The Vines’ Secret Playlist

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By Zolton in Cool Websites on Wednesday 29 October 2008

Fans of Australian buzzsaw rock trio, The Vines, might like to check out our sister site, My Secret Playlist, where drummer Hamish Rosser has written about eight songs he’s digging right now. There’s some interesting choices in there including The Strokes, James Brown, and, gulp, Joan Jett.

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Guns n’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Tuesday 28 October 2008

A full seventeen years after their last album (The Spaghetti Incident doesn’t count), Guns n’ Roses – well, Axl Rose, anyway — is finally set to unleash a new album on the world. The ridiculously belated album has been delayed for so long, it’s a wonder why anyone still cares, but it does seem that […]

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Bloc Party ‘mime’ at MTV

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By Michelle Wilding in Video on Monday 20 October 2008

When Bloc Party performed Banquet and Talons at MTV’s Video Music Awards in Brazil, it was very different to their routinely live shows. A last minute backing track request saw the indie heroes perform nothing more than a pantomime. Perhaps it was a ballsy ‘screw you MTV’ attack for supporting the myriad of artists who […]

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The Drones’ Havilah

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By Huna Amweero in New Music on Thursday 16 October 2008

The Drones are a rarity for me. Unlike my Arctic Monkeys or MGMT fixations, their music possesses a longevity that makes me think I’ll still be listening to them when I’m old and grey. Like their previous albums, the sounds on their new release Havilah are challenging, or at least give you the sense that […]

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Cold War Kids’ Loyalty to Loyalty

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By Zolton in New Music on Saturday 4 October 2008

With their slow burning, ramshackle pop escapism, Cold War Kids have ignited a spark in that oft-derided indie music scene. So perk up! Their new album, Loyalty to Loyalty, can be heard in its entirety through the MTV Leak website. Download the track, Something is Not Right With Me

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Dead Farmers

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By Huna Amweero in New Music on Saturday 27 September 2008

Every now and then you encounter a band whose sound cannot be confined to CD, Vinyl or a MySpace Music Player; a sound so incredible that it must be experienced first hand, in the flesh, where it can do some well-deserved damage to your eardrums. Sydney’s Dead Farmers are one of these bands.

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Liam Finn’s Second Chance

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By Zolton in Video on Saturday 13 September 2008

This live performance of Liam Finn’s Second Chance is the reason why music cuts so deep to the soul. The guy is giving it everything, and then a little extra on top. And, no, I’m not talking about the beard.

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Young Lords

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Tuesday 9 September 2008

New York vintage rockers Young Lords release their debut full-length album, Rodeo Songs [title track below], on October 7th. Since forming two years ago, the band has toured with The Fratellis, The Willowz, and VietNam, as well as landing in John Varvatos’ Converse ad campaigns and in iTunes ads — as those dancing silhouettes (no […]

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Metallica’s Death Magnetic

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Monday 8 September 2008

Wow. My bellybutton sure has changed over the years. I was pretty close to being an outie when I was a kid, but as I’ve grown and gained and lost weight, the little ‘button’ has recessed and shrunk to the point where I’m an absolute innie. I feel like this realization has affected my sense […]

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Dianogah Qhnnnl

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By Derrick Stembridge in New Music on Saturday 6 September 2008

Dianogah’s core instrumentation is as a trio of two bass guitarists and one drummer. They have toured the US extensively, traveled throughout Europe and played in South America, amongst other places, with acts such as Man or Astro Man?, Blonde Redhead, Shellac, Silkworm, June of 44 and Don Caballero.

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The Kooks cover MGMT

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 5 September 2008

Now this is fun. The aptly named The Kooks cover the equally as aptly named MGMT for Australian radio network, Triple J. The song, Kids, is about as upbeat as any minor key progression can get. We like.

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The B-52s: ‘My Secret Playlist’

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 3 September 2008

Our favourite retro-hipsters — and the only band to make Hawaiian shirts look at least kinda fashionable — The B52s have been doing it for more than thirty years, and they’re still writing great pop music. Their latest album, Funplex, is just that: fun plex twenty. Sorry, plus twenty. We like it. And we’re not surprised given the rather old-school Secret Playlist that Kate Pierson [first six songs] and Keith Strickland have assembled.

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Little Red’s Witchdoctor

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By Huna Amweero in Video on Tuesday 2 September 2008

This is the first video from the debut LP of Melbournites Little Red. Witchdoctor has a fantastic old school feel, with its barbershop vocals and 60s pop sensibilities and collar-shirted young men. It’s funny how a video featuring beautifully delinquent young women appeals to the small part of me that is still somewhat wholesome. I’m […]

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The secret diary of The Grates

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By Zolton in New Events on Friday 22 August 2008

A few weeks back we asked Patience, frontwoman of Aussie pop starlets The Grates, to write about a typical day in her ever-hectic life. Today, it’s drummer Alana’s turn: ‘On the menu. I had soup and a sandwich. How very American of me. Actually, I really miss America. I can’t speak on behalf of the other two but I’m really keen to head back for a tour. Today I had quite a few over the phone interviews (in the biz we just call them ‘phoners’. If you are in an up-and-coming band, saying ‘phoners’ will make you appear as though you have done some too) which was heaps better than usual because my flatmates and I all went in for a cordless phone’.

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Frightened Rabbit

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 13 August 2008

We love the energy and raw power of Scottish rock group, Frightened Rabbit. So we checked in with frontman Scott Hutchison about their interesting, but relatively unheard of, hometown: What else outside of Frightened Rabbit should we know about Selkirk, Scotland? ‘It was the birthplace and home of Sir Walter Scott the romanticist writer, it has a few excellent delicacies such The Selkirk Bannock (essentially a fruit loaf, in a kind of dome shape), the Pink Bun (a bun with pink icing, available in Cameron’s bakery on the High Street). The annual town festival, known as the Common Riding, involves a dangerous combination of heavy drinking, horses and large flags. It’s such fun!’

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