New Favourite Jam? It’s Automatic


What do you get when you combine 7 cups of Eagle and the Worm, a pinch of Primal Scream, a dash of Danger Mouse’s Gorillaz production and a bit of Beck’s ‘Odelay’ vibe?

A TOTAL F**KING JAM THAT’S WHAT.


Yep. Eagle and the Worm are BACK and aside from releasing one of our favourite tunes of 2014 above, there’s plenty else going on in their world.

New website? Check.

Cool teaser video for Automatic? Check.

Live in store performance for Record Store Day? Check.

East coast tour? Why not!

30/5 Shebeen Bandroom, Melb,Vic

6/6 Black Bear Lodge, Bris, Qld

7/6 Brighton Up Bar, Syd, NSW

8/6 Tiki Bar @ The Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW



Stay tuned to Cool Accidents for more EATW business as it comes to hand!


‘Boogie! Presents Silver Roads – Australian Country-Rock & Singer-Songwriters Of The 70s’

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Following on from yesterday’s piece, to celebrate the limited edition release for Record Store Day of five recent Festival Records compilations, Festival/WMA’s own Dave Laing offers up his fave tracks and some thoughts on the collection of country-rock - ‘Boogie! Presents Silver Roads – Australian Country-Rock & Singer-Songwriters of the ‘70s’.

And while you’re here enjoy the cover art by iconic Australian album cover and poster artist of the ‘70s , Ian McCausland.

‘Silver Roads’ is a collection of Australian country-rock that I compiled with Clinton Walker. Clinton came up with the idea originally of an Australian country-rock collection spanning a few decades – having just done ‘Boogie!’ at the time I thought it would work better just focussed on the same era as that, so that’s what we went with. Clinton came up with the initial list of tracks and we both added to it and tweaked it. It was a fun job, and a revelatory one for me – so much great music to discover, and so many preconceived notions about and biases against certain artists to be thrown out. Having long been a fan of American country rock and singer-songwriter stuff (and even English stuff like Brinsley Schwarz and Iain Matthews) and knowing only some of this stuff,  it was a thrill to discover the range and quality of what was created here as well.  Here’s a half-dozen of my favourites.



Johnny Chester ‘Glory Glory’

I guess I’d always had Johnny pegged as a typical Australian ‘70s conservative country artist, but I’d clearly never listened. Not only has the man a great voice but he can nail the cover of his choice (check out the great version of John D Loudermilk’s ‘Midnite Bus’ we also included on the 2CD version – I wanted that on there as a nod to Betty McQuade’s early 60s hit version, which turned the obscure Loudermilk b-side into an Aussie icon of a tune; later also covered to great effect by Sydney rockdogs X). He’s also capable of writing  a song. And ‘Glory Glory’ is a GREAT song. As Clinton states in the cd  liner notes, it works as something of a precursor to Paul Kelly’s ‘From St Kilda to King’s Cross’ – I’d add that it’s every bit the equal of that as a song and a record. Brisbane should adopt this as some sort of official anthem.


Lee Conway ‘I Just Didn’t Hear’

Another big name on the ‘70s Aussie country scene, Lee was always known for being an uncanny Johnny Cash sound-alike. I only recently discovered that he was hip to Lee Hazelwood too – he released a version of ‘Sand’ as a single. And this track, with its amazingly spooky production effects, obviously shows a Hazelwood influence too. It’s a very cool record, and at the core of it is a great great song, written by Lee himself… Lee’s still playing up on the Gold Coast - someone could make a great new record with this guy.

 

Anne Kirkpatrick ‘Feel A Whole Lot Better’

*There’s nothing on YouTube for this but above is a great video from ’78

Slim Dusty’s daughter – Australian Country Royalty. Unfairly typecast, in my mind at least, as mainstream Australian country because of that. But Anne covered Gram Parsons and Gene Clark on her first album in ’74 – she was every bit Australia’s Emmylou Harris or Linda Ronstadt. That was a mindblowing revelation to me. This Gene Clark Byrds cover from ‘76, featuring Kerryn Tolhurst of Country Radio & the Dingoes, is fantastic, and correctly contextualises her as Australian COUNTRY-ROCK royalty. Check out her recent 2CD set ‘Annethology’ for more great stuff, and her ’93 album ‘Game of Love’ for her perfect reading of Paul Kelly’s ‘Cradle of Love’.

 

Country Radio ‘Gypsy Queen’

Greg Quill was one of the founders of Australian country-rock, and his song ‘Gypsy Queen’ (co-written by Country Radio bandmate Kerry Tolhurst, who later formed the Dingoes) opens our compilation, as it should. I remembered the song dimly from my childhood – one heard it’s not easily forgotten - and I remain bewildered as to why it’s not one of those ubiquitous and iconic Australian songs like ‘Friday On My Mind’ or ‘Because I Love’. Anyway, I had the great pleasure of making contact with Greg as this compilation was originally coming together, and was gratified that he was excited by the idea of it, and we began talking about a compilation of his ‘70s recordings, with and without his legendary band Country Radio. Sadly Greg passed away unexpectedly as our work on this compilation was nearing its end, which have the original release of it on CD great poignancy for a lot of people. And yes, that compilation of Greg’s work is still coming.



The Flying Circus ‘Silvertown Girl’

Another track not on YouTube, but above is another good one from these guys.

One of Australia’s famous pop bands of the late ‘60s and early 70s, Flying Circus are best known for a couple of odd bubblegummy hit singles, but their first album contained a couple of faithful Byrds covers and they followed that EP up with a collection of hardcore country covers. The Byrds and country influences continued forth across their next 3 albums, all of which are strong. ‘Silvertown Girl’ nails a great Byrds-like sound. Brain Cadd reckons these guys led the way here when it came to country-rock.



The Autodrifters ‘ The Birth of The Ute’

Again, not on YouTube unfortunately, but above is another track from these guys

The Autodrifters were the brainchild of Peter Lillie, long-forgotten and only recently deceased icon of the Melbourne inner city counter-cultural theatre and roots music underground, and formative figure of the so-called ‘Carlton’ scene, which itself will be the subject of another compilation soon. Lillie had come out of the Pelaco Brothers – the band from which the Sports and Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons also both came – and pursued his warped and amusing vision of subversive truck-driving music with the Autodrifters. ‘The Birth of the Ute’ was later recorded by Daddy Cool and, rumour has it Slim Dusty (Slim’s version was never released), but here we present the original in all its boxy lo-fi glory.    

And a Peter Lillie tribute page can be found HERE



-Dave Laing



Be sure to get along to your favourite record store this Saturday (April 19) for your chance to score a copy of both Boogie! compilations (The original and Silver Roads) on super high quality 180 gram vinyl as well as other essential listening in the shape of A Different Kind Of Blues, Cosmic Country & Heavy Soul on the same high quality double LP wax… Don’t snooze!

Wax Volcanic presents Neurosis On The Dancefloor

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The four day weekend is almost upon us so as far as we’re concerned there couldn’t be a better time for a seamless mix of dancefloor bangers… even if they are all dance songs about jealousy, anger, insecurity etc, which *spoiler alert* they are.

Wax Volcanic is more known for his witty words around these parts but he surprised us with his handy skills on the ones & twos Ableton and we haven’t been able to sit still since getting our ears around the mix.

Here’s what he had to say about Neurosis On The Dancefloor

He’s got my drink order wrong again. He’s got my drink order wrong again because he’s too distracted, charismatically twirling an empty cocktail shaker around his slender fingers and chatting up my girl. He’s got my drink order wrong again because he’s too distracted, charismatically twirling an empty cocktail shaker around his slender fingers and chatting up my girl, and as a consequence I’ve stuffed my balled fists into my pockets and am standing in the deafening bar queue, sweating vodka and letting the people behind me bury their glares in my back.

This is a mix for all of us shuffling alone on the dancefloor, losing our shit in early morning stairwells and trying to drown ourselves in disco and hard liquor. Put it on. Dance yourself clean.


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Lana & Dan

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Lana Del Ray is back with some newness that we’re guessing (based on the image above and the audio below) was produced by one of the busiest men in showbiz Mr. Dan Auerbach.

If West Coast is anything to go by, it looks like we’ve got another release to get excited about alongside Dan’s other project you might have heard of - The Black Keys and their forthcoming Turn Blue record.



‘Boogie! Australian Blues, R&B and Heavy Rock From The ‘70s’


To celebrate the limited edition release for Record Store Day of five recent Festival Records compilations, Festival/WMA’s own Dave Laing offers up his fave tracks and some thoughts on the collection of ‘70s Australian blues – ‘Boogie! Australian blues, R&B and Heavy Rock from the ‘70s’

And while you’re here enjoy the cover art by iconic Australian album cover and poster artist of the ‘70s , Ian McCausland.

‘Boogie’ looks at the distinctively Australian brand of blues that developed out of the ‘60s R&B scene and came into its own at festivals like Sunbury and in the nascent pub rock scene of the ‘70s. This music was massive at the time – bands like Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs and Daddy Cool were genuine social phenomena, and  directly inspired to the biggest bands of the late 70s, Cold Chisel and the Angels. And of course AC/DC were a direct product of this scene too. Here’s six of my favourite tracks…


Chain – Black & Blue

THE definitive Aussie blues, and a pretty cool expression of our convict roots. While perhaps not quite as deft as Canned Heat at their best, it’s a similar vibe. Phil Manning kicking in with the killer riff is an all-time great moment, and Matt Taylor’s vocal is as raw as it gets. Hard to beat this one.


Stevie Wright – Guitar Band

The roots of AC/DC can be found in big brother George Young’s work with the Easybeats, and his and Harry Vanda’s production work in the early and mid-70s. Their work with fellow ex-Easy, young Stevie, is sensational, and you should also check out the forthcoming reissue of the Marcus Hook Roll Band’s  ‘Tales of Old Grand – Daddy’ album, featuring the first recordings of both Malcolm and  Angus.


Band of Light – The Destiny Song

Great, uplifting and maybe even spiritual boogie featuring ex-La-De-Da Phil Key on vocal and Rhythms guitar, great sidle player Norm Roue, and future Rose Tattoo and X bassplayer Ian Rilen.


Indelible Murtceps – Esmeralda

The Murtceps were the alter-ego of  Mike Rudd and Bill Putt’s fantastic band Spectrum (whose #1 hit ‘I’ll Be Gone’ is also on our comp). The Murtceps were more of a stripped back proposition, and this modest little number is an absolute delight. Mike and Bill were wonderfully helpful in our publicity campaign for the cd release of ‘Boogie!’; Bill sadly passed in August last year.


Daddy Cool – Hi Honey Ho (Live at Sunbury ’74
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(note this live version is not the same one that appears on Boogie but it’s also bloody great!)

Perhaps my favourite Australian band of the era, recorded live and absolutely rocking! A pretty rough recording, this version of their second most famous tune is up there with ‘Ya Yas’ Stones for me. As popular as they were, Daddy Cool remain completely under-rated, and their record company should be absolutely ashamed of the shoddy way they’ve handed the band’s catalogue!


Cold Chisel – Goodbye (Astrid, Goodbye)

Whilst the Dingoes are considered by some to be the pinnacle of Ausrock in the ‘70s because of their great songs and Brod Smith’s amazing voice, Chisel, who obviously had much more commercial success, are often derided as bogan pub rockers. Which is a great injustice; early Chisel were everything that the Dingoes were and then some, and in Don Walker they had one of Australia’s all-time great songwriters. Even this throwaway track is an absolute ripper , with every line is a winner. It’s begging for a  Jerry Lee Lewis cover actually.  


-Dave Laing



Be sure to check back tomorrow as Dave delves into the country-rock of ‘Boogie! Presents Silver Roads – Australian Country-Rock & Singer-Songwriters of the ‘70s’

No Apologies & Songs In The Wind.


Did you know that Kurt Cobain died?

A true story which we are all sad about… like, forevah. We are with his Mum on this one – “why did he have to go and join the stupid club”? But that’s drugs for you isn’t it?

Like all sales opportunities anniversaries the music business is hitting it hard. And everywhere for a minute is riffing on  the greatness and perfection of NIRVANA. There are good bits and bad bits – we like the NME piece in their current mag which works through the acts that were on Kurt’s much published “favourite albums “ list and asks them what he meant to them.

And we particularly like Tracey Thorn’s (Marine Girls, Everything But The Girl) observation and honesty that:

 “I didn’t love all of Nirvana’s music – I’d never turned into enough of a rock fan for that – but there was always something about Kurt”


because we think that would have made him happy – he wasn’t the sort that actually would have wanted people to like everything.

We think he’d have considered that a failure …

But one thing that has been clear to us is that he could write a good song, whatever  production he chose for it (and, to be clear, we are still bitter about the Albini choice).

And so our tribute focuses on the beauty of Kurt’s writing as reimagined through five people who chose to make it about the song, and not the singer.

Tori Amos


Kathryn Williams/The Pond


Machinehead


Jay Reatard


Caetano Veloso Cantando


Songs are wonderful things, once you set them free in the world they float off and find other voices to reimagine them and provide new wonders.



-TH



[By the way, it doesn’t always work – here’s a concept we could have lived without … Sorry but not needed and not loved]

Memory Lane – 20 Years of illmatic


illmatic is the reason I like rap. And I like rap.

My pre-teen years were filled with the strains of 36 Chambers creeping out of my brother’s bedroom, matched in intensity only by my dad’s demands for it to be turned down/off. While I got that Wu-Tang was something to be respected, that Tupac made you cool at school and that Run DMC had made shoes important, I was frontin’ in the truest sense of the term.

It wasn’t until Pete Rock, Large Professor and DJ Premier laced raw east coast beats with brilliant jazz samples and Nasty Nas caused mass hysteria in my area that I understood why hip-hop was running amok in Sydney’s suburbs, headlining admonishing letters to parents from concerned Principals.

That tipping point led me to the back corner of countless record stores, hours of internet trawling and half-cut backyard battles, trying to recapture that first moment that I “got it”. Mos Def, Kweli, Common, J5, Kendrick, College Dropout era Yeezy, Schoolboy Q, Chance – many have come close, but it is still illmatic, 20 years on.

-Chris P



[Further reading/viewing - checkout Fuse’s 3 part special about the record’s legacy]

Kick Out The Riffs


Being a metal head is pretty much a full time job.

Those of us lucky enough to be remunerated for our keen interest in the devil’s music have to keep our eyes and ears peeled at all times – it’s not easy but someone has to do it!

So when it comes to being the complete fan, you can’t leave out the most vital component – the merchandise.

Metal has had the t-shirt market sewn up for decades, so why not top and toe it with the next logical choice… shoes…

Yep shoes.


One more way for the fans to part with their hard earned… and being the obsessed metal fan I am, it’s not a matter of maybe, it’s a matter of when.

Here are my favourites I’ve collected over the years along with an accompanying audio treat.

It should also be known, like the bands themselves these bad boys will live on forever as they all went straight to the pool room.


SLAYER


The first pair of ‘band’ shoes I ever got – early 2000’s I think.

Love these shoes, particularly because of the rubber trim around the bottom – looks like you’ve been standing in blood…..after it’s been Raining Blood.

I really wish I’d kept the box – look how much they are worth now!

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time with the band – great guys whose musicianship, dedication and pioneering attitude will live on forever.


BLACK SABBATH


Saw them in an outlet store in Smith st a few years ago and HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

Barely worn (Chuck Taylors might look cool, but are soooo bloody uncomfortable….) I just loved the fact that they had acknowledged the Volume 4 album (criminally underrated), and the classic Ozzy pose with the tasseled jacket. The 30 year wait came to an end last year when Sabbath finally returned to Australia – it was worth the wait…… “My name is Lucifer, please take my hand”…..


VAN HALEN


I’ve been a Van Halen fan since I was 10 years old. The 1984 album was massive, ‘Jump’ was No.1 for weeks……but it wasn’t until I heard ‘Panama’ on the radio one night that I became totally obsessed…… Another band I waited and waited and waited to see live….I had to  go to Boston MA in 2012 to see them with DLR…….4 rows from the front….worth every minute…still can’t talk about it without getting a bit teary……

Very cool kicks in the Chuck Taylor style, the unmistakeable Eddie Van Halen ‘Frankenstrat’ design…..and of course the 5150 on the back. Nearly wore them to Boston…..


METALLICA


The Kings.

My favourite band of all-time – seen them live 24 times, in two countries, over 25 years…have stuck with them through good times and bad (except for Lulu, when I actually disowned them for a small period of time).

For a band that has cornered the tshirt market for many years, they were a bit late to get on the shoe band wagon…and it was with mixed results, but here’s a couple of the better ones. The Hetfield high tops (as worn on stage) above and the Lars slip ons below – still looking for the Kirk and Rob versions (FYI: I’ve got a birthday coming up!).


A nice addition to the 300 plus Metallica t-shirts in the cupboard… We’ll save that story for another day.



-Simon M

You’re Turning Blue!


The Black Keys are back with the second taste (and title track) off their forthcoming album Turn Blue and yep, it’s another tune.

HURRY UP MAY 9