The Sampler's Nick Bollinger is on hiatus for six months while he writes a book, so RNZ Music has a brand new music podcast. Song Crush, hosted by audio obsessive Kirsten Johnstone, brings you the best new music every week.
This week in The Sampler Nick Bollinger explores the music of sci-fi folkie Jane Weaver, the cosmic obsessions of Alabama outsider artist Lonnie Holley, and asseses the impact of new love, parenthood and a move to Nashville on Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck.
Elliott Childs reviews the new album from genre bending Canadian hardcore-punk band F'd Up, Kirsten Johnstone reviews I Need To Start A Garden by Portland-based songwriter Haley Heynderickx and Kirsten and Elliott discuss the second album from Auckland based quartet Yoko-Zuna.
Kirsten Johnstone reviews I Need To Start A Garden, the debut album from Portland-based songwriter Haley Heynderickx, who investigates self-doubt, religious doubt and existentialism, but with a good dose of wry humour, and plenty of creepy crawlies.
Nick Bollinger discusses a fiery collision between Chicago country stalwart Robbie Fulks and Louisiana piano pounder Linda Gail Lewis, a set of songs that consider the state of the union circa 1968;, and speaks to Kenducky songwriter Tyler Childers about purgatory, pot and the POTUS.