Archive for August, 2008

Birds of Tokyo Review

August 29, 2008

Awesome sexy Justin Smith has become the gig reviewer for one night (giving the quirky things finding a rest) as he tells us about the recent Birds Of Tokyo gig in Perth:

Local Perth boys Birds Of Tokyo are currently touring across Australia with Melbourne act Calling All Cars, promoting the Birds’ new album Universes. I managed to catch them last thursday night @ Metropolis Fremantle.

Last time I saw the Birds was a sweaty, sweltering, smelly sausagefest at BDO 2007, where they were playing mid afternoon, in a shonky tin shed. Metropolis Fremantle was a much nicer way to experience them, providing a more intimate setting (I’m more used to the open festival format, but besides having to wait for half an hour to get in, and then another half hour on top for the acts to start, it is an excellent live venue). Being a Thursday night, the venue wasn’t too crowded, yet full enough for good atmosphere. The absence of drunk grogans and slappers that you sometimes get starting fights on the weekends was also nice.

First up were Brave New World, a local act formerly known as Myles Vincent. These guys were fairly tight and had some interesting sounds. Despite some problems with a guitar amp they still managed to do a good job keeping the growing crowd entertained. They had good energy through the set and with some more stage time together, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Keep your ears open for them.

Next up were Melbourne outfit Calling All Cars. Since their debut this 3 piece have supported the likes of Gyroscope and Shihad, as well as headlining their own shows. These guys smashed out a blistering set that really got the crowd going. Vocals/guitarist Haydn was jumping around like a monkey on speed when not on the mic, climbing on the drums and even jumped over the barriers into the crowd for some help busting out the chorus. They combined their strong vocals and instrumentality with a high energy performance to leave the crowd really amped for the headliners.

The Birds do not disappoint. The lights and sound came onto Broken Bones, and the crowd was straight into it. The band had the crowd moving all the way to the end, mixing in songs from previous albums with hits from their latest Universes album. Singer Kenny was great with his vocal contortions- his vocal range is stunning- and the guitars and percussion were tight the whole way through. Off Kilter got the crowd going, and Wayside was a monster hit as usual, with the crowd really getting loud. Silhouettic was blasted out for the closing song, to an enthusiastic applause.

Birds Of Tokyo Official Site
Birds Of Tokyo MySpace

The Birds are touring with CAC’s all over Australia until late September. After that they’ll be at the Pyramid festival over east before heading back here for Southbound in January.

All up, it was the best 30 bucks I’ve spent in quite a while, pretty good considering I hadn’t planned on going ‘till the night before. Bring on the summer festivals!

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Fun Day Out

August 27, 2008

This awesome great group called Fun Day Out has a fair amount of potential! Normally I’d say any band who mixes their instruments with synths would be NuRave- but these guys rock more than anything! It’s something a little different than what you’d usually hear but it’s not in the least bit bad.
Hopefully they’ll make it bigtime- and if they do, I could safely say that their crazy ass personalities and attitude would help them cope well with everything and they’d fit in JUUUUUST fine.

Have a read of their very entertaining and open interview- sounds like a bunch of guys who love to take the piss out of each other:

How did you come up with the name?
Errm one of our friends miss annie jakeman had some videos in her itunes and the ‘artist’ was called a fun day out. And busby was like thats a cool band name… and it wasnt a band so we stole it haha.

but we had some talks/arguments about changing it lol but Toby got outvoted so its still the same! lol

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Tobz – small, cute, the sexy dancer of the band hes 17 and youngest! and he lives in st annes like all the others in the band!

Busby – spacey drummer boyy 😉 hes the brains behind the electronic set ups really computer wizzzzzle! hes 18.

Shlee – THE EX-METALHEAD he hated hadouken, skinnies, enter shikari but since joining FDO loves them all lol. hes also 18 and thinks hes a pimp.

Ben – the girly one, concerned more about his hair than the band. were late for everything cos of this ha. the last one to join the band. and hes 19.

Cal- the pussywhipped one also the dipsiest guy you will meet but writes most the lyrics and most of the music to the songs. and he has just turned 18.

What did you guys do before the group started?
fuckk all really cant remember

How did you start out/ was it hard?
erm toby and cal were in a band with a different drummer but he moved away then we got busby, played proper indie stuff then shlee joined, then later ben joined.

Any big plans for the near future?
GET BIG! haha nahh keep giggin and writing and MYSPACING

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
erm
MYTH OF UNITY- WELCOME TO UNITY

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
cal- his girlfriend
ben- GHD’s
shlee- his guitar and bass
Busby- his bed
Toby- laptop but ATM LOST

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
TRUST NOONE

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
tobys car is called TILLY but it aint secret
shlees girlfriend is called bridie

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
erm little teenybopperz ben can score yehh.
the perveee…like toby says every holes a goal.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
toby putting his balls on cals back whilst playing a show.
ermmm.
thats it were well shit!

Well at the moment these guys have only one song up on their MySpace site but it seems that they are working on their first album- something to look forward to! I’ll be sure to let those guys send me an update on when they’re done, or if you want first dibs go check out the site yourself.

Links:
Fun Day Out MySpace

Little Message

August 27, 2008

Hey there everyone!!
I don’t usually write little personal messages on this blog – but since today is the fateful day that I was introduced to the world 21 years ago I figured I’ll send a little message.

Just to show you guys how much this site has grown, the first day I started it (on Valentine’s Day because I had nothing better to do) I only got about 20-30 views a day. I got psycho-excited when about 2 months later I got about 50 views a day. And now I’ve got about 120-140 views a day and a few awesome days with 200+ views!

This is great because all I wanted was to show to everyone that there are great new(and existing) artists out there that are trying very hard and they deserve the recognition for their commitment- the countless amounts of amazing and creative people scares me sometimes- scares me even more at how creative they are!

I gotta thank my regular readers (from all over the world!- thank god for the net) because I know that I haven’t been the most regular writer- but you can blame that on uni. I always do try to put up something at least once a week but now it seems to be a bit more structured:

Mondays– Random Product of the Week
Wednesdays– Feature with interview
Fridays– Feature with no interview – mostly things I recommend you all take a look at

Also I try to cover a different range of genres in music and in fashion- buuuut I’m pretty sure you can tell I’m a little biased, with the amount of NuRave/Alternative/Electro scene.

SO that’s the end of the little ‘me’ session. Well almost…
There are two things that I would REALLY appreciate everyone doing.
1) Write a comment if you have any feedback on anything! If you want something worked on then lemme know- I’ll consider it for sure.
2) Spread the word about Hot Generation- I’d love to have a little Hot Generation empire.
I’ve got plans…..mwuahahaha

Well that’s all guys- I hope you guys have a great awesome crazy psycho fun day!
x-hanna

Random Product of the Week

August 25, 2008

This week’s random product is another one that will be available later as the Autumn Collection from Suck UK.

If you prefer not to buy a new calendar every year- look here!:

This calendar is in the form of a sticky tape so you can tape it anywhere that is convenient for you! You get two rolls, one is the days of the week and the other has the date and a place to write your appointments or reminders. Pretty nifty thing here!

Late of the Pier

August 24, 2008

This band has been a favourite of mine for the past three months! The music the play is so varied from song to song which means I never get tired of listening to them. Late of the Pier is a four piece UK band formed in 2001-
Samuel Dust (sings, strums, scribbles)
Francis Dance (plucks, wobbles shelves)
Red Dog Consuela (batterie soundscape)
Jack Paradise (electronic battle tapping)
– and their most famous single is ‘The Bears Are Coming’ and it is actually one of my favourite songs from them. Their music could be classified as nu-rave as they do have a band formation and instruments but like Klaxons and Shitdisco, they include a lot of snyths and electro sounds in their music. I highly recommend this band as I’ve forced my friends to listen to them and have only heard good reviews! Each song has different levels of band instrument music and synthetic electro sounds so at least ONE song will be liked by all.

Until recently they’ve only got a few singles out and a bunch of songs that aren’t officially on their album- but now (since 11th August) they’ve released their first album! Look out for it!

Links:
Late of the Pier official site
Late of the Pier MySpace

Thrills

August 21, 2008

This music has been playing constantly as I study and I’ve pretty much fallen in love! You all know how much I love remixes and it’s been a while since I’ve featured someone who does a fair amount of remixes. Hoping sometime soon he’ll do a set down under in Perth and get all of us kiddies to move our feet- in the meantime, dancing in my room to this music will have to do.

How did you come up with the name?
It’s about the excitement of enjoying life.

Tell me a little about yourself?
Dev or Devlin/27/Seattle

What did you do before the starting?
I’ve been producing & djing since I was 15. So probably going to school, playing sports, & getting drunk, in that order.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
My friend Axcys got me into early electronic music like Orb, Orbital, & Aphex Twin and later when I was 15 I got more interested in djing and house music. I was really influenced by Jeno, Doc Martin, & Derrick Carter. In the late nineties I used to play 2×4’s(2 djs x 4 turntables) with my brother, Sean Patrick at raves on the west coast. I think the hardest part was getting my hands on equipment to produce and dj at 15.

Any big plans for the near future?
A west coast tour with TurboWeekend in September(SEA/LA/SF/ETC.) and a new project collaborating with another producer that I am really excited about! Stay tuned!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
a1 bassline – bad man horror theme

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
my shoes 😛

What have you learnt from doing what you do?
to never stop

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
boom.dip.beep.boom.dip

Has your music helped in picking up girls/boys?
Haha

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?Every set is crazy!!!

Have an awesome time exploring his myspace to see his many remixes that has been completed and some that are in process- so you have something to look forward to!
You also get to see where his music has been featured and where he’ll be performing.
Plus- he’s given a link to his music- available for download!
CLICK HERE!!

BIG NEWS!!!
WEST COAST TOUR (US)
With: TURBOWEEKEND, THRILLS, ANIMAL BODY, & COLBY B

“FADED”
New Monthly with Axcys in Seatle at CHOP SUEY starting August 16th
With: Le Castle Vania, Thrills, Axcys, Rrrump & Colby B.

THRILLS EP
With remixes from: Bo$$ In Drama, Culture Prophet, Giko, Dean Tynan, Diamond Cut more!

Link:
Thrills MySpace


By NAMI

Random Product of the Week

August 18, 2008

Cup-of-noodles is awesome! If you love it as much as I do- READ ON!

You can now enjoy eating all your noodles out of a ceramic cup with—->

Coming soon to SUCK UK in Autumn

Bitch!Please!

August 16, 2008

The newest dance party in Perth is Bitch!Please!- all the best music played on the last saturday of every month! Music list includes:
Boyz Noise
A-trak
1928
Billion Dollar DJs
Computer Club
Danger
Cut Copy
Dizzee Rascal
Does it offend you yeah?
Justice
Late of the Pier
Miami Horror
M.I.A
MSTRKRFT
Oh Snap!
Surkin
South Rakkas Crew
Snob Scrilla
Uffie
And so so so so SO much more (check out myspace link!!)

The dude who started all of this is going to be one popular guy! Check out his interview for an insight into his kooky personality.

How did you come up with the name?
I guess i just thought it was funny! It was sorta inspired by all those amazing parties in NY and LA right now, alot of them have snaps like FUCKKK YEAHHH, and OH SNAPPP!, and CHECK YO! and all that kinda thing , so yeah BITCH!PLEASE! was definatly inspired by those kinda current parties 🙂

Tell me a little about yourself?
My names Hickey/Daniel/Casper whatever you want to call me 🙂 lol. But my family calls me Daniel. I grew up in the North of England and now live in Perth Australia 🙂 I live in the ghetto known as Rockingham. I sorta don’t fit in there however. But love it and defend my town with vicious verbal daggers. lol.

What exactly is it that you do?
I have a real job of course. but in the context your asking me, i throw parties ! They are called BITCH!PLEASE! and we turn a little bar called BAR138 into a nightclub lookin thinggg the last saturday of every month and just have a great great time 🙂

What did you do before the starting?
I djed alot around the city. I got a residency @ SHAPE and played there lots and lots of times. Its really great there, but i just got the itch to start throwing my own nights.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Hmmm, it wasn’t ‘hard’ per-say, it was hard work setting it all up but I basically just asked the owner of the bar if i could throw a saturday night party and he was cool enough to trust me, all the way, and let me do it 🙂 I djed bar 138s friday night INNERCITYBEATZ a couple of times and thats how i sort of got involved with the bar, and the owner.

–Random questions–
What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Hmmm, aww man i dont know, boring answer as it is probably my diary. I think i probably need a diary more than anybody else ive ever met. I forget EVERYTHING, if i think of something i need to or something i need to write down i drop everything and run to my diary (even if im at work) at write it down because ill forget it. So yeah, my diary, other than that, my toy collection 🙂 Id be pretty gutted if that got…burned down..or something.

What have you learnt from doing what you do?
Thats its totally definatly what i want to do with my life ? lol..Ive been at uni and done 4 semesters of 5 different courses, thats more than a change a semester, so therefore, gathered that it wasnt for me, throwing these parties feels right, i just want it to grow bigger and bigger untill we have every like minded cat in the city tangled in our web !

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Yes ! aha Bluey ! Its an oragami crab that sits on the front of my friends dash board. Im very attatched to him..

Has this helped in picking up girls/boys?
Ya know what, its SUPPOSSED to , and id say it does with everybody else ! But i have this wierd paradox where im far too shy or far too forward, aha, i dont really have an inbetween, it doesnt help me out !

Did anything crazy or embarrassing happened to you during the opening night?
Thunderclaps got embarassed when they pulled the power chord out ! ahaha. I love those guys though, they can’t do anything wrong in my book. Crazy, um there was a guy dancing around with one of the bubble machines i bought strapped to his head ? and everybody was making piles of car tires id painted fluro colours to sit on. It was all rather surreal 🙂

Links:
Bitch!Please! MySpace

Better see heaps of people on the next Bitch!Please! party!!!

Suiteside

August 13, 2008

Suiteside is a little different than the usual people I interview- this time it’s the label and management behind new bands. The people that work behind bands do just as much work as the actual bands themselves! This amazing crazy and fun yet professional woman has worked her way up in the music management industry in order to make a name for herself as well as the artists she represents. With her attitude (which shows through her interview – especially last random question), she makes an often difficult job look easy!

How did you come up with the name?
It’s a kind of joke. When I started the label I used to collaborate with people from the italian electronic label Suite Inc., and we wanted to find a related name. And Suiteside makes you think about luxury hotels but also sounds like the word “suicide”, and sometimes it is a bit, with so much hard work and few money coming in. But we’re romantic beautiful people, aren’t we?

Tell me a little about yourself?
Sometimes I feel as I am the kind of person who’ll never accept to live an adult, ordinary life. I’m into rock-indie music from my teens, and it seems I will never be able to live without being in this crazy business. But I try to work seriously and professionally.

What is the point of your business and what do you do?
My actual goal is to develop the bands I’m working with and for, establishing for them new connections with audiences worldwide. Being a record label doesn’t mean so much in 2008, cds are dead! I’m a booking agent as well, for lots of foreign bands. I set up tours in Italy for Xiu Xiu, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Azure Ray, APSE, Ex-Models and many many others.

What did you do before you started all this?
Well, I studied music criticism at the University, then I worked as music journalist for local and regional mags, I’ve been for years Head of Music in the staff of an alternative radio station in Bologna, and I wrote a few books about rock music too.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Honestly it was less hard when I started, than now! In 2001 there were just a few indie labels and bands around, now everybody can promote himself on the net, and there are lots of new bands struggling for gigs and exposure. Two years ago I had to decide if go on or give up….luckily I found some refreshment in working with younger and more rocking bands.

Any big plans for the near future?
World domination!! ahah, I’m joking….the BIG plan is to work more an more on a global perpective. One positive thing of the internet is that I can contact people like you on the other side of the globe and do a quick interview like this.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
“Violet Hill”, the new Coldplay single. Keeping singing loud “won’t you let me know?” in my office.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Coffee. If I don’t have one in 5 minute after I’m out of bed I’m lost!

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
No. But I have a favourite little inanimate object 🙂

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened to you on the job?
Lots of things! Like being really sick in a toilet at a venue in Lugano (Switzerland) after a gig. Or losing a UK band I hosted in Genova and spending hours with their driver calling the police and the hospitals just to find they slept in a dirty hotel ’cause they were too numb to get back home. Or spending a crazy night in Klagenfurt (Austria) waiting for the train to Italy in a pub with a band made of an italian guy, an english, a spanish and their french roadie. The owner of the place was a really kitsch middle-age blond woman who forced all of us to drink lots of beers and whisky and tequila. And there was also a mad slovenian old guy speaking about his war experiences. I could fill pages with strange stories, but I’m sure the best has yet to come!

If you’re a big music listener keen to find out about new bands before they hit the big time- there are several ways in which you can keep up with this type of news. OR alternatively, if you’re a band or musician who’s in need of help to hit the big time- definitely click on the links and get some information! As you all know, no such thing as too much information!

Links:
Suiteside Official Site
Suiteside Myspace
Last.fm Suiteside
Skype: monica.melissano

Random Product of the Week

August 11, 2008

This week’s product is a cute one:

“Leather book cover designed for 30GB and 80GB iPod with video (but equally good on older models and other MP3 players of the same size). The tough leather case will help you cherish your music. You can sync and charge your player directly in the case with full cable access.”

This awesome leather case costs $30! As per usual if you would like more details just leave a comment or e-mail.