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Week 12

April 19, 2010

Another 5 bands, this week had a focus on the delightfully obscure, which doesn’t make this journal any easier, but certainly makes it more satisfying to know these great bands are hiding out there in the unknown.

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And we start with the second Georgia so far. Georgia Potter, A 21 year old soul singer from Brisbane with a simply massive voice. The music is full of violins and acoustic guitar, and a few other classical instruments thrown in too that give it a bit of a 60’s vibe, and the end experience is a beatufil, emotional and very soulful ride.

Here is They Were Words:

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If Youtube is any indication, then K’naan is by far the most popular artist I’ve showcased thus far. Yet he still manages to be hidden away in the rap/R&B/hip hop scene as far as my eyes can see. Albeit I’m new to this genre, it still astounds me that I’ve never heard of his music before. K’naan is an R&B artist with heavy influences from reggae, rock, pop and to a lesser extent, soul. He sings with meaning and conviction, with a distinct accent, and there is almost visible inspiration throughout.

Here is Wavin’ Flag:

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Claude Hay is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. A one man band playing a mixture of roots rock and 80’s dance with a constantly changing voice. It sounds bizarre I agree, and that’s one of two reasons he’s even in here, the second being his absolute brilliance. It’s the John Butler Trio at a disco, and all the funky beats are somehow manging to get along with the soulful slides and sitars. I don’t even know what this is, and frankly I don’t care, it’s a good enough experiece just listening to the man go.

Here is How Can You Live With Yourself:

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Behold, the only picture of Auckland band Sci Fi Starland currently on the internet. This band is literally the most obscure I’ve ever seen, I’ve only been able to get a bare foothold of information, and it’s only through blind luck I’ve been able to pluck out a picture and video for them. However, the music is great. It’s quality modern rock, with a droning vocal and a sweet guitar hook. But in my opinion, the most impressive part is the end. The song transforms from a rock song to a ballad midway, and finishes on a slow but undeniably beautiful note.

Here is Pressure:

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Rumourtism are the most fantastically named indie rock band from Melbourne. They play hard hitting rock songs, with heavy grunge influences. Even though the guitar is heavy metal styled, Bradlee Jay’s voice somehow makes the music as a whole catchy. There are obvious Silverchair similarities, and their debut single is a bold piece of rock n’ roll music.

Here it is, No Hello:

And that concludes Week 12! Until next time…

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Week 11

April 6, 2010

Week 11 is here, and I bring another 8 bands with me, so here goes!

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Little Scout are an indie band from Brisbane, who I describe as pop in the traditional sense. Beautiful vocal harmonies are their most powerful weapon, and coupled with feel good beats from the prominent guitar and drums, they certainly create an uplifting experience with their music.

Here is Shakes And Rattles:

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pikelet

With an enchanting voice, penchant for the accordion, drum beats and loop pedals, Melbourne musician Evelyn Morris (going by the stage name Pikelet) is something special. Listening is definitely a unique experience, some would call it strange, but I recommend it to everyone.

Here is Bug In Mouth:

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antlers

The Antlers are perhaps my favourite band to come out of this journal. Their music is extremely beautiful, yet solemn and haunting. It’s a delightful melancholy of utter brilliance that sends shivers down my spine and never fails to render me speechless. With a voice that is high and soft, smooth and warm, Peter Silberman propels the band through a tragic, emotional ride full of piano and poetry.

And without further ado, here is Bear:

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pave

Folk singer Pave Leclair is a completely unknown singer from Sydney. He sings pop songs heavy on acoustic guitar and violin, portraying an ambient environment. And he does it beautifully, his ballads are slow paced and relaxing, making it very easy to be swept up in the beauty of the music.

Here is They Won’t Find Us Tonight:

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taken

Taken By Trees is the stage name of Victoria Bergsman, the former lead singer for Swedish greats The Concretes. The influence of producer Bjorn Yttling is immediately noticeable, and it’s a fine example of modern pop music.

The song in question is Lost & Found, and guest stars Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) on vocals:

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no age

No Age are quite a fun little indie band, with experimental tendencies. They’re noisy, guitar fueled rock, only adding small doses of distortion.

Here is Eraser:

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plushgun

Plushgun are an indie pop band from Brooklyn fronted by Dan Ingala. With delightfully upbeat and cute pop songs, they are a part of a growing movement towards cheery music, and the use of the ukelele accentuates that.

Here is Let Me Kiss You Now (And I’ll Fade Away)

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pains

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are another band from New York, playing more upbeat indie rock. This time it’s in a more droning, noisy way, similar to Sonic Youth IMO.

Here is Everything With You:

And that concludes yet another incredible week of music!

Week 10

April 6, 2010

The incredible week 10 brings the current “average” up to 6.4 bands per week, which is almost one awesome band discovered per day. This week includes yet more delightfully happy indie, the circus, a car crash and more bands that slip under the radar.

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And it’s delightfully happy indie that we start with, the Brisbane band that won rage’s ‘Indie Of The Week’ segment, Ball Park Music are heart jumpingly, feet tappingly joyful. With upbeat and fast paced piano and guitar riffs, and a lead singer who can only be described as quirky they have all the right moves to produce brilliantly fun pop music. Here is Sea Strangers (I Don’t Really Know You):

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kid sam

Kid Sam are a Melbourne based alternative rock duet, and their music is characterised by a heavy percussion influence, distorted guitar, and lazy droning vocals. The end result is a pretty weird experience, very stripped down and simple but also enjoyable to the right listener. You’ll have to make your own mind up on this one, and here is We’re Mostly made Of Water:

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damn

These guys are the first pick of the night. They are a Melbourne based trio, with one of the best band names I’ve heard in a while, Damn The Maps. They play alternative rock, and the exact style of their music is hard to describe, you’ll have to listen for yourself. I have a strange feeling about these guys…There’s something I can’t explain about their music that keeps me listening, and coming back for more. I felt the same thing when I first heard Cotton Sidewalk, and 272 plays in a month tell a very impressive story. Without any more inane rambling, here is Stare At The Screen:

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snog

“Snog is a band formed by Australian musician David Thrussell, along with Tim McGrath and Julia Bourke, in 1988. The band’s music is a fusion of many different styles, including industrial, techno, ambient, experimental and even some country music and funk.” However the song I heard was purely an ambient, mellow ballad. And here it is, This World (Done Me Wrong):

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owen

Owen Pallett is a Canadian singer, composer and violinist, who makes beautiful pop music. The combination of his slightly high pitched, echoing voice and the innovative use of the violins make the music more than enjoyable. He implements his strings in such a way that it sounds new and fresh, just like modern pop music should be. The video you are about to see I can only describe as strange. The music is brilliant though. Here is Lewis Takes off His Shirt:

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melissa

Another Canadian, Melissa Auf Der Maur is probably most famous for being a member of the band Hole, but the song I bring to you is a new one from her solo career, and it’s absolutely fantastic. It is good old fashioned rock in it’s finest, heavy on the bass, which is a style I’ve been warming to a lot recently and with a loud, clear voice perfectly suited for bringing the house down. Here is Out Of Our Minds:

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carney

Carney are an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. The circus theme ends only in two members’ last name and their videos. The music is pure, powerful guitar and drum driven rock. Reeve’s throaty and gritty vocals enforce the theme of force over finesse, yet they still manage to pull together some nice harmonies at an energetic pace. Here is Love Me Chase Me:

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georgia

Georgia Fields is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter, who sings acoustic pop ballads. Although the songs (and her face) are as pretty as one Lisa Mitchell’s, there is a sense of depth there, that many similar pop singers lack. A sense that it’s not entirely fun and games, and she’s worked hard to write these melodies. A sense that she’s a serious songwriter, and puts her heart into her music. And that is why she’s my second pick of the night, why I’ll be buying her album and why I can see a vague resemblance to one Sarah Blasko. Here is Something Borrowed, Something Blue:

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bonjah

Bonjah are a formerly New Zealandish, currently Melbourne based (We stole them! :D) rock band. They play bass and guitar prominent rock similar to one Powderfinger. Only they concentrate more on melody and harmony than rockin’ riff, hence making them slightly softer and smoother edged. They are purely enjoyable, catchy, and easy to listen to rock n’ roll music! Here is Colours:

Week 9

April 6, 2010

Week 9 was a week of quality. 7 fantastic independent bands, including one of the best video clips I’ve ever seen, a female drummer that rocks harder than Megan Washington, more glorious indie rock riffing and a woman who wears abstract art on her face. A grand night indeed!

local natives

Firstly, is Local Natives, an L.A based indie rock band. They’re another user of the building up technique that I so love from indie bands. With long drawn vocals, piano aplenty and a strong drum beat, their song ‘Airplanes’ really does take you up high in the sky:

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archie

Archie Bronson Outfit are an english rock band who make use of heavy noise, echoing vocals and elements of space rock. And the space theme is definitely relevant in their video for Shark’s Tooth, one of the best I’ve seen:

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i heart

They may seem placid in that photo, but Brisbaneans I Heart Hiroshima are one rockin’ indie band. Susie Patten is an absolute beast behind the drums, and for that reason she more than makes up for the lack of a bassist. All the warmth and rythym usually plodded in the background have been replaced by thumping foot drum beats, and it works fantastically. Not to mention her voice being as shouty as her drumwork, but it’s not over the top and it fits in like a dream. The dual guitarists make the experience even more enjoyable, with infectious riffs and chanting back up vocals. They are one of my two favourites from the night, and here is ‘River’:

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vaudeville

The Vaudeville Smash are an indie pop band from Melbourne, with influences from Disco and Funk. They have all the upbeat sounds and catchy riffs to lift spirits, but the thing that caught my attention is not only the hilarious video clip, but how it seems to take the best from disco, the best from pop, and all the energy of a 3 days confined kelpie to form a musical cocktail of over the top happiness. If you’re not barfing from the cuteness by the end of the song then you listened to it wrong!

Here is ‘Hey’:

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go/no go

Sydney indie rockers Go/No Go are similar to Cotton Sidewalk in one respect, they play great music for little, if any recognition. Making good use of keyboards in an almost new wave way, but retaining their indie rock base with classic echoing guitar riffs. All in all, they’re a solid band worthy of higher honours. Here is ‘Catching Up With You’:

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jess

Beautiful, etherial, weird and abstract, it holds your attention until the very end. Those are just a few phrases to describe Melbourne based singer Jess Harlen’s art. If there is a true meaning of soul music, this is it, because the soul is directly where it goes to. This is truly some of the prettiest, loveliest music I’ve heard, and the fact that it’s hypnotic and addictive too is simply awe inspiring. My serving suggestion is listening at night on medium volume. Here is ‘I Go’:

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jaggery

Jaggery are a Boston based art rock/experimental band, who use a variety of classical instruments in a rock n’ roll style. The piano and Mali Sastri’s chanting voice are most prominent, but other main instruments inclue cello, harp and violin. They manage to pull it off well, creating quite a unique sound in the process!

Here is ‘O Scorpio’:

Week 8

April 6, 2010

Week 8 is here is here and none of us are getting any younger, so let’s get cracking! 😀

bright yellow

Bright Yellow are a Sydney based rock n’ roll trio. Their music is honest, raw and very likeable. True blue solid rock!

Here is Good Question:

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she&him

Where ridiculously upbeat pop, all the campness of the 80’s, a beautiful voice and a hula hoop combine, you’ll find She & Him, the American duet of Zooey Deschanel and Matthew Ward. The music is so warm and happy, it’s impossible not to at least smile while listening to it, if you’re not yet jumping for joy that is!

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surfer

Floridan indie rock band Surfer Blood would be just another catchy riff indie band if it weren’t for two defining standouts. Those being the vocalist, who sounds like he came straight out of an 80’s new wave band, which is convenient since I LOVE new wave! :heheh: And the drummer, who single handedly gives the band another dimension. The percussion is heard above anything else, which is scarce in modern bands and refreshing to hear!

Here is Swim:

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suckers

New Yorker psychadelic pop band Suckers are difficult to describe. All that really matters though is the music, which is awesome. The bass is the standout this time, and it definitely makes it pretty funky. The chanting vocals are very easy on the ear, making the sheer strangeness of the band easier to digest. They may not be for everyone, but they’re definitely for me! 😀

Here is Easy Chairs, which has another quite awesome video clip:

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blood

I’ll bet you’re expecting an artsy experimental band from seeing that photo but you’d be wrong. Hard hitting indie rock anthems are the go, vocal harmonies and noise are the tools! Here is Light It Up:

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zee

Singer/songwriter Zee Avi writes beautiful acoustic ballads, with a voice reminiscent of Lisa Mitchell only clearer. And that’s not the only similarity, because Zee’s songs have all the cuteness and beauty of Lisa’s too. And here is Bitter Heart:

Week 7

April 6, 2010

Week 7 is yet another incredible week of music. Eleven bands and singers caught my attention, and that’s not including the little known of bands I’ve already heard of, and many songs repeated from previous weeks. A truly sensational show!

dappled

“Dappled Cities are a five-piece indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. Their music has been described as art rock or experimental pop. Their guitar-based songs typically combine melodies with the complex time signatures and tempo changes associated with post rock. Occasional falsetto vocals and the use of effects pedals (delay in particular) are also characteristic of their sound.”

They may be tagged as art rock and experimental, but Dappled Cities are as easy to listen to as any indie pop band knocking about, and for that alone they are commendable in my books. Although admittedly I had heard about them before listening on rage, I like them so much I had to post them here. The song I heard was ‘Miniature Alas’

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jamie

Jamie T is an english singer/songwriter who’s music transcends many genres. He has one album released, and another due to be released on the 14th of this month. The song I heard was pure acoustic indie, and it’s called ‘Emily’s Heart’

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chase

Chase And Status are often described as an electronic/drum & bass band, the song I heard from them has those elements in it, but is mainly rock n’ roll orientated. And it is also pure emotion, and the video more than accentuates that. It is also featuring the rapper Plan B, who I am listening to now, and I have to admit he is the best rapper I’ve ever heard. He did all the vocals in the Chase And Status video, and he sang them bloody well. And without further ado, the video for ‘End Credits’

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mercury

Mercury White I found from rage’s ‘Indie Clip Of The Week’ feature, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. A description from their Myspace page: “Taking influence from the likes of The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire and the Kaiser Chiefs, Mercury White fuse catchy choruses, hypnotic riffs and intricate beats into a fresh injection of energetic Indie Pop Rock.”

The song I heard was Sticks And Stones:

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frightened

Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish indie-rock band, who have released three LP’s since 2003. They are known for their expressive approach to music, their powerful live shows and their wonderful album art and music videos. The song I heard was ‘Nothing Like You’

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shiny

The Shiny Brights are a first for this journal, I would believe they’re the first band from Adelaide that I’ve posted. So kudos to these guys, who’s lead singer is a dead ringer for Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and will later be touring with fellow Adelaide band Jimmy And The Mirrors, supporting the previously posted The Vasco Era and the up and coming Melbournians Philadelphia Grand Jury.

Enough of that, and more about their music. They deal in infectious, contagious and energetic pop, with plenty of guitar riffs and quality rock vocals; they’re guaranteed to get your feet moving, if you don’t fall in love first. The song I heard was ‘Take No More’

Also, they completely and hilariously suck at air guitar.
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katie noo

Katie Noonan and her backing band The Captains are the pick of the night. With a voice so clear and powerful, it’s no wonder I’m slotting this song in the rock opera category, despite what anyone else says. This truly is sheer sea shanty inspired brilliance, and I think Katie has a big future in music. The epic in question is called ‘Page One’

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spoon

The very generically named band Spoon, are an alternative indie band from Texas. They were founded in 1994 and have 7 albums released to date. Their sound is quite gritty, quite like The Mess Hall, but with less emphasis on bass and distorted guitar, creating a slightly more commercial result. The song I heard was ‘Written In Reverse’:


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joe gid

Joe Gideon And The Shark are a band that every White Stripes fan needs to listen to. They are very similar and yet very different to them. the comparison was always going to be made, with a female drummer and a male singer and guitarist playing grungy hard hitting rock songs. But where they differ to The Stripes, is by being weird ass bastards! And it works for them so well, it’s scary, in a good way. the incredible song I heard was DOL:

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emily

Emily George is an unsigned singer from Sydney. She is so completely unheard of, that the above picture is a screenshot I took from the only video of her on Youtube. And once again, it is completely unjustified. She sings acoustic pop ballads, almost reminiscent of some tracks from Sarah Blasko’s WTSWTSWH. her voice is one of beauty, and fits perfectly for the warm sounds of acoustic instruments.

And here is said video, the song is called ‘Metropolis’:

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drones

The Drones are an Australian rock group who rose to prominence during the early 2000s. They are influenced by an eclectic bunch of bands, and the end result is a classic rock/blues infusion. After releasing their debut album in 2002, they produced four more in the next 6 years, as well as two live albums.

The song I heard was Shark Fin Blues:

Week 6

April 6, 2010

Week 6 has arrived and what a week it was! Not only did numerous favourites from previous weeks pop up, there was a host of brilliant Australian indie as well! I managed another 6 bands that caught my attention, and a couple of those I like so much I plan to buy their CD’s!

jezabels

“The Jezabels are a four piece band that formed after meeting at the University of Sydney, Australia. Their music is a blend of Pop, Disco and Indie Rock. Band members Heather Shannon (piano) and Hayley Mary (vocals) first began playing together in Byron Bay before moving to Sydney to attend university, where they met Nik Kaloper (drums) and Sam Lockwood (rhythm guitar) and formed the band. They have currently released 2 EPs, with social awareness as a key theme in their music.”

Here is Hurt Me:

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break

So what does a massive Australian rock band who lost their lead singer to politics do when they’re bored? They team up with the Violent Femmes’ bassist and kick out a wicked surf rock instrumental, part of a debut album to be released in April.

Here is said wicked surf rock instrumental:

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rosie

And we move from a supergroup to a ridiculously obscure group! The Rosie Burgess Trio are so unjustly unheard of, it boggles my brain. Three chicks playing delightful and occasionally humourous acoustic based music. You could practically imagine them as the female version of the JBT! :heheh: The vocals are fun, and with the flavour of a full on Aussie accent, it’s a real shame these gals are barely known.

Here is Stackhat:

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jimmy hawk

“With a sound that could only be described as dream filled, Jimmy Hawk’s soulful melodies and swaggering charm has garnered him much enthusiasm” were the words posted to his Myspace page, and they couldn’t be truer. There’s something special about this man, and his glorious folk ballads speak for themselves.

Just like the leading single, Born On A Mountain:

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leisure

The Leisure Society are a folk rock supergroup, the main member being Nick Hemming, the founding member of 90’s group She Talks To Angels. Using mainly classical instruments, the sound is wonderfully crafted, and they never manage to be boring. I would compare them to Mumford & Sons, only softer and slower, but no less incredible sounding.

Listen for yourself:

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cotton

About as known as Rosie Burgess Trio, Cotton Sidewalk are an Australian rock band who have been active for over 10 years, playing in pubs around Newcastle and Melbourne. They have managed to record 3 albums of heartfelt, emotional pop rock, the likes of which would make Coldplay swoon. I am taken to another world when listening, and I hope you are too.

Week 5

April 6, 2010

Week 5 was one hell of a night! I managed to scalp thirteen grand bands! And as a heads up, since there’s so many bands I found, I’ll only be copy and pasting appropriate descriptions, rather than writing my own as I usually do.

Starting from the top:

snowdroppers

“The Snowdroppers are an old style good time family fun band, whose feel good tunes harken from a more innocent era. From the days when jitterbugging, speak easys and contracting cholera was all the rage.”

And the song I heard, Do The Stomp:

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bridezilla

“Bridezilla are a five-piece indie band from Sydney, Australia that began playing together in 2005.

The band – Holiday Sidewinder, (daughter of singer-songwriter Loene Carmen), who also plays rhythm guitar on most tracks, Pia May, the band’s guitarist, Millie Hall, plays both the Saxophone and the keyboard, Daisy Tulley, plays the violin, and Josh Bush is the drummer.

In September 2007, the band signed with Ivy League Records and released their debut EP on 24 November 2007.”

And the song I heard:

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fumes

“Heralding their own brand of blues infused rock, two-piece band The Fumes was born in 2004. Front man Steve Merry had just returned from a twelve month stay in the US learning the tricks of the trade from renowned bluesman Bob Brozman and was itching to show off his newly honed finger-picking and slide guitar skills. Enter drummer Joel Battersby (formerly of the Beautiful Girls) and the duo began gigging around Sydney.”

And the song I heard:

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fof

“With a lead singer who resembles James Blunt, a drummer who always seems to have about 5 inches of arse crack showing, a keyboardist who is downright riveting to watch and a bass player who has made a name for himself leading the band The Rumours – Foxx on Fire deliver the perfect mix of indie pop and electro rock.”

And the song I heard:

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bon scotts

(I had a hard time finding a picture, as you may be able to tell from the name of the band!)

“The Bon Scotts have put their unique blend of eccentric song writing and charismatic instrumentation to tape. With unique hooks, found sounds and toe tapping rhythms, the catchy, playful and above all an honest album captures the energetic appetite of the five piece.”

And the song I heard:

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vasco

“The Vasco Era burst onto the Australian music scene some five years ago in an arrival that was difficult to ignore. The noisy Apollo Bay natives presented a range of musical conundrums: a surf coast band fuelled by a furious racket; a three-piece that made as much noise as a whole festival; a band that seemingly ran alongside the other entrants in the new rock race and yet outran them all. The country sat up and took notice, and their 2006 debut, Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, chronicled their journey to that point.”

And the song I heard:

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hell

“Sydney’s Hell City Glamours have been dolling out rock ‘n’ roll headaches of the good kind around Australia for the last seven years both as headliners and as support for some of the world’s biggest names, including Paul Stanley, Sebastian Bach, New York Dolls and many more.

Combining the swagger of the ‘Stones and Hanoi Rocks with punk energy and attitude has carved them a niche that’s hard to mimic.”

And the song I heard:

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pierced

“After the demise of underground legends Dead Mood in fall 2006, nobody was surprised to hear that founders Fred and Toody Cole had lost little time in starting a new band. Pierced Arrows picks up, musically, where Dead Moon left off – a lo-fi assault on the senses played with the sincerity and feeling that made DM such a special band for all of their fans around the world.”

And the song I heard:

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john meyer

“John Meyer* is one of Australia’s most intriguing and surprising artists. He combines pop, rock, folk and country flavours in unusual and delicious ways, leading to comparisons with artists like Neil Finn, Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens and Elvis Costello. Edged-out and left of centre, his music explores territory ranging from lovingly hand-crafted folky pop tunes through to dramatic, atmospheric rock – with a broad repertoire of arrangements that can be fine-tuned to suit a range of performance spaces.”

*Constantly confused with John Mayer

Here is the song I heard:

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mahmood

(Again had trouble finding a decent picture)

“Mahmood Khan represents an exclusive rare breed of singer/songwriters to emerge out of Asia who, amongst extreme difficulties, kept their art alive and dedicated a lifetime to celebrate the resilience and adaptibility of the human spirit. An experienced sound engineer, producer, writer, lyricist and performer, he has pioneered the fusion sound and has continually brought hope to his niche listeners around the world with his spiritual pop oriented songwriting and philosophy.”

And the song I heard:

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cat power

“Chan Marshall stops time. She sits at a piano or lays her guitar across her lap, and whether it’s a noisy club overflowing with drunks or a coffee house full of laptoppers, Chan Marshall draws all the attention in the room and makes the world stop spinning. As Cat Power, Marshall’s music seems to rise from nowhere, envelop the room, then vanish; listeners know they’ve been hit by something but they’re not sure what.”

Decide for yourself after listening to Rage’s pick:

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tapes

The next band of interest was Minnesotean rock band Tapes ‘n Tapes. Here’s an album review from Alternative Press:

“Refined, catchy rock ‘n’ roll menagerie…replete with jagged guitar, spicy melodies and superb rhythm section. Walk It Off has an air of nobility throughout….it’s rare to pull off an album this succinct and not invite boredom: it’s even rarer if it ****ing rocks.”

Here’s the song in question:

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TV

“TV on the Radio are an American band formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York, whose music spans through numerous diverse genres, from alternative rock and electro to free jazz and soul. The group has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and three acclaimed albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), and Dear Science (2008).”

This song comes from Return To Cookie Mountain:

Week 4

April 6, 2010

And it’s Triple J week! Rage decided to play a selection of songs from Triple J’s hottest 100 (Including Mumford & Sons twice!) as well as other independent and international artists. I managed to snap up six ripsnorters!

Starting with Australian solo artist Bertie Blackman:

Bertie Blackman

Bertie (Short for Beatrice) is a singer of great talent, and is the daughter of famous Australian artist Charles Blackman. She covers a variety of genres, although all of it is entwined with pop melodies. She has released three albums since 2004, and the song I heard was ‘Thump’ off her latest album ‘Secrets And Lies’ released in August of last year.

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Next up is a band I’d heard the name of frequently, but had never actually heard any songs. Well I decided to give them a go, and discovered a brilliant psychadelic trio from Perth.

I am of course talking about Tame Impala:

Tame Impala

Formed in 2005 as The Dee Dee Dums, they rightfully changed their name in 2007, as well as getting two new members and switching from a drums/guitar/guitar format to drums/bass/guitar. This proved a good move, because in 2008 they signed with Modular and released two EP’s that year. They played this year’s Big Day Out, and will release their debut LP in a couple of months time. Here is Half Full Glass Of Wine:

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Megan Washington

Megan Washington, and her fantastically creatively named band ‘Washington’ were my next find. Although she was born in Papua New Guinea, she spent most of her life in Australia so we’re claiming her as our own 😀

She started her career in Jazz, and released an EP with pianist Seam Foram in 2006. However she later moved away from Jazz, and played with artists such as Old Man River and Ben Lee. In 2008, Washington was formed, with the notable member Ryan Monro of The Cat Empire.

They have released two EP’s so far, the song I first heard was this one:

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Deep Sea Arcade

Deep Sea Arcade are an up and coming psychadelic pop band from Sydney. With comparisons to The Beatles and The Kinks among others already in their short career, they appear to have all the right moves despite having no released records yet.

Here’s the song I heard:

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yeasayer

Yeasayer are an experimental rock band from New York. They have two albums, 2007’s All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood which was released 6 days ago. They co-produced Bat For Lashes’ brilliant second album Two Suns, and have recieved praise from fellow experimental band Animal Collective.

the song I heard was Ambling Alp.

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sally seltmann

Sally Seltmann (formerly known as New Buffalo) is a singer from Melbourne. She has released two albums, and has a third coming, due for an April release. She sings delightful pop, and the song I heard was Harmony To My Heartbeat.

All in all this one has been a great week for music! 😀

Week 3

April 6, 2010

Week 3 provided me with my favourite of the lot so far:

Wild Beasts

They go by the name of Wild Beasts. They’re an indie rock band from England, formed in 2002 and headlined by lead singer Hayden Thorpe’s infectious countertenor voice.

The instrumentation is mostly stripped down, and is reminiscent of fellow indie bands Grizzly Bear and The Temper Trap in my opinion. The song I heard was Devil’s Crayon:

P.S: They also have some of the best video clips I’ve ever seen!