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Saturday, August 17, 2019

BEACH PANIC! new single "Dance 'Till Your Feet Bleed"..energetic and infectious

Melbourne’s BEACH PANIC! are loud, confident, full of charm and artistic flare, and they’re back with a brand-new grooving tune "Dance 'Till Your Feet Bleed", the latest track off their just announced debut EP ‘Ride The Tiger’ slated for release in late September.

Following on from their previous release "Tsunami of Love", "Dance 'Till Your Feet Bleed" is about the desperate yearning for the intoxicating feeling of falling in love - a feeling sometimes so overwhelming that the only remedy there is, is to well... it’s all right there in the title.

Bringing together their punk-rock roots, love of art, and downright desire to shake a leg, BEACH PANIC! mix good ol’ fashioned party times with slick jangly riffs, ruthless kicks, and lyrics that speak simply of love - from the highest joys to the darkest desperations.

They wear their hearts on their sleeves, their sweat on the D-floor, and leave you with a smile on your face, adrenaline in your veins, and love in your heart.

Marty's thoughts: energetic and infectious punk grooves, a thumping beat, some 60's style psychedelia and a sense of humour from these guys makes this a very entertaining and lovable tune that is sure to hook you in and have you jumping around with a big smile on your face.

Keep on grooving with BEACH PANIC!:

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Melbourne smooth wave indie duo Verbrasco release debut EP k-block...dream like and ethereal sounds

Recently debuting with their DIY EP titled k-block, Melbourne smooth wave indie duo Verbrasco, consisting of two 19 year old Uni students Ethan Bowman and Brody Verhagen, have set out to release a collection of easy listening, spaced out songs with memorable melodies and easy going lyrics. 

Marty's review: Verbrasco's debut EP is a 3-track collection of beautiful, dream like tunes that have a surrounding ethereal quality and a chill effect which is easily accessible and listenable. These guys are unique and original, and certainly have a handle on creating sounds that are conceptual and creative.

stream on Spotify and YouTube

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Something In the from the ABC TV series....various Australian artists

This 22 track compilation released in 2001 was the soundtrack to the popular ABC TV series and contains tracks from various Australian artists including Vika and Linda, Crowded House, Leonardo's Bride, Paul Kelly, Christine Anu, The Badloves, Archie Roach, Skyhooks, Hunters and Collectors, Big Pig, Josh Arnold, Jane Saunders, Goanna, Penny Flanagan and Nikka Costa, plus themes and music by Kane and Walmsley.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Sydney-based R'n'B artist A.GIRL stunning debut single ‘2142’ - endearing and intricate

Western Sydney-based R'n'B artist A.GIRL recently unveiled her stunning debut single ‘2142’ - produced and mixed by Taka Perry (Ruel, M-Phazes).

Opening with its steadfast beat and arpeggiated guitars, the endearing and intricate cadences of A.GIRL float effortlessly above, as the track builds into its brooding chorus of warped bass-infused synths.

The track takes cues from the likes of Urban luminaries SZA, Jhené Aiko and Jorja Smith, and samples the actual recording of a young woman known to A.GIRL being arrested by police. It’s an all too common scene in the 2142 postcode area.

"The song is about the area I was exposed to and the things I saw first-hand. As much as it represents 2142, it’s an anthem for all people from all areas that have been through the same” says the vocalist.

A.GIRL is the moniker of 19-year-old Hinenui-Terangi Tairua. Although she calls Australia home, the connection to her family’s Maori homeland of Te Hapua in the north island of New Zealand runs deep.

When she’s not writing and recording music, A.GIRL volunteers for the OzHarvest Food Bank, where she helps deliver food to people in need across Western Sydney.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Australian Rock 71-72 Vol.1 Collectors Album - Havoc label vinyl release

This is a vinyl rip from an album released on the Havoc label in the early 1970's. It features several Havoc label artists of the time such as Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Carson and The Wild Cherries featuring Lobby Loyde.

These are the original album liner notes:

Australian Rock has fought long and hard for recognition.  The medium that has been directly responsible for Rock culture is radio. Most Australian radio is modeled on American and than anything else has shaped the audience and the criticism of Australian Rock.

To compete in the play list war, an Australian musical group has to deliver an American or English sounding rock number. This retarding condition is now beginning to change. Australian Rock has a high energy potential - the same high energy potential that was found in early Little Richard, Presley, Berry and Domino rock. The same high energy potential as early English rock by the Animals, Stones, Kinks and some Beatle Rockers. Other high energy potential groups were Cream, Hendrix, Yardbirds and The Who.

American and English Rock differ in their high energy potential distribution and Australian Rock differs from both of these by its high energy rhythm sections with high density colour trips. Australian Rock is at last becoming noticed by the Australian media and the Australian audience. Given time, Australian Rock will be heard and appreciated everywhere . So - "Watch out World".
Lobby Loyde - September 72.

Track Listing:
01 - Dawn Song (Aztecs)
02 - Traveling South (Carson)
03 - Pattern Of My Life (Michael Turner In Session)
04 - Time To Live (Aztecs)
05 - Moonshine (Carson)
06 - Slowest Guitar On Earth (Lobby Loyde)
07 - Most People I Know (Aztecs)
08 - Liberate Rock (Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls)
09 - Cold Feet (Chook)
10 - Don't Worry (Carson)
11 - I Am The Sea (Wild Cherries)
12 - Just Around Midnight (Michael Turner In Session)
[Bonus Missing Tracks]
13 - Daily Planet (Wild Cherries)
14 - Regulation Puff (Aztecs)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Electro-Pop artist Austen emotional new single release "Anthem" receives praise and raves

Hyped songstress Austen praised new single 'Anthem' has been added to spot rotation on triple j and an add on triple j unearthed alongside adoration from AAA Backstage, Cool Accidents, Kings of A&R, Purple Sneakers and STACK Mag.

Austen delves into the emotions behind the track, saying “Anthem is about how a relationship is mainly just finding someone who’s messed up parts fit well with your own.” 

Named in triple j unearthed’s Top 40 Most Played Artists last year after releasing only one song, 2018 was Austen’s biggest year yet. She was handpicked by unearthed to play their BIGSOUND showcase and finished up the year on the road with Paces as his main support. ‘Anthem’ is the follow up to audience favourite ‘Too High To Cry’ which landed in Dave Ruby-Howe’s Top Ten unearthed tracks of the year.

"We're gonna watch Austen with a keen eye this year" - Cool Accidents
"It feels like an artist really finding her feet and her own lane." - Pilerats
"Austen is the leading face of electronic pop in Australia." - AAA Backstage
"...I can guarantee that this one you'll be hitting play on again and again." - Purple Sneakers
"...the song plays out as titled - empowered and soaring..." - STACK Mag

Austen's introduction is no less auspicious, her debut single ‘Faded’ has accumulated almost 500,000 Spotify streams, with follow up ‘Darkside’ sitting on 140,000. Since then she’s been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Pilerats and supported the likes of The Kite String Tangle, Nicole Millar, KLP, Running Touch, Col3trane.

With more brooding, electro-pop gems on the horizon it's time to get acquainted with Austen. 


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Charismatic wordsmith Citizen Kay returns with infectious jam in ‘EGO’...a hot dose of soulful funky grooves

Charismatic wordsmith Citizen Kay returns with yet another infectious jam in ‘EGO’. Bursting with attitude and swirling synths, Citizen Kay’s voice rides smoothly over the layers of disco grooves. ‘EGO' is sure to become a regular party-starter with funk-filled bass-line, technicolor keys, rush of sax, strings and positivity in tow.

Speaking about the single, CK explains “‘EGO’ might seem like a song about me chasing a long lost love or something, but it's my love-hate relationship with money.

Migrating to Australia from Ghana at the age of six, Citizen Kay’s made it his mission to make music blending both cultures and includes shades of traditional hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz and rock. This ambition has propelled him to two ARIA nominations for albums ‘Demokracy’ (2014) and ‘We The People’ (2015), with all three previous albums taking out top ten spots in US College Hip-Hop Charts abroad, and an invite to appear on triple j’s prestigious Like A Version.

Where CK feels at home is on stage, spreading his word and uncontainable energy to audiences nationally. Extensive touring has seen the wordsmith take to the road with the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Run The Jewels, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy and Tkay Maizda and perform at Falls Festival and Groovin' The Moo.

Keep your ego in check with this introspective party track, it's easily Citizen Kay's best work yet.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Australian Celebration...various artists compilation album from the 90's

01 –Deborah Conway It's Only The Beginning
02 –Hunters & Collectors Holy Grail
03 –Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls To Her Door
04 –Jimmy Barnes Stone Cold
05 –Archie Roach From Paradise
06 –Kate Ceberano Think About It
07 –Ian Moss Tucker's Daughter
08 –Peter Andre Gimme Little Sign
09 –Rockmelons That Word (L.O.V.E)
10 –Models Barbados
11 –Yothu Yindi Tribal Voice
12 –Frente! Ordinary Angels
13 –Kylie Minogue Celebration
14 –The Badloves Lost
15 –Toni Pearen I Want You
16 –Neil Murray Holy Road
17 –Nathan Cavaleri Josh's Boogie
18 –Roxus Where Are You Now ?
19 –Skyhooks Million Dollar Riff
20 –The Angels Love Waits

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sydney-based artist Nathan Cavaleri new single '29 Gold Stars' and EP Release Date

Following on from releasing a pair of critically praised singles, Sydney-based artist Nathan Cavaleri has just revealed tour dates and latest cut ’29 Gold Stars’ – another gripping number lifted from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Demons’ (due May 31).

Channeling the strut grooves of Prince, understated vintage tones of J.J. Cale and hybrid hip-hop type arrangements, ’29 Gold Stars’ shines a light on Nathan’s ability to shape songs eclectically, while still retaining apt cohesiveness.

Nathan describes the motivation behind ’29 Gold Stars’:

My head was in the gutter when I wrote this track. Fascinated by the relationship between desire and shame. The change in topic was a nice break from the usual emotive pieces I write. As an artist, I need this balance”.

Previous singles ‘Demons’ and ‘Rising Sun’ were widely embraced by Spotify and the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, double j, ABC Local Radio, SYN FM, JOY FM, RTR FM, Radio Adelaide, 4ZZZ, 979FM, Bay FM, Edge FM, 2XX FM, The Pulse and various others. The tracks also received support from Australian tastemakers and blogs such as Pilerats, Music Feeds, The Music, The AU Review, Savage Thrills, AAA Backstage and Forte Mag. 


Dripping in an assured style and air of untouchability”. - 4/5 Stars
- Declan Byrne - triple j (AUS)

It's got the curveball touches of a fried Beck off-cut with this searing guitar circling overhead”. - 4/5 Stars
- Dave Ruby Howe - triple j (AUS)

"Cavaleri's vocals sizzle with a kind of self-assured swagger and sass that you don't see from many Aussie acts. We could have a future rockstar on our hands here".
- Music Feeds (AUS)

Premiered on triple j's Roots n All program 


Friday, May 10, 2019

Melbourne-based Malcolm Hill and Live Flesh videos for "Cosmic Love" and "Anybody Seen My Girl"

(filmed at the Chua Linh Son Buddhist temple and Golden Pheasant Buffet in downtown Reservoir)

Signed-up member of the Melbourne Music Mafia, Malcolm Hill, recently premiered the new single "Cosmic Love" with his band Malcolm Hill and Live Flesh.

Malcolm Hill is a rock n roll showman who pursues a vision based on the Sir Robert Helpman School of Opera and Fine arts in regional Queensland 1968 (no such place has ever existed).

Recorded at the all analogue Secret Location studios in Fairfield, Melbourne,  Cosmic Love features the Live Flesh band and the love unlimited backing vox of Lisa Salvo (On Diamond), Philippa Nihill (Underground Lovers), & Heidi McDermott.

Anybody Seen My Girl

Geelong-born Hill is a writer and staple of the 1980's Melbourne underground music scene with Buick KBT and Head Undone. Hill has guested with the likes of Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes, Nick Cave and The Dirty Three so he's well-credentialed to say the least.

Link up with Malcolm Hill and Live Flesh:

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Brisbane-based millennial rock band Liquid Friends EP release "Birds"..high energy with confidence

Brisbane-based millennial rock band Liquid Friends recently released their debut EP entitled "Birds". 

The EP was recorded at Tall Poppy Studios with Nathan Woodrow engineering producing mixing and mastering. They draw influence from Blink 182, The Smith Street Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Courtney Barnett and The Hard Aches.

The EP was originally recorded as a four piece but after parting ways with their bass player they are now are a 2 guitar, 1 drummer group with a DZ Deathrays/ Hockey Dad type pedal setup. The songs are mainly about Curtis' girlfriend Bridie who's nickname was birdie, and then it also has the double meaning of just being about girls in general, with birds being a very Australian term. Artwork was done by Curtis. They've been a band for about 2 years so the next lot of songs are already ready to be recorded and they hope to make this year a big one. 

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Marty's review: Liquid Friends' debut EP is a dose of high energy alternative/indie punk/grunge-rock that has attitude, confidence and is in your face from start to finish. These guys play tight and loud and know how to get their message across. They deserve attention and will certainly receive it with this impressive debut.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Blush'ko reveals soul-infused cut 'Too Late' (ft. J Wils) and announces 'Blush'ko In Love PT.2'

Following soul-infused releases ‘Japanese Hotel’ and ‘Like a Heartbeat’, Macedonian born, Melbourne-based Blush’ko releases ‘Too Late’ (ft. J Wils), the third single off his EP ‘Blush’ko in Love PT.2’. The track, in true Blush’ko-esque style, draws in with its pushing beats backdropped against silky vocals – the result an effortless rhythmic testimonies that dreamily echo and transport us throughout the track.

Speaking on the track himself, Blush’ko says: "We started playing around with the idea of the song being about two people so far away but connected somehow and both trying so hard to make it work. The line 'I promise that I won’t give up' kept rolling through my mind and we built the song around it. I wanted our voices to come together in the pre-chorus because both people in the story felt a great connection and fear from one another.. relying on someone is always extremely hard, but it’s always made easier when you know the feeling is mutual".

Blush’ko continues to own his unique style of smooth, electronic hip hop, a year on from his critically acclaimed debut single 'Another Love' which garnered over a million streams. Intrigue around Blush’ko continues to build, with BBC1 Xtra’s Jams Supernova naming it as one of her top 5 EPs. The musician has further solidified his name in support of Jhene Aiko and SG Lewis on stages around Australia and New Zealand, as well as collaborating with DC rapper Goldlink on his triple j Like a Version performance of ‘Herside Story’ with Billy Davis and The Good Lords.

Too Late’ pioneers Blush’ko’s second EP as a continuation on his journey through love, explored by a plush blend of electronic and soul. A kind of production that layers emotion and talent as one further cementing his sound in the current musical climate as one that is set to stand against the rest this 2019.


Friday, April 26, 2019

issues with advertising links in posts

Due to technical difficulties with advertising links in posts on this and my other music blogs, I will be discontinuing using these for all future posts. I am also updating links for previous posts as and when I have time and also on request. If you want a specific post link updated, please email direct through the "contact" page on this blog. 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wide Open Road..a road trip through Australia's musical landscape...various artists

An excellent 31 track compilation featuring a cross section of Australian artists from the 60's to the 90's...

1-1 –The Triffids Wide Open Road
1-2 –Hunters & Collectors 42 Wheels
1-3 –The Saints (I'm) Stranded
1-4 –The Cruel Sea This Is Not The Way Home
1-5 –Dave Graney & Clare Moore I Was A Country Boy
1-6 –Darren Hanlon Manilla, NSW
1-7 –No Fixed Address We Have Survived
1-8 –Midnight Oil The Dead Heart
1-9 –The Reels World's End
1-10 –Hilltop Hoods City Of Light
1-11 –TISM Morningtown Ride
1-12 –Cold Chisel Khe Sanh
1-13 –Skyhooks Balwyn Calling
1-14 –Hard-Ons Wog Food
1-15 –TZU City
1-16 –Weddings, Parties, Anything Under The Clocks
1-17 –You Am I Soldiers

2-1 –The Birthday Party Cry
2-2 –Laughing Clowns Holy Joe
2-3 –The Scientists Murderess In A Purple Dress
2-4 –The Celibate Rifles Kent's Theme
2-5 –Spiderbait Sam Gribbles (Live)
2-6 –Custard Music Is Crap
2-7 –The Grates Inside Outside (Live)
2-8 –The Atlantics Bombora
2-9 –James Reyne The Boys Light Up (Acoustic)
2-10 –Taman Shud What's Come Over You
2-11 –The John Butler Trio Home Is Where The Heart Is
2-12 –The Waifs Highway One
2-13 –The Pigram Brothers  Saltwater Cowboy
2-14 –Warumpi Band My Island Home

This blog is a labour of love, with the emphasis on "labour". I enjoy posting but it is time consuming. I am asking for your support to help keep it going by making a small donation, say $1, $2 or $5. This will show your appreciation and in return I will continue posting about great music. Just click the button below...thank you ....Marty

Monday, April 15, 2019

Northern Beaches quartet Down For Tomorrow energetic grunge-punk anthem "What Could Have Been"

Young and energetic Northern Beaches quartet Down For Tomorrow recently unveiled their latest grunge-punk anthem, ‘What Could Have Been’. The band honed their self-proclaimed “happy-sad Aussie grunge” sound growing up in the rich skating and surfing beaches community, and 'What Could Have Been’ sees them deliver their strongest and most all-encompassing work to date.

The track serves up a heartfelt, rough-around-the-edges statement, bursting with the kind of angst and raw emotion that wouldn't be out of place on a Vans Warped Tour stage. Opening with melancholic, even despondent vocals from lead singer Cody Stebbings, ‘What Could Have Been’ builds into a head-banging bridge that captures the frustration and heavier elements of their music.

Lead singer Cody Stebbings talks about the meaning behind ‘What Could Have Been’:

“'What Could Have Been' was written in a period where I was losing touch with many important friends, and I was just writing sad song after sad song and couldn't find any other release or a way to cover it up. It got to a point where I just realised, I've been wasting so much time trying to fix something that can’t be fixed, there’s no point desperately holding on to people who don’t want anything to do with you anymore. In the bridge, I wanted to leave a glimpse of hope at renewal, and help people see that we can all start over at some point.“

Since their inception, Down For Tomorrow have continually traversed the east coast of Australia, playing house parties, bars and all ages events. Over the last year they have supported other heavyweight Australian pop-punk bands such as Forever Ends Here, The Dead Love and Yours Truly.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Aussie Troubadour Thomas Keating Shares Soul-Baring Single "Today I'm Staying Home"

Melbourne-based singer/songwriter/troubadour Thomas Keating recently released his new single “Today I’m Staying Home,” a nakedly self-referencing song with themes of depression and self-care during times of stress and uncertainty.  As vulnerable and open as a diary entry, “Today I’m Staying Home” is a carefully crafted spotlight on a world that’s completely his own. Gentle guitar pulses atop a bed of driving percussion, as his strikingly clear vocals anchor the guitar-driven song. Produced by Gordon Burke and featuring Keating on guitar, Jenny McCullagh on violin & vocals, Gavin Perkins on bass and Tim Parsons on drums, the single will be available digitally February 1. Keating is also sharing a video to accompany the track, filmed during the recording process of the single.  

Keating explains: “Today I'm Staying Home is inspired by one of those mornings where you wake up with the ‘f*ck its’, and you decide instead of leaving your bed or home to face your life and all the responsibilities that come with being an adult in this world, you just stay in. I've always struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety around the uncertainties and pressures of everyday life, and I guess at the time I wrote the song I was going through such a phase. I think it’s important to remember that at times it's okay just to feel like shit - it's okay to put your hand up and say 'I'm not dealing with this very well. I need help'. Mental health is extremely self-alienating, and I'd like to think that we are moving past the stigma of shame that has hung around such ailments for far too long.” 

“‘Today, I’m Staying Home’ is a glorious, anthemic paean to cocooning from a prodigious new talent.  A rippling acoustic bedrock underpins Keating’s open heartfelt singing and chorus as wide and open as the Simpson Desert. This is a catchy, jaunty pop song whose lyrics are contrastingly tinged with a hint of regret and melancholia born out of internal struggle and pain.” Backseat Mafia

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.2....various artists compilation

Volume 2 of The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock gathers once again gathers the cream of Aussie Rock from the 70's, 80's and 90's. 

It features different tracks from the much the same list of big names as last time and much much more. That list of big names is massive. Cold Chisel, The Angels, Men at Work, Australian Crawl, the Sports, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Mental As Anything, Split Enz, Sunnyboys, Screaming Jets, Rose Tattoo, the Radiators, Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls, the Dingoes, Ian Moss, Goanna, Dragon, Flowers, Noiseworks, Hunters & Collectors, Skyhooks (their lone post-Shirl hit 'Over the Border'), Baby Animals, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, TMG, Dragon, Dave Warner's From the Suburbs, Choirboys, Richard Clapton, the Saints, the Reels, Mi-Sex, Mondo Rock, the Models, The Badloves (with Jimmy Barnes), Matt Finish, V Spy V Spy, Uncanny X-Men, Warumpi Band, Weddings Parties Anything, Russell Morris, Black Sorrows; all these and more are represented by tracks that not only shook pub walls back in the day but pumped out of transistor radios and, in most cases, Sunday night ABC TV screens too. 

Also featured are plenty of big names who weren't included last time, including the Hoodoo Gurus, Jim Keays with his 1975 remake of 'Undecided', Ol'55, Kings of the Sun, Daddy Cool (with the rare 1975 comeback single 'All I Wanna Do Is Rock'), Little River Band, Mother Goose, Kevin Borich Express, Rose Tattoo slide guitarist Peter Wells' brilliant 'Between the Saddle and the Ground', Little Heroes with 'One Perfect Day', indigenous reggae-rock trailblazers No Fixed Address with 'Black Man's Rights', Vika & Linda rocking up a storm on a song that Paul Kelly wrote but never recorded with the Dots 'I Didn't Know Love Could Be Mine', Sydney '80s faves Flaming Hands, the Riptides and Dynamic Hepnotics, Melbourne mainstays Nick Barker & The Reptiles, Mike Rudd & the Heaters and the Spaniards (featuring Billy Miller & Mick Pealing), and glam-era pub favourites Hush, Taste and Supernaut. 

Other noteworthy tracks include rare singles by Stars (1976's 'With A Winning Hand', which never appeared on an album) and post-Ol'55 power poppers the Breakers who featured in the original 'Puberty Blues' movie, and the first ever reissue of anything by Gary Young & the Rocking Emus (the great single 'Rockabilly Heaven', featuring the great Daddy Cool/Jo Jo Zep drummer together with late fellow DC members Wayne Duncan and Ross Hannaford). There's also the rare but great 1971 single 'If You Got It' by legendary Adelaide group Fraternity, featuring Bon Scott on vocals. 

The collection ends with the Party Boys and John Swan - John had replaced Bon in Fraternity - who together give us an idea of what AC/DC might've sounded like if Swanee had also replaced Bon (or Brian) in AC/DC, with a ripping 'High Voltage.'

A sheer smörgåsbord for lovers of classic Aussie Rock!

see also blog post for Vol.1:

available on Amazon HERE: