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16 Nov Trading Tunes Cool Sounds


I want this post to be about Cool Sounds’ warm music — and it will be. But I also wanted to use this post to acknowledge my deepest sympathies for all the band members after their good friend, collaborator and touring partner Zac Denton passed away late October unexpectedly. Zac played several Ripe events over the years with The Ocean Party and helped KEWL with their crowdfunding campaign. Zac couldn’t haven’t been more unselfish and a positive representative role model of what makes the Melbourne music community so special. His passing effected me and I wish I’d shown more gratitude towards him while I had the chance. We held off this post until Cool Sounds were okay moving forward with press coverage.

Now on a lighter more uplifting note. Cool Sounds new album Cactus Country is perhaps exactly what I needed to hear. The closest comparison that kept coming to mind was actually the debut Girls self-titled album. That deliberate lack of low end frequencies, that ‘calm warm breeze on a rooftop with sharp crispy instrumentation and vocals never too deep or never too in your face either’ vibe. It’s incredibly easy to put this album on loop and let is simmer all day, and you’ll never question why you chose the album in the first place.

That could also be considered a flaw to some people, who are looking maybe for a clearer point of emphasis, but that would just distract from all the lush instrumentation of the seven piece band. It’s the multi-blend of instruments that creates their unique juice flavour. Which is why I suggest playing the album on full range speakers with good left and right separation, because you really need to hear the full Cactus Country audio spectrum to enjoy the full experience.

From band member Lauren Huynh:
“These are all songs I listen to when I wanna indulge in my loneliness but dance at the same time. I’m a real sucker for unrequited love songs and I think there’s something really beautiful about people who can sing about something sad in an upbeat and catchy way.”

House Or Home album tracklist:
01. Dirt
02. Cactus Country
03. The Best
04. Loose Grips
05. Roses
06. Cassandra
07. Nylon
08. Nowhere To Run
09. Golden Nights
10. Twin Turbo
11. Wrangler

Instead of being a co-headline album tour, it will instead be The Ocean Party’s tour, supported by Cool Sounds, as a bit of a celebration of Zac.
November 16th | Tanswells | Beechworth *
November 17th | The Bridge | Castlemaine *
November 25th | The Eastern | Ballarat *
December 1st | The Tote | Melbourne *
December 2nd | Birdhouse | Wagga Wagga *
December 3rd | Phoenix | Canberra *
December 4th | CCOX at The Bank | Sydney *
December 5th | Franks Wild Years | Thirroul *
December 6th | Netherworld | Brisbane *
December 7th | The End | Brisbane

Body Type – ‘Ludlow (Do You Believe in Karma)’

Twin Peaks – ‘Wanted You’

Good Morning – ‘After You’

Anemone – ‘Baby Only You & I’

Spike Vincent – ‘I Like You’


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14 Nov Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (15/11/18)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Harvey Sutherland, Wonderfuls, Donny Benét, Tram Cops, Way Dynamic, Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice, Julia Jacklin, Sweater Curse, Sarsaparilla, gregor, Anatole, Good Boy, Field Maps, Darcy Baylis, Two People, The Woodland Hunters, Ben Wright Smith, Milk Buttons and this week’s best new track by Crepes.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Milk Buttons – ‘Some Impression’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

39. Ben Wright Smith – ‘Storm Boy’ | Uploaded: November 1st

38. The Woodland Hunters – ‘Dead Cities’ | Uploaded: October 17th

37. Two People – ‘In The Garden’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

36. Darcy Baylis – ‘I Dream Of You 🗺’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

35. Field Maps – ‘Somewhere Underground’ | Uploaded: November 14th

34. Good Boy – ‘Sodabread’ | Uploaded: November 8th

33. Middle Management – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: October 24th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Maliblue – ‘Hex’ | Uploaded: September 7th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Anatole – ‘Emulsion’ | Uploaded: November 2nd

30. Ultracrush – ‘Swimming’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

29. NИLL – ‘Elevated, Elevated, Elevated’ | Uploaded: September 24th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Hektor – ‘Frank’ | Uploaded: September 11th | Open with SoundCloud

27. The Ocean Party – ‘What It’s Worth’ | Uploaded: October 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

26. HVNCOQ – ‘Selfish’ | Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

25. The Model School – ‘Fallin’ Off The Grid’ | Uploaded: October 10th | Open with YouTube

24. Gregor – ‘I Look Devastated’ | Uploaded: October 5th

23. Sarsaparilla – ‘Postcard’ | Uploaded: September 16th

22. Sweater Curse – ‘Mon’s Song’ | Uploaded: October 24th

21. DJ Heure – ‘Huh’ | Uploaded: October 15th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Moonlover – ‘On The Day That I Was Born’ | Uploaded: October 14th | Open with YouTube

19. Lucy Cliche – ‘Orbital Gaze’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Tiana Khasi – ‘Nuketown’ | Uploaded: September 25th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Julia Jacklin – ‘Head Alone’ | Uploaded: November 8th

16. Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice – Busy Bigness’ | Uploaded: November 1st

15. Way Dynamic – ‘Losing Touch’ | Uploaded: November 11th

14. Tram Cops – ‘bb jesus’ | Uploaded: November 1st

13. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Weight’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Amethyst’ | Uploaded: October 25th | Open with Bandcamp

11. Martin Frawley – ‘You Want Me?’ | Uploaded: October 15th | Open with YouTube

10. Donny Benét – ‘Beneath The Sheets’ | Uploaded: November 1st

9. Wonderfuls – ‘Need You Here’ | Uploaded: November 1st

8. Geo William – ‘GLXY WTRFLL’ | Uploaded: September 27th | Open with Bandcamp

7. Body Type – ‘Palms’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Tram Cops – ‘LA’ | Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Mildlife – ‘Phase II (RREP02)’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

4. The Goon Sax – ‘A Few Times Too Many’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

3. Roza Terenzi – Mood EP | Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

2. Harvey Sutherland – ‘I Can See’ | Uploaded: November 9th

1. Crepes – ‘On My Own’ | Uploaded: October 26th


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13 Nov Trading Tunes with RVG


Melbourne Music Week starts November 16th until the 24th, and what better way is there to get excited than by listening to a Melbourne playlist by one of the best Melbourne bands, RVG. You can gather elements of RVG’s sound from these five chosen artists. From Terry‘s sharp guitar lines, to Divide and Dissolve‘s depth and power, to Cyanide Thornton‘s levelled usage of the full band, to Spike Fuck‘s personal lyrics. Lead vocalist and song writer Romy Vager‘s unique take on what’s vaguely described as post-punk can be traced through these array of influences. You really need to see Romy and RVG live to understand how hard they can truly hit you inside, and luckily you can and see many more awesome artists during this year’s Melbourne Music Week.

There’s an endless list of Ripe favourite’s playing such as Andras, Andy Garvey, Ara Koufax, Brooke Powers, Chiara Kickdrum, Dianas, DRMNGNOW, Ella Thompson, Fantastic Man, Habits, Hexdebt, Hymns, Jen Cloher, Krakatau, Leah Senior, Mikey Young, Moopie, Pjenné, Roza Terenzi, RVG, SilentJay, Simona, Sui Zhen, Sunbeam Sound Machine and many more!

On Sunday the 18th is perhaps the main event of the week with the Civic Sounds Laneway Party, an all-day festival in AC/DC lane with tickets still available so get in quick!.

Terry – ‘Ciao Goodbye’


“You know the kind, please be kind” – my favourite line of the year so far. Terry write these little pop songs that say so much without any pretension or concern for being on trend.”

Divide and Dissolve – ‘Reversal’


“Not long ago I saw Divide and Dissolve play at a co-op in Austin, Texas. It was one of the best and most intense shows I’ve seen this year. The best music is the kind that doesn’t just make you feel good about yourself.”

Cyanide Thornton – ‘The Weight’


“Cyanide have consistently been my favourite band to see in over the last few years. They’re just about to release their debut album and it’s gonna be amazing.”

Dark Water – ‘Siren Song’


“Dark Water are my favourite new band of the year. They play this brooding synth goth music but you can also hear these very tender Fleetwood Mac-esque melodies in it. I’m very excited to hear what they do next.”

Spike Fuck – ‘Guts’


“Every time I’m asked to make one of these lists my first thought goes to this song. It encapsulates everything I love about this city.”

 


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26 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (25/10/18)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Martin Frawley, Harvey Sutherland, Tiana Khasi, Moonlover, DJ Heure, The Model School, HVNCOQ, The Ocean Party, Hektor, Middle Management, Candy, Obscura Hail, Orlean, Ferla, Jackmann, Black Cab, Fair Maiden, Sunnyside, Purpl, The Attics, Aegean Sun, Monnone Alone, Red Ink and this week’s best new track by Tram Cops.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Red Ink – ‘Berlin’ | Uploaded: October 11th

39. Monnone Alone – ‘Cut Knuckle’ | Uploaded: October 3rd

38. Aegean Sun – ‘The Beach That Took My Mind’ | Uploaded: October 20th

37. The Attics – ‘Pastel Blues’ | Uploaded: October 5th

36. Purpl – ‘You Know’ | Uploaded: October 6th

35. Sunnyside – ‘Ketl’z On’ | Uploaded: October 3rd

34. Fair Maiden – ‘Fire and Blood’ | Uploaded: October 17th

33. Lowtide – ‘Southern Mind (Black Cab Remix)’ | Uploaded: October 26th

32. Jackmann – ‘Can I Be Your Friend? (The Facebook Song)’ | Uploaded: October 4th

31. Ferla – ‘Voodoo’ | Uploaded: October 24th

30. Orlean – ‘You’re Not There’ | Uploaded: October 16th

29. Obscura Hail – ‘Limberjack’ | Uploaded: October 23rd

28. Candy – ‘Validation’ | Uploaded: October 17th

27. Middle Management – ‘Voices’ | Uploaded: October 24th

26. Cool Sounds – ‘Cassandra’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Maliblue – ‘Hex’ | Uploaded: September 7th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Ultracrush – ‘Swimming’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

23. NИLL – ‘Elevated, Elevated, Elevated’ | Uploaded: September 24th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Hektor – ‘Frank’ | Uploaded: September 11th

21. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Dark Corner Dance Floor’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

20. The Ocean Party – ‘What It’s Worth’ | Uploaded: October 23rd

19. HVNCOQ – ‘Selfish’ | Uploaded: October 19th

18. The Model School – ‘Fallin’ Off The Grid’ | Uploaded: October 10th

17. DJ Heure – ‘Huh’ | Uploaded: October 15th

16. Tram Cops – ‘This Is It’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Moonlover – ‘On The Day That I Was Born’ | Uploaded: October 14th

14. Lucy Cliche – ‘Orbital Gaze’ | Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Hot Air’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Julia Jacklin – ‘Body’ | Uploaded: August 3rd | Open with YouTube

11. On Diamond – ‘How’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Tiana Khasi – ‘Nuketown’ | Uploaded: September 25th

9. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Weight’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Harvey Sutherland – ‘Amethyst’ | Uploaded: October 25th

7. Martin Frawley – ‘You Want Me?’ | Uploaded: October 15th

6. Geo William – ‘GLXY WTRFLL’ | Uploaded: September 27th | Open with Bandcamp

5. Body Type – ‘Palms’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

4. Tram Cops – ‘LA’ | Uploaded: October 20th

3. Mildlife – ‘Phase II (RREP02)’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

2. The Goon Sax – ‘A Few Times Too Many’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Roza Terenzi – Mood EP | Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud


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10 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (11/10/18)


Photo by Kathleen Mary Lee


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from On Diamond, Julia Jacklin, Cyanide Thornton, Lucy Cliche, Tram Cops, NИLL, Cool Sounds, GERYON, Moses Carr, The Ocean Party, These Guy, A. Swayze and the Ghosts, Vape Dadz, Triangle Head and this week’s best new track by Geo William.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Triangle Head – ‘Wasted’ | Uploaded: August 4th

39. BATTS – ‘Gun’ | Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud

38. FRITZ – ‘Summer Holiday’ | Uploaded: August 27th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Nice Biscuit – ‘Digital Mountain Sparrow’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Total Giovanni – ‘Awake’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

35. Hektor – ‘Monday’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Planète – ‘Vectors’ | Uploaded: September 19th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Emma Russack & LAchlan Denton – ‘I’ll Be The Rock’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Montero – ‘Quantify’ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Darvid Thor – ‘Do It Again’ | Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

30. Retiree – ‘Another Day’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Lyndon Blue – ‘Performance’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Vape Dadz – ‘Whiskey Priest’ | Uploaded: September 4th

27. A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Suddenly’ | Uploaded: September 24th

26. These Guy – ‘Cleaning Up The Streets’ | Uploaded: September 25th

25. The Ocean Party – ‘Off And On’ | Uploaded: September 25th

24. Moses Carr – ‘Bedrooms’ | Uploaded: August 10th

23. School Damage – ‘Meeting Halfway’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Nolan House – ‘They Lied’ | Uploaded: October 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

21. GERYON – ‘Nerves’ | Uploaded: October 3rd

20. Rabbit Island – ’11, 12, 13′ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Cool Sounds – ‘Cactus Country’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Ella Thompson – ‘Snow’ | Uploaded: August 30th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Emma Louise – ‘Gentleman’ | Uploaded: September 5th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Cool Sounds – ‘Cassandra’ | Uploaded: August 8th

15. Maliblue – ‘Hex’ | Uploaded: September 7th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Ultracrush – ‘Swimming’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

13. NИLL – ‘Elevated, Elevated, Elevated’ | Uploaded: September 24th

12. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Dark Corner Dance Floor’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Tram Cops – ‘This Is It’ | Uploaded: August 8th

10. Lucy Cliche – ‘Orbital Gaze’ | Uploaded: October 6th

9. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Hot Air’ | Uploaded: August 9th

8. Julia Jacklin – ‘Body’ | Uploaded: August 3rd

7. On Diamond – ‘How’ | Uploaded: August 9th

6. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Weight’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Geo William – ‘GLXY WTRFLL’ | Uploaded: September 27th

4. Body Type – ‘Palms’ | Uploaded: September 13th | Open with SoundCloud

3. Mildlife – ‘Phase II (RREP02)’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

2. The Goon Sax – ‘A Few Times Too Many’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Roza Terenzi – Mood EP | Uploaded: September 1st | Open with SoundCloud


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03 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree


Matt Crowley, Tori Holleman and Marco Vella make up the Sydney soft-thoughts group Retiree. Late last month they released their new album House Or Home via Rhythm Section INT. An album about living in all kinds of conditions all around Australia in 2018. The most common mood is that of somebody waking up to reality and trying to come to terms with it, a lot of ‘morning sun straight in the eyes’ vibes.

Just where and in what condition you experience this process of thoughts is subjective to the listener, as Retiree don’t clarify noticeable specifics. You could be in the hot sandy outback, a tiny apartment in Hobart, or the Alpine Range. We all wake up at some point every day and try to process the all that is prior to it. This is where House Or Home is perfect. Retiree help you zone in on those thoughts. Weather it’s via the soft deep oozing during ‘Magic Eye‘, the slick sliding tones of ‘Another Day‘ or light dabs with blurred audible lyrics like pre-coffee morning confusement on ‘Line In The Dirt‘. The morning is where their minimal arrangements work the best, a time of day when it’s hard to compute too much information. The last track ‘Past Time‘ is a really effective and calming instrumental, that I’d like to hear them dig deeper into on future releases.

Retiree have four shows coming up. The Chippo in Sydney on November 23rd, Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on November 24th, El Grotto in Scarborough on December 21st and Si Paradiso in Perth on December 22nd. Until then they have kindly sent us their choices for Trading Tunes.

Theme: Dub Mixes
“We’re big fans of a well executed dub mix – an alternate mix of a track that takes a few elements or sections of a song & extends them, reimagines & rearranges them, usually with some of the vocals removed, taking it a step out of ‘song’ territory & one towards the club.
When the right elements are reworked it can shed new light on a song, like hearing a version from an alternate dimension.”

House Or Home album tracklist:
01. Migrate
02. Pumice Stone
03. Magic Eye ft Sui Zhen
04. Another Day
05. Line In The Dirt
06. Mystery Bay
07. House or Home
08. Past Time

Idjut Boys – ‘Kenny Dub Headband’


“From their LP ‘versions’ which is all remixes they’ve done themselves of songs from their record ‘Cellar Door’. The idjuts take the original slow, disco-y piece, chop it up, stretch it out & soak it in echo.”

Kindness – ‘SEOD (Zdar Dub)’


“Phillipe Zdar strips SEOD down to a deep deep bass and drum machines, then extends the piano outro, bringing the track to over 9 mins. Best listened to riding a bicycle at night or with some large subwoofers.”

Kassiry – ‘N’ne Menika’


“This doesnt divert too much from the original, but the echoey percussion & vocals switch it from the dancefloor to maybe the dinner before the party.”

Imagination – ‘So Good, So Right (Dub Version)’


“Paring a semi-cheesy funk track back & echoing out the vocals. Someone was playing the sends on the mixer here.”

Marvin Gaye – ‘I Want You (John Morales Extended Mix)’


“A classic reworked by a master remixer. Best listened to stretched out on a couch like Marvin singing it in the first part of this clip:”


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19 Sep Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (20/9/18)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from The Goon Sax, Mildlife, Body Type, Cyanide Thornton, Ultracrush, Maliblue, Emma Louise, Ella Thompson, Lyndon Blue, Retiree, Darvid Thor, Montero, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Planète, Hektor, Total Giovanni, Nice Biscuit, FRITZ, BATTS, Waveless, Breathe, Laura Imbruglia, Sloan Peterson and this week’s best new track by Roza Terenzi.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Sloan Peterson – ‘Our Love’ | Uploaded: August 23rd

39. Laura Imbruglia – ‘Tricks’ | Uploaded: September 19th

38. Breathe – ‘Are You All Good?’ | Uploaded: August 9th

37. Waveless – ‘Softly’ | Uploaded: September 15th

36. BATTS – ‘Gun’ | Uploaded: September 1st

35. FRITZ – ‘Summer Holiday’ | Uploaded: August 27th

34. Nice Biscuit – ‘Digital Mountain Sparrow’ | Uploaded: August 16th

33. Total Giovanni – ‘Awake’ | Uploaded: September 12th

32. Hektor – ‘Monday’ | Uploaded: September 18th

31. Planète – ‘Vectors’ | Uploaded: September 19th

30. Emma Russack & LAchlan Denton – ‘I’ll Be The Rock’ | Uploaded: September 14th

29. Montero – ‘Quantify’ | Uploaded: August 15th

28. Darvid Thor – ‘Do It Again’ | Uploaded: August 9th

27. Retiree – ‘Another Day’ | Uploaded: September 12th

26. Lyndon Blue – ‘Performance’ | Uploaded: September 13th

25. Ferla – ‘The Human Heart’ | Uploaded: July 14th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – ‘I’m Right Here’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud

23. School Damage – ‘Meeting Halfway’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Nolan House – ‘They Lied’ | Uploaded: October 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

21. Loose Tooth – ‘You Say’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Rudolf C – ‘Changeover’ | Uploaded: July 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

19. Pascal Babare – ‘Native Birds’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Rabbit Island – ’11, 12, 13′ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Cool Sounds – ‘Cactus Country’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Ella Thompson – ‘Snow’ | Uploaded: August 30th

15. Emma Louise – ‘Gentleman’ | Uploaded: September 5th

14. Retiree ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Magic Eye’ | Uploaded: July 18th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Maliblue – ‘Hex’ | Uploaded: September 7th

12. Terry – ‘The Whip’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Ultracrush – ‘Swimming’ | Uploaded: September 13th

10. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Dark Corner Dance Floor’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Primo! – ‘Ticking Off A List’ | Uploaded: July 15th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Christopher Port – ‘Find A Way’ | Uploaded: July 27th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Cyanide Thornton – ‘Weight’ | Uploaded: September 12th

6. Body Type – ‘Palms’ | Uploaded: September 13th

5. Mildlife – ‘Phase II (RREP02)’ | Uploaded: September 14th

4. The Goon Sax – ‘A Few Times Too Many’ | Uploaded: September 18th

3. Roza Terenzi – Mood EP | Uploaded: September 1st

2. The Goon Sax – ‘Make Time 4 Love’ | Uploaded: July 17th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Bad Timing’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud


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12 Sep Trading Tunes with School Damage


School Damage are like a lolli-bag that you get from a kids party, except there’s no sugar, it’s sugar free, every bag is unpredictable and that’s what makes every bag feel like a sugar rush. The four piece from Melbourne sound like they’re playing live on the back of a ute with wobbly tires rolling down a gravel road, chasing sheep, the driver wiping sweat off her forehead, while she downs energy drinks (sugar free). And when School Damage aren’t manic, it’s a dress up party with no theme, unless the theme is “Hello, I’m melting.”

At any moment everything could go wrong, but everything also has a hint of control. The keyboard parts are self contained, the guitar shreds are quickly in and out. Everyone’s adding wood to the bonfire, but it’s kindling and small branches, not petrol. Like any good bonfire, it should in theory get boring after a while, but School Damage are mesmerizing enough, that it’s hard to look away. The cracks never stop, you can’t always tell which part will break first, but it’s all nicely compiled together inside a wall of small broken bricks.

Maybe it’s the recent warmer weather in Melbourne, but School Damage’s latest album A to X is high in my rotation this month. Makes me want to hit the road to all the music festivals, windows down, no time to think about it being logical. At least that’s how School Damage would want me to do it.

A to X came out via label Chapter Music on August 31st and sent us five our their current favourite tunes to celebrate!

School Damage – A to X album tour dates

Fri Sep 14 – Melbourne – Gasometer Upstairs
Fri Sep 21 – Sydney – Vic on the Park
Sat Sep 22- Wollongong – The Servo (afternoon show)
Sat Sep 22 – Canberra – Polish Club
Sun Sep 23 – Beechworth – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel
Sat Sep 29 – Hobart – The Brisbane Hotel
Thur Oct 11 – Footscray – Reverence Hotel (with Terry)
Fri Oct 12 -Castlemaine – The Bridge Hotel (with Terry)
Sat Oct 13 – Geelong – Barwon Club (with Terry)
Sun Oct 14 – Rye – Bahas (with Terry)
Fri Oct 19 – Brisbane – Bloodhound Bar
Sat Oct 20 – Ipswich -Bad Habit Records

*tickets on the door for all shows*

The Cannanes – ‘Sound Of the City’


Jake: “I love the Cannanes so much. A band that never seemed to mould themselves to the sounds of their contemporaries, instead they seem to focus more on their geographical surroundings – much like a Scorsese film, the area they are living is the protagonist. When you listen to the Cannanes songs from this era you get an imagery of Sydney’s inner city from the late 80’s. Which is why I love this video so much. A bunch of super-8 footage taken by their friends of them goofing around in Sydney. I love the way Stephen strums 16th notes in the chorus, I love looking at David Nicholls wearing a sombrero and I love Fran’s suit jacket & jeans combo!
PS. I promise that the Chapter Police didn’t force me to choose something from their catalogue!”

Eurythmics – ‘Love Is A Stranger’


Dani: “This is probably the song I have listened to most this year. I heard it on Smooth FM driving my car (don’t judge me I flick stations lol) and was reading an Annie Lennox biography at the time and hadn’t known who had sung it till it was back announced!
I am obsessed with The Second verse when where Annie sings “And Love love love is a dangerous drug…” but also that the verses don’t seem to follow a rigid time structure, they get longer. Her vocal delivery is really dynamic — one minute she is deadpan the next she is wailing. The other thing that draws me in is that the arrangement is quite simple but there are interesting flourishes like the weird grunting backing vocal.
The video is great too the wig move is such a good one. So good that according to her biography (Byrony Sutherland and Lucy Ellis, Annie Lennox: A Biography) ” On the video’s first transmission on MTV, the screen went blank as the controller watched in horror as Annie removed her first wig. To them it appeared that her gender had suddenly blurred, and the plug was pulled in the interest of America’s innocent youth being exposed to what appeared to be a transvestite. The video was banned until further notice.”

Yukihiro Takahashi – ‘Drip Dry Eyes’


Jeff: “This song is taken from Yukihiro Takahashis’ album “neuromantic” which was recorded only a few months after my favourite YMO album “BGM” in early 1981. It might as well be a YMO album as the whole band are on it along with Phil Manzanera (801, Roxy Music)and some other questionable Englishmen. I very recently discovered this is actually a cover (original by Sandii in 1980)but the song has totally transformed from a very basic synth pop song to a super complex gem. The more I hear it the more it actually sounds like many songs rolled into one. I admire the way The way Yukihiro draws so much from the past and brings it to the present the same way Carolyn, Jake and most of my favourite song writers do the same. When Yukihiro sings “crocodile tears” in the second verse it is so intense it actually breaks my heart… and I could watch this video over and over again.”

Lizzy Mercier-Descloux – ‘Fire’


Carolyn: “I only just came across this song and video kind of recently in my youtube ‘recommended videos’, but it has since been on high rotation. Lizzy Mercier Descloux’s cover of this Arthur Brown song is mesmerizing: best voice, best moves, it just makes me want to dance.”

The Penetrators – ‘Shopping Bag’


Jake: “The Penetrators truly are the Kings of Basement rock. They teach you how to make an outstanding album for $0 and make an entertaining video for $0. This video has got everything, 2 dimensional burgers, a seedy A&R guy, home made signs, the drummer imitating Chuck Berry’s duck walk with a guitar, half inflated balloons, a guy puking in a bag and last but certainly not least the disapproval of MTV. I’m an absolute sucker for lyrics that are about rocking out with your band too. I don’t know how they do it, but the quality of the recording and the video just works so perfectly for this band… Oh yeah, check out that guitar riff!”


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15 Aug Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (16/8/18)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Primo!, Phantastic Ferniture, Cool Sounds, Rabbit Island, Nolan House, Nylex, School Damage, Gregor, Maliblue, Holiday Party, Dark Fair, Peter Bibby, Neighbourhood Youth, ALTA, Your Girl Pho and this week’s best new track by Christopher Port.

As always, we have an updated Spotify playlist, updated SoundCloud playlist, and our full guide below.

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40. Brendon Moon – ‘Blue Moond’ | Uploaded: July 25th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Your Girl Pho – ‘Fox Mate’ | Uploaded: July 30th

38. ALTA – ‘Figured Out’ | Uploaded: August 9th

37. The Attics – ‘Ultramarine’ | Uploaded: July 6th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Neighbourhood Youth – ‘Stay Safe’ | Uploaded: July 12th

35. Peter Bibby – ‘Work for Arseholes’ | Uploaded: August 2nd

34. Dark Fair – ‘Off Into My Head’ | Uploaded: August 7th

33. Richard In Your Mind – ‘All I Can Do’ | Uploaded: July 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

32. Squaring Circles – ‘Movement’ | Uploaded: June 28th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Holiday Party – ‘Run Away’ | Uploaded: October 9th

30. River Yarra – ‘Sli Ggogg [Antinote]’ | Uploaded: July 12th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Tenderhooks – ‘Headcase’ | Uploaded: July 17th | Open with SoundCloud

28. SaD – ‘The Poets of Antiquity’ | Uploaded: June 30th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Carla dal Forno – ‘Lay Me Down’ | Uploaded: June 16th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Total Giovanni – ‘Comes In Waves’ | Uploaded: June 27th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Mihra – ‘New Horizon’ | Uploaded: July 14th | Open with SoundCloud

24. Leisure Centre – ‘Mind Full’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Jessica Says – ‘Brand New Thing’ | Uploaded: June 20th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Elizabeth – ‘Burn It All’ | Uploaded: June 18th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Christopher Port — ‘DTF’ | Uploaded: June 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

20. Cop Envy – ‘Leisure’ | Uploaded: July 21st | Open with SoundCloud

19. Maliblue – ‘Trykt’ | Uploaded: October 15th

18. Gregor – ‘A Song About Holding Hands’ | Uploaded: October 5th

17. Ferla – ‘The Human Heart’ | Uploaded: July 14th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – ‘I’m Right Here’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud

15. School Damage – ‘Meeting Halfway’ | Uploaded: August 8th

14. Nylex – ‘Violent Action’ | Uploaded: June 18th

13. Nolan House – ‘They Lied’ | Uploaded: October 3rd

12. Loose Tooth – ‘You Say’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Rudolf C – ‘Changeover’ | Uploaded: July 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

10. Pascal Babare – ‘Native Birds’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Rabbit Island – ’11, 12, 13′ | Uploaded: August 15th

8. Cool Sounds – ‘Cactus Country’ | Uploaded: August 16th

7. Terry – ‘The Whip’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Retiree ft. Sui Zhen – ‘Magic Eye’ | Uploaded: July 18th | Open with SoundCloud

5. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Dark Corner Dance Floor’ | Uploaded: August 8th

4. Primo! – ‘Ticking Off A List’ | Uploaded: July 15th

3. Christopher Port – ‘Find A Way’ | Uploaded: July 27th

3. The Goon Sax – ‘Make Time 4 Love’ | Uploaded: July 17th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Phantastic Ferniture – ‘Bad Timing’ | Uploaded: July 10th | Open with SoundCloud

1. Loose Tooth – ‘Keep On’ | Uploaded: June 16th | Open with YouTube


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29 Jul Trading Tunes with Loose Tooth


Fresh off a European tour with Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth last week on the 3rd of August released their debut full length album Keep Up via Milk! Records and Remote Control Records. Loose Tooth are one of the Australian breakout bands of 2018 in the independent world. They’ve always been a likeable band that just needed a little tightening and Keep Up is evidence that the band are serious about perfecting their craft.

There’s this glowing attitude of a group that wants to lift itself off the floor and get on its feet throughout Keep Up. Lead single and one of the tracks of the year ‘Keep On‘ contains this innocent energy that makes you want to adventure and tackle the world. Loose Tooth use a contrast vocal performance between mild and energetic vocals to remind you of the difference and importance of a human tone. ‘You Say‘ is about trying to escape an endless hookup that’s going nowhere and isn’t good for anyone. Loose Tooth want to move to a positive space in life, they want to improve themselves. Even on ‘Asteroid‘, where the delivery is more subdued and conservative, they’re still singing about “why can’t we just relax”.

Loose Tooth overall managed to avoid sounding like bland garage rock or a washed out shoe-gaze band and it’s mostly due to their crunchy guitar hooks and punctual delivery. They aren’t masking lack of ideas, they’re full of them and it’s evident until the end of the album. Hopefully this album lands them on many festival lineups this upcoming summer.

Loose Tooth are playing on Saturday 25th August at Howler in Melbourne. Until then check out their trading tunes theme about female drummers.

Loose Tooth – Keep Up
1. Keep On
2. You Say
3. All The Colours
4. Butterknife
5. Asteroid
6. In The Morning
7. Will You Evolve
8. Bad One
9. Moonshine
10. You Want It
11. Miss You

 

 

The White Stripes – ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’


“This was the first song I ever learnt to play on drums. Nel and I played it at school assembly in yr 9 at our stiff private school. They didn’t know what hit them! Meg was probably the first female drummer that I ever knew and I loved her simplicity, plus the White Stripes overall ‘look’ really appealed to me then, too. It was great having a female drummer to admire. She was a good teacher.”

Cate Le Bon – ‘Whats Not Mine’


“Cate Le Bon’s Crab Day came out a couple of years ago and has been on high rotation since. I love it. It is an amazing album. This is the closing track. Stella Mozgowa from Warpaint plays drums for Cate Le Bon. I love the sound of the band, sort of rigid like a toy marching band, minimalistic but really interesting and abstruct. Stella plays crash cymbols for 8 mins straight in the outro. I can relate to this method.”

Dick Diver – ‘Head Back’


“I went to school with Steph and we shared the same drum teacher. She’s always been super talented and an amazing drummer and I really love watching her play. Loose but oh so tight. A good swagger I’ve always aspired to.”

Jen Cloher – ‘Analysis Paralysis’


“Song of the year last year! Jen Sholaki on the drums. What a machine. I could hang on this groove for 30 mins straight, and I have a short attention span! The themes aren’t so cruisey however – It really sums up the frustration and discontent that I’m sure many of us feel living in current Australia’s social & political atmosphere right now.”

Chasity Belt – ‘Drone’


“We love Chazzy B. We have played with them both times they have been to Australia, and we really admire each other! Gretchen plays drums and I love how you can get totally lost in the songs. Julia has an incredible voice. So distinctive and beautiful.”


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