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Music Features

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 4:33pm

There’s no comradery quite like that of a sibling, but siblings playing music together has historically been, well, they’ve often had a tendency to rub each other the wrong way.

 

Not The Davidson Brothers. In their latest release All You Need Is Music the band seemingly take full advantage of the opportunity to play together, with a simple sound that is nothing but feel good...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:59pm

When chatting with Melbourne guitar teacher Dean Luke about what he does, it's almost impossible to not be affected by the obvious passion he shows for his work. “I'm originally from Phillip Island, I started with a guitar studio down there then later opened Rock Guitar Lessons in North Richmond and migrated up here. My dream as a teacher was to run a studio that specialised in electric guitar...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:31pm

Screamfeeder have been underground for quite some time. In fact, it’s been a little over a decade since the Brisbane rockers last released a studio album together –  many will remember their debut Flour from 1992 and the undeniable classic Kitten Licks in '96.

 

Back with new release Pop Guilt, Screamfeeder are proving that no matter how much time the group spend apart, that same...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:19pm

It’s an antiquated attitude, but there remain some avid music listeners who believe electronic music is incapable of having an affecting emotional quality.

 

Hot Chip multi-instrumentalist and producer Joe Goddard is sitting on the cusp of his new solo album, Electric Lines, which sees him merging his great passion for electronic music with his lifelong love of soul.
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Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:13pm

“For those who are interested and cruel enough to take a good look, when I walk onstage, you’re basically watching a guy at the edge of a nervous breakdown.”

 

These are practically the last words anyone expects to hear from one of the most acclaimed and prolific composers in the history of cinema – the great Hans Zimmer, who boasts an astonishing 179 composer credits on iMDB,...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:10pm

“When I was growing up in England I listened to pirate radio because they didn’t have community radio,” says Paul Elliot. 

 

“I’ve always had that love of music that community radio has, as well as the political side, the social side, the community side”. 
 
Elliot is acutely aware of the difficult financial context within which community radio exists.  And for...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:07pm

From the foothills of Adelaide to the Hollywood Hills, 26-year-old rapper Allday has come a long way. “I’m currently in a dark, self-doubt period of my album release process, because I’ve had the songs for so long and I’ve listened to them so many times. I’m just going ‘I don’t wanna put them out – and I'm like 'Come on, can we do another album.' "

 

Allday, otherwise known as...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 12:55pm

These days it seems like not even the most casual conversation can avoid touching on the horror going down in the United States. It’s all we can talk about: we’re obsessed with the warmongering, the partisan politics, the riots and the inequality.

 

Not even interviews are free from the pull. After all, asking musicians to comment on Donald Trump’s presidency has become the kind...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 @ 6:47pm

It’s well-established that Melbourne possesses one of the world’s most multidimensional and adventurous music scenes; what is less ascertained is an understanding of its developmental onion – the scales run deeper than an artist and their recording.  
 
A lot of effort and expertise goes into a release and while the musician is evidently quintessential, getting something onto the...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 3:22pm

In the southern states of America, barbecue is its own culture with a dedicated and passionate following. Brought to the States by Spanish conquistadors, the Caribbean style of cooking has spawned a diverse and innovative cuisine, which many Australian’s have fallen deeply in love with it.

 

Meatstock, a mecca of wood smoked, meaty...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 3:17pm

 

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct Drive Turntable
 
Audio-Technica has managed to turn their turntables into something of a staple product for independent record stores to sell right across the country. They’ve done this by assessing the wants and needs of people that use turntables for a variety of purposes, and delivering a series of products that each matches a...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 3:09pm

While Record Store Day may send other parts of the vinyl industry into a frenzied overdrive in the lead up, it doesn’t have that effect on Zenith Records.

 

Through a mantra of reliability and consistency, the vinyl pressing plant has built a loyal following of repeat customers in the local and international community. The last few years has seen an increase in their business,...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 3:09pm

Nestled in the Brunswick district, Record Paradise has long been regarded as a hotspot for new and pre-loved vinyl in Melbourne. The oasis away from the hectic traffic of Sydney Road serves as a hidden nook made especially for music lovers and collectors.

 

Co-owner Renae Maxwell is not only involved in the music scene via Record Paradise, but also through involvement with...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 3:00pm

Austrian Turntable Company – Project Audio – has been reinvigorating the music world with a slew of beautifully designed turntables focused on providing the best quality listening experience for record enthusiasts the world over. In Australia, Project Audio is this year’s official Record Store Day Turntable partner, and just in time for the event, their flagship product – the Debut Carbon...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 2:16pm

Given the digital age we find ourselves mired in, there are more than a few dissenters out there who argue events like Record Store Day are pretty much pointless.

 

Why own vinyl records given how bulky and expensive they are, when you could access the discography of your favourite artist by clicking a button on Spotify, or better still, bumming around on YouTube? And, just as...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 2:13pm

As a child Joel Shortman accompanied his father to record stores, where his father would exchange his collection of vinyl records for the then new digital technology of compact discs. 

 

25 years later, and Shortman flipped that transaction on its head. These days Shortman runs Rathdowne Records in Northcote, with a rich and diverse stock of vinyl records, just like the ones he...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:40pm

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Trumpylvania is an eerie collection of snippets from Donald Trump speeches to an experimental, sometimes dark hip hop backdrop.
 
The EP commences with the slightly underwhelming Short-Fingered Vulgarian that loops “Donald Trump is very, very special” with a monotonous synth and beat.  
 
Trumpylvania  picks up speed and credibility quickly, as...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:11pm

Despite what the movies might have told you, being a musician – particularly when you’re just starting out – is a cold, hard slog.

 

You never know how much money you’re going to have coming in; you’ve got to make your own way to gigs at far-flung locations around the country; and you work long, strange, mostly nocturnal hours.
 
But no matter how hard being a muso...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:06pm

Maya’s rich jazzy vocals are instantaneously striking for their beauty and individuality. Her unique sound, a mix of electronic and acoustic elements, is largely a product of her background, a cultural cocktail of Australian, African American and Hungarian roots.

 

“I have so many different aspects to my culture, and it builds such a versatile sound. It’s really meant that I’ve...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:03pm

Dillon Francis is an entertaining soul, not just musically with his pioneering Moombahton genre but he has a dopey sense of humour, unabashed and unapologetic.

 

He’s a busy, busy man – between collaborations, positions in the charts, his stream counts, and ceaseless touring it’s amazing he finds the time to accomplish so much. Francis’ upcoming Australian tour won’t be his first...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:01pm

The story behind Diet Cig goes like this: Noah Bowman was playing guitar in a band at a house show in New Paltz, a small college town two hours out of New York City.  Alex Luciano was in the crowd and asked Bowman for a lighter.  Bowman, who’d never met Luciano before, offered a bottle of wine instead. 

 

As these things do, this chance interaction led to Luciano and Bowman...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 1:00pm

With the dawning of social media and increased connectivity, the public’s voices have never been louder. As the political climate changes, and the everyday citizen becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the status quo, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to use your voice. 

 

Affectionately labelled as pub rock, Bad//Dreems encompass so much of what makes quintessentially...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:59pm

At face value, you might wonder if Amyl and the Sniffers are on a ‘70s rock culture trip.  After all, lead singer Amy Taylor has a haircut that’s equal parts Bowie, Cherie Currie and Broadmeadows sharpie. 

 

The band’s three-chord punk rock riffs would bring a tear to Kim Fowley’s eye.  Then there’s Amyl and the Sniffers’ catchy track 70s Street Munchies, with its subliminal...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:54pm

“Can you guys please play away from the telephone? I'm trying to do an interview, and I can't hear what the man is asking.”

 

Damien Charles is many things – an expat Kiwi, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, an engineer and one half of Castlemaine duo Coda Chroma. Right now, however, he's a father of two – and he's got to lay down the law in order to continue with the former. “...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:52pm

Bedroom, the latest track from Perth indie rockers The Tommyhawks,radiates an intriguing vibe,exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood and how identity is constantly evolving within those stages.

 

Vocalist Addison Axe discusses the expectations placed upon adolescents to have themselves all figured out by the time they finish high school. 
 
“There’s this...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:26pm

With Georgia Spanos

 

Through the twinkling windows that wrap the corner of Moore and Brunswick Streets lives an honest pub boasting 150 years of Melbourne history – The Labour In Vain. Born a confectioner and butcher for a life of 72 years, the corner hub now holds its ground as a laid-back wooden bar where time slows right down. Somewhere to take a seat, listen to live rock’n’...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 12:14pm

There are few bands in Melbourne – and, indeed, all of Australia – that are as busy a touring act as Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. Hell, there are probably some bars and pubs that don't even bother taking their name off the “What's On” chalkboard, as they know they'll be right back.

 

The folk-rockers have been on and off the beaten track since the release of their third...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:38pm

Dylan Davidson can growl like no other. The second of two vocalists for metal heads Deadlights, the shadowy singer complements the melodic vocals provided by bandmate Tynan Reibelt with a rough tone carrying honest lyrics that reflect his experiences and emotions.

 

With songs like single Order Without Order on upcoming debut album Mesma, the band’s potential as a whole are clear...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:35pm

In 2011, boutique label Now-Again Records released Those Shocking Shaking Days, a compilation of Indonesian hard, psychedelic, progressive and funk rock bands from the 1970s. 

 

For Indonesian rock’n’roll fans such as Rektivianto Yoewono, guitarist with Indonesian heavy rock band Mooner, the realisation that bands such as Panbers, The Brims, AKA, The Gang of Harry Roesli and...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:33pm

Melbourne’s The Cactus Channel have been pushing the boundaries of soul music since they first formed back in high school.

 

After releasing two instrumental albums in 2015, the band collaborated with Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker) on a 7” single, signifying an exciting diversion into new musical territory. Now they present Do It For Nothing, an EP that features the...

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