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Archive | January, 2012

Destroyer ‘Leave Me Alone’

UK music magazine Mojo have released a fantastic cover album of New Order’s classic record ‘Power, Corruption And Lies’, which can unfortunately only be obtained by purchasing their latest issue. There are a whole range of artists featured on the album, but for me the pick of the bunch is easily Destroyer, aka Dan Bejar, the artist behind my favourite record of 2011. Destroyer covers the track Leave Me Alone, and they do a wonderful job, resulting in a very memorably and enjoyable cover.

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The Ruminaters ‘Deadstuff’

The last thing that the Australian indie scene really needs is another garage-surf-rock band, but when the band in question is as good as Sydney’s The Ruminaters, I can certainly make an exception. Plus, any band that describes their music as “beatnik barnyard hillbilly swamp rock” can’t be bad. Have a listen to their first (and I believe only?) single, ‘Deadstuff’.

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Oliver Tank Tour

Sydney’s Oliver Tank is about to embark on an Australia-wide (kind of) tour following the breakout success of his debut EP ‘Dreams’, which has attracted a huge amount of attention in the month since it was released. Here are the details.

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Ugly Kids Club ‘My Soul’

Nashville-based duo Ugly Kids Club have recently released their debut self-titled EP, complete with album art in direct contrast to their name. It’s ballsy to list influences such as The Kills and M83, but in this case I think it’s justified: this is dark, synth-driven, edgy rock music that gets under your skin and stays there. The EP’s first single, ‘My Soul’, typifies their approach to music, constructed around the line “Music is my lover, she’s a sage, she’s physical”, which in this case is quite true.

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Gig Review: Beirut @ The Forum, 10th January

Not many bands can calmly walk onto stage and play two of my favourite ever songs within the first ten minutes of the show. But that’s exactly what Zach Condon and his band did a couple of nights ago at The Forum in Melbourne, with a casual nonchalance that contrasted with just how important their music obviously was to many of the adoring people packed into the sold out venue. And the night had only just begun.

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Ghoul Call It Quits

Beloved Sydney indie group Ghoul have announced via their Facebook page this afternoon that they are retiring. Admittedly I wasn’t initially a huge fan of the band- until, that is, I saw them live at Splendour In The Grass last year and thought they were absolutely fantastic. I’m definitely disappointed that I won’t get a chance to catch them live again.

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