Wow, what a week it has been! I could honestly say that about every week, especially in Melbourne – throw in music and it is aural chaos! Melbourne Festival is on, ARIA nominations have been announced, Falls Festival Lorne has sold out and new festival The Plot (held in Melbourne on Sunday 15 December) announced a kick ass lineup.
First cab off the rank is the awesome new track from The Jezabels. It’s been two years since they released their award-winning debut and I am happy to say they still sound like The Jezabels we know and love. No date set for the album release so now we just have to wait. Yay!
Over the last 48hours, the ARIA nominations have been announced and Sydney electronic music producer (and powerhouse) Harley Streten, aka Flume, has been nominated for no less that 8 awards including Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, Song of the Year and Best Dance Release. And he has kindly given us some new music to get us excited about his next release – a mix tape he will put out in November. Here is Flume ‘Intro feat. Stalley’
Now it wont be often I am going to talk about an entire album – but this one is going to be sweet. Late Night Tales are an independent record label in the UK and they ask big names (Groove Armada, Jamiroquai, Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips and Air just to give you an idea of the calibre of the artists) to select and mix tunes of their choice. This time they have asked Bonobo (UK DJ and producer known for his down tempo, trip and electronica sound) to step to the plate and what he is serving is going to be tasty. The album is to be released on November 18th.Check out their teaser for the album!
I feel the need to keep this a little more local, so if you like your electronica, Slumberjack are your go to guys. And they are giving their music away! These Western Australia boys (who from their profile say they ‘usually sleep but sometimes make music’) have stayed awake long enough to make some fine Sunday afternoon, drinks in the back yard kinda tunes. Have a listen.
This week (as like every week really) there is SO much to see around Melbourne but my recommendation is to head down to Pure Pop Records in St Kilda on Saturday and check out Bec Laughton at 4pm. There are others performing that day – but she is my hot tip. Also – you will be doing this awesome little venue a HUGE service by showing up. This local spot has been close to closing its doors and it’s only by people popping into these gigs that this place will remain open. Imagine watching this powerhouse in a venue that can hold no more than 50 people – it will be like your own private show.
Until next week – get out there – support local and live music and don’t forget to let me know what you have seen. Spread the word!