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Skipping Girl Vinegar have released the official clip to their euphoric clip You can last week and it is a beauty!

The band are currently touring the epic new album Keep Calm and Carry the Monkey which was put together both here in Australia, Canada and the States. I caught up the bands lead singer Mark Lang to chat about their new music and what it was like to be back on the road as one of Australia’s favourite new bands:

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Bondi FM Buskers

Bondi FM Buskers

Bondi FM in association with Sound School and the Bondi Winter Magic Festival will be attempting to break the current world record for the Worlds Largest Busk. On Sunday 31st of July we’ll aim to smash the current record  and so will need 240 musicians to register and play for 2 hours in Bondi in order to break the Guinness World Record.

We are looking for amateur and professional musicians, one man bands, school choirs, orchestras, musical families, solo performers or small people that juggle. If you can make music then sign up today!

Every particiating busker is invited to collect money in a cap or guitar case, but we ask that a minimum of 10% of all money raised be donated to Sound School – a local charity set up to give disadvantaged children the chance to learn and play musical instruments.

There will be prizes for the best and most original acts on the day, including 15 hours of recording studio time and a chance to play live on Bondi FM’s  live music show – “Monday Night Live” hosted by local musician Anthony McKeon. Every registered busker will also receive a certificate of participation. Head to the Bondi FM page to register today!

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BhangLassi

BhangLassi Walk of Shame session

Sydney indie-rock outfit Bhanglassi stopped by the Walk of Shame this morning performing three tracks live in the opulent surrounds of the Bondi FM Studios.  In between tales of flooding schools, wearing meat undies and dreams of performing naked* the fellas informed us they’re starting to work on a new album which is due out soon-ish.  Braving some pretty shocking weather the guys did well to squeeze into the studio and bust out their own brand of BhangLassi magic.

For the un-initiated their sound is similar to the Twang, or The Specials with just a touch of Happy Mondays and whilst the boys are fully assimilated into their Aussie lives their British heritage shines through brightly in the music. Always upbeat their music is defined by ‘kick ass choruses’ and some raucous harmonies.

The boys, who showed some comedy genius in the interview, are normally joined live by trumpets, keyboards and beats on stage but they whittled it down to three guitars and percussion to be able to fit in the studio. Check out the songs below and head along to The Gaelic this Friday to catch them live in all their glory.

There’s two other tracks for your audible over on my Soundcloud page. BhangLassi performed live on Bondi FM 23.7.11

*I may have embellished the wish to perform naked. But only slightly.

 

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Check out this awesome little number from Florence Welch & Co. Recorded in New Orleans last year in the midst of Florence and the Machine’s North American tour, the cover is part of a forthcoming Buddy Holly tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly, which commemorates the late musician’s 75th birthday. The album features tracks by My Morning, Jacket, Paul McCartney and Lou Reed to name but a few and thanks to the tip off from Nowness I get to spread to the word here.

Florence delivers a Bourbon infused jive rendition of the number fusing her trademark lungs with the lazy brass sounds of New Orleans. Kudos to the management for getting heavily involved in the video which was shot by long standing mischief maker and creative director Tabatha Denholm on location in the States. Luv their work.

Rave On Buddy Holly has just been released on Fantasy Records/Concorde Music Group. Go get it!

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Sad News

My beloved Mac took a tumble last night. Things aren’t looking too good for Horace. After 2 full years of dedicate daily companionship, I fear he may never recover. This may impact my blogging career slightly as I can’t see the words on the screen anymore…

These are hard times and we appreciate your love and support through the whole ordeal. I’m considering organising a live benefit concert for him… Perhaps penning a little song that can make it as a charity single… We’ll see.

I take him to the doctors later this week. Till then my friends, we may have to communicate telepathically or something.

Peace out xx

Sad Times

Sad Times

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Charlie Mayfair

Charlie Mayfair Tell Her

Charlie Mayfair have been hard at it this year kicking off 2011 with a trip to Sunset Sounds playing alongside Boy & Bear, Angus & Julia Stone and Tame Impala. They’ve supported Tin sparrow, sang with Emma Louise, and began work on their new album, leading the charge with a new single entitled Tell Her.

The track opens with a smouldering drum beat that escalates the tension of the song, driving and forcing it into newer, bigger sounds for the band. By the time the first chorus comes around the song is racing along, melodies cascading over guitars, voices and lyrics forcing it ever upward till the pause; a chance to grab a breath as a solitary ‘I love you‘ draws you closer before the drums kick in for the final crescendo and song is done.

Working with Matt Redlich, who created the last Hungry Kids of Hungary album has paid off for Charlie Mayfair. Drawing maturity and somehow adding even more complexity and warmth to their trademark melodies and sound. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the band who are possibly one of the nicest groups of people you’re ever likely to meet and damn fine musicians to boot. On stage they excel, the chemistry between them oozes and the end result is a live act you should not pass up should the chance to see them arise.

The new single, Tell Her is offered as a free download from the band’s bandcamp page and you can catch them at the Emma-Louise EP Launch in Brisbane’s Visy Theatre, next Saturday 9th July.

 

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