February 25-March 2: Including Badd Energy on bFM

by Fiona Rae / 25 February, 2012


Badd Energy/Roy Irwin, Recorded Live at Roundhead Studios (95bFM, 11.00am and Friday, 2.00pm). Badd Energy, a “trippy quartet that kick out motley jams blending stoner-swamp riffs with laid-back 808 raps” (whatever they are), are finally getting the exposure they want with the upcoming release of their second album, Underwater Pyramids. Adding a second “d” to their name helped, too, now that they’re not being confused with the “crazy German dance act on YouTube” or “a bunch of stuff about crystals and chakras”, says band member Jessica Hansell – aka Coco Solid. Roy Irwin is an Auckland-based singer-songwriter with lovely hair, whose minimalist, reflective numbers often hide a darker message. Back in 2010, he summed up his second album thus: “3,2,1,2000 is all pretty personal, whereas my first album is kinda three parts personal with the rest being songs about serial killers.” It’s the quiet ones you have to worry about … There will be live streaming and podcasts on 95bfm.com; see below for video of Badd Energy.

Jazz Concerts (Radio New Zealand Concert, 1.00pm). “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets” is how Rolling Stone magazine described American jazz trio the Bad Plus, who feature in Live Jazz from Europe today. The Guardian added that “if the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together”. In this concert, recorded in Saalfelden, Austria, they are joined by sax player Joshua Redman, playing mostly original music with an anarchic smattering of pop, rock, country and classical deconstructions.


Spectrum (Radio New Zealand National, 12.15pm). It’s the size of 2000 football fields, but even so Pukaha Mt Bruce is like a pocket handkerchief compared with 70 Mile Bush, which once spread from north of Masterton to Norsewood in the Wairarapa. This week, Jack Perkins visits the 940ha wildlife reserve – all that’s left of the great forest – and reports back from the frontline of the war on vermin. With help from the Department of Conservation, local and regional councils and a team of tireless volunteers, the rangers at Mt Bruce are operating a captive breeding programme and reintroducing native species that may not have been seen in the area for decades.


Sign Writing (Radio New Zealand National, 10.45am). This week’s book reading is a second series of tales from the Underworld, but instead of the souls of the dead, this Underworld is the haunt of characters who are very much alive. Skin Writing Series 2, playing from Monday to Friday, is five stories by Jamie McCaskill, Whiti Hereaka and Miria George about father-and-daughter tattoo artists Pushy and Niwa Te Aratapu, whose studio bears this mythical name.


Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Tonight’s concert is the 2011 Adam Chamber Music Festival Grand Finale, a sort of Last Night of the Proms farewell that involves many of the players who appeared in the festival last February. Recorded in Nelson Cathedral, it includes Beethoven’s Duo in E Flat for Viola and Cello, Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B Flat, Vieuxtemps’s Capriccio in C minor for Solo Viola and Schubert’s Octet.


Appointment (Radio New Zealand Concert, 7.00pm). Donald Munro, known as the father of New Zealand opera, died on January 20, aged 99. Tonight, RNZ Concert is replaying an interview with the baritone recorded in 1995. Munro, who had the down-to-earth Kiwi desire to bring opera to the average person on the street, founded the New Zealand Opera Company in 1954, and proceeded to tour a wide range of works to rural areas where a man singing in a high voice was usually the victim of a shearing accident. He was awarded the MBE for services to opera in 1960 and was made an Arts ­Foundation Icon in 2005. Munro had been based in Australia since the mid-1960s and continued to teach singing until he was 97. He returned home each year and had hoped to celebrate his centenary in New Zealand.

Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). It’s fair to say German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt probably has a soft spot for New Zealand: it was here in 2006 that he first grabbed the attention of the classical world when he won the Adam International Cello Competition in Christchurch. In Divine Poetry, tonight’s concert direct from the ­Auckland Town Hall, he performs with the APO in a programme that includes Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Scriabin’s Third Symphony, Le Divin Poème and Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto.


Hear the World (Radio New Zealand National, 11.06pm). Dheera Sujan presents another programme in this series of concerts recorded by Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Tonight, it’s a recording from the Bree Afro Latino Festival and the Muziekth Theatre in Amsterdam, with Lura and the Garcia Lorca Project Metropole Orchestra.

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