Archive for April, 2012

Walk of Shame Greats

Walk of Shame Greats

Thank all of you guys for sticking with the Walk of Shame over the last 100 posts. Through the blog and the show at Bondi Fm I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, some mighty fine musicians and damn fine gigs.

When there are so many other music blogs out there it’s great to think you take the time to pass by this little corner of the internet and hang out for a while. It has been an honour to bring you some brilliant music from around the world. I had no idea when I started this with Mr Timmy Magic that it would go so far:

Pickwick gave us our first American flag, with the inspirational Chris Assaad flying the Maple Leaf high for Canadians. Closer to home it has been an absolute delight to chat with the mighty Charlie Mayfair, the beautiful Julia Stone, and the breath taking TigerTown who played live for us after travelling for miles to get here. Between them they make up just a few of the brilliantly talented musicians and bands that have come through the Bondi Fm studio for breakfast.

If you like the last 100 posts be sure to help get the word out by sharing the links of jumping on facebook and hitting the like button, or join the conversation on our twitter stream to put in new music recommendations or requests.

The next 100 posts are sure to be just as exciting so keep on reading on. I will be working harder to bring you the best new Australian music and continue to flirt with our international musical neighbours to make the Walk of Shame an exciting music meeting place, with the radio show as your musical soundtrack for the weekend.

Thanks again and big love!

Ben xx



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Birdy - Skinny Love

Last year 16 yr old Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, or Birdy as she is affectionately known, struck YouTube gold with her smouldering rendition of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love. 21 million hits later and the track has finally been given an official Australian release. Not really sure what took them so long?

Birdy has released an album of covers that is out on Warner Bros and available through her website and all the expected music retailers you can think of. Hear her haunting covers of Phoenix, The XX and The National to name but a few. What’s missing is the cover of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team recorded for the Radio 1 live lounge which is rather beautiful. Fragile vocals, stark, bare boned piano playing collide to make a unmistakable experience.

Purchase the album for a special Sunday treat or sign up to the Birdy mailing list for a free mp3.

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New Music - Siobhan

Siobhan - Soldier Heart

The warmth from of Soldier Heart reaches you the second you hit play. It was so good I listened to it twice in one sitting.

A copy of the debut album from Melbourne singer songwriter Siobhan was waiting for me after a gruelling 24hr flight from the UK. The CD arrived unexpected and unannounced, without any notation or fanfare. It’s a good looking CD with some cool cover art and a card from those nice people at Maths and Magic, a PR company that you can trust for quality folk music.

Right from the outset the music that enveloped the house soothed and warmed my soul, healing the parts of the body that tea alone can’t reach. Simple folk structures with solid guitar playing and light piano accompaniment gently shimmer through the way dappled light plays under a tree.

Confessional lyrics, voiced by Siobhan’s almost husky vocals give way to some brilliant musical arrangements. It’s easy to listen to to, without being easy listening. It can be a little obvious at times but it only adds to the familiarity, which in turn, adds to the warmth of Soldier Heart. Listening to this record is like listening to the tales from an old friend. The album is available in May and can be streamed via Soundcloud below. For those of you in Melbourne head The Toff in Town on the 23rd May to catch the Album launch. I’ll be playing tracks on the show this weekend on Bondi FM and more details are available here.

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He’s a cheeky little number to break the blog silence of late. Foe, showcased their latest single, A Handsome Stranger Called Death, on Steve Lamacq’s Introducing show for BBC 6 Music recently and it gives the perfect insight the the grungy new direction this British indie pop maker has taken.

Foe is a musical project by the British indie artist Hannah Clark who previously lent her distinctive vocals to the alternative pop band Arthur. This latest project picks her grungy world up, drenching it in reverb infused melodies
ready for a new dawn of musical adventuring. So much so I’ll be making sure A Handsome Stranger Called Death is on high rotation on the Walk of Shame Show once I return from my jaunt in the UK!

See you soon!

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