The Rhubarb Collective

Andrew Cavanagh, Matthew Garrett, Andrew Penman and James Wilkinson.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Happy Anniversary Darling [1988 W/ Pihed Curious Mr12188]

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Rhombus

Wellington dub outfit immediately recognised for their ‘Clav Dub’ single – which featured a distinctive video themed after the classic kiwi chase film Goodbye Pork Pie. Quite a pop outfit, they’ve been quite high profile through-out 2003 – which was compounded by appearances by Salmonella Dub‘s Tiki Tane (aka MC Rizzla), and MC Mana on guest vocals, joining the core unit of Imon Star (vocals), Koa Williams (DJ) and producers Thomas Voyce (percussion / bass / keys) and Simon Rycroft (sampler / live mix).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Bassplayer [2002 Moko 335902]

  • 4-Track Ep [2004]

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Robot Tigers

Bizarre Auckland spazz-rock band comprised of Luvshorse (bass, vocals), HimynamesdaN (guitar), Tree (lead vocals, drums) Boom Boom (drums).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Nothing to say ep [2006 self-released]

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Ride On Estrada

Loose and quirky Christchurch pop-rock outfit, who spent a couple years slowly building up a set of lo-fi indie-pop songs, and releasing their self-recorded results just as the band itself was calling it quits (with several members travelling overseas). Vocalist Craig Houghton also releases some fine country-tinged indie material as Insert Name Here.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Discreet Charm Of Ride On Estrada [2004 Polite Albino]

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Dean Roberts

As punk-edged rock outfit Thela started spinning in different directions in the mid 90s, Dean Roberts started producing his own take on improvisational guitar recordings with solo recording alias White Winged Moth before eventually settling on his own name, after fleshing out a more electronically-dependent sound.

With the rise of the Mille Plateaux label in the late 90s, Roberts’ profile grew in underground circles, and along with ex-Thela bandmate Rosy Parlane, he started developing an international reputation as a leader in the new generation of electro-acoustic composers. Roberts has since settled in Vienna, and has released several albums, often collaborating with the likes of Valerio Tricoli, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr. In 2004 Roberts formed a trio with Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayr, performing as the Autistic Daughters.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • cassavetes lathe-cut [w/ guy treadgold formacentric]
  • moth park [1998 formacentric]
  • all cracked medais [1999 mille plateaux]
  • the grand cinema [2000 mille plateaux]
  • aluminium [2001 erstwhile]
  • be mine tonight [2003 w/ werner dafeldecker kranky krank063]

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Ritchie Venus (and the Blue Beetles)

Ritchie Venus (real name: Michael Braithwaite) is a bit of an oddity in the Christchurch scene. A quiet, timid man in conversation, he’s been creating music since the first wave of New Zealand rock’n’roll way back in the 1950s – idolizing our original superstar Johnny Devlin.

Yet, unlike a number of other kiwi musicians, he languished in obscurity, even in his own home town – being known more for his Elvis impersonations (which he has done regularly for quite some time at Lyttleton’s brilliant Wunderbar) than his original music, yet has released a number of albums, full of his own original rock’n’roll classics. In the mid 90s and poignant documentary and the Renderers brilliant cover of his live favorite original Forbidden Planet led to a bit more exposure, but Venus still remained a relatively unknown character.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Bleeding Heart’/’Josephine’ 7″ single [1981 Flying Nun FN008]
  • Rebel Blood [1987 Onset/Offset PRA2387]
  • You Can’t Fight It [1989 Onset/Offset RV008]
  • Rockin’ to the Grave [1989 Onset/Offset]
  • The Ballad of Ritchie Venus [2000 Onset/Offset RV11]
  • Sunrise [2002 Onset/Offset]

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Rik Starrr

Appearing as a one-off 7″ single in 1995 (during a speight of similar projects from the likes of King Loser and the 3D’s side-projects such as Chris Heazlewood‘s solo debut Spacious etc), the rather dubiously Australian-themed ‘A Sort of Holiday’ single was something of an undiscovered gem – and the recording debut of Auckland wacko Edmund Cake (aka Edward McWilliams.

Though the single itself went nowhere, Cake later resurfaced as a critical member of bizarro-pop trio Breast Secreting Cake (later redubbed to the slightly less vulgar Bressa Creeting Cake), who in turn released a heck of a debut album and the left-of-centre video-hit Papa People.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • A Sort Of Holiday [1995 Flying Nun FN338]

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The Riptoids

Discography (picks in bold)

  • In The Pocket ep [1985 Onset/offset PR2307]
  • Dawn Parade ep [1985 Onset/offset PR2336]
  • Bright Light cassette [1987 Onset/offset R1201]

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Room Noir

Dark and electronic flaboured studio recordings from Hadley Cylkk and Geoff Ljiraq. With Ljiraq’s vocals, synth, piano, electronic and guitar textures, the duo released their debut album in 2004 with plans for a stripped down ep release to come.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • White Earth [2004 self-released]

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Rocko

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