Friday, 12 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
American producer Floating Points will be performing as apart of Melbourne Music Week's 'Espionage feat..' night. Yet he's certainly not the only act.
Floating Points (Eglo/UK)
Alexander Nut (Eglo/UK)
Africa Hitech (Warp/UK)
Sean Deans (The Operatives)
JPS (The Operatives)
Nam (The Operatives)
Edd Fisher (The Operatives)
Tickets available here.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
One of the talks that really resonated with me was by Violent Femmes co-founder and bassist Brian Ritchie. Although originally from Milwaukee he now resides in Hobart where he curates annual festival Mona Foma. Every January Ritchie pushes the boundaries and in turn people's expectations of themselves and what they think they like.
January 2013 sees Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and St. Vincent as headliners. I sat down with Ritchie on his last day in Melbourne and talked about everything from the delicacies of his hometown to the Violent Femmes adoration of the Beatles.
Interview coming soon!
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
"Drowning in debauchery is a rather misleading turn of phrase. It could lend itself to a situation full of hedonistic zest or one of a downward spiral whose end is met by pit of regret and bone-shivering comedowns. Brandon Block can relate to both – over the last 3 decades the veteran house music producer has journeyed through the eras that we merely hear about...But this isn’t the obituary of one of Ibiza’s lauded players; it is the story of his return from abyss." Full interview here.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Saturday, 8 September 2012
It's disappointing but I'm not surprised. There's a reason why the crowd loves a soul singer - we love to see the strain in their face because we want to see the music as much as we want to hear it. Watch an XX liveshow and you'll get little more than pursed-lips between verses.
4/10 on this Saturday afternoon.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Anyone who loved 'Fire In Cairo' off Digitalism's Idealism should hope the German electro-house duo gave thanks The Cure before pressing finish. The track is a re-edit of The Cure's Fire in Cairo and one of the stand-out tracks on the 2007 debut. Digitalism's re-edit:
Perhaps this recent collab with Guy Sebastian had something to do with his change of heart?
So what better way to relive those light-hearted fluttering feelings than by purchasing a ticket to their up-coming Australian tour this November.
Their 2011 album, Twenty, celebrates the two decades the group has spent in the industry since releasing their genre-defining debut, Cooleyhigharmony back in 1991. Twenty features some of the group’s first original material in almost ten years, as well as remastered versions of their classic '90s hits like Motownphilly and I’ll Make Love To You.
Tickets via Ticketmaster.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
So we already know RiRi will be gracing the stage at the VMA's but what about the Paralympics?
I mean why not? If not for the money (she's already got enough of that), the fame (I think she's pretty popular) then why not for the sake of good-will?
Entitled Festival of the Flame the 9 September event is said to feature Coldplay, Jay-Z and now, bad girl herself, Rihanna.
The festival is based around the five elements: earth, fire, wind, ice and water and will mark the end of the 2012 Paralympics.. And with that sort of line of I will most definitely be tuning in.
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Michael Clarke Duncan was most famously known as the burly prison inmate in Tom Hanks' Green Mile. It's the movie that bought him to fame and the one that lead to staring roles in The Whole Nine Yards, Sin City, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda.
Clarke died today after being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, for a heart-attack. Condolences have flooded the Internet with many tweets coming from celebrity pals, including: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnston.
A lot of people don't know that the industrial-size actor first came under the spotlight as Notorious B.I.G's body guard. It was the fateful night of the shooting that led him to quit his job and pursue his life-long dream of acting. He also worked as a body-guard for Will Smith and Jamie Foxx.
He leaves behind his fiancee Reverend Omarosa Manigault.
In the short while since '212', Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has embraced a complete dress change. For the new '1991' Banks channels '90s Vogue - a black two piece suit, maroon lipstick, slick wavy hair..
It's hello Janet Jackson a la Rhythm Nation and Naomi Campbell a la EVERY 90s magazine cover.
The Justin Mitchell-directed video also shows a dash of Crystal Water's "100% Pure Love" for good measure.
Sound: think M-People.
The 22 century 90s diva continues to ride the wave with the Rankin-directed follow-up 'Vogue'.
It's lip-smacking good!
Friday, 31 August 2012
British India- I Can Make You Love Me from Oh Yeah Wow on Vimeo.
British India's newie 'I Can Make You Love Me' is a foot stomping, show-stopper and it's the perfectly infectious song to help them get back into the game.
Although a polished and a mature song from the Melbourne boys it's also radio-friendly - without sacrificing its sincerity. YEA!
Directed by Melbourne's OH YEAH WOW.
Also responsible for: - Gotye's Easy Way Out.
I'll also be interview Director Darcy P from Oh Yea Wow over at Profile Pub.
++ You'll like this if you like: Foals - Spanish Sahara.
August 2012 serves up the sophomore album from North Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club.
I spoke to the boys while they were riding on the wave of 2010 acclaimed debut Tourist History, and after listening to the 11-track offering it seems the lads are just as unaffected as they were back in 2010.
Expect the same jangly-guitar pop with military drum-stylings. It's their trademark uplifting sound just a little more mature than the last.
French boutique label Kitsune once again released their second album.
Friday, 24 August 2012
What may have once seemed STUPIDLY insincere is now not so, thanks to technology.
Sarcasm aside, taking a photo of the location where an album cover was shot, is a pretty novel idea.. It had me hooked for at least 3 mins. 3 mins on 1 web-page? That's pretty good for the Internet.
Marvel at someone else's creations below:
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Recently saw Labyrinth while on a week long holiday in Tasmania. A friend had bought it for the bargain price of $10 from the local Safeway and after watching it I was no longer confused by its price-tag.
True I'm not a fan of musicals or mullets BUT the only way I can take this late 80s movie seriously is by believing that it is a complete and utter joke. Yes, it made its way into the pop-cult dictionary with references peppered throughout my Facebook timeline but I don't see what all the fuss is about.
It's one of those things that you have to of least say that you've seen.
So I've seen it.
Anyway, David Bowie as an actor -maybe not. David Bowie as the curator of this album: 'Let's Dance'. YES PLEASE.
Friday, 10 August 2012
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
We loved her in Maid in Manhattan, we supported her during her Ben Affleck 'phase' we congratulated her on her twins with Marc Anthony and bemoaned their break-up. But the girl from the Bronx kept climbing, first to American Idol and now onto a plane destined for down-under.
Fancy a meet-and-greet with the latin lady herself? $850 will get you there! I'd pay it.
Some of the favs we're looking forward to.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Janet Jackson's 'Up Close & Personal' tour is in limbo. After weeks of waiting, after days of prepping and after losing out by minutes - I finally nab 3 gold seated tix to the second Melbourne show in November 2011.
And then the unexpected occurs - the youngest Jackson sibling postpones the tour and moves it from the intimate setting of the Arts Centre to the oversized space-ship that is Rod Laver Arena. They could have at least changed the name to: 'No longer So Up Close & Intimate Suckers'. And then when you think life can't get any worse - yet more apologies.
Tickets are refunded and a tour that was, is no longer. Janet Jackson does a well-below par performance at the first Melbourne show and is flown back to the States to be with her family during Michael Jackson's court case.
Sometimes we forget that celebrities are 'real', human-beings experiencing 'similar' trials and tribulations to the rest of us.
Dainty must be pooing their pants. GAH.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Check out the opening track 'Introdiction'. The video is incredibly intense!
Interview up soon.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
As the third biggest city in Texas, Dallas’ economy is primarily based on banking, commerce and telecommunications. It’s music scene, at the best of times, revels in country rock, where plectrums pluck strings and sticks beat drums, and no one knows this better than Gina Star... I talk to Texan born dance music DJ Gina Star right here!
Whether it be his live acappelas or his work with the London Symphony Orchestra, Hackney’s Michael Woods oscillates between a variety of musical sounds, engaging aural polar opposites at every turn... Click here to read the full interview with London producer Michael Woods.
I speak to British producer/DJ Krafty Kuts, a musical mind, who's not afraid to announce the outlandish. Go to a KK gig and expect to hear tracks you've never heard before, and you can quote him on that.
Head here to read the whole interview.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Click here to stream the full album. 'In Heaven' is released on 26 Sep.
Melbourne store Third Drawer Down now have them in stock for $30 a pop. They currently stock three albums by: The XX, Bow Ribbons and Dirty Three.
Head over to the Opening Ceremony blog to read an interview with the Spanish creator Nick Dangerfield.
[I wrote about it late last year for Concrete Playground.]
Not a die hard James Blake fan, of course he has his winning tracks but I'd rather listen to Mount Kimbie or Joy Orbison any day. Nevertheless this is 2 hours that'll fly by.
Listen to James Blake's BBC Essential Mix below.
James Blake - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (2011-09-17) by Hypetrak
He even knows B-B-Beyonce!
Check his Blood Orange Tumbler and check his 2011 album 'Coastal Grooves'. One of the best albums thus far. Interviewing him for LeCool London was a bloody nightmare but all has been forgiven now that ''Coastal Grooves' has come into play.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
This guy has his lyrics and rhythm down pat. 2010's 'The Sound of Strangers' was just the precursor to his Mercury prize nominated 'Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam'.
Check out some of his work below:
Friday, 9 September 2011
Portamento Preview by WorkItMedia
Oh wowzer. Here's a second helping from America's The Drums. Since their debut, members have come and gone, and the once quartet is now a trio fortunately their music is just as poppy and New Order inspired as ever.
Portamento is not as bright and chirpy as the debut but it's got just as many hooks and even more catchy tunes. Enjoy, then go buy it :)
Whatever Leads Me To You by Geoffrey O'Connor from Geoff O'Connor on Vimeo.
Geoffrey O'Connor is a Melbourne lad who makes you sway in your seat. His music is synth pop laced with emotive lyrics. Listen to his voice and it'll remind you of something, That something being Melbourne band Crayon Fields.
Now solo artist O'Connor, once the frontman for Crayon Fields, has ventured forth sans his counterparts and we're pretty damn excited.
See him support Lucky Dragons (US) at The Toff in Town on 12 Oct! Tix here.
It's gonna be quite a doozy! See you there.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Introducing Yolke, it's a quartet of live instrumental; it's one hell of a hollistic ride.
Check YOLKE here.
An honourable mention goes to: Document Swell, it's a melange of samples and wind instruments.
Yolke will be playing at the Old Bar in Fitzroy on 1 Sep! Don't miss it. X
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Donny Benet "Don't Hold Back" from SPOD on Vimeo.
He's touring Aus. Signed to label Rice is Nice, Donny Benet does Italo electro disco! Can you believe this Sydney born beb used to have a residency at the Las Vegas Airport Hilton Entertainment Lounge! EPIC! He's playing Melbourne's Workers Club on 13 August! X
Monday, 25 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
My ears feel lovely.
A thank you note to the late Gill Scott-Heron.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Their Grace Darling residency will be finishing up this month, so get down and see them play on 21 April, with support from 'Milk Teddy', 'Towels' and 'The Fish'.
Lazy by isleadore
I recently reviewed Kimbra at Melbourne's the Corner Hotel. I'm not a massive fan of her neo-soul, smokey-eyed reverberations but seeing her show did open my eyes to who she was and what she had on offer. A broad perspective of the what's going on around you is always a good thing.
The crowd went nuts when 'Settle Down' escaped the collective on-stage peripherals but I'm pretty impressed at the calibre of impending single 'Cameo Lover' - it gives the well-known 'Settle Down' a run for its money.
We'll throw in the classic for good measure:
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Islington Boys Club don't want to be like the rest of the lofi London bands - they're looking to pack some punch!
Check out their AA side single Plastic 16 - proof if I ever did sees it :)
Interview out soon!
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Check out the Footprintz 'Golden Dreams', the second release via the Visionquest imprint.
What are you looking at?
- I am more than prone to monologues; however, this is solely due to the manner in which they compliment a witty anecdote and their ability to resemble concrete evidence when it is so obviously lacking. I often wish I could emulate that aloof character who coolly stands in the corner smiling mysteriously as if she has a secret. However, I fear resisting the temptation to involve myself in other people’s conflicts and responding through body language rather than verbose banter may come across as contrived and arrogant. And, I am not willing to take that chance.