Favourite Songs of 2011

So many people are starting to base their listening on songs these days, such is the reduction in attention spans, the proliferation of YouTube browsing and the ease of compiling ones own playlists featuring the best stuff you want to hear. Separate to my Top 50 LPs of 2011 I’ve also put together a list of songs that caught my ears and became hard to … Continue reading Favourite Songs of 2011

DS… BEST OF 2011 SO FAR

In no particular order here are some our favourite albums we’ve heard so far in 2011… J. Mascis | Several Shades of Why Bon Iver | Bon Iver Yuck | Yuck John Maus | We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves Robag Wruhme | Thora Vukk Eleanor Friedberger | Last Summer Gillian Welch | The Harrow & The Harvest Pure X | Pleasure The Horrors … Continue reading DS… BEST OF 2011 SO FAR

ds recommends… Pure X

Pure X hail from Austin, Texas check out the track Twisted Mirror from their debut album Pleasure due out July 5th on Acephale Records . Think slow, jammy, druggy, spaced out jams that meander and rattle. They kinda feel like Kurt Vile on downers but with some fantastic melodies sparkling beneath the foggy gauze of sound.       Continue reading ds recommends… Pure X

ds recommends… Iowa

Melbourne’s Iowa sound great… heavy, chunky distorted guitars that come in waves like Dinosaur Jr and Crazy Horse soaked in shoegaze. Indecipherable vocals moan and yearn with just the right amount of angst and ache and you get that warm sense of familiarity comforting and invigorating your ears. They have a new red 7″ of Lose Yourself/Reasons out now and you can order it or … Continue reading ds recommends… Iowa

2011… The Year Ahead

With the flicking over of the calendar another 365 days begin and record companies slide into another release schedule. In the southern hemisphere we are inundated with festivals so the good part of January will be spent outdoors in the searing sun at the Big Day Out, Laneway Festival, Soundwave, Sydney Festival, Mona Foma and many more. Laneway this year promises to be one of … Continue reading 2011… The Year Ahead

ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

That’s it then, 2010 done and dusted and although it wasn’t the best year ever for new music there were some damn fine records released. This year we’re seeing an even more eclectic mix of flavours coming through from witch house, minimal electronica, americana, experimental and the all encompassing indie tag. Have a look at what we loved through the year, click on the covers … Continue reading ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

GIG REVIEW: Dengue Fever @ Factory Theatre, Sydney 15/10/10

written by Chris Familton It was somewhat surprising to see that Dengue Fever were playing the Factory, given that their profile is fairly low in Australia. As it turned out those concerns were realised with a small crowd spread sparsely across the Factory. The upside was that by the end of the evening they attendees wholeheartedly made up for it with their enthusiasm. Transat were … Continue reading GIG REVIEW: Dengue Fever @ Factory Theatre, Sydney 15/10/10

MID YEAR BEST OF… The goodies from the 1st half of ’10

We are currently in the middle of compiling our favourite releases of 2010 so far. How has the year been for new music, deluxe reissues. Has there been anything that has blown you away or a new album from a favourite artist? Let us know what has been floating your boat and we’ll include a readers list as well…. Leave a comment below Continue reading MID YEAR BEST OF… The goodies from the 1st half of ’10