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19 Apr Six Times The Charm – By the Meadow 2019


Words by James McNeice // Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


If there was one phrase that was the unprecedented focus of the weekend it was “Oh my gosh, its so cold!’

As a thrifty boutique festival that’s soon to put Bambra Bowl on the map, By the Meadow returned for its sixth year running. Despite the rogue temperamental weather, its few hundred-odd partygoers still ventured out with raincoats, scarves and beanies to battle a cocktail of rain, sun, rain, icy wind, rain, hail, and some more rain. I knew little else about what to expect besides a dedicated crowd of reoccurring punters and an emu that frequented the perimeter of the grounds, namely an entertaining opportunity for people watching.


As I rocked up after dark still munching on lukewarm maccas (the Friday evening road trip staple), everything was breezy – no lines (not even at the toilets!), easy to follow instructions and a straight forward camping area. But in the few short minutes it took for me to pitch my pop-up tent, Mother Nature unleashed a preview of the icy wind and continuous rain that would unfortunately plague By the Meadow for pretty much its entirety.

As the thought sunk in that the only choice was to go hard or go home, I thought “fuck it,” grabbed a beer and headed to the where the action was. As I shivered my way down to the festival’s one and only stage, I could thankfully feel a sense of community flourishing – we were all in this together.


My first encounter was Melbourne based urban music guru Thando, who was getting things heated with her finger clicking soulful bops. In the midst of her set it became instantly apparent that standing deep inside the crowd was going to be the best source of warmth for the night. Next up, murmurmur‘s dreamy psychedelia shone like a sonic daydream of light, playing a tight set of articulately produced tracks. Yet the party didn’t truly start until The Vasco Era’s cheery opening song, an ode to the Elvis Presley classic ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love‘. The cover spawned a wholesome and hearty sing-along frenzy before Vocalist Syd O’Neil abruptly shifted gears, morphing the set into their noisy post-hardcore brand of mosh pit ready punk that had people shaking their bums and banging their heads. For someone who was not familiar with this act, it was a golden shocker to see this incredibly fun and joyous transition at the beginning of their set. It was also huge to see half of the festival suddenly going nuts – whether this was in the name of rock’n’roll or an exciting excuse to stay warm.


Bringing the stage to a close at a sensible 12.20am was Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange whose aesthetic of psychedelic visuals and deep-house-played-live was not only mesmerising but the most thought inducing set I have seen in a long while. There were many times I would fall into a deep hypnotic state, bopping my head and staring in a haze at the quartet – loving every moment of the music. It was the soundtrack for a million epiphanies at once, and just like that, night #1 had come to a close.

From that point forward, there were three options left – head back to your campsite to be rained on, the movie theatre showing back to back movies with sound, or join the renegade UE Boom party which emerged in a nearby shelter dome. Thanks to hearing a drunkenly sung version of Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ wailing in the distance we politely opted for the latter. As we joined in on the sing-a-long, our mystery DJ’s role of selecting the next banger became one of immense pressure. The party’s population had just about tripled before the song had even finished. Thankfully they delivered, and after a few more tunes we decided to be sensible and hit the hay at the reasonable time of 2am.


Saturday morning kicked off with the inviting sound of light rain pattering on the tent top. Thank god, we had woken up dry. One coffee and a bowl of poorly executed Sultana Bran later, we found ourselves doing the morning admin by the car. As our Marie Kondo inspired campsite consisted of two fold-out chairs and nothing else, it quickly became our prime chill out zone, heater and all, where many front-seat tinnies were sunk in-between sets.

We got our shit together right in time to catch Hobson’s Bay Coast Guard in the early afternoon. Miraculously, the rain had fittingly cleared, and out came the most euphoric ray of sun that had ever hit my skin, perfect for the band’s progressive jam-sesh brand of indie surf rock. They kicked off the set with their ten-minute self titled track, which worked seamlessly alongside a unique harmonising blend of yell-y yet pop vocals that rode the sun-kissed twangy rhythms like a wave. If you haven’t had a chance to see these guys (whose debut album dropped literally a few days before the festival) then tack it on your to-do list. Hopefully next time we can see them as the Ronald McDonald quartet they intended to play as.


Brisbane’s Clea unluckily battled the relentless return of grim weather, particularly coming head to head with a seemingly never-ending gust of icy wind. Yet she still managed to lay down her lax chilled-out indie pop with a hint of mild psych. Her set was a haze of bliss, her vocals wistfully flowing through the nearby hills, like a solid glass of mulled wine by the indoor wood fire.

As the fierce rains reached their climax throughout the late arvo, watching the stage from the Marquee bar almost became a necessity, particularly for the people like myself who foolishly forgot to pack thermals. I sunk an espresso martini and kicked back to The Goon Sax, a band from Brisbane who could easily pretend to be from Brunswick and nobody would question them. Their fuzzy classically Brisbane indie rock was a perfect fit for that soon-to-be-dark evening piss-up vibe.

Another cocktail later and the marquee bar became a hideout for what felt like half the festival, and then the Sunset act began. This makeshift busking-like set had the whole tent at its capacity– whether this was initially planned for the main stage or not is a question that has gone unanswered. The band played an ode to Irish folk with some woodwind thrown in, reminiscent of something in between a cheery Christmas Day party in the trenches during the war and your cool Uncle’s 40th birthday party. It was this particular set that encapsulated what By the Meadow seemed to be aiming for – a communal, no shits given festival where you come across the same faces again and again as one big festival family.


As the rain had settled in for the night, Western Sydney’s Lauren brought a pumped-up set full of electro hip-hop bangers, at one point announcing that “this one is for the people who wanna fuuuck!” As a stark correlation, The Seven Ups followed, playing a largely instrumental set of groovy funk that commanded festival goers to dance. Headline act The Murlocs hit the stage in the midst of the fog which brought people out from under the covers to get up close and personal for their lively thriving set, aided with enough energy to direct a workout routine and an abundance of harmonica solos. Frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith ended each track with a signature yelp of ‘YOOO!’ to keep things amped up, and at one point indulge in a hands-in-the-air call and response of the Backstreet Boys classic ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)‘.

The night ended with subsequent trips between the stage and the movie theatre, where a screening of Die Hard drew in a surprisingly large number of people, as DJ Harvey Sutherland and Roza Terenzi pumped out thumping beats until the icy depths of rural 4am.


If you’re looking to make the move from other big league festivals then By the Meadow should be atop your list. The weekend felt like a once in a lifetime party your mate decided to sneakily throw on their farm while their parents were out of town. Rather than creating an atmosphere of competitive cliques that can easily be picked up in bigger festivals, By the Meadow felt always welcoming and never pretentious. People were there to see music; people were there to drink and dance and have a blast with their mates, and how these musicians managed to play dope sets in the freezing cold without their hands frosting over was a feat in itself. You’ll be sure to find me at next year’s festival, sporting a heavy rain jacket and new gumboots.


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20 Apr Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (21/4/17)


Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar


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…


2pm – 10pm Saturday, 22nd April

Bunker presents Soft-Pedal 7

~Free Entry~

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Whether you missed out on Inner Varnika last week or you’re looking to re-live the experience, head to Joey Smalls in Brunswick on Saturday for the same vibe with no door charge.

Moopie, Shedbug, Adrian Bell, Jess Sneddon and Stacey Holmes will all be spinning tracks in the outdoor garden area.


3pm – 6pm Saturday, 22nd April

New Lease #99 – Poppongene, Way Dynamic, Frances Fox

~Free Entry~

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The conveniently-located Curtin is hosting a Saturday afternoon freebie as well, with tunes from 3pm.

Here at Ripe we’re unashamedly huge fans of the three acts on the line-up — Poppongene, Way Dynamic and Francis Fox — so you’d be crazy not to take the opportunity to check them out all at once.


8pm – 11:55pm Saturday, 22nd April

The Goon Sax, Suss Cunts, RVG, Parsnip

Tickets Here

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Rumour has it that The Goon Sax could be jetting off overseas soon, so Saturday night at The Gasometer could be your last chance to catch them live for a while.

And if for some strange reason that isn’t enough to entice you, Suss Cunts, RVG and Parnsip fill out the rest of the bill. Wowzer.


10pm – 5am Saturday, 22nd April

Cool Room presents Avalon Emerson

Tickets Here

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Cool Room couldn’t throw a bad party even if they tried — and Saturday night at 24 Moons is sure to keep up their rep of great tunes and friendly crowds.

Avalon Emerson has become a force in recent years, producing her own spin on the sounds often heard in Berlin, but she’s not the only draw card. Roza Terenzi and Hymns are also reliable tune selectors guaranteed to keep your feet moving all night.


10pm – 6am Saturday, 22nd April

Lucid with Otologic, Darcy Justice & Josh Keys

~Free Entry~

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If you wanted to show your tourist friends a very Melbourne event, in the middle of the city and for free, then Otologic at Lucid would be the perfect introduction.

If Lucid isn’t ringing any bells, you could be more familiar with the venue’s former name — Lounge Bar. Considering it’s open until 6am, this is probably where you want to finish your Saturday night.

 

 

 


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30 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (30/3/16)

 

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 35 tracks in this week’s playlist.

 

We start at #34 in Sydney with one of our favourite young producers Blake Gilray. On his latest track ‘I Jus’ Wanna Fall In Love‘ he samples ‘Wicked Game‘ by Chris Isaak, and takes you on a blissful journey in similar style to older Tourist songs. Next we head down to Melbourne for ‘Let ‘Em In‘ by Dorsal Fins at #26. It’s a Paul McCartney cover in the form of, say, St. Vincent, taken off the 7″ Fins At The Speed Of Sound, which they’re launching at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne on April 21st.

Up in Brisbane we have ‘Only One‘ by The Good Sports at #17, and as far as I’m aware they’re not another spin-off band from The Ocean Party. While they do share similar vibes, The Good Sports aren’t a knock-off band, and their SoundCloud is full of addictive little gems. New South Wales’ own Mall Grab is back in the chart again with ‘Father‘ at #14, another Mall Grab master class in smooth execution. The track transforms ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 Instrumental‘ by Kanye West (which samples ‘Father I Stretch My Hands‘ by Pastor T. L. Barrett) into a dance floor banger.

Up in at #12 we have ‘Joy‘ by Melbourne’s Luis CL, via the Adelaide label Untzz Rec. Last year Untzz Rec. really caught our attention with impressive releases from Arthur Miles, Mic Mills and Babicka. The label has gone a little quiet since, but this new liquid silk Luis CL track is a positive sign. Sitting at #10 is ‘Icecream (On My Own)‘ by The Goon Sax in Melbourne. It’s the closing track on their promising debut album Up To Anything, where the young band display their innocent charm when singing “I eat icecream on my own”, before throwing in a harmonica solo.

We have two new tracks at the top, and we start with ‘Occlude‘ by Nearly Oratorio at #2. Nearly Oratorio is the solo project of Melbourne artist Simon Lam (of Kllo and the former trio I’lls). ‘Occlude’ is the second single off the upcoming Tin EP and it channels traits found in I’lls, but with even more prominence from Lam, who moves to the forefront with unsurprising effectiveness.

#1 this week, however, had to be ‘All Four Seasons‘ by Free Time in Melbourne. Dion Nania‘s decision to move back to Melbourne and form a super group with members of Twerps, Totally Mild and Terrible Truths is appearing to look like a master stroke more and more with every new release from the forthcoming album In Search of Free Time. ‘All Four Seasons’ has to be one of the tightest, lightest, most summery jams in 2016 so far – and I’m not just talking about in Australia. The album drops April 22nd on Bedroom Suck Records in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and Underwater Peoples in the USA and Europe.

 


35. Sydney2000 – ‘Sunshine Song’

Uploaded: March 17th | Last Week: #39


34. Blake Gilray – ‘I Jus’ Wanna Fall In Love (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 28th


33. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #37


32. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th | Last Week: #36


31. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th | Last Week: #35


30. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #29


29. Edward Vanzet – ‘Everyday’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #28


28. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd | Last Week: #27


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #24


26. Dorsal Fins – ‘Let ‘Em In’

Uploaded: March 22nd


25. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #23


24. Cool Sounds – ‘In Blue Skies’

Uploaded: March 17th | Last Week: #21


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

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #20


22. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #18


21. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #17


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

Uploaded: March 16th | Last Week: #16


19. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #15


18. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #13


17. The Good Sports – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 16th


16. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th | Last Week: #12


15. The Murlocs – ‘Young Blindness’

Uploaded: March 15th | Last Week: #11


14. Mall Grab – ‘Father’

Uploaded: March 22nd


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

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #10


12. Luis CL – ‘Joy’

Uploaded: March 24th


11. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #9


10. The Goon Sax – ‘Icecream (On My Own)’

Uploaded: March 10th


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

Uploaded: March 24th | Last Week: #8


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

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #7


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

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #5


6. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #4


5. White Lodge – ‘Bella-Union Creep’

Uploaded: March 15th | Last Week: #3


4. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


3. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th | Last Week: #1


2. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Occlude’

Uploaded: March 22nd


1. Free Time – ‘All Four Seasons’

Uploaded: March 6th

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29 Mar Trading Tunes with The Goon Sax

The Goon Sax are a trio of teenagers from Brisbane consisting of James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones. This month they released their thoroughly enjoyable debut album Up To Anything on the Chapter Music label with the standout singles ‘Up To Anything‘, ‘Sometimes Accidentally‘ and ‘Boyfriend‘.

It’s still very early days for The Goon Sax, but the lead singer Louis Forster (son of Robert Forster from The Go-Betweens) in particular has already proven to be a talented, natural songwriter well ahead of his age. Before the band tour the east coast of Australia in April, Louis has sent us seven Trumpet themed tracks he enjoys.

Saturday April 2nd:
Sydney – Newtown Social Club
Supports: Flowertruck and Solid Effort
Tickets: Here

Saturday April 9th:
Melbourne – The Tote Hotel
Supports: Chook Race, Hearing and Dag
Tickets: Here

Saturday April 30th:
Brisbane – Trainspotters
Supports: Blank Realm and S>c>r>a>p>s
Tickets: On the door


Love – ‘Alone Again Or’


“This list is not in any sort of order but if it had to be, this would definitely top the list. Bud Brisbois‘ trumpet solo is the perfect addition to an already perfect song. The melody is sweeping yet simple, and short enough to make you want to listen again. ”


Belle and Sebastian – ‘Dog On Wheels’


“This song made me fall in love with trumpet solos. I had the Dog On Wheels E.P on CD, and I would listen to it on the way to school every day for months on my Discman. The trumpet solo and chuggy strum of the song are beautifully reminiscent of Love (see above).”


The Byrds – ‘Artificial Energy’


“One of the best songs off my favourite The Byrds album, aided by a very powerful trumpet playing a beautifully melodic line. It fits perfectly next to lines such as “I’m in jail cause I killed the queen” and “Just a matter of time now, till I’ll be up in the sky.” So so good.”


Dick Diver – ‘Year In Pictures’


“This was already one of my favorite songs before the Trumpet even came in. When it does, it’s incredible.”


The Particles – ‘I Luv Trumpet’


“I hadn’t heard this one until the other day when I told a friend we were making a playlist of trumpet songs. I immediately fell in love with it. The trumpet sounds fantastic against a frantic post punk setting playing an unforgettable hook. This is a new favourite.”


Buddy Holly – ‘True Love Ways’


“Such a beautiful song. Although it can be hard to take it seriously if you have seen the Panda Cheese commercials, but still, the trumpet solo is perfect. It’s soft and sweet just like Holly’s voice, like a gentle breeze.”


Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’


“This isn’t really a trumpet solo, it’s a Flugelhorn, However it’s one of the best songs of all time and I think it goes nicely on this list!”

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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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18 Dec The Goon Sax – ‘Boyfriend’ (Video)


It doesn’t take a lot of Sherlock Holmes skills to assume that a band with the name The Goon Sax are Australian. They’re from Brisbane to be precise and they share a similar sound to other bands on the Chapter Music label such as Dick Diver and Twerps. ‘Boyfriend‘ is the second single from their upcoming debut album Up To Anything, that’s due for release March 11th, 2016.

The stripped back arrangement within ‘Boyfriend’, makes its simplicity very easy for the brain to memorise and become addictive. Especially on very days, like today in Melbourne. The sharp and distinct opening guitar line, that follows with band softly crashing behind it, is crafty and effective. Without sounding too obvious or over calculated. After all, the band claim they wrote the song in 10 minutes. Throw in the calm, duel vocals on the catchy lyrics “I wish I had a boyfriend, or anything that’s real”, and you have yourself short, jangling, garage pop in its purest form.

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