Lenka – ‘Skipalong’
Lenka has updated us with her current world adventure with a new song! This time she is in LA and those lucky enough to live there can catch her shows at these dates:
10th May at On The Rox, 21 May at Bordello, 8 Jun at Hotel Cafe
check out her myspace for more details
photo by Jack Mannix
Catcall – ‘The Body Kiss’
Another track from the beautiful Catherine Kelleher aka Catcall.
Architecture in Helsinki – ‘Heart it Races’
Playful beats and booms, steel drums and sweeping backing vocals can’t save the Architecture from themselves. Suddenly I am reminded of The Baby-sitter’s Club, and Dawn’s envious declaration vis-à-vis her diabetic, artistic, Japanese-American friend: “Oh Claudia,” she sighed, “You’re so wild and wacky.” Like that pretty little sugar-fiend and her wild ideas for entertaining the children of the Stepford-esque community of Stoneybrook, Architecture are just trucking along out there on the cutting edge. So wild and so wacky, you just want to club them to death like a pack of baby seals.
Bridezilla - ‘St Francine’ (mp3)
Shit… I don’t even know where to begin when trying to write something about Bridezilla. They’re pretty cool but I’ve never been swept away with them like I know a lot of people have.
There’s definitely a lot of novelty factors to the band – and I don’t mean it as a derogatory remark, but it just garners them a lot more attention than bands who are playing music in a similar vein. The band has an average age of 16, and with 4/5 of the band female, that’s always going to attract some attention. And they definitely play music that’s light years ahead of what most high-school bands are playing. I think I remember my high school band was playing shitty Nirvana and Metallica covers, and we probably threw in ‘Under the Bridge’ there as well.
Throw in a saxophone and a violin and you get some pretty cool instrumentation to go with their indie-pop tunes (and hey, indie-pop is the new black). There’s also a few songs on the net, and ‘St Francine’ was the only one I could manage to rip off from the Triple J Unearthed site. It’s cool, but I haven’t managed to see them live yet, and people rave about their live shows, so I reckon they might have a couple more engaging tracks up their sleeve. Vocalist Holiday Carmen-Sparks has a Sarah Blasko, breathy quality to her voice, which is guaranteed to either piss people off or make them fall in love with her. There’s a YouTube vid on their MySpace, and she seems to carry herself pretty well on stage, so I reckon a lot of the nay-sayers would probably fall in love with her performance side.
Hey – I stole this from the Annandale Hotel website. I thought it had some cool info:
“Our first gig and song was played at The Bondi Wave in 2005, with just violin, saxaphone, guitar and voice. We did not…and still dont know our style of music or what we wanted. We were called “BOY” for that gig hence all of us being girls. Soon enough we had asked josh to put some drums on a few new songs as an experiment…and we loved it and him…so we asked him to join the band.
“We now have drums in all of our songs. Our second gig was at Bondi BLYMP, organised by WAYS. We were at the time called “The Cupie Dolls”, but on the night changed it to “BRIDEZILLA”. During the Summer period we played two gigs in the band room for underage raves (SUBMISSION) at HOME nightclub. Just recently… BrideZilla recorded eight songs at the Big Jesus Burger Studios with amazingly talented and generous Chris Townend!!!! And… we now have a manger, Mr. Scott Horscroft!!!! who is the most Excellent!”
Architecture in Helsinki - Heart It Races (Pink Skull remix) (mp3)
I don’t even have the original version of this song but I thought I’d post the Pink Skull (?) remix. It’s not that I find this remix particularly enriching or adventurous. In fact I have trouble listening from beginning to end. But I wanted to point out that it’s very common marketing strategy now for bands, in order for them to break new songs without giving everything away too soon, to giveaway the remix version of whatever song that is. I’m pretty sure this is why this remix version is floating around the internet quite a bit. For example, last year the Yeah Yeah Yeahs put out a Diplo remix of their first single Gold Lion of their new album. This was around for a few weeks before the real song was on myspace. This is the first case I can remember that used this rollout strategy. I suppose it could work really well if the remixer is well known enough that it would pick up interest, I’m not sure this is the case with this single for AIH.
The E.L.F – ‘Cockroaches’ (mp3)
This is Darren from Gerling’s new project and according to other Australian blogs I’m way late on this. So it sorta reminds me of the Dust Me Selecta era Gerling that I was first introduced to. I’m not sure if they’re going that direction again or going away from it cos this project seems to be pretty dancey. This song isn’t bad.
Livecast have been recording some of Australia’s best bands live, and lucky for us we get to see their work up on YouTube. This clip was recorded live at last year’s Come Together Festival (a big two day rock & metal fest) and it’s Karnivool performing the title track from their album Themata.
Usually we leave videos to the weekend when we’re too lazy to post, but this is rad.