Total Control were my fave band to shoot over the years.
As 2013 winds up and my time as Photo Editor at Who The Hell comes to an end, I thought I’d give y’all a quick review of pictures that moved us this year as my farewell.
We have been lucky to share in the development of Rebecca Capp and Alan Weedon as they’ve honed their skills over the last couple of years. I feel quite proud of the work we have shared this year, as well as and the expansion of the ‘Sequence’ into the blog has worked because these guys are so dedicated to making great images.
I’d also like to mention our new Sydney guy Jack Toohey who created an exceptional Sequence late in the year with Bligh Twyford-Moore.
Keep in touch here and thanks for reading xo.
Pond at Laneway in Melbourne by Alan Weedon
Bro love at Golden Plains by Rebecca Capp
Bligh Twyford-Moore in Sydney by JackToohey
Bangin Aussie Day BBQ by Rebecca Capp
Hand Games 1st B’day by Alan Weedon
Home life with Naysayer and Gilsun. By Alan Weedon
Bermuda Float by Rebecca Capp
No Zu by Alan Weedon
Ainslie Wills by Rebecca Capp
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While we only post stuff from this small corner of the world, For those new to MAP (Music Alliance Pact), it’s that time once a month where our hormones go rioting for month new music from around the globe. Us and a whole selection of fun blog-ly types get to assert our supposed internet authority by picking the best tracks each month. It’s a compact version of Eurovision without the spandex, violence and soviet subtitles.
MAP is also available in podcast form curated each month by our very own Robbie Ingrisano. Listen to the latest edition of MAPCAST over at our Soundcloud account here.
Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 27-track compilation through Ge.tt here.
Onda Vaga – Tataralí
Since their inception in 2008, Onda Vaga have avoided the steps that independent artists usually take in order to be a part of the music industry. It was a wise call. Thanks to word of mouth from a public that follows them whenever they perform, this folk-rock band have become a huge success, both locally and internationally (they made quite an impression at last year’s Fuji Rock Festival in Japan). Tataralí is the first single from their recently released third album, Magma Elemental.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
La Mancha Negra – Belango Twist
It’s easy to imagine that Belango Twist might have been found inside a dusty shoebox containing a mix of rhythm and blues cassettes somewhere in the Deep South. Surprisingly that’s far from the case. Sydney swamp-rockers La Mancha Negra (which loosely translates from Spanish to “The Black Stain”) recently delivered their second album. Packed with blues ooze and reverberated hollers, Belango Twist is a tune that’s ideal for cruising… and smashing out a few letterboxes on the way.
Robotra – Morninglight 2
Don’t let the noisy, distorted lo-fi shell of Robotra songs trick you. This three-piece band from Graz and their pop melodies will catch your attention and make you want to sing along immediately. Morninglight 2 is taken from their full-length debut Tinker, which was mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams, Killed By 9V Batteries).
BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Marcelo Jeneci – De Graça
In Marcelo Jeneci’s new psychedelic/pop-influenced album, the single De Graça is one of the weirdest and greatest songs. Strong influences of the earliest works of Caetano Veloso and Arnaldo Antunes (with whom Jeneci still plays keyboard) can be easily heard, as well as Jeneci’s talent for making catchy melodies that create the kind of feeling when everything is just fine and you don’t worry about anything.
Click after the jump to for a full list of tracks…
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Leading up to his stint at Paradise, we asked our favourite bearded beat brother Oisima to pick his top 5 Australian electronic producers across this wide, brown, digitally enhanced land for us.
Slamagotchi has always been, and always will be one of my favourite Australian producers. He’s always two steps ahead in his visions and his message through music. When his debut album drops it’ll create a serious stir…
2. Mei Saraswati
Mei Saraswati’s music is the purest form of expression. It’s so free & so goddamn funky, I seriously cannot get enough. Hands down, she’s my favourite vocalist in Australian music. Here’s hoping we one day get a chance to create music together.
3. Silent Jay
No one’s drums smack as hard as the brother Silent Jay! His production is so clean, although seems effortless in such an incredible way. Every time I see him perform live I leave with a sore neck from getting down so hard.
Nakagin has this beautiful way of creating the most encapsulating wall of luscious sound. You feel like you’re wandering through a rainforest just after a sun shower with the light peering through the leaves. Such amazing music from such an incredible person I’m fortunate enough to know.
5. How Green
How Green is undeniably one of the most underrated producers in the country. Adelaide based, he’s going to cause a serious stir once his music blesses more & more eardrums in the coming months & years.
Catch Oisima performing at alpine best-fest Paradise Music Festival on the 29th Nov – 1st Dec.
The organisers of the festival are also throwing a pre-party TONIGHT at the Liberty Social Club, details here.
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The Ocean Party’s latest record, Split is out now through Spunk records. Yes, that hip label. Home to Bonnie Prince Billy, Okkervil River, and Bill Callahan amongst others. It’s a welcome reminder that hard working Australian musicians can be rewarded. Now let’s have a quick refresher.
Melbourne band The Ocean Party, is Jordan Thompson, Liam Halliwell, Curtis Wakeling, Lachlan Denton, and new kid on the block Zac Denton. Split was recorded at Lachlan’s grandparents’ farm in rural NSW. Curtis reckons that it was a good way to be focused on nailing down a mixture of new material. “We’ve had a pretty relaxed time recording all three albums but it was good to get away to the country for this last one, it’s pretty easy to get distracted when you just record at home”.
Home is back in Melbourne where these guys all live and mate together, recording with a cavalcade of musicians in different positions, creating multiple sounds with varied song writing. This renewed focus is evident in Split, which is a very well considered LP and one that always sounds like an Ocean Party recording.
Curtis opens with vocals on ‘Quarter Final’, an ode to slacker life. The melody is an absolute cracker. Catchy as any pop song could be yet perfectly situated in a field far from anyone else. ‘Quarter Final’ speaks of getting wasted, sleeping with anons and feeling suicidal on Sunday, y’know… life. It features a gorgeous guitar hook and Curtis nails the mood of a groundhog day Bill Murray would be proud to rep. It also signals that we are in for another good record.
Next up is the title track ‘Split’. Much has already been written on this one but let’s note the vocals of young blood Zac of Ciggie Witch. “I am really happy with how it (more…)
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Our new September MAPCAST podcast is out! The podcast features the best new tracks from around the world picked by Robbie x the Music Alliance Pact bloggers.
Download the podcast for free HERE.
MAPCAST SEPTEMBER - TRACKLISTING
His Clancyness – ‘Zenith Diamond’ (Italy)
A Fase Rosa – ‘Casa’ (Brazil)
Mood-Fu – ‘Perros De Fu’ (Mexico)
Manor – ‘Architecture’ (Australia)
Poetrip – ‘Aşa Ceva’ (Romania)
Iván Fajardo – ‘Me Voy Dejando’ (Peru)
Worldwide Collaboration Company – Crying Launer Remix (China)
Don’t forget to listen to all 29 tracks from our original MAP September post + visit us on Soundcloud over yonder.
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Bligh plays in Sydney band Post Paint, recently capped off a month-long stint hosting a Bill Murray ‘Murrathon’ for Fringe Fest – and was banned from the internet this week for uploading an image of Tony Abbott with a really small dick.
This guy has also turned ‘stalking’ into a literal art. Earlier this year, Bligh decided to begin painting portraits of all his internet friends. I’m not sure what number he’s up to, but he’s made his way out of Sydney because I found one of my shady internet snaps turned into a neat little portrait the other week. Thought we’d return the favour by enlisting photographer Jack Toohey to turn up at Bligh’s Newtown terrance and trail him for a whole Sunday afternoon for our next SEQUENCE photo essay.
If you’d like to contact Bligh for commissions, click here. If you’d like your portrait painted, click here. If you want to know what happens when a photographer returns with a rad set of photos and a portrait by an artist completely stoned, then keep scrolling.
JACK TOOHEY: Facebook / Web
BLIGH TWYFORD-MOORE: Facebook / Web
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It’s that time of the month where you can snack on Argentinian folk, Estonian doom-metal and the musical genius of 30+ countries (including ours) while holding a fag in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other. Music Alliance Pact is back for August with a heap of amazing new tracks from our blog friends around the world.
Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 30-track compilation through Ge.tt here.
ps. If you haven’t peeked over at our new MAPCAST podcast segment or aren’t stalking our new Soundcloud account yet – get to it slackers.
Pablo Malaurie – Pasto En La Espalda
After psychedelic pop act Mataplantas broke up in 2009, their guitarist and singer Pablo Malaurie started a solo career by releasing a minimalist folk album called El Festival Del Beso. In 2011, he was chosen by Devendra Banhart as the opening act for his Buenos Aires concerts. Pasto En La Espalda is our favorite track from El Beat De La Cuestión, his second effort, where he shows the consolidation of a growing career, which includes extensive touring and collaborations.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Esc – Atomic Shadow
Esc are a Melbourne four-piece making music in the great Australian tradition of depraved pub-rock spliced with post-punk. The band’s latest single, Atomic Shadow is both menacing and danceable, with a tight rhythm section and harmonies that lighten Max Sheldrake’s terse vocal.
Maur Due & Lichter – Faces
Much like Klangkarussell’s über-hit Sonnentanz, hugely successful in German-speaking countries and the Netherlands, fellow Austrians Maur Due & Lichter produce light, loungy and summery electronic music that works equally well in clubs, hotel pools and urban beach bars. This Night Was Meant To Stay, from which Faces is taken, is a concept album portraying a night out in Vienna.
CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
EONS – Brothers & Sisters
Arctic Radio, the debut album from Toronto-based musician Matt Cully aka EONS, is aptly named; the melodies are crisp like bitter north winds and his lyrics penetrate past even the warmest of winter gear. There is a warmth, though, a deep passion in the music that holds back the cold, as evidenced in Brothers & Sisters. Cully is joined on vocals by Misha Bower, and both are members of Bruce Peninsula, another Canadian treasure worth exploring.
CHILE: Super 45
Melié – Partir
Melié, who take their name from the French filmmaker Georges Méliès, released their first EP, Compartir, this year. Here, they deliver atmospheric, calm post-rock, highlighting their vocal harmonies and dreamlike melodies, giving birth to a complex but focused sound. Neighbouring Grizzly Bear and Local Natives’ imagery, Melié is one of the most interesting new acts in Chile’s indie-rock scene.
COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Schutmaat Trio – You Died In My Future
Despite their name, Schutmaat Trio is actually a quartet, led by Alvin Schutmaat, who experiment with post-rock and refresh the local scene with well-produced and elaborate sounds. You Died In My Future is taken from their album 6:15, released this year as a pay-what-you-want download.
DENMARK: All Scandinavian
PRE-Be-UN – X-ray Pop
PRE-Be-UN aka Nicolai Kleinerman Koch (also of Oh No Ono, Choir Of Young Believers and Boom Clap Bachelors) releases his debut solo album Clean Spasms this month. I call it ‘bit-pop Beatles’, with first single Mysteriously In Love already grabbing online attention with its wonderful fusion of the 1960s and 1980s – not least visually. Here’s X-ray Pop, a MAP exclusive download.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: La Casetera
Chino Sing – Me Voy
Dashed hopes, tropical imagery and fresh reggae beats combine on Chino Sing’s latest song, Me Voy. Chino has made music with a host of local musicians, friends and artists, but now he’s working on his first solo album which will feature a blend of reggae, roots and various Caribbean themes and sounds.
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Podcasts are neat little things.
If you’ve been following the last 50 something editions of our global new music round up, Music Alliance Pact (MAP), you’ll understand that trying to digest Puerto Rican hip hop and Icelandic metal-core in one hit is the audio equivalent of drinking a whole gravy boat.
We’ve recruited new guy Robbie Ingrisano to host the WTH Mapcast, a 30min takeaway show of our favourite Music Alliance Pact tracks for the month.
For those 5 years late to the party – the Music Alliance Pact is a global round up of new music from 40 music blogs around the world each month. It’s been running since dear old 2008, when our pals at Scottish blog The Pop Cop invited us in to join. The idea was that each blogger would hand pick a song from the country he/she represented, and the complete collection of free mp3s would then be posted on all the blogs in the pact on the same day. The first ever MAP post took off in October 15th 2008 and five years later, the ‘pact’ has grown to span 40 countries and across blogs such as We Listen For You, The Guardian, Drowned In Sound and more.
There are a huge handful of MAP representatives in the past, posted while most were barely known inside of their own country. Notable MAP alumni include The xx, Ólafur Arnalds, Sleigh Bells, Toro Y Moi and our own Chet Faker, who we sent to glory via MAP back in 2011.
Back to the new guy – Robbie has a background in community radio & network television, did his thesis on Italian TV in the 60′s, jettisons to Europe every summer to eat good stuff and speaks Spanish or something. He’s a worldly kinda guy, so trust his taste in tunes. Mapcast will drops monthly to coincide with the MAP post of the month. The podcast will available as a free download from our new Soundcloud account.
MAPCAST // JULY
MAPCAST // JUNE
View previous Music Alliance Pact posts here.
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Anyone who has a decent appreciation for local music understands the importance of a shoddy venue. If the walls aren’t peeling, the toilet seat isn’t unhinged and the floor doesn’t sound like velcro when you trod on it, it’s probably not worth your time. This might be though. Along with the folk from Mess & Noise and Inpress, we’re proud to present the first installment of a warehouse party series by Fifth Floor.
Not many of us live on Lena Dunham’s party budget so don’t expect a mechanical bull or…this. Fifth Floor however, have put together a solid line up of bands, Baby Janis and the country’s finest projection artists to make your eyes pop.
The party will be held at a “secret” location on Saturday August 3rd with a venue announcement closer to the date. Headlining the bill are our favourites The Murlocs and joining them are Flyying Colours, Strangers From Now On (who played our last party), The Octopus Ride, Dan Trolley and Premium Fantasy. There will be plenty of visual art and projections happening too (because, Brunswick) – courtesy of Thomas Russell aka. Astral Projection & Zonkvision. If that’s not enough of a social lubricant for you, then you ought to stay home.
First batch of tickets have sold out but another round have recently been released.
Buy tickets via Oztix here. Full details on the Facebook event page.
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