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
Jimmy Cain

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29 Sep World’s End Press – ‘Tall Stories (Storeys Tall Statue Reconstruction)’

When I think of live dance bands in Melbourne that really stimulate the body and mind, the first two names that come to mind are World’s End Press and NO ZU. So what happens when the drummers of both groups come together? Well, Statue is exactly what happens.

Statue create rhythmic electronic music in the vein of artists such as Blondes, Hyetal or Factory Floor. The duo stretch ‘Tall Stories‘ into a dark, late night sprawl – one that’s a little frightening, because it’s hard to tell when it will end. At the same time, you don’t want it to.

It takes all the hook layers of the original and lets them loop freely into the unknown, highlighting the strength of the original track, while demonstrating how Statue bring a slightly different perspective to the already-crowded dance scene in Melbourne.

I’ve been waiting for a Melbourne version of those artists I mentioned earlier, and I may have found it.

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29 Sep Trading Tunes with Flamingo Jones

Flamingo Jones is the calypso creation of Nicholas Bond, former front man of Seven Year Itch. In an attempt to cultivate a sound that combines the coastal lagoons of the Caribbean with the lush gardens of the CBD, Bond presented us with an EP as ethereal as it is carefree.

Here, Flamingo Jones presents us with five tracks that have either inspired or excited him over the journey, giving an idea of the diversity of his taste.

1. NO ZU – ‘Raw Vis Vision’

“First came across NO ZU on the Cut Copy, Oceans Apart compilation. ‘Raw Vis Vision‘ is as groovy now as when I first heard it and I doubt it will ever cease to make me boogie.”

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29 Sep Thrupence – ‘New Light’

If you’ve been following Melbourne’s Jack Vanzet aka Thrupence since his early days of tracks such as ‘Synchronous Bloom‘, then ‘New Light‘ is exactly where you’ve always wanted him to take his project.

‘New Light’ has all the beauty and electronic elegance of ‘Synchronous Bloom’, but he no longer sounds trapped in a bedroom – by the end of ‘New Light’, Thrupence is free. The bass notes are lower, the high-end is higher and the mix in between has noticeable focus on defined separation.

While some other Future Classic artists are still trying to out-drop each other, Thrupence is writing music that will still be enjoyable for years to come – real future classics.

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27 Sep Trading Tunes with Flowertruck

Flowertruck recently released their unashamedly upbeat and enticing single ‘Sunshower‘ which scored a video premiere by Dom Alessio on Triple J. The four-piece are hitting the road to support their new and highly enjoyable EP Dirt, playing at Shebeen on October 1st. Here are the five tunes keeping them sane on the road.

1. You Beauty – ‘ILLYWHACKA’

“We’re all really big fans of You Beauty. Charles and Sarah lost fillings and fluids the last time at their Volumes set (not necessarily in that order). There’s also not many other bands that can cite Peter Carey as a lyrical influence.”

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25 Sep Hazel English – ‘Fix’

I was going to say that Hazel English sounds like a female version of Craft Spells, and then I saw that, fittingly, she opened for them less than two weeks ago. The Oakland-via-Australia songwriter is set to release her debut EP and, based on the three singles I’ve heard – ‘Never Going Home‘, ‘It’s Not Real‘, and now ‘Fix‘ – the EP is going to be highly addictive.

The first two singles drew from bands such as Beach Fossils and Seapony, both of which are guilty pleasures of mine. Hazel English brings (a little) more clarity than those two to the vocals, but it’s more that her lyrics are less vague and soaked in reverb. Each song has a clear message or motive behind it.

‘Fix’ in particular isn’t hiding behind uncertainty or clustered thoughts, and the layers disperse to reveal a certain honesty when she sings “I more than feel alright”. The mood is dreamy, but these aren’t the dreams you have when you’re trying to escape reality – these are the dreams you have when you’re happy. Hazel English makes happy dreams.

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17 Sep Darcy Baylis – ‘Variations On Memory’

The Melbourne electronic producer Darcy Baylis has dropped a new track called ‘Variations On Memory‘. He’s been on our radar for a while with solid remixes of Oscar Key Sung and Slum Sociable, but ‘Variations On Memory’ is the most unique piece of work he’s put out to date.

It’s not the sound that’s necessarily unique, but it’s the way in which he constantly pulls back from the listener, that actually draws the listener in. It’s a careful bluff game, where you don’t know if the song is going to drop, turn left or right, therefor making the experience rather engaging.

It’s a little more layered than say The Field and more in the vein of Any Stott. Where no layer is a throw-away texture, and each one is delicately manipulated into place. ‘Variations On Memory’ after five minutes does eventually turn into chugging, deep house track. I’m also going to suggest (based off ‘Variations On Memory’), that he may be better off without including vocals.

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16 Sep DIIV – ‘Dopamine’

I’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting all year for the first single off their second album Is The Is Are. While it’s not the massive statement track I was expecting from Zachary Cole Smith‘s project, you have to remember that the album is expected to be 18 songs over two discs, around 75 minutes long, making ‘Dopamine‘ just 5% of the album.

However what does excite me about ‘Dopamine’, is the bands clear focus on the darker, more driven side of the project, moving them closer to the direction Beach Fossils took on their last album. The public had a feeling this might happen, when they dropped ‘Dust‘ in 2013. A song that represented the intensity of their live shows. Remember that DIIV started in Zach’s bedroom as a dreamy, nostalgic project, well before he played any of the songs live. After two years of playing the songs live, it became clear to him and anyone who attended their shows, that the band’s very exhilarating when they’re instead on the front-foot.

It’s a little hard to make out exactly what Zach is saying in ‘Dopamine’, but I assume the title has something to do with the dope charge incident with Sky Ferreira. I guess the lyrics will appear online soon and I hope more pieces of the albums puzzle do too.

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