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Archive | November, 2011

Tim Hart ‘Stride By Stride’

Earlier this year I was very surprised to see Boy And Bear’s drummer, Tim Hart, listed as the support act for Sufjan Stevens’ show in Melbourne. Sure, he had taken on more vocal duties for the band lately, but I still had no idea at all that he had a solo career. His opening set was simply fantastic though: gorgeous, pure, straight-up acoustic music that exhibited a true song-writing talent as well as a great voice and a charming stage presence. While it’s hard to see Tim devoting much more time to his solo music given how massive Boy And Bear have become, that’s no reason why we can’t enjoy the solo tracks that he has recorded so far

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Elephant Eyes ‘I Want To Know’

Elephant Eyes are a fairly new Melbourne band who have just released their debut single, ‘I Want To Know’, which has already received a bit of love from radio stations PBS, Triple R, and SYN. It’s no surprise either: this is a delicately and superbly crafted track, built around the interplay between alternating lead vocalists Kate McMahon and Stu Hazelman (also of The Hazelman Brothers). It’s slow paced but in a very endearing, deliberate way, and it stands out head and shoulders above a lot of generic Australian music at the moment.

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Elbow And Bombay Bicycle Club Australian Tour

In the most exciting tour announcement in quite some time, UK band Elbow have revealed that they will be returning to Australia less than a year after absolutely killing it at Splendour In The Grass. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they are also bringing fellow UK band, the excellent Bombay Bicycle Club, with them for the series of shows. This is not a tour to be missed, and it looks like I may just have to break my ‘no festival hall gigs’ policy. Tickets are on sale December 6th.

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The National ‘Twenty Miles To NH Part 2’

This track hit the interwebs a couple of weeks ago but I completely missed it, which means, hey, you might just have missed it as well. In which case I am happy to present to you a new studio recording from the greatest band in the world, The National, performing a cover of a Philistines Jr. track, ‘Twenty Miles To NH Part 2’. And holy shit what a cover it is.

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Jens Lekman ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information’

Fresh off releasing one of the best EPs of the year, ‘An Argument With Myself’, Melbourne-based Swede Jens Lekman played an acoustic session for London’s Maida Vale studios, where he opened proceedings with a new track entitled ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information’. It sounds a lot like your typical Jens song: pretty, witty, and downright fantastic. Have a listen.

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Allbrook/Avery ‘Wait ‘Til Morning’

Allbrook/Avery is, fittingly, a collaboration between Nick Allbrook and Cameron Avery, both of whom you may recognise from other projects such as Pond, Tame Impala, and Growl. I’ve been receiving emails about the band for a while but only checked them out very recently, and I must say I’m quite impressed, even though it’s not exactly the type of music I usually listen to. The guys have just released their debut album, ‘Big Art’, which includes previous single ‘Empty’ as well as this track, ‘Wait ‘Til Morning’.

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