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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.

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

New Release by Little May – Little May EP

Little May – “Little May EP” Release date: Friday, October 10th 2014

Formed in 2012, Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton, are three high school friends, singer-songwriters from Sydney’s North. Bonding over a mutual love of The National and Local Natives, they penned sometimes quiet, always potent songs that would soon see them coined as one of Australia’s breakout acts of 2014.

After uploading their first independent single ‘Boardwalks’ to Soundcloud last year, Little May’s sound travelled quickly through the digital world – online magazines clamored to share the song and community radio eagerly slotted it into their playlists.

Little May EP Track Listing:

1. Dust
2. Hide
3. Midnight Hour
4. Bones
5. Boardwalks (*bonus track ANZ only, 5th track on EP ROW )

Every now and then, a band stops you in your tracks. Meet Little Ma