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Archive for January, 2012

I’m a little late on the update for this chic who’s been topping the UK’s ‘one to watch’ lists for the last 6 months or so. Still it’s better to be late than never hear the lyrical styles of this fiery little nutter. Back in the UK Azealia Banks is causing a bit of a storm don’t you know.

London based, but Harlem born, Azealia Banks made it to number three on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 and was dubbed NME’s Coolest person of 2011. (Though they’d obviously never heard of you before!?) Bringing a hip hop lyrical edge to some street spat rhymes, Azealia Banks, or Miss Bank$ as she is sometimes known, has been popping up on blogs, lists and radio spots on both sides of the pond since her cover of interpol’s slow hands last year.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks

At that time Miss Bank$ was signed to XL recordings but has since moved on, starting a major label rush to sign her up. Reflecting on the  recent split she told BBC NEWS “I was like, ‘This is not what I worked so hard my entire life to do – to be rejected by some English guy in West Bumblefrickin’ nowhere London, telling me I’m amateur or something like that’. So I just said, ‘Screw you!'”…and screw them she did.

The same interview calls her ‘brunt and bratty’ and whilst that, she may be, she posses an edge about her not seen for some time. Blending boundaries between UK dubstep and grime with good old fashioned Harlem hop hop there will be much more of this girl to come!

The current single 212 features Lazy Jay and showcases her trademark lyrics. New material will be out soon but for now enjoy what’s out and about on your local neighbourhood blogs and/or YouTube. …or just tune in to Bondi FM when I’m on and put the request on for her!

 

 

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Millions

Millions

Brisbane garage pop out outfit Millions are sneaking in a cheeky Sydney show ahead of their official February tour dates this Friday. Performing Upstairs at the Beresford before spinning some tunes at the World bar for a little after party action… If all goes to plan they’ll be joining me for breaky at Bondi FM for Saturday morning, before heading up to Newcastle for a gig there.

The rambunctious shenanigans look set to continue with a killer spot at Brisbane’s Big Day Out before taking on East Coast tour duties as part of the Triple Treat Tour with Nantes and Northeeast Party House. It’s all part of a packed schedule that has seen them support Gold Fields, The Belligerents and Bleeding Knees not forgetting the opening act of Splendour in the Grass this year. Not bad for a band that have been performing together for less than a year!

The lead single of the new EP is out now and yours for the price of an email. Head to the Millions bandcamp page for your free download. Then meet me upstairs at the Beresford to party like a mofo with a mojo!

Join us at Bondi FM, Curlewis st. Bondi from 9am this Saturday 14th Jan.

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Passenger

Passenger

What better way to start the new year than with a little  trip out the mountains to catch Passenger as part of his 2012 regional tour. Brighton’s boy wonder, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has teamed up with on/off tour buddy Stu Larsen and Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart to share some inspiring tales and tunes with regional Australia.

The Passenger live show has been attracting steady critical acclaim over the past few years due mainly to the depth and craftsmanship of this man’s guitar and vocal work. Lyrically his honesty & wit shine through, often with a dash of humour that is always in a manner befitting the moment. His depth of material allows him an impressive collection of heartbreakingly beautiful moments. Early tracks such as Caravan, the live favourite of Simon & Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence and more recent numbers such as Shape of Your Love all transcend the realms of troubadour, transporting listner to a world that is so easy to relate to it is instantly recognisable as their own.

No stranger to our Aussie shores Passenger recorded his last album in Sydney’s BJB studios after spending time on the road with some of our favourite artists: Lior, Josh Pyke,Boy & Bear, Elana Stone and Matt Corby to name but a few. The current tour line up showcases rising talents of Stu Larsen and solo action from Tim Hart. Yes, perhaps the line up of this regional tour could do with a boost from a female voice to mix things up a little, but I’m certain these boys will not disappoint.

Katoomba (11 Jan),  is the closest date for Sydney locals and trust me, it always goes off out there!  If you’re keen to venture further a feild, I visited Joe’s Waterhole close to Noosa recentenlty and the crowd there was bonkers, the setting would be perfect for these fella’s to do what they do best, perform rich songs, full of the magic of story telling.

Excellently showcasing the lighter side of his music, his latest track, I Hate, which featurs the line “I hate the X-Factor for murdering music, You bunch of money grabbing pricks!”  is yours for free. Just have to share it from his Facebook page to help spread the word!

Full tour dates and some excellent free downloads are available through Music Glue so go on and start your year the right way!

Passenger’s new album, All the Little Lights, is due out 24th February.

 

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