JUMP INTO THE MUGGING STREAM AND MEET THE MUGGERS! January 18th 2016 By Aaron

JUMP INTO THE MUGGING STREAM AND MEET THE MUGGERS!

Cock your ears! The sound of the Emotional Mugger is beaming down to you. If you need connection, get it! NPR is streaming Ty Segall‘s newest RIGHT freakin’ NOW.
A delirious, deranged and SKETCHED OUT east-west ride through LA’s mirror-laden city of night, Emotional Mugger is the first new Ty Segall album since summer 2014, almost two years man! Tumbling nice, with bite-size bangers in funk ‘n’ smut jam sandwiches. Emotional Mugger gots Ty exploring a new palette of exploding studio fry-jinks. With ten new songs and something we’re not able to categorize, Emotional Mugger is visceral, incisive and even FUN (WHAT)!
This is what we’ve been trying to tell you from the start, but it’s just so GNAR getting across. Why do they make it so hard? We sent promos; how were we to know nobody had the format anymore? Then a website dedicated to your understanding: www.emotionalmugger.com, with an Emotional Mugger Hotline (#1-800-281-2968), available 24-7, as well as regular updates from practice, and, just this week, an in-depth look at the Baby Big Men hitting the road with Ty. It pays to know your frenemies! What more can we give you? We’re full up; emotional mugging oozing from every our crevice – take some and smear it on you! And now, you can stream the music and see for yourself; even in watered-down digital form, there’s something OBSCENE going on here. Are you fer it, or agin’ it?
Ty and the Muggers slipped into west coast tour mode on Wednesday and will soon spread across the rest of the North Americagarchy starting in mid-Feb, dates below. Additionally, there will be a very Emotional Mugger listening party in NYC on January 18th at Wild Kingdom (97 S. 6th Street, Brooklyn). Food by Superiority Burger (FREE), with loadz-o-booze and sets by DJ Top Dollar and The Emotional Desperados doing Emotional Mugger in full…you can’t ask for anything more! Well, you could, but didn’t you just resolve to not be so much of a dick this year? Get yourself together – get Mugged!

Spunk signs Flowertruck! ‘Dirt’ EP out Jan 29 January 18th 2016 By Aaron

Spunk signs Flowertruck! ‘Dirt’ EP out Jan 29

Sydney four-piece FLOWERTRUCK are a powerhouse of emotions. Drawing influences from the likes of Talking Heads, The Smiths and The Go-Betweens, their modest melodies and honest songwriting is instantly catchy and moving.
From humble beginnings with their debut single “Candide”, Charles Rushforth and Hamish Dobinson quickly expanded the drum machine centered two-piece into a full four piece synth-pop outfit, contracting mutual friends Will Blackburn on the drums and Sarah Sykes on synth duties.
The gem of FLOWERTRUCK lies in their live performances. Their sound has been described as ‘garage pop-rock’ – proof that the everyday chaos of the Sydney’s Inner West sweats from their pores. Recently nominated as ‘Best Live Act’ for FBi SMAC Awards, FLOWERTRUCK have toured up and down the Australian coast and built a resounding fanbase outside their inner-western-Sydney neighbourhood, expanding their musical chemistry into a brilliantly solid 5-track EP.
FLOWERTRUCK have been a band to look out for since their first single “I Wanna Be With You” in late 2014. The song was a perfect introduction to their infectious combination of witty cynicism paired with laid-back, guitar led instrumentals – winning them FBI’s ‘Unsigned Artist of the Week’ and Rage’s ‘Indie of the Week’. Now the indie-pop four piece share their second single “Sunshower”, as they prepare to release their debut EP ‘Dirt’ and announce they will be “working closely with record label Spunk to continue to churn out lovable bangers well into the foreseeable future.”

Joanna Newsom on tour now! January 18th 2016 By admin

Joanna Newsom on tour now!

In the wake of her fourth studio album Divers, captivating songwriter-harpist Joanna Newsom is currently touring Australia’s east coast. Joanna will grace the stages of Art Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hallon 19 January, followed by a Concert Hall appearance at the Sydney Opera House on 21January as part of the already announced Sydney Festival program, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on 23 January.

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Shining Bird win best song  for ‘rivermouth’ at 2015 FBI/SMAC awards! January 16th 2016 By Aaron

Shining Bird win best song for ‘rivermouth’ at 2015 FBI/SMAC awards!

After a stellar response from their latest single ‘Rivermouth‘ including achieving ‘Best New Music’ from Double J and V Music, and high rotation from radio stations Double J and FBi, the band have topped it off by winning BEST SONG at the 2015 FBI SMAC AWARDS. Here’s what FBI said about the song; ‘The lush, South Coast ­bred sounds of Shining Bird return with ‘Rivermouth’; a deep-­voiced purr set to gentle, soothing guitar balladry. Honestly, the vocal chords of Dane Taylor should be utilised for meditation tapes, he is the king of calm. Bonus points awarded for a music video that features snakes as a revolutionary and environmentally friendly mode of transportation’. The band will announce some more dates soon.
View the YouTube Video here

High Highs touring this February January 16th 2016 By Aaron

High Highs touring this February

Cascades, the title of the second record (and first single) from the Brooklyn via Sydney group High Highs, could be read in a number of ways. It could be taken as a nod to the group’s hometown — the coastal Australian city of Sydney, which rests against the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. Or it could be a nod to the record’s sound, which retains the broad scope of the group’s debut, Open Season, but feels bigger, and grander – sheets of sound, raining down softly. In reality, though, the title is a memory – a moment Jack Milas and Oli Chang remember while driving through the Cascade Mountains on tour. The song it comes from, also called, “Cascades,” is bright and expansive, silver threads of guitar laced through soft layers of synths. It builds softly and steadily, Milas’ voice swooping up to an aching falsetto on the chorus, synths pooling gently beneath him. More than anything else, the song is an indication of how far the group has come in a short period of time – from working together in a recording studio in Australia to opening for Sky Ferreira and Vampire WeekendCascades is a portrait of a band in ascent, making music grand enough to carry them along the way.

To celebrate the release of Cascades, the band are performing these shows:

 

Thursday 11 February – Plan B Small Club, Sydney
Tickets available here
Friday 12 February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Tickets available here
Saturday 13 February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Tickets available here
Thursday 18 February – Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Tickets available here
Friday 19 February – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle

Tickets available here 

 

Explosions In The Sky confirm April 1 release for ‘The Wilderness’ January 11th 2016 By admin

Explosions In The Sky confirm April 1 release for ‘The Wilderness’

Explosions In The Sky have confirmed an April 1 worldwide release for their new album ‘The Wilderness‘. Released locally on Spunk Records, ‘The Wilderness’ is the band’s sixth album, and first non-soundtrack effort since 2011’s ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care‘. Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since EITS’ 2003 breakthrough ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place‘, ‘The Wilderness‘ is a bold, experimental work combining the singular song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets, with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand its members enjoy as film composers on soundtracks ‘Lone Survivor‘, ‘Manglehorn‘, ‘Prince Avalanche‘ and ‘Friday Night Lights‘.
The first Explosions In The Sky album not produced entirely by the band, ‘The Wilderness‘ features long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time. The band’s most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly – Exhibit A being “Disintegration Anxiety”. With its cacophonous opening washes that ultimately resolve into a locked groove, “Disintegration Anxiety” marks the rock solid midpoint of an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work – yet one that wouldn’t seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of ‘Meddle‘ and ‘Obscured By Clouds‘.
Listen to album track “Disintegration Anxiety” here

Gold Class East Coast headline tour, Golden Plains performance and US/UK tour January 11th 2016 By admin

Gold Class East Coast headline tour, Golden Plains performance and US/UK tour

Melbourne band Gold Class eagerly return to the stage this January; playing headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide closely followed by a performance for Golden Plains festival in March.
Releasing their debut album ‘It’s You‘ to critical acclaim in September 2015, Gold Class continue to rally admirers as they take their chaotic, crowd-breaching live show around the country. The band will head to the UK and Europe in April for a month long tour. This will be preluded by a US tour and SXSW shows throughout March. Full US and UK dates will be announced shortly, until then – be sure to catch the band at one of the venues listed below for their largest headline tour to date! LISTEN TO ‘IT’S YOU’ HERE
TOUR DATES
Friday 15 January – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide w’ Wireheads + The Yabbies
Tickets $10 at the door
Friday 29 January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney w’ Day Ravies + Mezko
Tickets available here
Saturday 6 February – National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne
Free show
Friday 26 February – The Gasometer, Melbourne w’ Loose Tooth and Golden Syrup
Tickets available here
Saturday 12 March – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith
Tickets available here

ANOHNI – Shares new single ‘4 Degrees’ December 2nd 2015 By Aaron

ANOHNI – Shares new single ‘4 Degrees’

ANOHNI, the lead singer from Antony and the Johnsons, has collaborated with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never on ‘4 DEGREES.’  It is a bombastic dance track celebrating global boiling and collapsing biodiversity.  Rather than taking refuge in good intentions, ANOHNI gives voice to the attitude sublimated within her behavior as she continues to consume in a fossil fuel-based economy. To support the Paris climate conference, ongoing this December, ANOHNI releases ‘4 DEGREES,’ the first single from her upcoming album HOPELESSNESS.
‘4 DEGREES’ emerged earlier this year in live performances. As discussed by ANOHNI, “I have grown tired of grieving for humanity, and I also thought I was not being entirely honest by pretending that I am not a part of the problem,” she said. “‘4 DEGREES’ is kind of a brutal attempt to hold myself accountable, not just valorize my intentions, but also reflect on the true impact of my behaviors.”
ANOHNI’s ‘4 DEGREES’ is available today via Rough Trade Records. ANOHNI, Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never will play select performances in the months to come. More shows will be announced soon, along with more information about this collaboration and ANOHNI’s HOPELESSNESS.
Purchase ‘4 DEGREES’ here.