09 Oct Trading Tunes with Water Bear


If you don’t know who Water Bear are, don’t worry, neither did I until my fellow writer Blake Creighton wrote a Introducing piece on them back in May. Combining the power chords of Pond with the dreamy vocals of Mac DeMarco or Wild Nothing, there’s plenty to instantly like about Water Bear.

The Melbourne band released an EP a few months back titled Quackadilly Blip. It’s not a perfectly polished product, but I know raw talent when I hear it. There’s a chemistry between the band members, that shines through on all five tracks. I believe that Water Bear are worth supporting and keeping an eye on.

You can catch them tonight at The Workers Club in Geelong. If you’re not near Geelong, you can just check out their Trading Tunes instead.

1. Tower Of Power – ‘Squib Cakes’


“It’s groovy, It’s just so groovy”

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07 Oct Trading Tunes with Terrible Truths


The first time I saw Terrible Truths live was at Copacabana on Smith St in Melbourne (an unusual venue for this kind of music). I was standing by the side of the stage and the first thing that I noticed was the drummer Joe Alexander playing without any shoes on. This kind of sums up the care-free nature of Terrible Truths. The band are like watching fireworks in a closed jar, unpredictable, yet tightly contained, somewhat like the late band Ponytail.

Terrible Truths recently returned from a Europe tour with Totally Mild and their debut full length album is out October 9th via Bedroom Suck Records. Before you go out and catch them playing at Melbourne Music Week, check out their choices for Trading Tunes.

1. Totally Mild – ‘Move On’


“We just had the immense privilege of touring Europe with these total angels. Seeing them play every night was magic, and something we could never tire of. Pretty sure this killer tune is gonna be stuck in our heads FOREVER, but who’s complaining. Awesome band, amazing people, 10 out of 10, A+, love them.”

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06 Oct The Babe Rainbow – ‘Aloe Vera’


Earlier this year The Babe Rainbow‘s out of Byron Bay in Australia quietly released a well-rounded, four track, surf-psych self-titled debut EP (‘Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest‘ being my personal highlight). ‘Aloe Vera‘ is the first single taken from The Babe Rainbow’s debut LP, out early in 2016 via Flightless (Flightless work with other Australian psychedelic bands such as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs).

‘Aloe Vera’ has the fast, intricate guitar work you can find on the early work from Thee Oh Sees. The surf influences aren’t as noticeable as they were on their previous. However the band sound tighter than before, perhaps from touring. The lyrics and vocals are also less vague than before too. It’s a short track, which is common for the band, but it’s packed with enough positive signs to suggest that the band are still on their way up.

The band is currently on a tour of the US. You can still catch them in these cities.
October 7th – Boston at Sinclair.
October 8th & 9th – NYC at Irving Plaza.
October 10th – Washington D.C at 930 Club.
October 11th – Chapel Hill, NC at Cats Cradle.
October 12th – Nashville, TN at Exit/In.

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05 Oct Trading Tunes with NO ZU


After 30 additions of Trading Tunes, I’ve noticed that Australian artists really dig No Zu. Whether it’s Flamingo Jones and Broadway Sounds picking ‘Raw Vis Vision‘ for their Trading Tunes or GL picking ‘Take It All Back‘ by No Zu member Becky Sui Zhen, it’s clear that those infectious rhythms and colourful textures are hard to resist. It also helps when you have eight vibrant members.

Last week the band released a video for ‘Ui Yia Uia‘ and this week they have sent us their five choices for Trading Tunes. Have you ever wondered what tunes inspire No Zu’s vibrancy?

1. B.B. Seaton – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’


“Shoulder shuffle, hip wiggle and smug expressions. This is simply irresistible and I heard it for the first time last night while driving underneath a full moon with news of water on Mars still ringing in my ears. In NO ZU, we like to look to the stars, but what about seeing the constellations among them?”

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03 Oct SMILE – ‘Boundless Plains To Share’

The Melbourne band Smile are set to release their second album in February next year and ‘Boundless Plains To Share‘ is the first single. This album is the follow up to their A1 Blvd / B1 Ruby 7″ last year and their debut LP in 2013 titled Life Choices. For those unfamiliar with Smile, the band contains Joshua Delaney of Rat & Co, however Smile is more of a lo-fi, garage rock band compared to the electronic proceedings of Rat & Co.

Where as Rat & Co is a fairly calculated project, Smile have a sense of freedom and tend to sprawl during the progressions of their songs. Even the name of ‘Boundless Plain To Share’ suggests this notion. It’s not that big of a stretch to compare the long distant vocals to those of Kevin Parker on Tame Impala‘s first EP. One could even compare the guitar work to a less serious DIIV or Viet Cong without the post-punk influence.

I see ‘Boundless Plain To Share’ as just a piece of the puzzle, because the track doesn’t try to make any statement, yet it doesn’t sound like the work of a band in limbo either. It’s a teaser and I want more.

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03 Oct Trading Tunes with Darcy Baylis


I first came across Darcy Baylis at Strawberry Fields 2013 when he went by the name Namine. I was actually resting in the tea tent area, when I began to notice that whoever was DJ’ing, had an interesting ear for new tunes and before I knew it, I found myself on the dance floor.

Fast forward almost two years and Darcy Baylis now just goes by his own name. Despite being around the Melbourne scene for a few years, he’s still a relatively young producer. He recently received a Track Of The Day post for ‘Variations Of Memory‘ off his new Envelopes EP and judging by how seriously he takes his craft, we don’t expect it to be the last time he makes an appearance around here.

“These songs have almost nothing in common aside from that fact that they have all come out within the last few months and have heavily sound-tracked my life since. I hope you enjoy.” – Darcy Baylis.

1. Empress of – ‘Standard’


“This album shows of a level of virtuosity not because of the pure innovation of its forward-thinking production techniques, but for the way that Lorely Rodriguez doesn’t let these heady, “challenging” instrumentals detract from the unwavering sincerity of her unique brand of 21st century pop music. This is my favourite song from this album but I say that about every track of hers.”

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03 Oct Trading Tunes: Darcy Baylis


I first came across Darcy Baylis at Strawberry Fields 2013 when he went by the name Namine. I was actually resting in the tea tent area, when I began to notice that whoever was DJ’ing, had an interesting ear for new tunes and before I knew it, I found myself on the dance floor.

Fast forward almost two years and Darcy Baylis now just goes by his own name. Despite being around the Melbourne scene for a few years, he’s still a relatively young producer. He recently received a Track Of The Day post for ‘Variations Of Memory‘ off his new Envelopes EP and judging by how seriously he takes his craft, we don’t expect it to be the last time he makes an appearance around here.

“These songs have almost nothing in common aside from that fact that they have all come out within the last few months and have heavily sound-tracked my life since. I hope you enjoy.” – Darcy Baylis.

1. Empress of – ‘Standard’


“This album shows of a level of virtuosity not because of the pure innovation of its forward-thinking production techniques, but for the way that Lorely Rodriguez doesn’t let these heady, “challenging” instrumentals detract from the unwavering sincerity of her unique brand of 21st century pop music. This is my favourite song from this album but I say that about every track of hers.”

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01 Oct Tonight: Sleep D x Midnight Juggernauts x Post Percy and more..

Tonight at New Guernica in the city of Melbourne, Dance Technique are celebrating 6 years of Thursday night events and the line-up is massive.

Friday is a public holiday due to the AFL Grand Final, so there’s no excuse to stay home tonight and why would you, when Sleep D, Post Percy, Midnight Juggernauts and Tom More are all playing in the same venue. The price isn’t clear, but I’d suggest rocking up early.

Doors open around 9pm and close around 6am. The address for New Guernica is Level 2 at 322 little Collins St, Melbourne.

Full line-up:
Sleep D x Butter Sessions
Post Percy + The Octane Twins
Turkish Prison x Midnight Juggernauts
Tom More (Otologic / Ricky Zero)
Mr George
Awesome Wales
Leisure Protocol
Barry Sunset & Ray Borner (Spin Club)
Cabin Of Dreams

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30 Sep Trading Tunes with Major Leagues


I’ve already gotten one my two favourite Brisbane bands to send in their Trading Tunes choices, so I figured I should probably get the other. Major Leagues have been on my radar since I heard ‘Teen Mums‘ in 2012. It turned out that all five tracks on the Weird Season EP were keepers. Then the band went quiet. I managed to catch them at The Blurst Of Times 2014 festival in Melbourne, where they were my highlight act just behind that other favourite Brisbane band of mine. Finally two months ago we received excellent new material titled ‘Someone Sometime‘.

The band is currently on a very comprehensive national tour around Australia, opening for San Cisco. Head to this link for more details, but before you do, Anna has sent us her selections for Trading Tunes.

1. The Breeders – ‘Divine Hammer’


Kim Deal is a Goddess. That’s all.”

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30 Sep Sunbeam Sound Machine USA Fundraiser Show


This Friday at Shadow Electric in Melbourne, Sunbeam Sound Machine are throwing a party to help raise funds for their trip to New York for the CMJ Music Marathon in a few weeks. This party contains a few more of our current local favourites, including Good Morning (who are also flying to CMJ) and Ciggie Witch, making the online price of $15 a steal. Help support our local talent get recognised overseas and have a good time in a fantastic venue while you’re at it.

Door open at 8pm and the tickets on the door are $20. The address is Sacred Heart Courtyard, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Full line-up:
Sunbeam Sound Machine
Good Morning
Ciggie Witch
Romeo Moon
Sporting
Jimmy Cain

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