This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Forever Son, Cable Ties, Baro, Great Outdoors, Terry, Lucy Cliche, Tulalah, Mikey Young, Lemony Kravitz, Lachlan Denton, Hollow Everdaze, Prints Familiar, Angie, Dave O’Connor, Mere Women, Jules Sheldon and this week’s best new track by Slow Dancer.
Ryan Grieve (Canyons) and Rachel Rutt perform together as Heart People. Their sharp alt-pop single ‘Show You‘ came in at #27 in our 100 Best Australian Tracks list last year, and soon after the Sydney duo proved it was no fluke with their next release ‘Voices‘. What I enjoy most about Heart People is their rare ability to be accessible to both casual listeners and those inclined to hear pop music with a more sceptical ear.
Their debut EP Homecoming takes on several diverse ’90s pop influences — and not the post-Spice Girls acts. Considering that late ’90s nostalgia is painfully cool again, I’m definitely on board for reminding people that there’s more to pop music than a mere sense of novelty and singalong vocals. A great pop single should still be able to impress as an instrumental, and Heart People’s music achieves that while portraying strong atmosphere, mood and ambition.
Heart People have chosen trance as the theme for their Trading Tunes selections, telling us, “We love music that takes us to that other place, where we can let go. Forget what you know. Become who you are.”
Love, Peace, & Trance – ‘Yeelen’
Rhythm & Sound w/ Tikiman – ‘Music A Fe Rule’
Muslimgauze – ‘Curfew, Gaza’
Luis Gasca – ‘Spanish Gipsy’
Raul Lovisoni & Francesco Messina – ‘Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo’
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Angharad Drake, The Murlocs, h.eund, Ferla, Hachiku, River Yarra, Hi. Ok, Sorry., Le Pie, Kardajala Kirridarra and this week’s best new track by School Damage.
In 2015 Perth band Dianas caught my attention with the single ‘Of A Time‘, a track so good that I regularly throw it on in the car to this day. As I delved deeper into their self-titled debut album I discovered it was full of tight gems, so I was pretty excited when I heard that they had moved to Melbourne.
Now firmly established here, they’re gearing up for the release of their second album. The first single from which is a track called ‘Heart Of Me‘, which demonstrates they haven’t lost any spark since their debut LP. There’s a joyous feeling when listening to Dianas that the three band members genuinely enjoy spending time together — their chemistry is palpable and second to none.
Nathalie Pavlovic (Nat) from Dianas: “Feeling a bit nostalgic after finally releasing some new stuff, so I decided to go with songs that remind me of when we first started up as a band around 2010~2011, listening to these in our living room in Perth and dancing around. A lot of these bands were really inspiring for me, and I think listening to them around the time I was learning how to play guitar and bass it maybe shaped a lot of our sounds.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Leah Senior, Future Haunts, Ogopogo, Love Deluxe, Borneo, Courtney Barnett, Ainsley Farrell, Major Leagues, Glider Pilots, Tomsk, Field Waves, Two Steps on the Water and this week’s best new track by 808s and Greatest Hits.
The legends over at PBS 106.7 FM are in the midst of their annual two-week Radio Festival. While it’s not a music festival in the traditional sense of live bands and punters, it’s the most important two weeks of the year for PBS. They’re entirely non-for-profit, so to stay afloat they rely on support from subscribers — that is, anyone inclined to support great local music.
That’s obviously what we’re all about here at Ripe, so we assume if you’re reading this you’ll be inclined to become a member by clicking here.
Clare aka Press Gang from the program Zan Arcade is brilliant when it comes to pushing local music and pushing the boundaries. She’s kindly sent us some songs that remind her of personal break through life moments for this edition of Trading Tunes.
Press Gang:“As PBS FM’s 2017 Radio Festival is all about taking one small step towards being part of community radio, I thought about all [of the] small break through moments that happen in one’s listening life. The times that music kinda catches you a little unawares and gives you a little slap around the face. Not too hard, just enough to make you sit up and take notice. Now, life is taken up with quite a few of these moments (especially if you listen to a lot of music) so here are some that have had lasting repercussions for me.”
Delia Derbyshire – ‘Pot Au Feu’
“Delia Derbyshire was a pioneer and an inspiration. Not only was Delia instrumental in constructing a whole new sound palate, but their work defined significant forms for experimental music that people still follow today. Delia is awesome.”
Laurie Anderson- ‘O, Superman’
“This track was featured on Rage extensively when I was growing up. I am not going to lie, it scared the hell out of me. Nothing about it was inherently terrifying as such, but the disembodied voice and robotic nature was seemly so dispassionate, and so contrary to the lyrics, that I found it deeply unsettling. The tune, defying all immediate reason, is really catchy and it pops back into your head when you least expect it. Ultimately, it’s a bit of a masterpiece.”
The Mo-Dettes – ‘White Mice’
“The Mo-Dettes are one of those well placed, underrated bands that only released one album and disappeared into moderate obscurity. The band was formed by Kate Korris (The Slits, The Raincoats kinda sorta) and Jane Crockford (who wrote this particular track). The Mo-Dettes Drummer, June Miles-Kingston, played drums in Everything But the Girl and did backing vocals for Fun Boy Three. And yet, I only really know about them because they were on a weirdly expansive compilation that I found on the internet.”
Bikini Kill – ‘Suck My Left One’
“Pretty much every single Riot Grrrl band of the 90’s covered ‘Suck My Left One‘. It is entirely possible that I heard it 100 times before I heard the original. And it sounded like a giant, empowerment filled fuck you every single time. Being a youngster I didn’t realise how important having that kinda of energy would be, but it’s still an inspiring source of gumption.”
Peaches – ‘Fuck The Pain Away’
“Nobody was doing anything like Peaches when Teaches for Peaches was released. It’s like someone dropped a lit match into a petrol can of electro/punk music. People used it as their ring tone much more than you would ever have expected (due to lyrical content, rather than general tuneage). Still floods the goddamn dance floor. Not too bad for a collection of farting bass noises, over-enthusiastic hit hats and ribald lyrical content.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Blank Realm, Georgia Mulligan, Loure, Emma Russack, Bad Math, Booshank, Nullstaat, Nali, Tomsk, Small World Experience, Flamingo Jones, splendidid, Gold Class, Billy Davis, Sixmoh and this week’s best new track by The Stevens.
Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are back in town after touring the U.S. and visiting their new label Sub Pop (you might have heard of them).
So it’s no surprise that they’re not a local secret anymore — both this show and their show on Friday night have sold out. I’d strongly suggest hustling on the Facebook event page for a ticket, because this is likely the last time you’ll get to see them at a venue like The Tote.
Jess Locke came out of nowhere last month and jumped straight into high rotation for us with the single ‘Better/Bitter’. Since then we’ve kept an eye on her, and she’s just signed with Pool House Records (new The Smith Street Band label) and Remote Control Records.
The band room at Woody’s Bar isn’t very big, so I suggest getting there early.
I think Billy Davis might be the physically biggest local band at the moment. It’s nearly impossible to find a negative comment about their live show, which is full of energy and optimism.
They stole the show at The Curtin during Good Island earlier this year, and received plenty of boots at Golden Plains (boots at GP = very good thing). If your friends are picky and hard to get out to gigs, this is a safe bet to drag them along to.
We’re living in strange times here in 2017. Royal Headache should be one of the biggest bands in Australia by now, selling out huge venues on even bigger tours. The fact that tickets for this gig were only 22 bucks is almost criminal.
Keep clicking refresh on that Facebook page for tickets being sold. Sometimes people go too hard on a Friday, check their bank account on a Saturday and sell off their tickets for that night. Well, at least I hope so.
Sunday gigs can be tough, but luckily this one doesn’t kick off until 2pm. Whether you’re looking for kick-ons or you just love live music, if you see Girlatones they’ll be your cool new find for the weekend.
Watching Caroline No playing live is also a recommendation. If you have a nagging feeling you already have plans, consider this your friendly reminder that this Sunday is also Mother’s Day.
Ferla caught our attention at the start of the year with the single ‘In The Night‘, a sexy track that resembles the work of Lower Dens, Timber Timbre or Twin Shadow. Slick, shiny guitars sizzling for five minutes while Ferla makes his presence felt — definitely one of the more complete Australian songs released so far this year. Ferla followed it up with ‘Wasted On You‘, which features more lively synthesisers (think Depeche Mode or Pet Shop Boys) and meticulous detail in the instrumental arrangements and hooks.
In the next few weeks we’re going to be treated to more tunes from Ferla, via the single ‘Breakups‘ on Thursday (11th of May) and his double EP release on the 26th of May. But what’s even better are Ferla’s live performances — they’re entertaining and full of life, so be sure to head down to The Tote on the 16th of June to experience it for yourself. Until then, delve in to these five tracks he has been obsessing over for the past month in today’s Trading Tunes.
Brian Eno – ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’
“Another Green World is an album that I have been repeatedly told to listen to because I “would just love it” — and so I’ve avoided it for a long time. I’m glad I waited. Apart from a couple of songs where the bass player is jizzing everywhere, it’s an incredible album. I made my way to it after becoming obsessed with Bowie’s Berlin trilogy of albums, then I bought a pack of Oblique Strategy cards and read up on Eno. There is a good Pitchfork review goes into Eno’s ethos of album making in greater detail (found here) but basically Eno was all about process over outcome, which is something I admire and aspire to. Listen to this record and get obsessed. But maybe skip the first two songs which are just total bass jizz.”
Cocteau Twins – ‘Cherry-coloured Funk’
“Another example of a band that I’ve been told to get into but haven’t ’til recently. Liz Fraser sings really gorgeous nonsense. It’s all glossolalia, but some kind of meaning gets across.”
Gareth Liddiard’s Cocktail Favourites – ‘Vincent Van Gogh’
“This is a cover of a Jonathan Richman song. It’s an example for me of how music can be redemptive. I think it’s made more redemptive by the fact that Gareth Liddiard is singing it. At the moment in Australian music there seems to be a very dark undercurrent and lots of free-floating anxiety. It’s fine, it’s good even. It’s cathartic. We’re living in uncertain times and Australia is an anxious country. Recently I saw Neil Finn perform at Golden Plains, and for the second time in the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre I cried singing along to his music. And I wasn’t alone, it seemed like everyone was crying or was deeply affected by his music in some way. I think it’s cos his music is redemptive and he is like a conduit of positivity and everything’s-going-to-be-alrightism. World’s fucked but 10,000 people can still get together and have a singalong.
Van Gogh suffered from bipolar disorder and cut off his own ear in a fit of mania. He committed suicide when he was 37. But Richman doesn’t sing about any of this. Van Gogh is the pre-eminent tortured artist, but Richman sings about how much Van Gogh loved colour. The song is a compounded love letter, about Van Gogh loving colour more than any other painter, and Richman loving Van Gogh in his dewy-eyed way. And now Liddiard is joining in on that conversation and it’s really sweet.
There’s so much in this song that speaks to me about art and why art is important and why I love music and want to make it for the rest of my life. I’m obsessed.”
Charles Ives – Piano Sonata, Concord Mass III ‘The Alcotts’
“What is this? Ragtime impressionism? I don’t even know. But it’s so sweet and expressive and full of surprises and it gets nice and abstract as it goes on. It’s ambiguous. I got turned onto Ives after watching Leonard Bernstein‘s lecture series (found here), which is another thing to get obsessed with.”
Dead Or Alive – ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’
“Solid pop music. There’s something so aggressive about this song. It has a kind of aggressive sexual energy. Also: Pete’s voice.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Dianas, Tempura Nights, River Yarra, Mikey Young, Migrant Minds, Sleep D, Notaeb, Hazel English, Glider Pilots, Darcy Baylis, Le Pie, Hoodlem, Sampa The Great and this week’s best new track by Leah Senior.