New Music Friday – 25th January 2019

Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.

New Music Friday is back for 2019. The new music is flowing again . . .

Ariana Grande – 7 rings

Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes

G Flip – Drink Too Much

Hozier – Almost (Sweet Music)

Maren Morris – GIRL

Spotlight Artist: Simon and Garfunkel

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel both grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, New York just blocks away from each other. They became friends in 1953 and wrote their first song in 1956. Initially they recorded under the name Tom & Jerry, releasing “Hey Schoolgirl” in 1957.

They continued recording, and after graduating from University released their debut as Simon and Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3A.M. Initially not a big seller, a remix of “The Sound of Silence” began receiving radio play, eventually topping the Hot 100. From here through to 1970 the duo recorded a total of five studio albums, along with the soundtrack to the film The Graduate.

Although they grew apart, they went on to solo careers, in Paul Simon’s case extremely successful. We’ll enjoy a range of their music as a duo this week in our Spotlight Artist spot.

Album of the Week: Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers gained exposure a couple of years ago with a viral video of Pharrell Williams raving about a song of hers, “Alaska”. After a record company bidding war she took her sweet time producing her debut album. Here it is, great music still with her folk influences present but more electronic sounds as well. An artist to watch in the future.

Spotlight Artist – Jade Bird

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

Jade Bird performs at the Troubladour in Los Angeles

We normally feature a ‘well worn’ artist as our Spotlight Artist, but this week we’ll showcase a very talented British artist, Jade Bird. She is something a bit different – a young performer from the UK specialising in Americana! With a new album coming in April, we’ll check out her E.P. Something American from last year and assorted singles. You’ll find a great profile of her recently published in the Guardian.

Album of the Week: Queen – A Night At The Opera

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

Continuing with our theme of classic albums over the holiday period, here’s an album that is receiving a bit more attention at the moment with the release of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Are we seeing a new generation of Queen fans? Queen’ fourth album, A Night At The Opera was released in 1975 whereupon it spent four weeks at the top of the UK album charts, selling over 6 million copies (it hit number one in New Zealand as well).

Spotlight Artist: The Arctic Monkeys

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

There weren’t many “Albums of the Year” lists for 2018 that didn’t have critics swooning over Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – and rightly so.  The album represented a change of direction. Pitchfork described it as swapping “witty sleaze for absurdist suave “. The Arctic Monkeys formed in 2002 in Sheffield, UK releasing their first album in 2006. This was Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not , an iconic album of its time and the fastest selling debut album in UK history. A further five studio albums have followed, establishing the band as a stalwart of British rock in the 2000s. We look forward to checking out some familiar and lesser known tracks from through the years.

Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

Over the holiday period in the absence of major releases we’ll cast our eyes back over some classic releases. Bruce Springsteen’s album from 1984 became so ubiquitous that it possibly suffered from overexposure at the time. There is no doubt however that this is a superb collection of songs. With 19 million sales this landmark album is superbly realised. AllMusic as usual provide a good review.

Tracks of the Year

Whew, we made it through. As mentioned earlier it was devilishly hard choosing these Top 40 tracks of the year. We tried to pick ones that have had longevity and that we think will stick around for years to come. We limited ourselves generally to one track per artist – many of these had more than one deserving song. Here is the playlist – from 40 down to Maroon 5 at No. 1.

Tracks Of The Year

Normally on Friday morning New Zealand Net Radio plays fresh tracks we’ve noted – New Music Friday. This week however something different. Our top 40 tracks of 2018. After hours of gruelling work, we had it down to 130! Getting it to 40 required extraordinary grit. No doubt about it, unless you’ve been under a rock, 2018 has been a great year for music. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/ as we count down our Top 40 tracks of 2018.

Countdown

Janelle Monáe

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3NS

Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Janelle Monáe can probably vie credibly for artist of 2018. She certainly isn’t a new artist. Her first (unofficial) album The Audition was released in 2003, and she has already released scores of great singles as well as albums like The ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). However this year’s Dirty Computer really captured the zeitgeist. Although the openness of her sexuality undoubtedly helped in raw commercial terms with the publicity regime the album fully deserved its commercial and critical success. It wasn’t the one we listened to the most necessarily, but it certainly stood out for its freshness, sexiness and incredible funk and new wave sounds. This week in our Spotlight Artist spot we’ll track back over some great songs from Monáe’s career, stretching from The ArchAndroid through to today.