The end of a year is a great time for reflection. I’ve had over 70 guests on Kelli from the Tron in 2018 ranging from politicians, environmental and social advocates / activists, event organisers and bands. For the last two weeks of the year, I’ll recap some of the bigger stories and themes covered in the show and share tracks from 10 of the bands I’ve been lucky enough to interview.
11:11m – “Painting pictures” a track from 80s pop rock band Step Chant Unit.
15:30m – Connected living and affordable housing – it can be done, but will involve putting our current presumptions and systems aside. Speakers from around the motu will present the community with innovative ways to address our housing crisis – through land trusts, co-housing, ecological building and truly affordable homes. In today’s podcast we are joined by organiser – Samantha Rose from SHAMA to hear more about the kaupapa and event. Tickets are available from eventbrite for $10, or $15 at the door.
26:07m – “Hamilton” Chris Thompson
29:37m – Pinenut Records released it’s first album by Sneaky Feelings in 2017 and is following up with the release of “Drunken Nights in Dublin” by folk artist Chris Thompson. 44 years after it was recorded. The provenance of the acetate which was picked up on Ebay last year is fascinating – and the craftmanship that my guest Donald McLeod of Pinenut records has put into pressing the LP and screen-printing the album cover is a testament to good things taking time. The album is being released at a one-off full band gig at Nivara Lounge on November 24th.
This week Ray from the Hamilton residents and ratepayers association joined us to talk about the association, their priorities and how we can get involved if we are equally concerned about Council’s spending of ratepayer money.
We are joined by Chris Dent, from Auckland based band Albi & the Wolves ahead of their gig at Nivara Lounge next week.
To say I’m pretty darn excited about this weekend’s 10th annual Hamilton Circle Jerk is an understatement. It’s hands down the best showcase of local music for the year – with 11 bands doing covers of other Hamilton bands songs (past or present) before sharing an original. In this week’s Free FM podcast, the organiser of this madness Lauren joins me in the studio to talk about the concept and the bands in this year’s line up. We’re joined by Timmy, Richard and Matt from Funk Therapy and Rob from brand spanky new band Bitter Defeat. We spin tracks (digitally) by them, Bloodlux, Mobile Stud Unit, Hollow Grinders and local scoundrels Wink Wink Nudge Nudge. Anyway have a listen and see you on Saturday! Listen to the podcast.
Check out an earlier post about Future City Festival (March 2018) and the videos with my studio interviews with Bloodlux and Glass Shards.
On this week’s podcast we’re joined by Ryan Hamilton, newly elected Hamilton City Councillor. We began by talking about his background, the journey to be elected into the Hamilton City Council and what it’s like stepping into the vacancy left by the late Philip Yeung. I was really pleased to hear him being cognisant of the importance of connecting with the community and his attempts to do so.
During the campaign I found it hard to figure out “what he stood for”; and how he would vote on issues – but humbly, I appreciated his response; which was that as an elected member, they are there to listen with an open mind to what their constituents tell him. You can’t do that if you’ve already stated your intention. So, I’m genuinely looking forward to his contribution during the 10 Year Plan.
Then, we have Ashley, one half of the duo False Heights on the phone to tell us about their music, and an upcoming gig at Nivara Lounge on the 21st.
Last but not least we have Phil Grey, from the Hum106.7 in the studio to tell us about an upcoming gig with Graeme Jefferies, Matthew Bannister and Elephant Face.
To kick off the show, I share the brand NEW Skinny Hobos track “Jacked like the Ripper”. They’re in town next Friday with I am Giant, tickets for the Altitude gig available now.
I also share music from The Recently Deceived and The Changing Same.
With the Hamilton City Council 10 Year Plan consultation open to the public, I ask Angela O’Leary – Hamilton West Councillor on to the show. We talk finances, VOTR extension, the Peacocke development and conduct of Councillors. (It’s at 9.52m if you don’t have time to listen to the whole show)
I was stoked to have Simon Hirst, local musician on the show to talk about his new album “Feet of God”. He performed Arohanui, the first song off the album, which is officially released at Nivara Lounge on Saturday the 7th. If you get to the FreeFM page you can get yourself in the draw for a copy of it! This interview starts at about 37min.
After inviting some of the bands from the Future City Festival line-up into the FreeFm studio for a live show, I didn’t really know what to expect – but what I got was lots of fun, so much more appreciation for what they all do to make our city cooler and excitement for what is Hamilton’s biggest and best music festival.
First up on today’s show was Oliver aka Glass Shards. He bridges art and music perfectly – so if you want to watch someone stand still and sing into a microphone… you won’t like this He also has an exhibition at The Meteor this week, so check out his work there.
Next up Julian from The Scones and Kitchenette. It was was good to put to rest the question he probably gets asked every single interview which was scones (zz) or scones (like stones)… you’ll need to listen to find out which one it is…
Stoked to have Kat from one of my favourite local bands Cheshire Grimm in next, after hearing rumours of a hiatus I had to find out the dirt.
Can’t have a show about Future City Festival without the organiser! Rob from Hamilton Underground Press joined us too. I wondered what it’s like to put on such a huge undertaking like 20+ bands in two nights in three venues!
Finally, I felt privileged to have Chloe, Wai, Alex and Nathan aka Bloodlux in the studio to perform an acoustic version of “Unseen”. Future City Festival is their first gig but I’m pretty sure you’re going to be hearing a lot more from them.