Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Best Releases of the Year – Chuck’s Best Nuggetts for 2014!

Chuck’s 2014 with hindsight.
It has indeed been a fantastic year for Indie music and for my ears, a re-appreciation of (via a re-evaluation of) the Aussie Indie / Alternative / Experimental scene. It was also the year of the EP in many ways as some stunning talent was unleashed via the shorter format release.

I love a band that can grasp the immediacy of a short release or series of, the opportunity to give rise to experimentation from their regular sound, or just the refusal to release a full length album peppered with filler tracks.

The Aussie Indie waters can in no way be described as stagnant. The creative pools are running deep and strong in the land down under. The year kicked off with a confident salvo from two bands who, if they continue on their current trajectory, will become elders of their respective genres, The Jezabels with their sophomore outing The Brink and then Courtney Barnett threw her gauntlet in with The Double Ep; A Sea Of Split Peas.

Then in May, Caitlin Park’s second The Sleeper hit our ears and that was that. The template was cast for future releases in 2014. Thankfully Aussie Indies took up the challenge, as artist after artist came out with stunning gems from all facets of the wonderful side of music.

For my ears, it was the self-titled debut from Velociraptor that kept finding its way back into the CD player this year. Great hooks, superb use of vocals and an impressive utilization of a large collective of talent into a cohesive Indie rocker! Overall, just a fun album to listen to wearing all its reference points proudly as badges in a parade.

Black Cab’s attempt at reinterpreting the dopers dream Olympics into an Electronic missive is impressive and a great example of the Aussie Freak flag flying high. there are some stunning tracks on this album which took several years (and studios. and producers) to put together. Well worth the effort though, this one is the release they have threatened us with since they coalesced as Black Cab.

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Releases of note – Australian 2014

1 – Velociraptor – Velociraptor
2 – Black Cab – Games Of The 21st Olympiad
3 – Courtney Barnett – The Double Ep; A Sea Of Split Peas
4 – AFXJIM – Distant
5 – Caitlin Park – The sleeper
6 – Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star
7 – The Jezabels – The Brink
8 – Orphans Orphans – What’s A Boy S’possed To Do? (EP)
9 – Little May – Little May (EP)
10 – Howling Bells – Heartstrings
Peter Black – The Paintings On Your Wall Say Gambler! Gambler!
Dan Sultan – Blackbird
Fox & Fowl – Fox & Fowl (EP)
Ben Frost – Venter
Bluejuice – Retrospectable
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars
The Bombay Royale – The Island Of Dr Electrico
The Preatures – Planet Blue Eyes
The Occupants – Hindsight (EP)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Lunatics On Pogosticks – Slug Cat & Snail Dog (EP)
Axe Girl – Axe Girl
Jimmy & The Mirrors – Where’s Ben? (EP)
The Grates – Dream Team
The Ruminaters – I Hate The Ruminaters
Saskwatch – Nose Dive
Releases of note 2014 – The Rest Of The World

 

The highlight of international releases this year was Brill Bruisers from Canadian super Indies, The New Pornographers. Finally, after 15 years their 6th outing coalesced the collective genius of the band to produce their finest outing. Their ascent has been similar to a celestial alignment. We knew it was coming we just had to wait for the planets to line up. (Fellow Canadians Alvvays also released a wonderful debut in July as well). The year began with brilliant albums by the Dum Dum Girls, Ásgeir and Highasakite and the brilliant tap was left running as bands such as Death Vessel, Esben & the Witch, Band of Skulls & Wye Oak released career peaking albums.

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My favourite international weirdo release was the surprisingly brilliant A New Nature by Esben & the Witch. Aptly titled as it turns out, Esben have stirred a cauldron of equal parts eye of Post Rock, leg of Electronica, heart of Dark Folk Vocals and sprigs of Rock, Drone and Punk-Noise to produce a shimmering new beast. A New Nature indeed.

 

1 – The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers 
2 – Mazes – Wooden Aquarium  
3 – Esben & The Witch – A New Nature  
4 – Highasakite – Silent Treatment 
5 – Dum Dum Girls – Too True
6 – Band Of Skulls – Himalayan
7 – Mogwai – Rave Tapes
8 – Death Vessel – Island Intervals
9 – Ásgeir – In The Silence
10 – Plaid – Reachy Prints
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Alvvays – Alvvays
Tycho – Awake
Eno & Hyde – Someday World
The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Merchandise – After the End
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Shearwater – Missing Islands
Jungle – Jungle
Tijuana Panthers – Wayne’s Interest
Childhood – Lacuna
Penguin Café – The Red Book
Marconi Union – Weightless
Thumpers – Galore
Hauschka – Abandoned City
Wye Oak – shriek
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

 

Low points of 2014

 

Another year has passed and still no 4th album by one Joanna Newsom! It will now be five years since we were blessed with Have One On Me, and honestly, it’s just too much. C’mon Joanna, release a new album. Seriously.

That more and more Country artists are trying to latch onto the brand of Americana to try and give themselves a raised level of credibility amongst listeners.

That frelling Pharrell Williams song. – Which brings me to a belated thankyou to Weird Al Yankovitch for Tacky. Thankyou Al, Thankyou.

SAN FERMIN Announce New Album “Jackrabbit” + Single ‘Parasites’

SAN FERMIN Announce New Album “Jackrabbit” + Single ‘Parasites’

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On April 17, San Fermin will release “Jackrabbit”, the follow-up to their “jarringly accomplished” (NPR) self-titled debut album. Recorded in the midst of a year of heavy touring, “Jackrabbit” blends the lush, pop-leaning elements that made ‘San Fermin’ so “infectious” (Pitchfork), with the more manic and evolved sound of an experienced eight-piece rock ensemble.

NPR Music premiered “Parasites”, the first track from “Jackrabbit”, calling the band “electrified, amplified and, above all, emboldened.” Listen here!

Bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote “Jackrabbit” by himself from start to finish, only to find that after a year testing the songs on the road – which included shows with St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, a co-headlining tour with Courtney Barnett, and festival stops at Lollapalooza, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and more – the album wasn’t nearly finished. Ellis explains, “I went from being this isolated composer guy, out in the woods, to sitting in the back of a van with seven other members playing shows in rock clubs every night. When I got back, I revisited it all, ripped these holes in the middle of all the existing songs and added some new songs. I rethought everything I had been writing.”

Co-produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) and Ludwig-Leone, “Jackrabbit” bears the scars of experience admirably, with the touring band on full display: Ludwig-Leone on piano/synth, Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye on vocals, John Brandon on trumpet, Stephen Chen on saxophone, Rebekah Durham on violin, Michael Hanf on drums, and Tyler McDiarmid on guitar. If their debut could seem prepared and guarded to the point of being polite, “Jackrabbit” lines that record’s complicated compositional maneuvers and grandiose pop eruptions with necessary aggression.

On February 12, San Fermin will join a prestigious list of artists ranging from Steve Reich + Stephen Sondheim to Talib Kweli in performing as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, where they’ll be accompanied by the Metropolis Ensemble in the Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room). They are also confirmed to play with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on March 6, where Ludwig-Leone is the composer-in-residence, before headlining the Savannah Stopover Festival. San Fermin will tour extensively in 2015, more tour dates will soon be announced.

CIRCA WAVES Announce debut album “Young Chasers” New video ‘Fossils’

CIRCA WAVES Announce release of debut album “Young Chasers” + New video ‘Fossils’
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Before returning to Australian shores in January, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves have dropped the video for their latest single ‘Fossils’ and announced their debut album Young Chasers” will be released through Dew Process / Virgin on 15 March 2015.

The video was directed by LA based Adam Powell (Jamie T, Michael Kiwanuka) and shot during the band’s recent European tour with The Libertines.  View ‘Fossils’ here http://po.st/Fossilsv

Recorded at the historic RAK studios in London in late summer 2014, the 13-track Dan Grech produced album features the band’s most recent singles Young Chaser’s and So Long’. A thrillingly immediate, intuitive and anthemic collection, the album stands as testament to lead singer Kieran Shudall’s rise to one of the best songwriters in the UK right now.

Talking about the inspirations behind the album, Kieran commented: “As a kid growing up in Liverpool you get into bands, it was always bands for me, never really individuals. You buy into ‘that band’. You believe you’re in the gang. I want anyone who listens to our music to feel that.”

“Circa Waves songs are born out of huge frustration and a twisted nostalgia. Leaving school at 16, working shitty low paid jobs, playing in bands and not even registering on anyone’s radar. Maybe never. So that’s why the album now is talking about those experiences because we feel like we have a forum to talk about that looking back. You have to represent that period before you can talk about anything else since.  We want that and our live shows to come across in the recording, you can feel us in that room smashing it out. That was never an afterthought, it was vital to us.”

Having released their debut single, Get Away, in December 2013, the album comes at the end of an amazing 18 months for the band. Bagging the prestigious opening slot on the NME Awards tour alongside Interpol, Royal Blood and Temples in February 2014, the band ended the year in November with a sold-out UK tour culminating in rapturous gigs at London’s Heaven and a hometown show at the Kazimier in Liverpool.

Circa Waves visited Australia earlier this year for Splendour In The Grass and joined Metronomy for their national sideshows and return to Australia in January for a six-show national tour with UK outfit The 1975.

THE JENSENS NEW VIDEO ‘FEARS’

THE JENSENS NEW VIDEO ‘FEARS’

LAST SHOW OF 2014 AT BRISBANE’S THE TRIFFID, DEC 20

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Brisbane’s THE JENSENS have unveiled the video clip for their latest track ‘Fears

Directed by the band themselves (Bodi Lowrie, Joe White, Jordan Aston, Phillip Fabros & Nathan Kendall) under the guidance of Adreille Smith, it was shot on location in their friend Kitty’s backyard.

The psychedelic clip was filmed using state-of-the-art equipment and special effects such as some bed sheets and fabrics tied to a Hills Hoist. As well as GoPros strapped to the band members foreheads during a party they had had the night before.

Exclusive behind-the-scence photos from the shoot have also been shared by ToneDeaf. Check them out  HERE.
The Jensens have been making music together since 2013, a garage-pop sound inspires a Ty Segall meets Los Saicos resonance; a uniqueness that has captured interest far and wide.

WATCH THE NEW FILM CLIP FOR ‘FEARS’

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ROSIE LOWE Shares ‘How’d You Like It’ Video

ROSIE LOWE Shares ‘How’d You Like It’ Video

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Dazed & Confused have named British vocalist Rosie Lowe in their Dazed 100 – the prestigious list that celebrates visual pioneers, fashion prodigies and musical mavericks redefining creativity in 2015 and beyond. A fitting description then, and one that is reflected with Rosie’s striking new video for current single ‘How’d You Like It’ taken from her forthcoming debut album due next year via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia.

A visceral document of human intimacy set against the experimental technology of reflective yarn, the beautifully shot video expresses the tension and restrictions imposed on relationships.
Watch it here: http://po.st/HYLIv
Directed by Us who said of the clip: “We had been experimenting with reflective yarn for over a year and felt this track was the perfect fit. It’s an amazing material that illuminates when hit with a small LED light – basically the same yarn used in cycling clothing that lights up under car lights. Using Rosie’s lyrics as a starting point we started to investigate the connections between people, whether that’s the tension between two people or simply isolation.”

Rosie Lowe first captured hearts in the UK last year when her debut EP ‘Right Thing’ was released to unanimous acclaim, and now, she takes her music to the world. The release follows a string of recent festival appearances, including Meltdown Festival, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, End of The Road and Bestival. Rosie will play Annie Mac Presents at London’s ICA on 10 December and has been announced as support for Neneh Cherry‘s UK tour in January.


Listen to ‘Water Came Down’ here


Watch ‘Water Came Down’ video here

CLIENT LIAISON’S CHRISTMAS BONUS

CLIENT LIAISON’S CHRISTMAS BONUS – Share ‘Groove The Physical’ Video

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Slice the turkey, cut the rug and turn the treble up to 11. Christmas has come early as Client Liaison happily gift to all their latest clip for ‘Groove The Physical,’ taken from their debut self-titled EP out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control.

Shot at Melbourne’s premier night spot Hugs & Kisses, Director Thomas Moody sought influence from Japanese night clubs on a recent journey to Tokyo.

Harvey Miller AO and Monte Morgan will enjoy a brief hiatus in Fiji before returning to play Boogie Nights at The Falls Festival. Until then may the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours; and may the coming year be filled with happiness.

Put it on the company card. Too much is never enough. Think nothing. Feel everything. Pleasure is good. Fantasy is truth. Experience Client Liaison.

Client Liaison’s ‘Groove The Physical’

THE BABE RAINBOW ANNOUNCE……..RAINBOW CIRCUS (feat. Daevid Allen!!!)

THE BABE RAINBOW ANNOUNCE……..RAINBOW CIRCUS+ LATEST B-GRADE MOTION PICTURE ‘PLANET JUNIOR’

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Oh-o-spaghetti-o!

THE BABE RAINBOW announce……RAINBOW CIRCUS and latest b-grade motion picture
PLANET JUNIOR’

It’s toooooo much…

Tooooo FREAKING much!

Witness THE BABE RAINBOW again in Krisofski technicolour below:

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH & SHARE PLANET JUNIOR

And now… roll up, roll up, roll up for the fantastic… the inevitable… RAINBOW CIRCUS !!!

Brought to you by THE BABE RAINBOW & FRIENDS for one night only!! ALL AGES at the THE BYRON COMMUNITY THEATRE SATURDAY DEC 27

Featuring:

The brave, the magnificient… Daevid Allen (Divided Alien) of Soft Machine AND GONG!

Northern beaches original pumphouse gang panthers… Mylee Grace and Ozzy Wrong!

Spaghetti western outlaws…

The Family Jordan!

The invisible Mike Medlicott!

Nicky C’s FREAK lightshow!

Soul food!

DJ’s!

And… ALL THAT HAIR!!

RAINBOW CIRCUS
Curated by The Babe Rainbow
SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2014, 6pm – 10pm

The Byron Theatre, Byron Community Centre,
69 Jonson Street Byron NSW 2481
$12 + booking fee
Rainbow Circus is a licensed ALL AGES show

Tickets on sale Monday 8th December at:
Byron Theatre Box Office or online at www.byroncentre.com.au
Moshtix at www.mostix.com.au / PH: 1300 GET TIX

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders Releases Video For ‘Her Hands’

“Her Hands” from standout 2014 album ‘Playmates’ by Jack Ladder now has a video.

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Watch the clip here.

This one’s one to file under “What the hell were they on, and can I have some.” it’s a strange and uncomfortable trip watching voyeur-like as these two chase each other around the stunning corridors of Sydney Town Hall. I have to admit, i had to watch it twice to see if the blonde was a bloke!

The video was directed by Steve Rogers, who won an Australian Director’s Guild Award in 2012 for another Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders video, “Cold Feet”. The Director Of Photography is Oscar winner Russel Boyd (who won his award for Peter Weir’s Master And Commander’ in 2003) and it also stars high profile actor Hamish Michael (Crownies, The Great Gatsby). The video was shot in the grand 19th century neo-Classical corridors (with French Second Empire elements, architecture buffs) of Sydney Town Hall.

After two sold out album launches in Sydney and Melbourne, ‘Playmates’ is looking to be one of the most acclaimed Australian albums of 2014. It’s been being awarded Album Of The Week status on Double J, 3RRR, 2SER and FBi, and was awarded number 17 on Double J’s Top 50 Album’s of the Year List, as well as being nominated by FBi as one of the Albums of the Year in their SMAC Awards. This is in addition to a raft of glowing reviews across local music media.

Legendary US label Fat Possum (The Black Keys, Townes Van Zandt, Rowland S Howard) will release the album in North America, Latin America and Japan in February, and there are plans afoot to tour the US in 2015.

 

Melbourne Zoo Twilights Series 2015 Bernard Fanning SOLD OUT

Melbourne Zoo Twilights Series 2015 Bernard Fanning SOLD OUT
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The wonderfully diverse Zoo Twilights ensures that even if you may have missed out on tickets, there is a performance for every member of the family; spanning indie, folk, disco, blues, reggae, Afro-funk, Bollywood and many more. The Zoo Twilights series runs every Friday and Saturday evening from Friday 30th January and running through to Saturday 7th March, boasting gourmet food, leisurely picnicking with all proceeds raised donated towards the on-going conservation of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot – a species now considered extinct in Victoria.

Bernard Fanning has had a career most musicians can only dream of. He has spent over two decades entertaining and delighting audiences across the world with his extraordinary voice and songwriting. From fronting Powderfinger, to penning nine albums – winning a poolroom’s worth of ARIA Awards along the way. After spending the past European summer in Madrid, Bernard’s well-earned break was interrupted by his oldest partner-in-crime: his acoustic guitar. Now, with a refreshed take on his distinctive and relentless songwriting, he and his band will bring to life his acclaimed albums, as well as debuting to audiences at the Zoo unheard new songs.

Join James Reyne playing music from Australian Crawl, whose definitive 80’s albums are the soundtrack to an everlasting Aussie summer. From the homegrown entrancing voice of Sarah Blasko to the recently Age double winner Dan Sultan who will be performing his powerhouse pop anthems that saw him take home ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Male’. Boys in the Band will play an all-singing all-dancing medley of hits from over fifty years.  Melbourne’s very own Bollywood and Spaghetti rock inspired The Bombay Royale are joined by Daptone Record’s (home to the likes of Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley) The Budos Band – a collective of thirteen musicians performing instrumental cosmic soul from NYC.. Have your first rock n’ roll picnic with the thundering sounds of Spiderbait and former Pavement front man and renowned guitar pop icon Stephen Malkmus performs tracks from his latest acclaimed album with his band The Jicks. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will be joined on stage by Melbourne’s lo-fi pop champions Twerps; a double billing not to be missed. Formally known as Bright Eyes, the tender singer-songwriter all the way from Omaha, Nebraska Conor Oberst makes his Twilights debut. Iconic 70’s disco act The Village People will performing all their sing-a-long hits, while rock-reggae band and party-starters with a twist The Cat Empire will ensure no one is left sitting in the last Twilight of the year.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2015

General Public Tickets on Sale Now
from zoo.org.au/twilights

Friday January 30                       James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guest Jack Carty

Saturday January 31                   Bernard Fanning
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guests Little May

Friday February 6                       Sarah Blasko
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guest Luluc

Saturday February 7                   Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions
Doors open 5.30pm                                     featuring Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, & Vika and Linda Bull
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote

Friday February 13                      Dan Sultan
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guest Benny Walker

Saturday February 14                  Boys In The Band
Doors open 5.30pm

Friday February 20                      The Budos Band and The Bombay Royale
Doors open 5.30pm

Saturday February 21                  Spiderbait
Doors open 5.30pm                       with special guest Jen Cloher

Friday February 27                      Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks                     
Doors open 5.30pm                       with special guests Twerps

Saturday February 28                 Conor Oberst
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guests The Felice Brothers

Friday March 6                            Village People
Doors open 5.30pm                      with special guest DJ Andee Frost

Saturday March 7                        The Cat Empire  
Doors open 5.30pm                       with special guests Dorsal Fins

Doolittle 25 by Pixies, New Album Out Now‏

Doolittle 25 by Pixies, New Album Out Now‏

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The week commencing 1st December, Pixies and 4AD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doolittle with the release of Pixies: Doolittle 25 – an expanded edition of the classic album that brings together all the album’s B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos for the first time, with nearly half of the tracks having not been commercially released before.

The second studio album from Pixies – Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering – Doolittle was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, it was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Debaser’). Included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and five years on, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves.

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