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It’s Record Store Day

So what better way to celebrate than heading down to your local and splashing out on some new music… If you are in Brisbane, try Rocking Horse Records (245 Albert St, Brisbane), where there will be live music from local legend, Ben Salter (he is on at 1:30pm) + many others; or head to the mighty fine TITLE (60 James St, Fortitude Valley) as they are celebrating by knocking 20% off everything in store.

For more details, head to the Record Store Day website. If you need some encouragement, here’s a couple of clips to send you on your way…

The first is New Vagabond by former Bluebottle Kiss frontman, Jamie Hutchings, from his new album, Avalon Cassettes:

And I couldn’t resist posting this clip of The Church live on their Past, Perfect, Future Tour, playing the sublime Anchorage from their 2009 LP, Untitled #23:

Both albums would make a fine addition to your collection…

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Ocean Songs

                                                                               photo by Cindy Keong

My heart is never far from the ocean, but the pull of the salt has been even stronger these last few weeks…  I am currently putting the finishing touches on my next full length collection and have recently begun work on a really exciting multimedia project with photographer Cindy Keong. Both of these projects will be titled Ocean Hearted… so with that in mind, I have been soundtracking my silences with ocean songs. Here’s a few of the songs that have been washing over me.

Restless Waves – The Dirty Three

Taut and sensuous… Restless Waves pulls you deep into the blue. Ellis’ swelling violin, drifts elegantly over the gentle roll and tumble of the rhythms of Jim White and Mick Turner. And the bare-bone silences flesh out the aquatic journey. This is music to up anchor and drift away…

The North Sound – British Sea Power

Taken from the stunning Man of Aran album released this year, The North Sound is a jagged slice of melancholy. The band combine stillness and grandeur to create the soundtrack to Robert Flaherty’s film Man of Aran. The result is a broodingly atmospheric masterpiece and would have to rate as one of the most innovative releases of the year.

You Me And The Sea – The Gin Club

For me, the highpoint of The Gin Club’s 2008 release, Junk. You Me and the Sea, is the sound of a body, giving itself back to the ocean. As Salter declares, ‘my eyes the pearls that last/ my bones of coral make’, all wonder ceases… and then ‘forever there’ll just be/ you me and the sea’. Heartbreakingly beautiful stuff.

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