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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



New Age Unicorn Crystal Balls: Descriptive Beyond Belief.

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Is it just us or are there a lot of junior bedroom laptoppers channeling something between Enya and the love theme from Titanic just now? 


Beautiful enough but bang to rights Enya in the middle 8. Busted, Mr Wallpaper. And you are guilty too Oliver Tank.

For us, if there is one bin in any record store that is guaranteed to FUCK YOU OFF (!) it’s that one called “New Age”. Sometimes it comes with some other really annoying title like “Nu-Conciousness” or “Spiritual” or “Third Eye” or some other quasi-cosmic nonsense. And every album in it looks like shit (both design and content wise). Here is one album from that bin that’s almost guaranteed to make you reach for the submachine gun.

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and here’s another…

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Sorry to be haters but that’s just the way we feel. We don’t need “sound medicine” (whatever that is), I don’t care what you listen to whilst doing that Hot Yoga thing and “serenity” just makes me think of this scene from “The Castle” and as for the Relaxation Company – that sort of makes you yearn for major record companies to come back in and save you with “real pop”.

So it Is with some disgust that we report to you that New Age music is sneakily becoming cool.

Starting with the brilliant compilation of the “jazz flute” mood music of IASOS which needs no other introduction than this image -

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but if you get past this and try it out, it turns out not to be (just) post-hippy drivel (despite the artists brilliantly vomit inducing introduction here) but a sort of synth ecstacy that clearly would have Daft Punk & Air in “virgin suicidal” raptures.

Or you could try this psych-synth fest – from the appropriately New Age-ily named Dolphins Into The Future (you have to ask what did dolphins do to deserve their association with all things new age – we have posted on dolphin rage before and they just aren’t that mellow people)

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it will hardly surprise you to find this is listened to on the Chris Robinson Brotherhood head shop tour bus… 


Trippy, but it features on Balearic Ibiza mix tapes too.

Or this one from the vaults of Japan and featuring new age wizard Keitaro on synths -


Far East Travelling band on a mellow conga fuelled post krautrock synth trip out. Phew! But it kind of dances! Thanks to our man Montero for finding this gem.

Maybe even better is this private press new age compilation of music made by really strange people who really make for a liner note worth reading -

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But which touches a sort of mellow cosmic spot. There’s a strange fascination to be had going from track to track and realising its not utterly awful. Buy it and share the joy.

And that compilation in turn introduces us to the tuned percussion meanderings of Laraaji, whose “cosmic tape experiments” are at once psychobabble and a bit of a jam at once -


As if to prove that there is a fine line, Laraaji has made an album with Brian Eno (Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and also contributed to the brilliant FRKWYS series that gave us last years brilliant Sun Araw/ Congos collaboration which was an album of the year. Here he is from that one with Blues Control on a dubby trip of a thing called “Awakening Day

If you throw in about half of this brilliant “Influences on French Electronic Music” compilation from our friends at Because, there is starting to be a slight feeling of acceptance based primarily on open eared digging.

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And then add in the awesome Seahawks mix we recently featured and we are all the way there – the mix even has a rather funkily cool track by the above ridiculed Steven Halpern to show he’s not all bad.

Alas I cannot excuse the fact that there is a Laraaji track called Unicorns In Paradise (?!)

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Which still makes us reach for the shotgun and/or laugh at this scene simultaneously, but we have to admit we are rehabilitating. Or is it that we’re going mentally soft in our old age?



-TH