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Bigsound 2009

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I’m in Brisbane this week, speaking on a panel as part of the Bigsound music conference. If you’re around come along and say hi!

Blogging, Twittering & Online Publishing: Time Wasting or Tastemaking?
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 1:45 PM
VENUE: The Judith Wright Centre – Theatre Rehearsal Room

After that I’ll be hanging out with Matt Hickey and Sophie Benjamin and we’re gonna hit the venues and catch as many bands as we can! The lineup is pretty good. Any recommendations?

Old media still important

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In this blog post titled Portrait of an Artist as a Digital Native, Ernesto Priego writes about no matter how much web 2.0 you do, artists/musicians in the 21st Century still need the old media to have a good chance to make a career out of the arts. Success in the field of arts depend on the television coverage, radio, magazines etc, not just blog posts, tweets and facebook groups. Great read.

http://neverneutral.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-digital-native/

Canvas Kites

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CANVAS KITES – Wayside

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With Sydney’s Mercy Arms currently on ‘hiatus’, here’s something v. short and v. pretty from singer Thom Moore’s new band, Canvas Kites.

To these ears it sounds quite Shins-ish – and I don’t want to freak anyone out, but The Shins began as a side project too.

myspace.com/canvaskites

Ernest Ellis – ‘Heading For The Cold’

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Ernest Ellis – ‘Heading For The Cold’

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According to the press release, Ernest Ellis went out to a farm in the Blue Mountains with just a mobile studio and an engineer to record what will be his debut album, Hunting. It sounds a bit like the narrative behind Bon Iver’s album, and ‘Heading For The Cold’ also sounds a bit like Bon Iver – not to be reductive or anything. That same sense of intimacy rubs against wide open spaces and soaring, multi-tracked vocals, making this far from your typical singer-songwriter stuff.

Ellis isn’t a shallow impersonator, there’s definitely an unique stamp on this track (and most of the others I’ve heard so far) that can’t be readily compared to other ‘nu-folkies.’ A good song with good production that is hopefully indicative of what we can expect from him early next year. Check it.

www.myspace.com/ernestellis

The Good China

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The Good China - “All Nothing” (mp3)

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When Communism actually works…

I don’t know how they’ve done it (writing music with 3 people is difficult enough!), but these 8 peculiar Melburnians have produced a top-notch single with ‘All Nothing’. The tracks arrangement and production is great, with a plethora of instruments being played, but actually being used with purpose. Drawing from influences like Death Cab, Broken Social Scene, and Architecture in Helsinki (the latter two possibly an inspiration for the cult sized band!), TGC have had some airtime on Triple J, and are currently touring the east coast. Check out this indie-pop-orchestra if they visit your hood for a recital.

http://www.myspace.com/thegoodchinaband

Parades – Dead Nationale

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Parades – ‘Dead Nationale’ (mp3)

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In my humble opinion these guys have to be one of Sydney’s best kept secrets but I don’t think they will be for long. PARADES!

To be honest I’m not even sure how long these guys have been around, or how many shows they’ve played, or who they’ve played with, or even what each member plays but holy fuck they can write a song!

Dead Nationale opens with cleverly used guitars that are strategically placed to delicately compliment the driving drum beat that pushes the song continuously forward. As the song continues the easing and near-haunting harmonies of the bands male and female vocalists reveal themselves, as the song flows on it builds into an epic mash of guitars and wails.

Parades are playing at the Zoo as part of the Big Sound Conference in Brisbane this Wednesday – get down!

www.myspace.com/parades

Twitter and the death of Rock Criticism (video)

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This guy is quite hilarious. Saw this video a couple months ago on hypebot.com, excerpt:

At the 140 Characters Conference, Rolling Stone and Idolator critic Christopher R. Weingarten shared a witty and all too true overview of how music blogs, album leaks and Twitter are changing the role of the music critic. “Crowdsourcing killed indie rock…because people have awful taste…”. Watch it, chuckle and weep…