Auckland Music Update

The Triptonites @ The Butter Factory, Whangarei

Rising once again from the chemical waste piles of Krypton, comes Kara Gordon, Ben Tapene, Moses Sulusi (filling in on bass for Ross) & Tom Atkinson in the new bands first ever show in Whangarei…

with support from Harvey Knows a Killer!

Guest vocals by Rachel Diamond

Also featuring burlesque performances!

An unmissable show of incomparable talent.

Tickets from the venue.
$15 pre sale
$20 door

8 Butter Factory Ln, Whangarei, 0110
09-430 0044

– See more at:

The Triptonites debut live show @ Tyler st Garage Thursday 15 May

Kara Gordon presents The Wreckage and The Triptonites with special guest Barnaby Weir

Official FB Event Page:

Thursday, May 15at 8:00pm – 12:00am

May 15 at 8:00pm to May 16 at 12:00am
Show Map
Tyler Street Garage
120 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand 1010

The first time Kara Gordons two bands do a gig together the triptonites are piss taking ridiculous funk fusion, takin the piss out of all the funk reggae cliches yet killin it with Tom Atkinson drums Ben Tapene keys, wreckage is blues rock shred with a punch to the head with Kara James Gordon guitar and vocals, Dean Thebookie Blake drums and Ross LarsenBass, toured Europe England and opened for Slash.
Barnaby Weir is the singer guitarist, songwriter for the Black Seeds and Fly my pretties , The heavyweight king of funk and reggae in New Zealand 

How To Make Smart Playlists by Genre eg “Not Hip Hop”

I have a lot of Hip Hop in my iTunes library so I made this handy “not hip hop” smart playlist:

Not Hip Hop Smart Playlist

Not Hip Hop Smart Playlist


Basically you do a set of five “Genre is not” filters set to:

Hip Hop
Hip Hop/Rap

Works pretty good. :)


Los Jineteros playing at Ipanema for CUBA BRAZIL gig

I’m drumming for Los Jineteros this Saturday at a place called Ipanema, will be a live reggaeton style sound, I reckon we’ll be on around 10pm with the official start set at 9pm. Free entry!

 Saturday 9:00pm


Pacifico Beer and Ipanema present: CUBA BRAZIL! Perfect mix of the most musical, vibrant, sexy and strong Latin cultures. Perfect way to start the Kiwi summer! A night to celebrate, dance and have loads of fun.Featuring:LANKINO
Live Reggeaton band

Rock Funk Samba Rock.

Free Pacifico beer for the 20 first people!
4 pacifico beer for $25 all night
$10 door.

Facebook event page:

Foghorn playing at Devonport Food and Wine Festival today

My old jazz band Foghorn is doing a gig this weekend: 12:30pm-1:30pm both Saturday and Sunday at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival. Tickets are only about $30 per day so yeah check it!


11.00am – 12.00pm Club Manouche
12.30pm – 1.30pm Luke Thompson
2.00pm – 3.00pm Jamie McDell
3.30pm – 4.30pm Annabel Fay
5.00pm – 6.00pm Danny McCrum
11.00am – 12.00pm Mike Walker Trio
12.30pm – 1.30pm Foghorn
1.45pm – 2.15pm Andrew Clay
2.30pm – 4.00pm Motor City Family Funk
4.15pm – 4.45pm Andrew Clay
5.00pm – 6.00pm King Snake R&B Band


11.00am – 12.00pm Club Manouche
12.30pm – 1.30pm Paul Ubana
1.50pm – 2.30pm Shona Laing
3.00pm – 4.00pm Avalanche City
4.30pm – 6.00pm The Reputation
11.00am – 12.00pm Mike Walker Trio
12.30pm – 1.30pm Foghorn
1.45pm – 2.15pm Ewen Gilmore
2.30pm – 3.30pm The Baxters
3.45pm – 4.15pm Ewen Gilmore
4.30pm – 6.00pm One More Dollar


Videos o’ the moment


Mihirangi 2013 Summer Tour

I’m drumming for the first third of Mihirangi’s upcoming national tour, with Dylan Elise taking over for the final 2 thirds. Here are my dates:

Fri 28-Dec Waiheke Artworks Theatre
Sat 29-Dec Whangarei Tiki Tavern
Mon 31-Dec Coromandel PRANA FESTIVAL
Tues 1-Jan Coromandel- workshop PRANA FESTIVAL
Thur 3-Jan MT Maunagnui Brewers bar
Fri 4-Jan Taupo Vertigo
Sat 5-Jan Otrahonga The Big Apple
Sun 6-Jan Waihi Ti Tree café
Wed 9-Jan Raglan The Yot Club
Thur 10-Jan Rotorua The Shed
Fri 11-Jan Hamilton The Gravity Bar
Sat 12-Jan Auckland Galatos
Sun 13-Jan Matakana Ascention Estate


SJD at Golden Dawn Tonight and it’s FREE!

I used to play drums for SJD from 2000 to 2006 – one of NZ’s most underrated composers actually, I put him up there with Dave Dobbyn and the Finn brothers…

Anyhow he’ll be up at Golden Dawn tonight (with his other drummer dammit!) at 9pm and it’s free entry. Stinky Jim DJing also. It’s on the corner of Ponsonby and Richmond (next to 2 Richmond). If you wanna see a tune that I did with SJD this one Witness is OK.

They make a wicked pork roll, actually all their food is off the chain crazy goodness.

Who wants a double pass to Big Boys Toys?

Big Boys Toys is on again the weekend starting Friday 9th November… Win double pass tickets: Just reply to this email and tell me what kind of supersonic Russian figher jet that will be there. Head over to and checkout the show information. Winner will be notified by email and this blog will get updated. The event is Friday 9 November through till Sunday 11th at ASB Showgrounds Greenlane. Contratulations to our winner Liam S

EASY are due to play at this years Grey Lyn Park Festival- November 17. See: for more info.

Foghorn jazz quartet are booked in to play at Devonport Food & Wine Festival next February, playing both days, see:

Videos o’ the moment

Wake Up (Official Music Video) - Aaradhna

Wake Up (Official Music Video) – Aaradhna

Thrift Shop feat. Wanz (Offical Video) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thrift Shop feat. Wanz (Offical Video) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Big Boys Toys 2012

Big Boys Toys 2012

Thanks also to Paul Blomfield Consulting

PHD at Tabac this Friday – Free Entry

My new group PHD is playing a short set at Tabac this Friday – and it’s free entry!!

Upcoming gigs:
Fri 21 September – PHD Hiphop @ Tabac
Sat 29 September – PHD Hiphop @ Khuja
Fri 5 October – PHD Hiphop @ Laundry Bar, Melbourne
Sat 13 October – Dam Native @ Rage in the Cage, Tauranga
Sat 16 – Sun 17 February – Foghorn @ Devonport Food & Wine Festival

It’s a small 30min support set  at 10pm for MC Mas who has his single release gig that night ‘The Bright Side’. Things were a bit quiet lately, so I joined this live hiphop group which actually has the rhythm section from EASY (Bass – Red, Keys – Dillon, Gat – Windon, and me on drums). You can see some of their videos below using programmed beats, and we ain’t on the recordings yet.

After that we do a headline show at Khuja lounge, then off to Melbourne to play the same lineup at Laundry bar.

Finally Dam Native are playing a real gangsta gig at the cage fights down in TGA. Don’t even have a weblink for that and I’ve scoured the nets hard. Tables are $900 a piece tho’ and they have MMA and Thai Kick boxing.

PHD – Summer NZ (Official Music Video)

1 Feb 2011 – 4 min

PHDMoney “The Dream/Reality”

11 Aug 2011 – 4 min PHDMoney” (Remix) Directed, Filmed & Edited By Ryan.

MC MAS The Bright Side – YouTube

17 May 2012 – 4 min – Uploaded by masmusic06
‘THE BRIGHT SIDE’ is the first single from ‘The Game Of Life’ album

Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Clinic

Last night I went to a Rockshop sponsored bass clinic by Robert “Bubby” Lewis – bass player for Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco and Warren G among others. Real great cat. Always wanted people to ask questions, and got a big number of dudes from the audience to come and jam with him for the 2 bass jams. Was really cool to see the amount of exceptional bass talent that Auckland has to offer, with some amazing playing done by “Junior” and a range of Kiwi bass players got up to have a jam. I asked him about his time with Snoop Dogg and he went into some detail about when Dr Dre rang him up to ask him to come round for the session (Bubby always puts on a great impersonation voice for Dr Dre and also Michael Tobias from MTD basses was awesome).

Favourite phrases he used – “That shits ridiculous”, I also love this word. Used to describe the awesome sound of the new MTD entry level basses (one of which is just $999 at Rockshop) which I agree was ridiculously huge and gritty and in your face. The MIDI bass also pumped out some ridiculous sounds.

Gorilla – used to describe pumping B string walking staccato lines – which arguably do sound like a gorilla, especially the way he played it.

Bubby has a really open mind and like’s all kinds of music. A memorable part was when he said he started out wanting to play drums, which got a good response from me and I leant over and gave a smile to Dylan Elise. When his sister told him to checkout Dave Weckls album Synergy, that’s when he got converted to bass during the intro of one of the songs was a great solo section. Anyhow…. some pics:


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