The Show: (4) Year (s) of the horse (truck)

All good things come to an end. Today was our final show (touch wood) from the beloved RDUnit. Thank you RDUnit. You will be sorely missed.

RDUNIT RIP

RDUnit RIP

Hard to believe we’ve been broadcasting from a converted horse truck for almost 4 years now.

How did it all begin?

As a consequence of the 22 February 2011 earthquake RDU was no longer able to broadcast from its premises in the University of Canterbury Students’ Association building on the Ilam campus. An automated playlist ran for several months while plans were hatched.

On Saturday 9 July 2011, after what seemed like a lifetime of aftershocks, the RDUnit was revealed to the world in a launch party at C4 on Tuam Street. It was a mean party too. Have a look at the poster.

Our first show from the RDUnit was 23 July 2011 when the RDUnit was parked at the Colombo/Wordsworth intersection in Sydenham. It was strangely reassuring to watching traffic go past and having people drop in. It was also good to see life carry on after such traumatic events. We needed that after not having our usual creative outlet for five months.

After a while the RDUnit moved to a yard round the corner on Hawdon Street. Surrounded by barbed wire, iron fences, warehouses and workshops it sure felt like being on the set of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch.

And then the RDUnit moved to its current location, a residential backyard in central Christchurch. There’s something quite nice about having a lawn, a garden, trees and old villas just outside a studio.

From 1 May 2015 RDU will be broadcasting from a fresh new space in the ArtBox precinct on the Madras/St Asaph corner (across the road from CPIT).


During the show we talked about Mexrrissey – Mexico Goes Morrissey happening Saturday night at the Barbican in London. We won’t be able to get there in time but the Herb Whisperer is curious to know if The Smith’s lyrics will be lost in translation. Luckily Google Translate can shed some light on matters. For example, some of the delightful lyrics for “Ask”:

  • English: “…buck toothed girl in Luxembourg…”
  • Spanish: “…dientes de conejo chica en Luxemburgo…”

Don’t believe us?  Have a listen for yourself…


And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

ANZAC Day Podcast Bonus

Black Estate Sessions Volume 1

black-estate-playlist-20150418The Joint likes to dream of DJ’ing with the greats at crucial moments in pop history. Larry Levan in 70’s NYC. Don Letts‘ punky reggae party at The Roxy. DJ Alfredo at Amnesia on Ibiza in the late eighties.

But at our age when we play out it’s not exactly 20,000 people mashed up in field. More like several dozen punters dining at a vineyard. Less “Sorted For E’s & Whizz“. More “Little Old Wine Drinker Me“. Which is exactly why we were invited to play records at the Black Estate Tasting Room & Eatery last Saturday afternoon.

Many thanks to all for making us feel very welcome and a special mention to Waipara DJ Sylvia for helping out. When we ran out of vinyl after 4 hours she filled in with her Lorde LP. Unfortunately we’d stopped recording the set at this point so it was very much a case of you had to be there. Which means in future years, just like with Levan, Letts and Alfredo, thousands will claim they were.

The Joint. Keeping it real(ly mellow).

And here’s the playlist in full…

  • Kraftwerk – Autobahn
  • Jah Wobble – Get Carter
  • Shocking Pinks – Cutout (Expanding Head Band Version) *NZ*
  • Air – J’ai Dormi Sous L’eau
  • Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
  • Nobody – Porpoise Song (Nobody Original Version Instrumental)
  • 808 State – Pacific State-Origin
  • King Midas Sound – Waiting For You
  • King Midas Sound – One Ting
  • Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)
  • Shriekback – Lined Up (Disco Mix)
  • Saint Etienne – Kiss And Make Up (Midsummer Madness Mix)
  • Rhye – The Fall
  • Prefab Sprout – Nightingales
  • Fabulous/Arabia – Ballad Of State Highway 1 *NZ*
  • Bruce Springsteen – Dream Baby Dream (Live)
  • Toy – You Won’t Be The Same (Dub)
  • !!! – Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story)
  • Twisted Wires – Half Lives
  • Glass Candy – The Possessed
  • Chromatics – Cherry
  • Jagwar Ma – Man I Need
  • Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
  • LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
  • Vicarious Bliss – Theme From Vicarious Bliss (Justice Remix)
  • Lake Heartbeat – Between Dreams
  • Annie – Heartbeat (Alan Braxe Remix)
  • Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Midas Reversed
  • Kavinsky ‎– Nightcall
  • Lake Heartbeat – Mystery
  • Smiths – Draize Train
  • Shocking Pinks – Smoke Screen (The Glimmers Beyond The Smoke Edit) *NZ*
  • Air – Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
  • Doprah – Whatever You Want *NZ*
  • Jamie XX – Loud Places
  • Silk Rhodes – Face 2 Face
  • Silk Rhodes – Pains
  • Der Dritte Raum – Tanz der Schlaraffen
  • Roman Flugel – Connecting The Ghost

The Show: Fennoscandia

We make the faux pas so you don’t have to.

Fraserhead unreservedly apologises to Finnish band K-X-P and Finnish listeners for calling them Scandanavian in his “sneaky Scandanavian foursome” halfway through the show.

According to Wikipedia:

In English, Scandinavia usually refers to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

When a speaker wants to explicitly include Finland alongside Scandinavia-proper, the geographic terms Fenno-Scandinavia or Fennoscandia are sometimes used in English, although these terms are hardly if at all used within Scandinavia.

More precisely, and subject to no dispute, is that Finland is included in the broader term ‘Nordic countries’.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Happy birthday Herb Whisperer. Hope you like the BROS picture disc.


And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

The Show: Heaven to hell in a heartbeat

Thanks to MUDD from Soundcheck for inadvertently giving us the title of today’s show when, during an unexpected visit to the RDUnit, he described his reaction to the tunes we like to play on the radio.

And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

The Show: 2001: A Retro Odyssey

Where Fraserhead discovers he’s playing the same artists as he was back when the show started in 2001 and where The Herb Whisperer finds he has too many 9+ minute tracks for comfort.

And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

Podcast Bonus