Electric Skeleton Turns Two

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We’re now into our terrible twos! And I missed this blog’s birthday by two days. It’s happening!

It’s been two of the craziest years of my life, and in some ways the best. That’s not to say I haven’t thought about abandoning this blog, I have plenty of times. But then I’ll hear a new song or see a gig and remember why I enjoy it in the first place: being able to tell people about music that I think is awesome. That sums it up really.

Thanks to anyone whose sent me music, let me interview them and most importantly, have bothered reading my music related rambling.

Here’s to another two years.

Yae!Tiger- Casualty of the Avalanche

It’s not often you come across an album that’s original and intelligent enough for the indie crowd yet accessable enough for the mainstream, but that’s exactly what Sydney band Yae!Tiger have accomplished on their debut album Casualty of the Avalanche.

Album opener Lichtenstein Zoo is a fun slice of sunny indie-pop. While the lyrics aren’t deep by any means, the combination of male and female vocals and interesting percussion make it the perfect summer soundtrack. The Beatles-esque The Gordon Schumway Experiment and the hip-shaking I’ve Got The Perfect Plan To Infiltrate Your Band could easily stand up against any Australian band being played on Triple J.

However things get even better when the band try something a bit different. Vocal-heavy Free Fact Cut Up and heavily layered Lop the Loop show a darker side to the band that proves they are capable of more than just sunny pop.

Whether it’s the pop-up cover art or the segues between some of the tracks, Casualty of the Avalanche is a complete package of catchy tunes that will impress even the harshest critic. In fact the biggest problem with this album is that not enough people will get to hear it.

9.5/10

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Splendour 2011 Line-up

I’ma let you finish but Splendour in the Grass had the best line up of ALL TIME!

Ahem.

After months of speculation the official Splendour line-up has been released and looks a bit like this:

KANYE WEST (Only Australian show)
JANE’S ADDICTION
THE HIVES
PULP
THE LIVING END
THE MARS VOLTA
REGINA SPEKTOR (Only show for 2011)
BLISS N ESO
PNAU
MOGWAI (Only Australian show)
DJ SHADOW
GLASVEGAS
THE GRATES
DEVENDRA BANHART
MODEST MOUSE
THE MIDDLE EAST
KAISER CHIEFS
JAMES BLAKE
KELE
THE VINES
ELBOW
ESKIMO JOE
NOAH AND THE WHALE
CHILDREN COLLIDE
THIEVERY CORPORATION
CUT COPY
ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
BLUEJUICE
THE KILLS
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS (featuring THE RELATIVES)
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
THE PANICS
FRIENDLY FIRES
JEBEDIAH
THE VACCINES
GOMEZ
BOY AND BEAR
GOTYE
DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH?
CLOUD CONTROL
MONA
SPARKADIA
WARPAINT
MUSCLES (Live)
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
THE JEZEBELS
DRAPHT
BRITISH SEA POWER
TIM & JEAN
LEADER CHEETAH
GROUPLOVE
SEEKER LOVER KEEPER (Holly Throsby, Sally Seltmann, Sarah Blasko)
YELLE
KIMBRA
PHRASE
OH MERCY
DANANANANAYKROYD
THE BLACK SEEDS
MARQUES TOLIVER
THE HOLIDAYS
GHOUL
LIAM FINN
THE HERD
YOUNG THE GIANT
GUINEAFOWL
HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY
JINJA SAFARI
WILD BEASTS
ILLY
CUT OFF YOUR HANDS
GARETH LIDDIARD
ALPINE
WORLD’S END PRESS
MOSMAN ALDER
LANIE LANE

Plus DJ sets

ASTON SHUFFLE
FLIGHT FACILITIES
D-CUP (WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO)
AJAX (MEGA JAM SET)
HOODRAT & DANGEROUS DAN
LIGHT YEAR
HOOPS
CASSIAN
WAX MOTIF
KATO
TONI TONI LEE
CHARLIE CHUX
TRANTER

Pretty good, right? Kanye would be mental, Regina Spektor would be lovely and Coldplay would magically cure insomnia.

I have one little gripe though: the price. I know running a festival is expensive. And I think it’s great that they include so many Australian bands as well as internationals. But $510 is a lot of money especially when a) you’re a uni student, b) there’s going to be a ton of horrible clashes and c) none of the bands made me squeal with excitement like a 15-year-old (If Guillemots were on this list, then yes, that’s exactly what would have happened).

For those of you who like what you see the tickets go on sale May 5.

 

New Guillemots

It’s Sunday. It’s cold. And Easter is still two weeks away. So I thought it would be the perfect time to post some new Guillemots videos because if there’s one thing we could all do with more of, it’s Fyfe Dangerfield.

So far 2011 has given us new Decemberists, the long-awaited second album from Fleet Foxes, and The Mountain Goats released their 500th record (or something like that). On top of this Guillemots are releasing their third album Walk the River on 18 April.

Although Fyfe Dangerfield released a solo album last year, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the band. There are two studio tracks that have been unveiled in the last month or so and both continue the eclectic indie-pop sound of their last record.

The Basket is the first single and the video is quite trippy. If the album is like this, there will by no complaints from me whatsoever.

Walk The River is closer to Fyfe Dangerfield’s solo album. Which is not a bad thing at all.

*Swoons*

Bedroom Philosopher @ MICF 2/04/2011

At the beginning of The Bedroom Philosopher’s (aka Justin Hazelwood) show at Trades Hall, the audience were told that if you found him funny he was a comedian, if you liked his music he was a musician and if you didn’t like either, he was a performance artist. However it felt like he was trying too hard to be all three.

His musical comedy is brilliant and he can easily stand up against the genre’s biggest names. Backed by the Awkwardstra, The Bedroom Philosopher’s Bargain Basement Clarence took the piss out of almost every musical genre out there and was nothing short of hilarious. Northcote (So Hungover) was noticeably absent but he constantly made fun of hipster culture throughout the night, in one of the more enjoyable aspects of the show.

The real highlight however was Trishine, a heartfelt love ballad written from the perspective a drunk bogan. It showed how well he can create realistic characters that everyone can relate to.

There were some problems with the show. The Bedroom Philosopher’s stand-up routines were hit and miss. When he was mocking the hipster culture that he, and most of the audience, are part of, it gave everyone the chance to laugh at themselves. However, when he touched on topics such as Aboriginal rights and racism things got a bit awkward. It’s not these issues shouldn’t be spoken about, in fact they should be brought up more often, but the audience were clearly uncomfortable and weren’t sure if they should be laughing.

There were also moments that didn’t seem to fit. At one point Hazelwood emerged dressed at a cat and pranced around to Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, which started off funny but dragged on way too long. He also created a routine about computer love which was hard to follow and unnecessary.

Fortunately, for every one of these moments there was a song that followed or Tony Martin’s pre-recorded voice as a commercial radio DJ, which was incredibly accurate and broke up the show nicely.

While some of his most notable songs were absent, The Bedroom Philosopher’s show brought up some interesting ideas and is recommended for anyone who likes their comedy a bit on the quirky side.

3.5/5 stars