Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Little Bonus For You All.

Hey gang.

Just thought I'd drop you a little bonus Mixtape in between the regular. This mixtape is 6 tracks from artists I know and respect from back home in Melbourne, Australia. Some are gaining themselves quite a following and some are looking for more people to experience their music. So give them a listen and if you get a chance drop them a line and let them know you are listening. It would be great to see you get behind them all.


Dallas Frasca - Strong Man (Feat. Xavier Rudd)
Frasca's distinctive, gutsy, heart-felt vocal style is of uncommon strength, maybe it came down the line of blood from a relative of hers, famous Opera Singer, DAME NELLIE MELBA (who appears on the AUS $100 note). Her chunky slide guitar grooves are earning her respect from fellow musicians and been wowing crowds all over Australia. In just 3 years she has achieved more than most musicians could hope for in a lifetime. Stepping in the shoes of legendary Australian rock singer, Peter Garrett, Dallas has fronted Midnight Oil and Violent Femme's bass player, Brian Ritchie as well as touring the Australian country with Xavier Rudd.

Dallas comes from a background of singing with roots bands. She moved away from home and begun singing at the Saphire Coast town of Pambula, N.S.W, with some friends jamming. Re-locating back to her stomping ground, Wangaratta, NE Victoria, she worked rotating day/night 12 hour shifts as a Laboratory Technician for nearly 6 years on and off. In almost solitary confinement for the 12 hours, she learned to sing by listening to vocalists on the small transistor radio in the lab.

Kelly McCabe - Seedy Days
Kelly McCabe hails from a small town in the North East of Victoria. "A little like an Aussie Jewel - minus the bogan twangs of Missy Higgins - plus a sense of humour most emo kids would die for." - Natalie Kotsios Journalist

Lee Rosser - Breathe
There is a certain stubborness needed to be an artist untouched by the inevitable lure of commercial short term gain. Few however, take it to the extremes that Lee Rosser does.

Growing much of his own food and living in a house he built himself from mostly recycled materials, many of the ideas and philosophies contained in “Giving Yourself Away” are based on the process of supporting yourself and the compromises needed to do it.

This debut solo record from the former "Rambunctious" frontman has the rare quality of working as well in the studio as it does live. Blessed with a three octave vocal range, and grooving right hand the album uses only voice, guitar, and drums (Nicky Bomba). The result is a far cry from the normal singer/songwriter spangle jangle. By using minimal effects and overdubs it has a very upfront, percussive feel.

A definite slow burner for 2008/9.

Matt Chapman - After All The Words
Matt Chapman is quite the Folk singer. After honing his abilities in smaller alternative bands he branched out onto his own stage to deliver what some have said to be the best voice in Australian Folk music. A strong following of all things spiritual, Matt delivers amazing lyrics over soothing acoustic guitar. With the inclusion of a vast array of classical instruments Matt's music is something to behold.

Ryder - Others
When Jade Myconos sings, it’s a unique sound, both alluring and powerful, the songs beg for your attention, equally matched by the sound of the boys in her band. This is the sound of Ryder. Based in Melbourne but originally from North-East Victoria, their brand of ‘Urban Roots’ encompasses blues, country, folk and pop, has been impressing audiences at pubs and festivals across Victoria for the past 2 years.
'Jade is one of those secrets you want to let all your friends in on - she has always inspired me to sing with soul, as she does so effortlessly.’ – Ella Hooper - Killing Heidi.
Slipping into the scene in 2005 with a self titled duo EP, featuring Jade and the inspiring Greg Whitehead (Matt Joe Gow Band) on acoustic guitar, bottle neck slide, lap steel and vocals, Ryder immediately received regular airplay on Triple J’s ‘Roots n All’ and community radio Australia wide.

‘Ryder, music from the soul that melts your heart’ - Dallas Frasca

Soon after the EPs release, the Ryder sound was rounded out with the addition of double and electric bassist, Trent McKenzie (The Bentleys, Fourth Floor Collapse, Cat Walker & the Male Models) and the stick and brushwork of Mark Aird on drums.

Storme - I Should Know
Storme is an experienced and powerful singer, songwriter and guitarist and a West Australian Academy Of Performing Arts graduate.

Her second album/debut album "Images Of Reality" shows influences from Sarah McLaughlan with her angelic harmonising and captivating moments. Also, a hint of Bonnie Raitt's cool yet blues and country rock based structures and , for those with a keen ear, the subtle yet intriguing cool blue sounds of Rickie Lee Jones.

Combined with her third release "Gone To Freedom", she presents passionate but serious vocals with an attitude to encompass and satisfy the listener.

So there you go. A little bonus for you. Personally I think they are all great artists but that could just be me being biased! Check them out for yourselves and let me know what you think. I'm sure you will like them too.

Bonus Melbourne Mixtape - The Week In Sound.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mixtape #5

Number 5 is ALIVE!!!!

Hi guys and gals.

Quite strange to believe that we are up to the 5th Mixtape already! I'm really enjoying finding all this new stuff to listen to. I've found some real gems in amongst it all. Mixtape #5 is no different. Once again there is 12 new bands with 12 new songs. A tasty little foundation to lay future Mixtape's on. So I best not ramble on much longer and let you get to the good stuff.

Hope you enjoy #5!!! It's ALIVE!!!

Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon (born August 28, 1981) is an American electronic musician and performer, whose project originated from Babylon, New York and Baltimore, Maryland. He is best known for his live performances and the 2007 album, "Spiderman of the Rings."

Dollboy is an Indie Psychedelic Acoustic artist. Departing from his previously instrumental-only blend of acoustic and electronic sounds, Dollboy delivers A Beard Of Bees as his first 'song'-based album.

Here We Go Magic
Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke Temple's self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material.

An Horse
An Horse is a two-person indie pop band from Brisbane, Australia, comprising Kate Cooper of Iron On on vocals and guitar and Damon Cox of Intercooler and Mary Trembles on drums.

Immaculate Machine
Immaculate Machine are a Canadian indie pop band from Victoria, British Columbia. The band's name is taken from the lyrics of "One-Trick Pony" from the album One-Trick Pony by Paul Simon.

Kevin Devine
Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for alternately introspective and political lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar tunes. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Guns N' Roses, Brother Paramo and Nirvana, among others.

Lay Low
Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, better known by her stage name, Lay Low, is an Icelandic Indie artist and singer.

Pink Mountaintops
Pink Mountaintops, AKA Stephen McBean, has slowly emerged as a distinctive voice and a very special contributor to the North American songbook. A veteran of the Vancouver/Victoria punk rock scene, McBean is best known for his contributions to acclaimed rock band Black Mountain, as principal songwriter, guitarist and co-vocalist.

Sin Fang Bous
Welcome to the Wunderkammer. Pop music with a bow, a present from Reykjavik and from Sindri Mar Sigfusson. A present that he gave to us and especially to himself. A surprise album, a search game in terms of pop music.

Swan Lake
Swan Lake is a Canadian indie supergroup comprising Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes, Daniel Bejar of Destroyer, Hello, Blue Roses and The New Pornographers, and Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Frog Eyes.

The Wooden Birds
Andrew Kenny is a native Texan who after nearly six years in Brooklyn, NY has returned to beautiful Austin, TX. He's best known as the singer/songwriter behind mellow indie favorites the American Analog Set.

Probably best known by London gig-goers as the posse behind regular Wednesday club Goonite at the Buffalo Bar in Islington, Wry actually began life many moons ago, back in their homeland of Brazil.

Well there you go. Another round of tracks to get into. I hope you find something you like.

Take a listen here:

Mixtape #5 - The Week In Sound.

Have a grand week people!! I know I will!

The Doc!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mixtape #4

Hi Listeners.

Richard Baker once said that the discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril. It's a quote that bounces around my head quite a lot. You have everything if you have music. You have emotions that outlast words. You have a way to escape from the day to day chores of life. You have meaning in song. You have a platform to share without it seeming like you are giving too much away. You have it all when you have music.

With say that I now present you with Mixtape #4. Another collection of songs that have taken me, and hopefully you, to another place. A feeling inside that is too hard to describe. New sounds which equate to new emotions.

Listen and feel.

Attack In Black
Attack in Black’s music merges old school rock and roll with modern day punk rock. In some respects, their sound resembles popular forms of melodic, aggressive or energetic punk rock. The band has also been influenced by unlikely sources from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, to Refused and Ramones, to Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski.

Beep Beep
Beep Beep is a rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in July 2001 by Eric Bemberger and Chris Hughes, formerly of Saddle Creek group Gabardine.

Fanfarlo is a London-based indie pop band formed in 2006 by the Swedish musician Simon Balthazar. Utilising instruments such as the trumpet, violin and mandolin as well as more commonplace instruments such as guitars and drums, they produce carefully arranged and infectious pop songs that are both uplifting and beautifully orchestrated.

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear's sound is categorized as experimental rock, folk rock, or just indie rock, and is most dominated by the use of acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.

In-Flight Safety
In-Flight Safety is a Canadian indie rock group, currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The group consists of vocalist and guitarist John Mullane, keyboardist Daniel Ledwell, bassist Brad Goodsell and drummer Glen Nicholson.

Joe Boden
Joe Boden was born in Chicago and raised in the UK. His music is acoustic alternative pop, delivered with smooth and thoughtful lyrics.

Loney, Dear
Loney, Dear is the pseudonym of Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen. He has self-released four albums of music in his native Sweden.

Other Lives
Other Lives is a band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The band is most famous for its single Black Tables which features during the end of Things Fall Apart (Ugly Betty).

Radio Moscow
Radio Moscow is a psychedelic blues rock band. After approaching Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the band managed to sign themselves to Dan's home recording studio Alive Records. Auerbach also produced their eponymous debut album, released in 2007.

Jherek Bischoff AKA Ribbons doesn’t have a huge portfolio, but he was Jamie Stewart’s main collaborator on his best record - Xiu Xiu’s Fabulous Muscles.

Southeast Engine
Southeast Engine is an indie-folk-rock outfit from Athens, Ohio.

In and around 2007 Merrill Garbus creates tUnE-yArDs. She thought the exasperating capitalization will buy her some time. Sampling snippets of her life as a nanny on Martha’s Vineyard and later as a young musician in noisy urban settings, she weaved sounds together to make substantial rhythms and then layered her ukulele and vocals over top.

There we go folks. 12 more little snippets of today's great Indie Music scene. Have a listen and tell me what you think, and if you like anything you hear then go buy the albums.

Cheers for listening!!

Das Link:

Mixtape #4 - The Week In Sound.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mixtape #3

Hey there fellow music lovers!

Well week 3 is upon us and it's been a good week. Some of the more popular bands are beginning to release new albums and there is some really good stuff from the up and comer's too! So this little mix will contain a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B.

So grab yourself a handful of Oreo's and a big glass of milk and take a listen as to what this week has in store.

Oh and thanks for having a listen!

Here we go!


Bat For Lashes
Bat For Lashes is the pseudonym of English musician Natasha Khan (born 25 October 1979), a Brighton-based songwriter.

Cats On Fire
Cats On Fire are an Indie Pop band who come directly from Finland with their intricate songs and happy sounds.

Color Cassette
Color Cassette are an experimental Indie Folk Rock band formed by Jason Corder (aka OffTheSky).

Dan Auerbach
Daniel Q. Auerbach (born May 14, 1979) is a multi-instrumentalist best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

The Decemberists
The Decemberists is an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy.

The Dreadful Yawns
Once in a while, a country record comes along with the rare ability to attract non-country fans.

Making April
Making April is an American rock band formed in Verplanck, New York, in 2005. The band composes vocalist and pianist Sean Scanlon, bassist Gregory Federspiel and guitarist and backing vocalist Steven McCaffrey.

Metric is a Canadian New Wave/indie rock band. Originally formed in 1998 in New York City. Led by vocalist Emily Haines who also has released her own solo albums.

This Cincinnati quartet broke on the scene last year with their debut full length, Everything Is Alive--an album that garnered immediate attention and support from music lovers and taste-makers alike.

Ruarri Joseph
Ruarri Joseph is an Indie Alternative singer/songwriter based in Newquay, Cornwall.

Snuffaluffagus is a musical endeavor created by songwriter Chris Braciszewski, an enthusiast of many musical tastes.

Stuck In The Sound
Stuck in the Sound wear their musical influences on their sleeve on their second album, their sound bearing unmistakable traces of American and British indie bands such as The Pixies, Nirvana and The Smiths.

A nice little selection of tunes I hope you agree?

There is nothing more satisfying than finding a new band or singer/songwriter and sharing it with others to listen to. I've had a chance look at that and although I do like the concept, I find it hard to share the newest of new music. I will keep keeping on with it until I can find a way around it, but in the meantime just enjoy these tunes and if you have any rec's for me don't hesitate to drop me a line. I'm always looking for the perfect song!

Linky link link:

Mixtape #3 - The Week In Sound.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mixtape #2

Hi Followers!!

So here we are at week 2 of The Week In Sound Mixtapes. 12 new songs, 12 new artists. All very good songs and worth a listen of two. So instead of rambling on let's get into it and listen to some great music.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, is an American singer, songwriter, and actor.

The Boy Least Likely To
The Boy Least Likely To are an English indie pop duo, composed of composer/multi-instrumentalist Pete Hobbs and lyricist/singer Jof Owen.

Gentleman Reg
Reg Vermue (born Trenton, Ontario), who records as Gentleman Reg, is a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter. His folk-pop style has been commonly compared to Elliott Smith, Aimee Mann, Sufjan Stevens and The Smiths.

Great Lake Swimmers
Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian band built around the melodic folk rock songs of singer-songwriter Tony Dekker. The band's style has been compared to Red House Painters, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine and Neil Young.

The Leisure Society
The Leisure Society is a band formed by Nick Hemming, formerly of early 1990s indie band She Talks To Angels.

“There’s loads of them and they come from Accrington. They produce some of the most beautiful, haunting sounds that you’re ever likely to hear; as bleak and as beautiful as the Lancastrian moors which border their upbringing.”

Modern Skirts
Modern Skirts is an alternative pop band based in Athens, GA.

The Phantom Band
The Phantom Band are scottish proto-robofolk band from Glasgow. Highly recommended!!!

Say Hi
Say Hi (formerly Say Hi to Your Mom) is a Seattle, Washington-based indie rock group run by Eric Elbogen.

Vetiver is an American folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic and often joined by Devendra Banhart, cellist Alissa Anderson, and violinist Jim Gaylord.

The Whitest Boy Alive
The Whitest Boy Alive is a musical group based in Berlin. The band comprises singer/guitarist Erlend Øye, who is also a member of the band Kings of Convenience, bassist Marcin Öz, drummer Sebastian Maschat, and Daniel Nentwig on Rhodes piano and Crumar. EXCELLENT!!!

William Elliott Whitmore
Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he flawlessly conveys through all of his records.

Well there you go. Mixtape #2. I do hope you enjoyed the first one and are wetting yourself in anticipation for this and the many Mixtapes to follow!

Now click on the link and get listening!!

Mixtape #2 - The Week In Sound.