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Evile Eddie

Evile Eddie

Evil Eddie, a name synonymous with the DIY ethic, classic beats with a pop edge, and all out fun, has been holed up in his own studio for the past year or so, tinkering away like a mad professor and putting the final touches on his debut opus. Now, as Eddie emerges from the lab, he is ready to show the world what he’s been hiding with his crowd funded body of work, Welcome To Flavour Country. Evil Eddie will be showcasing the new tunes in Sydney’s iconic Annandale Hotel TONIGHT as he wraps up the NSW leg of his tour.

His latest single Golden age is a classic blend of beats, samples and pure hop hop magic as he weaves lyrics round the undeniably catchy melody. Check out the tune below and tune into the show this Saturday for more Evil Eddie tunes!

Head to the Evil Eddie website for more info, awesome digital downloads and more news!


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Bestival - Isle of White - UK

Bestival – Isle of White – UK

Normally trips back home are all about cups of tea at in the inlaws house and long bouts of motorway driving in the rain. This year was different. Fresh of the plane we jumped on a boat and headed for the last of the UK’s big summer festivals. Nestled on the Isle of White Bestival is a sprawling, sun drenched, hive of activity set in the rolling British countryside. Among the bands included Stevie Wonder, Azealia Banks, Florence and the Machine, Django Django, Roots manuva, Two Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard…. the list goes on and on and on.

Brilliant fun, loads of different areas filled with tents, activities, side shows, food stalls, and places to explore.  Bestival was my first British festival in almost a decade and I forgot just how large the venues spread. Stand out acts were The XX and Florence who smashed out Friday nights music. Ben Howard who is a demon on the live stage and random act of the weekend must go to 100% Beefcock and the Titsburster.

Have a little glimpse of Florence and the Machine’s set on the clip below:

Check out the Bestival videos over on YouTube to get up close and personal with some of the best acts.


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Electric Elements

Electric Elements – No Place Like Home

This weekend Sydney hip hop group Electric Elements  return to Sydney’s Brighten Up Bar in Darlinghurst with ‘Hand That MC A Mic #2′.  The high energy outfit take us through their new EP, No Place Like Home, taking time out to explain the music influences behind their EP and how it came to be.

“We wanted to write a little something to introduce our upcoming EP ‘No Place Like Home’. Perhaps even mention the lead single ‘Change Of Heart‘ that we have recently released and that can be found on Triple J Unearthed and YouTube. But we decided against it… Instead, we thought we would put something together on how we got to where we are musically. We have just spent the best part of 12 months writing and recording an EP and that kind of passion for something has to come from somewhere.

Well, as I (Pro MC) write this on behalf of Electric Elements, I realise that the passion most likely comes from my parents to start with, most notably my Dad. There was not a minute of the day he wasn’t playing something. Singing along to whatever came on. Schooling me to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, BB King, The Beatles and about a thousand others. To this day my iPod is still half full of what he played me as a kid. I know deciBel is the same way. We have known each other long enough for me to tell you that he would not have the passion he does if his Mum wasn’t such a lover of music. Hell, we’ve even sampled vinyls she sourced for us in the past haha!

What we’ve done here, however, is put together a list of four albums that have been instrumental in shaping us, our music and the latest EP in any way. Obviously, there are countless we could have gone with, but we thought we’d pay homage to those Australian Hip Hop albums that have meant something. Enjoy the read.


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Happiness is a thing called music, and when your music is a full up of the happy stuff as The Shiny Brights’ you know you must be onto something. Here’s 3½ reasons why:

1 – The Shiny Brights have released an awesome clip for their latest track, Tightrope.  The clip, produced and edited by Tom Stevens, used 1600 A3 pages photographed and spliced together at 10 frames per second to create the awesome animated burst of goodness you see below.

2 – The single Tightrope is available to you for free. Just head over to the bandcamp page and swap your email for a free mp3 download.

3 -They’re supporting Faker on July 12th. Playing The Star’s tequila laden live venue, Rock Lily. Creating a night that is sure to involve some late night bacchanalia and good times!

½ points go the animated gif the boys have created…. ’nuff said.

Kudos to Tone Deaf for surfacing another great Australian band…

If you like the Shiny Brights – You’re gonna love the Griswolds

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Hip Hop on Trial Debate

Hip Hop on Trial Debate

“Success never smelled so sweet, I stink of success!” So declared Jay-Z  this weekend at a concert in London’s Hackney Marshes. The one time crack dealer was well placed to make such claims coming from ‘rock’ bottom to become one of the richest rappers on the planet.

But is rap an art form that gives the street a voice? Or is it all just money, misogyny and materialism? Is hip-hop the authentic voice of the oppressed that turns anger into poetry and political action – or is it a glorification of all that holds back oppressed minorities and hinders them from mainstream assimilation?

This week, Intelligence Squared and Google+ team up for a never-before-seen global debate on hip-hop. Taking place in London’s historic Barbican Centre and streamed live on the web through Intelligence Squared’s unique Versus courtroom format the event will showcase two brilliant advocates who will grill the panellists to build a case either for or against the motion.

Speakers will be on stage will include Jesse Jackson, Q-Tip, KRS-One, P. J. O’Rourke, Estelle, ?uestlove and many more either appearing on the big screen via Google+ Hangout.

In an exclusive London appearance, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier will face off with critical voices Shaun Bailey, David Cameron’s adviser on youth and crime, Tony Sewell, youth charity founder, and Hattie Collins, music editor of i-D magazine. P J O’Rourke, America’s leading satirist, will be adding his dose of wit and libertarianism on the Hangout from his hideaway in New Hampshire.

When: Tuesday, 26 June, 19:00-20:30 GMT (What’s the time in London Now?)

Watch and Vote Online:
Versus YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/versusdebates and  Versus Google+ Channel bit.ly/iq2google

Comments & thoughts welcome below…

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The Griswolds - Heart of a lion

The Griswolds – Heart of a lion

The Griswolds present a giant bundle of fun with their new single Heart of a Lion. Livelier than a box of frogs, this fast paced, fresh faced Sydney five piece Sydney are creating a bit of a name for themselves around town; not least for trashing the studio in which they filmed their latest video clip. They have since been banned from returning after the shoot took 5 days to mop up. Oops!

The Griswolds have had a strong start to 2012, with support shows alongside some of Australia’s best new bands including Millions, San Cisco, Hey Geronimo, and Kids of 88. I saw them last week at Bondi’s Beach Rd hotel and they tore it up so make sure you are in attendance for their upcoming gigs.  To get you in the mood their latest track, Heart of a Lion, is available free via their bandcamp page. Dates for the Sydney gigs under the clip.

Oxford Art Factory – HAT PARTY
July 13th
w/ Made In Japan, Toucan, Tom Ugly

FBI Social – Kings Cross Hotel
July 20th
w/ City Riots and In Measures

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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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