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The Drones Launch Tropical F**k Storm Records + Vivid LIVE – 24th May + Reissue Back Catalogue

The Drones Launch Tropical F**k Storm Records + Vivid LIVE performance at Sydney Opera House –  24th May + Reissue Back Catalogue!!!

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It’s a big Drones week.

The Drones Launch Tropical F**k Storm Records, Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Float By And Reissue Back Catalogue starting with debut Here Come The Lies

Throughout 2015, as well as releasing their brand new seventh studio album, the Drones will be reissuing their entire back catalogue through TFS Records and making available (via their new online shop) a big pile of merch crap that’s been in a storage shed for the past seventy five years.

First of the reissues will be their outrageously wild 75 minute breakthrough LP ‘Here Come The Lies’. Released in 2002,  ‘Here Come The Lies’ was the record that cemented the bands buzz in and around Melbourne and started to get the attention of fans across state borders and overseas.  It will be available for the first time in human history on coloured, 180 gram, double gatefold vinyl LP (which includes digital download) with new artwork.
Pre order your copy here now from thedrones.com.au

2015 also marks 10 years since the release of the band’s demented classic ‘Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By’. The band will be playing a bunch of tunes off that album along with some new stuff during a special show at the Sydney Opera House as part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival.  ‘Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By’ will also be released for the first time on vinyl in October 2015.
Join the mailing list at thedrones.com.au for all preorder and release information.

The new shop at thedrones.com.au will also make available a bunch of new and old school limited edition T-Shirts, posters and other crap that has to date only been available at shows, as well as exclusive bundles of new stuff.

The Drones 10th Anniversary of “Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By at Vivid LIVE
Sydney Opera House – Joan Sutherland Theatre
Date Sunday May 24th
Time 7.00pm
Tickets on Sale Friday March 27th 2015 from sydneyoperahouse.com

 

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COURTNEY BARNETT ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW + ANNOUNCES NEW AUSSIE TOUR DATES

COURTNEY BARNETT ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW + ANNOUNCES NEW AUSSIE TOUR DATES

Courtney Barnett’s highly anticipated debut album is released in Australia this Friday 20th of March and this morning Barnett marked the occasion by appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US. Courtney performed the latest single from her debut album ‘Depreston’ with Ellen calling her “One of my favourite new artists, I love her so much!”

click HERE to watch the performance

‘Depreston’ is available for free via iTunes along with first single ‘Pedestrian At Best’ when you pre-order Courtney’s debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit here.

Today Courtney is also excited to announce the addition of a second Melbourne show to her upcoming Australian tour after tickets to the first show completely sold out last week. Courtney will play a second show at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday 16th of May. Tickets for this show will go on sale this Friday 20th of March. Last week also saw Barnett add a Tasmanian show date to her already extensive Australian tour. She will play the Wrestpoint in Hobart on Friday 24th of April, tickets for this show are on sale now.

Courtney Barnett will tour Australia on her Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Album Tour in May 2015. The tour will see Courtney Barnett play in Adelaide at The Gov on Friday 1st May, Perth at The Bakery on Saturday 2nd May, Sydney at The Metro on Friday 8th May and Brisbane at The Hifi on Saturday 9th May. Courtney will wrap up the tour in hometown Melbourne with the already sold out show on Friday 15th May at The Forum and second newly announced show on Saturday 16th May

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit will be released in Australia on Friday 20th of March 2015 via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.

MILK! RECORDS, REMOTE CONTROL RECORDS, VILLAGE SOUNDS, TRIPLE J & NOISEY PRESENT

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COURTNEY BARNETT
AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR MAY 2015
SUPPORTED BY TEETH & TONGUE

*NEW SHOW JUST ADDED*
FRIDAY APRIL 24 
Wrestpoint, Hobart TAS
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

FRIDAY MAY 01
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

SATURDAY MAY 02
The Bakery, Perth, WA
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

FRIDAY MAY 08
The Metro, Sydney, NSW
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

SATURDAY MAY 09
The Hifi, Brisbane, QLD
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

FRIDAY MAY 15
*SOLD OUT*
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

*NEW SHOW JUST ADDED*
SATURDAY MAY 16
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

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INDIE NUGGETTS – New Music show for 2BOB Radio with Aussie exclusive!!

2BOB Radio 104.7FM adds a new show to its program roster in March!!

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Indie Nuggetts, presented by Chuck Nuggetts, will broadcast on Friday nights from 8 – 10pm from March 6th and promises to bring new and especially Aussie Indie artists to the ears of the Manning.

As an added bonus to lure listeners in, the first show will feature the Australian premiere of Velvet Sky, the latest track from Sydney Indies Money Go Round PLUS an interview with Scottish rock gods Mogwai!!!!

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Money Go Round busied themselves touring last year with the likes of Papa Vs Pretty, Kingswood, The Griswolds and the Belligerents. This track is the first taste of their newest batch of songs.

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“I can’t wait to share this track with everyone.” Chuck Grins, “It’s a real nice slice of Indie Psych Pop bliss, swirling with twangy guitar & dominant drums and you know they love what they do! Huge thanks to The A&R Department for supporting the show with this exclusive track.

Mogwai, who should require no introduction here, have been tearing up venues across the country and Chuck has been lucky enough to secure an interview with them before they blow the stage in Brisbane at the Tivoli. “Mogwai are the greatest Post Rock band in the world. Period. No more needs to be said on that one.”

Indie Nuggetts will cover a vast range of sub genres within the scope of Indie music, from Indie Rock, Pop, Folk, Electro and all stops in between. The show will feature a ‘Gold Nuggett’ CD each week with 70% of the music coming from the last 4 months and 50% True Blue Aussie content!

“Ears are very special things, and to look after them, it’s recommended that people listen to at least 2 hours of Indie music each week, for optimal fidelity in the ear lobe” Offered Chuck, seated behind the desk with earphones around his neck and piles of CDs everywhere. “That’s where this show steps in. making sure the ears of the manning get their required dose of Indie”

“Indie music is one of the biggest, fastest growing and expanding genres with a very long shelf life.” Chuck declares across the desk, “It’s that vibrancy, that ever changing landscape of Indie music that I want to bring to the ears of the Manning. Indie artists can be found in almost all genres of music, so the show might just contain something for everyone.”

Playlists are posted to 2BOB’s website as Chuck goes to air and posted to his facebook page as well (https://www.facebook.com/ChuckNuggetts) , keeping listeners up to date with everything Indie.

 

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Live Australian Music Crusaders! SLAM!

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) Five Years On, Stronger.

This story is from Melbourne, but hopefully this can become the template for more “Live Music Friendly” changes to Local and State Government regulations nationwide.
Hopefully the way some people view the Arts will change as well with the revelation that in Victoria, more people go to see live small music gigs than go to AFL games!

SLAM
In early 2010 Melbourne’s live music scene had a fight on its hands. Recently introduced liquor licensing regulations, equating live music with alcohol-fuelled violence, were adversely affecting music venues and musicians were losing opportunities to play. We were in crisis.
A dedicated group of musicians, industry workers, and skilled music fans, led by Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean from Bakehouse Studios, decided to do something about it.

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) was born.

On February 23rd 2010, Melburnians showed just how far they would go to fight for their beloved live music community. 20,000 passionate music fans hit the streets, marching through the centre of the city to the steps of the Victorian Parliament to the unmistakeable sounds of AC/DC’s ‘Long Way To The Top’. It was a prescient soundtrack.

SLAM’s aims were clear. The erroneous link between live music and alcohol-fuelled violence must be repealed, a Live Music Accord between Government and industry must be agreed upon, a Live Music Roundtable be set up, and the Agent of Change principal be adopted into the Planning and Building Codes to help protect live music venues.

Five years later, through the sheer hard work and dedication of SLAM and its many volunteers, ALL of those key demands have finally been met when the planning laws changed in late 2014.

In Victoria:
– Law change! The recognition of live music in the objects of the Liquor Licensing Act in Victoria.
– Law change! The Agent of Change Principle was introduced into Planning Policy and the Building Code was changed not to prejudice small live music venues.

– The first ever report into the ‘Social, Cultural & Economic Value of Live Music’ (Deloitte Access Economics) was commissioned (contemporary music was finally quantified as an industry and it was found that more people attend small gigs than AFL home and away games.)
– A peak body, Music Victoria, was formed and funded
– A Live Music Roundtable between Government and industry was set up
– EPA and noise emissions are being reviewed after a 30 year gap

The movement spread! SLAM supporters also got on board with national grassroots music campaigns from 2011.

Nationally:
– National SLAM day events over 2 years with 300+ small venues participating
– Law change! We lobbied for and were successful in the passing (unopposed) the S.A. government’s Small Bars Act which has laid ground for the revitalisation of S.A.’s grassroots live music scene.
– Helped secure additional funding of $500k for the National Live Music Office from the Rudd Government.
– We have been active in live music campaigns all around the country, and advocated and contributed to new live music strategies in Sydney, Marrickville, Wollongong, Leichhardt, Port Phillip & Yarra.

The Australian live music sector now has a strong political voice. Thank you to SLAM volunteers all around the country that helped us find it!

Contact and support SLAM here; http://slamrally.org ||  twitter.com/SLAMrally

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COURTNEY BARNETT ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM

COURTNEY BARNETT ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM 
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After having what can only be described as a truly amazing breakthrough year in 2014, Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett is today incredibly excited to announce details for the release of her highly-anticipated debut album entitled Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The first single to be lifted from the album is ‘Pedestrian At Best’ which received its worldwide radio premiere via Zane Lowe on BBC1 this morning.
CLICK TO LISTEN TO ‘PEDESTRIAN AT BEST’
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit will be released in Australia on Friday 20th March 2015 via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. Recorded in the autumn of 2014 in an intense 10 day session at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, the album finally brings Barnett’s pithily acute and stingingly incisive vision into stark, unflinching focus, her wit sharpened to a knife edge, her melodies more infectious and addictive than ever.

Following up from the critically lauded The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in 2013 (which, as the title suggests, collected her first two self-released EPs to beguiling effect), her debut LP cements Barnett’s standing as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock, mixing witty, often hilarious observations with devastating self-assessment over a beguiling collection of songs that reveals her as an ambitious songwriter with an ear for clever turns of phrase and an eye for story-song details that are literate without being pretentious.

On first single, ‘Pedestrian At Best‘, Barnett turns the microscope’s glare on herself, as she lets loose an internal monologue crammed with twisting rhymes, inside jokes and self-deprecation while she muses on the fleeting nature of fame and what may or may not come after (“I must confess I’ve made a mess of what should be a small success, but I digress. At least I tried my very best… I guess”).

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is available for pre-order today on Deluxe White Double Gatefold Vinyl, Single LP Regular Black Vinyl and CD via www.courtneybarnett.com.au.

Courtney Barnett is currently touring Australia as a part of the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. 

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit 

is released on Friday 20th March 2015

via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records

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HOUNDMOUTH Announce new album Little Neon Limelight

HOUNDMOUTH Announce new album Little Neon Limelight
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After being picked by Spotify as one of the top bands poised for breakout in 2015, New Albany’s Houndmouth have confirmed the release of Little Neon Limelight via Rough Trade / Remote Control on Friday 13th March.

The album is the follow-up to their “near perfect” (NPR Music) debut album, which saw them perform on Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, and tour with The Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers and more. Little Neon Limelight was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson).  The band have premiered the music video for their new song ‘Sedona’ filmed near Joshua Tree and directed by Naomi Yang (Neutral Milk Hotel).

The 11 new, original songs on Little Neon Limelight are the band’s best to date, blending their signature four-part harmonies with the gritty foot-stomping rock swagger of their live shows and a loose confidence in the studio.

“I’ve grown up a lot since our first record,” reflects frontman Matt Myers (guitar / vocals), adding, “the inspiration falls close to the struggle of figuring out exactly what it means to be a man, let alone an artist.”

Highlights of Little Neon Limelight include the live fan-favorites ‘By God,’ ‘My Cousin Greg,’ and ‘Say It,’ and the acoustic track ‘For No One,’ which recently premiered on NPR Music, and is unlike anything else Houndmouth have ever recorded. NPR’s Ann Powers called ‘For No One’ an “epic ballad, stuffed full of vivid imagery.” 

Check Out the New single Sedona, Here.

Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight is available to pre order digitally now via Rough Trade / Remote Control.

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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘BEAT THE CHAMP’

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM BEAT THE CHAMP – APRIL 3

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In 2014, John Darnielle’s novel Wolf In White Van spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the National Book Award. On April 3, 2015 Darnielle and his band The Mountain Goats return with Beat The Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling.

“I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” Darnielle says of Beat The Champs 12 songs.

Listen to the album’s first single ‘The Legend of Chavo Guerrero‘ now.

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The Mountain Goats’ new album Beat The Champ will be released Friday 3 April via Remote Control Records

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN NEW ALBUM GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE

BELLE & SEBASTIAN New Album GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE Out Now  Plus AUSTRALIAN TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK!!

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 Belle & Sebastian have released their ninth studio album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance via Matador Records / Remote Control. The album is the long awaited follow up to 2010’s Write About Love. Listen to latest single ‘The Cat With The Cream’ HERE

The ninth studio album from Belle and Sebastian was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). Additional mixing took place in Glasgow with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

Watch a short video highlighting the band’s time in Atlanta and other little moments soundtracked by a snippet of music from Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.

As previously announced, after a four year absence since their last Australian tour Belle & Sebastian will return to Australia for a five date national headline tour.
Belle & Sebastian rocked The Tivoli in Brisbane on Wednesday 28 JanuarySydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 29 January, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 1 February and the Astor Theatre in Perth on Tuesday 3 February plus a very special show  at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as a part of the Twilight at Toronga series on Saturday 31st of January.

The band will be joined on the tour by Melbourne outfit Twerps. Tickets for all Belle & Sebastian tour dates are selling fast with tickets for the Toronga Twilight show expected to sell out in the next couple of days.

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Purity Ring Announce New Album another eternity

Purity Ring Announce New Album Another Eternity Released 2nd March Through 4AD

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Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, the brains behind Purity Ring, will return with a second album, entitled another eternity, in the week commencing 2nd March.

They’ve also premiered new track ‘begin again’, which you can check out below, and stream on all digital services.

Whereas the band’s debut album Shrines was composed remotely between Halifax and Montreal, another eternity marks the first time Megan and Corin were able to create a record in the same room. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what became the album. Megan and Corin recorded and produced their follow-up themselves, as always.

Check Out Their New Track ‘begin again

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DORSAL FINS ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM MIND RENOVATION

DORSAL FINS SIGN TO REMOTE CONTROL RECORDS & ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM MIND RENOVATION

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Remote Control Records are excited to announce the signing of Melbourne ten piece, Dorsal Fins for the release of thier debut album Mind Renovation through Gripless / Remote Control on Friday 13th February 2015. The eclectic outfit join Remote Control’s ever increasing Australian roster which currently includes Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Client Liaison, Klo, Saskwatch, Pealrs, Velociraptor, Teeth & Tongue and Sunbeam Sound Machine.

Dorsal Fins is the brainchild of Liam McGorry (Saskwatch / Eagle & The Worm). The group started from Liam’s idea to experiment with new sounds and processes. Although they had no strict plan to create anything; the beauty of throwing a bunch of musical legends into a room is that you will definitely end up with something special.

McGorry describes the progression of the project as “organic, no bells and whistles” and this rings true with their single ‘Mind Renovation’. The title track invites you to witness the expansiveness of the band’s sound with warm horns, tight arrangements and dynamic vocals from Jarrad Brown and Ella Thompson. The forthcoming LP sees the group collaborate to create a genre-spanning sound that is held together by the excitement, sincerity and instrumental prowess of the ten or so musicians.

Dorsal Fins – Mind Renovation will be released on
Friday 13th February 2015 via Gripless / Remote Control Records

 

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