Rad Sauce!

August 25, 2010

Rad Sauce is a great website dedicated to experimental beats, great mixes and up to date general music culture. Created by Grant Thomas, a Perth local living in the UK- he is a regular records scavenger and an amazing DJ (formerly known as DJ Jeeves). He knows his music well, has great style and is way friendly! Some of my personal favourite mixes he’s made are great chilled out dubstep.

Rad Sauce is a blog dedicated to “saucing” experimental, wonky and bassline driven beats including but definitely not limited to Dubstep, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Wonky, Future Beat, Glitch Hop, Step-no, 2 Step, Garage, Grime, Techno, IDM and everything in between. Updated weekly with the latest tracks, albums, club nights and general music culture.

A highly recommended website to bookmark and check regularly!

Link:
Rad Sauce

Near

August 18, 2010

Near is a band comprised of four young and talented guys from New Jersey. They create some real nice chilled out indie/rock music with some elements of folk in there (in my opinion). The mix of clever drum beats and great acoustic guitar melodies only add to the ‘easy on the ears’ vocals. Perfect for listening to while driving on a clear sunny day with the windows down and wind in your hair! To add to the appeal of this band, these guys seem genuinely down to earth, personable and most importantly patient (this post should have gone up months ago along with a lot of other posts so I apologise to the band for this long delay).

Check out the interview below:
How did you come up with the name?
Well, I guess it was the one that we fought over the least… The NEAR Shoemaker is actually the name of the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. It also happens to be the name of a character from an anime. We usually like to leave the true origins of the name up to speculation though :)

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Tim Pearson- 22 years old, from Erial, NJ (piano, vocals)

Kevin Finn- 24 years old, from Collingswood, NJ (synth, guitar)

Mike Sherry- 22 years old, from Atco, NJ (guitar, vocals)

Ray Gallagher- 21 years old, from Deptford, NJ (percussion)

What did you guys do before the group started?
Well, before deciding to become a band we were a crime-fighting group. That ended when we forgot to set our profiles to private on Facebook and our secret identities were all revealed. Besides that we have pretty normal jobs: Mike works for a hospital, Kevin is a teacher, Tim works at a coffee shop, and Ray is a server at Olive Garden.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Really I’d say we’re still starting out. We’ve been together with this lineup less than a year. Honestly the hardest part has been working around each other’s schedules. The music is the easy part!

Any big plans for the near future?
The main thing we’re doing is continuing to work on recording our debut album.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Kevin: Homesick by Radical Face

Tim: Same Mistake by James Blunt

Mike: No Surprises by Radiohead

Ray: Greet the Sacred Cow by Primus

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
That we need to make sure we set aside time just to hang out every once and awhile. It can’t always be business. When Mike got married we all went camping for his bachelor party, and it really brought us a lot closer together. Now, when we play shows, I feel like the audience can sense that bond between us, and that kinda helps us establish a connection with them too.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Yes. Two of us are married already; how do you think that happened?

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
I guess the most embarrassing thing so far is when Tim’s keyboard stand collapsed mid-song during our set at BCC’s Music Fest! After attempting to continue the song with the keyboard on Tim’s lap, we ended up having to stop the song so we could fix it.

To get more information about these guys- like bookings and contact details- visit any of the links below and I highly suggest you do! As said previously, they’re currently working on a new album and free for any performances.

Links:
Near Official Website
Near Facebook

Jeff Soto

May 3, 2010


Crying Is Alright


California Dreaming


Love Can Surpass All Obstacles

Jeff Soto’s artwork can be quite confusing for some people as his pieces are often juxtapositions of two different ideas such as innocence and darkness, nature vs. smog intertwining closely with each other. It even shows in the colours he chooses by mixing pastels with dark greys. His work commonly appeals to the hip-hop and street art culture as he gains most of his inspirations from the skateboarding and graffiti lifestyle. There isn’t much more I can say other than just see for yourself and enjoy!

Links:
Jeff Soto Art


Fly Away


Stormy Skies

Lick Clothing

April 21, 2010

For this post, I am taking a more personal approach (which I usually try to avoid). BUT- after my attention was directed to this ‘review‘ on Lick Clothing- I felt I should probably provide a proper and more personal review of the store.

The statement was made that “some clothes were way over priced as such and the same product but better quality would easily be bought in other stores such as “cotton on” or “mink pink”.”

While this person has the right to his or her opinion, I highly disagree with this statement. Cotton On is a decent store where I buy basics from, however the style they produce does not really overlap with the style stocked at Lick Clothing. As for the clothing being over priced- on the contrary Mary. I have never been more satisfied with the prices from Lick. I believe that in the majority of small businesses, designer labeled tops may cost up to $60. Today however, I walked in and managed to find a few tops under $40 and on occasion, I have bought skirts for $35.

They stock more than clothes too! They have the quirkiest shoes to offer along with some unique accessories such as necklaces and brooches. They always promote local music and artists which more people need to do. And don’t get me started on the people that work there- they are always friendly with a smile and only too happy to help you out.

For all those of you in Perth, or will be visiting Perth soon- I highly suggest you all to visit Lick Clothing and help support this adorable small business and keep it going!

If you’re curious about the art exhibitions they’ve held in the past, all details about the artists and musicians they have supported are available on their website.

Lick Clothing is situated on:
25 Market St
Fremantle, 6160
Ph: 9336 3727

Links:
Lick Clothing Site

Perth Street Lookbook

April 18, 2010

This is the first of many evidences of me being a creepy person on the street. On the way to the Huge Vintage Sale in North Perth, I realised I’m gonna stalk more people on the street, take a photo of them and put them up here for all people to see. It’s to show people that Perth style isn’t as derro/bogan as people think. For the non-Australian readers, what I’m trying to say is that despite Perth being a small city in a massive state, we still got style!

So enjoy the small amount of photos for now, but I hope it will build up quickly.

Dub Fx

March 29, 2010

Dub Fx (Benjamin Stanford) started off being a street performer in St Kilda, Melbourne making music using only his beatboxing, vocals and loop effect pedals. As seen in the video below- the result is an amazing reggae/hip hop/dubstep style music that’s easy going to listen and dance to. Listening to the end result first, I personally didn’t think much of it until my friend showed me the making behind the product.

The entire process is just plain awesome.

Since starting out, he’s moved over to England to perform on the streets and through social networking and word of mouth- he’s shot up into popularity almost instantenously. He’s now performed all over the world with his good friend Flower Fairy who does some vocals on his tracks. He’s come out with an album, “Everythinks a Ripple” that was released in January this year (2010). Just watch the clip and I’m sure you’d want to check out the album.

Links:
Dub Fx Official Site
Dub Fx MySpace
Dub Fx Facebook

Au Revoir Simone

March 20, 2010

Au Revoir Simone is three pretty New York girls, Erika Forster, Annie Hart & Heather D’Angelo, who create beautiful innocent sounding electro-indie music. The majority of their songs are created on vintage keyboards, drum machines and various different percussion instruments combined in a way which gives a very childlike playful vibe-musically like a cool breeze on a warm day. Another perfect artist to play when having a backyard tea party. With every new album they release, they have stayed true to their original and unique style however it is clear that they have progressed and developed as artists.

They have released three albums:
Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation – 2005
The Bird of Music – 2007
Still Night, Still Light – 2009

If you enjoy female vocals similar to Ladytron, I would highly suggest giving these girls a listen.

Links:
Au Revoir Simone Official Site
Au Revoir Simone MySpace
Au Revoir Simone Facebook

Frightened Rabbit

March 6, 2010


Photo by Jannica Honey

Frightened Rabbit was suggested by a friend of mine and I’m glad he suggested it. This Scottish indie five piece band creates thought-evoking music with a mixture of calm and intense music. As you can see each member of the band all play more than one instrument- everyone works incredibly well together to accommodate for each other and as a result they make music that flows with each of their own instruments. This is despite the initial band being a one person band with the rest of the members joining in at various times from 2003 onwards.

You’ve got :
Scott Hutchison- Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist and Lyricist (Joined 2003)
Billy Kennedy- Lead Guitarist, Keyboards, Backing Vocalist and Bassist (Joined 2005)
Andy Monaghan- Guitarist, Keyboardist, Backing Vocalist (Joined 2008)
Grant Hutchison- Drummer, Backing Vocalist and Percussionist (Joined 2004)
Gordon Skene- Keyboardist, Guitarist, Backing Vocalist (Joined 2009)

They were recently in Australia for the Laneway festivals promoting the very soon to be released album “Winter of Mixed Drinks” (available for pre-order on their various websites). Past albums you should definitely find and buy are “Sing the Greys” (2006) and “The Midnight Organ Fight” (2008).

Links:
Frightened Rabbit Official
Frightened Rabbit MySpace
Frightened Rabbit Facebook

Troubador

March 1, 2010

This New Jersey band I hope gets picked up very soon! Troubador is an indie rock foursome with some decent talent.
The thing that drew me to this music is on top of the beautiful soft piano, guitar and bass melodies with clever drumming- there is a soothing beautiful voice. Perfect for a home picnic in the backyard with tea and cupcakes! I hope all you guys support them, especially all you New Jersians who have the opportunity to see them live. In the meantime check out their kooky interview:

How did you come up with the name?
During u.s. history class, we were learning about Troubadours, and I [Erika] thought it would be the single coolest thing just to live that kind of lifestyle, like to just travel around and play music for my whole life and to meet new people so it was always in the back of my mind, because I have ALWAYS wanted to be in a band that if I ever did, it would be called Troubador.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Erika Ricchini (piano, vox), Chris Small (guitar, vox), Elliot Reynolds (Bass, assorted percussion) and Dave Henry (drums).

What did you guys do before the group started?
Just normal high school things I guess haha, we’ve all been into music pretty much our whole lives, I started out when I was not even a year old yet, singing before I could walk and playing around on my grandparents upright piano at the same time I was learning to walk. I officially took up music in 3rd grade, I started playing violin. I didn’t learn piano until Freshman year. We have all played on church worship teams at one point or another as well.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Strangely enough, not at all. songwriting is something that comes naturally to all of us, and we’re like-minded in the musical sense so it’s very easy to play off of each other but we’re also musically different enough to be able to produce our signature unique sound. it’s a perfect fit.

Any big plans for the near future?
Our between the truth and the lies-ep is set to release about this time next month and we’re also hoping to tour this coming summer. we hope to be signed on a major label sometime in the future and make music our careers.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Erika- either Purple Bottle by Animal Collective– it’s just so good, it gets turned on as soon as I get in my car– or Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, it’s the single happiest song I have ever heard in my entire life.

Chris- Into the Sea- As Cities Burn

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Erika- either my macbook pro or my cameras/Lenses/Film.
Chris- my macbook pro.

(we’re all Mac people.)

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Nobody is perfect. we all have our flaws and our moments and tend to get snappy with each other at times but for the most part, we’re like a family and in the end we’re always willing to work it out one way or another, even if that is giving someone distance for a little while. oh! and communication is key!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I drive a 1992 Buick Skylark named Raolina. I talk to her. I even refer to her as “her” in front of the guys and I think it might creep them out a little.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
[laughs to herself] I don’t know about the other guys, but for me, it’s attracted both boys AND girls alike…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Well, it’s kinda become a tradition for Chris to break a string almost religiously, always in the WORST part possible. there was also a time when EVERY show we played we forgot SOMETHING important. for example, when we played in Philly once, I forgot my piano stand (had to use a table form the bar) and Adam forgot his sticks (my dad had to cross the bridge to bring them!) another time, we were playing an hour and a half away in Vineland and Adam forgot his cymbals (no idea how that happens) luckily, another band was nice enough to let us borrow theirs. the only one that we couldn’t recover from was when we were playing a last-minute show up in trenton, and I forgot the power supply for my keyboard– let’s just say we had to improvise and it was NOT a very good show :o)

Everyone should have take a long peek at their MySpace music page for plenty of videos and tracks to listen to!

Update:
The have an upcoming show for “Between the Truth and the Lies EP” (March 19th) available to purchase at their shows and on iTunes. They are planning on returning to Gradwell House studios to work on their second EP.

Links:
Troubador MySpace

The Crayon Fields

February 23, 2010

I know I have been ridiculously lazy in updating this- but you must believe that for me to wake up from my writing slumber to post this, it must be good. And oh- it- so- is.

During one of my regular music swapping session with a friend, he slipped “The Crayon Fields” into my USB. They are a four piece band from Melbourne that are just amazing in a simple and talented way. The soothing array of vocals are paired with cute melodies and instruments in the variety filled album “Animal Bells”. I love it so. Yes I do realise that this is an old album put out in 2006, just before people start accusing me of sounding like Nova (cough- new music?). Their new album “All the Pleasures of the World” was released last year (2009) so you should go and buy both albums and enjoy.

Links:
The Crayon Fields MySpace
The Crayon Fields Facebook (Unofficial)


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