May is New Zealand Music Month – yay! This year’s ‘Level Up’ theme is about bringing into focus tomorrow’s stars, showcasing up-and-coming talent and success stories, and celebrating what emerging success means for the New Zealand artists
What’s happening at the Library:
A live-streamed performance from local artists on May 26th. Check back here and we’ll post a link to it.
A display of music photography, called From The Pit (https://fromthepit.co.nz/). You can see this on the big screen on the Central Library’s Sound & Vision area throughout May.
A quiz so you can test your NZ Music knowledge. You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.
Even more exciting: we want YOU to help us write a song! Submit a line and we’ll use it to write a song at the end of the month. You can submit a line by: writing it on the song lyric sheet in Sound & Vision at the Central Library; or email your line to email@example.com (subject: “Library song”); or comment on this blog post below.
As usual, you can borrow local music on CD and vinyl for free! Visit the Sound & Vision area of the Central Library.
To find out more about what’s happening around the country, have a look at the New Zealand Music Commission website (https://nzmusic.org.nz/).
Separate from, but aligned with, Maori Language Week, Waiata Anthems Week brings you top musicians from Aotearoa playing sublime music and singing in te reo Maōri.
Their mission: “An industry-wide initiative, Waiata Anthems Week will be a celebration of the best new waiata and a chance to honour the champions and pioneers of te reo Māori who paved the way for future generations, supporting the emergence of a truly bilingual musical landscape.”
Another great album by PoP! If you’re in the mood for moodiness, a swirl of sounds, and ethereal vocals, you’re in luck. The creator, Daniel Brown, has tagged this release as noise-pop, indie rock, lo-fi… I’d probably add in shoegaze or post-rock.
Lung did quite well for themselves back in the day. Main Lung guy Dave White ran The Stomach for a while, and he was always anarchically encouraging, and ready to push you into doing something musically weird if you felt like it. (Anecdotes in the comments, please!) Far-flung Lung toured overseas, and I seem to recall they did well in some European countries. Anyway, come 2021 and they said “let’s do that stuff again”, so they did a tour of Aotearoa. I’m told that all the energy and attitude from the Nineties was still present and correct!