Happy Mondays Auzzie Tour 2013

20130212-184033.jpg Madchester crew the Happy Mondays are set for their first tour of Australia In over ten years. Legendary Frontman, Shaun Ryder commented on the originals plans for a musical reunion, “We are all older, no problems with each other. A lot of us hadn’t seen each other or been in the same room for 19 years. We’re now just a bunch of crazy old men, really. Nobody has really changed apart from the fact we are all older and just a little bit quieter. There are still the same characters, just a bit more grown up. Grown men with behaviour problems.”

They play the Palace Theatre in Melbourne on May 5th.

The Strokes Unveil FREE Download of New Single

imageThey’re baaaaack. Lead singer, Julian Casablancas of New York band The Strokes latest foray into a high falsetto range can seems a little strange at first to a seasoned Strokes fans ears. Never fear, the infamous guitar riffs and familiar deep register of voice by Julian are still intact in the first release since 2011’s album, ‘Angles’. The band apologised via Twitter,’for the long wait’. Unveiled last night, The Strokes new single, ‘One Way Trigger’ is free to download off Soundcloud below. The bands fifth studio album is due for release later this year.

James Franco to adapt Bukowski’s ‘Ham On Rye’

Huzzah! Can it be that two of my personal favourite artists are coming together for an adaption of the classic and underrated novel, ‘Ham On Rye’. Apparently so! The ridiculously handsome actor/director/producer/sex God, James Franco is rumoured to be in the process of adapting my idol and notoriously controversial writer Henry Charles Bukowski’s aforementioned novel, ‘Ham On Rye’. Franco will work alongside his up and coming younger brother actor Dave (Scrubs) in the adaption.

Dave also counts Bukowski as one of his favourite writers and quoted in a recent interview;

“One of my favorite books of all time is ‘Ham On Rye’ by Charles Bukowski, which my brother and I are actually adapting right now. It’s like a dream come true. Hopefully that will amount to something. Definitely with Bukowski’s material, it’s pretty dark, and it’s not going to be a movie that appeals to wide audiences, but we love it so much.”.

Bukowski was born on August 16, 1920 and passed away in 1994 afer a lengthy battle with leukemia. I admire his gritty genre of writing labelled dirty realism. He was a German born American poet, novelist and short story writer. ‘Ham On Rye’ is loosely based on Bukowski’s younger years and coming of age under his literary alter-ego, Henry Chinaski during the Great Depression in Los Angeles. Bukowski is revered for his natural ability to write brashly about the human condition, ordinary people’s struggles and his complex love of alcohol and womanising. His unmatched dark humour and witty satire about the status quo and the American dream still has relevance in contemporary society highlighting the genius behind the simplicity in his writing. A truly gifted social renegade and poet who is not celebrated enough for his talent and extensive work. I hope the rumoured ‘Ham On Rye’ adaption goes into production and believe the talented Francos will do Bukowski’s literary legacy justice.

I shall leave you pondering on some Bukowski wit and wisdom

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”

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Stream The xx New Album Today

The xx have released highly anticipated new album Co-exist today and yes it is sublime. I’m pottering around the kitchen cooking a roast in a trance listening to the album all day. Album was produced by the bands ceaselessly talented Jamie Smith and recorded between November 2011 and May 2012.

Click below and stream the album here in full

http://coexist.thexx.info/

 

– Grace, Melbourne

Django Django

I was introduced last night to the amazing British indie-rock band Django Django after visiting a close friend from back home for dinner.  Relaxing after our feed, the red wine helped lift us into a heady mix of tunes from the euphoric album. The band formed back in 2009 and all four members are pals from school in Edinburgh. The quartet released their self-titled debut album in January of this year and it went straight to number 33 in the charts, showcasing their magnetic appeal and edgy sound.

Below is their catchy first single, ‘Default’ and Soundcloud page.

– Grace, Melbourne

The xx New Song ‘Angels’

Yes ! They’re officially back with new song ‘Angels’, after much testing and teasing of audiences around the globe on their latest tour.  The xx play tomorrow night in Melbourne and the crowd are sure to be promised some new songs off the album making it a special show indeed. I originally posted this song on the site back in June live from Battersea Arts Centre and the name had yet to be released. Now fans can truly revel in ‘Angels’ alchemy of sound .

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played you anything new. This song is called Angels, it is the first single from our new album, Coexist. We’ve been playing this song live recently, so it feels good to share with you the version we’ve been working on for so long. We hope you like it. xx The xx”

Lend an ear and click below for their new single, ‘Angels’.

Grizzly Bear – New album set for release

Grizzly Bear’s new song, ‘Sleeping Ute’ was posted on the bands website in early June as a sneak preview to their highly anticipated fourth album set to be released in September. The band are basking in phenomenal success having toured with iconic British rock band, Radiohead, played major festivals including Lollapalooza and even becoming bum chums with music legend, Paul Simon accompanying him onstage for five performances. Grizzly Bear count notorious rapper Jay Z as a firm follower amongst their far-reaching fanbase, he hopes bands like Grizzly Bear, “will push Hip-Hop to go further”. The Brooklyn based indie rock band are classed as experimental, psychedelic indie rock and ‘Sleeping Ute’ is a brilliant reminder of their permeating, awe-inspiring lyric and sound.

Grizzly Bear are confirmed to play Australia for the first time ever this year on Novemeber 11th at the two day Harvest festival in Melbourne.

– Grace, Melbourne.

The Stone Roses – The Second Second Coming

It’s been sixteen years since the dissolution of The Stone Roses and the cracks are already beginning to contentiously surface in the bands much hyped and anticipated European comeback tour. At their recent Dutch gig, the encore resulted in a disappearing drummer and Ian Brown labelling him a c**t, “the drummer’s gone home… I’m not joking, the drummer’s gone home. Get all your aggro out on me, I can take it.. What can I say, the drummer’s a c**t.”

Leaves you thinking back to why they must have broke up in the first place – still it wouldn’t be the same without a bit of controversy thrown into the cocktail. Wonder what the imminent Manchester gigs will bring to the tumultuous table of their second coming.

In the meantime watch the hilarious mockumentary below and see if you can spot the comedic cameos !

– Grace, Melbourne.

Santigold – ‘Master of My Make Believe’

Santi White or Santigold as she’s recently titled in the music industry is back with her long-awaited sophomore LP, Master of My Make-Believe. Possibly one of the coolest individuals known to dabble in music, Santigold just oozes an enchanting creativity and charm.

Four years since her eponymous first album featuring ground-breaking hits like Creator and L.E.S Artistes, fans are finally able to slip back into her dub-tronic oasis and the genre-defying glory of her sound. Industry friends such as Major Laser’s Switch and Diplo are on hand once more to represent her sound and co-produce some growling underground beats. Collaborations with Karen-O on the track GO! creates a racy, new wave, African tribal sound. Also enlisting the writing skills of A Tribe called Quest’s Q-Tip, adding further layers of reinforcement and diversity to her new album.

Interestingly, Santigold only began songwriting at twenty five years of age, which is good news for all of us late creative bloomers. Never too late to turn your hand to something. She worked as an A&R rep at Epic records for years and did some song-writing for pop queens like Lily Allen and Ashlee Simpson. Even did a stint as a front woman to Philadelphia punk band Stiffed before imparting upon her own solo path. She once revealed that the notion of her holding the ability to song-write and sing came to her in a dream one night. A calling we’re all grateful to her for following.

Santigold describes her musical purpose as to, “help break down boundaries and genre classifications”. She steers her musical ship towards new-wave punk, reggae, dance and dupstep, displaying a mesh of genres. In reflection, Santigold highlights her musical influences to stem as a child from her introduction to Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti and the late Aretha Franklin by her father.

Her first album will always remain in my personal favourites and the second one is gaining similar status for me. The originality and depth in sound left critics unable to pin her into any current genre. Music had been thirsting for someone to throw the female music world on it’s head. Lines of producers in the four years since her first production have weighed in to duplicate her innovative sound and style rendering her music to appear less fresh to newly exposed audiences. According to some critics her second album seems a little uninspired, overly-produced and too polished, a sell-out in comparison to her first release.

I disagree and hold Master of My Make Believe as an album to have something new I love about it each time I play it. Santigold is truly mastering her own lyrical fantasies with a slew of tracks representing an empowered woman, defying the stale and repressive conventions of the music world, “Leading with the heart. You know your battle from the start”. No one does a catchy, defiant hook or bad ass rap quite like Santigold.

I can’t stop listening to the reggae infused, ‘Pirate in the water’, the sardonic diss in ‘Look at these hoes’, the perpetual and empowering electro echoes in ‘God from the machine’ and the bombastic, ‘Freak like me’. Make up your own mind on whether you believe Santigold is the true master or not in this production.

Below a recent interview showcasing the down to earth and quirky thinkings of Santigold. Underneath again the BBC Radio One live version of her next single, ‘Keepers’.

– Grace, Melbourne.


Ben Brown – Die Young

Ben Brown is a Sydney based illustrator, designer and artist currently working in a studio near Manly bay with a team of similar artists. He has a diverse career spanning twenty years contributing to industries such as clothing, music and publishing. On an even cooler level he creates zany pieces for legendary magazines such as Rolling Stones, Mad Magazine and graphics for adverts on huge brands such as Rip Curl, Mambo and Oneill. Ben reveals how he goes about his rather eccentric creations, ‘I generally work with ink from a brush or pen on paper , I like drawing , and then I scan the image to finish and colour it digitally. I also like working in acrylic paints and coloured pencils.’

I recently stumbled across his tongue in cheek, Andy Warhol inspired brightly coloured yet morbid portraits of famous dead icons. Amongst the portraits below are Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, Kurt Cobian and also a cover from Mad Magazine and a skeletal Spiderman.

Amy Winehouse, the latest victim to the bizarre Twenty Seven Club even has a portrait. A simply mesmerising piece, displaying a decaying right-side body with her beehive comically intact. Let yourself pore over and be haunted by Ben’s sickly unreal talent.

– Grace, Melbourne.

Giselle Rosselli – Silk – Flying Solo

Auzzie indie singer-songwriter Giselle from Sydney made her name featuring as the vocalist on Flight Facilities 2010 smash-hit ‘Crave You’. Here is her spine-tingeling debut single ‘Silk’ and also the amazing dubstep remix by Sound Remedy free to download.

-Grace, Melbourne.

The Power Of The xx Live

The xx are trying out and slowly unveiling snippets from eagerly awaited new album Coexist. For the moment no definite titles have been placed on the bands new songs. The songs will be randomly showcased at differing venues over the coming months, including a sold out gig in renowned venue The Forum in Melbourne on July 18th, for one night only.

As worded by the band themselves, “After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you.” The minimal and relaxed pace of ‘As I Am’ video recorded at London’s Battersea Arts Centre below stays true to The xx’s usual form and focus.

The album Coexist is set to release in the U.S on September 11th and everywhere else September 10th.

Have a sneak listen below. Footage is a bit blurry, creeping and dark which isn’t swaying too far from The xx’s purported style. Enjoy and be mesmerised !

– Grace, Melbourne.

“Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun”

It’s the morning here in Vancouver as I write this but thus far the sun has yet to grace me. Not to worry because I have this oldie, bad boy mix tape from Van based Vinnie The Squid, otherwise known as Techstyles, keeping my serotonin levels pumped up. This guy has been in the game for over 15 years and has developed this beautiful ability to blend hip-hop, brakes, 80’s, and classics just to mention a few, so effortlessly his raw talent becomes obvious. He is definitely on my gig wishlist.

– Adele, Vancouver.

Nicky Da B – Gotzzz Tha Bounce!

Bounce music is an energetic, overtly-sexual type of regional hip-hop stemming from 1980’s New Orleans. Rapidly gaining reputation in the mainstream with artist Nicky Da B as seen in his above collaboration with established producer Diplo. Nicky Da B’s style is deliberately smoother than fellow bounce rappers and still remains as tantalisingly explicit.  Below is some ear cranking chants and tunes from a sublime portfolio of hip-hop engineering and sound that’ll blast away the cobwebs of the week and have you wanting to pop it, lock it and drop it. Yeaaaaaaaah !

Definitely one to watch out for having played a sold out gig in Sydney and currently touring the U.S.

Bytches Be Bouncin’ !

Learn to bounce in two minutes with Nicky Da B for guidance ! Boooouuunce like you ass has the hicccccups !

– Grace, Melbourne.

A Ruddy Free Spirit

The multi-talented iconic Auzzie musician Xavier Rudd’s seventh and latest album has produced his biggest selling single to date the beautifully haunting ‘Follow The Sun’. Rudd is a folkie singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist who has re-introduced the didgeridoo back into the mainstream supporting and spreading worldwide Australia’s often marginalised native history and sound. This song plays like a dream with his penchant for playing instruments simultaneously and I am a major fan since first hearing him play out on the office radio. I have since discovered two preceding albums including ‘Food in the Belly’ and ‘The Moth’ on my i-pod making for some easy listening on the train journey home from work.

Xavier’s ‘Spirit Bird’ tour starts on the 22nd of August in Australia. Tickets go on sale on the 21st of June. One to watch !

– Grace, Melbourne.


Diplo XXXpress – All Aboard

Diplo’s latest EP Express Yourself is wackier and weirder than ever. The other half of the dynamite duo Major Lazer and producer for M.I.A hasn’t failed to create another genre-mash of deadly beats. The Philadelphia based DJ, producer and songwriter has also surprisingly worked as a teacher. Diplo founded the not for profit organisation Heaps Decent working for the underprivileged in Australia. Diplo is currently focused heavily on producing in the thriving New Orleans ‘Bounce’ scene and bringing the sound up from the underground. M.I.A propelled him to the forefront of the music industry and he is now in hot demand as a producer for artists such as Beyonce, Kanye, Usher and Santigold. The oddly infectious assault on your eardrums will have you booty-poppin’ out of your seat New Orleans style ! The hypnotic and salacious video has already racked up over a million views. Spot Diplo’s sexy bleached head cameo in the video.

On release world-wide June 12th !

-Grace, Melbourne.

British India – I Can Make You Love Me Tour 2012

The legendary Corner Hotel in Richmond Melbourne gave a raucous and highly anticipated welcome to home-grown indie talent, British India on Friday night. The talented and quirky quartet are blazing through Australia on a sell-out tour promoting their latest and darkest single, ‘I Can Make You Love Me’. Since the band emerged in 2007 with acclaimed debut album, ‘Guillotine’  from Melbourne’s independent music scene they have developed a cult like following nationally. Lead singer and lyricist, Declan Melia wowed the hyped crowd with his awe-inspiring voice, belting out foot stomping tunes, ‘Russian Roulette’, ‘Tie up my hands’, ‘I said i’m sorry’, ‘Run the red light’ and Triple J’s most downloaded single of 2010 from third album ‘Avalanche’, the enchanting ‘Vanilla’ to which the crowd went berserk.

A steady stream of dedicated fans were witnessed purchasing band tees throughout the gig

Triple J’s momentous support of British India throughout their career helped propel them to the forefront of Australia’s indie scene. The boys gratefully thanked the station for contributing to their increasing popularity. Drummer Matt O’Gorman was on fire throughout the show lifting the stage energy and pumping fans into a crowd surfing frenzy up front. Melia noted he’d be singing only one love song for the gig with the rousing, ‘Gods Dead (Meet the kids)’. The band finished with touching and infectious new song, ‘I can make you love me’ showcasing what promises to be their fourth and best album yet. Charming Melia announced during the gig it’s due for release the beginning of next year. 2013 looks set to be the year to cement British India’s rising success as big players in the music industry both here and abroad.

Check out new single video, ‘I Can Make You Love Me’ below. You’ll be amused by it’s beastly take on all-consuming love!