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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 1 December 2014

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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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 24 November 2014

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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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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My Secret Playlist: Golden Features write about his favourite songs right now

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Monday 3 November 2014

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Having created a massive buzz on Soundcloud, and now more recently on Australian radio, Golden Features create dark, electronica music paired with incendiary visuals and a mysterious frontman. Sydney’s ‘masked producer’ has announced a headlining tour in late 2014, traversing three countries. This year, with nearly half a million listens on SoundCloud, Golden Features was nominated as Best Breakthrough Producer at the InTheMix Awards. We got the inside word on what inspires the Golden Features sound in his Secret Playlist below.

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#InMyElement with experimental pop duo Sonnymoon

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Friday 24 October 2014

Sonnymoon is the collaborative venture of musicians Dane Orr and Anna Wise. Their creative journey into experimental pop music began in 2009 when frontwoman Wise and producer Orr began making music together after meeting at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Their collective aesthetic is eclectic, a tad hipster, but above all, totally unique.

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It’s eerily beautiful how this woman can sing two notes at once

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 7 October 2014

In the video below, German vocalist Anne-Maria Hefele demonstrates a technique called ‘Overtone singing’, wherein she simultaneously sings multiple notes at once. Having practiced this technique for more than 10 years now, Hefele manages to sing a low note and a high-pitched scale at the same time, even moving the notes in opposite directions.

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Pharrell’s new video is an anime produced by Takashi Murakami: it’s amazing, of course

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 1 October 2014

You’ve got to give it to Pharrell Williams. Not content with releasing the biggest hit of 2013 and most viral music video of 2014 (444 million views and counting), and supplying the vocals and melody to the next best song of 2014, he’s now teamed up with legendary artist, Takashi Murakami, for his latest music video, It Girl.

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