Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On the first day of December I bought;

DAD: Mayer Hawthorne ‘A Strange Arrangement’ Mayer's debut track “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out” premiered on Giles Peterson's Best of 2008 (BBC Radio 1) which led him to announce “One of the biggest records of 2009!” Mark Ronson picked it up for his show, saying “I have no idea what this is, old or new, but it's fucking good!” Justin Timberlake soon got on board “Ever heard Mayer Hawthorne? No? Well, let’s fix that.” "Best album I've Heard This Year": Lily Allen & Chas Smash (Madness). #14 on Mojo’s 50 Best Albums of 2009.

Check out Mayer Hawthorne's debut track “Just Ain't Gonna Work Out” here:

MUM: ‘Merry Christmas Baby!’ It’s a Christmas album with proceeds going to Plunket. Featuring Nathan King, Jordan Luck, Jackie Clark, Opshop and more!

Check out the website for more information on the project and the artists: :here

MYSELF: James Blackshaw 'The Glass Bead Game' The solo 12-string guitar master creates his most exquisite, euphoric records to date. "The Glass Bead Game is one of the year's best and most beautiful releases to date" - Scott Kara (NZ Herald) 5 Stars.

Check out the video for "Cross" :here

These albums are available to purchase now in all good record stores and online.

***There will be an email a day for 10 days with more fantastic gift ideas for Christmas, so please forward this email on to friends and family.***


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vote! Vote! Vote!

The following are Rhythmethod's nominated artists in the running to win the Vodafone Peoples Choice Award: Fat Freddys Drop & The Black Seeds To vote either - TXT - txt ARTISTS NAME to 787, you'll receive a voice message from the art...ist. PXT, Pxt your face with the artists name in the text space to 787. You'll receive a video message from the artist. ONLINE, go to www.vmusic.co.nz to register to vote.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

People get ready, It's time to Rcoksteady

Rocksteady 'The Roots of Reggae'
Label: Moll-Selekta / Rhythmethod
Release Date: Coming Soon!

Recorded in April 2008 at Tuff Gong Studio, Kingston, Jamaica in connection with the wonderful documentary film “Rocksteady – The Roots Of Reggae”

For more information visit: www.rocksteadyrootsofreggae.com OR www.moll-selekta.com

In the style of Wim Wenders' Buena Vista Social Club, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae reunites some of the old-timers behind those great records to revisit their hits in the studio and, ultimately, to perform a live show. It's a fascinating look at the times, but what keeps one coming back to this film, and its excellent soundtrack, is the music…

Check out the trailer for the film here

Rocksteady the album shares its title with the wonderful film, a heartwarming homage to the golden age of rocksteady. It documents the recordings being made for this very album at the Tuff Gong studios, Kingston, Jamaica in April 2008, telling the story of the original vocalists and musicians involved. Excerpts from an all star reunion concert staged in Kingston and older archive material complete the picture. Never before in the history of Jamaica, which already occupies a unique place on the world map of song, its sound embraced by western popular music, has such an illustrious collection of singers and players been assembled.

The album showcases 15 rocksteady classics in sparkling, deeply inspired new versions, recorded in the studio which also played host to album sessions of a certain Bob Marley. Under the musical direction of Ernest Ranglin, a guitarist of considerable renown not only on the reggae circuit, but also on the jazz scene, mixed by legendary engineer Errol Brown – in Duke Reid’s employ at the Treasure Isle studio in the sixties – and freshly arranged by Lynn Taitt, each of the new versions was recorded using authentic instruments to capture the true rocksteady style. Lynn Taitt – alongside Ernest Ranglin the most famous guitarist and bandleader in 1960s Jamaica, was actually penciled in to direct proceedings, but had to withdraw for health reasons.

In the context of Jamaican musical history, Rocksteady enjoyed a relatively brief, two to three year spell in the limelight, taking over from the faster-paced, predominantly instrumental ska sound of the early part of the decade and laying the foundation for reggae to come with its emphasis on bass, more intricate melodies and by bringing singers and vocal trios to the fore. Between 1966 -1968, an unprecedented, and unrepeated, proliferation of marvellous songs moved many fans to call this the golden age.

Perhaps the show will take to the road, following in the footsteps of the Buena Vista Social Club, whose renaissance and the accompanying resurgence of interest in Cuban music owed much to a cinematic portrait by Wim Wenders. This wonderful musical style from Jamaica and the great personalities behind it would certainly be deserving of similar belated recognition.

A historical and essential work in every respect, guaranteed to sweeten the summer for reggae fans everywhere and hopefully opening a door onto Jamaican musical history for a whole host of other listeners.

The CD come in a special 8-page digipack with 15 new recordings of old classics many photos of all the artists and a 16 page booklet containing extensive liner notes by the American music journalist Chuck Foster, who takes a closer look at the rocksteady years. Detailed background on each song and its performers rounds off the package.


LEROY SIBBLES: People Rocksteady

HOPETOWN LEWIS: Sounds & Pressure

JUDY MOWATT: Silent River Runs Deep

U-ROY: Stop That Train

KEN BOOTHE: Freedom Street

DERRICK MORGAN: Tougher Than Tough

DAWN PENN: You Don’t Love Me (No No No)


HOPETOWN LEWIS: Rivers Of Babylon

KEN BOOTHE: Shanty Town (007)



DERRICK MORGAN: Conquering Ruler



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mayer Hawthorne LIVE with members of The Roots!

The hype continues to build for Mayer Hawthorne & his forthcoming album, A Strange Arrangement, due out on Stones Throw Records early in September...

Check this video for a recent performance by Mayer in NYC with members of The Roots band.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sa-Ra Creative Partners

One of the most hotly tipped & sincally adventurous releases of 2009 is turning heads everywhere, right now. We implore you to check out Sa-Ra Creative Partners' new album Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love. Your ears will seriously thank you for it...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paul Simon & Friends

This youtube link gives you an idea of how remarkable this experience is for all S & G fans (and elmo and grover too)

Paul Simon & Friends
Title: The Library Of Congress
Release Date: 6th July 2009

In May of 2007 the Library of Congress gathered an unprecedented group of musicians together in Washington, D.C., to honor Paul Simon as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, Lyle Lovett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marc Anthony, Art Garfunkel and a host of others joined Paul onstage in a multicultural tribute to the music of a great American artist and a great American art form.

This gala event, called "the greatest night of popular music ever presented in our nation's capital," was beautifully filmed and captured with stunning 5.1 Surround Sound for a truly pure concert experience.

Our boy JT on Mayer Hawthorne

Our boy JT on Mayer Hawthorne

Earning fans one note at a time...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dutty Wine!

New Major Lazer 'Guns Don't Kill People... LAZERS DO' out soon through Rhythmethod - Brilliant!

To prepare ourselves for this release we have been doing some reasearch on Dutty Wine and strumbled across this gem,
Beware of the dangers of Dutty Wine

Enjoy! And keep your eyes open for Major Lazer 'Guns Don't Kill People... LAZERS DO'

Monday, June 15, 2009

Panama! 2

Rainy days getting you down? Threat of A/H1N1 keeping you indoors? Talk of the recession tightening your belt? Well, you need to dance.

Check this outstanding mix from DJ Beto aka Roberto Ernesto Guymant, the man who - alongside Soundway label founder Miles Cleret - compiled the remarkable & recently released Panama! 2 compilation.

Dancing yet?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

El Traducir de Quantic!

Aye carumba! We're getting all hot under the collars about the forthcoming album from the incredibly prolific, globe-trotting musician, producer & DJ Will Holland aka Quantic, Tradition In Transition.

Will has been living in Cali, Columbia for the last few years, where he recorded the exceptional Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno album, Death Of The Revolution.

In that time he has also been assembling a brand new band, which he has dubbed Quantic & His Combo Barbaro (translating almost literally as "Band Of Barbarians").

The album is due for release 6th July, but in the meantime there's a whole bunch of cool stuff about the making of the album, a short film with photography from B+ & tunes from Tradition In Transition you can check out right here:

Tradition in Transition: A Postcard from Cali (TRAILER) from Quantic on Vimeo.

And keep your ears peeled for details of a NZ launch party for the album...

More Mayer Hawthorne News!

RMHQ is delighted to pass on news of the forthcoming debut album from Stones Throw's much hyped new signing Mayer Hawthorne.

The album, titled A Strange Arrangement, is due for release 9th September worldwide. We've got a couple of copies of his outstanding red heart-shaped vinyl Just Ain't Gonna Work Out in stock & will be landing the new 12" Maybe So, Maybe No very soon.

Oh & check THIS out for old school smooth...
Check out Duncs blog on Doms new video
Go Duncan Grieve!!!

Hold You Close

Check out the old school video for Hold You Close , the gorgeous new
Opensouls single.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Mans a genius!!!

This is the music video to the 2nd single off Tourettes album "Who Said You Can't Dance To Misery?" It features Jay Roacher, Lubin Rains, and Producer Scratch 22. It was filmed in and around Auckland over 3 days. It is filmed on the Sony EX3 with a Canon 58mm lens and on the Sony PD170.

Friday, May 22, 2009


North Carolina's WRETCHED came up with a video that is so heinous, gory and unsettling that it would make Lucio Fulci and Eli Roth cry themselves to sleep. With Director Scott Hansen at the helm, WRETCHED's A Preservation of Immortality has proudly claimed the title of "The Bloodiest Music Video Ever." After 72 hours of cleaning off fake blood and guts and spending days locked inside an editing room, WRETCHED is proud to unleash this horrific accomplishment at last. This video is not for the weak-stomached or the faint of heart, but if you are up to the challenge it can now be viewed at The Bloodiest Music Video Ever Watch now, if you dare, and be repulsed by the Bloodiest Music Video Ever!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shakin' All Over

And from one of our latest favourites...

Eilen Jewell's “Sea of Tears seems sparked by a crush, a new old-soulmate called early rock 'n' roll... This is a must for anyone that’s every mooned over a sensitive folkie.

Have a look at the new video for the single "Shakin' All Over"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Horrors

Check out the video for Who Can Say by the Horrors. And afterwards do yourself a favour and buy their fantastic new album 'Primary Colours'.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tourettes Dances To Misery on 2nd album

Watch Tourettes, aka Dominic Hoey chat to Nightlines David Farrier at Bodyshots, a successful Auckland business built on transforming average women into sensuous bombshells Here

Did anyone else read Tourettes' interview in the latest Real Groove!?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

OK, it's not music. But it IS topical!

Never let it be said that we at RMHQ don't care for our reading public! We've just been alerted to a rather sobering piece of news which we thought we should pass on.

And if it isn't true, hell, it sure deserves to be.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stonephace PODCAST from Tru Thoughts

Check out the brand new Tru Thoughts podcast, a psychedelic journey through the epic debut album from Stonephace. That name may be unfamiliar, but how about these names: Larry Stabbins from Working Week & Adrian Utley from Portishead?

These gents are behind the Stonephace project & whether you're a forward-thinking jazz cat or an old school head, we reckon this album will tickle yer tastebuds.

The Ode Blog

Man, this blogging thing is great. We should have got onto it years ago!
Check out this Ode lovin' blog we found from across the ditch...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Watch This Space!

From today's 'New Zealand Herald'

For every 1000 bands who claim their music defies definition, there is one that actually does. Perhaps the only way to sum up Auckland band Murderchord is to say they are piano-burning zombies. Think of the vampire rock opera scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall ... They're really very good.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Testing, Testing... Is This Thing Working?!!

Well, hello! Thanks for dropping by. We appreciate it. No, really, we do! Problem is, these are early days & we haven't even posted anything here yet. We will, though. Promise! And it'll be choice. Really, really choice...