allan Caswell is suing his music publisher, Sony ATV, for failing to collect royalties for a song that he penned for the 1980s television soap, ‘The Prisoner’.
Keith Moon invited to the Olympics. Not available to comment.
Organisers of this year’s London Olympics have reportedly invited the Who’s Keith Moon to perform at the closing ceremony, not realising drummer has been dead for 34 years.
Jack White releases new song via helium balloon
US-label Third Man Records tried their hand at non-traditional music distribution over the weekend by releasing Jack White’s latest track, Freedom at 21, into the atmosphere via helium balloon. ...more
Chugg calls for ticket on-selling legislation
In the latest ticket scalping headlines, concert promoter Michael Chugg has called for federal ticket on-selling legislation, as fans fume over scalpers dealing Radiohead tickets. ...more
Should You Quit Your Band
All those burning questions answered with a simple step by step flow chart. ...more
Musical treasure dug up in restaurant renovations
New Order should be in a chipper mood when they play Auckland on February 27, with the recent news that some of their long buried master tapes have been unearthed in Manchester. ...more
Anti-piracy campaign accused of piracy
Dutch copyright group BREIN has been accused of infringing music by not gaining permission to use a track for their anti-piracy campaign. ...more
David Dallas in the WWE
Kiwi hip-hop artist David Dallas is following the mantra of his song Big Time with news that the track So Close Now has been picked up by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to be used as entrance music for a tag team duo ...more
Piracy or Idiocy?
An Auckland teenager has appeared in Manukau District Court after suggesting explosives were hidden in a government building. Ifraaz Joseph (18) pleaded not guilty to one charge of threatening to harm people or property in what was allegedly a protest against the new Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act. ...more
MGMT get off on the wrong foot
American band MGMT were pelted with shoes at a show in Huntington Beach, California after band member James Richardson said, trying to hype the crowd up, "...everyone give me your left shoe now..."
Japanese pop star computer generated
A member of a Japanese pop group has been revealed as not actually being a real human being. ...more
The Buck Shelford of NZ Rock
The Phoenix Foundation's Samuel F Scott has revealed details of his most painful gig for music website drownedinsound.com. ...more
L*** The Police
Tiki Taane has taken advantage of an unfortunate situation by putting his business mind to work and producing a range of ‘Love The Police’ t-shirts.
Unfortunate APRA Support attracts sharp feedback
Fact is, it can happen to the best of us, still including your entire email database along with a major press release is never a good look. ...more
Music making shoes. Must have computer.
Adidas has released a pair of sneakers that trigger digital music sounds when the soles are tapped. ...more
Violin for sale - no strings attached
An Irish man who stole a rare Stradivarius violin worth £1.2 million from internationally acclaimed musician Min-Jin Kym is facing jail time after trying to sell it for just £100. ...more
Former Iron Maiden singer admits to benefit fraud
Paul Di’Anno, the former lead singer of Iron Maiden is facing jail after being exposed as a benefit cheat by music videos on YouTube. ...more
Win a wife with the Rock FM
A radio competition offering listeners the chance to "win a wife" has sparked outrage from a former MP who has put the call out for it to be pulled. ...more
Elemeno P not Christian enough
As reported in the Waikato Times, Kiwi band Elemeno P have been accused of not being Christian enough to play at this year’s Parachute music festival. ...more
Apple ban Steve Jobs action figure
Apple Inc has put an end to the production of an action figure based on the company’s head honcho, Steve Jobs. ...more
US band arrested after blocking freeway
American hardcore hip-hop band Imperial Stars have been arrested after they took their song Traffic Jam 101 a tad too literally. ...more
Petition offers Weezer $10million to break up
Website www.thepoint.com has started a petition attempting to raise US$10million to disband American alt rock group Weezer. ...more
World Karaoke winner walks off with a million dumplings
Held last week in Moscow, the World Karaoke Championships doubtless saw a number of firsts – not least the most unusual first prize of a million Russian dumplings.
Failed At His Feet
Crowded House's current US tour looks to be a huge success, attracting regular rave reviews, typically noting just how real the music is, as well as a series of guest appearances from A-list artists such as David Byrne.
Racy ad removed from childrens' ukulele website
An ad inviting people to - meet hot women in their area, has been removed from a ukulele website ...more
Criminal Mind thrown in the slammer for human trafficking
British punk rock band Criminal Mind have been arrested for human trafficking after illegal immigrants were found hiding in speakers in their tour van. ...more
Phone charging boots debut at Glastonbury
A new prototype created to charge a cell phone using heat from the feet will make its debut at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts this year. ...more
Bieber nominated for black award
Canadian pop sensation and notably caucasian teenager Justin Bieber has scored a nomination for a 2010 Black Entertainment Television award. ...more
ROB signs with Tila Tequila
On April 5, 2004, singer Robin Johnson was kicked off NZ Idol - coming in 6th place. Six years later after disappearing into the shadows, he's now changed his name to ROB and signed a deal with American model Tila Tequila’s record label ...more
Wink or Growth?
The latest release from EMI NZ 'Music For Cougars' is set to hit the shelves this coming Monday. ...more
Nun wanted. Must have good singing voice.
Decca Records, the classical music arm of Universal Music are on an international quest to find a troupe of nuns with good singing voices. ...more
Seven crimes with a smaller fine than music piracy
Thinking of illegally downloading some music? Don’t. Yes, it’s not the worst crime you could imagine but it certainly comes with a hefty fine. ...more
Tupac and Muse make Vatican MySpace playlist
Rapper Tupac Shakur and Muse have been named in a list as the Vatican's favourite artists. ...more
Italian PM named 'Rock Star of the Year'
Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi has been named "rock star of the year" in the December issue of the countries Rolling Stone magazine. ...more
Babies get in cheaper - Yeah right!
The parents of Baby Lamont Harper Davidson were forced to pay a sizeable price to get their three-month-old son into the Pearl Jam concert in Christchurch, Sunday night. ...more
German orchestra to play in brothel
A German orchestra has announced plans to play a concert in a brothel in an effort to bring classical music "out of the concert hall and to where people are." ...more
Illegal downloaders are also the bigger spenders
A British survey has found people who download music illegally also spend an average of £77 a year on music. ...more
The APO require soloists - bring the Hoover
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra are holding auditions for owners of vintage vacuum cleaners and floor polishers in preparation for The Last Night of the Proms concert at the Aotea Centre, on 28 November. ...more
Clarification regarding Jay
The following is a CLARIFICATION media release sent out by Universal Music NZ regarding the recent reports of drummer Jay “Bula” Foulkes’ drug charges. ...more
Uk Music fans force venue to make seats bigger
(UK) Market research carried out into the future needs of music fans has revealed a requirement for wider seats in music arenas. ...more
The Rolling Stones at your wedding? Got 5 Mil?
The Rolling Stones have been named the world’s most expensive wedding band, charging five million pounds per performance. ...more
Ear Plugs for Pigs
UK - Pigs on a farm where the musical festival Harvest at Jimmy’s is to be held are being given ear protectors. ...more
Wrock and Rowling
J.K Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series has spawned a new genre of music. Wizard Rock or Wrock dates back to 2002 and the genre now consists of at least 600 bands. ...more
United Break Guitars
Ever been given good reason to be pissed at an airline for mistreating your valuable tools of the trade - your guitar, cello, amp rack or drum kit? ...more
AOS called out to 'violint' incident
An unusual dispute between two Westport youths culminated with one allegedly being struck on the head with a violin. ...more
ASCAP wants to be paid when your phone rings
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers have filed a lawsuit against American mobile phone carrier AT&T, claiming that every time a musical ringtone rings in public it is a violation of copyright law. ...more
DJ's caught stealing their own music
A group of DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own songs on iTunes and Amazon, boosting their chart ratings and netting them nearly £200,000 in royalties. ...more
Think you've seen it all...Check out these Guitars. ...more
Having trouble coming up with a band name?
90% funny 10% useful ...more
Slur incites fight between Fagan and Jackson
What started out as an on-air jostle between RadioLive announcers Andrew Fagan and Willie Jackson on Wednesday ended with a shameful stand-off in the boardroom later that day in front of shocked colleagues and bosses. It all began when a caller named Karen phoned in to Jackson's show on Wednesday to complain about Fagan. ...more
Intergrating Records With Yourself
Some people look like their pets and some.......their records? ...more
Simon Sweetman on NZ hip-hop
Wellington reviewer Simon Sweetman lays his brain out on the chopping block with his thoughts on NZ hip-hop. ...more
The Whistling Orangutan
A whistling orangutan could be set to give the world's music stars a run for their money. Ujian, who resides at Heidelberg Zoo in Germany, has become a celebrity after a whistling delivery man gave him inspiration. The 14-year-old ape reportedly mimicked the man and let out an exasperated whistle as he waited for his dinner to be served. ...more
Elderly man mistakes card for noisy neighbors
German police said an elderly man was so annoyed at hearing the same serenade over and over that he called authorities to report his neighbours - only to discover the culprit was a musical greeting card on his own windowsill. ...more
The YouTube Symphony
The internets first orchestra, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra gathered 93 musicians, ranging in age from 15 to 55, from more than 30 countries for a three-day classical music summit in New York before the debut performance of the symphony at Carnegie Hall. ...more
The Great (launch of the) New Zealand Songbook
Staged in the grand foyer of the Auckland Museum, the launch party for 'The Great New Zealand Songbook' proved almost as inspired as the product itself. ...more
How low can you go?
The human voice is one of the most versatile and amazing instruments. It is able to produce highly intricate arrays of sounds and pitches. It’s tone can also be modulated to suggest emotions such as anger, surprise, or happiness … and of course it can be used to sing. ...more
Ringtones can now give you big breasts!
A researcher in Tokyo, Japan who studies the mind and artificial intelligence has taken this one step further. He is trying to show not only that music and sound can affect your mind, but that it can also make physical changes to your body. ...more
Keith leaves the Webster in a bit of a stink
The Webster Hall cleanup crew was left with quite a mess to deal with after Australian country singer Keith Urban's performance at the club last week. ...more
Make music with your Tounge!
Hye Yeon Nam, a visual and kinetic artist living in Atlanta, has come up with a music system that uses the tongue, rather than the hand, to generate sounds and melodies. ...more
The Most Expensive Cable Ever!
The people at Audioquest are selling a new speaker cable called the Audioquest Everest that’ll put a Moon size dent in your bank account at a whopping US$21,000 for three metres of cable! ...more
Iri5 is an artist who specializes in using non traditional media such as old books, audio cassettes, playing cards, magazines, credit cards to create very impressive pieces of art. ...more
The charming and creative wit of various Lil Chief contributors is not restricted to their winsome music - as the following from the label's blog site shows... ...more
The Homebrew Crew may be the best sh*t you’ve heard in ages!
The Homebrew Crew released their first EP ‘Last Week’ late last year
with beats by Haz and Truent. The concept had the
crew recording a track a day from ‘Monday’ through to ‘Sunday’.
CookieTime love the Dub
Michael Mayell of CookieTime fame has recently declared himself dDub's number one fan; and as a sweet treat Michael has created a download page on the CookieTime website so people can download the song Hesitate No (as featured on Outrageous Fortune!). ...more
This from the artist himself. Kiwi self deprecation at its finest... kinda makes you want to buy it even...
Perennially unfashionable and virtually unsalable, indefatigable Kapiti Coast songwriter Stefan Wolf has produced yet another shelf sitter. ...more
Zed the Mammoth
Messrs Campbell, King, Palmer and Lynch (formerly collectively known as
Zed), were possibly not as amused as we to learn..... ...more
Guitar Shop Or World's Biggest Amp?
This is Awesome! ...more
Ngai Tahu to avoid getting on the Wiggles' bad side
A showdown between Australian children's entertainers The Wiggles and Ngai Tahu Tourism over a trademark clash is unlikely, a spokesman for the South Island tribe says. ...more
Greg Johnson has a New Business!
A Personalized Greg Johnson Song for Your Valentine!
Sick of giving roses, chocolates, and the usual Valentines Day cliche's?
How about a Personalised Song recorded especially for your Wife, Lover, Girlfriend, Child, Pet Pig, lawyer or Mother-in-law?
Jamaica moves to ban 'explicit' dancehall music
Jamaican regulators are cracking down on indecency on the airwaves - banning all songs or music videos with explicit sexual references. ...more
It's a life on the road for NZ Idol star
A former New Zealand Idol singing star has swapped the bright lights of show business for work in the hot sun on a road gang.
Michael Murphy, from Taupo, found fame five years ago when he finished runner-up to Ben Lummis. ...more
Don McGlashan would rather have sex with a crayfish
NZ musician Don McGlashan is fuming after TVNZ used one of his songs to accompany a montage of images celebrating National leader John Key's election victory last Saturday. Anchor Me, by McGlashan's former group, The Mutton Birds, was used during a post-election wrap on TV One last Sunday.
In an angry letter to the network, McGlashan said he had never voted National and "would rather have sex with a very ugly crayfish than let them use my music". ...more
Westenra refuses to dress like a tart
Hayley Westenra has taken a stand against the music industry, saying she 'refuses to dress like a tart' to sell records.
The 21-year-old claims she has been in a battle with her record company over her wholesome image.
It was one of those evenings which reminded me why I love working in the NZ music industry. Last night, Radio NZ National and Roundhead Studios (Neil Finn's Auckland base) teamed up to bring us the 'Roundhead Sessions' - two hours of live music performed in Roundhead's gorgeous A and B studios, broadcast across the nation on Radio NZ.
It’s all the same to Snoop
Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg touched down for a one-off concert in the capital but seemed a little confused as to where he actually was. ...more
Lawrence’s Record Speaks for Itself
You'll know him as Lawrence Arabia, or maybe as James Milne, but either way he's a clever bugger with a satirical bent, and known as a one man band. ...more
GBOB. What weren't they thinking?
Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) mean anything to anyone? Didn't think so, ...more
Lil Jon joins the AB's
There's been a whole lot of excitement on the All Blacks camp this week as MTV superstar Lil Jon has specifically asked All Blacks management for permission to write a crunk song for the team. ...more
L'Online Gendarme of Le Law
Digital file copyists sour that our newly amended copyright legislation still impinge on their rights to pirate music and film for nix oughta be relieved that they live in New Zealand not Nouvelle Zealande. ...more
What A Difference A Word Makes
Damn. We do like to get the details right here at NZM but need to acknowledge a noun error printed in the June/July 2008 issue cover story
"Independents Movement". ...more
Opshop Refused Entry To Britain
As reported on stuff.co.nz, Opshop have been "kicked out of Britain, but for red tape not rock 'n' roll reasons."
God Moves in Mysterious Ways
After numerous failed attempts and equally numerous misalignments over the years AND after totally trying to avoid it, I fell in love over Christmas. ...more
Unity Pacific take appreciative crowd Into the Dread
Roots reggae band Unity Pacific's family-and-friends album release party was held in the confines of the Thirsty Dog pub on K'Road late last month; a friendlier pub you'll never find for sure ...more
A dark and stormy night with Bill Direen
Legendary poet/musician Bill Direen doesn't make too many appearances in these parts, having spent much time in Europe and the US. ...more
Clever Little Piggies
Our favourite indie-house band Pig Out are about to prove that pigs can indeed fly when they head to Europe for a series of shows starting with the prestigious MIDI Festival in France. ...more
Watch out world – Freddy’s ready
Talk about a buzz. The final three shows that Fat Freddy’s Drop were to play in Auckland before they embarked on their Fantastic Voyage were all sell-out affairs. ...more
Talk about a clanger Trev...
Oh my gawd... the Broadcast button on the computer of EMI's Publicity Mangler Lauren W. must have got stuck down with Easter chocolate... ...more
Celebrating her very own birthday with a select band of friends at the Thirsty Dog in K' Road recently, our hardworking, (good) music-loving website manager Renee, was more than a little surprised on looking up from her pint to witness the grand entrance of Mr Wayne Anderson, Auckland's almost-legendary Singer of Songs. ...more
Catch bass in the basin
The Sandwiches Summerset festival held on Saturday was one of the most eagerly anticipated events in March in Wellington... ...more
Press releases from our local record co. outposts are often good for a titter, but in their defence it can be easy to get it embarrassingly wrong -
as this admission from Seymour Duncan reveals... ...more
Clapton concert screw top
The Hawkes Bay Today newspaper has revealed a good reason why the Mission Estate Winery concert featuring Eric Clapton didn't live up to expectations for many in the crowd. ...more
Welcome back Pauly
The king was dead, long live the king! Our very own global pop music icon Pauly Fuemana is back from self-imposed musical exile with the first single from a renewed association with his OMC-heyday producer Alan Jansson. ...more
Flashback to Twilight
When it was announced that grunge era survivors Greg Dulli (ex-Afghan Whigs), Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and the band of accomplished musicians who make up the Twilight Singers were to play in New Zealand, fans had heard rumours that in addition to their own material the Singers also dallied with a decent number of covers in their live shows. ...more
Fill in the dots!
If you can measure success by the length of the queues outside the venues then the recent on-the-fly bNet Awards night in downtown Auckland was b-normous, although the ceremony itself was perhaps more b-grade. ...more
Team New Zealand Musician Triumph (Again).
History Never Repeats so the song goes, but there was a sense of deserved familiarity last night as Team NZ Musician once again took line honours in a hotly contested NZ Music Industry Commission Pub Quiz. ...more
Soul Roots of Grey Lynn Run Deep
The spirit and resolve of Greylynners shone through the torrential spring rain last Saturday to prevent their annual festival being cancelled by the weather for the second year in a row. ...more
Awesome News for Air Guitarists
So did you hear the one about the Aussie t-shirt shirt that means air-guitarists can actually play music as they strum the air? Sound distressing or what? ...more
The Dekline of Wellington Civilisation
The publicist for Wellington band Dekline is responsible for the best press release to cross our desktops in a good while. ...more
Bing's gat goes global
Proving that being born and raised in Turakina and owning perhaps the world's most irresponsible guitar need not place a Dominator garage door between you and international fame... ...more
Coldcut's wonderful assault on the senses drove us to Wellington's waterfront after the concert in search of somewhere to come down and readjust to the shock that is Courtney Place on a Friday night. ...more
When Good Press Releases Go… Nowhere
Outstanding Acts Confirmed For Silver Scrolls
An all-star line up will play at next week’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards, but just who the organisers have chosen to perform on the night remains a much-guarded secret.
Now that Rockstar: Supernova has finally dragged its arse over the finish line and decided who the rockstar is gonna be (Canadian Lukas Rossi - the one who has problems with his eyeliner application), it seems that the Supernova part has become a death star. ...more
Cereal for the Soul
RIANZ bestowed the Technical Tui Awards and simultaneously announced the New Zealand Music Awards finalists at a toned down function on Wednesday, the Mayor of Auckland taking a comedic turn in his sponsor/VIP guest speech. ...more
Well meaning but hard going... still, get voting.
Juice seem to be taking their dark horse role seriously if the electronic press release for the 9th outing of their annual Juice TV Awards is anything to go by. ...more
Gemstones No More
After four years of hard slog, Wellington band Cherry's Gemstones have announced they are splitting up. ...more
A Sultry Shade of Brown
Marlborough-raised songbird Sarah Brown may be pretty, young, blonde and clad in a fabulous dress on Friday night... ...more
Who Knew How the Dojo Would Do?
Talk about lack faith in your music, this is what Black Seeds guitarist Mike Fabulous had to say in an interview to The Wellingtonian about 'Into the Dojo' entering the chart at number one. ...more
Windy City Winners
The recent Film Festival included the debut screenings of Costa Botes' documentary of Wellington institution band The Windy City Strugglers, and the making of their most recent (2004) album 'Kingfisher'. ...more
Pelicans Over the Atlantic?
When a band gets people wearing pelican suits to move through the crowd at their gig handing out chocolate fish stored in their beaks, there is no doubt that this is a classic moment. ...more
A bit rough on the punters but great for the band...
The unfortunate side effects of Auckland entertainment's inner city decay has played spectacularly into the hands of The Mint Chicks. ...more
Pull the Other One
The July 9 Herald On Sunday Business piece about the state of our music industry was about as insightful as it was accurate.
Meat Me At The Underground
Deja Voodoo celebrated the release of their new album 'Brown Sabbath' in true bogan celebrity style ... ...more
World Famous (but no longer) in New Zealand.
The following is an outtake from a Bob Lefsetz international industry newsletter - still wanna be a promoter when you grow up? ...more
In a recent interview with 95bFM's Troy Ferguson, Nick Zimmer, guitarist from visiting New York City band du jour the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'fessed up that one of his musical influences is our very own OMC. ...more
Auckland’s Voom announced their return with two nights at Queen St’s Classic Comedy Club. As suggested by the venue name, the shows were classics. ...more
Dub Be Good To Me
Great to see TV One's Good Morning show continuing to do its bit for the cause, now with NZ music uber-enthusiast and former host of National Radio's Homegrown, Liz Barry, appearing weekly. ...more
Red Red Wine
Greg Johnson is back with a new album called 'Anyone Can say Goodbye', recorded in LA where he is based these days. The NZ shows supporting the album release will be in hotel ballrooms done up cabaret style, with ticket prices including dinner. ...more