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26 Sep Premiere: A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’






I have been waiting for Hobart to have a new flagship band, and I may have just found them. They go by the name of A. Swayze and The Ghosts, and I’m not sure I’ve ever been this curious about a Hobart band’s potential. But they don’t just stand out in Hobart, ‘Reciprocation’ is one of the best first singles by any recent Australian band. The song displays a full range of emotional transitions via a raw, lo-fi energy that’s hard to pull away from.
Throughout the 10 minutes, the band moves back and forth between influences of Eddy Current Suppression Ring to a brief, darker moments of Total Control. There’s also traces of Silversun Pickups and Cymbals Eat Guitars in the dry guitar playing, and Parquet Court and Ought in the verse section talking-style deliveries – a comment on how well they’re able to deliver their own versions of each component, and a credit to their music talent.

They avoid sounding too formulated, and a lot of that is due to recording the sound live and mixing then mastering it themselves, avoiding the overproduction trap a lot of musicians can fall into. The band’s eager ambition isn’t restricted by another voice telling them to make it ‘radio friendly’ – this is what the band wants and they know you’ll enjoy it too. For example, this song is off a double EP with, apparently, the follow up LP already recorded, so you know the band is loaded with creative juices right now.
‘Reciprocation’ deals with the feeling of a relationship, where one side is giving more than the other. The singer initially appears to have patience, stating “take my time” and “reciprocation is all I ask”, but by the end he’s screaming “give it back!” and “why am I waiting for you?”.

I highly recommend checking these guys out on October 1st at The Grace Darling in Melbourne or on the 14th of October at Schmorgasbaag in Hobart.

 


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21 Sep Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (22/9/16)

Photo by Marcus Rimondini

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tram Cops, Tree & Ray, Broken Mountain, The Goon Sax, Seekae, RVG, Nutrition, Gabriella Cohen, Tourist Dollars, Retiree, Tornado Wallace, Rainbow Chan, Dan White and this week’s best new track by Scott & Charlene’s Wedding.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 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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50. Dan White – ‘1 3 5 s t e p’

Uploaded: September 20th | Open with SoundCloud

49. Gregor – ‘The Actress’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

48. Cale Sexton – ‘Untitled Demo April’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Rainbow Chan – ‘Pearled Into’

Uploaded: September 19th | Open with YouTube

46. The Ocean Party – ‘Restless’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

45. Tornado Wallace – ‘Falling Sun’

Uploaded: August 21st | Open with SoundCloud

44. Boy Forever – ‘Is it Illegal?’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

43. Banoffee – ‘Oceans’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with YouTube

42. Lonelyspeck – ‘So I Just’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with SoundCloud

41. Corin – ‘Vexations’ | Uploaded: September 5th | Open with SoundCloud

40. András – ‘Poets Day’ | Uploaded: August 4th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Quivers – ‘Pigeons’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

38. Babicka – ‘We Don’t Need All Night (Hubert Clarke Jr Remix)’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Confidence Man – ‘Boyfriend’ | Uploaded: September 6th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Wallace – ‘Raffled Roses’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

35. Nolan House – ‘My Child’ | Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

34. Retiree – ‘Continental’

Uploaded: September 15th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Tourist Dollars – ‘End of Times, Melting Minds’

Uploaded: September 19th | Open with YouTube

32. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Maureen’ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Driftwood – ‘Astrophe’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

30. Body Type – ‘Ludlow’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Gabriella Cohen – ‘Sever The Walls’

Uploaded: September 15th | Open with YouTube

28. Thigh Master – ‘Canned Opening’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Nic Belor – ‘Best Friend’ | Uploaded: August 2nd | Open with YouTube

26. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’ | Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Imperial Broads – ‘You’re Scared’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Nutrition – ‘Space Odyssey’

Uploaded: September 15th | Open with YouTube

23. Purient – ‘Complete Me’ | Uploaded: September 11th | Open with SoundCloud

22. RVG – ‘That’s All’

Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’

Uploaded: September 16th | Open with SoundCloud

20. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

19. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

18. Backyard – ‘Best View Of Dean St.’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

17. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

16. The Goon Sax – ‘Sweaty Hands’

Uploaded: September 16th | Open with YouTube

15. Obscura Hail – ‘Qualia’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Iljus Wifmo – ‘Scatter’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

13. Broken Mountain – ‘Earthquake’

Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

12 Tree & Ray – ‘Beyond Body’

Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Emma Russack – ‘If You Could See Me Now’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with YouTube

10. Julia Jacklin – ‘Coming Of Age’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Amateur Dance – ‘You Give Me Butterflies’ | Uploaded: August 7th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Heart People – ‘Show You’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

7. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

6. Tram Cops – ‘Bb Jesus’

Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

4. Friendships – ‘The Roof’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Robot Stop’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Distant Sky’

Uploaded: September 9th | Open with YouTube

1. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Bush’

Uploaded: September 8th | Open with YouTube

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16 Sep Trading Tunes with Tiaryn




Earlier this month alt-pop singer Tiaryn caught our attention with her bouncy, infectious and carefully constructed single ‘Cement Love‘, which is matched with a video clip set in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in environments common to sharehouse livers. While Tiaryn naturally and glamorously dances within thee spaces, it reminds me of that famous photo of Beyoncé stylishly standing in front of a dilapidated Brunswick house.

‘Cement Love’ with its meticulously detailed arrangement combines confidence with modesty. The track has multiple hooks that don’t easily wear thin, and this is where Tiaryn rides that fine line that can be so hard to achieve… But she makes it sound so much easier in the end.

Before her single launch show tonight at The Toff In Town in Melbourne, Tiaryn has kindly sent us five of her current favourite tracks.

 

Fortunes – ‘Energy’

Tiaryn: I love this tune so much. There’s as much bounce in Conor’s voice as there is in the drums. SO GOOD!

Anderson Paak – ‘Come Down’

Tiaryn: I can’t wait to get better at drums so I can attempt this tune.

Remi ft. Jordan Rakei – ‘Lose Sleep’

Tiaryn: Bouncy ballin’ and really important content, lyrically.

Rihanna – ‘Consideration’

Tiaryn: What a way to start an album. This beat is the fattest.

Huntly – ‘Sunday Sheets’

Tiaryn: These guys are going places. So bold & raw.

 


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14 Sep Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (15/9/16)

Photo by Marcus Rimondini

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Gold Class, Suiix, Purient, Nolan House, Wallace, Confidence Man, Corin, Cale Sexton, Mood Unit, Air Max ’97, Hi-Tec Emotions, Police & Thieves and this week’s best new track by Friendships.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 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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50. Police & Thieves – ‘Feeling Confused’

Uploaded: September 11th | Open with YouTube

49. Rainbow Chan – ‘Work’ | Uploaded: July 31st | Open with SoundCloud

48. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Song Despite Apathy’ | Uploaded: August 29th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Hi-Tec Emotions – ‘Look Around’

Uploaded: September 13th | Open with YouTube

46. Buoy- ‘Exit’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

45. Air Max ’97 – ‘Face Up’

Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

44. Kllo – ‘Don’t Be That One’ | Uploaded: August 5th | Open with Spotify

43. Pillow Pro – ‘Deadbeat’ | Uploaded: July 29th | Open with YouTube

42. D.D Dumbo – ‘Walrus’ | Uploaded: August 16thh | Open with YouTube

41. Tiaryn – ‘Cement Love’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

40. Mood Unit – ‘Corrode’

Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

39. Redspencer – ‘Fuss’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

38. PYNES – ‘Never Enough’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Gregor – ‘The Actress’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

36. Cale Sexton – ‘Untitled Demo April’

Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

35. The Ocean Party – ‘Restless’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Boy Forever – ‘Is it Illegal?’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Banoffee – ‘Oceans’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with YouTube

32. Lonelyspeck – ‘So I Just’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Corin – ‘Vexations’

Uploaded: September 5th | Open with SoundCloud

30. András – ‘Poets Day’ | Uploaded: August 4th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Quivers – ‘Pigeons’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

28. Babicka – ‘We Don’t Need All Night (Hubert Clarke Jr Remix)’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Confidence Man – ‘Boyfriend’

Uploaded: September 6th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Wallace – ‘Raffled Roses’

Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

25. Nolan House – ‘My Child’

Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

24. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Maureen’ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Body Type – ‘Ludlow’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Thigh Master – ‘Canned Opening’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Nic Belor – ‘Best Friend’ | Uploaded: August 2nd | Open with YouTube

20. ScotDrakula – ‘Disintegrator’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’ | Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Imperial Broads – ‘You’re Scared’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Driftwood – ‘Astrophe’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

16. Purient – ‘Complete Me’

Uploaded: September 11th | Open with SoundCloud

15. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

14. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

13. Backyard – ‘Best View Of Dean St.’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

12. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’

Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

11. Obscura Hail – ‘Qualia’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Iljus Wifmo – ‘Scatter’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

9. Emma Russack – ‘If You Could See Me Now’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with YouTube

8. Alex Cameron – ‘The Comeback’ | Uploaded: July 18th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Julia Jacklin – ‘Coming Of Age’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Amateur Dance – ‘You Give Me Butterflies’ | Uploaded: August 7th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Heart People – ‘Show You’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

4. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’

Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

3. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Friendships – ‘The Roof’

Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Robot Stop’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

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12 Sep Video Premiere: Tam Vantage – ‘High Definition’



Last year the one-man do-it-all machine Tam Vantage (from Pop Singles and The Stevens) released the album Life In High Definition. This is a video for the opening track ‘High Definition‘, via the producer Matt Cribb (produced videos for Teeth & Tongue, The Ocean Party, The Newsletters), which is visually somewhat similar to the video for ‘Last Laugh‘ by Hollow Everdaze.

‘High Definition’ features a lot of white technology in a white room, with Tam Vantage dressed all in black, wearing a turtle neck and gazing down the lens of the camera (Robert Smith of The Cure style). He stares at the clock, grasps the radio, before letting out his frustration with modernism, stomping on the computer and destroying the technology. The video captures everything that the song is about. It’s almost too perfectly matching, leaving no room for surprises, but I won’t fault Tam for being a perfectionist.

Tam Vantage plays the guitar, piano, drums, synthesizers, bass and sings. His overall talent, combined with his consistently solid writing chops, makes him an artist with a lot of upside – and he’s currently looking for a new record label (hint, hint). Apparently he’s recorded his new album with producer John Lee (Lost Animal, Pikelet, Free Time) and with the right help, Tam Vantage will find himself a wanted commodity real soon.



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06 Sep Ripe Guest Mix with Flamingo Jones



Melbourne-based Caribbean/psychedelic beat maker Nick Bond (aka Flamingo Jones) has kindly sent us this guest mix, titled ‘Crazy Afro-Cuban adventure’. A showcase for Nick’s incredible mixing chops and sharp ear for Islander jams, it’s perfect to pair with the increasingly tropical temperatures across the country right now.

There are currently no Flamingo Jones shows or releases lined up until early next year. Until then, hopefully Nick will be welcoming summer with a DJ set somewhere near you.


T R A C K L I S T
Orlando Julius – ‘Disco Hi-Life (Percussion 2009 Edit)’
VO – ‘Mashisa (Dub Mix)’
Carl & Carol Jacobs – ‘Robot Jam (Nick The Record & Dan Idjut Rerub)’ Talking Heads – ‘I Zimbra’
Ray Lynch – ‘Cooking It ‘Til It’s Hot’
Jimmy Hyacinthe – ‘Yatchiminou’
Jephté Guillaume – ‘Ibo Lele (Ginèn Tèt Red Mix)’
Fela Kuti – ‘No Possible (Joystick Jay’s Vulgar Distractions Edit)’
Ajukaja – ‘Benga Benga’
Seigneur Tabu Ley Rochereau – ‘Hafi Deo’
John Ozila – ‘Ole Mangaley’
Stephen Encinas – ‘Lypso Illusion’
Akwasa Singing Party – ‘Aijigwu Owhuo Nogwu’
Joyce – ‘Aldeia De Ogum’
Wganda Kenya – ‘Pim Pom’
Julius Kang’ethe – ‘Mumbi (Rework)’
Hazel Rambaransingh – ‘I Wanna Give You Everything’

 


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06 Sep Trading Tunes with Thigh Master




Brisbane garage band Thigh Master and their instant jam ‘Head Of The Witch‘ have been a Ripe favourite since 201, and having recently been signed with Brisbane label Tenth Court they have returned with strong single releases ‘Company‘ and ‘Canned Opening‘. Their upcoming debut LP Early Times is set to be released October 7th through Coolin’ By Sound (AUS/NZ) & Bruit Direct Disques (Rest of World).

Before they play this week at Bigsound 2016 in Brisbane, founding members Matthew Ford & Patrick Byron have sent us tunes from five of their favourite bands from five different Australian cities.

 

Brisbane: Blank Realm – ‘Reach You On The Phone’

Patrick: Best band in Brisbane ever? (Sorry Go-Betweens & Razar). I could have included so many of Blank Realm‘s songs here… However the film clip features many friends and a claymation telephone. Music for grown ups.

Hobart: Treehouse – ‘Stop The Ocean’

Matthew: I have a big ole soft spot for Treehouse. They were the first touring band that I organised a ‘proper’ show for in Brisbane after a couple years of putting on bands under my sharehouse. Thankfully that was the first of many times they have played up here, leaving me in awe every time. We all didn’t think they could ever top their Gathering The Dreams tape but did so with the new Centre of Their World tape.

Sydney: Dry Finish – ‘String Me Along’

Patrick: From the excellent Paradise Daily stable. The synth line is as equally great and annoying, which is a quality that should really be aspired to. If you don’t like this song you’re lost to me. Hopefully this lot can live in the same city long enough to make an LP.

Melbourne: Terry – ‘Hot Heads’

Patrick: Melbourne, so many great bands but these angels are right up the top of the pile. The amount of time we’ve joked about wearing matching ‘uniforms’ on stage… You watch Terry do it and realise you’re never going to pull it off.

Adelaide: Wireheads – ‘Dedication’

Matthew: Tenth Court started doing vinyl LP releases basically because of Wireheads, and they’re also why I have continued to happily run this lightly idiotic operation. Dom Trimboli is the songwriter of our generation and a tip top human being. This track is an anthem.

 



B I G S O U N D 2016
Sep 7th, 2016 – The New Globe Theatre @ 8:50pm Sep 9th, 2016 – Tenth Court + BSR Shindig @ The Haunt 7pm



LP L A U N C H
Oct 9th, 2016 – Sunshine Coast @ The Time Machine Oct 14th, 2016 – Adelaide @ The Metro *
Oct 15th, 2016 – Melbourne @ The Post Office Hotel Oct 21st – Brisbane @ The Foundry *
Oct 22nd – Sydney @ The Union * *w/ Wireheads


 


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02 Sep Premiere: Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’




It’s finally the start of spring, but I can’t help feeling that Sarah Jullienne, AKA Suiix from Sydney, recorded the angelic ‘Pacific Dreamer‘ during Autumn, the season where we are relaxed from summer but the inevitable cold of winter is just around the corner. Although it doesn’t get that cold in Sydney, Sarah says she was watching the ’70s Russian film Rusolochka while writing ‘Pacific Dreamer’, which explains the dreary atmosphere and sirens at the start.

Sarah also told us that it’s about that feeling you get when you are helplessly swept away when falling for someone, and the impending dread of emotions that follow that realisation. She encapsulates that state of concern perfectly with the euphoria throughout ‘Pacific Dreamer’. The song has the airy vocals of Julianna Barwick, the bleakness of Grouper, and the bold production of Zola Jesus. In the end, it’s a unique package, especially in Australia, where the dark and moody acts aren’t as common as I’d like.

‘Pacific Dreamer’ will feature on an upcoming debut EP. Until then, you can catch her at BigSound in Brisbane next week playing at the Heya Bar on Wednesday night at 8:20pm.

 


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01 Sep Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (1/9/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Heart People, Obscura Hail, Backyard, Driftwood, DEN, Imperial Broads, Thigh Master, Body Type, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Hubert Clarke Jr, Quivers, Boy Forever, Gregor, PYNES, Jack River, Brassau, Tiny Little Houses, Heart Beach and this week’s best new track by Hazel English.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 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.

spotifysoundcloud

50. Heart Beach – ‘Brittle’

Uploaded: August 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

49. Rainbow Chan – ‘Work’ | Uploaded: July 31st | Open with SoundCloud

48. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Song Despite Apathy’

Uploaded: August 29th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Brassau – ‘Bad Dreams’

Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

46. Buoy- ‘Exit’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

45. Kllo – ‘Don’t Be That One’ | Uploaded: August 5th | Open with Spotify

44. Pillow Pro – ‘Deadbeat’ | Uploaded: July 29th | Open with YouTube

43. Silentspook – ‘Skrrt Drive’ | Uploaded: August 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

42. Ocean Floor – ‘Hold Me Down’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

41. D.D Dumbo – ‘Walrus’ | Uploaded: August 16thh | Open with YouTube

40. Jack River – ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby’

Uploaded: August 29th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Unity Floors – ‘Give And Take’ | Uploaded: August 22nd | Open with YouTube

38. Tiaryn – ‘Cement Love’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Redspencer – ‘Fuss’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

36. PYNES – ‘Never Enough’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Gregor – ‘The Actress’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

34. The Ocean Party – ‘Restless’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Laiks – ‘Pollen Dreams’ | Uploaded: July 15th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Holy Balm – ‘Clandestine’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

31. The Avalanches – ‘Stepkids’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with Spotify

30. Boy Forever – ‘Is it Illegal?’

Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Banoffee – ‘Oceans’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with YouTube

28. Lonelyspeck – ‘So I Just’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with SoundCloud

27. András – ‘Poets Day’ | Uploaded: August 4th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Quivers – ‘Pigeons’

Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

25. Babicka – ‘We Don’t Need All Night (Hubert Clarke Jr Remix)’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Maureen’

Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Body Type – ‘Ludlow’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Thigh Master – ‘Canned Opening’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Nic Belor – ‘Best Friend’ | Uploaded: August 2nd | Open with YouTube

20. ScotDrakula – ‘Disintegrator’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’ | Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Don’t Bother Me’ | Uploaded: July 1st | Open with SoundCloud

17. The Goods – ‘Ninja Trolls – Black Tree’ | Uploaded: July 1st | Open with Spotify

16. Imperial Broads – ‘You’re Scared’

Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

15. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’

Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

14. Driftwood – ‘Astrophe’

Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

13. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

12. Backyard – ‘Best View Of Dean St.’

Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

11. Iljus Wifmo – ‘Scatter’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

10. Emma Russack – ‘If You Could See Me Now’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with YouTube

9. Alex Cameron – ‘The Comeback’ | Uploaded: July 18th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Julia Jacklin – ‘Coming Of Age’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Obscura Hail – ‘Qualia’

Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Amateur Dance – ‘You Give Me Butterflies’ | Uploaded: August 7th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Heart People – ‘Show You’

Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

4. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’

Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

3. Chook Race – ‘Hard To Clean’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with YouTube

2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Leadlight’ | Uploaded: July 14th | Open with SoundCloud

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Robot Stop’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

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26 Aug Premiere: Backyard – ‘Best View of Dean St.’






Melbourne dadwave (yes, dolewave has evolved to dadwave in 2016) band Backyard have kindly let us premiere their second single ‘Best View of Dean St.‘ from their upcoming debut album. It’s instantly calming, and I want to hear the full album right now. Unfortunately I don’t know when the album is due out, but I thought I’d spend some time at least trying to work out which Dean Street they’re referring to…

*Insert Law & Order theme song before resuming ‘Best View Of Dean St’ on repeat*

So, the song was mixed at Lone Palm Studios in Echo Part, Los Angeles. But it is apparently about Kadric‘s optimistic view of his time in country NSW, where there appears to be eighteen streets spelt Dean (and not Deane). The photograph used for the song features reasonably lush green hills with – potentially – Dean St down the bottom somewhere.

The first six streets I found are in Granville, Greystanes, Strathfield, Caringbah, West Pennant Hills and Croydon – all suburbs which are part of Sydney itself. The next two, in Wollongong and Warrawong, are more beach towns than country towns. The town of Wanaaring looks awesome as fuck, but it’s in the desert. North Tamworth has the background hills, but they are too pointy and not softly rolling like those in the photograph.

While the next six in West Bathurst, Matong, Molong, Mitchell, Casino, and St Georges Basin are all probably country towns, their Dean Streets are more like tiny little avenues than streets – they’re not exactly worth writing a song about having a great view of them. I’ve been to Tocumwal a few times and they don’t have hills, just strawberry fields (zingggg).

Which leaves Wodonga’s equivalent to Shelbyville – Albury. Albury has the rolling hills and a WW1 monument conveniently located in a similar position to the one in the photo. Which begs the question; what’s so special about that Dean St? Which begs the answer: the Indian Chimney Restaurant. They take a while to cook and aren’t huge portions, but dear lord everything there is bloody delicious. As for the location of the photographer, my guess is on top of the Eastern Hill Lookout.

I could be totally wrong after all that investigating, but at least I got to listen to the wonderful ‘Best View of Dean St.’ thirty times in the name of research.

The single launch for ‘Best View of Dean St.’ is on Friday the 2nd of September, at Woody’s Bar in Collingwood, Melbourne.


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