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Richard Kingsmill

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Richard Kingsmill is the music director of national broadcaster Triple J. He is probaly the single most influential person in Australian music. I’ve emailed him a few times and have met him once, recently at Splendour. I used to think he has a very enviable; who wouldn’t want to listen to the latest music and decide what gets played on air across the nation? But the more I do this blog, dealing with all the daily music submissions, the more I realise that he has one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Perhaps only his equivalent in BBC’s Radio One has a harder task, if there is such a position, I’m not even sure. It’s very difficult listening to so much new music everyday and not get your ears too tired, because once you get to that stage, everything start sounding the same.

In an interview on tsunamimag.com Kingsmill explains what he thinks of the critics, complainers and whingers of Triple J. I realised that I have never read an interview on him before. He is a lot more forward and opiniated in this interview than I was expecting to read, mostly because the only time I get to hear him is when he is enthusiastic about new music on his weekly show. I have to say after all the blogs, websites, and daily demo submissions, Triple J is still my number one source of new music. Sometimes, I’m happy to just listen to Kingsmill’s great new music recommendations.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kingsmill
www.abc.net.au/triplej/people/richard_kingsmill.htm

FLIP OUT FESTIVAL & RECORD FAIR 2009

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Flip Out Festival is a record fair, merch market and multi stage concerts, all rolled into one day festival. It is happening in Manning Bar Sydney on the 29th August and The Corner Hotel, Melbourne on 5th September. As you can see the lineup is pretty good. But what’s even better is that we a track to giveaway from each artist on each day’s lineup for free download!

SYDNEY LINEUP: Download tracks here
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING (first Syd show since winning AMP!)
PINK REASON (USA)
GOODNIGHT LOVING (USA)
JAMES ARTHUR’S MANHUNT (USA)
OOGA BOOGAS
NAKED ON THE VAGUE
THE UV RACE
THE STABS
SUPER WILD HORSES
SLUG GUTS
DEAF WISH
ROYAL HEADACHE
ZOND

Tickets $40 plus booking fee available from www.oztix.com.au Ph 1300 762 545, www.manningbar.com Ph 9563 6000 and www.qjump.com.au

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MELBOURNE LINEUP: Download tracks here
PINK REASON (USA)
GOODNIGHT LOVING (USA)
JAMES ARTHUR’S MANHUNT (USA)
OOGA BOOGAS
NAKED ON THE VAGUE
SUPER WILD HORSES
SLUG GUTS
THE DISBELIEVERS
THE NATIVE CATS
DICK DIVER
THE TWERPS
TEEN ARCHER
REPAIRS

Tickets $35 plus booking fee available from Corner Hotel Box Office Ph 9427 9198, Missing Link, Polyester and online at www.cornerhotel.com

The Frowning Clouds

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Frowning Clouds – ‘Time Wastin’ Woman’ (mp3)

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Melissa Tan reviews the Frowning Clouds after their performance in St.Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel.

Enigmatic Geelong boys The Frowning Clouds have taught me a few lessons, aside from how to wear a patterned poncho at the Espy and still dodge a bottling. After braving a case of good old Melbourne hypothermia getting to the venue, we don’t expect much more from the Espy than $6 pizzas, a Julia Zemiro sighting and cover bands dressed in unlawful amounts of spandex. When the Frowning Clouds hit the stage, sporting profound bowl cuts and identical black turtlenecks, we (and the punters at the back of the bar who came for the Van Halen tribute band) are well aware that these guys are defiantly traipsing past the margins of customary Espy territory.

But as soon as the lead opens his mouth, we are all jolted by the beguiling Yardbirds/Kinks-esque sounds of the five piece. Hailing from Geelong and fresh out of high school, The Frowning Clouds have established themselves as promising contenders of the local music scene in the past year or so, playing everything from a Royal Derby residency to a stint at Golden Plains Festival back in March. Lead vocalist Nick (a dead ringer for George Harrison) and his poncho wielding counterpart Zack rotate between vocals and rhythm guitar. The coarse vocals of Zack lend backbone to Time Wastin’ Woman, oozing with the sounds of the Stones’ early catalogue. Nicks somewhat more malleable voice adds charisma to the melody of Tiger Heart and the popular Lovin’ You

Snake Charmer is definitely a standout, shimmering with maracas action and pounding jungle rhythms courtesy of drummer Ben, paralleling the 5.6.7.8’s and Brian Jones having an double orgy at the back of the venue. Comparisons aside, the Frowning Cloud’s are more than just a bunch of guys obsessed with their folks’ 60’s vinyl library. Bonus points on seeing a young band not relying on a synth cameo to draw a crowd. Collectively, the Frowning Clouds pull together as competent musos as they churn out a tight set more infectious than the plague.

Closing with blues saturated Bloodhound, the front of the stage is packed out in a mayhem of twisting and grooving bodies. With a considerable list of gigs already pinned under their turtlenecks and a set at the Blueprint Festival on the 19th of September lined up, it’s stellar weather ahead for the Clouds.

Lovin’ You 7″ (Monterrey Records) is out now..

www.myspace.com/thefrowningclouds