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Chartfixer

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The biggest news in Australian music press today is the website chartfixer.com, whereby artists or labels can pay for the site’s services to move their songs up the ARIA charts. As ridiculous as this sounds, the reaction from all corners reminds us that chart rigging practices are not unheard of.

Fasterlouder has a good few comments for their coverage of the story. Today/Tonight even has a little vid you can watch here.

Meanwhile, industry writer Ben Butler sums up the financials of Australian major labels in 2009 on the Herald Sun

Charlie Why – ‘I Am Deliciously Wired’

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Charlie Why – ‘I Am Deliciously Wired’ (mp3)

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The latest release in Bang Gang’s 12″ series is by the prolific Charlie Why (aka Charlie Murdoch aka 50% of production/remix team Rio Lobotomy aka 25% of Brisbane indie upstarts Comic Sans). Charlie Why is Murdoch’s solo project and above is the title track from his long-awaited debut EP, which acts as an apt introduction to his ultra-compressed and thumping electro-house leanings.

‘I Am Deliciously Wired’ is painted with a few broad brush strokes and lands like a punch in the face – which isn’t to say that this is background music for morons. Despite its immediacy, the track sounds considered and thoughtfully constructed, moving forward with purpose as variously sounds move in and out of the near perfect mix. Good stuff.

www.myspace.com/charliewhy1

Dappled Cities 'Zounds' exhibition

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The ‘Wooden Ships‘ video above is part of stripped back studio footage that appears on Dappled Cities first DVD release, which will surface later on this year.

Our favourite falsetto wielding lads are voyaging back to Oz after 3 months of touring around the US, UK and Hong Kong. Following the success of ‘Zounds’, they’ll be ditching the pims and cucumber sandwiches at their London HQ to dash home for an Australian tour in support of their new single ‘Wooden Ships’. Click here for the full list of tour dates.

Dappled Cities will also be curating an exhibition of commissioned artworks inspired by the music from ‘Zounds’. It’s happening at MART Gallery in Sydney during this week, so if you’re in the vicinity, make sure you stop by.

Dappled Cities ‘Zounds’ Exhibition

Monday 31st May – Saturday 5th June

MART GALLERY 156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills, NSW

Bearhug – ‘Grapefruit’

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Bearhug – ‘Grapefruit’ (mp3)

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Here’s a sweet new jam from Sydney’s Bearhug. Been sitting on for a while due to business/laziness so you might’ve heard it elsewhere already. If not, here it is: ‘Grapefruit.’ I posted a sick demo by Bearhug last year in which I implored them not to tidy up their sound too much. ‘Grapefruit’ kinda disregarded my plea – this shit sounds like it was actually recorded in a studio high end – but it still keeps things a bit loose, switching up tempos and whatnot. That tropical riff that drops in and out is total winner.

Looking forward to their full-length debut EP To Anything pretty hardcore right now, which will released through Spunk later this year June 25 (cheers to Polaroids of Androids for doing my research on that one). If you don’t know much of their stuff, their demo EP is available for free from their Myspace. You should get it.

www.myspace.com/bearhugtheband

Buchanan – ‘Mr Keeperman’

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Buchanan – ‘Mr Keeperman’ (mp3)

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Sometimes I wish bands gave me all the information I needed when they sent me a song. That way, I wouldn’t have to Google them and stumble across posts on Coldplay message boards about how they met the singer in the line at the Coldplay concert and thinks they’re good. That kinda shit is pretty damning on a band. I’m willing to chalk up one’s presence at a Coldplay concert as “I was a fan of their first album,” but having fans of Coldplay go pushing your band on forums is kind of like being a fashion designer and having a middle aged mother you met at KMart telling people about your new collection at Playgroup.

Point is, send me the information I need for a post lest the above happen again. Even when I found the band’s Myspace, it was only to discover that a) yes, they were Australian, and b) the above song was the only decent one. I came pretty close to deleting this post, but I am putting it up to thinly veil my elitism to those who think being musical elitist is a bad thing.

Oh, and the above song is a pretty decent pop tune that I can see making waves on radio. Did I not give you enough information about the band? Just hit Google and see what you find…

www.myspace.com/buchanan.band