01 Feb Andras: Joyful

Melbourne wizard Andras just released a new seven track album titled Joyful via the label Beats In Space Records. A portion of proceeds from this release will benefit the Invasive Species Council as a part of the ongoing Come! Mend! Initiative.
The album was mastered by Mikey Young (like 80% of Melbourne’s best releases this decade), so you know it’s worth getting the sweet, sweet vinyl via Discogs.

Joyful Track List:
1. ‘Honeybird’ 04:35
2. ‘Live Forever’ 05:54
3. ‘Poppy’ 04:35
4. ‘River Red’ 04:37
5. ‘Harf Green’ 05:17
6. ‘Saga of Sweetheart’ 05:27
7. ‘Goggles’ 05:25

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29 Jan Big Yawn – ‘Skinrat’

I did miss the initial email about this track in July, but never late then never as they say.
It’s like the early dim-lit Scuba neon synth chords vibe being shuffled along by Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange.
The album No! is released 6 March 2020 via Research Records.

You can also catch them live this summer:
3 February – Drive Live – PBS106.7FM – Melbourne
6 February – Wildlife VIC / CFA Fundraiser with Bitumen, Big Yawn, Premium Fantasy, Synthetics – The Curtin – Melbourne
15 February – Something Unlimited – Northcote Town Hall – Melbourne
20 March – No! Album Launch – The Tote – Melbourne
* No! National Tour TBA *

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23 Jan Dianas – ‘Going Gone’

Dianas don’t mess around on their new track ‘Going Gone’. It’s the first track from their upcoming new album set to be released on a new label called Blossom Rot Records run by Nathalie Pavlovic (Dianas) and Sophie McComish (Body Type).

Fun, fun, fun in 2020.

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Hmmm Podcasts x Music That Matters Bushfire Benefit 2020

16 Jan Ripe Podcast at the Music That Matters Bushfire Benefit

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

On Tuesday the 14th of January 2020, Francesca Gonzales and Marcus Rimondini went down to The Gasometer during the daytime soundcheck to interview five of the artists on the amazing Music That Matters Bushfire Benefit lineup. Ripe wanted to capture the thoughts on this crisis, and ask how the artists feel about not only the horrific fires, but the unbelievable response by the music community in raising funds to support the ongoing recovery efforts. We start with Good Morning and Joe Alexander of Bedroom Suck Records. (17:42) Then Leah Senior and band member Jesse Williams. (28:18) Tim Harvey, Mimi Gilbert of Julia Jacklin‘s band come in. (40:39) Tanya Batt who performs as Batts. (52:45) We finish with artist El Tee and Sarah who was one of the sound engineer’s on the night.

Thank you Lorrae McKenna & Emily Ulman for putting on such a special event, and allowing us to record a podcast during soundcheck. Thank you Sunbeam Sound Machine for music featured in the podcast.

Link to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities:

We don’t know the total funds raised from this event yet, but you can still bid on the silent auction prizes.
Here’s the link: Music That Matters Silent Auction

1. 2x tickets to Weyes Blood at Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on 7th March, plus accommodation for one night at The New Northern Hotel, plus a $60 food + drink voucher for Theatre Royal. Very generously donated by Mistletone.

2. Bumper vinyl and Merch pack, with items donated by Barely Dressed, Bedroom Suck, Caroline Australia, Chapter Music, Dot Dash, Inertia Music, I OH YOU, Milk Records, Music In Exile, Our Golden Friend and Remote Control Records.

3. The Festival Frenzy pack, with double passes for Grampians Music Festival 2020, Meadow, Boogie Festival and Jerk Fest (ANTI FADE records).

4. A beautiful, original piece by Frances Cannon Artist “Regrow”, framed and ready to hang.

5. The penny drop golden ticket, which includes a double pass for all Penny Drop shows for one year.

6. The Our Golden Friend golden ticket, which includes a double pass to all Our Golden Friend artists headline shows for one year.

100% of funds from this auction will be donated directly to the NSW RFS, CFA (Country Fire Authority), Wildlife Victoria & The Fire Relief Fund For First Nations Communities to support those directly affected by the fires.

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ESC @ Paradise Music Festival 2014

26 Dec 100 Best Australian Tracks Of The Decade 2010-2019

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

I couldn’t music blog for the entire decade and not make this playlist post.
In true Marcus Rimondini music blogging fashion, less words, more music.
Enjoy! (tell the kids).

Spotify & Soundcloud playlist links below:


100. Jade Imagine – ‘Walkin’ Around’

99. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

98. Dannika – ‘Next To You’

97. DRMNGNOW ft. Philly, Adrian Eagle, Culture Evolves- ‘Australia Does Not Exist’

96. Geo Williams – ‘Everything’s a Galaxy’

95. Honey 2 Honey – ‘Tone Of Voice’

94. Cable Ties – ‘The Producer’

93. Kaiit – ‘Natural Woman’

92. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

91. Primo – ‘Ticking Off A List’

90. Roza Terenzi – ‘Open Me’

89. Lower Plenty – ‘Bondi’s Dead’

88. Shouse ft. Habits – ‘Whisper’

87. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’

86. Sampa The Great ft. Nadeem Din-Gabisi – ‘Energy’

85. Bored Nothing – ‘Let Down’

84. Gold Class – ‘Life As A Gun’

83. Furious Frank ft. Ivy Barkakati – ‘Ahora Sí’

82. Major Leagues – ‘Teen Mums’

81. Body Type – ‘Ludlow (Do You Believe In Karma?)’

80. Tram Cops – ‘LA’


79. Knightlife – ‘Don’t Stop’

78. Movement – ‘Like Lust’

77. Chook Race – ‘Hard To Clean’

76. FERLA – ‘In The Night’

75. Amaya Laucirica – ‘More Than This’

74. The Drones – ‘Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send’

73. Flowertruck – ‘Bad Dreams’

72. Alex Cameron – ‘Take Care of Business’

71. A. Swayze & the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’

70. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’

69. Gregor – ‘A Song About Holding Hands’

68. The Stevens – ‘Thirsty Eye’

67. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – ‘Jamaika’

66. Tornado Wallace – ‘Voices’

65. Thigh Master – ‘Head of the Witch’

64. Darcy Baylis – ‘At Sloterdijk Station / the Force Won’t Kill Me’

63. Slow Dancer – ‘I Would’

62. Tetrahedra – ‘Either’

61. Caroline No – ‘Alex’

60. Terrible Truths – ‘Don Juan’

59. Hazel English – ‘Fix’

58. Oscar Key Sung – ‘D.Y.T.’

57. Leah Senior – ‘Pretty Faces’

56. Friendships – ‘When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder’

55. Jaala – ‘Salt Shaker’

54. Geoffrey O’Connor – ‘Whatever Leads Me To You’

53. Planète – ‘Altair’

52. Totally Mild – ‘Christa’

51. Couture – ‘O.H.M.’

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01 Sep Ripe On Pause


Just an update on – it’s not shut down for good. It’s just taking a much needed holiday rest. Not sure how long the holiday is, but when the time is right it’ll come back fresh! The main reason for the pause (aside from fatigue), is to finally get my Podcast company Hmmm in motion.

Hmmm Podcasts will be a local community based podcast company in Melbourne that will focus on those people who need a platform to speak their stories, and to discuss the local important topics that need highlighting. Think RRR, but a Podcast company version. Hmmm Podcasts will be recorded at Kewl Studios. Throughout September we will be in the training and refining shows stage.

We’re also keen to buff the team up to 15 people (currently at 10) – so if you’re keen on the idea, email me at Hopefully we’ll have the first episodes launched in January 2020 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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31 Aug Ripe Podcast with Lee Hannah

We chatted to Lee Hannah who runs Healthy Tapes two months ago.
[1:00] Talk about the 2008 Chillwave era and bloggers of the time. [14:00] Touring Europe. [20:00] The process of trying to market Healthy Tapes. [29:25] The story of the Stella Donnelly release and why Lee couldn’t find a premiere. [49:22] Lee suggest some playlists for artists to target for releases. [1:01:45] We discuss the whether artists are potentially more creative during their University period. [1:09:20] The future of Healthy Tapes.

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16 Jul Trading Tunes with Grand Prismatic

Brendan Clarkson AKA Grand Prismatic has been off the radar for a couple years, so it was a surprise when I randomly saw he had uploaded an EP on SoundCloud in late May titled I Put The Salt In The Sea. It only took two minutes into the first track ‘Safe As Houses‘ for me to know I was going to really enjoy this EP. There was this immediate deep sense of fragility in the guitars, played at a pace that assumed nobody would be listening. The kind of introduction that draws you into a mysterious new movie with an intriguing actor you’ve never seen before.

Other tracks such as ‘Meet Yer Maker‘, ‘Wit’s End‘ and ‘Landslide‘ have layered vocal harmonies that don’t feel as lonesome, rather a cowboy who picked up some comrades on his journey to find himself. Brendan trots along, he’s not zooming off into the sunset, he’s taking in everything around him, he’s very observant. Vocally Brendan reminds me of Lambchop with the careful pacing of Timber Timbre. It’s one of those EP’s could easily just be filed “most underrated Australian EP of 2019” but that would be mistake, as it’s actually “the best Australian EP of 2019” — well at least so far. ‘I Can’t Sleep‘ I’ve played as many times as any Australian track this year. The most stunning part is that I Put The Salt In The Sea is just a clearance release while Brendan has been working over the past six months on his first proper solo album, which is almost complete and he’s apparently very excited about it, which actually means something here, because Brendan’s attention to detail comes across as somebody whose biggest critic is himself.

While I eagerly await this debut album, Brendan has kindly sent over a Trading Tunes with the theme of Meditative Music:
“I’ve always been an anxious person. Since becoming a Dad I’ve become hyper sensitive about the state of the Environment. The Political Climate. The general Horror Show Vibe on Planet Earth. In the New Age of Abbott/ Dutton/ Morrison/ TRUMP/ Climate Crisis Endgame, etc, my angst is relentless. Consequently I’ve found myself gravitating towards gentler, more meditative music. I just can’t stomach too much aggression in music now. There’s enough of it out there in the world. These are five key songs that help me quiet my mind. To attain those crucial little moments of Tranquillity. Introspection. Elation. Aspiration.”

Steve Gunn – ‘Way Out Weather’

Steve Gunn is a Dreamboat. I only became aware of him in 2018, and subsequently became truly obsessed. He convinced me to pick up the Acoustic Guitar again after a decade of mindlessly bashing Electric Guitars and Keyboards. This song is a sublime, sun-kissed, gentle current.”

Weyes Blood – ‘Movies’

“This song slays me. The first time I heard it I was washing dishes, and I became absolutely transfixed. Motionless, hands in the sink, mouth wide open, heart thrashing. That voice. Those submarine synths. When the song really started to crescendo I was so moved it was almost unbearable. This is not a song I can listen to regularly.”

Kurt Vile – ‘That’s Life, tho (Almost hate to say)’

Kurt Vile is other-worldly. I haven’t gone a day in 5 years or so without listening to his music. I could talk about him for a month. This song is absolutely flawless. Every time I hear it I’m transported. Musically. Lyrically. Outer Space. Inner Space. It’s hard to convey just how important this man is to me. And this particular song.”

Frank Ocean – ‘Self Control’

“There’s not a lot I can say about Frank that hasn’t already been said. He’s just Perfect. This song is just Perfect. It’s relatively minimal, but still manages to get remarkably cosmic at the climax. I Love Frank.”

Brian Eno – ‘Golden Hours’

“There’s certainly nothing I can say about Eno that hasn’t been said many, many times before. Eno is everything. Everything is Eno. This song is a Masterpiece.
Peace In. Peace Out.”

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