Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Helmet

There isn´t much more to say about Page Hamilton´s band Helmet. Since their early days in New York in 1989 they have reached a well-deserved spot in the alternative metal scene. Mainstream bands like Rise Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Tool, Marilyn Manson and Deftones have been strongly influenced by their sound and they are a reference for any current band along these lines.

It was interesting seeing them live and I had a good time. On a side note, I though Hamilton´s in-between songs ‘anti’ preaching was a bit unnecessary, but the guy´s getting old so I guess it comes with age.


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Milquetoast from Helmet on Myspace.








Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Warped live!

Australian rock and roll band Warped  called it quits in 2004 after 13 years of making music. Last week I was lucky enough to see them opening for NY City alternative metal band Helmet at the Hi-Fi. Great discovery!


There is no official band website anymore, but after digging up a tiny bit, I found some music to share. If you like the Hellacopters, rock and roll and glam rock, just click here and enjoy this sound.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!



Hell Outta Here from Warped on Myspace.



















Sunday, 15 December 2013

C A V E

Back to Boney for the second part of a great night, with another awesome band that may have gone unnoticed for some.

Cave –originally from Chicago, Illinois- just sounds great: instrumental psychodelia and postrock with a very cool relaxed vibe. Even though post rock has the stigma of being long, repetitive and pretentious, I would put it this way: if these guys were pumping up the electric bass and pluging the guitars through some Ampeg cabinets –like Josh Homme did in the 90s- they would be a great stoner rock band. On the other hand, they seem quite comfortable with their clean sound, spiced up with a smidgen of overdrive, and the occasional wah and reverb pedal to complete their sound. Pretty austere for the kind of set ups I usually see on stage these days…

The drummer injects some sort of vudu into the band that propels the energy and creates a mood that just flows into everyone´s head, leaving a silent emptiness behind when the band stops. I cannot remember if the audience was clapping or if they were just taking a break away from the mesmerizing session to pour some beer into their dry mouths but I just remember it was good.

I had a quick chat to them before they jumped onto the stage and I felt their visit was way too rushed: three days for a show at Slanted and Enchanted Festival in Perth, then Sydney and Melbourne and back.


High Five for those of you who made it but for those who missed it –and you guys know who you are-, just keep an eye on some upcoming good tours here

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Cave

Friday, 13 December 2013

K E L P E


Kel McKeown (AKA Kelpe) is a magician. He somehow sits in between Justice and Tortoise with a drizzle of Aphex Twin and refreshing bubbly twist of Daft Punk. A very classy and unpretentious artist I must say.

This London based Music and Video Artist delighted us with one of the best electronic performances I have seen in a while. Keeping his performance quite minimal, and with the backup of a projection screen behind the table, he started with thick chunky beats, introduced some acid and industrial sounds to it, felt a bit bare for some brave two or three minutes and smooth it up with the catchy tunes.

The room wasn´t packed but all the ones that were there knew exactly why they were there. A bit unlucky that there a few more gigs on the night around town.

Boney (ex-Pony) on the other hand showed it is a venue that can handle serious acoustics despite the small size. It´s just a good place to hang out away from the masses. DJs Woody McDonald and Dan Dare were opening the night and warming up with a few sets and some sampling for the first hour or so.


Not a bad place to spend a Sunday night. Always remember to rub the ink off your wrist on the way to work on Monday morning.





Kelpe @ Boney


Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Handsome Family

The Handsome family proved to be a very interesting band in the current alternative country and folk scene. With a great sense of humor, they guided the audience through different passages and anecdotes that could have perfectly fit in a tea afternoon with the mad hatter (the original Lewis Carroll hatter, not Johnny Deep´s lame impersonation).

They cared about the show, and everyone seemed to be having a good time, enjoying a little bit of Brett´s soloing here and there and Rennie´s jokes during the interlude. Their album is also quite enjoyable and you should (!) give it a listen if you haven´t yet.

A great asset for the Melbourne Festival, together with Steve Mason and Yo la Tengo.

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The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family



The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Friday, 11 October 2013

As a Rival

This time I had a very special guest from Sydney by my side. After a few wines and a home roasted chicken, we somehow managed to get on the train to Footscray with a flask in the pocket (with 15 y.o. scotch in it, so it wasn´t as dodgy as it sounds) and showed up at the Reverence Hotel just on time to see these guys warming up mid-way through the first or second song.

As a Rival is one of those few bands that –I´d dare to say- can guarantee you a really good night. With a half empty room (the fact that you could hear the sound crystal clear for free on the courtyard may have had something to do with this) they played as if their own life depended on it. Incredibly young, these three punk rockers can deliver a smashing sound with no additives that will feel like time-travelling back to the 90s punk scene.

It was fun, and it´s such a shame that they are not around more often. If you are thinking on going to Soundwave Festival, you should definitely check them out next time they play in your town.


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As a Rival

As a Rival

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Festivals

Like every year, after a cold winter follows a go'old bunch of sunny festivals.

These are my highlights for the next few months. Click on the link to go to the official site, browse the band myspace and enjoy a few tracks on the music widget.

Harvest Festival 2012

Harvest Festival 2012




Melbourne Festival

11-27 October. This is probably one of the most interesting ones if you have already left your mid-twenties behind. This year we´ll have the Polyphonic Spree, The Cinematic Orchestra, Steve Mason (from the awesome Beta Band) and cult band (ta-chan!) Yo la Tengo.




I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne 

In mid February. Small festival that claims to go against the grain of larger commercial festivals, with better sound and good organisation. Lasdt year we had My bloody Valentine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Drones. This year´s line up is still to be announced.


Meredith.

13-15 December. Deerhunter, Melvins, Beats of Bourbon and Chic.

If you miss this one, Golden Plains takes place at the same spot on 8-10 March 2014




Falls Festival

28 December in Lorne VIC and 29 in Marion Bay TAS. It´s sold out but there´s always a chance to get tickets closer to the date. The line up is awesome and includes artists like The Roots, NY fellas Vampire Weekend, The Wombats, Chk chk chk (!!!), the War on Drugs and Violent Femmes. Yup, impressive...



    

Harvest.

Sunday 10 November 2012. Massive Attack, Desaparecidos (post-something band from Bright Eyes´front man Connor Oberst), CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy), classic vintage Black Rebel Mortorcycle Club (yeah!), Neutral Mil Hotel  and Primus. Pretty awesome, mate!





Big Day Out.

24 January, right after a good Christmas meal. This year I´m not too impressed but Arcade Fire, Blur, Mudhoney and Pearl Jam will be worth the ticket. My two cents: In your 20s is great, but if you are in your 30s, better head to the sideshows if you would rather enjoy a couple of good concerts and a better crowd.

For the real feel of Big Day Out, listen to the crime-remix below and a full-stream of a Pearl Jam concert. Still lots of fun!





Soundwave.

28 February 2014. A lot of distorted guitars in this one, but heaps of fun bands amongst the line-up, Greenday, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Placebo and Alkaline Trio. It is a punk lover´s dream. At my age, I would probably save myself for the sideshows, but don´t let me stop you: This year´s line-up is amazing!





Laneway Festival.

Sunday 1 February 2014 at Footscray. The Line up will be announced soon but it´s always a good one. It normally walks away from the mainstream and throws a few fresh bands into the line-up. It´s getting bigger and bigger every year, so better to go now before it is too late!

[Update] Line up announced with pretty cool bands such as Four Tet, Lorde, CHVRCHES and Daughter.




Future Music

Sunday 9 March 2014 at Flemington Racecourse.

Pretty good line up including Pharrel, Bloc Party, Phoenix and legend Eric Prydz. This is going to be a lot of fun and it still gives you enough time to recover from the Summer Festival mayhem.






Remember to stay tuned for more news over the next couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Palma Violets

If you have not had the chance to wander much around Northcote, you should go some weekend, have a drink at Joe´s Shoe Store and (definitely!) get some tickets for a gig at the Northcote Social Club.  

The stage is low, the rock stars mingle with the average guy or girl, drinks are okay and they have a pool table next door from where you can still listen to the music. It´s the dream of any music lover up for a night of fun.

London garage band ‘Palma Violets’ were out there, warming up for Splendor in the Grass too. I nearly got hit twice with the bass headstock and the girls went absolutely crazy for some reason I still don´t understand. 

Memorable performance. One of the most genuine bands I have listened to this year.


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Palma Violets

Palma Violets

Palma Violets

Palma Violets


Palma Violets


Palma Violets

Palma Violets

Palma Violets

Palma Violets