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The Smith Street Band : Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:12am 12 views 0 comments Resonating with the heartstrings like a Strayan Jeff Magnum, Wil Wagner belts his way through the compact little opus Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams, projecting resolute introspection in the quest for the rock‘n’roll dream. The Smith Street Band believe in something, and that’s something to believe in.
Merchandise : Begging For Your Life Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 12 views 0 comments Midway through Begging For Your Life you find yourself begging for the payoff, the droll back-alley malaise presented as an enticing sway, threatening to blow open with searing tones hanging overheard and disconcerting horns flickering in and out. The payoff never comes, but it stands as worthwhile nonetheless.
Arctic Monkeys : Arabella Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 12 views 0 comments Ol’ mate Alex Turner can proselytise the invincible virtues of rock‘n’roll from the hallowed podium of the Brit Awards all he wants, and I take solace in the fact he might be on the piss-take, but inviting the comparison with War Pigs on Arabella doesn’t make a solid case for the current state of rawk affairs. The track is pretty solid, but is that enough these days? Probably, I guess. Turner is...
Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar : Backwards Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 12 views 0 comments Kiwi rapper Tommy Ill sampled Tame Impala’s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards to great effect on mid-2013 mixtape Fearless Bueller, now here’s K-Dot taking hold of K-Parker’s track for the Divergent soundtrack (I don’t know and will never know what Divergent is). Some major reworking strips the Tame Impala track to its core, adding masterful string arrangements in the process. Kendrick goes in...
Sex On Toast : Hold My Love Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 12 views 0 comments Melbourne outfit Sex On Toast set sail on a soft-rock waterbed, emanating a sincerity that belies their goofy moniker. The ‘80s slow jam is pumped out with straight-faced slap bass, deep and meaningful falsetto, plus a vocoder solo thrown in for good measure. Fondue-riffic.
Summer Flake : Forever Here And Now Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 2 views 0 comments Blending a vintage R&B throwback to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with an eerie vocal take that would befit a Lynch protagonist, Summer Flake, aka Adelaide luminary Stephanie Crase, dishes bursts of noise in delicate measure on Forever Here And Now – an understated powerhouse.
Contrast : Pipe Dreams Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 9:11am 4 views 0 comments Equal parts stargazing and shoegaze, Pipe Dreams is ensconced euphoria from rising Melbourne collective Contrast, threading oscillation underneath wall-of-noise majesty. A krautrock-y drive conflicts with vocalist Jack Crook’s nonchalant drone, swirling together in potent alchemy. Would go down a treat in the live setting methinks. Taken from the very tidy self-titled EP, out April.
Bruce Springsteen : High Hopes Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:24pm 29 views 0 comments For all of the (deserved) adulation directed toward Bruce Springsteen in the wake of his recent phenomenal live shows, there was a time not that long ago when Bruce’s stock was in decline. Having inexplicably sacked the E Street Band, Bruce released some albums that were quickly relegated to the bargain bin. A lesser artist must have bunkered down in the basement of resentment and frustration;...
The Babe Rainbow : Evolution 1964 Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:19pm 29 views 0 comments Sticking the landing on a time-warp back to the titular era, nascent outfit The Babe Rainbow emanate a potent and detached out-of-body, out-of-mind cool. On-point psychedelic sensibilities dusted with some pretty darn tasty hooks, dirtying up the knees on its bellbottoms begging for repeat listens. Happy to oblige.
Boy George : King Of Everything Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:18pm 25 views 0 comments Best response to Kendrick’s Control verse yet. (Disclaimer: didn’t actually listen.)
Dean Blunt : Mersh Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:15pm 26 views 0 comments Mysterious, ephemeral and excellent production duo Hype Williams disbanded midway through last year, with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland continuing to command intrigue under their respective banners henceforth. Mersh from Blunt is a heady little creeper, soundtracking the damage crawl to the finish line with dawn in sight. Taken from the upcoming full-length Black Metal, due out sometime, 2014.
The Horrors : I See You Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:14pm 26 views 0 comments I wanna say that The Horrors are stylistic chameleons, but I can’t really remember what they used to sound like. Diggin’ the psychedelic wash of I See You, the deft primordial electronic elements needling a subtle thread until the eventual lift-off.
Manchester Orchestra : Top Notch Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:13pm 26 views 0 comments My Morning Jacket lite. My Morning Windcheater? My Morning Coffee-Stained Bonds Singlet? I dunno. A rude reminder that we’re past due for a MMJ album.
Le1f : Boom Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:11pm 8 views 0 comments Hitting a sweet spot between the sensual R&B of the Tree House mixtape and previous EDM-informed party bangers, Boom paves the way for Le1f’s crossover year with a laid-back grind, an alternate universe scenario where Diplo produced Drop It Like It’s Hot.
Beyonce : Partition Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:09pm 8 views 0 comments The song alone has me biting my fist and banging my shoe on the table like an animal but the video just about got me passin’ out here. God-tier shit from Queen Bey. Bow the fuck down.
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros : Let’s Get High Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:08pm 8 views 0 comments Not a Dr Dre cover, which is DEFINITELY for the best. Let’s Get High is insufferable clap-happy trash anyway, and holy shit, six minutes? Could have cut out the middleman, and five minutes thirty, and mailed it to some bullshit marketing company for sync action or, better yet, posted it direct to the toilet. Excuse me while I give Dre’s 2001 a couple of spins to cleanse the palate.
Teeth & Tongue : Newborn Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:08pm 9 views 0 comments There’s a great song hiding amongst the not-quite-there puzzle pieces of Newborn, the opening couplet spar between Jess Cornelius and Laura Jean more irritating than compelling, the hook choosing to invoke hugeness rather than actually, y’know, sound huge? Eventually a space clears, the two vocalists lock together harmoniously for a coda that could have found a home on any of Bowie’s Berlin...
Ela Stiles : Kumbh Mela Posted 5 Mar 2014 @ 9:16am 303 views 0 comments Songs and Bushwalking vocalist Ela Stiles previews her upcoming self-titled solo LP with the hymnal Kumbh Mela – an arresting layered a cappella of tasteful vocal ballet, both immediate and lush. Album out in May.
Heads Of Charm : Spain Is On A Roll Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 1:26pm 100 views 0 comments Proggy in a good way, Spain Is On A Roll is a hurricane of relentless drums and winding buzzsaw guitars, unloading both barrels with the titular chorus cry. A quiet-loud dynamic threads throughout, but never really getting too quiet, moments of ferocity peaking out on a spasmodic whim. Dizzyingly brilliant.
Coach Bombay : Cool Thing Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 1:25pm 68 views 0 comments Busy synths clutter Cool Thing, not really giving the guest verse from Elle Young enough space to breathe. There’s merit to the saccharine pop elements, but it all becomes a bit too much after half a minute. The middle eight is a nice respite, but the bpm needs to chill out otherwise.
Mind Over Matter feat. Bliss N Eso : What They Say Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 1:23pm 106 views 0 comments Creeping, understated electro production anchors verses from two of our cross-generational rap duos – Sydney’s rising Mind Over Matter and giants Bliss N Eso. Strong bars a little bit let down by a folky hook. A tidy package nonetheless, taken from an upcoming LP due sometime this year.
East Brunswick All Girls Choir : Mon Repos Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 1:19pm 92 views 0 comments Was looking forward to catching EBAGC at Camp A Low Hum a coupla weekends back, but singer Marcus Hobbs was denied a trans-Tasman flight seat due to gastro. Oh well, shit happens. (Sorry). Mon Repos is a fairly meandering follow-up to Seven Drummers’ lead single Dirty Bird – two-thirds gritty folk storytelling – one-third Crazy Horse guitar breakdown. Decent, but never really arresting.
Alex Lloyd : Coming Home (To Richmond) Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 11:30am 117 views 0 comments RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB DISQUALIFIED FROM 2014 FINALS SERIES FOR BRINGING AFL INTO DISREPUTE.
DZ Deathrays : Gina Works At Hearts Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 11:29am 183 views 0 comments Sick riffs bruhhhhhh. DZ burst out of the gates strong on Gina Works At Hearts in fine form, dissipating somewhat over three-and-a-half minutes. It’s bigger without overreaching for anthemic histrionics. The clichéd rock‘n’roll tales about strippers gets a pass, thanks to a permeating air of dread. Sophomore LP Black Rat incoming this May.
Twin Beasts : Sweet Marie Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 11:28am 237 views 0 comments Twin Beasts (formerly known as The Tooty Boyz) are a lot more Steppenwolf than Johnny Cash on Sweet Marie, but it works, somehow. The Western protagonist descends into voyeuristic depravity in his pursuit of courtship, soundtracked by endearingly sweet backing harmonies.
Saskwatch : Born To Break Your Heart Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 11:27am 222 views 0 comments Signalling the announcement of Nose Dive, their second LP, Born To Break Your Heart sees local soul dynamos Saskwatch broaden their palette with a helping of phaser pedal and pristine pop vocals from Nkechi Anele. Can see it going down a treat in the live setting, perhaps as a set-closer. Not quite as drastic as Little Red’s (remember them?) stylistic leap between albums, but the parallel could...
The Twoks : First Light Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 10:56am 397 views 0 comments Reminiscent of some of 2013’s breakthrough alternative-but-not-really talents, Sydney duo The Twoks do artisanal power-pop on First Light, and they do it well. Shades of Stevie Nicks are present in the killer chorus, sprinkling the right amount of cheese with hand-clap drums – the deft violin touches putting in the groundwork with surreptitious aplomb.
Bloods : Language Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:18pm 131 views 0 comments Conjuring moments of beauty down a well-worn garage-pop route, Bloods still seem burdened by a dreary adherence to the unadventurous aspects of their genre. Namely, the drums here on Language are rudimentary beyond pointlessness, becoming an almost tic-inducing distraction rather than platform for the soaring vocal interplay. It’s not a fatal blow to the still-listenable tune, but the lack of...
Sohn : Artifice Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:17pm 153 views 0 comments Guided by an energised beat that elevates above standard emotive electronica fare, Artifice showcases an intriguing percussive ear to bolster an adept, yet not exactly remarkable voice. The chorus is a breezy and satisfying instance of melodic pop smarts.
Lurch & Chief : Mother / Father Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:16pm 206 views 0 comments Watching Arcade Fire at Big Day Out, a friend joked that we should start making a living penning Arcade Fire-esque “woah-oh” anthems and rake in mad synch dollars. Except it’s not really a joke because Of Monsters Of Men have been doing it for a little while now, I guess. Lurch & Chief cut straight to the chase and open Mother / Father with that sweet “woah-oh” action. Maybe a bit edgy to...
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Thieves Steal Records From DJs At Section 8
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Kanye West To Tour Australia In 2014
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