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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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