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My Secret Playlist: Perth band HamJam write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 15 December 2014

Hamjam, a garage band hailing from Perth, has a chill, laid-back sound that’s hard not to love. Inhabiting the nation’s backyard music scene, the Hamjam boys released their first self-titled EP on October 10. Check out the first single off it, Love, and the Secret Playlist of musical influences that has helped shape their catchy pop sound.

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Someone mashed up Nelly and the Bee Gees, and it sounds better than the originals

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 8 December 2014

Soundcloud usern Lobsterdust has done the unthinkable. He has successfully combined rapper Nelly’s song Hot in Herre with the Bee Gees classic Stayin’ Alive. Cleverly titled Stayin’ Hot, this mashup is seamless and absolutely brilliant. Just when Nelly sings ‘It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes’, the Bee Gees chime in […]

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My Secret Playlist: Matt Neumann from ScotDrakula writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 8 December 2014

Melbourne-based trio, ScotDrakula, is blasting the local scene with their grunge, garage tunes. With a new single out, O’Clock, ScotDrakula keep the tambourine steady and the vocals screechy. Frontman, guitarist and vocalist, Matt Neumann penned a list of his favourite songs that influence their sound today.

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Proof that every pop song actually does sound the same in this 2014 mashup

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 8 December 2014

DJ Earworm has proven with his latest mashup that 2014 was kind of a lame year for pop music. While songs on their own sound unique, DJ Earworm shows us that they aren’t actually all that original. From John Legend ballads to Taylor Swift’s poppy beats, it’s hard to tell one from the other. Take […]

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All you need are PVC pipes and flip flops to make sweet, sweet music

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 5 December 2014

Pipe Guy is one of Adelaide’s most famous street musicians. Though, instead of heading to the city’s Rundle Mall with a guitar, this guy sets up a set of PVC pipes and a pair of flip flops to play for the masses. What kind of music can pipes and flip flops create?

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My Secret Playlist: Holy Holy write about their favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 1 December 2014

Holy Holy is the musical collaboration between singer/songwriter Tim Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne. The duo have a story of serendipity and spontaneity. Meeting as English teachers in Asia, they later recorded their first Holy Holy songs in Europe. Their debut single, Impossible Without You, was soon on rotation on national broadcaster Triple J. Since their success, Holy Holy has now released another single, History. This is the Secret Playlist that influences the duo’s sound.

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My Secret Playlist: Bertie Blackman writes about her favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 24 November 2014

Bertie Blackman, the eclectic Australian alternative singer/songwriter, is out with a new album this year titled Run For Your Life. Her latest video continues in typical Bertie-style with a clear 80s synth pop aesthetic. Bertie told us what inspires her diverse sound in her Secret Playlist.

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A tuneful look at 5 iconic Gibson Les Paul players across various musical genres

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Saturday 22 November 2014

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It’s undisputed that the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable guitars of alltime. Artists who play the Les Paul seem to dominate each era and musical genre. From heavy metal to indie rock to reggae, here are a list of 5 musical legends that have strapped on a Les Paul and rocked out like we wished we could with its signature sound.

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Somebody proved that smart people listen to Radiohead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Friday 21 November 2014

Software app writer Virgil Griffith is a man with a mission: for seven long years, he has been charting musical tastes based on average SAT scores of college students with correlated Facebook data.

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My Secret Playlist: POND frontman Nicholas Allbrook writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 17 November 2014

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Going solo for the first time, POND frontman Nicholas Allbrook recently released his debut album, Ganough, Wallis and Fatuna, through Spinning Top Records. Before flying solo, Allbrook was in a string of bands: POND, Mink Mussel Creek, and Tame Impala, among others. This is Allbrook’s Secret Playlist, written in his own words.

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My Secret Playlist: Troye Sivan writes about his favourite songs right now

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 10 November 2014

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Troye Sivan, South African-Australian singer and actor, became famous for his YouTube channel. Winning a Teen Choice Award for Best Web Collaboration, Troye and Tyler Oakley’s Boyfriend Tag video landed nearly five million views. Although Sivan continues to be a successful YouTuber, his music career is well underway with his first single Happy Little Pill out through Universal/EMI. What inspired the sound of his new album? Check out his Secret Playlist below.

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T-pain sings Buy U A Drank without auto-tune and sounds amazing!

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Wednesday 5 November 2014

In NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the typically over-autotuned T-pain was unusually stripped down and raw. He sang three well-known songs, starting with the most popular, Buy U A Drank followed by Up Down (Do This All Day) and Drankin’ Partna.

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What’s the best thing to ever happen to Taylor Swift? Aphex Twin’s mash-ups, that’s what

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By Christopher Stribley in New Music on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Aphex Swift. Yes, you read that right. It’s a mashup of songs from Aphex Twin’s Richard D James Album and Taylor Swift’s 1989. This thoughtful collision was created by David Rees this past summer. It’s either blasphemy or brilliant and I think I kinda like it.

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Kurt Cobain made a bizarre mix-tape years before he became famous: listen to it!

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has just had a not-so-punk, rare ‘mixtape’ from 1988 unearthed recently by Dangerous Minds. Further contributing to music history, this strange tape was supposedly put together by the man of grunge just one year before the release of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach.

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Oh boy! Orchestra performs while eating the world’s hottest chili peppers

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 4 November 2014

You know you’re in the presence of true musicians when they’re playing amazing music despite their throats and tongues being on fire. The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, led by their conductor and Danish Chili Pepper enthusiast ‘Chili Klaus’, decided to eat some of the world’s hottest pepper while playing classical music.

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