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Best of 2011


This year, the local standouts for me have been … BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS1. Unicycles, Tiger Choir (Hobart)2. Hunter's Moon, Feathers (Brisbane)3. Meditations On The Sun, Melodie Nelson (Sydney)4. Hurtsville, Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders (Sydney)5. They Will Run, The Sea Thieves (Adelaide) BEST EPDreams, Oliver Tank (Sydney) BEST DEMOHeavy Owen (Sydney) BEST MIXTAPEHookz 4 by Fishing (Sydney)TOP 20 AUSTRALIAN SONGS1. "The Summer Is Done With Us", Palms (Sydney)2. "Late and Sedated", Noceans (Adelaide)3. "Last Night I Saw Everything In Slow Motion", Oliver Tank (Sydney)4. "Over Under", Magic Silver White (Melbourne)5. "Waiting", Melodie Nelson (Sydney)6. "Horses", High Highs (Sydney/Brooklyn)7. "Cold Feet", Jack Ladder (Sydney)8. "Bird on Shoulder", Tiger Choir (Hobart)9. "Alisa", Cut Copy (Melbourne)10. "Coast To Coast", Twerps (Melbourne)11. "All Night Long", The Frowning Clouds (Geelong)12. "Your Love", Peak Twins (Adelaide)13. "Japanese Cymbals", White Palms (Brisbane)14. "Keys and Locks Don't Work" Cat Cat (Canberra/Melbourne)15. "Starting At The End", The Sea Thieves (Adelaide)16. "Romulus", Voltaire Twins (Perth)17. "Speak of the Devil", Hermitude (Sydney)18. "Big Cats", Outerwaves (Brisbane)19. "Left To Fight", Oblako Lodka (Melbourne)20. "A Boat?", Caitlin Park (Sydney)Also noteworthy: "Tuki Bird", Flwrgn (Sydney); "Carpet Rash", Total Control (Melbourne); "Ghostwalking", New War (Melbourne); "Hell & High Water" by A Casual End Mile (Sydney) and "Masaya", Taku (Perth).MOST FUN BAND TO SEE LIVEFishing (Sydney) on one end of the spectrum and Royal Headache (Sydney) on the other.BAND TO KEEP AN EYE ONHigh Highs (from Sydney, now based in Brooklyn - started out the year giving out tracks for free on Bandcamp and now they're looked after by Elton John's management company). MOST PROMISING BANDNoceans (Adelaide) BEST OPENING/CLOSING TRACKS ON ANY ALBUM THIS YEARTwerps (Melbourne) - "Dreamin'" and "Coast To Coast"[...]

Interview with Al Grigg (Palms)



The very charming, witty and "literal" Al Grigg (ex-Red Riders, now of Palms) dropped by the FBi studio on Sunday. You can hear my interview with him right over here.

He was also kind enough to play a song live in the studio:

width="400" height="100" style="position: relative; display: block; width: 400px; height: 100px;" src="" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0">Interview with Al Grigg, part 5: Someone Mine (live) by Local Fidelity, Lee Tran Lam

Here are some of the songs he guest-programmed:

My Pal, God
Beginning And The End, Circle Pit
Girls, Royal Headache
Love Goes On, The Go-Betweens

And yes, Live It Up, Mental As Anything was one of the featured tracks.

Check out Palms' first gig this Thursday at FBi Social, presented by Local Fidelity, and also featuring Melodie Nelson and The Desks live. And me causing some low-level musical havoc by my entry-level DJing (non) skills. See you there!

Seekae to debut new music tonight on Local Fidelity!


Photo by Will Reichelt,

Tonight, Sydney beat-blitzers Seekae will be dropping on Local Fidelity to chat about what they've been up to & also debut snippets of their new album - never-before-played on-air! Huddle by your radio after 7pm (AEST), with the dial set on FBI 94.5FM to hear it, or stream from

Seja, Brisbane


Current band rollcall?Seja Vogel (keys,vox, guitar), Meredith McHugh (guitar, vox, keys) and Renae Collett (drums, keys).Seja has been around since …10-ish years? Starting playing in Sekiden when I was about 17. But, solo, Seja has only been around for a year or so.Let's play Six Degrees of Seja. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?I played in a band with Stella Mozgawa, who once had a jam with Flea, Slash, Perry Farrell and Tom Morello. First song ever written?I wrote a song about a soy bean when I was 13 or 14.Music making for you began when …I started learning the violin and piano as a kid. And then - again - when I learnt how to use Pro Tools in high school.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?I used ripping-paper and sliding-paper on a desk as percussion in A Million Wheels.Strangest gig you've ever played?I got sprayed with a fire hose mid Sekiden show once. That was pretty strange. I was worried for my synthesisers.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)I was surrounded by my little felt synthesisers while I made this album, which was lovely.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Justin Timberlake.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Shhh, they're all secrets.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer …"Sit on the edge of my bed, sing me the song like you said".Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?"Don’t shit where you eat my friend," Ween.Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?I think it does to a certain extent. Especially when you are growing up and you're more influenced and excited by bands. I would definitely think differently about music if I hadn't grown up to the local pop bands I listened to when I was in school.You would love to record with …Sean O'Hagan from the High Llamas.Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with …Being onstage with Spod is always fun because you have no idea what's going to happen.Outside of playing music, you spend your time …Sewing little felt instruments.Next for you is …The album tour!If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called …Synth-soft-girlie-pop.Seja has just released her excellent debut album, We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares, which features one of her signature felt instruments on the cover. Musically though, proper synthesisers are deployed throughout the album - turns out it only takes 14 of them to sound this good. For more details, visit here.[...]

Britt Daniel from Spoon recommends


Photo by Will Reichelt,

In a feature called "50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To" in the latest Esquire magazine, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel recommends Sunday's Coming by Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

He says, "I'm having trouble deciding if Eddy Current Suppression Ring is the best Australian band since AC/DC or just the best rock band since AC/DC".

Otouto, Melbourne


Current band rollcall?Hazel Brown, Martha Brown and Kishore Ryan.Otouto has been around since …2008.First song ever written?Probably Autumn.Music making for you began when …We all started when we were younger, we all went to Steiner schools (Martha and Hazel in Melbourne, Kish in Mullumbimby) so I (Hazel) played violin and guitar, Martha played viola and guitar, Kish played recorder.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?In a song of ours called Twelve Ten, there is the sound of an amp blowing up on its own. We weren't even in the room but were luckily recording. We ended up keeping it as it was and reckon it sounds pretty nice.Strangest gig you've ever played?We played a gig at a university college to these lovely quiet smart kids who were sitting on the ground, I think they were really drunk and eating lolly frogs, also had no idea what we were doing. Martha had to ask one of them for a tampon and then dedicated a song to the girl when we played; we got some strange looks.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)Nope, we don't but we might start! I had an idea once to draw some patterns and write songs based on the patterns, I drew the patterns but we never ended up using them.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Margarine. It's shit, but not that shit. Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Maybe old age? One of the few songs of ours that is fictional is about old age, it's called Walkie Talkie.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer …"Go past the pool in the middle of the night and breathe in the swimming smells."Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?"There's hundreds of birds on the roof of the fitness centre, there's one hundred good ways to love" - Nick Huggins.Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?I think having lived in the same house for our whole lives (Martha and I), with a very creative mother, has definitely influenced our lyric writing. And being in Melbourne is a huge influence to us all creatively, the culture is so rich and is constantly presenting exciting resources and opportunities, giving rise to exciting artists of all kinds and hosting endless parties, gigs, dance flash mobs and exhibitions to be a part of.You would love to record with …Matthew Herbert, Nick Huggins, David Longstreth, Laurie Anderson, Beyonce.Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with …Nick Huggins is our favourite person to record with. He has a wonderful way with people and has a gift for guiding ideas. He also has great taste in sweets. The Casiotone For the Painfully Alone/Concern tour we did last year was extremely fun.Outside of Otouto, you spend your time …Hazel - works for our record label Two Bright Lakes and Polyester Records, plays in a band with Nick Huggins called The War Diaries of Frank Brown.Martha - works at a clothing store called Kinki Gerlinki and Loose Joints, a dance night in Melbourne; also writes rounds with Oscar Slorach-Thorne.Kish - Plays in Kid Sam, Seagull and Where Were You at Lunch, makes great chai.Next for you is …We're launching our album in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and saving money to go to America and tour with Casiotone For The Painfully Alone in September. I think we might make a video clip too, with dancing in it.If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called … Birthday Sandwich.Pip is the name of Otouto's debut album. It's full of zigzagging melodies and eccentric, minimal indie-pop. The vocals of the Brown sisters warm through what's there. Kishore sometimes taps out beats using items found in his kitchen. Read more on the band's MySpace.[...]

City of Satellites, Sydney/Adelaide


Current band rollcall?Jarrod Manuel and Thomas Diakomichalis.City of Satellites has been around since …2007 – but we’ve played music together in different line-ups since our 1990s high school days.Let's play Six Degrees of City of Satellites. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?Our friend Beth’s uncle plays guitar with Dragon. Yeah!First song ever written?Jarrod: Embarrassing - This Is The New Beat, the title says enough, come on people be fair, I was nine years old and obsessed with Michael Jackson.Thomas: Hmm, probably one of these sombre, minimalist piano pieces I’d write as an angsty teen. Not sure what they were called, probably Untitled #13.Music making for you began when …Jarrod: I had always had an interest in music and my parents would have records playing all the time, but it wasn’t until we had a student, John, come and board with our family when I was four. I was annoying him (as usual), so he handed me a stereo speaker and told me to hold it and be quiet; then he played Beat It. From there I became obsessed with Michael Jackson, but more importantly, music/sounds/entertainment (although I didn’t realise it at the time). So while it would be years before I’d actually start writing my own music, I think it all started then.Thomas: Well, I took piano lessons from a young age, but it all really began when I would set up arrays of empty, upside-down ice cream tubs in my parents’ lounge and try to emulate Def Leppard’s one-armed drummer, or Tommy Lee, circa Dr. Feelgood.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Probably the warble sound at the end of Machine Is My Animal - the synth had way too many effects on it including a crazy sub-woofer effect (don’t really know why). We thought it sounded like a ghost, if a ghost made sound.Strangest gig you've ever played?Strangest AND first gig I believe - as young teens with dyed hair, we played in the front bar of a town called Wilmington in rural South Australia, during their rodeo weekend. We were heckled off stage for not playing enough AC/DC.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)Jarrod: No, never - just listening to music is the best source of inspiration, but for me, it’s probably more based around emotion. Having said that, my recording room looks out over a garden, so I find nature can be very inspirational too.Thomas: Don’t pin anything up, but I’ll sometimes indirectly use an image as inspiration – almost try to provide a soundtrack for the scene or the impression it’s left on me. My studio is pretty stark and looks onto Harris Street in Ultimo, so no inspiration in nature for me unfortunately, unless broke drunks stumbling away from the casino count as “nature”?Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Jarrod: Guy Sebastian (no offence to the man, but it’s just very unlikely).Thomas: Any track/album – whether I like the music or not – that’s obviously just a great performance committed to “tape”. Always serves to remind me that great music doesn’t need to be complicated.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Talking to Ian Curtis while watching skeletons and sketches in some other world …Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Maybe not the country/city/town itself, but our geographical situation most definitely affects our music; in fact, with us living in entirely different cities, it is a significant defining factor in our songwriting process. What began as a technical nightmare of sending works in progress to one another through the mail, wrestling with incompatible plugins, and juggling files between PC and Mac, we finally got it all together, and now enjoy and even exploit the serendipitous nature of working on a track up to a certain point, and then releasing cont[...]

The Kritzlers, Brisbane


Current band rollcall?-Thomas Bullock -John Kells (I think/hope)The Kritzlers has been around since …The Kritzlers are believed to have evolved in Cenozoic Era rock around the beginning of the 2nd Millennium AD. Or, less pretentiously, 2007.Let's play Six Degrees of The Kritzlers. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?There was a cool shoegazer blog that allowed you to download entire albums but I can't find itSo … song ever written?I never named it. It never graduated from the crusty old two-track reel to reel it was recorded on. Probably for the better. Music making for you began when …I stopped trying to copy Tool and started trying to copy The Cure.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?A competent drummer! Come back to Australia, John, you bastard! Others: a melodica, an $80 Bundaberg thrift shop Farfisa organ.Strangest gig you've ever played?At one gig I played, the bass player fell through the floor twice. Then people were waving through the floor at us.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)No, but it's a good idea. Always wanted to put up a seizure-inducing bright red light to shine straight into the eyes of the person tracking to see where that would take things … but umm, haven't as yet been able coordinate that one.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?The feelings/atmosphere created by:-Ralph Bakshi Films -Totalitarian propaganda-Working shit jobs for horrible companies-World TravelMost unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Nothing unconventional with us. Conformity is an obsession with me. Love, lust, drugs, new technology – whatever can be marketed to hedonistic young Y-genners.Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Oh yes! Coming from a cultural sewer like Queensland motivates one to creative extremes.You would love to record with …People that can actually play - Like those dudes that played on the old Motown records (if they're still alive). Chris Isaak's guitarist. Fleetwood Mac's riddum section. The Peruvian flute band that used to play round Brisbane 10 years ago.Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with …Hasn't happened yet :(Outside of The Kritzlers, you spend your time …Making outrageous claims. Drinking. Reading. Thinking up new violent revenge fantasies.Next for you is …Finishing an album. Getting away from Queensland.If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called … (feel free to come up with the craziest-sounding-yet-most-accurate name) "Helpthekritzlersoutofdeapfinancialshit-ica"Despite the wiseguy responses, The Kritzlers make astoundingly dreamy music. Scarlet Sometimes was one of my favourite tracks of last year and I'm excited about 2010's promise of an album. Keep up with The Kritzlers at[...]

Best of 2009: a rundown


The downfall of lists is that they can be so microscopic – just a nano-view of one person's singular likes and dislikes. So, when doing my 2009 best-of, I wanted to expand it a little, so I badgered a lot of kind, patient and musically savvy people for their picks, too (most of which I played on-air). Not only did they put up with my list-hounding, they also selected a lot of awesome music. What I love about year-end reflecting is that you get to play catch-up on things you missed out on; and the best feeling is when you discover some great thing you knew near-zero about before hectoring someone about their 2009 favourites (cf. HTRK, Do The Robot). So a mega thank-you to all the bands, bloggers, writers, listeners who were sweet enough to put up with my pestering (especially visual superstars Greedy Hen, who came up with a Top 5 mixtape). I've arranged this in vague order of most-wordy to least, and just to be a list-hog, I've started this with my favourites, accompanied by descriptions where I use way too many heart metaphors. My 30 favourite Australian songs of the year1. Close Your Eyes And It All Goes Black (recorded live at FBi) by Kid SamI know I'm committing about a million music-fan crimes by doing this. Citing a version of a song that hardly anyone owns. And then to put it at number one! Could you get any more indie-snob than that? But hear me out, I'm singling this out not to high-note my record collection or the fact I'm lucky enough to volunteer at a radio station, but because I sincerely love this version to bits. Not that the original on the album isn't great. It's just that the little differences that unfolded in the FBi studio make the song even more of a punch to the heart … the squeaky strings on the record are replaced by the quietest of strums, so Kieran's lyrics get full and bare spotlight; the cute glockenspiel twinkles are gone, instead Kishore plays the melodica, each note lingering and mood-sinking. I was a million kinds of fortunate to be sitting across the desk when this all happened. Close Your Eyes And It All Goes Black is about things disappearing, and yet the song makes the strongest case for not letting go of it. Still from Blood videoclip by Greedy Hen2. Blood by The Middle EastA song which I re-fell in love with many times this year. The part where the band turn up their voices, from hushed tones to loud, rowdy choir – and the song scatters into countless full-flight, wayward harmonies – it's such a stampede-charge to the heart. You can see how it transformed The Middle East from relative unknowns in January to music-festival veterans and best-of-list favourites by December. (And the hand-crafted video clip by Greedy Hen made the song even better.)3. After All by Jonathan BouletIf you were being a calendar-killjoy, you'd say that this technically came out in 2008 – and it did, on a hand-printed demo that was dropped into my FBi pigeonhole. But most people probably didn't hear it until it got a re-release this November, so I figure this can sneak in. I still love this track as much as I did when I first heard it last October though – the crazy bolts, snaps and shuffle of percussion filtering through this melody-shot song are actually drawers being slammed, and Jonathan Boulet making little scrapes and knocks on a desk. It's so rare that you would get a demo full of perfect, inventive indie-pop from someone little-known and that lottery-chance of discovering something that good in an anonymous-looking stack of records is about the best thing about being at FBi. (Also, this slot could easily belong to One Who Flys Two Who Dies and the wonderfully unavoidable A Community Service Announcement, both from the same record.)4. Fox & A Prayer by A Casual End MileThis was another demo discovery. And being a lazybones, here's what I wrote earlier on the blog: "Sometimes y[...]

This Sunday: Best of 2009 Australian music


Decoder RingFBi starts getting list-mad this week, with presenters refining their year-end favourites to the point of laser precision. Last-minute re-arranging and on-air still-deciding can be a common thing – it's the curse of people who take music hugely to heart.My take on Australian music in 2009 is on this Sunday, 7-9pm AEST, and it will include a lot of picks selected by bands (Jonathan Boulet, Seekae, Red Riders to name a few), FBi folk and listeners. If you would like to add your two cents on your favourite local release(s) of this year, it's not too late! Just add your nomination in the comments section, along with your name, suburb, and why this record spun out your world so much, and hopefully I'll be able to play it and read out your answer!Here are some visual reminders, if your memory needs some pixels to recall 2009, but if you are more of a words person, here are some bits of text to spark up your list.All photos were taken at gigs this year, by the highly talented Will Reichelt.BridezillaNo ArtThe Middle EastTame ImpalaSherlock's Daughter[...]

Royalchord, Melbourne


Current band rollcall?Eliza Hiscox, Tammy Haider, Tim Piccone, Ben Butcher.   royalchord has been around since …We (Eliza and Tammy) started playing music together in 1997 and got serious in 1999. Ben and Tim have started playing with us this year.   Let's play Six Degrees of royalchord. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?Tammy: I recorded vocals at a house that Jarvis Cocker owns and, by pure accident, met him in the kitchen one morning whilst he was making toast for his son.   First song ever written?Tammy: Gosh, I can't quite remember, no doubt it was about a guy, how it went wrong. Eliza: First real song I wrote that doesn't make me cringe was on our first album, it was called Notion of Invisibility. It's about losing in a relationship, and learning to live alone, after your first heartbreak. There were some strange songs that I've written before which I, to this day, cannot make sense of.   Music making for you began when …Tammy: I was in The Sound of Music at age six; ever since then, there's been no turning back. Eliza: piano lessons when mastering A Whole New World, the theme song to Aladdin. Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Bottles on The Good Times, or the creaking door on Mr Light. Strangest gig you've ever played?We played a gig in New Orleans where a couple started dry-humping while we were playing our cover of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind; it wasn’t really that the gig was strange, more that we'd never thought of ourselves as making music to get down-and-dirty to (not that we mind this, of course). Probably even stranger was playing in Aimes, Iowa, at a Christian arts collective (we didn't know this beforehand). We ended up playing most of the show unplugged, and on the last song wearing wigs, standing in the centre of the room – it was surreal, beautiful, beyond words. Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)We like to pin lyrics up and tend to have pieces of disassembled equipment scattered round, empty beer bottles, pictures of dogs, trees, and always incense burning.   Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Tammy: I feel like my nieces' reactions to our music influences me just because, right now, they are really into it, which I think is so sweet. Eliza: Timbaland.   Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Sleaziness.   If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer …Life advice: “I will go go go, where my body will take me, I'll surround myself with the hope that’s left in me”   Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?Tammy: I'm sorry there are just too many to give one. Eliza: I don't like songs with useful lyrics, or I don't take note of them at least! I love songs which have lyrics that hit you to your core, tell a story or express something so sad but is made beautiful in a song. I think pretty much everything Bill Callahan writes would fit that criteria. Also D.C. Berman of the Silver Jews: "You're a tower without a bell, you're a negative wishing well." Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Definitely! For us, it's almost the opposite, I guess, as we are shifting around every couple of months, so the city we are in tends to have a transient effect on our music; it really takes us into our own world and mixes up the flavours.   You would love to record with …Anyone from Hot Chip, Timbaland, Danger Mouse (dream on!).   Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with …Tim Piccone and Ben Butcher, Andrew Spencer Goldman, Andrew Bencina – all such good, fun, creative, brilliant people.   Outside of royalchord, you spend your time …Right now, pushing paper[...]

Making a list, checking it twice


Like a lot of people, I've totally fallen for list fever. With all this best-of reflecting that's happening everywhere, I'd love to hear people's thoughts on which Australian records were the keepers, the ones that survived the hype, (and people's hopeless memories). Which underrated gems deserved more of the spotlight? So I'm doing two list-crazy shows on Local Fidelity - 'Best of 2009' on December 20 and 'Best of 2000-nowish' on December 27. It'd be awesome if you could somehow take part.If you could single out your pick for 2009 favourite Australian record – it could be an album, single, EP, demo – as well as your utmost favourite of the last ten years, that would be amazing. (If you're able to add a line or two on why these releases have defined your year/decade, that'd also be brilliant.) Please everyone don't pick Since I Left You by The Avalanches (even though it is a killer record)!! Just leave your suggestions, along with your name and suburb in the comments section and I'll announce & play as many as I can on-air on Dec 20 & Dec 27 from 7pm. I'll also blog about the responses here. To jog your memory, here are a few names (though I'm sure I've missed lots, so please fill in the musical gaps, if you know any). 2009A Casual End Mile. AFXJim. Aleks and the Ramps. An Horse. Angie Hart. Apricot Rail. Band Of The Free. Bearhug. Bird Automatic. Black Cab. Bluejuice. Brave Radar. Bridezilla. Broken Chip. Cameras. Castratii. City of Satellites. Cleptoclectics. Clubfeet. Convaire. Damn Arms. Danimals. Dave McCormack. Dappled Cities. Darren Hanlon. Decoder Ring. Denim Owl. Dick Diver. Dragging Pianos. Drama For Yamaha. El Mopa. Erasers. Faux Pas. Fourplay. G.L.O.V.E.S. Grand Salvo. Great Earthquake. Greyhound Lane. Harmonic 313. Holidays On Ice. Horrorshow. Howard. I Dream In Transit. I Heart Hiroshima. Jane Woody & Angel Eyes. Jessica Says. Jonathan Boulet. Kid Sam. Killaqueenz. Lisa Mitchell. Local Fidelity (ha). Lost Valentinos. Love Connection. Love of Diagrams. Martin Craft. Maxine Kauter. Megastick Fanfare. Miami Horror. Mum Smokes. Music Vs Physics. Namatoke. New Weird Australia 1, II & III. Nicola Lester. No Art. Oh Mercy. Orisha. Oto Uto. Peach. Record Producer. Red Riders. Royal Chord. Sailmaker. Sarah Blasko. Seekae. Shady Lane. Shazam. Shock! Horror! Sherlock’s Daughter. Snob Scrilla. Songs. Spunk Singles Club Compilation. St Helens. Super Melody. Super Wild Horses. Tara Simmons. Tarcutta. Telafonica. The Bon Scotts. The Church. The Crayon Fields. The Kritzlers. The Mess Hall. The Middle East. The Model School. The Native Cats. The Night Terrors. The Rational Academy. The Twerps. Umpire. Underlapper Remixes. Unkle Ho. Urthboy. Voltaire Twins. Washington. Williams Break. Wolf And Cub.2000-2009Adamsaidgalore. Aleks and the Ramps. AFXJim. An Horse. Angie Hart. Apricot Rail. Architecture in Helsinki. Art of Fighting. Bag Raiders. Barrage. Belles Will Ring. Big Heavy Stuff. Bird Automatic. Birth Glow. Bluejuice. Bluebottle Kiss. Brave Radar. Bridezilla. Broken Chip. City City City. City of Satellites. Cleptoclectics. Clubfeet. Coda. Cut Copy. Damn Arms. Dappled Cities. Darren Hanlon. Decoder Ring. Denim Owl. Dick Diver. Dragging Pianos. Drama For Yamaha. El Mopa. Expatriate. Faux Pas. Fdel. Firekites. Gaslight Radio. Gerling. Grand Salvo. Great Earthquake. Greyhound Lane. Guy Blackman. Harmonic 313. Hermitude. Holidays On Ice. Horrorshow. I Heart Hiroshima. ii. Jack Ladder. Jane Woody & Angel Eyes. Jessica Says. Jonathan Boulet. Julian Nation. Kid Sam. Laura Jean. Ladyhawke. Lisa Mitchell. Little Red. Lost Valentinos. Love Connection. Love of Diagrams. Luluc. Machine Translations. Martin Craft. Midnight Juggernauts. Minimum Chips. Mountains In The Sky. Namatoke. New Buffalo. Nick Cave. Nick Huggins. Ninetynine. Oh[...]

Red Riders acoustic-ish on FBi this Sunday


Photo by Will Reichelt,

One of my favourite favourite things this year has to be the XS-sized gig that Red Riders did for FBi last month. It took place in the Acca Dacca Room at Troy Horse Studios, to a roll call of 30 competition winners (and people who shamelessly snuck in, like me).

It was acoustic-ish ("ish" meaning there was still a bit of amp fuzz to rough up all the strums and percussive patter), and it was awesome to hear the band's songs retranslated this way. My Love Is Stronger Than Your Love, when triple-distilled into the quietest of sounds, actually makes you stop a little.

The epic highlight for me was finally hearing The Siren Sings live – it is my above-all favourite from latest album Drown In Colour and it'd never been performed outside of a studio before. There's something about spark and energy of a track suddenly coming to life that really is magic.

Photo by Will Reichelt,

You can hear this all, finally, on the radio this coming Sunday, 2pm, as part of FBi's Live Feed (hopefully with some of the zingy inter-band banter intact, they are very entertaining guys).

P.S. These pics were taken from Will's blog and I find this comment someone left under the photos hilarious:
Is alex sure his mum didn’t make sweet love to bob dylan?
my god, he’s getting more handsome all the time :)

Another FBI fundraising compilation …



This time, it's the Live Feed album. Not entirely Australian, but all tracks were especially recorded for the station and unavailable elsewhere (and, therefore music-nerd-perfect). Every penny you spend on it helps support FBi. Click here to see which bands made the record sleeve.

Halloween-ish special


On Sun Nov 1, the night after Halloween, Local Fidelity is going to revisit the ghosts of the past and play two hours of great Australian bands that are sadly no longer kicking around. Some of them will be fresh casualties - Young & Restless, The Lucksmiths, Gameboy/Gamegirl, Damn Arms are some of the bands that called it quits this year - while others, such as Sandpit, would have departed a long while ago.

If you have any suggestions for favourite Australian bands that are now just bone-dust, please leave them in the comments & hopefully I can revive them briefly, on-air, on Sun Nov 1, 7pm-9pm AEST on FBI 94.5FM or

Voltaire Twins, Perth


Current band rollcall?Current band rollcall (and what instruments/roles you play)?Tegan Voltaire - synths and vocalsJaymes Voltaire - synths and vocalsJye Satti - live drumsVoltaire Twins has been around since …Saturday morning mini synth jams suddenly got serious. Somewhere along the line, we became a band.Let's play Six Degrees of Six Degrees of Voltaire Twins. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?Tegan once accidentally met the band The Eagles, but didn't realise it when she worked in a coffee trailer many many years ago. First song ever written?We wrote a song called Burn about brothers and sisters. We ditched it years ago, but we've recycled bits of it into a few different songs now. Music making for you began when …Primary school recorder was our first foray into music. After that, Jaymes played Trombone in the School band and Tegan sang in the school choir. We got a piano in year ten and learnt the keys. Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?In primary school Jaymes once made an instrument out of a hose and a funnel and some other garden instruments. Tegan made a guitar with a shoebox and elastic bands. Jaymes did a remix that had this weird sound in it that sounded like a duck quacking backwards in a hallway. Strangest gig you've ever played?We once performed a Valentine's Day show dressed as Marie Antoinette and Louis the 14th. Wigs and everything. Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)We're actually in the studio recording as we write this. There is a big photo of Russell Crowe in the toilet. Ponder THAT.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Billy Ray Cyrus. Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics? In the early days we had a song about a postman - but it was the centre of much contention, so we dropped it.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer ... Fight then leave, never say please.Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?Sing your life. Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Perth's small - there aren't that many venues and big events going on all year round, so I think you do have to be a bit more creative and make things happen yourself, sometimes.You would love to record with …David Byrne, Giorgio Moroder, Arthur Russell Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with … Jerry Bouthier did a JBAG remix of our song D.I.L, which was really amazing. Outside of Voltaire Twins, you spend your time … Tegan: Mainly playing SNES, DS, making dress-up costumes, eating cheese Twisties in bed. Jaymes: eBaying, DS, DJing, dressing up as various animals.Next for you is …A trip to Melbourne and glamorous Sydney just before Christmas! Voltaire Twins were one of the many amazing bands who contributed to the Local Fidelity compilation fundraising CD earlier this year. The band has since released its first single, D.I.L., a punchy, whipsmart electro number which comes with some very fine remixes, such as the aforementioned JBAG makeover and the awesomely named Boy-Crazy Stacey mix. To find out more, head to the Voltaire Twins MySpace.[...]

Jonathan Boulet, Sydney


Current band rollcall?Jono Boulet - Guitars/vocalsRavi Gupta - Guitar/vocalsRebecca Shave - Keys/vocals/percussionDave Rogers - Bass/vocalsTim Watkins - DrumsYou - handclaps/vocalsJonathan Boulet has been (musically) around since … Always been writing music, put first album together a couple years back just after high school was done. It was just a collection of songs I recorded over the years.Let's play Six Degrees of Jonathan Boulet. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?The guitarist from my other band (Parades), his hairdresser is the the ex-girlfriend of one of the guys from the band Cult of Luna.First song ever written?I used to do a bunch of electronic stuff, and I've got hundreds of four-bar loops that I made with my keyboard during high school. But the first one I ever released to the public would be a song called Storm's A-Comin'. That was the first track I recorded properly, the first time I got some good microphones and an audio interface.Music making for you began when …When we started our first band with the guys from Parades, we were in a punk/hardcore band. All we ever wanted was to be known as the wildest, craziest band around. So the aim at every show was just go as nuts as our bodies would allow.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Cupboards, doors, coconuts, cars driving by. I sampled a British cousin saying 'wicked' once just 'cos I really liked his accent.Strangest gig you've ever played?No strange gigs yet. Mainly because I haven't played any as yet. But I'm sure I'll have some kind of answer once I'm done with Tame Impala …Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)Not really. Sometimes it's fun having lava lamps and such. We've had this crazy star projection thing before, though. You turn all the lights off so it's totally dark, then when you turn this thing on, it projects thousands of stars onto the roof and walls. It's really crazy 'cos they're moving really slowly … but it doesn't help because you're too busy being blown away that you can't get anything done.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Punk/hardcore music. I can't really cite specific songs or parts where the influence show through, but I know it's there. There's alot of great ideas and vibes in that style of music and it's always good to be open to anything.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?That's a hard one because, for most of my lyrics, I'm not even sure what they are addressing.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer …Nil.Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?"In the wake of our existence, in our parades and in our dances; touch, see and behold the wisdom of the party program. Essential in our lifetime and irresistible in our touch, the great spirits proclaim that capitalism is indeed organised crime and we're all the victims. This next one is called Refused Party Program." Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Yeah, for sure. The environment you're in, in general. I'm getting really sick of this garage and I think it affects the way I write music. Like I can't get inspired to write fresh sounds when I'm in a place that I know so well. So when it comes to writing the next record, I'm definitely going to do it in another room.You would love to record with ...A massive crowd. Like, hundreds of people recording the vocals at the same time. That would be epic. Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with …Seekae, Megastick Fanfare, Ghoul, Bearhu[...]

Denim Owl, Melbourne


Current band rollcall?Organ/synth-playing and singing words: Denim Owl. Real name: Janita Foley.Drums, loops and samples: Brain Cobra.Real (ish) name: Aleks Bryant.Denim Owl has been around since ... 3rd November 2006. On that day, I was at my friend Simon’s house and whilst in the loo, I came up with the name Denim Owl. Then I went in to his studio and recorded a skeletal version of Kitten Gloves on a Bontempi air-powered organ and er … um … made a MySpace page.Let's play Six Degrees of Denim Owl. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?I'm friends with this guy Jamie Mildren. You may have heard of his band Slo-mo Speedboat? A band to watch! Jamie plays pretty, slo-mo style kalimba on Chattering Face (When The Hammock Hits Quartz).First song ever written?A silly song called Tiger On A Holiday written with my younger siblings. It was about a tiger who flees the jungle to go on holiday but it sucks, he gets yelled at by people on a beach and also by a butcher. They freak out when he opens his mouth to speak, as he can only “roar” or “grrr”. It’s quite important on a political level.Music making for you began when ...My pop bought my sister and I a Yamaha Organ when I was about eight. We rocked Supercalafragilisticexpialadocious like bitches on wheels. About age 13, my parents bought me a keyboard and I started composing proggy keyboard pieces. Those were the days!Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?The sound of our cat Wind Panther “meowing” at the very start of Kitten Gloves. I had to give him a little squeeze to get him to perform. Sorry Windy, but you got to be on my record. That was the deal.Strangest gig you've ever played?We played in Tokyo last year, a set of Ramps and Denim Owl songs to backing tracks. It was quite strange to be doing it at all. At one of the shows, we wore white surgical masks and we drew sharks' mouths on them. Somebody pointed out afterward that we were wearing the masks upside down. Hilarity ensued. Then all the indie kids lost their collective shit over our Omnichord. Which was strange given that they are made in Japan. We assumed they’d have thousands of Omnichords, clogging up waterways, etc etc. Apparently not!Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs?We do have a picture of the cosmos (or a segment thereof) up in our studio. Last night, we were rehearsing and I was staring into it. And it was indeed inspiring. I think I will do this for the next record. (Some patterned wallpaper samples from the sixties might also rock.) The best thing is nature. Staring at nature is top of my list for getting inspired. Especially gardens. But studios are always dark windowless places. Patterns and cosmos are more realistic image choices. And kittens. Kittens are a given.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Reverb.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?I recently wrote a song that was partly inspired by a story by Miranda July. It’s called The Swim Team. The story is about a woman who teaches old folks to swim in her house. It’s a gas. My song is about a couple creating a nautical fantasy in their living room. It’s about escapism, and the way pointless intellectualising can dilute another’s experience of joy. I think.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer ...“There’s bacteria in the water, so we must drink alcohol.”Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?“He was smiling through his own personal hellDropped his last dime down a wishing wellBut he was hoping too closeAnd then he [...]

A Casual End Mile, Sydney


Current band rollcall?At the moment it's all just me (Madelaine Lucas), live and recorded.A Casual End Mile has been around since ... February this year in a public sense, when I started played my first show. But I’ve been using the name for my collection of home recordings I’ve collected on and off for a year or so.Let's play Six Degrees of A Casual End Mile. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with? My dad, Steve Lucas, was/is the front man of the Australian band X. A lot of people have asked me how you’re supposed to rebel as teenager when your father is a punk rock musician. I guess I did it by making acoustic folk music.In terms of the local music scene, I recently I played an FBi fundraiser show with Daisy M. Tulley (Bridezilla). Her music is inspiring and beautiful and makes me want to cry sometimes ... Even when she throws in the occasional ‘motherfucker’.I've also played shows with And Then To Bed, and medieval music maestro Jack Colwell, who has also done a wonderful job setting me up with shows this year.First song ever written? I wish I could remember, but I was always making up little songs when I was younger. I’m sure it was awful! I think the first I put under the name of A Casual End Mile was called Too Little, Too Late. It was a three-chord country song that went for about two minutes.Music making for you began when ... I traded ballet for trumpet lessons when I was eight.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Unintentionally, the noise of my little brothers creating chaos in the hallway outside my bedroom got trapped in a love song. Strangest gig you've ever played? I think every gig is strange in its own way. The first show I played this year was on a farm, on Valentine’s Day, and it rained the entire weekend. During my set, all this smoke appeared and I thought I was going to be electrocuted ... but it turned out that it was just a secret smoke machine, self-activating.The gig I played at the Bridge Hotel in April was also strange, because it was my first in Sydney playing a lot of new stuff, and I was introduced by a comedian with a very bizarre sense of humour, which became quite awkward considering the intimate atmosphere of the evening.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? Not really. My inspiration comes mostly from subconscious pickings of things that I have felt, or seen or read or heard about. If anything, I’m more likely to be inspired by beautiful combinations of words in books or poems, rather than pictures.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music? I think I am influenced by pretty standard stuff – loving, breathing, heartache, death, boredom, the weather. I suppose I am inspired by a lot of different genres of music though, and listen to folk music less than bands like Pavement or Animal Collective at the moment.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics? Anthropomorphism.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer ... “Let me be your woman”!Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song? Maybe the lyrics in More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley, in terms of poignant advice. I also like the sentiment, "Someday, we’ll be dignified and old", from the Modern Lovers – there’s something comforting there. I guess any lyrics are useful if they can relate, or mean something to another person.Do you think the town you live in affects your music in any way?Definitely. Cities have souls, and things like the weather, buildings and people are definitely things that influence me. I lo[...]

Williams Break, Sydney


Current band rollcall?Richard Seeney, Henry Wolfson & Tim Stroh. Williams Break has been around since ...We first formed in 2006, just after we finished school.First song ever written?Stantation of Astonishmentation. Music making for you began when ...Henry bought a laptop with Reason and Cubase.I know it's cliched to ask, but how did you get your very unusual band name?We came up with it one day when brainstorming and we stuck with it because it's very open to interpretation. So far, the most popular responses from people have been a place, a person or a "type of break" e.g. supper, brunch, that sort of thing. To us, it has a few of its own meanings but we prefer to leave it up to others to judge for themselves.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?We've listened to it all too many times to be able to tell anymore.How do you come up with song titles when the music is mostly electronic instrumentals?They’re usually made up from what words come to mind when we hear it, for example, Last Words Of A Dying Robot, because we thought that’s what it sounded like. But then again, a few of them are just completely random. Strangest gig you've ever played?As Williams Break, that’s yet to happen.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs?Not really, we do have posters up in the studio but most of our inspiration comes from the sounds and images of everyday life.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?The Catholic Church.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?None of our lyrics are really what you would call "conventional".If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer ..."Computer Marines": work that one out.Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?"Pardon me while I burst into flames."Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way?Definitely, music is the soundtrack to our lives, it evokes the feelings, smells, tastes and sounds around us.You would love to record with ...Any of the great symphony orchestras, Air, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme - this list could go on forever ...Favourite person you have performed/recorded with ...Ebony Naiun and Adelie Battam were both amazing artists.Outside of Williams Break, you spend your time ...We all have our little side projects that we work on, but most of our time is spent working so we can fund these projects. After that, there isn’t much time for anything more than just kicking back and relaxing.Next for you is ...Complete and total domination of the world.If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called ... Ecclectronica. It's hugely galvanising when you play a song on the radio and someone listening instantly needs to know what you're spinning. This happened with Would You Please by Williams Break, a song which pulses and stutters so precisely and beautifully, with notes and beats being batted back and forth at micro-distances, until the song relaxes and breezes to a game-over close. It appears on the Local Fidelity FBI-fundraising compilation, on-sale online ($12) here and also the upcoming Williams Break album, out "around September-ish". If it's anything like past material - it should be endlessly listenable. Keep clicking for Williams Break news here.[...]

Dragging Pianos, Townsville


Current band rollcall?I record most of it, but I'm a lousy performer so I get help from Bree (The Middle East) live. Some other Middle East guys have offered their services if I came on tour with them.Dragging Pianos has been around since ...2008.Let's play Six Degrees of Dragging Pianos. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?I live with the Middle East. They practice downstairs. They don't play their hits much – it's usually a set of silly novelty songs inspired by Halo 2. Maybe they'll play them live if you request them (You will Respawn, Eagle for The Kill, Take A Bit of My Shield). Nathan Roche (Marf Loth) is the most charming man in Sydney. I was going to release my records through his label Artgound Records but he's proven himself to be totally and utterly incompetent, which adds to the charm all the more. The best man at my dad's wedding (and vice versa) is Phil Jamieson's father. It's unfortunate because I can't see Grinspoon fans having much love for my songs. First song ever written?Someone Else, a punk rock song in B minor. It was intended to be a profound statement against bullying. It was very very lame but I was only 13 at the time. I wrote a whole EP of songs similar in nature that I hope no one else in the universe has access to. Music making for you began when...I moved to an Aboriginal community in NT and wasn't into motorbikes like the other boys. Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Bees.Strangest gig you've ever played?Under 13s rugby league grand final.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Ronn Moss's I'm Your Man. I don't know why, but the hit song One More Try just kills me. I wish I could have seen him at one of his shopping centre appearances when he was in Australia. Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Preparation of food.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer ...I thought pretty hard about this and I've concluded that my songs are not practically applicable to life. Not even metaphorically.Unless of course you want to go back 1999 (teenage punk rock days), where I had a reservoir of wisdom that I was more than willing to share in my songs. "Open up your eyes, forget those lies" (about racism); "You gotta see a friend's fortune as a blessing" (about jealousy) – the messages weren't very subtle.Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?In Xmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits:"Wish I had all the moneyWe used to spend on dopeI'd buy me a used car lotAnd I wouldn't sell any of themJust drive a different car everydayDepending on how I feel"It's probably not that useful but it's a wonderful thought anyway. ORThe story in The Gift by The Velvet Underground. Next time I need to get somewhere cheap, I'll know what to do.Do you think the town you live in affects your music in any way?Yes. I guess the isolation brings people together – the Townsville music scene is very close. People encourage creativity a whole lot. We put on our own shows in condemned warehouses and in art galleries – it's really great. You would love to record with ...A bunch of good songs, a lot of instruments, and good recording gear. (Maybe Mark Linkous as well). Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with ...Jake Core – he's a good friend and an excellent songwriter.Outside of Dragging Pianos, you spend your time ...Studying. Stacking shelves at Coles. Next for you is ...Finishing off a cardboard piano I've made for live shows. It will make a[...]

Save FBI 94.5FM at the Metro


Photo of Sherlock's Daughter by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comSometimes it's hard to know what to do with a public holiday. Wanting to maximise this bonus day off, you can get sidetracked by all the choices and end up doing nothing! This Queen's Birthday, the decision was pretty easy. The music-savvy folks at Spunk Records had kindly organised a FBI 94.5FM fundraiser at the Metro with a brilliant line-up: New Buffalo, The Middle East, Machine Translations, Firekites, Sherlock's Daughter, Megastick Fanfare just to name some of the 30 bands who lugged their gear on stage and captivated the crowd. Photo of Sherlock's Daughter by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comIt was good to see Sherlock's Daughter again. I was a little sad that they didn't use the pumpkin thumb piano they mentioned on-air when they were on Local Fidelity the night before. They put on a pretty lively show though, lack of musical vegetables aside. Photo of Tim from the Firekites by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comMy major disappointment of the night? Learning - via Shag, from Arvos - that Firekites had done an incredible cover version of 16 Beats by New Buffalo while I was manning the FBI merch desk. I was crushed! Especially as I've been in love with that song since it appeared on Sally Seltmann's first EP back in 2001. One consolation though - Tim from Firekites says they will likely to play the song again live, because it worked so well. Photo of New Buffalo by Will Reichelt, Semi-speaking of New Buffalo, it was great to see her play again after a long absence from Sydney stages. The good news is that she is recording a new album and we got a taste of it when New Buffalo played an incredibly upbeat song from it, dedicated to "all the ladies in the house". Apparently the record will have a much more poppier energy to it than previous New Buffalo albums.Photo of The Middle East by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comThe unmistakable highlight of the night was seeing The Middle East perform again. I saw them back in February - in the more squishy confines of a sold-out Hopetoun Hotel show - but it was great to see them span their wings on a much bigger stage. The band seemed energised by the thrill of (possibly?) performing to one of the largest crowds they've played so far. I re-fell in love with their song Blood again (a track that Shag is so smitten with, he wishes he could have a legal relationship with it - he would marry that song if he could!) For me, watching the seven-piece band recreate it onstage was mesmerising. The part in Blood where the band becomes a racuous choir - and the song surges into full-flight harmonies - was joyously loud and heart-halting. It was one of the most amazing things I've seen live this year. I can't wait to see The Middle East again.Photo of The Middle East by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comThanks to the swarm of great people who came to the show, bought CDs, FBI bags and merch and let their coins clang into our donation buckets. Keep saving FBI through the many gigs yet to come. Photo of The Middle East by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comYou can also check out some more great photos of the night, taken by my boyfriend Will, who spent most of the show running from stage to stage, camera lens in hand.[...]

Local Fidelity fundraising compilation for FBI 94.5FM


As you may have heard (if you are a keen FBI Radio listener), there's a handmade Local Fidelity CDR doing the rounds. All the songs have been kindly donated by the artists and all proceeds go to help keeping FBI 94.5FM on air. It's also currently Album of The Week at the moment, which is staggering and really wonderful for a small-scale DIY effort that I organised mostly from my dinky room. The set list includes a new song by SUI ZHEN, a hard-to-get track by Garage2V finalists CLUBFEET (currently at work on a Yeasayer remix), an unreleased remix of THE DESKS and a new song by THE MOTIFS. You'll also get a sneak peek of upcoming albums by SHADY LANE, WILLIAMS BREAK, JANE WOODY & ANGEL EYES. Plus, a whole bunch of bands you're about to get a musical crush on: DRAGGING PIANOS from Townsville, VOLTAIRE TWINS from Perth, SHIVER LIKE TIMBER from Tamsworth and more.Photo of The Desks by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comTRACK LISTING1. Home Is Where The Home Studio Is (Risa Dickens and Matt Hiscock remix), The Desks2. Food Chain #2, Dragging Pianos3. It's About Loyalty, Jane Woody & Angel Eyes4. First Dust, Kane Black5. D.I.L., Voltaire Twins6. Ouch My Head, Shady Lane7. Brightlightsbigcity, Clubfeet8. Goldtop Mountain, Galaxy Fuzz Band9. Would You Please, Williams Break10. Sternwall, Brave Radar11. Old Faces, The Motifs12. ET & Me, Shiver Like Timber13. My New Friend (demo), Sui ZhenYou can buy the CD for a measly $10 (for 13 excellent tracks!) at the following FBI fundraiser shows (or online here for $12 postage paid):MON 8 JUNE – METRO THEATRESpunk Presents: Another Night on EarthSarah BlaskoNew Buffalo (solo)Jack LadderFirekitesMachine TranslationsSongsGrand SalvoMegastick FanfareSherlock's DaughterFergus BrownGhoulParadesCaitlin ParkThe Holy SoulBearhugHosted by Henry Wagonsand more to be announcedSPECIAL LONG WEEKEND START TIME - 5PMTickets $30 + BF available from or 02 9550 3666.Photo of Sherlock's Daughter from Tanya Horo by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comFRI 26 JUNE – MUM, SYDNEYMum and The World Bar Present: Over 3 levels...Jordy LaneParadesWe Say BambouleeWaysidersFait AccompliZeahorseShakin HowlsMegastick FanfareSherlock’s DaughterRichard In Your MindOne GloveThe Laurelsand more special guests to be announced8PM til lateTickets $15 on sale at the doorPhoto of Richard Pike from Pivot by Will Reichelt, willreichelt.comSAT 27 JUNE - METRO THEATREMidnight JuggernautsMUSCLESBluejuiceDappled CitiesDecoder RingGrafton PrimaryAIH DJsPivot DJsCassette KidsThe JezabelsPalace Of FireCatcallErnest EllisP.A.S.HHOOPSDangerous DanJack ShitKatoP*A*S*HPurple SneakersRo Sham BoWax MotifNew playing times: Doors open 6:30pm - 1:30amTickets $40+bf available from or or $45 if available on the door.[...]

Brave Radar, Sydney/Montreal/Halifax


Current band rollcall?Conor Prendergast, Tessa Smith, Gabriel Ng. Brave Radar has been around since...Conor: Let's say '06.Let's play Six Degrees of Brave Radar. What are some interesting musical links you could come up with?Conor: The drummer from the Easybeats, we used to use his cymbals apparently in my high school band.First song ever written?Conor: When I was 11 or 12, I wrote the first song I can remember, heavily inspired by Nirvana's Something in the way.Tessa: The first one I can remember is a song called Winter that I wrote to the tune of a traditional Canadian canoeing song. It was for my first band, Julia and the Executors, at age 8. The first song I wrote with instruments was Something, the first track on Brave Radar's first album together, Distracting Strangers. Music making for you began when...Tessa: My dad taught me blues standards on the piano.Conor: The first instrument I loved was the drums, I made a drumkit out of cardboard boxes in my living room.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?Conor: Me and my old roommate had a room full of blown up red helium balloons, we popped them in a frenzy and recorded it. It's at the end of a song Teton Ocean. Sounds like popcorn.Strangest gig you've ever played?Conor: Probably at South by Southwest at a clothing store. It was just really awkward - "who are these people? why are we here again?"Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)Conor: Heaps of slogans: you can win; be the future; always strive; beat your destiny.Tessa: For our new EP Ultramarine, we pinned up life-sized portraits of our parents with speech bubbles saying things like, "Is this really what you're doing with your life?" and "Didn't I love you enough?". You have to push yourself to create art.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?Conor: Probably work. Work is good for lyrics and names and things.Tessa: I listen to a lot of pop from every era, but modern pop is maybe an unexpected influence. Some of the taboo cheesy stuff is definitely in my blood.Most unconventional topic you've covered in your lyrics?Tessa: I tend to write from the experience of feelings. That's totally fresh, right? haha... Conor wrote a few songs from the point of view of different animals.Conor: Probably not the most unconventional but i'm happy with the lyrics to They mean no harm. It's about bluebottles.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer...Conor: That's hard, I dont think any of them would work... Tessa?Tessa: Yours are too abstract! Um, maybe the lyrics to Lava and Magma, though they're not really advice. They're about making the decision to be with somebody, trusting that the hidden part of them is there. I like that.Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?Conor: Hmm. I've got a bad memory for lyrics... Brenden Orange has great lyrics... Tessa?Tessa: I'm sort of averse to the idea of musicians as mass therapists... I would hate to think of singing as some kind of therapy session for the world. That's really depressing. It's worse in certain genres ... Good lyrics snap me back to feeling things strongly, without saying like, "it's time to feel again, gurl". And that's useful, though it's very personal. Yeah, Brenden Orange and the guys that he listens to, Mount Eerie... I like Julie Doiron for sure.Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects[...]

Shiver Like Timber, Tamworth


Current band roll call?Just me and my guitar.Shiver Like Timber has been around since...2005, I think, officially. That's when I played my first show in a friend's lounge room in Brisbane.Let's play Six Degrees of Shiver Like Timber... Hummmmm. I'm not really sure if I am linked to anybody in particular! Most of the time it is just me freewheelin' on my own. First song ever written?Wander/Tumble was the first.Music-making for you began when...In high school, I taught myself to play guitar and spent my lunchtimes figuring out Cranberries songs.Most unusual sound/instrument you've used in your music?In the background of one of my first demos you can hear the fishtankburbling...Strangest gig you've ever played? Maybe the show I played with Japanther at Urtext in Adelaide because of the interesting mix of bands playing on the night and also the fact that I had just driven overnight from Melbourne and was feeling somewhat delirious.Do you pin up images when recording to help inspire your songs? (Or put up other things in the studio for the same effect?)I usually make up songs in my bedroom, where I do have pictures on the walls, yes. Mostly drawings and photos by me and my friends, Polaroid photos and yellowed pictures from 1960s National Geographics. My attic bedroom at my parents' house still has all the posters that I put up when I was 14, posters of horses and teenage dreams.Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?I think my music is influenced by everything I've ever come across, from train trips to crumpets, giraffe spots to trumpets.If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer... On E.T. & Me: "Don't pull that broken-hearted face, because you know there is always outer space."Most useful lyrics you've heard in a song?All of Animal Collective's lyrics are useful because they make me very happy.Do you think the country/city/town you live in affects your music in any way? Yes, of course. I grew up in the countryside, in a big open space between Tamworth and Gunnedah and I think you can hear this in my songs.You would love to record with... Tony Dupe... Soon hopefully.Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with...Playing a show with Beirut was pretty exciting.Outside of Shiver Like Timber, you spend your time... Riding my bicycle, drawing pictures of monsters and people, cooking dinner for friends, thinking about moving to Iceland.Next for you is... Travel and shows around Europe. More recordings.New songs.If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called...Galloping-asteroid-rumble-folk.Five things you currently loveMusically?Valet and Atlas Sound.In Print?The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov... I am thinking about travelling to Russia sometime soon... This book is pure madness set in Moscow.Locally? The streets of East London... where I am spending my time these days.Visually?I keep looking at people's tattoos... Maybe it's time for me to get one... I've never paid such notice of them until now.Cinematically?Old Joy... Such big spaces of greenery and nice music!Shiver Like Timber, ie Betony Dircks, writes feverish and fragile songs. The raw acoustic strums break away like twigs and her voice catches and burns like a tender flicker that's either about to flame out or start raging intensely. Her song, ET & Me, pretty much breaks my heart into uncollectable pieces every[...]