Friday, July 13, 2012

The Beach Boys California Saga

Over the last 50 years the Beach Boys have become the most successful band in American music history. As they celebrate that anniversary with a new album and an international tour their children come to together to honor that legacy and write a new chapter in this family band.

“California Saga” is a band comprising of the historic bloodlines that fueled some of the greatest songs in the pop music songbook.

California Saga’s material is Beach Boys songs. Its members include: Brian Wilson’s daughters, Carnie and Wendy Wilson (were Wilson Phillips); Carl Wilson’s son, Justyn Wilson; Dennis Wilson’s son, Carl B. Wilson; Mike Love’s son and daughter, Christian and Ambha (who’s just 16) Love; and Al Jardine’s sons, Matt and Adam Jardine.

You can find them on facebook here

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New York calls for Black City Lights

Black City Lights have been making music together for less than a year, but have already signed with boutique New York music label Stars and Letters.

Black City Lights are Calum Robb and Julia Catherine Parr—a producer and vocalist team from Wellington, New Zealand. On their debut EP, Parallels, wave after wave of lush synths, liquid drum patterns, and uplifting vocals will make you feel like you’re having a slow-motion summer kiss under a glowing neon canopy.

Watch out for these young Kiwi's making it big in the US

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Wanna know the rest? Hey, buy the rights!

Did Kristen Kelly "borrow" OMC's iconic Kiwi summer guitar riff from How Bizarre?

Listen for yourself...(skip to 1:58 in)

dubdotdash alerted us to this one, check it out for more info.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shihad: Beautiful Machine - out in cinemas today

Shihad: Beautiful Machine is a good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll yarn.

Something all kiwi rockers need to see.

You know you will love it - so go out and support NZ music/movies

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The future of history via youtube

Let's face it history can be boring in todays world of real time updates. So with old songs being freshened up by adding some Dubstep of a dash of metalcore, how to bring the Black Death back to 2012? Add some "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani! Thats how.

Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona have a series of homemade music videos that use self-written parodies of popular songs to explain different historical events. like Ancient Minoan Civilization done to "Creep" by Radiohead or William the Conqueror to the tune of "Sexyback" by Justin Timberlake.

"We are real, live, honest-to-goodness teachers. We do everything ourselves with zippo budget out of love...and sometimes insomnia!"

"We make history-based music parodies because we are PASSIONATE about history, art, music, technology, humor, and yes, costumes!"

Go check out there youtube channel @

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Black Seeds - Dust And Dirt out now

The long awaited follow up to 2008's Solid Ground, Dust And Dirt marks an exciting new chapter for the multi platinum selling Wellington band who have earned their reputation through travelling the world, working continuously to bring their reggae experience to new audiences.

Produced in their Wellington studio, the 13-track album introduces new sounds and styles not heard on previous releases whilst retaining the trademark sound that has seen the band remain one of New Zealand's premiere acts for the past decade.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Camp out for Conchords

For New Zealand fans, the wait is over. This June is Business Time. Bret and Jemaine are going to Rock the Party. So leave your epilepticdogs at home cause there’ll be Too Many Dicks on a Dance Floor near you.
Co-promoter Stuart Clumpas said that, in an effort to avoid scalping, 300 tickets for each show would be available for people queuing at the box office and organisers were expecting a lot of people to line up.

"I think it's going to be an extremely popular tour. I'm hoping people will camp out.

"Queuing up makes it something special, something exciting."

With prices set at between $55 and $79 it is worth camping out, they will go fast!

Get your tickets here
Hastings: Hawke's Bay Opera House, Wed June 13
Hamilton: Founders Theatre, Thurs June 14
Auckland: Town Hall, Sat June 16
New Plymouth: TSB Showplace, Sun June 17
Wellington: Michael Fowler Centre, Tues June 19, Wed June 20
Dunedin: Regent Theatre, Sat June 23
Queenstown: Events Centre, Sun June 24
Nelson: Trafalgar Centre, Wed June 27
Christchurch: to be announced

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Davy Jones of the Monkees passed away age 66

(CNN) -- Davy Jones, whose charming grin and British accent won the hearts of millions of fans on the 1960s television series "The Monkees," died Wednesday, according to the Martin County, Florida, sheriff's office. He was 66.
A witness told authorities he was with Jones in Indiantown, Florida, when Jones "began to complain of not feeling well and having trouble breathing," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Jones was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
A Martin County law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said Jones apparently suffered a heart attack.
The diminutive vocalist and actor sang lead on the musical group's hits such as "Daydream Believer" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You."
Besides Jones, The Monkees included band members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith. The pop group was created to star in an NBC sitcom and capitalize on the Beatles' teenybopper popularity. "The Monkees" TV series premiered in the fall of 1966

When Jones first visited home after becoming a Monkee, his father refused to let him inside until he got his hair cut - twice. Jones' reaction to this was to buy the family a new house, "so now he has to let me in!"

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room

Rolling Stone reported that Whitney Houston was found dead on Saturday the 11th in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Paramedics arriving at the Beverly Hilton found the singer's body.

While the cause of death is still unknown, Houston's publicist Kristen Foster has confirmed the sad news.

Houston had been scheduled to attend the annual pre-Grammy party of music mogul Clive Davis, who discovered her, tonight and had attended rehearsals for the event earlier this week. The party was still held, and Davis asked for a moment of silence as they dedicated the evening to Houston.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said at the pre-Grammy gala that Sunday's Grammy ceremony would include "something appropriate" in tribute to the singer, including a performance by Jennifer Hudson. "What's beautiful about Whitney is the legacy she left."

"Whitney always hit you with that beautiful smile, that incredible energy" said Diddy, who also attended Davis' pre-Grammy gathering. "Whitney Houston had the greatest voice in the world. We truly lost an angel."

The Recording Academy released the following statement on Saturday evening:

Six-time GRAMMY(r) winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

Houston, the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston and cousin of singer Dionne Warwick, was known for her string of hits in the Eighties and Nineties, including "The Greatest Love of All," "I Will Always Love You," "How Will I Know" and "I'm Every Woman." She also had an acting career, appearing in The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale.

In addition to her six Grammys, Houston also won two Emmys and 22 American Music Awards. Her rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991 is often considered the standard by which other versions are judged.

She was married to R&;B singer Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2007, and the couple had one daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, born in 1993. The couple appeared in the reality TV series Being Bobby Brown in 2005.

In recent years, Houston was more known for her tumultuous personal life and struggles with addiction.

Reaction to her death began pouring in throughout media outlets, including Twitter.

Mariah Carey released the following statement:

Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.

“Whitney was family to me," Smokey Robinson told CNN. "I will always love her. She is one of the greatest voices in the history of music."

Read more:

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Let me hear you scream, but not at my wedding...

Ozzy Osbourne won't sing at his son Jack's wedding.

Ozzy's daughter Kelly Osbourne explained that the kind of rock the Black Sabbath lead singer would perform isn't suitable for the romantic nuptials.

Kelly's sibling is expected to wed fiancée Lisa Stelly this year after a whirlwind romance. The couple got engaged after only four months and announced Lisa's pregnancy shortly after.

"No," Kelly told US publication E! Online when asked if her dad would sing at the happy event. "I don't really think rock music is quite appropriate for a wedding!"

The 27-year-old can't contain her excitement and wells up every time she sees her younger brother.

Kelly is incredibly proud that Jack has turned his life around after struggling with addiction.

The 26-year-old has been sober since 2003. Before his stint at rehab, Jack went into a downward spiral consuming drink and taking OxyContin pills.

"He makes fun of me because every time I'm around him I get teary eyed now," the Fashion Police host admitted.

"He's like, 'Stop it! Go Away. Stop being dramatic. Get out of my face.' Because I'm like, 'I'm so proud of you. You're moving into a new house. You're getting married. You're having a baby. You have the most amazing fiancée ever!'"

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Big Day Out NZ has had its day

The Auckland leg of the Big Day Out has been going for 18 years and organiser Ken West says it has been incredible, but now it must come to an end.

West says the compounded stress of the day in Auckland on a Friday and then on the Gold Coast on a Sunday has taken its toll.

Big Day Out cancelled in New Zealand, as of next year
“In terms of what has been put on the line every year for Auckland, flying everything through, it has felt the risk of taking it on next year would be too great,” he says.

For music fans this end of an era is surreal. The Big Day Out has been an integral component of the New Zealand festival scene, but West says getting past the inaugural Big Day Out was odd.

“I had never dreamt this event would go for 20 years,” he says.

“I’m happy I don’t have to think about it [the decision to cancel the Auckland Big Day Out] anymore, because I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”

“I have found over that time I wouldn’t have swapped any part of it.

“I love New Zealand audiences, and I mean that, it’s not a spin, otherwise I wouldn’t have kept doing it.”

Watch the interview on 3 News here

Shortly after this announcement was made, a petition was started on Facebook to 'Keep Big Day Out in New Zealand' with a growing number of fans 'liking' it.

Read more:

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, January 16, 2012 on IAMAUTO

WILL.I.AM UNVEILS IAMAUTO CAR is getting behind the wheel of a new business venture. The enterprising Black Eyed Peas frontman debuted his new automobile on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The white futuristic vehicle, which he calls IAMAUTO, was developed to create more jobs in the East Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up.

“I’m a big technology freak and a geek and I invested my money in building my own vehicle ’cause I want to bring jobs to the ghetto that I come from,” explained will. “I invested in making a demo to start the Black Eyed Peas, now I want to invest to have a car company in the neighborhood where I come from.”

The vehicle was built using OEM parts from Chrysler and features a Beats by Dr. Dre sound system. “It’s sick, it’s really fresh,” said will, who will drop his solo album #willpower later this year.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dragon will roar at AmeriCARna

Glenn Shorrock, the original voice of Australia's Little River Band, and Mark Williams, the front man for legendary rock band Dragon, will perform at the TSB Stadium on February 23.

Americarna is a huge celebration that is based around American vehicles.

Americarna 2012 will bring up to 600 cars and some 2,000 entrants together to enjoy organised cruises throughout Taranaki and the opportunity to showcase their vehicles to the locals.

Over four days entrants will be spoiled with entertainment, food, shopping and great Taranaki hospitality. Including a concert on Thursday night at the TSB Stadium which is opposite registration. Glenn Shorrock and his band. Glenn is the “original” voice of Little River Band. They will play all LRB hits along with some Beatles numbers and a number of other hits that will have us all up going for it. Supporting act is kiwi Mark Williams who has had No1 hits in NZ.

As for the talent, Shorrock is the singer behind hit songs including Help Is On Its Way, Reminiscing, Cool Change and Lonesome Loser and will be backed by his own world-class band during Americarna.

Williams, who comes from Northland but has ties with Taranaki, Tainui and Tuwharetoa is a member of New Zealand's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ticket information below:

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.