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Joel Edmondson

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Joel Edmondson - ‘Edge of The Road’ (mp3)

Brisbane’s Lofly collective not only run one of the coolest venues in town, but provide the kind of artistic guidance, growth and support that only a functioning artist’s collective can. Initially performing under the name Calvara, Joel Edmondson is a shining example of this, and the closest thing Lofly has to Triple J fodder.

Edmondson’s songs sound like experiments to see how many sonic oddities can sneak into an arrangement of a pop song before the listener gets distracted. With ‘Edge of The Road’, the appearance of a deep-voiced, reverb-soaked choir on backing vocals ends the experiment early, but it’s fine. Edmondson has the chops to pull it off.

Joel Edmondson will release the Invisible Steps LP later on this year.

www.myspace.com/joeledmondson

The Mess Hall – 'Bell' video

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Usually I don’t copy and paste pressers, but these words from the filmmakers help explain this clip:

‘Bell’ follows a day in the life of the eleven-year-old preaching phenomenon, Minister Terry Durham – also known as “The Little Man Of God”. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pastor Terry started preaching at the age of four, and was ordained by his grandmother Pastor Sharon D Monroe at the age of six.  In his short lifetime, he has travelled to 38 states in the US, as well as making several overseas trips to the UK, South Africa and more, to preach.

‘Bell’ was shot over a weekend in LA where the Minister had travelled to give a guest sermon at a small church in Compton – in and around where the entire film was shot. Before each LA sermon, Terry likes to buy a new suit, and has it tailored to fit, accompanied by his grandmother. This routine is beautifully captured in the video. What unfolds from there is best seen and not explained.

Director Justin Kurzel, who is the brother of The Mess Hall’s singer/guitarist Jed, has directed all of the band’s previous videos, including ‘Keep Walking’ and ‘Pulse’ which won the Audience Award and Best Music Clip respectively at the 2008 St Kilda Film Festival.

“Jed told me that ‘Bell’ was about someone who knocks your socks off, someone who amazes you,” says Justin. “Having chanced upon Terry on the net, we were immediately fascinated by his story. After some lengthy phone conversations with Pastor Monroe, we were lucky enough to be granted three days with Terry, and unlimited access. The idea was to capture an incredibly powerful performance and to simply record it, without judgment or commentary, and get the impact that he has across on film.”

Leena – ‘Universe Can Wait’

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Leena – ‘Universe Can Wait’

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What a bloody great pop song! Leena really knows how to nail a great smooth melody and some interesting instrumentation.

Universe Can Wait is the first single from Leena’s Mean Old Clock EP. The EP is a collection of smooth, well-crafted pop gems and its been sitting in, or at least within easy reach of my CD player for the past few weeks.

Although it’s definitely a pop record there is some real depth to the song writing that makes it an involving listening experience.

The songs on the Mean Old Clock were the product of sessions with some very well respected and well know producers; Josh Pyke, Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, Tori Amos, My Morning Jacket) and Mike Daly (Whiskeytown).

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Leader Cheetah/Cloud Control Tour

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In other glorious tour news, Leader Cheetah and recently-pimped Cloud Control are heading out on a joint tour Nov/Dec. As mentioned yesterday, Cloud Control have their debut due on Ivy League early next year (click here to check out their new track ‘Gold Canary’). Meanwhile,  tourmates LC have a deluxe vinyl edition of their acclaimed debut The Sunspot Letters out to coincide with the tour, which new artwork, green vinyl, and a 7″ with three unreleased outtakes.

Dates below:

Fri 6 Nov – Jive, Adelaide SA (Licensed + All Ages)
Sat 7 Nov – Jive, Adelaide
Thu 19 Nov – The Harp, Wollongong
Fri 20 Nov – Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Sat 21 Nov – Annandale Hotel, Sydney (ALL AGES SHOW 12-4pm)
Sat 21 Nov – Baroque Night Club, Katoomba
Thu 26 Nov – Pelly Bar, Frankston
Fri 27 Nov – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
Thu 3 Dec – Troubadour, Brisbane
Fri 4 Dec – Troubadour, Brisbane

www.myspace.com/leadercheetah

www.myspace.com/cloudcontrol

The Middle East Tour

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Before beginning work on their highly-anticipated debut, Townsville’s The Middle East are heading out for a quick jaunt down the East Coast. This is on top of their previously-announced appearances at Meredith, Homebake and Sunset Sounds, which makes for a fairly busy few months again (not that they’ve been taking it easy all year by any stretch). Dragging Pianos are supporting all dates.

As an added bonus for the band, lead track from their EP ‘The Darkest Side’ was recently featured over at Pitchfork and given some decent props. All good signs. If you’ve missed what all the fuss is about,make sure you get along to one of the below shows.

Thursday October 8 Princess Theatre, Brisbane (w/ Dragging Pianos & Jake Core)

Friday October 9 Manning Bar, Sydney (w/ Dragging Pianos & Jonathan Boulet Saturday)

October 10 ANU Bar, Canberra (w/ Dragging Pianos & Margaret Helen King Sunday)

October 11 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (w/Dragging Pianos & Oliver Mann)

Tickets for all shows available from Posse (www.posse.com)

www.myspace.com/visitthemiddleeast

Cloud Control – ‘Gold Canary’

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Cloud Control – ‘Gold Canary’ (mp3)

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New music from the Blue Mountains! Only it sounds kinda like it originates from somewhere deep in America. Cloud Control always had an earthy, pastoral quality to their music, but it sounds all the more temporally appropriate post-Fleet Foxes. Less jangle and more twang.

‘Gold Canary’ is pulled from their debut album expected early 2010. It’s got some rootsy backing vox and yelping, tambourine+handclap percussion, references to family members in the lyrics and then… a synth solo. Yes, in the midst of this quality ho-down, Cloud Control bring the ‘Dr Who’ – and it oddly fits better than it does anywhere on the latest Muse album. This song is rad and I’ll eat my computer monitor if this isn’t all over Triple J soon.

www.myspace.com/cloudcontrol

Five Picks from ‘One Movement’

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Editor of the blog for Perth music conference One Movement, Andrew McMillen, asked me to do a guest post over on that site. It’s basically five picks from the many artists showcasing there and I figured I’d post it up here as well. Whothehell.net regulars won’t find too many surprises here since these are acts we’ve given love to in the past, some of them have even gotten quite big since then, but in case you’ve been living under a rock and are heading to the conference then these are five acts you should push your way to the front for.

Also, turns out I don’t know a lot of the bands on this line-up, which confirms that I’m quite out of touch with the Perth music scene; what with it being way over there and everything – but I’m told it’s booming, and we have a Perth contributor these days so hopefully it’s getting some love. Anyone going to the conference, please comment about rad Perth bands you catch that we’ve neglected thus far.

It never hurts to re-cap some classixx anyway.

1. Sarah Blasko – ‘Don’t U Eva’

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How can you go past Sarah Blasko? She sells out tours in Australia now, hopefully her presence at One Movement gives her some international momentum – she deserves it. Smokey vocals, some tight production and a great song here. This was her debut single and that piano line still gets me every time.

www.myspace.com/sarahblasko

2. Snob Scrilla – ‘Chasing Ghosts’

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Combining elements rock, electro and hip hop can have mixed results, but for every latter-day Dizzee Rascal there’s a Snob Scrilla. This one’s from both his EP and album and I listened to it a whole lot when I was first introduced to his stuff. Had it been a vinyl I’d have likely worn down the grooves. Also check out album cut ‘King John,’ one of my favourites of 2009.

www.myspace.com/snobscrilla

3. Philadelphia Grand Jury – ‘Going To The Casino (Tomorrow Night)’

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These guys have been everywhere in 2009. This is a super energetic and catchy song and it only feels more vibrant live. Their first single and still probably the best summation of their strengths. They’ve toured a shitload and most people have probably already caught them treading the boards, but if not then they’re definitely one to get to the front for.

www.myspace.com/philadelphiagrandjury

4. I Heart Hiroshima – ‘Captain to Captain’

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What these guys do with just two guitars (no pedals) and a drum kit still knocks me over. It’s all about the riffs – and the vocals; Matt Somers sound like he’s having an anxiety attack whenever he sings. A great live show replete with crowd banter to mix with the best. I’m eagerly anticipating their sophomore album.

www.myspace.com/ihearthiroshima

5. Canvas Kites – ‘Wayside’

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Canvas Kites are the new project from Thom Moore of Mercy Arms (aka the Britney/K-Fed of Australian bands). I liked that band and I like what I’ve heard from this one too (which is pretty much just this song). I’ve not seen them live but it sounds like it would translate well. Let me know what you think if you see them.

www.myspace.com/canvaskites

One Movement For Music (OMFM) is a showcase festival and music conference that runs October 16-18 2009 at The Esplanade in Perth. Since July 2009, a festival blog named One Movement Word has been coordinated by Brisbane-based writer Andrew McMillen.

Highlights on the blog so far include a guest post from Hypebot‘s Kyle Bylin, interviews with international bands showcasing at OMFM like The Parlotones (South Africa) and Sorgente (Germany), as well as entertaining conversations with Australian music industry figures like Michael Chugg, ARIA Chairman Ed St John, and the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing, Ian James.

McMillen and OMFM promoters Sunset Events plan to publish dozens more interviews on onemovementword.com in the weeks leading up to the event’s mid-October debut.