Needles & Plastic

Needles and Plastic: Flying Nun Records, 1981–1988 is a new book compiled by author Matthew Goody that is so good it inspired me to come out of retirement just to plug. This book is worth every penny & more. The amount of research that must've gone into writing this book is absolutely staggering. It is hard to imagine a more exhaustive summary of Flying Nun, the amount of detail is downright overwhelming! If you loved the music on this site you owe it to yourself to support Matthew and his excellent book:

Much has changed in the last 15 years when it comes to the overall accessibility and awareness of New Zealand music. The original mission of this blog was to bring music that was hard to find / out of print to as many people as possible. It bring me great joy to see that dozens of albums that were featured on this blog have since been reissued and are in print. Thanks to Captured Tracks, Dais, Dark Entries, Siltbreeze, Superior Viaduct, Drag City, BaDaBing and the other countless labels who have been putting this music out there.


The Doledrums

I've recently been pointed in the direction of this blog:

It looks like this guy is picking up right where I left off with Kiwi Tapes (and doing a much better job than I did, I might add). So if you are still in need of your kiwi fix, please go there...


I would kindly like to ask everyone to stop emailing me with requests for re-uploads. I don't know how I can be any more clear about this: This Blog is Dead and it's not coming back.

There will be no re-uploads of any kind, ever. And the same applies for my new blog Decrepit Tapes.

If I continue to get re-upload emails at the same frequency I am now (which is a ton of email), I will have no other choice but to delete this blog entirely.

Decrepit Tapes - Coming 6/1/08

(Sorry for the delay, I know this was supposed to open 5/1/08 but it'll be worth the extra wait)

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Not Given Lightly: A Kiwi Tapes Retrospective

Discs 1 & 2 posted today. Discs 3 & 4 will be posted tomorrow. I would like to thank all of the readers of this blog for their support. I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to all the contributors who made this blog what it is by uploading all of the great gems and rarities over the past year. I am honored to have been able to spread such timeless and amazing music all across the globe. Please continue to buy this music and support the Kiwi artists and music scene in any way you can. Spread the word, and make sure that this music lives on and never dies. Thank you all again. See you again soon.


Various Artists - Biding Our Time

23 tracks from New Zealand bands, previously unreleased, unavailable elsewhere, lots of Flying Nun bands making special outings just for this release.
(Released 1986, now available on CD)

Ripped at 128 kbps (sorry, if you want better quality buy it from

Five Year Mission - UFO Single

Ripped from Vinyl / Encoded at 192 kbps

Mainly Spaniards - That's What Friends Are For Single

Snobby McBitrates alert: these Mp3s are encoded at 160 kbps and are ripped from vinyl

Peter Jefferies - Electricity

An extremely under rated solo release. Features guest spots from a lot of the Xpressway favorites as well as re-done versions of "Crossover" & "Wined Up"

Live At Avalon Studios

01 - Circumspect Penelope - Look Blue, Go Purple
02 - Only Dream Left - Verlaines
03 - Taste Delight - StraightJacket Fits
04 - Baud To Tears - Verlaines
05 - Dead Heat - StraightJacket Fits
06 - Dead Heat - StraightJacket Fits
07 - Come Sunday - Verlaines
08 - Life in One Chord - StraightJacket Fits
09 - Ballad of Harry Noryb - Verlaines

Kiwi Animal - Music Media

Kiwi Animal - Mercy