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27 Feb Trading Tunes with Frank Booker


Frank Booker may be from New Zealand, but he’s heading to Melbourne this weekend for a whirlwind Friday with shows on two radio stations and a set at Copacabana. When someone as respected as CC:DISCO! tells you that he’s great, then you know Frank Booker is worth marking down on your calendar. A perfect afternoon-to-sunset DJ who can make you want to keep buying Mojitos until you’re out of cash. He has traces of disco and funk, combined with the ability to comfortably beef up the BPMs late into the warm night — and this Friday is looking warm (knowing Melbourne it’ll probably snow).

To get a sense of Frank’s style and influence, he sent us a Trading Tunes of his favourite ‘duets’ for everyone to enjoy before the coming weekend.

 

Vitamin E – ‘Kiss Away’

“I’m a sucker for Norman Connors tunes, and he produced this disco soul gem alongside Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Give me a soulful female and male duet any day, and the vibe is smouldering on this jam. Your love is just a kiss away!”

Ashford & Simpson – ‘Love Don’t Always Make It Right’

“The King & Queen, the original soul power couple: Nick Ashford & Val Simpson! They are behind so many fantastic tunes (as writers as well as artists). I could have chosen any number of Ashford & Simpson tunes, but I’m feeling this at the moment.”

Minnie Riperton feat. Peabo Bryson – ‘Here We Go’

Minnie is one those singers who I can listen to anytime (like Marvin), but there is a slight melancholy vibe as well if you know her life story (she passed away very young, in the late 70s). Peabo Bryson turns up around the two minute mark and takes this song to another level. Wonderful!”

Stephanie Mills feat. Teddy Pendergrass – ‘Two Hearts’

“There is so much to love about this tune. Stephanie Mills on her own is great anyway, but once you add in the almighty Teddy Pendergrass, things go to another level altogether. An ultimate end of night jam for the lovers!”

Donny Hathaway & Robert Flack – ‘Back Together Again’

“Oh Donny! In the same way as Minnie gives you that melancholy, soulful vibe continues with Donny Hathaway. Tragic life story, but an amazing body of work, including his best dance floor moment: this collaboration with Roberta Flack.”


 

T O U R D A T E S
3rd March – Stylin’ with Ennio Styles – Triple R Radio, Melbourne (12pm-2pm) 3rd March – Smoke and Mirrors with CC:DISCO! – PBS Radio, Melbourne (8pm-10pm)
3rd March – Club Coco w/ Rahaan, Rich Medina & CC:DISCO! – Copacabana International, Melbourne 4th March – Late Night session, River Bank Palais – Adelaide Festival

 


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23 Feb Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (23/2/17)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

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 Darcy Baylis, Tunnel Signs & Will Buck, Sleep D, Sui Zhen, Pillow Pro, Herzeloyde, Alba, Tall Pines, Slow Dancer and this week’s best new track by RVG.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Slow Dancer – ‘Don’t Believe’ | Uploaded: February 22nd

39. Tall Pines – ‘Splitting’ | Uploaded: February 14th

38. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Alba – ‘Walk To 159’ | Uploaded: February 16th

36. Endgrain – ‘4 x 4’ | Uploaded: February 10th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Brightness – ‘Oblivion’ | Uploaded: February 6th | Open with YouTube

33. Beloved Elk – ‘Distractions’ | Uploaded: February 13th | Open with SoundCloud

32. The Peppermint Club – ‘Lost’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Herzeloyde – ‘Sprung’ | Uploaded: February 1st

30. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

29. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

28. The Pink Tiles – ‘Time For Love’ | Uploaded: February 13th | Open with YouTube

27. Dr Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy – ‘Grown Man’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

26. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

24. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

23. Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’ | Uploaded: January 27th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Malcolm Chisho – ‘Zoning Out’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

21. The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack – ‘Sorry Hills’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud

20. HTMLflowers – ‘Diamontees On Ur Coffin’ | Uploaded: January 30th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Pillow Pro – ‘Beyond The Rave’ | Uploaded: February 9th

 

18. Sui Zhen – ‘Hangin’ On’ | Uploaded: February 3rd

17. Roland Tings ft. Nylo – ‘Higher Ground’ | Uploaded: February 6th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Oscar Key Sung – ‘Shallow’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Huntly – ‘Kate’s Bed’ | Uploaded: February 10th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Sleep D – ‘Space Pillow / Confusion’ | Uploaded: February 17th

13. Tunnel Signs & Will Buck – ‘Spirits’ | Uploaded: January 23rd

12. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

11. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

10. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

9. Rough River – ‘True Wild’ | Uploaded: January 28th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Fishing – ‘Pleasure Dome (Christopher Port Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

7. Mic Mills – ‘Pig Of A Man’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

6. Ruby Haunt – ‘Freeway Crush (Nutrition Remix)’ | Uploaded: February 13th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Darcy Baylis – ‘At Sloterdijk Station / The Force Won’t Kill Me’ | Uploaded: February 14th

4. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

3. RVG – ‘Vincent Van Gogh’ | Uploaded: January 23rd

2. Mic Mills – ‘Too Hot To Sleep’ | Uploaded: February 14th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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16 Feb Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (16/2/17)

Photo by Bodhi Bailey

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 Nutrition, Huntly, Oscar Key Sung, The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack, The Pink Tiles, The Peppermint Club, Beloved Elk, Endgrain, LIF, Fountainer, The Smith Street Band and this week’s best new track by Mic Mills.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. The Smith Street Band – ‘Birthdays’ | Uploaded: February 13th

39. Fountainer – ‘Words With Friends’ | Uploaded: February 10th

38. LIF – ‘Long Drives’ | Uploaded: February 13th

37. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Darcy Baylis – ‘soiheardyoufoundsomebodyelse’ | Uploaded: December 30th | Open with SoundCloud

34. May Lyn – ‘First’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

33. Endgrain – ‘4 x 4’ | Uploaded: February 10th

32. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Floss – ‘Daydreams’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Brightness – ‘Oblivion’ | Uploaded: February 6th | Open with YouTube

29. Beloved Elk – ‘Distractions’ | Uploaded: February 13th

28. The Peppermint Club – ‘Lost’ | Uploaded: February 14th

27. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

26. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

25. The Pink Tiles – ‘Time For Love’ | Uploaded: February 13th

24. Dr Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy – ‘Grown Man’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

23. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

21. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with YouTube

20. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

19. Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’ | Uploaded: January 27th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Malcolm Chisho – ‘Zoning Out’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

17. The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack – ‘Sorry Hills’ | Uploaded: January 15th

16. HTMLflowers – ‘Diamontees On Ur Coffin’ | Uploaded: January 30th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Roland Tings ft. Nylo – ‘Higher Ground’ | Uploaded: February 6th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Oscar Key Sung – ‘Shallow’ | Uploaded: February 14th

13. Huntly – ‘Kate’s Bed’ | Uploaded: February 10th

12. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

11. Curves – ‘Feel The Fear’ | Uploaded: December 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

9. Loure – ‘Keep It Real’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with SoundCloud

8. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

7. Rough River – ‘True Wild’ | Uploaded: January 28th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Fishing – ‘Pleasure Dome (Christopher Port Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

5. Mic Mills – ‘Pig Of A Man’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

4. Ruby Haunt – ‘Freeway Crush (Nutrition Remix)’ | Uploaded: February 13th

3. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

2. Mic Mills – ‘Too Hot To Sleep’ | Uploaded: February 14th

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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15 Feb Trading Tunes with Dorsal Fins



Melbourne-based joyous, big band Dorsal Fins are set to take on a national tour around their latest album Digital Zodiac. If you don’t know who the Dorsal Fins are, you may have heard of their lead singer Ella Thompson whose other musical project GL has been gracing festival stages all of 2016 and into 2017.

Seeing them live is where the magic of the Dorsal Fins really takes place, as all nine members bring their own unique energy to the live show. Their national tour is taking them to places less visited such as Ballarat, Byron Bay and even Fremantle – a logistical challenge at the very least coming from the east coast, but a fresh change and new time of exploration for the group.

While you wait for Dorsal Fins to tour hopefully near where you live, Jarrad Brown has sent in his choices for their edition of Trading Tunes.

Jarrad: “I love writing songs about “friends” and some of my favourite songs are “friend” songs. I’m gonna keep my friend-songs in check, whilst I’m are bustling around in a van with 8 of my Dorsal Fins mates. Here are five good ones.”

 

Pop Staples – ‘Friendship’

“The sweetest of the sweet. Released posthumously. A beautiful song.
‘If you’re on the street I’ll take you in / if you’re hungry I’ll give you food / If it’s money you need I’ve got some saved, if you’re sick… I’ll visit you / we got friendship’.”

Courtney Barnett – ‘Anonymous Club’

“Maybe my favourite Courtney song – it’s just so damn gentle, sways along and the lyrics are beautiful. I guess its a “hang out” song… a song about hanging out… hang-out songs will be my theme for next time. Love a good hang-out song.”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra- ‘Funny Ffrends’

“I gots no idea what UMO are saying in ‘Funny Ffrends‘, even after listening 1000 times… But I guess that is part of what makes this such a cool song. It is a dreamy homerun of a riff/vibe, and ‘vibe’ is a key ingredient for solid friendship.”

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – ’69 Annee Erotique’

Serge is my favourite example of someone who understands the texture of their own voice. When the sound palette is as sexy as it is on this album, Serge’s smoky French is all the song needs to create a seriously sensual mood. And of course Jane Birkin’s chorus line juxtaposes the husky texture of his voice so wonderfully.”

Frank Zappa – ‘Camarillo Brillo’

Zappa’s singing voice isn’t often spoken about due to his legendary approach to the guitar and to composition in general, but I always loved the low, almost fatherly sound of his voice. His lyrics are so colourful and while they never take themselves too seriously, they seem to function so nicely with the music itself.”

 


 

T O U R D A T E S
3rd March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne 4th March – Karova, Ballarat
17th March – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay 18th March – The Foundry, Brisbane
23rd March – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle 24th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
31st March – Rocket Bar, Adelaide 1st April – Babushka, Perth
2nd April – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle

 


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09 Feb Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (9/2/17)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

Visuals by Tristan Jalleh

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 HTMLflowers, Dr Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy, Brightness, Morning Morning, Baby Poor, Foreign/National, Bliss Wrecks, Rag N’ Bone, New Venusians and this week’s best new track by Roland Tings.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. New Venusians – ‘Get Along’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

39. Rag N’ Bone – ‘Pissy Flow’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

38. Letran – ‘Backup Plan’ | Uploaded: January 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

37. Nali – ‘The Glomeng’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Bliss Wrecks – ‘It’s Already Too Late’

Uploaded: February 7th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Foreign/National – ‘Ballerina’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

34. Biscotti – ‘Instamatic’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

33. Yon Yonson – ‘This Evening’ | Uploaded: January 25th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Be About You’ | Uploaded: January 24th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Baby Poor – ‘Awfully Cheap’

Uploaded: February 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

30. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Darcy Baylis – ‘soiheardyoufoundsomebodyelse’ | Uploaded: December 30th | Open with SoundCloud

27. May Lyn – ‘First’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

26. Morning Morning – ‘I Don’t Wanna’

Uploaded: February 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

25. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

24. May Lyn – ‘Escape’ | Uploaded: December 12th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Floss – ‘Daydreams’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Brightness – ‘Oblivion’

Uploaded: February 6th | Open with YouTube

21. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

20. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

19. Dr Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy – ‘Grown Man’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

18. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

16. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with YouTube

15. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

14. Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’ | Uploaded: January 27th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Malcolm Chisho – ‘Zoning Out’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

12. HTMLflowers – ‘Diamontees On Ur Coffin’

Uploaded: January 30th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Roland Tings ft. Nylo – ‘Higher Ground’

Uploaded: February 6th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

9. Curves – ‘Feel The Fear’ | Uploaded: December 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

7. Loure – ‘Keep It Real’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with SoundCloud

6. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

5. Rough River – ‘True Wild’ | Uploaded: January 28th | Open with SoundCloud

4. Fishing – ‘Pleasure Dome (Christopher Port Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

3. Mic Mills – ‘Pig Of A Man’ | Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

2. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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07 Feb Jess Ribeiro Trading Tunes with Elizabeth Mitchell


Throughout January and February the Melbourne (via Brisbane originally) music label Bedroom Suck have been hosting some wonderful events at MPavilion, across the road from NVG in Melbourne. These events are called Bedroom Duets, where two acts who don’t usually work together team up for some lovely after-work live music around 5pm. Some of the acts who have played include Angle Eyes, Fia Fiell, Dag and Primo.

For the final event this Sunday, Elizabeth Mitchell of Totally Mild and Jess Ribeiro will perform solo sets. We love both of these artists, so we thought we would do something a little different for them. In this piece Jess Ribeiro has traded tunes (c/o us) for Elizabeth Mitchell (and the world wide web) to enjoy. She also wrote a poem using song titles, because she’s a clever one. Hopefully later this week we can get Elizabeth’s songs for Jess.

Jess Ribeiro: I wrote a letter to Liz;

Dear Liz,
I really like your style.
I like the clothes you wear.
You wear them with confidence.
I want to be confident too.
You are sassy.
I also want to be sassy.
Train me Liz.
– Jess.

And a poem using song titles,
It goes like this:

I Dress. Only for you.
No more home, No more love.
No fun.
Freak out.

 

PJ Harvey – ‘Dress’

The Heartless Bastards – ‘Only For You’

SOKO – ‘No More Home, No More Love’

The Stooges – ‘No Fun’

Chic – ‘Le Freak’

 


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07 Feb Ripe Hosting: Good Island Radio


On Saturday we teamed up with the local legends Good Manners and Wondercore Island (and Niche Productions, and I-D) for the inaugural Good Island. Spread across The John Curtin and Bella Union, with 4 stages, a range of visuals and styles of interesting progressive music. The best part of an amazing day was that 100% of the profits went to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, so naturally we wanted to help out.

What we did was a little bit different. Well, at least in Australia. We turned the radio station area downstairs at The Curtin into a live stream on Facebook, with multiple cameras and overlays. It was incredibly tricky, raw, and exciting, with a lot of adjusting on the fly, a few mistakes here and there, and internet upload speeds killing my soul at times. It (and we) improved as the day went on and in the end we are incredibly pleased with the results and potential to do similar things in the future. We received great feedback throughout the day — ok, mostly people were confused as to how we did it all. I can’t tell you all of the secrets and magic tricks behind the scenes, mainly because it would bore 95% of you with some nerdy audiovisual knowledge, so instead have a look below at the final results.

We are hoping to do many more of these live streams with labels, for podcasts, at studios, festivals, and similar – and a few are already in the works. If you have any feedback or ideas – please don’t hesitate to e-mail me!

Nai Palm:

Oscar Key Sung & Kllo DJ set:

Kane Ikin:

Luen DJ Set:

Vulture St. Tape Gang:

Jaala DJ Set:

Allysha Joy:

 


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03 Feb Trading Tunes ‘PBS Drive Live Edition’ with No Sister


Late last year I somehow missed the Melbourne via Brisbane band No Sister‘s live-wire self-titled LP release. The eight track album is twisted, post-punk in the shape of Total Control, Preoccupations or Protomartyr. Had we not missed the release, the closing track ‘Passing The Divide‘ would’ve made our Top 100 end of year list. But as they say, better late than never and next Monday (the 5th of February) somewhere between 5pm and 7pm, they are playing at the annual PBS Drive Live. To get you psyched, No Sister have sent us over their Trading Tunes.

“It’s very possible to draw a line – perhaps a little crooked and convoluted – from the post-punk of 1970s Australia to the post-punk of today, and yet very few people think of it. Or if this line is drawn, it’s a simple musical lineage that speaks of ‘the music’ without all of the other things going on — the social, political, ideological, economic etc etc etc. Post-punk is often seen as a blurry term which barely contains the multitude of musical groups and artists that pervade it. And yet for No Sister, post-punk signals a certain approach to music-making that doesn’t see ‘music as simply music’, but music as a kind of history; with contexts, connotations, innovations and paradoxes. In its broadest sense, the kind of post-punk we’re interested is the kind that re-imagines and re-invents the rock and popular song. The following list is a very thin line of Australian post-punk and while there’s clearly some big names we cannot fit, we’ve found that these ten bands in particular have all given No Sister something interesting and inspiring; they are what makes us want to write songs.”

 

Essendon Airport – ‘Science of Sound’

“A pop sensibility, minimalism, free jazz, post-structuralism, witticisms, post-punk attitude, synthesiser, prepared guitar, recontextualisations, saxophone, a 1930s drum kit with a cymbal on a spring — this is the stuff Essendon Airport is made of. Formed via Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, initially featuring David Chesworth and Robert Goodge and later joined by others, Essendon Airport released two albums during their time and this song, ‘Science of Sound‘, comes from their second album Palimpsest. Essendon Airport’s preoccupations were just as musical as non-musical; the recontextualising of the sounds and language of popular culture, an understanding of the cultural and economic references of their instruments and a dual-desire to look beyond both the old traditions of modernism and the new stagnations of capitalism.”

Pel Mel – ‘No World From China’

Pel Mel were the new track through wild country during a time when Countdown was so heavily relied upon. Although the band did in fact perform on the program (though mimed), Pel Mel were refreshingly in contrast to the usual pap seen on the show. Sure ‘No Word From China‘ contains all the sharp and pointed sonic tropes of post-punk music as we’ve come to know it, but it is their ability in transforming this jaggedness into coordinated sonic craft which blurs the distinctions between neat and neglect. Born into a countdown to the new age Pel Mel embodied the make-do and make-shift attitude which (in some ways) helped define the initial vast post-punk landscape of the time, but were in no way make-believe (and they’re still going today!)”

Severed Heads – ‘Lamborghini’

“Perhaps the most seminal electronic-band to come out of Sydney in the late-70s are Severed Heads. Preoccupied by the use of tape cuts, loops and locked grooves (often as a result of ‘chance’), with further manipulation caused via guitar pedals and synthesisers, it was process-based music which oscillated between chance and conscious-craft. Severed Heads were as much about forming new ways of making songs as they were about re-amplifying sounds from their original contexts to place them in new and altered situations. It’s the musician as facilitator; political implications inextricable from their experimentation. And for all the cut-ups, loops and physical manipulations of sound, Severed Heads are still ridiculously danceable. We’ve included our favourite, ‘Lamborghini’, and it’s worth noting that this version was released before the Petrol EP, which contains the perhaps more ‘famous’ version of the song.”

Tsk Tsk Tsk / Tch Tch Tch / → ↑ → – ‘Pop Art’

“Signified visually as → ↑ → and verbalised as Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →, the group stated in a pamphlet for their 1981 ‘Fuck Dance – Let’s Art’ Sydney Tour that their mission was “to articulate problematics… dealing with issues that are cultural, ideological, political, historical, linguistic and semiological. And perhaps occasionally artistic. (But only occasionally)”. Founded alongside Essendon Airport via the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in the mid-70s, → ↑ → (pronounced Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →) is less a band, and more of a concept that has both everything, and absolutely nothing, to do with music. (Mostly) made up of Philip Brophy, Maria Kozic, Leigh Parkill, Jane Stephenson and Ralph Traviato, → ↑ → (pronounced Tsk Tsk Tsk, Tch Tch Tch or even → ↑ →) centres on making itself uncentered and indefinable as it spans music, performance, film and visuals; from four-hour adaptations of Andy Warhol’s novel A, to performances of durational testing where a single note was sustained for over half an hour.”

SPK – ‘Sheer Naked Aggression’

“SHEER. NAKED. AGGRESSION; noise as confrontation. It is music that is both incredibly contextual, especially through its attempt to articulate its own version of politics via references to Marxism and psychiatric institutions. At times blatantly industrial, at other times inconspicuously commercial and at other moments strangely tranquil, SPK still feel progressive and contemporary; it still feels like the punk or pop song of the future and, like Severed Heads, the group’s experimentation is always rooted in a simultaneous desire to dance, or at least move. SPK knowingly worked within histories of rock music, as well as forming in a nascent electronic community – both of these circumstances, plus their political aesthetics, seemed to have given SPK a perceptively wide imagination for how sounds can be endlessly transformed, shaped and re-shaped. Perhaps one of Australia’s most overlooked international exports.”

Blank Realm – ‘Violet Delivery’

“The brilliant music journalist Andrew Stafford once passingly categorised Blank Realm as “determinedly lo-fi” and while Stafford has given the band numerous dizzying compliments, this little phrase always struck as the most apt. ‘Determinedly’ makes sense; Blank Realm always seem to have purpose and thought behind their style and songs. Even when it’s improvisational one gets the impression it’s never some goal to ‘feel’ the moment, but has purposeful style and contexts outside of itself. What started out as a noise band in mid-2000s Brisbane has spent ten years expanding and morphing into sculpted, tight art-pop songs that have purposefully retained their stylistic noise and texture; the Blank Realm personality. ‘Lo-fi’ is less a style for Blank Realm than an ethic. They’re obviously brilliant song writers but it takes effort to imbue a pop sensibility with styles and ways of playing that are almost anti-pop, anti-melody. Lo-fi is the purposeful decision to keep something dirty, perhaps something underground, or something that refuses commercial attributes. As a side-note, when No Sister was still forming and finding itself in Brisbane in 2014, we rehearsed at a storage centre where only one other band also rehearsed; Blank Realm. It felt metaphorically appropriate that they should be two floors above us, and there’s still the fond memory of the centre manager characterising them as “hardcore, kinda metal, heavy stuff” (the manager also thought we were a folk band). ‘Violet Delivery‘ is taken off the band’s fourth album Grassed Inn, a later album in Blank Realm’s stylistic trajectory from noise to noise-pop.”

Cured Pink – ‘Champagne’

Cured Pink may be the Australian band that works most knowingly in some kind of post-punk, avant-garde experimental ‘tradition’ — sometimes it’s painful to speak this way, but other times such hazy categories feel necessary. Cured Pink have metamorphosed from various iterations from the group’s first self-titled release back in 2010. The explicit nihilism found in these early recordings have a more Glenn Branca/Cop-era Swans energy which exhibits a type of deadening/realm-like feeling found within SPK’s earlier brand of dissonance. Yet As a Four Piece Band is more refined, controlled and if not ‘concentrated’ without losing the thing we like to call ‘spirit’.”

 


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02 Feb Trading Tunes with Wet Lips: WETFEST Edition




Early last year the Melbourne garage punker’s Wet Lips caught our attention with their cracker EP, Wet is Best. Last month they released the scorching single ‘Can’t Take It Anymore‘ and now they’ve organised the third WETFEST, which is an awesome day festival set for this Saturday (the 4th of February) at The Tote. The line-up is stacked with local brilliance from top to bottom. To help get you pumped, Wet Lips have chosen five tracks below that’ll have you clicking on the ticket purchase link before the end of the first track:

“It was so hard to choose just five tracks by artists playing at WETFEST this weekend! Everyone on the lineup is awesome and has their own distinctive sound and live show. We are so, so excited for Saturday and hope this will help get you giddy for it.”

 

Bahdoesa – ‘I Want More’

“We have been fairly infatuated with Bahdoesa since they whipped the crowd into a frenzy at Girlfest in 2015, despite it being about 3pm. Rest assured they are playing at peak party time on Saturday night and we will all be boogieing to this banger ;)”

Chelsea Bleach – ‘Treading Water’

“This song breaks our hearts. Every time. Can’t wait to cry to this during at WETFEST. And then hug all members of Chelsea Bleach. And cry.”

Two Steps on The Water – ‘Baby and The Bicycle ‘

Two Steps’ 2016 album, God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye, blew everyone away. They have a truly distinctive sound centred around June [Jones]’s emotionally punk expression of alienation, vulnerability and fierce defiance.”

RVG – ‘That’s All’

“*chants* RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG, RVG *chants*. Seriously though Romy Vager is a uniquely insightful songwriter who has that rare ability to tell a universally compelling story with a subtle political point.”

Lucy Cliche – ‘Outer World’

“When we asked Lucy Cliche to play WETFEST, we thought ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen? She’ll say no? Probably.’ So we just did it and she said yes! We are so, so excited to see her wild set of outer-space techno this weekend. Butter yourself up, cunts. It’s going to get wet.”

 


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02 Feb Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (2/2/17)

Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar

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 Christopher Port, Rough River, Malcolm Chisho, Daniel Verhagen, May Lyn, Yon Yonson, Physique, Annie Bass and this week’s best new track by Mic Mills.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 40 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Annie Bass – ‘Don’t Want’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

39. Physique — ‘You Say’

Uploaded: January 20th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Al C – ‘You’re Always’ | Uploaded: December 11th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Willaris. K – ‘Alchemy’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Brassau – ‘Falling Out’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud

35. EWAH – ‘All Summer Long’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with YouTube

34. Letran – ‘Backup Plan’ | Uploaded: January 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

33. California Girls – City Living’ | Uploaded: December 8th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Obscura Hail – ‘Quarterlife’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Nali – ‘The Glomeng’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Biscotti – ‘Instamatic’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

29. Yon Yonson – ‘This Evening’

Uploaded: January 25th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Winston Surfshirt – ‘Be About You’ | Uploaded: January 24th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Wet Lips – ‘Can’t Take It Anymore’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Darcy Baylis – ‘soiheardyoufoundsomebodyelse’ | Uploaded: December 30th | Open with SoundCloud

24. May Lyn – ‘First’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

23. Take Your Time – ‘I Feel It Every Day’ | Uploaded: January 11th | Open with SoundCloud

22. May Lyn – ‘Escape’ | Uploaded: December 12th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Floss – ‘Daydreams’ | Uploaded: January 13th | Open with SoundCloud

20. The Pits – ‘Gravel Road’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

19. Foxy Morons – ‘Under The Sea’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

18. Shining Bird – ‘Morning Lights’ | Uploaded: January 16th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Chelsea Bleach – ‘Shedding Skin’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with YouTube

16. Doona Waves – ‘Wategos’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with YouTube

15. Mount Trout – ‘Home’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

14. Daniel Verhagen – ‘Arcadia’

Uploaded: January 27th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Malcolm Chisho – ‘Zoning Out’

Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

12. Heart Beach – ‘NRG’ | Uploaded: January 5th | Open with Bandcamp

11. Curves – ‘Feel The Fear’ | Uploaded: December 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Sleep Drifter’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

9. Loure – ‘Keep It Real’ | Uploaded: December 20th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Statue – ‘Entrance’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

7. S Y Orosa – ‘You.’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

6. Rough River – ‘True Wild’

Uploaded: January 28th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Fishing – ‘Pleasure Dome (Christopher Port Remix)’

Uploaded: January 31st | Open with SoundCloud

4. Mic Mills – ‘Pig Of A Man’

Uploaded: February 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. Forever Son – ‘San Jose’ | Uploaded: December 4th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Tornado Wallace ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Today’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube

1. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘French Press’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud

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