March 31-April 6: Including Around the World in 80 Tunes

by Fiona Rae / 31 March, 2012


Saturday Morning with Kim Hill (Radio New Zealand National, 8.10am). In a packed programme today, Hill’s guests include writer Greg McGee, whose new novel, Love & Money, was apparently inspired by his last appearance on Saturday Morning; Australian writer Margo Lanagan, whose new novel is Sea Hearts; Sally Kabak, who hasn’t written a novel (as far as we know) but is an expert on grandparent caregivers; and rappin’ homeboy Tom Scott of the Home Brew Crew and @ Peace.

The Brood/Nevernudes Recorded Live at Roundhead Studios (95bFM, 11.00am and Friday, 2.00pm). Their logo is a bat that’s exceptionally ugly even by bat standards and they describe their style as “sonic dank rock’n’roll”. The Broods – five alternative/indie guys from Auckland – are definitely not trying to win you over with their abundant charm. They may even be referencing a 1979 David Cronenberg horror movie of the same name, about a bunch of mutant children. You may or may not enjoy their debut album, Queen Pest, which was released on Armistice Day last year. Fellow Aucklanders Nevernudes describe themselves as a church/religious organisation, but somehow I don’t think this is correct. They are described elsewhere as punk, which is more in keeping with other things they say, such as, “some people don’t like us”. Awww. There will be live streaming and podcasts on; see below for video of The Brood.

A Flat City: Voices of Christchurch Music (RDU98.5FM, 2.00pm). Everybody knows what a fine job the Student Army did around Christchurch after the February earthquake. In this 13-part documentary series, the “studes” are keeping the city’s musical community in the public eye and reminding us they are still afloat and full of creative fire. Today it’s the rock episode, with Aaron Tokona from Cairo Knife Fight, Mark Banfield from Sexy Animals and Paul Kean from the Bats.

Around the World in 80 Tunes (Radio New Zealand National, 4.10pm). Adventurous Kiwi DJs Nick Dwyer and Barnie Duncan continue their quest to look beneath the surface of world music. Today, they’re peering closely at Israel and discover its lively bass scene and the nation’s slightly unexpected love of reggae and Jamaican music. He meets members of Mashina, an Israeli band that mixes ska and rock, and Tamer Nafar of the Palestin­ian rap group Dam.


Composer of the Week (Radio New Zealand Concert, 9.00am today and weekdays, and 7.00pm Monday). Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) was a German composer and organist who many consider the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach. He wrote what was probably the first opera in his native tongue, Dafne, which was performed in 1627, but the music has since been lost. He worked mainly as a court composer to Johann Georg I, Elector of Saxony, in Dresden and introduced a number of Italian musical ideas to Germany. Schütz is known for his Italian madrigals, three books of sacred symphonies, three Passion settings and Christmas oratorios.


Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan (Radio New Zealand National, 10.06am). They breed ’em tough in the South Island, but Ryan’s guest this morning might be an entrant into the category of Southern Woman. Iris Scott is a high-country farmer and vet whose mettle and very substance were tested in 1992 when she was widowed. With three children to raise by herself and an 18,000ha station and a busy veterinary practice to run, she had to call on finely honed farming skills and tap into a vein of true courage to survive. But survive she did and now Scott has released a book about her experiences. High Country Woman tells her story: how she was one of the first female graduates of the Massey University veterinary science degree and went on to take over the 150-year-old Rees Valley Station at the head of Lake Wakatipu with her husband, Graeme. Together they established high conservation and land-guardianship standards that she maintains to this day.


Appointment (Radio New Zealand Concert, 7.00pm). Here’s something politicians and entertainers are adept at sliding away from while still appearing to be sincere: the gentle art of apologising. In Philosophy Talk today, Ken Taylor and John Perry look at apologising – what distinguishes a true apology from a generic expression of regret, an exercise in polite excusing and a strategy for gaining social favour? With them to explore the language and philosophy of contrition is Nick Smith from the University of New Hampshire, author of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies.


Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Specialist early choral group the Tudor Consort, who are based in Wellington, sing a selection of sacred works in Music for Holy Week, recorded last April in the capital’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The programme includes pieces by Victoria, Fortunatus, Pizzetti, Lotti and Brahms. Michael Stewart conducts.


Pink Floyd – Behind the Wall (Radio New Zealand National, 1.06pm). Hard on the heels of Roger Waters’s sell-out Auckland concerts comes this doco that mixes excerpts from the Floyds’ magnum opus with candid accounts from the members on the making of their mega-album.

Live: The Little Bushman at the Powerstation (Radio New Zealand National, 8.30pm). This time last year the Little Bushman released their third studio album, Te Oranga, and this concert celebrates the event with a typically powerful blast of psychedelic rock, Mississippi blues and raw folk music that is the foursome’s trademark.
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