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14 Dec Definitely Weird, Definitely Worth It – Gizzfest Adelaide 2016


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Tobias Willis


I’m not exactly sure why we decided to drive 10 hours (including a stop for lunch in the Grampians) to check out Gizzfest in Adelaide. All I know is that the Gizzfest in Melbourne the weekend prior clashed with Paradise Music Festival — which I consider an unmissable experience. After all, I thought, Gizzfest is just a showcase of psychedelic bands that I’ve seen before and a couple of new, small, dancey Captured Tracks artists. In fact, it was that contrast of styles and the subsequent crowd responses between the two genres that I found to be potentially fascinating. That, and the fact that Adelaide’s crowd demographic was a mystery to me, led me to believe it would be amazing for people-watching — and it turned out even better than I could’ve imagined.

There are a few reasons why venturing to Adelaide for an evening festival is rather easy and pleasant. For starters, traffic when driving in and around town is never an issue. Despite Adelaide being perhaps not the most exciting city in the world, it’s severely under appreciated when it comes to beauty — leafy parks, and tree-lined streets. Also, Adelaide is always near the top when it comes to ‘most liveable,’ which generally means it’s easy to buy whatever you’ve forgotten, or park your car most places without the fear of it being broken into. You can relax knowing that the city is fairly predictable — things just work. Also, securing a great Air BnB close to the venue was easy.

 

As for the festival location – the Thebarton Theatre – well, there are positives and negatives.

One positive was the building itself, which is quite beautiful. Think a longer hall version of The Forum. It has a large outside smoking area, plenty of space to move around and the sound is solid from the back of the hall. The negatives were that the outside stage was inside a shipping container — which is awesome if you can manage to squeeze inside, but otherwise it’s limited to 25-30 people. The side stage inside was also kind of awkward. Perhaps because the stage itself was only 50cm off the ground, so unless you were right up the front it was too hard to see from any further distance — meaning most of the crowd either gave up, sat in the stands or went outside between the main stage sets.

While the sound was solid at the back of the hall, if you committed to the front, the wide speaker stacks blew the sound right past you, leaving you to hear more of a muffled sound from the bands fold-back monitors. Overall, the Thebarton Theatre was the right size for the event itself, just the layout needed tweaking.

 

As for all of the psychedelic bands on the main stage, Mild High Club is always a chilled way to start a festival. Think a slightly more psychedelic version of Real Estate. The Murlocs are a less adventurous version of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, with a touch of country harmonica, leaving them middling between the more recent mild sounds of Thee Oh Sees and standard ScotDrakula. Although the last song, which is a new song, carried a little more oomph and felt inspired.

 

White Fence perhaps had the most diversity out of all the psychedelic bands, with their clearer story telling, something rare in psychedelic music. White Fence also mix up their song structures and arrangement approaches rather tactfully, without straying questionably too far outside of their limitations. Their performance kept you engaged from start to finish, with the highlight being a super tight, large breakout jam in the middle of the set. It’s easy to see why White Fence are well respected around the world. Pond was almost painful to watch, as the lovely guys Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson lived out their ‘80s glam rock, hard riffing fantasies. If I were 13 I may have enjoyed their set. Let’s be honest though, if they weren’t associated with the well respected Tame Impala, they wouldn’t be half as popular.

 

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard again proved why they are one of the most impressive live bands in the world right now. After the release of the endlessly looping LP Nonagon Infinity, their sets have developed a more cohesive flow to them in contrast with those of a few years ago. You can see the modest confidence in the faces of each band member — they know they’ve finally nailed the King Gizzard sound with Nonagon Infinity. They closed their set with their newest song, ‘Rattlesnake’, which was followed by a round of ‘one more song!’ for quite a while by the rowdy crowd. Which brings me to the most interesting topic of the Gizzfest Adelaide experience — the crowd. And I’m not referring to the hilarious moment when Boulevards went crowd surfing and somehow managed to kick Joey Walker’s microphone into his face.

On Instagram someone under the hashtag #gizzfest posted the scene from The Simpsons where a nonchalant early ‘90s grunge crowd is swaying to The Smashing Pumpkins, and that almost summed it up perfectly. The clothes were baggy, the crowd was young and restless, and the people were ready to ‘rock’. There were a few who dressed closer to the early ‘70s, but generally the crowd was a time-warp that I have nothing against, but a few other issues did concern me.

One was the general lack of diversity. I’m not sure if that’s just the Adelaide scene in general, but the crowd was 95% white and about 75% male. Which for an Australian city in 2016 – is disappointing. A factor for this could’ve been the fact that there wasn’t one female performing all day, and that’s poor form by King Gizzard. They had a few playing at the Melbourne show, so surely they could’ve found one female artist in Adelaide to join the line-up. The majority male crowd made the heavy moshing during King Gizzard feel aggressive, more like a heavy-metal concert rather than a friendly psychedelic gig. King Gizzard at least tried to add dance music to the line-up with Dinner and Boulevards, but unfortunately that didn’t really add more of a dance party vibe to the festival. More unfortunately, the crowd didn’t react or interact particularly well with those two artists, who by far ranked among the most entertaining.

 

People stood at the back of the hall with their arms crossed during Boulevards, almost in protest against dancing. Dinner at least managed to draw a slightly larger audience, and that’s because he was by far the most memorable performer I’ve seen in awhile. He’s an unusual and refreshing signing for the Brooklyn label Captured Tracks, who generally sign reverb bands. Boulevards is a one man show artist reminiscent of a funnier John Maus, and he conducted the crowd like a Dan Deacon live set. The highlight was a two minute span where he told the crowd to sit on the floor, then joined them to serenade and sing lying down on his back.

Maybe cross genre appreciation isn’t as big in Adelaide, a city which doesn’t exactly host a myriad of electronic events. One person I spoke to outside said that people in Adelaide drive to Falls Festivals in Victoria for New Years, because they don’t have any options locally.

Props to King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard for attempting a touring semi-festival format that’s a little different. It’s never an easy task to pull together lower income festivals, especially when you’re planning on recording and releasing four albums in 2017. I think Dinner summed up the Adelaide Gizzfest the best, when he stated that it felt like “the world’s weirdest school dance”. It was definitely weird, but definitely worth it!

 


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25 Nov Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (24/11/16)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Friday, 25th November

Tiny Little Houses EP Tour

Tickets Here

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Tiny Little Houses are in Melbourne tonight for their Snow Globe EP tour.

Joining them on stage at Howler are two other Melbourne-based favs, DARTS and Jarrow.


Friday, 25th November

Rhythm Section Takeover

Sold Out

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The Night Cat is hosting the Boiler Room Melbourne Rhythm Section Takeover tonight, in conjunction with Heads with Tales.

The lineup for the sold-out night includes Bradley Zero, Chaos In The CBD, Prequel, S I L E N T J A Y & Jace XL and 30/70.


Saturday, 26th November

Gizzfest

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have curated an incredible lineup for their day festival Gizzfest, which is at the Coburg Veledrome on Saturday.

The event kicks off at midday and features Pond, White Fence, The Murlocs, Mild High Club, Stonefield, Jaala, as well as the curators themselves and more.


Saturday, 26th November

Lost Weekend: Tornado Wallace

Tickets on the door

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Lost Weekend at Boney this Saturday night is playing host to Tornado Wallace, with support from Dante Peaks, Soul Crane, Myles Mac, Pjenné and a handful more talented pals.

It’s Tornado Wallace’s first show after a long time travelling, and sure to be a celebration following the recent announcement of his upcoming debut LP, Lonely Planet.


Sunday, 27th November

Lady Grey’s Sunday Best

Tickets here

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Yet another great Sunday at The Gasometer, this week sees the first of Lady Grey‘s artfully curated Sunday Best.

UK-based producer Cleric will be joined by Reflec (also from the UK), with both are set to play epic three hour sets. Strap yourselves in for a huge day.

 

 

 


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13 Jul King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ‘Nonagon Infinity’ Album Launch, Live at The Croxton Bandroom (10/7/16)


Words & Photos // Jasper van Daatselaar


Arriving for my first time at The Croxton Bandroom, already sweating from a basketball game, I felt well prepared for the madness of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard to come. This wasn’t my first time seeing the Melbourne psychedelic rock group, so I knew what I was in store for as I slowly made my way to the front of what felt like thousands of people. I ended up standing just outside the growing mosh pit as the sounds of house music played over the crowd.

As they stepped out on stage, with blaring overdrive and a slowly spinning Nonagon, King Gizz picked up their instruments and began to play to a pumped crowd that were ready for the Infinity.

 

Constantly described as prolific and incredibly skilled, I think I’ve figured out what makes this band so good… They are 100% no bullshit, there’s no egos involved, and it’s just all about the music. Their musicianship is reflected strongly in their live shows, especially with two drummers who are able to play perfectly in time for 90 minutes.

With the release of Nonagon Infinity, a new addition to their set was an intense AV show that was projected onto the band whilst they played. Unfortunately, I wish that the bandroom could’ve been slightly darker during the AV show – the lizard animations and glitch aesthetic just wasn’t displayed the way it deserved to be.

However as the show went on, and a few people took it upon themselves to be the night’s stage divers, one punter took his love of Gizz to another (unwanted) level. Carefully making his way onto the stage, he began to take his shirt off and showed the huge Croxton-crowd how “good” his abs looked… So, to the crowd’s delight, he was given a quick yet friendly push by a ‘certain guitarist’, and fell into the arms of a hard wooden floor.

Keep your shirt on matey.

 

Later King Gizzard were joined by their support act Orb for the closing song, and I suddenly wasn’t sure if the bands were trying to perform… Or trying to see how many people they could fit on a stage with two bassists, two drummers, three guitarists and three singers crammed in for the final, mammoth sound to send King Gizzard off in true fashion.

Escaping the crowd, sculling a few glasses of water and stepping out into the fresh air of Thornbury, I really didn’t care that I had become partially deaf – that’s just what comes from a Sunday night spent with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

 


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22 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/3/16)

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start at #39 with another track from the Brisbane record label Tenth Court, giving the label now three tracks in the chart. This time we have ‘Sunshine Song‘ by Sydney2000 off their new untitled six track EP. If you dig gritty, lo-fi garage rock then dig into Tenth Court’s catalog. Next we skip down to #28 with ‘Everyday‘ by Edward Vanzet from Melbourne. Edward is the younger brother of Jack Vanzet A.K.A. Thrupence. ‘Everyday’ is the titled track off a new four track EP and Washed Out fans will find it’s calm pacing, very comforting.

Galapagoose from Melbourne makes a return at #26 with ‘Free By One‘. It’s not clear if it’s a new single or what the context of the song is from, but if you dig the rhythmic patterns of Footwork music and the more spaced out moments of Flying Lotus. Then ‘Free By One’ will interest you. We stay in Melbourne at #21 for the pioneers of jazz-gaze – Cool Sounds. In-jokes aside, ‘In Blue Skies‘ will feature on their forthcoming debut album Dance Moves on Deaf Ambitions. ‘In Blue Skies’ is perfectly seasoned for Autumn with its nostalgic lust wanting to save a relationship about to end.

At #16 Sampa The Great has teamed up with Remi for ‘For Good‘. It’s the first single from Remi’s forthcoming album Divas and Demons, but it’s Sampa The Great who continues to steal the show. Her verse doesn’t kick in until the back half of the track, but it’s worth staying tuned for. She’s growing into a showstopper, who everyone is going to want to collaborate with and I’m not talking about just in Australia. The Murlocs are back and slide into #11 with ‘Young Blindness‘ off their latest 11 track album of the same name. ‘Young Blindness’ maintains the consistent standards set by the country-psych band and comes with a video-clip resembling an animation you’d find in the trippy Adult Swim series Off The Air. Next month the Melbourne band are touring Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Fremantle.

Black Cab jump into the top ten with ‘Uniforms‘ at #9. You may have witnessed the dark-electronic Melbourne band at the recent Golden Plains festival. ‘Uniforms’ has heavy roots in ’80s music, but the Perturbator-esque, trance-state synths played by Mikey Young are too euphoric to turn away from. The trio are playing their ‘Uniforms’ single launches in both Melbourne and Sydney in May.

The track of the week however belongs to White Lodge from the Gold Coast with ‘Bella-Union Creep‘ at #3. White Lodge follow in the footsteps of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever with that carefree, hair to the wind, simultaneously loose in nature and yet tight in garage rock execution. Throw in that bridge section switch up and wicked guitar solo and ‘Bella-Union Creep’ is a flat-out jam. Can someone please bring this band down to Melbourne immediately.


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #40


39. Sydney2000 – ‘Sunshine Song’

Uploaded: March 17th


38. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #39


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #37


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th | Last Week: #36


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th | Last Week: #35


34. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #34


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #33


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #32


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #31


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #30


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #29


28. Edward Vanzet – ‘Everyday’

Uploaded: March 13th


27. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd | Last Week: #28


26. Galapagoose – ‘Free By One’

Uploaded: February 28th


25. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #27


24. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #25


23. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #24


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #22


21. Cool Sounds – ‘In Blue Skies’

Uploaded: March 17th


20. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #21


19. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #20


18. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #19


17. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #18


16. Remi ft. Sampa The Great – ‘For Good’

Uploaded: March 16th


15. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #17


14. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #16


13. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #14


12. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th | Last Week: #13


11. The Murlocs – ‘Young Blindness’

Uploaded: March 15th


10. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #11


9. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

Uploaded: March 9th


8. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #9


7. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #8


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #7


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #4


3. White Lodge – ‘Bella-Union Creep’

Uploaded: March 15th


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #3


1. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th | Last Week: #2

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16 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (16/3/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start this week with one of two new inclusions from the Brisbane label Tenth Court. At #37 we first have Mope City‘s latest offering ‘Letterbomb‘ from their new Petri-Dish LP. It’s short and sweet, but it should be enough to put the band on your radar. We head down to Sydney for #36 with Spookyland and their new single ‘Big Head‘ off their upcoming debut LP Beauty Already Beautiful. If you’re at SXSW this week in Austin, Texas, I’d recommended checking out their giant sound live in person.

The second entry from Tenth Court comes in at #35 with ‘Arrive Alive‘ by Wireheads. If you enjoy the meandering and humorous side of Parquet Courts, then keep an eye out for this Adelaide band’s next album, which will apparently feature 20 musicians including members of Bent, Day Ravies and Bitch Prefect. At #29 down in Melbourne we have Good Manners‘ latest signing Gonzo Jones and his first single ‘Misty Dreams‘. The single is off his debut EP Misty Dreams and it has a tropical vibe washed over its dream-pop roots.

The Pretty Littles from Melbourne come in at #28 with ‘Pride‘. If you’re looking for a chorus to shout out loud at a gig, then check out their ‘Pride’ single launch at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne this Friday the 18th of March. We stay in Melbourne for #24 with ‘Old Boys‘ by Smile off their second LP Rhythm Method out April 1st on Smooch Records. If you’re looking for a band in the vein of Galaxie 500, then you’ll dig this one.

At #21, Melbourne’s Amateur Dance has cleaned up the song ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer‘ by Antony & Cleopatra and turned it into a smooth house track – you know it’s a good remix when you prefer it to the original. Next, Chapter Music have just released the debut album by the Melbourne band The Goon Sax titled Up To Anything. The band, consisting of three teenagers, caught our attention with catchy singles ‘Sometimes Accidentally‘ and ‘Boyfriend‘. ‘Up To Anything‘ is the album’s opening track and proves by this point that the band already have a natural songwriting knack at their young age.

Nasty Mars provides some spaced out, lo-fi hip-hop at #19 with ‘Sundaynight‘. The Melbourne artist is often associated with another favourite of ours Baro. Nasty Mars even displays his diverse talents by laying down some additional guitar on the track. Tiny Little Houses caught our attention late last year with their debut EP You Tore My Heart and a standout performance at the Paradise Music Festival. Their new track ‘Milo Tin‘ comes in #18 and it still contains that The Smashing Pumpkins Melon-Collie sound, but it’s less heartbroken than any of the tracks off last year’s EP.

The Melbourne alt-RnB duo Hoodlem continue their promising start with ‘4 Real‘ at #14. ‘4 Real’ is apparently a ‘made for the headphones’ experience, while remaining danceable and sociable at the same time. Their self-titled debut EP is out March 25th. One of Milk! Records latest signings Loose Tooth come in at #13 with ‘Sherry‘ off their forthcoming debut EP Saturn Returns. If you’re a fan of the debut album by Wild Nothing, then you’ll get hooked by ‘Sherry’. Their EP launch is on the 22nd of April at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.

András has dropped a five-track EP titled Untitled via Superconscious Records and the first track ‘T.N.T.F‘ finds itself at #12 in the chart. He’s jokingly labeled the collection of tracks ‘Horny-Australiana’, and it’s kind of hard to tell how seriously he’s taking himself on this release, but the slick moulding of sonic textures is impressive regardless. Back up in Sydney the duo The Goods have teamed up with Unkle H for ‘Only One‘ at #11. ‘Only One’ channels artists like Reggie Watts, and I don’t imagine this track remaining completely unknown for very long. After one listen, I was actually expecting The Goods to be a big act that I had somehow never heard about. Their debut LP is set for release in April via Personal Best Records.

At #5 we have the return of Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard with ‘Gamma Knife‘. Their next album Nonagon Infinity will be their eighth album in four years, and while their psych-jam sound can at times feel limited, it’s hard not to enjoy ‘Gamma Knife’ when it really sounds like the band themselves had fun recording it. They went into the studio apparently looking to focus on what felt good live, and that’s a smart move if you’ve ever witnessed their memorable live sets. The Melbourne label Solitaire Records, run by the members of the former group I’lls, continues to dominate Australia in 2016 with the release of Asdasfr Bawd‘s EP Underpass. Asdasfr Bawd is a classical composer at Melbourne University who apparently also knows how to easily create a house banger. The production on the EP’s title track is a lesson in fine art. It’s heavily-detailed on a micro scale, while ultimately still able to get anybody dancing immediately.

This week’s track of the week comes very close to nabbing the #1 spot in the chart. I didn’t know anything about Sydney’s Julia Jacklin until last week, and while she may sound a lot like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, ‘Pool Party‘ is almost impossible to dislike. It’s wholesome, rich in tones, and Julia can flat out sing with character. I wouldn’t change a single thing about ‘Pool Party’. She’s currently playing all week at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then you can catch her back in Australia touring Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney starting late April.

 


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #34


39. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #31


38. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #29


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th


34. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #26


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #25


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #24


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #22


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th


28. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd


27. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #18


26. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #17


25. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #16


24. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th


23. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #15


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #14


21. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th


20. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th


19. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th


18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th


17. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #13


16. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #12


15. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


14. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th


13. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th


12. András – ‘T.N.T.F’

Uploaded: February 17th


11. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th


10. Snake And Friends – ‘Missus And The Masses’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #9


9. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #8


8. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #7


7. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


6. Cosmic Rays – ‘Teen Bank Robber On Heroin’

Uploaded: February 22nd | Last Week: #5


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th


3. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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29 Dec 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015


Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year in the history of Australian music. The amount of quality tracks and artists that we couldn’t fit into this list was astounding.
What’s particularly exciting is the fact that most of these artists are new, which makes the prospect of putting together next year’s list seem even more daunting.

We would like to thank all the artists for making the music, the readers who share our site’s content, the writers who contributed this year, and everyone else who makes the Australian music scene extremely enjoyable to be a part of in our own small way.

Let’s do it all again in 2016.

100. Knightlife – ‘Solstice’

99. LUCIANBLOMKAMP – ‘From Afar’

98. Jess Ribeiro – ‘Kill it Yourself’

97. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time’

96. Flamingo Jones – ‘Skinny D.I.P.’

95. The Ocean Party – ‘Black Blood’

94. Cleopold – ‘Down In Flames’

93. Harvey Sutherland – ‘That’s The Fact, Jack’

92. Cool Sounds – ‘Control’

91. Bad//Dreems – ‘Hiding To Nothing’

90. Total Giovanni – ‘Paradise’

89. Woollen Kits – ‘Girl With Heart’

88. Zone Out – ‘Inside’

87. Frances Fox – ‘Jake The Flake’

86. Low Lux – ‘Rivers Roll’

85. Redspencer – ‘Ride It Out’

84. Abelard – ‘I’m OK For Now’

83. SMILE – ‘Boundless Plains To Share’

82. Snowy Nasdaq & Snowy Life – ‘Ironic Life’

81. Fraser A. Gorman – ‘Blues Run The Game’

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21 Dec The best Australian albums of 2015


2015 in Australia has definitely been dominated by guitar bands, with many including The Ocean Party, Dick Diver, Blank Realm, Royal Headaches and Twerps delivering their most mature efforts to date. Other artists originally considered a little bit more left of field, such as Sui Zhen, Kučka and I’lls, found a more accessible middle ground with their releases.

Some young artists like Amateur Dance, Crepes, Gold Class and Good Morning flashed their future potential, and a few debut releases by Jaala, Roland Tings and Sampa The Great might be considered one day to be Australian classics. Meanwhile, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett demonstrated why they’re clearly the current quality benchmark in Australia and around the world.

If you’re looking for Christmas presents, click on the album images below for links to purchase the albums and support Australian music.

25. Banoffee – Do I Make You Nervous?

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24. Oisima – Nicaragua Nights

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23. Summer Flake – Time Rolls

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22. Sui Zhen – Secretly Susan

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21. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

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20. Amateur Dance – It’s Really Something

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19. Flowertruck – Dirt

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18. Terrible Truths – Terrible Truths

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17. Crepes – Cold Summers

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16. Gold Class – It’s You

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15. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

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14. The Ocean Party – Light Weight

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13. Kučka – Unconditional

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12. I’lls – Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country

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11. Jaala – Hard Hold

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10. Good Morning – A Vessel / Radiovoice and On The Street / You

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9. Totally Mild – Down Time

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8. Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven

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7. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida

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6. Royal Headaches – High

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5. Roland Tings – Roland Tings

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4. Sampa The Great – The Great Mixtape

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3. Twerps – Range Anxiety

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2. Tame Impala – Currents

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1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

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Top 100 Feature

22 Nov The Top 100 Melbourne Tracks, 2011-2015

 

I can say with confidence that, over the past few years, Ripe has become one of the best local sources of new music – especially so in our home town of Melbourne, which has proven itself to be an amazing source of talent. As we relaunch the site with a renewed focus on covering the best Australian music, we felt it was about time we shared our thoughts on the artists and tracks from our hometown that have provided the soundtrack to our time on the scene, and who have influenced our tastes going forward.

We started from 2011 for several reasons. While we officially launched in 2012, we were kicking around as a humble Tumblr blog in 2011. We also feel that there was a distinct shift in the Melbourne music community around that time, and that the intervening five-year period has been a very productive time for local artists. I think the sheer variety present in this list, even within our distinct area of coverage, shows why we’re so enamoured with our neck of the woods.

I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked to make Melbourne music what it is, as well as the artists behind these 100 songs and all the others we’ve enjoyed. I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s followed or contributed to Ripe over the years, and helped us to carve out our own tiny corner of the music press. We’re still committed to giving whatever small nudge we can to emerging artists, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with more and more people along the way.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy our list. – Brandon

 

Top 100 compiled by Marcus Rimondini, Huw Nolan, Brandon John, and all of our contributors. Edited by Michelle Doan.
Contributors: Alex Gleeson, Marcus Rimondini, Matt Bladin, Kassie Junkeer, Sam Chesbrough, Joshua Butler, Leah Phillips, Alana Scully, Ryan Saar, James McNiece, Jasper van Daatselaar, Ollie Leonard, Steph Studniberg, Michelle Doan, Brandon John


 100. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’

“No other artist brings the amount of colour, vivacity, or vibrancy to the Melbourne music scene like Broadway Sounds. Their sound is bursting with life, their live shows leave you sweaty, and their video clips are irresistibly crazy. ‘Sing It Again’ makes me aware of the fact that Broadway Sounds have established a unique and distinct sound that I’ve grown to crave. You won’t be able to sit or stand still while listening to this, so make sure you’ve got sufficient dancing space for this one.” – Kassie Junkeer


99. Crepes – ‘Ain’t Horrible’

“As the first single off their debut EP Cold Summers, Crepes bring a fresh take on Melbourne slacker pop with ‘Ain’t Horrible’. This stripped-back track outlines the band’s songwriting ability, with nothing to hide from. The absence of any core guitar parts is what makes this tune, homing in on the original keyboard lines from Jackson Dahlenburg and the smooth, beautifully effortless vocals of Tim Karmouche. It’s this combination of vocals and keys that defines Crepes’ sound and makes them stand out as one of the most exciting Melbourne guitar pop bands in 2015.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


98. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts

“The unsettling vocal quivers of main man, Eddie Alexander, combined with a minimalistic drone soundscape have crafted a song (and album) that is simultaneously magical, delicate, brooding, unsettling, and peaceful. A host of musicians on this record are now probably better known for their other projects (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs), but this album is a stunning example of the group’s versatility. Now, three years on, the band has just released a new EP called Shimmer Through The Night – certainly worthy of a listen for fans of this record.” – Leah Phillips


97. Peter Bibby – ‘Hates My Boozin’

“In the hazy world of Australian guitar pop, there is something of a barrenness in regard to easily identifiable voices. Sure, there’s Courtney, and before her Paul Kelly, but more often than not, the focus has been firmly planted upon the ‘slacker’ guitar tones, or the ‘Australian’ style with which the song is constructed. ‘Hates My Boozin’ is the first track in a while from this genre that has floored me, in its purity and authenticity. Bibby’s drawl makes him sound like an alcohol-fuelled poet. We need more of this shit.” – Alex Gleeson


96. Sex On Toast – ‘Takin’ Over’

“A slap in the face from the synthesiser and you’re onto a good thing. ‘Sex On Toast’, as the name suggests, is a tasty sensual party on acid (if you’ve seen them live, you wouldn’t disagree). This song is nothing short of their best work to date. Sprightly, energetic, sassy, and funky grooves galore earned this track a spot on our list.” – Leah Phillips


95. Sleep D – ‘The Magic Arpet Ride’

“Often when I listen to tracks with heavy arpeggio, I feel myself being carried through the song. So I was just stoked that our beloved Sleep D, founder of what is now a staple Melbourne record label, Butter Sessions, encapsulated this vision in his title. Sonically, he takes it to a whole new world (#Aladdin) of rolling magical arps and swirling cosmic planes. The hard-hitting pulse and warping whooshes make it an adventurous and somewhat turbulent ride at times, while the magical arps maintain a smooth undertone. It’s the sort of melodically artistic track you never want to end, because of the abundant amount of sound realms of which you warp in and out.” – Kassie Junkeer


94. Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

“By the start of 2015, the shoegaze revival in Australia had grown large enough to the point where a day and night event called Roogaze 2015 was held at The Tote in Melbourne. Right in the thick of this lineup was the fundamentally sound band Contrast. While many of these shoegaze revivalists don’t necessarily reinvent the genre, they don’t disgrace it either. ‘Pipe Dreams’ was the opening track off their very solid EP, Less Than Zero. Rather than drown itself in self-pity with heavy reverb and nostalgic lyrics, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is on the front foot from the get-go, like bands such as Swervedriver or Spaceman 3. Every backing vocal, guitar distortion and drum fill is perfectly placed into position. You couldn’t re-record a better version of ‘Pipe Dreams’.” – Marcus Rimondini


93. Terrible Truths – ‘False Hope’

‘False Hope’ was released through Bedroom Suck Records’ 2014 double LP compilation, 5 years of Bedroom Suck Records. A standout on this 27-track release, Terrible Truths pack their psych-punk goodness into 1:59 minutes. The three-piece from Adelaide do the simple things so well in this track: defined tones, catchy riffs, and headbanging pace. When these elements are combined, it’s impossible not to jump around the room. It’s that kind of track. Defined by Rani Rose’s short and sharp vocal sections, this is one of those tunes that you find yourself playing over and over. It’s short, but it’s great. So great.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


92. ScotDrakula – ‘O’Clock’

“There’s something in this barnstorming hoedown that contorts my facial structure into positions of intimidating joy. Three-piece ScotDrak’ know how to throw a party in a live context, and this is the first track that truly exhibits this in a recorded setting.” – Alex Gleeson


91. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Pluto Bounce’

“This Melbourne hip-hop duo, Edo and Dyl Thomas, have been on the music scene for a while – producing, writing, and making some pretty solid beats. ‘Pluto Bounce’, the 2013 track that showcases their rhythmic prowess and creative lyrics, may be one of their earlier pieces, but is an entirely fitting choice for number 91 on our list. The undulating tempo and smooth base make it perfect easy listening, and stamp Melbourne as being one of the true hotspots for the development of RnB and hip-hop genres.” – Alana Scully

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31 Aug Top Ten Australian Tracks This Week


1. I’lls – ‘Let Me Have Just One (Live At AFW)’


Let Me Have Just One‘ is already the strongest and most focused piece of work I’lls have released up to this point, but watching them perform it live and extend it out with such ease and understanding of who they are right now, is exciting to witness. The video actually reminds me of this live version of ‘Couleurs‘ by M83.

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07 Nov FALLS FESTIVAL 2012 LINE UP: Lorne Only Acts Announced

Falls has got to stop. This is getting out of hand. I know it may seem as though we, here at THE RIPE, are playing favourites but I can assure you that this is not the case. Falls Festival keep impressing us with new additions to the line-up that showcase some of Melbourne’s best talent that have made it both here and overseas. I OH YOU partystarters DZ Deathrays and Bleeding Knees Club have both made the cut along with this year’s most acclaimed producer Flume and the ever etherial Elizabeth Rose. World’s End Press, Tinpan Orange and Husky are also invited to play with Cub Scouts joining them after  a successful year.

DJs Ajax, Alison Wonderland, Miami Horror DJs, and Indian Summer DJs will also be there for your rug cutting pleasure. Messy Melbourne rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizzard have also copped a well deserve invite. Oh, and the writers of one of the biggest Australian singles of the year, Parachute Youth, are playing also. Jeez Louise.

New Additions (Lorne Only):

Airwolf
Ajax
Alison Wonderland
Bleeding Knees Club
Cactus Channel
Cassian
Cub Scouts
Daniel Champagne
DZ Deathrays
Elizabeth Rose
Flume
Fraser A. Gorman
Grey Ghost
Howlin’ Steam Train 
Husky
Indian Summer DJs
Jen Tutty & Katie Drover
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Miami Horror DJs
Parachute Youth
Peking Duk
Regular John
The Rechords
The Trouble With Templeton
Tinpan Orange
Soccer Mum DJs
World’s End Press

Full Line-Up:

MAIN PROGRAM: Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Ball Park Music, Beach House, Bertie Blackman, Best Coast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, Cosmo Jarvis, DJ Nu Mark Toy Set, Django Django, First Aid Kit, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Chip, Jaguar Skills, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Loon Lake, Matt Corby, Maxïmo Park, Millions, Oh Mercy, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sampology Presents A Falls Anniversary Live AV Show, San Cisco, SBTRKT Live, Sharon Van Etten, The Flaming Lips, The Hives , The Jungle Giants, The Vaccines, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Two Door Cinema Club.

LORNE ONLY: Airwolf, Ajax, Alison Wonderland, Bleeding Knees Club, Cactus Channel, Cassian, Cub Scouts, Daniel Champagne, DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose, Flume, Fraser A. Gorman, Grey Ghost, Howlin’ Steam Train, Husky, Indian Summer DJs, Jen Tutty & Katie Drover, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Miami Horror DJs, Parachute Youth, Peking Duk, Regular John, The Rechords, The Trouble With Templeton, Tinpan Orange, Soccer Mum DJs, Willis Earl Beal, World’s End Press.

BOOGIE NIGHTS: Anna Lumb and DJ Lazer Ferrari, Chris Gill & Mohair Slim L, DJ Manchild & Russ Dewbury M, Furnace & the Fundamentals, Legs Akimbo, Muscles L, The Bamboos L & MP, The Cuban Brothers.

COMEDY: Felicity Ward, Jason Byrne L, Luke Heggie, Matt OKine, Nazeem Hussain, Ronny Chieng, Sammy J & Randy.
*L = Lorne only. M= Marion Bay only. MP = Marion Bay main program.
More acts to still be announced.

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