Brand new taste of the new King Gizzard album due out in September. ‘Head On/Pill’ is 16 minutes of epic Gizzard sounds, now with added sitar. Usually I would see sitar and think, oh gosh, the King Gizz’s have gone to King Jizz’s (shit joke I know), but after I heard the rollicking track, I was convinced otherwise. The sitar sits as part of the rhythm section, and although you can hear it in the mix, it never features obnoxiously. And really, how the fuck can you turn down a 16 minute epic from these fellas? Really keen for the new album.
Introducing Canberran gun, Bus Vipers. Making some blissed out reverby pop music, first single ‘Lonely Ghost’ will be the first taste off his debut EP, hopefully due out before years end.
Those opening almost free-form whirly guitar sounds take you by surprise a bit as the rest of the song, although still featuring those sounds, is so structured and tight. This is pop that gets under your skin, from the falsetto vocals of the chorus, to those programmed drum grooves, all sitting on this bed of washed out guitar.
And, it’s all up for a free download! Seriously good vibezzz.
So these guys have been causing a bit of raucous, especially in their home town of Sydney. Lime Cordiale do that semi reggae funky vibe, and come complete with a horn section. The song that people have been going ape shit for is a track called ‘Bullshit Aside’, easily one of the catchiest tracks to come out of this city in a fair while.
You can stream it below. The boys are also heading out on a small bit of an east coast tour, details of which can be found here.
So, it seems to be a bit of a thing to not like Sarah Blasko. And I was definitely one of those people. And whilst some of her stuff I find quite bland, this song ‘All Of Me’ taken from her album of last year I Awake is pretty special. Ms Blasko has also just released a clip for the song, easily one of the most intriguing and dare I say affective clips I think I’ve seen this year. It is being billed as slightly NSFW, but, you can maybe get away with it.
If you dig, then make sure you check her out on a massive regional tour. More details here.
This is such a good clip for such a great song. The track itself featured in the April mixtape.
Melbourne duo Private Life have gone and joined the sex industry, albeit rather cryptically (“I wanna eject my rocket fuel in your spaceport baby“) and also only for the 4 minutes and 7 seconds that the clip lasts, from what we’ve been told…
So some things are meant to be impressive. When I OH YOU announced the other day that Snakadaktal were releasing a new song this afternoon, I got pretty stoked. And the new song, exceeds my expectations (READ: is a fucking good song!).
‘Ghost’ is the first taste off the bands debut album Sleep In The Water which is due for release August 2. It’s slow sleepy layering showcases how these guys use atmosphere superbly. There’s also a complexity and a sophistication to it too – even moreso than their previous work. Head over to the band’s website for details on purchasing the album – snakadaktal.com
yikes. so this is kinda bumper. Like proper bumper. At 1hr and 17mins, it’s got everything you need to get nostalgic about the month just gone…or perhaps everything you need to play catch up on the month that’s just gone. Either way, it’s a solid mix.
And as a quick aside, turns out soundcloud only lets you upload 2hours worth of stuff until you have to start paying. So it’s back to the ugly wordpress player for this month.
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Monone Alone – The Business World
Jen Cloher – Toothless Tiger
Gang Of Youths – A Sudden Light
Nick Van Breda – The World And The Everyday (Right Click/Save As)
Jimmy Tait – All My Friends
Prudence Rees-Lee – Morning
The Guppies – RSVP To My Funeral (Right Click/Save As)
Midnight Juggernauts – Memorium
George Maple – OPST
Oscar Key Sung – It’s Coming
Baptism Of Uzi – Stray Current (Right Click/Save As)
Movement – Feel Real
Lancelot – You’ll Never Be Mine
Jensen Interceptor & CSMNT61 – Angle of Incidence
Flight Facilities – I Didn’t Believe (Feat. Elizabeth Rose)
Du Tonc – Surging Memories
Willow Beats – Alchemy
The Townhouses – Diaspora (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
So I came across this dude, J.M.J.M. He’s doing some electronic pop music that is pretty solid. It’s definitely not revolutionary stuff, but in terms of some straight up electro pop, the dude is nailing it. So much of this kind of music sucks mostly because of the vocals, but this guys can actually sing.
Definitely something to start your Saturday with.
He’s also done a kinda cover of Grimes‘ track ‘Oblivion’ – he’s merged it with an original of his, ‘To Say’
So the brand new track from Cloud Control came out the other day…and yeah, it’s a little different, but it’s a killer bit of pop song writing.
The band’s new album is due out on August 19 through Ivy League and will be called Dream Cave. If ‘Dojo Rising’ is anything to go by, then it may well be a bit special.
So Whitley‘s back.
Killer new track from Mr Greenwood, doing what he does perfectly. ‘My Heart Is Not A Machine’ is the first cut from his new album, Even The Stars Are A Mess which comes out on July 5. On the indefinite break, Whitley did a shit load of travelling, all becoming inspiration for the new album.
The clip for ’My Heart Is Not A Machine’ was shot in the Amazon rainforest, the last leg of his trip. Makes for an incredible clip – and a beaut track too!
This is one of the tracks that have seriously made my May. And I know I’m a little late to the party, but hey, I’ve had a month off ok?
It’d be hard not to notice these guys. With easily one of the catchiest tracks of the year, The Preatures are bringing that funky singalong soul right back and hitting you smack bang in the face with it. New single ‘Is This How You Feel?’ seriously kicks you for 6, with it’s dual vocals and that drum and guitar groove that is enough to make anyone move no matter what the fuck they’re doing.
You can grab the single from iTunes and keep an eye out for a new EP due out soon too.
The clip is also pretty darn classic. Just the band looking all sexy with some great lights and words etc.
Brand new jam from Melbourne fellas World’s End Press, a band who is finally releasing their debut album in the second half of this year. New single ‘To Send Our Love’ is almost a little darker than previous work, and with Tim Goldsworthy (of DFA records) at the helm, the production is fucking mint too.
The gents are doing a run of shows to help launch the new single. If you’re in Sydney, make sure you check them out at Brighton Up as they play three Thursday nighters there throughout August. Full tour details here.
So this is what I mean when I say I’ve gotta play some catch up. Surf City are from Aukland. I know, not Australian, but the guys use to play here a bit and, well…they hold a pretty special place in this blog’s life, having made my top 10 of 2010 with their last album Kudos (before this here blog became exclusively about Australian music).
Surf City are also just a fucking great band. So, when I finally read that these guys were releasing a new album entitled We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This in August, I got pretty darn excited. The first taste off the new album is ‘It’s A Common Life’, a jam that is full of the fuzzed out guitar that only a New Zealand band can pull off. It also has a freakin’ killer chorus that you have to sing along to.
Ok, so here we are. All ready and back and stuff. Before I get into the much delayed April mixtape, just wanted to say thanks for hanging around, those of you that did. The love on the facebook page was great. I needed this time off for various reasons, and although the fact that I’m back doesn’t mean I’m going to be posting everyday, things will be a little more regular.
Ok, so enough of that. Below is a pretty bumper mix of my fave tracks from April. Given the time delay, I thought I should add in a fair few tracks, so the mix is a full 17 tracks long. As with every month, you can stream it and download it below, and I’ve also included some of the tracks as free download.
Brightly – Fox
Lanark – Able Oust (Right Click/Save As)
Private Life – Mine (Right Click/Save As)
Owl Eyes – Nightswim (Collarbones Remix)
Cherax Destructor – <3 (Right Click/Save As)
James X. Boyd – Brunswick Street Junkies
China Doll – She Don’t Need To Know (Right Click/Save As)
Aluka – Cave
The Model School – Purple AM Radio (Right Click/Save As)
DEJA – Still Falling (Right Click/Save As)
Jagwa Ma – Man I Need (white label version)
Footy – Mobile Cemetery
Ngaiire – Dirty Herc
Great Earthquake – Do. Make (Right Click/Save As)
Jeremy Neale – In Stranger Times (Feat. Go Violets)
Super Wild Horses – Running With Wolves
Max Savage – Oh Darling (Right Click/Save As)
Nope, not some name of some band. Instead, it’s indeed literal. MAAMF is taking a small bit of a break. Plan is to be back first week of June, and I’ll be sure to have a whole heap of content up then including a much delayed April Mixtape, the May Mixtape as well as a few other little goodies.
I won’t bore you with why I need the time off, coz quite frankly, it’s pretty boring.
See you in June!!
So if these gents aren’t on to something big, then I don’t know what the fuck to believe. Over on the Gang Of Youths soundcloud page, the first track I ever heard from the boys, ‘Strange Diseases’ has been taken down leaving just the amazing and haunting ‘Riverlands’ as well as a newy, ‘Knuckles White Dry (Car Ride Home)’. And whilst taking down a track doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that coupled with the boys relentless gigging, teaming up with Mirror Music, and posting pics of them in the recording studio over on their facebook page has Detective Miks thinking that somethin’s goin’ on. Maybe a proper re-record of the track?
But all we got to go on at the moment is the new track. As opposed to that big anthemic pop that ‘Strange Diseases’ nailed, the new track sounds much like ‘Riverlands’ in that it’s a distorted piano just with vocals as well as some added guitar. It is seriously nice too.
Seriously keep an eye on these gents. 2013 will be a massive year for ‘em I reckon!
These guys are seriously an ace band. Producing some of that emotive indie rock that doesn’t make you cringe, Neighbourhood Youth are four Melbourne dudes nailing it. The guys have a new single out ‘My Friends’, as well as a clip for the track. The clip is bloody nice – really well shot and captures the feel beautifully.
You can stream/purchase the track below as well as the clip.
The boys are also half way through a tour to help launch the single. Deets here.
Goldsmith are quite excellent. From Newcastle these guys have been kicking around for only 12 months or so, and are already nailing that ethereal indie pop that almost wants to fly above you, lift you gently by the shoulders and fly you away. New single ‘Backbone’ sounds like music from a different era, although an era that perhaps hasn’t happened yet.
Brand newy from Adelaide gents Messrs. Doing that live indie dance vibe pretty well, these guys know their way around a killer pop song too.
The guys are launching their new single Running Wild with a fair few shows around the country – dates here.
Bangin’ little 60′s vibe number from that rapscallion from Brisvegas, Jeremy Neale. Comes with added feel goods from fellow Brisvegas babes Go Violets.
Catch Mr Neale as he tours the latest single on a mini east coast 3 dater. Details here.
These gents do that big sounding indie rock that is always good.
Buchanan‘s debut full length is due out May 10, and if earlier single ‘Run Faster’ is anything to go by, then it’ll be a pretty fucking good album.
New single ‘Human Spring’ sounds even bigger than earlier tracks, but still manages to ensure that an element of vulnerability remains in Josh’s vocals. You can stream the track below, and if you dig, you can download it for free from the bands website.
So, this is pretty exciting. Maamf is lucky enough to be able to debut the making of vid for one of the tracks from Aluka‘s debut full length, Space alongside a whole heap of other excellent blogs. The track we’ve got is track 9, ‘Street’. Tomorrow, make sure you check out the rad All I Do Is Listen as they premier another making of vid.
Perhaps the best thing about Aluka is that sure they’re an experimental vocal pop group, but it’s still all quite accessible and definitely not alienating. The album itself was released a couple of days ago (April 5th) and was recorded and produced by the excellent Nick Huggins, who has worked with Oscar + Martin, Kid Sam etc. The guys vary it up with their sounds (yep, that is possible with just vocals) as well as the stories that they tell. You can also hear the various locations reflected in both the stories and sounds too (each song was recorded in a unique location across their home state of Victoria). It’s a small bit wanky a concept, but my gosh does it work.
The girls are going to be doing a run of dates in support of the album. Make sure you check ‘em out. They’re heaps talented, and also heaps funny (as the clip suggests).
Album Launch TourThursday 11th April- Camelot Lounge, Sydney Friday 12th April- Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart Wednesday 17th April- Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Sunday 21st April- Nexus Art Centre, Adelaide Friday 3rd May- Uniting Church of Northcote, Melbourne
Bit of a lacklustre month from this side in terms of posting, but man, I’m glad I get the opportunity to put all the ace songs for the month that I didn’t write about into this mixtape.
Some real summery vibes in for March – and on the most part up here it’s been pretty summery (win win).
Of course all these tracks are standouts, but if I can make a few mentions – the Camperdown & Out record is really really great. So is the Dick Diver album. And then of course anything from Lindsay Tuc is ace – that dude is your deep house wet dream. The new project from Tim Shiel (Faux Pas), Telling looks heaps promising too. And finally, man, that new Courtney Barnett track is absolutely golden – one of my faves of the year for sure.
Without further ado though, below are my fave for march.
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The Model School – Pictures of Summer (right click/save as)
Jep & Dep – Ain’t Coming Back (right click/save as)
Camperdown & Out – St Peters
Saskwatch – I Get Lonely
Jenny Broke The Window – Ravel (right click/save as)
Braves – Hallows (right click/save as)
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Bloom – Date Me (right click/save as)
Rat & Co – Seawind
Kenzie FromWelly – Show Ya-Self (right click/save as)
The Hated – Lords Life
Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive – Real Talk (Cassian Remix)
Lindsay Tuc – Song For Holly
Telling – Stella
Dick Diver – Water Damage
I’lls are a great little Melbourne band doing some killer moody layered pop. The guys have just signed to Yes Please and are set to release their new EP, A Warm Reception on May 21. The first cut from the release, ‘Plans Only Drawn’ sounds like some excellent Radiohead-styled weird noise guitar gem. It’s an incredibly warm bit of production too, and strangely uplifting.
You can stream ‘Plans Only Drawn’ below.