Augie March – Watch Me Disappear – Album Release


Available from Augie March - Watch Me Disappear

There’s little about Augie March that could be called everyday. With singer Glenn Richards’ distinctive voice, his sharp, literary lyrics and the band’s off-kilter rock ‘n’ roll, the Melbourne band has created a niche for itself in the past 12 years, one that has brought multiple awards, taken it around the world and attracted an ever-increasing and loyal fan-base in Australia and beyond.

The world Richards has created for Augie March’s fourth album, Watch Me Disappear, is certainly not everyday. Barbarians have breached its walls and are wallowing in the chaos. Muggers mug, killers kill, dragons with bulldog heads inhabit the pubs and a wealth of richly-drawn characters trade punches, kisses and everything in between. It’s a place of extraordinary beauty too, a beauty that offers escape from the evil, from the anarchy — from the everyday.
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The John Steel Singers embark on Australian headline tour – November 2008

John Steel Singers
The John Steel Singers have an aversion to sleeping in their own beds. They like the road. The rough, smelly, road. At least it seems that way. While in the midst of a huge national tour opening up for The Grates throughout October, The John Steel Singers have announced their own national headline tour in November.

In support of their upcoming EP “The John Steel Singers: In Colour” out on November 1st through Levity®/Inertia, the Brisjanglians will be hitting the road again from November 7th up and down the East Coast of Australia.
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Supergrass @ The Tivoli – Brisbane 2nd October 2008

Supergrass @ Tivoli - Brisbane 02 October 2008

Supergrass…  now here’s a band who know how to hit the ground running.  From the moment they walked on stage, they took total control and delivered a kick-ass show.  Their set was tight/clean and without doubt, a total entertainment package.  Brilliant!

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Links:  Supergrass  – The Tivoli  – Supergrass Australian Tour
Photos: Supergrass by LifeMusicMedia on Flickr

Skipping Girl Vinegar – Debut Album “Sift The Noise”

In Stores now through Popboomerang / Secret Fox / MGM

Sometimes an album comes along that resonates. Something that sounds immediately relevant and is so unmistakably honest, that no matter your musical taste, there’s a deep founded respect and due reverence noted. Drum Media called it “a classic pop sense that doesn’t get bogged in its own vision of itself” (Aug 08). Rip It Up Magazine were straight to the point: “In an age of downloads and ringtones, Skipping Girl Vinegar stand out from the pack”.

Skipping Girl Vinegar

Skipping Girl Vinegar

Skipping Girl Vinegar are proud to announce the release of their debut album Sift The Noise. An alt acoustic saturation of melody and pop hook described by the band as ‘music from cold places’, Sift The Noise was recorded in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and studios across Melbourne – as well as ‘The Lookout’, a beach shack in Aireys Inlet. The album was mixed and mastered in London, New York and Nashville by Adrian Bushby (Ben Kweller, Gomez, Foo Fighters), Greg Calibi (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, David Bowie) and Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Bob Evans) respectively.

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“Genius isn’t it?” YKB’s lead guitarist Charles Sales tells Harro a few days before their Immaculate Confection Tour, October 2008

Interview by: Harro for LifeMusicMedia

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Harro: Yves Klein Blue are named after artist Yves Klein’s famous IKB, a blue paint that does not lose its brilliance over time, which is a metaphor for your bands aspiration to create music that will never weaken with age. Whose idea was it to pick Yves Kleins masterpiece as the name of the band?

Charles: Michaels. I blame it all on him. I must admit, the analysis for the bandname has come up in hindsight, but it still seems like a good idea.

Harro: How does it feel to be touring with The Holidays whom are one of the bands that you look up to the most?

Charles: It will certainly be an interesting tour. I mean we’re going to Perth and Adelaide! We’ve never been there before, though I think the Holidays have. They’re hardened road warriors.

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BIG DAY OUT 2009 – Official First Announcement

BIG DAY OUT 2009
THE OFFICIAL FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT


Photo: Tony Mott

With the global economy on the brink of collapse, what better time to ask people to hand over their hard earned money to escape the world for a day.

And who better to prove to you that investing in music is safer and returns much more than banks any day: the man who has seen it all, Neil Young.

This is a proud moment for BDO. After 17 years of producing the most dynamic, entertaining and challenging event we possibly can, this year’s shows promise to stand out from all others.

From the dynamic sounds of Arctic Monkeys or the lush depth of TV on the Radio to the wealth of great local talent or the welcome return of the Prodigy, the world’s biggest travellin’ circus will be once again back on the road next January.

We are also working on making sure the Melbourne site is green, has shade and offers the level of enjoyment you deserve. Drought or no drought.

So come and join us for just one day. We hope the first announcement will satisfy your musical needs, but for those who need more, there will be a second announcement in November…

 

BIG DAY OUT is honoured to announce the arrival of one of those rare modern musicians for whom the term “legend” is more under than over-statement: NEIL YOUNG. At a prolific phase of his 40-year-plus career, YOUNG is leading his band through eclectic set lists, picking from 2008’s Chrome Dreams II, delving into classics like Hey Hey, My My, and venting his activist’s spleen on Let’s Impeach the President. Witness the many faces of a true rock icon, NEIL YOUNG at BIG DAY OUT 2009. All shows

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Fresh music for a cooler planet at Greenfest!

Greenfest Music CD
Greenfest – free green festival of emerging music and community action.

Australia’s largest free green festival happens at South Bank, Brisbane 10-12 October 2008.

Jam packed with 100% original Australian emerging musicians, the Greenfest Music Festival is all about giving great new talent a go.  The free music festival includes a line up of the hottest promising local musicians of all genres including:

  • Golden Sound & The Outfit
  • Skipping Girl Vinegar
  • The Red Paintings 
  • Very Unique Existence
  • Andi & George
  • Botanics
  • Jason Lowe
  • Rogerthat
  • Ngairee Joseph
  • Shannon Marshall

…and many more listed at http://www.greenfest.com.au/music_festival

The music will be over two stages on the hour; Green Heart Stage and Good Vibes for you Stage on:

Friday 10 October from 4pm to 10pm
Saturday 11 October from 10am to 10pm
Sunday 12 October from 10am to 5pm

For full schedule of performances at the Greenfest Music Festival, visit http://www.greenfest.com.au/music_festival

All of the musicians have given in some way, to help Greenfest get off the ground in its first year. All sessions are free, so come and support great new artists whilst expressing your love of mother earth!

For more information on all the Greenfest acts visit www.greenfest.com.au
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Announcing Sunset Sounds Festival – Brisbane 7th and 8th January 2009

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Australia’s hottest summer festival line-up heads north to infuse Brisbane in sonic goodness at Sunset Sounds this January. With tickets to The Falls Festival well and truly sold-out, fans need not despair as the cream of the crop have just been confirmed for a frolic in the park at Sunset Sounds. Brisbane’s Botanical and City Gardens will play host to this summer soiree over two blissful evenings as Sunset Sounds crafts its own stunning and spacious home by combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens. Whether you are enjoying a summer break or an après work beverage with a sound track to shake to, kick start your 2009 on January 7th & 8thin super fine style.
Bringin’ it on Wed 7th: monochromatic, dapper suited gents of THE HIVES (Sweden); hip-shakin’, smokin’ sets of THE CAT EMPIRE; burgeoning Brighton brood, THE KOOKS (UK); power-pop maestro’s, TEGAN AND SARA (Canada); the shimmy-tastic classy purveyors of modern Rhythm & Blues that have re-written the Dictionary of Funk & Soul, SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS (USA); unchartered brilliance of GOMEZ (UK); bewitching voice of SOKO (France); mixed palate of classic gypsy pop from YVES KLEIN BLUE
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Layin’ it down Thu 8th: Super sharp guitar stabs & exhilarating live show from great Glaswegian’s FRANZ FERDINAND (UK); dance-a-holic, shambolic interludes of THE GRATES; 24 carats topped with bling from Brooklyn’s own dance movement, SANTOGOLD (USA); blissed-out, good vibes of DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA); bluesman ASH GRUNWALD; straight from the dust-bowls of the 1930’s comes countryfied-blues troubadour CW STONEKING; bright and catchy melodies of quirky indie-pop 3-piece, I HEART HIROSHIMA
When: Wed 7th & Thu 8th January
Where: Sunset Sounds combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: First release Friday 3rd October with 1 night tickets $89+b/f, 2 night tickets $129+b/f available from Ticketmaster7 . 18+ event.
More Details: www.sunsetsounds.com.au

A Day On The Green with Simply Red, 22 Feb 2009 Sirromet Winery – QLD

A Day On The Green with Simply Red, 22 Feb 2009 Sirromet Wines – QLD

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In what is being billed as the The Greatest Hits Live, SIMPLY RED led by charismatic front man Mick Hucknall, will revisit the highlights of their incredible 25 year, 10 album career, in an outdoor show at Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, QLD on Sunday February 22nd 2009.

Special guest support artists will be the wonderful Kate Ceberano and the classic pop of Dragon.
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Yves Klein Blue and The Holidays – The Immaculate Confection Tour – Oct 2008

Take two of Australia’s finest new band’s shake n rotate and you have The Immaculate Confection tour.
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Brisbane’s tasty effervescent Yves Klein Blue and Sydney’s sweet astutely pop The Holidays will be touring the nation throughout October.

Yves Klein Blue’s clashy blend of classic pop, old punk, polka inspired ditties and indie rock have been gracing the airwaves and live audiences throughout 2008 with the EP “YVES KLEIN BLUE DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES” released through Dew Process. They recently played SxSW and Splendour In The Grass and have supported international bands such as The Fratellis (UK) and Tokyo Police Club (Canada) as well as a heap of others. This will be their last tour before they release their much anticipated debut album next year.

The Holidays athemic pop singles “Holiday” and “Telephone” picked up international play from self-titled EP released early 2008 through Liberation and saw them touring throughout the year with international bands such as The Wombats (UK) and Light Speed Champion (US) and festival appearances at Playground Weekender and Come Together Festival. The Holidays will be releasing new EP in October.

This double headline tour will see both bands rotating with a local opening support in each city. Something this delicious can’t be missed.
Cupcakes and other baked goods may be making appearances at each venue for early bird gig lovers!

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Calling All Zombies! – Thrill The World – Brisbane 25th October 2008

Thrill The World

Thrill The World

Who:
All zombie lookalikes, dancers, non-dancers & fans of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Brisbane to take part in an epic world-wide simultaneous dance event! Currently we have a few dozen people, but we’re looking for a few hundred to learn and perform the dance, and raise awareness and money for Camp Quality!

What:
Thrill The World. People of all ages from around the globe are learning the steps to Thriller, and are finding it surprisingly easy and fun to learn! This will be the first time Thrill The World has taken place in Australia – (take THAT Melbourne & Sydney!) Continue reading

Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, Belongil Fields, 7-8 Jan 2009

Now “Sunset Sounds” in Brisbane on the 7th and 8th of January 2009… Click HERE for details.

***** The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival Resurrection Delayed *****

It is with great disappointment that the Byron Bay Arts Crew announces The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival will not happen this summer. 

The festival, which originally ran from ’94 to ’96 and was organised by a collective of local arts & music enthusiasts, was due to be resurrected next January but hit regulatory hurdles. Despite securing a fantastic line-up; overwhelming support amongst the Byron Bay

community; and positive early indications from the local council, the organiser’s self-imposed deadline for obtaining final approvals for the venue expired last week. Whilst it is common for major events in Byron Bay to proceed without final approvals until only weeks before the event, organisers were uncomfortable with the level of risk given the significance of the line-up and organisation going in to the event.

With tickets due to go on sale later this month, organiser’s felt that cancelling the event was intensely regrettable yet the most responsible decision. The Byron Arts Crew are hopeful of resurrecting the festival in the future as it provides an important showcase opportunity for local music and arts as well as much needed entertainment to a vastly expanded Byron Bay population over summer. Organiser’s also wish to extend a sincere thank you and apology to the many people who have been part of the event as well as those who eagerly anticipated its return.

Music lovers need not despair as it has been confirmed that the majority of the bands will be coming together at a new Brisbane show presented by The Falls Festival – Sunset Sounds – More details announced shortly!

———- Original Announcement Below ————-
In sweet anticipation of longer days and soulfully warm nights comes a mid-Summer feast for the senses as we announce a bounty of wondrous acts from the local, domestic and international stages alike, to share in all the glory of the return of the great Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, 2009.

The Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival will be served on the 7 & 8 of January 09, at Belongil Fields.

FRANZ FERDINAND (UK) / THE HIVES (Sweden) / THE CAT EMPIRE / THE KOOKS (UK) / THE GRATES / GOMEZ (UK)
FAKER / TEGAN AND SARA (Canada) / DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA) / SOKO (France) / JIMMY WILLING AND THE REAL GONE HICK-UPS / DUBSHACK / GHOST MOUNTAIN / TIJUANA CARTEL / SARA TINDLEY

Interview with Katy Steele of Little Birdy

Katy SteeleKaty Steele, set to grace the stage at Valley Fiesta 2008, talks with our Tara-Kai Hammond

TH: So you grew up in the Perth Music scene didn’t you? What’s it like now, in comparison to say 10 years ago?
KS: Well, I have only been in the scene for the last 6-7 years as an actual musician. Before that I watched my brothers grow and gain success, the old school way, by playing gigs and gaining airplay, the way we did it. But for most of my teens, I watched my dad perform. He is a survivor who I have never seen play a bad show. True professional.. I would say that it was hard then and its even harder now. But It seems that music has taken a very serious turn. The only way, is to survive. We are all surviving, which is all I have ever asked for.

TH: Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at the Valley Fiesta?
KS: I’ve heard that the John Steel Singers are quite good. Other than that, I d love to check out some local Brisbane bands.
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