NEW MUSIC: Orion’s Belte – Cherchez La Ghost

It’s hard to ignore the killer groove and minimal exotic funk of this track from Norwegian trio Orion’s Belte. They released their debut album Mint last year and have already followed it up with the EP Slim in 2019. ‘Cherchez La Ghost’ is their brilliant take on the Ghostface Killah track, mixing a great breakbeat with effect-laden pedal steel and an nervous twitch of a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Orion’s Belte – Cherchez La Ghost

DOUBTFUL SOUNDS – Spotify Mix Series

We’ve got a new series of mixes happening over on Spotify. As is our want, these are all over the show. One minute you’re in downtown LA in the 80s, next you’re off to New Orleans in the 20s before a quick jaunt to Auckland in the 1990s. Dub, post-punk, glam metal, ambient, pop, country and jazz. Anything goes. Catch up with the first three … Continue reading DOUBTFUL SOUNDS – Spotify Mix Series

ALBUM REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

The masters of minimal post-punk and street poetry return with their first album for Rough Trade, In the last four years the duo have gone from something of a curiosity to an established act with a cutting line in socio-political commentary and stark, primitive music. English Tapas continues the sound and content of its predecessors. On Divide & Exit (2014), Andrew Fearn concocted a sound … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

NEW MUSIC: The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

It took 16 years for them to follow-up their groundbreaking sampledelic debut LP Since I Left You but finally Sydney’s The Avalanches (Robbie Chater, Tony Di Blasi and James Dela Cruz) have released their first song and video from their forthcoming album Wildflower. Frankie Sinatra is built on a sample of Wilmots Houdini’s Bobby Sox Idol and features Danny Brown and Madlib with some tripped … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

NEW MUSIC: Sleaford Mods | Tied Up In Nottz

Duo Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn are starting to make waves with their new album Divide & Exit and they’ve definitely got a great no wave, krautrock/post-punk sound going on with Lydon/Mark E. Smith type rants splattered on top. They describe themselves as electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class and under from Nottingham, UK.     Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Sleaford Mods | Tied Up In Nottz

FEATURE: Signposts in Modern Music

We look at six songs that stand out as important moments in modern music, changing the playing field and inspiring legions of other musicians… JEFF BUCKLEY – GRACE (1994) With alternative music (as it was known at the time) in the grip of grunge and hard rock it took a sensitive young man with an angelic voice, good looks and a mesmerizing guitar style to … Continue reading FEATURE: Signposts in Modern Music

LIVE REVIEW: Beck @ State Theatre, Sydney (14/11/12)

by Chris Familton It is always a pleasure to visit the ornate surroundings of Sydney’s State Theatre with its outlandish detailing and proclivity for gold and chandeliers. It creates a certain mood and atmosphere and definitely lends a sense of occasion to whichever band is gracing its stage. UK’s Dark Horses had the opening honours and, with quite a different sound to Beck, they played … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Beck @ State Theatre, Sydney (14/11/12)

INTERVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop

A NEW FLIGHT PATH FAT FREDDY’S DROP ARE ABOUT TO TAKE LEAVE FROM RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM TO PREVIEW IT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. KEYBOARDIST DOBIE BLAZE GIVES CHRIS FAMILTON AN INSIGHT ON THE TOURING LIFESTYLE AND THE BAND’S CREATIVE PROCESS. New albums aren’t a common occurrence in the world of Fat Freddy’s Drop. To date there has only been 2005’s debut Based On … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop

INTERVIEW: Sola Rosa

by Chris Familton Though Sola Rosa continues to be an increasingly collaborative project, the signature sound still comes from Andrew Spraggon who has been on the New Zealand music scene for two decades, predominately as Sola Rosa but also early on as the singer and guitarist for indie rock band Cicada. The transition from guitars to samplers came at a time when he was running … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Sola Rosa

AUSTRALIA TOUR NEWS: Madlib Medicine Show to tour in October

Fans of left of centre hip hop, funk, soul and jazz will be excited about the return to Australia of Madlib this October. He will also be bringing along J Rocc (World Famous Beat Junkies) and Egon (Stones Throw/Now-Again) as part of his Madlib Medicine Show. 25th October – Coniston Lane – Brisbane  – tix via Moshtix 26th October – The Metro Theatre – Sydney … Continue reading AUSTRALIA TOUR NEWS: Madlib Medicine Show to tour in October

NEWS: The line-up for Meredith Music Festival 2012

The first list of acts performing at this year’s Meredith Music Festival in Victoria has been announced and as usual it looks to be a great mix of electronic, psychedelia, rock and hip hop. Check out our Rdio playlist featuring bands appearing at the event that takes place from December 7-9th. There is a ballot happening so if you want to increase your chance of … Continue reading NEWS: The line-up for Meredith Music Festival 2012

NEWS: 2012 Vivid LIVE Festival Program Announced…

This year the Sydney Opera House based festival Vivid LIVE has done away with a guest curator, in the past using Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and others. From 2012 onward the festival will be overseen by the Sydney Opera House’s programming team, led by Head of Contemporary Music, Fergus Linehan as Festival Director. The full line-up for this year has been announced today … Continue reading NEWS: 2012 Vivid LIVE Festival Program Announced…