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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

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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

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)

Patrick Wolf

November 23, 2009

The theatrical Patrick Wolf will be performing in Perth December 12th! His creations combine synths and classical instruments- includes the Piano, Ukelele and the Viola. As a result his music is very theatrical and dramatic yet chillingly soothing- it often reminds me of musical plays or music that goes with the climax moments in movies. His voice is similar to the deep mysterious singing voice of Roger Waters from Pink Floyd which fits so so perfectly with the music. So if you love Pink Floyd give Patrick Wolf a listen, it’s a modern version with more electro and less rock but just as dramatic and intense. Then if you like that- go and get your ticket to see him live!

Links:
Patrick Wolf Official
Patrick Wolf MySpace
Patrick Wolf Facebook

You Love Her Because She’s Dead

November 19, 2009

This very well-known British duo has created some eclectic crazy fun music that has pretty much shot them up in their underground alternative/8-bit music scene. As said in the interview- they had a very progressive rise in popularity which was helped by their Live Bristol show being featured in Skins (all you skins fan would definitely know about this)! Enjoy their very informative and interesting interview:

How did you come up with the name?
YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD was just a random name given to the project when it was just a one man project in 2005/2006, when I was still mainly concentrating on hardcore, but until the end of 2007 when there were other people involved the idea to gig anything hadn’t really been considered but the name just stuck when we did. YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD sort of (i admit, awkwardly) suggests the idea of loving people more while they’re still around, and prods the concept that people are idolized in death more than in life, usually because of death. Thats the bullshit explanation, but really it doesn’t mean a thing.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Elle (Vocals/Synth) is 22 and I, Jay (Programming/Sampling/Bass/Synth) am 27. We’re both from the UK, Bristol/London/Brighton.

What did you guys do before the group started?
I’m not sure what Elle did before the band, I just met her through a friend in a bar and her past is all a bit hazy. I put out a couple of records out 2006/2007 with my old hardcore band which I started back in 2002 in London, which is also when my dabbling in electronic music started, because i used to demo everything for the band using some programs on my PC, which were more suited to electronic music anyway.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well to be dead honest the things that have happened for YLHCSD have happened very naturally & easily since we put out our first ‘official’ record with Kitsune, which was the ‘Inner City Angst’ EP. Being invited to appear in SKINS is a good example of what I mean when I say things went smoothly for a debut release. We had been in Paris with Gildas, Jean & Constance from the label at the time when that happened, spending some time in the city, just after a German stint, before playing the Kitsune Maison 6 release party at ‘The Maroquinerie’ with autoKratz and Cazals, so it all felt like things were happening very fast for YLHCSD, and we filmed for SKINS just a week later (episode7/series3). I had a fever, it was not fun. The road crew and our manager we have worked with since the very start have all become close friends and that makes everything more enjoyable from the get-go, especially when you’re in a foreign country a long way from home – it’s relaxing to be with folks you can trust.

Any big plans for the near future?
Yeah well we just did a recent limited white vinyl self-release of ‘Me Versus You’ which was something we just wanted to do ourselves (includes CD copy if don’t have a record player, and a few copies still left available from http://www.ylhcsd.bigcartel.com), we’ve decided to do another DIY release for the track ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’; re-recorded and with a brand new video promo featuring a unicorn – The song is about being young, the innocence of first love, and we like the way the film ‘Legend’ from the 1980’s portrays that, being born in ’82 that film is engrained into my psyche, so we hope you’ll enjoy the video (Produced by Elliot Dear who also did our ‘Dead End’ video).

Pre-order for ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ is now up, i think there will only be 200 copies, and the official release looks like 2nd November.

Aside from those releases we have been writing new material which may be teamed up with re-masters of older tracks for a mini-album or perhaps even full length. For that we would like to work with a label again, and we’ve been talking to a few.

**Random questions**
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Unfortunately the truth is ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ on loop as I’ve been remixing it for the release. If it hadn’t been then I think Florence The Machine would be on – Reminds me of Jefferson Airplane. Awesome. Elle’s not stopped listening to Booty Luv’s dubstep remix of ‘Say It’.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Laptop, sadly.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
My Akai MPC 1000 is ‘The Millennium Falcon’, and the reason I call it that is because to make it work you have to whack it just right.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I’m pretty sure that being in a band isn’t exactly the most attractive thing for a person to do haha. Everyone’s in a fucking band! I’d much rather be able to say I’m a butcher, or an explorer and not be lying – because being good with an axe, or a lot of rope, is surely far sexier.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Apart from the usual equipment getting trashed or tipped over, once there was a random old sofa on the stage at a show we did in Munster (Germany) and someone decided to come and sit on it, facing the crowd, and gaze at people blankly while we were playing.. weirdly, that was surprisingly uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Now if you enjoy the Canadian duo Crystal Castles, enjoy this crazy-melodic music!
Ps- I do love the Star Wars reference to the inanimate object!

Links:
YLHBSD Merch
YLHBSD MySpace
YLHBSD Official Site
YLHBSD Facebook
YLHBSD Twitter
YLHBSD Youtube

OMGITM

September 25, 2009

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Oh My God It’s Techno Music!!!!!!

These guys are ALL about techno music from the shirts they make to their supermixes they create! They incorporate the two so well getting amazing djs to deck themselves in their tees- check it all out right now!

Supermix #3
An absolutely amazing smooth perfectly put together mix! Available for download here and many many more (up to #15) available for download from any of the links below!

Links:
OMGITM Official
OMGITM Facebook
OMGITM MySpace
OMGITM Shop

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