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Master Mix Red Hot + Arthur Russell

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MASTER MIX: RED HOT + ARTHUR RUSSELL

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Avant-garde cellist/composer Arthur Russell has had more attention since dying prematurely in 1992 than he ever enjoyed alive whilst while flitting between off-kilter disco eruptions and bucolic drone music. Continuing to impress new listeners are the New Yorker’s beautifully understated melodies, gently restless spirit and wicked humour. Only Russell would name songs You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In, and Is It All Over My Face?  The latter is slinkily covered on this 26-song homage by British producer Blood Orange, who downplays the original’s sexual innuendo by merging it with the forlorn horns of Tower of Meaning. The fusion creates a fresh hybrid of Russell’s clubbing and classical sides in a classy slice of modern disco. Equally impressive and sympathetic to source material are Devendra Banhart and Sufjan Stevens who resurrect Russell’s woozy vocal style and sense of wonder. Similarly good: Hot Chip’s unstably groovy rethink and  Robyn who turns in a celebratory romp the Tom Tom Club would be proud of. – Paris Pompor

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/music-reviews-new-offerings-from-steve-hunter-karise-eden-mariza-and-arthur-russell-20141021-119j5l.html#ixzz3I3zgRPGQ

Master Mix embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.” The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as “catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time.”

I was introduced to Arthur Russell’s music by the marvelous Paul Heck – of Red Hot and East Village Radio fame. I would sleep in his spare room when in New York and we would talk music. One day, back home in Melbourne Australia, Paul wrote to me outlining Red Hot’s intention to put together a compilation of recordings by artists, celebrating the music of Arthur Russell. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. 

The time signature changes in “Planted A Thought” is what initially drew me to this particular track. The guitar playing as well — but mostly I liked the loose psychedelic cello sections. The thing that speaks to me the most about Arthur Russell’s music is his lack of restraint. It’s pure expression, it’s a beautiful and complicated extension of his own being. Like the paintings of the great impressionists.
I’m thrilled to be a part on this project. On the same record as some of my favourite artists. Thanks Paul, thanks Red Hot and thank you Arthur Russell for the music. 
Alexander Gow – Oh Mercy
“The acts involved are as diverse as russell’s work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-its-time dance music.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“It felt somewhat taboo to be messing with such sacrosanct materials… We recorded ”Losing My Taste For The Night Life” as our way of saying to everyone, ‘Listen to Arthur!’” – Devendra Banhart
“Its hard to improve on this classic from the late cult singer Arthur Russell, bit Brooklyn troubadour Stevens does it by adding in a few loopy electronic tricks while retaining the songs gorgeous intimacy.”  – Entertainment Weekly, on the Sufjan Stevens cover of “A Little Lost”
“Before his AIDS-related death in the early ‘90s, Russell moved through genre and style almost effortlessly, applying his whims and visions wherever he saw fit. The album is a reflection of that diverse trajectory, as captured by a fittingly diverse roster of musicians to pay tribute to Russell’s legacy.” – Paste Magazine
Track Listing
1. Jose Gonzalez – “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”
2. Lonnie Holley – “Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)”
3. Robyn – “Tell You”
4. Hot Chip – “Go Bang”
5. Sufjan Stevens – “A Little Lost”
6. Lonnie Holley – “In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)”
7. Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – “Keeping Up”
8. Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo – “This Love Is Crying”
9. Rubblebucket & Nitemoves – “Eli”
10. The Revival Hour – “Hiding Your Present from You”
11. Sam Amidon – “Lucky Cloud”
12. Devendra Banhart – “Losing My Taste For The Night Life”
13. Phosphorescent – “You Can Make Me Feel Bad”
14. Blood Orange – “Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning”
15. Scissor Sisters – “That’s Us/Wild Combination”
16. VEGA INTL. – “Arm Around You”
17. Oh Mercy – “Planted A Thought”
18. Lonnie Holley – “Hop On Down (Interlude)”
19. Cults – “Being It”
20. Richard Reed Parry – “Just A Blip”
21. Glen Hansard – “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face”
22. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart”
23. The Autumn Defense – “Oh Fernanda Why”
24. Alexis Taylor – “Our Last Night Together”
25. Lonnie Holley – “The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)”
26. Redding Hunter – “Close My Eyes”

Luke Escombe – The Vegetable Plot – Tour Dates

The Vegetable plot grew from a small seed planted in the imagination of singer-songwriter and musical comedian Luke Escombe back in 2007, when he noticed how much some of his shaggy-haired musician friends resembled members of the Muppets. For years, nothing broke through the soil, until one morning, as he watched his 11-month old son contemplate a piece of broccoli, he idly picked up his guitar and strummed away in delight as the lyrics and melodies of dozens of songs began to tumble out like peas from a shell.

Now that seed has grown into the freshest, juiciest, rootsiest new band in town: The Vegetable Plot!

Leading the bunch are the deep-voiced Aspara Gus (Escombe) and his four delectable singing sensations: Sue Kini (Hannah Crofts), Colly Flower (Georgia Mooney), Ru Barb (Katie Wighton) and Rockit Lettuce (Elana Stone)– better known to older Sydney audiences as the songbirds of alt-country sensation “All our Exes live in Texas”.

Bringing the groove and crunch are the rhythm section of bassist Rutabaga (Noel Mason), guitarist Purple Haze (Aaron Flower) and drummer Mr Beet (Jamie Cameron), who together go by the name of “The Root Vegetables”.

Adding the top notes of melody, colour and flavour are keyboardist Tom Ato (Michael McGlynn), horn maestro Blowbergine (Ross Harrington) and earthshaking dancer Tina Turnip (Pip Ryan). Together, they combine to create an irresistibly fun and delicious musical stew.

So come and meet some new friends, be inspired, be uplifted, put your root down, veg out and get ready to toss your salad in the air like you just don’t care as the Vegetable Plot make their first public outing at the 2014 Sydney Fringe this September.

20th and 21st Sept at the 2014 Sydney Fringe

@ The Annex, 5 Eliza St, Newtown, 2pm

Book Tickets Here: www.thevegetableplot.com.au

Fiona Bevan – Talk To Strangers – Aussie Tour Dates

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lnitially it’s the glorious halo of snow white curls that attracts you to
Fiona Bevan’s debut album; don’t let anybody tell you cover aft isn’t
important. As the beam traces the disc (doesn’t have the same ring
to it as needle on vinyl!), it’s the extraordinary voice that commands
attention, an instrument of sweet beauty lying somewhere between Kate Bush and quirky American folk singer Anais Mitchell. Finally, it is the sheer infectiousness of this literate and, at times, complex music that sinks its claws into you.

Having written a global Number One for boy band One Direction, Bevan clearly has an ear for a hook, but don’t let her clientele cloud your vision, for this is popular music with intelligence.

The 12 songs were all penned by Bevan and lyrically draw heavily upon her literature background, with numerous film and literary references. Album opener ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ metaphorically references James Dean in a commentary about the London riots, whilst’Exorcist’ is inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’. Despite the uplifting elegance of its melody,’Us And The Darkness’
is cloaked in the heartbreak of a shattered romance, and ‘Dial D For Denial’ is simply pop artistry.

TalkTo Strangers was recorded direct on analogue equipment, with Bevan playing everything from ukulele, piano, guital harp, violin, double bass and accordion, truly a one-woman show. The crowning glory is album closer’Last Days Of Decadence’, a lone piano reflecting the emotional ebbs and flows of her exhortations on the financial crisis. Four years in the making, TalkTo Strangers is pop imbued with folk sensibilities, as idiosyncratic as it is enchanting, and Fiona Bevan as startling a talent as any to emerge in recent years.

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Tour Dates

FRI 17 OCT    Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters QLD
SAT 18 OCT   Solbar, Maroochydore QLD
SUN 19 OCT  Bribie Island Hotel, Bribie Island QLD

WED 22 OCT Charity Event, Toowoomba QLD
FRI 24 OCT    Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Conjola NSW

WED 29 OCT Brisbane University B105 Radio Show

THU 30 OCT  Byron Theatre, Byron Bay NSW
FRI 31 OCT    Armidale Club, Armidale NSW
SAT 01 NOV  Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
SUN 02 NOV The Fig, Port Macquarie NSW

THU 06 NOV Lizottes, Kincumber NSW
FRI 07 NOV   Lizottes, Newcastle NSW

FRI 14 NOV   SSA Club, Albury NSW

SAT 25 – Unbridled Festival Canberra ACT

THU 20 NOV The Bridge, Castlemaine VIC
FRI 21 NOV   Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC
SAT 22 NOV  The Loft, Warrnambool VIC
SUN 23 NOV Beavs Bar, Geelong VIC

THU 27 NOV Mojos, Fremantle WA
FRI 28 NOV   Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA

 

Hooray for Earth – Racy – Out This Friday

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New York Band Release In Australia This Friday September 12

We have the album at Media Now – Please contact for hard copy CD and links. Checkout the video on the right >>>

An audacious debut album packed with the type of songs that make you want to sing along, make you want to dance, and make you feel uncomfortable all at the same time, True Loves won the band a well deserved round of huzzahs from all of the key tastemakers and helped expand the band’s audience both in the US and abroad. In 2012, Hooray for Earth made their maiden voyage to the UK and saw their single “No Love” reach the Alist on BBC Radio 1.

With Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands) in thecoproducer’s seat, the sessions for Racy took place at Dreamland in Kingston, NY and at DNA Downtown in NYC over the rst few months of 2013. Crafting a more uid listening experience with Racy also meant a more active role in the studio for Heroux’s longtime bandmates bassist Chris Principe, drummer Joe Ciampini, and keyboardist/vocalist Jessica Zambri. “I’m still writing, arranging and doing the preliminary recording”, Heroux says. “But then it’s all funneled out through our scrappy rock band.” Racy is very much a rock album. Featuring nine nely etched songs rendered to life by Coady’s crystalline production, Racy represents a bold and beautiful step into the light for Hooray for Earth

 

“Grinding, distorted guitars, beaming synth lines, a mechanistic

rhythm section, theatrical vocals, all polished to a retrofuturist

80s sheen by producer Chris Coady” - Pitchfork

“The title track to album number two is earnest rather than

irtatious, placing the band somewhere between Diiv’s

washed-out stoner rock and the chipper power pop of the

recently returned Weezer.”- NME

www.hoorayforearth.net

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WELCOME TO AMMP

THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC MUSEUM PROJECT

In July 2017  Australian rock’n’roll will be 60 years old. It was born when Johnny O’Keefe released The Wild One on 5th July 1958. AMMP is pushing for a national music museum by 2018 with exclusive stories, rare film clips, unseen photographs and a petition.

There have been many calls for an “Australian music Hall of Fame”
(Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum) or a “contemporary music centre incorporating a
Hall of Fame “(Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan). AMMP has been set up to help restart the discussion. It even offers music fans the chance to create a digital plaque like this one for Skyhooks’ Shirley Strachan.

AMMP is the work of former music editor, journalist and author Jessica Adams, who started the campaign for a Melbourne lane way honouring Chrissy Amphlett after she interviewed her for Time Out Melbourne at the request of her friend, editor and author Jenny Valentish.

AMMP is supported by Charley Drayton (Cold Chisel, Divinyls), Rick Grossman (Hoodoo Gurus, Divinyls), Reg Mombassa (Dog Trumpet, Mental As Anything), Midnight Oil, Patricia Amphlett (Little Pattie, also Chrissy’s cousin) and  Amphlett’s agent and friend Fran Moore.


AMMP EXCLUSIVES
THE STORY BEHIND CHRISSY AMPHLETT’S NEW MELBOURNE LANE
-Unseen photographs of the search for a Melbourne lane for Chrissy Amphlett.
THE CHRISSY AMPHLETT WING AT AMMP – VISIT THE ONLINE EXHIBITION
-Rare images of Chrissy’s famous fluorescent mic stand and
her Divinyls wardrobe case.
THE LATEST ON ROWLAND S.HOWARD’S LANES
-New interviews with campaigners and photographs of
Rowland S. Howard’s Victorian lanes.
THE MUSTER – A NEW VIRTUAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIAN
MUSIC MEMORABILIA

-From Francis Leach’s Ratcat pass to exclusive shots of Paul McCartney’s
Melbourne Piano.


For more info and the latest news see www.ammp.tv

 

Brian Setzer – New Solo Album – Rockabilly Riot-All Original

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Iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER partnered with TIME.COM to exclusively premiere his high-octane first single “Let’s Shake,” off his new album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL. Link to the premiere of “Let’s Shake,” accompanied by a Q&A with Brian here: http://ti.me/1l7iSEu.

SETZER says, “Yeah, ‘Let’s Shake,’ how come no one has thought of that title yet?  We’ve been making rock ‘n roll now for 60 years and no one has come up with ‘Let’s Shake?’  And I came up with it and I went ‘wow…Let’s Shake!’ You know, oh god, it’s just so simple it’s magic!  It’s got a really great guitar solo in it, just rock ‘n roll sounding…it’s not really ‘billy’ sounding, it’s more rock and roll… again, it’s the simplest songs that are the hardest to write.”

ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish with 12 new songs. SETZER brings his trademark twang and fretboard fire, and he’s backed by three musicians that he says “are the best in their craft”: Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums). Recorded in Nashville, the album was produced by Peter Collins (who’s handled the same honours for SETZER albums Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie).

Single Lets Shake is at Media NOW, The Planet Company will release the full length Deluxe Packaged LP AUGUST 15.

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Some recent USA Media

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/brian-setzer-talks-rockabilly-riot-alloriginal-track-by-track-604220

http://www.axs.com/brian-setzer-still-shakin-with-rockabilly-riot-all-original-13877

 

About Brian:

3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s).  Along the way he has scored chart-topping hits throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian made a cameo in the 1987 film, La Bamba (the biographical film written following the life and career of Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens), portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the distinct honor of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” an episode which also featured rock ‘n’ roll legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

 

 

Radio Moscow New Album Magical Dirt

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Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops — that’s forever. And it’s that idea that’s crystallized in the form of San Diego Band Radio Moscow. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula : powerful, crunching Sabbathstyle chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian and plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet. Parker’s demo caught the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced the 2007 self-titled debut. With « Brain Cycles », their second album Radio Moscow proves that they’re not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock’n’Roll.  In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with « The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz », and now in 2014 the band is about to unleash their 4th studio album “Magical Dirt” on Alive Naturalsound, with high goals of sending you on another trip into heavy psychedelic headphone heaven.

Australian Release Date is July 18 (Planet/MGM)

At Radio and Media NOW