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Best Albums of the Year 2015

February 5th, 2016 by
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B4.DA.$$ – Joey Bada$$ Mike: I’ve been waiting a long time for Joey’s album to drop after the very promising 1999 mixtape way back in 2012 and his superb 2013 collaboration with DJ Premier on “Unorthodox”. And finally, in early 2015 his debut album, the awesomely named B4.DA.$$ (pronounced “Before Da Money”) finally came out. Is it worth the wait? Yeah, it’s really really good, if not amazing. Joey’s rhymes are as great as ever and there’s a tonne of killer tunes on here: “Curry Chicken”, “Paper Trail$”, “Christ Conscious”, “No. 99”. But it’s not my favourite hip hop album of the year (that would me Malik B and Mr Green’s Unpredictable) and I’m not sure why. Maybe I was spoilt by the aforementioned Premier collab, but I feel like perhaps the beats could’ve been a bit more interesting or innovative to match such a talented and charismatic rapper. I … Read more


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Best Songs of the Year 2015

January 28th, 2016 by
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Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas – Beach Slang Mike: I listened to Beach Slang a lot in the latter half of 2015, and the only reason they haven’t featured more prominently in our albums list is because – as Dan pointed out to me – they only really do one song over and over. But what a song! I mean their style of music is everything I love about rock music: anthemic vocals, fuzzed out guitars, no pretension, jangly bits, a punk rock beat. But there really isn’t a lot of depth to them. For me that’s not really a criticism: I’d rather hear a band do one thing and do it brilliantly than be a half arsed jack of all trades, and “Bad Art & Weirdo” ideas nicely typifies everything that is great about Beach Slang. Picture This – Kero Kero Bonito Brendan: I’m a bit of a Japanophile … Read more


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Riot Radio / At The Drive Thru End of 2015 Round Up

December 23rd, 2015 by
atthedrivethru

It’s that time of year again, and like we do every year, we’ve sat down with the good folks at At The Drive Thru Podcast sat down to drink tequila chat about our favourite and least favourite musical moments of 2015. Check out the podcast and the accompanying playlist below. Podcast: http://atthedrivethru.co.nz/episode-486-riot-radio-2015-music-extravaganza Tweet


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Tracks of the Mo – iii

August 1st, 2015 by
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Check out a few of the tracks below that have been blowing Riot Radio socks off this week. Wavves – Way Too Much (2015) Wavves. *shakes his head* Wavves, right, you know what I mean? Ha! Wavves! They’re just one of those bands that everything they touch turns to gold. New single Way too much is no exception. The track bursts into action with their punchy punk rock with its trademark just-enough-sloppiness, and doesn’t cease. The track length weighs in at a mammoth 2.33 long so you’d be mad to not chuck it on repeat for the sake of rinsability. It’s one of those tracks that just puts me in a good mood, hence my reason for thrashing the buggery out of it. Musical highlight: Well, that chorus is immense but the fact that it’s a new Wavves track is probably the gimme. Jonathan Bree – Bored at the Mall … Read more


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Tracks of the mo – ii

July 17th, 2015 by
2012_-99

Do you ever get dismayed at the sheer volume of wildly decent music all the talented minstrels of the world are pouring out? I do, I really do. There seems to be an endless stream of decent tracks and who in the name of Ravishing Rick Rude in crotchless leather pantaloons can keep up? So, to help you folk narrow down and tune in, every Thursday we’ll be putting out a brief list of songs titled Tracks o the Mo featuring some of the top tracks that we at Riot Radio find impossible to not rinse and repeat. Check em. Kero kero Bonito – Picture this I’m a bit of a Japanophile – no not of the tentacle-porn loving type. It’s hard to spend two years in Tokyo and not absorb a fundamental appreciation for the Japanese style of doing things, and this goes for j-pop too. You just end up … Read more


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Tracks of the mo

July 9th, 2015 by
Cymbals - The Age of Fractures

Do you ever get dismayed at the sheer volume of wildly decent music all the talented minstrels of the world are pouring out? I do, I really do. There seems to be an endless stream of decent tracks and who in the name of Ravishing Rick Rude in crotchless leather pantaloons can keep up? So, to help you folk narrow down and tune in, every Thursday we’ll be putting out a brief list of songs titled Tracks of the Mo featuring some of the top tracks that we at Riot Radio find impossible to not rinse and repeat. Check em. Jamie XX – Gosh I do adore a great opening track. It’s the hallmark of a great album, the set up of what is to come, the headlights that stun the possum. But there’s a precise art to a decent opener, a certain energy that gently pulls the listener in, … Read more


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Turn your ‘Playlists’ to ‘Yay-lists’

March 12th, 2015 by

Humans are social beings. Evolutionarily speaking, we have moved towards living in larger and larger communities.  People with large social networks have power and influence.  People who have no mates are dubbed ‘Nigel No-Mates’, and other people assume that they’ll live at home with their parents well into their forties and they’ll even go as far as to speculate that there’s ‘something going on’ between them and their sister. In many respects this is why popular music has become so important to our lives; it is the soundtrack to our socialising. Ever since our Neanderthal ancestors first said “Hey, this party is a bit quiet, let’s put this Leo Sayer record on” a good soundtrack has been part of every major social life event; be it a ‘party’, ‘wedding’ or ‘community meeting to decide what to do about the large number of immigrants moving into the area’. What people want though, as well as music, is variation. No … Read more


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Soundwave 2015

March 10th, 2015 by

Last weekend, I got on a plane with significant other and a few other bods, and headed to Melbourne for a long weekend incorporating much shopping (for the ladies), consumption of beverages, and the 2015 edition of Australia’s Soundwave Festival (the inaugural 2-day edition). I’ll be honest – having been lucky enough to attend the 25th Anniversary Wacken Open Air in 2014, Soundwave was kind of an afterthought (with tickets kindly acquired by our housesitter in our absence). The lineup was announced, and there were a couple of bands that I was excited about, but by and large I thought it was kind of average. 2 days before we went over, it was announced that there would be no public transport to the showgrounds, which kind of worried me a bit, but it all turned out for the best. Turns out there were 18 other events on in Melbourne over … Read more


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Sonic mass: Mogwai give Wellington a Glaswegian kick to the bollocks

March 7th, 2015 by
Moggers

Mogwai, supported by Mick Turner, 6 March 2015, James Cabaret, Wellington  Set list There was once a “rave” called Sonic Mass. “A sonic gathering of creation” touted the poster. I was sixteen, fair of ginge, and it was the first time I was ever moved by music. But let me clarify here, when I say moved, I am not referring to an emotional state, I mean actually moved by the music, physically stimulated – “dear shit, this music is slapping me around!” It was our first rave, and as my young cohorts and I approached the outdoor carpark venue on Lukes Lane, I felt my stomach shaking, the bones of my rib cage jittering and the sound from the massive speakers pushing at the air creating a soft pulsing breeze on our face and gently muting our eardrums with a cavernous wall of noise. We hadn’t even gotten inside yet. … Read more


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In Defence of Kanye West and Why the Grammys Still Suck

March 1st, 2015 by
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The Grammys are a few weeks old now and still the predictable Kanye hate trudges on. We all know that Kanye West is one of history’s great douchebags and that his wife is one of the worst people alive. These are indisputable facts, and not up for debate. But still, seriously people, what the fuck. So for those of you that missed it (really?), Beck was awarded album of the year at this year’s Grammys on account of being around for ages – the basic Grammy awards qualification for non-pop acts. Beyonce was again in contention for best album, and Kanye again attempted to take the stage to demonstrate his dissatisfaction with this result. Beck was actually pretty cool about it, and Kanye never actually took the mic, but loudly voiced his views regarding the matter in a post-awards interview for which he has since apologised, albeit quite a long … Read more

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