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Neil Young & Bruce Springsteen cover Whip My Hair

Whip My Hair ft Neil Young & Bruce Springsteen

This was passed onto me by Scott Rhodie. I’m not sure what to say. All comments welcome. ;) Read the full story

By Jye Smith Dec.12.2010
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Red Bull Bedroom Jam: Way With Words WIN

WAY WITH WORDS FINDS THEIR WAY TO L.A. WINNING THE FIRST AUSSIE RED BULL BEDROOM JAM

Pop/punk band Way With Words from Melbourne have rocked their way into a promising music career today, winning the first Australian Red Bull Bedroom Jam – an online music competition is giving teen bands the chance to become the next big thing. Dylan Giannakopoulos (guitar), Luke Mann (guitar), Sam Berry (bass), Jack Nicholls (drums) and Joey Cirillo (vocals) will head to Los Angeles, USA in January for a recording session at Red Bull’s state of the art recording studios – a prize worth over $80,000.
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By turbonun Dec.6.2010
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Scarlet's Revenge lose bassist.


Mark Taylor, bass, has left Sydney band ‘Scarlet’s Revenge’. Adding a unique dimension to the Celtic based sound of Scarlet’s Revenge, vocalist Troy Zarb has said he is unsure at the moment, but has been talking to a number of bass players in and around Sydney but does have a certain standard to maintain.

Scarlet’s Revenge have been building up an audience with they’re beautiful flute melodies combined with out and out, floor stomping punk and Irish rhythms and will, no doubt, find a new member soon launching head first into 2011 with all the fervor they put into 2010.

By Jye Smith Nov.23.2010
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Gorillaz cover The XX's Crystalised

A great cover of one of my favourite bands for 2010.  Thanks to The Fox Is Black.


By chizm Nov.17.2010
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Bassheads Unite! New Bassnectar Mix

Bassnectar

Bass-music maestro Bassnectar has recorded a new mix for the UKs BBC Radio1 and uploaded it for our listening pleasure. As usual the North American dubstep and bass-infused hip hop king not only hits the nail on the head but knocks a hole right through the wall, leaving the listener in a dancing/headbanging stupor.

Do yourself a favour and download this. Now.

By chizm Oct.21.2010
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Daft Punk's 2010 Live Return

Daft Punk

At Maddison Square Gardens, New York only a few hours ago, Daft Punk played a surprise performance during the encore of  a Phoenix concert. There have been rumours of another live tour with the imminent release of the Tron movie soundtrack they have recently penned.

The dance music pioneers played a live remix of Phoenix’s anthemic 1901 with the band along with snippets of Harder Better Faster Stronger, Together, and Around the World.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with their fingers crossed for another live tour from the duo – the last one was simply mind blowing.

Check out Daft Punk Live with Phoenix here

By chizm Oct.1.2010
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Have you got the Parklife app from Fuzzy?

New iPhone App for Parklife and more

Gone are the days of lost or destroyed festival timetables. Fuzzy have released an iPhone app in time for the summer festival season.

The app is quite comprehensive, offering news, events, Twitter and tickets sections, allowing you to purchase tickets right from your mobile phone. Given the recent increase in mobile internet usage, Fuzzy is making itself one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to its online marketing channels by embracing this increasingly popular technology.

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By Jye Smith May.25.2010
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Paul Grey: Slipknot Bassist Dead

Slipknot Bassist, Paul Grey Found Dead at 38

Paul Grey was found dead this morning at age 38.  Drugs are suspected as he’s had a long running problem with both drugs and alcohol.  Slipknot have been one of my very favourite bands since I first got my hands on their selt-titled debut.

One of the biggest inspirations to the (pejoratively termed) nu-metal movement, he’ll be surely missed by me and the others maggots.

RIP. Paul Grey.


By Jye Smith Apr.27.2010
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Drummers Dream

Stone Sour in The Studio


By Stuart McPhee Mar.8.2010
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The Defamation of Ben Drew

Back in the early days of The Music Blogs I wrote about the brave choices artists often make, in particular when they leave one band to start another. Ben Drew aka Plan B, though a solo artist, has effectively just done the same thing.

Anyone who picked up his startling debut, the 2006 grime-fest Who Need Actions When You’ve Got Words, may well ponder what has happened in these ensuing three years. For you see, the forthcoming The Defamation of Strickland Banks has Drew performing the old switcheroo and my guess is that some of the bruvvas ain’t going to like it. Where the first album was wall to wall rap with some tasty vocal hooks thrown in every few songs (Drew’s own secret weapon), on Defamation you will mostly find a Smokey Robinson album with rap taking a quite noticeable back seat.

I kid you not.

But I am not surprised at this and neither should you. His voice is too good to have played second fiddle for much longer and above all, Drew is a talented artist smart enough not to be pigeon-holed.

Back in 2006 I had the privilege of interviewing Plan B for a magazine I was working for at the time. In that interview he said:

“I tell stories in hip-hop because I’m not gangster and I am not anyone special, I’m just a regular guy. The only way I know how to rap and make it interesting is talking about other people’s stories and other people’s lives.”

Just as he used the genre of hip-hop to convey his stories back then, now he uses R&B to tell his tales. R&B is where Drew first started out before becoming disillusioned with it. I’d like to think all he needed was the right songs to make it happen. From what I have heard so far – he has them.

For those that are new to his work and want a comparison, here is a little something from his first album, the great ‘Mama’ and new tune ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.

The Defamation Of Strickland Banks is released on April 12.

By Stewart Heys Mar.2.2010
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Playground Weekender 2010: the best gets better

Carnivale Stage on Thursday at Playground Weekender

Just as the long-hairs were preparing for the arrival of AC/DC in Sydney, party-goers of a more funky persuasion were leaving the city behind to spend 4 days at Del Rio Resort in Wisemans Ferry, where Playground Weekender took place for the 4th time over the weekend.

Highs

Getting there – anyone that went last year will remember the nightmare that was waiting in the ferry queue for hours in 40 degree heat. This year there were more ferries on and the whole process was a comparatively beautiful experience.

The Carnivale area – one of the best spots for watching all the crazies filter past. I hope the chair people from Thursday night came back to Earth at some point.

The Melody Wine Bar – new for this year and a great place to finish the night. As it was nicely tucked away at the back of the same field as the main stage it was a perfect alternative if you found the Big Top a touch on the hectic side.

The police/ security team – their presence was noticeable but not intrusive, and they behaved like they were there to make sure festival-goers were safe, rather than looking to catch people out. Small things like barrier staff at the main stage wearing Indian head dresses make all the difference.

ManChoir – 8 blokes in wife-beaters singing (near) cover versions of Bon Jovi songs, Queen songs, and even the Home & Away theme tune (which they introduced as the Australian National Anthem). Much funnier and more entertaining than it sounds.

Orbital – still one of the best festival bands around. Unbelievable. And to the girl who gave me torches to clip to my glasses as they started, I will love you forever.

Fancy dress – I salute everyone that put in so much effort. From the couple in tailored green shopping bag suits to the guy in the ball dress/ gimp mask combo, the Muppets, the Stormtroopers and the Hitcher from the Mighty Boosh, congratulations for helping make the Saturday so special.

The weather – couldn’t have been better. Whoever organised it is a genius.

The can fairies – offering 20/ 50c for every Tiger can returned to the recycling bins was a brilliant idea and a win-win-win. The army of can fairies that sprang up got enough free drinks to see them through the evening,  made the festival a cleaner place for everyone and relieved pressure on the official cleaners.

The swimming pool – this qualifies a high and a low. Perfect area to be in during the day, and we are so lucky to have it at a music festival, but why do people need to shit in it? Not cool.

Lows

Pricey drinks – it makes it very hard to obey the rules and not sneak booze in when the going price for a small can of Tiger is $8. And a vodka & red bull for $12? Ouch.

Running out of cider – surely Festival organisers know by now that cider will be the drink of choice on a hot day. It was obvious, however, that the staff were working over time to bring more in. Maybe a Glastonbury-style cider bus would be a good idea.

The (Death Metal) Filth stage – great idea on paper, and a potentially great way of broadening the appeal of the Festival, but it just wasn’t that popular. A lot of the bands on there seemed pretty good, it just seemed that not many people were interested.

The comedy at the Shack – again, a good concept, but one that just didn’t fly with the punters. Tough gig though, I wouldn’t get up and tell jokes to a bunch of snarky pissheads who think they are funnier than the guy on stage.

Fancy dress – poor (= no) effort on my part. I will get involved in 2011 for sure. No excuses next time.

Playground Weekender is one of the few Festivals where you can have a great time no matter what the line-up. The music is important, but in no way essential. It has fully deserved the awards it has won for Best Crowd and Best Atmosphere, and will no doubt go on to win again. 2011 can’t come soon enough.

Excellent photo galleries can be seen at inthemix.com.au and 2dayfm.com.au

By Jye Smith Jan.13.2010
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As Much As I Ever Could

Music video and lyrics for As Much As I Ever Could – City & Colour

Beautiful acoustic version of As Much As I Ever Could by City & Colour (Dallas Green).

Definitely one for her..

ooooooooo
ooooooooo
ooooooooo

love, love of mine
won’t you lay by my side
and rest your weary eyes
before we’re out of time?

give me one last kiss
for soon such distance
will stretch between our lips
now the day’s losing light

ooooooooo
ooooooooo
ooooooooo

bring me your love
tonight
bring me your love
tonight

lost at sea
my heart beat was growing weak
hoping you’d hear my plea
and come save my life

as the storm grew fierce
and danger was certainly near
i knew there was nothing to fear

bring me your love
tonight
bring me your love
tonight

no i am not where i belong
bring me your love
tonight

no i am not where i belong
so shine a light and guide me home
no i am not where i belong
so shine a light, guide me back home

oooooooo
oooooooo
oooooooo


By Stewart Heys Dec.22.2009
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2009: Albums, gigs of the year

Albums of the Year

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Andrew Bird – Noble Beast

Antony & the Johnsons – The Crying Light

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

Beirut – March of the Zapotec

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By Jye Smith Dec.10.2009
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Eminem and The Beatles: The Top-Selling Artists of the 2000s

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Eminem on top

Just read this article over at Rolling Stone.  I’ve got a massive man crush on Eminem and was so stoked to hear about his albums’ successes over the years.

Over three decades after their breakup, the Beatles still released the top-selling album of the 2000s. The Fab Four’s greatest hits compilation 1 sold over 11,448,000 copies since its release in November 2000 according to Nielsen SoundScan’s decade-end sales numbers. Eminem was the 2000s’ top-selling artist with 32.2 million combined in sales, plus two albums in the decade’s Top 10: The Marshall Mathers LP was fourth with 10,195,000 sold and Eminem Show was fifth with 9,789,000. Slim Shady edged out the Fab Four for the distinction of the decade’s top-seller as the Beatles claimed Number Two with 30 million.


By Jye Smith Dec.1.2009
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Symphony Of Science

“A morning filled with four-hundred billion suns, The rising of the milky way” – Carl Sagan, A Glorious Dawn, ft Stephen Hawkings

Symphony of Science brings us three incredible videos around delivering some very scientific knowledge and philosophy in the form of music.

Take a bunch of space and time nerds, grab a vocoder and drop some beats and strings behind it, and you’ve got some pretty incredible videos.

Full version at the original post at A Digital Perspective


By Jye Smith Nov.23.2009
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The Power of Sound

Sony Australia and The Music Blogs have teamed up to offer six lucky readers a number of Sony personal audio prizes, including the new 16GB Walkman E series video MP3 player each valued at $219.00 and the impressive MDRXB300 Extra Bass headphones, valued at $169.00.

With a profound heritage in delivering industry leading sound quality, Sony Australia is uniting all its audio products under a banner entitled the ‘Power of Sound’, which will focus on the importance of sound quality and demonstrate Sony’s leadership in this area.

A number of interesting ‘laboratory experiments’ have been conducted by Sony to test the capabilities of some of their latest audio products including headphones, Walkman, home theatre systems, Hi-Fi and in-car audio equipment. The films demonstrate the products’ ability to deliver the true power of sound and we’ve been provided with the headphone experiment to show just what Sony means by ‘The Power of Sound’.

Further information on Sony’s ‘Power of Sound’ campaign can be seen at www.sony.com.au/soundville

How to enter

Leave a comment and tell us in 25 words or less, the 1 song that would be the sound track to your life right now, and why. Best 6 as voted by us here at TMB win these amazing prizes.