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After a slightly troublesome morning on the wheels of steel (read laptop), our deadly duo struck gold with three brand new(ish) bands to boast and brag about on the Polyphonic Three.

First up we had some fresh Kiwi sounds from  The Naked and Famous. Summer anthems, beach parties and big festival dance halls will all strike gold with their killer single Young blood. Crazy cliché sounds that somehow sound sincere will leave you smiling, sweating and dancing with your hands sky bound every time. Classic pop at it’s best, I just wish the weather was better so we could get out there and feel it in all’s in glory. The single can be found entirely free over at Pretty Much Amazing and perhaps never has one song fit so well under their banner. Put it on, and dance yer pants off.

Israel Cannan is a young man on a mission:  “I have never wanted to wait around for some elusive big break that may or may not come. There is a whole world of people out there that will connect with what I do, I just have to find them…” And so with that armed with a friend, a video camera and a bunch of songs he set off travelling across this great land to share his music, and his tales with the world.  His debut album ‘Walk’  on which he’s  written, engineered and played every instrument on is  out now through his own label Poets Corner. Rich sounding roots music, melt under Cannan’s mahogany vocals which are as warm as treacle on a smouldering log fire.  Load up the combi and head into sunset, this guy’s got your soundtrack. It’s out now in iTunes or though his website for a real copy. Video’s and more of a flavour of what this man’s all about can be found on his YouTube channel. Go be inspired…

If things got too hot for you with Isreal Cannan then you may need to cool off in the pool.. but where is the pool or to put it another way “ou est le swimming pool” Which brings us neatly to our next artist on the Polyphonic Three “Ou Est Le Swimming Pool” (see what we did there?)
This group are a cheeky elcotro-pop style group from Camdan Town, London. They have been making ripples on the UK scene for some time now and became a huge hit on this years festival scene. The band were dealt a sudden blow earlier this year after the lead singer of the group, Charles Haddon committed suicide this August. The debut album “The Golden Year” has been released in his honour and the music shines through as a true testament to his character.  It’s available as a stream through Facebook or as a purchase through all of the normal online stores. Check it out.

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This week’s Polyphonic three got off to a flying start once Timmy took off his angry pants. Leaping from a somewhat down beat mole to the very pinnacle of broadcaster professional. As always, three new bands, hot on the scene were played and reviewed:

The first track from the seemingly “quirky and witty” Hannah Georgas a delightful Canadian who one day hopes to marry Jack Black. (Don’t ask us, its just what we heard on the street…) Her new track Chit Chat has some clever lyrics supported by a fantastic musical accompaniment, the track has a slow build of rhythm and melody that slowly picks up pace as the tune progresses. I was really impressed with her other tracks and highly recommend checking out her MySpace page to hear a few other gems from this cheeky Canadian. Look out for her future releases as if she’s going to snag the legendary Jack then she will no doubt be banging out the tunes in hopes of hypnotizing him into love. We couldn’t find a video for Chit Chat but did the find the above on her website which gives you a pretty good idea of who she is and where she’s at… Enjoy.

Next up we have a track from Los Angeles based Hanni El Khatib, a name that is truly difficult to pronounce live on air, as we found out on Saturday. All pronunciations issues aside it’s a name you won’t soon forget once you here his mix of fat drum beats and strangely intoxicating melodies, his track Dead Wrong somehow sticks in your head once you hear the track you will be humming it all day as it courses through your veins like a musical freight train. Somewhat similar to Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, he’s currently touring with Florence + The Machine stateside and we’re expecting this to raise his profile to the new heights he deserves.

Bringing this weeks threesome to a climax we played The Rooftops. A Brisbane 6 piece that sound as though they belong on the skate park, surrounded by hot chicks. Not the plastic glamour girls of hip hop videos, but the cool chicks that surf all day and would happily share a yarn afterwards. The band encapsulates all that’s right with this country with their positive beats, cheerful grooves and bright roots music. They are currently working on a new album that by all accounts is going to be the one. Regulars on the festival scene around their home state of Queensland, you can expect to see and hear a lot more from these guys & gals as we head into summer. They will no doubt be compared to the likes of Cat Empire & Jason Miraz but on their own merits The Rooftops stand up just fine. We played the track Lest we Forget which you’ll find on the Unearthed website, gratis, and you can check them out live at the Macquarie Hotel on the 13th November.

Tha’s all for this weeks wrap up of new & cool.  Join us on air this Saturday as Tim takes the musical reigns on The Walk of Shame show from 9am. You can listen online, and on 88fm around Bondi Beach.

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Tim and Ben reunited after this week after Mr. Magic’s stint in rehab holiday and like all the great double of acts of our time, such as Mork & Mindy, Sonny & Cher, or Posh & Ginger they were on top form because of it. Playing some special treats on this week’s Polyphonic Three.

Kicking off the trio of musical goodness with a psychedelic cover of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes were an all girl 4 piece from Los Angeles; Warpaint. Their debut album “The Fool” will be gracing our ears from the 25th of October and we’re expecting big things from them. Theirs is a mix of mellow beats and melodic simplicity that float on the airwaves with such ease that its almost hypnotic to hear. They’re currently on a massive tour and have been featured on the BBC, playing a Reading festival special. Laid back and baggy lyrics backed up by dreamy guitar escapes seem to be a running theme form the few songs we’ve heard, we’ll review the album in full as soon as we can get our grubby little paws on it. Till then, the kind folks at My Old Kentucky Blog have some free Mp3’s for you… Run a long now!

Next up we had the new single from bluegrass, Sydney locals, Boy & Bear, Blood to Gold. An upbeat Mumford & Sons styled feast for the ears. Lead singer Dave Hoskin and his merry band of cohorts are engaged on a mighty tour of this red & dusty land and along the way are rousing more rabbles than The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Confessional lyrics, racing melodies and windswept percussion whip you along into grassy landscapes of precious memories and days gone by. They’re not back in Sydney until the end of October where they play, not one, but two gigs at the Oxford Art Factory. Full details on their Myspace Site. Check them out and support the local lads as they embark on a journey filled moonshine guzzling, bluegrass swilling treats.


Drawing a line under this week’s Polyphonic Three we played Maximum Balloon‘s Groove me (featuring Theophilus London) and not since Sneaky Sound System left the spotlight has pop music been so much fun. Tingling synth lines weave splashes of melodic colour through bright neon lyrics and classic 80’s style tunes. Created by TV on The Radio front man Dave Sitek who seems to have left any pretenses and ego at the door whilst embarking on this journey of musical fun making. The album is as varied as it’s entertaining and will no doubt be a sure fire winner this summer. Groove me is the first single and should be around on larger stations just as soon us us cool kids get tired of it and move on! (Cheeky wink)

Join us on air this Saturday The Walk of Shame show from 9am as we look at another round of exciting new artists and bands that are making us swing our pants. You can listen online, and on 88fm around Bondi Beach

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This week’s fresh batch of noteworthy artists currently blazing a trail include Aussie groups, Miami Horror and Transvaal Diamond Syndicate together with a notable French adversary Koudlam.

After a strong couple of years on the local gig circuit, winning the hearts and minds of blogger’s and music lover across alike Miami Horror have delivered a brand new long player that seems to have split the online community straight down the middle. Synth drenched, French influenced, horned up, electro pop is offered up on every track. Our favourite is probably Holidays (above) which features the poly-personaed artist Alan Palomo in a percussion heavy groove. Love it, or hate what can’t be denied is the band are quickly moving up the ranks of the pop hierarchy. Divisions seem to stem from the current band setup. Growing from solo producer/performer to full on live band set… We think it’s a wining combo and can’t wait to see them live.   The guy’s are currently in the musical hotbed that is Austin Texas but are sure to be a firm fixture on many of the upcoming summer festivals this year.

French Symphonic composer Koudlam followed with a tracked named Eagles for Africa. Reminding us all why the French remain the leaders in this field. With possibly the vaguest description of any MySpace act I’ve ever seen koudlam describes himself as being “young and beautiful, his lips smell the ocean, his eyes are like dolphin ones” which lets face it, is all bollocks but his music is amazing so we’ll let it go. Unmistakable French, stunning in it’s sublimity and ability to sound good pitched at 100 or up to 150bpm. Similar to Air, but more adventurous, sounding equally at home in an underground club at 4am or on a beach just as the new day breaks come 7 or 8am. Expect to hear a lot more from this monsieur.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate

Moving on from the electro fueled polyphonic choices of late we’ve gone back to basics with Transvaal Diamond Syndicate.  A tip off that was featured on Who the hell last week. A raw tub-thumping band from Brisbane.  Dirty, foot stomping, swamp shakin’ blues at it’s best is delivered in the track Swamptdance. Live these guys sound like they brew up a right old moonshine of a storm inviting fans to jump up and play all manner of instruments to join in the party.  Their music has more hooks than a pirate convention paired up with plenty of sax and some down right nasty drums packaged together by Tryhorn’s growling vocals. Grab a bottle of JD and throw down some straw… These guys are just dirty! We played Swampdance, you should too! It’s available as a free mp3 download at the ‘fore mentioned blog.  The brand spanking new EP ‘Diamonds and Dust’ is out now so feel free to purchase a copy.

There will be no Walk of Shame next week as we’re heading of to Melbourne but if you’re really missing us you can tune into our Last.fm page or just bliss out to the sounds of Holly on Bondi FM… We’ve a brand new promo in store for our return which involves a free breakfast to the first person to come in whilst on their very own Walk of Shame, more details later!

 

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The info to this week’s trio of tunes had taken a last minute vacation leaving the boys a little lost for words on-air, which was exciting. Yet ever the professionals they soldiered on!

Mission in Motion

Mission in Motion

Leading the charge were Mission in Motion who’s highly charged teenage rock filled the airwaves as they cranked up the DBs.  Sitting squarely on the fence of emo and punk these guys would turn the most dedicated emo’s frown upside down. Lairy guitar riffs and crashing sounds akin to Blink 182 capture your attention instantly. The boys are off on a national tour this November to celebrate the release of their first long player “Somewhere Safe”, playing Oxford Arts Factory on 12th Nov. Check out The Harbour Agency for more info and gig listings near you.

Sailing into the second spot on this week’s Polyphonic Three were The Boat People who have, luckily for us, escaped the Coalitions charge to send them back from whence they came.  (Brisbane in their case).  Combining witty, retro pop music with sophisticated melodies and upbeat sumptuous sounds The Boat People have created a wonderfully addictive album for summer.  Musically they’re mid way between Phoenix and Deathcloud, in the positive vibe stakes. Which is pretty high! The video for Damn Defensive is yet to be produced so check out their latest clip, above, and see why we’re so excited to have the boys back on our stereos at The Walk of Shame.

Sleepyhands

Sleepyhands

Sleepyhands wrapped up the weekly round up of new and cool with a hazy, golden-afternoon of a track called Autumn March which is being offered up for free via their Fan page. Languid melodies drift in on a breeze of lo-fi samples, conjuring up images of sleepy farmsteads and gorgeous girls serving up home made cider.  Hailing from Sydney they are our top band to watch this week on the Polyphonic Three. Catch them live at the Supper Club in Sydney in October or head to myspace for a gig near you.

They’re currently unsigned but we’re expecting this to change any minute. Help them out buy purchasing a copy of the EP online  today!

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A veritable feast for the ears awaited us with this week’s Polyphonic Three. We checked out the three newest bands who’ve been cutting shapes on the dance floor of our hearts.

First up we had Pearl & the Puppets who have managed to wrap up some seemingly dark lyrics into a cheery breezy melody complete with catchy chorus that will have you humming for the rest of the day. Similar in sound to Lisa Mitchell, Pearl  (Katie Sutherland) and her Puppets have been earning recognition left right and centre in the UK and it’s been well deserved. We’re hoping to spread the word down under. Big  thanks to Sophie for an utterly enjoyable indie music find. Expect to hear much more from these guys on The Walk of Shame.

The Seabellies

The Seabellies

Hot on the heels of that Pearly Pops came The Seabellies proving that you can come from outside a capitol city and still be cool! These guys have had a couple of E.P.s out and gained a lot of kudos through their live performances. I saw them at V Festival a while back and they did not look out place on the same line up as Beck and Jarvis. They’re the type of band to swap instruments mid way through set which always knocks my socks off! After two years the band are just about to release their debut album By Limbo Lake and by all accounts it’ll be a ripper! Check out MySpace for a live set near you.

6s & 7s

6s & 7s

Bringing the weekly round up to a close were the 6’s & 7’s. “You may know 6’s & 7’s from previous shows like.. that awesome gig at the Hellenic Centre…” Their Facebook page announces. We missed that one but will aim to catch them on their Aussie tour as their  lo-fi sounds and ample gusto creep into our dancing shoes like fluff from a well worn pair of socks. Josh Fontaine and the crew are offering their latest mp3 for free over at
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Let us know if there’s an emerging band you think we should be playing from home or away and we’ll get it on the Polyphonic Three, 10am every Saturday morning on The Walk of Shame. Bondi FM’s weekend breakfast show.

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This week’s Polyphonic Three was a veritable smelting pot of local Australian talent, featuring 3 bands from around this fine country.

First up we have a group by the name of Jinja Safari with a track called Peter Pan (mp3). Their music is an Afro-inspired pop sounding mix of lucid tones with thoughtful lyrics and the track really does conger up a Never Never Land feeling. The video compliments this with great landscape shots and a Lost Boy’s vibe. We, at the humble Walk of Shame, recommend keeping a close eye on these guys as big things are in their future since winning a spot on the Amphitheatre stage at this year’s Splendour in the Grass which was truly well received. You can catch them live on the 21st of August at Sydney’s Metro Theatre in support of Art Vs Science, or check their Myspace for extra listings. Go…

Next up we have a track by Sydney troubadours, Boy and Bear.    The four piece have a sound that is a hybrid cacophony of The Shins, Cloud Control and Fleeting Foxes with some mighty tambourine action added on top for some thigh slappingly good moments. We gave Mexican Mavis  a spin, it’s mellow tones luring you in, so early on a Saturday morning that you barely notice the slide into a toe tapping anthem that will linger like an ear worm in your soul. The new single was launched at Spectrum last October and Richard Kingsmill (Triple J Music Maestro) has since given it 5 stars… which is non too shabby. Head over to the Unearthed site later to pick up your free mp3 download.

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear

Completing the trilogy this week on the Polyphonic Three we have Charlie Mayfair a merry mixture of musicians  with more members than you could shake a boomerang at. Mmmm. Hailing from Brisbane the band’s music has a light and happy feel with occasional serious overtone and great harmonies that have you singing along even when you don’t know the words yet (Or at least Timmy seemed to think he could). The track ‘Run’ carries some great thought provoking lyrics and beautiful melodies, we played ‘If I fell Down’ just to mix it up a bit. Keep an eye on these banana benders as they’re set to take Australia by storm in the not too distant future. Their debut EP Watch My Hands has been released and is available online through Mucho-Bravado‘s store we highly recommend laying your grubby paws on a copy this instant of forever miss out. See you next Saturday on Bondi FM for the Polyphonic Three on the mighty Walk of Shame

Charlie Mayfair

Charlie Mayfair

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