The bedroom-esque production of Blacks&’s hazy, beachside pop lends a warm, stripped down quality to their music. The LA-based group are only a year old and have an EP out, A Ghost That Follows Me, which is available for download from their website.
Brent Puls handed me his album when he was staying in my out-of-town boyfriend’s apartment and I went over to water the plants. I listened to it twice the next day, back to back. It’s deceptively simple and can fade away into the background if you’re distracted, but its loveliness and catchiness will snap your head back […]
Am I writing about a musician writing about talking to musicians? Yes, but Weatherman is a far more interesting and less convoluted project than that statement might convey. Annie Higgins sits down with musicians who love and excel at their craft (but may be difficult to slot into a neat box) and devotes time and thought to […]
Almost an homage to early 90′s indie rock, the debut release, Teenage Pagans, by Technicolor Teeth is making my ears very happy. As a longtime fan of early Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, insert-relative-bands-here, I find it refreshing to hear something that takes influences seriously and does right by them. They hail from […]
Hot Chip recently teamed up with the Creator’s Project and director Danny Perez to create a new video. The song, Look Where We Are, is off Hot Chip’s most recent album, In Our Heads. In this trippy, funkadelic video, a fantasy is painted around a mad scientist who operates on a model, filling her head with fluff […]
Clanking chains, washboards and ballads of the undead: what more could you want? Melbourne horror country band Graveyard Train are a breath of fresh air and play a damn fine concert, if you ever get the chance.
I saw Bear in Heaven play a Lollapalooza after show and fell in love with their sound. It’s a mixture of psychedelic music, electronic music, and Krautrock, Oh, and the singer is a babe, full of Mick Jagger-esque charm. Yes, this band is the perfect balance between being relaxed and rocking out.
This HAS to be one of the electronic albums of the year so far. I was playing this endlessly for about four months. Its like a happier Autechre, but really funky too. It has this odd space-funk feeling going on; this idea that you would play this if the Jetsons ever had a sex-party. Yes, […]
Brother-sister duo This Frontier Need Heroes write songs about real life, and they hit you in the heart, where it matters. Brad and Jessica Lauretti have been trying their part to help and improve the world through their music. Yes, purpose-driven, meaningful songwriting still exists. Here’s a new video for their song Just Because, from […]
What happens when you turn loose a hyper once Def Leppard air-guitarring-prog-space-psych-rocker in a room full of Eventide gadgets, a wall of synth and a couple other folks who are ready and willing to learn and riff along? That would be the brand new, catchy drop from Ape School (Michael Johnson), entitled Junior Violence (Hometapes). […]
I am in love with this new song from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It reminds me of Johnny Cash in its low-slow-sweetness and summery spirit, and just makes me want to dance with my sweetheart.
Dick Diver are a band from Melbourne. They released their debut album last year titled New Start Again. I love this band because there’s something inherently Australian about their sound, which is something that not many Australians like hearing anymore – so they embrace the twang of their own diction. If you like Flying Nun […]
I came across this three-piece from Nottinghamshire in 2005. I was buying an album from Amazon and We Are Little Barrie, the band’s first album, was listed as a Sounds Like option. I liked the look of the cover art, so I just bought the CD. Weeks later, that first CD I bought was chucked […]
Lyon-based Babylon Circus is music laced with ska, gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall and reggae. Their first Australian East Coast tour in 2008 saw the nine piece band sell every show out. They feature on the So Frenchy So Chic compilation. We asked them to tell us about their favourite music right now, and they started with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing [listen below]: ‘Backstage, home, in the bus, cooking or having breakfast, is there a time you wouldn’t love to hear this one? We love it anytime, any style, too, as it’s been remixed and rearranged so many different ways. Still, we love the original best’.