Episode 79: Tralala Blip; Wukir Suryadi & Tarquin Manek

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Tralala Blip
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Red Mecca 2, The Pound, Brisbane. June 20th 2014.

Tralala Blip formed in 2007 when Randolf Reimann (Massappeal) became involved with a Lismore disability service that ran music programs for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Frustrated with the lack of engagement in the program he began bringing along electronic music equipment to the sessions. His tenure at the disability service ended in late 2008 and he was told that none of the 16 participants were interested in continuing the service. After meeting with a few members of the ensemble it became clear that the project was not cut due to a lack of interest and in 2009 Randolph continued the ensemble not as a program but as an independent band. Since then, they’ve recorded a collaborative LP with fellow Lismore sound artist ‘Muttboy’ and released an album on Brisbane label Disembraining Machine. In 2013, the current lineup of Randolf, Mathew Daymond, Lydian Dunbar, Zac Mifsud and Phoebe Rose were invited to play Unsound festival in Krakow, Poland.

Tralala Blip – Official
Aussie Dream available thru Disembraining Machine

Wukir Suryadi Tarquin Manek

Wukir Suryadi & Tarquin Manek
Recorded by Tarquin Manek.
Recorded at West Space Gallery, Melbourne. May 7th 2014.

Wukir is one half of Senyawa – a duo with vocalist Rully Shabara that draws from traditional Indonesian folk music and combines it with a punk sensibility. He’s become well known in experimental music circles for his captivatingly intricate instruments. In this recording you’ll hear him playing a javanese hurdy gurdy that he constructed. It’s very fitting that he be paired with Tarquin Manek (Bum Creek, Pikelet and Tarcar). Tarquin’s irrepressible clarinet bleats hysterically above the discordant harmony of the hurdy gurdy, sometimes they meet in perfect harmonic distortion. There is a veritable bag of tricks at their disposal and the performance goes through a myriad of textures and styles.

Check out an interview with Wukir at Creative Cowboy Films.
Senyawa – Official
Tarquin Manek – Official

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 25 July 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 76: Dollar Bar; Stag

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Dollar Bar
Recorded by Joshua Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at Electric Playground, Apr 4 2014.

Dollar Bar formed back in 1998 when Dale Peachey wanted to get a revolving band behind his Guided By Voices and Kurt Vonnegut inspired pop songs. That was the general idea until he got Patrick McCabe, Brendan Rosenstengel and Chris Yates involved, and they’ve stuck together ever since. Well, if you ignore the six years that they were on hiatus. The second coming of Dollar Bar has been very fruitful for the band; since getting back together they’ve released a compilation of old demos, a split cassette with Little Lovers and a sophomore album entitled Paddington Workers Club. The album was released on Brisbane’s Mere Noise records and has lapped up plenty of acclaim over the last 6 months.

You can find out more about Dollar Bar at Mere Noise records stream or download their stuff at their Bandcamp page.

Watch their video for (You’re) Blind Baby.

Stag
Recorded by Joshua Watson.
Mixed by Joshua Watson.
Recorded at The Waiting Room, Feb 8 2012.

Stag were an all-girl sort of post-punk inspired band from around 2010 to 2012. They were only around for a short time but they left their mark all the same. Influenced by 80s pro-feminism art-bands like The Slits (except for their cover of I Heard It Through The Grapevine) and Crass, Stag flipped the bird to dude rock with a live show intensity that has hardly been matched by a great number of their male co-horts around the Brisbane music scene. In 2012 the band released a debut 7” thru Disembraining and broke up not long after. Drea lam and Sarah Byrne went on to form Screaming Match; Julia Norris left for greener pastures in Melbourne and currently plays in Stations; and Katie Martin is one half of the electronic duo Brainbeau.

For more info on Stag, check out their bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 27 June 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 75: Breakdance The Dawn

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Breakdance the dawn is a DIY experimental music label that originated in the Blue Mountains but has been based out of Real Bad Music in Marooka for the past several years. Matt Earle is the man behind the tapes and CD-Rs that have received overseas acclaim from alternative music press like Wire Magazine as well as a hoard of fans through Glasgow’s Volcanic Tongue mail-order distro.

There’s been a steady stream of releases over the past few years and soon they’ll be celebrating the 200th release. Real Bad Music is the venue / house that Matt and his girlfriend Nicola, it’s also known as the magic mile house made famous from the iconic photo of Ed Kuepper standing in front of the old signs from when it were a brothel. Real Bad has picked up from where regular experimental music events like Audiopollen, Disembraining Machine, New Improvised Music Series left off in the constant ebb and flow of available venues for ‘that sort of sound’.

For this episode we’ve featured just a couple of the many bands that have appeared on Breakdance the Dawn. A big bunch of talented individuals across 2 bands, but it’s only just the tip of the iceberg.

X Wave
Recorded by Dusty Anastassiou.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at Chardons Corner, Annerley, May 24 2014.

Girls Girls Girls
Recorded by Joshua Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane, Mar 29 2014.

Breakdance the Dawn – Official Webpage
Breakdance the Dawn on Bandcamp
Breakdance the Dawn on Volcanic Tongue

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 20 June 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 74: Rainbow Chan; Buzz Kull

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Rainbow Chan

Recorded at Fbi Social, March 14 2013.

Rainbow Chan is an electro-pop solo artist from Sydney. Rainbow had a massive 2013 with her debut Ep ‘Long Vacation’ that was released by Silo Arts in July. It was well received, spawned a bunch of videos as well as remix by Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Impressive stuff that’s hard to top. Her latest single ‘Fruit’ just got the video treatment too (pssst it also appears on the 12” vinyl version of the Long Vacation EP).

Watch the video for fruit on The ‘Tube.

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Buzz Kull
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Thomas Hack.
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Recorded at The Manning Bar, Aug 31 2013.

Buzz Kull is Marcel Whyler and Rebecca Liston, in 2013 they released their debut 7” single on Fabrika Records and on the B-side cover of Q Lazzarus’ ‘Goodbye Horses’. That may give you an idea of their ‘vibe’, dark electronic post punk. Not satisfied with just a slab of hot wax the duo also released an EP entitled ‘ Heat’ on bandcamp back in October. They’ve started off 2014 with a cover of New Order’s Blue Monday and surely more hazy smoke machine shows are right around the corner.

Check out Buzz Kull’s collected recorded output over at their bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 13 June 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 72: Mad Nanna; Bent

Mad Nanna in Brisbane - December 2011. Photo by Glen Schenau. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Mad Nanna in Brisbane – December 2011. Photo by Glen Schenau. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Mad Nanna
Recorded by Dusty Anastassiou.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at Chardons Corner, May 24 2014.

Appearing on more international underground music labels than you can poke a stick at, Mad Nanna are quietly one of Australia’s most acclaimed rock bands. They’ve toured both the US and Europe in the last year but you won’t find them at any of the colossal summer music festivals and you won’t read about them in any music street press either. Here I am hammering on about these mainstays of the Australian Music industry when these sorts of things are completely irrelevant to a group like these guys. I could say, “they’re from another world” but that’s just silly. Mad Nanna are from Earth, they play Earth music. They just don’t have songs about summer, actually I don’t know that, maybe Michael does sing about Summer. I’m not gonna pretend I know what Mad Nanna are about – that would take all the fun out of it.
So, who are Mad Nanna? Just four realists with some instruments making hypnotic rock songs for the ‘down on their luck’ romantics.

Check out Mad Nanna and other brilliant offerings from the Albert’s Basement distro.

Photo by Helena Papageorgiou. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Photo by Helena Papageorgiou. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Bent
Recorded by Joshua Watson.
Mixed by Joshua Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Apr 25 2014.

Bent are a three-piece band formed by Heidi Cutlack, who cut her teeth playing in Jonny and The Fembots and later Dag. The band also comprises of Glen Schenau (Per Purpose, Cured Pink) and Skye McNicol (Wardenburger) filling out guitar and percussion duties respectively. They’re a bit like a stripped back Dog Faced Hermans, with bouncy basslines, snarling guitar, melodic drums and tuneful shrieks of vocals. Did I just give the surprise away? I don’t think so, most of their songs actually sound different to one another. They’re not afraid to take it slow and steady when they need to.

For more info on Bent, check out their bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 30 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 71: Ela Stiles; Tight Slip

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Ela Stiles
Recorded by Josh Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Brightside, Apr 4 2014.

You might know Ela Stiles from some of the bands she’s played in over the last couple of years: Songs and Bushwalking. It was that band Songs which she began with Max Doyle that saw he focus shift from modelling to music. With Karl Scullin (Kes Band, Mum Smokes) and Nisa Venerosa (Fabulous Diamonds) there is Bushwalking, a psych three-piece that she originally formed to work on her solo songs. It turned out to be more of a band than a solo project and they released their second LP ‘ No Enter’ in September last year. Now it’s 2014, it’s time for something new and completely different. Ela’s debut record boasts a completely acapella B-side, which takes a lot of guts.

For more information on Ela Stiles and to buy her debut LP, head over to Bedroom Suck Records.

Tight Slip
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Black Bear Lodge, Aug 24 2012.

Tight Slip were a band active in the Brisbane underground rock scene around 2011-2013. They spun-off from another group called ‘Loose Grip’ a band which consists of the members of Tight Slip plus one Sam McCabe. Both groups were the brain-child of Kieren Lavering and while Loose Grip had a 7” on Bedroom Suck Record, Tight Slip regrettably have nothing to show for their short run bar a few live recordings on vimeo. There’s still time for this power pop powerhouse to make a comeback. Maybe this will motivate them.

To listen to Loose Grip’s Cereal 7″ head over to the Bedroom Suck bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 16 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 70: Primitive Motion; The Kramers

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Primitive Motion
Recorded by Josh Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Brightside, Apr 4 2014.

Leighton and Sandra began performing as a duo a short while after the demise of The Deadnotes, a group that they played in with Eugene Carchesio and Stuart Busby. Focused around Casio keyboards, delayed vocals and loop stations, the music of Primitive Motion is a sort of experimental pop sound with a strong focus on melody and texture. A combination of their more artistic backgrounds and a DIY pop sensibility. Leighton runs Kindling records and Sandra is an accomplished visual artist, having had a few works displayed at GoMA.

In November last year they released their debut album Worlds Floating By on Brisbane label, Bedroom Suck Records.

For more information on Primitive Motion head over to Bedroom Suck Records.

The Kramers
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Apr 25 2014.

Ethan Kernaghan has been performing under the name ‘The Kramers’ since the age of 14, and the band have slowly morphed into a three-piece. It’s all part of a bigger picture and most recently the live show has involved a bit of performance art. They played The Underdog in Brisbane on ANZAC Day night and towards the end of their set Ethan took hammer to nail and built a crude stand/shrine, on which he precariously perched Per Purpose’s newly released 7”.

For more information check out the Dead Dolphins Records bandcamp.


Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 16 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 69: Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys; Tape/Off

Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Gerald Keaney and The Gearlad Keaneys is the band of Brisbane philosopher and social activist Dr. Gerald Keaney. They play what could possibly only be referred to as ‘deconstructed pop music’ – which I know doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Grunge’ or ‘trip hop’. Partly sarcastic, mostly satirical, they have an ‘Abbreviated Pop Song’ as well as another ‘Song of Songs’, a witty one about the every-growing concern in the music industry about having too many songs. Sort of, not really but we can agree that Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys are anti-capitalism without having to resort to Beatles covers or ‘Free Hug’ placards.

You can listen to “Through The Ages” on Bandcamp.

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Tape/Off
Recorded by Matt Hall.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

They’ve been making music under that name since 2009, and all the members are heavily involved in other bands and creative pursuits. Recently they released the first single and accompanying music video from their upcoming album, which is set for release mid year through Sonic Masala. Pedestal Fan is short and sweet, it’s a bit punk without being too rough. To me, it’s got that in common with the best Aussie rock from the 90s and we all know that we do it better than the yanks anyway.

For more info on Tape/Off, check out their web presence.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 9 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 67: Extrafoxx; Naked Maja

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Extrafoxx
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Conwae Burrell is Extrafoxx, mostly, he has a band but faces come and go. He’s been making humorous but somehow earnest pop-punk since the early 2000s but it wasn’t until 2010 that Extrafoxx’s debut album was released on Bedroom Suck Records. Songs such as ‘Big Pineapple’ and ‘Lisa Needs Braces’ (an ode to the Simpsons joke) are like folk music for the jaded gen x internet addicts – everyone sings along too. If you don’t believe the hype just wait and hear for yourself.

For more information on Extrafoxx head to their Bandcamp.

Naked Maja
Recorded by Matt Hall.
Mixed by Michael Whitney.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

They’ve undergone a few line-up changes while exploring their place in the greater sound spectrum. 2014 sees the band furthering their electronic influences and becoming tighter in the process without losing their introspective edge. In November 2013 they released their third EP titled Disillusion as a free download on bandcamp. For this performance they tried out some new material, a teething set as they called it. Chris Campion of the band Multiple Man (who we featured in episode 65 of Live Delay guests on synthesizer.

For more info on Naked Maja, check out their Facebook.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 18 April 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 66: Cannon; Dag

Photo by Glen Schenau. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Photo by Glen Schenau. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Cannon
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Mar 22 2014.

Cannon are one of Brisbane’s quiet achievers but you wouldn’t know it if you saw one of their shows. Yes, they’re loud, they’re messy and sweaty and look so effortless doing it all too because they do this almost every weekend. They released their debut album in 2011 and followed it up with a 7” single last year on Bon Voyage records, a Brizzy label that brought you the Feathers LP and later the debut 7” of Martyr privates. But it’s their dynamic unpretentious live presence that sets them apart from your everyday garage rock band. That and their songs are damn catchy too.

For more information on Cannon head to their facebook.

Photo by Aiden Reid. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Photo by Aiden Reid. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Dag
Recorded by Luke Walsh.
Mixed by Luke Walsh.
Recorded at Guilt Retreat 8, Nov 16 2013.

The name Dag conjures up images of 20th century Australiana, a not so distant past but an endearing one at that. Dag main man, Dusty, channels his inner Grant McLennan and wears the Go-Betweens influence on his sleeve. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it dolewave (the unfortunate title for a new wave of Australian jangle-pop) and it’s more similar to Scott & Charlene’s Wedding’s sombre first record rather than the almost lackadaisical nature of a group like Birth Prefect.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 18 April 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.