Sky Ferreria at her only Australian show
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
We love music
RARE KANYE WITH CORN ROWS GIF
New studio snippet from Weezer recording their new album in the studio with their Blue Albumproducer Ric Ocasek.
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On Wednesday I brought you my annual SXSW radio wrap on Mornings. If you missed it, it featured some of the best moments of that week in Austin, featuring chats with BANKS, Royal Bloodand SOHN, as well as stacks of music from some of the acts I discovered through the SXSW Music week.
You can stream the whole thing right here if you like, and be the first to say you knew that band when they tour next year’s summer festivals.
Windows stream is here.
See you back at home. xo
Our Feature Album by Icelandic singer-songwriter, Asgeir.
Asgeir’s In The Silence may be this week’s Feature Album, but did you know he also does a might fine cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’?
Dan Sultan lends his voice to a ripping cover of Boy And Bear’s ‘Southern Sun’ for Like A Version on triple j.
It’s been a crazy last week. It always is. But usually I try and capture a couple of moments in between rushing from venue to venue to sleep to wake. This year for the first time, I came for the whole shebang. Interactive, Film, Music. It’s been really incredible seeing it all. My brain, ears, heart and feet have been fed time and time over. Here are a few that slipped into my camera this week. I hope they capture what a great city Austin is over this week in March (and most other times during the year, too).
6th Street as day turns to night.
Sun dappled afternoon delight. 6th Street.
Me at the start of this week. I’d post an “after” photo but if you just imagine a wad of melted cheese snuggling into a pillow and whimpering then that’s pretty much it.
One of my SXSW highlights was my pal Damo who used to be part of our whiz kid online team at triple j. Here for Interactive, we ended up hanging out a lot and having a great time. Also, the photobomb in this pic is all time.
I went to this strange but wonderful SXSW Film panel where Jason Schwartzman and Tunde Adepimbe talked about making a film together. They’re literally filming it now, in Austin. Mostly I was charmed by how gentle and polite and meandering and funny Schwartzman is. So yeah, I went up and said hey afterwards.
Pedicabs waiting for punters willing to pay, near Rainey St, Austin.
As well as SXSW Music and SXSW Interactive there’s SXSW Film, and although I only got along to one screening (PULP, which was wonderful) it was ace to see the creative life force filling screens and lines and happy punters over the whole Music/Interactive crossover.
My crew. Over the last week these folks have jumped in and out of each day in panels, films, gigs and taco’s. SXSW is quite a solitary experience at many times; to capture so much of it you often scoot around town on your own, for swiftness. But the best bits are bumping into pals and experiencing some of those glorious moments, together. It’s been an amazing week and I feel very lucky I get to do this. So thanks for reading and watching and listening. Hope I’ve dug up some gold for you this year. x
I met Norwegian band HighasaKite a couple of days ago, and this morning started my day with them as they were the first band on in a courtyard filled with drizzle. It didn’t matter, cos they brought the sunshine with their song.
First thing I noticed: Guitar played with violin bow. Is this a Scandinavian thing?
First thoughts: Whoah. Ingrid’s voice is flawless. Oh and then you add three extra harmonies. Hello warm fuzzies.
Set length: Short. Only four songs, which I put down to them running late but afterwards I found out Ingrid had a terrible flu and they’d had to cancel their set the night before. I couldn’t tell at all. And the set was a teaser to what epic proportions they could build to. I hope I get to see that soon.
Special guest: The flugabone. The what? The flugabone. What a freaking awesome instrument. Well played, HighasaKite.
It’s hard to put into words what I saw, and heard tonight. Mark Kozelek is in his late 40’s. For years he has made music. As part of Red House Painters, and more recently as Sun Kil Moon. Tonight he played on guitar, with some delicate drum accompaniment, his latest album Benji.
I sat in a church pew surrounded by strangers, and listened to his stories. Mark has always written with a melancholy in his heart. For better or worse, it’s what gives his songs such incredible weight. And this new record is so incredibly personal, and cuts straight to the core, that I found myself quietly weeping as he played in this beautiful space tonight.
I don’t think I can really review what I saw tonight. Only to say, that I never wanted it to end. I even heckled for more. And that to me, is great music. When the stories captivate you beyond midnight and you could sit and listen for days. I hope Mark / Sun Kil Moon comes back to Australia to play this record. Tonight was a gift for my heart.
Over the past few weeks we’ve heard the “Sound Of Screams” from UK band Thumpers. Tonight I was there to listen for myself.
Band makeup: drums, two keyboards, guitar/vocalist.
Jumpers on Thumpers: Very colourful.
Songs: A little bit the same: big explosion of drum/vocal/colour.
Verdict: Not very exciting… It’s all a blast but then gone. And you don’t remember much.
Brooklyn trio Wet may not have realised the pun when they put out their song “Dreams”, but it makes for some fun back announcing as a radio DJ. Today I checked out their live chops to a packed room at Mohawk.
Immediate stand-out: Kelly’s vocals. Just flawless, with a clear and beautiful lilting quality that gives her lyrics their required depth.
The stories: Well this is a world of heartbreak really. Wet (and Kelly as main lyric writer) really bares it all on their songs, somewhat of a trend at the moment with artists like BANKS and Kelela. At times, the desperation in her lyrics is hard to bear. Kudos to her bravery for sharing.
Vibe: Pretty low key; this is gentle music that seeps into your system. That said, the strong songs / singles really stand out. I think Wet have potential to make more of those.
By now you’re probably familiar with South London band Jungle. Their song “Busy Earnin’” has been getting a lot of play on triple j, and today I heard a heap more from their soon to be released album.
Core: Two guys, one who goes by “J”, the other by “T”. Justin Timberlake fans, perhaps? Live, they usually expand to seven, but on stage today I saw five.
Vocalists: Three of them. All singing delightful falsetto Bee Gee’s style disco vocals.
Show number: Today’s set was somewhere between the 12th and 15th gig ever, for Jungle. And they were tight. In time, they’ll settle with more banter and a more comfortable stage presence but in terms of sound? They nailed it.
What else they got: Well, a heap. If you like “Busy Earnin’” be happy in the knowledge that the other songs on their soon-to-be-released debut are in the same vein; steady, soulful disco that kept me dancing their whole set. And frankly, I’m kind of destroyed today. So that’s a feat.
I love heading to a show and not really knowing anything about who I’m about to see. AKA, SXSW. This arvo I checked out Canadian producer and visual artist Mas Ysa, who destroyed my hearing but that was ok cos his beats were so sick.
Commitment: High. Thomas Arsenault may be behind a handful of samplers and the like but he’s puffed out from jumping about, emoting with a constant “phwoar” look on his face, and building layered beats atop one another in front of us.
Elements: Gosh, everything. I heard church choirs, 80’s synths, staccato beats, piano and sounds I could barely describe, in his tunes. He also gets on the mic and sings, with vocals processed in the same kind of warbly, shearing underwater sound that Animal Collective sometimes use. The latter was cool, but did grate after a while.
Plan: To become his bestie. From banter like “now I’m gonna do a bunch of Spin Doctor’s covers”, to breathlessly admitting how hungover he was (but still giving his all), Mas Ysa seems to be continuing the trend of awesome and warm Canadians.