Henry Oliver

Henry Oliver is the Spinoff's music editor and an aspiring liner note writer. Email him on henry@thespinoff.co.nz

Music
Nov 16, 2018

Bret McKenzie on Strange Caravan, his new band that isn’t a band and isn’t his

Bret McKenzie about his new project/tour Strange Caravan and which is definitely 100% not a band (even though it's very similar to a band).

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Music
Nov 16, 2017

New Zealand Music Awards 2017 predictions: The Spinoff vs Spotify

The Spinoff vs Spotify. Narrative vs Data. Heart vs Head. Who can predict more winners of tonight's New Zealand Music Awards – Henry Oliver or Spotify's team of (probably) Stanford-educated computer-geniuses?

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Music
Nov 6, 2017

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Drake (at Spark Arena)

Henry Oliver reviews Drake's show at Spark Arena on Friday.

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Music
Nov 4, 2017

Best Songs Ever: N.E.R.D. are back – and they brought Rihanna with them

Our regular round-up of new songs and singles, featuring Sufjan Stevens, N.E.R.D, Kelly Clarkson, The Beths and more...

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Music
Oct 30, 2017

Auckland City Limits promoter Campbell Smith: ‘We’re not trying to be all things to everybody’

Henry Oliver talks to Campbell Smith, music mogul and the man behind Auckland City Limits, about bringing the festival back after sitting out a year.

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Music
Oct 24, 2017

What’s the deal with the alt-right stickers at Lyttelton’s Wunderbar? (UPDATED)

Christchurch's Wunderbar in Lyttelton attracted fury today after a refugees advocate posted a photograph which seems to run counter to its 'nice people only' slogan. Henry Oliver called to ask what they were up to.

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Music
Oct 5, 2017

Rock is dead! (And other thoughts on the VNZMA finalists)

Henry Oliver rants and raves (mostly positively) about the 2017 New Zealand Music Awards finalists.

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Society
Oct 4, 2017

Bigger than agriculture: How design became a multi billion dollar industry

According to a new report, the design sector contributed over $10 billion to the New Zealand economy in 2016. Henry Oliver asks Thomas Mical, the head of AUT’s School of Art and Design, what that means for New Zealand design.

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Garage Project
Sep 30, 2017

‘We’re marginalising all kinds of people’: A few beers with Dave Dobbyn

Henry Oliver sits down for a few beers with New Zealand music icon, the ubiquitous yet mysterious Dave Dobbyn.

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Media
Sep 26, 2017

Can’t we all just get along? MediaWorks’ Leon Wratt calls for a truce in the radio survey arms race

As we brace ourselves for more hyperbolic post-radio survey self-congratulations, Henry Oliver talks to MediaWorks’ Leon Wratt, who argues it’s time for the radio networks to end the arms race and start reporting on the results even-handedly – for the good of all radio.

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Music
Sep 25, 2017

‘It’s a cool fucking fish.’ A mildly weird chat with Vince Staples

Last summer, before the release of his amazing album Big Fish Theory, Henry Oliver tried to go deep with Los Angeles rapper Vince Staples and failed, so asked him about basketball and cartoons instead.

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Music
Sep 7, 2017

Someone finally made a cultural masterpiece about our national obsession

When future-historians look back at life in New Zealand in the early part of this century, there's one pop cultural artifact that, in three-and-a-half minutes summed up the aspirations of …

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Music
Aug 29, 2017

A quick guide to Neil Finn’s Infinity Sessions

Henry Oliver watched ten hours of Neil Finn live-streraming in case you didn't have time to. These were his highlights.

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Music
Aug 26, 2017

The return of October, the local artist behind one of last year’s best lost pop songs

Henry Oliver talks to Auckland-based producer/singer/artist October about her new single 'Pure' and the return of the guitar.

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Music
Aug 17, 2017

‘I’m trying not to be a rock band’: Merk on the isolation of laptop production

Henry Oliver talks to bedroom producer and multi-instrumentalist Merk, who is playing at Seamless, an all-ages show, in Auckland this weekend.

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Television
Aug 14, 2017

The master of his domain: Jerry Seinfeld live in Auckland

Henry Oliver went to see Jerry Seinfeld at Spark Arena on Saturday. This is what he thought of it.

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Music
Aug 9, 2017

Election playlist: Songs from inside NZ’s political campaign HQs

After weeks of working sources deep inside New Zealand's political parties, Henry Oliver reveals the songs dominating the office stereos at campaign headquarters.

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Music
Aug 2, 2017

The complete-ish history of Jacinda Ardern’s DJ career

If Henry Oliver didn’t do it, one of the other millennial-pandering websites would have. The Spinoff presents a roundup of Jacinda Ardern’s DJ appearances, plus the set list from her much-name-dropped appearance at the 2013 Laneway Festival, with our track-by-track commentary.

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Music
Jul 31, 2017

Neil Finn on why he’s taping his new album in front of a global internet audience

Neil Finn talks to Henry Oliver about his forthcoming album Out of Silence, likely the first studio album ever to be recorded live in front of a livestreaming audience.

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Music
Jul 28, 2017

‘Heaven is Onehunga’: On the 312 bus with SWIDT

Henry Oliver catches the 312 bus to Onehunga with SWIDT, whose debut album Stoneyhunga is out today.

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Music
Jul 21, 2017

Inside a Quiet Mind: New Zealand’s best techno album, reissued

Henry Oliver talks to Denver McCarthy, who made perhaps New Zealand’s best techno album nearly twenty years ago.

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Music
Jul 11, 2017

Steve Gunn on being a guitarist in the guitar’s era of decline

Ahead of his four New Zealand solo shows starting this week in Auckland, he discusses the decline of the mom and pop guitar store, childhood buddy Kurt Vile, and the colourful characters and misadventures of his youth.

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Music
Jul 4, 2017

Is Theia the next in line for New Zealand’s pop crown?

Last week, after seeing her first four singles rack up a combined 9 million plays on Spotify, Christchurch's Theia released her first EP. She spoke to Henry Oliver on the eve of her first New Zealand tour.

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Music
Jul 2, 2017

Sitting in the waiting room: An interview & never-published photos from Fugazi’s 1997 New Zealand tour

To commemorate 20 years since Fugazi’s tour of New Zealand, Henry Oliver presents an excerpt from his 1997 interview with Ian MacKaye and some never before seen photos of the tour by Amber Easby.

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Television
Jun 25, 2017

About that time I was on Flight of the Conchords

Ten years ago, HBO screened the first episode of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement's Flight of the Conchords. And look, there, sitting outside that shop. Isn't that Spinoff music editor Henry Oliver?

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Music
Jun 21, 2017

The album that shut down Dunedin, reviewed

Henry Oliver reviews LSD Fundraiser’s new album StreetNOISE, which lead to a sizeable section of Dunedin’s CBD being shut down a cassette of album was mistaken for a bomb by a concerned citizen.

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Music
Jun 19, 2017

The Spinoff Exclusive: Lorde explains the backstory behind every song on her new album

On Monday 19 June we’re releasing Lorde: Behind the Melodrama, an 11 episode track-by-track podcast interview with Lorde about her new album, Melodrama. Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver introduces the series.

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