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Big Scary – 'Autumn'

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Big Scary – ‘Autumn’ (mp3)

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I don’t handle sentimental, saccharine songs well. ‘Autumn’ is one of them. Jonathan Boulet’s ‘Community Service Announcement‘ had the same effect last year. They all begin with a small waver of nostalgic piano, and stir you up with rousing irredescent beats. Then at the pivotal moment, they break into glorious, elevating Arcade Fire-type melodies, spilling out a plethora of maudlin hues that poke and prod at all your memories of good times, shit breakups and old friends – turning you into a pathetic blabbering mess. Then again, I’m a walking emotional disaster. You’ll probably think just it’s a reasonably good song.

Big Scary have been around for quite a few years now. Although the living room fuzz of their older tracks are equally as likable, their newer and somewhat mellower approach has received a bit more buzz around town lately. Their track ‘Autumn’ is currently featuring in TV spots for the Victorian government’s volunteer campaign.

Deriving inspiration from the sensory experiences of nature, Big Scary are bringing out four offerings that will be released in seasonal installments – ‘Autumn’, ‘Winter’, ‘Spring‘ and ‘Summer’. The movements from each of these EPs will feature on the ‘Four Seasons Compilation’, due for release in January 2011.
You’ll be definitely hearing a lot more from these guys.

Tiger Choir

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Tiger Choir – ‘Shotgun’ (mp3)

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I really dig Tiger Choir’s self-titled EP. It’s well produced, inventive, catchy, and energetic and fuck. But I know some people are going to slander it because, at times, they sound a lot like Animal Collective – and people love to slander both Animal Collective and Australian bands who sound like popular international indie bands. I’m addressing this hate only to anticipate it rather than give credence to it. Calling Tiger Choir a ‘wannabe AC’ is fairly reductive when you consider that this EP contains five high quality and stylistically diverse tracks, most of which don’t sound anything like AC.

With that said, above is third track ‘Shotgun,’ probably the most AC-esque track on offer. With its strained, reverbed vocals, 6/8 time signature and a sneaky 3/4 beat dropping in halfway through, this could easily slip onto Animal Collective’s Feels. (That’s a good thing by the way. Feels is one of the best albums of the last decade IMO).

I know it sounds like I’m feeding into the comparison that I earlier labeled reductive. The fact is 1) I don’t necessarily think it’s bad to be compared to Animal Collective – even now that hipsters everywhere have had to disown them because Channel V picked up on ‘My Girls’, and 2) ‘Shotgun’ is just 20% of the songs on their EP. The rest doesn’t sound like this. I chose ‘Shotgun’ because it’s theor best track regardless of who it’s compared to.

Go ahead and listen for yourself, and check out the rest of the EP. It’s really great, and I’ll likely post something else from it in the near future.

SIXTEEN Exhibition @ Somedays Gallery

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Jackson Eaton
Pedro Ramos
Luke Byrne
Ward Roberts
Oliver Bryce Yates
Sam Ash
Sam Stephenson
Brett Chan
Leon Batchelor
Gene Eaton
Tony Mckey
Ross Jenkinson
Sam Chiplin
Joe Coleman
Ryan Kenny
Jacinda Fermanis

Opening on the 9th of June at the Somedays Gallery in Sydney, SIXTEEN showcases a selection of independent works from sixteen of the freshest Australian photographers.

Instead of the generic method of using examples of the artist’s work to promote the exhibition, promo fliers for Sixteen feature the faces of the exhibitors themselves.

I’ve had a look at a few websites of some of the exhibiting photographers, and this show is looking very promising.

Make sure you check it out if you’re in Sydney!

The Left Coast Festival

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The unique Left Coast festival is launching tomorrow night at Sedition barbershop in Darlinghurst Sydney. It’s a 50 day festival celebrating cross disclipinary arts in the city, created by artist Robyn Wilson who runs the Views Of Courage website. Everyone interested in attending the launch party is encouraged to wear Red.

Views of Courage & Sedition present

The NOISE play live

Wednesday 12 May
6 – 8pm

Sedition | Barber shop, record store & gallery
275 Victoria Street
Sydney Australia

The official spiel:

One of the most significantly unique and culturally vital spaces in Sydney will host the latest in a series of cultural happenings spanning the last 10 years.

Finding itself in a realm reminiscent of the Dada and Fluxus movements of the 1920s and 60s, Sedition sits outside of the bounds of system and market defined allowances for agile cultural exploration and creative practice.

Countless, internationally renowned experimental music acts have played at this barber shop buzz-hub, including Mani Neumeier [Acid Mothers Guru Guru], Chris Abrahams [The Necks], Lars Graugaard [composer, Denmark], Jon Rose [composer, Australia], Louis Burdett [drummer, Australia] and Jim Denley [composer, Australia]. The Difficult Music Festival in January 2010, held during the Sydney Festival, featured 138 experimental and classical musicians and sound artists, both local and international.

And the next evolution is born.
Left Coast Festival gains life.

The program will see a cataclysm of visual works, installation, new media and video works, hybrid experimental music/dance performances, classical improvising musicians, public discussion of tendentious sub-cultural and mainstream issues. A live pain vs pleasure synthesis conveyed through a tattoo/sound art performance.

These, amongst many other experiences, will be offered, with spots on the schedule kept free to allow spontaneous performances and presentations my creative Sydney figures as well as those visiting for the Sydney Biennale.

Check out the program

Cat Rapes Bat – ‘Grease and Sugar’

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Cat Rapes Bat – ‘Grease and Sugar’ (mp3)

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DZ and Howl have thrown party rock back into the zeitgeist and I, for one, am thankful. I’m also of the firm belief that city-dwellers don’t know how to party anywhere near as hard as country bumpkins, so it’s only fitting that my new favourite party-rockers are from a place well outside the reach of reliable public transit.

Cat Rapes Bat are a three-piece from a little town on the Capricorn Coast called Yeppoon (ya mum’s poon!) and frankly, a breath of fresh air from a scene more used to metal bands of dubious quality.

Sure, they wear their influences on their sleeve, but this sort of music isn’t about innovation as much as it is about good times.