Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Music: My Lola

I've never been one to investigate a band's image or go out of my way to watch videos, I'm very much a 'music only' person when judging a record.

This way of exploring music has led me to a crazy revelation.

A band I've been listening to the past few years has led me, through its sound, to believe their lead singer was a fully-bearded gnomish dude, probably with glasses and accompanied by a checkered shirt at most times of day. However, like an ugly radio host with a sexy as hell voice, I have been deceived. It's a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world, but this lead singer is a woman and the band is Heartless Bastards.

They've also just released a great new album of epic full-band folky goodness. This new discovery has also changed my perception of the group entirely as something much more unique than I first prescribed. Lead vocalist Erika Wennerstrom now takes the place of a rocky Joni Mitchell in my mind, or a more polished and melodic (though far less-unique) Nico.

In any case, you should take a listen, you can buy it here. I loved their previous release, The Mountain as well, so keep digging if you like what you hear.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pop pick

Their name sucks but these guys are awesome and this album is a truly great pop record.

Portugal. The Man released their album In the Mountain in the Cloud mid-2011 and I'm just discovering it now as an absolute gem of a release.

These guys are very much in the vein of Foster The People, MGMT, Empire of the Sun and other up-beat electro-pop groups but seem to blend a lot more acoustic and "real" instruments into their tracks, so it comes across as a bit more rocky...which suits me!

I can't stop listening to it right hopefully you'll enjoy as well!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dear Mr Photographer/Amateur Cameraman

Next time you have the privilege of documenting thousands of people's united joy at the sight of their favourite performers, please bear the following in mind.

If one of the performers you are documenting happens to come near you and your amateur equipment, do not try to move that musician and their instrument - move your camera.

Do not try to spoil the show that thousands of people have come to see and thousands of dollars have been paid to organise by selfishly sabotaging the performance.

Under normal circumstances, a more professional security team would have immediately removed you from the stage area and a less level-headed performer would have used their instrument on you in a way it's not supposed to be used.


Performers of the world.

Friday, February 3, 2012

My future wife

Here she is in action at Laneways...she alone was worth the entry fee.