Monday, November 19, 2018

Coffee cup lending scheme launches in Wellington

A reusable coffee cup lending scheme is about to be trailed in Wellington for caffeine addicts looking for convenient, takeaway coffee that's also waste-free. Currently New Zealanders send an estimated 295 million cups to landfill each year. While there are already compostable alternatives a very low proportion are actually composted.
The Again Again scheme works like this: customers pay a three dollar refundable deposit  for a reusable steel cup, with a silicone lid, and a cardboard heat sleeve. They fill it up at one of 14 participating cafes and when it's empty, they can fill it up again, or return it to any shop in the network where they can get their money back. ​Nada Piatek, is the Founder and Director of Again Again which will launch on Tuesday 20th November. Fourteen Wellington cafes will take part in the pilot including Peoples Coffee, Superfino, Fidel's, and Maranui.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Six60 wins big as Marlon Williams takes top gong at NZ Music Awards

Dunedin five-piece Six60 took home a total of five Tuis at the 2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards, which took place at Auckland’s Spark Arena tonight.

Marlon Williams has won Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year for his 2018 album Make Way For Love at tonight's NZ Music Awards.

After winning Best Music Video for Vampire Again at the Artisan Awards in Wellington last week, as well as his 2015 awards for Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Williams now has five Tuis to his name.

Earlier in the year he won the country’s top songwriting award the Silver Scroll.

Dunedin five-piece Six60 took home the most awards, winning a total of five Tuis:  Best Group, Highest Selling Album, Highest Selling Single, Radio Airplay Record of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.

After kicking the ceremony off with a performance of their song ‘Kai Tangata’, Alien Weaponry won Best Rock Artist. Their debut album Tū in June reached #5 on the New Zealand album charts, and since releasing it the band have had a whirlwind year of international tour and success.

Best Alternative Artist went to Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Best Pop Artist went to Kimbra.

Northland psych soul musician Troy Kingi took home Best Māori Artist and Best Soul/R&B Artist for his genre-bending album Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron

Onehunga crew SWIDT won Best Hip Hop Artist, their second NZ Music Awards after winning Best Group in 2017. The group were famously offered the Trophy for Best Urban/Hip-Hop artist in 2016 by Aaradhna after she refused to accept it.

Aotearoa hip-hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse were inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame with Che Fu and The Kratez performing a version their hit E Tū featuring 14-year-old DMC DJ World Champ K-Swizz.

Wellington's Drax Project took home Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for Woke Up Late.

The 2018 International Achievement recipient was Brooke Ligertwood aka Brooke Fraser.

Ligertwood’s albums have been certified 15x Platinum in NZ, and her recent work with worship group Hillsong earned her a Grammy earlier this year.

Sons of Zion were awarded Best Roots Artist, Equippers Revolution received Best Worship Artist, and Eve de Castro Robinson won Best Classical Artist for 2018.

The ceremony, held at Auckland’s Spark Arena, included performances from Six60, Alien Weaponry, Robinson, Drax Project, JessB, Sons of Zion, a special In Memoriam performance by Stan Walker and a tribute performance by Che Fu and The Kratez for the 2018 Legacy Award recipient Upper Hutt Posse.

Earlier this year the Best Jazz Artist was won by Umar Zakaria for Fearless Music beating out
Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne (Unwind) and Lucien Johnson (West of the Sun)

Full list of winners: 

Te Pukaemi o te Tau/Hallensteins Album of the Year
Winner: Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Alien Weaponry –
Julia Deans – We Light Fire
Six60 – Six60
Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau/Vodafone Single of the Year
Winner: Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Mitch James – 21
Robinson – Nothing To Regret
Six60 – Don't Give It Up
Sons Of Zion – Drift Away
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee

Te Roopu Toa/THREE Best Group
Winner: Six60 – Six60
Alien Weaponry – Tū
Drax Project – Noon
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa/Best Solo Artist
Winner: Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Julia Deans – We Light Fire
Kimbra – Primal Heart
Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!

Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau/Jaguar Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Winner: Drax Project

Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa/Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist
Winner: Troy Kingi
Alien Weaponry

Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa/The Edge Best Pop Artist
Winner: Kimbra
Drax Project

Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa/Best Alternative Artist
Winner: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Marlon Williams
Wax Chattels

Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa/Best Soul/RnB Artist
Winner: Troy Kingi
Israel Starr
Vince Harder

Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa/Best Hip Hop Artist
Winner: SWIDT

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Roots Artist
Winner: Sons of Zion
Tomorrow People

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa/Best Electronic Artist
Winner: Chores
Arma Del Amor

Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa/Best Rock Artist
Winner: Alien Weaponry
Cairo Knife Fight
Skinny Hobos

Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa/Best Worship Artist
Winner: Equippers Revolution
EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth
Kane Adams

Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa/Best Classical Artist
Winner: Eve de Castro Robinson
Henry Wong Doe
Michael Houston

Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga/Vodafone People’s Choice Award
Winner: Six60

Tohu Whakareretanga/Legacy Award
Upper Hutt Posse

Te Tōtahi Hoko Teitei/Vodafone Highest Selling Single
Six60 – Don't Give It Up

Te Pukaemi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Album
Six60 – Six60

Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau/NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Six60 – Don't Give It Up

Tohu Tutuki o te Ao/International Achievement
Brooke Fraser

Artisan Awards
Te Puoro Ataata Toa/NZ On Air Best Music Video
Winner: Marlon Williams – Vampire Again (Marlon Williams)
Chris Graham – Black Crow (Louis Baker)
Shae Sterling – Bloodlines (The Adults ft. JessB & Estère)

Te Kōpaki Pukaemi Toa/Best Album Cover
Winner: Jaime Robertson & Matthias Heiderich – In Spaces EP (Sola Rosa)
Barny Bewick – Seven (Cairo Knife Fight)
Tami Neilson, Ashley Church, Xoe Hall & Jules Koblun – Sassafrass! (Tami Neilson)

Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Massey University Best Producer
Winner: Simon Gooding, Tom Larking & Hammerhead – (Alien Weaponry)
Estère – My Design, On Others’ Lives (Estère)
Neil & Liam Finn – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)

Te Kaipukaha Toa/Best Engineer
Winner: Jordan Stone & Simon Gooding – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)
Chris Chetland – Rangatira (REI)
Simon Gooding – (Alien Weaponry)

Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau/Music Teacher of the Year
Winner: Elizabeth Sneyd – Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, Porirua
Jane Egan – Gisborne Girls High School, Gisborne
Judith Bell – Chisnallwood Intermediate, Christchurch
Additional Tuis presented in 2018

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist
Winner: Albi & The Wolves – One Eye Open
Reb Fountain – Little Arrows
Candice Milner – Evergreen

Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album
Winner: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP EFKS 

Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
Noah Slee – Otherland
Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa/Best Country Artist
Winner: Reb Fountain – Hopeful and Hopeless
Lana Doublet – Beautiful Human
Phil Doublet – Strength, Love, Music & Light

Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music
Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind
Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun

Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Artist
Winner: Levity Beet – My Best Friend Jake Is A Cyborg
Chanelle & Friends – The Little Green Turtle And Other Songs For Kids
Moe & Friends – The Moe Album

Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music
Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind

Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Tomorrow Night!

The finalists for the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMAs) have been announced, with four acts tied for the most nominations.

Alien Weaponry, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Six60 and Drax Project are all up for four awards each at the big night on November 15.

Other artists with multiple nominations include Kimbra, Julia Deans, Marlon Williams, JessB, Sons of Zion, Tami Neilson, Robinson and Katchafire.

Lorde and Broods, who dominated the 2017 and 2016 VNZMAs respectively, aren't nominated this year as they haven't released any new music.

For the first time, all finalists are eligible for the People's Choice Award, which is set to open to the public soon.

Sadly missing from the list below is the best Jazz album.  Last year this wasn't presented until the NZ Festival of The Arts, over 6 months later.  We may have to wait for next year's Jazz Festival, in winter, to find out who won for 2018.

Watch the awards live on TV3 at 8.30PM

The full list of main nominees is as follows:

Album of the Year
Alien Weaponry - Tū
Julia Deans - We Light Fire
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love
Six60 - Six60
Tami Neilson - Sassafrass!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food

Alien Weaponry
Vodafone Single of the Year
Drax Project - 'Woke Up Late'
Mitch James - '21'
Robinson - 'Nothing To Regret'
Six60 - 'Don't Give It Up'
Sons Of Zion - 'Drift Away'
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Hunnybee'

Best Group
Alien Weaponry - Tū
Drax Project - Noon
Six60 - Six60
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food

THREE Best Solo Artist
Julia Deans - We Light Fire
Kimbra - Primal Heart
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love
Tami Neilson - Sassafrass!

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Drax Project

Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist
Alien Weaponry
Troy Kingi

The Edge Best Pop Artist
Drax Project

Best Alternative Artist
Marlon Williams
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Wax Chattels
Marlon Williams

Best Soul/RnB Artist
Israel Starr
Troy Kingi
Vince Harder

Best Hip Hop Artist

Best Roots Artist
Sons of Zion
Tomorrow People

Best Electronic Artist
Arma Del Amor
Boy Crush
Best Rock Artist
Alien Weaponry
Cairo Knife Fight
Skinny Hobos

Best Worship Artist
EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Choir
Equippers Revolution
Kane Adams

Best Classical Artist
Eve de Castro Robinson
Henry Wong Doe
Michael Houstoun

Other Tuis to be given out on the night include the Vodafone People's Choice Award, Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award, Vodafone Highest Selling Single, Highest Selling Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year and International Achievement.

The ceremony will take place at Auckland's Spark Arena, and feature live performances from some of the nominees.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Loads of bands are touring soon! Stay Tuned!


September 7th:
Princess Chelsea - The Loneliest Girl 
Honey Hahs - "Dear Someone, Happy Something" (Rough Trade)
Spiritualized - 'AND NOTHING HURT' (Inertia)

September 14th:
Low - Double Negative (Sub Pop)
Knife Knights - Time Mirage (Sub Pop)

September 21st:
Lonnie Holley - MITH (Jagjaguwar)

September 28th: 
Lala Lala - The Lamb (Hardly Art)

October 5th: 
Phosphorescent - Phosphorescent (Dead Oceans)
Bleeding Knees Club - Fade The Hammer (Inertia)

October 12th: 
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (Matador)

October 19th: 
WOMAD Artist Announcement

October 26th: 
UMO - IC - 01 Hanoi (Jagjaguwar)
Ian Sweet - Crush Crusader (Sub Pop)
Thom Yorke - Suspiria (XL) 

November 2nd: 
Goshen Electric Co. - The Gray Tower (Secretly Canadian)

November 9th: 
J Mascis - Elastic Days (Sub Pop) 

November 16:
Powell Tillmans - Spoken By The Other (XL)
Riley Walker - The Lily White Sessions  (Dead Oceans)

December 7th:  
Richard Swift - The Hex 

January 18th:
Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between (Matador)
Sharon van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (4AD)

February 1st:
Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls (Ursa Minor)
Beirut - Gallipoli (4AD)

February 8th:
Ex:Re (4AD)

February 15th:
Methyl Ethel - Triage (Dot Dash)

Litcrawl 2018 (Wellington 10/11/2018)

 groove book report

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


TEG Dainty, Nice Events and David Roy Williams Entertainment are excited to announce that Postmodern Jukebox will return to New Zealand in September and October 2019 following four hugely successful tours in as many years.

The multi-talented collective will bring their re-imagined contemporary hits back to eagerly awaiting fans with a brand-new Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 show.

The tour opens up in Tauranga on Friday 11 October, and moves on to Auckland on Saturday 12 October, Hamilton on Sunday 13 October, Napier on Tuesday 15 October, Palmerston North on Wednesday 16 October, Wellington on Friday 18 October and Christchurch on Saturday 19 October before winding up in Dunedin on Sunday 20 October.

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am NZDT on Thursday 8 November for the eight-city tour.

Photo: Tim Gruar
To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, the famed time-twisting musical collective will circumnavigate the globe and prepare the world for a new decade with their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour.

Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee hopes this new decade will see a return to the style and craftsmanship that typified the music of past generations.

“Last time around the 'Twenties gave us Jazz, America's one true art form. Who knows what is possible in the 2020s?" says Bradlee. "One thing that is for sure is that there are a lot of folks that are tired of the clickbait headlines, mindless reality TV, and smartphone addiction that has only served to divide people in the last decade. We're using our small corner of the pop culture space to tell people to forget their troubles, and come join us for a night of celebrating true musical talent and timeless style - live and in real life."
Photo: Tim Gruar
Postmodern Jukebox’s Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour will host official Twenties 2.0 initiation performance parties in nearly 250 cities all around the world.

“When creating a touring version of the Postmodern Jukebox concept, we work on pairing the right talent with the right material and building a unique and amazing experience for Postmodern Jukebox fans,” Bradlee says. “Get ready for the most sensational '20s party this side of The Great Gatsby."
Photo: Tim Gruar
Started by Scott Bradlee in 2009, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) have gone on to amass over one billion YouTube views with 3.5 million subscribers, and have chalked up more than 1.7 million fans on Facebook. For the past half-decade, PMJ has toured the world, playing hundreds of shows to sold-out houses on six continents. They’ve also performed on shows like “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts, and caught the attention of NPR Music, NBC News and a wide array of celebrity fans.


TAURANGA - Friday 11 October
- Addison Theatre

AUCKLAND - Saturday 12 October
- Great Hall

HAMILTON - Sunday 13 October
- Claudelands

NAPIER - Tuesday 15 October
- Municipal Theatre

PALMERSTON NORTH - Wednesday 16 October
- The Regent

WELLINGTON - Friday 18 October
- Opera House

CHRISTCHURCH - Saturday 19 October
- Isaac Theatre Royal

DUNEDIN - Sunday 20 October
- Regent Theatre
General public tickets on-sale:
9.00am NZDT on Thursday 8 November 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anika Moa - San Fran 19 October 2018

Anika Moa popped down to the Capital to play a few songs from her new self-titled album and the Coffee Bar Kid popped along to take a couple of photos. ||

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WOMAD New Zealand announce the diverse line-up and exciting site changes at the festival launch tonight.

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ader Speaks at the WOMAD Launch
Held in an esteemed event at The Grand Hall in Wellington's Parliament Buildings, surrounded by international delegates and WOMAD advocates.

"One of the WOMAD 2019 acts announced last month, the multi-national music collective the Silkroad Ensemble described its artistic process in the following words; "When we create music together we listen to our differences, connecting and creating meaning from them" - nothing for me sums up WOMAD better than that." - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern 

The internationally established three-day world music, arts and dance festival WOMAD is all about artist discovery and the 2019 festival once again features an array of artists from all corners of the globe. Artists from countries as varied as Benin, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Mexico and Greece are all invited to Aotearoa next March to share their cultures, identities and heritage and to tell ancient, joyous and powerful tales via a mixture of traditional and modern performances.

From upbeat Afropsychedelic party vibes to quiet moments of reflection and meditation featuring cellos, bagpipes and voices, WOMAD is a dizzying cocktail of exhilarating experiences for all. Once again set in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, amongst the trees and the lake, and under the watch of the mighty mount Taranaki WOMAD New Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary New Plymouth, 15-17 March 2019.

With over 20 local and international artists announced tonight, WOMAD New Zealand is excited to be able to deliver the discoverable and eclectic line up so far... Joining the early and engaging international line-up announce of Angelique Kidjo (Benin) and Silkroad Ensemble (Various) is: Amjad Ali Khan (India), Baloji (DR Congo/ Belguim), BCUC - Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa), Dona Onete (Brazil), Jamie Smith's Mabon (Wales), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Las Cafeteras (Mexico), Maalem Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), Maarja Nuut (Estonia), My Baby (Netherlands), Rebetien (Greece), Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland) and Taiwu Children's Ancient Ballads Troupe (Taiwan). Keeping things fresh, the festival are highlighting our homegrown talent with a top-heavy, off the bat local announce. Joining the already announced Teeks (Aotearoa) are: Charlotte Johansen (Aotearoa), Finn Andrews (Aotearoa / United Kingdom), KORA (Aotearoa), Nadia Reid (Aotearoa), Niko Ne Zna (Aotearoa), Ria Hall (Aotearoa) and The Black Seeds (Aotearoa).

Tonight WOMAD announced a refreshed and revamped Kunming area with a dedicated World Of Words stage to meet the popular demand of the programme.

"The World of Words for 2019 has been re-located to the beautiful setting of the Kunming Garden area. This will allow for a revitalisation of this area alongside an upmarket bar serving craft beers, fine wines and gin cocktails. Due to the popularity of the World of Words programme we have extended the programming to include late night slots. Festival-goers can enjoy the relaxed beauty of the Kunming area whilst listening to top-notch authors, presenters and comedians." - Suzanne Porter - Chief Executive at TAFT 

Exclusive to New Zealand, The World Of Words artists revealed tonight are: Dominic Tourettes Hoey (Aotearoa), Elizabeth Smither (Aotearoa), Marama Mullen (Aotearoa), Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood (Aotearoa), Michael Donaldson (Aotearoa), Michele A'Court (Aotearoa), Nick Bollinger (Aotearoa), Penny Ashton (Aotearoa), Pip Adam (Aotearoa) and Sonya Renee Taylor (Aotearoa).

Another artist announce is scheduled for late November 2018.

Pack a smile, WOMAD New Zealand is happening 15-17 March 2019.

Keep up-to-date with everything: 

Get Excited Groovers! The Womad 2019 Lineup will be announced tonight!

The full lineup will be announced tonight at a reception at Parliament tonight. In the meantime here's the latest press release:   

WOMAD NEW ZEALAND is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement with Angelique Kidjo, Silkroad Ensemble and Aotearoa's own TEEKS all setting the stage for the 2019 festival.
Still on a high from the 2018 festival which was dubbed "one of the best yet", today WOMAD New Zealand announced three stellar artists to perform in 2019.
Grammy Award-winning Angelique Kidjo is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist. The "Africa's premier diva"  will perform tracks from her 2018 release Remain In Light  - a celebration of the genius of Talking Heads.
The Silkroad Ensemble is a collective of virtuoso musicians from over 20 countries. The performers take time off from their roles in the world’s best orchestras and as pre-eminent academics at some of the leading music schools across the globe to tour with the supergroup.Their repertoire includes popular jazz; traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and Kazakh music; Finnish folk song; Jugalbandi and much more.
From Aotearoa, WOMAD New Zealand are ecstatic to present the young soul-sensation TEEKS. "The 23-year-old Maori soul singer who performs with the poise and grace of someone who has woken up every single day of his life and eaten a combination of Motown and Frank Sinatra records for breakfast." - New Zealand Herald
All three artists are set to become festival favourites and WOMAD New Zealand 2019 is already promising to be a very special weekend. 

Note that Pre-sales have already sold out but you can get tickets, info etc.  at:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Photos: AARADHNA - San Fran, Wellington, 13 Oct 2018

Photos: Tim Gruar

Groove's very own CoffeeBar Kid caught the show on Saturday night and took a couple of snaps.

The show opened with Emily Muli, backed by two of Aaradhna's team.  Her almost crystal perfect voice and harmonies are just to die for.  She later came back as backing for the main act.
Aaradhna, herself was a star, winning over her crowd, which was in full force.  Many of her 'own peeps', as she called them, were in the house and very vocal, singing along to every number and dancing like there was no tomorrow.  At one point Aaradhna stopped the show to light a cake and wish her partner a happy birthday.  She and her three-piece, plus 2 BV's, played tunes from all her albums including her latest Brown Girl - like Talk Sweet To Me, Under The Blue Moon, and the sultry and soulful I'm The One For You, amongst others.  Towards the end of the show, she also played the mandatory hit Wake Up.

Performance-wise, it was a great show.  However, the audience, being mostly younger, did not seem respectful enough, and at times I found their loud talking to almost be drowning out the performance.  That, I guess is always a bit of a sad thing.   Overall, though, it was a great show.

Photos by Tim Gruar (aka The CoffeeBar Kid)