My Morning Jacket’s New Christmas EP December 13th 2011 By brooke

My Morning Jacket’s New Christmas EP

We’re in the spirit thanks to She & Him and now, long time devotees to the Christmas carol My Morning Jacket have released a new holiday EP. Among its songs are the re-worked ‘Wonderful’ and holiday standard, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. The iTunes only EP is available now, and precedes the band’s April tour of Australia – performing Bluesfest, Sydney’s Enmore (April 3) and Melbourne’s Palace Theatre (April 4) with the very special Circuital.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. The Head and the Heart)

Wild Flag’s Debut Album Tops Best Of Lists December 13th 2011 By brooke

Wild Flag’s Debut Album Tops Best Of Lists

Punk super-group Wild Flag were born in late 2010. By March ’11, they were road testing songs across the US and by April, recording a debut album. Now, that record is appearing right across the Best Of lists – including US Rolling StonePitchfork MediaPrefix and SPIN. It really is a huge first album, indebted to the girls’ shared histories in Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders & Stephen Malkmus’s Jicks. Stream album opener ‘Romance’ below, before the band tours Australia in March next year. Wild Flag – Romance

Bearhug Return With New Single, ‘Angeline’ December 11th 2011 By brooke

Bearhug Return With New Single, ‘Angeline’

Since 2010′s To Anything, Bearhug have been busy – writing and rehearsing at Hibernian House, and recording their debut album at Sydney’s Big Jesus Burger studios this spring. “At a basic level, we wanted to write a warm, pop album,” say the band. Mastered by Roger Seibel (Bill Callahan, Pavement, Broken Social Scene), the record is lush – full with classic, melodic guitars, effortless rhythm and just the right amount of fuzz. We’ll release it early ’12. Stream first single, the gorgeous ‘Angeline’ below.

‘Cold Feet’ Gets Mess & Noise’s #1 Song December 7th 2011 By brooke

‘Cold Feet’ Gets Mess & Noise’s #1 Song

The lead single from HURTSVILLE, Jack Ladder’s ‘Cold Feet’ has scored Mess & Noise’s # 1 Song of The Year. They said, – “In a year of pastiche, throwbacks, and tongues-in-cheek, ‘Cold Feet’ stood out as a proper, big, ambitious rock song, unafraid and unashamed.” We totally agree! ‘Cold Feet’ is available as a digital single via iTunes. HURTSVILLE is out now.

Youth Lagoon Announce February Aus Dates December 6th 2011 By brooke

Youth Lagoon Announce February Aus Dates

Youth Lagoon’s debut album is a beautiful mix of nostalgia and melody, layered in a way which makes it hard to believe Trevor Powers created the record on his own. We are so pleased that in February, Trevor and his band will perform from The Year of Hibernation at Melbourne’s Toff In Town on Wednesday 15, & Sydney’s Oxford Arts on Thursday 16. Tix are on sale tomorrow via the venues. Youth Lagoon perform ‘July’ live in studio, below.

Explosions In The Sky – Touring Now! December 5th 2011 By brooke

Explosions In The Sky – Touring Now!

Explosions In The Sky are finally here! They play a sold-out show at Melbourne’s Forum tomorrow night, before Meredith Music Festival on Friday, and a sold-out Sydney Metro on Sunday. Tix are still available for Brisbane’s HiFi date, next Tuesday 13. Their new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care  is gorgeous, orchestral and out of this world, with melodies that were made to be amplified. Watch the vid for ‘Be Comfortable Creature’ below.

UMO In Australia, This Week! December 5th 2011 By brooke

UMO In Australia, This Week!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are in town, and their live show is earning them some fast friends. Following Homebake on Saturday, they perform Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory tomorrow (Weds 7), Melbourne’s Toff In Town on Thursday, and after Meredith on Friday, wrap it all up with a show at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday. Stream a few of the stand-out tracks from their debut record, released July, below.

Download Spunk’s 2011 Sampler – Free! December 1st 2011 By brooke

Download Spunk’s 2011 Sampler – Free!

December is here! Feels like a good time to glance back and recap with our 2011 Spunk Sampler. Featuring Youth Lagoon, Leader Cheetah, AA Bondy, Active Child, The Middle East, Emma Russack & Holly Throsby, we’ve compiled a free collection of our favourite songs this year. Many of these guys are touring this summer, and have incredible new albums out now. You can grab Spunk’s brand new 12 track sampler here. Hear its opener, AA Bondy’s gorgeous ‘Surfer King’.