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Old Man River – 'Shanti Aaye' (Luke Steele remix)

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Old Man River – ‘Shanti Aaye’ (Luke Steele remix) (mp3)

Sydney’s Old Man River have done real well with his previous album in 2007, topping the charts in a few far flung countries like Japan and Italy. They recently played the East Coast Blues and Roots festival and are releasing a new 5 track EP titled ‘You’re On My Mind’, ahead of their album release mid July. They are also doing a few intimate shows before going into full album promo gear:

FRIDAY 7 MAY – THE TROUBADOUR, BRISBANE
troubadour.oztix.com.au, www.oztix.com.au or Oztix outlets:
Sunflower, Music Mania, Rockinghorse, Skinnys, Butterbeats and
Mosh Pit. or phone 1300 762 545

SATURDAY 8 MAY – THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY
www.thevanguard.com.au or call the box office on 02.9020 6959

SUNDAY 9 MAY – THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY
www.thevanguard.com.au or call the box office on 02.9020 6959

THURSDAY 13 MAY – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
www.northcotesocialclub.com. enquiries 03.9486 1677 or via
Corner Box Office (57 Swan St, Richmond)

FRIDAY 14 MAY – JIVE, ADELAIDE
www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GET TIX

www.myspace.com/oldmanriver

Calvin (of Philadelphia Grand Jury) – ‘Both Kinds of Music’

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Calvin – ‘Both Kinds of Music’ (mp3)

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The new Philly Jay’s b-side is by Calvin (yes, ‘Calvin,’ like ‘Madonna’), their new drummer. Technically maybe this isn’t an Australian track since Calvin is a fifty-six year old African American dude, but how can we ignore anything related to PGJ? Especially when Calvin is probably the coolest drummer in the land right now. And ‘Both Kinds of Music’ is a sick funk-groove tune.

Philadelphia Grand Jury are on tour right now. In case you’ve missed them playing in your town, they’re also one of approximately 10, 000 bands playing at this year’s Splendour In The Grass. Even if you did see them, they’re always worth seeing again – especially since they’re relocating to the UK in the near future. (On a side note, can anyone confirm that Calvin is making the move with Berkfinger and MC Bad Genius? I hope so…)

www.myspace.com/philadelphiagrandjury

Bon Chat, Bon Rat

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Bon Chat, Bon Rat – ‘A Still Life’ (mp3)

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Bon Chat, Bon Rat – ‘Map of São Paulo’ (mp3)

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It’s 2010. You’re delusional if you think mixing pop, rock, electronica and effects pedals is in any way advancing popular music. Don’t get me wrong, that can be a rad mix of musical elements, but too often I hear bands leaning back giving themselves wristies because they put a synth pad and some pops, clicks and claps underneath a guitar track rather than bothering to finish writing songs.

Bon Chat, Bon Rat aren’t that band. Their songs are the product of actual thought; their arrangements use the aforementioned instruments, but they’re deployed so in a dynamic way that rewards their attention to detail. Their tracks never slow down to pat themselves on the back, and the disparate elements rub against each other to create tension and never feel awkwardly sandwiched together.

Their self-titled debut EP is avaiable for you to download for FREE right now and I highly recommend you do. It’s really good.

www.myspace.com/bonchatbonrat

Gentleforce – ‘Oh The Mystery, Oh The Wonder’

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Gentleforce – ‘Oh The Mystery, Oh The Wonder’ (mp3)

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I’ve been digging this album so much lately that I’d actually forgotten that I’d not posted about it yet.Gentleforce’s Sacred Space is the latest edition in Feral Media’s excellent POWWOW series. It’s also one of my favourite albums of the year, pulling together all sorts of ambient-leaning electronics into a dense, glacial listening experience.

I struggled with which track would work best when removed from context and placed on a blog at 128kbps. I went with ‘Oh The Mystery, Oh The Wonder,’ partially because – at 6.22 – it’s one of the shorter songs. I suggest you hunt down the album and hear it in its full glory if you the above.

www.myspace.com/gentleforcemusic

Splendour In The Grass 2010 line-up

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Don’t say we’re not fast on our news uptake.

Was pondering whether this was worth posting after 10am given that this probably isn’t news to anyone by now, but I decided it would remiss not to.

In case you just woke up, or your whole Internet is broken and the only site you can access is whothehell.net, below is the line-up of unknown, up-and-coming acts for a new boutique festival called Splendour In The Grass.

Splendour happens Fri 30th of July – Sun 1st of Aug at Woodford, just outside Brisbane. Tickets go on sale 9am Thurs 6th of May, but you probs just buy them at the gate anyway.

Acts after the jump.

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Washington – 'Rich Kids'

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Washington – ‘Rich Kids’ (mp3)

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Washington has sure gone a long way from Clementine. Now this blog’s favourite, her voice can easily carry any jazz tune but her pop songwriting and feisty personality is what separates this girl from the rest of the singer-songwriting pack. Rich Kids is yet another winner from her repertoire.

www.myspace.com/meganwashington