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Race the Loser

Saturday is my day of musical adventure and today I feel like uncovered a rare gem in the form of Lau, who recently released their third long player, Race the Loser. Hailing from Scotland, Lau offer one of the most exciting takes on traditional music, I am yet to come across. Hypnotic & exquisite are two words that come to mind… here’s two clips to show what I mean.

There’s something about discovering new music that makes the blood quicken…

 

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Tonight, The Necks!

Tonight, the Brisbane Powerhouse will showcase the improvisational might of The Necks. For mine, they are one of the most transcendent live acts on the planet. Here’s an early clip of them (from way back in 1989) playing the piece, Royal Family, which was used in the Kevin Lucas film, Beyond El Rocco.

But if you want a real hit, check the band out playing live at the Factory Theatre in 2008. This set is called Pop Will Eat Himself and it is magnificent!

 

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Wake up, it’s Sunday!

If you are struggling today, here’s a hit of Okkervil River from their latest album, I Am Very Far. The day is ahead of you… so come on, take Will Sheff’s advice, Wake And Be Fine.

SpeedPoets is waiting for you…

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The Besnard Lakes are…

playing at The Zoo tonight and this Lost Shark is excited to say, he will be there to soak up their psychedelic wave of sound. Their recent album, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night is an epic album of distortion, heavy rhythms and melodic charm… something like what I imagine Brian Wilson would sound like, if David Lynch wrote and produced the album. And let’s face it, Jace Lascek has one of the best falsettos in the music industry and I am a sucker for a soaring falsetto. Here’s a clip of them roaring on stage in the QTV studios playing ‘And This Is What We Call Progress’.

 

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The Thing!

On Thursday night I experienced The Thing, live at The Judith Wright Centre as part of their Syncretism series. And I mean experienced, physically!

From the moment Mats Gustafsson, blew the first savage breath into the mouthpiece of his baritone sax, my skin prickled and I was moving, laughing, hooting. Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten was plucking and slapping at his bass strings, at times, stretching them to the point of distortion while Paal Nilssen-Love was a flurry of syncopated rhythms and splashing cymbals.  They were out of the blocks faster than a rabbit on a greyhound track, playing for their lives, attacking their individual instruments with equal parts fire and dexterity and in the process redefining the possibility of wood, metal, muscle and breath. The joyous force these three men generated was transformative… the crowd surging along with them until the final silence. Simply put, it was a thrill!

Here’s a clip of the band playing live in Budapest. C’mon, give yourself over to The Thing:

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How to brighten your Saturday

Well, where I am sitting the sky is steel grey and has been for days… the trees are heavy with last night’s rain and there is no sign of the sun poking its head through (apparently until Wednesday).

So I have been brightening my Saturday with these three gems:

1. William Burroughs interviews Jimmy Page

Yep, you read that right… Burroughs talks to legendary Led Zep guitarist after going to see the band back in June 1975.

Burroughs is blown away by Zeppelin, fascinated by their use of repetition, volume and drums, elements common to Moroccan trance music, a real passion of Burroughs’.

They discuss mantras, infra-sound and death ray machines… this is most definitely a rock interview, Burroughs style.

Read the interview here.

2. Gareth Liddiard releases Strange Tourist

Liddiard has been turning heads and blowing ear drums as front man for The Drones for more than a decade but this week he dropped his first solo album, which is a predominantly acoustic affair. As a lyricist, Liddiard is up there with the best in this (or any other) country, so for me it is a real treat to have them right up front on the new album. And while it may be an acoustic album, none of the intensity of The Drones is lost. Just check out the title track, Strange Tourist.

 3. Smoke by Jacob Polley

I have become quite taken with this poem recently, needing to read it several times a week… the stove, the diaries, the bird in the flue. The imagery in this poem marries power and beauty to deliver a revelatory ending.

You listen to Jacob Polley read the poem here.

 

A bright Saturday to you all…

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Softly, Softly…

                                                           or The New Folk XVI

I am anticipating some unique live music moments in the week ahead… First up, I dive into the deep sonic waters of Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below).

Irisarri’s work has been described as, meditations on suspended momentum and the opacity of perception (Big Shot). His evocative soundscapes and ambient pop epics, encompass the big emotions… longing, sorrow, bliss, while drawing the listener below the surface to look up at the storm of sounds shimmering above. Composers like Irisarri don’t visit these parts too often, so I too, am shimmering with excitement at the prospect of seeing him cast his sonic spell this Thursday night (August 19) at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. This haunting composition – Watching As She Reels – is from the Limited Edition 7″ EP, Hopes and Past Desires.

 

Then I lay my head down on the soft downy sounds of The Stress of Leisure as they take over The Zoo this Friday evening (August 20). Their third album, Soft Approach, has been on high rotation this past month, so I am looking forward to hearing the band rip through some of my favourites – The Boy’s Got Issues, Somewhere in the Afternoon and In the Movie Where He Dies of a Mystery Illness at the End. While the gig is being touted as ‘Soft’, including free hand massages on the night, The Stress of Leisure can rock pretty hard. For proof, check out the clip for Death on the Magic Mile.

 

Ah yes, softly, softly, the week unfurls…

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The New Folk XV – Winter Sounds

This Lost Shark is moving slowly today… winter sun, lapping between my shoulder blades and the gentlest of breezes prickling my neck. Sunday’s don’t come much better, and today’s soundtrack comes courtesy of two fine Australian bands and one from the windy city of Chicago. Lose your self in these sounds… let your day find its own pace.

E-Song – Nikko

Brisbane band, Nikko have just released their much anticipated debut, The Warm Side. It is a brooding, densely crafted song cycle that seeps further into your consciousness with each listen. The band swings moodily across the nine songs, creating sonic peaks and troughs for singer/guitarist Ryan Potter to climb in and out of with his sparse lyricism. The Warm Side is a mature, intelligent debut, one that combines tension and tenderness, and leaves you with a feeling of discovery. While E-Song is not from the debut, I couldn’t resist posting this collaboration – Killing Time – with filmmaker Oliver Lofgren.

II – Fabulous Diamonds

Reverberated percussion, dubby-synths, isolated vocals, ghostly saxophone, this is the sonic terrain inhabited by Melbourne duo, Fabulous Diamonds. Their recent release II, is nothing short of hypnotic, blending extended, repetitive jams with shorter, surreal pop songs. This clip captures Fabulous Diamonds onstage creating a mesmerising soundscape that takes the boundary of pop music and unrelentingly stretches it.

Red Ants – Sonoi

Hailing from Chicago, sonoi are another band that are challenging the pop stereotype, with their warmly composed instrumentals, ambient collages and off-kilter rock. Red Ants opens their debut album and is one of the tracks that comes close to combining all of their styles. It is dreamlike in its construction, the melodic guitar line, floating keys and pulsing drum rhythms providing the perfect bed for Adam Busch’s heady vocals. Other highlights on the album are the perfectly crafted angular rock of Sherry Fall and the ambitious and album changing Anchor Tattoo.

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Consumed by Twilight

As the twilight hours engulf another perfect Winter’s day here’s a couple of gems to fuel you for the next few hours and transport you into whatever Saturday night may hold for you…

 

Twilight SingersCandy Cane Crawl

Quite simply, Greg Dulli embodies Rock’n’Roll… my mind lights up every time I hear this song. Perfect for sipping on a few whiskeys, or whatever else may take your fancy.

 

The Twilight SadAnd She Would Darken The Memory

Elegant, aching rock from one of Glasgow’s finest. Swirling guitars, tumultuous rhythms and James Graham’s raggedly sentimental lyrics… now where’s that second drink?

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If You Ever Get Famous (and other Saturday sounds)

Well in my neck of the woods, the sun is smiling down, the birds are still are singing and there is not a breath of the dreaded August westerley. have been having a ball at The Ekka the last two days… Last night I rode the chairlift for what may be one of the last times in my life, as I hear that it will not feature as part of the new revamped Ekka in 2010. And as my legs dangled over the wild lights of Sideshow Alley, the years stripped off me. The boy (which is never too far from the surface), wide eyed and aching to shove ping-pong balls down the mouth of a clown and ride the ferris wheel. Am already looking forward to heading back for our next poetry show on Sunday… yesterday’s crowd really got into it.

But back to the Saturday sounds I promised… here’s a few songs that are sure to help those weekend eyes open.

 

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The Duke and the KingIf You Ever Get Famous

Simone Felice, may be the best songwriter you’ve never heard of. This is the first song from his latest project The Duke and the King (Mark Twain would be proud), who have just released their debut, ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’. He has also written several books, including the revolutionary prose/poetry of Goodbye Amelia, which is well worth checking out.

 

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A Hawk and a HacksawHousle

A Hawk and a Hacksaw take us on a journey through the cobbled streets of Prague. With an orchestra of instruments including oud, accordion, Turkish cumbus and jaw harp, they harness the gypsy melodies and transform them into their own musical story.

 

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Tex Perkins/Kev CarmodyDarkside

These lyrics kick hard and Tex delivers them with force. This was a highlight for me from last weekends ‘Cannot Buy My Soul concert. As Paul Kelly says in this clip… this is a hymn that needs to be heard.

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